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Charlie Collins
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Charlie Collins

Indie

Sydney, NSW

Ocean Sleeper

Featured Artist

2019

21

Oct

Ocean Sleeper

Gippsland, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Ocean Sleeper

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

The music really started when we were working together on previous projects, some of them fell apart so we were in this position where we had an opportunity to start something together.
From then it was mainly a process of figuring out what we wanted to write, then write a bunch of it until we we’re happy. Our starting goal was always to be a heavy band that people that may not listen to heavy music could enjoy. Really zoning in on strong choruses that contrast well with heavy parts

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

Mainly just life, but it can be anything. Our songs lyrically touch on negative feelings and darker mindsets. We can take that and express it in a positive way through our songs.
I know a song on our record was inspired entirely from a harmonic note I heard stan play, from that moment the song kinda wrote it’s self, the vision just happened - that song is called ‘Killing Me and was the first track written for the album.

What can punters expect from an Ocean Sleeper live show?
A party. Our main aim is to have fun. We really strive to make sure everyone in the audience is vibing along with us so the the show is from the stage to the back of the room. Everyone involved and having a great time!  Things usually get pretty crazy. Our last Brisbane show someone proposed to his partner on stage, so that was pretty wild! When we played a festival in Taiwan Karl nearly got electrocuted when he was climbing the stage scaffolding mid set. 

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

Dream On Dreamer have always looked after us and given us great advice/ guidance. It’s always been important to us to make as many friends as possible and do as much networking as possible.

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

Young Lions with 'Help' and Hellions with 'Smile'. 

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

Graace and her track 'Last Night'. But from USA,  La Dispute with 'King Park' needs a mention!

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

The Getaway Plan with 'Where The City Meets The Sea'.

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

Gravemind and Mirrors in Melbourne and both absolutely slayed it!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Gippsland / Melb music community that inspire you!
Gippsland/Melbourne has some insanely good bands which makes the bar high! There isn’t a lot of musicians coming out of Gippsland but this just means you really got to push it to stand out with Melbourne and Australian acts. Our friends in Mirrors are doing great things and our friend Josh Cashman is also making big moves! Knowing how much work you have to put in to break into the Australian music scene from a rural area no matter what genre it’s just great to see others getting the deserved results.

What are your plans for the rest of 2019?

Our debut album drops November 8 and we will be touring Australia shortly after in support of that which we are really excited about! Tickets are moving really fast so it already looks like it’ll be crazy! Once that’s over we will start planning our 2020 out. This year we were flat out with shows and festivals so try to keep travelling our music around. This year we played our first over seas festival in Taiwan so hope to head out of Australia again for sure!


 

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Jamie-Rose
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Rachel Clark
New

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Rachel Clark

Indie

Melbourne, VIC

3oclocbogey
New

Artist

3oclocbogey

Hip Hop, Punk (MFDOOM, Gang Starr, Jazz, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

P.Smurf
New

Artist

P.Smurf

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Trojan-John
New

Artist

Trojan-John

Indie, Roots (john butler, jack johnson, Amos Lee, ...)

Perth, WA

Rya Park
New

Artist

Rya Park

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

Melbourne, VIC

Lime Cordiale
New

Artist

Lime Cordiale

Indie, Pop, Rock (sydney, Lime, cordiale, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Kira Aspen
New

Artist

Kira Aspen

Indie, Pop (Piano Based Music)

Gippsland, VIC

CLEWS

Featured Artist

2018

4

Mar

CLEWS

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet the sister-duo you just have to hear! It's this week's Feature Artist, CLEWS.

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

We had a very musical upbringing and listened to a lot of harmony-driven bands like The Beatles and Crowded House. This instilled in us a love for classic songwriting and we try to create a sound that pairs ‘90s influenced production with big melodies. 

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

Mostly it’s other people making music, and that intense thrill you get from seeing a great live band. We went to a gig at the Enmore a little while ago and Grace literally started crying because a sax solo was just so good and she couldn’t handle it. That is the feeling that makes us want to play more and write more. 

What can punters expect from a CLEWS live show?

Harmonies, matching haircuts and crunchy guitars. 

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

We actually live by a lot of great advice. Dad says, "fulfil your own promises" and Mum says "hey, what’s the worst that can happen?". Also, in regards to boyfriends becoming husbands, our Nan always said try before you buy.

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

'Cholesterol Heart (God Bless Ya)' by These New South Whales. 

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

'To Think That I Once Loved' You by The Drones.

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

'Go Bang' by PNAU. 

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

We caught our good mates Harley Mavis and H. Fanning and The Seagulls play back to back the other night, two birds with one stone if you will. It was a lovely evening and both sang with poise and grace. 

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

We wish we could play guitar like Elizabeth Fader, we saw her with her full band recently and it was so impressive that Lily’s soul left her body for a moment. We also love the live show that the boys from PLANET put on and we’re very inspired by RACKETT’S DIY ethos. 

What are your plans for 2018?

We have a really great team around us now, so this year we’ll be releasing more music and playing some cracking shows.

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Frank Falvo
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Frank Falvo

Pop, Rock (singersongwriter, vocalist, Singer, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Artist
New

Artist

david griffith

Indie, Roots (leonard cohen, flaming lips, Blues/Folk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Speed-Art
New

Artist

Speed-Art

Dance, Electronic (Xilent, Eptic, Bassnectar, ...)

Mid North Coast, NSW

The Native Cats
New

Artist

The Native Cats

Electronic, Indie, Punk, Rock (labyrinths, puzzles, misfit queer affirmation)

Hobart, TAS

Artist
New

Artist

The Asthmatix

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Roots (avalanches, Jazz, hip hop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Paul Pomphrey
New

Artist

Paul Pomphrey

Pop, Rock (you am i, 37 star, U2, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Murray Darling
New

Artist

Self Tape
New

Artist

Self Tape

Dance, Electronic (House, deephouse, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Sumner
New

Artist

Sumner

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

Northern Tasmania, TAS

Jark
New

Artist

Jark

Hip Hop, Indie

Melbourne, VIC

Chris Wesely
New

Artist

Chris Wesely

Dance, Electronic (led zeppelin, Tommy Emmanuel, john butler)

Adelaide, SA

Hugo Bladel
New

Artist

Hugo Bladel

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (Hip-Hop, Disco, Soul, ...)

Hobart, TAS

godinpants
New

Artist

godinpants

Electronic, Metal, Punk, Rock (Punk, Hardcore, Game Boy, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Lucy Wise
New

Artist

Lucy Wise

Indie, Rock, Roots (Laura Viers, ukulele, americana, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Good Doogs

Featured Artist

2018

7

May

Good Doogs

Perth, WA

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a Good Doogs live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2018?

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

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G Flip

Featured Artist

2018

26

Feb

G Flip

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a G Flip live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2018?

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

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Post Script Philosophy
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Artist

Post Script Philosophy

Indie, Punk, Rock

Newcastle, NSW

Chester Black
New

Artist

Chester Black

Hip Hop, Pop (hermitude, Flume, Lorde, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Pete Wild
New

Artist

Pete Wild

Indie, Pop, Rock

South East NSW, NSW

Triex
New

Artist

Triex

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, psychedelic, psy, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Blackwater Fever
New

Artist

Matt Buckis
New

Artist

Matt Buckis

Indie, Rock (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Mess Hall, Indie, ...)

Western Victoria, VIC

Ghost Of Muttley
New

Artist

Ghost Of Muttley

Dance, Electronic (Rockwell, Icicle, Aphex twin, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Karl S. Williams
New

Artist

Karl S. Williams

Rock, Roots

Gold Coast, QLD

Eilish Gilligan

Featured Artist

2018

11

Feb

Eilish Gilligan

( )

Melbourne, VIC

 Meet this week's Feature Artist, EILISH GILLIGAN. She's just dropped perhaps the best pop track of 2018 so far!

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

I feel like my sound is still evolving and that maybe it’ll never stop evolving…and maybe I don’t want it to, either. It’s important to me to seek out something innovative, while still embracing the conventions of modern pop music, because pop music is my one true love!! I think I make Pop music, but Pop music that’s been like... plucked off the rings of Saturn, or dredged up from the bottom of the ocean. There’s something alien and spooky about it that I can’t stop chasing. 

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

Deeply human feelings and behaviour is the thing that truly inspires me to create, I think. I also love when those perfect poetic moments occur in real life - those things you could never dream of writing, but somehow the universe gifts them to you and it’s impossible not to frame them in a song. Like last year I was in America and I’d just said goodbye to someone I loved very much, and sitting in the back of an Uber, crying as though I was in a music video, Kissing Families by Silversun Pickups came on and it was just…perfect. It was so human and so miserable and I couldn’t believe my luck (lol).

What can punters expect from an EILISH GILLIGAN live show?

I think I put on a good show. It’s important to me to produce a true *performance* in every sense of the word. I love the drama involved in being onstage. I think if I’d had any tangible talent in the area I’d probably have gravitated towards acting. If I hadn’t been a musician. I’m really inspired by tearjerker films and also by the drag community. I think Lady Gaga said once “those women taught me how to serve,” which is the truest goddamn thing on this planet. 

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

There have been two instances where some extraordinarily pertinent advice has been given to me at exactly the right time. The first was from my wonderfully honest friend who, after patiently witnessing me bawl my eyes out on her hotel bed in Austin because I didn’t have the slightest idea where my sorry life was headed, said “You gotta do your own thing.” And I did. And she was right. The second bit of advice was from my Dad, who recently looked me straight in the eye and said “You must stop worrying. It’s going to kill you if you don’t,” and that scared me so much I must say I have really cut down on the worrying…

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

'Say Yes To Life' by Gang of Youths. This has worked for me approximately one trillion times. Also 'Better' by Mallrat. 

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

OK, this is definitely my forte. I think right now it’s a tie between 'Turning To White' by New Gods and 'Idiot Oracle' by Paul Dempsey. Both lyrically unbelievable and so so so miserable. Both superb!!

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

'Get Me A Drink' by Alice Ivy, E^ST, Charlie Threads. Have you ever heard anything as unhingedly glorious as this song?!

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

The last one I can really remember was the Ceres Christmas show in December. It was my first time seeing Ceres live and it changed everything. I couldn’t believe the songs I had held so close to me so privately for so long meant so much to so many people in the same room!!

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

I’m really inspired by kindness, honesty and work ethic in this industry. I really look up to people like HTMLflowers, Gordi and Mallrat. They all exude a wonderful sense of pride in their work and a generous, positive attitude towards friends and colleagues and I just think they’re great. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Write heaps, hopefully play many shows, and embrace whatever it means to be completely vulnerably human as much and as often as possible. 

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Siyoni
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Siyoni

Electronic, Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

VOIID
New

Artist

VOIID

Punk, Rock (Brisbane, Punk)

Brisbane, QLD

 micra
New

Artist

micra

Electronic, Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

richysand
New

Artist

richysand

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Adelaide, SA

Bulk
New

Artist

Bulk

Indie, Rock (Fleet Foxes, alternative, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

The Bowls Club
New

Artist

Verbill
New

Artist

Verbill

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

Brisbane, QLD

Mick McHugh
New

Artist

Mick McHugh

Indie (Singer-Songwriter, Independent)

North Coast, NSW

Artist
New

Artist

Face Turns Blue

Rock

South West WA, WA

Black Rock Band
New

Artist

Black Rock Band

Rock, Roots (top end, Arnhem Land, Bininj Rock, ...)

Darwin, NT

Swick
New

Artist

Swick

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Sitar Ace
New

Artist

Sitar Ace

Electronic, Indie (Dub the Magic Dragon, Dub, ravi shankar, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

A-Wyre
New

Artist

A-Wyre

Electronic, Hip Hop (hip hop, Good Buddha, J dilla, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Batch
New

Artist

Batch

Dance, Electronic (Moonbootica, dance, House, ...)

Perth, WA

Lyla
New

Artist

Lyla

Indie, Rock (lyla, Rock, Indie)

Adelaide, SA

Julia Messenger
New

Artist

Julia Messenger

Dance, Electronic (Goldfrapp, Norah Jones, ursula rucker, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Julia Messenger
New

Artist

Julia Messenger

Dance, Electronic (Goldfrapp, Norah Jones, ursula rucker, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Averice
New

Artist

Averice

Punk (Strung out, Rise Against, Averice, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Cam Ellis
New

Artist

Cam Ellis

Pop (soothing, John Mayer, solo, ...)

Perth, WA

Simon Imrei
New

Artist

Simon Imrei

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

Melbourne, VIC

Lamont
New

Artist

Lamont

Hip Hop (lamont, LamontADL, Adelaide, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Syde
New

Artist

Syde

Hip Hop (Anyone who has something to say, the world, Victoria, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Kelso
New

Artist

Kelso

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Airblayd
New

Artist

Airblayd

Metal, Punk (Tem High, Mötorhead, megadeth, ...)

Riverina, NSW

Death of Art
New

Artist

Death of Art

Electronic, Metal, Rock (Classical, Electronic, Rock, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Jupiter Revival
New

Artist

The Jupiter Revival

Indie, Rock (Soundgarden, Anberlin, Kings of Leon, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

KIAN
New

Artist

KIAN

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (KIAN)

Central Victoria, VIC

oscar oscar
New

Artist

oscar oscar

Electronic, Indie ("Alternative)

Brisbane, QLD

T$oko

Featured Artist

2018

5

Feb

T$oko

( )

Perth, WA

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 Q&A

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Ta-ku

Pendulum

John Butler Trio

AC/DC

 

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

 

What are your plans for 2017?

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

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Black Magic
New

Artist

Black Magic

Hip Hop, Rock (Drakezilla, vega, Vince Vega, ...)

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Cheeky Falcon Band
New

Artist

Cheeky Falcon Band

Indie, Pop, Rock (Half Biscuit Half Man, Go-Betweens, Kinks, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Creases
New

Artist

The Creases

Indie, Rock

Gold Coast, QLD

The Rubdown
New

Artist

The Rubdown

Electronic, Indie (beats, bass, french)

Brisbane, QLD

The Ovals
New

Artist

The Ovals

Rock (Psychadelic, Tame Impala, pink floyd, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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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Ojikae
New

Artist

Ojikae

Hip Hop, Pop (r&b, Soul, Frank Ocean, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tartarus
New

Artist

Tartarus

Metal (metallica, slayer, black sabbath, ...)

South West WA, WA

Carl W. Jackson
New

Artist

Carl W. Jackson

Pop, Rock (weezer, cake, Green day, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Anita Downes
New

Artist

Anita Downes

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Waifs, Indigo Girls, Acoustic, ...)

Perth, WA

The Vibraphonic Orkestra
New

Artist

The Vibraphonic Orkestra

Hip Hop, Rock, Roots (Funk, Dub, afro, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

The Stanleys
New

Artist

The Stanleys

Pop, Rock

Perth, WA

Serein
New

Artist

Serein

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Chill, hip hop, chillwave, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Mayan Fox
New

Artist

Mayan Fox

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock (Imagine Dragons, Bob Marley, red hot chilli pepp)

Brisbane, QLD

SMILEY
New

Artist

SMILEY

Hip Hop

Perth, WA

Suicide Swans
New

Artist

Suicide Swans

Indie, Rock, Roots (#alt-country #Americana #indie rock #brisbane #toowoomba)

South Queensland, QLD

Karuna
New

Artist

Karuna

Electronic, Hip Hop (Dan Black, Happy Land, 90's stuff, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Corey Legge
New

Artist

Corey Legge

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Passenger, James Taylor, City & Colour, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Brendan Gaspari
New

Artist

Brendan Gaspari

Indie, Pop, Rock

Perth, WA

Dave Taylor
New

Artist

Dave Taylor

Indie, Rock, Roots (John Hiatt, Paul kelly, roots, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Koel
New

Artist

Koel

Indie, Roots (Eels, jack johnson, The Black Keys)

Brisbane, QLD

Roux de Loup
New

Artist

Roux de Loup

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots (hip hop, roots, folk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jack Vaul
New

Artist

Jack Vaul

Hip Hop, Indie (alt-rap, altrap, Conscious, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Gulliver.
New

Artist

Gulliver.

Electronic (Electronic, Sampling, House, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Artist
New

Artist

Yrraj Kcnuj

Electronic, Indie (John Frusciante, Future Prophecies, David Bowie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Reuben Birchley
New

Artist

Reuben Birchley

Indie, Rock (Lior, Bob Dylan, leonard cohen)

South Queensland, QLD

Wild Meadows
New

Artist

Wild Meadows

Indie, Rock (#psych-rock, #Indie-Rock, #noisepop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Strict Face
New

Artist

Strict Face

Dance, Electronic

Adelaide, SA

zinga j
New

Artist

zinga j

Hip Hop (Easy E, The Game, Tupac)

Perth, WA

Solais
New

Artist

Solais

Metal (Dark Suns, Ambient, The Eternal, ...)

South Queensland, QLD

Bernard Houston
New

Artist

Bernard Houston

Electronic, Pop, Rock, Roots (William Burroughs, Rock, Pop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Exhibitionist
New

Artist

Exhibitionist

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Moaning Lisa

Featured Artist

2018

23

Apr

Moaning Lisa

( )

Canberra, ACT

We're kicking ass all this week on triple j Unearthed with our Feature Artist, Moaning Lisa. They'll be opening Groovin the Moo in Canberra this weekend and you don't want to miss them.

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

We had access to some rehearsal space at Uni and we got to know each other by making loud noises together and seeing where it went. When we landed our first gig we had only been rehearsing all together for about two weeks, so we had to pool all of our creative energies together pretty quickly to make sense of the noise. Since then we’ve bought a lot more guitar pedals and they do a lot of the work for us now.

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

Women and depression

What can punters expect from a Moaning Lisa live show?

A lesbian once told us it had been suggested to her that the best way to meet other queer people in Canberra is to go to a Moaning Lisa show. A service we’ve been providing, yet completely unbeknownst to us. Basically, what you can expect are all of your dating app insecurities in a real-life setting, with the added bonus of loud music so you don’t actually have to talk to anyone.

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

“It won’t affect sales” - Jimmy Lloyd-Wyatt who produced the Sweetest EP insisted on this every time we were being too particular about a performance or how something was sounding.

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

'Eggyweggs' by dave. 

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

'The Special Two' by Missy Higgins.

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

 'Please' by Huntly.

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

We all saw Antonia and the Lazy Susans and Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones supporting The Hard Aches last week. It’s so special to see your mates that you’ve essentially grown up with sharing a bill with these bands from all around the country. It reminds you of how interconnected music is in Australia and how the lines between friends, peers and heroes start to blur as things get bigger. 

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

Too many people to name. But our band pals in Slagatha Christie and Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers are a constant source of inspiration. Shan at CBR DIY Gig Guide, Kels at UC Refectory and Dave at Laundry Echo are three people who do so so much behind the scenes to change the shape of the city and how it’s viewed. 

What are your plans for 2018?

What AREN’T our plans for 2018? Wanna start up a podcast so we can deliver our banter outside of shows and interviews. We will strive to make-out with all the people mentioned in “Carrie” and transform our shows into a beautiful queer oasis.

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The Moving Stills
New

Artist

The Moving Stills

Indie, Pop, Rock (#Alternative, #indie, #chill, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Ukiyo
New

Artist

Ukiyo

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Chill, Electronic, beat, ...)

Perth, WA

Artist
New

Artist

Mortal Wombat

Dance, Electronic (The Prodigy, fatboy slim, Knife Party, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Lucy and the Diamonds
New

Artist

Lucy and the Diamonds

Indie, Rock (Jeff Buckley, Stevie Wonder, Janis Joplin, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Keegan Sparke
New

Artist

Keegan Sparke

Indie, Pop, Roots (John Butler Trio, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ben Harper, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

The Blues Preachers
New

Artist

The Blues Preachers

Indie, Roots (harmonica, Slide Guitar, Folknblues, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Dyl Thomas
New

Artist

Dyl Thomas

Hip Hop (hip hop)

Melbourne, VIC

MerMa
New

Artist

MerMa

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop, Roots (##LordeRMX #LordeRMX homemade dynamite merma)

Melbourne, VIC

The Hannigans
New

Artist

The Hannigans

Punk (punx, hannigans, Punk, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Shy Panther
New

Artist

Shy Panther

Indie (Portishead, Massive Attack, radiohead, ...)

Perth, WA

Hannah Kate
New

Artist

Hannah Kate

Punk

Melbourne, VIC

Ziggy Alberts
New

Artist

Ziggy Alberts

Indie, Roots (surf, East, coast, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Artist
New

Artist

EMLYN BPM

Dance, Electronic (saha digweed, Carl Cox)

Brisbane, QLD

Leroy Francis
New

Artist

Leroy Francis

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Beastside
New

Artist

Beastside

Electronic, Hip Hop (ASAP Mob, lyrical commission, Jazz, ...)

Sydney, NSW

None The Wiser
New

Artist

None The Wiser

Punk, Rock (Blueline Medic, Sommerset, Bodyjar, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tall Hearts
New

Artist

Tall Hearts

Dance, Rock, Roots

Sydney, NSW

Advent Sorrow
New

Artist

The Feel
New

Artist

The Feel

Indie, Pop, Rock

Gippsland, VIC

Mooch
New

Artist

Mooch

Dance, Electronic (Drum and Bass)

Darwin, NT

Porphyry
New

Artist

Porphyry

Rock (Jim Morrison, Robert Plant, neil young, ...)

Perth, WA

Provokal
New

Artist

Provokal

Hip Hop, Pop (Rapper, Producer, Songwriter, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

HTMLflowers
New

Artist

HTMLflowers

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

RACKETT
New

Artist

RACKETT

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Punk (#Dance #electronic #dirty #synth #experimental #pop)

Sydney, NSW

Jon Marsden
New

Artist

Jon Marsden

Indie, Pop (indie, Alt-Pop)

Brisbane, QLD

Artist
New

Artist

harem tree

Punk, Rock (awesome, hardcore rock n roll, oz punk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Legacy Of Supremacy
New

Artist

Joe Ciantar
New

Artist

Joe Ciantar

Indie, Pop (Cheeky Falcon Band)

Melbourne, VIC

Danny Barwick
New

Artist

Danny Barwick

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Hollow World
New

Artist

Johnny Utah
New

Artist

Johnny Utah

Hip Hop, Indie (rap, Hip-Hop, australian hip-hop, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

The Eggman
New

Artist

The Eggman

Dance, Electronic (What so not, Trap, Flume, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Aaron Luke Wilson
New

Artist

Aaron Luke Wilson

Electronic, Indie (Angus Stone, Muse, Birds of Tokyo, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Angular
New

Artist

Angular

Dance, Electronic (Deep House, Garage, IDM, ...)

Coffs Coast, NSW

Murray Kyle
New

Artist

Murray Kyle

Indie, Roots (Amos Lee, Damien Rice, Missy Higgins, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Al Carr and The Strong Arm
New

Artist

Al Carr and The Strong Arm

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Mandy Connell
New

Artist

Mandy Connell

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

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Sausage Boy
New

Artist

Sausage Boy

Pop, Rock (anything, Totally, terrible, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Mr B & Mr C
New

Artist

Mr B & Mr C

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Punk (Lo-fi, pseudo-political, tired millenials)

Adelaide, SA

Lemonbait
New

Artist

Lemonbait

Rock

South West Victoria, VIC

Money Killed Jonny
New

Artist

Money Killed Jonny

Indie, Roots

Illawarra, NSW

imbi the girl

Featured Artist

2018

2

Jul

imbi the girl

Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tina Says
New

Artist

Tina Says

Dance, Electronic

Perth, WA

The Suns of Sudaman
New

Artist

The Suns of Sudaman

Indie, Roots (The Specials, The Police, Rolf Harris, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Stanley In Cardigans
New

Artist

Stanley In Cardigans

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

mitchelwithonel
New

Artist

mitchelwithonel

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

mitchel.with.one.l
New

Artist

mitchel.with.one.l

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

The Spin Light
New

Artist

The Spin Light

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

DUBSHACK
New

Artist

DUBSHACK

Pop, Roots (Iron Maiden, Bee Gees, dubsteady, ...)

North Coast, NSW

A Baker's Dozen
New

Artist

A Baker's Dozen

Electronic, Hip Hop (bass, Trap, Glitch Hop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Artist
New

Artist

Johnny Milner

Electronic, Roots

Illawarra, NSW

Artist
New

Artist

Sam C

Indie, Rock (bob evans, Iron and wine, Keane, ...)

South Coast WA, WA

Artist
New

Artist

Phoebe Timmermans

Indie, Pop, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

Adam Jones Music, Australia
New

Artist

Adam Jones Music, Australia

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Crowded House, Paul kelly, the beatles, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Son of Vader
New

Artist

Son of Vader

Electronic, Indie (Lo Fi Fnk, hot chip, Tiga, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Andrew Finnegan
New

Artist

Andrew Finnegan

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Elliott Smith, Belle and Sebastian, melancholy, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Charlotte Nicdao

Artist

Charlotte Nicdao

Pop, Indie (Kate Miller-Heidke, sarah blasko, Ben Folds, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

RUVA
New

Artist

RUVA

Hip Hop, Pop (alicia keys, lauren hill, DIANA ROSS, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Barossa
New

Artist

Barossa

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Artist
New

Artist

DJ Funkosis

Dance, Electronic (Tech house, Dave Spoon, Tocadisco, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Gamirez
New

Artist

Gamirez

Dance, Hip Hop, Pop (hip hop, Rapper, Producer, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

BABY BLUE
New

Artist

BABY BLUE

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

Melbourne, VIC

Through Dreams & Distance
New

Artist

Through Dreams & Distance

Metal, Rock (melodic, Metal, Metalcore, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Emerson Leif
New

Artist

Emerson Leif

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

Brisbane, QLD

Paradise Club

Featured Artist

2018

22

Jan

Paradise Club

( )

Adelaide, SA

Paradise Club are this week's Feature Artist on triple j Unearthed!

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

Each of us have distinct and broad musical influences. We've found where the overlap is and have only really just begun to explore what that could become. We understand and respect each other's opinions and all ideas are equally valued. 

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

We're all sentient beings floating through space, trying to find meaning in our lives as it drifts across our consciousness. Music is part of that.

What can punters expect from a Paradise Club live show?

You will be welcomed to our club. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

quality. consistently. over time.

- some guy on a random podcast on how to get loaded 

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

Streets of Your Town - The Go-Betweens

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

Are you gonna be my girl - Jet 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

Great Southern Land - Icehouse 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

 a lil something called SWIRL FEST. Sweater curse x Siamese i heard that was off tap

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

All our immediate friends in bands who contribute sincere and honest music that they love and believe in.

What are your plans for 2018?

Releasing a stack of music, playing plenty of shows, riding the tumultuous wave of an up and coming band in Australia.

 

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Tim Roberts Sound
New

Artist

Tim Roberts Sound

Electronic (Chill, Down Tempo, electronic Jazz, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Robbie Gourlay
New

Artist

Robbie Gourlay

Pop, Rock (Broken Social Scene, Ben Kenney, Placebo, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Mangoes
New

Artist

Mangoes

Indie, Roots (Bon Iver, John Mayer, jack johnson, ...)

Perth, WA

3Xeight
New

Artist

3Xeight

Dance, Electronic (Daft Punk, Deadmou5e, CarlCox, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tris
New

Artist

Tris

Electronic (tektonik, techtonic, Electro, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Kaylah Truth
New

Artist

Kaylah Truth

Hip Hop, Pop (Kaylah Truth, indigenous, hip hop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Luboku

Featured Artist

2018

18

Jun

Luboku

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne artist Luboku is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.  His ability to sweep you off your feet with this carefully crafted production, hypnotic touch and brooding melodies is something you need to here.

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

For me, it's all about experimenting and letting go of what you think something should sound like. I spent a lot of time trying to make music sound a certain way, but I found the less I tried the more natural things sounded.

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

A lot of stuff inspires me, but creatively I’m inspired by sounds. I can’t put my finger on it, but the smallest of sounds can inspire some of the most interesting tracks, I’m always searching for those sounds that evoke emotion somehow, it’s a really fun way to write.

What can punters expect from a Luboku live show?

It’s very dynamic, I like to take people on a journey with me as the set expands and contracts. Think Nils Frahm x Jon Hopkins x James Blake, or just come to my show with What So Not this weekend and find out for yourself!

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

My uncle is a long-time muso and he’s always told me to stick with my gut feel - your first instinct is usually the best, pretty much 99% of the time.

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

Men At Work - Down Under. No one could escape this one, it’s too good a singalong.

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

Dustin Tebbutt - The Breach.

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

Flume - HyperParadise remix, still a jam.

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

Well, it wasn’t the most recent one, but Kamasi Washington’s performance earlier this year has really stuck with me, an amazing show and his dad came out onstage to play mid-set which was actually epic.

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

I’m really inspired by the community itself! There is so much great music coming out of Melbourne every day, I think it’s something which is pretty singular to our city. That said, good friends Two People are doing some lovely stuff, as are Kllo, Jack Grace, Lonelyspeck and a lot more people who have probably escaped my mind at this moment.

What are your plans for 2018?

I just finished my debut EP, so that’s on its way, lots more live shows and maybe a few surprises too, I guess you’ll have to wait and see!

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PLANET
New

Artist

PLANET

Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Blank Label
New

Artist

Blank Label

Dance, Electronic (Flume, What so not, Running Touch, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Artist
New

Artist

3 Leo Mafier

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Prolifik The Gifted
New

Artist

Prolifik The Gifted

Electronic, Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Alisha Todd
New

Artist

Alisha Todd

Pop, Roots (Of All Time, southern cross university, Acoustic, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Childs Play
New

Artist

Childs Play

Electronic, Hip Hop (all, types, Music, ...)

Perth, WA

Filbey
New

Artist

Filbey

Dance, Electronic

Perth, WA

Chiara La Woo
New

Artist

Chiara La Woo

Indie, Rock, Roots (Psych-rock, Reggae, chiara la woo, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Skorched
New

Artist

Skorched

Hip Hop, Metal, Punk (skorched, Nü Metal, Melbourne)

Melbourne, VIC

Piecey
New

Artist

Piecey

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

Jimmy Meegan
New

Artist

Meat Bikini
New

Artist

Meat Bikini

Indie, Punk, Rock (#Aussie Punk Rock)

Far North, QLD

Waking Wolves
New

Artist

Waking Wolves

Indie, Roots (Sufjan Stevens, Bright Eyes, Cat Stevens, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Bloods
New

Artist

Bloods

Indie, Punk

Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
New

Artist

Hussy Hicks

Indie, Roots (dolly parton, roots, folk, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Gift Horse
New

Artist

Gift Horse

Pop, Rock (Teenage Fan Club, The Jam, Alt Country)

Brisbane, QLD

Darcy Boyd
New

Artist

Darcy Boyd

Electronic, Indie

Brisbane, QLD

Jamie G Fletcher
New

Artist

Jamie G Fletcher

Indie, Roots (Sluice, chris isaak, Jamie Fletcher, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Brad Holder
New

Artist

Brad Holder

Indie, Pop (All Time Low, Simple Plan, John Mayer, ...)

North West WA, WA

Kira Puru
New

Artist

Kira Puru

Pop (kira Puru, Pop, Disco, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Househats
New

Artist

Househats

Indie, Punk, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

LÂLKA
New

Artist

LÂLKA

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (#pcmusic #bratpop #artpop #electronic #dance #sassy)

Brisbane, QLD

The Tangerines
New

Artist

The Tangerines

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (beatles, george, Jeff Buckley, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Chawa.C
New

Artist

Chawa.C

Hip Hop, Pop (Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Nicolay, ...)

Perth, WA

Geoff Hooton
New

Artist

Geoff Hooton

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (george, Minus The Bear, Postal Service, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Ships Piano
New

Artist

Ships Piano

Indie, Punk (sunnyboys, At-The Drive In, The Undertones, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Lake Air
New

Artist

Lake Air

Rock

Sydney, NSW

TŪRNR
New

Artist

TŪRNR

Electronic, Indie (Electronic)

Melbourne, VIC

The Bible Bashers
New

Artist

The Bible Bashers

Punk, Rock (nasty, beasts of bourbon, AC DC, ...)

Perth, WA

Dave Di Marco
New

Artist

Dave Di Marco

Indie, Pop, Roots (Fionn Regan, Damien Rice, books, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Liam Naughton
New

Artist

Liam Naughton

Indie, Rock (neil young, radiohead, Nirvana)

Perth, WA

Mike McCarthy
New

Artist

Mike McCarthy

Indie, Roots (Tortoise, Tracker, Iron&wine, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Claim The Throne
New

Artist

Claim The Throne

Metal (pirate, WinterSun, suidakra, ...)

Perth, WA

Approachable Members Of Your Local Community

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed, Approachable Members Of Your Local Community!

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

We developed our sound fairly organically by collaborating with one another and jamming at home – on and off, we’ve actually been playing music together for some years now. In 2017, we decided to take our ideas to the studio and recorded our first few songs, all lo-fi funk and groove. More recently we have been crafting ideas which we take to each other - adding to each other’s ideas until we arrive at a song. Then we move into the production stage where we start fleshing out how exactly we want the song to feel and sound.

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

Our greatest source of inspiration is the musical process itself. We are all passionate about making music. It is a wonderful creative process filled with emotion, commentary, thoughts and reflections which we can share with the world.

What can punters expect from an Approachable Members of Your Local Community live show?

The Approachable Members show is always a party - filled with groove, singalongs, outstretched stage banter and everything in between. We love to transform the space we’re in, we’ve converted venues before into your neighbourhood street, complete with clothes lines, notice boards and street signs. We’ve recently decided to treat all of our sets like stadium pop inferno performances. Unfortunately most of the venues aren’t delivering on our runway staging requests. Anyway, if you find yourself at an Approachable gig, you better make sure to equip your -19 decibels ear plugs – we make music for your ears, but we’d hate to be the cause of any long-term hearing damage.

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

Shock horror, because the best advice we’ve been given is from our parents - to push the project as far as we can and have the best time in the process, but to keep straddling our day jobs and studies. It turns out it’s super challenging to make much money from music and living off it would be truly quite a challenge.

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

An Australian track with a near 100% success rate of cheering someone up is Ben Lee’s ‘We’re all in this together.’ While it might still be up to debate whether or not Ben Lee is a living genius who wrote the best pop hits of Australia in 2005, at least we can all agree that he’s voice of our generation.

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

'The Summer' by Josh Pyke. And then apologise.

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

'Shooting Stars' by the Bag Raiders. We played this at our Splendour DJ set and it WENT OFF.

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

Jack River at The Forum. An amazing show and perfectly put together. We absolutely love her album. We think that she’s really nailed an awesome pop sound. But her live show took it to a whole other level. And that was all before rock legend Alex Lahey snuck on stage and rocked out a sax solo. Obviously, we wept.

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

We are inspired by all of the friends around us, amazingly talented musicians and producers willing to share their knowledge with us. We currently share a studio with Japanese Wallpaper (Gab Strum) who produced our latest release ‘On + On,’ and a friend by the wild name of Hamish Patrick. Both of them are simply phenomenally talented - these guys inspire us. They’ve really helped us develop our songwriting and producing, and help us find a creative process which works best for us. We recognise that we’re really fortunate in Melbourne to be a part of such a supportive community of musicians, producers, writers and visual artists that are always keen to give a helping hand.

What are your plans for 2019?

This is going to be a big year for Approachable Members. We just signed a deal with New York label AntiFragile which is outrageously exciting. We are currently working on a new EP titled ‘Love Thy Neighbour’, which we’re hoping to release some more singles from very soon. We’ve got some very exciting collaborations with Australian artists on forthcoming singles, we can’t wait for you to hear. If you follow our socials, you might already have some clues. Speaking of sounds, Bigsound is coming up, and we’ll be heading to Brisbane! And maybe some other secrets too.

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Nanotech
New

Artist

Nanotech

Electronic, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Gorgijas Son
New

Artist

Gorgijas Son

Indie, Pop, Rock (Piano rock, Indie Pop, heart-ache, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Sicka
New

Artist

Sicka

Hip Hop (hip hop, Boom bap, rap, ...)

Perth, WA

JEFFE

Featured Artist

2018

26

Aug

JEFFE

( )

Sydney, NSW

We named her as one of our artists to watch in 2018 and now, she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Meet Sydney artist JEFFE.

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

I was really fortunate when it came to developing my sound. My publishers put me into a bunch of sessions with different producers so I had the chance to write a lot of different styles of music, but nothing quite fit the direction to take. I met Dave very organically without any pressures of having to write the perfect song. We just immediately clicked and our musical connection works so perfectly for both of us. 

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

It sounds really cheesy but I've gotta say hurt and hard times have gotta be the best source. Music is like therapy to me so when I've got to deal with something difficult, writing music is the best outlet. It inspires me to write happy and sad songs. Also, listening to artists like Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley who really know how to put their stories down in song really inspires me to do the same.

What can punters expect from a JEFFE live show?

For the time being it's just me, my guitar, keyboard and sample pad. I've been working on my dance moves a bit too! I try to bring as many elements as possible into my set. I'm actually in the process of trying to incorporate saxophone into the set as well. But hopefully, it won't be long until I can afford a band! 

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

It does get thrown around a lot but the saying "stay true to yourself" really does go a long way. I can't really pinpoint exactly who has said that to me, it's been a few people along the way, but it's definitely something I always keep tucked away in the back of my mind. If something doesn't feel right you've really got to question it because it's really bloody easy to be led astray these days. 

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

Definitely "It's Nice To Be Alive" by Ball Park Music. A very upbeat, fun song and it immediately puts you in a good mood!

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

It's funny, I listen to so much sad music but I'm struggling to think of one!! There is a song that makes me cry... it's a song by Jack Carty called Travelling Shoes. It tells a beautiful story of lost love, you hold on to every word throughout the song and by the end of it you hit the punch line and it's just heartbreaking! 

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

Oooo, that's a tough one! I'd probably play 'High' by Peking Duk Ft. Nicole Millar... it's groovy, sexy, and fun. The kind of song where you can have groups of mates going for it on the D-Floor but then the loved-up kids making out in the corner. But there are so many fun Aus artists that I'd want to play! 

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

Well, I've just started a tour with No Mono so the most recent was the first show in Brisbane. It was ahhhhmazing! Eliott played after me and she is just incredible! Her voice is like velvet and her songs are so heartfelt. No Mono were absolutely insane. Tom has the most uniquely beautiful voice and the crowd had such a good vibe. I'm so stoked to be touring with such talented artists! 

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

I'm really loving Angie Mcmahon, her songwriting is great and she's got such a deep and soulful voice. I really like Mallrat as well, she's got a really interesting way with words and just an all-round cool vibe. 

What are your plans for 2018?

For now, I'll be on this tour with No Mono... once that is done I'll be heading back over to the UK for a couple of shows then back to Aus in December for another potential tour which is currently in the works (more info on that will come out later).

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Thrupence

Featured Artist

2012

26

Mar

Thrupence

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Thrupence is Melbourne producer Jack Vanzet. We are featuring his woozy electronica all week on triple j Unearthed and Unearthed Radio.

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

Thrupence was developed and inspired by the music my mum used to play when I was a kid. Electronic bands like Deep Forrest, old jazz pianists, and a lot of stuff from Bristol. I thought it was amazing and it's still stuck with me and helped develop my sound to what it is today. As well as that - probably every Disney movie soundtrack that I heard as a kid had a strong influence too.

Do you see your sound translating to a live environment? Is there a Thrupence live show in the works?

Thrupence has a live show that is expanding to avoid the kid-behind-a-laptop cliche. The live set is working to incorporate live drums, guitars etc. It can sometimes be a bit underwhelming for people to just see a laptop and some buttons. Im trying to reverse engineer the album so that it can be played on live instruments as well. Bands can record their songs live to get them into the computer but im doing the opposite - trying to get the sounds out of the computer into live instruments. Its a big process but I think i've got it sorted.

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

Melbourne has a really talented bunch of beat makers and electronic musicians. The guys from THIS THING are doing some really cool things. Galapagoose and his Monome toys are incredible to see and hear. Andras Fox's stuff is really nice. TUC is making some really beautiful stuff. There are heap of Melbourne guys making sounds that are just as good as anything you would hear globally. Chet Faker is another name that is set for big things.

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

'Work needs to be more fun than fun' - Stephen Fry

What’s coming up for you in 2012?

There's a release party for the new EP in Melbourne that will be happening early May. The final date and venue will be posted on Thrupence's facebook soon. There's a 12" coming too! That should be ready for the opening (hopefully). I'd really like to take everything overseas. I think it would be amazing to travel and play music at the same time (rather than just being another tourist). Aside from that, keep trying to make music and if everything comes together I'll get another release out for summer this year.

Australian music is…?

As good as anywhere else. Being on this island hasn't really restricted us, I don't think. Our population and crowd attendances are nothing compared to music hot spots like Berlin or LA and we're still outputting some really impressive stuff - its inspiring to see. Thanks to the internet, once again.

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foreignbody
New

Artist

foreignbody

Indie, Roots

North Coast, NSW

Rebecca Hatch
New

Artist

Rebecca Hatch

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

Sydney, NSW

Freya
New

Artist

Freya

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (dreamo, dream Pop, shoegaze, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Nick Broadhurst
New

Artist

Nick Broadhurst

Electronic, Indie, Pop (cinematic, alternative, lush, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

FERN
New

Artist

FERN

Indie

Sydney, NSW

syrup, go on
New

Artist

syrup, go on

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

Gold Coast, QLD

Boyparts
New

Artist

Boyparts

Indie, Punk, Rock (#garage #lofi #surf #indie)

Melbourne, VIC

The Dollar Bill Murrays
New

Artist

The Dollar Bill Murrays

Indie, Rock (Alternative Rock, Rock, Fuzz Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Jasper jolley
New

Artist

Jasper jolley

Rock (dreamy psych)

Central Victoria, VIC

Korky Buchek
New

Artist

Korky Buchek

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Weird, Electro)

Sydney, NSW

Evanda
New

Artist

Evanda

Hip Hop (#6K)

Perth, WA

Smoke Rings
New

Artist

Smoke Rings

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Tommy
New

Artist

Tommy

Indie, Pop (#tommy #bondi)

Sydney, NSW

Finwe
New

Artist

Finwe

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (vaporwave, chillwave, Future Funk, ...)

South Queensland, QLD

 Brontë
New

Artist

Brontë

Dance, Electronic, Pop, Rock (Pop, Electronic, dance, ...)

Perth, WA

Olivia Bettina
New

Artist

Olivia Bettina

Indie, Pop (Chill, Ambient)

Perth, WA

Agency Dub Collective
New

Artist

Agency Dub Collective

Hip Hop, Roots

Canberra, ACT

Hunting Dogs
New

Artist

Hunting Dogs

Pop, Rock (Smashing Pumpkins, pink floyd)

Melbourne, VIC

All Sparks Burn Out
New

Artist

All Sparks Burn Out

Indie, Rock (Noise-rock, shoegaze, Indie, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Adrian Wilson
New

Artist

Adrian Wilson

Indie, Pop, Rock (alternative, Indie, folk)

Perth, WA

Hiaground
New

Artist

Hiaground

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots ("Alternative rock, # Roots, blues, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Spacey Jane

Featured Artist

2019

13

May

Spacey Jane

( )

Perth, WA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, WA legends Spacey Jane.

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

We all come from different places musically so we weren't really predisposed to having a certain sound. When we started out we didn't have a specific genre or sound we were aiming for, but our playing styles eventually blended into where we're at now. Some of our shared musical tastes include Wilco, early Kings of Leon, Courtney Barnett, The Strokes, Pixies.

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

Caleb says a lot of his inspiration (especially lyrically) comes from processing emotions and life experiences. Music as a means of catharsis is something we can all relate to. When some feeling or abstract 'thing' hasn't been dealt with, song writing definitely seems like a great outlet for it. In a more general sense we're all inspired to keep making music because of how bloody special it feels to connect with other people through it. Be it with each other or our fans, it's real great.

What can punters expect from a Spacey Jane live show?

We try really hard to make our gigs a safe and inclusive space for everyone involved. When we feel like the crowd is being respectful and looking out for each other, we really give it our all. Also, lots of hair flips from Ashton. And sweat.   

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

One piece of advice that’s stuck with us was from a really great friend in a really great band that have had been killing it for over a decade now. It’s a simple one. He just said to ‘keep writing’. No matter what, always, always, always writing and creating. Can’t really fault it, and it’s always in the back of our minds. Thanks Will.

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

‘Catch My Disease’ by Ben Lee (thanks for reminding us that this exists).

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

Any of Julia Jacklin's tracks - namely ‘Don't Know How to Keep Loving You’.

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

‘Since I Left You’ by The Avalanches.

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

Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks put on a mini-festival for their EP launch, with a heap of great local bands. Jack is a very special songwriter and has a group of amazing musicians who are even nicer people.

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

Stella Donnelly is really putting Perth on the map internationally, and she's done a great job of promoting safe and inclusive gig spaces for everyone. She does an awesome job championing artists of all backgrounds at her shows here in Perth, and she's really brought up the standard of diversity to something the scene can be more proud of! Great Gable are one of Perth's hardest working bands, without a doubt. They've been at it for a little while and they're consistently on the up & up. It's awesome to see them succeed so much over the last few years, they're a bunch of awesome guys who kill it live & write great songs.There's a heap of other favourites that have always and continue to make Perth one of the best places to play & experience live music! Seriously WA music rules, and we wear the badge with pride.

What are your plans for 2019?

We're heading back into the studio to record what will hopefully become our first album! No promises there. It's just a lovely goal to have. We'll definitely be touring nationally at least once more this year, this time around has been too good to not repeat!

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Jordan Burns
New

Artist

Jordan Burns

Dance, Electronic

Brisbane, QLD

Neko Pink
New

Artist

Neko Pink

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

Canberra, ACT

Hotel Escobar
New

Artist

Hotel Escobar

Metal, Rock (heavy rock, Brisbane, Thrash, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Dream Kit
New

Artist

Dream Kit

Electronic, Indie (techno, Electronic, bass, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Wonderfeel
New

Artist

Wonderfeel

Dance, Electronic (wild, beats, Electronica, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Dave Robertson
New

Artist

Dave Robertson

Indie, Pop (ani difranco, Paul kelly, Unique, ...)

Perth, WA

The Plastic Fangs
New

Artist

The Plastic Fangs

Indie, Punk, Rock (dick dale, the Cramps, the atlantics, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Mezz Coleman
New

Artist

Mezz Coleman

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

Melbourne, VIC

Artist
New

Artist

Mat Neilson

Dance, Electronic (Deadmau5, booka shade, Trentmoller, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Megatroid
New

Artist

Megatroid

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, beats, futurebass, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Cool Party
New

Artist

Cool Party

Indie (alternative)

Perth, WA

Regionals
New

Artist

Regionals

Indie, Punk, Rock (Emo, Punk, Indie, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Jeff Marni
New

Artist

Jeff Marni

Dance, Electronic, Indie (Alan Braxe, FRED FALKE, Daft Punk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Shamen
New

Artist

Shamen

Pop (Shamen_art)

Adelaide, SA

Alex Bell
New

Artist

Alex Bell

Indie, Roots (Augie March, Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

TAMWAH
New

Artist

TAMWAH

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots (#artist, #tropical, #indigenious, ...)

North Coast, NSW

Telete
New

Artist

Telete

Indie, Pop (dream Pop)

Perth, WA

Indiana Phoenix
New

Artist

Coffin Wolf
New

Artist

Coffin Wolf

Punk, Rock (Melbourne, Punk, Rock)

Melbourne, VIC

India Sweeney
New

Artist

India Sweeney

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Delicate Pop)

Illawarra, NSW

Birahny Lawrence
New

Artist

Birahny Lawrence

Indie, Roots (Mazzy Star, Cat Power, Björk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Super Nudist
New

Artist

Super Nudist

Indie, Rock (Nada Surf, Tripping Daisy, Death cab for cutie, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Pist Idiots

Featured Artist

2018

19

Feb

Pist Idiots

( )

Sydney, NSW

They've got a brand new single and a must-see live show... It's this week's Feature Artist and Sydney City Limits comp winners, Pist Idiots!

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

We sort of just feed off each other and try and find a balance between not taking it too seriously and making some good music. If we think it sounds good, fun to play and exciting, we’ll keep playing it. Being constantly around music and gigs, it all feeds back into itself. 

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

Inspiration often comes out of the blue, but usually some kind of experience or observation. Something that nags you for a while until you just have to get it out.

What can punters expect from a Pist Idiots live show?

Live Rock Music, 110%, a couple laughs, sweat, spit and love.

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

"Don’t be a di**head", from Dingo.

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

 'Rain' by Dragon.

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

'Flame Trees' by Cold Chisel “ or a modern day banger like 'Million Times Alone' by Bad Dreems.

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

'Boys Light Up' or some Kylie Minogue.

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

Amyl and the Sniffers at The Lansdowne, These New South Wales were our support acts. An electric evening, pure energy with some of the finest Australian rock music going.

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

Bands like Royal Headache and Palms are pretty inspiring to us. In our formative years, Palms had a residency at the Lansdowne and as a bunch 18-year-olds, those strings of shows would’ve been our introduction into Sydney rock music. Since the Lansdowne has re-opened I feel that there has been a bit of rejuvenation in support for local music. I can only really comment from around 2013, but I feel it’s improved. 

I think that the Sydney community extends into the North and Southern regions of Sydney. Bands like The Pinheads and a venue like Rad Bar in the gong, were some of the first people to give us the time of day. For that, we luvem!

What are your plans for 2018?

More Music, more shows, more fun stuff.

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squidgenini
New

Artist

squidgenini

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Brisbane, QLD

Lil Spacely
New

Artist

Lil Spacely

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

ASKYA
New

Artist

ASKYA

Electronic, Indie, Pop

South West WA, WA

Artist
New

Artist

The Creatures of Habit

Indie, Roots

South Coast WA, WA

The Phosphenes
New

Artist

The Phosphenes

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

Melbourne, VIC

Rainer: the swimmer..(tMs).
New

Artist

Rainer: the swimmer..(tMs).

Indie, Punk (jandek, dEUS, Lamb, ...)

Sydney, NSW

PINES
New

Artist

PINES

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, cinematic, Future Beats, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Relay Tapes
New

Artist

Relay Tapes

Indie, Pop, Rock (alternative, dream Pop, shoegaze)

Brisbane, QLD

Hui.
New

Artist

Goat Faction
New

Artist

Goat Faction

Rock (Perth, Progressive, Psych-rock, ...)

Perth, WA

Eerie Indianna
New

Artist

Eerie Indianna

Punk

Sydney, NSW

Fabio Tolli
New

Artist

Fabio Tolli

Indie, Rock (Live, Powder Finger, Powderfinger, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Bad Bangs
New

Artist

Bad Bangs

Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Suburban
New

Artist

Cherubo
New

Artist

Zane Francis

Zane Francis is a talented songwriter and producer, a twenty-two year old, a perfectionist, a proud Indigenous Australian and this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. He recently won our competition to be flown to Darwin to perform at the National Indigenous Music Awards, where he wowed the crowd with a moving rendition of his beautiful track 'Acclimate'.

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You were the winner of our National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) competition and got to fly to Darwin to perform at the awards. Could you tell us about the highlights of that experience?
I know it's pretty anticlimactic but I would put down soundcheck as a major highlight, it was when it all kind of hit me as I reminisce on the experience, that brief fifteen minute frame stands out to me the most. There I was on a hot Darwin stage (the heat is something else), a five hour flight away from everything I knew, sound checking a song I wrote and recorded in my bedroom five months ago which I ended up throwing on triple j Unearthed with zero expectation that it was even going to be heard, let alone loved enough for me to be where I was! That was the first “hold up guys, just gotta pinch myself” moment. Having the front of house sound tech approach me after with nothing but praise for my mixing/setup and sonics of the track was the cherry on top.
After digesting the elevating emotions of soundcheck the actual performance a few hours later felt so so natural and right, I just hope what I was feeling tricked down into my performance. On top of all of this I got to meet Briggs and James (One part of Sietta) and spent all my free time eating BBQ pork rolls at the local food markets with them, heaven!
 
We’re loving your track ‘Acclimate’. Could you tell us about the genesis of that track and how you developed your sound?
I can’t really explain how Acclimate came about, all I remember is sitting at my piano late at night, not really paying attention to what I was tapping away on the keys and before I knew it I had the entire first section of the song written, the lyrics and chords just flowed through all at once. Songwriters love it when this, almost channeling, thing occurs. Its a rare and beautiful feat! The second section of the track that involves the heavier electronic environment really stemmed from the bass synth I created, it was dirty, heavy and imperfect sounding in every way and it was just perfect to counteract the ‘prettiness’ of what was built in the first segment. I guess I have my overwhelming love of post-dubstep/bass/trap to thank for paving the way in terms of the synth selection and overall tone in that last section. In terms of developing a certain ‘sound’, that never stops for me and I hope it never does! 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My greatest inspiration is definitely the challenge of songwriting/producing, the challenge of capturing raw emotion in a track.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
Most probably myself dressed up in some long flowing garment, becoming swept away in my own sounds and forgetting I’m performing in front of a crowd haha! My bass face game is strong (and even trap arms, if you’re lucky haha), pictures captured at my NIMA performance proves it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Change what you can, accept what you can’t and be wise enough to know the difference” - This quote was recited to me by one of my closest mates, Cameron, in a time I needed to hear it. I lived by it ever since! 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Gotye - Learnalilgivinanlovin. Brass fanfares...need I say more? 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Vance Joy - ‘From Afar’. Had a bit of a teary when I first heard it, don’t even get me started on the video clip. THE FEELS. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Ta-ku - Closet Drake Fans. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Indigenous music community that inspire you.
I ADORE the new wave of young indigenous artists coming through at the moment, from the front runners like Thelma Plum to the more subdued but none the less beautiful multitudes of projects on Unearthed. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Focusing on writing and developing/defining my sound. I wanted to throw out an EP before the end of this year but we’ll see how it goes, Im very much a perfectionist and won’t release anything until I’m 110% happy with it.

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Tiny Little Houses

Featured Artist

2015

24

Aug

Tiny Little Houses

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Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne dudes Tiny Little Houses created one of the surprise Australian hits of the year with their track 'Easy'. Check out their dark, folk rock sounds as the triple j Unearthed Feature Artist this week.

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

A friend introduced me some years ago to a bunch of great lo-fi bands that came out of the centre of America in the 90's. All these bands were making some of the most fantastic music I'd ever heard. It was emotional and angsty but it wasn't "emo", the lyrics were poetic but it wasn't folk, it was pop sensible yet it was dark like indie rock or grunge. I started writing and recording really rough demos in my room trying to emulate those sounds.

Eventually I met Sean, our guitarist, and we liked the same bands so we started to help each other on our own musical projects until it made more sense just to work together. We worked on a heap of songs over a couple of years and last year it felt like we'd finally figured them out so we went into studio with Steven Schram who helped us record our EP.

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

My songs are quite personal so obviously a lot of the time the catalyst is my own experience but I find reading books and poetry another source of subtle inspiration for music. I can't force myself to write music so all the time spent absorbing books and poetry comes out in unexpected ways when inspiration finally does hit.

What can punters expect from your live show?

Our music is a blend of folk, rock and shoegaze. I think all of the best elements of those genres work well together. I try to write songs which have a strong narrative element which ties them together even though sonically they can be quite different. I think our live sets come off more emotional and a touch heavier than our recordings.

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

In regards to life advice my parents raised me to treat others as you'd like to be treated and this has had a big impact on myself. In regards to music my friend Carl (a disgruntled sound engineer) gave me the advice to always be nice to the sound guy.

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

Crepes - Cold Summers.

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

The Middle East - The Darkest Side.

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

I'm really not known for my DJ skills. So whoever made me DJ of this hypothetical party is completely out of their mind... I asked our guitarist Sean and he said Two Bodies by Flight Facilities.

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

The Rolling Blackouts launching their EP at the Old Bar in Fitzroy. It was amazing, they had the whole room pumping with their tight pop tunes.

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

There is so much talent at the moment coming out of the Melbourne music community. A few that spring to mind are the Outdoor Type and JP Klipspringer who actually supported us at our single launch the other week. Other bands we love are Hollow Everdaze, Crepes, Good Morning, Redspencer and Bored Nothing. Our good friends Jackson Phelan, LUCIANBLOMKAMP and Rosebud Leach are also incredible musicians that have always inspired and supported us.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
 
We have a new single coming out at the end of the month. Then we are heading over to BIGSOUND in September which is seriously exciting. Our EP is getting released in September as well, which we can't wait to get out there and we will be touring that EP with a string of shows on the East Coast. Later in November we will be playing Paradise music festival which is going to be a lot of fun. After that we'll be looking to write and record for the next release.

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Woodes x Elkkle

Featured Artist

2015

31

Aug

Woodes x Elkkle

Melbourne, VIC

This week triple j Unearthed is shining a light on the adventurous artpop of Woodes & Elkkle. Take a listen to these impressive solo artists team up for some truly beautiful sounding tunes.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
W: For this particular EP "Woodes X Elkkle" we went to Phillip Island for 5 days last summer and wrote 4 tracks together. Callum (Elkkle) has a big shipping container studio on his family property, so we went in there every day and wrote material from scratch. Our sound developed over those few days as we learnt about each other's processes for writing. I think we both pushed each other a little out of our comfort zones, drawing from what was around us. I remember the day we wrote 'Muddy' we went for a lunch break at this cliff near the property and there were all these stark white trees, which inspired the bridge.  
 
My personal sound is evolving, carried by the constant of using my vocals in some way. I started writing songs in primary school after taking to piano, percussion and classical voice. After high school I got into studio engineering and then started producing and arranging the songs I was writing. It was a really liberating feeling to hear something in my head and write and record it in my home studio. I like to create music I can get lost in, building cavernous atmospheres and layering textures, crossing between organic and electronic sounds. 
 
E: My music has come to be an expression of the grotesque yet beautiful. I want my music to be confronting yet inviting. Sort of like our morbid curiosity when you see something really foul online or whatever yet you can't look away. That's what I want to tap into, but I want to surprise people with how the sounds they're hearing make them feel.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
W: Often when I write I imagine a clear visual accompaniment, like a film or set of images. Each song has a colour or thing that to me seems really clear. But then my lyrics can be interpreted a range of ways, which is cool. I pull inspiration from a range of things: books, my collected images and concepts (that I usually put on my tumblr), dreams, seeing live performance or theatre, making things, processing things, or hearing a really refreshing body of work from an artist I look up to.
 
E: My music is never grounded in one place or idea; in fact it mostly just comes from being really excited by music all the time. I study composition at VCA and work with a lot of musicians, so I'm constantly surrounded by music every day. Like hearing the music my friends are making, jamming with them, sending demos back and forth - that's what really pushes me to create. I'm so lucky to be a part of such a vibrant music community and I just want to keep up and contribute.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
 
E: Our roles are switched a little bit. In the recordings it is very much Elle's (Woodes) vocals sitting atop my production as a foundation, whereas when we perform, Elle is centre stage and providing most of the performance aspect, while I toy with samplers and effects that interact with that. We're total dorks on stage but it's easy to see we're having fun and I think people really appreciate that.
 
W: For live shows I like to play a whole bunch of things. I've never really been interested in being a singer with a mic. For my solo shows I like to keep my hands busy and be involved with the tech. It brings me into this comfortable place on stage. Plus it means that each time I perform live it will be a little bit of a different experience for me and the audience, as I move between things. I've been playing a bit with mallet percussion again and will have a vibraphone up on stage with me at BigSound. Looking forward to that. Then there's also layered vocals and vocal manipulation.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
E: I'm a huge fan of Arca, both of his music and his character/outlook on life. I've read a bunch of interviews but I think the most important thing I've taken from reading him is that it's important to always be entirely and unapologetically yourself in everything you do and your world will reach out to you. If people to listen to my music and think "he knows exactly what he's doing" then I'm doing it right. Maybe I do know, maybe I don't, but I'm the only one doing it so what does it matter?
 
W: My mother is the best at advice. One of the things she lives by is 'When the student is ready, the teacher appears". I feel grateful for how many teachers have impacted my life so far. Not only from places built for education but friends, collaborators and people you meet whilst travelling etc... I think always being as open minded as possible is a great asset to any person.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
E: 'Our Will' by Brothers Hand Mirror. Everything about this track takes me somewhere beyond whatever there is to cry about. I remember seeing them a couple of years ago for the first time with friends and that song was one of those profound moments where I felt really appreciative of where I was and who I was with.
 
W: Vance Joy's 'Mess is Mine' - I think I'm going with "you're crying it's cool, I got you". Maybe I'd incorporate listening to it with a road trip somewhere. One of my housemates was actually the polar bear in the film clip. Maybe I could bring the polar bear suit. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
W: 'The Middle East' - 'The Darkest Side'. Growing up in Townsville these guys were a really big influence on me. This song live usually ended with a stripped back acapella of everyone singing and it was so moving. They'd play giant festivals and come back and play regional shows; still so grounded. 
 
E: 'Hologlyphs' by JaysWays. I honestly haven't faintest clue what this song is about, specifically, but Jay's vocals really get under my skin and his production is so internal that every time I listen I sort of sink back into my own head and have a moment. Powerful stuff.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
W: This question definitely lost me a few hours listening through so much music. So hard to pick one when it's so dependent on the atmosphere, but I think I'd play Wafia's cover of 'Let me Love You' (Prod. Jack Vanzet). I'll just keep playing that until her EP comes out. 
 
E: Oh man, 'Childhood' by Sam Gellaitry. What is even that kids deal? I've never heard a synth lead sing like that and probably never will. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
E: Elle and I both saw Klo last month with Felicity Yang and Martin King on support. Both Felicity and Martin played their best sets I'd seen tbh, which definitely set the perfect vibe for Klo to kill it. Can't recommend checking out Klo's set enough. Chloe has fantastic stage presence and an amazing live voice. Simon's control over their sound is so precise and perfectly executed that I found myself watching his hands more than anything else. They've found a seamless blend between live instruments/electronic processing/pre-programmed electronics that really set a new bar for me as to what a live show should be.
 
W: Yes. Klo. Seamless. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
 
 
Whilst some of those artists are established I'm really excited about what's emerging out of Melbourne at the moment. Simon Lam from I'lls/Nearly Oratorio/KLO is a talented (and humble) friend of ours. He did all the mixing and mastering on 3 of our tracks on the EP and each of the projects he's part of just keep getting better and better. Go see any of those acts live. Do it. Man. Good.
 
E: Pretty much the whole reason I picked up Ableton and had a go at electronic music was from watching Thrupence/Jack Vanzet sort of come into his own with his Voyages EP. I was probably 16 and only just hearing cats like Flying Lotus and Shlohmo for the first time. Jack grew up in the same area as me although I didn't really know him at the time, but something clicked and all of a sudden electronic music seemed much more human, and being an electronic music producer soon aligned with the exact kind of personal journey I wanted to take in life. Another huge influence for a long time was Electric Sea Spider and I think some elements of his frantic sampling techniques still ring throughout my music.
 
I study it at university alongside electronic acts like Felicity Yang, Darcy Baylis, Nico Niquo, Caspian Joseph, OBA, Aiya - all of these are people who inspire me most days of the week, whether it be in class hearing something huge they've been working on, seeing them kicking goals online or just hanging out showing each other what we're listening to, I don't think anything has shaped my creativity more than the time I've spent with these people.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
 
E: I'm going to go back into hibernation, write as much music as possible, finish up my degree and go into 2016 with nothing but allegorical fire underneath my metaphorical urn!
 
W: I'm playing in Sydney for APRA Ignite at the end of the week, then BIGSOUND early September, then a few big things we're yet to announce and the time in between will be spent writing and producing more of my own music for my upcoming solo 'Woodes' release.
 

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GILL BATES

Featured Artist

2015

7

Sep

GILL BATES

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane-based MC Gill Bates is one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be playing the triple j Unearthed showcase this Thursday, September 10, at Oh Hello in Fortitude Valley.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I make what I feel and use what ever sounds I feel is right
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Life
 
You’re one of the winners of our BIGSOUND competition and will be performing at the triple j Unearthed showcase on Thursday, September 10. What can punters expect from your live show?
Good Vibes and Energy
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Don't ever let someone else tell you what you can or cant do...No one knows your heart, your mindset and your determination better than yourself - Fortafy
 
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?
Strictly Speaking @ The Foundry. The show was full of energy, lots of talent out here
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Finish my EP

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GRRL PAL

Featured Artist

2015

14

Sep

GRRL PAL

Perth, WA

Our Perth Listen Out winners are commanding the dancefloor this week as our Feature Artist. Go on, get down to their bright, shiny pop stunners.

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

We've been playing music and in other bands for many years and one day Danny decided he wanted to develop the ULTIMATE song writing process basically so we could never ever have writers block. He began writing beats and experimenting with production and collaborating with Jay on all things vocal; lyrics, melodies etc. It wasn't until Danny met Parker Ighile that he really honed in on his production skills. It all starts with an idea and then we base the rest of the track off that starting point.

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

Creating something that makes people want to dance to and have fun! We are doing something that we love and we want that to always translate into our songs.

What can punters expect from your live show?

We go out of our way every show to make sure that everyone has a good time, expect lots of dancing and lots of lols. We've tried really hard to mix electronic with acoustic instruments.

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

Middle aged woman in crowd with glowstick around neck, head bangin - "hey dickheads, play ur fastest track"

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

Black Panther by Koi Child (but also you have to also watch the super fun video)

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

Well, we usually exclusively listen to happy bangers, but probs, Better Be Home Soon by Crowded House or How To Make Gravy by Paul Kelly… dad rock.

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

Our Home town friends, Slumberjack: Horus. Ex Perth boy - Mr Carl Fox, Porsches: Horses. Also Time Pilot boys have some great unreleased bangers coming!

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

The Jungle Giants in Fremantle was very fun, especially loved Sam whippin out the Jazz flute, double beer skulling & the giant indie anthems.

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

The Pilerats & Metric people have opened a new venue, which is really paving the way for a new crop of Perth artists & really helping to keep the Perth music scene alive and exciting. Its really just an incredible place to go and discover something new!

What are your plans for the rest of 2015? 

Keep on releasing a track a month until November and then we are FINISHED! Probably release the second half of the year's releases on a second EP and to keep playing as many shows as possible! We have a few collaborations we are planning on bring out this year and we plan to do a lot more next year.. along with some remixes.

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Running Touch

Featured Artist

2015

21

Sep

Running Touch

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Our Feature Artist Running Touch plays Melbourne Listen Out this weekend. A dude who's usually shrouded in mystery, get a sneaky peek this week into the man and his beats.

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

Well, I think I should first acknowledge I still have a great deal to develop. But as for this far… i think it's all about authenticity. Honest music is often the hardest to write, both instrumentally and lyrically. And that takes developing as a person, I'd say that's helped me the most. Differentiating what I think I should put out into the ether and what I actually want to. It's such an easy task to camouflage yourself safely in a "current" sound. I'd much rather run around in the open in a high-vis vest.

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

Just that! Music. It's a full circle really. You immerse and absorb only to create in hopes that your works may encourage the same process. Listening to incredible pieces lights my eyes up like nothing else.

What can punters expect from your live show?

Multi-instrumentalism and unnatural body movements.

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

It's more so unspoken advice than anything. But I've never seen someone practice and preach patience the way my father does, and that's something that has always resonated with me.

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

Sundream by RÜFÜS for sure. Or anything by Wave Racer.

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

Clair De Lune By Flight Facilities.

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

If it's early… Panamas remix of 'Cape Town' by Clubfeet. If it's late, like… really late - Pandora by Code Black.

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

The last one i went to was actually one i played with my band Ocean Grove. I was painted black, chucked on some steam punk goggles and yelled stuff into a sm58… it was awesome.

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

I've done the rounds in a few scenes in Melbourne, so there is no shortage of people or groups. Of course Chet Faker takes #1 for me. But just to palm off a few more people who have inspired me: Dream On Dreamer, I, Valiance, Harbours, Big Words, Benson, Remi, Dom Dolla, Art Of Sleeping, Fortunes., Will Sparks, Zac Waters, WKM just to name a few. It was also such a surprise to be hit up by triple J for things like Listen Out. But learning how welcoming and supportive you guys were really makes me excited for not only my future, but other Australian up and comers.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Muscle every piece of energy I have into the live show and new music. I have over 100 songs in the "maybe" pile and counting! I can most definitely say there are some exciting things in store for the rest of the year!

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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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Mosquito Coast

Featured Artist

2015

6

Oct

Mosquito Coast

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Perth, WA

Our Unearthed High winners Mosquito Coast follow up the release of their new tune 'Commotion' with a triple j Unearthed Feature Artist gold star.

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You've just released your new single 'Commotion'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing again, after the recent success of 'Call My Name'?

We came up with the song at band practice and we quickly recorded all the parts on the Tascam. We've been writing stuff since 'Call My Name' but it was cool to see how the song developed this time around. I always leave the lyrics to the last minute because it's just easier and sometimes when you have them sitting around you just want to keep changing things, but we are pretty happy with how it panned out.

You recorded 'Commotion' at the triple j studios in Sydney. What was that recording process like compared to how you usually lay your tracks down?

The recording process was pretty similar to 'Call My Name'. With both songs we had quite clear ideas about what we wanted each aspect to sound like. We always have extra bits though that we add in while at the studio. Nothing's set in stone. We normally get the drums and guitar rhythm down and then we build like jam on a bass line, keyboard and stuff.

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

Watching other musicians play. Whenever we are at a gig together you just feel so inspired and want to get home and try and make something just as cool. Other music is obviously a pretty huge inspiration as well, especially when we both have such differing tastes.

What's your go-to snack when making music?

We have a lot of breaks in between long jams and they usually consist of tea, coffee and toast - usually because that's all we can find in the kitchen. We also sometimes get treated to Japanese.

What's your vision for the ultimate Mosquito Coast live show?

Lots of funky beats, crazy guitar and cult outfits. Extended jams that people can really vibe with.

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

Naomi: My brother in law once said just to do what your heart tells you and don't listen to other people, if music is something you wanna do, then do it.

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

Take Me Over by Cut Copy because how can you not want to dance?

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

My Happiness - Powderfinger or Under the Milky Way - The Church.

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

Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing, INXS- I Need You Tonight or Pond - Moth Wings.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?

We both are focussing on school at the moment but as soon as we're finished, we will be able to write more and start gigging. We are really excited to develop our live set and start playing more often.

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Artist

WILSN

Pop, Roots

Melbourne, VIC

ESESE

Featured Artist

2015

19

Oct

ESESE

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Melbourne, VIC

ESESE are a Melbourne-based funk/soul/hip hop collective led by vocalist and producer Hudson James Jr, and fronted by emcee Hancoq. They perform with between 8-11 members and this week, they perform as our Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
Jams, joints and juxtaposition. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Women and spirituality.
 
What can punters expect from your live show?
A rad horn section, lush keys, beats, vocals and Mc's.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
'If your first two bars are shit, no one will listen to the rest of the song' - Desh Amila, Founder at Think Inc. 
 
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?
'Momentum', hosted by the Foreign Brothers - a little bi-weekly jam night at the Evelyn. It was mad, we got up and jammed with the band and somehow ended up in a late night studio session with Skomes drinking whiskey and writing. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
The Melbourne music scene is so diverse it's a has a great source of inspiration a lot of which comes from our peers: The Core-tet, Baro, Hiatus Kaiyote, Raw Humps, Cazeaux Oslo, Rat and Co., Clever Austin, Hopium, 3070, Dead Set Ledger, Fortunes, Hoodlums, Alta and countless more...
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Play as many shows as possible, throw a free party, collaborate and finish Act 2/other projects.

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Majora

Featured Artist

2015

26

Oct

Majora

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Newcastle rockers Majora are the winners of our This That competition and will be opening the 'This' stage of the festival on Saturday, October 31 at the Newcastle Foreshore.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Chris: We all have a multitude of different influences and personal tastes musically, and every members style has really helped forge our distinctive sound. We love instrumental music, ambient pieces and film scores as well as many, many variations of metal and rock, and combined with a passion for electronica, hip hop etc, the possibilities of our musical direction are endless. The fans can expect familiar ground of course, but don't expect any hesitations from us to release something a bit more diverse for EP #2, which is currently in the works.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Josh: I found a lot of inspiration for iridescent through researching the universe and the many philosophies surrounding it and the nature of life itself.
 
Jared: Anything that inspires wonder or awe. At the moment it's the deep sea and the creatures that inhabit it. Theres so much to be inspired by in the world, you just have to open your mind.
 
You’re the winners of our This That competition and will be taking the stage at the Newcastle Foreshore on Saturday October 31. What can punters at the festival expect from your live show?
Chris: Expect to see some heads roll haha, we really want to go out there and do triple j, This That and Newcastle proud by starting the day off as big and loud as possible. We bring with us the harrowing eyes of a gigantic owl staring down every person to get up front and go nuts! If you want to understand what that means, be there to see it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Josh: My guitar teacher as a teenager told me how important it is to forge your own sound and to keep at it rather than giving up on music after high school, despite how much life can get in the way.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Jared:  I don't know if it'd cheer them up but I'd chuck on "Deadman" by Karnivool. They may still be crying but they'd also be head banging.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Josh: 'A Gallant Gentleman' by Sydney band 'We Lost The Sea'. The latest album 'Departure Songs' is one of the most emotional releases i've heard from this country.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Chris: Its gotta be the song desreveR by White Gums, that song will make a room go from chilled to really buzzing. Incredibly talented producer from here in Newcastle.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Josh: I saw a few local bands, 'Raave tapes', 'Creo' and 'Dave' play a show last weekend and was pretty happy to hear some interesting new sounds from those guys and a decent room of punters supporting them and the venue. The Newcastle live music scene is at an all time low so its great to see these guys out there giving it a real go.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
Josh: The guys in 'Ornaments' are bringing a very unique sound to the alt rock genre and are just a great bunch of guys. Also the now defunct 'regresser' were one of the most professional and original heavy acts I've heard for a long time. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
Josh: We have booked as many shows as possible up til the end of this year as part of our first tour and are trying to support as many bands as possible to get our music to the right ears. We are playing a huge run of shows along the east coast and couldn't be happier to be touring so soon after releasing our debut ep in August.
We plan finish writing our second ep this summer, and hope to have it out early-mid next year, its coming together really well so far.
 

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Verge Collection

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2015

9

Nov

Verge Collection

Perth, WA

Verge Collection are the winners of our Southbound competition and will be taking their triumphant, feel-good songs to the festival stage in Busselton, WA in January 2016.

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Q&A with Verge Collection guitarist Ben...

Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our sound kind of came about from my own limitations as a musician. For the most part our songs have come from demos I've recorded and then sent to the guys, so a lot of the time they are playing bits or impressions of bits that I've written. It sets pretty massive constraints on what would be considered too technical, so we just work with what we've got.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Re-listening to Paul Simon's Graceland, gets me every time. The way he spins his words and places them across the songs is amazing and effortless.
 
You're the winners of our Southbound competition and will be playing the festival in January 2016. What can punters expect from a Verge Collection live show?
We try to keep it pretty unpredictable in terms of planning who is playing with us and what we are playing, so we're usually as surprised as the audience is. Also, we sometimes throw in an awful cover of Say My Name, we do that for us, 'cause at least we enjoy it.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
You make your own luck. Life advice is always pretty cheesy, but yeah I definitely stand behind that one.
I think my dad told me that, I doubt he ever said it in such a succinct way, but thats what I took away from it.
 
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 played with The Creases pretty recently, I did watch their set so I guess that counts. But it was massive and Kitchen People were insane.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Big fan of this band called The Government Yard, they have this song 'Mining Daughters' that just rips shit on Gina Rinehart which is a pretty easy message to get behind. Also people like Greg Sanders (Gun Fever), the guys from Doctopus and all the guys in Pat Chow are just super genuine and really fucking good at boosting morale. Also a massive shout out to Blake Hate from The Sperts, this guy religiously put us on punk bills for a while when we were starting out, super supportive guy.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015 and into 2016?
We've got a few things sussed, Southbound is shaping up to be a mental party, some more releases, some shows at venues that aren't in the neighbouring postcodes to where I live, lots of great things, but I think we'll just wait to announce all that stuff so if it falls through I don't look like an idiot.
 

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IV League

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2015

16

Nov

IV League

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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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Jess Kent

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2015

23

Nov

Jess Kent

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Sydney, NSW

Jess Kent has dropped one of the most infectious tracks of 2015, 'Get Down', and won herself a spot on the lineup for Sydney's Field Day festival, alongside Disclosure, Flight Facilities, The Wombats and more. Catch them all in The Domain on New Years Day.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started playing the guitar and singing very early on by copying my Dad’s band members who would always be around rehearsing in the kitchen… Some of them were proper reggae rastas. They taught me some important lessons that still emanate through my music. I spent a lot of time busking and gigging with just a guitar, exploring lots of genres and finding my own flow. Plus I’ve always been a passionate creative writer, so writing stories and rhymes and poems definitely had an effect on the type of music I make. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Music is about communication first and foremost for me, so a song usually starts when thoughts manifest into lyrics (which is constantly!!). Specifically, it’s hard to pin down the source of the inspiration because it is everywhere and always. I’m very sensitive to mood and colours and always aim to paint a sonic picture to go hand in hand with the lyrics.
 
You’re the winner of our Field Day comp. What can punters at Field Day expect from your live show?
First of all, I still can't believe it's really happening - cannot WAIT! It’s going to be so exciting to perform the set for the first time ever with an amazing live band, and it’ll also be the first time I play some of my new music! All the support so far has been just incredible, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing some faces!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have ever received was from my Grandma... ‘Work hard and keep it real…’
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I’d play them The Record’s Flawed by The Delta Riggs and I’d take them for a dance down the street.
 
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?
I saw JOY. at Good God yesterday and she slayed!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The sense of community in the Sydney scene is actually incredible. For real, the people that rock up to shows and are so passionate about supporting the local scene - they inspire me to strive to do my best. As far as bands, I’d say Sticky Fingers inspire me - they’re a homegrown Sydney band so it’s cool to watch how they’ve grown and kept it real.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I'm writing heaps of new music so I can't wait to get into the studio again and start the recording process. And the live band will be fully up and running so looking forward to playing some more shows in 2016!

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Sampa The Great

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2015

30

Nov

Sampa The Great

Sydney, NSW

Probably the most aptly named artist on triple j Unearthed, Sampa The Great has absolutely floored us with tracks from her debut mixtape as well as her outstanding live show. As the winner of our The Plot competition, she'll be taking that outstanding live show to the Atomic stage of The Plot festival in Parramatta on Saturday December 5.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I grew up in a musical family, from a young age music was all around me. Traditional Zambian music was prominent in my household.  I started out writing songs, my first song was written when my parent forgot to pick me up in primary school. From then on it steam rolled into slam poetry and then hip hop culture.
 
Being inspired by different artists from Tupac to Lauryn Hil, Mos def, Knaan, and so on, grew me in hip hop but I still managed to keep African essence and originality to make it my own.
 
Whats your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It's therapy really, perhaps one of the greatest is inspiring other people, if I can do that I’ve fulfilled my purpose.
 
You’re the winner of our The Plot comp. What can punters at The Plot in Sydney expect from your live show?
A lot of energy, dancing and hopefully inspiration.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
New Venusians – Keep Running
 
You’re the D 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?
It was a Soul of Sydney vibe, to compensate for Soulfest. It was dope!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you?
Ines, the first female vocalist to inspire me in Aussie. Alice and Billy Green, Shazza T, Natalie Slade and Jayo of Yum Yum. New Venusians, Wallace, Hau, Lord St. Collective, and too many others.
The togetherness of all these musicians and many more, even producers. Owen Moyo. They have an eagerness to work together, to share music freely, no cliques, just for the love of music. And of course my brother David Godriguez, producer of The Great Mixtape.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Grow more musically. Challenge myself to do things I’m not quite comfortable in or haven’t delved into. Inspire not only people in Australia and back home but the world. Crossing borders and sharing love.
 

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Fait

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2015

7

Dec

Fait

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Perth, WA

Fait (AKA Elise Higgins) is one of the winners of our Laneway Festival competition and will be taking the stage at Laneway in Fremantle on Sunday, 14 Feb.
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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I write atmospheric, instrumental soundscapes. I guess my sound developed out of hours of experimenting and layering different sounds and instruments.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Hearing a piece of music that literally stops you in your tracks. That usually inspires me to pick up the guitar.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at Laneway in Fremantle expect from your live show?
A big, beautiful wall of sound.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
It's not exactly advice, but this Anais Nin quote definitely resonates with me: 'Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.'
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Nice Day To Go To The Pub - Cosmic Psychos. Ha.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Seekae - Void. They'd have to watch the film clip too.
 
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?
The WAM Block Party - huge turn out, great bands and good vibes.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
I really admire Kucka and Moana. They are both driven, ambitious and innovative artists who pour everything into their work.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Release my second EP, tour the east coast and hopefully get to play some shows outside of Australia!

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Owen Rabbit

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2015

14

Dec

Owen Rabbit

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Melbourne, VIC

Owen Rabbit is a multi-instrumentalist and producer out of Melbourne's northern suburbs. He plays rubbish, bottles and matches like instruments, anything he can find that makes a sound.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I got given a field recorder for my birthday by my parents when I was a teenager. I loved recording sounds from unusual places and I loved travelling. I used my field recorder through Morocco and the Southern Europe and started to place those samples in whatever beats I was making. Then I got a loop pedal and a microphone and tested out live sampling with whatever trinkets I could find. I love sounds. I love foley in films it really inspires me. I guess that mixed with my love of electronic music and jazz and soul mashes up into something like my music.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When I write songs I can draw on personal experiences or anything that affects me on an emotional level. Sometimes I'll try put myself in other people's shoes and imagine what they're going through. I usually write music when I'm not near my instruments. I tend to think about little hooks, sounds or sometimes whole songs when I'm on the bus walking somewhere. Sometimes I even drift off when I'm talking to someone.
 
What can punters expect from an Owen Rabbit live show?
I build a piece of music layer by layer with my toys and rubbish. Then I play my synths and drum pads, my guitar and use my voice. Sometimes it's a little rough but it's because it's all happening right there.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Lachlan Mitchell told me once to encourage myself to be sensitive. He said that there's all different kinds of people in the world and they all play an important part and contribute to helping human kind as a whole. And while usually those who are strong are celebrated for their stoicism, their sportsmanship or their abilities as leaders, humanity needs sensitive people just as much to help guide them through their dark times and show them they aren't alone. 
 
I personally can't think of a better explanation for how and why people make art. That guy kinda blew my mind. He's an incredible musician.
 
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?
Dear Plastic, Kalacoma, Matt Kelly (Mayfair Kytes) at The Workers Club. It was incredible. My 3 favourite acts in Melbourne. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Hiatus Kaiyote are pretty undeniable. They're incredible. I supported Nai Palm for one of my first gigs, she's an incredible vocalist. I loved the raw energy of Mangelwurzel when I first saw them a few years ago. And the phronetic, surreal and impossibly complex Kalacoma have such an inspiring approach to live sound. They are a very much live electronic band. There's so much good music in Melbourne.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I plan to release an EP early in the year. Then I'm going to Brighton, England for the Great Escape Festival and some shows in Europe. After that I'll be doing my first Australian headline tour and getting stuck into writing my debut album.
 

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Harbours

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2016

11

Jan

Harbours

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Melbourne, VIC

Before they tee off at the 2016 UNIFY gathering next weekend as our Unearthed comp winners, we're featuring Melbourne legends Harbours all this week! 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The demo we released when we started the band was mostly written by our vocalist, Tory. It wasn't until we got into a room and started writing as a band that all these other influences started creeping in. We all have a background in the hardcore scene, so our new material is a little more aggressive, while still maintaining a pop sensibility.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We look up to a lot of our friends in bands and the sacrifices they make to be able to tour full time. Hopefully we can follow and do the same!

You’re one of the winners of our Unify competition. What can punters at the Unify festival in Gippsland expect from the Harbours live show?
It's a shorter set, we've cut a few of the ballads so expect 20mins of high energy & riffs.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Pick Harder - THE Steven Cannatelli

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Pretty much anything by Tame Impala.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
No Control by a band called Holland.
Their lead singer is now killing it as a pop star and I don't think too many people know about his past project!

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

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Invasion Fest.
Was a great day filled with a lot of Underground talent from around the country.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Our friend Running Touch is killing it at the moment. Check out Ocean Grove too.

What are your plans for 2016?
Become a staple in Aussie Rock.

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Good Boy

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jan

Good Boy

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

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FOREVR

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2016

18

Jan

FOREVR

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Brisbane, QLD

Brissie duo FOREVR fuse weird guitar sounds, electronic beats, synth pads and pretty singing to create a hypnotic shoegazey sound that is all their own. They also believe that no party is complete without several Kylie Minogue tracks.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
FOREVR sounds like a wall of weird guitar sounds, electronic beats, synth pads and pretty singing. The electronic part of our sound developed through necessity (we have to use Ableton and drum machines to fill in the parts we can't play live) but we've embraced it because electronic music is cool and fun. FOREVR is the most technology-based band either of us have been in. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
New gear. Our music is so heavily styled that the possibilities opened up by a new synth or pedal sound are often all we need to get inspired.
 
What can punters expect from a FOREVR live show?
Guitar that doesn't sound like a guitar, no talking on stage, and gold. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We saw Shellac play at Donnie's work a little while ago and they told us not to take the advice of anyone not in the band. So we haven't.  
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mangelwurzel - 'My House'. It would be impossible to feel sad listening to that song - possibly on-edge or confused, but never sad. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Gareth Liddiard - 'The Radicalisation of D'. Won't just cause tears but also an enduring sense of despair. Thanks for that Gareth.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
No party is complete without several Kylie Minogue tracks. We recommend 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We recently played with Postblue, who are beautiful angels both onstage and off. We also got to see kigo at the end of last year - he blacked out the venue and pointed a strobe at the audience for his entire set. It was wild. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There's a brand new act called ZEIIGA who we think is outstanding (very druggy, very early-Madonna). Our friends' bands like sydney2000, Cannon, Danyl Jesu and Ultra Material are all changing the game in various inspiring ways. There's also a band called Monster Zoku Onsomb who have been around for ages - they're absolutely nuts and should be headlining every summer dance festival - and the excellent DJ Sezzo Snot who is supporting Le1f soon and is probably the number one coolest person alive. Then there are all the legends who open venues, book shows, take beautiful photos, screenprint merch, make music videos, pay money to come to gigs... Brisbane's music scene is A+ all round basically. 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
We are going to Tasmania in March to record some new songs, and we'll be taking extra people into the studio for the first time. We're hoping that having more musicians involved in the recording process will make for some unexpected developments. For the rest of the year - release our record, tour the country, play with people we like, buy Sam a YC-10, etc.

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Gabriella Cohen

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2016

8

Feb

Gabriella Cohen

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A.D.K.O.B

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2016

1

Feb

A.D.K.O.B

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Sydney, NSW

A.D.K.O.B are one of the winners of our Laneway competition and will be playing the festival in Sydney this Sunday, Feb 7. We asked them what we should expect from their set, they said "you're going to want to dance...". 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It was just a natural reaction to my situation at the time. I was in a couple of other bands which I loved but I felt I had a lot of ideas I just couldn't fit anywhere, so I just had a go at recording them alone. What was supposed to be a mere experiment became a project of its own pretty quickly.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I suppose other music. But really, inspiration comes from every facet of life. Most of my ideas come of their own volition, often when I'm nowhere near an instrument so I have to record voice memos of me beat boxing or whistling, often in the most public and embarrassing places possible.
 
You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can punters at the Laneway fest in Sydney expect from the A.D.K.O.B live show?
You're going to want to dance, we are going to want to dance, it doesn't work as well if everyone just stares at us. I think we can get the early birds moving. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A friend once said that talent doesn't exist, and everything comes through hard work. It's a common one but I refer back to it a lot. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Wide Open Road by The Triffids - it's melancholy but there's a light at the end of the tunnel: "now you can go anyplace that you wish to go"
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Wide Open Road by The Triffids - as I said, the subject matter and instrumentation is melancholy as it gets.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Wide Open Road by The Triffids - hence why I have never been invited to DJ anywhere.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I guess it was our rarefinds show at OAF, YEEVS and BADPONY also played. The crowd was amazing, the place was packed and the bands were awesome. It was a cracker; live music in Sydney is nowhere near dead.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Patrick Delohery from a little band called "Disgusting People" - he changed the way I write and look at music. A talented songwriter and a very intelligent man.
Also Matt Amery, the songwriter for Tin Sparrow and Alan Smithy. He's one of my oldest friends and is wise beyond his years. He's always been my go-to for advice when it comes to current musical climates in oz, and has just been a great pal. 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Release a lot more music, tour like mofos and just try to enjoy the ride while it lasts! We are experiencing a small run of success at the moment and you never know when it's gonna end. So I guess we keep working hard and just enjoy it!

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Samuel Dobson

Featured Artist

2016

15

Feb

Samuel Dobson

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Sydney, NSW

Samuel Dobson is a Sydney-based hip hop artist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who has a passion for eclectic sounds and live instrumentation. Check out his tracks on Unearthed and catch him live with with his "very impractical" 11-piece hip hop orchestra.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Music has been something I've done for most of my life. Over the years I've developed deep interests in a pretty eclectic mix. As a child I was pretty much rock and roll. By the time I hit high school I gravitated towards anything that sounded new and unfamiliar and became very interested in jazz, which I went on to study at the Sydney Conservatorium. While at Uni my interests shifted again to hip-hop and the world of experimental 'noise' music. After Uni I lived, travelled and learned music in several counties in Africa (Mali, Senegal & Ethiopia). When I returned I started regularly attending Sydney Symphony Orchestra concerts and became very interested in the world of classical music, whilst at the same time investigating more traditional jazz styles. 
 
With regards to hip-hop it's been a very slow evolution. My very long term partner in crime/producer is Peter Farrar (P Major). We did a lot of experimenting and wrote A LOT of demos together, some of which we compiled into a mix-tape 'FKVOL1'. After that I wrote a mixtape that I called 'Shazza-T' which was a series of tracks paying homage to some of my favourite rappers and at the same time further developing my own sound. It was while making this that I realised how much I enjoyed telling stories.
 
When I started writing 'Samuel' I had developed 3 live projects for presenting hip-hop; Triceratops (a psyhadelic, auto-tuned, future-soul trio) with an amazing drummer Miles Thomas and Dave Rodriguez (aka Godriguez - who's now smashing it as Sampa The Great's producer). Hi-Tops Brass Band (a New Orleans inspired March band who I rap and sing with) and my own live project (a 7 piece band I used  while I was still performing under the name Shazza-T). I realised I had such an incredible arsenal of musicians, producers and technical wizards around me and a bunch of them had expressed an interest to get involved with future projects so I held them to it!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The musicians around me who I get to work with every day! My full time job is playing music (I am a double bassist) so every time I go to work I am consistently challenged, educated and inspired by all of my peers. There are a lot of talented men and women in Sydney right now. Its fantastic to see so many of my close friends are kicking goals.
 
What can punters expect from a Samuel Dobson live show?
The current band is an 11 piece right now - string quartet, two horns, a three piece rhythm section, a singer named Kate Wadey and myself on bass and raps. Everyone's background is either in jazz, classical or rock/pop and the caliber musicianship is really exceptional. Then we all come together and play hip-hop.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
A good mate of mine and someone who I work with quite a lot is a guy called Justin Fermino. He never explicitly gave me this advice in words but I inadvertently learned this from being around him -
Apply for grants, organise your own shit and get proactive about your own career.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Blue skies and walking in the park and maybe eating ice cream.... But after dark.
Say no more
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I don't even think this song is sad. There's just a melancholy beauty to the melody. Really beautiful track.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
This one's only just come out. Gotta check this guy out if you haven't already
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
A local artist who goes by the name AKABaz launched his album Memento Mori at the Red Rattler in Marrickville. The music is very unique and quite hard to define. He has a big group with three really amazing and contrasting vocalists Brian Campeau, James Daley and Elana Stone. Really inspirational stuff to see live.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I am mostly inspired by my musical peers, friends and colleagues. Although if I had to pick just one person it would be Peter Farrar (aka Pmajor). We've worked together for about 11 years now and I can confidently say no one person has had a greater influence on my musical development - across all genres - than Pete.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I'll be releasing my debut album 'Samuel' this week and taking my 11 piece band on a mini east coast tour. Beyond that it'll be the same as every other year - music music music. Hoping to have another mixtape out this year and also get the ball rolling in the next album. Also if I can fit in some bridge tournaments too I'll be one happy guy.

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Safe Sex

Featured Artist

2016

7

Mar

Safe Sex

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Perth, WA

Safe Sex are a Perth-based duo made up of vocalist Molly Biddle and producer Andrew Wright. Molly describes their sound as a combination of her "effeminate squeak" and Andrew's "bassy tones".

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound emerged as an amalgamation of myself and Andrew Wright (Forest Studios Perth). I always wished I was danq rapper and Andrew makes some incredible hip-hop and electronic stuff. So the music was sort of born of that combination between my effeminate squeak and Andrew’s bassy tones. It’s like a buttered cat, but it’s a perpetual sound that seems to work. There’s a lot going on in our tracks and think that’s sort of emerged as an addictive or obsessive quality we both possess… nothing ever feels quite finished. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
There are a lot of different sources that feed into this project- the music, the performance aspect, the film, the art. For myself, I wanted to make something that was more than it seemed at first glance - and I think I can assume that’s what we all wanted. Sexual repression and repression of identity is something that’s been an ongoing dialogue for a lot of different communities - and for myself on a personal level. I saw a problem, and I sought to apply myself to that problem in a way that might be able to reach people - via pop culture and by the rubbernecking of train wreck. I stumbled upon the best people for the job and I’m lucky to have them invest such intimate parts of themselves in the mission.
 
What can punters expect from a Safe Sex live show?
Punters can expect a live show yes! It’s a thing that’s on the cards. I hope they like DJ, VJ and live performance art because that’s what they’re going to get. It’s going to be bizarre and uncomfortable for everyone involved. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have been given is to be brave. Be brave and don’t apologise. I give that advice to myself every single day. If you’re not harming anyone and you feel passionately about something, there is no reason not to do it and no reason to apologise. I used to apologise because I felt my mere existence was somehow offensive to people. The more you apologise the more people begin seeing you as something that requires an apology. 
Also - listen to people if you are trying to affect change in underrepresented or victimized populations. We are all products of social construction and there is more to this story than you think. This advice comes from the most endearing researcher at my University. She's rad. She probably doesn't even know I exist. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
If I wanted to cheer someone up who was crying I would play them something from Gotye, probably Hearts A Mess, because maybe they’re crying because their hearts a mess and they want that validation. Everybody’s heart’s a bit of a mess. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
If I wanted to make someone break down into tears I would play them something from The Cat Empire, maybe Fishies, and then tell them it’s not their fault over and over like in Good Will Hunting. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
I’m the DJ at a party and the dance floor is pumping… but it’s well past my bedtime and I want out (slight change of tactic). So I cut the music and play a little Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and start reading aloud from chapter one of ‘”And the Ass Saw the Angel.” Nick Cave is an incredible novelist, people don’t know that. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The very last local gig I went to was The Brow’s single release at AMPS in Perth. They’re friends of mine and I danced like there was a bee on me. It was great. You can always count on a great live show from those guys. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the WA music community that inspire you.
Western Australian bands that inspire us are Empire Of The Sun (Luke Steele), S.O.X., Abbe May, Sun City, Marksman Lloyd, The Love Junkies, The Siren Tower, Our Man In Berlin… we’re probably leaving a lot out… we hear a lot of great music emerging from WA.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Oh my goodness gosh. World peace. But for seriously, we have a bunch of new and bizarre tracks hibernating until we decide to release them. I guess something that stands out about us is that we’re not precious about releases or perfection - we just keep churning out material and sharing our music as soon as we can, however we can - so we can move on and keep creating. We have some obscene videos coming out too- all featuring myself and the very talented actor Nick Pages-Oliver (and some new arrivals too), executed by the ingenious Peter Cheng (Acid Flicks). We also have some symbiotic Safe Sex education tips, but I won’t spoil that…

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Naked

Featured Artist

2016

29

Feb

Naked

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Hobart, TAS

Tassie three-piece Naked describe their sound as “post punk noise pop". We've described them as "fkn sick" and "as delicious as stolen pizza."

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Formerly half jokingly referred to as “respectable nu-metal” we have now landed at “post punk noise pop.” The story goes that our first album Marble Canine was recorded by Kieran as a solo project in his bedroom in a very lo-fi fashion with a combination of traditional and home made instruments, essentially overdubbing parts one instrument at a time until songs were built. Jordy and Robert were then recruited from other bands and early influences included Mission of Burma, Beat Happening, Stooges as well as underground Aus bands like Kitchen’s Floor. We recorded a total of three albums and a few EPs in the same lo-fi homestyle way and we went through a number of drummers before arriving at a three-piece with percussion duties shared between the three of us and a drum app. Our fourth album Pink Quartz is our first release as a three piece and probably our most collaborative and considered to date. The production has changed drastically to the extent where it borders on radio friendly, but the arrangements maintain a jarring quality from our early material.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Dissatisfaction with the world and much of the music in it.

What can punters expect from a Naked live show?
Thanks for not asking if we play undressed. We try to play as intensely as possible and things tend to get a little noisier and more chaotic than on the record. There’s instrument swapping, but not enough to be annoying. Depending on the mood you’ll either hear no talking from us, or the set will be littered with explanations / justifications for the lyrics, band members speaking over the top of each other and equal amounts of good and non-good jokes. We’ve recently hit on the perfect amount of beer to drink / not drink prior to performing.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We live by our own advice.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Jordy – Whatareya? by TISM
Kieran – Perpetuum Mobile by Penguin Café Orchestra
Robert – It’s Cool, No Worries by Cannon / Form a Form by Moe Grizzly

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Jordy - Whatareya? by TISM
Kieran – Raw Balls by The UV Race
Robert – A Farmer’s Work Is Never Done by Transcription of Organ Music

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
DJ JSB (Jordy) – Silverwater by The Necks
DJ Hairy Legs (Kieran) – Sweetness and Light by Itch-E and Scratch-E
DJ Summer Babe (Robert) – New Sensation by INXS / Head Back by Dick Diver

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We’ve just been touring so there have been so many. A stand out was a Sunday night gig in Melbourne with a killer lineup. Sweet Whirl is one half of the band Superstar, Esther, just singing and bass guitar – chills. Faye Soft are a four piece featuring the inimitable drumming of Evelyn Morris (Pikelet) whose improvised set was so urgent and arresting and the players so in sync you sometimes forgot the songs weren’t meticulously structured so. Orland furious’ electro/hip-hop is eccentric in the best form of the word and his energy is contagious.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you.
Treehouse and All The Weathers are consistently regarded by those that matter to be among the best underground bands in the country. More well known bands like The Native Cats, Tiger Choir and Heart Beach help remind people that Hobart exists by releasing music and touring regularly. Then there are acts that refuse do anything but their own thing, such as Bi-Hour and the solo projects of the two members Sam Upton and Steven Wright.
Individuals that inspire us include Sam Upton, Jon Love and Peter Macpherson whose tireless commitment to documenting the Hobart music scene is vital to our culture. Georgia Lucy is an individual who plays in innumerable bands in Hobart - her enthusiasm and motivation is infectious and second to none (she even made the film clip for our track Sprinters of the World Unite)

What are your plans for 2016?
We wrapped up an East Coast tour in February in support of Pink Quartz and Kieran is relocating to Melbourne very soon. So we will be slowing down gigs in Hobart but we’re hoping that will make it easier to play in other states more regularly than we have to date. We will certainly be playing in Adelaide (where we have never played) as soon as possible, and continue with shows on the East Coast throughout the year.

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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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Man Made Mountain

Featured Artist

2016

21

Mar

Man Made Mountain

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Melbourne, VIC

Man Made Mountain are a Melbourne-based duo comprised of producer Billy Hoyle and vocalist Cazeaux O.S.L.O. They create uplifting hip hop sounds inspired by the likes of J Dilla, Remi & Sensible J, and by the the music of Brazil.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We’ve both been making music individually and in other settings for quite some time prior to collaborating as Man Made Mountain, but our tastes in music are very similar and we both share a love for the music of Brazil, which was a key in developing Billy’s sound as a producer and giving a direction to our approach to hiphop. Our sound as a duo is still developing and will continue to include live instrumentation and new influences.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Hearing other music, and wanting to contribute to that in our own way, whether the idea starts as an alternative melody or a percussive addition. Day to day occurrences influence the direction of that inspiration, but ultimately it’s other music that’s the source. 
 
What can punters expect from a Man Made Mountain live show?
Many raps, a little singing, some scratches, and eventually live horns. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Hoyle: Something Sensible J said surely. He’s so sensible. I call him Yoda. Na I can’t remember exactly but he gave me so many tips when I started making beats that they still pop into my head when I’m messing around with ideas and tinkering on the MPC today. 
 
O.S.L.O. :  My Grandpa, "Always eat well before you come."  Nuff said.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Tame Impala – Be Above It.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Hiatus Kaiyote – Building A Ladder (I'm crying just thinking about it)
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Little River Band – Reminiscing 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We saw the Average Rap Band play at Howler last week. They’re New Zealanders who are based in Melbourne now. They’re brilliant writers and they were great live.  
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
There’s heaps. Remi & Sensible J inspire with the incredible music they’re creating and the places they’ve taken it so far. Hiatus Kaiyote for the same reasons. Silent Jay is making some incredible music. Melbourne’s thriving and there’s so many people creating and performing music around town all the time, so the inspiration is everywhere. DJ wise also, it’s a healthy scene. Almost all the staff at Northside Records in Fitzroy are great DJ’s and play awesome stuff you’ve never heard before. Local radio is on the strength, shout out Richie 1250, Emma Peel and anyone else dropping Les Baxter.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Releasing an EP in April, and some touring soon after that. If all goes to plan we’ll be releasing another EP later in the year and other sonic tacos for your ear.

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Hein Cooper

Featured Artist

2016

29

Mar

Hein Cooper

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Illawarra, NSW

This weeks feature artist, Hein Cooper, has just released his stunning debut album 'The Art Of Escape'. You can get a taste of it here on Unearthed and see why Richard Kingsmill is calling him "a rising folkstar worth checking out".

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Everything starts very raw with me. An experience and a feeling. Then I bottle that with some kind of sound I feel replicates that emotion. I start with my guitar sometimes, building a loop to imagine what kind of production will work for the song. Sometimes a single chord progression on the guitar will suffice, with no extra layers. I started off playing folk music. Later on from that I became more interested in what was possible to innovate folk music and combine it with other styles. I feel like my music has developed from there into more of an experimental pop. It has become a mix of folk/groove/indie/electronic!
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
It's all about the nature of my relationships with family, nature, and my lovelife and most importantly the state of the world. Music is my way of releasing these feelings to keep me sane and to connect with other people who feel the same. It's about bringing people together through something so pure as music.
 
What can punters expect from a Hein Cooper live show?
Diversity! I am playing with a live band and loving it. There are moments of solitude with only my voice and guitar and other moments with full band grooves. I am aiming to take my audience on a journey with my live show.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When I finished recording my album in Montreal I flew to LA to shoot a videoclip. While I was there I stayed with a friend who took me surfing each morning at this point break. To access the beach you needed to have a key because it was private and luckily my friend had a key. So we were surfing one morning and another guy came out into the water. As I looked more closely I could see it was Chris Martin!
For the next hour my friend, Chris and I surfed this point with just the 3 of us out in the water and I was given this surreal opportunity to talk to Mr Martin about music. His advice that has stuck with me from that moment onwards was so simple and perfect. 'Just Keep Playing'. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
That's a hard question as I generally prefer hearing songs that make me cry! I'd pick something funny like one of those songs Carl Barron would sing on his live DVDs. While he plays the piano and talks about meaningless shit for 30 mins!
 
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?
Rufus - Say A Prayer For Me. That song is really damn good.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Gideon Benson at Newtown Social Club. It was really good! A killer live band behind him and a really fresh energy and style.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the NSW music community that inspire you.
There are a couple of artists that are really moving me at the moment. The first being Govs. I think he lives in NSW. His music is so intimate and his song '16dreamin' is very beautiful. It has the authenticity that is deeply moving.
I am also a really big fan of the DMA's and have really enjoyed watching their rise to stardom. Their music is different to everything else right now and they are owning that and making it work for them rather than against them. 
And then there's my friends Tora. I love how their environment has shaped the sound of their music. They all live near Mullumbimby and hang together writing these futuristic songs with so much depth! It sounds luscious just like Byron! Their lyrics, melodies, and productions are worldclass!
 
What are your plans for 2016?
I have just arrived in Montreal after finishing off the album launch dates in Australia. I'm here to tour Canada for 2 weeks and launch the record here and then off to France/Uk/Germany to do the same! It's going to be a full year of touring, I believe. And of course I will be back soon to my homeland to tour as well!
I have also started writing again. Now that my album is out I have been feeling this deep refreshing feeling with my writing. It's a new chapter of my life right now and I'm documenting every moment.

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Alex The Kid
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Punk, Rock (Punk, Rock, geraldton, ...)

Perth, WA

Eat Your Heart Out

Featured Artist

2016

11

Apr

Eat Your Heart Out

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Newcastle, NSW

Eat Your Heart Out are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be taking their pop punk sounds to the Groovin The Moo stage in Maitland on April 23.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We started out in a country town where the only other bands were hardcore, so we had quite a heavy influence right from the start but also wanted to be melodic and poppy. We haven't ever tried to push our sound in any certain direction, it just kind of happens. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We are inspired by all the bands (especially Australian ones) that make incredible music and manage to tour the world as their full time job. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters in Maitland expect from the Eat Your Heart Out live show?
Hot riffs and hair flips. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Rock out the stage" - Mum 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Friday On My Mind by The Easybeats. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Laika by Wil Wagner. :'(
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Vitriol by Bluejuice. Banger!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Stepson and She Cries Wolf at Drone in Newcastle. Both super hardworking heavy bands that put on one hell of a tight show. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
As far as bands go, definitely Trophy Eyes! They've worked super hard and written killer songs, and it's paid off. 
And Bec Solman, the owner of Drone, one of the only all ages venues in Newcastle. Keeping the all ages scene alive! 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
We have some new material very close to being released, and after that we hope to be back out playing shows around Aus as soon as possible!

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West Thebarton

Featured Artist

2016

18

Apr

West Thebarton

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Adelaide, SA

West Thebarton Brothel Party are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They want punters to leave with a sore neck and beer-soaked hair after they take the stage at Groovin The Moo in Oakbank on Monday April 25.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I like to think that we write tunes that are relevant, soulful and have a whole lot of character. When we write, as the singer, I generally try to think of one or two phrases in my mind, let them razz me up a whole bunch and then just try and steer the song towards something that fits this. It’s a little weird to describe how we write, but it usually comes down to 1 or 2 people writing the guts of a track and then bringing it to the shark tank. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Four Words. Eight Syllables. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters in Oakbank expect from the West Thebarton Brothel Party live show?
We’ve been playing fewer local shows lately. Focussing on quality rather than quantity, so that when we do play shows, we can just unload all of that pent up frustration and energy on stage. Punters can expect to have a sore neck by 12.40 in the arvo and I dunno, maybe get a bit of beer in their hair. Oh, and see us actually enjoy some room on stage for once.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Rock Hard, Rock Often, Do it Weird” – David Blumberg (Exeter Bartender)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Down The Lane by Royal Headache
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Year In Pictures by Dick Diver
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Tough One… Television Addict by The Victims or (if it was a party in Adelaide) Hoping For by Bad Dreems.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I dropped in at a bar called Tuxedo Cat for a beer after the Port game and I caught a singer called Abbey Howlett. I’ve seen her a few times, and its always been her voice that blew me away, over her subtle jazz chords. But she flipped her set for this gig, chucking some electronic shit over her guitar. It was VERY, VERY good. Even had a Dialect (From Dialect & Despair) cameo.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the South Australian music community that inspire you.
Haha, this could be a VERY long list. I guess most of our inspiration comes from bands that work their asses every day of the year. Its bands that do this, that have really made us kick into gear to keep up. Ones that come to mind are; Bad//Dreems, Wireheads, The Hard Aches and Sincerely Grizzly. When you see a band that you want to play with, generally it gives you a bit of honest competition to want try and be in their league, and really, I think that’s what drives us all.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Write songs, release songs, tour, repeat.
Oh and try to write less songs in the key of E.

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Julia Jacklin

Featured Artist

2016

25

Apr

Julia Jacklin

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Sydney, NSW

Sydney-based singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin creates beautiful alt-country that makes us feel happy and depressed in the best kind of ways.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I guess my origin story is classical singing lessons from 11yrs old. Did all the musicals, came I think 4th in a singing competition singing Killing Me Softly at Penrith Panthers when I was 12. Big stuff. Then my first boyfriend introduced me to some great music like Willy Mason, Fiona Apple and Radiohead and I could see what I actually wanted to sound like. But I didn't pick up the guitar until I was about 20 when a friend wanted me to join her band. I just try and make sure it's a good song at it's core and then the sound just comes from whatever happens in the studio and whatever I'm listening to at the time probably! So really it's just been a few years of trial and error learning the instrument, writing a lot and figuring out a different way to say simple things.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Wanting to be able to write about sex like Leonard Cohen.

What can punters expect from a Julia Jacklin live show?
I think they can expect music, and swaying, occasional light head-banging, alcohol, Some loud bits, some really quiet bits, some good bits, some great bits.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I've been reaching out a bit lately for some advice on songwriting. I asked a good friend of mine Adrian Slattery from one of my favourite Melbourne bands Big Smoke, if he had any advice on how to get over some writers block. He said something along the lines of, you just need to have an undying belief that you are a good songwriter and that you have the skills to make it happen. It sounds simple but sometimes you can just get so caught up in not feeling good enough that you give up before you even begin, who has time for that?  I'm just going to start staring in the mirror and yelling, "you're a songwriter dammit!" I don't want to waste time doubting myself anymore.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Probably right now it would be 'I Wanna Be With You' by Flowertruck. The whole track makes me grin like a fool.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bring back some bedroom teenage tears with Grinspoons 'Better off Alone’.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sampa the Great - 'Dutch Spring’.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
There's a great night every Thursday at the Sly Fox in Enmore. I went there last week and saw Triceratops and The Baldwins. The quality of the bands there each week is ridiculous and it's always packed no matter who’s playing which is super nice to see in Sydney right now. The Baldwins are one of my local faves, they don't play often but when they do I'm there with a massive grin on my face, trying to maintain my cool whilst struggling to dance consistently over their time signature changes.

Tell us about the bands or people in the NSW music community that inspire you.
I'm surrounded by a great crew of people playing and hustling hard in Sydney right now. One of the great hustlers is Tom Stephens who is about to release his debut record which is going to be super ace, there's a band called NARLA which are one of the best live bands I've seen in ages. I want to be like them but I think I have to go back in time and practice a lot more. My Phantastic Ferniture band mates Ryan K Brennan and Elizabeth Hughes who are so multi talented and hardworking it makes my head spin.  A singer songwriter Ainsley Farrell who writes these great songs and has this incredible depth to her voice. I saw The Pinheads the other day and it was so bizarre but it made me want to be a bit more fearless and weird on stage. Plus a million other people.

What are your plans for 2016?
Touring the single, heading to the UK for Great Escape festival and some other things next month, and most importantly releasing my debut record around September.

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Golden Vessel

Featured Artist

2016

2

May

Golden Vessel

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Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane producer Golden Vessel has got us swooning over his silky smooth production, fluttery synths and choice collaborations.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I bought a synth when I was fourteen and started a band with some mates. We played one show and then called it quits and because I'd just spent all my pocket money on the synth, I decided I better keep making music. I bought Ableton and started making really amateur Breakbot-ish piano funk but slowly evolved to making chill electronic when I discovered artists such as Toro Y Moi, Caribou, SBTRKT, Chet Faker and Flume. I just worked at it for a couple of years and then started the Golden Vessel when I was 16
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I get really inspired by sound, whether that's hearing other artists or mucking around on Ableton and coming up with new sounds or hearing something cool on the street and recording it on my iphone.
 
What can punters expect from a Golden Vessel live show?
I perform live with my mate Connor (aka Whisperer - another Unearthed artist) and so he covers most of the vocal parts and guitar and I play a lot of keys / percussion. I'm also currently making some custom midi controllers with a friend so I'll start to roll them out on stage sometime soon too. I really love live shows that are unexpected and take twists and turns that aren't present on the EP, so I try and pursue that same experience with my live set. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I think it was from Caleb Hodges from Art of Sleeping who told me two years ago to take my time with releasing music and not to rush anything when I was really eager to drop a lot of average content. That advice just helped me to take a step back and continually work at my craft.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
GOVS - Let's Go! I love this guy and this songs super uplifting and fun
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird - Melbourne Bitter. I just discovered these guys on Unearthed and can't stop playing this song on repeat. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Cosmo's Midnight - Walk With Me (feat. Kučka)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
On the weekend I went and saw my mates Ivey and Tiny Little Houses then popped over and caught UV Boi. Both shows were A-grade.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Brisbane has an awesome little hub of people extremely passionate about music that help each other out and build each other up. Especially my boys cln and Feki have really stretched and encouraged me as a musician as well as my fam OK Badlands, Whisperer and Wash who all constantly help each other out in every way possible.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
So my 'Before Sleep' EP is out in June and I'm doing a little Aus tour so keep an eye out for that. I'm also doing a fair bit of production work for some artists in Brisbane. I'm especially excited for the new OK Badlands EP that I'm producing. It's gonna be a fun year.

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TASH SULTANA

Featured Artist

2016

16

May

TASH SULTANA

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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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POP CULT

Featured Artist

2016

23

May

POP CULT

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Sunshine, QLD

Sunshine Coast 4-piece Pop Cult are the winners of our Big Pineapple Music Festival competition and will be taking their stomping feel-good rock'n'roll to the festival stage this Saturday, May 28.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The name hints at our influences; a bunch of classic pop writers (ELO, Fleetwood Mac, T-rex, David Byrne) in combination with great, yet under-recognised 'cult' acts (The Velvet Underground, Big Star, The West Coast Experimental Pop Art Band, Teenage Fanclub, Television) with some assorted Madchester and Britpop for good measure. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Father John Misty's various social media accounts provide unending amounts of inspiration in reminding us to develop a unique and personal voice in order to cut through the noise. He's the musical equivalent of Donald Trump - controversial, completely exaggerated and ridiculous but part of you always wonders whether it's genuine or contrived. Either way, having something to say is the point. 
 
You’re the winner of our Big Pineapple competition. What can punters at Big Pineapple expect from the Pop Cult live show?
Plentiful 'Kool-aid', sing-a-long choruses and we're working on a special cover- think 90's one hit wonders, speed-dealer sunnies and 'Karen, I love you!'. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My girlfriend once said, 'Don't give up your day job'.  
 
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?
Khe Sanh over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over-and-over.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Paul Kelly - Before Too Long
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We're about to head out to see Client Liaison at our local - Sol Bar. We'll keep you posted on how the night unfolds, but we're big fans...
(later that night)
...This just in: choreography for days, Michael Jackson cover, who knew Tom Tilley could slap a bass?
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sunshine Coast music community that inspire you.
There are a number of super-talented emerging artists from the Sunshine Coast (Ayla, Battleships, Tempesst, Sahara Beck, Pilgrims etc.), but there are a bunch of unsung heroes (Brian, Dimmi and Alex at Sol Bar, Mark Pico, James Birrel) who've completely reinvigorated the coast into a hub for original live music, they've all given us a serious leg up. 
 
What are your plans for 2016?
We're releasing another single shortly, an EP in the next couple of months and a tour with Unearthed alumni Stonefield!

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Kuren

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2016

30

May

Kuren

Central West, NSW

Kuren is an exciting young producer from the small town of Hillston, NSW. He's collaborated with fellow Indigenous artist Denni, NYC-based singer Ben Alessi, just announced his first national tour and is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music is definitely something that comes from the heart. And the sound is just a bunch of stuff derived from the influences I’ve had over the years. 
As I was just getting into music I listened to lots of different stuff. And I feel that has taken its toll on my sound. But I wanna make music people can party to and also chill out to.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely have to be from personal experiences or some type of point I want to get across. But if ever I am lacking inspiration, I just work my way back through the roots. I put on some old music I used to listen to or make. Old school Ta-ku helps haha.
 
What can punters expect from a Kuren live show?
I love to get the place vibing. I don’t really like trap music so I'll play lots of emotional future bass and always get my own stuff in there. LOTS of unreleased music for the upcoming tour.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
‘No matter what you do, you’re always gonna have a market that is going to gravitate and love it. - Ta-ku.
There is another my mum tells me. ‘Always be humble and remember where you have come from’. I remember that everyday.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Narly - Are You Okay. Love that song. Its amazing.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I don’t wish to make people cry but it would have to be 'We Were In-Love' by Ta-ku. 
I’ve cried many times to that record.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Enschway & Luude - Timezone. Such a banger of a track! Shoutout to those homies. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Jess Kent played at Bondi Rd. Was absolutely amazing. She looked at me in the crowd and Im pretty sure it was love at first sight. She is such an incredible talent and performer.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Indigenous music community that inspire you.
100% would have to be Philly & Briggs. I would love to have the opportunity to work with Philly sometime. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm hitting the road and going on my first national tour around Australia. Hoping to drop my second EP late July and just keep working as hard as I can to do big things.

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MANU CROOK$

Featured Artist

2016

6

Jun

MANU CROOK$

Sydney, NSW

MANU CROOK$ is this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and winner of our Come Together Festival competition . The Sydney-based emcee will be hitting the Come Together stage at Sydney's Luna Park this Saturday, June 11.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Vibes vibes vibes. Every song I make I go off a vibe or how I was feeling at that time. In terms of the sound - it's influenced by my everyday life.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Once again my everyday life... I think music is the best way to express yourself.
 
You’re one the winner of our Come Together competition. What can punters at Come Together expect from your live show?
It'll definitely be an energetic start to a dope festival! 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Be you! - Anonymous 
 
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?
Not even gonna lie, I'll most probably play my own song! All day, Everyday! (pun intended) back to back..then play 'Hermitude - The Buzz' to cheer up all the people crying cause of how hard the song goes!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
There's a few groups in Sydney doing their thing... Shout out the One Day-ers, they're definitely pushing a movement and also the dream big team going wild.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm planning on dropping more songs/projects and building on the sound we got going with the team.
 

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HANNAHBAND

Featured Artist

2016

14

Jun

HANNAHBAND

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Sydney, NSW

Sydney duo Hannahband create gritty, punchy, energetic punk rock. They're this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and they totally kick butt.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Two friends in a room making noise, letting off steam. We have played together in various formations and genres for many years, which has lead us to being in Hannahband.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Friends and feelings.
 
What can punters expect from a Hannahband live show?
Friendly audiences, diverse lineups, awkward banter, loud pop songs, sing a longs :)
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Marnie: When I was 18 I decided to go too art school and my dad said to me "I'm glad that your different." It was just a simple comment that he probably didn't mean much by, but it gave me the confidence that I needed to go out and make art and music which in return has made me happy.
Nathan: "book the shows you want to see" a friend of mine said this too me a while back and it really is an inspiring attitude to have.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Nathan: Mental As Anything - Live It Up. It's a cheer up Charlie pub rock classic.
Marnie: Nana V makes me smile :)
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nathan: Jess Locke - Change The Sheets. It's a sad banger, you will cry because you will realise that Jess is the best. It's also a very sad song.
Marnie: every song by Harmony.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Marnie: The Grates - Trampoline
Nathan: Bodyjar - Not The Same 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We are on tour at the moment, so the last few local gigs we have both been to have been ours. We've been lucky to play with some of our fave australian artists: Bilby, Camp Cope, Jess Locke Band, Canine, Snape, The Flying So High'os, If I Were A Boy, Nervous Habit & Amaringo.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
The Sydney DIY scene is thriving thanks to people like Tom from Blackwire Records and Tara Jane from One Brick Today. Their thankless hard effort is inspiring! Tom spends 2-4 nights a week running a DIY venue out of his record store and house so that local bands like us have somewhere to play. Tara Jane promotes gender equality and queer visibility by booking consistent shows with mixed bills the encourage safe spaces for all people to enjoy music in. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
We have some really exciting shows coming up like Poison City Weekender. We are excited to play our music to different people in different places, we are going to Perth for a festival and hopefully Tasmania. We will also be working on a new album as always :-) 

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Jess Locke

Featured Artist

2016

20

Jun

Jess Locke

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Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter Jess Locke will leave you in a reflective state with the nostalgic tones of her sunkissed music.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started playing guitar around the age of twelve and it seemed totally natural to me that if I played an instrument, I should make up songs as well. I don't think my songs were particularly good at first and I don't remember most of them. At that point, I just had this incredible urge to do it. It was cathartic and very personal. I didn't really play in bands with other people growing up so for a long time, it was just me and an acoustic guitar. I suppose that is what's at the roots of what I do. Over the years, my music has become more fleshed out and doesn't fit into the acoustic/solo person genre any more. I have always been interested in mixing genres and messing with conventions, but even just instinctively, I tend to incorporate bits of what i hear around me into what i make, whether it's folk, pop, punk or whatever. So the aesthetics of my recordings and live performances are continually changing, and I think it needs to, otherwise I would get bored. But, I almost always begin with songwriting. I think, if I have a solid base to work with then I have much more freedom in what I can do with it in terms of sounds.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Existential turmoil. Sadness. Outrage. And, also, it just feels good.
 
What can punters expect from a Jess Locke live show?
Senseless muttering, sadness, nonchalance and a bit of fatigue. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Question Everything'. I think it was my second year Philosophy lecturer. 
 
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?
There is a song by Two Steps on The Water that I don't know the name of but I've seen them play live and it kills me every time - "You put words in my mouth. I wasn't hungry". If anyone can find a recording of it, that would be great.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Anything by The Brutal Poodles.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Olympia, at the Northcote Social Club. It was great. Olympia is very impressive and she has some angelic back up singers. Also, whoever did the lighting really nailed it.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
My ideas about making and playing music have been hugely influenced by DIY philosophy, which is essentially just the notion that you don't need fancy instruments or studios to make music and if you can't get a gig at a venue then you can put one on in your living room. There are infinite ways in which people can create and share music. The essential elements are you and your creativity. I feel really lucky to have been involved with the people at Lesstalk, Blackwire, Beat Disc and Poison City Records (just to name a few) who's primary motivation for putting on shows and releasing music is pure love and not money or ego. I couldn't do what I do without them.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I've got another album in the works which, hopefully, will be recorded by the end of the year. Other than that... a few local live shows and lots of photos of my cat.
 

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Arthur Wimble

Featured Artist

2016

27

Jun

Arthur Wimble

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Brisbane, QLD

Delve into the flittery, electronic world of QLD producer Arthur Wimble, where modern cuts mix into retro chillwave.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My sound comes from a variety of influences. As I grew up I would often get really into a style of music and would jump onto my computer and do my best to come up with something in the same ballpark. For a long while I got really consumed by Chillwave. I met this guy from Scotland and we started to share stems and files and work on it together on tracks. We worked together on a few small bits and pieces but he eventually headed more toward indie-rock and I went deeper down that chillwave hole which is probably where I get some of the more distant elements of my music. That friendship was pretty formative in the growth of my sound.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
James Blake and Chrome Sparks are huge influences in what I’m doing now. I really love how extreme their productions can be. There’s probably a little bit of Jai Paul in  there too. Living quite remotely (in Bundaberg, a few hours out of Brisbane) I don’t have much exposure to a ‘scene’ so the music I make doesn’t have much external influence other than what I hear from overseas I guess.
 
What can punters expect from a Arthur Wimble live show?
I don't have any plans for live shows in the near future but I’ve been asked a few times now so I might start thinking about it in the future. I don’t have any strong skills with traditional instrumentation and I don’t want to stand there and put on a mediocre show so I’ll need to figure that out before I make any plans.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Make the most of the now.  I read it in a bathroom at Woodford Folk Festival and it’s weirdly stuck with me since.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Bluejuice - Act Yr Age
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bluejuice - Act Yr Age
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
GANGgajang - Sounds of Then (This is Australia)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I was working at Woodford Folk Festival and I saw The Cat Empire. Not the edgiest band in the world but there’s a raw sense of fun in their live show that just can’t be faked.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
I don’t really have access to much of a music community due to my location. Also, working anonymously means I don’t have much opportunity to network. I often see groups of Australian electronic musicians communicating together on twitter and working on songs together and imagine it’d be fantastic to be a part of that sort of community but I also like being a bit of an outlier.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I’m working on a bunch of new music and really want to invest some solid time into my tracks – I’m pretty impatient with my sounds and quickly grow bored of my old songs so it’d be a big step forward for me to work for longer periods on new tracks. I’d also like to start remixing some other artists and collaborate too, maybe record some guest vocals.
 

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Emily Wurramara

Featured Artist

2016

5

Jul

Emily Wurramara

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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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Mallrat

Featured Artist

2016

11

Jul

Mallrat

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Brisbane, QLD

Mallrat is a Brisbane-based teenager with a knack for creating outrageously catchy pop tunes. She sings, she raps, she makes everybody dance.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’m still developing my sound!  I listen to everything so my music is a bit mish mash, I think that’s cool though.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
I want to document being human and imperfect and then make people feel something with that.
 
What can punters expect from a Mallrat live show?
Dancing!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I’m learning to drive right now and dad told me “know what you’re doing when you approach a roundabout” and “don’t spend your whole life slowing down for speed bumps”. These are both great metaphors for life.
 
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?
I haven’t been to one in ages because there aren’t enough underage shows and I’m 17! I’ve seen Gill Bates a few times though, he always kills it.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
The Brisbane music scene is so supportive, it feels like a big family. Everyone in a band is in five other bands and if you go to a local hip hop show you’ll catch all the other guys dancing and rapping along for sure. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Make music, friends and travel.

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PLTS

Featured Artist

2016

18

Jul

PLTS

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North Coast, NSW

Byron Bay four-piece PLTS are the local winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. They'll be taking their anthemic indie rock sounds to the Ampitheatre stage of Splendour at midday on Saturday, July 23.

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Tell us about your music. How did develop your sound?
PLTS was born from a simple vision; to create feel good music that engages with people. There were no real limits to the sounds we started out creating back in 2012, but given our broad range of influences spanning from folk to soul to punk-hardcore, a natural indie-rock sound started to emerge. Through years of jamming, demoing tracks and playing live, we’ve managed to build on this and craft our own sound. We’ll continue to develop and craft it even further along the way.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
First and foremost, a passion for music itself. Whether its watching a ripping live gig, discovering a new band on the internet or finding comfort in a new genre outside your go-to playlists, that basic love for music helps to explore and create new sounds. Secondly, our natural surroundings. We’re lucky enough to call Byron Bay our home. Such an incredible place to live, showcasing some of the best coastlines to creative thinkers the country has to offer.
 
What can punters expect from a PLTS live show?
I guess as a rock band, there’s a certain threshold of noise you have to hit to unlock the right energy. We go hard on stage when required, but our strengths are equally showcased in our slower, more emotive songs. Expect to see all these dynamics, boiling into a solid 45 minutes of good vibes. We also just really enjoy performing as a group, so I hope that shines through!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Can’t speak for the whole band here, but as a 9 year old kid playing in my first band on an actual stage with a real PA, we were lucky enough to win a competition judged by John Butler, who at the time was a musical guru in my eyes. He approached me at the end of the show and simply told me to “keep enjoying what you’re doing”.
Seems kind of corny now I think of it, but it definitely stuck and it stands at the basis of what we do.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
Paul Dempsey – Out The Airlock
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Redgum - I Was Only 19
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Round The Twist theme song, then repeat it once it finishes.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Went and checked our mates PRO VITA at the Northern in Byron Bay.
They’re legends from the Sunshine Coast and always put on a ripping show; they’ve just released a new single as well.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Byron Bay has a really thriving, tight knit music community. The diversity is immense in terms of genres. You’ve got bands like ‘Tora’ who are owning what they do and pushing their sound on another level, newcomers like ‘Israeli Chicks’ and ‘Havens’, and hardcore heavyweights; Parkway Drive and In Hearts Wake who are killing it on a global scale. The fact that all these bands exist and put so much time and energy into doing what they do, inspires us to represent and be part of our local music scene.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Can’t reveal too many goodies at this point in time, but I can say we’ll have new music to follow up from ‘On and On’ closer than expected, as well as a few more really exciting things to announce down the track. We’ll be writing a shit load of new material and just really keeping the momentum up towards summer and into the New Year. Plenty of gigs and new bands to meet, pedals to buy and just good vibes overall!

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NEW TALK

Featured Artist

2016

25

Jul

NEW TALK

Perth, WA

Perth quartet Rag N' Bone refer to themselves as "polished scunge" and describe their sound as "an angel meeting up with a drunken choir, vomiting diminished scales over battle drums". They really make us feel uneasy, and we love it.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Axel: Kiera, Sara and I all met at university. We shared mutual interests in distortion, decadence and despair and the idea that we needed a hunk of a Scot on the skins - Jamie popped into view. Jamming in isolation in Sara’s family home in the northern suburbs of Perth really gave us time to connect before we’d even played a show - now, hundreds later, we sound like polished scunge, an angel meeting up with a drunken choir, vomiting diminished scales over battle drums and feedback cries over wheatfields. Also, we get compared to Midnight Oil heaps.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Axel: Making any medium of art is such a curious process, so I can only answer for myself - making music is as much a part of my routine as my morning coffee. Work is work. I think that with our recent material we’ve really tried to go really within ourselves, the dark crevices and all to really create something worthwhile and meaningful. I also really strive to create a throughline from our work to other works of art - our songs wouldn’t exist without Charley Patton, Carson McCuthers, John Cassavetes or Gareth Liddiard and like my experience following this snakey trail of artistic lineage, hopefully we get people to walk down that path too.
 
What can punters expect from a RAG N’ BONE live show?
Kiera: We like our live shows to be cathartic for us as much as for our audiences so there’s usually a lot of energy, writhing around & even screams from band members. Our strength lies in the intensity we create on stage but also bringing that back to something quiet and controlled. Ultimately it’s where we feel the most connected as a group and probably the thing we love doing the most so hopefully that’s felt by the people watching!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Kiera: In the world of music making it’s easy to go through periods of self-doubt and get caught up comparing yourself to others. Whenever I feel myself leaning towards those thought patterns I always think about a particular Alan Moore quote that basically says that anything of value in our lives starts with a risk & in order to be able to make it you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. This plus the love and support from family & friends is usually enough to steer me back on course!
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Kiera: Parking Lots by Ermine Coat 
Axel: Harmony by the Avalanches - after spending a whole weekend with Wildflower, I’m convinced that this track in particular is the perfect balance between bursting with joy and crumbling in melancholy: a recipe for bliss.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Kiera: Autoluminescent by Rowland S. Howard
Axel: Hollow by The Tommyhawks - they get a shoutout later but this track in particular is so warm and full of quiet spirit that it gets me everytime.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Kiera: I’m a sucker for bangers so I’d go for something like I Touch Myself by The Divinyls!
Axel: Death to the Apple Gurls by Gerling
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Kiera: It was actually last night and it was The Tommyhawks EP launch at Jack Rabbit Slim’s. We played along with them and Hyla and the room was buzzing like mad! They are such an awesome live band who work really hard. We drank bourbon and coke and I felt like I was in highschool again. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Axel: Perth is a veritable hotspot for people who inspire me, for various different reasons - Dave Parkin for being an absolute wizard with a mixing console, Luke Rinaldi for his dedication to assist and nurture (as well as a complete mastery of ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’), Shit Narnia for their complete emotional and sensory assault, Foam for being the most consistently improving band for the past five years, Childsaint for their lilting, dreamy songscapes, Pat Chow for having the best rock songs of the past recorded human history, WAM for their total love for all things music in Western Australia, so many bands, instrumentalists, bookers, punters and people that make Perth such a wonderful place to be a musician.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Kiera: We can’t reveal too much just yet but we can say that soon we will be leaving our Aussie shores to play a few shows overseas. We’ve just finished recording our debut album which we feel really proud of so you can expect to hear more music & see more videos in the lead up to its release early next year. Other than that we’ll be working on new music, going to all the amazing gigs in Perth & trying to win at quiz nights.

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Morning Harvey

Featured Artist

2016

1

Aug

Morning Harvey

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Brisbane, QLD

We can't get enough of the hook-laden, sunshine-drenched pop of Brisbane quartet Morning Harvey.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I think our sound is still developing. I'm constantly trying new things to push myself further. In relation to what this record will sound like... I feel like I've ditched my filter I usually have and whenever I find myself asking the question "does this fit?", I usually say yes. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely listening to as much music as possible, as much variety too. When I was a little fella I didn't read too many books at'll. Bedtime would come and I'd sit in my room and put on whatever cd I could get my hands on, press play and constantly read the lyrics back and forward until I knew them off by heart. It's funny, still to this day I'll hear even the slightest snippet from a song and picture an exact place or situation I was in when I first heard it. 
 
What can punters expect from a Morning Harvey live show?
I don't know how to answer this question, but I know we always look forward to playing in front of people. And if we see people enjoying themselves then that's even better.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Probably not to make compromises - and if you're not happy with how something sounds or feels, it's only going to become worse years down the track if you go through with it.
 
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?
At 2:30 he belts his voice out. It kills me every time. 
 
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?
The Creases at Wooly Mammoth. They're always fabulous.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Whenever I see our friends bands do great things it drives me to do more. It's a cool community here because everyone is always on top of everything new any of our bands are doing. At parties you'll most likely find most of us in someone's room listening to demos etc. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Final touches to our debut album and some touring.

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Nyxen

Featured Artist

2016

22

Aug

Nyxen

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Sydney, NSW

Float away to a beach-side dance floor with the summery sounds of Sydney producer Nyxen. Grab a cocktail, watch the sunset, feel good.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
The sound of my music is heavily influenced by my background playing guitar and djing.
It's all about the contrast between dreamy and groovy, I've just taken my two favourite things and fused them.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I know this has probably been said by every producer in the last 4 years, but watching the development of Flume's sound and his musical journey has been a huge inspiration for me. It's really cool seeing someone from my city doing something and making it all their own, it's a reminder to just do you. 
 
What can punters expect from a Nyxen live show?
At a Nyxen DJ show you can expect trippy, funky and groovy tunes. I like to play music that I'm loving at the time, so could be electronica, house or anything that makes me want to dance!
I'm really keen to start creating a Nyxen live show!
I just started a track and my main thought behind it is "how would this sound live?".
It's pretty early days for the live show but I'd definitely want to incorporate live guitar, vocals and keys. So watch this space!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Something that really resonated with me was what my mum told me. At the time, I was working a 9-5 job at an insurance company, and one day she called me and pretty much told me to quit. She just wanted me to focus on my music, and to find a job that let me put my energy into what I really love (thanks mum). 
 
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?
The last live gig I went to was at Newtown Social. I watched The Garden put on the most intense live show i've ever seen. There weren't that many people there but everyone was really into it. The guys were swinging from the roof (no joke) it was insane!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
Go Freek have been getting behind me since I first started making tunes, and their attitude towards other artists is what makes them so inspiring. To have two guys that have been making sick music and touring Australia and USA actually take the time to give advise to young artists is such an admirable attitude, and their willingness to share feedback and be genuinely kind is contagious and so inspiring.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm currently on tour with KLP playing some venues along the East Coast of Australia for KLParty!
When we finish that I really want to work on creating a live show and heaaaps of new tunes.
I've almost finished a few so you'll definitely be seeing them up on my Unearthed profile very soon!

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Amy Shark

Featured Artist

2016

29

Aug

Amy Shark

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Amy Shark is a young song writer, filmmaker and producer hailing from the Gold Coast. She's just released her gorgeous new single 'Adore' and she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It took a while for me to figure out my sound. Because I was so heavily influenced by a lot of different artists but as soon as I got it, and built a song using all the right ingredients i.e. mixing the right producers with the right sounds, it very quickly set me on fire and it all made sense after that.  
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think just listening to music in general inspires me. But I also use it as a release, so if there's some heavy shit going down or I feel a bit off I'll usually have a muck around on the guitar and see what happens. Sometimes nothing, sometimes magic.
 
What can punters expect from an Amy Sharks live show? 
Brutal honesty and sometimes I'm  a bit of a potty mouth lol. I like chatting about stuff between tracks, and seeing as all my songs are rather personal I can get pretty involved in the performance part too.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
"Who gives a f*ck about record labels and radio stations. Let's just do this for fun." - Shane Billings (current manager)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Seth Sentry - The Waitress Song. One of the best tracks ever. Plus Who doesn't get happy hearing the word breakfast?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
SIA - Breathe me. That's enough to break anyone in half. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
That's easy! Flume - Sleepless!
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dylan Joel at the Cooly Hotel - so fun! super dope! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
We have some cool stuff happening on the GC. Serious talent is growing amongst the palm trees and coffee shops. Some locals I'm into are Georgia Mae, Jesswar, and Being Jane Lane. Sam Morris has really taken our music scene by the balls and thrown it in the spot light for the country to see. Which is rad! Someone had to do it. We are a quiet breed here on the GC. Most of us are more interested in skating, surfing, guzzling coffee and smashing acai bowls than promoting ourselves, but i think the country is slowly turning around to take a peak at us. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
Looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of stuff between Syd, Melb and America towards the end of this year. Since the release of 'Adore' there has been some cool people keen to give me a run so I'm keen as to make more music, release my EP and play a heap of shows!

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The Pretty Littles

The Pretty Littles make "sing-a-long-with-your-mates-while-sinkin-a-few" rock jams and we're stoked to have them as our Feature Artist all this week.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is middle of the road sorta scrappy pop rock. There are some dumb ones and some serious ones. I think we developed our sound by writing and recording lots and lots in the last 7 or 8 years. It took a long time for us to work out the kind of music we were all happy to be playing and I think that’s still got a little ways yet, which is exciting and inspiring in itself.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I think trying to write songs that we are all proud of. Also so many sick bands are making such great music that it's easy to be inspired that way too.
 
What can punters expect from a Pretty Littles live show?
Hmmm that’s a tough one. There will definitely be 2 guitars, 1 bass and 1 drum kit, which sets us apart from pretty much every band out there at the moment. You just don’t see 4 pieces.  
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Probably from Craig (of Scott and Charlene’s Wedding) via Mikey Young (of everything). He said that 'no matter what, music is a community and if someone has success then everyone does and that there's no room for being competitive with something like music. '
 
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?
It was the Bain Marie Invitational with Food Court at Yah Yahs. It was fun as. We weren’t expecting a lot because it wasn’t a launch or anything but heaps of people came and had a stomp and it was SICK AS. Also Jo Syme helped us out on some vocals for pride which rocked.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
FARK. SO MANY. I’m just gonna do a big list. Neighbourhood Youth, Love Migrate, ScotDrakula, Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, Ceres, The Vasco Era, Big Scary, Ships Piano, Go Get Mum, Dan Kelly, Dick Diver, Eddy Current, Twerps. So so many. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
We’re just gonna put our 3rd CD out called Soft Rock For The Anxious on September 9 and then tour it around a bit! Its gonna be our first vinyl too! Cant wait to see that waxy dawg.

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Alexander Biggs

Featured Artist

2016

12

Sep

Alexander Biggs

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Melbourne, VIC

Devastatingly evocative "sad boy folk" out of Melbourne's inner north.

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How did you first get into playing music?
I first got into music by just wanting to copy my sister - she played piano when I was quite young and I just looked up to her and wanted to copy her. So I've been playing piano for 15 or 16 years now. I started out doing just classical stuff then later found a lot of hardcore, emo and alternative bands that I got my angst out with, and from there got into contemporary music a bit more.
 
What sort of music were you exposed to when you were younger?
When I think about the music I was exposed to when I was younger I can only recall negative experiences. My mum raised me on a lot of Backstreet Boys and Shania Twain. I get that some people might like that, but it was a pretty dismal experience for me.
 
How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound through a lot of trial and error. Initially it was hardcore and alternative music that opened me up to how emotions can be conveyed in song. Through that I discovered artists like Elliot Smith, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver and other artists that know how to emote really well. So I think a lot of the process has been trying different things until something's clicked and since this has clicked it's been about finding the best way to convey and emote the things I want to say.
 
How would you describe your sound now?
I like to think of it as fairly honest music. I try not to dress it up too much. It's just an exploration of ideas that are going on in my head. My approach is to sing the songs in a way that is like you and I are just hanging out and I'm telling you what's going on. Describing it as "raw" might be a little cliche, but it is quite genuine and unfiltered. It's been called 'sad boy folk'. Just listen and have a cry.
 
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A lot of the inspiration for the songs I write just comes out as the songs manifest themselves. It feels like unconscious writing. It comes from a place that's quite heartfelt. The stories usually come from personal experiences or they are reflections on a personal experience. The occasional song will be inspired by a friends experience, but it's all pretty close to home.
 
How and where do you produce your songs?
I produce all my songs out of my bedroom in Thornbury, Melbourne. It's a beautiful area. My house is on the corner of a road, so there's a lot of heavy traffic going by. I record and mix all my music there - so that's why if you listen really close you'll probably hear a car or some birds in my tracks.
 
What do you do when you're not creating music?
When I'm not creating music, I'm performing music. It's become so much a part of my identity that I don't do much aside from create, record or play music. When I'm not playing my own stuff, I'm playing in mate's bands.
 
What can punters epect from an Alexander Biggs live show?
When you come to a live show you can expect me and an acoustic guitar. I'm working on putting a band together, but for now it's just me. It's a very simple setup and an even more honest experience than listening to my recordings, because there's no production or double-tracking. You can hear every word of my songs, plus I can give you some cheesy banter inbetween them.
 
Please tell us about the Melbourne music scene.
The Melbourne music scene is a beautiful and incredible thing, and I'm so blessed to be involved in something so genuine and cool. It's friendly and embracing, there's great venues and just so much incredible talent to play shows with.

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Alice Ivy

Featured Artist

2016

19

Sep

Alice Ivy

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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Gretta Ray

Featured Artist

2016

26

Sep

Gretta Ray

Melbourne, VIC

Unearthed High champ Gretta Ray is back with 'Unwind' - a stunning new song she recorded here at triple j.

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You've just released your new single 'Unwind'. Tell us a little about the genesis of that song and what it was like to be writing/recording again after the success of ‘Drive'?
Writing Unwind after the success of Drive was a fascinating challenge for me as a songwriter, due to the fact that Drive was one of those songs where all the elements kind of fell into place right from the beginning of the writing process; the piece came together in a rather organic way. For me, that rarely happens when writing music, and I had to consistently remind myself of that when writing Unwind, as it did not unfold as naturally as Drive did. That being said, once I had the bones of Unwind, I became excited about how different it sounded from anything that I’d ever written before, and once I arrived in Sydney to record it, I was so pleased that I had pushed myself to have a brand new song finished in time for that particular project. Concept-wise, the lyrics of Unwind intend to portray one’s thought process when going through a break up. More specifically, the moment when one comes to understand the extent of what they have lost, when they start to feel the weight of what the relationship became. I feel as though the lyric that best conveys that is “I am sure that there is more to this than I care to admit”. Hopefully this rings true with some listeners. This is a song for those that “feel it all”.
 
You recorded it at the triple j studios in Sydney. What was that recording process like compared to how you usually lay your tracks down?
The recording process at triple J was such an incredible opportunity; I got to work with some very special musicians and am so grateful for all of their time. The main difference between recording in Sydney and how I usually record was definitely the time constraints. We completed the production for this new song in the space of a day and half, which was a huge achievement for the whole team, considering that my usual producers and I spent a good few weeks on Drive. But despite it being a speedy process, it was as equally as fun and satisfying when we completed our work.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I spend a lot of time examining the way that I and others move through the world. I am constantly observing human interactions and human behaviour on the whole, and find that most of my ideas are born when I am taking note of one’s body language or the way that they are conversing with another. For example, there is a lyric in Drive that talks about someone having the ability to make one’s “tired eyes widen and cheeks turn rouge”. I like to focus on minuscule details such as these, details that have the potential to mean so much if they are explored in depth. So overall, I would say that choosing to watch and listen to those in around me has always been what has inspired me to write.
 
What's your go-to snack when making music?
If I’m writing? Hmmm.. okay, this isn’t interesting or original at all, but vegemite toast is definitely my go to. I consume so much bread on a day to day basic, it’s out of control. When I’m recording and making music in a studio environment however, I am hungry the entire time, so props to triple j for bringing me pastries and pizza when I was working in Sydney. Saved my life. 
 
What's your vision for the ultimate Gretta Ray live show?
Oh man, I’m not sure. I sure do think about it a lot, but I am yet to put a band together, as I have always played my shows acoustically; just me and my guitar.
Although, touring as a part of Japanese Wallpaper’s band was an eye opening experience in regards to what it takes to put on a good live show. I loved watching our support act, E^ST perform each night. She radiates so much energy on stage and is jumping and dancing almost the entire time, keeping the audience in the palm of her hand. I found that incredibly inspiring, so when it came to singing lead in Japanese Wallpaper’s set, I attempted to channel a similar energy. When school ends and I can start thinking about putting together a show of my own, I’d definitely like there to be moments where I can put the guitar down and move around on stage.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
I am very lucky in the sense that I seem to have wise, supportive people around me all the time, so I am constantly being offered amazing advice. My family has always taught me to be thankful for everything that comes my way and to be considerate of others. Although that’s very broad, I would say that’s the best advice that anyone can be given.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I Love Pop Music by Ben Lee. Maybe just Ben Lee in general. Ben Lee forever.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Consolation Prize by Montaigne. I cried on the plane to that song the first time that I listened to it.
OR Stranger In My Room by Kat Edwards. Hauntingly exquisite. 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Get Down by Jess Kent. Banger and a half. I will never get over how good that song is. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and into 2017?
I am going to finish High School! HOORAY! Then straight after that, I’m flying to Nashville for 2 weeks alongside my mum to hang out with my producer, meet people, eat a lot of food and start work on what I hope to be a full length record. 2017 will consist of playing shows, writing a lot of songs and hopefully travelling back to the states if I can earn the money to do so.

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Midas.Gold

Featured Artist

2016

3

Oct

Midas.Gold

Brisbane, QLD

He's just played Listen Out in Brisbane, premiered a new clip on RAGE, and now he's our Feature Artist. It's a big week for Midas.Gold.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I’ve been writing for a little while now, and I’ve listened to different genres ever since I can remember, so you could say its a culmination of everything that is me personally/musically. When I started taking music seriously, I’d be hella critical on what I was writing/recording, break it down and pin point what I needed to improve on. Hella straight forward BUT thats how I developed the bad boi.
 
You were one of the winners of our Listen Out competition and just played the festival in Brisbane. How was that experience?
It was crazy! I never imagined I'd play a festival like that - so it was a trip! I really enjoyed seeing Anderson .Paak, Travis Scott and A$AP Ferg throughout the day - but my favourite experience was just being on stage with my homies and being able to share that moment with them. That was just really special to me. Thank you so much.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I make music and pursue music as a career for different reasons but they are equally as important to me and what drives ya boi Midas !!!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
I’ve been lucky enough to have had wise heads in my life so its hard to say, but what I’ve learnt most from the people I admire is how to treat people and I feel like that’s worth its weight in gold ;)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
000000 - Midas.Gold. Who the F*k Kanye West tho?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
UV boi فوق بنفسجي - If She, If He (ft. EASTGHOST) 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Rockstar - Carmouflage Ro$e
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Gill Bate$! skkkrrrrrrr!  He always holds it down super polished performer I’ve learned a lot from him! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
Where to start?!?! There's too much talent here right now, (we hold the torch for hip-hop rn imo). There’s I AM D, Gill Bates, Gallu$, Carmoflauge Ro$e, Erik Sanders, Tides, LimeEyed, James Angus (Jangus), Astro Travellers and like 6-7 acts more that I can’t think of right now and they ALL inspire me to work harder. It’s kind of like that for everybody in BNE, it’s competitive fo sho but the vast majority respect each other. It’s dope that cats are on the same wave length tryna build something, that inspires me.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
I tour with Tkay Maidza in NOV!!!!! I also release my EP in OCT, a few more visuals and I’ve got a few features with some talented artists from around AUS :) maybe a couple more sneaky drops here n there ;)

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Confidence Man

Featured Artist

2016

10

Oct

Confidence Man

Brisbane, QLD

It's like Tom Tom Club partying with LCD Soundsystem - one heck of a dance floor!

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What's the origin story of Confidence Man?It all started in our home studio (all of us lived together) when one of us was writing a bass line and struggling with song ideas. The four of us were all in the room so we slowly started screaming over the top of each other and trying to grab the microphone to sing little melodies. By the end of the night I just remember that we were all pretty wasted and we were all hugging each other and screaming "this is the best thing ever!" So I suppose from there we realized that we work well together. We're similar people and we like similar music, so it's been easy to know what direction we want to go in. What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?I love to dance, so I really focus on writing big bass lines and cheeky percussion parts. Essentially I just try to write music  I would dance to.I love the way Todd Terje makes badass dance music in a really cute, dorky way. That's the vibe I like to go for. What can punters expect from a Confidence Man live show?Champagne, bee keeper hats, black eye make up and two of the sassiest live dancers you'll ever see. What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?"Men will stick it in any old hole they can get it in" - Grandma What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?Donny Benet - Working Out What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?Nick Cave - Into My Arms You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?Fishing - Yuwa What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?I saw Sampa the Great at Bigsound. She was awesome, I think she's a badass. Tell us about the bands or people in the Australian music community that inspire you.We're inspired by a lot of Brisbane bands because we're always working together and showing each other demos. Everyone is super-supportive in Brisbane.But musically I'm really inspired by the Melbourne dance scene - NO ZU, Ara Koufax and acts like that. What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?Lots of touring, writing, releasing some new tracks, but above all making some more overstated outfits.

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N.Y.C.K.

Featured Artist

2016

17

Oct

N.Y.C.K.

Melbourne, VIC

This Melbourne duo have made one of the most memorable debuts of 2016.

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How did you develop the nyck sound?
What we stumbled upon really early with the nyck sound was that because Dom and I sing really well together and just have a really good sense of each other in terms of the way we sing, that we really decided that we didn’t need much else. So the whole process with our recording so far has been about taking things away rather than adding them. Some bands are really intricate and then for us it’s just like, we struck this really great feel with just vocals and piano.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
We’re always inspired by the little things that say a lot. The way that some writers can talk about the smallest details that you could easily pass off as nothing, and make them seem so important. Mike Skinner does it in The Streets. He’ll be writing a love song and throughout, he’ll keep talking about how the girl is spinning an ash tray on the table. Or he’ll say he’s “looking to the left slightly, then looking back down.” It puts you right where he is, and says so much about the way he’s feeling without actually saying it. We’re inspired by writers who can put you in a moment in just a few lines. 
 
What can punters expect from the nyck live show?
We’ve been through this really great process with our live show. It’s been the same with our recordings - we started with all these layers and parts and then slowly stripped everything back. We’re really comfortable singing together, and feel like the songs and the lyrics are strong, and that the vocals and the melodies and harmonies come together really beautifully. So everything else is in the background. There’s a lot of stillness and silence. But we like to think there’s something brave in silence. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
We’ve got our EP into this really great demo stage, and we’ve been really careful in trying to finish it. And worried about finishing it the right way. Maybe a little too worried. The other night, a good friend of ours, Chris Rigney, told us that the imperfections are what make it sound unique. It’s so true in music. It’s often the mistakes and imperfections and idiosyncrasies that make it sound your own. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Things of Stone and Wood - Happy Birthday Helen
Because the lead singer, Greg Arnold, wrote it for his girlfriend Helen on her 21st birthday. He wasn’t trying to write a hit or anything, it was just, like, a recount of their relationship and all of the things they’d done together. Then he took it to the band and they turned it into a hit song. The best thing is that they’re still married today, 25 years later.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Leonardo’s Bride - Even When I’m Sleeping 
Dom is listening to this song right now while we’re at the airport on the way to Sydney, where we’re playing our first show. We both think this is one of the most beautiful Australian songs ever written. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Crowded House - Mean to Me
Because everyone sings along to Crowded House songs. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Dom and I had too many beers at the pub last week and then tried to get into the Montaigne show at The Corner on a whim, but it was sold out and we couldn’t get in. Dom tried to sweet talk the guy at the bar and the lady at the door but no dice, so we went to get a falafel/kebab instead. 
At Big Sound in Brisbane recently we loved Sampa The Great, Olympia, Mallrat and Lanks.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
Dom and I both love Hayden Calnin’s music, a lot. We’ve been listening to his production and love how patient and slow and beautifully constructed it is. His song ‘Nothingness’ is everything. We’ve been listening to it heaps lately. We also love our manager, Pete Sofo, because he shows great belief in us and literally forces us to be inspired by filling our calendars with events and shows and sessions. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
We’ve written our EP, 10 Years and 12 Weeks, so we’re just putting the finishing touches on it for the rest of the year. Lyrically, it’s a concept EP. It’s about how you go through great stretches of your life really stable and centred. And then every so often, it all falls away in the space of just a few weeks. In this case, it was 12 weeks. It wasn’t meant to be conceptual, but all of the lyrics tied together and told a different piece of the story, starting with a song about the breaking point called ‘Decision’ and ending with a resolution called ‘This Might Be My Year.’ 
 
Along with that, we’re paying Valley Fiesta in Brisbane, Supporting Emma Louise at The Corner in Melbourne in November, and playing our debut shows in Melbourne and Sydney. 
 
We also want to start writing the next EP or album, but we want to try something a little different and see some of Australia while we do it. The plan is to pack up and hit the road and stay in some road side motels in the desert. Maybe drive across to Western Australia, and all the way up the west coast into Northern Territory. There has to be an EP on that road somewhere.

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Introvert

Featured Artist

2016

24

Oct

Introvert

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Brace yourself - these Novocastrians rock HARD!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Introvert kind of started as a trial-and-error thing, we all had completely different ideas and visions for the band’s direction and I think that’s a big reason why we hear a lot of different genres, similar bands etc that get thrown around about us! We settled on a grunge/alternative rock crossover (I guess) with our first single ‘Trip’ and just played a lot around Newcastle, supporting bigger locals, interstate bands etc. After about nine months of playing to a wide range of scenes, bands and venues we decided to take it up a notch on the heavy scale with our recently released EP ‘Old Taste’ which has definitely opened us up to a much more familiar fanbase.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
As mentioned above, the beginnings of the band involved a big range of influences, but overall I think our biggest influences musically would be bands like Norma Jean, Basement (really cool that we had the opportunity to support them in Newcastle earlier this year), Underoath, Balance & Composure, along those lines I suppose. 
 
What can punters expect from an Introvert live show?
Our live show is fairly energetic, but definitely has a pub rock/laid back feel to it. Audie’s definitely got a trick up his sleeve with the mid set jokes which people have grown to love, haha. But yeah, overall I’d say we’re energetic and chilled at the same time. Lots of emotion, balanced with a good old joke or two!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Liam Coleman has always told us to just slow down and not jump in head first when we’re making decisions (like recording the EP, planning release PR etc) which has paid off big time for us. He’s always been by our side ever since the idea of the band begun so I think overall he’s given us truckloads of advice, too much to remember in all honesty. (Along with being the father figure of the band)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
‘Am I Ever Gonna See The Biff Again?’ by the legend himself, Reg Reagan.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
A track by The Middle East titled ‘Blood’. Stephen chose this one, as the track is written about a person who loses their sister to cancer, it reminds him of a time where he nearly lost his to leukaemia.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Without a doubt, the hit by Men At Work titled ‘Down Under’. Anyone with a drop of Aussie culture knows it, who why wouldn’t you have a dance and a drink to it?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
It was the Newcastle leg of Ambleside’s ‘Shape Me’ Australian Tour at Drone, a small (yet fantastic) AA venue in Newcastle. With locals Eat Your Heart Out and Pasha Bulka alongside the tour supports Hindsight and Sleep Talk, the show was definitely one of the better shows I’ve attended for a while. Great turnout, and a really good reception for the bands made it one to remember.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
Well on the subject of bands, I’d say the local heroes Trophy Eyes have inspired all of us one way or another over the years, along with local friends who have played alongside us since day one. They’d include Pasha Bulka, Eat Your Heart Out, Raave Tapes and Dave - but honestly there’s too many to name! (Newcastle’s a small town, haha).
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and in to 2017?
For the rest of the year our number one focus is definitely the tour with Birds Of Tokyo. It’s our first time out of NSW and we’re super keen to meet new people and just experience a whole different audience! Apart from that, we’re just writing new music, with plans to hopefully record and release a full length record, or a sophomore EP sometime early next year.

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Hi Life
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Hi Life

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Pop)

Sydney, NSW

Maddy Jane
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Artist

Maddy Jane

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

Hobart, TAS

Froyo

Featured Artist

2016

14

Nov

Froyo

( )

Sydney, NSW

These Sydney synthpop upstarts have won a spot on The Plot festival lineup this Saturday in Parramatta.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
A few years ago, we watched the movie “Drive” (starring Ryan Gosling) and fell in love with its soundtrack (...plus Ryan Gosling). Feeling inspired, two of us sat down and started writing/producing songs together. Then one of our university mentors (Drew Crawford) heard what we were doing, and he said that we were like "the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie that never happened"... and his words really stuck with us... so much that we went ahead and made it our band slogan! But yeah, we’ve always been ardent fans of the 80s. It’s definitely the decade of music that resonates with us the most. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
Writing something that’s danceable, relatable, and ultimately memorable. When we write, our ethos is that “our music needs more than a dance beat... it needs a heart beat”. Also, I just wanna reach a point where, forty years from now, our songs become people’s go-to choices for karaoke. Yeah. That’s the dream. Karaoke. 
 
You’re the winners of our The Plot competition. What can punters at The Plot festival in Sydney expect from the Froyo live show? 
Cheesy pop goodness, awkward adlib, groovy dance moves, and maybe some coughing here and there (because Michael’s an old man... at heart). We also don’t have a “lead” singer. Michael and Allyson have this Stevie Nicks / Christine McVie thing going on – à la Fleetwood Mac. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
It came from another one of our university mentors (Clive Harrison) who told us about the "rocking chair test"... basically, if you've gotta make a life-changing decision, just picture an older version of yourself, sitting on a porch, quietly reflecting on life whilst in a rocking chair... you then have to ask yourself WHICH decision today is the one that (you think) you'll be happier with when you're sitting in that chair, nearing the end of your days... you might think it sounds grim, but it's actually an amazing way to frame your personal and professional choices in life. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
We’re listing multiple choices because we can’t quite decide between us, haha... first there’s “Cattle And Cane” by The Go Betweens – it’s groovy, but it’s essentially a sad song. Then there’s “Heaven” by Eurogliders – a song about longing for somewhere better. And then lastly, “Electric Blue” by Icehouse – it may not cheer you up lyrically, but the chorus just feels so damn uplifting that it always makes me smile, regardless of mood. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
Again, we got options here... “Daisy Chains” by Youth Group – you have to stare out of a window to get the full experience on this one. “Knuckles White Dry” by Gang Of Youths – lyrically, musically, and just beautifully heartbreaking stuff. And then “Death By Chocolate” by Sia – it’s about embracing your tears, and it reassures you that mourning is a very important part of the healing process. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
“Need You Now” by Cut Copy – it’s a slow builder, so we’ll need smoke machines to set the mood, eventually bringing out the strobes when we hit that climax. Another option is “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield – it’s a crowd-pleaser for sure, and it’s so hard not to get into that chorus. And this last one’s super nostalgic, but “Strawberry Kisses” by Nikki Webster – look, just don’t fight it, ok? Sweet <3 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it? 
We watched Body Type a few weeks back. Though we sound nothing like each other, we still love seeing that raw, unproduced garage band vibe when we go out sometimes. Also, they have a bit of a Beach House vibe, and we LOVE Beach House very much. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
We’ve met and befriended creative minds like Phebe Starr, Ross Henry, Sparrows, and The Tapes. In particular, meeting fellow 80s-inspired producers like Jordan F has been great for us, as he’s been championing a stronger community among us retro/synthwave artists. Through him, we’ve connected with other names like Atolla and Vast Hill, and it’s been great having that kind of connection among bedroom producers – where you can just casually send each other your demos, give constructive feedback, share our favorite gems from the 80s, talk about the industry and help build each other up into better artists. You can’t grow to your full potential until you surround yourself with a positive, encouraging, and inspiring environment. So far, we’ve been very lucky to find that here amongst all the noise. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
To keep creating and focusing on new songs before all other things. Because so far, whenever we got the song right, everything else just seemed a lot easier for us – things like gigs, blog spots, radio play, and even making new musical friends – so yeah. The song always comes first for us.

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The Money War

Featured Artist

2016

21

Nov

The Money War

Perth, WA

Treat yourself to the latest "near-perfect pop hit" from this exciting Perth duo.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I suppose it’s naturally a culmination of the music we love. We both like lots of different stuff like soul music, country, pop, RnB and rock. Dylan has been developing as a producer over the past few years now so his production taste definitely comes through in our sound (he produces our songs). People tend to associate ‘sun’ with our sound – I can’t really explain that because the songs tend to be written when we’re not happy. I like to think of it as turning a shit situation into something beautiful. The beach is a very prominent part of our life on the West Coast though so maybe that seeps in?
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Great songs, experiences, travel, nature. A lot of the songs we’ve written so far were written while traveling through America. It was a really bizarre but amazing experience that gave us plenty to write about!
 
What can punters expect from The Money War live show?
We’re a 5-piece band when we play live. You’ll get to hear a pile of songs that we haven’t released yet.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“It’s cool man” - Matt Shehan (our live guitarist)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
I would have to say ‘Your Love’ by Middle Kids, they’re probably my favourite band at the moment – I’ve been listening to that song so much lately and it cheers me up. Dylan would play ACDC “shreds” – look it up, you can’t possibly not laugh!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
#1 Dads - So Soldier, and I mean cry in a good way. What an incredible song and Ainslie Wills absolutely nailed the performance. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The WA Music Festival, which is a really awesome showcase of WA bands. The whole city was alive and there was an overwhelming sense of enthusiasm around what Perth has to offer. We almost didn’t make it in time for our set because we locked ourselves out of the house!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Our manager Pete Carroll is one of the best people you’ll ever meet. He lives and breathes music and has backed us right through, years before we formed this band. 
 
What are your plans for 2017?
We have an EP that’ll be out early 2017 and we’ve just signed with Select Music so we’ll be playing some shows on the east coast, which we’re really looking forward to. We’re also heading over to Melbourne in February to record with Matt Redlich from Holy Holy.

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Birdz
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Birdz

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

Melbourne, VIC

LOS SCALLYWAGGS

Featured Artist

2016

5

Dec

LOS SCALLYWAGGS

Mid North Coast, NSW

Coastal rockers LOS SCALLYWAGGS are the winners of our Festival Of The Sun competition and will be taking to the main stage in Port Macquarie this Saturday.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
We started out as a two piece (Joel and Nat) a couple of years ago playing sort of garage blues rock and we started listening to bands like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees which then led us into a different direction with our music. Once Dale came along and jumped on the bass we all had this mega froth on garage punk and psychedelic rock n roll bands like these guys and whole bunch of other sick bands and started creating music that was a similar vibe. Now we are at a stage where our jams and recording sessions naturally have this garage fuzz rock n roll feel to it which we are super stoked with.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When we are working or just all away from each other for a while we start getting super excited to play together and mess around with some new ideas. Also get a new guitar and that will inspire new music until the cows come home.
 
You’re the winners of our Festival Of The Sun competition. What can punters there expect from the LOS SCALLYWAGGS live show?
Expect the unexpected... and loud noises that make you want to pour beers on your mates, jump around and have a hell time.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When you go to KFC don’t order potato and gravy with potato chips cos you are just gonna be dippin’ potato chips into potato dips mate (too much bloody potato). – Kurghy Jones, 2015
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Boys Light Up – Australian Crawl
This will not only make you stop crying but also make you tuck your shirt in and start a furious boot skoot.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Not Pretty Enough – Casey Chambers
This one gets us every time.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees.
What else really?
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local show we went to was one that we actually organised last month at the local club in Pacific Palms called ‘El Palmo Pacificano VI’. It was epic! We had seven local bands on the line-up which brought crew from everywhere. I guess it was a good excuse to drink beers and get loose with your 500 of your mates!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
There is a whole bunch of local mad dogs around town but it hard to name all of them which inspire us because they all do. What inspires inspire us are the legends that go out of their way to come to shows and enjoy live music and create a good vibe and energy for themselves and else everyone around them. This inspires us to play more local shows and make bigger music events which can therefore showcase live local talent for these people to enjoy.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
For 2017 we would be super pumped to jump onto some more festival line-ups around Australia. We got a whole bunch of new songs so I reckon we will throw another full length album out early next year and organise a whole bunch of dates both locally and nationally which will be dope. Come along and melt your brains amigos!

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Resin Moon
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Resin Moon

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Synths, Northern Territory, ...)

Alice Springs, NT

Dumb Punts

Featured Artist

2016

19

Dec

Dumb Punts

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne trio Dumb Punts serve up punchy as tunes with their loud and raw garage punk.

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

Brent and Seattle moved from Bonny Hills to Melbourne and for the first few months we played in the jungle den (studio shed) and a week later we had to play a show. It all just developed from there.

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

We inspire each other and our mates are big ones too. If you look back at '70s and '80s garage and punk music, especially in Australia, it's pretty inspiring too.

You'll be playing Falls Festival in Lorne. What can punters expect from a Dumb Punts live show?

A good time. That's what we're all about. Party and good vibes. Hopefully a bunch of dancin'.

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

Probably when Mum taught us not to take ourselves too seriously and that if you want something you gotta go and get it.

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

I'd shove some High Voltage - ACDC cause Bon can cure it all.

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

Can't go past Daryl with Horses.

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

The Boys Light Up - Australian Crawl.

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

We had a fundraiser show at our place and a bunch of awesome bands played in our basement, that was a sick one.

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

We live with and surround ourselves with musos and living in Melbourne means that we spend a bunch of time watching bands and doing music. It's just awesome cause Melbourne is so open to creativity and we are right in there copping that.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release our next 7-inch and then an album hopefully. Tour some more, get overseas and just keep on keeping on.

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Pagan

Featured Artist

2017

9

Jan

Pagan

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's Pagan approach their songs like a well-made Margarita pizza: filled with saucy riffs (tomato sauce), shredded bass (cheese), and aggressive howling (basil). They'll be opening up UNIFY for triple j Unearthed this weekend!

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

When we started writing, we didn't really know what we we're doing, other than that we wanted to make the darkest, gnarliest rock and roll songs that we possible could. We knew we wanted to try and come up with something a little bit less rigid and limiting, and a little more diverse than the punk rock bands we'd played in before this.

We quickly figured out that we liked putting these kind of pretty sounding guitar riffs (tomato sauce) over really gritty, aggressive bass stuff (buffalo mozzarella). Together it makes for this really cool, gloomy soundtrack to Nikki's roars and howls (fresh basil and olive oil). That's sort of what makes us sound like us, I think (a perfect Margherita pizza).

As intense and grim as the songs are, we also love to make music that people can dance to, instead of playing just straight headbanger stuff all the time. So we put a lot of focus on rhythms and backbeats (the light, crispy base), and just making sure the songs flow really organically, without having to overthink or force anything. Mangiare!

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

Black coffee, black magic, black metal and Black Sabbath.

What can punters expect from a Pagan show?

Pagan shows are a celebration of all things dark. Wild, sweaty, noisy rituals with a killer dance floor! Like having your 21st birthday party and the wake after a loved one's funeral at the very same time.

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

"The longer you leave your pasta sauce on the stove to simmer, the better. The longer the sauce can simmer at a low temperature, the more the flavours of each ingredient; the herbs, the chilli, the garlic, onion and tomato will come out properly. Anything less than three hours is a disgrace to yourself and to your whole family, both living and dead. Don't you dare disappoint me." - Mama.

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

Clowns - "Destroy The Evidence" or Client Liaison - "Off White Limousine"

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

Totally Unicorn - "Dream Life" or Client Liaison "World Of Our Love"

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

Alex Cameron - "She's Mine" or Client Liaison - "Wild Life"

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

I'm not sure, but the one that comes to mind is High Tension, Clowns and Grim Rhythm at The Bendigo. It was a benefit show and launch party for an amazing compilation put together by some wonderful people to raise money for the families of a couple of their close friends who were involved in a tragic accident. Pagan were honoured to have been included in such a beautiful gesture! It was a Tuesday night and I couldn't believe how packed the Bendigo! It was a beautiful, positive and emotional evening, and true testament to just how much people within the greater Melbourne alternative/music community are willing to look out for one another as friends, as family and sometimes as people we've never even met. Every band totally slayed too!

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

Our dearly beloved cult. Anyone breaking rules, smashing expectations and creating new and interesting music. Anyone working towards making sure shows are fun, inclusive and safe for absolutely everyone. People of different cultures, girls, trans, queer and non-binary folk making angry music. Client Liaison.

What are your plans for 2017?

We're aiming to complete our collection of 13 singles by the end of the year, but we'll see... In between single releases, we're hoping to play more Pagan rituals with lots of different kinds of bands and artists, do some more touring, make more videos, further our understanding of the dark arts, destroy regular cheese and antipasto platters, and drink many more spritzers. It's gonna be a hell of a year I think!

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Lonelyspeck

Featured Artist

2017

16

Jan

Lonelyspeck

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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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Dream Rimmy

What do you get when you combine a heavy dose of '90s influence with a 6-piece outfit? A massive wall of sound. That's Dreamy Rimmy in a nutshell, and you can catch the Perth shoegazers bring it at Laneway in Freo!

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

It's pretty 90s inspired. Lush pop songs with shoegaze/psych/trip hop vibe. Ali's all about that stuff and she writes most of it so that makes sense.

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

Ali comes up with the skeleton of the song but I think she just hears stuff she likes and learns from what she hears.

You'll be opening up Laneway for Unearthed this year. What can punters expect from a Dream Rimmy live show?

Well we have 6 members. So there's a fair bit of noise. Ali and George do lots of harmonies. lotta guitars and synths and stuff. We try and do the wall of sound thing. 

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

Don't drive through red lights - The Law.

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

You're The Voice - John Farhnam

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

You're The Voice - John Farhnam

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

You're The Voice - John Farnham

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

We just played North Freo pub crawl show in Fremantle. There were a lot of bands and it was v. kool.

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

So many good Perth musos & great community vibe. A++. It's very incestuous. Most of the bands have sharing members with other bands so it feels like a bit of a collective.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release our EP, record LP, tour a bunch, do some cool stuff.

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Genesis Owusu

Featured Artist

2017

30

Jan

Genesis Owusu

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Canberra, ACT

18 year old rapper Genesis Owusu embraces the weird, both in himself and in his music. You'll hear him blending jazz with hip hop in a style that he likes to call 21st Century punk-jazz.

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

I've been exposed to music since the womb; my mum leads a church choir and you could probably find any genre you're looking for if you search hard enough in my dad's CD collection. My brother was originally a guitarist so he would strictly listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and anything in that field. Music generally reflects the artist making it so I suppose that's why genre-blending is such a big aspect of my music.

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

Emotions.

You're playing Laneway in Sydney for Unearthed. What can punters expect from a Genesis Owusu live show?

Chaos, probably. Really, really entertaining and heartfelt chaos though.

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

Kanye West once told me, "You see there's leaders and there's followers, but I'd rather be a dick than a swallower."

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

If "WDUBI" by Baro doesn't dry your eyes I don't know what will.

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

My friend Charlesworth made this track called "In Need" which is so damn beautiful. King Krule vibes.

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

"Assumptions" by MANU CROOK$ absolutely SLAPS.

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

I did this really chill afternoon session on Sunday at a bar in Canberra called Akiba and it was such a pretty sight. Just people of all ages sitting around on a Sunday listening to jazz and rap, and people rapping on top of jazz; AND there was dumplings. What more could you want?

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

Narit "Noodle" Kimsat is the prince of Canberra; he's not a musician but he's the organiser of anything and everything. And if he didn't organise it, he told you about it. Even if he didn't tell you about it, he'll still be there, handing you free dumplings or something (he's the one who organised the event from the last question).

My brother, Citizen Kay, essentially got me into the music scene and is still my sole recording engineer to this day. I have to give mad love to groups like Mondecreen and Brass Knuckle Brass Band for making super wild, cross-genre music and also for incorporating saxophones into their music (the saxophone is the sexiest instrument in human history, you CANNOT argue with me about this). People like Coda Conduct, Jimmy Pike and Jedbrii are some of the most fire spitters I've ever seen or heard. I could go on forever; basically the CBR ZOO is LIVE. Also #reecegurney.

What are your plans for 2017?

To make you see my face and hear my voice a whole lot more. I'm also thinking of starting a book club so if anyone's keen hmu.

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swindail

Featured Artist

2017

6

Feb

swindail

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Sydney, NSW

swindail is a Sydney producer, musician, lemon cheesecake lover and so much more. He's worked with legends like Goldlink and has already built up a dedicated following. Dubbed by his mates as a producer of kitchen-trap, hear his plinky plonky sounds all this week.

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

My music is mostly just a bunch of weird sounds all organised into a beat, with a few jazzy chords and 808 drums. Sometimes singing is involved. I think it sounds pretty cool and I hope it makes people move or feel something. Jazz music has played a big part in my life and I kinda just wanted to incorporate that into music I can make on my computer. Took me a bunch of digging and a few years' worth of YouTube tutorials for it to properly come to fruition but I'm liking my sound where it is.

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

Just people, places and things all around me. Sometimes I'll make a song based on some passive societal or political view I have, or sometimes (admittedly more of the time) I'll make a song based on a funny sound I recorded in my kitchen.

What can punters expect from a Swindail live show?

Cool visual things, lots of loud drums/noises and me having difficulty untying and retying my man bun. Also sweat and boogie time.

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

"Learn from your mistakes." - Everyone ever. That, or "sidechain your bass to your kicks." - Also everyone ever.

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

Basenji - "Dawn"

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

Polographia - "Sly (feat. Winston Surfshirt)"

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

Mallrat - "Inside Voices"

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

I went to this J Dilla tribute gig at Play Bar recently, I forget who was playing but neck snappers were dropped that night. I've never bobbed my head with that kind of passion before.

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

I really like my friends Cosmo's Midnight and Basenji, they influence electronic music in Sydney with their own projects and also do a lot of behind the scenes work which I would love to do eventually. I could name more bands and artists who do the same but honestly there are so many to count. It's overwhelming but in a really, really good way.

What are your plans for 2017?

Release a lot more original music with some really exciting features, finally drop that Lotus Eater remix, travel the world a bit more, finish up some exciting as heck collabs (that I can't speak on yet), do some more production workshops in different cities and eat a lot more cheesecakes at all of my brand new live shows. Yeet.

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Heaps Good Friends

Featured Artist

2017

13

Feb

Heaps Good Friends

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Adelaide, SA

This Adelaide duo are the bestest of mates and together create what they call "peanut-brittle pop with text message lyrics". Loaded with 80s drums and colourful synths, their music is like popping candy for your ears.

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

All of our tracks begin on Nicks Korg Poly 800 which has such a genuine bank of incredible sounds, when we find one we like, we go from there. Other than that our sound developed quite naturally without following too many rules. Our first track "Perhaps I Killed A Tiny Stunt Double" came out all 80's sad pop. The next few had some face melting guit. solo's following 'Stunt Doubles' lead. "Let's Hug Longer" was a straight up dance pop surprise. It usually takes us a couple of days to write/record a track, we like our pace. There is lots of freedom on both sides to be upfront when we don't like an idea, or on the flip side, really claim an idea if we love it, shared writing has never been so fun.

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

Our friendship. I think living in different cities makes the times when we DO get together to make tunes more special, we always have such an energy! I trust Nick so much and honestly love everything he writes. Most of the lyrics are taken from conversations I have with people, or things I overhear them say, so by the time I fly to Adelaide and head into Nick's studio, I have a list of bangers to share and get the lyric writing happening!

What can punters expect from a Heaps Good Friends live show?

Heaps Good Fun!! This project feels nice an instantaneous. We're opening the window and this music is coming through. When we play live we're aiming to pull off the same trick, just with all you guys helping with the window opening and enjoying whatever comes through!! Like a wise pair of boys once said: 'Jump around, jump around. Get up, get up and get down.'

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

Nick: My mate Shannon told me if you want, you can turn the sound of that annoying kid yelling on the train into the energy that feeds you. It was a killer perspective change. Freed up a lot of mind space. 

Emma: "Emma, the world needs your smile" - Mum to me on the phone the other day when I was in a crap mood. Love you mum. 

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

Nick: "Parlez Vous Francais?" - Art vs Science

Emma: "Fruit" - Rainbow Chan. Or the outro to "All In Colour" - Grace & Innocence. On repeat. For 15 minutes. 

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

Nick: Hmmm...hard one. Silverchair's "Ana's Song" is a heavy jam on a few levels. I cried watching Nai Palm but that was on a 'touched by angels' tip...no sadness happening there.

Emma: "Exist" by Vital Signs. More like an - embrace the cry then we can move past it as we float to the middle of the ocean.

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

Nick: Right now? Flume "Never Be Like You" is statistically proven to destroy that floor. Otherwise Alison Wonderland "I Want U" bangs in the best way.

Emma: I have a coupla friends who would cheer louder and dance harder if I chucked on Killing Heidi "Mascara" haha. The mid-90's baby's would drift away, but we'd take up the whole floor then thank you very much.

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

Nick: Last local gig was a Warped Covers Party at The Northern Sound System in Adelaide. Heaps of local champs forming funsies bands to drop tunes from mega faves of the noughties...purty fun times.

Emma: Big Sound. Where do I start. Clairy Browne was hard to stop listening to. Mallrat then became the soundtrack to the beach that weekend, and Totally Mild I wrote down in my iPhone notes as 'Heavenly Pop'.

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

Adelaide music scene is SUPER fun at the moment. Loads of bands all lifting their game...so to start, gotta tip cap to the whole industry for inspirational growth overall! Obvs TK, Bad//Dreems, Grenadiers, West Thebarton Brothel Party all doing mental good all over Aus/Internationally...But Mio, Electric Fields, Wasted Wanderers, Skies, Joy Sparkes, Ross McHenry!, Playback808....heeeeps. Heeeeeeeeps. Heaps are heaps good. Luke Penman! Spoz! Sam Wright! Sharni Honor! Faaar OOUUUUUUT. Make it end!!

What are your plans for 2017?

Write more. Live shows. More film clips. Convince HAIM to bring us on tour with them.

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Alex the Astronaut

Featured Artist

2017

20

Feb

Alex the Astronaut

Sydney, NSW

Sydney songwriter, Alex The Astronaut is on the opposite side of the world studying a Maths and Physics degree on a soccer scholarship in New York. That's not a combination of words you'll hear every day. She's an incredible story-teller who's able to weave clever lyrics into beautifully layed out songs. She's also the perfect person to talk to a generation right now.

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

I started writing when I was about 12 but I knew to be good at it I would have to really work hard. I tried to pick out what I thought was good and bad in lots of different songs and apply those things to how I wrote. They were mostly simple rules like think of something other than a cliché, don’t write cheesy love songs, get to the point and move on. I knew I liked telling stories so that’s how my songs started so I used my little rules and I stuck with that!

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

It sounds lame but people. There are so many interesting people that do great things that make me want to be better at whatever I’m doing. I think that’s why I like travelling around so I can hear all different stories because I think it makes you appreciate what you do have so much more and want to make a difference with the abilities you have.

What can punters expect from an Alex the Astronaut live show?

They can expect a science dork telling stories on stage with a guitar haha. I like being on stage, I think I’m far less awkward there than I am most other places which is strange. I try to keep everyone involved and have a bit of a chat. I explain bits of my songs that I think are important and why I wrote them. 

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

My English teacher in high school said keep it simple, say your point then get on with it. I wasn’t very good at English but it helped with writing songs and I always think about that when I try explaining something that is taking too many words.

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

Probably Courtney Barnett’s ‘Three Packs a Day’, because no one can cry to a song about 2 minute noodles.

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

Julia Jacklin’s ‘Don’t Let The Kids Win’ gets me every time. I heard her play it live and I couldn’t stop listening, it’s amazing. You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping.

What Australian track do you put on next?

Alex Lahey’s ‘Let’s Go Out’ seems fitting.

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

I went to Jamie T at the Enmore and it was really cool! I hadn’t listened to much of his music and so I just stood up the front at the side by myself and watched. Everything about it was great he’s a really cool talented performer and everyone was so happy and excited to be there. Loved it.

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

I’ve met a lot of female Sydney artists recently and they are so inspirational. Jack River and Lisa Mitchell were the first two girls I met and how humble and kind and talented they are is incredible. Montaigne is super cool too she also likes soccer so we bonded over that. My managers and the music people that I work with almost make me cry from how inspiring they are. I can’t believe how lucky I am to work with all of them. They’re like family to me.

You’re currently studying a Maths and Physics degree on a soccer scholarship in New York, how has/does music play a part in those roles?

I think music keeps me curious to find out new things so with physics and maths it fits in pretty well. Whenever I’m a bit overwhelmed it’s something that cheers me up so that helps me keep level headed and studying hard. I don’t think it plays a huge role with soccer but as a team we do listen to pump up music before the games!

What are your plans for 2017?

I’m releasing my debut E.P. “To Whom It May Concern” in late March, which I’m really excited about. I’m in New York at the moment so I’m going to play a few shows here before graduating in May and then coming back home to Australia. Then it’ll be playing shows and recording and getting more music to the world!

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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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The Football Club

Featured Artist

2017

13

Mar

The Football Club

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Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

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

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OKBADLANDS

Featured Artist

2017

6

Mar

OKBADLANDS

Brisbane, QLD

If you're wondering if it's possible to feel beautiful in every shape and form possible after listening to a piece of music then we have you covered. Kate and Sally will have you falling deep into their world with their band OKBADLANDS.

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

Kate: When we first started writing together, we had fairly different tastes in music. I listened mainly to jazz artists and Sally liked lots of different contemporary genres. But, as with picking up someone’s mannerisms when you hang around with them long enough, writing together meant we eventually took on each other’s tastes. There have been many other songs written before we came to where we are now, and we’re definitely still developing.

Sally: We also have a ‘no bad ideas’ policy. So even when Kate decides to whip out her flute or do wild diva vocals over one of our demos, we’ve resolved to hear each other out, and that allows us room for experimentation.

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

Kate: A combination of working and writing with other artists. I think perhaps it’s easy to get stuck in a creative rut when you hold your cards close to your chest. There is something expansive about doing music as a community with other artists. Sometimes we collaborate with our friends and end up with an utter flop, and sometimes it’s great.

Sally: I love elegant communication in all forms and pursuing that through music inspires me.

What can punters expect from an OKBADLANDS live show?

Kate: A whole lot of harmonies and groove. These are the things we are naturally drawn to and so we integrate them as much as possible. For most of OKBADLANDS’ life we have performed live as a four-piece band, but we’ve recently started doing some electronic shows as a duo, which allows for a different dynamic.

Sally: Us gals having a great time because playing live is our favourite thing, and hopefully said punters having a great time too. Grooves, harmony, and Kate telling the audience ‘what you can’t tell is that I’m usually funny’. We also like to wear sparkles.

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

Kate: ‘Just relax a little bit’ – my older brother, Peter, on account of the fact that I can be pretty rowdy sometimes.

Sally: Not given to me directly, but I read a collection of essays by Annie Dillard recently, and in one of them she wrote – ‘how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives’. Something given directly was an elderly lady who started talking to me on the bus once – as I was leaving she said ‘listen well, speak up, and always have flowers on the table.’ I took that to mean to be attentive and to prioritize contributing beauty to the world as an end in itself.

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

Kate: Asta - Dynamite

Sally: Gang of Youths – Native Tongue

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

Kate: Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over

Sally: Big Scary - Invest

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

Kate: Tame Impala – The Moment

Sally: Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock

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

Kate: I was away for a while, so BADBADNOTGOOD late last year. It was one of the best gigs we’ve attended together. There were bass-piano duos, people moshing to complicated rhythms, soprano sax solos – everything we could have asked for. They’re so skillful and they’ve developed an original sound that we both love.

Sally: The most recent would have been Fractures, who we supported last week. They were great – we loved seeing how the recordings were interpreted in a full-band setting.

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

Kate: We’ve worked alongside a lot of really inspiring people in the Brisbane music community and formed some close friendships. Everyone’s super tight-knit and encouraging.

Sally: There’s so many - GOVS, Golden Vessel, a new act called Akurei, The Creases, The Phoncurves, Seavera, Asha Jefferies, Mid Ayr, Clea – the list goes on. As well as amazing music photographers like Savannah van der Neit, all the sound techs and bookers at the venues here, and all the people who write insightful blogs and zines centred around music. And the legends over at 4ZZZ.

What are your plans for 2017?

Kate: A lot of new things! We’re so excited to release our debut EP later this year. It’s something we’ve been working really hard on for quite some time now. We’re going be playing our first ever headline show in Brisbane, and will hopefully be heading interstate as well.

Sally: Other than that, the plan is to keep writing and developing our sound.

Lastly, would you rather be average playing every instrument or amazing at playing just one instrument?

Kate: Gimme all of them.

Sally: I think I’d prefer to be amazing at just one.

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Eliza & The Delusionals

Featured Artist

2017

20

Mar

Eliza & The Delusionals

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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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Dear Seattle

Featured Artist

2017

3

Apr

Dear Seattle

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Sydney, NSW

Hailing from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Dear Seattle bring you an impressive debut with 'The Meadows' and we can't wait to see them explode with tracks jam-packed with raw emotion, nostalgic 90's grunge and soaring strength this year in 2017.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Our music is like when someone reminds you of the day Cheez TV got cancelled back in 2005; You cop a strong hit of joyful nostalgia, but deep down you know that there's some serious pain and anguish.
 
The sound came as a bit of a fluke really. We kinda just went to a farm and sunk piss for 7 days straight, writing music between sessions of Billy Madison, Beavis and Butthead and Ace Ventura. So who knows?? Maybe the combo of alcoholism and mid 90's comedy helped us cook in the depressing throwback feeling...
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Experiences. Everything we write is some kind of reflection of what we've been through, be it as a band or as individuals - It's just the best way to write with genuine heart, and that's what we believe in... Honesty and relatability.
 
We want people to hear the stories in our songs and be able to think "Ohhhhh crikey, I've felt that S#!% before".
 
What can punters expect from a Dear Seattle live show?
 
Blood, sweat and beers.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
"Don't put your willy in the spa jet" - No idea who told me but I'm glad they did.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Power And The Passion by Midnight Oil, but only if I could put the music video up on the big screen so they could lap up Peter Garrett's sweet moves. If you haven't seen that video, seriously, do yourself a favour...
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
I Touch Myself by Divinyls as I coat my naked self in guacamole and Vegemite 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Feed The Rhythm by Client Liaison - No doubt in my mind. And I'd get me one of those puffy jackets too.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
If we're talking local local, as in down at me local kind of local, it'd be Hockey Dad's gig at Mona Vale Hotel.
 
Absolute sweat fest. Such a treat. Got to catch our mates in Crocodylus beforehand, and it was only a 3 minute stumble home afterwards. You beaut.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Anybody who is doing whatever they're doing cos they straight up just f$%&amp;ing love it!
 
From bands writing music they love rather than writing for the audience, to platforms like Unearthed creating mass exposure for small time bands like us all for the love of Aussie music, it's really just a killer time to be in it and creating music at the moment.
 
I feel like new music is getting more weird and more absurd by the day, and that's groovy cos I feel like I'm doing the same. What's even better is that the kids are seriously itching to get rowdy in support.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
2017 has proven to us that plans aren't quite the dog's bollocks, and that playing things by ear is the way to go.
 
Since things have started taking off with The Meadows, this years plans quickly changed from travelling South America for 12 months, to releasing another single, playing heaps of shows, dropping our new EP, and touring the east coast of Aus. So that's kinda the go for the moment!
 
But who knows, things have been changing every day. Tomorrow I could end up on a super-yacht with Ernie Dingo and a big bag of shrooms for all I know.
 
Name 3 Unearthed artists you are loving at the moment?
 
Split Feed - These Newcastle boys are huuuuuge. Absolute ball tearers. So much so that we couldn't help but whack them on our show in Newtown just cos we wanna see them rip it live.
 
The Football Club - This band is gonna have people all over the world locking themselves indoors for no reason other than the fact that sitting in your room listening to them is better than anything you can do elsewhere. Ivy is one of the best songs I've heard in years come out of Australia, especially lyrically.
 
Oslow - The new record is so so good! These guys are a testament to what I was saying before about doing it cos you love it. Got to play with them the other night supporting Balance and Composure and their love for what they do is so infectious that you can't help but sing along with a fat grin on your mug.

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Mookhi

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a Mookhi live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2017?

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

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Lucky Luke

Featured Artist

2017

17

Apr

Lucky Luke

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North West Queensland, QLD

Meet hometown hero Lucky Luke as he gets ready to blow up the stage this Saturday night at Triple J's One Night Stand, putting Mount Isa on the hip hop map.

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

I grew up listening to all types of music in our home that gave me a history of understanding an appreciation of its origin. When I was younger I only listened to rap but because I was in this environment I was surrounded by different sounds and influences. My parents liked watching music documentaries so I began to understand how different sounds were developed.

I began to understand how rap can make a change. For example, I remember my mum allowing us to buy a cd of the newly released NWA album but when we put it on and she heard all the swearing of police she wanted to break it and we said we can sell it. Secretly we kept it and listened to it.

Looking back I remember how they took the government to court for free speech. That was a big deal back in the day. I look at my music now and think of comments in the media like ‘ Aboriginals need to move on’ but in music I think you can put those messages out there time and time again and people will sing along and listen to it compared to someone in a protest singing out land rights.

My voice tends to be more calming and not at that high pitch and I don’t tend to pick beats that are fast and rap on with a list of words.

I want to be a storyteller.

I’m not sitting around the campfire telling a story but my listeners might be sitting around the campfire listening to me tell them that story. Our elders have put out our messages time and time again I am just trying to do that in another genre and that is rap.

What makes you proud to be making the music you make today?

I know the whole community are listening to my music whether they are young or old Aboriginal or non-indigenous.

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

My people’s struggle to be recognised in their own country and their struggle to be treated fairly.

What can punters expect from a Lucky Luke live show?

Nonstop music accompanied by a drummer and hype man that allows the listener to escape on an emotional storytelling journey.

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

My mum is a proud fan of mine and her advice and belief in me that I’m unique. I’m me I don’t have to rap or follow other’s people’s content, style or idea or what is rap I can follow through with my own ideas. I don’t have to conform to the masses.

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

Powderfinger - My Happiness

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

Slim Dusty: Leave him out there in the long yard (My Grandfather always used to sing this song to us).

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

ACDC - Thunder struck

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

Seth Sentry, it was good even though there was only 80 people on a Thursday night.

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

I don't really mix with other artist in Mount Isa, to tell the truth I just sit at home doing my own thing because I'd rather not be influenced by other artist.

Name 3 Unearthed Artist you recommend us checking out?

Tera – Better Dayz

Stinga T – Dreams

K.P - Hands up

Lastly, what are your plans for 2017? 

Capital and outback tour, release of my third album. Work on designing and printing up merchandise for my tour. The creation of a website where people can book me not just for music gigs but for lessons in schools.

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Greta Stanley
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Greta Stanley

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

Far North, QLD

The Beautiful Monument

Featured Artist

2017

1

May

The Beautiful Monument

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Melbourne, VIC

Since giving us their latest track 'Manifestation', Melbourne based power group, The Beautiful Monument are taking metal-punk rock to the next level. See them support British metalcore band Archeticts this Friday, as our triple j Unearthed Competition winners.

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

It took us a few years to develop a sound we were happy with. Working on our recent album "I'm The Sin" really helped us find and refine our sound. It was a great experience for all of us as it was our first time in a proper studio and all learnt a lot about writing and production.

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

Our biggest source of inspiration comes from our personal experiences. We've lived and experienced a lot since the writing and release of "The Lost" EP in 2015, so the lyrical content of this new album is a lot more heartfelt. We've collectively lived through life-changing pain and happiness, break ups and failed relationships, issues with our own mental health and family struggles that lead Lizi and the rest of us to write some really meaningful lyrics that we hope people can find comfort in.

What can punters expect from a The Beautiful Monument live show?

Lots of energy, big singalong choruses that are easy to sing along to, even if you've never heard us before.

Fast, punchy and a lot of fun!

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

Although nerves before playing are uncomfortable, they're a good thing as it means you care about the show you're about to put on. We always had the best advice given to us by our late manager Justin, who passed away in November.

He always gave us the best pre-show advice, the way to make us ensure we were happy in our situations and with each other and the best advice about how to do everything properly in regards to releases. He was a really important person to us, and one of the most caring people ever. We're all super grateful for all the advice he gave us, we learnt so much.

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

'I Touch Myself' by The Divinyls ;)

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

'Without Me' by Aburden. Or realistically anything by Aburden because they're major sad boys. We love them.

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

'Anchors' by The Amity Affliction or 'Land Down Under' by Men At Work.

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

Some of us recently went to the Corner Hotel to see Running Touch. The vibes were really different to what we were used to within the usual heavy/hardcore scene but it was awesome to go to a different kind of gig and see the crowd, the interaction with the crowd and the differences between a show like that and one we would play.

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

A lot of people inspire us by just being a part of the community, caring enough to share a bands post on Facebook or even rock up to a show. Being in a band is hard, so when you have the punters caring about their local bands and their scene, it really helps to make a difference. Those people inspire us to be better and do better.

Name 3 Unearthed artist you are loving at the moment.

We're absolutely loving Ruby Fields, Aburden and Dear Seattle.

Lastly, what are your plans for 2017?

We're looking forward to everything this year is shaping up to be for us so far. This Friday sees us playing with Architects and Ocean Grove thanks to Triple J Unearthed. We're also hoping to hit up some interstate shows this year to share our album with those fans as well. Everything we've got planned at the moment is still a bit on the hush, but it's looking to be a really big year for us! 

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RUBY FIELDS

Featured Artist

2017

9

May

RUBY FIELDS

Sydney, NSW

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

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

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Teischa

Featured Artist

2017

15

May

Teischa

Perth, WA

Perth artist Teischa and her latest track, 'Midnight Hour', is effortlessly defiant and flawless. Her soaring vocals will run a shiver down your spine.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
It's definitely taken me years of experimenting with ideas and different styles to end up with my sound as it is now (which I think will be forever changing and developing). When I first started writing songs they were naturally very singer/songwriter/folky.
 
Over the last couple of years, finding my voice and also becoming more open to co writing and working with different producers, has definitely helped me find my sound and what I really want to express through my music. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Just the feeling of being able to get my thoughts out of my head and down into a piece of music that I can then perform and share with other people is the best thing in the world. When my music resonates with others and makes them feel something I'm the happiest person ever! 
 
What can punters expect from a Teischa live show?
 
Lots of variety. I love to change it up and keep it interesting. Playing live is my favourite thing to do. I love sharing the stories behind songs and letting the audience in to my world for a moment.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
My mum is a swimming coach and is full of inspirational and motivational quotes. I know this is cliche but my favourite piece of advice she's told me is "anything is possible."
 
I'm one of those people that likes to set very low expectations so I don't disappoint myself but my mum has always pushed me to dream a little bigger. She's the best. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
 
I know its not originally an Australia track but can Remi's version of 'Thong Song' count? Such a jam! If you're feeling sad I challenge you to listen to this and not be instantly cheered up. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
 
Fall into My Arms - Ngaiire. Not necessarily because of the lyrics, but her voice is just so raw and powerful it makes me teary haha! 
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
 
Frozen - Pon Cho
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Jorden Rakei at Jack Rabbit Slims. It blew my mind. Incredible! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you
 
There are so many! Perth is full of amazing, creative people. A few that inspire me are, Koi Child, Morgan Bain, Pow Negro and Timothy Nelson. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
 
More writing, live shows and hopefully more music out soon!

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Fight Ibis

Featured Artist

2017

21

May

Fight Ibis

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Sunshine, QLD

After bringing us their latest single 'Dorothy Deadleg', Sunshine Coasts' four piece, Fight Ibis, are taking over the stage this weekend as our Big Pineapple Comp winners. It's going to get groovy.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
A: I put some expanding foam and a dash of food colouring into a beaker and poured it all over of a ukulele and electrocuted it using a 1969 datsun 2000 roadster battery and then left it in the sun to whither to distract people from catching me whilst I tried to rewrite every Pixies song. Nah I Guess its just a combination of having a jazzy drummer, a groove driven bass player and a a new look on every song we write Simplified: Experimentation. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
A: Everything, to me, is about enjoyment and finding things I didn't know we could do or feel whilst having as much fun in this little amount of time we have. I try to translate that to the music and hopefully people that hear our stuff can hear that and relate to it as well. Also, Kurt Loder. 
 
What can punters expect from a Fight Ibis live show?
 
A: We like to play loud and have fun whilst trying to create a wall of psychedelic sound. Our bass player has been called the Jim Carrey of bass guitar. Braps.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
A: "Rewrite most of what you have just written for that Triple J Q&A.. You pretentious prick.." - The rest of the band.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
A: Anything by The Saints or Spiderbait.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
A: Bee Gees - Massachusetts. Finna drop a tear just thinking about it.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
A: Confidence man - Bubblegum. BUBBLE YES! 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
A: Wolfmother at the Helm in Mooloolaba. It was great. Andrew Stockdale looks like my dad though so that's kinda weird. Dad sure can rock though. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the QLD music community that inspire you.
 
A: A band called Hobo Magic are great. They're bringing back the grooooove. Everyone here is inspiring (for good and bad). Old music teachers that were mean.. A magpie singing on a blue sky morn. It all add's up. Not one thing in particular but the feeling of people still wanting to go to gigs and to listen to music is the best. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
 
Release songs, tour and play lots of gigs, write new songs, get a new sweater for the winter, move house, open a restaurant and then close it as a result of bankruptcy, write more songs, tickle a badger until it pays me back for the free food i gave it all whilst having a good time and being happy.. Also doing a like a version would be cool hint hint. But nothing we do is ever really thought out. Very spontaneous but as long as we are moving forward we are happy. So I'm not too sure what you will get from us or how you will get it but I do know that everything that comes will be from the DEEP DEPTHS OF LOVE. WOOOOOO.
 
Ps remember Chris Cornell. peas out

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Baker Boy

Featured Artist

2017

28

May

Baker Boy

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Melbourne, VIC

Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities, rapper, actor and dancer, Danzel Baker AKA Baker Boy, is three times the charm!  At just 20 years old, he plans to be the first Indigenous rapper to rap in his Yolngu Matha language. 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
My sound was developed around the influences of my traditional music fused with my current involvement with hip hop music and dance. I wanted to be the first Indigenous rapper to rap in language, mine being Yolngu Matha.
 
I worked with a producer Tobiahs Fakhri to create the track Cloud9 to include not only modern hip hop elements that I connect with but also Yidaki (Didgeridoo) and the language Yolngu Matha for traditional sounds. The perfect fusion of my two worlds that I have grown up with. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
I haven't had one stand out inspirer that has lead me to making music. I more saw an opportunity for Indigenous musicians and rappers to express themselves in language rather than English. Music and dance have always been an integral part of my life from growing up in Milingimbi and this only developed more since moving away and schooling and further into my career with Djuki Mala and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects.
 
If anything my dance work has inspired me and allowed this to happen. Influences like Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, Gawurra and Yirrimal showed me to be proud of where I am from and use my voice through rap to communicate my messages.
 
What can punters expect from a Baker Boy live show?
 
They can expect to see a lot of dancing, energy, I'll play the Yidaki, hear language Yolngu Matha and a young handsome proud Yolngu boy - Baker Boy.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
I remember my dad telling me, 'if you have a goal, know its not going to be easy, but if you put your mind to it, work hard and reach for the sky reach until you grab it with your bare hands'. He always tells me 'keep going there's no limit'. I'm pretty much following my dads' footsteps but trying to go next level.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Brolga by Yirrimal!!! My poison cousin.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
I would play them Wiyathul by Gurrumul. Just play the whole album actually !!
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
I'd tell them put Cloud9 - Baker Boy ;)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw my friends band Jakubi. They are a home grown Melbourne band that are so hard working and crazy talented.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
 
Briggs and Yirrimal both inspired me and got me thinking about the whole fusion of traditional and current hip hop. They both are so incredible in their own way with such different genres and sounds and both proud Indigenous men.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
My plans for 2017 are to continuing writing more music in my Baker Boy style, and help two worlds collaborate and merge to one as I only see one. I will continue dancing and working in remote indigenous communities with IHHP inspiring youth and sharing my story and journey.
 
I want to be the next David Gulpilil and have started acting and already feature on a few movies so hope to do more of that. Just want to keep doing Baker Boy rap, dance and live life to the fullest, be free.

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Stella Donnelly

Featured Artist

2017

4

Jun

Stella Donnelly

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Perth, WA

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

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

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Promise

Featured Artist

2017

19

Jun

Promise

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Hobart, TAS

After dropping his latest track 'Conscious Thoughts', Tasmanian artist Promise will be jumping on stage with Thundamentals this weekend! Expect nothing less than fiery blends of Hip Hop that'll leave you sizzling for days.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
My music and sound has developed through life experiences and interactions with inspiring individuals.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
My greatest source of inspiration has mostly been from pain, failure and the urge to learn and grow from what we have no control over or understand.
 
What can punters expect from a Promise live show?
 
Punters can expect a lot of crowd interaction and passionate live performances with a variety of all sounds.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
The best advice I have been given was from a close friend who said "try and paint a picture of who you are with your words, because as a listener we don't know who you are and what you have been through".
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Shannon Noll - 'What About Me'
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Missy Higgins - 'The Special Two'. She is my dream feature!
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Hilltop Hoods - 'Cosby Sweater'
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Quartermasters in the city of Hobart. It was intimate with an acoustic vibe and sound that only a small venue can produce.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Tasmanian music community that inspire you.
 
Some of the artists and bands I find inspiring include Hip Hop artist, Greeley. He has been giving everybody in the local scene a platform to push their voices out with his THCtv series and connecting and bringing more attention to the local scene. Wombat is an excellent lyricist and exciting up and coming artist too. My close friend Jay Jerome Bushby, plays almost every night in most of the venues in Hobart and has an amazing voice. I also find Liam Tally who is making amazing production, music and the smoothest RnB in his soul band, Laser Baby and even though they have moved recently to Melbourne, I find Close Counters and Junior Brando inspiring too.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Learn, grow and work harder.

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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&hellip; 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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Haiku Hands

Featured Artist

2017

26

Jun

Haiku Hands

Sydney, NSW

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

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

 

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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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Samsaruh
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Artist

Samsaruh

Indie, Rock (#Alternative #rock)

Melbourne, VIC

NEIL FRANCES

Featured Artist

2017

24

Jul

NEIL FRANCES

Sydney, NSW

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

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

 

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Kaiit

Honeyed vocals, fierce rhymes and a bold electric style to match, 19-year old Melbourne artist Kaiit, brings you a whole lot of attitude and sweet soul sounds with her latest offering 'Natural Woman'.

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

My music is a reflection of things I listen to and that inspire me, including hip-hop, jazz, RnB and neo soul. I feel like I'm constantly developing my sound and I do that through collaborating in the studio and just trying new things.

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

I get inspiration from everything including a sentence someone might say, to hearing one of my favourite songs that I haven't heard in a while. Another great source of inspiration are my personal thoughts, feelings, things happening in my life and those close around me.

What can punters expect from a Kaiit live show?

What people can expect from my live shows are getting to know me and my playful personality, listening to a whole set of unreleased music and just meeting and relating to others and my music.

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

The best advice I have been given is to not expect anything from anyone and to stop being fixated on how people view me (especially people I don't know) and these are all things I had to learn for myself.

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

The 'Nut Bush' is Australian right? Haha. I loved The Sapphires movie where Jessica Mauboy kills the cover of 'I'll take you there'. It's definitely a feel good number!

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

Shannon Noll - 'What About Me'.

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

Diafrix - 'Before You Go'.

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

The last gig I went to was Koda at The Workers Club. It was great to see people my age doing their thing and really enjoying themselves. Their songs have inspired me to start writing more music.

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

I'm inspired by many people and things. This includes one of my mentors MoMo, and Mzrizk who has been so supportive of me. I'm also inspired by young people pursuing what they love!

What are your plans for 2017?

My plans for 2017 are to release more music, powerful visuals and a lot more gigs!!!
 

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MUTO

Featured Artist

2017

21

Aug

MUTO

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Sydney, NSW

Staking his claim as 2017's breakout producer, Sydney based electronic artist MUTO pairs up with Emerson Leif on the brand new infectious, silky smooth and synth-driven track, 'Say Nothing'.

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

My music is a fusion of genres in which I try to take the most important or standout features from each and mold it into something of my own. I developed my sound by being consistent with certain instruments and synths that I felt were cohesive with the overall vibe I want to portray through my music.

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

I don't think there is one main source for my inspiration as that can limit creativity. I take inspiration from a range of things and genres, such as peculiar percussion rhythms or strange samples that have some kind of melodic potential that I can then manipulate to my own taste. I try to get as weird and creative as possible with what I'm working with whilst still trying to keep things relatable.

What can punters expect from a MUTO live show?

You can expect to hear unreleased music, edits & remixes (new and old) and hear myself jam on the keyboard to some of my recent releases.

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

"Everything matters, but nothing matters that much." - Dad

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

Bluejuice - 'Vitriol'.

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

Ta-ku - 'Heartbreak'.

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

The Presets - 'My People'.

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

Human Movement in Sydney. Epic!

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

Jack Grace, Winston Surfshirt and Cosmo's Midnight are all doing great things in their respective fields at the moment. I also have huge respect for anyone in the industry trying to help keep the city of Sydney alight in such a dark time for music and entertainment, whether it be organising or just being proactive in supporting local artists and events.

What are your plans for 2017?

My plans are to continue touring all around Australia and then hit Europe to play some big shows with Odesza! I'm also currently making the final touches on my debut EP, which is due out in October!

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Carmouflage Rose

Featured Artist

2017

28

Aug

Carmouflage Rose

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Bringing you your weekend party anthem is Brisbane rapper, Carmouflage Rose. He's taking Australia's Hip Hop scene into his own hands with his new track 'Late Nights', a fierce fusion of funked-up production and slick vocals.

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

I develop my sound through long hours and dedication to the studio and creating a sound with James Angus. I went through all the stages of becoming an artist, from a rapper's rapper, to a flex rapper and to an emotional rapper and now I've reached the stage where I know I can rap and I'm creating a vibe. To be honest, I just stopped trying so hard. 

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

Pain, love, and emotions. I'm also inspired by good times with people I love and the fact I can do this and not be paid a cent and still be happy doing it.

What can punters expect from a Carmouflage Rose live show?

Hype! It's totally a hype thing. We always have a high energy type vibe and we gradually move into the more heartfelt songs while we cool down. You've got to be ready to express!

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

The best advice I was given was from my brother Wayne. I used to send him my music all the time and he never liked it, until one day he called me and asked me how I was making music that sounded American because I lived in Australia and was born in Zimbabwe. It didn't make sense to him. So he told me I should go back to my roots and mix it with Australian culture and that's how we made my track, 'Late Nights'. 

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

'Late Nights'. Haha. Or UV boi and his track 'Feel Love' for sure and would have to make a cocktail of tracks that includes tracks by Peking Duk, Spenda C, Joyride, Tkay Maidza and of course, Allday. 

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

When it comes to Australian music, I usually listen to my inner circle like Brisbane rapper I AM D and his tracks 'Acceptance Speech' and 'Lessons'. I feel like he really touches some heartfelt emotions I can relate to. So does Gallus with 'Lionheart'. But if I had to choose an international song it would be Whitney Houston with 'I Have Nothing', Luther Vandross with 'Dance With My Father' or James Blunt with 'Goodbye My Lover.

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

I'm gonna be hella bias here and say 'Late Nights' because it really gets the vibe naughty haha. But if it's not 'Late Nights' it has to be Flumes remix of 'HyperParadise' by Hermitude.

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

I saw Kilter and Feki at the Triffid. It was pretty amazing. I love the way they do live shows. The Sonics were also colourful.

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

Midas.Gold for sure. His passion, drive and how he approaches things wholeheartedly amazes me. Gill Bates as well. He was the first to do it like nationally. He's such a creative person when it comes to anything videos, music, drawing and art. He has ideas that can change the world for sure. James Angus also inspires me because he's the guy that brought my voice to your device. His ear for music is amazing and unmatched. His drive and how fast he produces his music is crazy. He's beyond skilled and the pioneer with in the entire Brisbane music community. He's also behind every instrumental coming out of this city right now.

What are your plans for 2017?

I've got heaps of shows coming up, so my plan is to meet a lot of new people at the shows and connect with everyone nationally. There is always more music coming. I've been waiting for this moment my whole life and I'm not slowing down anytime soon. I've also got an EP in the works so look out for that!

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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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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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Feels

Featured Artist

2017

18

Sep

Feels

( )

Perth, WA

Feels are a percussive electronic outfit from Perth, and the winners of our 2017 Listen Out competition for WA! We're featuring their buoyant and bubbly tunes all this week on Unearthed.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Elise and Rosie met during high school when they were 14 at an after school percussion program. During a Djembe solo we locked eyes and from that day, we knew we would make music together. We both studied classical percussion at University and Elise went on to study composition. Our love for rhythm and classical composition has definitely influenced our sound and how we create a Feels track. We have always loved electronic music and wanted to find the balance between using our classical composition and percussion skills to created serious beats and shredding synth lines.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Rhythm is definitely our greatest inspiration and usually the main focus for our tracks. We like to find simple patterns and find ways to disrupt and manipulate them. We both play percussion every day, whether it be tutoring high school students, or playing for dancers at WAAPA. Playing has always been a huge inspiration for our music. Our study of many different styles of percussion music and composition has also been influential on our music.

What can punters expect from a FEELS live show?
Live drums, electronics and tinsel jackets! Oh, and a surfboard.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Don’t place too much importance on one track or a certain release, you never know what can happen” – (Tim Shiel).
“Don’t fuck it up” – (RuPaul).

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Miss Blanks – ‘Clap Clap’.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Stella Donnelly – ‘Boys Will Be Boys’.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Lewis Cancut – ‘Body Querty’.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
BIGSOUND! We saw so many local bands it was amazing! Miss Blanks was definitely a highlight for us. It was great to see such a diverse range of artists at the festival. Being from Perth, it was amazing to see such a large representation of our local music scene.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
Earlier this year, we co-founded WOMPP (Women of Music Production Perth) a platform for female, transgender and nonbinary music makers to share and discuss music production. We have monthly meetings to discuss electronic music production, share tracks and prepare for our biannual showcases. Through the creation of this community, we have met some of the most talent and inspiring individuals in the Perth music scene. Over this past year we have seen so many strong electronic acts form and more established artists become even more confident. Artists such as Alex and Yell, Lana Rothnie, G*Rey, WYN, Mei Saraswati, Jana Jaya Ayres, Jamilla and many more, are helping to shape the Perth music scene and the standards we set for equal gender representation within our city.

What are your plans for the future?
We have our debut EP Emerald coming out in November with 2 more singles in between. We’re very excited! We are heading to Berlin in November to attend ‘Ableton Loop’, an international music summit. We will also be doing an Ableton studio residency in Sydney January 2018 in which we hope to start writing a new album. We are definitely wanting to do an East coast tour in 2018 and release more new music!

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Miss Blanks

Featured Artist

2017

25

Sep

Miss Blanks

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Queensland dynamo Miss Blanks is starting the party at Listen Out in Brisbane for Unearthed, and we're featuring her thick jams this week!

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

Right now, I’m in this cool space of making heavy yet fun tracks that you can party to. I really enjoy bass, claps and cool synths, I try and find the best sounds that can convey the energy of the track I’m writing.

 

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

I’d say my mama, the amazing powerful women around me, my experiences, and the 90’s queens of Hip Hop.

 

What can punters expect from a Miss Blanks live show?

Quite an unforgettable visceral experience. There’s a lot of fun, dancing, staunchness, and R-rated content - be warned! 

 

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

“Don’t let him hit it or sleep over on the first date” - Mama 

 

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

Christine Anu - My Island Home

 

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

Young In Love - Thelma Plum (my beautiful sis, everyone look her up)

 

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

Clap Clap - Miss Blanks (obviously)

 

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

Bigsound. It was great, a lot of fun to perform and see some incredible Australian acts.

 

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

Hands down, the women and NB folk in music inspire me. Everyone needs to know of:

- Aywin

- Jesswar

- G Elenil

- Kaylah Truth

- May Lyn

- Tiana Khasi

- Captain Dreamboat

- Sullivan Patten

- DJ Dameila

- DJ Baby Mama

- DJ Kritty

- Trina Massey

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

The remainder of 2017 is pretty full with new music, shows, videos, exciting announcements - we’re ending the year and starting the new one with a bang!

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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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Slowly Slowly

Featured Artist

2017

9

Oct

Slowly Slowly

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Ready to hear from your new favourite band? Melbourne punk rockers, Slowly Slowly bring you hard-hitting honesty, bitter-sweet melancholia and an explosion of sound with their new single, 'Aliens'.

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

I think we were looking for some ground between big hooky songs and something that facilitated my winding lyrical content. We had songs that lived on both sides of that fence and we were finding that the ones that hit a little closer to home, even though they didn’t necessarily have choruses, seemed to be resonating on stage with us and our audience. Personally, I always find myself falling in love with the more obscure solo songs on the albums I love, so I also wanted to build a home for something that could be loud, hooky and aggressive, but also considered and fragile.

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

On our new record I have adopted some instances of speaking from someone else’s perspective, but for the most part, my writing is very autobiographical. I also really respect the opinions of the other band members a lot, so I am always striving to impress them when I bring them a new song. 

What can punters expect from a Slowly Slowly live show?

I’d like to think we encourage a good singalong. Our Melbourne home shows especially, have such a community vibe around them. Our fans are very kind natured and look after each other in the pit. We are very lucky. I’d like to think everyone feels welcome and a  part of something.

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

My Dad told me once to never try and change anybody, just to find your people. It’s been ringing in my ears ever since. I think it extends to respectfully moving on and pulling yourself towards the things that make you happy. Don’t be a victim. Anyway - sorry, too heavy?

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

'Please Don’t Ask Me To Smile' by You Am I. Tim Rogers has such a beautiful earnest poetry about him. Riddled with nostalgic weight, but also charmingly uplifting. This song will make you remember what it was like to be young and smiling.

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

'Dilettantes' by You Am I. As far as Australian songwriters go I can’t go past Timmy to cure the waterworks and also to encourage them. The language in this song ties me up. It's a stunning tune that makes me think about life and death and everything in-between.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by Paul Kelly. Comon.

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

Caught our mates Tired Lion at The Corner Hotel a couple of weeks ago. Such a lovely vibe in the room and I just love watching Ethan play drums. Such a controlled player. 

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

There are so so many. Of course we have such a loving relationship with our friends in Ceres, Foley and The Pretty Littles. We also watch our friends in Neighbourhood Youth, Press Club, Clove, Self Talk and Turn South and are always blown away. We love the droll Australiana of The Slingers, a newly formed Melbourne band I have really been getting into. Love the tension on stage when Bench Press plays. Run Rabbit Run create such beautiful uplifting musical arrangement too. There are just so many. We are such little fish in a big pond. 

What are your plans for 2017?

We are going to release a new album, tour ourselves into the ground and hopefully get around some beautiful faces all across Australia. We feel so lucky to be able to do this and have people connecting with our music. 

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Erik Sanders

Featured Artist

2017

23

Oct

Erik Sanders

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Brisbane, QLD

Get ready! Brisbane Hip Hop artist Erik Sanders is about to dominate this year’s Sprung Festival as our triple j Unearthed comp winner! Check out his latest track ‘Purple Panther ft Reese Laflare’. It’s fun, bright and loaded with energy.

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

I grew up in a hip-hop family, so it was natural for me to find a love for the music. When I started, I used to rap in a boom bap lyrical style but I ended up finding a good balance between rapping but still being melodic at the same time because I really wanted my melodies in my music to stick with people. 

 

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

Taking a break from writing and living life for a few days. 

 

Tell us about your latest single ‘Purple Panther ft Reese Laflare’.

I had been sitting on 'Purple Panther' for a minute, trying to find a good feature for it, and I happened to meet Reese Laflare at a showcase we both performed at in Sydney. So it worked out perfect to get him on the song after we met. This is also my personal favourite song I've made by far.

 

What can punters expect from an Erik Sanders live show?

Heavy bass, auto-tune and thunder.

 

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

The best advice I've received was from myself. Which is to not get too attached to things in life because everything around us is disposable. Houses, clothes, people etc. Things come and go so I had to accept that at a very young age and live with it.

 

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

Erik Sanders - 'In The Air Feat. Allday'.

 

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

 Shannon Noll - 'What About Me'.

 

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

That's a no-brainer! Erik Sanders - Purple Panther Feat. Reese Laflare

 

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

Travy P at The Black Bear Lodge. I played that night as well. Travy turned that place upside down with a sore throat. It was beautiful.

 

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

Strictly the people in my friend circle. It's a small circle but we all understand each other's intentions and vision.

 

What are your plans for 2017?

Keep playing shows, keep getting my money, lining up the flex for next year, and drop a new single since my EP got pushed to the start of 2018.

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BLESSED

Featured Artist

2017

16

Oct

BLESSED

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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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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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MANE

Featured Artist

2017

6

Nov

MANE

Adelaide, SA

Hailing out of Adelaide is this weeks Feature Artist, MANE! Her deep and distinctive vocals and impressive dark anthemic pop music is both enchanting and consuming. We can't get enough of it.

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

I love dark anthemic Pop music and that's what I strive to create. I've always tended to write acoustically to begin with, to flesh lyrics and melodies out, that's always been important to me. However, once I started to develop production ideas and understand the technical side of things a little more, that's when I feel I found the sound I wanted to be making. 

 

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

I think for the most part it's personal experiences and feelings I like to draw on. But it can also come from the people I surround myself with and the hardships they sometimes go through, especially if I can relate and empathise with it.

 

What can punters expect from a MANE live show?

I've worked really hard on my live set this year, I think we've created a large sound that emulates the recordings but also has some organic elements that I can have fun with on stage. I'm feeling excited about it. 

 

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

I think I've been told by a few people to never really expect anything from what you create and I think it's a pretty great rule of thumb. When you start to create with certain expectations you can lack authenticity and it can create boundaries. Just doing your thing is important.

 

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

Right now, I'm feeling like I want to say Edge Of Town by Middle Kids. It's just a really great song. I've continually smashed that track since it was released and have not gotten sick of it once. it's just really, really solid. 

 

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

Well, It's gotta be 'Blind You' by Didirri doesn't it?!.

 

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

Let's go with 'Ubu' by Methyl Ethyl. Such a great boogie track. 

 

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

I went to Root Down festival in Adelaide last weekend. Such a great lineup. I think it was the day the new season of Stranger Things came out and Luke Million smashed his Remix of the theme song. So much fun. 

 

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

There is a lot of good stuff brewing in Adelaide at the moment. Great mates Heaps Good Friends are whooshing everyone out the park, it's super fresh and what they're doing is so much fun. Timberwolf's new album is also HUGE, honestly one of the most solid live performers I've seen. 

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2017, early 2018?

I'm just continuing to write at the moment and planning to release a new track in the not too distant future (!!!)

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Nancie Schipper

Featured Artist

2017

13

Nov

Nancie Schipper

Western Victoria, VIC

Jumping on stage with Skegss, Tired Lion, Mallrat, Bakerboy and more, is this year's Live At The Steps comp winner, Nancie Schipper!

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

I grew up listening to alt-country/folk music and was making that kind of music up until recently. Over the last couple of years, my songwriting has developed towards an indie-pop/folk sound, whilst still carrying elements of the music I used to play. This year I have also started playing around with a ‘bigger’ sound, exploring synth ideas, as well as challenging myself more vocally.

 

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

I would have to say, other artists. There have been so many times where I have listened to songs and felt instantly connected to them, which then inspired me to push myself as a songwriter and try different things. Aside from that, personal experiences and the people around me!

 

What can punters expect from a Nancie Schipper live show?

Backstories behind some of the songs, and lots of guitar dancing (don’t know if that's even a thing but it is now)! I love feeding off the energy from the crowd and giving it my all every single gig, no matter how big or small!

 

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

I’m not sure where I heard it from, but for as long as I can remember, I have had the phrase ‘everything happens for a reason’ stuck in my head, and it has always helped me carry on when things haven't worked out. I was set to record my album early this year, but the recording dates were suddenly postponed until June for various reasons, after months of planning and excitement. It sucked at the time, but in the meantime, I wrote the first single ‘Corner Store’ off my upcoming album, so everything worked out perfectly in the end.

 

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

Hmmm… ‘Strawberry Kisses’ by Nicki Webster wouldn't fail to cheer up anyone I reckon!

 

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

‘One Crowded Hour’ by Augie March. 

 

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

‘Boyfriend’ by Confidence man. On repeat… (get it??!?)

 

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I’m only seventeen, so, unfortunately, I rarely get to see bands live. BUT I have managed to catch mind-blowing shows from Gretta Ray, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and Tash Sultana recently!

 

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

I’ve been inspired by so many different people! Brady James, Tom Richardson and Hey Mammoth are artists whom all first spring to mind both musically and as people, and they are incredibly down to earth and genuine. They have done so many different, amazing things with their music and I think they are all crazily talented. 

 

What are your plans for 2018?

I’ll be finishing off my last year of high school, and writing and recording some new music!! I’ll be 18 in May, so seeing and playing a lot more live music and getting my P plates is definitely on the cards!

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