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BOI

Featured Artist

2019

4

Nov

BOI

( )

Newcastle, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring This That comp winner and pop queen BOI.

 

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

I have been creating music and writing songs for many many years, and I think what has allowed me to develop my sound was listening to an eclectic mix of music growing up, finding songs that liven up my body and energise me or songs that do the opposite and pull on my heart strings and evoke an emotional response and asking what is it about that part in a song that made me feel like that . When ever I make music now for my own solo project, for me it’s just as much about the lyrics as it is the beat and I think having really heavy, sassy brass sounds with gentle, lightly plucked strings create an upbeat Rythym to sing about something that is actually terribly sad, melancholic  (Sick of Loving you).

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

PEOPLE and PLACES. First things first I am one of those people who travels somewhere and doesn’t stop talking about “how beautiful” the place is. The environment I’m in directly affects my creativity and my creative output. Also people and stories, wether they are my own, or of someone else. It’s amazing to hear stories that move you, or make you feel inspired and a lot of the time I most enjoy writing with another person (producer) so I can get inspired by the sounds and beats getting made . Thats what I love about music though, songs can come to you at the strangest times. I heard KFlay’s “Sister” song when driving a few months ago. Its such a great song and for me that song inspired me to write a song for my sister - who in the past I wasn’t always the best of friends with - and I ended up writing a beautiful song for my sister after hearing that particular song.

What can punters expect from a BOI live show?

Expect the unexpected. HAHA. I can’t wait to perform at THIS THAT this weekend. What a TREAT. I’m definitely evolving my live show, it’s only been quite recently I’ve stepped up on the stage again so Im getting my groove back and building something wonderful that will give you an experience and not just a show. Im also such a lanky person, I manage to get so into the groove I move around the stage like a flappy flamingo - this is what you don’t want to miss.They’ll be fireworks, confetti cannons, dancing bears ….. yeah expect the un expected

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

“Finish every song “ - Unknown

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

Tracy Chapman - 'I’m Ready'

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

Crowded House - 'Fall At Your Feet'

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

The Living End - 'Prisoner of Society'

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

Went and saw A.GIRL at The Beresford (she’s a friend) and a killer artist. Check her out!

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

There are a lot of talented people in the Newcastle Community. Zackari Watt is someone who not only contributes so much to the art community in Newcastle, he is also a phenomenal singer and used to be the lead singer in a band MOUSEMOON that I was obsessed with at the age of 16. I met him years later just at a mutual friends house and tried not to fan out, but totally did, and ended up recording two tracks to post up on his “One song everyday for the rest of my life” challenge he set for himself. Red City is also a band I saw a while ago and is worth noting. The Lass O’Gowrie is the place to see a mixture of intimate, original acts .

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

I can’t believe this year is almost over. MAN! I am actually heading to LA in a few weeks for a writing trip with some insanely talented people. One of which is producer Justin Stanley who produced Prince’s last album . Thats going to be really inspiring and such a memorable trip. Next year I will be releasing more singles and hopefully playing at as many festivals around the country as I can. Then perhaps a little cheeky tour.

 

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LOS LEO
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LOS LEO

Pop (Pop, Indie)

Adelaide, SA

Artist
New

Artist

Southern Deadly Sounds

Hip Hop

Adelaide, SA

Jaymee Franchina
New

Artist

Jaymee Franchina

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop (bigflume)

Perth, WA

Jaymee Franchina & Jeremy Smith

Artist

Jaymee Franchina & Jeremy Smith

Electronic, Hip Hop

Perth, WA

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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Tia Gostelow
New

Artist

Tia Gostelow

Indie, Rock (Indie, folk, Rock)

Tropic, QLD

Kuren

Featured Artist

2016

30

May

Kuren

Central West, NSW

Kuren is an exciting young producer from the small town of Hillston, NSW. He's collaborated with fellow Indigenous artist Denni, NYC-based singer Ben Alessi, just announced his first national tour and is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music is definitely something that comes from the heart. And the sound is just a bunch of stuff derived from the influences I’ve had over the years. 
As I was just getting into music I listened to lots of different stuff. And I feel that has taken its toll on my sound. But I wanna make music people can party to and also chill out to.
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Definitely have to be from personal experiences or some type of point I want to get across. But if ever I am lacking inspiration, I just work my way back through the roots. I put on some old music I used to listen to or make. Old school Ta-ku helps haha.
 
What can punters expect from a Kuren live show?
I love to get the place vibing. I don’t really like trap music so I'll play lots of emotional future bass and always get my own stuff in there. LOTS of unreleased music for the upcoming tour.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
‘No matter what you do, you’re always gonna have a market that is going to gravitate and love it. - Ta-ku.
There is another my mum tells me. ‘Always be humble and remember where you have come from’. I remember that everyday.
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Narly - Are You Okay. Love that song. Its amazing.
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I don’t wish to make people cry but it would have to be 'We Were In-Love' by Ta-ku. 
I’ve cried many times to that record.
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Enschway & Luude - Timezone. Such a banger of a track! Shoutout to those homies. 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Jess Kent played at Bondi Rd. Was absolutely amazing. She looked at me in the crowd and Im pretty sure it was love at first sight. She is such an incredible talent and performer.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Indigenous music community that inspire you.
100% would have to be Philly & Briggs. I would love to have the opportunity to work with Philly sometime. 
 
What are your plans for the rest of 2016?
I'm hitting the road and going on my first national tour around Australia. Hoping to drop my second EP late July and just keep working as hard as I can to do big things.

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The Merindas
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Pirra
New

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Pirra

Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, Pop, Rock)

Sydney, NSW

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Stretchnuts
New

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Stretchnuts

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Chill, boppy, Boppin, ...)

Riverina, NSW

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Muddy Wolfe

Indie, Rock, Roots

Canberra, ACT

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kitch

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (# electronic #alternative #ambient #world #cultural #pop)

Brisbane, QLD

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Young Bi$tro

Hip Hop

Central Coast, NSW

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Darby Schembri

Indie (alternative, Indie, Lo fi, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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Meraki

Indie, Rock

North Queensland, QLD

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Israel Carter

Dance, Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

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Tabernacle

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop ("Alternative "electronic"experimental"future"chill out)

Great Southern, WA

tilde
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tilde

Indie, Rock (grunge 90's shoegaze power stoner Fuzz)

Sydney, NSW

Homeward Bound
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Homeward Bound

Electronic, Hip Hop (hiphop, Electronic, Trap, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Kult Kyss
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Kult Kyss

Electronic

Melbourne, VIC

Footsteps In Film
New

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Footsteps In Film

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (Indie, Melbourne, australia, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Dundas
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Dundas

Hip Hop, Pop (Chill, Trap, ocean pop, ...)

Perth, WA

Eskatology
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Eskatology

Hip Hop

Adelaide, SA

Fourth Place
New

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Fourth Place

Hip Hop (Australian Hip Hop)

Melbourne, VIC

V O E
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V O E

Dance, Electronic, Metal, Punk, Rock (#DnB, #Liquid, #DrumNBass, ...)

Adelaide, SA

LACHLAN
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LACHLAN

Dance, Electronic (#electronic)

Adelaide, SA

Alêtro
New

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Alêtro

Dance, Electronic (# Alternative # Chilled # Vibes #electronic)

Adelaide, SA

MILKBEACH
New

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Nathan Hui-Yi
New

Artist

Nathan Hui-Yi

Hip Hop (chill hiphop, lush lofi, jazz hiphop, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Yomaez
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Yomaez

Electronic, Indie (Electronic, Ethereal, Chill, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Sinclaire
New

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Sinclaire

Indie, Rock (Indie, Rock, sydney, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Carla Geneve

Featured Artist

2018

26

Mar

Carla Geneve

( )

Perth, WA

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Carla Geneve. She's just 19-years-old, has already supported idols Abbe May and Jen Cloher and she's got one of the most clever and relatable tracks we've heard so far this year. Check it out here.

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

It's hard to say but I think my music is probably a mix of folk lyrics and structures with rockier or heavier tones. I just started out writing my songs on acoustic guitar when I was younger, then it kinda just got louder and louder. Now I'm really into playing electric with a band, but it's kind of the same singer-songwriter stuff underneath.

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

Going out to watch live local shows! I make sure I see a lot of live music in Perth. There are so many great local bands, listening to their ideas and seeing how they do stuff reminds me how much i love playing.

What can punters expect from a Carla Geneve live show?

Some noisy guitar, some awkward stage banter and some (hopefully) loveable stuff-ups.

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

"Mistakes aren't always a bad thing", my Dad.

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

'Our Place' by Verge Collection.

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

'Dark Art' by Jen Cloher.

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

'Ubu' by Methyl Ethyl.

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

Airline Food's EP launch. So Good! It was such a great lineup of friends and music that I love! Go listen to Airline Food's EP 'Fragments in Green', it's the best. 

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

Artists that are facing any kind of discrimination here, whether it be due to gender, sexuality, race or another kind, but keep on shredding regardless. Also, my band. They're so bloody talented in their own right, also they're always keen to play, or do something fun.

What are your plans for 2018?

We love playing live shows, and there'll be a heap more of those for sure. I think we're also going to be doing some more recording and releases, which is super exciting! Hopefully some shows over east are coming up sooner or later. 

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Ezra Allen
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Artist

Ezra Allen

Hip Hop, Indie, Roots (spoken word, hip hop, rap, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Srisha
New

Artist

Srisha

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (rap, hip hop, sydney, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Caoirne Ward
New

Artist

Caoirne Ward

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

HVWKS

Featured Artist

2019

29

May

HVWKS

( )

Brisbane, QLD

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

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

I've been producing music since I was 17 and the day I heard flume it all changed for me! 

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

Inspiration for me usually comes from when I see a live act and it just pushes me to drive even harder to get there.

What can punters expect from a HVWKS live show?

I like to tell a story, every song is there for a reason. I also like to play bangers tho!

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

Best advice I've ever gotten was probably from my parents, they have told me from day 1 to do what ever I want and to never worry about what people think about me. 

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

Rufus Du Sol and their track 'Like An Animal'. That song is pure happiness. 

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

Shannon Noll and his track 'What About Me', (cause he was robbed). 

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

Hayden James and his track 'Something About You'. No brainer that song is a TUNE!!!

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

Last local gig I went to was a gig I was lucky enough to play at, I was supporting Flosstradamus at The Met and it was crazy! 

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

A big shout out here goes to my friends who are also in the music community. The list is so long but they inspire me everyday and I owe a lot to them! 

What are your plans for 2019?

This year is looking like a big one and I'm just ready to ride the wave! 

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Essie Holt

Featured Artist

2019

3

Jun

Essie Holt

( )

Melbourne, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed feature star, Essie Holt.

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

I make indie/pop music that kinda feels like you’re sinking and soaring at the same time. My sound has developed pretty naturally over the last couple of years through writing A LOT and learning about production. I’ve also loved collaborating and right now I’m loving writing to a beat!

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

It’s generally from those around me! Sometimes a friend can tell me a cool story, or I’ve been through something myself. I’m jotting down lyrics constantly because my brain never switches off from that stuff. 

What can punters expect from an Essie Holt live show?

Lots of light and shade. I like to bring people up and then take them straight back down! My set up is the moment is myself on vocals, and my friends Hayden and Tim on keys/guitar/drums. 

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

To not overthink things and just run with how I feel. This was from my wonderful producer Stef. 

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

Ooooh! I think it would be 'Chameleon' by Pnau.

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

'Begin Again' by Megan Washington.

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

'Two Bodies Ft. Emma Louise' by Flight Facilities.

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

I saw CXLOE at Howler. She was so great! 

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

I love the Melbourne scene! Over the years I’ve really looked up to women like Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher and Clare Bowditch. They’re super inspiring to me as humans. 

What are your plans for 2019?

I’m working on a body of work which I hope to have out before the end of the year! I’ve got another single coming soon and lots of fun shows on the horizon! 

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Death By Denim

Featured Artist

2019

24

Jun

Death By Denim

Perth, WA

This week on triple j Unearthed you'll be hearing from WA legends and this week's feature artist, Death By Denim.

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

We all come from quite different musical backgrounds and we love to mash up all of those into one big melting pot of sound. Whether its classic 80s Australian rock, to Britpop, to the Perth Psych scene and Hip Hop. There are really no limits to what we will consider putting into a track and we love to play around with different styles. It’s no coincidence that we struggle to define our genre at times. When recording it’s basically anything goes. If someone wants a robot in the track, a robot will be produced and its place in the track thereby evaluated.

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

I think music has played a very important role in all of our lives as we have grown up and it’s amazing that we get to share that emotional connection as a band. Personal experiences always come into play for songwriting inspiration. We’ve made songs about a family break up, Tattoos, mental health, after parties, cigarettes and honey -  anything really. We don’t take ourselves too seriously but at the same time we have definitely built up a confidence to explore deeper emotions in our tunes.

What can punters expect from a Death By Denim live show?

A Big Party. We want everyone to come to a gig, feel safe and just forget about their problems for a few hours. When we are on stage, we are free from all of our anxieties and can just be doing what we love to do and hopefully that resonates with people. Also, a lot of average banter by Nik and George.  

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

A frequent piece of advice has been to work hard and keep pushing. Making and performing music is something we all love to do and we have developed quite a strong work ethic in the band as a result. Whether it is songwriting, performing, or organizing the next 6 months – we are always working on something. I think this mindset has been really important when it comes to writing. It can be easy to forget about this when other things seem more important or urgent. In the long run it really takes the pressure off the music if you already have a bunch of exciting ideas to work on when it comes time to produce that next track.

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

'Elephant' by Tame Impala.

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

'If You Were My Hero' by Asha Jefferies.

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

'Need You Tonight' by INXS

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

We all went to Wooly Mammoth’s final ever show and it was amazing. Was pretty sad to see those boys finish the band as we’ve become pretty close with them over the years, but they all have other things in the pipeline that we are very excited about!

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

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets come straight to mind who are really inspiring us at the moment. Working so bloody hard and have achieving so much – it has been an amazing journey to watch. Riley Pearce, Spacey Jane, Dulcie, Great Gable, Keeley Connelly - all the artists that are flying the WA flag with so much pride inspire us to be able to do the same. I could list another 20 bands, WA music is just the best. Whether it’s a group that has been together for a few years or one who has just formed – you never know when you are going to be blown away by at a local gig. Fresh on the scene Material World Orchestra recently supported us and had some incredible synthy vibes – I think we were all listening and silently taking notes. Francis Foxx is also one to watch with an amazing energy on stage. The list goes on and on.

What are your plans for 2019?

Planning to release either an E.P or a full length album in October/November which we are currently working on at Debaser studios with Andy Lawson. We will be heading out on our biggest tour run at the end of the year in support. Basically we will be working very hard but making sure we have the best of fun too. It’s a very exciting time for sure.

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DENNIS.
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DENNIS.

Electronic, Indie, Pop

Gold Coast, QLD

Lime Cordiale
New

Artist

Lime Cordiale

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

Sydney, NSW

post-dusk
New

Artist

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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Skyepaint
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Skyepaint

Electronic, Pop (Synthpop, Pop, Electropop, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

S3 Saba Brothers
New

Artist

S3 Saba Brothers

Pop, Rock (Pop, Rock, Ballads)

Sydney, NSW

GUS
New

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GUS

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (slacker-punk, gutter-pop, Indie, ...)

Brisbane, QLD

Shotgun Mistress
New

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Shotgun Mistress

Metal, Rock (#rockmusic, #australianmusic, #newmusic, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Tidal Peak
New

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Tidal Peak

Electronic, Indie, Rock (dreampop, shoegaze, Ethereal-wave)

South Queensland, QLD

Kayex
New

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Kayex

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop

Sydney, NSW

FLUIR
New

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FLUIR

Dance, Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Kobie Dee
New

Artist

Frame
New

Artist

Frame

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (Indie, rap, Pop, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Froyo

Featured Artist

2016

14

Nov

Froyo

( )

Sydney, NSW

These Sydney synthpop upstarts have won a spot on The Plot festival lineup this Saturday in Parramatta.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound? 
A few years ago, we watched the movie “Drive” (starring Ryan Gosling) and fell in love with its soundtrack (...plus Ryan Gosling). Feeling inspired, two of us sat down and started writing/producing songs together. Then one of our university mentors (Drew Crawford) heard what we were doing, and he said that we were like "the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie that never happened"... and his words really stuck with us... so much that we went ahead and made it our band slogan! But yeah, we’ve always been ardent fans of the 80s. It’s definitely the decade of music that resonates with us the most. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music? 
Writing something that’s danceable, relatable, and ultimately memorable. When we write, our ethos is that “our music needs more than a dance beat... it needs a heart beat”. Also, I just wanna reach a point where, forty years from now, our songs become people’s go-to choices for karaoke. Yeah. That’s the dream. Karaoke. 
 
You’re the winners of our The Plot competition. What can punters at The Plot festival in Sydney expect from the Froyo live show? 
Cheesy pop goodness, awkward adlib, groovy dance moves, and maybe some coughing here and there (because Michael’s an old man... at heart). We also don’t have a “lead” singer. Michael and Allyson have this Stevie Nicks / Christine McVie thing going on – à la Fleetwood Mac. 
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from? 
It came from another one of our university mentors (Clive Harrison) who told us about the "rocking chair test"... basically, if you've gotta make a life-changing decision, just picture an older version of yourself, sitting on a porch, quietly reflecting on life whilst in a rocking chair... you then have to ask yourself WHICH decision today is the one that (you think) you'll be happier with when you're sitting in that chair, nearing the end of your days... you might think it sounds grim, but it's actually an amazing way to frame your personal and professional choices in life. 
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying? 
We’re listing multiple choices because we can’t quite decide between us, haha... first there’s “Cattle And Cane” by The Go Betweens – it’s groovy, but it’s essentially a sad song. Then there’s “Heaven” by Eurogliders – a song about longing for somewhere better. And then lastly, “Electric Blue” by Icehouse – it may not cheer you up lyrically, but the chorus just feels so damn uplifting that it always makes me smile, regardless of mood. 
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry? 
Again, we got options here... “Daisy Chains” by Youth Group – you have to stare out of a window to get the full experience on this one. “Knuckles White Dry” by Gang Of Youths – lyrically, musically, and just beautifully heartbreaking stuff. And then “Death By Chocolate” by Sia – it’s about embracing your tears, and it reassures you that mourning is a very important part of the healing process. 
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next? 
“Need You Now” by Cut Copy – it’s a slow builder, so we’ll need smoke machines to set the mood, eventually bringing out the strobes when we hit that climax. Another option is “Jesse’s Girl” by Rick Springfield – it’s a crowd-pleaser for sure, and it’s so hard not to get into that chorus. And this last one’s super nostalgic, but “Strawberry Kisses” by Nikki Webster – look, just don’t fight it, ok? Sweet <3 
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it? 
We watched Body Type a few weeks back. Though we sound nothing like each other, we still love seeing that raw, unproduced garage band vibe when we go out sometimes. Also, they have a bit of a Beach House vibe, and we LOVE Beach House very much. 
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the Sydney music community that inspire you. 
We’ve met and befriended creative minds like Phebe Starr, Ross Henry, Sparrows, and The Tapes. In particular, meeting fellow 80s-inspired producers like Jordan F has been great for us, as he’s been championing a stronger community among us retro/synthwave artists. Through him, we’ve connected with other names like Atolla and Vast Hill, and it’s been great having that kind of connection among bedroom producers – where you can just casually send each other your demos, give constructive feedback, share our favorite gems from the 80s, talk about the industry and help build each other up into better artists. You can’t grow to your full potential until you surround yourself with a positive, encouraging, and inspiring environment. So far, we’ve been very lucky to find that here amongst all the noise. 
 
What are your plans for 2017? 
To keep creating and focusing on new songs before all other things. Because so far, whenever we got the song right, everything else just seemed a lot easier for us – things like gigs, blog spots, radio play, and even making new musical friends – so yeah. The song always comes first for us.

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