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Gambirra
New

Artist

Gambirra

Indie, Roots (indigenous, Soulful, roots, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Bala G
New

Artist

Bala G

Hip Hop

Darwin, NT

Wampana Band
New

Artist

Wampana Band

Rock, Roots (Desert Rock Reggae, Desert Ska, indigenous, ...)

Alice Springs, NT

East Journey
New

Artist

East Journey

Indie, Pop, Rock (Yothu Yindi, Carlos Santana, Rock, ...)

Darwin, NT

Johnnie Mac
New

Artist

Johnnie Mac

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock, Roots (off beat singer songwriters, story tellers Jonathan Richman, Patrick Fitzgerald, ...)

North West WA, WA

Artist
New

Artist

Yirrnga Yunupingu

Indie, Rock, Roots

Darwin, NT

Ninajirachi
New

Artist

Ninajirachi

Dance, Electronic, Pop ((((・^・;)*。:・。+ 音楽)

Central Coast, NSW

Artist
New

Artist

Kota Banks

Electronic, Pop (Electronic, Pop, friends, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Luude
New

Artist

Luude

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (# electronic #alternative #dance #ambient)

Gold Coast, QLD

 Ninajirachi & Kota Banks
New

Artist

Ninajirachi & Kota Banks

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Tessa Thames
New

Artist

Tessa Thames

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Tessa, thames, alternative, ...)

Central Coast, NSW

Pirra
New

Artist

Pirra

Dance, Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, Electro)

Illawarra, NSW

Stevie Jean

Featured Artist

2018

5

Nov

Stevie Jean

Darwin, NT

Meet this week's Feature Artist Stevie Jean!

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Meet this week's Feature Artist Stevie Jean!

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Tasman Keith and Stevie Jean
New

Artist

Tasman Keith and Stevie Jean

Hip Hop

Darwin, NT

Tasman Keith

Featured Artist

2018

9

Jul

Tasman Keith

( )

Mid North Coast, NSW

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Indigenous rapper and rising star, Tasman Keith. He's got a way with words and a flow to follow.

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

I guess it started simply by growing up with a father as a rapper, a mother as a singer and a bunch of uncles that could play guitar. Being constantly surrounded by music I along with my older brother would always be performing or writing, from as early as 10 my brother, cousin and I had a rap group. At fourteen a lot of my cousins and I were squeezed into a tiny room just to spend hours writing and recording every afternoon. I feel like these things mixed with the study that I put into the music and the greats of the music over time are really what has helped me develop my sound so far. That, keeping my pen sharp and working with great producers.

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

For me, anything can be a source of inspiration. But the greatest would be my community, Bowraville. These stories and feelings that I share, either come from a personal point or draw inspiration from what my people go through. Knowing that I have a voice that can not only be one for my community, but one people outside of my community can relate too is something that constantly pushes me to remain locked in.

What can punters expect from a Tasman Keith live show?

A lot of energy, a lot of truth and a bunch of mission references.

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

There has been a lot. But either when my father told me that when it comes to business and music, never show your full hand, keep a few tricks up your sleeve. Or when my great-grandmother told me to work for it. Simple as that.

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

Tasman Keith - My Pelopolees.

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

Birdz - Testify.

If that doesn't make you feel a way, I don't know what will.

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

Tasman Keith - My Pelopolees. Everyone yelling CRB (Cemetery Road Bowraville) is the key to a great party.

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

Barunga Festival. At the start of this year, I lived in Darwin at Studio G for two months so it's local enough haha. But yeah, Barunga was amazing. If you are reading this, that festival is a must. Shout out to the Skinnyfish fam.

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

To be completely honest, for the past 6 months I’ve been so focused on finishing this project that I haven’t been looking anywhere else. But I’ve always appreciated that there seems to be an overall general respect that the Sydney scene has for each other, that and the work ethic a lot of artists here have is inspiring and keeps me motivated.

What are your plans for 2018?

Watching the current single ‘My Pelopolees’ do its thing, which we have some visuals for as well. The project I’ve been working on with James Mangohig and Nooky is in its final stages and we have already begun to roll that out, so the release of that is a major part of 2018 for me. More visuals for the other singles I have on the way, and a bunch of shows as the music comes out, and of course working on the next, staying one step ahead.

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Being Jane Lane
New

Artist

Being Jane Lane

Indie, Punk, Rock (Girl Band, All Girl Band, Brisbane, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

wastemall
New

Artist

wastemall

Dance, Electronic (House, Future, vibe, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

krude
New

Artist

krude

Dance, Electronic (#house #tech house)

Sydney, NSW

Wexler
New

Artist

Wexler

Dance, Electronic (House, techhouse, dance, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Moss
New

Artist

Moss

Dance, Electronic (Electronic, dance, bass, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Lotus Ship
New

Artist

Lotus Ship

Rock (Funk, Rock, funk garage, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

The Good Sports
New

Artist

The Good Sports

Pop, Rock (east brisbane)

Brisbane, QLD

Ivey

Featured Artist

2019

1

Apr

Ivey

( )

Gold Coast, QLD

Queensland group Ivey are this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

Honestly we’ve devolved our sound from being in a band for so long. It doesn’t seem like it because Millie has only just turned 18 but we’ve been a band for five years. A lot of trial and error and experiment has gone into crafting the sound we have now, and even then our new stuff is definitely moving in a different direction again! 

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

It’s a mixture of things, we love making music that people can dance and have fun too, so when we find that bass line or that groove or a sample that has something to it, we usually build our songs around it. Adding to this, the biggest inspiration when building these tracks is each other, it’s really nice to have five people who are all throwing around ideas all the time. Lyrically I think it’s hard to pin point, it’d be nice to say that we plan out out lyrics properly but most of the time it is kind of intuitive. You unknowing mumble out sentences that end up forming lyrics to a chorus or a verse. Life is absolutely mind boggling sometimes, in both good and bad ways, it kind of effortlessly provides that endless intuitive form of inspiration. 

What can punters expect from an Ivey live show?

We really pride ourselves on our live show, you can expect a lot of energy, dancing, jumping and tight hi-hats.

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

This will sound generic and boring, but it is honestly the best advice “stop comparing yourself to others”. I could tell you many people who have said this. But my dear friend Lachlan Jones from The Vanns used to reiterate this often. You can’t compare your music and your career to others, focus on your music and what you want to do and work hard. 

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

Parcels - Tieduprightnow.

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

#1 Dads Feat. Airling - God Can Promise.

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

North East Party House - Youth Allowance.

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

Dante and I went to Donny Love at Shark Bar last night and it was heaps of fun! That band are true staple of the Gold Coast Music Scene.

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

I guess most of the bands in the Gold Coast music scene inspire us, simply because it drives you to get better, perform better and write better. But special mentions to Lastlings who are absolutely killing it at the moment. Also shout to long time friends Peach Fur, our new friends The Oogars and Daste, all three are respectively amazing at what they do.

What are your plans for 2019?

We have been writing a lot of new music and have two new singles recorded already! The first one of these will be out sooner then you think....

 

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daste.
New

Artist

daste.

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (#indie, #Dance, #pop, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Citrus Daze
New

Artist

Citrus Daze

Indie, Pop

Gold Coast, QLD

PEACH FUR
New

Artist

PEACH FUR

Rock (Love, furry, Peaches, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Zef Chiba
New

Artist

Zef Chiba

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (hip hop, house rap, Indie Pop, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

Boy Virgo
New

Artist

Zion Garcia
New

Artist

Zion Garcia

Hip Hop, Indie

Sydney, NSW

EAST AV3

Featured Artist

2019

16

Sep

EAST AV3

Adelaide, SA

Meet this week's Feature Artist East Av3!

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Meet this week's Feature Artist East Av3!

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THE BLOSSOM

Featured Artist

2021

29

Mar

THE BLOSSOM

Sydney, NSW

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

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

I’ve developed my own sonic language through exploring so many different facets of my influences. Collaborating and carving into my songwriting. i like to think I’m inspired heavily by a lot of influences but challenge myself to not be defined by them. That to me is how I continue to explore my project.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The fact that music is my only form of language that truly feels like it embodies my honest self.

What can punters expect from a THE BLOSSOM live show?
ENERGY. SWEAT. FREEDOM. HEAD BANGING. TEARS.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
To create from a place of honesty, to put that as a priority always. Lead through gut instinct and to use that as compass.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
'Don’t Change' by INXS 

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Delete' by DMA’s

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'The Difference' by Flume featuring Toro Y Moi

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to Kanye West’s Sunday service in LA. And it was such an incredible and moving experience.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you. 
Because I spend time between Sydney and LA I’m lucky enough to be so inspired by both communities. In Australia really love The Neighborhood Void, The DMA’s, Daine, Perto, LonelySpeck. And in LA I’m fortunate to collaborate with Brockhampton and Zach Fogarty as well as so many other incredible producers, artists and friends.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?
To keep on releasing more music!!!! I have more singles and my EP for the year to follow.

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Matilda Pearl
New

Artist

Matilda Pearl

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

BoomChild
New

Artist

BoomChild

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (Soul, Rnb, Hip-Hop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

RISSA
New

Artist

RISSA

Dance, Electronic, Pop, Roots (r&b, Soul, Australian, ...)

Sydney, NSW

BOY SODA
New

Artist

BOY SODA

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop

Central Coast, NSW

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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MADAM3EMPRESS
New

Artist

MADAM3EMPRESS

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Channo
New

Artist

Channo

Indie, Pop (air, daft, Punk, ...)

Perth, WA

Jesswar
New

Artist

Jesswar

Hip Hop (#fiji #rap #hiphop #tropixxmood)

Brisbane, QLD

Captain Earwax
New

Artist

Captain Earwax

Electronic, Hip Hop (Future, hiphop, beats, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Syrup
New

Artist

Syrup

Dance, Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, alternative, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Glasshouse
New

Artist

Glasshouse

Dance, Electronic (Ambient, dance, Electronic, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Maddy May
New

Artist

Maddy May

Indie, Pop, Roots (Maddy May, Musician, folk, ...)

Gippsland, VIC

Otosan
New

Artist

Otosan

Dance, Electronic (House, dance, future house, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Close Counters
New

Artist

Close Counters

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (#electronic #R&B #soul #neo soul #house #disco)

Melbourne, VIC

EATO
New

Artist

EATO

Dance, Hip Hop, Pop, Punk, Rock

Tropic, QLD

deep daze
New

Artist

deep daze

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (# Alternative #Electronic #Experimental)

Perth, WA

Artist
New

Artist

Treant

Hip Hop

Goldfields, WA

PRICIE

Featured Artist

2021

1

Feb

PRICIE

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I don’t think I have a definitive sound just yet, I think I am very much still learning new fun ways to find my sound.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My greatest source of inspiration is truth, the reality of my life and the truth that it carries is a very strong starting point to everything. The lessons and blessings haven’t failed me yet.

What can punters expect from a PRICIE live show?
The expectation from a PRICIE live show will hopefully be acceptance and pure positive energy where dancing is the only key and understanding is the door.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I have been given came from my father, he said always know where you came from and what you are doing! It has helped me not only re-evaluate my stance in life but also strengthened my love for where I came from - the struggle and joys.

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
The Australian track I would play first 'too dang good' of course and then any song by Tkay Maidza or Sampa The Great - that queen energy is bound to get anyone up and out of their feelings.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I would play a track from the beautiful Liyah Knight called 'Tipsy'.

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'too dang good'! followed by anything from Genesis Owusu.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig I went to was at a pub and it was soo fun, it was a karaoke night and everyone sanggggg.

Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you.
I am inspired by amazing musicians around me especially Thando if you have never seen her live I don’t know what you're waiting for! Best experience!

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
My plans are honestly to buckle down and write more fun tunes and connect with other wonderful musicians and create more content in preparation for 2021 and the rest of my life hahah.

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Anteek
New

Artist

Anteek

Hip Hop, Indie (#AUSSIE #hiphop #rap #rapper)

North West WA, WA

Dollar Hot Sauce
New

Artist

Dollar Hot Sauce

Hip Hop (Lofi, beats, Hip-Hop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Cookii
New

Artist

Cookii

Pop (PC Music, Pop)

Melbourne, VIC

Lime Cordiale
New

Artist

Lime Cordiale

Indie, Pop, Rock (sydney, Lime, cordiale, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird
New

Artist

Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird

Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Rellyman
New

Artist

Rellyman

Hip Hop (dripsquad, thewellsalted, cloudchasers, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Fair Fields
New

Artist

Fair Fields

Electronic, Pop (beats, Future, hip hop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Savour The Rations
New

Artist

Savour The Rations

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

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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Dante Knows
New

Artist

Dante Knows

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock, Roots

Sydney, NSW

Mel Bailey
New

Artist

Mel Bailey

Hip Hop, Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

RAJ MAHAL
New

Artist

RAJ MAHAL

Hip Hop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Elijah Yo
New

Artist

Elijah Yo

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Big Skeez
New

Artist

Lil Spacely
New

Artist

Lil Spacely

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Travy P
New

Artist

Travy P

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

The Kid Laroi
New

Artist

The Kid Laroi

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

B Wise

Featured Artist

2015

28

Sep

B Wise

( )

Sydney, NSW

Representing Sydney's South West, rapper B Wise picked up the triple j Unearthed opening slot for the Sydney Listen Out and is the Feature Artist this week.

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

I would like to say my music is a progressive sound for hip hop in Australia. Its really important to me to try and be unique where I can so I practice just being myself. Believe it or not, just trying to be yourself and not influenced by others takes a lot of practice!

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

Real life, experiences past and present and hearing NEW ground breaking music that can't be labeled by one genre.

What can punters expect from your live show at Listen Out?

Without giving too much away, early arvo sweating, energy and you will definitely leave having got to know the random person next to you!

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

"Creatives that tend to do exceptionally well don't try to follow the trends of whats going on in the world, they set the trends by bringing the people into their own world" - Dumi Oburota.

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

The Preatures - Is This How You Feel.

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

John Farnham - You're The Voice.

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

Tuka - Yeah Right.

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

Hau at Gingers in Sydney. Was a really cool intimate crowd, with a dope support by Yum Yum.

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

There are so many varieties and qualities now days in the Sydney scene that I admire. Im a big fan of acts like Spit Syndicate who been holding the Sydney rap scene down for a minute and still continue to grow their brand as musos and as a business. On the opposite side you got acts like Kerser who just do their own thing online, appeal to their own fans and have such a cult following and are able to provide a living for themselves and their team by not having to rely on mainstream vehicles of distribution.

What are your plans for the rest of 2015?

Get my ass on the road and play shows around the country while finishing my debut album!

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MANU CROOK$

Featured Artist

2016

6

Jun

MANU CROOK$

Sydney, NSW

MANU CROOK$ is this weeks triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and winner of our Come Together Festival competition . The Sydney-based emcee will be hitting the Come Together stage at Sydney's Luna Park this Saturday, June 11.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Vibes vibes vibes. Every song I make I go off a vibe or how I was feeling at that time. In terms of the sound - it's influenced by my everyday life.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Once again my everyday life... I think music is the best way to express yourself.
 
You’re one the winner of our Come Together competition. What can punters at Come Together expect from your live show?
It'll definitely be an energetic start to a dope festival! 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Be you! - Anonymous 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Not even gonna lie, I'll most probably play my own song! All day, Everyday! (pun intended) back to back..then play 'Hermitude - The Buzz' to cheer up all the people crying cause of how hard the song goes!
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
There's a few groups in Sydney doing their thing... Shout out the One Day-ers, they're definitely pushing a movement and also the dream big team going wild.
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm planning on dropping more songs/projects and building on the sound we got going with the team.
 

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iiiConic

Featured Artist

2021

6

Apr

iiiConic

( )

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

I started making music is a really young age. I started by recording on my Mum’s laptop, basically just playing around with software to try and find my sound. When I developed into a teenager, that’s when I started taking music more seriously and started pursuing it as a passion.

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

At the moment, I’m really inspired by Indie-pop music. The chords are usually really captivating and that gives me the energy and inspiration to hop in the studio and make my own music. 

What can punters expect from an iiiConic live show?

They are very high energy because of my type of music. I’m writing different types of music at the moment so for the next show, expect different types of vibes throughout my set.

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

The best advice I got was from one of my friends. He told me to focus on my own life and make music that makes ME happy rather than others. Ever since he told me that, music has felt different and I can actually enjoy the production process.

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

I would suggest a song called ‘Stay’ by my little brother ‘Yb.’ - His music is super groovy and always has a positive message.

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

I would probably suggest ‘Hollywood Love’ by ‘Ash Minor’

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

Definitely 'Home and Away' by ONEFOUR.

What was the last local gig you went to? 

The last local gig I went to was my brother Yb.’s first-ever show at Mountain Goat Valley Crawl.

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

I am inspired by young people pursuing music in Australia, and even better, my own city. It helps grow the music community in Australia. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

I have a lot planned. I’ve been a little silent for a while but I can’t wait to show you what I’ve got to come. Expect a different direction in my music, I guess that’s all I can say... 

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TAMMA
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Artist

TAMMA

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Indie, Soul, Electronic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jaguar Jonze

Featured Artist

2019

18

Nov

Jaguar Jonze

( )

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

Honestly, I guess it was a natural development of my multicultural background. I grew up listening to ballads on my mum's side, and country/folk music on my dad's side but then I would go and binge on alternative rock. So my sound just kind of evolved into this gunslinging, lamenting soundtrack which I use to show my personal emotions and adversities. 

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

I lost my close friend years ago, and he would always tell me that I needed to live life passionately. I didn't understand what that meant until he passed away. When he left, he left behind his soul in poetry, films, artworks and heartfelt letters. Although, I didn't grow up making and playing music, it suddenly became my way of dealing with the grief of losing him, and that's when I suddenly understood what he meant and I found my passion. Now, my greatest source of inspiration to make music is, that it keeps me sane and peaceful. 

What can punters expect from a Jaguar Jonze live show?

Well... I think the funniest write up I've seen is that the Jaguar Jonze live shows brings... "a manic stage presence, bending over backwards, writhing, crab-walking and altogether looking like she's possessed by some sort of musical devil." That sums it up pretty well, plus my band - Aidan Hogg, Joe Fallon and Jacob Mann are some of the most talented musicians and I'm super proud to have them by my side, they're a show on their own, but if you aren’t into manic possessed crab walking you can watch them instead haha. 

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

"The best revenge is success." I guess this year, I've dealt with a lot of misfortunes and it was so hard to try and keep getting back up when the environment around me was trying to continuously pull me back down. The advice was actually from a tinder match hahah but he had been seeing things on social media and we became good friends and that was one of the many pieces of advice he gave me and it stuck. I didn't want my trauma or other people's actions to define where I was going so that really helped keep me rolling. I honestly am so grateful and in disbelief about what I've achieved this year and the different places I'm in now. Like, the fact that I'm Feature Artist this week still blows my mind. ARGH THANK YOU. 

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

'Who The Hell Are You' by Madison Avenue.

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

'Into My Arms' by Nick Cave.

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

'Don't Call Me Baby' by Madison Avenue. I've used her twice, because she's just the medicine that you want to deny, but know it works.

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

It’s so lame because I've been on tour with Lime Cordiale and the last 3 shows were in Brisbane. On the last day we had 2 in one day, an all ages matinee and then an over 18s show. We were just lounging around in the green room when Lime Cordiale found out that 3 of the kids from the underage gig had missed out on the matinee show because they read their tickets wrong. So they put on a show just for these three kids. It was probably one of my favourite tour moments to walk into The Triffid and find Lime Cordiale doing a special show for these 3 kids that missed out. And I mean everybody was on board, including the monitor engineer, FOH, lighting engineer and obviously the whole band. It was so heartwarming, and we all cried in the greenroom afterwards once we realised how much it meant to those 3 kids and their parents. 

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

Actually the people in the Brisbane music community that inspire me the most at the moment are the ones behind the scenes. The sound techs, the guitar techs, the people who constantly work on their technical craft silently and then share it so generously to the bands who need it to put on these amazing shows. I don't know, I think it's something that I didn't realise was such a huge part of being in music until I started playing these bigger shows, I'm just so inspired by their wizardry.

What are your plans for 2019/2020?

We've just got touring left for 2019, I'm jumping onto the Hermitude Brisbane and Sydney shows this weekend to sing the Like A Version live, got another couple Lime Cordiale shows and a few festivals including.. FALLS FESTIVAL THANKS TO YOU GUYS UGHHHHHHH *animal noises*. But for 2020 it’s shaping up for an EP release, more singles and touring... abroad!!

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Julia Wallace
New

Artist

Julia Wallace

Indie, Pop

Perth, WA

Congrats
New

Artist

Congrats

Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Dylan Joel

Featured Artist

2012

17

Dec

Dylan Joel

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne MC Dylan Joel is the winner of our Pyramid Rock competition. He'll be bringing some summery hip hop vibes to the festival main stage on New Years Eve at Pyramid Rock, Phillip Island.

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

First love for hip hop started after an opportunity I had, introducing Bliss N Eso to the crowd before one of their shows. So my initial introduction to the scene was at a super high standard. That led to following a heap of other Australian rappers, and from there my taste of hip hop began to expand. After a 6 month general trip through LA, New York and mostly Toronto, I returned back home with new inspiration from all over North America. Recently I headed back to Toronto to work with a local producer 'Otis Grey', so my taste for hip hop has expanded massively, bringing multiple aspects of hip hop from so many different artists. To summarise it, seeing as I'm only 21, I still think my sound is developing - But I feel there's an art to making it work as you journey through that. So I'm sweet to just wait and see where I end up!

You’re the winner of our Pyramid Rock competition and will be opening the main stage on New Years Eve - what can Pyramid Rock punters expect from the Dylan Joel live show?

Yeah, such an insane opportunity. So stoked to be rocking Pyramid this year. Never expected to be playing a show like this so early on in my career. Was always one of those 'dream to play' kind of gigs. - So my plan is to get a little creative on this set. Not every day you get to play such a sweet show, so we're planning on having some fun with it. New tracks, old tracks, few covers. I have 3 homies that back me up for my live shows, rocking live bass, drums and vinyls - So hopefully we'll be bringing a mad festival vibe to our set! Definitely not afraid to have a boogie. So expect some real funky, bumpin' tracks!

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Melbourne music communities who inspire you?

Ah flip. So many. Definitely gotta throw some love to my man Mantra. Have had the priviledge to catch up with him on a fairly regular basis and take the opportunity of having him mentor me through some of the journey. Such a phenomenal rapper. But the part that really inspires me, is his passion for helping others. From volunteering with youth hip hop programs such as 'Dig Deep' to just being a really considerate dude. He's been an amazing inspiration for keeping grounded and understanding where your real life fits amidst your music life. Nate Flagrant has been a huge help too, he has been pretty committed to seeing us develop our recorded sound and our live show. Also some props to M-Phazes and Cam Bluff, as I see them as some of the most talented producers in the country. Along with the big man Illy, for not only being (what I think to be) one of the best song writers in the country, but also for his support and respect towards the new gen of rappers. Big advocate for seeing artists stay grounded and keep true to themselves. Props.

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

Tough question! Couldn't pick some specifically as the best, but one quote that sticks out: "Don't have everything you want, but want everything you have." - from the trusty words of a fridge magnet. Good as.

What are your New Years resolutions?

No idea ha. Get better at FIFA, write more raps, get even better at FIFA... Na in all seriousness, I'm real keen to write/release an album, which we've begun to tee up some amazing producers for. To be honest, I'm just happy with what I'm doing now. Selling out some bigger shows and playing some more festival's would be dope too, but I'm happy just kickin' it and seeing where the year takes me.

Australian music is…?

...underrated.

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Lamalo
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Artist

Lamalo

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Indie, dance, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Cult Shφtta
New

Artist

Cult Shφtta

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk

Sydney, NSW

Dave Winnel

Featured Artist

2019

7

Oct

Dave Winnel

( )

Sydney, NSW

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

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

I think something that is unique to me is that I don’t just have ONE sound. Each track comes out depending on how I’m feeling at the time or where I’m ´at´. For instance ´Smoke Machine´came across because I know I needed to make a BANGER for the clubs. It´s exactly that, a club track. Ksmail tho was written from my Airbnb in Albania, right on the water. I could literally see 180´of ocean while writing the track, and you can hear that in record. 

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

Listening to loads and loads of of different genres from classical to trance, to pop, disco and taking elements from each of those and injecting it into my own music. Also, as above, location is also very inspiring to me. 

What can punters expect from a Dave Winnel live show?

A lot of thow backs, a lot of party shirts, a lot of good vibes, a lot of fist pumps. 

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

My Mum. She tells me this all the time. ¨life is short, do what makes you happy and never do anything you down want to do¨. 

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

Powderfinger with 'My Happiness'.

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

The Temper Trap with 'Sweet Disposition'.

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

'Horses'? by Daryl Braithwaite. NO!! I don’t actually have that on my USB. Empire Of The Sun with 'Walking On A Dream'.

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

Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform at the Opera house. They played the soundtrack of Star Wars - The Force Awakens while the movie was shown. Absolutely incredible experience. Sooo much talent in one room, and John Williams score is a masterpiece. 

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

Three guys I’ve always looked up to in the Australian scene are, James Frew, Bass Kleph & Tommy Trash. Then always encouraged me to push harder and go beyond. Mad respect for them!  

What are your plans for 2019?

Apart from the usual club gigs around Aus for the summer and making a shit tone of music… I plan to go to the beach more because I’m disappointed in my beach efforts last year. 

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Kids of Yesterday
New

Artist

Kids of Yesterday

Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

JACKEL
New

Artist

JACKEL

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (hip hop, Pop, dance, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Chelsea Knight
New

Artist

Chelsea Knight

Pop

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Hideous Sun Demon
New

Artist

Hideous Sun Demon

Indie, Punk, Rock (Hideous Sun Demon, Melbourne, post punk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Spacey Jane

Featured Artist

2019

13

May

Spacey Jane

( )

Perth, WA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, WA legends Spacey Jane.

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

We all come from different places musically so we weren't really predisposed to having a certain sound. When we started out we didn't have a specific genre or sound we were aiming for, but our playing styles eventually blended into where we're at now. Some of our shared musical tastes include Wilco, early Kings of Leon, Courtney Barnett, The Strokes, Pixies.

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

Caleb says a lot of his inspiration (especially lyrically) comes from processing emotions and life experiences. Music as a means of catharsis is something we can all relate to. When some feeling or abstract 'thing' hasn't been dealt with, song writing definitely seems like a great outlet for it. In a more general sense we're all inspired to keep making music because of how bloody special it feels to connect with other people through it. Be it with each other or our fans, it's real great.

What can punters expect from a Spacey Jane live show?

We try really hard to make our gigs a safe and inclusive space for everyone involved. When we feel like the crowd is being respectful and looking out for each other, we really give it our all. Also, lots of hair flips from Ashton. And sweat.   

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

One piece of advice that’s stuck with us was from a really great friend in a really great band that have had been killing it for over a decade now. It’s a simple one. He just said to ‘keep writing’. No matter what, always, always, always writing and creating. Can’t really fault it, and it’s always in the back of our minds. Thanks Will.

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

‘Catch My Disease’ by Ben Lee (thanks for reminding us that this exists).

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

Any of Julia Jacklin's tracks - namely ‘Don't Know How to Keep Loving You’.

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

‘Since I Left You’ by The Avalanches.

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

Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks put on a mini-festival for their EP launch, with a heap of great local bands. Jack is a very special songwriter and has a group of amazing musicians who are even nicer people.

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

Stella Donnelly is really putting Perth on the map internationally, and she's done a great job of promoting safe and inclusive gig spaces for everyone. She does an awesome job championing artists of all backgrounds at her shows here in Perth, and she's really brought up the standard of diversity to something the scene can be more proud of! Great Gable are one of Perth's hardest working bands, without a doubt. They've been at it for a little while and they're consistently on the up & up. It's awesome to see them succeed so much over the last few years, they're a bunch of awesome guys who kill it live & write great songs.There's a heap of other favourites that have always and continue to make Perth one of the best places to play & experience live music! Seriously WA music rules, and we wear the badge with pride.

What are your plans for 2019?

We're heading back into the studio to record what will hopefully become our first album! No promises there. It's just a lovely goal to have. We'll definitely be touring nationally at least once more this year, this time around has been too good to not repeat!

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The Lazy Eyes

Featured Artist

2020

30

Apr

The Lazy Eyes

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature legends, The Lazy Eyes!

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

Our music is commonly described as psychedelic rock. This is pretty accurate when describing our live sound as we pretty much use a classic rock band set up (Electric Guitars, Electric Piano, Bass, Drums) but we run those instruments through effect pedals which add a psychedelic twist. We obsessed with guitar pedals even before we formed the band, so when it came to the first rehearsal, we instantly started experimenting with what cool sounds we could get! Since then we have just narrowed down the effects to ones we really love and now they are a big part of our sound!

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

Bands we look up to have always been our greatest source of inspiration for making music. Whenever we record, we are always referencing recordings from artists we love. The artists we look up to are definitely responsible for inspiring us forming the band in the first place!

What can punters expect from The Lazy Eyes live show?

Punters can expect a classic rock band set up with a psychedelic twist, a little bit of moshing and a mix of rocky songs and love songs, most of which aren't released (except for two) lol.

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

Off the top of my head, our high school music teacher Mr Miller told us to enter YouthRock band competition. At the time, we were beginning to get a little bit less motivated towards the band as it wasn't really making much progress. We were lucky enough to take first place in that competition which gave us the boost of confidence we needed and since then, it feels like the gigs have gotten much better haha.

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

Duncan by Slim Dusty. This song cannot get anymore Australian and it never fails to put a smile on my face.

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

Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap. There's so much emotion oozing from this song. It can make you cry from happiness, sadness, nostalgia and probably more. It may have jerked a few tears me..

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

Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders. I challenge you to stay still when the beat drops in this song. Impossible.

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

It seems like so long ago with all this corana chaos but I think it was at Marly Bar (The Marlborough Hotel) to see Ultracrush. Really great local band and they had an awesome support called Bones and Jones who are from Melbourne who we hadn't heard of before. It's always great to discover a band by being impressed by their live set.

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

Successful bands that come from around our area such as DMA's are inspiring because they put into perspective what's possible. A local band who is inspiring is Raindrop who have a really good eye for detail. Every part of their product (i.e music videos, webiste, album art, etc.) are super quality and it made us realise that even if you are a local band you can still reach out and collaborate with established film makers and artists etc.

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Asha Jefferies

Featured Artist

2018

1

Oct

Asha Jefferies

( )

Brisbane, QLD

All this week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Asha Jefferies. She loves turning her thoughts, feelings and memories into noise and we've been obsessing over her brand new single, 'Everybody Talks'.

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

My music embodies the storytelling of a very indecisive person. It's shiny and sad and peaceful and folk-driven and roots based. I wanted to be a pop star at age 5, so I would write my own riddles and songs and sing them out to family. Over time I acquired a guitar & got really into folk/sadness/heartbreak. I think since high school has ended, I mostly still write about troubled things but in a tranquil way. 

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

90's pop icons, heartbreak, alienation, feeling too full after sushi and hangovers. 

What can punters expect from an Asha Jefferies live show?

Honesty is really important to me when performing. The songs I write are vulnerable and expressing them in an intimate and explosive way feels best. There feels no use in writing these songs unless I give the opportunity to vulnerably share and see connection in conversing on stage. 

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

 I sat down and had coffee with Emma Louise early last year. I remember her explaining how essential it is to write from your heart/unspoken part of you and let the mind fade. It's stuck with me ever since.

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

'The Ship Song' by Nick Cave.

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

'How to Make Gravy' by the Gravy Man (Paul Kelly).

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

I'm going to back myself with Miami Horror's 'Sometimes'.

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

I went and saw a 'Mustard' show presenting TOISOC, Caramel, Disco Indians & Lilian Vase last night. All coastal, psych-rock vibing bands. Honestly, it was great and it made me feel really cool contrasting with my 'i have a lot of feelings'-folk-shell. 

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

Oh my goodness! It is a joy and wonder to be surrounded in such a creative and inspiring community. Songwriters like Hazlett, Clea, Zefereli, Moreton and Daggy Man are just a few that I look up to immensely. 

What are your plans for 2018?

I'm going to buy a fish called Bullshit, go to New Zealand, release an EP, play some shows outside of Brisbane, wear my Birkenstocks, record new music and attempt to survive Brisbane humidity. 

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BOO SEEKA

Featured Artist

2015

20

Jul

BOO SEEKA

( )

Sydney, NSW

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?

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
It's still developing. We only met the last week of December last year. So we've been putting it together as we go along. Making it up. We feel like we've really struck on something and and we're headed back into the studio with a few ideas soon. We recently toured Europe and owing to the extraordinary generosity of a dude there - who drove us around (Germany, Holland, Belgium and France), we found ourselves with a bit of time on our hands so we came back with a stack of ideas. At the moment I guess we classify as some sort of mutant soul/trip hop/dreamtronica. Or Something. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I wouldn't really feel you can cut off any angle of inspiration. Whether it's from listening to music or your everyday doings. The Swans, they're an inspiration. Massive Attack. The Princess Bride. Bootleg Rascal's QDome - he's an inspiration. Realistically we'll take it anyway it slaps us.
 
What can punters expect from a Boo Seeka live show?
You could reasonably expect some solid arse otherworldly material. Na, it's a post disco, trip hop tyranny. Sammy Seeka has what most people rate as an ok looking dial, so that's got to go in there, that plus some danceable beats some dicey dance moves from onstage and our own take on performance. Hey, we've got something. From time to time we'll have speccy guests too and we've got a bunch of material now. I don't know, a lot.   
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
This opens a big door, doesn't it? I'll slip through a couple of things while it's ajar. "Don't listen to me" was one. I can't remember who told me now, which I guess is a pivotal thing. But I remember thinking that's as good a piece of advice as I'm going to hear today when they told me. I also like a couple of more general quotes/pieces of advice - Winston Churchill's answer to the question of cutting funding to arts by saying: "Then what are we fighting for?" And Jim Carrey said "I learnt that you could fail doing something that you didn't want to do," when he was talking about his father.  
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
Would it depend on what was happening? Maybe Ball Park Music? I'm not sure, what are they crying for - that could influence it. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Anything from Idol. Or you know, one of those franchises. They make me cry. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Geez. Bad/Dreems: Hiding to Nothing. Vallis Alps. Lyall Moloney: Running For You. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Caught Alpine a week ago. First time seeing live, epic, cracking new single by these guys. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
I'd say look to the new Bootleg Rascal record. I've heard it and it's great, there's a cracker on there called Asleep In the Machine. That's going to be real good that record. We've worked with them a bit - they just told me it hasn't been released yet.
I find that you kind of have to make the most of wherever you are and whatever there is, when you're speaking about a music community. It's pretty hard core to be in Sydney and involved in music at the minute but I guess it's been that way for a while. That said, venue wise, the Newtown Social is a great venue and we did 3 gigs in a residency/run at the Hibernian and if the lifts had been working for the gear that we had to ship in there, that would have been pretty perfect too. Mind you I don't think they'll be having us a back in a rush - we made a bit much noise for them I'd say - seemed like it. There's a stack of really creative stuff going on in Australia in general, Sammy's just mentioned an act Cooper Pedy University band with a song called Kookaburra. I haven't listened to that yet but i just saw that the labels called Krautback - that's something eh. I love some of the guys that have been out there running creative for a while, I'm a big fan of Katalyst and anything Ashley does in general. The guy we work with on production Ian, has a new thing that he's working on -  he's been calling it Kel. E not sure - we'll tag it into something when it's done. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2015?
Funny you should mention that, we're looking into buying new banana lounges and cuban cigars and floating off into the sunset. 
Na, really it is funny you ask because we've just looked it up and it looks something like this - there'll be another single later in the year at some stage and we already know which song that is.
1) Hit the studio now and get 10-14 tracks up to speed before September - so that's busy.
2) AUGUST: release an EP which will have both those songs plus two more and perhaps an acoustic version of Kingdom Leader 
3) AUG & SEPT: national tour as main support for SAFIA 
4) OCT: another support - watch this space
5) NOV: head back to Europe for last 3 weeks of November - and now into the first week of December - Holland, UK and Belgium 
6) DEC: 3 festivals for the New year period 
7) Have the album ready for release early next year - artwork and all recording done in Nov. 
8) FEB: headline tour for Feb or perhaps March next year 
9) Have the album ready release for late Feb or early March 2016

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Lemon Myrtle

Featured Artist

2021

8

Feb

Lemon Myrtle

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South West WA, WA

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

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

My music's always changing, and at the mercy of my emotional approach. 'My sound' is probably my voice, because that won't change. But musically I'm stoked to try out everything. So far reflective, herbal teas, and maybe more intellectual movement. But lately I've just felt like dancing so i've been making more groovy, black coffee, body boogie beats ya know? What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? People! Friends, strangers, conversations, interactions. Also justice, feeling part of something bigger, and the good earth.

What can punters expect from a Lemon Myrtle live show?

I'm not super sure yet, but definitely stories and chats and warm feelings :)

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

Oh man, so much! My friend Rob told me "veggies need to be eaten, and songs need to be heard." And Uncle Kev who I love lots reminds me that "self belief is different from egotism," which I really appreciate. I often come back to these when I'm feeling anxious about sharing stuff.

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

'Singing Makes it Better', by Formidable Vegetable. Bc it really does.

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

'Persevere' by Gang of Youths.

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

Boyyyy that Centrelink hold music is popping!

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

My most recent and first ever gig was organised by WAFA, and I got to support Not Just Charlie, Chief Monkey, The Nomadics and John Butler! It was SOOOOo fun Tell us about the bands or people in the local music community that inspire you. Charlie Mcgee from Formidable Veg and Not Just Charlie has known me since I was tiny, but just recently we've become friends haha! He's been the hugest support and encourager. He sings about all things permaculture and community sufficiency, which is super cool. He loves to be and play music with as many people as he can, because why not? He's fun and lighthearted but not shallow at all, and I really admire that approach to performing, and to life! Big love Charlie.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

Keep makin' music, start my social work degree, I'd love to have another EP out this year, & I'd luuurve to do some collaborations !! :)))) If you're keen to make something together hmu x

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BlaqCarrie

Featured Artist

2013

16

Sep

BlaqCarrie

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Blaq Carrie is a Zimbabwe-born Brisbane-based rapper and the winner of our Sprung Festival competition. She'll be opening the festival at Victoria Park, Brisbane on Saturday 21st September.

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

My music is all about “Keeping it real”. I developed my current sound through trying out different styles and flows until I found one that matched and delivered my passion better.

You’re one of the winners of our Sprung Festival competition and will be playing the event in Brisbane on Saturday, 21 September. What are you most looking forward to about Sprung?

I am mostly looking forward to connecting and capturing peoples hearts with my music.

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

Learn to enjoy and appreciate life regardless of your 'haves' and 'have-nots', and do what your most passionate about. Those were some wise words from my late grandmother.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

Stalk me on my Facebook page to find out :)

Australian music is…?

…AWESOME!!!

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Finn Irregular
New

Artist

Finn Irregular

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Tobacco Rat
New

Artist

Tobacco Rat

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (bass, Electronic, beats, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Jordan Dennis
New

Artist

Jordan Dennis

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

IJALE

Featured Artist

2020

17

Aug

IJALE

( )

Melbourne, VIC

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

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

My music is a mix of all of the influences that made me want to start creating it. From Michael Jackson to Flying Lotus, D'angelo to Dilla, Fela Kuti, and Tony Allen. I started producing after high school as a means of procrastination and then fell in love with it. As my tastes changed I started incorporating new genres and influences into my production as a means to challenge myself. Soon enough I found myself emulating others less and being true to myself a lot more.

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

The long line of black genius and innovation that is evident in every form of music there is, to be honest. whether it be African American or from the continent itself, it carries the same spirit. To know that lives in me and I can draw from it in my own way is very inspiring.

What can punters expect from an IJALE live show?

A lot of unreleased music, and a lot of stuff to make you dance. The EP has a somber tone to it, but my live show is anything but. My live shows are a celebration of myself and everybody else in the room. 

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

Probably "F**k what other people think". Simple but effective words from my big brother Jesse. 

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

'Miss Shiney' by Kaiit

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

'Worst Luck' by Teischa

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

'Throw It Back' by Manu Crooks featuring B Wise 

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

One of mine actually, it was awesome. It was the last gig I played before lockdown hit so its a bit bittersweet.
 

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

Ok but we're gonna be here a while. Whatever you might vibe there's someone down here who deserves all the things and is super inspiring.

The experimental Jazz scene here is just amazing. 30/70, Mandarin Dreams, Close Counters, Clever Austin, Laneous, Horatio Luna, Bastard Amber, Messy Mammals, JK Group, the list goes on. Some of the most talented people I've ever seen touch instruments are in these bands.

The female talent down here is insane. KYE, Kaiit, Mwanje, Hayku Kyah, Allysha Joy, Kobi Spice, Rara Zulu, Elle Shimada, Thando, Kee'ahn, Rara Zulu, Elaura, Kaira Cuvee, Louella Deville, Foura, The Mai Sisters. They really do run shit down here. 

The Hip hop and RnB are in really good hands down here too. Too many people to mention all of them but to name a few, Cazeaux Oslo, ZephyrGreene, Agung mango, KVKA, 3k, Eco$system, Daniel Elia, HVNCOQ, JAAL, Nasty Mars, Ugly Neighbours, Jordan Dennis, ThatKidMaz. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

I'm already about 5 tracks into the next project, which I'm very keen to put more work into. I have a bunch of singles with some talented friends that I cant wait to share, and I'm mixing and mastering for a few of the artists I just mentioned.

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Ivy Angel
New

Artist

Ivy Angel

Electronic, Pop

Far North, QLD

Tina Says

Featured Artist

2020

19

Jul

Tina Says

Perth, WA

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

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

So far my sound has developed through a combination of personal experience and what influences I have. Through trial and error and experimenting my sound grows. I wouldn't even say I have actually found my sound yet, along the journey you develop habits in your writing and eventually most of your productions start to have similarities. 

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

To be honest, aside from finding inspiration through music itself. I learnt through being an artist for a long period of time, my biggest source of inspiration is through balance and happiness in life. If my relationships are great, I feel stable as a person, I'm eating well etc - then I maximise my creative flow. If some days I don't feel it, then I don't force it, maybe I go for a big walk or see someone I care about and through that, I've triggered my inspiration. 

What can punters expect from a Tina Says live show?

It's simple. To dance and have a good time! 

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

From my dad he said, "to always aim higher then what I think I'm capable of as I'm likely to come close" 

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

'EMBRACE ' by PNAU.

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

'One Crowded Hour' by Augie March.

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

'My People' by The Presets 

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

The last gig I went to was the first show of my 2020 tour which was actually in Margaret river. The turn out was huge for a small-town event, the vibes were high. Loving the fact all the young new club-goers new the tunes! 

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

Slumberjack, ShockOne and Jeremy from Lab six - since the beginning, these guys have inspired me, given me the time of day and had me in their studios teaching me valuable production knowledge or industry insight! Without them, I wouldn't be where I am! 

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DOOLIE
New

Artist

DOOLIE

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (#pop #alternative-pop #electronic #alternative R&B, #R&B #lofi-pop #indie)

Gold Coast, QLD

THE BOY OF MANY COLORS
New

Artist

THE BOY OF MANY COLORS

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

North Coast, NSW

Kee'ahn
New

Artist

Kee'ahn

Indie, Pop, Roots (indigenous, Aboriginal, Torres Strait islander, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

River Boy
New

Artist

River Boy

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Kobie Dee
New

Artist

Alice Skye

Featured Artist

2018

28

May

Alice Skye

Western Victoria, VIC

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

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

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ASTON
New

Artist

ASTON

Pop (ASTON)

Central Coast, NSW

POOKIE
New

Artist

POOKIE

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

Becca Hatch
New

Artist

Becca Hatch

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (r&b, trap-soul, Vocal, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Szn's
New

Artist

Szn's

Hip Hop, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Liyah Knight

Featured Artist

2020

14

Dec

Liyah Knight

( )

Sydney, NSW

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

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

All of my music is different, but all of it still feels like me. I'd like to think by the end of any given track there's a different perspective being offered. In terms of development it's just been a matter of experiment; writing a bunch of shitty songs before figuring out the right way to convey a message lyrically/sonically. 

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

Feelings and experiences that make me feel present or stuck. 

What can punters expect from a Liyah Knight live show?

Grade A energy and a healthy amount of dad jokes. I have really long limbs and people often don't expect it, so yeah heads up there too. 

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

"You might as well be present, because that's all you have right now" 

Someone actually dropped this gem at a party a couple weeks ago and it's my new favourite (bathroom line friend, if you're reading this, thank you!). Super obvious advice but I feel like sometimes it's so easy to forget about being present in the midst of future plans and past events! 

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

'Final Form' by Sampa the Great; that intro alone is triumphant enough to pull anyone out of a solemn slump. 

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

Ha! The power of music. Stevan did a cover of 'Ain't No Sunshine', which I can guarantee will make you cry. 

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

I am the most shameless hype person so I am playing all my friends' music, kicking it off with 'Throw it Back' by Manu Crooks and B Wise. 

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

I saw Boy Soda at the Soda Factory and he kicked a speaker off the stage. It was sensational.  

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

I'm lucky enough to work with a lot of people that inspire me. Diesel is a great role model for any young musician. I think society sells us this narrative that drug use and partying is an integral part of the creative process, so to be in a session with an OG Australian musician sipping kombucha and making bangers, it's eye opening/gives me some perspective. 

Also places like the Lord Gladstone in Chippendale, and a Little Lagos in Enmore. These places are like extensions of the music; places that show genuine and ongoing support for local artists. 

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

Sweet f*** all if I'm being honest. I feel like I haven't seen my family in a hot minute between work and sessions, so probably just bug them all summer!  

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Lola Scott

Featured Artist

2021

15

Feb

Lola Scott

( )

Illawarra, NSW

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

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

The more I worked with different producers I gradually learnt the lingo and started producing more myself. I think my sound developed as I grew more confident in voicing my opinions and knowing how to explain what I was hearing in my head. I also found friends that I love working with and who I feel really understand the direction that I want to take my music but also allowed me the freedom to explore different avenues within alternative/indie pop. I was always a guitarist/songwriter first so since I started this project I’ve always felt confident with writing harmony and lyrics, but learning how to produce sparked a whole new love for creating and collaboration. I love the feeling of going into the studio with nothing and coming out with something you never could have imagined before you started writing it or the idea that if you tried to recreate it you never could.

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

Guitar. I’ve been playing since I was 8. I’ve never been great at practicing set pieces because I always end up day dreaming whatever I’m practicing into a new song. Hearing different harmonies will set the mood of the lyrics straight away & then I’ll just write words until something makes sense to me & feels like it starts telling a story.

Also finding new artists I love and hearing things that my friends have made makes me want to pick up my guitar and write. I love sharing unreleased tracks with friends and hearing what they have been making so we can inspire each other with new ideas for production or talk about lyrics etc.

What can punters expect from a Lola Scott live show?

DRAMA. Lots of mood swings. Recently I’ve been bookending my set with my moody double A side ’the night i ran away and tried to sleep at the skatepark’. My upcoming EP ‘1/4 life crisis’ brings a bit more cheek and I’m sometimes joined by dancers. You can also expect some A+ banter (my mates laugh occasionally). My guitarist will give you the best stage jumps & my drummer shakes his floppy mop head.

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

'People aren’t worrying about you being perfect on stage, they just want to get amongst you vibe! The more fun you can have, the more the crowd will be into it so just go for it and don’t worry if you f**k it up'  - Bronte Public House. 

Or if I’m ever stressing over something to do with music, my Mum will remind me ‘you chose this career because it’s fun, so remember to enjoy it otherwise what’s the point, you may as well get an office job’.

You didn’t ask for it but here’s my advice:

'You can learn something from every person you meet.'

I think this especially resonates in the music world. Every time I work with a different songwriter, producer or musician I learn a lot even if the collaboration doesn’t gel well I always learn something from the session.

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

'Wake Up Call' by Mel Blue

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

'Paint You While You're Still' - Rees Lucia

(Pretty cruel to cheer up someone who was crying and then make them cry again, so careful which order you play those tracks baha)

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

'Don’t Need You' by Genesis Owusu or 'Naked' by Pleasure Coma depending on the time of night.

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

Does my own show count? Just gotta tell you the supports were sick. Two of my best buds and collaborators Beso Palma and Jerome Blazé absolutely stole the show.

I also saw Abby Bella May play recently and jumped up for a song we wrote together. Her band sounded so tight that I started messaging my band saying we need to rehearse like right now. (lucky for me they are also v tight <3) 

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

I’m surrounded by way too many talented friends who make music so here’s a playlist of some local shredders:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4mEs4rChA21DTfeI6QywjR?si=9lLc5tSTRj6lxFXDsctSyw

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Trix & Tra$H
New

Artist

Trix & Tra$H

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Metal, Pop, Rock, Roots (#dance #house #techhouse #deephouse #electronic #bangers #groove #Dance #mixup #fridaymixxoff #bass)

Goulburn Murray, NSW

FLAXXON
New

Artist

FLAXXON

Dance, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Nerve

Featured Artist

2019

25

Feb

Nerve

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Brissie rapper Nerve is your triple j Unearthed Feature Artist all this week. He's been busy making his mark in the Australian hip-hop scene and we can't wait for you to meet him. 

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

I guess it all started with old school hip-hop and learning how to produce, write and engineer music all at once. Now that I’m proficient enough at those things I’ve just been searching for what sound is unique to me. Lately I’ve been getting into really heavy hitting production involving a lot of distorted melodies and booming bass, but I’ve also been working with live bands like Bullhorn doing full reworks of classic UK grime. I’m very conscious of switching things up constantly and making sure I never stay in one creative spot for too long. My newest track 'A BOMB' is probably my favourite project so far. I feel like you can’t watch the A BOMB music video and think, “Oh yeah this guy just jacked this idea from _______ “ because I’ve never seen anything like it before. 

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

I grew up listening to a lot of funk, rock and jazz purely due to my parents’ taste in music. I think that’s where I got my ear for production from. Obviously I’m inspired by music to make music, but I feel like one of the biggest motivators in terms of songwriting is frustration. Music is a huge release for me when I’m stressed or have a lot on my plate and I’m usually at my most overwhelmed when I find my self writing new music. 

What can punters expect from a Nerve live show?

I ended my last show in Melbourne crowd surfing on an inflatable mattress with my feet on the ceiling so something like that I guess. 

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

I can’t remember who it was from - probably a few different people - but I think the most important thing in art and music in general is to create something and be someone that no one else can be. Be yourself and do your best not to copy what’s going on around you.

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

'A.O.K' by Adrian Eagle.

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'The Wine Song' by The Cat Empire. Every damn time man.

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

I’d put on 'Jitter' by Triple One and Raj Mahal and turn the dance floor to a blood sacrifice.

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

As lame as it sounds, the last local gig I went to was my own in Sydney since I’ve been on tour for the last week. But alongside me were the Otherside Krew, Raj Mahal, Triple One and Talakai. All Sydney heavy hitters and part of our family. The vibe was insane and we sold the show out so I guess I could say it was a decent show.

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

A lot of my inspirations come from outside the music scene when it comes to Brisbane. I’m inspired by people that are throwing everything they’ve got into their creative passion and turning it into a viable business plan. People like Lil J’s Vintage, BrandnameBNE, Kyel Golly and anyone else that’s really about getting real things done are the types of people I roll with.

What are your plans for 2019?

Build within my crew - NO1NETWORK - and keep releasing music and visuals that blow people’s minds. Also try and finish my Uni degree.

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Harlequin Alley
New

Artist

Harlequin Alley

Pop, Rock (#aussie, #rock, #riffs, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Chloe Minogue
New

Artist

Folk Bitch Trio
New

Artist

Folk Bitch Trio

Indie

Melbourne, VIC

Thavy Ear
New

Artist

Thavy Ear

Hip Hop, Pop (hip hop, Soul, Jeswon, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Sig Nu Gris
New

Artist

Sig Nu Gris

Dance, Electronic (#experimental, #club, #ambient, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Artist
New

Artist

Milly

Indie

Illawarra, NSW

DRAFTMUSICUS
New

Artist

DRAFTMUSICUS

Electronic

Illawarra, NSW

The Doctor and Mrs Higgs Boson Present...
New

Artist

The Doctor and Mrs Higgs Boson Present...

Dance, Electronic, Pop (funny, dance, catchy, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

G O L D    T W I N
New

Artist

G O L D T W I N

Electronic, Indie (GOLDTWIN, Electronic, dance, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Artist
New

Artist

slinkedj

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

Illawarra, NSW

Enter the Jaguar
New

Artist

Vaporplaid
New

Artist

Vaporplaid

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (# Alternative #Electronica #EDM #psy #glitch #groove #vaporwave)

Illawarra, NSW

Tired Girl
New

Artist

Tired Girl

Dance, Electronic, Pop (#Dance #Music #electronic #dream)

Illawarra, NSW

HIFibration
New

Artist

HIFibration

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Dubstep glitch hop EDM Bass music)

South East NSW, NSW

SHMELL
New

Artist

SHMELL

Dance, Electronic (Future Bass, Electronic, dance)

South East NSW, NSW

Hart Beat
New

Artist

Hart Beat

Dance, Electronic (triphop, Chill, vibe, ...)

South East NSW, NSW

MELA-D
New

Artist

MELA-D

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots (indigenous, Female, hip hop, ...)

Capricornia, QLD

Liv Mills
New

Artist

Liv Mills

Indie, Roots (#Country, #brisbane, #Queensland, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Kurilpa Reach
New

Artist

Kurilpa Reach

Indie, Rock, Roots (Alternative Rock, Skank Rythym, roots, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

ALPHAMAMA
New

Artist

ALPHAMAMA

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (Lauryn Hill, hip hop, Erykah Badu, ...)

Sydney, NSW

King Stingray

Featured Artist

2020

9

Nov

King Stingray

( )

Darwin, NT

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

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

We call our music Yolŋu Surf-Rock. Some call it sting-wave, a bit like new-wave but with a bit more sting! Our sound is definitely influenced by our environment. Living on the coast in Yirrkala North-East Arnhem Land, we have a strong love for the ocean and all that it encompasses. And being from the bush we like to play music loud and rough. And from that we made the genre of Yolŋu Surf-Rock.

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

Again probably our environment. We wrote and recorded most of the songs off our debut record at Roy’s parents place in Tintenbar NSW when we were playing with Yothu Yindi at Blues Fest. This shack is where we do a lot of our recording, it’s our own little studio we’ve been working on for a few years now, and it’s a beautiful little cottage on rainforest acreage. Maybe our inspiration for this record was morning swims + a surf at Lennox boaty followed up with a freshly squeezed orange juice from the garden. Another big source of inspo is having our mentor Stu Kellaway around (who is Roy’s father and original Yothu Yindi founding member). Stu is the vibe master and he was both Yirrŋa, Dimathaya and Roy’s music teacher growing up. "Loud and proud, wrong and strong” is what he always told us.

What can punters expect from a King Stingray live show?

King Stingray is a story of lifelong friendship and we feel that our music reflects the fun and joy that we have creating and playing it. The ingredients that make up our live shows include the following;

1. 1 x energetic surf-rock music with an ancient traditional twist.

2. 4 heaped tablespoons of groove

3. 90 x tablespoons of fast bush sting-wave/Yolŋu-wave ???

4. A hint of youthful antics

5. 1 x driving funky basslines

6. Lots of goosebumps

7. Lots of fun

8. Sweat

9. 30 x broken drums sticks

10. 2 broken guitar strings

11. Night to remember

12. Culture celebration

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

"Loud and proud, wrong and strong" – Stu

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

'Our Generation' by Yothu Yindi  

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

'Bapa' by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu 

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

Oooooh we can think of so many!! That’s a hard one. Probably 'Cyclone Surf' by Horse Trank. Best band to never leave Darwin, playing scungy swamp rock NT style. It’s basically an anthem in the top end about surfing in cyclones which is largely what we rely on for good surf!

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

Our bass player Campbell Messer played a solo gig at the Archive in Birssy for our friend’s art exhibition – Cam also plays beautiful indie-folk music and is a ripping fingerstyle acoustic guitarist. 

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

There is so much talent coming out of Arnhem Land it's jaw dropping really. It’s like a factory of non-stop talent. Music is synonymous with Yolngu culture really and with the support of so many incredible people within the community there is a real buzz in the area for all things art related. The inspirational legacy of Yothu Yindi definitely shines on all of us up there but there is still so much to write about and so many stories to share to the world!

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

We actually have a very special performance in Brisbane in December, which we are very excited to announce to everyone – details coming soon via our socials. We have a clip coming out shortly, and then another single dropping in January. We now have merch to buy! And you can now buy our limited edition 7” vinyl pressing which has been released via our good mates Bargain Bin Records. Then 2021 is a big one for us, as we have our debut record to share to the world and some more video clips! As the world slowly opens back up again we will be also playing some live shows! So keep an eye out for the king sting!

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AYA YVES
New

Artist

Mary Valley
New

Artist

Mary Valley

Indie, Pop, Rock (Pop, Indie, dreamy, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Gunjaroo
New

Artist

Gunjaroo

Hip Hop, Pop, Rock

Goulburn Murray, NSW

merci, mercy
New

Artist

merci, mercy

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

South East NSW, NSW

MzUki
New

Artist

MzUki

Hip Hop, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Tazzy
New

Artist

Tazzy

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (dope, vocalist, Vocals, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Ms. Thandi

Featured Artist

2020

6

Oct

Ms. Thandi

( )

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Ms. Thandi!

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

My music is soul, R&B and hip-hop. I’m obsessed with love songs and exaggerated emotions. My music is confessional, it comes straight from the heart. I’ve been writing songs for as long as I can remember, and have always been obsessed with interesting sounds, so my style has been evolving since childhood. My Dad always used to play a lot of soul music, and I definitely think that’s contributed to way I write music. I like to pay homage to the “old”, bringing those elements into the digital era. 

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

I write about my life experiences. I get inspired by moments and feelings and I turn them into relatable narratives, often with a cheeky spin. Love and lust are my biggest inspirations, sometimes my low moments too, but I always try to keep things positive. Sometimes my music is about how I want to feel, and who I want to be. At the end of the day, music is just my favourite form of self-expression and story-telling. 

What can punters expect from a Ms. Thandi live show?

You can expect an inclusive environment, somewhere you can get in touch with your sensuality, dance freely and enjoy listening to music that makes you feel alive. Also some jokes in between songs because I think I’m funny.

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

Some advice I’ve always valued comes from my parents, they always remind me how important it is to surround yourself with people who are positive, inspiring, and don’t bring you down, because at the end of the day you become who you surround yourself with. 

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

I would have to say ‘Be The Love’ by Adrian Eagle - a big role model to me. It is such a joyful song and always lifts my spirits when I hear it. It’s the perfect reminder to always be the love in your life, even through the difficulties we experience.

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

I would play ‘Wiyathul’ by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. It’s such a beautiful, iconic song, and always gives me goosebumps. 

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

This was a no-brainer for me, I’d play ’24k’ by my fellow Zimbabwean sis Tkay Maidza. Absolute banger. I’ve been bumping it since I’ve heard it. She’s a huge inspiration!

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

The last gig I was at was one I supported - Bread Club at Mary’s Underground last month. It was fabulous. I’m unbelievably happy that venues are starting to open up again. Live music is everything! 

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

In the local music community, I’m most inspired by all my fellow young women of colour who are simply killing it and really transforming the Australian music scene. Boss women. GLO, Maina Doe, RISSA, Becca Hatch, Lara Andallo, Saskia, Billymaree, A.Girl, Maya Hirasedo, Liyah Knight… to name a few!

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

I’m a BIGSOUND50 artist this year so that’s super exciting. There’s also more gigs on the way - I’ll be playing at a Young Henry’s event on November 13th at The Bank in Newtown. I’m working on an EP at the moment so there’s more music and visuals on the way… but I won’t give too much away ;)

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Billymaree
New

Artist

Billymaree

Indie

Sydney, NSW

DENNI
New

Artist

DENNI

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop

Hobart, TAS

Sarah Saint James
New

Artist

Sarah Saint James

Pop (#Alt-Pop)

Sydney, NSW

Barkaa
New

Artist

Barkaa

Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

MAXINE
New

Artist

MAXINE

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Erika Ascenzo
New

Artist

Erika Ascenzo

Electronic, Pop (#boundbyerika)

Melbourne, VIC

Abi Muir
New

Artist

Abi Muir

Dance, Pop (vocalist, singer. singersongwriter, emergingartist, ...)

Far North, QLD

Serina Pech
New

Artist

Serina Pech

Indie, Pop, Roots

Darwin, NT

Colie
New

Artist

Colie

Indie, Rock, Roots (townsville, NORTH QUEENSLAND, Colie, ...)

North Queensland, QLD

Jemma Nicole
New

Artist

Sycco

Featured Artist

2019

2

Dec

Sycco

( )

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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St. South

Featured Artist

2013

24

Jun

St. South

( )

Perth, WA

St. South is the electrofolk project of young Perth-based singer/songwriter Olivia Gavranich. Lose yourself in the warmth and layers of her delicate, soothing tunes.

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

The electronic world is still very, very new to me! Up until quite recently I’d been focusing on writing acoustic folky stuff, which I guess is now more of a side project. After producing ‘We Washed Texas’ for the Bon Iver Stems Project, I developed this newfound appreciation for dry beats and clicks. I couldn’t get enough of it, and I slowly started turning my acoustic songs into something more ‘glitchy’ and electronic. Everything came together really quickly after that; I’ve collaborated online with some great friends from all corners of the world, and together we’re working on my first EP.

What’s a St. South live show like?

Believe it or not I’m yet to play a live show! It’s really important to me that when I start gigging, I’m completely happy with my material and live set-up. Once my EP is complete, I’ll start wrapping my head around putting together a live show, with an electronic band and a full set list of original tracks. I think I’d get lonely up there with just my laptop!

Tell us about growing up in Denmark, WA. What are your strongest memories of that time?

Denmark has to be one of the best places to be a kid: my brother and I would spend our spare time going feral on the ‘back tracks’ of the bush, we’d take our bikes out for the day, build cubbies, and come back looking like little grubs. Music was definitely a huge part of my childhood. I remember dancing around the kitchen bench to The Pogues with my dad, and singing along to an old Tracy Chapman cassette with my Mum on the way to school. My earliest memory of seeing live music is packing a picnic and heading to Albany with my family to see the Waifs and Paul Kelly - all us kids would take off our shoes and run wild. No-one does live music like Denmark hippies.

What are some of the biggest influences on your music and why?

My biggest influences were the music my parents raised me on, because no matter where I am I’ll always feel a sense of nostalgia when I hear it, and I guess that’s one of those associations that builds your creative ‘personality’ the most. Nina Simone, Elvis Costello, The Waifs, Leonard Cohen: it’s an eclectic mix but they all inspire me for different reasons. As for my more current influences, I’m loving acts like Daughter, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tiny Ruins, Frank Ocean, and Mama Kin, and am constantly finding new obsessions here on Unearthed. And it probably goes without saying that Justin Vernon can falsetto my socks off any day.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I’m working really hard to finish off my EP, which involves a couple of collaborations that I’m super excited about. But I guess my main goal is just to learn as much as I can. Rather than setting deadlines for myself, I think its important that I just take my time and enjoy the process!

Australian music is…?

…Koala-tea, not quantity.

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BLUSSH
New

Artist

BLUSSH

Punk, Rock (Riot Grrrl, grunge)

Brisbane, QLD

Baby Rose xo
New

Artist

Baby Rose xo

Dance, Electronic, Pop (#slutpop #sex #positive #house #music)

Central Victoria, VIC

AK SPORTS
New

Artist

AK SPORTS

Dance, Electronic (Breakbeat, Rave, techno hybrids)

Sydney, NSW

Rosie Kate
New

Artist

Rosie Kate

Dance, Electronic (#electronic #electro #dance #house #techhouse)

Brisbane, QLD

RACKETT
New

Artist

RACKETT

Dance, Electronic, Pop, Punk (#Dance #electronic #dirty #synth #experimental #pop)

Sydney, NSW

Sammi Constantine
New

Artist

Sammi Constantine

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Pop, dramatic, Acoustic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Chymes
New

Artist

Chymes

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Pop, sydney)

Central Coast, NSW

J-MILLA
New

Artist

J-MILLA

Hip Hop (hip hop, Rnb, urban, ...)

Darwin, NT

Old Lore
New

Artist

Old Lore

Roots

Brisbane, QLD

Hooligan Hefs
New

Artist

Hooligan Hefs

Electronic, Hip Hop

Sydney, NSW

Tom Budin
New

Artist

Tom Budin

Dance, Electronic (Tech house, Deep House, House, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Renz
New

Artist

Renz

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (not, Really, sure, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Sid Pattni
New

Artist

Sid Pattni

Electronic, Pop (Electronic, Soul, Pop, ...)

Perth, WA

Wave Racer

Featured Artist

2013

1

Jul

Wave Racer

( )

Sydney, NSW

Wave Racer is 19 year old Sydney producer Thomas Purcell. His music is all sunshine and synthesizers and 90s gaming systems.

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

I've been making dance music for a few years actually, but I only put my first Wave Racer tunes up online about a month ago. After making primarily sample-based house music for a long time, I became more interested in synths and sound design and decided to go in that direction with my production. I'm interested in lots of different styles of electronic music and I think my tunes reflect that. But this kind of sound is still quite new to me and it's definitely still developing.

What’s a Wave Racer live show like?

I haven't done many Wave Racer gigs yet, but I like to keep my sets pretty upbeat. I use Ableton and a couple of MIDI controllers and basically DJ using that, but it's not really the same as a normal DJ set. Ableton allows me to be a bit more flexible and I do a lot of looping/mashing/glitchy effects and stuff like that. I also change tempo a lot and try to find interesting ways to mix between styles. It's good fun, haha! I'm really looking forward to doing more shows soon.

You’re into dolphins huh? Cool! Why's that?

Yeah I like dolphins, they're cool. I don't really know why, there's just something about them I guess. They're just really majestic and graceful, haha.

Who/what are some of the biggest influences on your music and why?

Artists like Rustie, Cashmere Cat, Hudson Mohawke and Girl Unit are all massive influences because they each have such a unique approach to their production and sound design. They sound like themselves and it's hard to compare their sounds to anything else, which is refreshing. But I also draw a lot of inspiration from lesser-known producers who are making amazing music – LiL TExAS, Mr. Carmack, 813, Djemba Djemba, just to name a few. I'm also really into 70's and 80's disco and soul music. I listen to a lot of bands like Shalamar, Luther Vandross, L.T.D, The Whispers, etc – the chord progressions and melodies in that stuff, it's so feel-good, haha, I love it.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

Loads of exciting things coming up this year – I'm already working on remixes for some awesome artists that should be coming out later this year. I've also locked in a few gigs in August that I'm really looking forward to. I should hopefully be making some new originals soon too, maybe even get an EP together. Some labels have expressed interest so we might see some official Wave Racer releases, who knows!

Australian music is…?

…taking over. Watch out!

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Rattraps
New

Artist

Rattraps

Dance, Electronic (Rattraps, Juke, machinedrum, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Coin and Ta-Ku

Artist

Coin and Ta-Ku

Hip Hop, Indie (J dilla, de la soul, coin, ...)

Perth, WA

Ta-ku

Artist

Ta-ku

Hip Hop, Electronic (Mndsgn, Dibiase, Elaquent, ...)

Perth, WA

Slumberjack

Featured Artist

2014

14

Jul

Slumberjack

( )

Perth, WA

For a pair of producers that spend their spare time tweeting about their favourite Portuguese inspired fast food chains, and television dramas about good guys having to do bad things to pay their medical bills; when it comes to their music, it's very serious business. Check out the interview for our Unearthed feature artist this week, Perth's Slumberjack.

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

F: I would describe our music as sitting snugly in the middle of a spectrum with one end being pretty clubby, beats-oriented sounds and the other comprising of what you’d find if you searched for “beautiful, relaxing piano music” on Youtube.

M: To be frank, it took a while for us to discover our style.  When we started we were heavily influenced by so many great artists; it was hard to think for ourselves when all we wanted was to be just like them (lol).  I guess it’s like when you are in school and joining the cool kids is all that matters.  I think we’ve matured past that now and learned how to channel what we love into what we really feel.

 

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

F: Other music! We get really excited when we hear all the amazing and interesting music being created by the other musicians out there and that really drives us to get in the studio and make our own sounds.

 

What can punters expect from a Slumberjack live show?

We really enjoy doing DJ sets, which pays homage to where we started in the electronic music scene, but we also have huge respect for live bands. We’re fusing both the quick nature of DJing with the more organic approach of a live performance so Slumberjack’s live show is all about adaptability. We’ve set it up in such a way that we don’t have to stick to a set list which we feel can sometimes be too rigid.  Everything is interchangeable in the moment so we can judge the energy of the room and choose tracks accordingly. Morgan plays the MiniNova synth and sings into a talk-box and Fletch is all about wild flailing arm movements over on the drum machine.

 

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

F: I loved the video Emoh did for Ableton Live School and his advice which went along the lines of: whatever genre of music you’re making, use sounds and instruments which are the polar opposite of that genre. That’s why you’ll hear a lot of world music sounds and instruments coming through our beatsy and trap-esque tunes. 

M:  Best advice for me was from Mr. Carmack. We had the privilege of hanging out with him whilst he was in Perth.  His tip = no rules.  That was a real game-changer for us. Fletch and I were all about numbers, logic and precise technicality in our production work, but after seeing the man in action, we learnt to forget what we thought we knew, and just go with the flow.

 

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

Pretty much anything with Dofflin in the name. It’s almost impossible not to be happy listening to those sparkly records.

 

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

Our track, Felon. Loud.

 

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

Definitely Night Cruise’s “Say My Wat”.

 

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

Circo is a local gig right? A very impressive one too.  It was awesome to see acts like Sable, Basenji and Chiefs play out on the pretty impressive stages they had set up and getting the attention they truly deserve.

 

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

F: We’re surrounded by a wicked community in Perth with loads of acts doing their thang. DIE HIGH, a record label and collective which started around the same time that we did have been really supportive and have brought together a lot of the musicians in Perth - at times forcing us to collaborate on music by whipping us in the studio.

M: Lab Six for sure.  The fam there also started around the same the as us and it’s so inspiring to see them grow and give back to the community through classes, workshops and live streams.

What are your plans for Slumberjack in 2014?

Make more music and meet more awesome people. Hopefully it will be something that we can do for as long as we can; making a comfortable living off music is the dream!

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Cosmo's Midnight

Featured Artist

2013

24

Sep

Cosmo's Midnight

Sydney, NSW

Sydney production duo Cosmo's Midnight are one of the winners of our Listen Out competition. They'll be opening the 909 stage of the festival this Saturday, September 28 at Centennial Park, Sydney.

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

We started off making cheap imitations of the music we like at the time; Justice, Deadmau5, Bagraiders, Phantoms Revenge. We loved that stuff and we just did it for fun, we never thought music would get to the level it's gotten to. At some point we decided we had to change our sound if we were going to be taken seriously. Coincidently we were listening to some pretty cool stuff at the time that led to us making the stuff we do today. People like Flylo and Purity Ring, just to name the main influences.

You’re one of the Sydney winners of our Listen Out competition and will be playing the festival at Centennial Park on Saturday, 28 September. What are you most looking forward to about Listen Out?

Seeing the amazing acts that will be playing. We love Disclosure and TNGHT respectively they're all amazing song writers and have hit that perfect level between staying true to a genre and original, but also having pop sensibilities that make them so viable in the mainstream.

What can the crowd at Listen Out expect from the Cosmo’s Midnight live show?

A brand new live set. We've got heaps of new tunes for Listen out and we're going to be playing some of them for the first time. Should be pretty cool.

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

Mitzi, Charles Murdoch, Sable, Wave Racer, Willow Beats, Leon Osborne, Collarbones, Polographia, Jonti, Tame Impala, Pond, FISHING... there are definitely more but that's all I can think of right now.

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

More singles...maybe a free EP, some more shows and lots of producing in the bedroom. 2014 is going to be a sick year and we've got to prepare for it.

Australian music is…?

…on the up and up!

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Willow Beats

Featured Artist

2012

1

Oct

Willow Beats

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne electronic duo Willow Beats are one of the winners of our Parklife competition. Catch their bass-heavy beats opening the Atoll stage at Parklife Melbourne this Saturday October 6.

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

Willow Beats started a little over a year ago. I was working on a track, got Kalyani (my niece) to lay some vocals, and it worked. The contrast between Kalyani’s flowing voice and heavy bass somehow made sense to us. We both really enjoyed the process so kept making beats. We’ve both been extremely close ever since Kalyani was born. We have a strong connection and we think it comes through in our music. I think our music definitely has a fantasy feel. We try make mystical music that transports you to a different world.

You’re one of the winners of our PARKLIFE competition. What can Parklife punters in Melbourne expect from the Willow Beats live show?

Two people having the time of they’re life on stage! Expect a bunch of electronic gatchets and Kalyani's voice soaring over the top.

What most excites you about playing and attending Parklife 2012?

Being able to play alongside some of our favorite artists! The line up is incredible!

What’s your earliest memory of seeing live Australian music?

My dad was a singer songwriter (wrote that song “Give me a Home Among the Gumtrees”) so my childhood is filled with memories of my dad playing guitar and singing.

What’s coming up in 2012?

We have an east coast tour coming up mid October. So far we’ve only played Melbourne shows so we’re looking forward to branching out. We have a new EP on the way, which we’re very excited about. It’s definitely a level up in our production and song writing. We’re hopping to release it early 2013.

Australian music is...

...coming up in a big way! There seems to amazing new talent exploding everywhere you look, making ripples across the globe.

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Flume
New

Artist

Flume

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

Sydney, NSW

Sable
New

Artist

Sable

Electronic, Indie (Sable, australia, Electronic, ...)

Perth, WA

aywy
New

Artist

aywy

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie

Sydney, NSW

Dallas Woods
New

Artist

Dallas Woods

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

KIAN
New

Artist

KIAN

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (KIAN)

Central Victoria, VIC

jas.
New

Artist

WEEKS

Artist

WEEKS

Indie, Electronic

Perth, WA

Crooked Colours

Featured Artist

2014

1

May

Crooked Colours

( )

Perth, WA

Crooked Colours are this week's feature artist! We spoke to them about preparing live drums, hard synths and three sloppy rigs for St Jerome's Laneway Festival...

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Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound?
Our music is pretty diverse from song to song and it has taken us a long time to figure out the music that we really want to make. We listen to as much music as we can and spend a lot of time tinkering around on synths and whatever else we can get our hands on.

You’re one of the winners of our Laneway competition. What can the crowd at Laneway in Fremantle expect from the Crooked Colours live show?
Live drums, hard-synths and three sloppy rigs.  

Who are some other Australian bands/artists that everyone should be checking out this year?
Oscar Key Sung, Deja, PALACE, Safia, Yeo…. ect. You can pretty much throw a stick in Australia and chances are its gonna land on a talented muso right now.

What are your plans for Crooked Colours in 2014?
A fresh EP and a butt load of touring! The first of which will be an Aus tour late February with stops in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Australian music is…?
...hotter than a sausage sizzle at Bunnings on a Sunday!

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Northbourne Flats
New

Artist

Northbourne Flats

Rock, Roots

Canberra, ACT

Katie Milae
New

Artist

Katie Milae

Indie, Roots (Singer-Songwriter, Indie, Indie Folk, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

Kim Yang
New

Artist

Kim Yang

Indie, Roots (folk, Singer-Songwriter, blues, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Kung Fu Friday
New

Artist

Kung Fu Friday

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (Rock, kung fu friday, Indie, ...)

South East NSW, NSW

AL and the Pigeon
New

Artist

AL and the Pigeon

Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (hiphop, rap, aussiehiphop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

CLYPSO

Featured Artist

2018

29

Apr

CLYPSO

( )

Sydney, NSW

We're so excited to be featuring Sydney producer and vocalist, CLYPSO. Get ready for a fusion of jungle beats, grimey basslines, atari-esque synths and afropunk infused electronica.

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

I like to call it troppo-chilli-flakes because it's a blend of scattered beats, grimey bass lines and I also shout a lot. I feel like my music has become an extension of everything I’ve listened to as a kid to now. I realise this more and more with each song I make. It’s kinda freaky.

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

It’s addictive and the idea that something comes out of nothing is fascinating and I’m inspired by that.

What can punters expect from a CLYPSO live show?

Me singing and dancing my heart out with my keyboard, drum pad and sampler. I’ve also done some shows with dancers.

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

"Always know your emergency exits and how to use a fire extinguisher". Optimistic Dad.

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

'Throw Your Arms Around Me' by the Hunters and Collectors. There's nothing quite like a singalong-cry-along with a mate to make things better.

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

 Annie Bass, and her track, 'Don’t Want'.

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

Swindail and his track, 'Two Stomp (+5 BPM)'.

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

Shameless plug alert. Kwame’s show at The Lair (Metro). It got real loose.

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

Community radio peeps and all the different crews and collectives I've been meeting. Girls Rock Sydney who do great work inspiring the next gen but also my female producer pals. Support and community are important.

What are your plans for 2018?

 I'll be releasing more new music and coming to a stage near you!

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Triple One

Featured Artist

2018

3

Jun

Triple One

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet Sydney Hip Hop game changers and this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Triple One.

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

Even though we're rooted in hip-hop, we've always loved to experiment. Some of our tracks are more trap-heavy, some are more melodic, some are centred around chunky guitar riffs. Having four members means that everyone brings their flavour to the table. We also collaborate and play shows with street rappers, grime emcees, R&B singers, rock bands, punk bands. We take a little bit of everything that we love - no matter the genre - mash it together, keep our fingers crossed and pray that it works.


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

Watching the sunset while riding the train from Hurstville station, and spending time with our loved ones and pets.


What can punters expect from a Triple One live show?

A couple of sing-a-longs, some high-quality merchandise, lots of obnoxious yelling and maybe a circle pit or two, if you're lucky.

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

“If a man does not have sauce, then he is lost" - Gucci Mane

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

Hunters & Collectors with ‘Holy Grail’.

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

Natalie Imbruglia with ‘Torn’.

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

Sydney Serchaz - Fuckin' Oath

Riot In Belgium - La Musique

Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning

Fraksha - Creepin' ft. Diem & Brinks

Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around


What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
That was actually our own gig with SCK CHX, last weekend at Waywards. It started at 4:00pm, people got rowdy, we had pho for dinner, we were in bed by 9:30pm, it was mad.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you?
How about this for a big namedrop: Johnny Hunter, ChillinIt, Mitchos Da Menace, Fortay, Sydney Serchaz, Turquoise Prince, One Day, Big Village, Elefant Traks, imbi the girl, Hau, Slim Set, Raj Mahal, Phil Fresh, Kwame, SCK CHX, Manu Crooks, BLESSED, B Wise, and about a million other Sydneysiders making music. Also, a big shout out to all the venues like the Botany View Hotel who host our shows and give us chicken schnitzels and/or fruit platters on our rider.

What are your plans for 2018?

In July, we'll be embarking on the 'Eastconnex' tour with our good mates, Johnny Hunter. After that, we'll be dropping a couple of throwaway bangers before releasing a very sad EP in late 2018. Also, Lil Dijon is going to get a new hairstyle, so stay tuned for that. Thankyou to triple j and all our fans for the consistent support, we love you all.

 

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Ollie English

Featured Artist

2018

26

Nov

Ollie English

( )

Adelaide, SA

Adelaide artist Ollie English will stop you in your way with his powerful, soulful voice. He will be joining The Rubens this weekend on stage as our comp winner!

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

I began learning Spanish classical guitar when I was very young. It was really invaluable as it helped me to understand melody and dynamics but eventually blues & soul music stole my heart as a teenager. I loved everything about blues guitar, I found myself playing along to BB King and Led Zeppelin records. At the same time, I was really inspired by soulful voices like Nina Simone and James Brown. I went through my first heartbreak when i was in year 12. I turned to songwriting as a way to process my emotions. I have fond memories of sneaking out of home on school nights and thrashing Jeff Buckley’s album ‘Grace’ through the CD player in my car. John Mayer’s album ‘Battle Studies’ had some pretty strong rotation too. This time was really important for me, I began to work out how crucial music and storytelling was for my soul. Over a long period time I worked out that this was a part of who I was and I couldn’t live without it. I’ve caught the bug and haven’t stopped since.

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

I’m really inspired by life, whether it's my own or others experiences. I’ve written songs about a whole spectrum of human emotions; I can be inspired by anything if it moves me. My writing is also really affected by my mood, or just listening to some really dope music. Inspiration strikes at really odd times and usually I get my iPhone out, press record, and go from there.

What can punters expect from an Ollie English live show?

You can expect a pretty diverse bunch of songs, from ballads to upbeat rock grooves. What I notice is that my live shows give people a chance to slow down and hug the person next to them, and then the next minute, i want to make them want to get up and groove. I’ve always found that people who talk to me after the shows have each had their own unique experience with the stories I had told.

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

When my grandpa passed away, I went into the ward to see him for the last time and his last words to me were ‘take care of each other’. This influences how I approach everyone and everything in my life..

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

'No Ordinary Life' by Matt Corby. If I could musically explain a rainbow, it would sound like this song.

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

'Took The Children Away' by Archie Roach.

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

'Overrated' feat LILLI by Kuji Koo! Such a banger. You can download their track on triple j Unearthed.

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

I was lucky enough to play and attend a brilliant local festival called Handpicked. Such a cruisy vibe out in the vineyards of Lake Breeze Wines in Langhorne Creek. I got to share the stage with amazing local artists Laura Hill, Neon Tetra and the Sundance Kids. It also featured incredible Australian talents Boy & Bear, Vera Blue, Ball Park Music and Alex Lahey.

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

Adelaide is pretty tight knit community. It feels like a big family. I’m inspired by how much quality music is being produced in SA. First up, Surahn is a big inspiration, he’s an incredible songwriter who’s made a mark on the world with his music. He’s written for Usher and toured with Empire of the Sun. Laura Hill inspires me a lot, I met her this year at a gig we played together. I was struck by her beautiful voice and relatable songwriting. Wanderers are so bloody groovy. They’re on tour right now! You gotta catch these guys live. Dusty is one of the best guitarists I’ve ever seen. Mane is another inspiration. She’s creating some really great pop music. Her new track ‘Chasing Butterflies’ really grabs you with her pipes, the strings are so dope too. I’m a big fan of Timberwolf, such a unique voice and he’s written some incredibly honest music. His new single ‘Proud Silence’ hits really close to home, I also caught mum jamming to it the other night! Neon Tetra, are bloody funksters and a ½. I have so much fun watching them at their live shows, so good! Such great tunes. Tales are beautiful musicians- recently known as ‘The Winter Gypsy’. Their song ‘Took Me By’ is one of my favourite songs. So excited for their next release. Also, Jordan Ruru. Big things. You have to check her out. Amazing.

What are your plans for the rest of 2018 / early 2019?

A lot of recording and I’ll be releasing my EP early 2019! So excited to support the Rubens this Friday with my full band. I’m also planning my first national tour for early 2019, including a festival appearance at Womad in March. I still can’t believe I’m playing WOMAD and supporting The Rubens, a dream come true. There’s a lot of hard work to go but so much to look forward to.

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JEFFE

Featured Artist

2018

27

Aug

JEFFE

( )

Brisbane, QLD

We named her as one of our artists to watch in 2018 and now, she's this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. Meet Sydney artist JEFFE.

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

I was really fortunate when it came to developing my sound. My publishers put me into a bunch of sessions with different producers so I had the chance to write a lot of different styles of music, but nothing quite fit the direction to take. I met Dave very organically without any pressures of having to write the perfect song. We just immediately clicked and our musical connection works so perfectly for both of us. 

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

It sounds really cheesy but I've gotta say hurt and hard times have gotta be the best source. Music is like therapy to me so when I've got to deal with something difficult, writing music is the best outlet. It inspires me to write happy and sad songs. Also, listening to artists like Joni Mitchell and Jeff Buckley who really know how to put their stories down in song really inspires me to do the same.

What can punters expect from a JEFFE live show?

For the time being it's just me, my guitar, keyboard and sample pad. I've been working on my dance moves a bit too! I try to bring as many elements as possible into my set. I'm actually in the process of trying to incorporate saxophone into the set as well. But hopefully, it won't be long until I can afford a band! 

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

It does get thrown around a lot but the saying "stay true to yourself" really does go a long way. I can't really pinpoint exactly who has said that to me, it's been a few people along the way, but it's definitely something I always keep tucked away in the back of my mind. If something doesn't feel right you've really got to question it because it's really bloody easy to be led astray these days. 

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

Definitely "It's Nice To Be Alive" by Ball Park Music. A very upbeat, fun song and it immediately puts you in a good mood!

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

It's funny, I listen to so much sad music but I'm struggling to think of one!! There is a song that makes me cry... it's a song by Jack Carty called Travelling Shoes. It tells a beautiful story of lost love, you hold on to every word throughout the song and by the end of it you hit the punch line and it's just heartbreaking! 

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

Oooo, that's a tough one! I'd probably play 'High' by Peking Duk Ft. Nicole Millar... it's groovy, sexy, and fun. The kind of song where you can have groups of mates going for it on the D-Floor but then the loved-up kids making out in the corner. But there are so many fun Aus artists that I'd want to play! 

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

Well, I've just started a tour with No Mono so the most recent was the first show in Brisbane. It was ahhhhmazing! Eliott played after me and she is just incredible! Her voice is like velvet and her songs are so heartfelt. No Mono were absolutely insane. Tom has the most uniquely beautiful voice and the crowd had such a good vibe. I'm so stoked to be touring with such talented artists! 

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

I'm really loving Angie Mcmahon, her songwriting is great and she's got such a deep and soulful voice. I really like Mallrat as well, she's got a really interesting way with words and just an all-round cool vibe. 

What are your plans for 2018?

For now, I'll be on this tour with No Mono... once that is done I'll be heading back over to the UK for a couple of shows then back to Aus in December for another potential tour which is currently in the works (more info on that will come out later).

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Flight Tonight

Artist

Flight Tonight

Electronic, Indie (Electronic, bass, Jamie XX, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

POLO CLUB

Featured Artist

2008

11

Sep

POLO CLUB

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Urban Monk and Camelot the Cameleon work on a fresh approach to Hip-hop/Beat Making/Ideas/Flows.

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Tell us about your music, how did your sound develop?

CAM> We both originally come from different areas of Music styles, Urban Monk more Funk, Hiphop & soul and Cam more electronica , rock and a bit of pop but we both listen to a wide selection of music. So when we came together and started writing, we both had a lot of styles to draw influences from. I had always worked on Hiphop tracks but never really had them cracking till Urban open my eyes to the underground shuffling weird hiphop production he was listening too and creating. So then it became a challenge too push each other to in Urban’s case writing new flows or take a song lyrically down a path he’d never tried before and in my case try and create a new sounds or rhythms or feel for a track that would take us both by surprise.

Tell us about your live show - what can the Parklife audience expect?

CAM> The Parklife audience will expect a lot of good vibes on stage, Urban Monk is just at home when he gets on stage, he just loves it, as for myself, any chance I have of dropping my beats for friends/punters/music loves is bliss, I have the attitude of “how about this beat….?...ok not a fan…oh ya got to like this one!” and keep picking away until you find your favourite Polo Club Track.

Who are you most looking forward to at this year's Parklife?

CAM> Got to see Dizzie! That dude is on Fire! URBAN> yeah Dizzie.... cant wat to see him been waiting for ages...

What's planned for the future?

CAM> Main aim is to release the Album we have been working on for a long time and plays as many Gigs as possible and keep the momentum going that is building for Polo Club. URBAN MONK> Yeah and also get this clip done.. just one step at a time, got the single launch coming up soon so trying to make that huge and get everyone along to that.

Australian music is?

CAM> Paul Kelly to Presents to Midnight Oil to Drones to Metal bands rocking the tote on a Tuesday! URBAN MONK> Silverchar is Australian music...that’s the shit....yeah The presets definetly..and any other people pushing and trying something different!!!!! BOOM....

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Yù Yī

Featured Artist

2018

17

Sep

Yù Yī

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Meet this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and Listen Out comp winner, Yù Yī. This little astronaut is taking us on a bubbly, colourful space journey through the Yù Yī galaxy and we're taking you with us! First stop, planet FRÖÖTI.

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Tell us about your music.

Well, I’ve been making music for quite some time now and it’s what I love doing. But, I always struggled to find purpose and meaning to my work. Aside from Music I’ve had a keen interest in the issues we are currently facing here on earth. I wanted to be involved in finding solutions to those issues and that's why I blasted myself off into space. Hopefully, the songs I create on each new planet will help create awareness and get people to jiggle their bodies about. 

How did you develop your sound?

Well, I guess my music tends to reflect my surroundings and for the First LP “FRÖÖTI” I was in a really bubbly, colourful and chaotic place whilst creating it. As far as sound design goes I created the sounds for this project by making a whole lot of mistakes and running with the ones I liked the most.

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

I’m heavily influenced by my environment, the things I read and research as well as the people I surround myself with. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with some really talented musicians.  

What can punters expect from a Yù Yī live show?

You can expect to be taken on a super quirky funk filled trip into the Yù Yī galaxy and we’re continuously working towards making it an even more immersive experience for everyone. 

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

Ahhhhh well I’m a bit spoilt for choice but I think it I would have to say the best advice I’ve ever received was from my friend ANH. He told me to be patient and build a library of music. At the time I was really eager and uploading a lot of really basic half finished music. So after that, I decided to take the time to go full hermit mode and set my sights on releasing finished music.

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

So here's the game plan. Jump in the car, wind down the windows and go for a drive while blasting 'The Car Song' by The cat empire.

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

I don’t want to make people cry! (ʘ‿ʘ)ノ✿

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

Definitely PNAU - 'Wild Strawberries', this was on my first ever cd actually. I got PNAU for either my birthday or Christmas that year.  

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

Other than big sound, I popped down to earth to check out a little Sofar Sounds gig in Albion where they showcased a few local Artists in an unplugged setting. I make a lot of electronic music so it was nice to break away from that for a night to sit on a cushion and listen to some acoustic stuff.

Tell us about the bands or people in the Brisbane aka planet fruity?!!? music community that inspire you.

I’ve been spending most of my time on FRÖÖTI these days so I actually haven’t had that much time to explore and collaborate outside of that. On planet FRÖÖTI, however, I’m working closely with a few friends of mine. One of them being the extremely talented vocalist named Ellen who was featured on the first track PEACHES. We’re basically partners in crime on FRÖÖTI and I can't wait to travel with her to different planets within the Yù Yī Galaxy. Also, I can't forget to mention my close friend Zeke Foster who you’ll be able to catch on stage with Ellen and I at Listen Out. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Things are going so fast. I didn’t think I’d be playing at Big Sound, let alone Listen Out. It’s making it kind of difficult to make concrete plans but nonetheless, I’m over the moon. I have some new music coming out and I’m really excited to expand the live show as I’ve been working pretty solidly, making the music for quite some time now. Aside from that, every day I’m getting bigger, stronger and smarter so I can care for our special little planet.  ୧( ◉◡◉)୨

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Strictly D.T
New

Artist

The Middle East

Featured Artist

2009

5

Jan

The Middle East

( )

North Queensland, QLD

acoustics. harmonies. percussion. friends. The Middle East write beautiful indie folk and are from Townsville!

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

- well our music is based from indie and folk music. We first started off as a rock band which then turned to indie rock and then after a while turned to indie folk. however theses days its a little bit more on the folk side more so than indie.

Tell us about Townsville.

- Townsville is a great small city which is growing and developing more. The music scene here is made up of mixed genres', therefore when ever one of the bands puts a gig on there is normally a range of differnt bands playing at the same gig. which is great because anyone can come along no matter which type of music they like.

Who are you influenced by?

-WE are influenced by Bob Dylan, starflyer 59, sigur ros and sufan stevens.

What's coming up in the future?

We have alot coming up, recordings of a new EP, a show with "smog" on thursday 8th of january and then we also go on tour with "leader cheetah" mid febuary.

Australian music is?

Australian music is JJJ

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RedHook

Featured Artist

2019

4

Mar

RedHook

( )

Central Coast, NSW

Meet RedHook, our triple j Unearthed Download comp winners and this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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

It was a long time in the incubator! Believe it or not, when RedHook first started out we were playing this weird 70's blues rock / 80's metal hybrid - you should hear our early demos! But the sound slowly evolved through lots of experimentation in the studio, not to mention the addition of Craig on guitars and programming. We just kept pushing and challenging ourselves as songwriters to create a sound that was unique to us before we shared any of it with the world. We never really wanted to fit neatly into a box.

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

Honestly Craig and I tend to be most inspired to write when we're feeling negative emotions really intensely. Grief, anxiety, depression, anger...it sounds bad, but it's actually kind of a productive way to deal with those unpleasant feelings. It helps us process them in a positive way and move forward. We joke that it's like exorcising our demons! And I guess our biggest hope is that listening to it will help other people deal with theirs.

What can punters expect from a RedHook live show?

Punk jumps, spin kicks, hair flips and furious eye contact. The energy is pretty chaotic onstage, sometimes I fall over and one time our bassist busted his knee.

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

If people are dicks to you, don't be dicks back. They're the ones who'll end up looking like dicks. Our manager Rob actually said that to us pretty recently and it's worked out well so far! Also, just don't be dicks at all. Stay humble, appreciate what you have and support the people who support you. Being in a touring band is ROUGH AS so if people are nice enough to help you out by lending you gear or giving you a couch to crash on, always return the favour and pay it forward (shoutout to the legends in Days Of Deceit and Void Of Vision. We owe you guys big time!)

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

Probably 'Smoko' by The Chats, it's hard to hear that song and not crack a few solid lols!

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

Oh god! 'Dinosaurs' by Ruby Fields gets me in the feels SO HARD every. single. time. Jurassic Park is my favourite movie ever and I bawled so hard the first time I heard that song!!!

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

'Shooting Stars' by Bag Raiders. Really, is there any other choice?

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

We've been on tour pretty much non-stop since UNIFY (which was epic, as always!) but we did manage to hit Crowbar in Sydney to see Awaken I Am, Isotopes, Watchtowers & Kaskeid supporting Secrets from the US. It was an absolute vibe! Lots of singalongs and a wild pit!

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

There are so many incredible acts exploding out of Sydney right now, but we can't help but be inspired by those closest to us. Bands like Stand Atlantic, Yours Truly and Down For Tomorrow are all kicking major goals in their own respective lanes and it's so heartening to see such talented, lovely people succeeding. I've also got to shout out our incredible producer and dear mate Stevie Knight who fronts a sick band you may have heard of called The Dead Love. Without his guidance, faith & numerous pep talks when things were at their shittest, RedHook would never have made it this far. He's been our rock n' roll Yoda, inspiring us not to give up and helping shape the band into what it is today. His producer hands are also all over so much of the killer new music your hear coming out of your radio as well. Stupidly talented guy.

What are your plans for 2019?

Oh geez, there's so much happening we get a bit dizzy thinking about it! First up is the inaugural Sydney leg of Download Fest happening this Saturday (thank you so much triple J Unearthed for the slot!) and then jetting off to play the UK version in June, which we're beyond pumped for (Slipknot & Tool OMGOMG)!! We've got a show with Void Of Vision down in Frankson on March 16th that's going to be an absolute baller. We'll be announcing a really exciting new festival event this week that I've personally created and curated, so stay tuned for that! We're also planning to unleash plenty more music including a bit of a timely cover that we're pretty proud of and a bigger release later in the year... and apart from that, basically just touring our absolute guts out!

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Lowdown
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Artist

Lowdown

Dance (House, tech, techno)

Gold Coast, QLD

Austen

Featured Artist

2018

3

Sep

Austen

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Get to know this week's Feature Artist and BIGSOUND winner, Austen! She's been making big, bright and bold electronic pop and we're excited to bring it to you all this week on Unearthed radio.

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

I was classically trained from the age of 5 which is how I developed my musicality in general, and I started singing and writing songs really young. I have a bit of an obsessive personality so I’ve always liked listening to music as a whole. E.g. an entire album or sometimes discography, delving really deep into what it is that makes me like it and figuring out what parts of that I could take inspiration from. My sound is still developing and will always be evolving, but I want my music to always have a certain space and texture. 

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

My main inspiration is the feeling you get when a song finally falls into place and you figure out how to say or play what you’ve been trying to. It’s totally euphoric. The feeling you get when you listen to a really good song, also, and the possibility that one day I could give that feeling to someone.

What can punters expect from an Austen live show?

If one end of the spectrum is sad-girl, and the other is fun pop, I'm right in the middle. I don’t think any two of my songs sound/feel the same so you can expect to get taken through all your moods in the space of half an hour. 

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

 “Being artsy is just doing something shit, but doing it well” - my old roommate. Or “Everything is a simulation anyway” - (probably Elon Musk?) - not quite advice but it really chills me out when I’m stressed.

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

'Downtown Shutdown' by The Presets. Can’t cry as much when you’re dancing. 

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

I would take them for a drive so they can stare out the window like they’re in a 90’s teen drama while 'Confess' by Jack river blasts out of the speakers.

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

'Losing It' by Fisher. 

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

Expo Liaison! It was weird as hell and amazing. Everyone really committed to the 80’s dress code and it felt like stepping back in time. There was ice sculpting and wood chopping and Luke Million, KLP, Alice Ivy, and god damn JOHN FARNHAM. Dude. So good.

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

I could sit here and list incredible Brisbane artists all day, but right now I’m inspired more than anything by the people who work behind the scenes to help us artists/bands make things happen. There are so many hours of work and guts and passion that goes into one song or one show that would just be completely impossible without an awesome team. People in the music industry are some of the most driven and genuinely great humans I’ve ever met. 

What are your plans for 2018?

Release my next single, travel overseas and do some writing, another tour, finish my EP and anything & everything else I can fit in.

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Black Summer
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Artist

Black Summer

Dance, Electronic (#Dance, Trance, #electronic, ...)

Canberra, ACT

Hoodzy

Featured Artist

2019

1

Jul

Hoodzy

Perth, WA

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring 16 y/o legend, Hoodzy!

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

The Hoodzy sound definitely came from a lot of trial and error and using different aspects from a lot of genres but my sound is hands down inspired by the grime scene. 

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

Putting my people, my sisters, everybody that I represent on the map. 

What can punters expect from a Hoodzy live show?

High energy, blasting sounds & a safe environment for everybody in the place. 

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

The best advice I’ve been given was to never change myself or my sound for anyone. That came from my no.1 supporter who happens to be my girlfriend. 

 

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

Its definitely gotta be Kaiit and her track 'Miss Shiney'. If those vibes don’t cheer you up I don’t know what will. 

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

Now that ones gotta be Kobie dee and his track 'Jody'. The storytelling in that track is just mind blowing. 

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

I think we all know Onefour. Spot the Difference is the only real way to kick off a dance floor. 

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

It was a free show on the beach that Montaigne played. It was crazy. That lady can move.

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

It’s gotta be Jesswar from QLD. Just the power and confidence that the girl brings is crazy. Definitely something a young girl like me would look up to. 

What are your plans for 2019?

The plans from 2019 is just to establish my music in the scene & bring as much energy to the table as I can.

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Haiku Hands

Featured Artist

2017

26

Jun

Haiku Hands

Sydney, NSW

Sydney three-piece, Haiku Hands bring you your next party jam. 'Not About You' explodes with fun, killer beats, and a whole lot of attitude.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
Our music is a rich tapestry of influences from our diverse musical backgrounds. Where we meet in the middle is the magic. We've developed this sound by collaborating with some of our favourite writers and producers.
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
Life in all its glory. Parties, friends, music, art, colours, thinking and travel.
 
What can punters expect from Haiku Hands live show?
 
Quiet storytelling, a nice cup of hot milk and a photo of you on Santa's lap as a momento...actually, more likely a raving dance party.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
Chaos Emerald: "Trust yourself".
 
Beatrice: The best advice I have been given is, it's not what she says but the way she lives, from Mie (Creative co-director of Haiku Hands).
 
She gets called the pleasure beast and has baths in the daytime. She's very good at relaxing. I work too much and I want to learn to relax more. Mie is my hero and she can also do the splits.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Is this a trick question? We would clearly play 'Not About You'. It's pretty hard to be sad when this song is on.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
John Farnham on repeat for 90 days.
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
Definitely 'Not About You' and then the second single we might be releasing. They are the same BPM and they are both killers.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
Chaos Emerald: The last show I went to was Horrorshow at the Enmore last weekend, it was great! This weekend we're heading to a warehouse party with some sweet underground local DJ's.
 
Beatrice: The last show I saw was of my other band Kardajala Kirridarra and our album preview tour in Alice Springs. I'm also heading to a Punk show at The VIC in Sydney and then the warehouse party with Claire this weekend.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you.
 
Chaos Emerald: Mostly my friends, Hermitude, Thundamentals, Okenyo, One Dayers, Big Village and The Presets.
 
Beatrice: There are a lot of people in the music community that inspire me. I live in Melbourne and that music community is massive and has lots of people contributing in different ways.
 
So many people who just want to connect and share music they love or music they have made. It's exciting to me. Sometimes it's the harder road but it's worth it. Music for the win!
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
For the rest of 2017, we will be in a silent meditation retreat.
 

 

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Kinder

Featured Artist

2019

20

May

Kinder

( )

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature artist, Kinder!

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

We played around with a bunch of different sounds to start with. We always knew we loved writing pop melodies but also loved the heavy dance electronic drops as well. We aimed to find a balance without it sounding too disjointed or like a remix/club track. It took us a while to blend the two styles together, which is why our first tracks were a little slower and not as heavy as compared to the tracks we play in our DJ sets. We also love the African/Reggaeton beats too, so we wanted to incorporate that as well. The music we are working on at the moment is more similar to the style we love to play in our DJ sets.

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

Obviously other artists we look up to inspire and influence us with our music. A lot of the time however we are influenced by a story we read or hear that touches us and then inspires us to write a song. For example, Sav will be talking about a friend’s experience or story and Briony will butt in and say "hey that's a cool line you just said- let’s use that in a song!" At other times we draw on personal experiences. Sometimes we listen to and play around with different world music genres. For example we are inspired by instruments and sounds from African and Brazilian music.

What can punters expect from a Kinder live show?

Lots of energy and dancing. We will be singing all of our originals live! (and a sneaky cover) in addition to playing our staple heavy house Brazilian Bass DJ set.

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

Recently when we were going through a low period, our talented and dear friend Dylan Joel advised, "You have to learn to be ok with the ups and downs of the music industry and understand it's never going to be a smooth ride. You have to self talk when you're feeling down and realise the roller coaster is always going to go up and down no matter how successful you are in the industry. You just have to remember the reason why you started doing music in the first place and not let the opinions of others reflect your love for music and keep going with it".

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

Bag Raiders with 'Shooting Stars'. Lifts us up whenever we are feeling in the dumps.

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

'Am I Not Pretty Enough' by Kasey Chambers.

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

At the moment, along with most DJs our go to is the ‘ol classic, 'LOOOOSING IT' by Fisher.

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

Sav saw our good friend Ivan Ooze perform at the Landsdown in Sydney recently. It was rowdy, sweaty and a bunch of good fun! He is super talented!

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

 A lot of the female songwriters coming out of Sydney are insanely talented and really inspire us! CXLOE, Graace, Kota Banks and Xira are so incredible at their craft. Two talented producers we have worked with, Tasker and Xavier Dunn, are also a major inspiration. They can produce a wide range of music and we love working with them. We are also super inspired by Sydney legends Golden Features and Hayden James. We secretly refer to Golden Features as “father” lol.

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Tether
New

Artist

Tether

Indie, Pop, Rock (alternative, Alt Rock, Alt Pop, ...)

Perth, WA

WAXX OFF
New

Artist

WAXX OFF

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (House, Deep House, EDM, ...)

Adelaide, SA

The Jungle Giants

Featured Artist

2011

3

Oct

The Jungle Giants

( )

Brisbane, QLD

The Jungle Giants are a young Brisbane 4-piece already turning heads with their catchy indie-pop tunes.

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

Our sound is based on a combination of things. I began writing as an acoustic artist, and am really into melodies and chordal harmonies. I start writing a song on an acoustic, but when I bring a song to the band the other guys sort of melt their own style into it with electric guitars, bass and drums. We turn that sound into something that will translate well in a live setting. Essentially give it dynamics, riffs and sonic layers to build energy and tension in the songs.

What’s The Jungle Giants live show like?

It's pretty fun, and we always end up having the best time. We have heaps of energy to unleash at our shows because our lives outside the band are pretty boring. Andrew (bass & backing vocals) and I have ended up piggybacking each other a few times now. Keelan (drums) even joined in when we made a three person stack during a live show. That said, we are always thinking of our sound sonically. We're at this cool stage where we are discovering different sounds and ways to improve while we're performing.

What was it like transitioning from being a “high school band” to gigging and touring post-graduation?

It was absolutely great. We didn't really know what to expect, as we'd never played to more than 50 people before. I sort of tried to pick the brain of everyone could to find, to get some insight. It's been absolutely great so far and we are really digging the opportunities we've been given to play to bigger and amazing crowds in venues we've never visited before.

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

I remember chatting to Sam from Ball Park Music right before we left for our first tour a few months ago. He said to just do your thing, have fun and people will love it. I guess that sort of brought things down to a simpler level. It also helped to make it clear that no matter if touring new to us or not, if we made a great sound and had fun, people would be none the wiser.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.

There are so many people. The best and worst thing about Brisbane is that it's so small. There are so many muso's and industry people in such a small area, and they are always ready to share stories, so it's easy to make relationships. Our champion manager Stu McCullough has given us an incredible amount of direction and support. We have also become really close with the friendly people at Mucho-Bravado, especially Ben Preece, who has given us endless amounts of guidance. Yanto Browning produced our debut EP and he has pretty much become our band bestie. It's a great environment, and there must be something in the water, because there are so many great Brissy acts out and about at the moment.

What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2011 and looking to 2012?

We're super excited to be playing at Valley Fiesta on the 8th of October alongside Hungry Kids of Hungry, Nina Las Vegas and New Navy on the main stage. Then we hit the road to support Ball Park Music on their debut Album tour... we are stoked that they are taking us along. Over the next month we are looking forward to demoing some new music, and then heading back interstate to play some great shows with some wicked bands. By early 2012 we should have a new EP to unleash, as well as some more touring hopefully!

Australian music is…?

...nearly mullet free.

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Hunny Bunny
New

Artist

Hunny Bunny

Indie

Brisbane, QLD

Baker Boy

Featured Artist

2017

28

May

Baker Boy

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities, rapper, actor and dancer, Danzel Baker AKA Baker Boy, is three times the charm!  At just 20 years old, he plans to be the first Indigenous rapper to rap in his Yolngu Matha language. 

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
 
My sound was developed around the influences of my traditional music fused with my current involvement with hip hop music and dance. I wanted to be the first Indigenous rapper to rap in language, mine being Yolngu Matha.
 
I worked with a producer Tobiahs Fakhri to create the track Cloud9 to include not only modern hip hop elements that I connect with but also Yidaki (Didgeridoo) and the language Yolngu Matha for traditional sounds. The perfect fusion of my two worlds that I have grown up with. 
 
What's your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
 
I haven't had one stand out inspirer that has lead me to making music. I more saw an opportunity for Indigenous musicians and rappers to express themselves in language rather than English. Music and dance have always been an integral part of my life from growing up in Milingimbi and this only developed more since moving away and schooling and further into my career with Djuki Mala and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects.
 
If anything my dance work has inspired me and allowed this to happen. Influences like Yothu Yindi, Gurrumul, Gawurra and Yirrimal showed me to be proud of where I am from and use my voice through rap to communicate my messages.
 
What can punters expect from a Baker Boy live show?
 
They can expect to see a lot of dancing, energy, I'll play the Yidaki, hear language Yolngu Matha and a young handsome proud Yolngu boy - Baker Boy.
 
What's the best advice you've been given and who was it from?
 
I remember my dad telling me, 'if you have a goal, know its not going to be easy, but if you put your mind to it, work hard and reach for the sky reach until you grab it with your bare hands'. He always tells me 'keep going there's no limit'. I'm pretty much following my dads' footsteps but trying to go next level.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
 
Brolga by Yirrimal!!! My poison cousin.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
 
I would play them Wiyathul by Gurrumul. Just play the whole album actually !!
 
You're the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
 
I'd tell them put Cloud9 - Baker Boy ;)
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
 
I saw my friends band Jakubi. They are a home grown Melbourne band that are so hard working and crazy talented.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Melbourne music community that inspire you.
 
Briggs and Yirrimal both inspired me and got me thinking about the whole fusion of traditional and current hip hop. They both are so incredible in their own way with such different genres and sounds and both proud Indigenous men.
 
What are your plans for 2017?
 
My plans for 2017 are to continuing writing more music in my Baker Boy style, and help two worlds collaborate and merge to one as I only see one. I will continue dancing and working in remote indigenous communities with IHHP inspiring youth and sharing my story and journey.
 
I want to be the next David Gulpilil and have started acting and already feature on a few movies so hope to do more of that. Just want to keep doing Baker Boy rap, dance and live life to the fullest, be free.

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SAFIA (Remixes)

Artist

SAFIA (Remixes)

Electronic, Indie

Canberra, ACT

Pigeon

Artist

Pigeon

Dance, Pop (Uplifting, Underworld, Amazing, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

The Wolfbats
New

Artist

The Wolfbats

Punk, Rock

Perth, WA

Ryan Edmond
New

Artist

Ryan Edmond

Indie, Pop, Roots (roots, Indie, folk, ...)

Perth, WA

Philly

Artist

Philly

Hip Hop (Tupac, nelly, Lyrical Mcs, ...)

Mildura-Swan Hill, NSW

Artist

Artist

G.S.U.

Hip Hop (dipset, Bone Thugs n Harmony)

Gold Coast, QLD

LÂLKA

Featured Artist

2021

1

Mar

LÂLKA

( )

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

I make pop music with lots of glitches and exaggerated sounds; "hyperpop" is a term often used to describe my music. When I was starting out I wasn't able to find band members to stick with me, so I depended on my laptop to make music and that's how I ended up with my sonics. Also, drum machines (unlike drummers) have no ego. 

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

I'm always inspired by other artists, so I can't say that I have ONE GREATEST source of inspiration. I like to make sure I'm across popular culture + music, read a lot, watch movies and stay curious.  

What can punters expect from a LÂLKA live show?

A cardio workout. Seriously. My music is not meant to be consumed standing still.  

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

I used to be really self-conscious about my singing voice, but Rromarin (Kult Kyss) helped me realise the uniqueness of my voice. She actually told me that I shouldn't take any singing lessons bc it'll just polish out all the unique qualities of my style and timbre. Rromarin is one of the best vocalists in AU (and the world) IMHO and to have her validate my voice meant a lot.  

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

Depends why they're crying?

If it's bc they're being bullied: my track 'Make U Nervous' - it's about being aware of one's own power and how it makes others wary of you. Take back your power, make them quake in their boots!

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

This might sound weird but 'Alight' by Ninajirachi. It's not a sad song, but you know how it kinda hurts when you're obsessed/have an intense crush on someone???? That sentiment of being so infatuated but it's all inside your mind and they probably don't know is kinda bittersweet. 

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

'Atomic Blonde' by LÂLKA (feat. BRUX) - that drop is meant to make every ass on the DF shake. 

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

I went to a festival on Boxing Day 2020. I'm usually pretty depressed around Christmas time (it's complicated) so I decided to go to a festival and do a solo rave. It was cathartic.  

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

  • Tim Shiel - his conversations always provoke me to consider my own artistic practice 
  • The people who have worked so hard on independent music publications (shout out Emma from Purple Sneakers and Hayden from Pilerats, for example) - their FB pages got Zuck'ed recently, but I've always admired the way they had spent years taking the time to search for and break emerging Australian artists
  • Nina Las Vegas - she is an amazing curator, and her contributions have made such an impact on the AU music scene 
  • Kučka - for carving her own sonic path 
  • Tkay Maidza - for absolutely killing it, doing her own thing! 

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

I'm gonna do a worldwide livestream on 20th March of me performing new music (as in, in real-time, not pre-recorded) and with augmented reality visuals. I've missed performing soooo much after what 2020 served us, so I am really looking forward to this! After that I'm gonna knuckle down and finish my next body of work (that I've already started). On the frivolous front, I'd really like (but probably can't afford) to get a pair of high-end designer sneakers (Balenciaga is my top preference) so if there's anyone out there who feels generous, HMU. 

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Wongo
New

Artist

Wongo

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (#Dance, #electronic, #Fun, ...)

Gold Coast, 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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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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Ro
New

Artist

Ro

Indie, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

CLEWS

Featured Artist

2018

4

Mar

CLEWS

( )

Sydney, NSW

Meet the sister-duo you just have to hear! It's this week's Feature Artist, CLEWS.

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

We had a very musical upbringing and listened to a lot of harmony-driven bands like The Beatles and Crowded House. This instilled in us a love for classic songwriting and we try to create a sound that pairs ‘90s influenced production with big melodies. 

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

Mostly it’s other people making music, and that intense thrill you get from seeing a great live band. We went to a gig at the Enmore a little while ago and Grace literally started crying because a sax solo was just so good and she couldn’t handle it. That is the feeling that makes us want to play more and write more. 

What can punters expect from a CLEWS live show?

Harmonies, matching haircuts and crunchy guitars. 

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

We actually live by a lot of great advice. Dad says, "fulfil your own promises" and Mum says "hey, what’s the worst that can happen?". Also, in regards to boyfriends becoming husbands, our Nan always said try before you buy.

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

'Cholesterol Heart (God Bless Ya)' by These New South Whales. 

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

'To Think That I Once Loved' You by The Drones.

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

'Go Bang' by PNAU. 

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

We caught our good mates Harley Mavis and H. Fanning and The Seagulls play back to back the other night, two birds with one stone if you will. It was a lovely evening and both sang with poise and grace. 

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

We wish we could play guitar like Elizabeth Fader, we saw her with her full band recently and it was so impressive that Lily’s soul left her body for a moment. We also love the live show that the boys from PLANET put on and we’re very inspired by RACKETT’S DIY ethos. 

What are your plans for 2018?

We have a really great team around us now, so this year we’ll be releasing more music and playing some cracking shows.

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Tara-Lynn Sharrock
New

Artist

Tara-Lynn Sharrock

Indie, Pop

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Indigo Carter
New

Artist

Indigo Carter

Metal (#metal #hardrock #alternativerock)

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Aims Hammet
New

Artist

Aims Hammet

Pop, Rock

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Bonnie Melbourne
UH
New

Artist

Bonnie Melbourne

Pop, Roots (Fun, happy, positive, ...)

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Liv Cartledge
New

Artist

Liv Cartledge

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

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Tash Fenton
New

Artist

Tash Fenton

Indie, Pop

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Chelsea Knight
New

Artist

Chelsea Knight

Pop

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Jordsi
New

Artist

Jordsi

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Veda Varcoe
New

Artist

Veda Varcoe

Electronic, Indie, Pop (#indie #pop #electronic #independent #australian)

Goulburn Murray, NSW

Heleina Zara
New

Artist

Rosie Ray
New

Artist

Rosie Ray

Indie

Illawarra, NSW

Lucy Lyn
New

Artist

Lucy Lyn

Electronic, Indie, Pop (#vocals, #female #electronic, #Alternative, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Mary Rose
New

Artist

Mary Rose

Indie, Pop (Indie, New, alternative, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

SULT
New

Artist

SULT

Indie, Pop (Indie Dream-Pop, Dream-Pop)

Illawarra, NSW

Solo Career
New

Artist

Solo Career

Electronic, Pop (#pop #bop #DIY #romance)

Illawarra, NSW

ERIN HAND
New

Artist

ERIN HAND

Indie (Songwriter, Indie, alternative)

Illawarra, NSW

MID CITY
New

Artist

MID CITY

Indie, Pop, Rock (#indie #rock #pop #indie rock #Alternative)

Melbourne, VIC

CXLOE

Featured Artist

2018

16

Apr

CXLOE

Sydney, NSW

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

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

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

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

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

What can punters expect from a CXLOE live show?

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

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

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

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

'World of our Love' by Client Liaison.

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

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

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

'Holiday' by KOTA BANKS DUH!

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

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

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

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

What are your plans for 2018?

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

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Chloe Dadd
New

Artist

Chloe Dadd

Indie, Pop ("Alternative "indie)

Sydney, NSW

Stay at Home Son
New

Artist

Stay at Home Son

Electronic, Indie

Illawarra, NSW

D'Arcy Spiller

Featured Artist

2020

4

May

D'Arcy Spiller

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed we're Featuring, D'Arcy Spiller.

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

I developed my sound by meeting lots of new people and living in the U.S for 3 years. Living in the U.S exposed me to the blues, bluegrass and rock. Some  of my favourite records are Leadbelly (The Rough Guide), The Best of the Kinks, Ash & Ice The Kills, Animal and Amy Whinehouse Back To Black.  I developed my sound by making changes in my life to spark excitement and inspiration and by that i mean being a little more open minded to possibilities and sound. Travelling a lot as a child and now to places like Vietnam, London, italy, Paris, Barbados, the U.S has changed my perspective of the world. Getting to know myself personality wise, spiritually and 100% emotionally plays a huge part in my sound. I’m hungry for knowledge and new ideas. I think my music thrives on things that jolt emotions, ideas and lived/living experiences. 

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

My spirituality, peoples desires, stories and travel. I love describing A feeling or an experience in a story like manner. I’ve always liked how something can be beautiful and ugly. There’s no light without without the dark there has to be balance. 

What can punters expect from a D'Arcy Spiller live show?

Ah, me tapping into some under the surface shit on a higher level. The tracks you’ve heard so far have been in a way very therapeutic to write. 

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

Ah there’s two good ones. 1. My mother told me to find myself and know myself first before putting someone else’s needs before yours, but to never loose yourself. Ya know do the things you’ve always wanted to do and let know one hold you back. 2. My dad said not in so many words but more in action.. Don’t be afraid to put weird or different out there basically. Explore and get as much knowledge as possible. 

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

'You Are My Sunshine' OR 'We’re All Going To Die Someday' by Kasey Chambers. There’s humour in playing that song when sad or down. 

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

Aw thats harrrd!! 'Where I stood' by 'Missy Higgins'. Every bone in my body wants to say 'Story' by Brandi Carlile but she’s american though. 

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

'San Frandisco' by Dom Dolla 100%. 

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

I went to see a friend of a friend perform a duo. It was really cool to see the community supporting local artists. 

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

I love that most are open and down to talk about the weirdest shit and share their stories. Some are shy to say what they mean but even they eventually open and blossom. Melbourne is an amazing city full of an eclectic mix of people. 

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George Orb
New

Artist

George Orb

Dance, Electronic (House)

Sydney, NSW

Bokue
New

Artist

Bokue

Electronic, Pop (alternative, altpop, dreamy, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Artist
New

Artist

Bronze Allure

Dance, Indie, Rock, Roots

Northern Tasmania, TAS

Halle Dot
New

Artist

Halle Dot

Electronic, Pop, Roots (! #australian #pop #rnb #Alternative #roots)

Gold Coast, QLD

Beach Swim
New

Artist

Beach Swim

Electronic, Pop (college, Purity Ring, Grimes, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Zoe Annabel
New

Artist

Zoe Annabel

Electronic, Pop (! #electronic, #trap, #jazz, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Sherry
New

Artist

Sherry

Electronic, Indie, Pop (Pop, r&b, Electronic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Miroji
New

Artist

Miroji

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (Chill, New, Australian, ...)

Canberra, ACT

MissGenius
New

Artist

MissGenius

Hip Hop

Goldfields, WA

Murringaahddi
New

Artist

Alli - C
New

Artist

Alli - C

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (#AUSSIE #alternative #indie #folk #singersongwriter)

Illawarra, NSW

Shelley Harland
New

Artist

Shelley Harland

Electronic, Pop (raw, emotional, Female vocals, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Ivori
New

Artist

Ivori

Indie, Pop (Pop, Indie-Pop, sad, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Calumecs
New

Artist

Calumecs

Hip Hop, Pop, Punk (#alternative rnb, #emo rap, #rap, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Oh Harlow
New

Artist

Mammals
New

Artist

Mammals

Electronic, Indie (Indie, Electronic, Ambient, ...)

Illawarra, NSW

Aspy Jones
New

Artist

Aspy Jones

Indie, Pop, Rock, Roots (alternative, roots, Pop, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Sounds Like FRANCO
New

Artist

Sounds Like FRANCO

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Electronic, Soul, Indie, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Seth Sentry

Featured Artist

2009

16

Mar

Seth Sentry

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Truly independent and self-funded, Seth scribbled down rhymes for many of the tracks comprising The Waiter Minute on docket pads and serviettes during breaks between food and beverage orders at his day job at local restaurants in Melbourne.

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

Well, I guess I started out just spittin stupid freestyles at parties and just generally trying to be the center of attention. I was pretty much the only rapper in my town (well at least that I or my friends knew of) so I had nothing to compare it to. I thought I was pretty cool though haha. Then I met this kiwi guy, Joni. He freestyled as well. But much, much better than me. This became my driving force I just kept practicing and practicing. After a while I decided to start writing rhymes, I guess I never had any real intention to record them or anything, I just liked writing. I always liked creating short stories as a kid, and so I started trying to write short stories, but also make them rhyme. I hadn't heard any other Aussie rappers at this stage, as my hometown was quite a musical wasteland. So I just kind of developed my own style, borrowing a little from some of my favourite international artists. Looking back on it now, it was still a very occa style of rap, with short sharp syllables and a definite twang. One night, I was jamming with these older kids who played in a local funk band. One of the dudes was like "man, you can really rap. But you sound like a complete bogan. If you extend your syllables and rap with a bit of melody, it'll soften it up" I took that on board and started concentrating on trying to make my flow more melodic. Nowadays that's just the way I flow, I don't really think about it.

And your rhymes?

Like I said, as a kid I loved writing short stories. So I kind of applied that to my song-writing. I really enjoy hearing a song with a strong narrative, it just gives it that replay value I think. I mean, I'm not always gonna write a concept track. But I at least try to write the lyrics with a beginning and an end. I think rap sometimes gets written off as "lazy music". and sometimes I guess I might have to agree with that. I feel a lot of stuff coming out at the moment doesn't really focus on the lyrics at all. I mean, it still sounds great and all, but I feel that it's a little bit shallow. There's no reason for me to really want to listen to it more than a couple of times. That's why I've always been about the lyrics man, straight up. Most important thing to me. I'm just writing songs that I'd want to listen to.

How long have you been on the Melbourne scene?

Umm...shit, let's see. I guess I've only really been "in the scene" for about 3 years. Well, at least taking it as seriously as I do now. There was about another 3 years before that where it was all random freestyle shows and lurking in the shadows at hiphop nights. It basically used to be a matter of rockin on down to a Brunswick Street open mic night and drinking enough courage to spit something I wrote the night before. Cheap jugs plus open mics multiplied by hungry rappers equals a great night. It's simple math, and it's a damn shame there aren't more of those kind of nights. In that drunky, lurky time I met some great dudes and made some really strong musical connections. Anyway I think I've digressed, 6 years is the answer.

Who are your running mates?

The stupidly talented Matik, who continues to surprise me. There is seemingly no musical style this man can't master. He also manages to pull off the summer scarf look remarkably well. And Pez of course who you probably wouldn't have heard of. haha. Nah man, Pez is a constant source of inspiration. He's really helped me out a tremendous amount over the last few years, legend. Good blokes.

What's coming up in the future?

Hopefully hoverboards. Also A lot of gigs coming up, I love the live performance aspect of music. It really is my favourite part of the whole process. I'm hoping to really get stuck into the live shows this year, especially if this song goes well (hint, hint, request, request). Lately I've been approached to run a few workshops with less fortunate kids and helping them get their ideas out in song form which I'm really looking forward to.I'm definitely a strong advocate of getting your thoughts down on paper, I think it can be very cathartic. And then to give those thoughts a melody, well that's just something else. And of course my debut full length album, which Matik and I are hard at work on. I think people are gonna be stoked with it. We've got quite a few surprises on it. A few unexpected guests, it's going to be ridiculously dope.

Australian music is?

and always will be.

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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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Made in Paris
New

Artist

Dawn Laird
New

Artist

Dawn Laird

Electronic, Hip Hop (#hiphop, #hip hop, #hip-hop, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

YAAK
New

Artist

YAAK

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

Artist
New

Artist

Dos Taylor

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (#australia #hiphop #ausrap #ungerground #young)

Sunshine, QLD

Jaecy
New

Artist

SCABZ

Featured Artist

2019

28

Oct

SCABZ

Sydney, NSW

This week on triple j Uneathed we're Featuring Newtown punks, SCABZ.

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

We describe our music as punk or pub rock, but I also try really hard to not sound the same as other bands that write punk/pub rock. I'd been singing in lots of other bands before SCABZ and always put on an American accent, I grew up singing musical theater and Jazz so it kinda came out that way when I started writing music. When we started SCABZ I made a conscious decision to break out of old singing habits and write more honest  music.

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

At the moment the feeling of impeding doom, and the cloud of anger that follows me around due to the systemic inequalities and injustices our most vulnerable face at the hands of the Australian Government. You know just gal stuff.

What can punters expect from a SCABZ live show?

Fun. A couple of yarns, a good dance, possibly a rousing rendition of Solidarity Forever depending on where the night takes us.

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

Don't take to much advice.

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

Depends on why they're crying? But lets stick with one band, if they're crying cause of some sort of relationship/family things Etereal Whoosing by Good Boy and if they're crying cause they're getting kicked out of their house or fired or cut off from cenno probably 'Poverty Line' by Good Boy.

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

Jen Cloher - Strong Woman

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

Yothu Yindi - Treaty

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

I work in a bar/live music venue so I get to see gigs all the time which is mad, TFS played last week and their Divynlys cover rel got me.

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

Sydney's coming good now in a big way, but obviously putting on shows got a bit trick there for a bit. So I gues it's all the promoters/bookers and venues that went out on a limb to create a new scene for bands to thrive in Sydney.

 

What are your plans for the rest of 2019?

Tour with Picket Palace for Feel Good Summer will see us through till December, then we're gonna release another song for ya!

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CHASE ATLANTIC
New

Artist

CHASE ATLANTIC

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rock

Brisbane, QLD

Zoë Fox and the Rocket Clocks
New

Artist

Zoë Fox and the Rocket Clocks

Dance, Indie, Pop, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Hoodlem
New

Artist

Hoodlem

Electronic, Pop

Melbourne, VIC

George Alice
New

Artist

George Alice

Indie, Pop

Adelaide, SA

Skinnyfish Sound System
New

Artist

Skinnyfish Sound System

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

Darwin, NT

Kardajala Kirridarra
New

Artist

Kardajala Kirridarra

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

Darwin, NT

Black Rock Band
New

Artist

Black Rock Band

Indie, Rock, Roots (top end, Arnhem Land, Bininj Rock, ...)

Darwin, NT

mambali
New

Artist

mambali

Dance, Pop (Arnhem Land)

Darwin, NT

Emily Wurramara

Featured Artist

2016

5

Jul

Emily Wurramara

( )

Brisbane, QLD

Gather around the virtual campfire and have a listen to the gorgeous tones of Brisbane musician Emily Wurramara. Join us in celebrating NAIDOC week on triple j Unearthed!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
I developed my sound by learning and listening to everything and everyone around me. I was engulfed by culture when I was on Groote so  that was a big influence on my music. Being surrounded by family and friends who like different genres, ranging from country, which the oldies like my nana pop and aunties listened to, hip hop, reggae, even opera. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
My inspiration for my music comes from everything, what I see, what stories I've been told, my experiences, so nothing really specific just life. 
 
What can punters expect from an Emily Wurramara live show?
Haha, well, a lot of story telling. My songs are all based around things that have happened to me or to my family, so there's a great insight on my life. I do have a range of songs from love to dreams to real life events. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
The best advice I've been given was from my father, he was born in the provinces of Phillipines and moved to Aus when he was 14. He's always said to me "always be humble, say hello to everyone and smile because it could make someone's day" 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Bernard fanning- wish you well
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Jimmy little- Bring yourself home to me 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Thelma plum- how much does your love cost! 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went down to the board walk and saw a couple performing at this pub even though it was raining, and we were drenched I had to stop and stand there for a bit because their voices together we're amazing!!! They totally slayed it! 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in your music community that inspire you.
Well, we have a lot of bands at Groote all my uncles are in them, so poison whiskey, milyakburra band just to name a few, and from numbulwar, yilila band red flag dancers, who are absolutely amazing! They mix culture with dance and song, it's just a fantastic show! All these bands inspire me because they are shining in their own way, because they're defeating the stereotypes that are put on our people. it's even more special because they too are representing our mob in such a positive way.  
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
For The rest of 2016, I'm doing some awesome collaborations, so I can't wait for that to start happening! Another film clip! Also Finishing off the tour in NT I'm looking forward to seeing my family again. I've already started working on the the Next EP in regards to songwriting so I'm really excited to hit the studio again, it's such an intimate space.
 

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Hot Coffee
New

Artist

Hot Coffee

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (#Hip-Hop #Rap #Electronic #Dance)

Gold Coast, QLD

The Drafts
New

Artist

The Drafts

Indie, Rock (#The Drafts, #rock, #indie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

7am Bourbon
New

Artist

7am Bourbon

Rock

Mid North Coast, NSW

Miiesha

Featured Artist

2019

8

Jul

Miiesha

Capricornia, QLD

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Miiesha. A proud Pitjantjatjara/Torres Strait Islander woman from Woorabinda in Central Queensland.

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

I grew up listening to a lot of RnB, Soul and Gospel so a lot of my sound I feel comes from those influences.

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

A lot of the time it’s just real stories, things that friends and family have been through, or other music just depending on the vibe. Movies also inspire me a lot!

What can punters expect from a Miiesha live show?

I just want everyone to vibe to some deadly storytelling.

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

I was told by my family and community to always believe in myself and that it doesn’t matter where I come from or what I’ve done, but to always have faith and keep my head up.

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

'Miss Shiney' by Kaiit.

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

'Knees' by Ocean Alley, saw them open for Tash which was incredible!

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

'Cool as Hell' by Baker Boy for sure!

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

I got to open for Briggs in Melbourne at Northcote Social Club which was incredible!

Tell us about the bands or people in Woorabinda, Centra Queensland / QLD music community that inspire you.

There is a lot of talent in my community, from elders that sing and write beautiful songs about community to the young crew rapping Woorie loves music! For me a big inspiration was when Dan Sultan came to our community and played. I even got to sing a song with him on stage. That was huge for me, it made me feel like I could do anything and really opened my eyes to the possibilities. At that moment my dream didn’t feel so far away.

What are your plans for 2019?

I’m just going with the flow! I’ve got a whole collection of music ready to go so I’ll be releasing that over the next few months, and doing a music video would be cool. I’d love to head overseas sometime too but who knows!

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Biond
New

Artist

Biond

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Pop, Electronic, dance, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Fourth Place
New

Artist

Fourth Place

Hip Hop (Australian Hip Hop)

Melbourne, VIC

Voodoo In Blue
New

Artist

Voodoo In Blue

Indie, Rock, Roots (australian rock pop)

Perth, WA

Artist
New

Artist

Kido

Hip Hop

Brisbane, QLD

hunter 505
New

Artist

hunter 505

Hip Hop, Pop (xxxtentacion, Post Malone, juice wrld, ...)

Sydney, NSW

The Gusset
New

Artist

The Gusset

Indie, Rock (Indie, Rock)

Perth, WA

Corduroy Robin
New

Artist

Corduroy Robin

Indie, Roots (Acoustic, harmony, robin, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Toxic Fox
New

Artist

Toxic Fox

Indie, Pop, Rock (Alternate, Indie, Rock, ...)

Sunshine, QLD

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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T$oko

Featured Artist

2018

5

Feb

T$oko

( )

Perth, WA

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

My sound is definitely a direct reflection of what I have been exposed to musically and where I am from , growing up in Zimbabwe, having family in the UK and now Australia , I am a product of my environment , I guess you could say my music is like a nice bowl of gumbo. You going to get all type of different flavors and ingredients.

 

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

I am inspired by all types of music in general , I  really don't believe there is anything obetter than being exposed to different sounds and new artists from different walks of life. I have been exposed to different cultures and different sonics and  through my different pit stops around the world I have been able to use my experiences and incorporate that into my music. 

 

What can punters expect from a T$oko live show?

good vibes , good feels , loads of energy and we try and keep it real live. If you didn't know who i was before i hit the stage. I definitely wanna make sure u had a blast and know who i am once my set is finished. Or at least have you asking the next person who that was or where you can find the music.

 

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

 "Later is always greater  and its not a race its a marathon." Anonymous  Sometimes people  like to fast track there success and they get caught up in the hype. They are here one minute and gone the next because they never really had to put in the work or work at their craft. I have enjoyed the ride so far , and appreciate everyone who has even taken the time out to show a interest to this point

 

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

Ooh thats a tough one, I would either have to say Bernard Fanning - Wish you well.  or possibly Better - John Butler trio. That being said i think ill have to go with the home team , shoutout to  John butler and the whole fremantle maaan!

 

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

I'm sure. I'm sure..  Another tough one besides Ta-ku feat JMSN x Sango - Love Again. I will go with Tear us apart - INXS , i think their catalogue  was some of the first music from an Australian act i really became aware of while i was still growing up overseas . The raw emotion that pours through the track and Michael Hutchence's lyrics are really something. Outside of the success they had on a pop level,  I really believe Michael Hutchence is underrated as a song writer. lol

 

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

Depends what type of setting I would be spinning in. If it was a throwback set i would probably go INXS - New sensation. If it was pub flows I would do Darryl Braithwaite - Horses. And if its a new age set either One Day - Not Many (Like A Version) or DZ Deathrays - Gina Works At Hearts. My crates run deep , i am sure i would have something for whatever the occasion called for. haha .. Mixmaster Soko got you. lmao 

 

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

Ecca Vandal. Me and the band Foam were handling supports. Amazing gig. Such a vibe and a blend of genres. My kind of gig:)

 

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

Being based in Fremantle , I tend to soak up a lot of whats going on around me. Its such a melting pot when it comes to culture and music definitely Tame impala and all the other artists from Perth that have come out and done great things just to name a few.

 

Ta-ku

Pendulum

John Butler Trio

AC/DC

 

I also cant forget my brothers from Tone Youth Collective who I work with. We always try to push each other and everyone brings they own twist to the table.

 

What are your plans for 2017?

Just keep introducing to people who i am as a artist and what my music is all about. I have got some pretty cool stuff coming up that ill be dropping real soon.  I feel like people still haven't seen everything i can offer from a artist standpoint so that's exciting for me. I don't want to say I have been holding back but there certain bits n pieces of music which i have held back that may surprise some people so I am excited to share what I have been cooking up. Also excited to drop some new music with my squad Tone Youth , I feel like we have a good chance to really show everyone what Perth has to offer and rep the 6k in the right way. Salute to everyone who has paved the way thus far. Also look forward to playing some shows and releasing some collabs with some special people. Stay tuned.

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NETTI
New

Artist

NETTI

Electronic, Hip Hop, Metal, Punk, Rock

Melbourne, VIC

Daniel Young aka Muph
New

Artist

Daniel Young aka Muph

Hip Hop

Melbourne, VIC

Vida Sunshyne
New

Artist

Vida Sunshyne

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots (#Rap #HipHop)

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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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