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Erin May
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Erin May

Indie, Rock, Roots (#Alternative Rock, #Indie #roots #pop)

Brisbane, QLD

Jack Vaul
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Artist

Jack Vaul

Hip Hop, Indie (alt-rap, altrap, Conscious, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Grace Turner

Featured Artist

2019

21

Jan

Grace Turner

( )

Newcastle, NSW

Get to know a little more about this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Grace Turner. She'll be opening the stage this weekend at Grow Your Own festival alongside Jack River, The Preatures, DMA's and more.

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

My current sound feels like the coming together of many different influences I’ve had throughout my life. I come from a singer-songwriter background, so the lyrics and the story is really important to me. At the moment it’s been very cathartic to combine this with a heavier sound. 

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

People, feelings and a desire to understand them. I am addicted to the emotional release and connection to others that I get from both listening to and playing music. 

You were our Unearthed Grow Your Own Festival comp winner in 2019, who was your highlight on the day?

The Preatures were a stand out for me. Isabella is a force as a performer and I found their set really inspiring to watch. They also had the sunset spot so the heat of the day was easing off and I was surrounded by some of my best girlfriends, what a dream! 

What can punters expect from a Grace Turner live show?

You can expect dress-ups, me saying personal and potentially inappropriate things, sweet crunchy guitar licks from my guitarist Shanna and everyone else in the band just generally having a good meaningful time. 

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

"Careful who’s advice you take". I can’t remember who told me that but when I reflect on my younger years I see the value in it. Pave your own way, go with your gut and trust yourself. I can’t remember who told me all those things either but they have served me well. 

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

‘Pleasure and Pain’ by The Divinyls. 

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

'Flame Trees', written by Cold Chisel but listen to the version performed by Sara Blasko. It has such sorrowful nostalgia and captures the feeling of our lonesome country towns. Gets me every time. 

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

I recently discovered Electric Fields, an indigenous pop act from South Australia and their songs are pumping. Their track ‘Don’t You Worry’ is an absolute banger. 

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

I have been moving around a lot so I haven’t been home much to see many gigs in Newcastle lately. The last Newcastle gig I went to was Indiana and the Journey to The East and Lachlan X Morris at The Cambridge just before Christmas. It was a great show, Indiana has an epic voice and Lachlan is such a prolific artist.  

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

I am most inspired by the people that are helping to forge creative spaces for their communities. Theres a group of people in Newcastle that have been working really hard on this. Michael McDonahugh, Tim Evans, Caitlin O’Reily to name a small few. They have been working with the council to secure more diverse and intimate venues that cater to under 18’s and give space for singer-songwriters and other non-mainstream genres. At the moment though people are resorting to house shows as there is a big gap in Newcastle currently. 

What are your plans for 2019?

I plan to record and both an EP and an album and fingers crossed have them both released this year. I want to do a headline Australian tour and I’m very excited to be spending a bit of time in the USA for the SXSW showcases! I also plan to get the the Northern Territory in August for the Darwin Festival!

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Nossi Rah
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Artist

Nossi Rah

Hip Hop (Hip-Hop, Electronic, rap)

Central West, NSW

INFERNO
New

Artist

INFERNO

Hip Hop (rap, hiphop, Aussie Hiphop)

Sydney, NSW

ALOÏSE
New

Artist

ALOÏSE

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

Canberra, ACT

Shane Burgess
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Artist

Shane Burgess

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

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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Silky Fuzz
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Artist

Silky Fuzz

Indie, Rock (alternative, Indie, Rock, ...)

Capricornia, QLD

Sirpit
New

Artist

Sirpit

Hip Hop, Pop (#HipHop #Rap #RnB #Soul)

South West WA, WA

Great Gable

Featured Artist

2020

9

Mar

Great Gable

Perth, WA

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Perth legends, Great Gable!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
When we first started writing music we would hear a song we liked and just wanted
to write something similar. Song writing used to be a really long process for us but
we knew the more we wrote the better we’d get at it. Nowadays we don’t put any
expectations on ourselves to sound a particular way and that’s helped us write a
wide range of songs. We’ve still got a lot to learn but I’m really proud of the album
we’re about to release - Alex.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
I take a lot of inspiration from other bands and artists that I listen to. If a particular
song, sound, or groove stands out to me I’ll try channel that initial feeling of
excitement and try recreate that feeling in a song of our own.
I also find the physical space I’m in while recording ideas plays a big part in being
inspired as well - Matt.

What can punters expect from a Great Gable live show?
A grand spectacle of flashing lights, drum solos, bass solos, and somewhat witty
banter. Liquorice all sorts really. The songs are usually a bit more energetic live. We
work on curating a set list that flows nicely, adding new parts to old songs to keep us
on our toes. We just want to make sure the punters leave feeling like they’ve had a
rad time - Matt.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"Simple daily disciplines - little productive actions, repeated consistently over time
add up to the difference between failure and success" by Jeff Olson -  Chris.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
This question made me realise how much melancholy music I listen to. My favourite
feel good song would have to be 'Good Dancers' by The Sleepy Jackson. Got lots of respect for a killer WA band! - Alex.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Blood' by The Middle East - Matt.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you
put on next?
Something with a fat bass line and groove. 'The Less I Know The Better' by Tame Impala is a classic - Matt.

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
The last local gig I caught was Tone City Recording's Christmas party at Mojos in
Fremantle. The line-up was a handful of Perth bands who've recorded at Tone City
studios that were also a bunch of our mates. So overall it was a sick gig filled with
good hangs! - Chris.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Perth music community that inspire you.
There are so many insanely good bands kicking it in Perth at the moment,
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Spacey Jane, Dulcie, just to name a few. These lords
are definitely ones to be inspired by. Then there are the ones working behind the
scenes, Kelsie Miller (our manager) is amazing, Matt Gio at Rada Studios is a
legend, amongst many more. Perth really is ok!! - Matt.
 
What are your plans for 2020?
We are going to tour a bunch and cross our first UK/EU tour off the bucket list. We
are going to release our debut album, tour some more, write some more music, take
5 and hang with friends and fam, drink lots of coffee, see new places and meet new
people, and then do it all again - Matt.

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Pearl The Girl
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Artist

Pearl The Girl

Indie, Pop, Rock (dance, upbeat, Fun, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Close Counters
New

Artist

Close Counters

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop

Hobart, TAS

Sons x Saints
New

Artist

Sons x Saints

Indie, Pop, Rock (blues, Blues-rock, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Narla
New

Artist

Narla

Rock

Sydney, NSW

Hurricane Youth
New

Artist

Hurricane Youth

Punk, Rock (The Smith Street band, Ceres, Slowly Slowly, ...)

Northern Tasmania, TAS