Australia’s foremost Indigenous female blues performer and writer, Marlene Cummins knows the blues from an Indigenous perspective in this country, and her story is one of vulnerability, strength and survival. She will be embarking on live tour for her debut album, Koori Woman Blues this year, so we caught up with her for a chat…

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The Heartless are a five-piece post-hardcore act based in Coffs Harbour. The lucky quintet have been selected as a local support for the Nambucca Heads leg of our Indent Tour, happening next Friday, November 21st!  The Heartless have previously played a number of shows across the North Coast – from Byron Bay to Port Macquarie, and share a variety of musical influences from a diverse range of bands and genres, often combining catchy pop-like choruses with heavy breakdowns and other rock/metal styled riffs. They have supported acts like Hands Like Houses, Far Away Stables and Felony. We decided to catch up with the band ahead of their live performance at the Indent Tour, to learn more about their creative processes, and to discover what advice they have for other emerging post-hardcore acts in NSW.  

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Radical Son is a soul, hip hop, rapper and spoken word artist from NSW, who’s music is inspired and guided by his Indigenous heritage from the Kamilaroi nation of Australia and the south pacific nation of Tonga. Radical Son’s debut full length album ‘Cause ‘N Affect‘ will be released on October 10 through Wantok Musik and will feature the likes of Archie Roach, Emma Donovan, and Deline Briscoe. We caught up with him to chat about his upcoming LP and to see what advice he has for other aspiring hip hop and soul musicians.

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Gordi is a 21 year-old singer-songwriter who makes folk pop that adopts an old-fashioned simplicity, expressed with modern vigour and emotional conviction. Raised in the rural New South Wales town of Canowindra, schooled in Sydney and spent a year working and writing in Tanzania, Gordi’s sound draws in equal measures from pop, folk, blues and country traditions. With over a year of gigging up and down the east coast under her belt, including supports for Dustin Tebbutt, Amy Rose, Steve Smyth and Saskwatch, Gordi is ecstatic to release her first EP, led by the buoyant radio-friendly single ‘Away’.  With a helping hand from the Australia Council’s touring program, Gordi is about to head off on her second tour in support of her EP, taking in over 30 metro and regional dates in Qld, NSW and Victoria, before heading back into the studio to work on her second EP.

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Holy Balm is Sydney’s Emma Ramsay, Anna John and Jonathan Hochman, a project which started in 2006. Holy Balm have grown from experimental beginnings to become a full fledged electronic dance music outfit, and a key player in the Australian pop avant-garde underground. The trio have been nominated for a FBi SMAC award, played the Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ Showcase and the Not Not Fun Showcase at SXSW, and played multiple festivals and events. Holy Balm’s debut LP It’s You was recorded independently and was co-released on the internationally revered US label Not Not Fun, and Australian label R.I.P Society in 2012.  The album received critical acclaim from various blogs and music media, was FBi’s Album of the Week, charted No 1 in the AMRAP Airit charts, and the music video for  ‘Theme’ was ABC Rage’s Indie Vid of the week. The band appear in the recent Melbourne Books publication, Noise In My Head: Voices from the Ugly Australian Underground by Jimi Kritzler and they’re currently preparing for their first live appearance for 2014, which will be at the Sydney Opera House Studio for VIVID Live, alongside fellow acts on RIP Society, to celebrate the labels 5th birthday. We caught up with Holy Balm’s Anna John to see how they’ve been travelling, and what we can expect from their first live show of 2014.

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Made In Japan is an indie rock quartet from Sydney featuring James Cooney (vocals/drums), Jono Graham (guitar), Tom Davis (guitar) and Pavle Vizintin (bass). Since first taking the stage at Vic on the Park in 2007, Made In Japan have released two studio albums and an EP, but recently announced they will be putting the project aside to pursue other musical interests. However, Made in Japan are confident they will come together down the track to record a third album. We decided to catch up with them off the back of their final show at Oxford Art Factory on 8th May.

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Olympic Ayres are a young Sydney duo who started producing music in a dusty attic, building songs that incorporated guitar, bass and synthesizers with whatever else they found lying around. In 2011 Olympic Ayres delivered their debut release Episode I, then in 2012 the duo stepped into the studio with Dann Hume (Sures, Gossling, Alpine) and released Episode II. Last year their released Episode III, and their popularity just keeps growing, having played with acts like World’s End Press and Van She, plus they also won Triple J’s Unearthed competition to play at Field Day in 2013.

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Born in the shadows of a Kiama garage indie group The Vanns began jamming in the early months of 2012 and went onto win the 2012 Red Bull Bedroom Jam, which scored them a gig with The Getaway Plan at the Sydney Hi-Fi, recording time in Melbourne with Jan Skubiszewski (Way Of The Eagle) and a set at Homebake 2012. Recently they were the band chosen as the focus of Vivid’s Ideas session ‘Access All Areas – breaking new artists in 2013’, and have been receiving regular plays on triple j unearthed. They have started to headline shows in Wollongong and Sydney, plus support popular Australian artists such as Jinja Safari, Kingswood, Sticky Fingers and The Bamboos. Our intern Mikaila Ng caught up with them for a chat to see what they’ve been up to.

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Four Door is a Sydney based outfit featuring Jonathan Hochman (Holy Balm) and Matthew Hopkins (Half High). Four Door draws from realms of acid house, minimal synth, experimental electronics, and techno to create woozy dance orientated music. They will be playing at Sound Summit this weekend on Saturday 9th November between 5-9pm at Marrickville Bowling Club. Find out more details about their upcoming gig by heading to www.soundsummit.com.au.

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Destiny 3000 is a pop-group from Sydney made up of Jaz, Emily, Millie, Hannah and Elle. D3K started playing together at the beginning of this year and will play until the year 3000. They have played in Sydney and Melbourne with acts like The UV Race, Mad Nanna, Housewives, Mope City and are about to head to Brisbane. They’ll be playing at Sound Summit 2013, so we thought we’d grab them for a chat.

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