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Dallas Atkins
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Dallas Atkins

Indie, Pop, Rock (the beatles, Bon Jovi, Christian Rock, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Karin Page
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Karin Page

Roots (#indie roots)

North Coast, NSW

Emma Beau
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Emma Beau

Indie, Pop, Roots (Kasey Chambers, Mind Over Matter, Jon English, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Amy Shark

Featured Artist

2016

29

Aug

Amy Shark

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Amy Shark is a young song writer, filmmaker and producer hailing from the Gold Coast. She's just released her gorgeous new single 'Adore' and she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It took a while for me to figure out my sound. Because I was so heavily influenced by a lot of different artists but as soon as I got it, and built a song using all the right ingredients i.e. mixing the right producers with the right sounds, it very quickly set me on fire and it all made sense after that.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think just listening to music in general inspires me. But I also use it as a release, so if there's some heavy shit going down or I feel a bit off I'll usually have a muck around on the guitar and see what happens. Sometimes nothing, sometimes magic.
 
What can punters expect from an Amy Sharks live show? 
Brutal honesty and sometimes I'm  a bit of a potty mouth lol. I like chatting about stuff between tracks, and seeing as all my songs are rather personal I can get pretty involved in the performance part too.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
"Who gives a f*ck about record labels and radio stations. Let's just do this for fun." - Shane Billings (current manager)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Seth Sentry - The Waitress Song. One of the best tracks ever. Plus Who doesn't get happy hearing the word breakfast?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
SIA - Breathe me. That's enough to break anyone in half. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
That's easy! Flume - Sleepless!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dylan Joel at the Cooly Hotel - so fun! super dope! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
We have some cool stuff happening on the GC. Serious talent is growing amongst the palm trees and coffee shops. Some locals I'm into are Georgia Mae, Jesswar, and Being Jane Lane. Sam Morris has really taken our music scene by the balls and thrown it in the spot light for the country to see. Which is rad! Someone had to do it. We are a quiet breed here on the GC. Most of us are more interested in skating, surfing, guzzling coffee and smashing acai bowls than promoting ourselves, but i think the country is slowly turning around to take a peak at us. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of stuff between Syd, Melb and America towards the end of this year. Since the release of 'Adore' there has been some cool people keen to give me a run so I'm keen as to make more music, release my EP and play a heap of shows!

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Alexander Biggs

Featured Artist

2016

12

Sep

Alexander Biggs

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Devastatingly evocative "sad boy folk" out of Melbourne's inner north.

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How did you first get into playing music?
I first got into music by just wanting to copy my sister - she played piano when I was quite young and I just looked up to her and wanted to copy her. So I've been playing piano for 15 or 16 years now. I started out doing just classical stuff then later found a lot of hardcore, emo and alternative bands that I got my angst out with, and from there got into contemporary music a bit more.
 
What sort of music were you exposed to when you were younger?
When I think about the music I was exposed to when I was younger I can only recall negative experiences. My mum raised me on a lot of Backstreet Boys and Shania Twain. I get that some people might like that, but it was a pretty dismal experience for me.
 
How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound through a lot of trial and error. Initially it was hardcore and alternative music that opened me up to how emotions can be conveyed in song. Through that I discovered artists like Elliot Smith, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver and other artists that know how to emote really well. So I think a lot of the process has been trying different things until something's clicked and since this has clicked it's been about finding the best way to convey and emote the things I want to say.
 
How would you describe your sound now?
I like to think of it as fairly honest music. I try not to dress it up too much. It's just an exploration of ideas that are going on in my head. My approach is to sing the songs in a way that is like you and I are just hanging out and I'm telling you what's going on. Describing it as "raw" might be a little cliche, but it is quite genuine and unfiltered. It's been called 'sad boy folk'. Just listen and have a cry.
 
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A lot of the inspiration for the songs I write just comes out as the songs manifest themselves. It feels like unconscious writing. It comes from a place that's quite heartfelt. The stories usually come from personal experiences or they are reflections on a personal experience. The occasional song will be inspired by a friends experience, but it's all pretty close to home.
 
How and where do you produce your songs?
I produce all my songs out of my bedroom in Thornbury, Melbourne. It's a beautiful area. My house is on the corner of a road, so there's a lot of heavy traffic going by. I record and mix all my music there - so that's why if you listen really close you'll probably hear a car or some birds in my tracks.
 
What do you do when you're not creating music?
When I'm not creating music, I'm performing music. It's become so much a part of my identity that I don't do much aside from create, record or play music. When I'm not playing my own stuff, I'm playing in mate's bands.
 
What can punters epect from an Alexander Biggs live show?
When you come to a live show you can expect me and an acoustic guitar. I'm working on putting a band together, but for now it's just me. It's a very simple setup and an even more honest experience than listening to my recordings, because there's no production or double-tracking. You can hear every word of my songs, plus I can give you some cheesy banter inbetween them.
 
Please tell us about the Melbourne music scene.
The Melbourne music scene is a beautiful and incredible thing, and I'm so blessed to be involved in something so genuine and cool. It's friendly and embracing, there's great venues and just so much incredible talent to play shows with.

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Gretta Ray

Featured Artist

2016

26

Sep

Gretta Ray

Melbourne, VIC

Unearthed High champ Gretta Ray is back with 'Unwind' - a stunning new song she recorded here at triple j.

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You've just released your new single 'Unwind'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing/recording again after the success of ‘Drive'?
Writing Unwind after the success of Drive was a fascinating challenge for me as a songwriter, due to the fact that Drive was one of those songs where all the elements kind of fell into place right from the beginning of the writing process; the piece came together in a rather organic way. For me, that rarely happens when writing music, and I had to consistently remind myself of that when writing Unwind, as it did not unfold as naturally as Drive did. That being said, once I had the bones of Unwind, I became excited about how different it sounded from anything that I’d ever written before, and once I arrived in Sydney to record it, I was so pleased that I had pushed myself to have a brand new song finished in time for that particular project. Concept-wise, the lyrics of Unwind intend to portray one’s thought process when going through a break up. More specifically, the moment when one comes to understand the extent of what they have lost, when they start to feel the weight of what the relationship became. I feel as though the lyric that best conveys that is “I am sure that there is more to this than I care to admit”. Hopefully this rings true with some listeners. This is a song for those that “feel it all”.
 
You recorded it at the triple j studios in Sydney. What was that recording process like compared to how you usually lay your tracks down?
The recording process at triple J was such an incredible opportunity; I got to work with some very special musicians and am so grateful for all of their time. The main difference between recording in Sydney and how I usually record was definitely the time constraints. We completed the production for this new song in the space of a day and half, which was a huge achievement for the whole team, considering that my usual producers and I spent a good few weeks on Drive. But despite it being a speedy process, it was as equally as fun and satisfying when we completed our work.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I spend a lot of time examining the way that I and others move through the world. I am constantly observing human interactions and human behaviour on the whole, and find that most of my ideas are born when I am taking note of one’s body language or the way that they are conversing with another. For example, there is a lyric in Drive that talks about someone having the ability to make one’s “tired eyes widen and cheeks turn rouge”. I like to focus on minuscule details such as these, details that have the potential to mean so much if they are explored in depth. So overall, I would say that choosing to watch and listen to those in around me has always been what has inspired me to write.
 
What's your go-to snack when making music?
If I’m writing? Hmmm.. okay, this isn’t interesting or original at all, but vegemite toast is definitely my go to. I consume so much bread on a day to day basic, it’s out of control. When I’m recording and making music in a studio environment however, I am hungry the entire time, so props to triple j for bringing me pastries and pizza when I was working in Sydney. Saved my life. 
 
What's your vision for the ultimate Gretta Ray live show?
Oh man, I’m not sure. I sure do think about it a lot, but I am yet to put a band together, as I have always played my shows acoustically; just me and my guitar.
Although, touring as a part of Japanese Wallpaper’s band was an eye opening experience in regards to what it takes to put on a good live show. I loved watching our support act, E^ST perform each night. She radiates so much energy on stage and is jumping and dancing almost the entire time, keeping the audience in the palm of her hand. I found that incredibly inspiring, so when it came to singing lead in Japanese Wallpaper’s set, I attempted to channel a similar energy. When school ends and I can start thinking about putting together a show of my own, I’d definitely like there to be moments where I can put the guitar down and move around on stage.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
I am very lucky in the sense that I seem to have wise, supportive people around me all the time, so I am constantly being offered amazing advice. My family has always taught me to be thankful for everything that comes my way and to be considerate of others. Although that’s very broad, I would say that’s the best advice that anyone can be given.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I Love Pop Music by Ben Lee. Maybe just Ben Lee in general. Ben Lee forever.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Consolation Prize by Montaigne. I cried on the plane to that song the first time that I listened to it.
OR Stranger In My Room by Kat Edwards. Hauntingly exquisite. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Get Down by Jess Kent. Banger and a half. I will never get over how good that song is. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and into 2017?
I am going to finish High School! HOORAY! Then straight after that, I’m flying to Nashville for 2 weeks alongside my mum to hang out with my producer, meet people, eat a lot of food and start work on what I hope to be a full length record. 2017 will consist of playing shows, writing a lot of songs and hopefully travelling back to the states if I can earn the money to do so.

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Maddy Jane
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Maddy Jane

Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, Pop, Rock, ...)

Hobart, TAS

The Money War

Featured Artist

2016

21

Nov

The Money War

Perth, WA

Treat yourself to the latest "near-perfect pop hit" from this exciting Perth duo.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I suppose it’s naturally a culmination of the music we love. We both like lots of different stuff like soul music, country, pop, RnB and rock. Dylan has been developing as a producer over the past few years now so his production taste definitely comes through in our sound (he produces our songs). People tend to associate ‘sun’ with our sound – I can’t really explain that because the songs tend to be written when we’re not happy. I like to think of it as turning a shit situation into something beautiful. The beach is a very prominent part of our life on the West Coast though so maybe that seeps in?
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Great songs, experiences, travel, nature. A lot of the songs we’ve written so far were written while traveling through America. It was a really bizarre but amazing experience that gave us plenty to write about!
 
What can punters expect from The Money War live show?
We’re a 5-piece band when we play live. You’ll get to hear a pile of songs that we haven’t released yet.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“It’s cool man” - Matt Shehan (our live guitarist)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I would have to say ‘Your Love’ by Middle Kids, they’re probably my favourite band at the moment – I’ve been listening to that song so much lately and it cheers me up. Dylan would play ACDC “shreds” – look it up, you can’t possibly not laugh!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
#1 Dads - So Soldier, and I mean cry in a good way. What an incredible song and Ainslie Wills absolutely nailed the performance. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The WA Music Festival, which is a really awesome showcase of WA bands. The whole city was alive and there was an overwhelming sense of enthusiasm around what Perth has to offer. We almost didn’t make it in time for our set because we locked ourselves out of the house!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Our manager Pete Carroll is one of the best people you’ll ever meet. He lives and breathes music and has backed us right through, years before we formed this band. 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
We have an EP that’ll be out early 2017 and we’ve just signed with Select Music so we’ll be playing some shows on the east coast, which we’re really looking forward to. We’re also heading over to Melbourne in February to record with Matt Redlich from Holy Holy.

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Dream Rimmy

What do you get when you combine a heavy dose of '90s influence with a 6-piece outfit? A massive wall of sound. That's Dreamy Rimmy in a nutshell, and you can catch the Perth shoegazers bring it at Laneway in Freo!

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

It's pretty 90s inspired. Lush pop songs with shoegaze/psych/trip hop vibe. Ali's all about that stuff and she writes most of it so that makes sense.

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

Ali comes up with the skeleton of the song but I think she just hears stuff she likes and learns from what she hears.

You'll be opening up Laneway for Unearthed this year. What can punters expect from a Dream Rimmy live show?

Well we have 6 members. So there's a fair bit of noise. Ali and George do lots of harmonies. lotta guitars and synths and stuff. We try and do the wall of sound thing. 

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

Don't drive through red lights - The Law.

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

You're The Voice - John Farhnam

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

You're The Voice - John Farhnam

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

You're The Voice - John Farnham

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

We just played North Freo pub crawl show in Fremantle. There were a lot of bands and it was v. kool.

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

So many good Perth musos & great community vibe. A++. It's very incestuous. Most of the bands have sharing members with other bands so it feels like a bit of a collective.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release our EP, record LP, tour a bunch, do some cool stuff.

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OKBADLANDS

Featured Artist

2017

6

Mar

OKBADLANDS

Brisbane, QLD

If you're wondering if it's possible to feel beautiful in every shape and form possible after listening to a piece of music then we have you covered. Kate and Sally will have you falling deep into their world with their band OKBADLANDS.

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

Kate: When we first started writing together, we had fairly different tastes in music. I listened mainly to jazz artists and Sally liked lots of different contemporary genres. But, as with picking up someone’s mannerisms when you hang around with them long enough, writing together meant we eventually took on each other’s tastes. There have been many other songs written before we came to where we are now, and we’re definitely still developing.

Sally: We also have a ‘no bad ideas’ policy. So even when Kate decides to whip out her flute or do wild diva vocals over one of our demos, we’ve resolved to hear each other out, and that allows us room for experimentation.

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

Kate: A combination of working and writing with other artists. I think perhaps it’s easy to get stuck in a creative rut when you hold your cards close to your chest. There is something expansive about doing music as a community with other artists. Sometimes we collaborate with our friends and end up with an utter flop, and sometimes it’s great.

Sally: I love elegant communication in all forms and pursuing that through music inspires me.

What can punters expect from an OKBADLANDS live show?

Kate: A whole lot of harmonies and groove. These are the things we are naturally drawn to and so we integrate them as much as possible. For most of OKBADLANDS’ life we have performed live as a four-piece band, but we’ve recently started doing some electronic shows as a duo, which allows for a different dynamic.

Sally: Us gals having a great time because playing live is our favourite thing, and hopefully said punters having a great time too. Grooves, harmony, and Kate telling the audience ‘what you can’t tell is that I’m usually funny’. We also like to wear sparkles.

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

Kate: ‘Just relax a little bit’ – my older brother, Peter, on account of the fact that I can be pretty rowdy sometimes.

Sally: Not given to me directly, but I read a collection of essays by Annie Dillard recently, and in one of them she wrote – ‘how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives’. Something given directly was an elderly lady who started talking to me on the bus once – as I was leaving she said ‘listen well, speak up, and always have flowers on the table.’ I took that to mean to be attentive and to prioritize contributing beauty to the world as an end in itself.

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

Kate: Asta - Dynamite

Sally: Gang of Youths – Native Tongue

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

Kate: Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over

Sally: Big Scary - Invest

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

Kate: Tame Impala – The Moment

Sally: Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock

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

Kate: I was away for a while, so BADBADNOTGOOD late last year. It was one of the best gigs we’ve attended together. There were bass-piano duos, people moshing to complicated rhythms, soprano sax solos – everything we could have asked for. They’re so skillful and they’ve developed an original sound that we both love.

Sally: The most recent would have been Fractures, who we supported last week. They were great – we loved seeing how the recordings were interpreted in a full-band setting.

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

Kate: We’ve worked alongside a lot of really inspiring people in the Brisbane music community and formed some close friendships. Everyone’s super tight-knit and encouraging.

Sally: There’s so many - GOVS, Golden Vessel, a new act called Akurei, The Creases, The Phoncurves, Seavera, Asha Jefferies, Mid Ayr, Clea – the list goes on. As well as amazing music photographers like Savannah van der Neit, all the sound techs and bookers at the venues here, and all the people who write insightful blogs and zines centred around music. And the legends over at 4ZZZ.

What are your plans for 2017?

Kate: A lot of new things! We’re so excited to release our debut EP later this year. It’s something we’ve been working really hard on for quite some time now. We’re going be playing our first ever headline show in Brisbane, and will hopefully be heading interstate as well.

Sally: Other than that, the plan is to keep writing and developing our sound.

Lastly, would you rather be average playing every instrument or amazing at playing just one instrument?

Kate: Gimme all of them.

Sally: I think I’d prefer to be amazing at just one.

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Greta Stanley
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Greta Stanley

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Roots (Indie, folk, Acoustic, ...)

Far North, QLD

St Joan
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