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BIGSOUND 2019


A selection of artists announced to be playing this year's BIGSOUND Music Conference
For the full list of artists, visit https://www.bigsound.org.au/music-festival/artists

Tracks

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Jeida Woods - Selfless     Hip Hop, RnB, Soul 10/07/2019
Jeida Woods is a 20 y.o. singer, songwriter, producer & model. At 15, he learned to write and produce in his bedroom. Comparable to artists Bryson Tiller & The Weeknd.
Selfless is a culmination of previous relationships with negative endings.

I wrote the song one cold night in less than 30 minutes as it was so true to my emotions in that current state. It highlights how people don’t know what they have until it’s gone.

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Japanese Wallpaper - Imaginary Friends     Electronic, Pop 15/08/2019
Gab Strum aka Japanese Wallpaper debut full-length record, Glow will be available Friday 18 October via Wonderlick Recordings, followed by his biggest national tour to date in October and November.
Lead single 'Imaginary Friends,' explores the tender emotions of late teendom and early 20s turmoil. As he validates the mundane, no emotion is wasted. “None of the things are about massive changes or massive terrible things that happened, or big breakups,” he says. “It’s all songs about little things and it’s also fine to be affected by little things.”

Jaguar Jonze - You Got Left Behind     Rock, Pop 22/08/2018
Jaguar Jonze crafts songs of melancholic beauty woven with gun slinging guitar lines and a strikingly rich, yet intimate voice.
“'You Got Left Behind' is about a few things - namely growing up and seeing people have a resistance to do so. With that came the torment of watching loved ones fall into a cycle of self-victimisation, self-harm and self-medication. I wrote the song around the time I was drawing a particular piece for my artistic project, Spectator Jonze.”

IVEY - Stuck     Pop, Rock 29/11/2018
“Another indie gem bursting with energy and fun. Who could possibly stand still to this?” Triple J, Bridget Hustwaite
Upbeat indie pop at it's best. Stuck brings lead singer Millie's vibrant vocals to the front and showcases the young bands songwriting prowess. Dancing is undeniable.

imbi the girl - our room     Hip Hop, Soul, Rap 09/08/2019
imbi the girl has started a movement of unapologetic truth, self-belief and self-love with their eclectic brand of ‘melodic rap,’ combining elements of hip-hop, R&B and soul.
‘our room’ pairs imbi the girl’s tender poetry with a hypnotic melody, layering their buttery vocals and soulful flow over understated production that helps spotlight their raw storytelling as they provide an emotional recount of their childhood psyche. Centred around a catharsis of childhood struggles, imbi the girl conveys feelings of collective nostalgia and healing of childhood trauma.

Huntly - Giving Circle     Pop, Electronic, Dance, RnB 22/02/2019
'Giving Circle' is the fourth remarkable single from Huntly’s debut album Low Grade Buzz, to be released on March 15 via Barely Dressed Records/Remote Control.
Opening with a legato wash of dreamy choral harmonies before a beat drops and we find ourselves transported to a world of flawless RnB. Elspeth explains, “Giving Circle is a pop tragedy, combining rawness and intimacy with movement and energy. It’s about dread, loneliness, and how we shift and adjust to our social landscapes after the end of a relationship.”

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".

Holiday Party - Run Away     Pop, Electronic, Psychedelic, Experimental 09/08/2018
Drawing influence from artists like The Avalanches, Beach House and JDilla, Holiday Party builds songs with homemade samples, creating junkyard pop music. Brisbane musicians Luke McDonald and Mel Tickle.
Taking yet another artistic leap forward, ‘Run Away’ builds on Holiday Party’s reputation for densely packed dream-pop, and continues to seamlessly blend layers of homemade samples and crunchy percussion with dreamy vocals and left-of-centre guitar work. Expanding their junkyard-pop sound, ‘Run Away’ is brimming with bright synths, Lana Del Rey-inspired vocals and continues the bands theme of utilising forgotten samples.

Hemm - Hair     Electronic, Pop, Atmospheric, Chill 06/02/2019
Hemm are Melbourne-based duo Juice Webster and Robert Downie. Their intimate electronic songs explore the everyday complexities of connection in life and love.
Hair picks up the thread laid by late-2018 single Skin, acting as further evidence of Hemm's quiet transformation into virtuosos of minimalist ambient pop.

It is a breathtaking lesson in minimalism, with every element tuned deliberately to the track’s purposeful narrative. “You are not who you seem to be,” intones Juice, as the track blooms into a sublime choral climax.

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'?

Greta Stanley - Follow Suit     Folk, Rock, Electronic, Pop 19/06/2019
Produced by Mark Myers from The Middle East, 'Follow Suit' is the latest stunner from acclaimed Cairns singer/songwriter Greta Stanley. It will feature on her upcoming EP (due July 26).
SAT JUNE 29 – NECK OF THE WOODS FESTIVAL – TOWNSVILLE
FRI AUG 23 – DARWIN FESTIVAL – DARWIN, NT

Supporting Emma Louise:

FRI 13 SEP - CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE
SAT 14 SEP - TANKS ARTS CENTRE, CAIRNS
THU 19 SEP - THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE
FRI 20 SEP - FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY
SAT 21 SEP - BYRON BAY BREWERY NSW

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.

GAUCI - Hurry     Electronic, Pop 15/03/2017
Like Neapolitan ice-cream but more punk.Like Abba, but better.
New wave Italo Disco.
Waking up from a nightmare, you need someone by your side.

MUSIC DIRECTOR PICK: Amelia Jenner, FBi Radio, Sydney (NSW)

Future Haunts - Weather Vane     Rock 11/04/2019
Melding the cosmic studio journeying of The War on Drugs with the melodic immediacy of The Stone Roses, Future Haunts exist on the blurry edges of rock music.
Self-recorded at Plutonium Studios and mixed by Miro Mackie (St. Vincent, DZ Deathrays, Hatchie), 'Weather Vane', resonates with Future Haunts' natural sound but further pushes the boundaries they've explored on past releases. An atmospheric indie-rock track detailed with contrasting and layered guitar melodies, it sees the boys carve together imposing harmonies with competent instrumentation.

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...

First Beige - Details     Funk/Soul, Rock, Psychedelic 28/03/2019
Hailing from Brisbane, First Beige draws upon driving disco grooves, sweeping synths andirresistible vocal hooks to craft a full bodied sonic spectacular guaranteed to get any crowdgrooving.
‘Details’ is about the importance of one’s perspective on their life, sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in thinking about your lifetime as a whole rather than a path. It’s about accepting that everyone’s going to have a different way they want to live their life so do what want to do and stand tall.

Fergus James - What Are We Waiting For     Pop, Rock 29/11/2018
Teenage troubadour Fergus James has released his second single 'What Are We Waiting For' following the release of debut single 'Golden Age' earlier this year.
Fergus James reveals his electrifying new single ‘What Are We Waiting For’. With its infectious driving beat, ‘What Are We Waiting For’ is an uplifting anthem that acknowledges the fears and doubts we all must overcome to move forward on this journey of life.

Fan Girl - Small Town     Rock, Garage, Psychedelic, Punk 09/03/2018
Melbourne’s Fan Girl is new alternative catchy rock at its finest and, who knows, perhaps your new favourite rock outfit.
Channeling equal parts Radiohead, At The Drive-In and Leonard Cohen, the song takes a trip through unspoken lands in the catchiest of ways. Fueled by late night ramen and regret, it’s a great introduction to Fan Girl and an enjoyable knock on the head for listeners of any preference.

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

Egoism - Enemies     Pop 22/02/2019
Dream Pop
“Enemies” is pure guitar pop served in double time and slathered in reverb.