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Stevan

Featured Artist

2019

6

May

Stevan

( )

Illawarra, NSW

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

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

I started developing my sound by trying to re-create songs and styles that affected me when I was younger. Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, Moses Sumney, Mac Demarco, Dev Hynes, Dr Dre, and so many more influenced me to incorporate hip-hop soul jazz and rock into my music.

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

Life experiences it sounds generic but I pull a lot of my inspiration from events in my life or in the lives of people around me besides that the music itself like chord progression and melodies inspire the tone and feel of all my music.

What can punters expect from a Stevan live show?

It’s next level I’m not hyping it up but I’ve got great band members who bring their own style to my music and elevate it to a different feel, all of my band members come from Jazz back grounds and it bleeds into the live set up plus we add whole sections to songs, I’m very keen on playing on of them

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

My Dad and it was simple but he told me to follow my heart and to do what I love, there have been moments when we haven’t seen eye to eye but even then he respects my passions and believe that I can do whatever I set my mind to that type of confidence he has in me makes me feel like I can,

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

'S.A. D.' by Kirin J Callinan.

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

Probably still S. A. D. by Kirin J Callinan.

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

Scott Green. Kids played that at every party in High School.

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

I recently went to see Rejjie Snow at Metro theatre I went with some mates it was a really fun experience it was like my first time seeing a proper live rap show.

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

There aren’t a lot of people in Wollongong that are making music like mine but in Sydney Cosmo Midnight, Winston SurfShirt pretty much every artist on my Astro people, big shout out to Selasie Wussah and M.A.C they are Sydney artist who’ve supported me and kind of mentored me in my early days. My biggest inspiration in Australian music is actually from Brisbane his name is Rei So La trust me he’s the next big thing.

What are your plans for 2019?

Releasing more music I’ve got so much and I want to keep making more and showing my stuff to the people who want to hear it, I guess I’ll be playing more shows and meeting new artist I want to set myself up for bigger opportunities

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CODY JON
New

Artist

CODY JON

Electronic, Indie, Pop (#space, #90s, #80s, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Jaycee
New

Artist

Jaycee

Hip Hop, Pop (#hiphop #rap #pop #producer #singer)

Perth, WA

Alex Parkman
New

Artist

Alex Parkman

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Perth, WA

YUNG DREADY MANE
New

Artist

YUNG DREADY MANE

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Lauren.
New

Artist

Lauren.

Dance, Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

BLESSED

Featured Artist

2017

16

Oct

BLESSED

( )

Sydney, NSW

The multi-talented Sydney based artist and producer BLESSED is back! He's taking future soul to a whole new level with carefully crafted production and masterful songwriting in brand new single, 'My World'.

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

I started making music at 15 years old. I just used to steal random beats online and just do little freestyles and make cd's and give them out to my friends at school. And back then as well, I don't know if anybody remembers, but when we had Bluetooth on the phones, I remember I used to make a song and put it on my phone and Bluetooth it to my friends and people ended up Bluetoothing it to other kids and other kids and one day I was at Blacktown station and I heard somebody playing my song. That's when I knew I was going to make music from here on.

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

First time I got introduced to music was listening to Kanye West on the radio. I think that was when I was maybe 11, maybe 12. Me and my family were literally on the way home from church and I wasn't really allowed to listen to hip-hop because of the swearing and so on. So we all listened to gospel music and then one day, Kanye made this song called 'Jesus Walks' and when it came onto the radio, my parents let me listen to it. So from there on, I went on to become a big Kanye fan.

Tell us about your latest single 'My World'

'My World is about me being myself and not caring about what other people think.

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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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Laini Colman
New

Artist

Laini Colman

Indie (alternative, Indie, Electronic, ...)

Hobart, TAS

S.Dan the African
New

Artist

S.Dan the African

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Vibes, Waves, Jazz, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Promise

Featured Artist

2017

19

Jun

Promise

( )

Sydney, NSW

After dropping his latest track 'Conscious Thoughts', Tasmanian artist Promise will be jumping on stage with Thundamentals this weekend! Expect nothing less than fiery blends of Hip Hop that'll leave you sizzling for days.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
My music and sound has developed through life experiences and interactions with inspiring individuals.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
My greatest source of inspiration has mostly been from pain, failure and the urge to learn and grow from what we have no control over or understand.
 
What can punters expect from a Promise live show?
 
Punters can expect a lot of crowd interaction and passionate live performances with a variety of all sounds.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
The best advice I have been given was from a close friend who said "try and paint a picture of who you are with your words, because as a listener we don't know who you are and what you have been through".
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Shannon Noll - 'What About Me'
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
Missy Higgins - 'The Special Two'. She is my dream feature!
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Hilltop Hoods - 'Cosby Sweater'
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Quartermasters in the city of Hobart. It was intimate with an acoustic vibe and sound that only a small venue can produce.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Tasmanian music community that inspire you.
 
Some of the artists and bands I find inspiring include Hip Hop artist, Greeley. He has been giving everybody in the local scene a platform to push their voices out with his THCtv series and connecting and bringing more attention to the local scene. Wombat is an excellent lyricist and exciting up and coming artist too. My close friend Jay Jerome Bushby, plays almost every night in most of the venues in Hobart and has an amazing voice. I also find Liam Tally who is making amazing production, music and the smoothest RnB in his soul band, Laser Baby and even though they have moved recently to Melbourne, I find Close Counters and Junior Brando inspiring too.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
Learn, grow and work harder.

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CHROMZ
New

Artist

CHROMZ

Dance, Electronic ("trap, future bass, Producer, electronic)

North Coast, NSW

Mollie Rose
New

Artist

Mollie Rose

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Gold Coast, QLD

Sampa The Great

Featured Artist

2015

30

Nov

Sampa The Great

Sydney, NSW

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

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

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ECCA VANDAL
New

Artist

ECCA VANDAL

Electronic, Punk, Rock (future-dancefloor)

Melbourne, VIC

Kaiit

Honeyed vocals, fierce rhymes and a bold electric style to match, 19-year old Melbourne artist Kaiit, brings you a whole lot of attitude and sweet soul sounds with her latest offering 'Natural Woman'.

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

My music is a reflection of things I listen to and that inspire me, including hip-hop, jazz, RnB and neo soul. I feel like I'm constantly developing my sound and I do that through collaborating in the studio and just trying new things.

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

I get inspiration from everything including a sentence someone might say, to hearing one of my favourite songs that I haven't heard in a while. Another great source of inspiration are my personal thoughts, feelings, things happening in my life and those close around me.

What can punters expect from a Kaiit live show?

What people can expect from my live shows are getting to know me and my playful personality, listening to a whole set of unreleased music and just meeting and relating to others and my music.

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

The best advice I have been given is to not expect anything from anyone and to stop being fixated on how people view me (especially people I don't know) and these are all things I had to learn for myself.

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

The 'Nut Bush' is Australian right? Haha. I loved The Sapphires movie where Jessica Mauboy kills the cover of 'I'll take you there'. It's definitely a feel good number!

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

Shannon Noll - 'What About Me'.

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

Diafrix - 'Before You Go'.

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

The last gig I went to was Koda at The Workers Club. It was great to see people my age doing their thing and really enjoying themselves. Their songs have inspired me to start writing more music.

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

I'm inspired by many people and things. This includes one of my mentors MoMo, and Mzrizk who has been so supportive of me. I'm also inspired by young people pursuing what they love!

What are your plans for 2017?

My plans for 2017 are to release more music, powerful visuals and a lot more gigs!!!
 

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Cameron Tapp
New

Artist

Cameron Tapp

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (#CameronTapp #triplejunearthed #buntycampbell #newmusic #Youtube #Spotify #triplej)

Melbourne, VIC

KLP

Featured Artist

2013

23

Dec

KLP

Sydney, NSW

Sydney DJ, producer and vocalist KLP mixes up an intoxicating blend of club beats and polished pop hooks. She is the winner of our Field Day competition and will be opening The Island stage of the festival on New Years Day in The Domain, Sydney.

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

I think the main thing that stands out with my sound are my vocals and the many layers of melodies and harmonies I put in tracks. That's something I've been doing ever since I was young so I suppose that element has been a long time in the making. I love love harmonies.

You’re the winner of our Field Day competition and will be playing the fest on New Years Day in Sydney. What can the crowd at Field Day expect from the KLP live show?

It's pretty upbeat and all electronic. I have a drummer playing an electronic kit and I'll be singing loads and triggering a bunch of samples. I'll also be debuting some visuals which have been made especially for Field Day.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

Besides my set (which i am incredibly excited about) I'm really looking forward to seeing Solange and London Grammer.

What are your plans for KLP in 2014?

I have so much already planned it's crazy. A bunch of new solo tunes and a tonne of collabs.

If you had to make one new years resolution, what would it be?

To take more time out to chiiiilllll.

Australian music is…?

…sooo hot right now.

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Promise

Artist

Promise

Hip Hop (curren$y, Lyrical, hip hop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

JOY.

Featured Artist

2015

25

Jan

JOY.

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie beatsmith and vocalist JOY. is one of our Laneway competition winners and will be taking her dreamy pop creations to the Brisbane Showgrounds this Saturday, January 31.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I developed my sound probably though experimenting on Ableton at ridiculous hours of the early morning on school nights instead of doing homework, but that more or less evolved from being a singer songwriter playing acoustic gigs earlier on. I've always played instruments and always liked to muck around on different instruments, and especially with pedals to try and adapt sounds etc. So then that kind of transferred over to the electronic side of things when I started producing, and the sound was just built from there.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I'm not really sure where I gain inspiration from to be honest, I've always played and written music growing up, so I've never really thought about it that much.

You're one of our Laneway competition winners. What can punters at Laneway in Brisbane expect from the JOY. live show?
A lot of dirty trap horns. Well, probably not. My set up is just me on stage solo pressing hundreds of buttons and hoping everything goes well. But I have heard I might be bringing a few special guests out.


What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"You don't make friends with salad" - Homer Simpson


What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Hayden James - Something About You

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Montgomery - Pinata or George Maple - Vacant Space (bc so beautiful)

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Peking Duk - High (ft. Nicole Millar)

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
OZfest at the Gold Coast last night. Very crazy, hectic line up. The Creases, Allday, Kingswood, The Preatures and Illy played and their sets were all 10/10 epic.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.
There are lots of rad bands and people in the Brisbane community that inspire me. In particular my m8's The Cairos, The Creases and Vancouver Sleep Clinic. The Cairos are all lovely dudes, and mega talented song writers, I really look up to them. I really dig The Creases' sound, it's super refreshing and kawaii and lovely and they're all super cool dudes. Vancouver Sleep Clinic have totally nailed the whole soundscape vibe, incredible incredible polished sounds and just amazing vibes all round.

What are your plans for 2015?
I will be embarking off around 'straya for plenty of shows soon, I am supporting the FLAMINGO boys on their national tour in a couple of weeks, followed by a couple of other small tours. In between shows I am planning to write a bunch of material and hopefully work on a big EP, or mini LP depending on how everything goes, and apart from that, I plan to eat lots of Pringles by the pool in the sun and not have to worry about going to university.

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Odette
New

Artist

Odette

Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

G Flip

Featured Artist

2018

26

Feb

G Flip

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a G Flip live show?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2018?

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

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Woodes
New

Artist

Woodes

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

The Sleepyheads

Featured Artist

2018

1

Apr

The Sleepyheads

( )

Hobart, TAS

It's time to eat your heart out with this week's Feature Artist out of Launceston, The Sleepyheads.

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

I (Pat), released 2 solo EPs in 2015 under my own name. Then the Sleepyheads formed a year or so later. The full band has definitely influenced the sound, my solo stuff was a lot more folky. I think it's still on the internet somewhere actually!

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

Relationships always come up a lot in my writing, which is super original hey? Not just romantic relationships though, but friendships and how certain things can effect those relationships. I've always found it way easier to write about stuff that has actually happened, rather than making up stories. I'll often take something someone says and then base a whole song around that.

What can punters expect from a Sleepyheads live show?

A lot of fun. We always just aim to have a really positive energy at live shows. We also used to drink out of gumboots, we might be bringing that back again soon too.

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

"If you can believe in Santa Clause for as long as you did, you can believe in yourself for 10 minutes" ~ some random person on the internet.

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

"All Together" by Househats is definitely my go to happy song at the moment!

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

Sunk by Kat Edwards will break your heart and mend it again all in the space of 4 minutes.

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

Find me one party where "Wild Strawberries" by Pnau hasn't taken it up a notch, and I'll be very surprised.

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

The last gig I went to was when we played with the Bennies a few weeks ago. It was great. You cant have a bad time at a Bennies gig! The next day was very rough though. Very rough.

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

I've always looked up to the Luca Brasi boys. There approach to supporting the Tassie scene is really encouraging for younger bands. Other awesome friends doing great things are The Saxons, Sumner, Hurricane Youth, Kat Edwards and Squid Fishing. It's always inspiring watching your friends do amazing things.

What are your plans for 2018?

We want to tour a lot more. We haven't been to Adelaide yet so we really want to get up there, and maybe Perth as well? I reckon we'll try and write and record some new stuff too.

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Gretta Ray

Featured Artist

2016

26

Sep

Gretta Ray

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

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SAFIA

Featured Artist

2013

15

Apr

SAFIA

Canberra, ACT

Electro-indie 3-piece SAFIA are the Canberra winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They'll be joining the incredible festival line-up at the University of Canberra on Sunday 28 April.

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

Our music is heavily beat and synth driven with elements of live instrumentation like guitar, piano and vocal. We write most our tracks with the intention of getting people up to dance and party but at the same time we try to add depth to the songs through meaningful vocals and thoughtful melodies and chord progressions. We usually write our tracks in full on acoustic instruments like piano and guitar and then bring them into the studio and begin producing. It is this process that we believe gives our songs a unique sound. We all have very diverse musical backgrounds and musical tastes and we have all been playing music together since way back in primary school. It is these diverse backgrounds and mutual understanding of one another’s writing and performing styles that is a key aspect of our sound.

You’re the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition and will be joining the line up at the Canberra leg of the festival. What can Groovin The Moo punters in Canberra expect from the SAFIA live show?

Groovin’ The Moo goers in Canberra should expect to get an early wake up call when they see our set. Expect a lot of energy, big production and big vocals. Those who have seen us play before know that we have a lot of gadgets that we use to make our electronic sounds truly come across as a live performance and that we wont stop until we’ve got everyone up and dancing and jumping around.

What are you most looking forward to about the festival?

We are most looking forward to getting out on stage and sharing our music with so many new people. We love festivals because you meet so many new people and discover so much new music. Some artists we are particularly excited to see are Midnight Juggernauts, Tame Impala, Shockone, Last Dinosaurs and The Kooks. However, with a lineup this good it’s going to be hard to decide who to see on the day.

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

We’ve received lots of advice for all aspects of life over the years but one of best pieces of advice that we have taken on board concerning our attitude towards music would have to be from a man by the name of Wally De Backer, better known as Gotye. Although the advice was not directed at us specifically we took it on board. In a media interview he said the most important thing is to keep writing no matter what and not to give up when your tracks don’t get received as well as you would like.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

We really hope that we can make 2013 a big year for ourselves. We have extremely big goals which seem incredibly ambitious at the moment but if you had told us this time last year that we would be given the triple j Unearthed spot to play at Groovin’ The Moo we probably would have just laughed. At the moment apart from preparing for Groovin’ The Moo we are currently putting the finishing touches on our first full single release, which we hope to have ready by the end of the month. This will be followed by a mini tour along the east coast where we hope to at least visit Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. But most importantly we plan to just keep writing and producing music and to keep pushing ourselves to get better and improve at what we do.

Australian music is…?

...Everything! We honestly think that Australia produces some of the most unique, groundbreaking and downright amazing music in the world. It’s hard to believe how much talent there is in this country. One of the best aspects about Australian music is that there are so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Australians are incredibly lucky to have sites like triple j Unearthed who discover so many incredible Australians.

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Luca Brasi

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Luca Brasi

Northern Tasmania, TAS

Tassie punks Luca Brasi are this week’s feature artist! An incredible force live and on record, Luca Brasi’s songs are just coursing with intensity and conviction.

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
We play what I guess is mid tempo punk/rock, some heavier moments, some softer. We never really set out to be a certain style of band and are always super keen to mix things up to keep it interesting.
Our first album "Extended Family" was more raw and straight up but this time around we really made an effort to introduce some light and shade into the record. I think alot of what we are listening to at the time comes through in our music. Especially Tom's love of twinkly, shoegaze guitar stuff which is definitely more evident this time around. We spend alot of time seperately demoing and sharing ideas and set about to write the best record we could and really break down the components of all the tracks for the record on By A Thread.

What can the crowd expect from a Luca Brasi live show?
Live shows are what we're all about, being able to be on stage and do what we love is the reason we love playing music. A typical live show is hot and sweaty as hell and more than likely a booze soaked affair. We don't record songs that we can't pull off live exactly as they are on the records, hopefully better!

You’ve toured a fair bit in the past few years. What are some of your favourite tour memories?
Every single tour is such a massive pleasure for us and we're so stoked and grateful that the shows just get better and better. The amount of friends we've made around the country is crazy, just from playing songs that we wrote in our collective bedrooms.
I'd  have to say personal highlights would be sold out shows in some venues such as The Corner in Melbourne, that I've seen plenty of my favourite bands at themselves, would have to be up there. Getting nude constantly throughout our last tour with legends Bodyjar was a good time too!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Tassie music community that inspire you?
Tassie has some amazing bands/musicians that are so unknown it's a crime. Bands like The Scandal are one of  the biggest influences on our own music. Their bass player Nic White has co-produced all of our music along with Linc Le Fevre, possibly the most talented person we know, who's own music inspires us to try and be better. Currently Hobart lads Speech Patterns are the fastest and tightest band out, I feel like I need to go home and practice every time I watch them play.

What are your plans for Luca Brasi in 2014?
This year for Luca will be our biggest by a mile, we pretty much will just continue playing as many shows as possible, in as many different places as possible and get this new record out there. Our first overseas trip is also later this year and will take in Europe and The U.K, something we never considered as a possibility, totally mindblowing.

Australian music is…?
The bloody best, mate!

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Kwame

Featured Artist

2018

12

Mar

Kwame

Sydney, NSW

Meet the artist making some seriously clever and next level hip hop, Kwame. He's this week's Feature Artist on triple j Unearthed.

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

I feel like my music takes listeners on a journey through the many experiences that I've been and continue to go through. I'm always experimenting with the type of music that I'm making and a part of my sound development has come through my production. When I started making music I told myself that if I had to learn production. And that was because I had all these ideas in my head that only I would be able to translate. 

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

Man, I'm only inspired by anything and everything, sometimes I'll be walking down the street and I'm hearing birds chirp and for someone reason that is so dope that I have to hop into the studio get on my laptop and just make a beat from that, haha. At our studio, I'm surrounded by a lot of like-minded creatives from different fields within the creative arts and we're always bouncing around ideas which generates a lot of inspiration and creativity. It's a must to surround yourself with people that motivate and push you to be your best every day.

What can punters expect from a KWAME live show?

Fans can always expect nothing but energy at my shows! Through my setlist, I like to take fans on a journey of emotions through the music to create an experience, a story, something for them to take and walk away with.

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

The best advice I was given was from my brother Domba. He said, "the only reward you receive from conforming is everyone liking you, but yourself."

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

Raj Mahal with 'It's Fine'. When I'm feeling down I like to listening to that song as it helps be reassure that things really will be fine and to never let negativity get the best of you.

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

Phil Fresh with 'Don't Let Me Go'. Honestly his EP 'Excursions of Love' takes you through such an amazing

journey. The title speaks for itself.

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

Woah, okay cool. The party is pumping everyone's jumping, I'm scrolling through Serato looking for a track to take this party to the next level and yep, there it is, Touch Sensitive with 'Lay Down'.

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

Last local gig I attended was Midas. Gold's at The Chippo Hotel, it was a nice intimate gig! It was the day 'WOW' came out and he brought me up on stage to perform it, shout out Midas!

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

Artists such as Mel Bailey, Kymie, Phil Fresh and Raj Mahal inspire me the most in Sydney! They're all so different and bring something unique towards the Sydney music community which stands out the most for me!

What are your plans for 2018?
More music, more shows, more content, more videos,  more designs honestly everything we going in this year!

 

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Flume
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Artist

Flume

Electronic, Indie (toro y moi, Moderat, m83)

Sydney, NSW

PACES

Featured Artist

2014

28

Apr

PACES

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

When Paces isn't busy doing remixes for the likes of Parachute Youth, YesYou and Sampology, producing music for Tkay Maidza, dropping fantastic bootlegs and whipping dance floors into a frenzy right around the country somehow the Gold Coast producer finds time to release his own brand of excellent tropical-infused sizzlers. It'a little bit Jersey Club, a little bit future beats and a whole lot of fun.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I started out making really slow jams and trying to use as few elements as possible. It was a really new and exciting way to make music for me because at the time I was mainly producing dubstep and moombahton (as part of my group ’Surecut Kids’), which can be very busy styles. Eventually though my influences widened and I began making more danceable tunes, taking influence from Jersey Club, Future Beats and Garage. But during the evolution I’ve always been fond of using tropical sounding instruments like kalimbas and steel drums.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Plane trips. I tour a fair bit which means I have plenty of time to listen to music on planes. I like to use it as a bit of down time and soak in a good album or mixtape. Usually I end up making heaps of notes in my phone because as soon as I switch my mind off and relax to someone else’s music, the ideas come flooding in.

What can punters expect from a Paces live show?
I have stripped-down versions of my originals, remixes and bootlegs, mixed so that they flow like a DJ set, and then I play the missing elements on an MPD. So for example the first half of a song might be missing the drums, and the second half missing the kalimbas. As that tune is playing, I’ll be hitting the pads on the MPD and playing the drum sounds or kalimbas in real time. Nothing is quantised, so if I fuck up you’ll definitely hear it!

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
My sound engineer is Danielsan from Koolism. I’ve been going to him for mixdowns and mastering for ages. Over the years he has been very patient with my lack of knowledge and will often call me up and drop science on me for an hour. Pretty much every time he’s done that, it’s been the best advice I’ve ever been given. I think the biggest breakthrough so far was the less-is-more lesson. I used to want my songs to have so much bass in them and I’d try to cram it in amongst everything else. He taught me that if you remove most of the other elements, it gives you more room for the bass. Seems simple now but at the time it was pretty groundbreaking for me.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Wave Racer’s tune ‘Streamers’ would cheer anyone up!
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Anything from Ta-Ku’s ‘Songs To Break Up To’ album. So many feels!
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Either Crooked Colours - Come Down (Palace Remix), or anything from Deer’s EP. Either way it’s a safe bet!
 
What was the last gig you went to? How was it?
The last time I just went to a gig and wasn’t playing was Laneway Festival in Brisbane. It was so rad. Getting to see Cashmere Cat and Daughter were both huge highlights for me.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
My homie Atticus Beats just moved here recently from Townsville. He came over the other day to borrow my studio and I was really inspired by the way he had treated some vocals in his song. It was something I hadn’t seen before and it got me gassed to try some new things.   
 
What are your plans for Paces in 2014?
I’m about to tour my current single ‘Can’t Touch Me’, so I’ll be going all over the place through June/July. I’ve got Groovin The Moo and Splendour coming up. I’ve produced a tune for Tkay Maidza’s EP. I’ve got remixes coming out for SAFIA and Sietta. Plus I’ve been working on an EP with this band from London called Youth. Heaps of stuff to keep me busy!

 

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Tkay Maidza

Featured Artist

2013

4

Nov

Tkay Maidza

( )

Adelaide, SA

Stomp your feet to the banging dance-floor-rap of young Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza.

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

I basically began rapping from mimicking the young money crew - Nicki Minaj, Lil wayne etc - and my friends and I used to make funny videos and just chuck them up on Youtube as a good past time. From there on I just decided to write originals but they weren't anything special. I was picked for an initiative called N1 and that's how I was paired up with Badcop. After ‘Handle My Ego’ I realized there were more realms in Hip Hop and music in general and I declared myself an alternative rapper. Im still trying to find what my ‘thing’ is but I love the whole rave/craziness due to my short attention span, ha!

What were the artists or songs that initially inspired you to get into music?

Ahh there’s so many! Mostly mainstream musicians like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Rihanna, Lil wayne, Outkast inspired me mainly. Bottoms up by Nicki Minaj and Power by Kanye West were my first ever remixes I posted on Youtube like 2 years ago.

What are the pros and cons of being an underage artist and performer?

The Cons: That it’s previously been a struggle for me to play at clubs, or to hang around after my gigs because of the licencing of the venues. Sucks. Also maybe not being taken seriously sometimes can be annoying, but its not that much of a bad thing, I just have to prove them wrong. The Pros: It would be just to have the opportunity, I guess you get treated specially because people are like ‘Ahh she’s only this young’ its a great feeling to know that I’m doing well for my age or just in general.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that currently inspire you?

There’s so many bands, producers and people in Adelaide to name, I cant even deal. The Killgirls have the coolest light show and intensity/energy in their live show - its definitely what I’d like for my live show in the future. Bad//Dreems - they’re the coolest dudes ever, so humble, so funny and they’re so talented and they’re doing so well right now it's insane. Every rapper in Adelaide is an inspiration for me, people are so passionate for Hip Hop - I like what Allday is doing - his versatility and creativity in music is so cool, jealous. Theres so many more musicians I want to name but I’d be here all day. (see what I did there?)

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

I used to play tennis really competitively and I think the sport has taught me that once one point ends you have to carry onto the next one win or lose - if you dwell on something that happened 10 minutes ago you could/will lose. So in other words my coaches and the sport have told me not to dwell in the past but always live in the present, working onto the bigger picture (which is winning the game). Which is so relevant in music. You have to keep on moving!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I have my first ever tour coming up, the ‘Brontosaurus Tour’. So excited! That's during November and December. Also planning on releasing the music video for Bronto as well!

Australian music is…?

That hot chick next door that everyone has started realising is so hot and wants to know. Like seriously, give it a few more months and this chicks going to get so many inboxes on Facebook. I’m so excited to see what happens in the next few months, and I think its something so special to be a part of.

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The Kid Laroi
New

Artist

The Kid Laroi

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

L D R U

Artist

L D R U

Electronic, Dance (L D R U, Drew, Carmody, ...)

Sydney, NSW

MIMI
New

Artist

MIMI

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Dani Karis

Artist

Dani Karis

Roots, Indie (Kate Bush, the the, Sinead O'Conner, ...)

Sydney, NSW