Captured by the coastal vibes and beauty of the lush nature constantly surrounding him, in his hometown of the Gold Coast, SHOOTY has developed a very strong love and appreciation for all things Indie Folk, Acoustic and Blues. Influenced by and fusing the sounds of such artists as The Paper Kites, Ben Howard, Angus Stone and Justin Nozuka, 2014 has seen SHOOTY working hard in the studio with the aim of releasing his first Solo EP later this year.
Quickly establishing a name for himself in the local music scene, emerging Brisbane artist Jake Whittaker's easy-going nature and love of his craft is evident and embraced by his audiences. With a love of rock, surf rock, pop, 60's soul and funk, Jake's style has evolved into a unique and honest sound. His recently released EP 'Hit The Ground Running' is a testament to this signature sound, which pulls you in with a spice of mixed genre songs that are filled with vitality and emotion.
Sophie Rose ft Vespyro
Hailed as the Taylor Swift of the Gold Coast, Sophie Rose's smooth and polished vocals accompanied by Vespyro's dynamic and electric instrumentals make for one unique and exciting sound. With blonde hair, blue eyes and lightly freckled skin Sophie epitomises the essence of your typical Gold Coast girl. However, her lyrical content displays a refreshing sense of youthfulness and cool, often reserved for the back alleys of Melbourne.
Drawing influence from his coastal lifestyle and an upbringing on spoon-fed blues, roots and folk music, Tom Dodd quickly grew an appreciation for the raw nature of organic music. Writing songs that utilize unique textures and soundscapes that enhance his audience's auditory senses, Tom indulges his listeners with samples and playing techniques that reference nature and oceanic themes.
There is a certain appeal that comes with honest song writing; Iconic musicians from previous generations created timeless songs with their honesty and emotionality. Creating his own brand of blues-influenced music, JacksonJamesSmith hopes to follow in their footsteps. Jackson's songs relay his thoughts on life and the situations experienced during emotional extremes. Through his desire to convey personal experiences and thoughts and though his soul bearing music that shares the lowest of lows and the highest highs, heartache and elation, Jackson creates instantly relatable songs to cherish and connect with.
If Bono and Adele ever cheated, ESSIE would be their lovechild. Producing a sound that is uniquely her own and hailed by the press as "The proud owner of an awesome set of pipes", ESSIE's sound has been described as alternative rock with a 70s twist. A powerhouse of vocal strength and guitar mastery, the Perth local, currently based on the Gold Coast, released her debut EP 'Run Red' in July of 2013 and is set for bigger and better things during 2014.
With a steadiness to their song writing and a seductress at play, Tinker, a rock'n'roll 5-piece out of Brisbane are hard to dislike. Old friendships and a musical fascination allowed for Lead Vocalist, Daniel Friel and Lead Guitarist, Chris Bristow to embark on a totally new sound quest - to make extremely well-crafted and alluring pop. With Chris' inclination to hook-based song writing, the battle is half-won. With the addition of Friel's soulful tone and wandering melodies, a new mood is created, a mood you just don't know yet.
Established in 2009 as the humble bedroom project of songwriter, Zachary Miller, Talltails have spent the last two and a half years playing locally and interstate in support of their extended EP 'A Young Mind, A Juvenile Jail'. Built on close ties, the band consists of Zachary's friend and guitarist, Darren Waters, brother and drummer Ryan Miller and ex Bluebottle Kiss Bassist Ross Dickie. Talltails have earned a reputation for a great live show fraught with energy and sincerity. The new raucous single 'Long Arm' is one of the bands most bold offerings to date, melding the sounds of The Stranglers, Thee Oh Sees and The Drones into a two and half minute explosion.
An amazing dexterity on the guitar is combined with a sensibility and taste that shows incredible maturity for such a young player. At 22 Brodie Graham is one of the hottest emerging talents in the Australian Blues scene. He has already served an impressive apprenticeship, having shared the stage and held his own alongside players like Ray Beadle, Mojo Webb, JB Lewis, Doc Spann, Lil Fi, and Phil Emmanuel. The rich history of the blues is reflected yet modernised in his live performances with toe-tapping swings, infectious shuffles, clever funk, awe-inspiring jazz, and heart wrenching soul tunes all illustrated with Brodie's unbelievable feel for the guitar. This is that young kid South East Queensland has been talking about. He's all grown up and ready to spread his message!
Born into a family whose pastime was to dress up as Vikings and run around the pine forest pretending to kill things, CLODAGH grew up learning her music craft from the best in the business: trees. Trees and nutcases, which probably account for her signature, untamed and ever-changing style of Celtic-infused power-folk. CLODAGH's entirely unique and somewhat unclassifiable style has brought her to the Gold Coast, where she hopes to make her name understood, and better yet, pronounced correctly, by as many people she can reach and touch with her heartfelt songs, which often test the boundaries between darkness and light, rejoicing around that mirage-like bit in the middle.
At the ripe age of only 18 and having already released a debut EP 'Truth or Dare' along with countless singles, Country-pop singer/songwriter Taylor Moss epitomizes 'the girl next door.' With such innocence she draws her audiences in through her sweetheart-like stage presence and charm, capturing them with her limitless catchy melodies and sing-along chorus's. It's no surprise that her latest single titled 'Centre Stage', produced by Matt Fell has already hit the charts, sitting on #8 on 98.9FM within the first week of release.
After what seems like a lifetime of performing in musical theatre, Emily has slowly but surely drifted into the "exquisite and dangerous" path of being a singer/songwriter. Despite the fact she never thought she'd find herself there, what a wonderful collision the two art forms have created within her uniquely expressive music. She's quirky, she's cute and while her music is a whole lot of fun there is also a side to Emily's music that is emotive, engaging and somewhat thought provoking, there's no wonder in why her list of influences include the likes of Missy Higgins, Sara Bareilles and Eric Hutchinson.
Remaining stylistically ambiguous, David Baker's music revolves around his love of melody and his constant desire to be a 'slave to the song'. Writing and performing in several different styles from alternative country to indie pop David prides himself on not being able to to be categorised or tied down to a specific genre. Having previously toured and performed up and down the eastern coast of Australia, from as far south as Melbourne to as far north as Weipa in northern Queensland, the last few years has seen David cut back on his live shows to concentrate on his writing and production for his long awaited debut EP which is sure to catch the attention of many once released mid 2014.
With her haunting earthy vocals and a guitar in hand, Lily Budiasa creates a canvas for her audience. Painting a picture with her honest storyteller lyrics, she captures you with a unique alternate style, humble attitude and beautifully written guitar melodies. Her infatuation with music is nothing new - from the age of four it was evident she was in love and music was already drawing her in. Playing pots and pans for drums, singing along to MTV and having a room full of percussion instruments, a guitar and a karaoke machine, time would tell if this little love affair would last and once you hear her voice you'll be thankful it did.