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Sun City
New

Artist

Sun City

Electronic, Pop (Electronic, beach, House, ...)

Perth, WA

The Jensens
New

Artist

The Jensens

Indie (Jensens, Brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

I Know Leopard

Featured Artist

2014

5

May

I Know Leopard

( )

Sydney, NSW

I Know Leopard are a Sydney five-piece making celestial, ‘70s inspired pop tunes with an unintentional penchant for pulling heart strings.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Collectively, we have a pretty wide variety of musical influences but the most important thing to us has always been the feels. For us, a song has to give you those warm, heady feelings in order for it to work. A big influence for I Know Leopard has come from a lot of the ballady, sunshine pop of the 70's like The Beach Boys, 10cc and Electric Light Orchestra. There's something about the warm, tight rhythm sections and romantic melodies that really hits home for us. So I guess we chose to engage with that vibe and try to bring a modernity to it.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Probably our friends. We are lucky enough to belong to a tight knit community of artists, musicians and filmmakers here in Sydney. Over the years, we have continued to collaborate and inspire one another. Its a wonderful thing to feel a sense of belonging to a group of like-minded people. It drives you further creatively and makes it all the more worth it. That's what 'Hold This Tight' is all about essentially. We wrote that song as a kind of ode to friendship and a vow of devotion to our little collective.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The most memorable advice we ever received was from one of our best buddies Josh Moriarty from Miami Horror and All The Colours. We were discussing how, as an unsigned band, the music industry can be a bit of a jungle to navigate when you're starting out your career. His advice was as profound as it was succinct - "Nah, all you gotta do is keep making rad shit." True that, we all thought.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
An oldie but 'The song formerly known as' by Regurgitator has never failed to transform my day upon one listen.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Autoluminescent by Rowland S Howard. A devastatingly beautiful song by one of my favourite Australian artists ever. The melancholy in that voice coupled with the fragility evoked by the instrumentation is for me the ultimate tear-jerker.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Probably Uncertainty by Jagwar Ma. I've lost myself on the d-floor a couple of times recently to that one. Its got such a great hook and makes you shake your ass at the same time as sending you into a psychedelic trance. Good combo.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was in Sydney but the band was actually a Melbourne outfit called Jimmy Tait. It was at this super cool, intimate little venue in Newtown called The Midnight Special. Uniquely, the stage there is split so that half the band plays on one side of the room and the other half plays on the other. Jimmy Tait were wonderful. Their songs were kind of like gothic tinged lullabies. The frontwoman's vocals were so effortlessly melodic and they just floated perfectly above the conversely dark and at times noise-esque vibe of the band. They were so enjoyable! I highly recommend.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Just as inspiring as all the amazing bands in Sydney are the venue bookers, managers and promoters who continue to put on gigs every week regardless of turnouts. It shows how much they do it for the love of music. A few years ago Sydney was experiencing a bit a lull in the live music scene but I think it's fast recovering thanks to all the new venues popping up around Sydney lately, giving more and more bands an outlet to present their work. As far as bands go, I really like it that Sydney doesn't have a signature sound. It is a city of largely disparate styles. We love Little Bastard, Battleships, The Laurels, Dappled Cities and our great comrades Rapids who have recently called it quits but have the most exciting new incarnation on the rise called 'Mossy' which is sure to blow everyone's minds.

What are your plans for I Know Leopard in 2014?
Well we just shot a clip for Daisy Eyes on the weekend so that will be out in a week or so.  Our EP, Illumina also drops on May 16th and we will be announcing a national tour to support it very soon! We have also been busy writing songs for a new record so we can't wait to bunker down in the studio once again.
 

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Froyo

Featured Artist

2016

14

Nov

Froyo

( )

Sydney, NSW

These Sydney synthpop upstarts have won a spot on The Plot festival lineup this Saturday in Parramatta.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
A few years ago, we watched the movie “Drive” (starring Ryan Gosling) and fell in love with its soundtrack (...plus Ryan Gosling). Feeling inspired, two of us sat down and started writing/producing songs together. Then one of our university mentors (Drew Crawford) heard what we were doing, and he said that we were like "the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie that never happened"... and his words really stuck with us... so much that we went ahead and made it our band slogan! But yeah, we’ve always been ardent fans of the 80s. It’s definitely the decade of music that resonates with us the most. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
Writing something that’s danceable, relatable, and ultimately memorable. When we write, our ethos is that “our music needs more than a dance beat... it needs a heart beat”. Also, I just wanna reach a point where, forty years from now, our songs become people’s go-to choices for karaoke. Yeah. That’s the dream. Karaoke. 
 
You’re the winners of our The Plot competition. What can punters at The Plot festival in Sydney expect from the Froyo live show? 
Cheesy pop goodness, awkward adlib, groovy dance moves, and maybe some coughing here and there (because Michael’s an old man... at heart). We also don’t have a “lead” singer. Michael and Allyson have this Stevie Nicks / Christine McVie thing going on – à la Fleetwood Mac. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
It came from another one of our university mentors (Clive Harrison) who told us about the "rocking chair test"... basically, if you've gotta make a life-changing decision, just picture an older version of yourself, sitting on a porch, quietly reflecting on life whilst in a rocking chair... you then have to ask yourself WHICH decision today is the one that (you think) you'll be happier with when you're sitting in that chair, nearing the end of your days... you might think it sounds grim, but it's actually an amazing way to frame your personal and professional choices in life. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
We’re listing multiple choices because we can’t quite decide between us, haha... first there’s “Cattle And Cane” by The Go Betweens – it’s groovy, but it’s essentially a sad song. Then there’s “Heaven” by Eurogliders – a song about longing for somewhere better. And then lastly, “Electric Blue” by Icehouse – it may not cheer you up lyrically, but the chorus just feels so damn uplifting that it always makes me smile, regardless of mood. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
Again, we got options here... “Daisy Chains” by Youth Group – you have to stare out of a window to get the full experience on this one. “Knuckles White Dry” by Gang Of Youths – lyrically, musically, and just beautifully heartbreaking stuff. And then “Death By Chocolate” by Sia – it’s about embracing your tears, and it reassures you that mourning is a very important part of the healing process. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
“Need You Now” by Cut Copy – it’s a slow builder, so we’ll need smoke machines to set the mood, eventually bringing out the strobes when we hit that climax. Another option is “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield – it’s a crowd-pleaser for sure, and it’s so hard not to get into that chorus. And this last one’s super nostalgic, but “Strawberry Kisses” by Nikki Webster – look, just don’t fight it, ok? Sweet <3 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it? 
We watched Body Type a few weeks back. Though we sound nothing like each other, we still love seeing that raw, unproduced garage band vibe when we go out sometimes. Also, they have a bit of a Beach House vibe, and we LOVE Beach House very much. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
We’ve met and befriended creative minds like Phebe Starr, Ross Henry, Sparrows, and The Tapes. In particular, meeting fellow 80s-inspired producers like Jordan F has been great for us, as he’s been championing a stronger community among us retro/synthwave artists. Through him, we’ve connected with other names like Atolla and Vast Hill, and it’s been great having that kind of connection among bedroom producers – where you can just casually send each other your demos, give constructive feedback, share our favorite gems from the 80s, talk about the industry and help build each other up into better artists. You can’t grow to your full potential until you surround yourself with a positive, encouraging, and inspiring environment. So far, we’ve been very lucky to find that here amongst all the noise. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
To keep creating and focusing on new songs before all other things. Because so far, whenever we got the song right, everything else just seemed a lot easier for us – things like gigs, blog spots, radio play, and even making new musical friends – so yeah. The song always comes first for us.

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LASTLINGS
New

Artist

LASTLINGS

Electronic, Indie, Pop (LASTLINGS, Dream-Pop, alternative)

Gold Coast, QLD

N.Y.C.K.

Featured Artist

2016

17

Oct

N.Y.C.K.

Melbourne, VIC

This Melbourne duo have made one of the most memorable debuts of 2016.

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How did you develop the nyck sound?
What we stumbled upon really early with the nyck sound was that because Dom and I sing really well together and just have a really good sense of each other in terms of the way we sing, that we really decided that we didn’t need much else. So the whole process with our recording so far has been about taking things away rather than adding them. Some bands are really intricate and then for us it’s just like, we struck this really great feel with just vocals and piano.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We’re always inspired by the little things that say a lot. The way that some writers can talk about the smallest details that you could easily pass off as nothing, and make them seem so important. Mike Skinner does it in The Streets. He’ll be writing a love song and throughout, he’ll keep talking about how the girl is spinning an ash tray on the table. Or he’ll say he’s “looking to the left slightly, then looking back down.” It puts you right where he is, and says so much about the way he’s feeling without actually saying it. We’re inspired by writers who can put you in a moment in just a few lines. 
 
What can punters expect from the nyck live show?
We’ve been through this really great process with our live show. It’s been the same with our recordings - we started with all these layers and parts and then slowly stripped everything back. We’re really comfortable singing together, and feel like the songs and the lyrics are strong, and that the vocals and the melodies and harmonies come together really beautifully. So everything else is in the background. There’s a lot of stillness and silence. But we like to think there’s something brave in silence. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We’ve got our EP into this really great demo stage, and we’ve been really careful in trying to finish it. And worried about finishing it the right way. Maybe a little too worried. The other night, a good friend of ours, Chris Rigney, told us that the imperfections are what make it sound unique. It’s so true in music. It’s often the mistakes and imperfections and idiosyncrasies that make it sound your own. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Things of Stone and Wood - Happy Birthday Helen
Because the lead singer, Greg Arnold, wrote it for his girlfriend Helen on her 21st birthday. He wasn’t trying to write a hit or anything, it was just, like, a recount of their relationship and all of the things they’d done together. Then he took it to the band and they turned it into a hit song. The best thing is that they’re still married today, 25 years later.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Leonardo’s Bride - Even When I’m Sleeping 
Dom is listening to this song right now while we’re at the airport on the way to Sydney, where we’re playing our first show. We both think this is one of the most beautiful Australian songs ever written. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Crowded House - Mean to Me
Because everyone sings along to Crowded House songs. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dom and I had too many beers at the pub last week and then tried to get into the Montaigne show at The Corner on a whim, but it was sold out and we couldn’t get in. Dom tried to sweet talk the guy at the bar and the lady at the door but no dice, so we went to get a falafel/kebab instead. 
At Big Sound in Brisbane recently we loved Sampa The Great, Olympia, Mallrat and Lanks.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Dom and I both love Hayden Calnin’s music, a lot. We’ve been listening to his production and love how patient and slow and beautifully constructed it is. His song ‘Nothingness’ is everything. We’ve been listening to it heaps lately. We also love our manager, Pete Sofo, because he shows great belief in us and literally forces us to be inspired by filling our calendars with events and shows and sessions. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
We’ve written our EP, 10 Years and 12 Weeks, so we’re just putting the finishing touches on it for the rest of the year. Lyrically, it’s a concept EP. It’s about how you go through great stretches of your life really stable and centred. And then every so often, it all falls away in the space of just a few weeks. In this case, it was 12 weeks. It wasn’t meant to be conceptual, but all of the lyrics tied together and told a different piece of the story, starting with a song about the breaking point called ‘Decision’ and ending with a resolution called ‘This Might Be My Year.’ 
 
Along with that, we’re paying Valley Fiesta in Brisbane, Supporting Emma Louise at The Corner in Melbourne in November, and playing our debut shows in Melbourne and Sydney. 
 
We also want to start writing the next EP or album, but we want to try something a little different and see some of Australia while we do it. The plan is to pack up and hit the road and stay in some road side motels in the desert. Maybe drive across to Western Australia, and all the way up the west coast into Northern Territory. There has to be an EP on that road somewhere.

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RÜFÜS

Artist

RÜFÜS

Dance, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Shady Nasty
New

Artist

Shady Nasty

Punk

Sydney, NSW

Alpha
New

Artist

Alpha

Dance, Electronic

North Coast, NSW

LUNA MAY.
New

Artist

LUNA MAY.

Electronic, Pop (Producer, Electronic, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Woodes
New

Artist

Woodes

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Isabel
New

Artist

Isabel

Indie, Pop (isabel, Indie, Soul, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

BOO SEEKA

Featured Artist

2015

20

Jul

BOO SEEKA

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney duo Boo Seeka have been together less than a year but already have two great singles to their name, a European tour under their belt, national tours on the horizon and they are this weeks Unearthed Feature Artist. Impressive stuff, huh?

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
It's still developing. We only met the last week of December last year. So we've been putting it together as we go along. Making it up. We feel like we've really struck on something and and we're headed back into the studio with a few ideas soon. We recently toured Europe and owing to the extraordinary generosity of a dude there - who drove us around (Germany, Holland, Belgium and France), we found ourselves with a bit of time on our hands so we came back with a stack of ideas. At the moment I guess we classify as some sort of mutant soul/trip hop/dreamtronica. Or Something. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I wouldn't really feel you can cut off any angle of inspiration. Whether it's from listening to music or your everyday doings. The Swans, they're an inspiration. Massive Attack. The Princess Bride. Bootleg Rascal's QDome - he's an inspiration. Realistically we'll take it anyway it slaps us.
 
What can punters expect from a Boo Seeka live show?
You could reasonably expect some solid arse otherworldly material. Na, it's a post disco, trip hop tyranny. Sammy Seeka has what most people rate as an ok looking dial, so that's got to go in there, that plus some danceable beats some dicey dance moves from onstage and our own take on performance. Hey, we've got something. From time to time we'll have speccy guests too and we've got a bunch of material now. I don't know, a lot.   
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
This opens a big door, doesn't it? I'll slip through a couple of things while it's ajar. "Don't listen to me" was one. I can't remember who told me now, which I guess is a pivotal thing. But I remember thinking that's as good a piece of advice as I'm going to hear today when they told me. I also like a couple of more general quotes/pieces of advice - Winston Churchill's answer to the question of cutting funding to arts by saying: "Then what are we fighting for?" And Jim Carrey said "I learnt that you could fail doing something that you didn't want to do," when he was talking about his father.  
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
Would it depend on what was happening? Maybe Ball Park Music? I'm not sure, what are they crying for - that could influence it. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Anything from Idol. Or you know, one of those franchises. They make me cry. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Geez. Bad/Dreems: Hiding to Nothing. Vallis Alps. Lyall Moloney: Running For You. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Caught Alpine a week ago. First time seeing live, epic, cracking new single by these guys. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I'd say look to the new Bootleg Rascal record. I've heard it and it's great, there's a cracker on there called Asleep In the Machine. That's going to be real good that record. We've worked with them a bit - they just told me it hasn't been released yet.
I find that you kind of have to make the most of wherever you are and whatever there is, when you're speaking about a music community. It's pretty hard core to be in Sydney and involved in music at the minute but I guess it's been that way for a while. That said, venue wise, the Newtown Social is a great venue and we did 3 gigs in a residency/run at the Hibernian and if the lifts had been working for the gear that we had to ship in there, that would have been pretty perfect too. Mind you I don't think they'll be having us a back in a rush - we made a bit much noise for them I'd say - seemed like it. There's a stack of really creative stuff going on in Australia in general, Sammy's just mentioned an act Cooper Pedy University band with a song called Kookaburra. I haven't listened to that yet but i just saw that the labels called Krautback - that's something eh. I love some of the guys that have been out there running creative for a while, I'm a big fan of Katalyst and anything Ashley does in general. The guy we work with on production Ian, has a new thing that he's working on -  he's been calling it Kel. E not sure - we'll tag it into something when it's done. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Funny you should mention that, we're looking into buying new banana lounges and cuban cigars and floating off into the sunset. 
Na, really it is funny you ask because we've just looked it up and it looks something like this - there'll be another single later in the year at some stage and we already know which song that is.
1) Hit the studio now and get 10-14 tracks up to speed before September - so that's busy.
2) AUGUST: release an EP which will have both those songs plus two more and perhaps an acoustic version of Kingdom Leader 
3) AUG & SEPT: national tour as main support for SAFIA 
4) OCT: another support - watch this space
5) NOV: head back to Europe for last 3 weeks of November - and now into the first week of December - Holland, UK and Belgium 
6) DEC: 3 festivals for the New year period 
7) Have the album ready for release early next year - artwork and all recording done in Nov. 
8) FEB: headline tour for Feb or perhaps March next year 
9) Have the album ready release for late Feb or early March 2016

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sydneyandstreet
New

Artist

sydneyandstreet

Dance, Electronic, Indie (Electronic, Instrumental, Chill, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Flowe
New

Artist

Flowe

Dance, Electronic (IDM, Instrumental, hip hop, ...)

Perth, WA

SAFIA

Featured Artist

2013

15

Apr

SAFIA

Canberra, ACT

Electro-indie 3-piece SAFIA are the Canberra winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They'll be joining the incredible festival line-up at the University of Canberra on Sunday 28 April.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

Our music is heavily beat and synth driven with elements of live instrumentation like guitar, piano and vocal. We write most our tracks with the intention of getting people up to dance and party but at the same time we try to add depth to the songs through meaningful vocals and thoughtful melodies and chord progressions. We usually write our tracks in full on acoustic instruments like piano and guitar and then bring them into the studio and begin producing. It is this process that we believe gives our songs a unique sound. We all have very diverse musical backgrounds and musical tastes and we have all been playing music together since way back in primary school. It is these diverse backgrounds and mutual understanding of one another’s writing and performing styles that is a key aspect of our sound.

You’re the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be joining the line up at the Canberra leg of the festival. What can Groovin The Moo punters in Canberra expect from the SAFIA live show?

Groovin’ The Moo goers in Canberra should expect to get an early wake up call when they see our set. Expect a lot of energy, big production and big vocals. Those who have seen us play before know that we have a lot of gadgets that we use to make our electronic sounds truly come across as a live performance and that we wont stop until we’ve got everyone up and dancing and jumping around.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

We are most looking forward to getting out on stage and sharing our music with so many new people. We love festivals because you meet so many new people and discover so much new music. Some artists we are particularly excited to see are Midnight Juggernauts, Tame Impala, Shockone, Last Dinosaurs and The Kooks. However, with a lineup this good it’s going to be hard to decide who to see on the day.

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

We’ve received lots of advice for all aspects of life over the years but one of best pieces of advice that we have taken on board concerning our attitude towards music would have to be from a man by the name of Wally De Backer, better known as Gotye. Although the advice was not directed at us specifically we took it on board. In a media interview he said the most important thing is to keep writing no matter what and not to give up when your tracks don’t get received as well as you would like.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We really hope that we can make 2013 a big year for ourselves. We have extremely big goals which seem incredibly ambitious at the moment but if you had told us this time last year that we would be given the triple j Unearthed spot to play at Groovin’ The Moo we probably would have just laughed. At the moment apart from preparing for Groovin’ The Moo we are currently putting the finishing touches on our first full single release, which we hope to have ready by the end of the month. This will be followed by a mini tour along the east coast where we hope to at least visit Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. But most importantly we plan to just keep writing and producing music and to keep pushing ourselves to get better and improve at what we do.

Australian music is…?

...Everything! We honestly think that Australia produces some of the most unique, groundbreaking and downright amazing music in the world. It’s hard to believe how much talent there is in this country. One of the best aspects about Australian music is that there are so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Australians are incredibly lucky to have sites like triple j Unearthed who discover so many incredible Australians.

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Montaigne

Featured Artist

2014

26

May

Montaigne

( )

Sydney, NSW

Montaigne is the stage name of 2012 Unearthed High finalist Jessica Cerro. Since impressing us with her Unearthed High entry 'Anyone But Me' she has taken a couple of years to refine and develop her sound - and boy oh boy was it worth the wait! The first offerings from her forthcoming EP are big and bold and beautiful, and available here on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound is rather intertwined with my subconscious so however I feel as a human being mentally, intellectually and spiritually shapes the kind of sound that manifests in my mind and which I seek to give substance to. I have very few production skills and play only two instruments, one (the piano) at a very basic level, so the way the songs ended up on the EP was shaped largely by the big conceptual ideas I was throwing at Tony who produced it and the way that Tony understood them. And of course by the references I gave, such as M83, Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Björk, Sigur Rós etc. I think the greatest influences in the development of my sound were the sounds of other artists, my own holistic self-development and of course the second party (Tony) involved (when someone else is involved, they’re always going to imbue a small piece of themselves). I do a lot of humming, too, and have a penchant for harmonies.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life, I suppose. Things as they happen to me. Anything which elicits a creative reaction from me. I don’t like to force the process of making music, music for me is like something that’s always happening in my body and every now and again it seeks outlet. When I sit down and say, okay, I’m going to write a song now, whatever I write is crap. It’s when I surprise myself with a line or a quick melody that I write my best songs, they develop from there. Spontaneity is key.

What can punters expect from a Montaigne live show?
Some pretty loud vocals and some pretty wild gesticulation. Something you should engross yourself in and join. Whatever joining means to you.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I get this advice from many people, amongst them my parents and even John Watson, one of Australia’s most successful managers: don’t underestimate yourself. Or further than that, trust yourself. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I get told that a lot with regards to my songwriting and my voice. And it’s important that I hold to that because I get frustrated easily if what’s in my head just won’t come out of me in exact form.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Rock It by Little Red. Always.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Providence by Lisa Mitchell. Wouldn’t be tears of sadness though, more tears of wonder.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
My People by The Presets. Ooft.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last gig I went to was Big Scary at Manning Bar. The band was freaking great, just their presence was enough to satisfy me I love Big Scary so much.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I have a good friend who’s soon to put out a first single under the artist name Dead Language who constantly impresses me with his ability to balance uni, music and work. He’s got a really strong voice too, his growl power is crazy. He’s someone I can talk to about all the music stuff which I really appreciate, and he’s really passionate about it which I also really admire.
 
What are your plans for Montaigne in 2014?
In the immediate future, I’ll be on a panel for ABC Splash & Unearthed High in June where I’ll be performing a couple of songs acoustically. In the more distant future, there’ll be gigs coming up and I’ll be starting a new record…
 

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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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Matt Corby

Artist

Matt Corby

Indie, Pop (yay finally)

Sydney, NSW

Tkay Maidza

Featured Artist

2013

4

Nov

Tkay Maidza

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Adelaide, SA

Stomp your feet to the banging dance-floor-rap of young Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

I basically began rapping from mimicking the young money crew - Nicki Minaj, Lil wayne etc - and my friends and I used to make funny videos and just chuck them up on Youtube as a good past time. From there on I just decided to write originals but they weren't anything special. I was picked for an initiative called N1 and that's how I was paired up with Badcop. After ‘Handle My Ego’ I realized there were more realms in Hip Hop and music in general and I declared myself an alternative rapper. Im still trying to find what my ‘thing’ is but I love the whole rave/craziness due to my short attention span, ha!

What were the artists or songs that initially inspired you to get into music?

Ahh there’s so many! Mostly mainstream musicians like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Rihanna, Lil wayne, Outkast inspired me mainly. Bottoms up by Nicki Minaj and Power by Kanye West were my first ever remixes I posted on Youtube like 2 years ago.

What are the pros and cons of being an underage artist and performer?

The Cons: That it’s previously been a struggle for me to play at clubs, or to hang around after my gigs because of the licencing of the venues. Sucks. Also maybe not being taken seriously sometimes can be annoying, but its not that much of a bad thing, I just have to prove them wrong. The Pros: It would be just to have the opportunity, I guess you get treated specially because people are like ‘Ahh she’s only this young’ its a great feeling to know that I’m doing well for my age or just in general.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that currently inspire you?

There’s so many bands, producers and people in Adelaide to name, I cant even deal. The Killgirls have the coolest light show and intensity/energy in their live show - its definitely what I’d like for my live show in the future. Bad//Dreems - they’re the coolest dudes ever, so humble, so funny and they’re so talented and they’re doing so well right now it's insane. Every rapper in Adelaide is an inspiration for me, people are so passionate for Hip Hop - I like what Allday is doing - his versatility and creativity in music is so cool, jealous. Theres so many more musicians I want to name but I’d be here all day. (see what I did there?)

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

I used to play tennis really competitively and I think the sport has taught me that once one point ends you have to carry onto the next one win or lose - if you dwell on something that happened 10 minutes ago you could/will lose. So in other words my coaches and the sport have told me not to dwell in the past but always live in the present, working onto the bigger picture (which is winning the game). Which is so relevant in music. You have to keep on moving!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I have my first ever tour coming up, the ‘Brontosaurus Tour’. So excited! That's during November and December. Also planning on releasing the music video for Bronto as well!

Australian music is…?

That hot chick next door that everyone has started realising is so hot and wants to know. Like seriously, give it a few more months and this chicks going to get so many inboxes on Facebook. I’m so excited to see what happens in the next few months, and I think its something so special to be a part of.

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The Rubens

Featured Artist

2011

31

Oct

The Rubens

( )

Sydney, NSW

The Rubens are a 4-piece from the tiny town of Menangle, NSW. The 3 brothers and 1 childhood friend are responsible for some of the finest soul-soaked blues in the country. Super smooth!

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

Our music is all about soul.. We wanted to create something new, a kind of blend of genres, so we started writing songs that were heavily influenced by early blues and soul... It is really simple and easy to create our sound, we use lots of reverb and tremolo, organ sounds, and hip-hop influenced drums. We write and record our songs in our bedroom at home which definitely contributes to our raw and relaxed sound.

What’s The Rubens live show like?

Soaked in reverb and warm tremolo guitar tones with underlying classic blues organ sounds.

The Rubens are from Menangle, a regional NSW town. What’s it like being a band in Menangle?

As far as we know, we are the only band in Menangle, and we're pretty sure no one knows or cares that we are in a band. Menangle is 10 minutes down the road from a larger town called Camden, there's pubs and restaurants there but not really a music scene. This means we travel into Sydney most weekends to play our shows. Its quite a good thing being out in the countryside while writing music; not so many distractions.

What are the best and worst things about ¾ of the band being brothers?

Good things: Conveniently being in the same house to rehearse and write. Being completely comfortable criticising each others musical ideas. Maybe one day we could have a gallagher brothers kind of feud with a bust up on stage.... good publicity. Bad Things: We don't always get along, just your typical sibling rivalry and such. Each of us has certain annoying habits.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?

We've got some really exciting stuff in the pipeline. We are heading to Brisbane and Melbourne for shows in december which will be great as we haven't played there yet. 2012 is going to be a big one for The Rubens! We're heading over to New York in January to record our debut album. We've got a really big producer on board so hopefully come march 2012 we will have a great album ready to go!

Australian music is…?

...A good idea...ha ha. Australian music is great though, and most good bands coming out these days owe a lot to Triple J and Unearthed. In such a tough industry artists are given the opportunity to be discovered and thats great. Its helped us so far!

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MEG MAC

Featured Artist

2013

11

Nov

MEG MAC

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer Meg Mac is one of the winners of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne this NYE. She has a huge voice, huge tracks and a huge future ahead of her.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?

I have been singing for a long time and like most people, I learned to sing by copying and trying to sound like other singers. I didn't work out my own thing really until I started writing, with no reference for my unsung songs I was forced to create a sound. But you can definitely hear all my influences I think and I love that they're always changing and so is my voice and writing. Growing up I listened to lots of soul thanks to my Dad, my Mum sings Irish folk songs and I was obsessed with pop of course. I like big voices and a bit of that drama - the ones that sing because they have to or they would die sort of thing, like Edith Piaf.

You’re the Victorian winner of our Falls Festival competition and will be playing the festival in Lorne at the end of the year. What can Falls punters expect from the Meg Mac live show?

I will be playing on New Years Eve and I am going to sing my little heart out. I play with two boys, a drummer and keys player and my little sister sings backing for me, it's pretty cute and she sounds just like me. Expect some electronic elements, big piano sounds, hand claps and lots of singing by me. We have new songs which we are going to play and help everyone get ready for the big day of music ahead and hopefully Meg Mac can help people feel ready to take on the new year.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

This is my favourite thing to happen to me all year and I still read the lineup every day just to give me that special feeling. Apart from actually playing, which is what I am definitely most looking forward to, it is all of the other bands and artists that are playing. Getting to watch all of their sets and then just the whole festival vibe, the camping, the photos, the people, the bands, the NYE thing - it is just guaranteed good times. And Solange.

What’s your earliest memory of performing music? How old were you?

I first started proper singing (singing lessons etc) when I was nine and once I discovered that I had a big voice, I could not get enough of Vanessa Amorosi…please don't judge me. 'Absolutely Everybody' was my favourite.

What else is coming up for you in 2013 and then looking into 2014?

I've got a few gigs coming up before the big Falls, that's what I call it now. On the 29th November I am supporting Georgia Fair at Howler in Melbourne. My 2014 is shaping up to be a pretty good year so far, it looks like my first album will be on its way! And I am looking forward to more stuff happening to me, and some more songs to happen to me too.

Australian music is…?

A lot of the time I will listen to music and not know/care where it comes from, but it is pretty awesome when I know something is Australian and suddenly I feel a little bit proud? It is weird, like I am suddenly connected to the music because the artist is Aussie just like me and my dreams become a little more achievable.

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San Cisco

Featured Artist

2010

21

Dec

San Cisco

( )

Perth, WA

San Cisco are from Fremantle in sunny Western Australia. On the weekends they love to go skateboarding, play video games and make a bit of indie pop on the side.

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Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?

We are fascinated by new music and what goes in and out of style. We all have similar musical taste which makes collaborating artistically a little bit easier. Classic influences like the Beatles, Dylan, Bowie, 70's Lennon, Rod Stewart are still in the back of our minds. But, at the moment we are writing with 17 years of musical influence, so we are over loaded with different influences which has made our sound vary quite a bit between songs. It makes it harder for people to listen to our music and recognize it as our music. For example, on one end of the scale there are the mariachi style guitar licks of 'True Dat', and then on the other end there are some electro keys in songs like 'Straight Through' and 'Girls Do Cry'.

How long have you guys been playing live and what should the audience expect?

We tend to put a lot of thought into our set lists, arranging them in a way that still has a good energy at the beginning as well as maintaining a kind-of dynamic that evokes a good energy in the audience. We have been playing as a band for about 2 years and have since started to develop a stage presence. This however is definitely something we are still working on, like out music, it is under constant development.

Highlights of this year for the band?

About 3 months ago we had to change our name after we discovered another band called King George. So we went through that grueling process and all decided on San Cisco. Also we played Southbound at the start of the year as well as a few other festivals which were awesome.

What’s coming up in the future?

The calendar is looking pretty good at the moment with the release of our debut EP, Golden Revolver, coming up on February 4th. As well as some other great gigs such as The Big Day Out, St Jerome laneway festival and we have a trip over east lined up where we are playing FUSE festival in Adelaide and we have a gig in Melbourne, opening for Stonefield. Exciting++

Australian music is?

Australian music is where its at.

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GL

Featured Artist

2014

6

Oct

GL

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne duo GL are all about glowing synths, gritty drum-machines and stratospheric vocals. Jump in their DeLorean, a world of deep bass and hypnotic grooves await.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Graeme and I have been playing music together for about eight years and this is our first project writing the music just the two of us. I guess we know each other pretty well, so that helps. It's great to be in a totally equal project, where we can trust each other has our back. Musically we love music that has soul and intent. The are a lot of late 70's and 80's influenced sounds, this was a fertile time and the birth of most electronic music as we hear it today. We try to keep it authentic and based on song form and structure. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Everyday stuff, watching what people do and how we behave. For us music shouldn't be exclusive, we all feel the same things. 
 
What can punters expect from the GL live show?
Two people giving it a red hot go. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Never underestimate being happy with what you are doing, don't worry about what comes next' - Beth my housemate
 
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?
Courtney Barnett at the Corner Hotel - Amazing!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Chris Gill from Northside record store...supporting local music and keeping the fight alive! Community radio music hosts, Phil Gionfriddo (Jacky Winter), Eagle and the Worm crew, Saskwatch crew, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Andras Fox, Waxo Paradiso, Sui Zhen...so much!
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
We are playing some EP launch shows October 25th (Melbourne) and November 1st (Sydney). Hopefully play some more shows over summer and start writing/record an album. :) 

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FØRD
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FØRD

Electronic (Chillstep, chillwave, Future Bass, ...)

North Coast, NSW

MUTO

Featured Artist

2017

21

Aug

MUTO

( )

Sydney, NSW

Staking his claim as 2017's breakout producer, Sydney based electronic artist MUTO pairs up with Emerson Leif on the brand new infectious, silky smooth and synth-driven track, 'Say Nothing'.

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

My music is a fusion of genres in which I try to take the most important or standout features from each and mold it into something of my own. I developed my sound by being consistent with certain instruments and synths that I felt were cohesive with the overall vibe I want to portray through my music.

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

I don't think there is one main source for my inspiration as that can limit creativity. I take inspiration from a range of things and genres, such as peculiar percussion rhythms or strange samples that have some kind of melodic potential that I can then manipulate to my own taste. I try to get as weird and creative as possible with what I'm working with whilst still trying to keep things relatable.

What can punters expect from a MUTO live show?

You can expect to hear unreleased music, edits & remixes (new and old) and hear myself jam on the keyboard to some of my recent releases.

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

"Everything matters, but nothing matters that much." - Dad

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

Bluejuice - 'Vitriol'.

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

Ta-ku - 'Heartbreak'.

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

The Presets - 'My People'.

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

Human Movement in Sydney. Epic!

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

Jack Grace, Winston Surfshirt and Cosmo's Midnight are all doing great things in their respective fields at the moment. I also have huge respect for anyone in the industry trying to help keep the city of Sydney alight in such a dark time for music and entertainment, whether it be organising or just being proactive in supporting local artists and events.

What are your plans for 2017?

My plans are to continue touring all around Australia and then hit Europe to play some big shows with Odesza! I'm also currently making the final touches on my debut EP, which is due out in October!

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Aphir
New

Artist

Aphir

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Experimental, Avant-pop)

Melbourne, VIC

Black Summer
New

Artist

Black Summer

Dance, Electronic (#Dance, Trance, #electronic, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Flume
New

Artist

Flume

Electronic, Indie (toro y moi, Moderat, m83)

Sydney, NSW