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peter sonic
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peter sonic

Electronic, Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

RUBY FIELDS

Featured Artist

2017

9

May

RUBY FIELDS

Sydney, NSW

Sydney's Ruby Fields, tripled her followers in just 24 hours making 'I Want' one of our favourite discoveries of 2017. Let her confidence, power and attitude consume right through you.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
It's been a pretty long process from learning different instruments at like 7 years old to learning to build them as I get older and wanting to understand the science of it all, that's sort of where I got the rocky vibe to my songs from (wanting heavy drums and guitar riffs with a tonne of pedals and shit). So I guess over time I've dappled in different genres but overall I just love a good old thrash of instruments and playing it loud with mates on stage. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Kinda like I mentioned, I love the science behind it all. My mates dad taught (and is still teaching me) how to build and repair guitars, amps and pedals and I couldn't be more stoked.
 
Learning new things every day and also being able to write pretty honest lyrics that work with a melody I'm feeling and just combining all that into a song that I can put out to people (who could potentially relate to or like it at all) is pretty huge.
 
I guess another cliche answer is that I grew up in a house that constantly listened to AC/DC, Guns n Roses, Fleetwood Mac and the other classics so I always loved making music and started writing super young. 
 
What can punters expect from a Ruby Fields live show?
 
I definitely love just equipping myself with a dry sense of humour on stage without talking too much between songs. I'm not really stoked on a set unless I'm soaked with sweat by the end of it whether I played shit or not, I think people get into your music when you're into it. 
 
That, beer drinking and some dodgy songs about dodgy things and hopefully a sick time? What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from? I'd like to consider myself fairly quiet unless I'm involved in a pretty good two way convo with someone, a mate once said you learn the most about people and situations when you sit back a little from the bustle and watch what's going on as much as you're getting involved. I think that's pretty clever and applicable to every segment of life, even music. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
When I was hungover in the studio the other day, my bassist Brad kept playing Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool and it somehow revived me and I immediately felt like I could stomach food. That has to stop anyone from crying. 
 
Wish You Were Dead by Peter Bibby - cheeky song that always manages to get the shittiness out of me.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
There's gotta be heaps but You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog by Holy Holy is all time. Their guitarist is an insane genius - that solo always gives me goose bumps. One of those sit in the shower and empty your head just to listen to it kinda tunes. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
I'm more into moshing than dancing so I'll always go the DZ Deathrays "Gina Works At Hearts" route and songs of the like, so much more fun. That or go way back to "Come Said The Boy" by Mondo Rock. Genius. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Last local gig I went to was probably my mates Uncle Axel who had a headline at one of the local hotels. It proper went off with all the familiar faces, heaps of bevs and I even jumped up to play rhythm guitar on a song in their set which made it a real hectic time for me (despite almost being too drunk to find the guitar that was literally in its case). 
 
They're playing at my headline show at the Huddy soon to, so keen. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
 
To be honest I've been insanely lucky for the opportunities I've been provided with at such a young age, but I'm adamant I worked hard for it. My manager is a gun and also one of my best mates who has done a heap for me and introduced me to so many legends like my producer (Chris Collins), my band mates (Brad Heald and George Georgiadis), Jess Gleeson and my booking agent (Casey O'Shaughnessy). I've met a bunch of insanely talented musicians that I'm hoping to join the little family of but working with an incredible team is the most inspiring thing to me, I think. Knowing they invest their time into your work because they really dig it. That means a lot.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Play some fezzies, drink some (a lot of) beer, write some songs that make people laugh or cry and try my best to enjoy every single minute of it. 

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The Football Club

Featured Artist

2017

13

Mar

The Football Club

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne folk-punks The Football Club have proven they're Ones To Watch in 2017 with a string of absolutely devastating hits. Hop on now before this train leaves the station.

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

We call our style of music 'passion pop' - it's a cheap mix of folk, punk, folk-punk, and everything in between - we actually started off as a very earnest folk band (Leah was going to learn the mandolin for us!) before realising that the true path of enlightenment is overdrive pedals and crying.

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

The human condition, social injustice, and the career stability that only alternative rock music can provide.

What can punters expect from a The Football Club live show?

Punters can expect to see the rock band The Football Club play a number of our original rock songs, in an order we will determine during the panicked 15 minutes between the last band finishing and us having to start our set.

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

'Don't go to law school, son - everybody knows the real money is in folk-punk'.

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

'Let's Go Out' by Alex Lahey. Huge, merciless banger.

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

'Public Phone' by Wedding Ring Bells. The last song on the last Fergus Miller record. Try not to cry. Cry heaps.

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

'Boyfriend (Repeat)' by Confidence Man. Try not to boogie. Boogie heaps.

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

Ceres at Howler - they're the coolest, their album from last year was totally in my top ten! Huge energy, huge vibes.

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

We love the Melbourne music community! Big ups to Two Steps on the Water, Camp Cope, Poison City Records and Sad Grrrls Club (although they're not strictly Melbourne!).

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

We just released our song 'Ivy', which comes off a 7" that we're gonna put out in late May/early June with another song called 'Spencer'! Then we're touring through May with our pal Alex Lahey, as well as some other things you'll learn about soon. Then towards the end of the year, we're going to head into the studio and see what comes out...

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WHARVES

Featured Artist

2017

17

Jul

WHARVES

( )

North Coast, NSW

It's time to get sweaty with indie-rock quartet WHARVES, as they take over Splendour In The Grass this weekend as our Unearthed comp winners! 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Developing our sound was pretty much a trial and error situation where we would write songs, test them live and then fix the parts or get rid of the songs that we weren't happy with.  We have transformed the pool room in Mike's parents' house into WHARVES HQ where we write, record and rehearse.
 
Mikes dad is annoyed that he has lost the use of his beloved pool table that he never used, but it was a sacrifice we were willing to make. Steven Schram has produced our last two singles and we have certainly gained a lot from working with him.  
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
We are all huge fans of music. Watching bands smashing it out on stage or listening to an awesome album makes us want to do the same.
 
What can punters expect from a WHARVES live show?
 
Four sweaty dudes on stage, bouncing around like a beach ball at a Nickelback concert. 
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
We supported Polish Club in Byron Bay and we had a few beers with them before the show. They were telling us to always work with people that really care about your music and are passionate about what you do (makes sense, right?).  Top blokes.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Bad//Dreems and their track 'Feeling Remains'. If this doesn't get you jacked up, then you must be a robot. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and their track, 'Into My Arms'. Shares in Kleenex must have skyrocketed when this song came out. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Luke Million and his track 'Arnie'. We lose our biscuits when this banger comes on. An absolute must have in any party mix. P.S. Matt has a mad party mix - it's on Spotify if you wanna check it out. We're looking forward to checking his set out at Splendour! 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
We went and saw Tora, Mookhi and Angie Hudson at the Northern in Byron Bay a couple of weeks ago. Huge lineup and that light show was lit! There were more lasers than the 'Lasers Only' mode on GoldenEye '64. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the North Coast, NSW music community that inspire you.
 
Mario from our local record store in Byron Bay, Howl and Moan Records, is really creating a music scene in the local area. We've played and been to gigs at his shop and it's always an awesome vibe.  Plus, we always walk out with a new vinyl!
 
We are also really lucky to live in an area that has some seriously amazing festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Blues Fest. How could you not be inspired seeing your favourite band thrash it out to thousands of people? 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
We've actually got some new music being released very soon as well as a tour, which we're really looking forward to. We have a couple more exciting things on the horizon but they're more secretive than Mr Krabs' Krabby Patty recipe. 
 

 

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andie
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andie

Indie, Pop, Roots (Soul, Jazz, blue, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Didirri

Featured Artist

2017

2

Oct

Didirri

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter Didirri has been one of the most exciting new emergents of 2017. His latest offering 'Jude' is a sweet and delicate blend of powerful emotion and sombre folk your heart will melt for.

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

I developed a sense of storytelling and everything else kind of just fell into place. Ideas are always changing and growing and expanding so it's hard to tell when or how I developed a sound. I like to work in a cave when recording. I like to listen to very specific artists and draw inspiration from them. I learnt to trust my gut feeling a lot. I learnt to not be afraid to tell myself that something isn't right or isn't working, always remembering that things need time to simmer and to spice them up in the right way. And I keep trying to add things to tracks that are just for me and that no one may notice.

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

Greatest source of inspiration would definitely be other musicians and other artists. Just other people and their stories really. I'm reflecting on my own experiences and tying theirs together.

What can punters expect from a Didirri live show?

It will depend on whether they see me perform solo or with the band. They are definitely two very different experiences but I try to make it feel like I am always playing to each audience member one on one.

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

"If you have a plan B you don't realistically think you can achieve plan A. If you fail to achieve plan A, just make a new plan A and screw plan B" - Jack the Bear (Mastering Engineer).

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

I always go back to Paul Kelly for inspiration. He's great to get over anything you're going through. 'Meet Me In The Middle of the Air' is the song by Paul Kelly that I would recommend.

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

'Boys Will be Boys' by Stella Donnelly.

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

'The Cracks' by Peter Sonic.

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

Tom Walker and the Sick Individuals. Mesmerising.

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

Yes, yes, whatever... Hayden Calnin, Sonija Yves, Jordie Lane and Angie McMahon. They are all just being very, very real!

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

MAKE SOME MUSIC!!! The EP is nearly done.

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Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

The Jezabels

Featured Artist

2012

12

Mar

The Jezabels

( )

Sydney, NSW

Dramatic, energetic, uplfiting, indie rock with a commanding lead singer. We've picked them to play Field Day - a great way to start the new year!

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

Heather: Our music is an amalgamation of each of our own different musical backgrounds. We have tried so far to approach song writing in a way that allows us to have an equal input. Thus, our sound is the mixture of four peoples' musical interests - very confused!

What can the Field Day audience expect from your live show?

A strange mixture of genres. We find it hard to classify what we do, but perhaps you should expect an engrossing musical performance that will at the same time make you dance, and cry, and smile!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Field Day?

I would really like to see The Presets as I've heard their live show is consistently amazing. I personally don't know much about a lot of the bands playing so I'm looking forward to just having a wander around and discovering new music.

What’s coming up in the future?

We're playing at Peats Ridge on the 30th of December, then Field Day, some south coast shows with Bluejuice and then Playground Weekender in late February. Betwixt all of this, we have some of our own shows lined up in Sydney and the other capital cities as well.

Australian music is?

Personally, I'm from the Conservatorium and I really love classical music. Although it is true that a lot of the major works are written by European composers, there are some really amazing contemporary Australian composers and the scene here for Australian classical music is growing. I urge everybody to check it out! I don't really see Australian music as having a unified sound. You can find the best of everything if you look in the right places.

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Ali Barter

Featured Artist

2013

28

Jan

Ali Barter

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne songstress Ali Barter is one of the winners of our Laneway Festival competition. She'll be opening the River Stage of the Laneway Festival in Melbourne at 11:40am this Sunday 3rd February.

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

I started writing songs a few years back and have always been drawn to scenery and stories so I try to incorporate that into my songs. I listen to lots of movie soundtracks because I like the way the music enhances the visuals. I also just write as many songs as possible waiting for the good ones to come out. I write and play with other producers, songwriters and musicians too so I can learn how other people develop their craft.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition and will be opening the festival in Melbourne - what can Laneway punters expect from the Ali Barter live show?

I am playing my set at Laneway with a couple of awesome boys. I will be playing my pink silvertone and they are providing the bass, guitar and MPC – which will be fun. It’ll be a slightly stripped back version of my EP. I am playing about 3 new songs too which will be good to air some new stuff.

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

I play with a guy called Jumpin’ Jack William who is an incredible folk singer, guitarist and songwriter. Playing music with him is like having a conversation – I learn a lot from him. The man who produced my EP – Matik, is awesome. He really brought my songs to life. He works with hip hop artists, folk and country artists as well as pop musicians - he has an amazing scope for music. This makes him really special to work with as a producer. I worked with some amazing film-makers, photographers, artists and designers on a music video recently. They are an incredible community of people working together to make beautiful things. Melbourne producer and artist Thrupence is another clever man. He did the artwork on my EP and makes lush and beautiful beats.

What's the best advice you've been given and by who?

My friend Steve tells me to relax. It might not be the best advice but it's definitely the most frequent

Whatís coming up for you in 2013?

Recording an album, playing lots of shows, making a couple of videos, writing lots of songs.

Australian music isÖ?

…very very good.

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LANKS

Featured Artist

2015

29

Jun

LANKS

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Melbourne, VIC

LANKS is a Melbourne-based producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who creates beautifully textured indie pop by layering elements of electronic percussion, warm synthesizers, live instrumentation and his crisp falsetto.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I am constantly developing my sound, and I think that is quite evident in the work I have been releasing, that it's not really set it one area completely. I studied guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts playing jazz so I think that would be one really big influence, the guitar, the instrument I am most proficient at. I think my sound really stems from the blend and melding of acoustic instruments with electronic sounds. I started experimenting with electronic music while I was studying because I was always curious and searching for sounds I hadn't heard before, and there was this huge world of electronic music which I never ventured into with so many possibilities with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I am very inspired by stories. I love how you can really get into a story and it totally takes you somewhere else, and it feels real. That's what a good film or book or song does for me. And I always want to recreate that. Some sort of escape. I think that also leans toward stories of other real people. I don't often write about me, I like to imagine what these experiences that people around are having would be like, and to try to really explore that and empathise with that.
 
What can punters expect a Lanks live show?
I think the live show brings another element in. I usually have a few other people join me on stage, and it's pretty energetic music with the live instrumentation added, particularly drums. It gets pretty rocky at times actually. The other thing I like to do is really mix it up, play a song solo and there can also be a sneaky flute solo sometimes.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When I joined Andy Bull for a few of the dates on his tour earlier this year he said something that I found really grounding. He just said (and I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him) 'it's all a game'. To me this really meant not too worry too much or take it seriously, and don't get hung up on the result of how your work is received or whether everyone loves it or not. Don't take it all personally. Just keep doing your thing and remember it's not the end of the world if someone doesn't like your stuff; write music lots and get better and better at it, that's the best way forward.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Dorsal Fins - Monday Tuesday
So much good energy in this track, get's you up and going whenever you need it.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Hayden Calnin - For My Help
Killer track, killer artist. Very excited to hear the full album when it's out. Not far off now!
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Mansionair - Hold Me Down
I'm more of a chilled party goer so this would be where I would be very much in the zone on the dance floor.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Foreign National playing at the Gasometer. It was great, they're a top notch band. It was really energetic and it's one of my fav rooms to watch bands in Melbourne...and I live nearby which is a bonus.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many amazing bands and song-writers that inspire me. Matt Kennealy of Canary is one of my favourite songwriters ever, you'll be hearing more from him in the future I feel, amazing lyricist. The guys from Dorsal Fins/Saskwatch/Eagle and the Worm are good friends from uni and are some of the best musicians you'll ever see play anywhere, amazing songwriters too (Liam McGorry/Jarrad Brown). 
The guys from I'lls and also Klo are big influences on me musically, I think their work is beautiful and sonically challenges all your ideas and inspires you to try new ideas and experiment more with beats and synths.
I really could write about artists in Melbourne for another few hours but I'll just add Ainslie Wills, No 1 Dads, Big Scary and Deja as some other ones that I am a big fan of and have listened to a lot that push boundaries and I love their music.
Sorry for everyone I missed!
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
The main thing is to keep writing and get better. I am deep in writing mode at the moment, got a whole heap of demos for the next EP or LP and I'm working on my production skills also. There are other plans but I don't want to spoil too much so I'll leave it at that for now. 

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TASH SULTANA

Featured Artist

2016

16

May

TASH SULTANA

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Tash Sultana is a talented and captivating young multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne who has already built up a passionate following from years of open mic nights, busking and home video recordings. We're stoked to be featuring her all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound and am forever developing my sound by being inspired by different aspects of my life and compiling it together with knowledge of sound and different instruments. Creating music has no limitation.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Emotion, I think that's the centre of all creation.
 
What can punters expect from a Tash Sultana live show?
A hell of a lot of energy from one tiny little person.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
To forever remain loyal to your gut instinct - my dad told me that 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Chet Faker - Terms and Conditions
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Mia Dyson- Jesse
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
So Soldier - #1 Dads
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local show I went to was a dude who busks around Melbourne called Reuben Stone. This guy can literally do and create anything all by live looping. He's a huge part of my motivation.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There's a few who I've met around over the years who've become some of my really good friends and I suppose we just push each other to work really hard and further inspire each other to be better musicians. Lyall Moloney, Reuben Stone, Josh Cashman to name a few.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Got some pretty crazy plans for the rest of the year - taking things overseas. Kind of all seems a bit surreal to be honest.

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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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Hayden Calnin

Featured Artist

2012

9

Jul

Hayden Calnin

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Melbourne, VIC

Hayden Calnin is a talented singer, songwriter and producer from Melbourne. Garnering ambiguous labels such as 'progressive folk' and 'loop crooner', he creates captivating songs that showcase his impressive voice and gentle layered production.

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

It's commonly described as progressive folk, which is a pretty accurate description I guess. My songs usual build and build to some sort of big finish. My sound has changed dramatically throughout the last year or so. I studied film at university, and my major was in sound design, so I put a lot of what I learnt at uni into my production. It tends to be quite soundscape oriented and atmospheric.

You’re releasing your debut EP this month. What’s the creative and recording process for that been like?

For this EP, I produced and recorded it myself at home. Because I have no time restraints at home, I tended to demo each track on the EP a few times before doing the final version of it. For example, 'For My Help' originally started as an 8 minute track, and I ended up cutting it down to just over 4 minutes. But that's just how I work when recording, I like to play around a lot, until it feels right.

So despite being somewhat of a ‘bedroom producer’ you also gig regularly. What’s the Hayden Calnin live show like?

I've often been described by people as a 'loop crooner'. Which is basically what you'll get. I use a loop station and build up my songs with my own harmonies and instrumentation. It sticks to the whole progressive folk thing, as the songs will just build and build. Recently, I've been working with a few musicians, and I want to get a band together really soon to play with me on a regular basis.

Tell us about the bands and people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.

Melbourne has so many great bands. I'm fortunate enough to be surrounded by some great musicians and friends that make ridiculously good music. Leaks, Sleep Decade, Love Migrate, and Tom Milek, to mention a few, are some really great Melbourne acts that I've done a few shows with that are worth checking out if you get the chance. They all put on great shows and write some pretty top notch tunes.

What’s coming up in 2012?

Currently, I'm doing a residency at the Toff in Town in Melbourne on Monday nights in July with support from 'Manor'. I'm releasing my debut EP 'City' on July 20 and launching it at The Workers Club on the 24th of August, which I can't wait for. That'll be pretty sick. Apart from that, I'm hopefully gonna do a little tour up the coast for the EP, and then I'll get back into recording for the next release and continue to play shows of course.

Australian music is...

...better than Eurovision, but nowhere near as popular. Go figure.

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Hopium

Featured Artist

2014

18

Aug

Hopium

Melbourne, VIC

Hopium are a mysterious Melbourne duo that create some very impressive emotive electronica. They first caught our attention with their brooding debut single 'Cut' and have done it again with their new track 'Dreamers', which features guest vocals by Phoebe Lou of Unearthed High alumni Snakadaktal.

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

Trial and error! We’d only really made band music in the past, so it was very reactionary and intentionally experimental.


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

We’re both pretty analytical people and while music definitely flexes that, it’s also chasing that thing where you’re fully in the moment, engaged emotionally, creatively, whatever.


What’s your vision for a Hopium live show?

Epic. Visually it will be an extension of the aesthetic we’re building in the videos, a surreal fantasy, super experiential.


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

“Get rich or die trying” - 50 Cent


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

The Go-Betweens - 'Streets Of Your Town'


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

Flight Facilities - 'Clair De Lune'


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

You can’t beat Flume’s Hermitude remix.


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

Sticky Fingers. Debaucherous.


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

It’s actually impossible to choose, it’s the city as whole that we find inspiring and everyone in it.


What are your plans for Hopium in 2014?

Make large quantities of dope music and play it live.

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Indie, Punk

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