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Jordan Dennis
New

Artist

Jordan Dennis

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

ZĀN
New

Artist

ZĀN

Electronic (#electronic #desi)

Perth, WA

The Iron Eye
New

Artist

syrup, go on
New

Artist

syrup, go on

Indie, Pop, Rock (gold coast, Brisbane, psychedelic, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Francesca Gonzales
New

Artist

Francesca Gonzales

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

PEACH FUR
New

Artist

PEACH FUR

Rock (Love, furry, Peaches, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Doko
New

Artist

Belove
New

Artist

Belove

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (Electronic, r&b, Soul, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

FRITZ
New

Artist

FRITZ

Indie, Pop (alternative, Lo-fi, noise pop, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Elke and the Jandel
New

Artist

Gabriella Cohen

Featured Artist

2016

8

Feb

Gabriella Cohen

( )

Melbourne, VIC

If Kate Bush, US Girls and Kim Gordon were to have a boozy, late night jam sesh, the result might sound a lot like Gabriella Cohen.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have a three step program that I'm going to make available to the public once I master the third step. All in all, try to get as close as you can to nature.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
L.O.V.E

What can punters expect from a Gabriella Cohen live show?
To be entertained.  We are getting some fireworks for the album launch.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Don't get into the music business" - said to me at a young age by a family friend.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Shalala by Moses Gunn Collective.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Don't Disagree by The Jensens.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Friday On My Mind by The Easy Beats

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Lalic. They are a great band from Melbourne and one of my favourites. Brilliant songwriting.

You’ve recently moved from Brisbane to Melbourne. Tell us about the bands or people from the Brisbane music community that you wish you could’ve smuggled down with you in your suitcase.
Wish I could have taken The Furrs, The Family Jordan and Amela. Oh and The Jensens.

What are your plans for 2016?
Release Full Closure and No Details and another EP or 2. Play CMJ. Play Europe. Enjoy life.

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G Flip

Featured Artist

2018

26

Feb

G Flip

Melbourne, VIC

Meet G Flip...the drummer-turned-solo-star who blew up Unearthed. Listen to her brand new single 'Above You' here.

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

I literally sat in my room with my broken heart, my instruments and created every day. I stopped listening to other people’s music, which in turn helped me develop my sound. (I even disabled my car radio, so I would sing to myself lol). Because if I’m listening to jazz I’ll write a jazz tune, if I’m listening to rock, I’ll write a rock tune. I didn’t want to be influenced by what I was listening to at the time so I cut out listening to other peoples tunes. Drums are my first instrument so I think a lot of my melody ideas are based around rhythm. But I didn’t overthink the writing process too much. I didn’t think; what will people think of these lyrics? Will people like this? I did what I thought was dope and rolled with it.

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

Girls. They destroy me and I write songs about it. Also Jenny my drum teacher. If you took her out of this maze of life I have, I wouldn’t be here writing this right now.

What can punters expect from a G Flip live show?

I’ve always been the drummer, I’ve never had the chance to put my own show together and to be honest I have been dreaming of the day for a very long time. I want to do things a little different for sureeeee. You know when you’re at a gig and need to pee so bad so you wait for a low-key moment in the set to run off? I don’t want there to be a low-key moment in my set. I want everyone to piss their pants cause they don’t want to miss a single moment haha... that’s my goal. Also, my drum kit is alive. It’s something you have to see to believe. My mate Pete and I built him.

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

The best advice I was given was actually people telling me I can’t do things because that makes me really really wanna do things haha.You can’t play drums cause you’re a girl. NAHHH MATE. You can’t produce cause you’re not a producer... ILL GIVE IT A CRACK. No rules, no worries.

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

'Don’t Worry About Nothin’ by Muph and Plutonic. TUNEEEEE

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

“Blood” Like a version by Gang of Youths. That s*** was legit AMAZING. Cried instantly.

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

Absolutely Everybody by Venessa Amarosi. Such a banger. The film clips hilarious as well. She sings in front of a hammock, leans on trees and throws a LIT party at someone else’s house where they all awkwardly clap together. TUNE.

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

I went to a live RnB night in St.Kilda called RNBabe. It’s dope. I get down. The musicians who perform are amazing.

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

Gotta say the crew behind “Baked Goods” are a bunch of passionate local music fans trying to help local artists get video footage to help their careers. They are the most driven bunch of people.

What are your plans for 2018?

Release more of my music and fingers crossed I get to play at an Aussie festival. That would be crazy COOL!! WOO!!

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T$oko

Featured Artist

2018

5

Feb

T$oko

( )

Perth, WA

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 Q&A

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

My sound is definitely a direct reflection of what I have been exposed to musically and where I am from , growing up in Zimbabwe, having family in the UK and now Australia , I am a product of my environment , I guess you could say my music is like a nice bowl of gumbo. You going to get all type of different flavors and ingredients.

 

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

I am inspired by all types of music in general , I  really don't believe there is anything obetter than being exposed to different sounds and new artists from different walks of life. I have been exposed to different cultures and different sonics and  through my different pit stops around the world I have been able to use my experiences and incorporate that into my music. 

 

What can punters expect from a T$oko live show?

good vibes , good feels , loads of energy and we try and keep it real live. If you didn't know who i was before i hit the stage. I definitely wanna make sure u had a blast and know who i am once my set is finished. Or at least have you asking the next person who that was or where you can find the music.

 

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

 "Later is always greater  and its not a race its a marathon." Anonymous  Sometimes people  like to fast track there success and they get caught up in the hype. They are here one minute and gone the next because they never really had to put in the work or work at their craft. I have enjoyed the ride so far , and appreciate everyone who has even taken the time out to show a interest to this point

 

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

Ooh thats a tough one, I would either have to say Bernard Fanning - Wish you well.  or possibly Better - John Butler trio. That being said i think ill have to go with the home team , shoutout to  John butler and the whole fremantle maaan!

 

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

I'm sure. I'm sure..  Another tough one besides Ta-ku feat JMSN x Sango - Love Again. I will go with Tear us apart - INXS , i think their catalogue  was some of the first music from an Australian act i really became aware of while i was still growing up overseas . The raw emotion that pours through the track and Michael Hutchence's lyrics are really something. Outside of the success they had on a pop level,  I really believe Michael Hutchence is underrated as a song writer. lol

 

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

Depends what type of setting I would be spinning in. If it was a throwback set i would probably go INXS - New sensation. If it was pub flows I would do Darryl Braithwaite - Horses. And if its a new age set either One Day - Not Many (Like A Version) or DZ Deathrays - Gina Works At Hearts. My crates run deep , i am sure i would have something for whatever the occasion called for. haha .. Mixmaster Soko got you. lmao 

 

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

Ecca Vandal. Me and the band Foam were handling supports. Amazing gig. Such a vibe and a blend of genres. My kind of gig:)

 

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

Being based in Fremantle , I tend to soak up a lot of whats going on around me. Its such a melting pot when it comes to culture and music definitely Tame impala and all the other artists from Perth that have come out and done great things just to name a few.

 

Ta-ku

Pendulum

John Butler Trio

AC/DC

 

I also cant forget my brothers from Tone Youth Collective who I work with. We always try to push each other and everyone brings they own twist to the table.

 

What are your plans for 2017?

Just keep introducing to people who i am as a artist and what my music is all about. I have got some pretty cool stuff coming up that ill be dropping real soon.  I feel like people still haven't seen everything i can offer from a artist standpoint so that's exciting for me. I don't want to say I have been holding back but there certain bits n pieces of music which i have held back that may surprise some people so I am excited to share what I have been cooking up. Also excited to drop some new music with my squad Tone Youth , I feel like we have a good chance to really show everyone what Perth has to offer and rep the 6k in the right way. Salute to everyone who has paved the way thus far. Also look forward to playing some shows and releasing some collabs with some special people. Stay tuned.

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WING DEFENCE
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Artist

WING DEFENCE

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock

Adelaide, SA

Fragile Animals

Featured Artist

2018

20

May

Fragile Animals

( )

Sunshine, QLD

Meet this week's Feature Artist, Fragile Animals.They'll be opening the stage this weekend as our Big Pineapple comp winners.

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

We’re pretty much an Indie Rock band in need of some cheering up...haha! We’ve definitely got a lot of love for shoegaze and I think that’s coming through more and more. The three of us have pretty similar taste in music which gives us a common ground to start from. But, when we write songs we all pull in different directions which is great.

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

We’re just massive music fans. Hearing music that we love makes us want to write the best songs we can. Also...our day jobs suck.

What can punters expect from a Fragile Animals live show?

We’ve been told we’re more ‘intense’ live than people expect. I think that must be because we get really absorbed in what we’re doing. It means a lot to us to be a good live band.  

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

We watched an interview with Nick Launay a little while ago and he was saying that people don’t achieve their dreams because they don’t recognise opportunities that come their way. I’m pretty sure he also said you should compliment people shoes...two solid bits of advice there.

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

‘Sugar and Spice’ by Hatchie. This track is all sorts of nice. It’s impossible to be sad listening to it.

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

‘Step Up The Morphine’ by DMA’s. I mean the line ‘Sometimes I wonder why we bother at all’ pretty much sums up the vibe here.

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

‘The Less I Know The Better’ by Tame Impala. That.Bass.Line.Is.Magic.

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

We were at Middle Kids last Friday night when they played at Woolly Mammoth in Brisbane. It was brilliant. We’ve seen them a bunch of times and they never disappoint. Future Haunts and Ruby Fields were supporting and they were incredible.

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

We get inspired when we see bands/artists/venues we adore doing well...and there’s been a lot of that lately! Seeing someone like Hatchie achieving such incredible and well-deserved success is inspiring. Same with bands like Jungle Giants and Geowulf. But for the most part, it’s little things that make an impression on us. We saw Waax play a little festival here on the coast last year, the crowd was really diverse and probably not what they were expecting. But they went out and absolutely killed it...that really taught us something.

What are your plans for 2018?

So far 2018 has been very kind to us! We’ve had the pleasure of supporting some really cool bands and we’ve been pinching ourselves ever since we were announced as the Triple J Unearthed Big Pineapple Competition Winner. On top of all of that we’ve just finished recording our second EP...which means we’ll have new music on it’s way very soon, and a stack more shows to fit in before the year is out!

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Herzeloyde
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Artist

Herzeloyde

Dance, Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Natalie Carolan
New

Artist

Natalie Carolan

Indie, Pop (Pop, Singer-Songwriter, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ruby Gilbert
New

Artist

Ruby Gilbert

Indie, Rock, Roots (#roots, #singer songwriter, #Alternative, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Jaycee
New

Artist

Jaycee

Hip Hop, Pop (hip hop, Trap, Funk, ...)

Perth, WA

Sophiegrophy

Featured Artist

2018

15

Jan

Sophiegrophy

Melbourne, VIC

Sophiegrophy is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist!

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

My music is about positive vibes and appreciating and understanding yourself. I developed my sound by discovering who I was and wanted to be as an artist. Understanding who i was as an artist helped create my sense of style and my own unique sound.

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

My greatest source of inspiration for my music is my family 

What can punters expect from a Sophiegrophy live show?

A fun and inspiring show that isn’t about the segregation between the artist on stage and the audience watching but rather a show as a whole and everyone coming together 

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

My Mum, she always tells me to treat everybody with one heart.

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

IM THE REALI$T 

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

Let you down Peking duk

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

Air wolf ‘Blazin’

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

Fomo Festival, it was absolutely amazing 

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

Every artist in Melbourne and the whole of Australia is an inspiration. 

What are your plans for 2017?

My plans for 2017 to release more music 

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Tuppaware Party
New

Artist

Tuppaware Party

Indie, Pop, Rock (Tuppaware party)

Sydney, NSW

Ezra Allen
New

Artist

Ezra Allen

Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (spoken word, hip hop, rap, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Hudson Wallace
New

Artist

Hudson Wallace

Hip Hop, Indie (hip hop, rap, beats)

Melbourne, VIC

Good Doogs

Featured Artist

2018

7

May

Good Doogs

Perth, WA

Mandurah party starters, Good Doogs are this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Be sure not to miss them this weekend as they open Groovin the Moo in Bunbury.

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

Our Sound is hugely influenced by the “Californian Sound” bands like Best Coast, Wavves, Cloud Nothings and Fidlar but with our own Australian twist on it.

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

Having fun! The responses of people after shows, it’s a pretty surreal feeling to know that you and your music is the reason that someone is so psyched. We just wanna have fun forever and music is our outlet for that.

What can punters expect from a Good Doogs live show?

Hahaha umm... really high energy, lots of fun and lots of smiles. As we said, we just wanna have fun. That’s why we do it! 

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

I can’t remember who told me this, but the advice that has probably best served us to this point is, "don’t play every show that you are offered". Play the shows that will further the band (good support slots for bands that are bigger than you or good headline slots for the money you deserve) if you aren’t getting anything from the show, there is no point in playing it. Every band has a certain amount of “hype points” and if you spend them all really quickly on bad shows then no one will come to your good shows when you need them to!

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

I think it’s nearly impossible to be devo when “Spring Has Sprung” by Skegss is playing. The whole song is just super upbeat and dreamy then the lyrics are literally about it coming into summertime and better weather and all the good shit associated with that.

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

I’d play them “Not Worth Hiding” by Alex the Astronaut. I’d get them to really listen to the lyrics and put themselves in that position growing up gay in a world that hasn’t necessarily been completely accepting of gay people. The lyrics in that song are super strong and I reckon would get more than a few people. 

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

'Covered in Chrome' by Violent Soho. 100% go-to-song to psych any crowd up haha.

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

Went to The Drop festival in Margaret River with Dune Rats and Ruby Fields and it was sick. They don’t get heaps of gigs down there so the crowd get real psyched and the vibe is sick at those shows. 

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

That’s kind of the thing about Mandurah, we don’t really have an established music scene. Anyone that gets any good seems to move away, we don’t even have a live music venue in Mandurah which is sad for a city with 150k people. There are still a couple of bands here, but I guess we are kind of the trailblazers in the music scene here at the moment, but that in itself inspires me. The fact that I know we have other bands in Mandurah looking up to us makes me want to push harder to get further and use our position to further establish a music scene in Mandurah for the next crop of kids coming through - something that we didn’t really have. 

What are your plans for 2018?

 2018...hopefully get to Bigsound in September. We have another single coming out in a couple of weeks and going out on tour with Tired Lion too. Looking to release more songs, possibly an EP towards the end of the year but I suppose it will depend on what happens at Bigsound. Whatever happens, we plan on having fun!

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Merpire
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Artist

Merpire

Indie, Pop (merpire, indiepop, dreampop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

High Tropics
New

Artist

High Tropics

Indie, Rock

Sunshine, QLD

King Colour
New

Artist

King Colour

Indie, Rock (psychedelic, Indie, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Sometime Sonny
New

Artist

Sometime Sonny

Indie, Pop, Roots (Sometime, Sometime Sonny, Brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

Alice Skye

Featured Artist

2018

28

May

Alice Skye

Western Victoria, VIC

It's National Reconciliation Week and we'd like to introduce you to Wergaia woman, Alice Skye. Her new single 'friends with feelings' is captivating. Discover it out here.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I guess that’s still something I’m constantly doing. The songs on my album were mostly songs I’d held onto since I was a teenager and so much has changed since then. I did grow up listening to a lot of piano-driven, female-fronted music but now I play with a band of twins that I grew up with and making music with people I’ve known for so long has been such a gamechanger for me. It gives me more room to play with arrangements and sounds which is fun
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Lyrics are everything to me. I do write a lot about what’s happening to me at the time. But also I’m the sort of person that spends a lot of time sorting through old emotions and dealing with stuff I maybe should have years ago. Songwriting started as something I would do for my own sanity I didn’t really expect to be sharing them with people when I wrote them
 
What can punters expect from an Alice Skye live show?
 
I get told a lot that people have had a good cry during our sets. Not that I want people to cry, but it’s really nice knowing people are relating or connecting to the music. We play some heavier stuff that you could probably have a sway to, we call it 'Contemplative Rock' but I honestly don’t know what genre we’re playing.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
 
Wow, that’s hard to narrow down. I feel really lucky to have grown up with so many strong women around me, especially strong Blak women. I was raised by a single mum, have 2 sisters and them along with my Aunties have always been examples of strength to me. I feel like their existence is just constantly feeding me advice. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
'Sunsets' by Powderfinger for reflection and 'Shade Away' Electric Fields for distraction.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
That solo version of 'Heavy Heart' that Tim Rogers does or 'Where I Stood' by Missy Higgins.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
At the moment maybe 'My People' by Remi or 'Savage' by Jesswar.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I watched Precious Earth perform at the Post Office Hotel last week, they’re also on Unearthed and they’re such angels on and off stage! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Victorian music community that inspire you.
 
I really love songs that tell stories and two people that come to mind are Uncle Archie Roach, who is just one of the best storytellers and most inspiring person. And I have to say Missy Higgins too because she’s basically the only reason I wanted to learn how to play piano. 
 
What are your plans for 2018?
 
Heading on my first tour in a couple of weeks with one of my best friends and amazing artist Emily Wurramara, can’t wait! Also going to get back into a studio and start recording some new stuff 

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Maddy Jane
New

Artist

Maddy Jane

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

Hobart, TAS

TV Dinners
New

Artist

TV Dinners

Pop, Punk, Rock (Garage, Rock, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Emerson Leif
New

Artist

Emerson Leif

Electronic, Indie (Electronic, Chill, beats, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

White Wash
New

Artist

White Wash

Electronic, Pop (Electronic, Pop, Connor Brooker, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

KIAN
New

Artist

KIAN

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (KIAN)

Central Victoria, VIC

yergurl

Featured Artist

2019

29

Apr

yergurl

( )

Central Victoria, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, yergurl!

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

When I first started making my own music I was listening to a lot of Lana Del Rey and The 1975 and they have stayed strong influences throughout my music making! I think I was really attracted to the heavy-reverb and ambient sounds that just seem to immerse listeners in a bubble of floaty heaven!!

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

LOVE AND MALES cuz I’m so goddamn emo-chanel (and a hopeless romantic). My emotions have taken me down some weird routes and it’s always fun to reflect on through a BOP.

What can punters expect from a yergurl live show?

Me and my twin sister looking poppin’, perhaps a sneaky bucket hat or two, songs you’ll wanna cry to later, and if I’m lucky, someone walking away with an epiphany!! This is a place for people to get real with their feels if they’re open to it.

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

To only release things that TRULY represent yergurl & me in a way I’d like to be represented. Artists are vulnerable to feeling pressure to conform or to just say “this is good ENOUGH” but mum reminds me that it’s okay to take your time, to send collabs back a few times etc. so I won’t have to look back on something under my name and cringe.

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

‘Not About You’ by Haiku Hands. How could anyone resist a boogie when Haiku Hands is on? Even someone as emo as me would have to pause a sook sesh for this BOPPPPPP.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
‘Potential’ by Kllo. Let’s pretend I haven’t wailed over ex’s to this song time and time again.

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

HAIKU HANDS NOT ABOUT YOU!!!!!!!!

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

I supported Congrats (front man of Slowly Slowly) for his first show ever and it was super dope. My bff got super emotional. I usually feel deceased after a gig but I couldn’t leave the crowd for this… I was feeling TOO MUCH!

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

Aphir!!! She has the prettiest voice and I love the way she produces her vocals. Her music is really unique, chill and 100% inspiring. Her sounds make my ears smile!

What are your plans for 2019?

Lots and lots of writing, collabs, releasing some new music, and even some videos!!! Hoping to find myself on some PHAT stages this year!!!

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Calavèra
New

Artist

Calavèra

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (#jungle, #bass, #house, ...)

Sydney, NSW

MATA - Mirrors At The Arcade
New

Artist

MATA - Mirrors At The Arcade

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock

Perth, WA

COSMIC FLANDERS
New

Artist

COSMIC FLANDERS

Rock (Pysch-Grunge)

Sydney, NSW

Hui.
New

Artist

King IV
New

Artist

King IV

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Lostkeyz
New

Artist

Lostkeyz

Hip Hop, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Kirklandd

Featured Artist

2019

22

Apr

Kirklandd

( )

Canberra, ACT

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and Canberra artist, Kirklandd.

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

My earliest influences came from the soul and blues my mother played around the house when I was a kid – Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees and the Doobie Brothers were on regular rotation. From there, I learned to play the cello for 6 years, and I first discovered hip hop when my cousin handed me Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor record when I was 12. From there, I studied the greats like Nas, Slick Rick and A Tribe Called Quest, and artists like these really instilled my old school style early on.

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

My experiences in life. Music’s an outlet for me to voice my journey in trying to figure out life and grow in myself, and I love being able to share what I encounter along the way through my music. Hip hop holds the unique ability to tell stories in a deeply authentic way, so I always hope to have my music reflect this.

What can punters expect from a Kirklandd live show?

A very, very big vibe. My live set’s become this cool blend of hype and intimate storytelling, and this is how I most love connecting with people: through good energies and sharing my experiences with the audience before me. My drummer Josh and I have really levelled up our performance routine for the Impulse tour, and especially our GTM set this weekend – I can’t wait to show Canberra the surprises we have in store.

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

I can’t remember who said this to me, but to always enjoy the process. Immerse yourself in the experience of creating, find fulfilment in the process, and thrive in the journey to finishing it. Everything will follow from there.

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

WUTD’ by Genesis Owusu. WUTD? Cry, or boogie?

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

Waiting’ by KIAN. Those chords are really beautiful man.

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

Compliment My Shirt’ by Saint Lane. That’s the g right there.

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

The last show I went to was around a week back in Sydney. I went to do a short performance of some unreleased music I have coming with a good homie of mine, Francoistunes, at a One Day Party that Kaiit was headlining in Marrickville. The vibe was so strong. I love the live culture the One Day crew have built. Kaiit is one of the warmest, most genuine performers ever, and seeing everyone turn up for her was awesome. And she has the coolest rider on the planet.

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

All of them; bands, creatives and all members of our community. The mutual support between artists and creatives in our city is incredible, and we’re constantly pushing each other to go further and create the best art we can. It’s the best feeling knowing if one of us is winning, all of us are, and we’re all forming Canberra’s musical identity in the process. It’s a crazy exciting time for our city and I’m blessed to be a part of it.

What are your plans for 2019?

This week we’re kicking off the Impulse tour with Groovin the Moo as our first date. Then we’re hitting Melbourne and Sydney for the first time in a long while, with Zellow supporting us nationally, and I can’t wait to bring the live experience of Impulse to our Sydney and Melbourne family. From there, I’m diving back in the studio with Cam to finish the follow up to Impulse, which I’m hoping will be my strongest single yet. A lot more music is yet to come this year and I’m wildly excited to share where my sound is heading.

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Connor
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Artist

Connor

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

STUMPS
New

Artist

STUMPS

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Blue Velvet
New

Artist

Blue Velvet

Indie, Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

DIET
New

Artist

DIET

Indie, Pop, Rock (jangle, BritPop, the hacienda.)

Melbourne, VIC

elkkle
New

Artist

elkkle

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (frank)

Melbourne, VIC

Hair Die
New

Artist

Hair Die

Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Asha Jefferies

Featured Artist

2018

1

Oct

Asha Jefferies

( )

Brisbane, QLD

All this week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Asha Jefferies. She loves turning her thoughts, feelings and memories into noise and we've been obsessing over her brand new single, 'Everybody Talks'.

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

My music embodies the storytelling of a very indecisive person. It's shiny and sad and peaceful and folk-driven and roots based. I wanted to be a pop star at age 5, so I would write my own riddles and songs and sing them out to family. Over time I acquired a guitar & got really into folk/sadness/heartbreak. I think since high school has ended, I mostly still write about troubled things but in a tranquil way. 

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

90's pop icons, heartbreak, alienation, feeling too full after sushi and hangovers. 

What can punters expect from an Asha Jefferies live show?

Honesty is really important to me when performing. The songs I write are vulnerable and expressing them in an intimate and explosive way feels best. There feels no use in writing these songs unless I give the opportunity to vulnerably share and see connection in conversing on stage. 

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

 I sat down and had coffee with Emma Louise early last year. I remember her explaining how essential it is to write from your heart/unspoken part of you and let the mind fade. It's stuck with me ever since.

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

'The Ship Song' by Nick Cave.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by the Gravy Man (Paul Kelly).

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

I'm going to back myself with Miami Horror's 'Sometimes'.

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

I went and saw a 'Mustard' show presenting TOISOC, Caramel, Disco Indians & Lilian Vase last night. All coastal, psych-rock vibing bands. Honestly, it was great and it made me feel really cool contrasting with my 'i have a lot of feelings'-folk-shell. 

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

Oh my goodness! It is a joy and wonder to be surrounded in such a creative and inspiring community. Songwriters like Hazlett, Clea, Zefereli, Moreton and Daggy Man are just a few that I look up to immensely. 

What are your plans for 2018?

I'm going to buy a fish called Bullshit, go to New Zealand, release an EP, play some shows outside of Brisbane, wear my Birkenstocks, record new music and attempt to survive Brisbane humidity. 

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peter sonic
New

Artist

peter sonic

Electronic, Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Lupine
New

Artist

Lupine

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

The Plastic Attraction
New

Artist

The Plastic Attraction

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

Perth, WA

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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Yomaez
New

Artist

Yomaez

Electronic, Indie (Electronic, Ethereal, Chill, ...)

Adelaide, SA

The Montreals
New

Artist

The Montreals

Indie, Pop, Rock

Adelaide, SA

SŸDE
New

Artist

SŸDE

Dance, Electronic, Pop ("Alternative "indie"electronic"chill"pop)

Melbourne, VIC

Shorts
New

Artist

Shorts

Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Mookhi

Let yourself explore what has been fluttering around everyone's ears. Mookhi's beautifully sophisticated and diverse self produced work simply draws you in and we can't wait to let it consume you all this week.

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

Because I've always been set on composing scores for film, I feel my music has leant towards a more cinematic vibe from the beginning. I've always been inspired by unexpected things, and I guess this openness has allowed me to take fragments of the outside world into my music.

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

To keep it painfully short and simple: anything and everything. It's awesome to be inspired by current music but I don't chase a sound (or at least consciously try to). It's important to take inspiration from the past and present to propel your music into the future.

What can punters expect from a Mookhi live show?

At current lives shows you'll be watching this little chick looking stern, pressing a whole bunch of buttons and keys like I'm operating an army of invisible robots. However, you'll also get a few trumpet, keys or vocal solos and maybe even a guest instrumentalist or two. Plus some visuals that I may have frantically animated the night before. In the future I'd want to put more emphasis on visuals and definitely get more artists, musicians and vocalists involved.

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

'Don't let anyone dictate what your sound should be', and that was from my step Dad.

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

Shannon Noll 'Lift' - lifts the spirits every time.

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

Probably Shannon Noll 'Lift' again, but this time I'd be singing it.

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

Shannon Noll 'Lift'? Hahaha, probably Australian crawl 'The boys light up' for that nostalgic part of the evening.

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

It was my debut EP launch at Oxford Art Factory and it was probably the most fun I've had on stage ever. I had 3 guest artists who killed it, and the show sold out. Triple win.

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

 I went to Liveschool to learn more about Ableton and that little community is really inspiring. You get introduced to other producers who are touching on new styles and genres; it's really fascinating and exciting. When it comes to locals acts, I'd have to say Willow Beats, Ta-ku and Charles Murdoch as they tend to work with more unusual and textual tapestries of sound, and Sampa The Great because she kicks ass.

What are your plans for 2017?

One things for certain is that I'll definitely be pissing off my household with my late night producing sessions. But I'm definitely itching to release more content, play more shows and collaborate with more artists (musically and visually)!

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SEASIDE

Featured Artist

2018

16

Jul

SEASIDE

( )

North Coast, NSW

Everyone's favourite North Coast pals Seaside are taking over Splendour this weekend as our local comp winners! We couldn't be more excited. So head down early for funky dance moves, the odd confetti gun and dream pop magic.

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

It took us a couple of years to develop our sound and even then, it’s continuously changing and growing. When we started jamming we had all just come off the back of completely different genres so at first, it was an eclectic mix of all the things we had to offer. Then we started writing, pulling bits and pieces apart and pinpointing what we liked about them. Wavy Baby was the first EP, it’s a little slower and moodier than the next, but it’s nice to see how much the sound started to change. After we released our second EP Lover, We All Have Our Vices, we wrote 'Golden Girl'. I think we decided then that we were happy heading in that direction. Froggy joined the band pretty soon after and we started writing a little more indie but still with the dream-pop vibe. You’ll see when we release the next single!

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

I think at the moment it’s each other! We all have so much love for music and writing music that we kind of inspire each other! Lyrically I draw inspiration from people I meet, my friends, a beautiful view, a crummy day. Everything can be inspiration if you view it in the right way!

What can punters expect from a SEASIDE live show? 

We have some pretty funky dance moves, the odd confetti gun, I like to tell stories about the silly things we do, a bit of banter and a heap of feelies! 

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

I’ve been lucky enough to have been given advice from some amazing people, the most recent piece of advice I was given that stuck with me was actually from Froggy. We were speaking about how we get nervous for shows and he said "those feelings, and the butterflies, they make you want it so much more". They push you to perform with your absolute all and then you get to feel that sense of accomplishment when you’re finished. How lucky to be able to feel that rush! And he’s so right. If we never got nervous for things we wouldn’t be putting ourselves out of our comfort zone! I think it’s so important to do that for self-growth! 

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

The Round the Twist theme tune. That could cheer anyone up. 

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

I took this question as crying in a good way! It would have to be Stella Donnelly with ‘Boys Will Be Boys’. She’s so talented, I saw her play at the Northern in Byron and I cried, a lot. The boys told me ‘the Optus hold music’ is also an acceptable answer.

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

The Presets with ‘My People’! What a tune! 

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

We went to PLTS last night, they’re really great guys and are such an amazing live band, super tight and sound like they could play a stadium. I’d had a few birthday margaritas so you could say I danced pretty hard! 

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

There are so many talented people in this area, they all have so much passion towards everything they do that I am constantly inspired. PLTS inspire me because they are such an amazing live band, so tight and flawless. Also, there’s another friend of ours who is supporting us at the Northern, her name is Sophie Ozard, she’s definitely someone to watch out for. Beautiful voice, effortlessly smooth and so amazing to watch (also she’s a really genuine, lovely person)! We are really blessed to live in such a creative hub, I feel like all the musicians here kind of bounce and vibe off each other, we always go to each other’s shows and are always encouraging one another, it’s really nice. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Well, we play Splendour (ahhh!!) and then head off on our Golden Girl tour, then we’ll be dropping a new single and touring with Last Dinosaurs. Then back for more writing/recording/releasing and then hopefully a summer of shows and new friends! 

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NEIL FRANCES

Featured Artist

2017

24

Jul

NEIL FRANCES

Sydney, NSW

LA based production duo NEIL FRANCES are hooking us in right, left and centre with their upbeat tempo, slick groove and magnetic electronica.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
JF: We started collaborating about 2 years ago but there was never really a point where we both clearly defined a sound for ourselves. It's more or less the combination of the 2 different musical worlds we'd come from previously.
 
MG: Yeah, I think we just work together and the result is pure chance. But also, to be honest, Jordan is much more in control of where we've ended up sonically. He comes from an electronic production background and does most of the driving. One interesting part of our development, I think, is that we started writing this music with really no intention of performing it, ever. We had actually hoped that we could bring in some female vocalists to sing it. Turns out my voice is a bit girlish, or at least enough to fool the neighbours next door. "Who's that chick you got in there singing?".
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
JF: Our studio space. We have so much great gear and I'm always inspired in our room.
 
MG: Jordan does a righteous hand in the air, quasi-fist pump thing (tough to describe in words) when he really likes something we're laying down, and I live for that pump.
 
What can punters expect from a NEIL FRANCES live show?
 
JF: No backing tracks, everything will be 100% live!
 
MG: What is a punter?
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
JF: Tough question. I recently had a friend offer me some free advice on how to make the perfect mixed berry smoothie. The trick is to peel and freeze a banana. Thanks, Jeff!
 
MG: Yum... he's such a hedonist. Always push yourself outside of your comfort zone, because that's where you truly learn things about yourself. My dad told me that. I've followed it and perhaps, sometimes to a fault, I'll admit.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
JF: This is going to be fun for Marc who's from LA but I would say any song with a film clip by Midnight Oil. Peter Garrett's dance moves would cheer anyone up I think.
 
MG: This Peter Garrett guy is hilarious? I've seen the Youtube compilation of Peter Garrett dancing and
laughed pretty hard. But I also hesitate to say this because I know my stage moves are really goofy. Throwing stones in a glass house and all that.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
JF: Natalie Imbruglia with 'Torn'.
 
MG: Damn... I didn't realise Natalie is Australian. Same. Excellent song.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
JF: One of my best friends has a new project called Anthony Fade which I love, so I would throw on their track 'Get With You', considering the d floor is pumping.
 
MG: Light Year with 'Moderation'.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
JF: My last gig in Sydney was Tame Impala at the Enmore which was amazing as always. But more recently, it was actually a double date with Marc and our girlfriends at the Hollywood Bowl to see Phoenix, Mac Demarco, and the Lemon Twigs just the other week.
 
MG: It was a whole lot of fun. We got our bread knives confiscated at security on the way in. Would you believe it? Also, Phoenix lead singer's mic cable was supposedly about 700ft long. Unbelievable.
 
You're originally from Sydney but now based in LA, tell us about the bands or people in both those music communities that inspire you.
 
JF: I was always very inspired by the scene in Sydney but I was also lucky to have come up in that scene prior to the current laws affecting night life. In terms of LA, this is where people descend to chase their dreams so it's a melting pot of vibe and desperation. It's a surreal place because I grew up listening to A LOT of rap music so casually driving down 'Slauson Ave' is strangely nostalgic for me.
 
MG: I don't listen to much music for pleasure. When I do, I'm sorry to say, I often times won't even listen to a whole song. Maybe because I am very quickly inspired and want to write something of my own. And I'm writing all the time. But also, my day job is mixing and editing classical music. Opera, symphonies, and the like. So when I'm by myself, I don't play music. I also don't go out to many shows. I'm too burnt out on melodies. The radio doesn't work in my car. I'm a bit of a homebody dork loser. I let my friends play their music and that's pretty much the only time I hear outside music. So what my friends are listening to has a big effect upon me, albeit intermittent, because to be honest, I don't see my friends all that often either. Just Jordan a lot these days, but Jordan doesn't really show me much music, he just demands that we work on stuff.....
 
JF: Wow.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
JF: My girlfriend generally makes all my plans for me so this question is probably better directed at her but I think our main focus right now is finishing our debut album.
 
MG: Jordan's girlfriend will let us know.
 

 

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imbi the girl

Featured Artist

2018

2

Jul

imbi the girl

Sydney, NSW

Sydney artist imbi the girl is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. 'Swell' is imbi the girls' brand new single and it's one wave of emotion, powerful songwriting and relatability. 

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

One thing I can definitely say about my music is that it will never stop developing! I use my music as a form of expression and what/how I feel like expressing myself boils down to what I’m experiencing at the time. I guess my sound could be summed up as a reaction to whatever I’m observing/going through at the time.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
This is going to sound corny but I really believe you can find inspiration in everything and anything. I think emotions (belonging to me or those around me) are always a reliable, accessible, and powerful source of inspiration for me but I don’t think I could even call that my “greatest” source of inspiration. There are just too many options!

What can punters expect from an imbi the girl live show?
Punters can expect a good groove, a lot of love, probably a reminder to stay hydrated at some point and some powerful, musical magic. If they’re willing to open their hearts, punters can expect to leave my set full of warmth and wholesome good vibes (or at least those are my intentions). 

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

The best advice I’ve been given is to live through love and to remember that everything is temporary. Those wise words came less from a specific person and more from gathered experiences and a variety of different interactions. I guess you could say the universe gave me that advice. 

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

'OG Luv Kush pt.2’ by Kaiit. It’s not too cheerful/upbeat so they can keep crying and processing while they listen but it’s also so undeniably groovy I feel like they wouldn’t be able to hold back a cheeky boogie. Also just an empowering track, and there’s nothing like being reminded of your power and resilience in those teary moments.

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

'Katie' by Missy Higgins. I don’t reckon I need to explain this one. Once you listen to it, you’ll get it.

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

'Clap Clap’ by Miss Blanks. Bless this queen!!! She effortlessly slays every track but this one especially. It’s a timeless, dirty, d-floor banger and if you don’t know, you should. 

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

I saw Habits at their ‘Salty’ EP launch and holy HECK it was phenomenal. Could not recommend their tunes and their shows highly enough. These artists are so unapologetically themselves, they are so heckin’ unique and shameless. They push all the boundaries and it’s seriously inspiring.

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

I find queer people and people of colour (POC) in Sydney's music community very inspiring. I mean, I’m inspired by them in every community and the music scene is definitely not an exception. It takes a lot of courage and drive to be visible as a POC and queer person with racism, homophobia and transphobia still making up the foundations of our society creating more challenges for individuals from marginalised groups especially in an industry like the music industry where artists rely on people liking their persona as much as their music. Trying to excel in a creative field where your success is dependent on engagement from an audience socialised to not value your identity or the messages you are trying to send is no easy task. Lucky for us, there are more proud and powerful POC/queers gaining recognition in the mainstream than ever before and even though we have a very long way to go, the times are most def changing.

What are your plans for 2018?
My plan is to keep on keeping’ on! I will continue to do my very best to spread love and wholesome vibes through banging’ creative endeavours and maybe also drop an EP later this year but you’ll have to wait and see. 

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Maya Payne
New

Artist

Maya Payne

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Songwriter, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Haiku Hands

Featured Artist

2017

26

Jun

Haiku Hands

Sydney, NSW

Sydney three-piece, Haiku Hands bring you your next party jam. 'Not About You' explodes with fun, killer beats, and a whole lot of attitude.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Our music is a rich tapestry of influences from our diverse musical backgrounds. Where we meet in the middle is the magic. We've developed this sound by collaborating with some of our favourite writers and producers.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Life in all its glory. Parties, friends, music, art, colours, thinking and travel.
 
What can punters expect from Haiku Hands live show?
 
Quiet storytelling, a nice cup of hot milk and a photo of you on Santa's lap as a momento...actually, more likely a raving dance party.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
Chaos Emerald: "Trust yourself".
 
Beatrice: The best advice I have been given is, it's not what she says but the way she lives, from Mie (Creative co-director of Haiku Hands).
 
She gets called the pleasure beast and has baths in the daytime. She's very good at relaxing. I work too much and I want to learn to relax more. Mie is my hero and she can also do the splits.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Is this a trick question? We would clearly play 'Not About You'. It's pretty hard to be sad when this song is on.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
John Farnham on repeat for 90 days.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Definitely 'Not About You' and then the second single we might be releasing. They are the same BPM and they are both killers.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Chaos Emerald: The last show I went to was Horrorshow at the Enmore last weekend, it was great! This weekend we're heading to a warehouse party with some sweet underground local DJ's.
 
Beatrice: The last show I saw was of my other band Kardajala Kirridarra and our album preview tour in Alice Springs. I'm also heading to a Punk show at The VIC in Sydney and then the warehouse party with Claire this weekend.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Chaos Emerald: Mostly my friends, Hermitude, Thundamentals, Okenyo, One Dayers, Big Village and The Presets.
 
Beatrice: There are a lot of people in the music community that inspire me. I live in Melbourne and that music community is massive and has lots of people contributing in different ways.
 
So many people who just want to connect and share music they love or music they have made. It's exciting to me. Sometimes it's the harder road but it's worth it. Music for the win!
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
For the rest of 2017, we will be in a silent meditation retreat.
 

 

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Tram Cops
New

Artist

Tram Cops

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

AKACIA
New

Artist

AKACIA

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Chill, Future)

Melbourne, VIC

Tales
New

Artist

CLYPSO

Featured Artist

2018

29

Apr

CLYPSO

( )

Sydney, NSW

We're so excited to be featuring Sydney producer and vocalist, CLYPSO. Get ready for a fusion of jungle beats, grimey basslines, atari-esque synths and afropunk infused electronica.

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

I like to call it troppo-chilli-flakes because it's a blend of scattered beats, grimey bass lines and I also shout a lot. I feel like my music has become an extension of everything I’ve listened to as a kid to now. I realise this more and more with each song I make. It’s kinda freaky.

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

It’s addictive and the idea that something comes out of nothing is fascinating and I’m inspired by that.

What can punters expect from a CLYPSO live show?

Me singing and dancing my heart out with my keyboard, drum pad and sampler. I’ve also done some shows with dancers.

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

"Always know your emergency exits and how to use a fire extinguisher". Optimistic Dad.

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

'Throw Your Arms Around Me' by the Hunters and Collectors. There's nothing quite like a singalong-cry-along with a mate to make things better.

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

 Annie Bass, and her track, 'Don’t Want'.

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

Swindail and his track, 'Two Stomp (+5 BPM)'.

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

Shameless plug alert. Kwame’s show at The Lair (Metro). It got real loose.

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

Community radio peeps and all the different crews and collectives I've been meeting. Girls Rock Sydney who do great work inspiring the next gen but also my female producer pals. Support and community are important.

What are your plans for 2018?

 I'll be releasing more new music and coming to a stage near you!

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Forever Son
New

Artist

Forever Son

Indie, Rock, Roots (Alt-Folk, Folk rock, Singer-Songwriter, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Polly and the Pockets
New

Artist

Polly and the Pockets

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Hachiku
New

Artist

Hachiku

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Laurel Laxxes
New

Artist

Laurel Laxxes

Electronic, Indie (Electronic Dance Indie Ambient)

North Coast, NSW

Taj Ralph
New

Artist

Taj Ralph

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

FuzzRays
New

Artist

FuzzRays

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Isabel
New

Artist

Isabel

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

Brisbane, QLD

dave.
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dave.

Indie, Punk, Rock (dave, newcastle, RocknRoll, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Jarrow
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Jarrow

Indie, Pop, Rock (alternative, Garage, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Rhysics
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Rhysics

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (#electro #experimental #pop #psyc #garage #synth)

Melbourne, VIC

SCOUT
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SCOUT

Punk, Rock (psychedelic, Rock, Garage Rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

culte
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culte

Indie, Pop (Dogs)

Melbourne, VIC

Stella Donnelly

Featured Artist

2017

4

Jun

Stella Donnelly

( )

Perth, WA

Spaghetti-loving Perth-based artist, Stella Donnelly is the talk around town. Her debut EP 'Thrush Metal' is the type of songwriting you'll be head over heels for.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I think that most of my sound development has come from watching live shows. My sound has developed pretty naturally, if anything I've stripped it back more and more over time to being the most raw representation of myself.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
I generally write songs when I have something to say, about assholes mostly!
 
What can punters expect from a Stella Donnelly live show?
 
My shows are generally really intimate, so I try and break the ice with some chats about tinder and footy etc. I find myself saying 'sorry mum' a lot at my gigs.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Remember all your bloody guitar leads, plectrums and capo this time will ya!" - Dad.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
The Wiggles - Hot Potato
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
The Wiggles - Hot Potato
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Hot Pota... just kidding, I believe in You - Kylie Minogue.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I watched Methyl Ethel play with Reef Prince and Erasers and I danced ALL NIGHT.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
 
I'm really really proud of the Perth scene that is emerging right now and it's the first time I've seen so many gender diverse bands come out of Western Australia! Bands like Hussy, Lifestyle, Telete, Jacob Diamond, Moistoyster, Heebiejeebies, Heathcote Blue, Shit Narnia and Terrible Signal make me feel HELL lucky to be a musician in Perth.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
I'm in another two bands called BOAT SHOW and BELLS RAPIDS who are both releasing stuff this year and doing a bunch of tours. I have some more songs up my sleeve that I want to finish and record at some point. I also have a goal to find the best tasting Ramen in Australia so big plans all round really!

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The Jives
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The Jives

Indie, Rock (succulent, indie rock, alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

TOWNS
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TOWNS

Indie, Rock (Blink 182, alt rock(90's-early 2000's), Punk, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Mum Genes
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Mum Genes

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Arno Faraji
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Arno Faraji

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Vibes, Wavy, hip hop, ...)

Perth, WA

HYLO
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HYLO

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

Perth, WA

Good Boy

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jan

Good Boy

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

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VACATIONS
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VACATIONS

Indie, Pop, Rock

Newcastle, NSW

Carl Renshaw
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Eddy Dillon
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Eddy Dillon

Indie, Pop (Jangle Pop, dream Pop, psychedelic)

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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Alice Ivy

Featured Artist

2016

19

Sep

Alice Ivy

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne producer Alice Ivy is one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. She'll be taking her blissed out soul-inspired beats to the 909 stage of Listen Out in Melbourne this Saturday, September 24.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always been super into soul music. I used to play in an all girl soul band, we used to arrange old soul classics by Marvin Gaye, Etta James, and also soul stuff by artists such as Jill Scott. Playing this music is what made me obsessed with it. A few years ago I was introduced to J Dilla and The Avalanches, and I was really inspired to make music like that - beat driven sampled soul that just made you feel good.  Once I got into production at uni I realised this is what I wanted to do!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Creating music that makes people feel good and excited. I love that adrenaline rush you get when you listen to a song that you just love, I try and keep this in mind whenever I write. 
 
What can punters expect from an Alice Ivy live show?
A really sweaty good time. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Always BYO Linen' - Melinda Dine. I learnt the hard way on tour last weekend. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Avalanches - Because I'm Me
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Natalie Imbruglia - Shiver
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Christine Anu - My Island Home, classic Australiana banga. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Last local show I went to was Alexander Bigg's single launch. It was phenomenal, if you haven't heard him you need to check this guy out. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There are so many bands in Melbourne who are absolutely killing it at the moment. Particularly recently at BigSound, it was so great seeing so many Melbourne bands up there showcasing! Artists that really inspire me are those who are amazing at what they do musically and who are just genuine people. I'm talking about artists such as Ainslie Wills and Alex Lahey - dead set legends. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
The rest of 2016 is looking insane, I am lucky enough to be playing some pretty amazing festivals and tours this summer! Will do some writing in between ;)

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