In a world where indie guitar music has grown sullen and predictable, Bad//Dreems have emerged from the Adelaide underground with heart on your sleeve rock and roll – three honest chords, a driving beat and ragged vocals, creating one of the most exciting guitar acts in the country. Their authentic marriage of unpretentious songcraft, melody and raw energy as expressed in their hit singles “Dumb Ideas,” “Hoping For” and “Hiding To Nothing” have seen them share stages with acts as diverse as Cosmic Psychos, The Preatures and Wavves.
Melbourne collective Dorsal Fins are a genre spanning 10-piece who have made a huge impression in the local indie scene with their eclectic alt-pop that is comprised of dreamy 60s psych, swirly distorted guitars, 80s synths and even a horn section. The band were named FBi Artist of the Week in late 2014 and backed this up with the triple j Feature Album with their debut Mind Renovation in February 2015. They continue to capture hearts on the dancefloor, radiating “as much joy from one set as a dozen bands put together.”
Since releasing his first single “Permission To Love” in mid-2013, singer-songwriter and producer Hayden James has already amassed 30 millions plays across Soundcloud and YouTube for his work. Consistently stockpiling rave reviews from around the world for his immense summer jams and soulful evocative vocals, Hayden has been touted as the “face of the new Australian production music scene.” His latest release, the upbeat groove “Something About You” was labeled by BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong as ‘a song to watch in 2015’ and ranked #44 in triple j’s Hottest 100.
Australian future soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote have embarked on a global odyssey that began in bohemian Melbourne, and in a short time has taken them to the Grammy Awards and beyond. With a sound self- described as “multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangster shit,” a transcendent hybrid of soul, hip-hop, electronica and worldbeat, their albums Tawk Tomahawk (2012) and Choose Your Weapon (2015) have been met with universal critical acclaim, clocking up two Grammy Nominations for ‘Best R&B Performance’ along the ride.
Montaigne’s fresh and powerful vocals showcase talent beyond her 19-years – a spectacle that does not leave viewers disappointed. Her debut single “I Am Not An End” was released early in 2014 and saw the art-pop songstress named one of New York Examiner’s ‘7 Artists to Keep an Eye on This Summer.’ Montaigne rounded off 2015 with the grandiose single “Clip My Wings” which reached the #1 most played
spot on triple j and was followed by a sold out national tour and nomination for ‘NSW Voice of the Year’ at The AU Review’s Live Music Awards, proving herself one to watch in 2016.
First making his debut on the L.A. cult label 100% SILK in 2013, Roland Tings has made waves across the electronic music scene with his Balearic, deep-house sound – the perfect cool evening to late night soundtrack. His tropical, disco-house single “Pala” released in early 2015 was an instant favourite and his self-titled debut album followed shortly after as the much-coveted triple j Feature Album. Roland Tings has performed at clubs and festivals worldwide including a revered Boiler Room set, testament to this producer’s precise craftsmanship.
A female poet and singer-songwriter hailing from Africa the motherland, Sampa The Great aims to inspire through music, poetry and visual art. Her music bonds from spoken-word to pure hip-hop rapping, with stops at psychedelic and bluesy waypoints in between, and draws listeners into a lush, imaginative world. Sampa’s astonishing release The Great Mixtape in October 2015 was praised across the board, and led to a nod as triple j Unearthed Feature Artist in November, and saw her recognised as the ‘Next Big Thing’ at FBi’s 2015 SMAC Awards.
Stereogamous is the weird, deep, techno, future music DJ project of Paul Mac and Jonny Seymour, who claim to be the gayest band since The Village People. Based in Sydney, the pair have played in iconic backroom dance floors such as Panorama Bar and Razzmatazz, through to huge festivals like Burning Man and Glastonbury and Gay Pride events all over the planet. A long list of collaborators and remixes include the likes of Kylie Minogue, Sia, LCD Soundsytem and The Presets to name a few.