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Approachable Members Of Your Local Community

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed, Approachable Members Of Your Local Community!

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

We developed our sound fairly organically by collaborating with one another and jamming at home – on and off, we’ve actually been playing music together for some years now. In 2017, we decided to take our ideas to the studio and recorded our first few songs, all lo-fi funk and groove. More recently we have been crafting ideas which we take to each other - adding to each other’s ideas until we arrive at a song. Then we move into the production stage where we start fleshing out how exactly we want the song to feel and sound.

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

Our greatest source of inspiration is the musical process itself. We are all passionate about making music. It is a wonderful creative process filled with emotion, commentary, thoughts and reflections which we can share with the world.

What can punters expect from an Approachable Members of Your Local Community live show?

The Approachable Members show is always a party - filled with groove, singalongs, outstretched stage banter and everything in between. We love to transform the space we’re in, we’ve converted venues before into your neighbourhood street, complete with clothes lines, notice boards and street signs. We’ve recently decided to treat all of our sets like stadium pop inferno performances. Unfortunately most of the venues aren’t delivering on our runway staging requests. Anyway, if you find yourself at an Approachable gig, you better make sure to equip your -19 decibels ear plugs – we make music for your ears, but we’d hate to be the cause of any long-term hearing damage.

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

Shock horror, because the best advice we’ve been given is from our parents - to push the project as far as we can and have the best time in the process, but to keep straddling our day jobs and studies. It turns out it’s super challenging to make much money from music and living off it would be truly quite a challenge.

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

An Australian track with a near 100% success rate of cheering someone up is Ben Lee’s ‘We’re all in this together.’ While it might still be up to debate whether or not Ben Lee is a living genius who wrote the best pop hits of Australia in 2005, at least we can all agree that he’s voice of our generation.

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

'The Summer' by Josh Pyke. And then apologise.

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

'Shooting Stars' by the Bag Raiders. We played this at our Splendour DJ set and it WENT OFF.

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

Jack River at The Forum. An amazing show and perfectly put together. We absolutely love her album. We think that she’s really nailed an awesome pop sound. But her live show took it to a whole other level. And that was all before rock legend Alex Lahey snuck on stage and rocked out a sax solo. Obviously, we wept.

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

We are inspired by all of the friends around us, amazingly talented musicians and producers willing to share their knowledge with us. We currently share a studio with Japanese Wallpaper (Gab Strum) who produced our latest release ‘On + On,’ and a friend by the wild name of Hamish Patrick. Both of them are simply phenomenally talented - these guys inspire us. They’ve really helped us develop our songwriting and producing, and help us find a creative process which works best for us. We recognise that we’re really fortunate in Melbourne to be a part of such a supportive community of musicians, producers, writers and visual artists that are always keen to give a helping hand.

What are your plans for 2019?

This is going to be a big year for Approachable Members. We just signed a deal with New York label AntiFragile which is outrageously exciting. We are currently working on a new EP titled ‘Love Thy Neighbour’, which we’re hoping to release some more singles from very soon. We’ve got some very exciting collaborations with Australian artists on forthcoming singles, we can’t wait for you to hear. If you follow our socials, you might already have some clues. Speaking of sounds, Bigsound is coming up, and we’ll be heading to Brisbane! And maybe some other secrets too.

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Dugong Jr
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Dugong Jr

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (Dugong Jr)

Melbourne, VIC

LOVER
New

Artist

LOVER

Electronic, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop (Indie Rnb, Pop, Pop Rap)

Sydney, NSW

Agung Mango

Featured Artist

2020

3

Feb

Agung Mango

Melbourne, VIC

This week's feature artist is Melbourne rapgod Agung Mango.

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Meet this week's Feature Artist Agung Mango!

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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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Jackson Quinnell
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Jackson Quinnell

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

Goulburn Murray, NSW

DisKust
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Artist

DisKust

Metal, Rock (diskust, # Australian Metal, # Hard rock # Heavy Metal, ...)

Gold Coast, QLD

BUSTA-BLISS
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BUSTA-BLISS

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop (#house #trance #hiphop)

Melbourne, VIC

DVNA

Featured Artist

2020

21

Jan

DVNA

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Gold Coast, QLD

This week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Gold Coast artist and Laneway comp winner, DVNA!

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

My music is forever evolving and still developing each day. The music I make depends on the mood im in and on whatever stage of life I’m at. I lean towards soul/ rnb beats, although, have a guilty pleasure in making super raw emotional guitar tracks. Each serve their own purpose. Once my music leaves my computer, it’s for the world and my listeners to use at their own discretion.

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

Inspiration hits different all the time. I either bait my friends into giving me their deepest hurts and secrets so I can write some emo/empowering lyrics, or it’ll be a song I hear that I’ll want to try and create the same vibe. Places and things (like food, obviously) have inspired me in the past.

What can punters expect from a DVNA live show?

We’ll be getting to know each other. Crowd interaction is one thing I love to do. Partly because I love to chat, and because I want to break that wall between audience and stage. Connect on a more personal level and create an experience they will remember.

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

Just do you! And when you’re hit with inspiration for a song, it’s like a gift you’ve been given to share with the world, as if it’s almost a duty. Think about the audience who NEEDS to hear what you have to say. It is your job to capture it, honour and respect the gift you’ve been given by allowing it to exist and not trying to force it into any direction it’s not. This was from some random old guy that sat next to me in a restaurant one day. Hit hard.

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

'Chameleon'. by PNAU.

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

'Innerbloom' by RUFUS DU SOL.

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

'Untouched' by The Veronicas

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

I saw my friends Hot Coffee play on the Gold Coast. Those boys always know how to put on a show. Quality night!

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

They’re a friendly, talented little bunch. We all know and support each other due to the coast being quite small. They all actively participate in community events, always make an effort to attend each other’s shows and offer advice when needed! I love those guys.

What are your plans for 2020?

I plan to play LANEWAY (thankyou Unearthed). Release a couple of singles in lead up to my debut EP and follow with a few more exciting things!

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