Chillinit is the definition of a homegrown, self-made star.
During an unpredictable 2020 he’s released two ARIA chart topping releases, acclaimed sophomore album ‘The Octagon’ (#2) and his latest mixtape ‘Full Circle’ (#3) which delivered blockbuster link up ’Stand For' featuring Lisi, the #1 video on Youtube Australia upon its release.
Having cut his teeth in Sydney's underground hip-hop scene, Chillinit's debut album ‘Women, Weed & Wordplay’ was released in late 2018 and stood assertively on the ARIA charts for the entirety of 2019. With thanks to his legion of dedicated fans (the 420 Family) this 100% independent album racked up over 100 million streams, sold out shows nationwide and produced multiple ARIA Gold & Platinum single.
With undeniably slick wordplay, raw introspection and an appetite for controversy, Chillinit has created an overwhelming buzz that even his harshest critics can't ignore.
There's always something fresh in the waters of Australian dance music and eyes from all over the globe look here for exciting young talent and fresh trends. Right on cue for 2019 Choomba came out of the gate with a debut EP that hit #4 on the overall Beatport Release Chart, #2 on the hyper competitive Tech-House Chart, came in at #36 on Australia’s overall Shazam Chart and saw them up for the Triple J Unearthed feature artist spotlight. A solid showing for a self released debut EP. The follow up single Wantchu took that momentum even further being spot added to Triple J and pushing the act into a whirlwind festival run.
Off the back of these releases - Choomba was booked for Spilt Milk & Grass Is Greener Festivals….. on the 2nd and 3rd stages, early in the day and every time the stages flooded to capacity within seconds and the energy was electric. This early win really stamped Choomba as a name people need to know, an act surrounded by so much promise and excitement in just their first 10 months of existing.
“It’s been a crazy whirlwind since we put out the EP and it went off and got all this love we never anticipated. All of a sudden we’re playing these crazy shows around Australia, getting hit up by labels and festival owners and then random stuff like Diplo calling us up to go work at his house in LA. Right now we’re most excited to be back writing records and planning out our touring for 2020”
Since their inception in 2012, Cosmo's Midnight have been eagerly chipping away at genre boundaries, becoming one of the most celebrated and progressive acts to emerge from Australia.
Consisting of real-life twins Cosmo and Patrick Liney, the duo boast 225 million streams and 5 Gold singles, proving that their vibrant collage of sounds has landed with infectious success. The Cosmo's Midnight mission is a global one: They've commanded stages and sold out shows across America, Europe and Asia; with countless hallmark appearances across Australia including Splendour in the Grass, Laneway Festival and Falls Festival.
With their new sophomore album Yesteryear, Cosmo's Midnight continue their sonic explorations with a fluid, forward-thinking approach to creativity.
Everything's falling into place for Eves Karydas to become the next pop icon. Eves’ cocktail of next wave pop, an independent yet relatable attitude and a striking visual aesthetic stands out as a powerful proposition. Those traits have been distilled to perfection with the release of her new single ‘Get Me so High’, out via Island Records today.
Loaded with attitude, firmly rooted in reality but always with an edge, Eves’ songs are inspired by her life and what she sees around her. Her melody-heavy strain of intelligent pop showcases an unabashed young woman with an innate ability to craft instantly relatable sonic snapshots.
Turning heads quickly, Godlands is the product of old school sounds meeting new school methods. A forerunner of the freshest wave of Australian electronic music, this young upstart has the enviable ability to transform beats into heaving club anthems, with a festival-ready steeze that’ll test even the best systems.
Existing at the junction of music and fashion, Godlands is your girl’s crush, whose constant ambition to push the needle sees her effortlessly apply a cavalier vogue to her production, performance and aesthetic.
Less than a year into the Godlands project, the producer has torn up the scene and carved a name for herself in the ever-changing electronic landscape. Having launched her debut tour ‘Pleasures’ for 2018, Godlands has performed alongside the likes of Jauz, Getter, Habstrakt, Excision and QUIX – not to mention previous runs with ShockOne and Baauer. Her reputation on the decks preceding her, she has already touched down at Groovin’ The Moo, Party in the Paddock and Touch Bass this year, unveiling a jaw-dropping new visual show to fans throughout Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
A veteran of clubs and festival stages alike, her unique sound design and dexterous sets are as unmissable as they are unpredictable.
Get used to this future legend, because the Godlands era has only just begun.
More than half a decade into his career, Australian producer Golden Features has well-and-truly established himself as one of the country’s premier electronic acts amassing over 120 million global streams, one platinum and four gold records to his name. Over the years Tom Stell’s musical evolution has seen the producer push boundaries in aesthetic and sound revealing more of himself to fans and slowly unmasking himself in the process.
Stell instantly became a festival and airwave staple with his debut EP, driven by the success of the Nicole Millar-featuring ‘Tell Me’. Never one to rely on a formula, he developed his sound further on the following EP XXIV which housed two of his biggest songs ‘Telescope’ with K. Flay and ‘No One’ with Thelma Plum. That was only to be topped by standalone drop ‘Wolfie’ featuring Julia Stone, a track that has since had over 20 million streams.
Stell had already become a firm favourite in his home country, selling out his 2015 national tour, but the rest of the world was catching. He drew praise from the likes of electronic music heavyweights like Porter Robinson before taking his shows to the US. He played large-scale electronic music festivals including HARD Summer and Holy Ship.
As always, Stell is already looking ahead to his next creative turn. He has been reinvigorated once again by time immersing himself in the Berlin techno scene. There’s a clear direction for what he wants to do yet, not that anybody will be able to guess it.
“You lose scope of your work the more you work on it,” Stell says. “I’m all about getting the ideas down quick...getting the heart of the song in it and then going in to refine the song until it shines.”
Stell’s next move is a mystery until it’s unveiled but there’s one thing we know for sure. He’s always looking for a detour into the next unexplored space of electronic music.
Christian Benson aka Luude has quickly risen to the forefront of a new wave of producers coming out of Australia. An artist who has consistently evolved and found success across multiple genres.
2017 saw Luude break into the scene touring extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, India and China whilst also making a mark on streaming platforms. He raked in an impressive 20.9 Million streams across only a handful of releases on Spotify. Touring escalated in 2018 with debut dates at clubs and festivals in the US, Europe and across Asia. Back home Luude made a massive debut into hard ticket touring with sold-out dates across Australia and New Zealand capital cities amassing over 7000 tickets.
2019 kicked off playing the iconic Field Day in Sydney, followed by a 15 date US tour and a return home lap of Australia with Listen Out Festival - in this year he simultaneously launched the side project Choomba which came out the gate a wild success, racking up millions of streams, global radio support and extensive festival touring within it’s first 6 months.
Josh and Amy Dowdle are Lastlings, the Gold Coast sibling duo who have taken their place as new leaders in the sweet spot between live and electronic. Amy contributes her double-edged sword of intricate, wistful lyrics with her own ethereal vocals at center stage while Josh complements with perfect electronic-driven synergy, injecting sweeping synth work and robust bass lines to weave together dynamic and emotional dancefloor moments.
The duo harbor a powerful, slow-burning energy and a deep dedication to their craft that has set them far and apart across today’s musical landscape. These Lastlings traits were likely inherited from their Japanese roots, impressed upon them throughout the trips they spent balancing the duality of the high-energy, electrified city of Tokyo and the tranquility of Aomori, a small fishing village on the northern side of the main island and their grandparents’ hometown. “Every time we’d visit the city, there would be something new that we hadn’t yet experienced -- like we were venturing into the unknown,” they share. “But upon returning to the smaller towns, there is such beauty in the simplicity and tradition of Japan that deeply grounds us. This balance between simplicity and complexity had great influence on us, and the concept of the album.”
Lastlings are ready to debut their first album, the aptly-titled First Contact. Partially written in a remote stillness of a snow-capped house in that Japanese village and fine-tuned and finished all across Australia, the record aims to capture emotions that feel familiar, while transporting listeners to a universe far away -- one that feels closer to fiction than reality.
The pair are entering into their new chapter with grand support. Championed by fellow Australian superstars RÜFÜS DU SOL, Lastlings have also been warmly welcomed to the band’s own label, Rose Avenue and toured alongside the band at iconic venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks and the Los Angeles State Historic Park. They are recognized and lauded by industry-defining platforms like Billboard, NME and Mixmag and featured within the pages of cultural paragons like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Paper, Flaunt, and W Magazine.
Lime Cordiale’s infectious performances and genuine interactions with their fans has made them one of Australia’s buzziest bands. It’s a fact that was reflected in July when they scored their first #1 album on the ARIA Charts with 14 Steps to a Better You. Earlier this year, Lime Cordiale was the only act to have four songs under 40 in triple j's hottest 100 of 2019 -- a feat that not even Billie Eilish could pull off. It’s been an incredible 2020 so far for the Sydney duo, but the brothers would be quick to tell you that it’s been a long way to the top. Back in 2009, when they started Lime Cordiale, “we didn't really know what we were doing,” Oli explains. Rowdy, drunk crowds at house parties and in pubs and RSLs across Sydney’s northern beaches helped shape the band’s upbeat, quirky sound, forcing them to play louder and groovier to command the audience’s attention. Eleven years, three EPs and one album later, the boys have over 117K followers on Instagram and are playing to wildly enthusiastic crowds across Australia and overseas.
Canberran trio SAFIA is Ben Woolner (Vocals/Keys), Michael Bell (Drums) and Harry Sayers (Guitar/Keys). Their sophomore album 'Story's Start or End' was released in 2019, featuring Gold certified single ‘Starlight’ and triple j favourites 'Resolution' and 'Runaway'. Written and recorded over a span of 2.5 years, the self-produced record showcases the indie pop trio’s bold vision as well as their meticulous production and knack for adventurous arrangement.
First formed in 2012, SAFIA shot to public attention after winning the triple j Unearthed Groovin The Moo competition, and gained international attention with breakout single ‘Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues’. The band followed it up with ‘Counting Sheep’, which has since amassed a cult following – most recently in China where it has amassed over 300 million streams. Their debut album ‘Internal’ shot to #2 on the ARIA chart in 2016 and includes Gold singles ‘Make Them Wheels Roll’ and ‘Embracing Me’.
No strangers to collaboration, SAFIA have previously teamed up with Canberra locals Peking Duk for their 2x Platinum single ‘Take Me Over’, and lent vocals to Alison Wonderland’s ‘Take It To Reality’. They’ve toured with the likes of Twenty One Pilots, Lorde and Disclosure.
SAFIA’s theatrical stage show has earned them a reputation as one of Australia’s best live acts. They take the expansive sonic worlds they create and turn them into a jaw dropping live experience. They’re regular festival favourites, having performed at Splendour In The Grass, Groovin the Moo, Primavera (Spain), Concrete & Grass (China) and SXSW (US) among
others. In support of their recent record, they sold out theatres around Australia and took their impressive new live show to the main stages of For The Love, NYE In The Park and Adelaide Fringe Festival.
After landing an artist feature in ID Magazine with the release of her debut mixtape (“PURPULARITY”, 2017), things have been rapidly progressing for Sophiegrophy - the Australian based, Nigerian born and New Zealand raised artist currently making massive strides in the world of New Wave Hip Hop & underground Club Culture. Ranked highly among the class of leading artists to emerge from Australia’s seminal WVS Hip Hop imprint (Lil Spacely, Anfa Rose).
Sophiegrophy leveled up with appearances on Spotify’s 'Starting Point' series via Acclaim and Complex AU, NIKE’s A1 promotion, as well as holding solid positions in all the biggest national Hip Hop & Viral Chart playlists over a multitude of her own genre defining trap anthems (“Bag”, “Fa$t Life”) including appearances on Ebro’s One to Watch (“Shake”) and New Australia Show on Apple Music, or features on a set of future-forward international club tracks (Walker & Royce “All For The Gram”, J. Worra & Codes “Bounce Back”, Taiki Nulight “Trip”).
On the live front, Sophiegrophy demanded audience attention on a host of performances including Australia’s inaugural Rolling Loud Festival, national The Grass is Greener and Festival X tours, as well as a headline set at debut Spotify A1 Live showcase as well as left of centre events including Brunswick Music Festival and Tasmania’s Faux Mo. With a unique and charming aura, hard-working attitude and swag as fierce as they come, riding alongside her innate gift for genre-bending bars (as heard in appearances on Triple J Bars of Steel, and YO! MTV Raps), Sophiegrophy has made as much a mark delivering hard-hitting cut-throat 16’s as melodic pop-inspired hooks.
It’s her drive to experiment and push new ground that led her to collaborate with the next level studio creatives including Aus Hip Hop buzz-artist Kwame, Lewis Can Cut (NLV Records), Eric Boavida and frequent studio partner producer Jia Lih (Troye Sivan, Meg Mac). Keep your eyes and ears peeled for Sophiegrophy as she promises to make an indelible mark on the international Hip Hop & Club world.
Pardon the pun, but it’s fair to say that Spacey Jane’s recent rise has been of the meteoric variety.
For relatively new kids on the block, the four piece from Fremantle have had a very impactful start, clocking up over 40 million streams and garnering huge support from industry and fans alike.
In 2019, Spacey Jane nabbed a J Award Unearthed Artist of the Year nomination and undertook three completely sold out tours of Australia, with the most recent run taking in New Zealand.
Over the last 18 months, festivals have been pounding on their door too, with Spacies taking to the stage at Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Yours and Owls, BIGSOUND and Wave Rock Weekender.
They started 2020 with a bang - January saw “Good For You” voted #80 in triple j’s highly coveted Hottest 100 countdown. February saw them join the likes of The 1975 and Charlie XCX on the Laneway Festival national tour.
Their “Skin” single tour was cut short due to the pandemic, but that didn’t stop the band releasing their debut full length album Sunlight in June, which reached #2 on the ARIA album charts.
As restrictions eased in WA, the band packed the touring van for the Back on the Road regional tour and Wave Rock Weekender, as one of the headline artists.
In November, Sunlight received a nominated for a J Award for Album of the Year for Sunlight, a mean feat to jump from an Unearthed nomination to this accolade within the course of a year!
Onwards and upwards for Spacey Jane.
18-year-old Brisbane songwriter and producer Sasha McLeod is SYCCO. Equally at home in the studio and on the stage, Sycco demands attention for her soulful voice, observant lyrics, psychedelic jazz aura and undeniable charisma. Following a buzzy set at this year’s Bigsound, Sycco was added to the line-ups of the 2020 Laneway Festival and Groovin The Moo (confidential) and asked to support the likes of Spacey Jane and Vera Blue.
Sycco released her third single, Peacemaker, to widespread acclaim in her home country. She was made triple j unearthed's feature artist of the week and the track was added to full rotation on triple j as well as Spotify's New Music Friday, Front Left and Indie Arrivals playlists as well as several key Apple playlists.
The Veronicas hail from Australia, yet their impact has been felt around the globe.
Jessica and Lisa Origliasso, twin girls born on Christmas Day, were teenagers when they moved to LA, signed a record deal with Sire Records and released their first album, The Secret Life Of…. and three top ten singles including the timeless anthem 4Ever.
A second album followed. Hook Me Up the lead single shot straight to Number One and was quickly followed by the iconic worldwide hit Untouched (which became the first Australian single to sell more than a million copies digitally in the USA).
In 2014 after signing to Sony Music, the girls again reached the Number One spot in their home country with You Ruin Me and it was also a hit around the world including Top 5 in the UK.
Just two years later in 2016, The Veronicas were again at the top of the charts with In My Blood another Number One single.
In 2019, The Veronicas remain at the forefront of pop music with their latest single Think Of Me. In the streaming age, the song has already amassed millions of streams and critical acclaim, it was the Most Added Song to Australian radio the week of release and was certified GOLD soon after.
This year they’ve shown their versatility and staying power again with appearances at Field Day and Bluesfest and a newly signed global deal with MTV: with their own TV series airing around the world in late 2019 in more than 180 countries.
In June they featured on triple j’s Like A Version with their musical collaborator and friend Allday covering Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi and the performance had more than a million views in Australia that week.
With Ten top 10 hits, 3 x Number Ones, 500 million+ streams, ARIA Awards and more than 175 million Youtube/VEVO streams and 3.5 million social connections The Veronicas are unstoppable.
TORREN FOOT a house dj/producer raised on the working docks of Melbourne’s inner west, a fixture of Australian club culture as one of the countries most in demand touring club dj’s - recently gained international attention following the release of ‘More Life’ topping #1 Beatport overall, 6 million+ stream, spins from tastemakers Adam Beyer, Claptone, Mat.Joe & Wax Motif. Receiving A-list radio support from Triple J Australia and international support including BBC Radio 1 UK, SiriusXM, Studio Brussels, KCRW LA, SLAM FM & 538 NL.
Torren received an ARIA nomination ‘best dance release’ for his collaborative single ‘Be Randy’ alongside Dom Dolla. Charted 2 x ARIA #1 club tracks ‘Hot Sauce’ & ‘Be Randy’ whilst delivered notable remixes of Tiga ‘Bugatti’ via Mad Decent/Turbo recordings, Lastlings’ ‘Take My Hand’ via RUFUS DU SOLS Rose Avenue/Astrawerks and Eats Everything's ‘Honey’ through ffrr.
Triple One are an amalgamation of sounds, beers and all-nighters, impossible to categorise and even harder to ignore. Brash bars come courtesy of rappers Marty Bugatti and Obi Ill Terrors, melodic hooks by Lil Dijon float in paranormal fashion, while greyscale production is expertly crafted by Billy Gunns. Triple One are a sonic experiment between hard, soft and all the textures in between.
Triple One’s early cult single’s ‘Doozy’ and ‘Overflow’ scored millions of views and streams, earning applause from a swelling army of fans in North America and Eastern Europe. Having accumulated serious underground buzz for years, 2018 was the year that Triple One broke into Australian mainstream consciousness. Their singles ‘Showoff’, ‘Tarlo’ and ‘Valentine Kid’ were added to high rotation on triple j and they were also profiled by Complex, GQ and Highsnobiety. Similarly, their 2019 single ‘Butter’ also dominated radio airwaves, leading to the group’s debut UK/European tour and five sold-out shows across Australia.
And onstage is where Triple One truly state their case. Having earned a notorious live reputation through relentless gigging in Sydney, their shows are a vortex of flailing limbs and sweat-drenched circle pits. Triple One’s sprawling performances have led to sold-out headline gigs around the country, support slots for Smokepurpp and Lil Xan, as well as landmark festivals like Falls Festival, Listen Out and The Great Escape.
Chris Emerson, Australian artist, producer and DJ behind What So Not “is about being free and spontaneous”.
With the release of his debut project Not All the Beautiful Things in 2018, What So Not cemented his place as one of the most ambitious and visionary producers in the game. Collaborating with the likes of Skrillex, Slumberjack, and San Holo, What So Not garnered praise from outlets like NYLON (“a fully packaged, uncompromised artistic vision”) and YourEDM (“hits with power and doesn’t let up”). The artist/producer continued his hot streak in 2019 by focusing on having fun with the process and releasing songs quickly in a spirit of seizing the moment.
What So Not has been streamed over 760 million times and has played shows and festivals spanning 45 countries and 4 continents. Anthems like “High You Are” and “Gemini” are just the beginning; as What So Not travels the globe in search of new sounds fans can expect much more in the future.
Willaris. K creates moments to catch your breath, dance, forget , exalt, reflect and/or draft a text to an ex.
From techno to electronica, punk and metal, Willaris. K is drawn to the melodrama and melodic craftsmanship of artists like Seekae, Jon Hopkins and Shlohmo, but never straying too far from being the kid listening to Rage Against the Machine on the school bus.
Willaris. K has sold out shows in Australia and played festivals including Coachella, Splendour in the Grass, Lollapalooza and Forbidden Fruit.