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A selection of artists announced to be playing this year's BIGSOUND Music Conference
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FRITZ - Jan 1     Pop 03/07/2019
Newcastle's quirkiest DIY spirit FRITZ recently released her first new music for the year, following on from Austin's SXSW and appearances at Laneway Festival (Sydney) and Groovin the Moo (Maitland).
I wrote Jan 1 on January 1st of this year after having a BIG CRY the night before. I don’t wanna get so emotional over things that don’t deserve my emotions. I’ve never liked new years resolutions but it was just a coincidence for me to write this on new years day when everyone usually makes their resolutions...

DRMNGNOW - We See You     Hip Hop, Indigenous 28/06/2019
DRMNGNOW is a Yorta Yorta artist exploring themes relating to the predicament of Indigenous peoples living in a post colonial society.
We see you is a piece which is prompted by the epidemic of Indigenous Youth Suicide

The Money War - Life Is Better In Dreams     Pop, Folk, Rock 28/06/2019
Dylan Ollivierre and Carmen Pepper are The Money War, one of Perth's most brightest and seductive indie-pop bands.
Life Is Better In Dreams is The Money War at their dreamy, heartwarming best. From its jangly, uplifting chorus to its video clip featuring footage of the duo as youngsters. "We wanted to make a song that felt like one of those strange dreams that you wake up from and think, WTF?.”

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Electric Fields - Vision     Indigenous, Soul 25/06/2019
Electric Fields are an Aboriginal Australian electronic music duo made up of vocalist Zaachariaha Fielding and keyboard player and producer Michael Ross.
Vision (Original performed by Lajamanu Teenage Band)

"I grew up listening to Lajamanu Teenage Band - their music was part of the soundtrack of my childhood." - Zaachariaha

Love Deluxe - Campri & Coke     Electronic 25/06/2019
Enigmatic Australian musician Love Deluxe has released a mouth-watering new single ‘Campari & Coke’, about which he explains “This is a song dedicated to the greatest drink to ever exist”.
Sitting comfortably at a toasty 133BPM, ‘Campari & Coke’ opens up a world of refreshingly new sounds for Love Deluxe. Bongos, live jazz-infused drums and guitars blend with otherworldly synthesizers, building and soaring until the track reaches a key moment; the delectable saxophone solo by Love Deluxe himself.

Miiesha - Black Privilege     Pop, RnB, Soul, Indigenous 21/06/2019
From Woorabinda in Queensland comes a voice ready to be heard. A strong, proud Pitjantjara/Torres Strait Islander woman, Miiesha is using her RnB/Soul laced music to educate and inspire.
“For me it's about people thinking they know me and my people before we’ve met. Thinking we get everything easy, they get their information from someone who isn’t black and then make these decisions that affect us. I’m just asking people to listen to the real stories, that survival ain’t that beautiful, but we as a people are.” - Miiesha

Gordon Koang - Stand Up (Clap Your Hands)     World 19/06/2019
Gordon Koang is a household name in South Sudan, with 9 incredible albums. Currently seeking asylum in Australia, Gordon spreads a message of peace, love and unity, dancefloor style.
‘Stand Up (Clap Your Hands)’ is a favourite from Koang’s live performances, an invitation to the audience to get up and strut their stuff. He comments on the ‘seriousness’ of music in his adopted country, asking listeners to dance with their loved ones and feel the message of his music; namely - peace, love and unity.

Mambali - Yuwani ft. Emily Wurramara     Indigenous, Rock, Australian Indigenous, Dance 13/06/2019
Emerging in force from remote coastal community, Numbulwar in the Northern Territory, Mambali are a young and exciting band brings sounds from the edge of the Gulf Of Carpentaria.
Numbulwar party band Mambali have partnered with Groote Eylandt, now Brisbane-based, singer-songwriter Emily Wurramara to create their new single Yuwani; a modern take on a traditional song delivered with the unique balance of old and new that Mambali have made their own.

Bad//Dreems - Double Dreaming     Rock 12/06/2019
Bad//Dreems return with Double Dreaming the first offering from their third studio album, due out in October through Farmer and the Owl.
A fevered vision of the end days, an absurd tale of Neil Young’s hearse, Samson and the Lion, identity politics and Celine. It is a fitting introduction to the forthcoming album, with its Devo-esque guitars and frenetic groove. Lyrically the album examines the ridiculousness of the post-truth world as it teeters on the edge of the apocalypse!

Hannah Blackburn - Did You Always Know     Folk, Rock, Pop, Alternative Country 24/05/2019
Hannah Blackburn is a Melbourne based musician, specialising in lyrically-charged folk/soft rock - straightforward and earnest.
Did You Always Know was written in the wake of a breakup. It harnesses the immediate feelings of nostalgia, and captures the inevitable denial which allows us heartbroken suckers to throw reality out the window and forget all bad. As the song goes on, it structurally steps through the acceptance process, however always returns to question 'Did You Always Know'?

Kobie Dee - Jody     Hip Hop, Australian Indigenous 24/05/2019
Kobie Dee is a 21-year-old Gamilaroi artist Sydney’s South, with an innate gift for story-telling & connecting with young people, as he becomes an emerging voice in Australian hip hop.
At just 21-years-old, Kobie Dee has an innate gift for story-telling and in “Jody” he delivers yet another powerful track. Pairing fiercely tight rhymes with a natural flow, the MC’s honest and effortless lyrical talent is strikingly captivating. Guided by a strong but gentle beat, “Jody” puts the singer/songwriter under his own spotlight.

Tasman Keith & Stevie Jean - Prey     Hip Hop, Pop, Dance, Australian Indigenous 21/05/2019
Northern Territory singer-songwriter Stevie Jean, and Gumbaynggirr, rapper Tasman Keith have collaborated to create an EP with the undeniable chemistry of two young artists on parallel trajectories.
Northern Territory singer-songwriter Stevie Jean, and Bowraville, now Sydney-based, rapper Tasman Keith have partnered to deliver Prey; a track dripping with attitude, charisma and the undeniable chemistry of two young artists on parallel trajectories.

Together Tasman Keith and Stevie Jean are bringing the sound of regional Australia in 2019 to the world.

Butternut Sweetheart - Bury Me     Electronic, Downbeat, Pop, Psychedelic 17/05/2019
Butternut Sweetheart is the musical project of Sydney based multi-instrumentalist and producer Luke Moseley. Although officially formed in late 2018, Butternut Sweetheart has been percolating below the surface for years.
"Expressing grief is not something that comes naturally to me. “Bury Me” became my way of processing feelings of overwhelming emotional emptiness. My emotional self was buried, and I was ‘looking for a heartbeat’ or ‘any sign of life’. As dark as it is, I’m fairly sure there’s a positive message to be found in the song." - Luke Moseley

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Dregg - Hyperbole     Metal/Punk, Rock 16/05/2019
DREGG are an anomalistic, thought provoking hardcore band hailing from Melbourne, Australia.
Vocalist Christopher Mackertich says that the concept behind the song's lyrics is to "...inspire the nihilists, ease the worries of the pessimists and paint a picture of a perfect existence for the weirdos that don't fit in ... don't waste time dwelling on the inevitable and pursue what is meaningful for you here, right now, in the moment."

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PINCH POINTS - SPELT OUT     Rock, Punk, Garage 15/05/2019
Since May 2018, PINCH POINTS have played clean, angular guitar harmonies and heavy mechanical riffs, belting-out group-vocals, all at a turbo-punk speed.
A 5-chord riff over 4 bars allows the song to keep rolling along into infinity as Acacia and Adam sing in unison. Isabella and Jordan join in for the group-vocal chorus, singing 'S-P-E-L-T-O-U-T!'

Hope D - Swim     Rock, Acoustic, Pop 10/05/2019
Brisbane singer-songwriter Hope D began writing and playing music at age 9, and since then has built a reputation for her free flowing lyrics layered on looped acoustic guitar.
With raw and relatable lyrics, ‘Swim’ is intended to be an anthem many will find comfort in. Hope D explains that 'Swim' "tells the brutally honest story of the internal battle of trying to find yourself and then hiding what you find out of fear of not being accepted".

NERVE - Big Switch     Hip Hop, Rap 10/05/2019
NERVE is an independant hip hop artist and producer hailing from Brisbane, Australia. One to watch!
The vibe for Big Switch is a throwback to an older style of Nerve's mixed with the newer influences and sounds that he has developed as of late. Nerve mixes genre’s in a way that shows his versatility as a producer and songwriter but also stays true to the classic hip-hop styles that bought him to prominence in the beginning.

Shady Nasty - Get Buff     Rock, Experimental 10/05/2019
Shady Nasty are a Sydney-based trio which formed in 2015. Their art is a dynamic experiment drawing from alternative forms of punk and hip-hop.
Get Buff offers a window into the life of a young Chinese-Australian growing up in Sydney. For his immigrant parents, the path to secure a good life for their family is very clear. For him, however, the ideals and pressures often feel at odds with the diverse environment in which he has matured.

Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers - I Like That You Like That     Rock, Grunge, Garage 10/05/2019
Gaining inspiration from Blondie, Cherry Glazerr and Dream Wife, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers are a four piece girl band from the Nation's capital.
Gaining inspiration from the 90's alt-rock-era, 'I Like That You Like That' is punchy and upbeat, and is the girls' debut of their new sound.

Alana Jagt - Imagining Life     Folk, Rock, Alternative Country 24/04/2019
Alana Jagt's dynamic, warmly-weathered voice has captivated audiences throughout her short career. Her work blends indie pop and rock with moody alt-country and Motown groove.
It's about falling asleep near the ocean, with a storm building outside that seeps into your dreams and swallows you whole.

The song is a gentle nod to Jagt's seaside home; one that expands her folky palette to include swirling electric guitars and a soaring string section.