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New

Artist

SOMA

Indie, Punk, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

WAAX

Featured Artist

2014

8

Sep

WAAX

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane rockers WAAX are one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing our BIGSOUND showcase at Oh Hello this Thursday September 11 alongside Eves, Milwaukee Banks, Little May and Client Liaison. Get to know these "5 ratbags from Brisbane" below...

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Two chicks; three dudes. The sound we now know to be WAAX developed out of being a show-focused band. We just wanted our shows to be exciting and intense; and that was naturally manifested in our recordings. Our songs are like a harsh aural reality-check with an unexpected nurturing side – kind of like a tough mother-figure filtered through a shitload of fuzz. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It keeps us somewhat sane. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition. What can punters at our BIGSOUND showcase expect from the WAAX live show?
Honestly, you’ll be immersed in something you wouldn’t expect of 5 ratbags from Brisbane. We’re about mood. Sometimes loud and angsty; sometimes super reflective – but there’s always passion and I can guarantee you will be more than entertained. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Patience is so important, keep going and things will be delivered to you – our buddy Tyler from Soundpound.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Vitriol' by Bluejuice. Such a fun song.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS. Makes me cry or feel like crying every time. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Jagwar Ma! Any track by those guys.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Went to go see Ayla at Black Bear Lodge. She had some real sweet tunes!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Queensland music community that inspire you.
We’re real inspired by bands like DZ Deathrays or Violent Soho to more local heroes Baskervillain…And of course all those crazy event-wizard people like Lachie who runs Kaleidoscope Festival or Ray who runs Psych Night and Junglelove Festival – these dudes bust their arses to give local bands a go.
 
What are your plans for the rest 2014?
Firstly we just hope to survive BIGSOUND! It’s like music Christmas! And then after that, hopefully hop on some tour supports, finish off our EP…set the foundations for a ripper 2015.
 

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Loiter
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Artist

Loiter

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

Brisbane, QLD

Shorelines
New

Artist

Shorelines

Punk, Rock (shorelines, new heights, Brisbane, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

The PBs
New

Artist

The PBs

Indie, Punk, Rock (Brisbane, noise, noise rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Mitch, Please
New

Artist

Mitch, Please

Pop, Punk, Rock (Punk, Nerd Punk, Pop Punk, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

BLUSSH
New

Artist

BLUSSH

Punk, Rock (Riot Grrrl, grunge)

Brisbane, QLD

heartstop beach
New

Artist

heartstop beach

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (surf, Rock, Punk, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Arbes
New

Artist

Arbes

Indie, Pop (psychedelic, dreamwave, Melbourne, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

SHOUSE
New

Artist

SHOUSE

Dance, Electronic (House, SHOUSE)

Melbourne, VIC

100%
New

Artist

100%

Dance, Electronic, Pop (#italo disco, #soundtrack, #post punk, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Candy
New

Artist

Candy

Indie, Pop (Indie, dream Pop, Bedroom Pop)

Melbourne, VIC

pool shop
New

Artist

pool shop

Indie (pool shop, poolshop, majorleagues, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Vladik
New

Artist

Vladik

Indie, Pop (#brisbane #majorleagues#dreampop)

Brisbane, QLD

Sweater Curse

Featured Artist

2018

30

Jul

Sweater Curse

Brisbane, QLD

We named them one of our artists to watch this year in 2018. Then they knocked us off our feet with their new single 'Can't See You Anymore'. Yes, we're talking about Brisbane's very own Sweater Curse! They are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

We currently have 3 singles out with one more not too far away. Initially we bonded over our shared influences, but it molded into what it is now from playing a lot of shows early on.

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

Our parents all loved music so it was there from the start. Since then, meeting various teachers and friends involved in music has lead us to pursue it as something that’s now a major part of our lives.

What can punters expect from a Sweater Curse live show?

Lots of intentionally stupid awkward jokes that aren’t meant to be as unintentionally awkward as they are, and some songs too.

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

Dom Miller (our booker) told us (in different words) to ‘Let things happen naturally. As long as you love what you’re doing and you’re learning, good things will happen.’

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

‘Live It Up’ by Mental As Anything.

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

‘Always Falling’ by Cloud Tangle, ‘Forfeit’ by Keeskea, ‘My New Dress Up Shoes’ by The Smith Street Band and ‘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?

‘Untouched’ by The Veronicas, ‘K Bye’ by Raave Tapes and ‘Tower Of Strength’ by Simi Lacroix.

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

Keeskea and Cloud Tangle at The Jubilee and Start Together at The End Bar. All are amazing acts that we are lucky enough to call our friends.

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

Dom Miller, Ruby Jean McCabe, Dan Condon, Sam Cromack, Hatchie, Concrete Surfers, An Horse, Pat Balfe, POOL SHOP + Major Leagues, Grace Pashley and the 4zzz team, Brodie Popple, Mel Tickle, Miss Blanks.

What are your plans for 2018?

We have an EP on the way that’s we’ve been working on with Fletcher Matthews. A string of shows with acts we currently love and BIGSOUND in September!

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Hatchie

Featured Artist

2017

13

Jun

Hatchie

Brisbane, QLD

Hitting us with a glistening shoegaze dream, Brisbane singer-songwriter Hatchie, drops her debut track 'Try' and your next afternoon soundtrack.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I wanted to be a singer when I was younger but I never really thought I was capable of being an artist or performer. I've always written really pop sounding songs but I didn't want to be a straight up 'pop' singer, so didn't do anything with them until a few years ago. 
 
After I wrote Try in 2015 I started experimenting with pairing sugary sweet pop melodies with darker instruments and production. I've always been really into stacking up backing vocals and harmonies, which you'll be able to hear in pretty much every song I release. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Conceptually, I look up to artists like Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Bush and Wolf Alice. I'm really interested in artists who question what it means to be a female in a male dominated genre - which most genres other than pop are. 
 
My music doesn't sound like theirs and I'm yet to push any of those boundaries, but I definitely get inspiration from them as people. They helped me realise you don't have to sing, dance, dress, or act in any particular way. 
 
Lyrically, most of my songs stem from a personal experience like a friendship or relationship. 
 
What can punters expect from a Hatchie live show?
 
Hopefully a great time!! I'm lucky enough to have a bunch of really talented friends joining me on stage, so I'm really excited for everyone to see what we've been working on. 
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
If I narrowed it down to music related advice, it'd probably be 'Less is more' from pretty much every producer… I have a tendency to layer heaps of tracks to get the most swirly, shimmery sounds possible but I'm learning to pull back and play around with silence and empty space. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
The Harpoons - Ready For Your Love
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Airling - Bloodshot Blue
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
Northeast Party House - Your House
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw DD Dumbo at The Triffid over the weekend and it was AMAZING of course. I was blown away by each members' ability to swap between a bunch of instruments throughout each song.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
 
I'm inspired by people who are passionate about supporting music and arts in Brisbane, particularly when funding for small businesses and projects isn't so easy to secure. Shannon at Jet Black Cat Music and Vlada at Junky Comics are two great examples. I often shy away from writing about personal experiences, so artists who share difficult and intimate stories in their songs like Cub Sport and Major Leagues inspire me as a musician. 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
I'll be releasing another single, an EP and playing a bunch of shows!

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"vanilla migraine"
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"vanilla migraine"

Electronic, Indie (Lofi, Nostalgia, Bedroom, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Flower Drums
New

Artist

Flower Drums

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Dream-Pop, Electronica, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Holiday Party

Brisbane dream team and BIGSOUND comp winners, Holiday Party bring you their glistening debut single 'I'm Still Here', a masterpiece of clever production in a montage of uniquely blended sound. Catch them this week as they play some of their first ever live shows at BIGSOUND.

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

We usually develop our sound by rummaging through mountains of discarded ideas that we have recorded, grabbing something and building a track on top of it. It's a really rewarding way to write as it feels like remixing. Plus, by recycling audio it has to reduce our carbon footprint or something. Is that how it works? We love the feeling of finishing a song when it feels a little unrecognisable, like we didn't write it. But we did, we promise.

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

Luke: This is going to sound like I'm an asshole but honestly I'm inspired by anything that paints a picture – films, music, stories of any kind (dogs too!). I get super excited when something moves and surprises me, especially dogs. When I was around 13 years old I started learning guitar, listening to punk and watching Stanley Kubrick movies. From there I started to write music. Years later I listened to J-Dilla's 'Doughnuts' and around the same time, Animal Collective's 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' and got obsessed with some other film directors and composers. The cycle continues.

Mel: I'm the same as Luke (but with a touch more Beach House). For me, it's also a solitary environment of books and chips. 

What can punters expect from a Holiday Party live show?

Luke: Panic! No, not really (probably). Because we write mostly at our respective homes and on computers, we have been working hard to make the live show something we can 'play'. So it's all stand-alone samplers, keys and real instruments on stage. No computers anywhere. Not because we are against them but because I have a phobia of using a computer in front of a crowd in case something goes wrong. Scott Bromiley (who co-wrote 'I'm Still Here' with us) and the incredible Pete Bernoth are helping us play these songs on stage and it's really fun. The songs sound different every time we play them and in a good way, hopefully.

Mel: The live set features three bearded angels on a sample rig, a spot of dancing and hopefully a lot of good times. BIGSOUND will be our 2nd and 3rd EVER shows, so it'll all be very new for us.

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

Luke: I've had the privilege of working with Robert Forster for a while now and he is full of amazing advice on any given day. It's all incredible. It's hard to choose a quote from him, but a big one that stuck with me was when he said that a vocal take is about 70% of a song which is so true. It's super easy to get caught up on what tambourine goes where and how many double-tracked guitars should go in a chorus but it all kinda means nothing if the vocal isn't working. I'm sure there are even better ones than that. I'll write back when I remember.

Mel: I can't remember who said this to me, but it was great advice. It was essentially, "don't be held hostage by what other people think, concentrate on making music that you want to hear and want to play". Also, anything that Patti Smith says, goes! 

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

Mel: Depending on the situation: 'Sophisticated Lover' by Donne Benét (with film clip), 'Anxiety' by Eddy Current Suppression Ring, 'Miracle' by Kimbra, 'Friday on My Mind' by Easybeats.

Luke: What Mel said, but also 'Enter Space Capsule' by Gerling.

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

Mel: 'The boy's story of his faithful family dog' by Grand Salvo.  

Luke: 'Clouds' by The Go-Betweens.  

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

Mel: 'Hallucinate' by GL.

Luke: 'Yuwa' by Fishing.

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

Luke: I guess it was our first gig at the Foundry. We played with GL, Hatchie and Party Dozen. We were on first. Everyone was amazing. Oh wait, I saw No Zu a couple of nights ago. Gawd damn... that was really good too.

Mel: Ditto! Party Dozen shouting into a saxophone was a particular highlight. 

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

Pool Shop, Major Leagues, Robert Forster, The Go-Betweens, FOREVR, Ultra Material, Emerson Snowe. Pool Shop's new single 'Can You Dream' is a Brisbane shoegaze-pop masterpiece. 

What are your plans for 2017?

Releasing more songs, playing some interstate shows and working on our first album. 

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Scarlet Drive
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Artist

Scarlet Drive

Indie, Punk, Rock (scarlet, drive, Scarlet Drive, ...)

Perth, WA

Alex Lahey

Featured Artist

2016

14

Mar

Alex Lahey

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Alex Lahey is your triple j Unearthed Feature Artist this week. Already named as one of triple j Unearthed's artists to watch in 2016, her incoming debut EP (recorded with Oscar from Holy Holy) has us all sorts of excited.

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

I've been playing music my entire life and really started taking it seriously when I picked up the saxophone at 12 years old. I played in big bands all through high school and went to uni to study a jazz degree. I was always writing songs through high school as a means of teaching myself how to play guitar, and found when I got to uni that my ear was more attuned to appreciating a great song rather than a gnarly bebop lick - I was listening to way more Carole King than Charlie Parker. So, I dropped out of my degree and to focus more on writing songs. Oscar Dawson who plays in Holy Holy has helped me bring my songs to life with his incredible production skills. Funnily enough, he also didn't finish the exact same degree as me. And here we are.

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

My lyrics tend to come from interactions I have with other people. I'm big on communication - I like to talk things out - so a lot of the words in my songs happen to be directly taken from conversations I've had. Musically, I get inspired by melody and groove. There's nothing better than hearing a song where there's a sweet chord change or melodic idea that makes you go "what the hell was that? I need to know!"

What can punters expect from your live show?

Coopers Sparkling, Bruce Springsteen-style count ins, fuzz pedals and a drummer who cries whenever he watches 'School of Rock'.

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

My friend's dad tells me "fortune favours the prepared mind", which I'm pretty sure is a Louis Pasteur quote. Basically, I interpret that to mean even if you're feeling you're not producing the best output at a particular time, you're preparing yourself and your skills to create something you're really proud of down the track. Another friend of mine has a similar piece of advice, which is to "sift through the shit", but I don't really like the visual that suggests... Let's stick with the Pasteur one.

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

'Our Place' by Verge Collection

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

'Can We Work It Out' by Gordi

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

'She's So Fine' by The Easybeats

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

I don't know if this counts, but I went to see Alvvays while I was in Sydney the other weekend and they were incredible. I referred to their music a lot while recording my EP. I know Alvvays aren't a local band, but Major Leagues opened and they were just as good. Great songs, great chops, great night.

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

I'm really lucky to be part of a community that inspires me so much. My friends Eilish Gilligan and Greer Clemens both play in a brilliant band called Frida and have their own solo projects. I froth on the feedback I get from them when I show them new songs or mixes. Kate Duncan is the creative producer of The Push Inc and works to give young people opportunities to learn about playing/putting on gigs, being in the studio and releasing music - she's an amazing person who has been looking out for me since I was a bub. My best friend Ollie Whitehead plays sax in Animaux with me and has a sweet new project on the go, which will be excellent. Every time I go into the studio with Oscar, I come out a better musician and writer. Also, shout out to my manager, Leigh. Hey Leigh!

What are your plans for 2016?

Write more songs, play more guitar, play more shows, release my debut EP, tour lots, do more recording, drink all the beers. Not necessarily in that order.

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Willaris. K

Featured Artist

2017

27

Feb

Willaris. K

North Coast, NSW

Meet Willaris K. The 23 year old Northern NSW producer and master behind his latest single 'Alchemy'. His ability to create an ambient space of dark mystery through beautiful sounds and thick texture will have you in a daze.

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

It’s hard to define the exact process of how it developed. I spend a lot of time experimenting with different ideas and concepts. Driving a lot for work allows me to spend more time listening to different music, then when it comes to my own writing, I'm sub-consciously combining different worlds that resonate at the time.

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

Initially it’s personal experience, live music is a big one. I take a lot of inspiration from movie scores and how they're able to influence the emotions of the audience.

What can punters expect from a Willaris K live show?

I’m playing my first live show this Friday. As I've been planning for it, i’ve found that I'm naturally gravitating towards my heavier/dancier stuff. Most of which has never been heard outside of my bedroom. Expect intense moments contrasted with intimate ambience.

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

There’s not really one piece of advice that i subscribe to, but i’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason - whether it be positive or negative. I’d say that mentality came from my parents who always attest that you get out what you put in.

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

No 1 Dad's - Camberwell

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

Seekae - Void

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

Tame Impala - Why won't you make up your mind?

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

I saw Jagwar Ma a couple of weeks ago in Coolangatta. It was good to see a crowd come out in numbers and support that style of music locally.

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

I'm quite lucky in that regard because I've got a group of close friends from school that also write music. That's a big inspiration for me. We're always pushing each other, collaborating, keeping the standards high, no beating around the bush with feedback. I'm excited for us all to be out doing our thing musically. Everyone has their own tastes which seems to be a driving force for pushing our personal boundaries. I premiered a track from Rössen Culture in my triple j mix, Grant Walker just put his first track up on unearthed, NWM that did my artwork and visuals writes, HXXD GXLD raps and Joel Cauchi is a singer/songwriter who lends his guitar expertise on a few upcoming releases. They’re all coming; keep your eyes peeled.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release an EP. Develop my live show to become as live as possible, then eventually incorporate a visual aspect. Maybe a remix.

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Denpasar
New

Artist

Denpasar

Indie, Pop (dream, Pop, Indie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

My Own Pet Radio

Featured Artist

2011

14

Feb

My Own Pet Radio

( )

Brisbane, QLD

My Own Pet Radio is the name given to the bedroom recording project of Sam Cromack, frontman, singer and songwriter for Brisbane's indie rock/pop collective Ball Park Music.

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

I usually can't last more than a week without writing or recording a song. I've always loved recording. A lot of the songs used in My Own Pet Radio are just songs that never made it to the Ball Park rehearsal room. I often get an idea and I'm just so excited to hear how it would sound, so instead of being patient and showing real musicians I just start recording it and playing everything myself.

How do you know when a song idea is for My Own Pet Radio rather than your other band Ball Park Music?

I think a lot of the songs could very well have been performed by Ball Park. It just depends. If I write quiet, weird or sad songs - which are usually my favorite - they'll nearly always end up as My Own Pet Radio songs. That way I don't have to bore any audiences or band members.

How would you feel about My Own Pet Radio going from a solo project to taking on band members?

I've actually done two shows with a full band. That was a lot of fun, at least for me anyway. I'm keen to try lots of arrangements in this project. I think, most importantly, it shouldn't ever feel stagnant. I have a few key collaborators, but I'd like to have a rotating line-up. I think soon I will endeavor to do some shows by myself at some smaller venues.

Tell us about the bands and people in the Brisbane music scene that inspire you.

I've met a lot of lovely musicians in Brisbane. I always remain inspired by the scarier songwriters; Ed Guglielmino, Shem Allen, Kate Herrington and my housemate Ben Fahey is the best songwriter you've never heard of. I also enjoy being in the studio with producer Matt Redlich. Ball Park has been working with him, and he's full of interesting info.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Well Ball Park keeps me pretty busy, but I'll be aiming to book some shows for My Own Pet Radio. I also continue recording. I still have plenty of recordings lying around, though if I organize another release I think I'll discipline myself a little more this time... work a little harder to choose the best songs and record them properly.

Australian music is?

...worthy of more than one sentence. There are too many wonderful things to capture in this short summary.

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Lonelyspeck

Featured Artist

2017

16

Jan

Lonelyspeck

( )

Adelaide, SA

Meet the Adelaide producer behind the spacious and experimental soundscapes that's turning heads all over the country. Lonelyspeck's got big love for pop music, and says it's a driving force in their songwriting.

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

I guess it's just where I've naturally ended up from having a lot of different influences and being quite intuitive and open with making music. I listen to a lot of experimental styles of music but I also love pop music and I always want to find ways to use those experimental sounds in a pop framework.

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

I think more than anything I just love sound. It affects me very deeply and feels very natural for me to express myself through it.

What can punters expect from a Lonelyspeck live show?

Probably to chill out and just have a nice emotionally vulnerable time I hope.

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

I learnt from a couple of my teachers in art school to not be afraid of making mistakes or making a mess. And I've learnt from my friends and myself that softness and vulnerability are strength.

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

Qwerty - Ano Yan

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

Hummingbird - Make A Space

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

Buoy - Clouds & Rain (Collarbones Remix)

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

Allume, Naomi Keyte and Water Bear. It was lovely! Allume and Naomi both made me almost cry, and I unfortunately missed Water Bear but I know she's great.

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

There are a lot... Allume and her other project Hummingbird (with Arthur Miles), Tracy Chen, Strict Face, Sebastian Vivian, PNK FME...

What are your plans for 2017?

I definitely want to play a couple of interstate shows in support of my EP 'Lave', which comes out on March 3. And I'm looking forward to getting straight back into writing new music because I've got a lot of ideas! I'm excited for this year and I want to make the most of everything that happens.

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