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Lachlan Edwards
New

Artist

Lachlan Edwards

Indie, Pop, Roots (acoustic indie, "Alternative "indie"folk)

Newcastle, NSW

The Cherry Dolls
New

Artist

The Cherry Dolls

Indie, Punk, Rock

Sunshine, QLD

Settle Petal
New

Artist

Settle Petal

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock

South West WA, WA

Club Yorke
New

Artist

Club Yorke

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Jackson James Smith
New

Artist

Jackson James Smith

Indie, Pop (Matt Corby, Boy and Bear, John Mayer, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

San Mei

Featured Artist

2018

13

May

San Mei

Gold Coast, QLD

All this week on triple j Unearthed, we're hanging out with Queensland artist and this weeks Feature star, San Mei.

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

I went down a few different paths to get to the sound I'm making now.  Folk/country, synth-pop, guitar-driven... My focus right now is to find a balance of different elements of music and sounds that I love and create something that is hopefully exciting & unique.

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

I'm a huge day dreamer, so anything that moves me and makes me feel transported to another place. It could be anything - love, relationships, music, films, books, personal experiences etc.

What can punters expect from a San Mei live show?

To see me with my band comprising of 3 redheads. It's a beautiful sight to behold.

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

"Wear more sunscreen", by Nicole Kidman. 

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

'In the Air' by DMA's.

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

'Blood' by the Middle East. 

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

'M.O.B.' by Tkay Maidza

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

 Watching my good friend Michael McCartney share the stage with killer acts like Austen, Lastlings and Paces at Bleach Festival during the Commonwealth Games on the Goldy was pretty special. 

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

The people behind endeavours like Bleach Festival and awesome live music venues that are passionate and working hard to create an exciting live music scene here on the Gold Coast.

 

What are your plans for 2018?

 

 My new EP is coming out a little later in the year, I'm recording some more music and hopefully playing as many great shows as I can!

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IV League

Featured Artist

2015

16

Nov

IV League

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne 4-piece IV League combine their love of alternative rock and progressive pop to create music that Zan Rowe describes as "damn near perfect".

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
We're huge fans of garage rock, but initially, we weren't able to achieve the heavier sound we were after with only two members so we begun as a bit of an indie pop outfit. When we added a drummer and bass player to the mix we started toying with combining the grittier instrumentals with strong, clean vocals and we've arrived at where we are now!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
A huge part of it is definitely channeling the energy and fun we have together in the jam room into playing live and recording music for other people to hear. Sharing what you're most passionate about creating with other people and recieving a positive response is insanely rewarding.
 
What can punters expect from an IV League live show?
You can expect that Bella might very well introduce the band under a false name such as "My Chemical Romance" or "Alien Antfarm". Otherwise, a whole lot of sweaty energy and plenty of dancing.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Bella: My Mum always says that "the extra mile is never crowded" and that's always stuck with me in every thing I do. It sort of prohibits any hesitation you have in jumping head first into things that you want to achieve.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went to see our friends Tiny Giants play an in store gig at Off The Hip Records in Melbourne. Always fun watching those guys, they killed it!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
We're super inspired by our friends in the Melbourne scene, especially Hills Hoist and Gonzo (some of the coolest dudes out!!), and our younger friends up in the Geelong area Tiny Giants and The Dare Ohhs who are some of the most impressive high school bands you'll see play live.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
Lots of writing and preparation to record an EP early next year, playing as much as we can and hopefully pulling together an east coast tour.

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Bag Of Bones.
New

Artist

Bag Of Bones.

Punk, Rock (#blues #rock)

Perth, WA

Sun Sap
New

Artist

Sun Sap

Indie, Pop, Rock (# psychedelic #garage #lofi #surf pop)

Illawarra, NSW

Crowmobe
New

Artist

Crowmobe

Indie, Punk, Rock (Explosive blues rock or call it Garage surf Rock)

Far North, QLD

Baby Features
New

Artist

Baby Features

Indie, Rock (indie rock, Melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

Oxford Poet
New

Artist

Oxford Poet

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

Sydney, NSW

Dave Sonntag
New

Artist

Dave Sonntag

Indie, Roots (alternative, Indie, Acoustic)

Perth, WA

Poppy Rose
New

Artist

Poppy Rose

Hip Hop, Indie ('hip hop' 'rap' 'female rap')

Melbourne, VIC

The Velvet Club
New

Artist

The Velvet Club

Indie, Rock (indie rock, Pop Rock, lovely music, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Fox Company
New

Artist

Fox Company

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Royce
New

Artist

Royce

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Already Gone
New

Artist

Already Gone

Indie, Rock (Indie, Rock, already, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Kiko Smokes
New

Artist

Kiko Smokes

Indie, Rock (Alternative Rock, Rock, Indie)

Sydney, NSW

WHARVES

Featured Artist

2017

17

Jul

WHARVES

( )

North Coast, NSW

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

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

 

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The Living Eyes

Featured Artist

2010

27

May

The Living Eyes

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Unearthed High finalists The Living Eyes from St Joseph's in Geelong nail the 60’s rock rival, complete with lo-fi production, raw sounds and a frenetic frontman.

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

We play our own blend of 1960's garage/psych largely influenced by bands like The Music Machine, 13th Floor Elevators and The Rolling Stones. Our music has developed from hearing bands like these and then going away and writing songs in a similar format, but with our own style to it.

Tell us about your high school – where do you play/learn music?

Dayle and myself are studying year 12 at The Gordon, which is a little different to a normal high school, but in the end we still finish with the same outcome as you could at a regular school. Our drummer, Nick, is doing year 9 at St. Josephs College and our singer, Dylan, is studying at Victoria University. We have all taught ourselves to play our instruments besides Nick, who got drum lessons for a while.

Have you played live before – what can we expect from a live show?

Dylan: We have played a few gigs at the Barwon Club in Geelong. We also played an in-store gig in a Melbourne record shop called Off The Hip. We have three gigs coming up over the next three weekends at the Barwon Club and the National Hotel in Geelong. At one of our gigs you would expect to hear loud 60's inspired garage, with a mixture of originals, killer covers and fun times. An enjoyable live act.

What’s coming up in the future?

Who knows! We're just taking everything as it comes. We have been getting offered gigs more often lately so hopefully that will be come a regular thing.

Australian music is?

Australian music can be fantastic, depending on what you're into. Personally I love many Australian acts, especially ones like early Master's Apprentices, The Missing Links and many compilations of underground Aussie groups of the mid-sixties.

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TEDDY ELK
New

Artist

TEDDY ELK

Indie, Pop ("Alternative "indie)

Melbourne, VIC

The VANNS
New

Artist

The VANNS

Indie, Rock (indie rock, Alt-Rock)

Illawarra, NSW

CREO
New

Artist

CREO

Indie, Rock (alternative, Indie, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Neighbourhood Youth
New

Artist

Neighbourhood Youth

Indie, Rock (Melbourne, alternative, indie-rock)

Melbourne, VIC

Partiboi69
New

Artist

Partiboi69

Dance, Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

SCK CHX
New

Artist

SCK CHX

Indie, Punk, Rock (dream punk, Indie, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Alec Randles
New

Artist

Alec Randles

Indie, Roots (roots, guitar, Singer, ...)

Canberra, ACT

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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Zac Slater
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Artist

Zac Slater

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock (hip hop, Soul, Rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Seavera
New

Artist

Seavera

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Angie McMahon

Featured Artist

2017

30

Oct

Angie McMahon

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter, Angie McMahon oozes absolute charm and songwriting power. Soak up her bold vocals and beautiful guitar tones with her debut track ‘Slow Mover’.

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

I’ve been writing songs at home on piano and guitar since I was an emotional lil teen, inspired by a whole bunch of different songwriters. I think I developed my sound by copying what my idols did on their albums, vocalists who would pour energy and emotion into their delivery, bands who weave soul and rock and country music together and artists who write great melodies and lyrics. I was always just trying to copy that.

 

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

Probably listening to great songs by other people. I’ll be trying to process feelings and listen to music, and sometimes that will unlock something in my head and make me want to write my own song.

 

What can punters expect from an Angie McMahon live show?

Pop songs with a bit of rock, a bit of sad and a bit of happy.  You can also expect, two talented boys behind me with a lot of rockstar energy on drums and bass guitar, my noisy red child (guitar) and me singing lyrics that I hope people can connect with.

 

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

Hard to say…”Make music that sounds like you,” is good advice, and maybe when Dad told me to buy an electric guitar.

 

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

Big Smoke – 'Best of You' - because it’s so triumphant.

 

What Australian track would you play to make someone cry?

Cry songs are the best ones!!! Oh Pep!’s song ‘Tea, Milk & Honey’ makes me cry if I’m feeling fragile. The lyrics feel like somebody’s hugging you and telling you to let it all out. Last time I openly cried at a gig was over Seavera’s song ‘Christmas Time’ but I’m not sure if that one’s recorded. 

 

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

Bardot – 'Poison'. Sophie Monk’s reappearance has reminded me that this badass banger exists. 

 

What was the last local gig you went to and who was it?

BABY BLUE and Truly Holy at Some Velvet Morning were awesome.

 

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

I find most of the community super inspiring, I could list a whole bunch of artists who I feel really lucky to hear and bond with. Artists like Oh Pep!, Big Smoke and Ainslie Wills are brilliant and brave artists. They have all made records and played gigs that have made such a strong impression on me, as musicians and as people to look up to.

 

What are your plans for the rest of the year and in 2018?

Recording the songs that will be on my record next year and taking the time to make that sound real good. My single launch is at Workers Club this week, and I’m also supporting The Shins with my band in December, Wahoo! 

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Eliza & The Delusionals

Featured Artist

2017

20

Mar

Eliza & The Delusionals

( )

North Coast, NSW

Brisbane showstoppers Eliza and The Delusionals explore all waves of life with their rock-pop nature, fun melodies and nostalgic lyrics. Get to know them! Their our Feature Artist all this week on triple j Unearthed.

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

I think we really started to zone in on the sound of Eliza & The Delusionals after I saw Catfish & the Bottlemen supporting The Kooks a few years ago. Their album 'The Balcony' had a huge impact on the developnent of our music when we first started, and they have continued to inspire me with their second album. I always try to keep my artistic influences broad, and try to incorporate the inspiration from them into my songs.

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

I find my greatest source of inspiration for making music through my life experiences growing up, and continuing to understand all aspects of the world. I always try to present my songs in a way that people can relate to and hopefully find insight through.

What can punters expect from a Eliza & The Delusionals live show?

I like to think that people can expect a really fun and high energy show. I really want the audience to feel that they're a part of a unifying experience rather than just watching us performing. I love feeling this when I go to shows, so I really try to bring that to our gigs!

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

A lot of people have given me loads of great advice throughout my life but I don't think I can narrow it down to just one piece. I was actually stumped for ages on this question!

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

I'd have to say Polish Club's new track 'Come Party'. Who could feel sad listening to that tune?

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

Definitely 'Don't Let the Kids Win' by Julia Jacklin. It's such an emotional song and Julia is a profound songwriter.

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

I'd probably put on Confidence Man's tune 'Boyfriend', because it's honestly a party in itself.

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

I went and saw Bec Sandridge at The Foundry about a week or so ago, and it was great! I'm a huge fan of the 'Ridge. She was super friendly, and The Foundry is a really cool Brisbane venue.

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

I'm always inspired by seeing bands from Brisbane or the Gold Coast making an impact on Australia's music scene, like Cub Sport, The Belligerents and Amy Shark. It's so cool to watch musicians from your area release amazing music and get recognised for it across the country and the rest of the world!

What are your plans for 2017?

We have a bunch of plans for 2017, mainly including releasing new music (which will be happening very soon). Another big goal is to play some festivals! I love going to festivals and I've wanted to be a part of one for so long, so I'm hoping this year we can make our way onto some festival line-ups!

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Stevie Jean

Featured Artist

2018

5

Nov

Stevie Jean

Darwin, NT

Meet this week's Feature Artist Stevie Jean!

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Meet this week's Feature Artist Stevie Jean!

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DIET
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Artist

DIET

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

Melbourne, VIC

oscar oscar
New

Artist

oscar oscar

Electronic, Indie ("Alternative)

Brisbane, QLD

Grey Horizon
New

Artist

The Moving Stills

Featured Artist

2020

17

Feb

The Moving Stills

( )

Central Coast, NSW

Direct from Macmasters Beach, The Moving Stills are this week's Feature Artist!

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

Pool Party on the Moon vibes with lazer light beams and blow up flamingos, set in the 90s. We are often trying new things and shifting things to see what works etc. We've been listening to a lot of Beck and Jungle Giants, so we've been moving towards a bit more of that and playing around with Synths and Keys. We've all been mucking around with that in the last year or so which has put a new thread through everything. 

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

A bit of everything. We've all got day jobs and that experience makes its way into the songwriting and also drives us to make music. Those photos taken from behind the drummer/band looking out to a crowd at festival or the like, or hearing a song that connects with your emotions or taste really well is also pretty inspiring, but seeing a band live that really connects with you gives us huge drive. We just want to make music that'll have an impact with the people that listen to it. 

What can punters expect from The Moving Stills live show?

A bit of hair, good pair of sunnies, a shaker or two... and maybe a few Flower T shirts in the crowd.

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

Some of the best advice was from Ollie of Lime Cordiale, It was along the lines of, just to keep going and to keep at it. Feels like that’s been pretty key and will continue to follow that.

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

Marinade by Dope Lemon or Feeding the Family by Spacey Jane are pretty uplifting tracks we think.

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

Maybe So We Know By DMA’s or Seaweed by Hockey Dad, there’s a lot of heart in these tracks.

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

Pizza Guy by Touch Sensitive

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

The last local gig we saw was Kim Churchill at The Rhythm Hut in Gosford, was a great vibe and he’s legend.

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

Everyone’s sort of chipping away doing their thing and when a gig is on it feels like you’ll see people from all different bands there. There’s been some cool bands/Artists from the Central Coast that have done some inspiring stuff like E^ST, Ninajirachi, Winterbourne and Something With Numbers to name a few.

What are your plans for 2020?

We are currently working on a bunch of tracks, looking to have an EP out around mid year and a single or two before hand. We are also heading out on a Co-headline Tour with our friends Teenage Dads through March and April which will be a heap of fun.

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Gaspar Sanz
New

Artist

Gaspar Sanz

Indie, Pop, Rock (Gaspar Sanz)

Sydney, NSW

PT Collis
New

Artist

PT Collis

Indie, Roots (artist, guitar, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Steve Boyds Rum Reverie
New

Artist

Steve Boyds Rum Reverie

Indie, Roots (blues, roots, Soul, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

MISSING NIN
New

Artist

MISSING NIN

Electronic, Hip Hop

Brisbane, QLD

Little Quirks
New

Artist

Little Quirks

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

Central Coast, NSW

Run Rabbit Run
New

Artist

Run Rabbit Run

Indie, Rock, Roots (folk, Indie, Husky, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Resignators
New

Artist

The Resignators

Punk, Rock, Roots (ska punk, sublime, RX Bandits, ...)

Central Victoria, VIC

Birdz
New

Artist

Birdz

Hip Hop (hip hop, new hip hop, rap, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Grim Fawkner
New

Artist

Grim Fawkner

Roots

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Pauly P
New

Artist

Pauly P

Rock, Roots (roots, Rock, Reggae, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Bearfoot Bohemian
New

Artist

Bearfoot Bohemian

Indie, Roots (folk, alternative, blues, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Eleanor Jacks
New

Artist

Eleanor Jacks

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

BLESSED

Featured Artist

2017

16

Oct

BLESSED

( )

Sydney, NSW

The multi-talented Sydney based artist and producer BLESSED is back! He's taking future soul to a whole new level with carefully crafted production and masterful songwriting in brand new single, 'My World'.

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

I started making music at 15 years old. I just used to steal random beats online and just do little freestyles and make cd's and give them out to my friends at school. And back then as well, I don't know if anybody remembers, but when we had Bluetooth on the phones, I remember I used to make a song and put it on my phone and Bluetooth it to my friends and people ended up Bluetoothing it to other kids and other kids and one day I was at Blacktown station and I heard somebody playing my song. That's when I knew I was going to make music from here on.

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

First time I got introduced to music was listening to Kanye West on the radio. I think that was when I was maybe 11, maybe 12. Me and my family were literally on the way home from church and I wasn't really allowed to listen to hip-hop because of the swearing and so on. So we all listened to gospel music and then one day, Kanye made this song called 'Jesus Walks' and when it came onto the radio, my parents let me listen to it. So from there on, I went on to become a big Kanye fan.

Tell us about your latest single 'My World'

'My World is about me being myself and not caring about what other people think.

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The Brungas
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Artist

The Brungas

Indie, Rock (Rock, Indie, Band, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Black Tape
New

Artist

Black Tape

Indie, Rock (b side agency, bsiderecords, indie rock, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Dusty Boots
New

Artist

Dusty Boots

Indie, Roots (# Roots # blues #Indie #coastalfolk)

North Coast, NSW

McDermott & North
New

Artist

McDermott & North

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

Brisbane, QLD

Swaz Benjamin
New

Artist

Swaz Benjamin

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (Blue Eyed Soul, hiphop, Australian Music, ...)

Hobart, TAS

Honney
New

Artist

Honney

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

Central Victoria, VIC

Joe Mungovan
New

Artist

Joe Mungovan

Indie, Pop, Roots (Indie, Pop, folk)

Illawarra, NSW

Derek Lee Goodreid
New

Artist

Derek Lee Goodreid

Indie, Rock, Roots (blues, Rock, Rockabilly, ...)

Perth, WA

Chops and Mash
New

Artist

Chops and Mash

Indie, Pop, Roots

North Coast, NSW

Caravan Kids
New

Artist

Caravan Kids

Indie, Pop, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

Jordan Merrick
New

Artist

Jordan Merrick

Indie, Roots (folk, americana, blues, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Connor Black-Harry
New

Artist

Connor Black-Harry

Indie, Roots (alternative, folk, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Ocean Alley

Featured Artist

2017

11

Sep

Ocean Alley

Sydney, NSW

Off the back of a HUGE sold out tour around the country, Sydney outfit Ocean Alley take you on a sweet journey of infused energetic reggae and psychedelic-rock with their new single 'The Comedown'. 

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

Our music is a mix of psych, reggae and surf rock. Our sound has been developed over 6 years playing together in various garages and sheds in the beginning with a shift away from the garage aesthetic more recently.

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

All the members have varied tastes and influences which give us a wide range of sounds to draw inspiration from. From classic rock to reggae to psychedelic, we love to mash all of our favourite sounds together.

What can punters expect from an Ocean Alley live show?

When we play live we always look forward to getting our energy from an involved crowd. We try to bring high energy playing and a cool looking vibe to the stage. If the crowd is having fun then we will be too.

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

We haven't had many musical mentors since we formed but some old wise man once told us to write more ballads. There are a lot of timeless ballads out there.

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

'Sounds of Then' by Gang Gajang will cheer you up. 

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

'Black Flies by Ben Howard will get you crying.

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

'Love at First Sight' by Kylie Minogue will make you move.

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

We played in Sydney last week at the Metro Theatre. They were the best shows we've played to date. We had so much fun on and off the stage. We also had some confetti filled balloons!

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

We are inspired by all the up and coming bands that do the miles and put the effort in to make a name for themselves. It can be a hard and long slog to make it as a touring band, but if you're a nice person and easy to get along with you'll go far. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We have lots of studio time booked before the end of the year to finish off our next record. Also heading across the ditch to New Zealand for some festivals over New Years.

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Karl S. Williams
New

Artist

Karl S. Williams

Rock, Roots

Gold Coast, QLD

SŸDE
New

Artist

SŸDE

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

Melbourne, VIC

Hot August
New

Artist

Hot August

Indie, Rock

Central Coast, NSW

Didirri

Featured Artist

2017

2

Oct

Didirri

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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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Dirty Sherbet
New

Artist

Dirty Sherbet

Rock (Rock, Contemporary Blues, Indie, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Busy Kingdom
New

Artist

Busy Kingdom

Indie, Rock (# Alternative rock # Rock #Melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

Lost Tropics
New

Artist

Lost Tropics

Indie, Rock (surf, Psych, Indie, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Animal Arcade
New

Artist

Animal Arcade

Indie, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Tinsmith
New

Artist

Tinsmith

Indie, Pop, Rock (alternative, moody, Rock)

Sydney, NSW

Matt Hawkins
New

Artist

The Jensens
New

Artist

The Jensens

Indie (Jensens, Brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

King Social
New

Artist

King Social

Dance, Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (Party Band, King Social, country, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

In Motion
New

Artist

In Motion

Indie, Rock, Roots (Rock, alternative, Funk, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

The Grains

Artist

The Grains

Roots, Rock (sublime, Hendrix, The Beautiful Girls, ...)

Mid North Coast, NSW

Whiskey And Me
New

Artist

Whiskey And Me

Roots

Sunshine, QLD

Petal and Peace
New

Artist

Petal and Peace

Indie, Roots (folk, Indie, Acoustic, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Tenderfoot
New

Artist

Tenderfoot

Indie, Pop, Rock (Tenderfoot, Bon Iver, Middle East, ...)

Sydney, NSW

LANKS

Featured Artist

2015

29

Jun

LANKS

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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Dazed N' Confused
New

Artist

Dazed N' Confused

Punk, Rock (Rock n Roll, Classic Rock, 70's, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Bad Moon Born
New

Artist

Bad Moon Born

Metal, Rock (Hard rock, Metal, Modern Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Fuzzy Lips
New

Artist

Fuzzy Lips

Roots (Reggae, roots)

Illawarra, NSW

HPKNS
New

Artist

HPKNS

Indie, Rock, Roots (#blues, #indie, #Alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Dan Vogl
New

Artist

Dan Vogl

Indie

Melbourne, VIC

Alexander William
New

Artist

Alexander William

Indie, Roots (! #indie #new #folk)

Gold Coast, QLD

Big Words
New

Artist

Big Words

Hip Hop, Roots (#Soul #Hip-Hop #Indie #R&B #Electronic)

Melbourne, VIC

The Paddy Cakes
New

Artist

The Paddy Cakes

Indie, Rock

Gippsland, VIC

Kat Wilson Trio
New

Artist

Kat Wilson Trio

Indie, Pop, Rock (kat wilson trio, coastal blues, Live, ...)

Perth, WA

Darcee Fox
New

Artist

Darcee Fox

Rock (led zeppelin, Rival Sons, Guns N' Roses, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tay Oskee
New

Artist

Tay Oskee

Indie, Roots

Far North, QLD

The Lyrical
New

Artist

The Lyrical

Hip Hop, Roots (The lyrical, roots, Reggae, ...)

Sunshine, QLD