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Oisima
New

Artist

Oisima

Electronic, Hip Hop, Roots

Adelaide, SA

God God Dammit Dammit
New

Artist

God God Dammit Dammit

Indie, Punk, Rock, Roots (Rock, Frank Zappa, P-Funk, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Gay Paris

Artist

Gay Paris

Rock (blues, southern, The Devil, ...)

Sydney, NSW

San Cisco

Featured Artist

2010

21

Dec

San Cisco

( )

Perth, WA

San Cisco are from Fremantle in sunny Western Australia. On the weekends they love to go skateboarding, play video games and make a bit of indie pop on the side.

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

We are fascinated by new music and what goes in and out of style. We all have similar musical taste which makes collaborating artistically a little bit easier. Classic influences like the Beatles, Dylan, Bowie, 70's Lennon, Rod Stewart are still in the back of our minds. But, at the moment we are writing with 17 years of musical influence, so we are over loaded with different influences which has made our sound vary quite a bit between songs. It makes it harder for people to listen to our music and recognize it as our music. For example, on one end of the scale there are the mariachi style guitar licks of 'True Dat', and then on the other end there are some electro keys in songs like 'Straight Through' and 'Girls Do Cry'.

How long have you guys been playing live and what should the audience expect?

We tend to put a lot of thought into our set lists, arranging them in a way that still has a good energy at the beginning as well as maintaining a kind-of dynamic that evokes a good energy in the audience. We have been playing as a band for about 2 years and have since started to develop a stage presence. This however is definitely something we are still working on, like out music, it is under constant development.

Highlights of this year for the band?

About 3 months ago we had to change our name after we discovered another band called King George. So we went through that grueling process and all decided on San Cisco. Also we played Southbound at the start of the year as well as a few other festivals which were awesome.

What’s coming up in the future?

The calendar is looking pretty good at the moment with the release of our debut EP, Golden Revolver, coming up on February 4th. As well as some other great gigs such as The Big Day Out, St Jerome laneway festival and we have a trip over east lined up where we are playing FUSE festival in Adelaide and we have a gig in Melbourne, opening for Stonefield. Exciting++

Australian music is?

Australian music is where its at.

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Fraud Millionaires
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Artist

Fraud Millionaires

Electronic, Indie, Punk, Rock, Roots (psychedelic, Reggae, Rock, ...)

Adelaide, SA

The Bennies
New

Artist

The Bennies

Punk, Rock (psychedelic, Reggae, Ska, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

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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Grenadiers

Featured Artist

2009

20

Apr

Grenadiers

( )

Adelaide, SA

Grenadiers mix a shot of punk with a lot of rock and a twist of sweet, sweet melody for a delicious and intoxicating cocktail!

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

When we started out we were just trying to rip off The Bronx and Hot Snakes, I would be a liar if I didn’t admit to that! Though I think over time we have developed a signature sound- basically we’ve just tried to distil everything into a really immediate sound that aims for your feet first and your head next.

Tell us about the punk scene in Adelaide.

I think it’s going through a really interesting transitory stage, a lot of the bands have disappeared, but there are some cool new ones there to step up. There’s a massive variety, you have bands like Paper Arms pulling off the Hot Water Music thing flawlessly, really heavy bands like Robotosaurus and Choc Chip, the twelve piece funk/punk extravaganza that is GodGodDammitDammit and then there’s us…. I’m not sure where we fit in exactly!

And you live show? I imagine you pack a punch..

We try to give it everything we have, play the songs as well and as loud as possible, have a refreshing pint and basically just make it a good time for everyone involved! You’re not there to watch a light show or listen to poetry or political rants, you’re there to have fun, and that’s what we try to deliver.

What’s coming up in the future?

The most noteworthy thing is that we have finished recording and mastering our debut full length album. It’s called “Songs the Devil Taught Us”, we’re really proud of it, and we’ve had nothing but really enthusiastic responses from everyone who has heard it which is awesome. At present we’re just determining exactly how and when it will be released, hopefully that’s not too far down the track!

Australian music is?

What you make of it! It’s a pretty hackneyed thing to say but if you support your local bands, get out there to shows and buy the band’s records, you’re keeping it real and keeping the grass roots of great music alive!

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Harts
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Artist

Harts

Pop, Rock (Funk, Rock, alternative, ...)

Melbourne, VIC

Art of Sleeping

Featured Artist

2012

18

Jun

Art of Sleeping

( )

Brisbane, QLD

We absolutely fell in love with their track 'Empty Hands' and now Brisbane 5-piece Art Of Sleeping are back with another indie rock gem 'Above The Water'. These guys are killing it in 2012!

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

When we first got together we were just meeting up to play music that we liked. We are kind of lucky because we got the chance to find our feet musically and develop naturally away from any pre-conceived idea of what our sound should become. In saying that, there has always been a conscious effort for us to be ourselves and to play music that has an element of sincerity to it. While we are still a relatively new artist we feel like we are starting to find our voice as individual musicians and as a group so we are always excited to see how that grows and develops through time.

What’s the Art Of Sleeping live show like?

Playing live is by far our favorite part of the musical process! There is nothing better than performing in an engaged and intimate atmosphere. We try to incorporate a huge variety of dynamics into our set, from ambient soulful sections to climatic percussive instrumental builds.

What are some of your highlights of the Art Of Sleeping story so far?

There have been so many amazing things over the last few years that we will never forget – the amount we’ve learned about music and each other has been invaluable. Probably the best day in our band’s life was when ‘Empty Hands’ was added to triple J rotation. I think we had an idea of what doors it could open, but it has really done so much more than we expected. We feel that the timing is perfect – we’re confident and excited about releasing our forthcoming EP and can’t wait to take our live show across Australia!

Tell us about the bands and people in the Brisbane music community that inspire you.

It is no secret that in the past Brisbane has been seen as a bit of an underdog as far as live music goes. There is no doubt though that the music scene here is quickly growing and evolving. It would be impossible to talk about producers without mentioning our good friend Yanto Browning who has been working with us on our upcoming EP. It might sound like a cop out but there are so many talented and inspiring artists here that it would be a shame to list just a few and not give credit were credit is due.

What’s coming up in 2012?

To support the release of our single ‘Above the Water,’ we are heading off for an East Coast tour starting this Friday in Sydney – we’ll also be visiting Brisbane, Mackay (River Sessions Festival) and Melbourne. Also, our upcoming EP will be released in the next few months, which I’m sure will see us on the road again. There are a few more festivals on the cards as well which is something we are VERY excited about.

Australian music is...

...growing, expanding and we are very proud and excited to be part of it.

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Krave Kemistry
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Artist

Krave Kemistry

Dance, Electronic, Roots (mellow, Chill, beats, ...)

Adelaide, SA

Tkay Maidza

Featured Artist

2013

4

Nov

Tkay Maidza

( )

Adelaide, SA

Stomp your feet to the banging dance-floor-rap of young Adelaide emcee Tkay Maidza.

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

I basically began rapping from mimicking the young money crew - Nicki Minaj, Lil wayne etc - and my friends and I used to make funny videos and just chuck them up on Youtube as a good past time. From there on I just decided to write originals but they weren't anything special. I was picked for an initiative called N1 and that's how I was paired up with Badcop. After ‘Handle My Ego’ I realized there were more realms in Hip Hop and music in general and I declared myself an alternative rapper. Im still trying to find what my ‘thing’ is but I love the whole rave/craziness due to my short attention span, ha!

What were the artists or songs that initially inspired you to get into music?

Ahh there’s so many! Mostly mainstream musicians like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Rihanna, Lil wayne, Outkast inspired me mainly. Bottoms up by Nicki Minaj and Power by Kanye West were my first ever remixes I posted on Youtube like 2 years ago.

What are the pros and cons of being an underage artist and performer?

The Cons: That it’s previously been a struggle for me to play at clubs, or to hang around after my gigs because of the licencing of the venues. Sucks. Also maybe not being taken seriously sometimes can be annoying, but its not that much of a bad thing, I just have to prove them wrong. The Pros: It would be just to have the opportunity, I guess you get treated specially because people are like ‘Ahh she’s only this young’ its a great feeling to know that I’m doing well for my age or just in general.

Tell us about the bands, producers and people in the Adelaide music community that currently inspire you?

There’s so many bands, producers and people in Adelaide to name, I cant even deal. The Killgirls have the coolest light show and intensity/energy in their live show - its definitely what I’d like for my live show in the future. Bad//Dreems - they’re the coolest dudes ever, so humble, so funny and they’re so talented and they’re doing so well right now it's insane. Every rapper in Adelaide is an inspiration for me, people are so passionate for Hip Hop - I like what Allday is doing - his versatility and creativity in music is so cool, jealous. Theres so many more musicians I want to name but I’d be here all day. (see what I did there?)

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

I used to play tennis really competitively and I think the sport has taught me that once one point ends you have to carry onto the next one win or lose - if you dwell on something that happened 10 minutes ago you could/will lose. So in other words my coaches and the sport have told me not to dwell in the past but always live in the present, working onto the bigger picture (which is winning the game). Which is so relevant in music. You have to keep on moving!

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

I have my first ever tour coming up, the ‘Brontosaurus Tour’. So excited! That's during November and December. Also planning on releasing the music video for Bronto as well!

Australian music is…?

That hot chick next door that everyone has started realising is so hot and wants to know. Like seriously, give it a few more months and this chicks going to get so many inboxes on Facebook. I’m so excited to see what happens in the next few months, and I think its something so special to be a part of.

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HIGHTIME

Artist

HIGHTIME

Punk, Roots (sublime, nofx, Mad Caddies, ...)

Adelaide, SA

The Levitators

Featured Artist

2006

20

Nov

The Levitators

( )

Adelaide, SA

High energy dance music with a diverse range of influences from hardcore electronica to reggae and blues. Get your feet stomping!

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The Levitators are the winners of our Parklife SA competition. More about this competition »

Describe your music.

We would describe our music as organically inspired - electronically enhanced - high energy dance music. Our music reflects the wide range of diverse musical influences each member of the band brings to the music ranging from hardcore Electronica to Reggae and Blues.

Who’s been a big musical influence for you?

Those acts that have been a big musical influence for us collectively include… Electronica: Propeller Heads, Prodigy, Massive Attack, The Bird. Hip Hop: The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy & Jurassic 5. Drum’n’Bass: LTJ Bukem, Roni Size, Andy C. Rock: Led Zeppelin, The Doors & Frank Zappa. Reggae/Dub: Asian Dub Foundation, Bob Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry

Tell us about the local electronic music community in Adelaide.

Adelaide has always had a strong and loyal electronic music scene, but it’s only been recently that the community has begun to embrace local live dance acts. It's now much more common to see live electronica/dance bands playing at the big dance parties along side the established DJs. Having live acts in a line up tends to add a different kind of energy to a party that complements what the DJs are doing.

Are your live shows very different to your recordings? What do you prefer, the studio or the stage?

Our live shows are quite different from our recordings in that there is a greater prominence toward the improvisational aspect of the bands music with a much stronger emphasis on live percussion in our shows. We commonly like to play parts of a song differently or add whole new sections to established songs so that our live sets are continually evolving and remain exciting for the band and audience alike. We also tend to play much more epic renditions of many of our songs live, incorporating much longer and deliberate build-ups, letting the energy of the audience dictate how long we play parts of our songs.

What have you got planned for the future?

We plan to work on some new recordings soon and are hoping to be included on the line up of the Adelaide Big Day Out for next year. Beyond that, we are also working toward playing shows interstate next year.

Australian music is…

Multidimensional, diverse and busting at the seams with underrated talent! It often has a greater capacity to speak to us as Australians.

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The Lizards
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Artist

The Lizards

Punk, Rock (Punk, Thrash, Rock, ...)

Adelaide, SA

STICKY FINGERS

Artist

STICKY FINGERS

Indie, Pop (cool funky fresh rock, SANDINISTA!, fingers, ...)

Sydney, NSW

West Thebarton

Featured Artist

2016

18

Apr

West Thebarton

( )

Adelaide, SA

West Thebarton Brothel Party are one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. They want punters to leave with a sore neck and beer-soaked hair after they take the stage at Groovin The Moo in Oakbank on Monday April 25.

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Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I like to think that we write tunes that are relevant, soulful and have a whole lot of character. When we write, as the singer, I generally try to think of one or two phrases in my mind, let them razz me up a whole bunch and then just try and steer the song towards something that fits this. It’s a little weird to describe how we write, but it usually comes down to 1 or 2 people writing the guts of a track and then bringing it to the shark tank. 
 
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Four Words. Eight Syllables. 
 
You’re one of the winners of our Groovin The Moo competition. What can punters in Oakbank expect from the West Thebarton Brothel Party live show?
We’ve been playing fewer local shows lately. Focussing on quality rather than quantity, so that when we do play shows, we can just unload all of that pent up frustration and energy on stage. Punters can expect to have a sore neck by 12.40 in the arvo and I dunno, maybe get a bit of beer in their hair. Oh, and see us actually enjoy some room on stage for once.
 
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Rock Hard, Rock Often, Do it Weird” – David Blumberg (Exeter Bartender)
 
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Down The Lane by Royal Headache
 
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Year In Pictures by Dick Diver
 
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
Tough One… Television Addict by The Victims or (if it was a party in Adelaide) Hoping For by Bad Dreems.
 
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I dropped in at a bar called Tuxedo Cat for a beer after the Port game and I caught a singer called Abbey Howlett. I’ve seen her a few times, and its always been her voice that blew me away, over her subtle jazz chords. But she flipped her set for this gig, chucking some electronic shit over her guitar. It was VERY, VERY good. Even had a Dialect (From Dialect & Despair) cameo.
 
Tell us about the bands or people in the South Australian music community that inspire you.
Haha, this could be a VERY long list. I guess most of our inspiration comes from bands that work their asses every day of the year. Its bands that do this, that have really made us kick into gear to keep up. Ones that come to mind are; Bad//Dreems, Wireheads, The Hard Aches and Sincerely Grizzly. When you see a band that you want to play with, generally it gives you a bit of honest competition to want try and be in their league, and really, I think that’s what drives us all.
 
What are your plans for 2016?
Write songs, release songs, tour, repeat.
Oh and try to write less songs in the key of E.

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