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Ecca Vandal – ‘Ecca Vandal’

Written by on 12 October 2017

If you are a millennial, your teenage years were probably spent listening to rap music on your headphones. Or, maybe you were into the whole pop-punk movement or even the nu-metal craze. Music identifies who we are and is a means to being accepted, nurturing a sense of belonging and a method of self-expression. But [...]

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Vallis Alps: On Touring, Simplicity and Our Future Selves

Written by on 27 September 2017

I remember the first time I saw Vallis Alps live. It was at Groovin The Moo last year. As incredible as that was, however, a lot of growth has been manifested into their music since then, as their sound explodes into all aspects of performance and entertainment. Vallis Alps are known for their utterly stunning [...]

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Tkay Maidza: On Proving To The World That Aussies Make Hip Hop

Written by on 29 August 2017

Since releasing her much-lauded and exciting debut album, TKAY, almost a year ago, Tkay Maidza just hasn't stopped. She played Brisbane’s BIGSOUND in 2016, before immediately upgrading to the US ‘jumbo-sized’ conference with SXSW in Austin this year along with playing a number of shows around the United States. The always smiling, always dancing hip hop star is a ray of light on the Australian music [...]

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Motez: On Triumphing Over Adversity & Looking To ‘The Future’

Written by on 11 August 2017

Crackling static fused with soft '90s lounge music resonated through the receiver as I lingered for a greeting from one of Australia’s most pre-eminent producers – Motez Obaidi. Then, finally a soft, yet distinctly ocker “Hullooo” rang through from the other end. I was momentarily surprised by his accent - I had forgotten that Obaidi [...]

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Ziggy Ramo: On Giving A Voice To The Voiceless

Written by on 6 July 2017

In the heart of NAIDOC week, Ziggy Ramo is here to tell us that apathy is just not good enough.  The political and passionate voice of this young Indigenous hip hop artist is imploring our society to get up and speak out for what is right. Whether his message is mental health, Indigenous rights or speaking [...]

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GL: On Shrinking The Band Unit & Expanding The Pop Format

Written by on 4 July 2017

For GL, a collaboration between Melbourne-based musicians Graeme Pogson and Ella Thompson, the sound of early '80s disco funk is a key feature in not only their overall sound, but also their approach to making music. “I guess the late ‘70s and early ‘80s is when electronic music really started to evolve,” says Thompson, “so [...]

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Mixtape: Jesse Porsches

Written by on 14 June 2017

Hello, I’m Jesse Porsches - I am a Sydney-based producer and also a member of Super Cruel. Song 1: Fake Magic
 - Peking Duk
 & Aluna George Aluna George and Peking Duk are a match made in electronic heaven! Love this track. Song 2: 83 Days 
- Wafia The song reminds me of a really passionate relationship! [...]

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