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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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Party Dozen
New

Artist

Party Dozen

Punk, Rock (noise, alternative, Experimental, ...)

Sydney, NSW

WING DEFENCE

Featured Artist

2018

25

Jun

WING DEFENCE

Adelaide, SA

Meet this week's Feature Artist Wing Defence!

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Meet this week's Feature Artist Wing Defence!

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Tram Cops
New

Artist

Tram Cops

Pop

Melbourne, VIC

Slim Set
New

Artist

Slim Set

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (hip hop, Grime, Trap, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Greta Stanley
New

Artist

Greta Stanley

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

Far North, QLD

Arno Faraji
New

Artist

Arno Faraji

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie (Vibes, Wavy, hip hop, ...)

Perth, WA

Nancie Schipper

Featured Artist

2017

13

Nov

Nancie Schipper

Western Victoria, VIC

Jumping on stage with Skegss, Tired Lion, Mallrat, Bakerboy and more, is this year's Live At The Steps comp winner, Nancie Schipper!

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

I grew up listening to alt-country/folk music and was making that kind of music up until recently. Over the last couple of years, my songwriting has developed towards an indie-pop/folk sound, whilst still carrying elements of the music I used to play. This year I have also started playing around with a ‘bigger’ sound, exploring synth ideas, as well as challenging myself more vocally.

 

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

I would have to say, other artists. There have been so many times where I have listened to songs and felt instantly connected to them, which then inspired me to push myself as a songwriter and try different things. Aside from that, personal experiences and the people around me!

 

What can punters expect from a Nancie Schipper live show?

Backstories behind some of the songs, and lots of guitar dancing (don’t know if that's even a thing but it is now)! I love feeding off the energy from the crowd and giving it my all every single gig, no matter how big or small!

 

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

I’m not sure where I heard it from, but for as long as I can remember, I have had the phrase ‘everything happens for a reason’ stuck in my head, and it has always helped me carry on when things haven't worked out. I was set to record my album early this year, but the recording dates were suddenly postponed until June for various reasons, after months of planning and excitement. It sucked at the time, but in the meantime, I wrote the first single ‘Corner Store’ off my upcoming album, so everything worked out perfectly in the end.

 

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

Hmmm… ‘Strawberry Kisses’ by Nicki Webster wouldn't fail to cheer up anyone I reckon!

 

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?

‘Boyfriend’ by Confidence man. On repeat… (get it??!?)

 

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I’m only seventeen, so, unfortunately, I rarely get to see bands live. BUT I have managed to catch mind-blowing shows from Gretta Ray, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and Tash Sultana recently!

 

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

I’ve been inspired by so many different people! Brady James, Tom Richardson and Hey Mammoth are artists whom all first spring to mind both musically and as people, and they are incredibly down to earth and genuine. They have done so many different, amazing things with their music and I think they are all crazily talented. 

 

What are your plans for 2018?

I’ll be finishing off my last year of high school, and writing and recording some new music!! I’ll be 18 in May, so seeing and playing a lot more live music and getting my P plates is definitely on the cards!

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Denise Le Menice
New

Artist

Denise Le Menice

Pop

Melbourne, VIC

RAAVE TAPES
New

Artist

RAAVE TAPES

Dance, Electronic, Rock (Garage, Rock, dance, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

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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ARSE
New

Artist

ARSE

Indie, Punk (Punk, alternative, 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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Tulliah
New

Artist

Tulliah

Indie (Indie, Australian, Singer Songwriter, ...)

Gippsland, VIC

George Alice
New

Artist

George Alice

Indie, Pop

Adelaide, SA

MUKI

Queen of pop beats, sass and a whole lot of fun is Sydney artist and this week's Feature Artist, MUKI!

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have always had a fascination with Spice Girls and J Pop artists, and I would chat to Phebe Starr and Aaron Reyes (my producer for this EP) about the kind of sounds we would use. They both came across Sophie at SXSW and they introduced me to PC music. I fell in love instantly with the production. Aaron came out from the States for 2 weeks and we locked ourselves in my studio and wrote the whole EP! 

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
At the moment I am fascinated by interesting production. I think it’s such a great time in music. I am given the freedom to say whatever the f*** I want. I use my songs to communicate what I want to the people who have underestimated me. 

What can punters expect from a MUKI live show?
It’s like Spice Girls meets trap, except there aren't 5 girls, it's just me and my curly haired MD doing synchronised dance moves. 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Phebe Starr said to me the other day, "nothing comes for free" and that's a pretty good life motto. Nothing in the music industry is perfect, so you have to just take it as it comes. Work hard, know why you are doing it and stay true to who you are. 

What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Mallrat with 'Better'. She is such a queen! 

What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Basenji with 'Mistakes' (ft. Tkay Maidza). It's such a good tune. It makes me a cry a little about how good it is. Tkay’s vocals are fire on this track. 

You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Sneaky Sound System with 'Pictures'. 

What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw Oh Boy the other week and it was rad. He has cool hair and I love what he is doing with his production. 

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

The Sydney music scene has such a cool vibe right now and I have some amazing friends that are doing a cool hustle. I am inspired by Phebe Starr, ASTA, OH BOY, Basenji, DONATACHI, Cosmos Midnight and Nina Las Vegas. I love them all! 

What are your plans for 2018?
I am dropping an EP early next year. I also have some collaborations coming out and I am planning a writing trip to the States.

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Crocodylus
New

Artist

Crocodylus

Indie, Rock (Garage Rock, sydney, northern beaches)

Sydney, NSW

dave the band
New

Artist

dave the band

Indie, Punk, Rock (dave, newcastle, RocknRoll, ...)

Newcastle, NSW

Kobie Dee
New

Artist

BRUX
New

Artist

BRUX

Dance, Electronic

Sydney, NSW

EGOISM

Featured Artist

2019

19

Aug

EGOISM

( )

Sydney, NSW

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

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

We make dreamy emotional guitar pop. Real "headphones on the train" music i think haha. We developed it pretty gradually. We just listening to a lot of 90s shoegaze and then mixed it with a modern indie pop sound.

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

Don't need inspiration! It forces its way out of us, whether we want it or not.

What can punters expect from an EGOISM live show?

Our live shows are pretty intense. We get super into it. You should come with your best friend and just hug them the whole time.

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

From my friend Mia. "If writing cheesy pop songs makes you happy then just just do it. Who cares if it makes you uncool to sad indie boys?"

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

This is literally our brand omg. No, but we'd probs play "Sugar and Spice" by Hatchie. It's just so upbeat.

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

'Lily' by Moaning Lisa. I legit have to avoid listening to it in public.

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

Depends on the vibe but I'd say 'Figured Out' by Alta or '4ever' by The Veronicas.

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

Brightness in Surry Hills. It was incredible but it was a very quiet sit down gig and there was this very annoying couple just screaming at eachother about text messages half the time lol.

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

Ultracrush for pure songwriting genius. Shady Nasty for for total live intensity. Julia Jacklin for just incredible work ethic and always being so grounded and nice to talk to. Not just saying this, but Unearthed as a staff and an institution, there's just nothing like it in the whole world! We're very appreciative hahaha.

What are your plans for 2019?

Going to Bigsound!! And then just heaps more recording and writing and playing live and all that good stuff you know.

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Lola Scott
New

Artist

Lola Scott

Indie, Pop (Pop, Indie-Pop, Alt-pop)

Illawarra, NSW

Jeida Woods

Featured Artist

2020

13

May

Jeida Woods

( )

Sydney, NSW

Get to know this week's Feature star, Jeida Woods!

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

I’d describe my music as dark rnb with certain trap and rock elements infused. I first came up with the sound when I used to produce for myself. But I truly honed in on it when I met another producer called LucianBlomKamp who showed me how I could use dark and warm bass to highlight the overtones in my voice. From the point on I knew that was the sound I wanted to create. Something new and true to myself.

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

I love watching Love films, video games and Anime cause a lot of the stories inspire me to dive into a world that is open and different every time. I then take these worlds and attach them to my own real life stories and activities. Making them more meaningful.

What can punters expect from a Jeida Woods live show?

I want to bring crazy energy to what people think is going to be a chill show because it’s rnb. So if you come to a Jeida show he prepared to be put through a lot of emotions. Get ready to jump, sing, dance or cry. Just bring a lot of energy.

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

My mother always told me “You’ll always get further staying true to you than being someone else” and as I grow older I find that to be the case so much. When I started putting my music out there I wanted to be like everyone else. I was so focused on embracing the American side of me that I would hide the African/Australian part of myself because I was scared to be and create music stuff that was my own. Now a lot has changed, and I’m proud to be who I am and that’s thanks to my mother. 

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

I would probably say listen to something hype from my friends Tkay Maidza or Kwame. Every time I listen to their music it always seems to lift my mood up and get me hyped up. 

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

‘Selfless’ by Jeida Woods, sometimes that song makes me cry too haha.

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

I’m definitely putting on ‘Throw It Back’ by B Wise and Manu Crooks.

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

The last local gig I went to would have been in New York late 2019 of a punk rock artist called xScoopsx. It was really dope watching him play because he was representing the African American community in a way that not a lot of individuals would expect to. And therefore making him really unique.

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

Honestly there’s so much local talent in Sydney that truly inspires me. Especially up and coming ones. Between the hip hop rap acts of Jaecy and Delawou, to rnb acts like Rachad and Jai Waterford, the underground drill of OTG, hp boys and hooligan hefs.. the list could go on for a long time. and the best part is most of these guys are my friends too which is amazing to see because it means we are all winning together, and I want to continue to see that happening.

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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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Johnny Hunter

Featured Artist

2020

15

Apr

Johnny Hunter

( )

Sydney, NSW

This week on triple j Unearthed we're featuring Johnny Hunter!

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

We took the classic sounds that we grew up with and modernised it to fit the ideas of the high energy live show to bring the character of Johnny Hunter to life.  

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

EVERYTHING!

What can punters expect from a Johnny Hunter live show?

Blood sweat and tears.

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

From reading the memoires David Bowie, I came to this conclusion: Look and Listen to EVERYTHING and step outside your comfort zone. Your inspiration doesn’t have to just come from music it can come from reading books, watching film, viewing art, photography or architecture

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

'The Piss, The Perfume' by Hayley Mary.

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

'Higgs Boson Blues' by Nick Cave.

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

'Love at first sight' by Kylie Minogue. A stunning classic, a must in any DJ set and if you are a DJ and that song is not in your set then you’re no DJ to me.

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

Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers. Wonderful gig, lovely bunch of people. The Jesus Teens really know how to nail a harmony and get a crowd moving. 

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

100, The buoys, egoism, Georgia June, Baby Beef, Moody Beach and Mac the Knife are all pillars of the local Sydney music scene and modern pioneers of heart stopping live performances. I’ve recently had the pleasure of writing with Jack Moffitt from The Preature’s and he’s someone I can exchange great music and ideas with. A real all-round class act.

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Cool Sounds
New

Artist

Cool Sounds

Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, jangle, ...)

Central Victoria, VIC

Dominic Breen
New

Artist

Dominic Breen

Pop, Rock (Dominic, Breen)

Sydney, NSW

Oly Sherman
New

Artist

Oly Sherman

Indie, Pop, Roots (#soul, #songwriter, #ambient, ...)

Sydney, NSW

DOOLIE
New

Artist

DOOLIE

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

Gold Coast, QLD

BATTS
New

Artist

BATTS

Indie, Pop (Batts, space, folk, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Gussy
New

Artist

Gussy

Dance, Electronic, Pop (sydney, queer, Pop, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Lonelyspeck

Featured Artist

2017

16

Jan

Lonelyspeck

( )

Adelaide, SA

Meet the Adelaide producer behind the spacious and experimental soundscapes that's turning heads all over the country. Lonelyspeck's got big love for pop music, and says it's a driving force in their songwriting.

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

I guess it's just where I've naturally ended up from having a lot of different influences and being quite intuitive and open with making music. I listen to a lot of experimental styles of music but I also love pop music and I always want to find ways to use those experimental sounds in a pop framework.

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

I think more than anything I just love sound. It affects me very deeply and feels very natural for me to express myself through it.

What can punters expect from a Lonelyspeck live show?

Probably to chill out and just have a nice emotionally vulnerable time I hope.

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

I learnt from a couple of my teachers in art school to not be afraid of making mistakes or making a mess. And I've learnt from my friends and myself that softness and vulnerability are strength.

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

Qwerty - Ano Yan

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

Hummingbird - Make A Space

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

Buoy - Clouds & Rain (Collarbones Remix)

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

Allume, Naomi Keyte and Water Bear. It was lovely! Allume and Naomi both made me almost cry, and I unfortunately missed Water Bear but I know she's great.

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

There are a lot... Allume and her other project Hummingbird (with Arthur Miles), Tracy Chen, Strict Face, Sebastian Vivian, PNK FME...

What are your plans for 2017?

I definitely want to play a couple of interstate shows in support of my EP 'Lave', which comes out on March 3. And I'm looking forward to getting straight back into writing new music because I've got a lot of ideas! I'm excited for this year and I want to make the most of everything that happens.

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PRINCI
New

Artist

PRINCI

Dance, Electronic, Pop (# electronic #pop #hip-hop #rap #spoken-word)

Sydney, NSW

imbi the girl

Featured Artist

2018

2

Jul

imbi the girl

Sydney, NSW

Sydney artist imbi the girl is this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist. 'Swell' is imbi the girls' brand new single and it's one wave of emotion, powerful songwriting and relatability. 

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

One thing I can definitely say about my music is that it will never stop developing! I use my music as a form of expression and what/how I feel like expressing myself boils down to what I’m experiencing at the time. I guess my sound could be summed up as a reaction to whatever I’m observing/going through at the time.

What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
This is going to sound corny but I really believe you can find inspiration in everything and anything. I think emotions (belonging to me or those around me) are always a reliable, accessible, and powerful source of inspiration for me but I don’t think I could even call that my “greatest” source of inspiration. There are just too many options!

What can punters expect from an imbi the girl live show?
Punters can expect a good groove, a lot of love, probably a reminder to stay hydrated at some point and some powerful, musical magic. If they’re willing to open their hearts, punters can expect to leave my set full of warmth and wholesome good vibes (or at least those are my intentions). 

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

The best advice I’ve been given is to live through love and to remember that everything is temporary. Those wise words came less from a specific person and more from gathered experiences and a variety of different interactions. I guess you could say the universe gave me that advice. 

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

'OG Luv Kush pt.2’ by Kaiit. It’s not too cheerful/upbeat so they can keep crying and processing while they listen but it’s also so undeniably groovy I feel like they wouldn’t be able to hold back a cheeky boogie. Also just an empowering track, and there’s nothing like being reminded of your power and resilience in those teary moments.

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

'Katie' by Missy Higgins. I don’t reckon I need to explain this one. Once you listen to it, you’ll get it.

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

'Clap Clap’ by Miss Blanks. Bless this queen!!! She effortlessly slays every track but this one especially. It’s a timeless, dirty, d-floor banger and if you don’t know, you should. 

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

I saw Habits at their ‘Salty’ EP launch and holy HECK it was phenomenal. Could not recommend their tunes and their shows highly enough. These artists are so unapologetically themselves, they are so heckin’ unique and shameless. They push all the boundaries and it’s seriously inspiring.

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

I find queer people and people of colour (POC) in Sydney's music community very inspiring. I mean, I’m inspired by them in every community and the music scene is definitely not an exception. It takes a lot of courage and drive to be visible as a POC and queer person with racism, homophobia and transphobia still making up the foundations of our society creating more challenges for individuals from marginalised groups especially in an industry like the music industry where artists rely on people liking their persona as much as their music. Trying to excel in a creative field where your success is dependent on engagement from an audience socialised to not value your identity or the messages you are trying to send is no easy task. Lucky for us, there are more proud and powerful POC/queers gaining recognition in the mainstream than ever before and even though we have a very long way to go, the times are most def changing.

What are your plans for 2018?
My plan is to keep on keeping’ on! I will continue to do my very best to spread love and wholesome vibes through banging’ creative endeavours and maybe also drop an EP later this year but you’ll have to wait and see. 

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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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Genesis Owusu

Featured Artist

2017

30

Jan

Genesis Owusu

( )

Canberra, ACT

18 year old rapper Genesis Owusu embraces the weird, both in himself and in his music. You'll hear him blending jazz with hip hop in a style that he likes to call 21st Century punk-jazz.

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

I've been exposed to music since the womb; my mum leads a church choir and you could probably find any genre you're looking for if you search hard enough in my dad's CD collection. My brother was originally a guitarist so he would strictly listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and anything in that field. Music generally reflects the artist making it so I suppose that's why genre-blending is such a big aspect of my music.

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

Emotions.

You're playing Laneway in Sydney for Unearthed. What can punters expect from a Genesis Owusu live show?

Chaos, probably. Really, really entertaining and heartfelt chaos though.

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

Kanye West once told me, "You see there's leaders and there's followers, but I'd rather be a dick than a swallower."

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

If "WDUBI" by Baro doesn't dry your eyes I don't know what will.

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

My friend Charlesworth made this track called "In Need" which is so damn beautiful. King Krule vibes.

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

"Assumptions" by MANU CROOK$ absolutely SLAPS.

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

I did this really chill afternoon session on Sunday at a bar in Canberra called Akiba and it was such a pretty sight. Just people of all ages sitting around on a Sunday listening to jazz and rap, and people rapping on top of jazz; AND there was dumplings. What more could you want?

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

Narit "Noodle" Kimsat is the prince of Canberra; he's not a musician but he's the organiser of anything and everything. And if he didn't organise it, he told you about it. Even if he didn't tell you about it, he'll still be there, handing you free dumplings or something (he's the one who organised the event from the last question).

My brother, Citizen Kay, essentially got me into the music scene and is still my sole recording engineer to this day. I have to give mad love to groups like Mondecreen and Brass Knuckle Brass Band for making super wild, cross-genre music and also for incorporating saxophones into their music (the saxophone is the sexiest instrument in human history, you CANNOT argue with me about this). People like Coda Conduct, Jimmy Pike and Jedbrii are some of the most fire spitters I've ever seen or heard. I could go on forever; basically the CBR ZOO is LIVE. Also #reecegurney.

What are your plans for 2017?

To make you see my face and hear my voice a whole lot more. I'm also thinking of starting a book club so if anyone's keen hmu.

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Poolroom.
New

Artist

Poolroom.

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

Sydney, NSW

Body Type
New

Artist

Body Type

Indie, Pop, Rock

Sydney, NSW

The Buoys
New

Artist

The Buoys

Indie, Punk, Rock (The Buoys, Indie, Rock, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Baby Beef
New

Artist

Baby Beef

Dance, Indie, Pop (baby, beef, friends, ...)

Sydney, NSW

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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Mel Bailey
New

Artist

Mel Bailey

Hip Hop, Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Phil Fresh
New

Artist

Phil Fresh

Hip Hop (hip hop, rap)

Sydney, NSW

Ultracrush
New

Artist

Ultracrush

Indie, Rock

Sydney, NSW

Bread Club
New

Artist

Bread Club

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

Sydney, NSW

Angie McMahon

Featured Artist

2017

30

Oct

Angie McMahon

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne singer-songwriter, Angie McMahon oozes absolute charm and songwriting power. Soak up her bold vocals and beautiful guitar tones with her debut track ‘Slow Mover’.

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

I’ve been writing songs at home on piano and guitar since I was an emotional lil teen, inspired by a whole bunch of different songwriters. I think I developed my sound by copying what my idols did on their albums, vocalists who would pour energy and emotion into their delivery, bands who weave soul and rock and country music together and artists who write great melodies and lyrics. I was always just trying to copy that.

 

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

Probably listening to great songs by other people. I’ll be trying to process feelings and listen to music, and sometimes that will unlock something in my head and make me want to write my own song.

 

What can punters expect from an Angie McMahon live show?

Pop songs with a bit of rock, a bit of sad and a bit of happy.  You can also expect, two talented boys behind me with a lot of rockstar energy on drums and bass guitar, my noisy red child (guitar) and me singing lyrics that I hope people can connect with.

 

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

Hard to say…”Make music that sounds like you,” is good advice, and maybe when Dad told me to buy an electric guitar.

 

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

Big Smoke – 'Best of You' - because it’s so triumphant.

 

What Australian track would you play to make someone cry?

Cry songs are the best ones!!! Oh Pep!’s song ‘Tea, Milk & Honey’ makes me cry if I’m feeling fragile. The lyrics feel like somebody’s hugging you and telling you to let it all out. Last time I openly cried at a gig was over Seavera’s song ‘Christmas Time’ but I’m not sure if that one’s recorded. 

 

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

Bardot – 'Poison'. Sophie Monk’s reappearance has reminded me that this badass banger exists. 

 

What was the last local gig you went to and who was it?

BABY BLUE and Truly Holy at Some Velvet Morning were awesome.

 

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

I find most of the community super inspiring, I could list a whole bunch of artists who I feel really lucky to hear and bond with. Artists like Oh Pep!, Big Smoke and Ainslie Wills are brilliant and brave artists. They have all made records and played gigs that have made such a strong impression on me, as musicians and as people to look up to.

 

What are your plans for the rest of the year and in 2018?

Recording the songs that will be on my record next year and taking the time to make that sound real good. My single launch is at Workers Club this week, and I’m also supporting The Shins with my band in December, Wahoo! 

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Pyjama Sundayz
New

Artist

Pyjama Sundayz

Indie, Pop, Rock (pretty, youthful, Jazz, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Donatachi
New

Artist

Donatachi

Electronic, Pop

Sydney, NSW

Jarrow
New

Artist

Jarrow

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

Melbourne, VIC

Felix Lush
New

Artist

Felix Lush

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Rock (new wave)

Sydney, NSW

GAUCI
New

Artist

GAUCI

Dance, Electronic, Pop (#electronic #pop)

Sydney, NSW

Good Pash
New

Artist

Good Pash

Indie, Punk, Rock

Sydney, NSW

WALLACE
New

Artist

WALLACE

Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop, Roots (Future Soul, Soul, Jazz, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Fenn is cool
New

Artist

Fenn is cool

Indie, Pop (Indie, Pop, cool, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Okin Osan
New

Artist

Okin Osan

Indie, Pop, Punk, Rock (Rock, Rock n Roll, Punk, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Collarbones
New

Artist

Collarbones

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop

Adelaide, SA

Rainbow Chan

Featured Artist

2013

19

Aug

Rainbow Chan

( )

Sydney, NSW

Sydney artist Rainbow Chan is a multi-instrumentalist always looking for ways to play with sound and narrative. Get swept away by the warmth and charm of her bedroom-produced electronic pop.

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

I like to write pop songs, deconstruct them and rearrange them for electronics and live instruments. I play a range of instruments including saxophone, piano, guitar, synths, harp and various knick-knacks that I sample and make beats with. Often I will spend hours in my bedroom studio with a cup of tea and Asian snacks, experimenting with loops and voice, blending tape with digital things, and layering warped samples upon organic sounds.

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

I'm constantly amazed and feel pumped when I attend friends' gigs. Sydney's creative output is really diverse. Golden Blonde, Moon Holiday, Jonti, Thomas William and Sui Zhen are some of my favourites. My newest obsession is Black Vanilla though because they make the best grinding jams and are incredible onstage.

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

I performed in Karen O's opera "Stop the Virgens" last year at the Sydney Opera House. On opening night, Karen gave us the most fierce pep talk ever. Basically, she told us to not give a damn about anyone else in the crowd because we're doing this for us and we'd become a close and empowered group of women. Many expletives were used. When I get nervous before a show, I chant Karen's words and remember that if you're putting yourself 100% out there, people are going to connect and ultimately respect what you do.

What are you doing when you’re not making music?

Besides buying too much secondhand clothing and knick-knacks, I am obsessed with cooking for people! I love baking, whipping together a delicious stir fry or making Asian desserts including "tang yuan". It's a glutinous rice dumpling with a pocket of peanut butter and brown sugar inside, served in a ginger sweet broth. Probably really bad for your teeth!

What else is coming up for you in 2013?

I'll be making a film clip, playing Bigsound and OutsideIn Festival which includes performing in a supergroup that's recreating The Avalanches' "Since I Left You" live, write an album, more collaborations. And, oh, marry James Blake.

Australian music is…?

…humble and innovative. Also, Kylie Minogue, preferably singing and riding on a novelty-sized giant thong.

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Lupa J
New

Artist

Lupa J

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop (Lupa, Lupa J, Electronic, ...)

Sydney, NSW

Anatole
New

Artist

Anatole

Electronic (Electronic, beats, Instrumental)

Sydney, NSW

Obseen
New

Artist

Obseen

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

Illawarra, NSW

Cult Shφtta
New

Artist

Cult Shφtta

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Punk

Sydney, NSW