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Jess Day

Featured Artist

2019

15

Apr

Jess Day

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Adelaide, SA

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

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

In terms of sentiment, a lot of the music I have written, including the couple of songs I’ve released were inspired by romantic relationships. It’s definitely the thing I find easiest to write about as it’s a very cathartic process of voicing the things I can’t express within my own relationships. This extends to subjects such as heartbreak, being in love, anger, suffocation or losing autonomy in a relationship and jealousy. However, whilst I have a lot of content I still need to express in that realm. I’m trying to explore and develop my music into broader themes outside of that such as loneliness, depression, the tumultuous relationship we have with ourselves and the human condition. There’s more of an element of exposing myself and my vices very openly in these topics but I’m learning how to be more honest and real with my writing. On the more sonic side, I taught myself basic bedroom production and how to record and program the musical parts that a band would play. This meant I had complete creative control and flexibility around what I could write as a solo artist. My sound has also been moulded by the fact that I’m not the best guitarist or singer in the world so I decided to focus more on the art of song writing as a whole. I have very limited theoretical knowledge about music so I just play and sing relatively simple things that stir strong emotions in me.

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

It used to be Hayley Williams and Paramore. From the ages of about 11 to 16 I was so inspired by seeing such a powerful front-woman and it made me feel capable of doing something really cool in music. They were the first introduction I had to my own emotions that I previously felt I couldn’t label or express. Shortly after, this turned out to be emotions that fall under the umbrella term of “teen angst” and manifested into a love of pop punk and rock music. There’s also been other bands that I connected with in the same way after that at different points in my life such as Death Cab For Cutie, Balance and Composure and Brand New. They’ve definitely shaped my sound.

What can punters expect from a Jess Day live show?

You can expect a lot of angry love songs. If you’re going through a breakup, come along! It might be very therapeutic for us to all get angry-sad together.

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

It’s a cliche but, “treat people the way you’d like to be treated”. That one’s from Mum and Dad.

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

‘The Heart is a Muscle’ by Gang of Youths.

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

‘I Hate That You’re Happy’ by Tiny Little Houses.

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?

It was a management label called “Planet Shh” launch party. It was with a few bands but the standouts for me were a band called Colourblind and Paradise Club. It was a really relaxed vibe at a cool, spacious but intimate venue called Chateau Apollo.

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

A folky sort of band called St Jacques. They have a very wholesome, happy energy and they’re doing something a little different. They’ll make you happy and nostalgic. Colourblind; I saw them a couple of weeks ago and felt pretty inspired. Their sound is kind of sad and angry and pretty emo which is probably why I liked it because that’s what I’d like to be writing more of myself. Alex Kay;she’s always organising really cool events and is responsible for a monthly Pop Punk music night called Taking Back Saturday, which gets me out of the house several times a year. Dan Crannitch; he looks after a lot of venues in Adelaide and is just generally very great to talk to about anything music related. He really cares a lot about artists.

What are your plans for 2019?

I’ve got some more music coming out throughout the year so I’m looking very forward to that. I’m just itching to get it all out there!

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Ocean Sleeper

Featured Artist

2019

21

Oct

Ocean Sleeper

Gippsland, VIC

Get to know this week's triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, Ocean Sleeper

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

The music really started when we were working together on previous projects, some of them fell apart so we were in this position where we had an opportunity to start something together.
From then it was mainly a process of figuring out what we wanted to write, then write a bunch of it until we we’re happy. Our starting goal was always to be a heavy band that people that may not listen to heavy music could enjoy. Really zoning in on strong choruses that contrast well with heavy parts

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

Mainly just life, but it can be anything. Our songs lyrically touch on negative feelings and darker mindsets. We can take that and express it in a positive way through our songs.
I know a song on our record was inspired entirely from a harmonic note I heard stan play, from that moment the song kinda wrote it’s self, the vision just happened - that song is called ‘Killing Me and was the first track written for the album.

What can punters expect from an Ocean Sleeper live show?
A party. Our main aim is to have fun. We really strive to make sure everyone in the audience is vibing along with us so the the show is from the stage to the back of the room. Everyone involved and having a great time!  Things usually get pretty crazy. Our last Brisbane show someone proposed to his partner on stage, so that was pretty wild! When we played a festival in Taiwan Karl nearly got electrocuted when he was climbing the stage scaffolding mid set. 

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

Dream On Dreamer have always looked after us and given us great advice/ guidance. It’s always been important to us to make as many friends as possible and do as much networking as possible.

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

Young Lions with 'Help' and Hellions with 'Smile'. 

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

Graace and her track 'Last Night'. But from USA,  La Dispute with 'King Park' needs a mention!

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

The Getaway Plan with 'Where The City Meets The Sea'.

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

Gravemind and Mirrors in Melbourne and both absolutely slayed it!

Tell us about the bands or people in the Gippsland / Melb music community that inspire you!
Gippsland/Melbourne has some insanely good bands which makes the bar high! There isn’t a lot of musicians coming out of Gippsland but this just means you really got to push it to stand out with Melbourne and Australian acts. Our friends in Mirrors are doing great things and our friend Josh Cashman is also making big moves! Knowing how much work you have to put in to break into the Australian music scene from a rural area no matter what genre it’s just great to see others getting the deserved results.

What are your plans for the rest of 2019?

Our debut album drops November 8 and we will be touring Australia shortly after in support of that which we are really excited about! Tickets are moving really fast so it already looks like it’ll be crazy! Once that’s over we will start planning our 2020 out. This year we were flat out with shows and festivals so try to keep travelling our music around. This year we played our first over seas festival in Taiwan so hope to head out of Australia again for sure!


 

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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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