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merci, mercy
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Artist

merci, mercy

Indie, Pop (alternative, Indie, Chill, ...)

South East NSW, NSW

Big Nasty

Featured Artist

2020

16

Mar

Big Nasty

( )

Newcastle, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Newcastle legends, Big Nasty!

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

Our music is hardcore with punk, surf rock and pop squeezed into 2 minute ragers. All of our heavy music influences come together in our music.

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

Making parents and friends proud, and proving to ourselves that we can do it.

What can punters expect from a Big Nasty live show?

Lots of energy, sweat, and almighty riff faces.

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

An old music teacher of mine Allon, exposed me to so much new music and told me “you’ve either got your mojo on (Muddy Waters), or you’re stuck at a crossroads (Robert Johnson)”, basically saying that all kinds of music can be powerful, and helped me realise that there is a whole world of music out there that I was completely blind to, and from then on, the musical floodgates were opened.

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

Matthew Young’s ‘Collect’ is a go to groove for me and always gets me to smile

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

‘These Days’ by Powderfinger is one that I hold close to my heart, and I challenge anyone to listen to that track and not feel something.

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

No one can resist singing along to 'Nosebleed Section' by Hilltop Hoods.

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

Last local gig I went to was Jesus Piece at The Cambridge Hotel in January. Absolutely bonkers show. Their live sets are just pure chaos, I love it.

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

Our friend Xavier from XJP Media is doing amazing stuff at the moment. The amount of shows he gets to and the amount of work he puts into his stuff is awesome. 

What are your plans for 2020?

Keep the noise coming. Get right back in the studio and record more tunes, and take this show on the road. Full steam ahead for nasty.

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Hallie

Featured Artist

2019

2

Sep

Hallie

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Meet this week's feature artist Hallie!

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Meet this week's feature artist Hallie!

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Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers

Featured Artist

2019

17

Jun

Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers

( )

Canberra, ACT

All this week on triple j Unearthed we are featuring Canberra, all-girl punk rock outfit, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers.

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

Our music is really signature to us, you could say its a smash together of lots of different genres (which depicts our music taste pretty well) recently we've moved towards a sound that is a lot more us, progressing from twinkly pop-rock into a more powerful 90s grunge sound, we hope you're all liking it as much as we do!

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

We think our greatest inspiration for making music is each other! We've all been really close since primary school, and making music with your best pals is as inspirational as it gets. It's really exciting for us to be able to all work together on something we're so passionate about and have fun while doing it!

What can punters expect from a Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers live show?

Punters can expect a whole lot of wholesome vibes at Teen Jesus shows, we love making the crowd feel inclusive, welcome and love busting out a boogie on stage. 

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

The best advice we've ever been given is probably to have fun! Sounds a bit cheesy but we got told this when we first started the band and by living by that advice we've managed to have the best time in our music career so far.

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

'Older' by Parcels would definitely be the song we'd choose to cheer someone up if they're crying. Correct me if I'm wrong but I thinks its impossible to not get up and boogie to this song.

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

'Don't know how to keep loving you' by Julia Jacklin, would definitely be our song of choice to make someone cry, we're tearing up just thinking about it tbh.

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

If we were the DJ at a party I'd say we'd have to slip in a sneaky little Kylie Minogue 'cant get you out of my head'. 

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

The last local gig we went to was at a small cute venue called 'The Front' ran by our pals at CBR DIG. 4 Canberra bands played stripped back sets to fit the mood, The Tipsy Scholars and Sputnik Sweetheart headlined and it was so bloody wholesome, we LOVE Canberra music scene.

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

The Canberra music scene is so inspiring to be a part of, everyone is so inclusive and work really hard to amplify and support the music scene. You can really see the progress that the community has made of the last few years. It may be small but it produces A+ bands and people such as our beautiful talented pals Moaning Lisa and Sputnik Sweetheart (love you both).

What are your plans for 2019?

2019 has been a HUGE year for us so far playing gigs we'd only ever dreamed of, but the excitement continues with our first ever national tour coming up with Slowly Slowly, as well as playing some amazing festivals such as Spilt Milk and Stonefest later in the year! 

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No Money Enterprise

Featured Artist

2020

14

Jun

No Money Enterprise

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, No Money Enterprise!

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

We like to experiment with a lot of instruments and sounds & see what works. Once we get the hook right and vibe to it. That’s kind of how it all starts.

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

We love what we do and the art of music is what we enjoy.  We want to help better the lives for our families & our Logan City community. We want to showcase to the world, what is coming out of Australian Hip Hop but with our twist.

What can punters expect from a No Money Enterprise live show?

HYPE, ENERGY, FUN. It’s what we call the NME Experience (you’ll have your shoes off by the end of the shows haha) – we put 200% into each show. We put out bangers & love that everyone vibes to it when our music is either streaming online or via radio, so wait until you experience our tracks LIVE! LESSSGOOO!! 

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

“Know your worth”.

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

 Our latest track, 'No Reason', No Money Enterprise, haha.

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

 'The Message' by Onefour.

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

 “German, No Money Enterprise” (have too) haha.

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

We put together our own gig for our community in Logan City and called it “Pull up in Logan City” and it was hectic! The turn our and atmosphere was off the tap ! check out a snippet of the gig on our website (www.nomoneyenterprise.com).

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

Just seeing the music scene grow in Brisbane is inspiring in itself and also to see the community get behind the Brisbane music scene is amazing to see ! The world is not ready to see what Brisbane and of course the Australian music scene have to offer.

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Hollie Col
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Artist

Hollie Col

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (indie-rock, Singer-Songwriter, Indie-Pop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

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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Hazel English
New

Artist

Hazel English

Indie, Pop (dream Pop, Indie Pop)

Melbourne, VIC

Madura Green
New

Artist

Madura Green

Indie, Rock (alternative, Emo, indie rock, ...)

Adelaide, SA

CONCRETE SURFERS
New

Artist

CONCRETE SURFERS

Indie, Punk, Rock (Brisbane, Garage, Rock, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Mia Rodriguez

Meet this week's Feature Artist! Sydney 17-year-old pop star Mia Rodriguez!

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

I normally listen to music and dissect other artist's songs, and list things I love about about them. If I love the sound of their bass line for example, I’ll mix it in with other things I find to make my own song! It’s all about putting everything I love into one piece. 

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

(Same answer as the previous question).

What can punters expect from a Mia Rodriguez live show?

I have this character in my head of who I want to be, and you can see this in my music videos. I want people to experience a true performance, of a true character. I want to bring back the art of visually entertaining people, while singing of course. Kind of like a musical.

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

My mum always tells me to not care what other people think. She’s always been supportive by letting me be my own person. I was bullied a lot for being different. But in my opinion, caring about what people think shapes you into this unbelievably boring person! Wear what you want, be yourself. People are uncomfortable with what they don’t understand, and that’s okay. 

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

Billie Eilish came to Sydney a few months ago. She was super cool, she has such good stage presence. I always get so inspired by live performances. I just think; gosh, I wish I was up there! 

What are your plans for 2020?

My plans for 2020 is to make music, and keep growing. I’m super excited to perform live as well. Also working on my mental and physical health of course. Gotta have those self care routines! 

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Johnny Hunter

Featured Artist

2020

15

Apr

Johnny Hunter

( )

Sydney, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Johnny Hunter!

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

We took the classic sounds that we grew up with and modernised it to fit the ideas of the high energy live show to bring the character of Johnny Hunter to life.  

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

EVERYTHING!

What can punters expect from a Johnny Hunter live show?

Blood sweat and tears.

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

From reading the memoires David Bowie, I came to this conclusion: Look and Listen to EVERYTHING and step outside your comfort zone. Your inspiration doesn’t have to just come from music it can come from reading books, watching film, viewing art, photography or architecture

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

'The Piss, The Perfume' by Hayley Mary.

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

'Higgs Boson Blues' by Nick Cave.

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. A stunning classic, a must in any DJ set and if you are a DJ and that song is not in your set then you’re no DJ to me.

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

Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers. Wonderful gig, lovely bunch of people. The Jesus Teens really know how to nail a harmony and get a crowd moving. 

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

100, The buoys, egoism, Georgia June, Baby Beef, Moody Beach and Mac the Knife are all pillars of the local Sydney music scene and modern pioneers of heart stopping live performances. I’ve recently had the pleasure of writing with Jack Moffitt from The Preature’s and he’s someone I can exchange great music and ideas with. A real all-round class act.

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semantics

Featured Artist

2019

26

Aug

semantics

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and this year's Bigsound comp winners, semantics!

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

We started off the same way most young punk bands do. Lots of Green Day, Against Me, The Menzingers etc. We were all high school emos. That has always played a part in our sound, putting us on the melodic, emotive side of punk more so than the chordal, political origins of the genre. The sound is still developing as we grow. We listen to grunge, hardcore, folk, dub reggae, trance, world, blues, and lots of country. It’s fun to listen to what people outside of your immediate genre are doing that makes them special.

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

Listening to more and more music every day. In recent years, the online accessibility to new obscure music is so cool, we can digest music from all over the world and sift through music we otherwise never would have found. More people are pushing boundaries and saying goodbye to genre “norms” and that is super inspiring to us. We never feel like we’ve got to stick to a certain concept.

What can punters expect from a semantics live show?

Lots of yelling, lots of headbanging, a couple of tears and way too much fun! Energy is what makes a show, so we won’t always play our parts perfectly, you can listen to our tunes at home and enjoy precise recordings, but we aren’t sacrificing a punk rock performance for that. I don’t think its what people come to our shows for.

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

The best advice we have received is to barrage Unearthed with our activity. Our incredible friend Luke Morgan stressed the opportunities we could gain if we took this seriously and let the curators know we exist. Since then, no one has reciprocated our efforts better than triple j and Unearthed.

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

I’d blast the entire Novos album by The Gooch Palms. I break out in dance every time I listen to it. There’s something about the surfy, punk reinvention of The Misfits, The Ramones and Elvis Presley ballads that is just irresistible.

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

'Boys Will Be Boys' by Stella Donnelly is a tearjerker. The lyrical depth and intensity tied in with her sometimes delicate delivery and belting vibrato is almost too much. Incredible song, gives me the shivers every time I play it.

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

Easily 'Broken Leg' by Blue Juice. Most underrated song of the 2000’s.

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

Half of us went to the Waax album launch at the Triffid, all we can say is… wow. Insanely energetic band with mountains of talent and fresh musical ideas, they’re a band we really look up to.

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

Brock Weston (drummer of Bugs and producer at Bedlam) is an infinitely wise and creative individual with great taste and pure enthusiasm for music. Bugs in general are a pretty incredible group. They have given us a hand spreading the word about us and are one of the most talented and deserving groups in the country. We’re also head over heels for Voiid who are long-time friends of ours. Seeing them grow and kick milestone after milestone so unrelentingly is so inspiring and so much fun to be around.

What are your plans for 2019?

We’ve got our gigs booked up for the rest of the year with some amazing bands (Press Club and Lazy Susans notably) and we’ll be writing new tunes in the interim! This year has been hectic already, we want to keep the ball rolling and hit 2020 prepared for even more action!

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TOWNS

Featured Artist

2019

15

Jul

TOWNS

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Adelaide, SA

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

Our music is the audible sound of two friends who fell in love with each other at first sight. I feel our sound has come together subconsciously from the countless hours spent together sharing music, comparing our upbringings, driving home with each other, skipping class for food and the thousands of hours spent together at band practice just jamming and covering songs we mutually loved. Our music reflects the world around us, like really happy but not and also really sad but not also.. Our sound comes from such an array of artists and genres and eras, it’s hard to nail it, but we definitely aspire to match the individuality and attitude of so many punk artists who do what makes them and others happy and feel included.

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

We REALLY just love music, art and culture and we get inspiration from a bunch of different art. I think we grab inspiration from just about everything. We really feel that what’s around us will often shape who we are and that’s the same with the music and art we make too. We always send each other single covers or music videos, weird mini YouTube doco’s, quotes we think are nice. It’s always fun looking back on how our inspiration has changed over the last few years I think at this stage we inspire each other based on what the other one gets excited about.

What can punters expect from a TOWNS live show?

TOWNS show is 30% music and 70% us asking how your day has been. We like EVERY show to be different because we are both such inattentive people who get bored of things VERY quickly, so we like to make sure we have as much fun at every show as possible while also including everyone else in the room. So essentially a TOWNS show is an explosion of energy, a safe space for everyone,  oozing vulnerability, a LOT of shit talking and a whole lot of happi people having fun.

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

The best advice I got given was to never throw away any song, click save on every project because it might turn into something one day. I remember Alex Lahey saying that at a panel for ’Face the Music’ In Melbourne a few years ago and I always remember it when I think a song sucks. On the other hand the worst advice I ever got was from a lot of my friends dads growing up, suggesting that I should do Cold Chisel covers at the local pub to get my band attention. They would ALWAYS argue that point, like every day, ever. 

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

It goes one of two ways either ‘Mango Tree’ by Angus and Julia Stone for a calm lift up to really ground someone in life and to appreciate all the pretty things. OR Gretta Ray’s ‘Unwind’ can leave me feeling VERY optimistic. Oh and Ben Lee - Catch My Disease is an absolute BOP. OH FAR OUT AND ‘Don’t Change’ by INXS is a REAL winner

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

For crying, the artist Toy Boats had a song ‘Searching for the Wonder’ that is extremely beautiful, I think everything he released had so much emotion that it’s hard not to get caught up in it. Such a unique voice too, I always find voices that aren’t afraid to stand out much more powerful than your typical Australian Idol chart topper. I also just really can’t get past 'Blood' by the Middle East. It never ceases to make me cry happy and sad tears simultaneously. 

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

Okay, so we have two answers. 
1. ‘Arnold’ by Luke Million would have to be THE D-Floor banger. That song has never not gotten me up and moving like a person who actually goes to the gym. 
“UP…. DOOOWN.. COME ON, MORE ENERGY!’ YAS. Even reading it gets me pumped. 

2. Here’s the scenario. The D Floor is like THUMPING and people are like “woah we want a song that will go HARD!! What will take us to the next level??” Ya bois walk up to the decks with a usb full of .mp3 bangers. The people are going bananas! Our hands are shaking with power.
We select ’Parlez Vous Francais’ by Art vs Science and THE CROWD GOES WILD. Everyone just pops OFF like a frog in a sock!  

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

The last local show I went to was this super sweet local fest called ‘Flip Side Festival’ that ran across three different venues and featured every act on the bill being female fronted or featuring one or more fem/non-binary member! It was just such a wicked time. Our wonderful friends in Teenage Joan’s were on the lineup and FAR OUT they rule hard. I also caught a MONSTER of a set by High Time which was just packed full of energy, life and positivity and I spent the whole show just air drumming and stank facing and UGH it was seriously just amazing. I love Adelaide. AND I love the fact that all of this happened on not just a Saturday, but also on a FRICKIN SUNDAY NIGHT!! 

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

Adelaide’s music scene is full of so many supportive people. It doesn’t feel competitive, it just feels full of people all interested in everyone succeeding and having a lovely time. We can’t give enough love to Nick O’Connor, the projects manager at Northern Sound System for all his support in getting TOWNS of the ground. Teenage Joan’s for reminding us how good it is to simply be doing what we love. Pinkish Blu for being our best friends and being the people we go to for positive reinforcement.  And finally anyone whoever attends The Crown and Anchor on a Wednesday night to see all the wonderful talent of Adelaide.

What are your plans for 2019?
More music. More touring. More pushing ourselves creatively. More learning. More loving. More TV. I think 2019 has really just been SO lovely to us thus far. Getting the offer for Spin Off was much bigger than anything we thought this year had to offer. So who knows what curve balls what this year can throw eh? We have some really exciting things coming up and we’re just so thrilled to keep pushing ourselves in the most creative ways and making things we feel represent who we are and what we’ve learned. We’re very bloody excited to do another hot lap of the country and see all the beautiful people across the country side. But to be honest I think as long as we get to be ourselves and stay in friendship love with each other, anything could happen and we’d be so ecstatic.  Just having our friends by our side while we go through life is beautiful enough and more than we could ever ask for. 

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Hope D

Featured Artist

2020

6

Apr

Hope D

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Brisbane, QLD

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring the extraordinary Hope D!

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

My sound used to be very simple, two dimensional and easy to listen to in any situation. It wasn't until my lyrics started reflecting personal stories and emotions that I began making the music sound more complex and harsh to match the story I was trying to tell. So I suppose my sound developed with the more stories I collected and with the expansion of my musical abilities, which has happened relatively slowly over the past 5 years. 

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

As morbid as it is, my greatest source of inspiration is heartache. But not just 'person breaks other person's heart' kind of heart ache, it can come from so many other things. Like I had heartache when writing 'Swim' - yet no one had necessarily broken my heart. And heartache when I wrote 'Second', yet that's a song I wrote knowing I made someone else feel heartache. It's all from a yucky feeling, but it's very refreshing to channel it and write something that makes me feel a bit less yucky. And I like to think that you can feel and hear the discomfort in the music. 

What can punters expect from a Hope D live show?

You can expect me with high energy, jumping on stage with a stupid smile on my face. And lots of beers, and a fair bit of swearing.  

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

My friend Monica Kim graduated from my school when I was in year 10. She was also a musician, of which, I crazily admired. She always frothed my music even though (at the time) my nerves usually took over when I played, which made my performance pretty rough. She said something like 'With every 7 no's that you get, there will be one yes. And that yes will be enough to keep you going'. And that's something I really got to experience in my later years of getting more serious with music. Some people won't get around what you do - and that's okay! Because the people that do get around it, REALLY get around it. And the love from that one person means so much, that it feels like it is love from 7 people :) If that makes any sense haha. Monica really inspired me to do what I love, and what she said has literally stuck with me for 6 years, and I'm sure will never leave me. 

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

Okay I'm going to say Nicotine by Sycco. It boosts my mood and energy levels by 100000% every time. 

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

1000 Sundowns by Emma Louise. Such a beautiful and sad song, my friend Emma Parke agrees. 

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

'Solid Gold' by PNAU. My girlfriend introduced me to that one, it bloody gets me GARNNNNNNN.

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

It was Dulcie at The Milk Factory in Brisbane's West End! I am so unable to explain how freaking good it was. It The Dulcie girls are so talented and beautiful and so LOVELY! It was the last thing I was able to see before all the gigs stopped due to COVID-19 too, so I'm incredibly grateful that it was such an entertaining and wholesome gig. Had a bit of PCD after it, still do actually. 

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

Honestly too many to name, but I'll touch on a few! Hallie is a dear friend of mine, her drive and the way she is unapologetically herself is so inspiring to me. Sycco for obvious reasons - she is a boss a$$ QWAIN and will rule the world one day, I won't be mad about it. I love Pink Matter so much, their music is incredible and the girls are so lovely! They warm my heart, and make me want to learn jazz scales - which I WILL. First Beige are so groovy, I want to be as cool as them when I grow up. Bridget Brandolini's music is so soothingly beautiful, her writing is very inspiring to me. There are so many others that I go out to see, I was able to see a few bands per week, I can't wait to do that again. Brisbane and the local family is so dazzling, brilliant and supportive, it's so nice to have!  It literally feels like we all came from the same womb ahhah that's so gross to say but I'm going to leave it there.

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Cry Club

Featured Artist

2019

18

Mar

Cry Club

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Melbourne, VIC

Cry Club are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Get to know them below!

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

Heather: With Jono’s background in really cool, technical, noisy guitar music and me, having more of a theatre background with a passion for pop music, the sound developed surprisingly organically! I gravitate towards big pop melodies which is a fun challenge when Jono brings in these really dissonant tracks. Developing the sound has always been about balancing pop with noise. Every track has different ratios of each side, but both elements will always be there in some form.

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

Jono: I think there’s a lot of creative tension in combining pop and post punk elements that is really interesting to work from - so taking influences from super pop artists like Lady Gaga and The 1975 and pitting that against the noisy bands like Future of the Left and Daughters provides a great spark from which a lot of our stuff comes from.

What can punters expect from a Cry Club live show?

Heather: MEL. O. DRA. MA. Honestly the live show is the reason we make music at all. It’s theatrical, over the top and bursting at the seams with energy and emotion. Performing is so cathartic, and our songs are all so personal, it’s impossible to not give it everything I’ve got!!!!! Don’t think you’re safe hiding at the back either. I love a good wander through the audience mid-song.

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

Jono: A big one that has guided our method, that unfortunately wasn’t given to us directly was Black Flag’s strategy of having the show be the focus and letting everything else around it be a flyer. So if something outside of the live show doesn’t land the way you want it to, all your eggs aren’t in that basket. They’re with the live show, so you don’t get stuck in things like comparing yourself to the success/progress of other artists.

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

Heather: 'Sun' by Moaning Lisa. Honestly, sometimes you feel fragile and need a boost, and this song gives you all the goodness of Vitamin D right through your headphones.

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

Jono: 'The Pull' by Eilish Gilligan.

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

Heather: 'stabs' by RAAVE TAPES. It’s soooo infectious and dancey. Honestly, I have this on REPEAT right now.

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

Jono: It was a Monday Night Mass at the Northcote Social Club, with Lost Talk and Wax Chattels. Both incredibly good/aggressively cool bands. Love a free gig that always has interesting bands.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Wollongong (if you would like to talk about Melbourne, you can do so too) music community that inspire you.

Heather: Bec Sandridge! I loved her music before Cry Club was a thing, I’ve loved the way she carefully considers every aspect of her identity as an artist. Her aesthetics, stage outfits, and her songs absolutely bang so hard. It’s been amazing to have another openly lesbian artist to look up to as well. On the flip side, Totally Unicorn are the noisy inspo. They were the party guys for a long time, but it’s been wild to see the way it’s evolved into something darker. They’re also outrageoussssss to see live!!!

What are your plans for 2019?

Jono: Release more music, play more shows, get to 2020 and do it again.

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Yours Truly

Featured Artist

2019

11

Feb

Yours Truly

( )

Sydney, NSW

All this week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Sydney outfit, Yours Truly. They're making some really great pop punk stuff and we reckon they're about to have a huge year.

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

our music has been inspired by a lot of the pop punk bands we listened to growing up! We like powerful sing along choruses and energetic guitars. Our style has developed over the years through writing lots of songs and each of us listening to heavier and poppies music.

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

Greatest source of inspiration can come from things we experience whether they be good or bad and that can ultimately determine the mood of the song

What can punters expect from a Yours Truly live show?

Sing alongs, guitar spins and crowd surfing

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

"No matter how hard some things may seem, never give up. The good will always shine through", by Mum & Dad.

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

'Dakota' by Between You & Me

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

'These Days' by Powderfinger

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

A mash up between "what about me" - Shannon Noll and "Am i ever gonna see your face again" - The Angels

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

Last gig i attended was Sinclaires Debt, which they sold out! It was awesome, great band and great people

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

The Faim, Between You & Me, Stand Atlantic, Down for Tomorrow, The Dead Love, Ocean Grove, Tonight Alive - There's too many to name

What are your plans for 2019?

In 2019 we will be releasing our new EP Afterglow in April and shortly after heading over to the UK for Download Festival! It’s our first time playing internationally and there are so many awesome things in store for the year! 

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MAY-A

Featured Artist

2020

15

Jun

MAY-A

( )

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, MAY-A!

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

In the beginning of really taking interest in music I mainly wrote for the sake of writing and gathering my feelings rather than from a sonic point of view, so I didn’t really mind how it how it sounded if I was able to kind of ‘let everything out’. But as I grew with the music I definitely took reference from a large portion of artists. The developing process happened very naturally, though I did have a few hiccups of me listening to other people my age, such as Billie Eilish and constantly questioning myself as to why I didn’t sound like her. Which there is a pretty obvious answer to.. I don’t sound like her because I am not her. I had a few people surrounding me really pulling me out of that. I definitely went through a large period of hating everything I created but I guess that comes with being an artist. I think I haven’t reached my full potential at all yet, I’ve got a lot more growing to do musically and personally (hopefully physically as well.. I’m too short for my liking) but I’m pretty happy with where I’m at now.  

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

The problem with this question Is that there are so many possible answers!!! But honestly it’s the chance to tell stories, to reiterate how I’m feeling, to show people how much I care or don’t care. It’s my way of communicating to my friends how I’m okay or I’m not okay or how much I love them. I’m god damn awful at explaining my feelings, I always think I’m telling someone directly how I’m feeling and then I replay the conversation over in my head and it’s just a large mess of “um’s” and “er’s” and vague sentences finishing with “it’s just like that you know..” I make no sense. Sometimes I’ll sit my partner down and just say “listen to these lyrics” and she’ll get more out of that than an actual conversation. This didn’t start out being the reason I wanted to make music, I started writing at 12 because I wanted to be the next Taylor swift (lol) but this is definitely what keeps me from filling in the other half of people’s conversations in my brain. 

What can punters expect from a MAY-A live show?

What you can expect from upcoming MAY-A shows is a mixture of an overly energetic 18 year old with the funniest nervous energy honestly. I’d like to think I’m the charming-kind-of-dork. For example, on the first show of the wafia tour I dropped my guitar twice (managed to save them both) and tripped over the chords on my pants on the third show I began to laugh at how many times I said “I hope you like it.. please like it” haha and the show I played with Tyde Levi a girl handed me a tiny plastic baby so naturally I decided to ask the crowd for blue tack (someone actually had some which was impressive yet questionable) and I stuck the tiny baby to the microphone and kept him there for the rest of the show. I really enjoy performing but sometimes I question if it should be a comedy act. There are some really beautiful live moments when songs like ‘fools paradise’ and another unreleased track come on, people do the whole arms-swaying-phone-torches-out thing and it’s a really pretty sight from the other side. 

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

The best musical advice I’d gotten was from my manager about a year into meeting him. I was really struggling with constantly comparing myself to everybody else in the industry. It was stupid, I was just feeding into my insecurities. But he told me that in horse racing, when the horses run the jockeys put blinders on the sides of their heads to stop them from being distracted by everybody else and simply run the race. He told me to treat the music industry like that, instead of being distracted on how well everybody else is doing just be gracious and kind and focus on your own shit. It helped me a lot more than I’d expected it would. 

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

 I’m a big advocate of listening to sad music when your sad, I think its healthy to sit with your feelings and let them marinade (that song is also amazing, marinade by dope lemon) but Julia Jacklin’s ‘someday’ like a version is so good. I actually did cheer someone up with this song before by forcing them to slow dance with me haha. 

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

Oh easily, 100% ’Shark smile’ by Big thief, when you listen to the story behind that song and read the lyrics properly that song will undoubtedly make you cry, yet weirdly it has that beat that makes you want to dance. That song makes me so sad yet so grateful of everything I have. Truly incredible. 

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

‘Used to be in love’ by the Jungle Giants. Don’t even need to think about that. Something that everyone knows would be ‘Robbery’ by Lime Cordiale.

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

The last gig I went to (excluding my own) would be Cavetown at the Factory theatre. It was all acoustic and the crowd was different to many of the other shows I’d been to, everyone was laughing and listening to him talk, it was very intimate. I surprised my friend who absolutely loves him by driving her there. She cried. It was a great show. 

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

Honestly almost every person I meet inspires me. My friends continue to shock and surprise me. I’d introduced some of my closest school friends to the studio that I went to a lot, some of them began writing too and they’re just incredible. I’m really excited to watch them grow. But in terms of looking up to someone, I’ve loved watching mallrat grow, as well as some smaller artists such as Chris Lanzon who I’ve known for a few years now and Nick Ward who’s songwriting I really admire. Ruby Fields is definitely a fun person to follow as well. Small Australian Artists honestly all make me excited. 

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Beddy Rays

Featured Artist

2020

14

Sep

Beddy Rays

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Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Beddy Rays!

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

We like to think of our music as a love child of all the different bands we grew up listening to. We’ve always loved big sing-along choruses and relatable lyrics. We don’t really try and make our songs fit into any one genre in particular but rather just whip up a bit of a concoction of what we’re feeling at the time. We always like to throw in a new tune at a show to see how the crowd reacts. That’s a good test to let us know if it’s heading in the right direction.

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

We would probably say our friends are the biggest source of inspiration. Although we have some personal songs, a lot of the subjects we write about come from what we see happen around us.

What can punters expect from a Beddy Rays live show?

We like to give the crowd something to take home other than just watching us perform our songs. For example one time we played a mini fezzy down the Goldy during summer and while we played a cover we got Lewy to run out in to the crowd and hand out a bunch of mini water pistols for people to go nuts and wet each other. Went real well although the seccys weren’t too pleased when people started spraying them… but hey, it was a hot day haha. They can expect plenty of terrible on stage banter, occasionally the crowd twists Lewy’s arm to take his shirt off and reveal what’s under the hood, the odd bung note here and there, Benny throws a stick at least once a show, Brad has usually had a few too many but somehow smashes it on the bass and Jacko likes to keep it fresh and throw in a some random quirky accents rather than strictly following the melody. We’ve learnt not to take it too seriously, whilst still trying to play a memorable set. The more fun we have the more involved the crowd gets!

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

We’ve been told not to expect too much from being in a band in the way of financial wealth. Every little win is a bonus – for example a six pack each rather than two drink tickets. As long as you’re having fun, that’s all that matters! – some old punter at the Reddy Bay Pub

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

This one is a bit of a toughy because there are SO MANY OPTIONS! We’re gonna gave to go with Ball Park Music 'It’s Nice To Be Alive' – it’s infectious with happy feels!

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

We’d have to put down ‘I feel fine, I feel sick’ by Melbourne band Ceres. They really know how to capture you for a moment and absorb the lyrics around a wall of sound that kicks in, the song hits in a certain way. 

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

If the d floor is pumping we’d have to throw on ‘Feel The Way I Do’ by The Jungle Giants. It’s a straight up shtonking tune that you cant help but move to. They’re a real good gateway between EDM junkies and band frothers!

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

We went and saw Semantics play at The Zoo a couple of weeks ago. They absolutely smashed it! It was a bit weird being seated at a gig rather than getting amongst it in the mosh but we are still so grateful to be able to see live shows.

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

We get constantly inspired by our mates playing in the local area, always giving each other advice on the music industry. One of the great bands we look up to would be Violent Soho seeing as they are such a hard working band that keeps bringing out great quality music while being a really down to earth bunch of blokes, which is how we aspire to be.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Everything’s a little up in the air right now due to Covid, plans are always changing but we’re trying our hardest to work around the hurdles. Hopefully we can get another single out before the end of the year and get an EP out early 2021. We can’t wait ‘til things kick off again so we can play shows for all you legends!

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Closure
New

Artist

Closure

Punk, Rock (Pop-Punk, Post-Hardcore, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Hauskey

Featured Artist

2020

2

Apr

Hauskey

Sydney, NSW

Meet this week's feature star, Hauskey!

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

Just being exposed to so much music from a young age. I found a John Coltrane vinyl in my Mum’s old collection when I was a kid, and that started my fascination with jazz, RnB and soul. Then I fell in love with songwriting, thanks to Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley and John Mayer, and really I’m constantly trying to merge those two worlds. I’m also just a general music nerd. Rage Against The Machine, Flume, Vivaldi; I want it all.

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

So many things. My constant self-deprecation, my partner, movies, philosophy, finding the profound in the mundane, coffee, deprecation of the self. Inspiration is everywhere if you’re open to it.

What can punters expect from a Hauskey live show?

A *live* show! With my past experiences busking and playing in bands, I’m madly excited to hit the road. Recently pieced together a killer group of talented musicians and we were ready for our first show, but as with everything else, it’s been rescheduled for later this year. Something to look forward to though!

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

“Nothing slaps harder than a good lyric” - PJ Harding, Songwriting Lord & Saviour


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

Lime Cordiale's ‘Robbery' - of course - or E^ST’s ‘Talk Deep’

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

Didirri's 'Don’t fight with what you’re fighting for’ (that song is too good for words, and incredibly timely) or Stella Donnelly’s ‘Boys Will Be Boys'

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

Young Franco’s ‘Juice' or Tame Impala’s ‘Lost In Yesterday’

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

Shannen James playing a solo show at Oxford Art Factory! She borrowed my guitar and now I’ve framed it in my studio. No one will touch it again.

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

I know they’re not all Syd-based, but Milan Ring, Vetta Borne, Chelsea Warner, JOY. These artists do *everything* themselves and do it unbelievably well. I have a huge respect for that.

What are your plans for 2020?

Well, plans have changed a bit, but I’m sitting on a lot of music, so you can bet some of that will be released very soon

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Clea

Featured Artist

2016

22

Feb

Clea

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Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane singer-songwriter Clea writes enchanting and intimate tracks that are sure to get under your skin.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music and writing are ramblings about my surroundings and sentiments. The sound developed primarily through listening very closely to brilliant songwriters, then finding a rhythm with the help of my guitar to support the beat and flow of my own vocals.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
Absence of distraction 
 
What can punters expect from a Clea live show? 
Plenty of bad jokes, a guitar lovingly strummed and heavily coaxed and maybe an opportunity to join me in collectively venting our hearts yearnings.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
“Don't do anything you don't wanna do" - Mum 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Ainslie Wills - Drive
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
 
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 (Can’t go past a bit of Tame) 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The Cairos final Brisbane gig ;( What a show! Complete with previous member cameo appearances and a sparkly, upbeat, sad farewell. Everyone left with glossy eyes, blinking happy tears.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you. 
Mid Ayr and Good Boy... bunch of hardworking boys producing hard-hitting, golden music. Beautiful songstresses Amela, O’Little Sister and Meredith also generate the goods. The Brisbane music community is blossoming and booming, it’s very exciting and inspiring to be amongst it all.
 
What are your plans for 2016? 
I’ll be heading overseas in a few weeks, I plan to play in a few London corners, skip in the hills of Italy and breath in some genius Björk infused Icelandic vibes. I’ll head back home via Japan in July and go straight into recording an EP. Hopefully I’ll see the year out gigging around this great southern land.

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WHARVES

Featured Artist

2017

17

Jul

WHARVES

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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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San Mei

Featured Artist

2018

13

May

San Mei

Gold Coast, QLD

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a San Mei live show?

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

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

"Wear more sunscreen", by Nicole Kidman. 

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

'In the Air' by DMA's.

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

'Blood' by the Middle East. 

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

'M.O.B.' by Tkay Maidza

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

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

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

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

 

What are your plans for 2018?

 

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

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flowerkid

Featured Artist

2019

12

Nov

flowerkid

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, flowerkid!

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

I like to describe my music as my own personal diary. I sift through the inner feelings that i'm not able to describe and I filter that out into flowerkid. I develop this through listening to my inner voice and thoughts - I ask myself 'If this moment or feeling were in a film, what would it's soundtrack sound like?' I then shape my ideas around that.

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

Challenging myself with new experiences and visiting new places. Because with this comes new feelings, new memories, and new knowledge that could last a lifetime. With these things, I then am able to put myself into another perspective and/or time, and make my soundtrack.

What can punters expect from a flowerkid live show?

A completely surreal experience. I want my audience to feel like they are floating. I am always doing research into my audiences and finding the elements that make them feel!

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

My beautiful Mum told me, 'the positive energy you put into your world, is the energy you will receive back in times you need it.'

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

'Seaweed' by Hockey Dad.

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

'Eddy's Song' by Sticky Fingers.

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

'Say It' by Flume.

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

Not a gig - but I went the the music festival Listen Out. Such an incredible vibe. 

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

Sticky Fingers always manages to put me in a trance! They always stun me with their lyrics and their musical talent. I love listening to DMA's in the afternoon and on car rides - such a vibe.

What are your plans for the rest of 2019/2020?

Well my writing and creating never stops - so that is a constant for the new year. Before the end of this year, i'd like to finish up my new EP and a couple of singles, whilst exploring into some live performance scenarios. 

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GENES
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Artist

GENES

Dance, Electronic, Pop (Genes)

North Queensland, QLD

Tones And I

Featured Artist

2019

11

Mar

Tones And I

North Coast, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, TONE AND I.

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

I started out singing in small pubs and bars in Mornington, I was singing along to a guitarist until I ended up branching out on my own to become a solo artist, it was then that I started to learn the keyboard and percussion and started looping it together.

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

My biggest source of inspo when writing/making music is other music (no specific artist or genre each time maybe be different) and also my friends and the people I and writing about.

What can punters expect from a TONES AND I live show?

I hope all my live shows are full of energy and people absolutely just get wild with me.

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

ADREAN EAGLE, ‘A.O.K’. 

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

Meg Mag, ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’.

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

Anything from Confidence Man because every track is f**king hilarious so I would have a good time.

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

The Beddy Rays, they are Ridiculously talented. Would go again!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Mornington Peninsula / Byron Bay music community that inspire you.

I am inspired by the musicians in Byron bay and the Mornington Peninsula. There are so many great musicians everywhere and everyone’s giving it a really good crack. The buskers in Byron live off music so that’s wicked in its own right. A lot of them live in their vans and play at night, build a fan base, the crowds get bigger and bigger. It’s an true life style that really works.

What are your plans for 2019?

My plans for 2019 is to keep busking, keep playing, keep writing, stay happy. I would love to play some overseas shows or ever busk overseas. Right now I am just really excited about the opportunities I have been giving over here and I want to try and experience as many new things as possible .

 

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Sycco

Featured Artist

2019

2

Dec

Sycco

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Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Sycco.

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

I’d say Sycco (psycho) is maybe a blend of pop, neo-soul and psychedelia. I guess because I make everything myself the Sycco sound came from experimenting and blending different genre’s over the years. I’m still trying to work out what exactly it is to but I also don’t want be tied down to one specific genre and don’t think it has to!

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

I think the greatest source of inspiration would be that I don’t want to do anything other than music, there is nothing I love more than music, isn’t it just so great!

What can punters expect from a Sycco live show?

Colourful, vibrant, maybe a sensation of stank will overtake ur face in a good way?

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

Sometimes u just have to kick the can down the road - Co Star App. HA I think that has been the best advice I’ve been given.

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

Probably like What Is Growing Up by Lime Cordiale, its just makes you feel so okay in my opinion.

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

ye to Eye by Jordan Rakei for sure.. I’ve definitely cried to it - it’s quite a hectic song.

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

Lay down - Touch Sensitive or Catch Your Breath by Blossom - probably both.

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

I think the last one I went to was 30/70 in Brisbane, it was THAT good, my mind was blown.

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

The Brissie music community is so amazing and supportive. Everyone backs everyone and everyone wants everyone to succeed. I could go on forever but Felivand, Asha Jefferies, Hallie, First Beige and Great Sage are some of the most talented humans on earth and they all deserve everything that is coming to them. Back your friends and your local scene because they are AMAZING.

What are your plans for 2019/2020?

I have a few more shows for the rest of the year. 2020 is going to be so EXHILARATING, releasing a lot more music and playing a lot more exciting shows!

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Bree De Rome

Indie, Pop, Roots

Gold Coast, QLD