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Benny Walker
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Benny Walker

Rock, Roots (folk, Soul, roots rock, ...)

Riverina, NSW

Aodhan

Featured Artist

2020

1

Jun

Aodhan

( )

Illawarra, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and our Unearthed High Indigenous winner for 2019, Aodhan!

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

I have, and still am developing my sound by listening lots of different music that I like. I really like the sounds I hear in a lot of the dream pop/bedroom pop music I listen to as well as coastal/indie folk. I still aim to find a nice mix between both genres

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

Again, mainly listening to other people’s music. But there are times where an idea will just come to me, usually when I’m in a cool environment

What can punters expect from your live show?

It’s just me and my guitar at the moment. However I do want to build it up a bit more and I am in search for a band.

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

The best advice I’ve been given is probably just to stay true to myself. I’ve heard this from just about everyone I care about. Very cliché, I know, but it is a very important thing 

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

'It’s Nice To Be Alive' by Ball Park Music.

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

'Car Ride' by Alexander Biggs (been loving Alexander Biggs lately).

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

'You Were Right' by RÜFÜS DU SOL.

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

I could be wrong because it’s been a while now, but it was most likely one of my dads gigs. It was quite pleasant I would say, as usual.

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

The bands and artists that inspire me would probably be the ones I’m friends with like Floodway, and Loons. These guys are all around my age and they’re so incredibly talented, it’s nuts! They’re also some of the best mates I’ve ever had!

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Valley Onda
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Valley Onda

Electronic, Indie (#indie, #electronic, #new, ...)

Sydney, NSW

ANGUS DAWSON
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ANGUS DAWSON

Electronic, Indie (Producer, Perth, Electronic, ...)

Perth, WA

Piecey
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Piecey

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

Tom Milek
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Tom Milek

Indie, Pop (alternative, Bright Eyes, Whitley, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Riley Pearce
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Riley Pearce

Indie, Pop, Roots (Indie, folk, roots, ...)

Perth, WA

Resin Moon
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Resin Moon

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Synths, Northern Territory, ...)

Alice Springs, NT

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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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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