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Thelma Plum

Featured Artist

2012

30

Jul

Thelma Plum

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Thelma Plum is an incredibly talented seventeen year old singer-songwriter from Brisbane. She is the winner of our National Indigenous Music Awards competition and will be flown to perform at the awards in Darwin on August 11.

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

I've been singing and writing music ever since I can remember, one day I decided to pick up a guitar and I suppose the rest just followed.

You’re the winner of our National Indigenous Music Awards competition. What most excites you about being flown to Darwin to play the awards?

Everything! I am super excited to be playing alongside some amazing artists that I have been listening to since I was a child. I think I may be a little bit starstruck when I get there.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.

Brisbane music scene has always been my favourite. So many talented artists and people. I'm very lucky to have a supportive network of friends that are involved in the music industry around me. Steve Grady is a friend I play with sometimes who inspired me to start playing in the first place, I remember the first time I heard him play I wanted to be just like him! Brett Wood who runs Starving Kids has had a huge impact on my music career so far, he was actually my principal in year 11 and 12 too!

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

"Always listen to what your parents say". All the time there is something that I am stuck with and my parents give me great advice.. even if I don't agree with it at the time, then I always look back and think "Man I wish I listened to my parents".

What’s coming up in 2012?

Lots and lots and lots! The single and EP can be expected! Woohoo!

Australian music is...

...the best!

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Philly

Featured Artist

2014

28

Jul

Philly

( )

Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW

From the moment the words of Naughty By Nature hit Philly's ears, one thing in his life was certain, hip hop was the only way of life for him. Check out our interview with triple j unearthed's NIMA winner Philly from Mildura.

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

I grew up listening to hip-hop artists such as Naughty By Nature and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince which is why I love making upbeat, motivational, feel good and uplifting type music, I also grew up listening to a lot of country music which is a reason why I like telling stories through music and Tupac has been a huge influence on me coming up and because of that I'm also on a conscious tip, I guess with all of these elements I'm still trying to find a balance so I'm still developing as an artist but I'm finding my sound more and more each day and I will perfect my craft in the near future.

 

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

The greatest source of inspiration as of late has been my people and my family, when I first started making music it was just for fun but now that I've become more conscious of what my people (the Indigenous Australians) have been through and what we are still going through today it really inspires me to help any way i can and music is the best way I know how.

 

What can punters expect from a Philly live show?

Honestly I don't plan my set, I don't plan transitions and sometimes change the order of my tracks during my set so it's a surprise for everyone myself included but one thing I can guarantee is that you can expect a lot of energy and crowd interaction.

 

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

The best advice I can remember receiving was "just have fun" I can't remember who it was from because I've been given so much advice from so many people since i started but it really stuck with me.

 

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

A track that comes to mind straight away is Treaty by the legendary Yothu-Yindi, it has a deep message behind it but you can't help but to dance to it and I'm a bit of a clown so whoever it is that's upset will definitely get a full performance of me getting my boogy on while singing along to it.

 

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

An Australian track that I can think of to bring them emotions out would have to be Took The Children Away by Archie Roach, the combination of Uncle Archies voice and the message he brings with it is very heavy and you can tell from the emotion in his words that its coming from his heart, this song will definitely touch everyone.

 

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

Holdin On by Flume the mans a genius and that track always gets my head bumpin'

 

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

I actually haven't been to much gigs in Melbourne that I haven't been a part of and I've had a ridiculous amount of gigs so far this year and everyone of them were fun I definitely have to catch a gig soon though sometimes it's good just being in the audience and I'm hoping that will be my homie L-Fresh because I haven't caught any of his gigs yet but I've been meaning to.

 

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

Mildura has a pretty cool scene when it comes to music I've been to a couple gigs there that are mostly heavy metal which I'm not the biggest fan of but I have a lot of friends that ask me to come along and support them, our hip-hop scene is small but is growing slowly which is great. WZRDKID are dope as you might know and I have a couple other friends that are crazy talented when it comes to rap they call themselves Dismal & Grim1 they haven't released anything yet but I promise I'll push them to get something out.

 

What are your plans for Philly in 2014?

Release an album and go on tour they're my top priority as an artist right now, I have a long way to go so this year I want to build my fan base then take it even further next year.

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Ziggy Ramo

Featured Artist

2017

3

Jul

Ziggy Ramo

Sydney, NSW

We're celebrating NAIDOC week with Perth Hip-Hop artist Ziggy Ramo. Slicing deep into important topics, Ziggy Ramo has become the catalyst for change. You'll be impressed with his latest offering 'Same Script'.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Music has always been a part of my life from early on. It's deeply rooted in Indigenous culture on many levels so I have always felt a strong connection.
 
I remember being young and feeling the clapsticks pulse enter my feet and consume my body. My Dad and Mum always had music playing in the house and Dad knew his way around the guitar. His Father was an amazing piano player, so I guess music is something that has been passed through not only my family, but also my culture.
 
I fell in love in with Michael Jackson when I was really young and got pretty obsessed (still to this day in fact, haha!).
 
I have actually been sick all week and have been in bed re-watching Spike Lee's documentary's on him/old performance footage, so for me personally, I developed my sound by absorbing from those who have gone before, whether that's taking from my song lines/family/culture, or other artists and learning from that preexisting knowledge and applying it to my own experience.
 
It would be impossible for me personally to develop my sound without collaboration in all forms.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Serving the people.
 
What can punters expect from a Ziggy Ramo live show?
 
My live show is something I take so much pride in. I have the honour playing with my amazing 6-piece live band The Love who are brothers to me. So you can except 6 people having the time of their life giving you all their energy. Also, expect the crowd to be full of different amazing humans giving the energy back!
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Leave the space you occupy better than you found it" - It's been given to me by my amazing culture.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Warumpi Band - 'My Island Home'. I long for Country all the time and this always hits the spot.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Archie Roach - 'Took The Children Away'.  Have the tissues handy!
 
Also, I have to mention Leonardo's Bride, 'Even When I'm Sleeping'. This is for the romantic in me and this song was also my mums go to album when I was growing up.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Chiseko - 'Juice'. This track is produced by my amazing brother JCAL. So smooth, so very, very smooth!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
The last gig I went to was REMI x SAMPA and their The Fire Sign Tour with support from the brother's POW! Negro. It was amazing!
 
There was a pretty surreal moment at the end of the show where Remi and Sampa got myself and the vocalists, Nelson and Shannon from Pow! Negro and Koi Child up on stage. They played 'Alright' by Kendrick Lamar and we all just danced and hugged on stage. It was crazy, the whole night was a big celebration of blackness and to be up stage with the amazing humans was such a special moment for me.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
 
Pow! Negro. I talk about these boys all the time because they are family, but also because they are so crazily talented! Love them to death and I love having them on the come up with me and my band because we push each other to work harder. Those boys are dropping their debut EP, Jasmine Licorice on the 28th July so excited for that.
 
The Koi Child boys as well are super inspiring and it such a wonderful community to be a part of. Shout out to my boy Matsu, he takes the best photos in the music game. 
 
Also, Scarlet from San Cisco is like an angel walking around in all her beauty given to the world to bring fire grooves. I really look up to her and the way she carries herself after having so much success is something I aspire to. I always think it speaks volumes of someone when they treat people who can't offer them a leg up as well as they treat the people who can. Scarlett reached out to me a while ago very early on to offer her help however she could and I am forever thankful and inspired by her!
 
There are so many amazing people doing such great things in the music community within Perth, got to shout out the little brother Chiseko and Mali and also Your Girl Pho.
 
Last but not least my team, my manager, JCAL and all my band, they inspire me every day and help me bring my vision into a reality, they are my avenger squad.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
World domination.
 

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Rebecca Hatch
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Rebecca Hatch

Hip Hop, Pop (r&b, trap-soul, Vocal, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Electric Fields
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TASH SULTANA

Featured Artist

2016

16

May

TASH SULTANA

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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emma louise

Featured Artist

2011

21

Mar

emma louise

( )

Far North, QLD

Emma Louise is a Brisbane-based artist with talent well beyond her 19 years. We're blown away by our first taste of her forthcoming EP.

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

I moved from Cairns at the beginning of last year to start taking my music further. Instead of jumping straight in and doing heaps of shows I found myself looking at a lot more music and seeing a lot of live bands that I never saw in Cairns and thought 'holy moly I need to develop my songwriting before I do anything'. So I just wrote a lot of songs, listened to heaps of different music and experimented with friends that were producers. I finally started recording with an old friend from Cairns, Mark Myers, and it just worked really well.

How do you feel about involving others in your creative process?

I have tried to write songs with other people but so far no luck! I am really keen to start co-writing more and get out of my stubborn solo artist ways.

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

A man called Terry Doyle taught me heaps of things. He saw me play when I was 15 and mentored me for a few years in Cairns. He told me not to compare myself to other artists because we are all different and just to be myself... also to be really nice to your sound dude because he has the power to make you sound good or really bad.

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

When I first moved to Brisbane I had a brief job in events management and was working with two other Brisbane musicians, Dan Parsons and Steve Grady. I reckon they are two of Brisbane's best songwriters. We didn't really do much work... We used to just jam all day and get paid for it! It was awesome! Although maybe not so much for our employer. I see them as two big brothers and they really helped me settle into Brisbane. I love watching them play live as a duo and both their solo shows are awesome too.

What’s coming up in 2011?

Well I release my first EP in April and I got the opening support for Boy and Bear so that's exciting! I'll be touring with them in May! :D I'm really keen to just play as many shows as possible and start to do stuff with my music.

Australian music is?

...really awesome. My biggest musical role models are Missy Higgins, Josh Pyke, Sarah Blasko and Lior. Missy Higgins really inspired me to start writing music. My dad bought me her DVD and took me to her show when she came to Cairns and that got me started on writing songs.

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Emily Wurramara

Featured Artist

2016

5

Jul

Emily Wurramara

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Gather around the virtual campfire and have a listen to the gorgeous tones of Brisbane musician Emily Wurramara. Join us in celebrating NAIDOC week on triple j Unearthed!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
I developed my sound by learning and listening to everything and everyone around me. I was engulfed by culture when I was on Groote so  that was a big influence on my music. Being surrounded by family and friends who like different genres, ranging from country, which the oldies like my nana pop and aunties listened to, hip hop, reggae, even opera. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My inspiration for my music comes from everything, what I see, what stories I've been told, my experiences, so nothing really specific just life. 
 
What can punters expect from an Emily Wurramara live show?
Haha, well, a lot of story telling. My songs are all based around things that have happened to me or to my family, so there's a great insight on my life. I do have a range of songs from love to dreams to real life events. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I've been given was from my father, he was born in the provinces of Phillipines and moved to Aus when he was 14. He's always said to me "always be humble, say hello to everyone and smile because it could make someone's day" 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Bernard fanning- wish you well
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Jimmy little- Bring yourself home to me 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Thelma plum- how much does your love cost! 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went down to the board walk and saw a couple performing at this pub even though it was raining, and we were drenched I had to stop and stand there for a bit because their voices together we're amazing!!! They totally slayed it! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Well, we have a lot of bands at Groote all my uncles are in them, so poison whiskey, milyakburra band just to name a few, and from numbulwar, yilila band red flag dancers, who are absolutely amazing! They mix culture with dance and song, it's just a fantastic show! All these bands inspire me because they are shining in their own way, because they're defeating the stereotypes that are put on our people. it's even more special because they too are representing our mob in such a positive way.  
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
For The rest of 2016, I'm doing some awesome collaborations, so I can't wait for that to start happening! Another film clip! Also Finishing off the tour in NT I'm looking forward to seeing my family again. I've already started working on the the Next EP in regards to songwriting so I'm really excited to hit the studio again, it's such an intimate space.
 

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B Wise

Featured Artist

2015

28

Sep

B Wise

( )

Sydney, NSW

Representing Sydney's South West, rapper B Wise picked up the triple j Unearthed opening slot for the Sydney Listen Out and is the Feature Artist this week.

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

I would like to say my music is a progressive sound for hip hop in Australia. Its really important to me to try and be unique where I can so I practice just being myself. Believe it or not, just trying to be yourself and not influenced by others takes a lot of practice!

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

Real life, experiences past and present and hearing NEW ground breaking music that can't be labeled by one genre.

What can punters expect from your live show at Listen Out?

Without giving too much away, early arvo sweating, energy and you will definitely leave having got to know the random person next to you!

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

"Creatives that tend to do exceptionally well don't try to follow the trends of whats going on in the world, they set the trends by bringing the people into their own world" - Dumi Oburota.

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

The Preatures - Is This How You Feel.

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

John Farnham - You're The Voice.

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

Tuka - Yeah Right.

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

Hau at Gingers in Sydney. Was a really cool intimate crowd, with a dope support by Yum Yum.

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

There are so many varieties and qualities now days in the Sydney scene that I admire. Im a big fan of acts like Spit Syndicate who been holding the Sydney rap scene down for a minute and still continue to grow their brand as musos and as a business. On the opposite side you got acts like Kerser who just do their own thing online, appeal to their own fans and have such a cult following and are able to provide a living for themselves and their team by not having to rely on mainstream vehicles of distribution.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Get my ass on the road and play shows around the country while finishing my debut album!

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Tia Gostelow
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Tia Gostelow

Indie, Rock (Indie, folk, Rock)

Tropic, QLD

Danny Dappa
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Artist

Danny Dappa

Hip Hop

Central Coast, NSW