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Toby Mobbs
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Toby Mobbs

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Toby Mobbs)

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Callan John AU
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Callan John AU

Pop (#indiepop, #indiefolk, #folkpop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

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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Liv Cartledge
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Liv Cartledge

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (#indierock, #indiepop, #Alternative, ...)

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Thomas Headon

Featured Artist

2020

27

Jul

Thomas Headon

Melbourne, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Thomas Headon!
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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I feel like I'm still learning what kind of music I wanna make. Which is cool because I'm only 19 right now so, I want what I write and create to keep 'growing with me' not to sound lame. All the songs I'm writing though are still small documents of my life at the time though. My first EP was this kind of bedroom-pop personal story revolving around this one specific person, and now my second EP which I'm currently releasing is a lot more produced and to me a definite step up in music quality, but still basically revolves around just one person. Is that sad? Probably, but we move on. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?

I'm not inspired by much besides other music and my life really. I've never been a 'watch a film and omg I'm gonna write a song about the Titanic' guy, idk it just never worked. Still doesn't. I think like 99% of my songs are things that have actually happened to me / I've gone through. I've struggled a bit during this quarantine time simply because like, nothing is happening lol. Anyway, other than that it comes in waves. Sometimes I'm like INSPIRED but other times I'm just inspired y'know?
 
What can punters expect from a Thomas Headon live show?

Mate I would actually want my live show to go off. Sadly I've had like 2 lots of headline shows be rescheduled now, so I'm yet to play any. I've been using this time to really make sure I have the right songs to play live, make sure the setlist is good enough, practicing idk like everything.
 
Playing live is the highest point for me I think, as much as I love writing and recording, being on a stage in front of people who know my music is when I'm really gonna be my happiest in my 'musical life'. Anyway, I'm announcing a tour today, let's hope they go forward. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?

I do a lot of dumb things so I get advice quite a lot. I'm not exactly sure what the advice would have been, but there's a couple of people in my life who are like "the" advice givers. Mum's pretty good at saying things that just stick with me, but other than that both my managers (Titus & Max) are great at advice on anything really, as well as a few friends. I'm lucky I have those people. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?

'Duncan' by Slim Dusty. Great song. Premium songwriting. Gets me out of a slump everytime. Hungry? 'Duncan' by Slim Dusty. Thirsty? 'Duncan' by Slim Dusty. Oak? 'Duncan' by Slim Dusty. Hotel? Trivago. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?

Again probably 'Duncan' by Slim Dusty. Also pretty emotional. He just wants to have a beer with Duncan. And Trev. And everyone. Quite relatable to be honest. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?

Nah for real though Australian music hasn't been the same since Flume released 'Hi This Is Flume'. Anything from that. Probably 'High Beams' that's my favourite on that record. Although quick little plug to my literal favourite Australian artist right now Sycco. She's making straight banger after banger. There's no stopping her. Someone quote me on this question when she's playing Rod Laver. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?

Uhhhhhh great question I've been inside for so long I don't remember. I have a lot of answers for this question... pretty sure the last GIG i went to was The 1975 at O2 Arena. That was effing mental I love them. More of a local gig though. A bit before that was my incredibly talented friend Matilda Mann, she played like an 80 cap venue which was perfect because she literally put the whole audience in this beautiful, emotional acoustic trance. Highly recommend checking out her stuff. Australia though... man I really wish I remembered, it was probably a friend of mine's but I just don't remember whose :(
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne / London music community that inspire you.

I could actually write a whole essay for this question. I'm literally constantly surrounded by such talented people that it's hard to list them all. But huge mentions are as I said above Sycco. She's such a cool girl but she's also my absolute favourite Australian artist right now, her song 'Nicotine' is my current favourite song of 2020, but her new song 'Dribble' is another tune and a half. Along with her, a couple of my friends here in London are super talented. Above I mentioned Matilda Mann, but also my friend Stephen Barnes who goes by Nabes is so talented, as well as my friend Maya Delilah whose music I really like, and a friend of mine in LA called Sam but goes by Slush Puppy... I'm also on a track with him, he's sick. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

By the look of London right now it might be that I have to stay inside for the rest of eternity, but that's okay. Pandemic aside I probably would have been doing that anyway. I have plans to come home around Christmas time, hopefully play a couple of shows too if it's okay to do so. Other than that I dunno man, vibe? Write more music? Vibe some more? Listen to triple j all day? Probably.

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Hockey Dad

Featured Artist

2014

15

Dec

Hockey Dad

( )

Illawarra, NSW

Fuzzed-out surf pop duo Hockey Dad have capped off a huge year by winning our Falls Festival competition. You can catch these Leisure Coast legends on stage at Falls in Byron Bay this New Years Eve.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
It's really hard to determine how we developed our sound, as it was never forced. The music we listen to would have to be an obvious influence, although I think being best mates for 13 years has really inspired us to to write songs that simply just feel natural to us. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Our ridiculous tastes in music. We could be jamming out to Aretha Franklin, and a moment later we'd throw on some Beastie Boys and fire up. I think we've slowly become more open minded with the songs we listen to, which is cool. There's always something to take from every genre.
 
You’re the winners of our Falls Festival competition. What can punters at Falls in Byron Bay expect from the Hockey Dad live show?
Being regular punters ourselves, we've always been watching bands having the time of their lives at epic festivals, so we're unbelievably stoked to finally be having a dig ourselves! For the legends that come see us... you can expect blood, sweat and beers... sprinkled with cheeky grins and a few brand new songs!
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
When we were chilling with the Duniez fellas down the coast one weekend, Danny was chatting with us about the decision to not have a bass player. The one thing we remember from that night, was him saying "You guys just do what you want to do, don't worry about what other people want. As long as you're having fun, people will be diggin it." 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mylee Grace & Ozzy Wrong - 'Lady Lady Lady'. I don't think it's possible to listen to this song without smiling and bopping your head around. We're massive fans of their playful lyrics and overall vibe. Close your eyes and drift away to your own little world full of rainbows, watermelons and sunshine.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Bad Dreems - 'My Only Friend'. A real heartbreaker from a bunch of boofheads. Who said that true blue Aussie battlers can't be emotional? Sometimes we all need a Hi-Vis covered shoulder to lean on. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Midnight Oil - 'Beds Are Burning'. Fair dinkum, mate.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Our new mates The Moving Stills played at our managers bar in the 'Gong recently. It's so sick to see young dudes who are setting goals and are stoked to be playing shows. Keep an ear out for these legends.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
Wollongong is becoming such a tight little community of musicians, it's epic. Pretty much it's just all about hanging with your bruzzies and getting stoked on each other's music. After all, that's what being in a band is all about.
 
What are your plans for 2015?
2015 will be purely dedicated to the All Aussie Adventures of Hockey Dad, which is super exciting. Other than recording our next release throughout January, then touring with bruzzies DZ Deathrays and legends Bass Drum Of Death shortly afterwards, it's all up in the air at the moment. Although I'm sure we'll keep writing songs, playing shows and frothing out.

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George Alice
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George Alice

Indie, Pop

Adelaide, SA

TASH SULTANA

Featured Artist

2016

16

May

TASH SULTANA

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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