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METHYL ETHEL
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METHYL ETHEL

Indie, Pop (DHAP, lomax, PG/KS/SR)

Perth, WA

CXLOE

Featured Artist

2018

16

Apr

CXLOE

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's Feature star, CXLOE. She's currently living overseas in LA making impressive, dark and brooding music full of drama.

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

Its taken me a while to develop my sound, but I've enjoyed the journey! Countless trips back and forth from America going in any and every session I could find. I first started off a few years ago wanting to do folk; inspired by Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Sara Bareilles. But after being in LA for a while and trying to cope with its brutal/lonely nature my music took a bit of a darker turn. I still draw a lot of my melodic inspiration from those artists but the production and undertones are not as organic and more electronic driven. Now I draw a lot of my inspiration from artists such as Lorde, Banks and Sasha Sloane.

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

Probably everything. I mean obviously, I'm so in love with music and the feeling it gives me. But a lot of my inspiration comes from my boyfriend and my family. They give me so much strength and I draw so many of my experiences from them and write about them. They are also the reasons I want to succeed in this business. 

What can punters expect from a CXLOE live show?

A dark and brooding set with musical highs and lows. Dope lighting with songs you can sing along to and cry to. I love taking my listeners on a journey as I feel I'm quite honest as an artist so I don’t mind letting people in.

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

To work SMART, not hard (obviously work hard, but you get the point haha) It was given to me by a friend and artist I really look up to Will Singe.

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

'World of our Love' by Client Liaison.

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

'Comfortable' by LANKS (it's quite a hopeful song but for some reason, I always end up balling my eyes out!).

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

'Holiday' by KOTA BANKS DUH!

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

I'm living over in LA at the moment so the last local Artist I saw was Aussie singer-songwriter Bobi Andenov. He performed at a local event called School Night in Hollywood and totally crushed it!! His vocals are insane and his songwriting is next level!!

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

Oh gosh, there are so many. I'm so inspired by JOY and Jack River, they’re just totally running their own race and I LOVE IT! There are also two women in the music community that really inspire me as they are the most genuinely supportive women I have come across.  Nina Las Vegas and Kota Banks. They are both so encouraging of women in the music industry and don’t see other artists as competition. Which is what we need more of!! I adore these two so much. And OBVIOUSLY my manager Sarah Donelly she is a BOSS I don't know how I got so lucky.

What are your plans for 2018?

To protect my peace over here in LA and write awesome music!!!!

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Frida
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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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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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Howlite
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Howlite

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Roots (#dreamo, #Electro, #indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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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jaket
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jaket

Dance, Electronic, Indie (Jaket, Andrew Crowe, ice cream, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Elaska
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Artist

Elaska

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Elaska)

Sydney, NSW

Jordan Burns
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Artist

Jordan Burns

Dance, Electronic

Brisbane, QLD

MUKI

Queen of pop beats, sass and a whole lot of fun is Sydney artist and this week's Feature Artist, MUKI!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always had a fascination with Spice Girls and J Pop artists, and I would chat to Phebe Starr and Aaron Reyes (my producer for this EP) about the kind of sounds we would use. They both came across Sophie at SXSW and they introduced me to PC music. I fell in love instantly with the production. Aaron came out from the States for 2 weeks and we locked ourselves in my studio and wrote the whole EP! 

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
At the moment I am fascinated by interesting production. I think it’s such a great time in music. I am given the freedom to say whatever the f*** I want. I use my songs to communicate what I want to the people who have underestimated me. 

What can punters expect from a MUKI live show?
It’s like Spice Girls meets trap, except there aren't 5 girls, it's just me and my curly haired MD doing synchronised dance moves. 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Phebe Starr said to me the other day, "nothing comes for free" and that's a pretty good life motto. Nothing in the music industry is perfect, so you have to just take it as it comes. Work hard, know why you are doing it and stay true to who you are. 

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mallrat with 'Better'. She is such a queen! 

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Basenji with 'Mistakes' (ft. Tkay Maidza). It's such a good tune. It makes me a cry a little about how good it is. Tkay’s vocals are fire on this track. 

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sneaky Sound System with 'Pictures'. 

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Oh Boy the other week and it was rad. He has cool hair and I love what he is doing with his production. 

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

The Sydney music scene has such a cool vibe right now and I have some amazing friends that are doing a cool hustle. I am inspired by Phebe Starr, ASTA, OH BOY, Basenji, DONATACHI, Cosmos Midnight and Nina Las Vegas. I love them all! 

What are your plans for 2018?
I am dropping an EP early next year. I also have some collaborations coming out and I am planning a writing trip to the States.

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Poppy Rose
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Poppy Rose

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

Melbourne, VIC

Alice Skye

Featured Artist

2018

28

May

Alice Skye

Western Victoria, VIC

It's National Reconciliation Week and we'd like to introduce you to Wergaia woman, Alice Skye. Her new single 'friends with feelings' is captivating. Discover it out here.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
I guess that’s still something I’m constantly doing. The songs on my album were mostly songs I’d held onto since I was a teenager and so much has changed since then. I did grow up listening to a lot of piano-driven, female-fronted music but now I play with a band of twins that I grew up with and making music with people I’ve known for so long has been such a gamechanger for me. It gives me more room to play with arrangements and sounds which is fun
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Lyrics are everything to me. I do write a lot about what’s happening to me at the time. But also I’m the sort of person that spends a lot of time sorting through old emotions and dealing with stuff I maybe should have years ago. Songwriting started as something I would do for my own sanity I didn’t really expect to be sharing them with people when I wrote them
 
What can punters expect from an Alice Skye live show?
 
I get told a lot that people have had a good cry during our sets. Not that I want people to cry, but it’s really nice knowing people are relating or connecting to the music. We play some heavier stuff that you could probably have a sway to, we call it 'Contemplative Rock' but I honestly don’t know what genre we’re playing.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
 
Wow, that’s hard to narrow down. I feel really lucky to have grown up with so many strong women around me, especially strong Blak women. I was raised by a single mum, have 2 sisters and them along with my Aunties have always been examples of strength to me. I feel like their existence is just constantly feeding me advice. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
'Sunsets' by Powderfinger for reflection and 'Shade Away' Electric Fields for distraction.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
That solo version of 'Heavy Heart' that Tim Rogers does or 'Where I Stood' by Missy Higgins.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
At the moment maybe 'My People' by Remi or 'Savage' by Jesswar.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I watched Precious Earth perform at the Post Office Hotel last week, they’re also on Unearthed and they’re such angels on and off stage! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Victorian music community that inspire you.
 
I really love songs that tell stories and two people that come to mind are Uncle Archie Roach, who is just one of the best storytellers and most inspiring person. And I have to say Missy Higgins too because she’s basically the only reason I wanted to learn how to play piano. 
 
What are your plans for 2018?
 
Heading on my first tour in a couple of weeks with one of my best friends and amazing artist Emily Wurramara, can’t wait! Also going to get back into a studio and start recording some new stuff 

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Keeskea
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Keeskea

Indie

Brisbane, QLD

Belove
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Belove

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

Melbourne, VIC

MONATOMIC
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MONATOMIC

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (Pop, Rock, "Alternative "indie"chill"pop"rock"eclectic)

Sydney, NSW