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Japanese Wallpaper

Featured Artist

2014

1

Sep

Japanese Wallpaper

Melbourne, VIC

This year's Unearthed High winner Japanese Wallpaper has just released his brand new single, featuring Jesse Davidson. It follows on from outstanding collaborations with Wafia and Pepa Knight, but who else is on the 17 year-old's 'collaborator wishlist'? And what are his plans for the rest of 2014? Find out below...

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What’s the first thing you’re gonna do when you turn 18?
Most likely just go and see some bands - not being able to get into venues is definitely the worst part of being underage.
 
Who’s on your collaborator wish-list?
Hmm… I think Bon Iver would be pretty beautiful, his voice is so superb. Phoebe (ex-Snakadaktal) would be awesome too.
 
On average, how much time do you spend in your bedroom making tunes each week?
I’m not sure how many hours but definitely a lot! It’s a great way to procrastinate and avoid schoolwork…
 
What’s your go-to snack when making music?
Definitely this frozen yoghurt ice-cream thing that Mum has started buying. It doesn’t last very long when I’m recording ;)
 
What’s your vision for the ultimate Japanese Wallpaper live show?
I’d love to make it a band-driven show at some point - I love playing in bands and I think that with a little tweaking the music would really lend itself to it.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Hmm, 'Pickles From The Jar' by Courtney Barnett would be a pretty good one. Or maybe 'Void' by Seekae. Depends why they were crying in the first place I guess!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Sorry to use Seekae twice but their song 'You’ll' is a definite tearjerker. Works on me every time.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
That Polographia and Cosmo’s Midnight collab always goes down well! Or maybe an Andras Fox track. Depends on the party.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
I definitely want to do some more touring and keep developing my show, so hopefully there will be plenty of time for that in the school holidays…

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Hockey Dad

Featured Artist

2014

15

Dec

Hockey Dad

( )

Illawarra, NSW

Fuzzed-out surf pop duo Hockey Dad have capped off a huge year by winning our Falls Festival competition. You can catch these Leisure Coast legends on stage at Falls in Byron Bay this New Years Eve.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's really hard to determine how we developed our sound, as it was never forced. The music we listen to would have to be an obvious influence, although I think being best mates for 13 years has really inspired us to to write songs that simply just feel natural to us. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Our ridiculous tastes in music. We could be jamming out to Aretha Franklin, and a moment later we'd throw on some Beastie Boys and fire up. I think we've slowly become more open minded with the songs we listen to, which is cool. There's always something to take from every genre.
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Byron Bay expect from the Hockey Dad live show?
Being regular punters ourselves, we've always been watching bands having the time of their lives at epic festivals, so we're unbelievably stoked to finally be having a dig ourselves! For the legends that come see us... you can expect blood, sweat and beers... sprinkled with cheeky grins and a few brand new songs!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When we were chilling with the Duniez fellas down the coast one weekend, Danny was chatting with us about the decision to not have a bass player. The one thing we remember from that night, was him saying "You guys just do what you want to do, don't worry about what other people want. As long as you're having fun, people will be diggin it." 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mylee Grace & Ozzy Wrong - 'Lady Lady Lady'. I don't think it's possible to listen to this song without smiling and bopping your head around. We're massive fans of their playful lyrics and overall vibe. Close your eyes and drift away to your own little world full of rainbows, watermelons and sunshine.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bad Dreems - 'My Only Friend'. A real heartbreaker from a bunch of boofheads. Who said that true blue Aussie battlers can't be emotional? Sometimes we all need a Hi-Vis covered shoulder to lean on. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Midnight Oil - 'Beds Are Burning'. Fair dinkum, mate.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our new mates The Moving Stills played at our managers bar in the 'Gong recently. It's so sick to see young dudes who are setting goals and are stoked to be playing shows. Keep an ear out for these legends.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
Wollongong is becoming such a tight little community of musicians, it's epic. Pretty much it's just all about hanging with your bruzzies and getting stoked on each other's music. After all, that's what being in a band is all about.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 will be purely dedicated to the All Aussie Adventures of Hockey Dad, which is super exciting. Other than recording our next release throughout January, then touring with bruzzies DZ Deathrays and legends Bass Drum Of Death shortly afterwards, it's all up in the air at the moment. Although I'm sure we'll keep writing songs, playing shows and frothing out.

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Violet Swells

Featured Artist

2014

22

Dec

Violet Swells

( )

Hobart, TAS

Hobart psych-rockers Violet Swells are one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be taking the stage at Falls in Marion Bay this NYE.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound comes from hours of tinkering with delays, reverbs and distortions in my spare room. I like the Phil Spector idea of squishing together different instruments playing the same things to create new sounds. This is done really easily in the digital world, and allows for a lot of fun experimentation with melody and arrangement.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Whether it is, reading, watching, listening, or hearing, anything creative can inspire me. Just seeing someone else flex his or her muscles of ingenuity gets me in the mood to flex my own. When I was in Grade Three this amateur artist came to talk to my class. I don’t really remember the specifics of his narrative (and at this point it’s not really all that important), but I remember that everyone was secretly drawing and writing stories behind their books during the silent reading time afterwards. Even the teacher, who got wise to our ploy, brought out crayons and abolished the dreaded reading. For a brief moment in time we were all transfixed by the speakers words and driven to then create ourselves. I have marvelled at how contagious creativeness can be ever since. Its great to be inspired by something directly (writing a song about a certain book or film for instance), but sometimes the best ideas come from just having that want to create.         
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Marion Bay expect from the Violet Swells live show?
I have just started playing electric guitar (instead of acoustic) live, so lots of fuzz, delay, and extended noise sections. We’ve been playing pretty steadily since March, so at this point, we can belt out our current batch of songs with our eyes closed. Because of this we play around with the songs a lot, which has been a good way to keep an exciting energy for us and the audience. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I started listening to podcasts from Kevin Smith last year, who is prone to emitting pearls of wisdom every now and then. One moving antidote in particular would be the account of his Fathers death. To put it simply, he was called to the hospital late one night, as his dad had been admitted. Sadly he had passed by the time Kevin arrived. His brother went on to explain the circumstances of their father’s death stating, “Dad died screaming”. Kevin goes on to explain that this caused something of an epiphany, realising that even though his father lived a wholesome, good natured life, he still suffered a hellish agony in his last moments. Given this, it doesn’t matter how you live your life, you’re going to die (most likely in a painful manner), so you should take the chance to do what you want while you can. Dreary I know, but hearing the story straight from Kevins mouth is really quite powerful.       
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I guess it would depend on why they were crying. To Love Somebody by The Bee Gees is a blissful little pop song that always puts a smile on my face. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Err, I have never really thought about attempting that. Maybe something by Rowland S Howard. She Cried, or Shivers?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
There a song by The Black Diamonds on Youtube that remains nameless, but has a great energy. I guess you’d call it a banger.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We had our single launch at The Brisbane Hotel last night. It was great to play on a familiar stage to familiar faces after spending the last few weekends darting around the country. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you.
Not a band, but the people at MONA are giving us all the chance to experience some really cool stuff that we otherwise wouldn’t in Tasmania. For instance, a few weeks ago they had a free afternoon of Motown and African American Gospel. I am pretty thankful for being able to experience such a diverse range of music and art, essentially in my backyard. 
 
What are your plans for 2015?
I am recording something special for a release early next year at the moment. It’s a little left field of our current sound, and is basically me experimenting with seeing how far I can exaggerate a few ideas. But after that potential disaster, we will return to the Violet Swells cannon with another EP and then album to close out the year.

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Columbus

Featured Artist

2015

12

Jan

Columbus

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane-based emotive punks Columbus are about to drop their EP 'Home Remedy' and are looking to hit the road in 2015. Expect lots of yelling, sad facial expressions and all the punk feels.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Columbus is a 3-piece punk band that plays upbeat music with generally sad and melancholic lyrics. The band's sound developed slowly to where it is now through the changing of our own individual musical influences and from the experience over time of writing and playing more music.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The band's greatest source of inspiration for making music is simply the fun of writing, recording and performing a song. However in regards to lyrics, the band usually takes inspiration from personal problems and experiences.
 
What can punters expect from a Columbus live show?
Punters can expect energetic punk tunes with lots of yelling and sad facial expressions.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
This might be an odd choice, but I’d probably try and play them the entirety of Frenzal Rhomb’s ‘Sans Souci’. While it may not be your quintessential ‘everything’s going to be okay’ type of album, I think that is honestly just too funny (and too good) an LP for someone not to crack a smile whilst listening to it. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
‘My New Dress Up Shoes’ by The Smith Street Band, for sure. For anyone who hasn’t heard SSB’s first E.P ‘South-East Facing Wall’, definitely give it a spin - it rules. My New Dress Up Shoes is the closing track on the E.P, and it is one of the most heart-wrenching and tear-inducing songs you will ever hear. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I feel like I would be the last person you’d want DJing a party, as my playlist would probably just alternate between a few shoegaze bands and Gucci Mane (listened to ironically, of course). To answer the question seriously though, either ‘Sensi Mi’ or ‘Knights Forever’ by The Bennies. Both of those tracks (and the whole album for that matter) are really jiggy and could hypothetically be danced to, if you were so inclined.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local show I went to that we didn't play would have had to be Trophy Eyes, Worthwhile and Ambleside at The Brightside in Brisbane. The show was amazing. All 3 of those bands are a headliner in their own right and didn't disappoint. Local band Vitals also opened the show and killed it, one of my favorite bands in QLD. In my opinion The Brightside is also one of the best venues in Australia. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Chris Hunter has run shows at Fat Louie's in Brisbane for as long as I can remember and the guy is an absolute Brisbane legend and does so much to keep shows running there. We've been privileged enough to play 'Fats' a number of times and it's always so much fun. Travels are also a band that inspires me to keep having fun playing music. One of the most energetic and passionate hardcore bands I've seen.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
Our second EP 'Home Remedy' is dropping next Monday the 19th of January. Really excited to be kicking the year off with that. We also have a couple of tours in the works for this year, which we can't really say much about at the moment, but will definitely be seeing a very large portion of Australia this year. Along with this, we'll hopefully be tracking some new songs before the year is out!
 

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A Ghost Orchestra

Featured Artist

2015

16

Feb

A Ghost Orchestra

( )

Adelaide, SA

A Ghost Orchestra are our 2015 Adelaide Soundwave Festival comp winners, and the 4-piece hardcore outfit are set to decimate the festival main stage this Sunday.

Hear them on Unearthed Digital this week discussing Adelaide's heavy clique and their deadset DIY attitude.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?

A Ghost Orchestra still has the same framework we started with in 2012. The initial idea was crossover of groove hardcore and southern hardcore. As time has moved on we’ve had a few lineup changes and new influences have come in and out. Now we have a solid 4-piece consisting of a newish bass player and drummer (both good mates). We also have elements of stoner rock, metallic hardcore and thrash.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

Continuing to explore different sounds and to play live shows. We want to keep the energy high and just have fun with the music we enjoy creating.

What can punters expect from A Ghost Orchestra live show?

We really dislike watching boring bands that don’t emit energy live. We believe if you’ve paid money and made an effort to come and see us we will do our best to put on an awesome show for you. Pretty much anything goes at our shows.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

“I was just on the roof, you guys need to turn down” – Jay, Bombshelter Rehersals.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

Never Had So Much Fun – Frenzal Rhomb.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

Wedding Town - Toy Boats.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

Grinspoon - DCX3 or Pendulum - Slam

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

Caged Grave, Removalist, Race Machine, Powerchuck at the Metro in Adelaide – “Sick riffs. Caged Grave Rule!”. Statues album launch at the Cavern Club Adelaide – “Awesome!”

Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.

All the bands we looked up to as young musicians in Adelaide (IKTP, The Rivalry (reunion needs to happen), Cry Murder, Stronghold, The Burning Sea, DOC), Craig from Enigma, Ryan Sweeny at Chuckingamosh, our friends who continue to support us and the band.

What are your plans for 2015?

More tours, an album, meet as many people as we can and just enjoy being in a band that we love being a part of!

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GILL BATES

Featured Artist

2015

7

Sep

GILL BATES

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane-based MC Gill Bates is one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing the triple j Unearthed showcase this Thursday, September 10, at Oh Hello in Fortitude Valley.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I make what I feel and use what ever sounds I feel is right
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life
 
You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be performing at the triple j Unearthed showcase on Thursday, September 10. What can punters expect from your live show?
Good Vibes and Energy
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Don't ever let someone else tell you what you can or cant do...No one knows your heart, your mindset and your determination better than yourself - Fortafy
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Strictly Speaking @ The Foundry. The show was full of energy, lots of talent out here
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Finish my EP

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Harbours

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jan

Harbours

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Melbourne, VIC

Before they tee off at the 2016 UNIFY gathering next weekend as our Unearthed comp winners, we're featuring Melbourne legends Harbours all this week! 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The demo we released when we started the band was mostly written by our vocalist, Tory. It wasn't until we got into a room and started writing as a band that all these other influences started creeping in. We all have a background in the hardcore scene, so our new material is a little more aggressive, while still maintaining a pop sensibility.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We look up to a lot of our friends in bands and the sacrifices they make to be able to tour full time. Hopefully we can follow and do the same!

You’re one of the winners of our Unify competition. What can punters at the Unify festival in Gippsland expect from the Harbours live show?
It's a shorter set, we've cut a few of the ballads so expect 20mins of high energy & riffs.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Pick Harder - THE Steven Cannatelli

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Pretty much anything by Tame Impala.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
No Control by a band called Holland.
Their lead singer is now killing it as a pop star and I don't think too many people know about his past project!

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sunken Eyes - Sunk Loto

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Invasion Fest.
Was a great day filled with a lot of Underground talent from around the country.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Our friend Running Touch is killing it at the moment. Check out Ocean Grove too.

What are your plans for 2016?
Become a staple in Aussie Rock.

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Good Boy

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jan

Good Boy

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie three-piece Good Boy are one of the winners of our Laneway competition. Catch them opening the 'Good Better Best' stage of Laneway in Brisbane on Saturday, February 6.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We didn’t really decide “this is going to be our sound”, we just sort of played what felt natural to us. We write what is fun to play and it stems from there. Our sound is constantly changing with each new song that we write. For example, a lot of our new songs are a bit faster and probably fits more within the “punk” genre. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Making music is just bloody fun. Nothing beats that feeling of creating and discovering a new track with ya mates. And of course sharing this music live on stage completes the experience. Also listening to what other bands are writing and getting involved with the local scene is awesome. The free beers are a big plus too. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at the Laneway fest in Brisbane expect from the Good Boy live show?
How good?! We’re still trying to figure out our set list but we're definitely gonna throw in some new ones. We’ve got half an hour so we’re going to cram as much as we can into our time slot, so don’t expect too much chat to be thrown on stage. Also expect some very short shorts.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
These Guy are absolute legends and this song always gets the positivity flowing. Shout out to that incredibly catchy guitar riff.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
This track is bloody relentless. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Definitely in our top 10 songs of the year.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last show we all went to was The Good Sports at The Foundry. We’ve never seen them before and they certainly didn’t disappoint. We also loved Sydney lads Greenwave Beth who were up earlier in the night.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
We’ve always had a big list of bands that we wanted to play with and made us love the local scene. Bands like Morning Harvey, The John Steel Singers, Blank Realm, Rolls Bayce, These Guy and Tempura Nights to name a few. We could go on forever but there is so many local acts putting on great shows that more people need to know about.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
2K16 is looking like it’s going to be busy – a lot of writing, recording and playing shows. We’re also looking to release our first EP very shorty which will include some touring!

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POP CULT

Featured Artist

2016

23

May

POP CULT

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Sunshine, QLD

Sunshine Coast 4-piece Pop Cult are the winners of our Big Pineapple Music Festival competition and will be taking their stomping feel-good rock'n'roll to the festival stage this Saturday, May 28.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The name hints at our influences; a bunch of classic pop writers (ELO, Fleetwood Mac, T-rex, David Byrne) in combination with great, yet under-recognised 'cult' acts (The Velvet Underground, Big Star, The West Coast Experimental Pop Art Band, Teenage Fanclub, Television) with some assorted Madchester and Britpop for good measure. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Father John Misty's various social media accounts provide unending amounts of inspiration in reminding us to develop a unique and personal voice in order to cut through the noise. He's the musical equivalent of Donald Trump - controversial, completely exaggerated and ridiculous but part of you always wonders whether it's genuine or contrived. Either way, having something to say is the point. 
 
You’re the winner of our Big Pineapple competition. What can punters at Big Pineapple expect from the Pop Cult live show?
Plentiful 'Kool-aid', sing-a-long choruses and we're working on a special cover- think 90's one hit wonders, speed-dealer sunnies and 'Karen, I love you!'. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My girlfriend once said, 'Don't give up your day job'.  
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Khe Sanh over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Paul Kelly - Before Too Long
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We're about to head out to see Client Liaison at our local - Sol Bar. We'll keep you posted on how the night unfolds, but we're big fans...
(later that night)
...This just in: choreography for days, Michael Jackson cover, who knew Tom Tilley could slap a bass?
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sunshine Coast music community that inspire you.
There are a number of super-talented emerging artists from the Sunshine Coast (Ayla, Battleships, Tempesst, Sahara Beck, Pilgrims etc.), but there are a bunch of unsung heroes (Brian, Dimmi and Alex at Sol Bar, Mark Pico, James Birrel) who've completely reinvigorated the coast into a hub for original live music, they've all given us a serious leg up. 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
We're releasing another single shortly, an EP in the next couple of months and a tour with Unearthed alumni Stonefield!

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Mallrat

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jul

Mallrat

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Brisbane, QLD

Mallrat is a Brisbane-based teenager with a knack for creating outrageously catchy pop tunes. She sings, she raps, she makes everybody dance.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’m still developing my sound!  I listen to everything so my music is a bit mish mash, I think that’s cool though.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
I want to document being human and imperfect and then make people feel something with that.
 
What can punters expect from a Mallrat live show?
Dancing!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I’m learning to drive right now and dad told me “know what you’re doing when you approach a roundabout” and “don’t spend your whole life slowing down for speed bumps”. These are both great metaphors for life.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I haven’t been to one in ages because there aren’t enough underage shows and I’m 17! I’ve seen Gill Bates a few times though, he always kills it.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
The Brisbane music scene is so supportive, it feels like a big family. Everyone in a band is in five other bands and if you go to a local hip hop show you’ll catch all the other guys dancing and rapping along for sure. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Make music, friends and travel.

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