Sydney duo Boo Seeka have been together less than a year but already have two great singles to their name, a European tour under their belt, national tours on the horizon and they are this weeks Unearthed Feature Artist. Impressive stuff, huh?
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.
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.View Profile Hide Interview
The Rubens are a 4-piece from the tiny town of Menangle, NSW. The 3 brothers and 1 childhood friend are responsible for some of the finest soul-soaked blues in the country. Super smooth!
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Our music is all about soul.. We wanted to create something new, a kind of blend of genres, so we started writing songs that were heavily influenced by early blues and soul... It is really simple and easy to create our sound, we use lots of reverb and tremolo, organ sounds, and hip-hop influenced drums. We write and record our songs in our bedroom at home which definitely contributes to our raw and relaxed sound.
What’s The Rubens live show like?
Soaked in reverb and warm tremolo guitar tones with underlying classic blues organ sounds.
The Rubens are from Menangle, a regional NSW town. What’s it like being a band in Menangle?
As far as we know, we are the only band in Menangle, and we're pretty sure no one knows or cares that we are in a band. Menangle is 10 minutes down the road from a larger town called Camden, there's pubs and restaurants there but not really a music scene. This means we travel into Sydney most weekends to play our shows. Its quite a good thing being out in the countryside while writing music; not so many distractions.
What are the best and worst things about ¾ of the band being brothers?
Good things: Conveniently being in the same house to rehearse and write. Being completely comfortable criticising each others musical ideas. Maybe one day we could have a gallagher brothers kind of feud with a bust up on stage.... good publicity. Bad Things: We don't always get along, just your typical sibling rivalry and such. Each of us has certain annoying habits.
What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?
We've got some really exciting stuff in the pipeline. We are heading to Brisbane and Melbourne for shows in december which will be great as we haven't played there yet. 2012 is going to be a big one for The Rubens! We're heading over to New York in January to record our debut album. We've got a really big producer on board so hopefully come march 2012 we will have a great album ready to go!
Australian music is…?
...A good idea...ha ha. Australian music is great though, and most good bands coming out these days owe a lot to Triple J and Unearthed. In such a tough industry artists are given the opportunity to be discovered and thats great. Its helped us so far!View Profile Hide Interview
Melbourne rockers Kingswood are the national winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. The bearded 4-piece will be opening the festival this Friday 27th July.
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Well I guess the band originally developed from the blues. I have a deep love of the blues and a sort of unavoidable addiction to it, which means it will always creep through and be some sort of influence in the creation process, perhaps we will move into a more explicitly blues sound at some point in the future? But right now it's a real blend of heavier kind of blues punk and "stoner" aspects contrasting distinct melodies and more emotional music I suppose. It's hard to summarise because what most listeners know of our music is a very specific sound which is based on two tracks I suppose, when really it's a lot more varied. We have always wanted the freedom to move across genres to be as creative as possible, but under the chief principal of being a rock'n'roll band. The sound developed naturally, obviously from influence and inspiration, and also really become as objective as possible when developing the song writing process.
You’re one of the winners of our Splendour In The Grass competition. What can Splendour revelers expect from the Kingswood live show?
YES!!! WE WON SPLENDOUR!! HOLY SHIT!!! WOW!! We can't believe it. Honestly. Revellers can expect that we'll be doing our damn best to put on our best ever show. I mean put yourself in our shoes...with an opportunity to open arguably one of , if not THE best festival in Australia, you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be going all out and pulling all the stops.
What are you most looking forward to about Splendour In The Grass? Who are you psyched to see?
Festival vibe. The experience. The experience for Splendour Unearthed Winners, which only a few ever get to experience. Opening the festival. Losing our minds. JACK WHITE. AT THE DRIVE IN. SMASHING PUMPKINS. BLOC PARTY. BAND OF SKULLS. AZEALIA BANKS. LANA DEL REY. DZ DEATHRAYS. POND. TAME IMPALA. HUSKY. FATHER JOHN MISTY. NINA LAS VEGAS. EMMA LOUISE>>>>>>>KINGSWOODView Profile Hide Interview