Daniel Rankine (aka Trials)
Dan Rankine is a producer and MC with the Adelaide hip-hop act Funkoars. The Funkoars are part of the Certified Wise crew, a collective of sixteen South Australian hip-hop artists (including the Hilltop Hoods) who often appear on each other’s tracks in various albums. The group recently signed with Golden Era Records (founded by the Hilltop Hoods) and in 2011, Funkoars released the EP It’s All Good (Is Very Good), as well as their new album The Quickening. The band is touring March through June.
Paul Ridge (aka Drapht)
Perth MC Drapht has enjoyed a slow rise to prominence from the underbelly of the Australian hip-hop scene. Drapht recorded two albums on Obese Records: Who am I and Brothers Grimm. The track “Jimmy Recard,” was released in 2009 and reached number 10 in the triple j Hottest 100. The song spent an enormous 102 weeks in the AIR independent charts, while Brothers Grimm was one of the biggest selling independent records of the year.
in 2011 Drapht teamed with long-time collaborator Trials (Funkoars) as well as a veritable treasure trove of musicians, producers and singers to produce The Life of Riley. The album debuted at number one on the ARIA charts and has been in the Urban Album charts for 55 weeks.
From the 60s-era psych pop of the Platinum-selling single “Rapunzel,” the deep, dark dub styles of “Murder Murder,” to the comedic “Take the Party With Us,” the album travels a dark, winding, yet fulfilling road. It tells the story of Paul Ridge (aka Drapht) as a smartalec kid with a fake ID sneaking into the local Monday hip-hop night. The Life of Riley was released on Drapht’s own labelThe Ayems, with distribution through Sony Music.
The Life of Riley earned Drapht his first ARIA Award for Best Urban Album in 2011, as well as the Jagermeister Independent Music Award for Best Hip Hop Album. The summer of 2012 saw triple j’s Hottest 100 feature two of his singles, with “Sing It”coming in at number 29 and “Bali Party” voted in at number 74.
After the phenomenal success of 2010 EP With Emperor Antarctica, Sydney quintet Boy & Bear were touted as Rolling Stone’s 2010 Artist To Watch, and they met expectations. The group won triple j’s 2010 Unearthed and landed two songs in triple j's Hottest 100 for that year, including the acclaimed cover of Crowded House’s “Fall at Your Feet” which came in at number five, and “Rabbit Song”, which reached number 45 in the countdown.
Signed to Island Records, the group teamed up with US producer Joe Chiccarelli (My Morning Jacket, The Strokes, The Shins) in his Nashville studio to create the virtuosic debut album Moonfire. The resulting work pushed Boy & Bear’s musical boundaries, moving away from folk towards lustrous, melodic, sometimes melancholic indie pop. The album reached number two on the ARIA Top 50 chart and was voted number three on triple j’s Album of the Year in 2011.
The first single “Feeding Line” became a triple j favourite and reached number four on triple j’s Hottest 100 in 2011. The band romped home at the 2011 ARIA Awards, collecting five awards: Best Adult Alternative Album, Breakthrough Artist – Single, Breakthrough Artist – Album, Best Group and Album of the Year.
The band recently completed a run of shows in the UK and Europe and will embark on a 26-date tour of Australia in May and June, with many shows already sold out in advance.
On song writing, David Hosking said:
“Honesty resonates and I think that it if it resonates with you as a writer, then it is going to resonate with the listener as well. I think that just happens naturally.”
Kimbra spent her early years gigging around her native New Zealand, but decided to relocate to Melbourne when she turned 17 to follow her musical career. Her debut record Vows, three and-a-half years in the making, presents her unique take on life and love. The album unfurls with an eclectic mix of styles - neo-pop tunes alongside dark reflective tracks, all held together with the strength of her remarkable vocals.
Vows swiftly achieved critical and commercial success, debuting at number three in New Zealand (where it achieved Gold Status) and at number five in the Australian album charts (achieving Platinum sales status within three weeks of its release). Subsequently, the album was shortlisted for the AMP Awards. Singles “Cameo Lover”, “Good Intent” and “Two Way Street” all rated in Triple J’s Hottest 100 and in 2011, she took home the ARIA for Best Female Artist.
Her phenomenally successful duet with Gotye on “Somebody That I Used To Know” is now a chart topping hit in 11 countries around the world. It was number one for eight weeks on the Australian singles chart, and recently hit the coveted number one spot on the American Billboard chart – a feat not achieved by an Australian artist since Savage Garden in 2000.
Kimbra has also made inroads with renowned production and writing talents, including soul star John Legend, recording with iconic producer Mike Elizondo (Dr Dre, Fiona Apple) as well as working with Greg Kurstin (The Bird and The Bee, The Flaming Lips, Foster The People), plus Mark Foster & A-Trak and Keefus Green (Mike Patton, Mini Mansions).
Having signed an international deal with Warner Music, Kimbra and her band of funky virtuosos have tackled the US with a slew of music industry showcase gigs, as well as touring the nation supporting Gotye and Foster the People. Kimbra will return to Australia in early May for a string of performances at Groovin’ the Moo as well as select solo appearances.
Lanie Lane’s debut album To The Horses firmly establishes her as one of the most distinctive voices and charming characters in Australian music. Lanie’s album, which debuted at number 12 on the ARIA chart, renders a heady mix of early rock‘n’roll, blues and rockabilly and is the culmination of many years of writing and touring. A favourite with radio listeners, the album took the gong for the 2011 Record of the Year at the FBi Radio SMAC Awards.
Upon the release of To The Horses, Lanie began her first Australian headline tour, selling out every venue. In 2011 she won a slot on the Sydney Big Day Out line-up thanks to triple j’s Unearthed competition. Lanie has also performed sold-out shows at the Sydney Festival and Adelaide Fringe, packed out Splendour in the Grass and toured with the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Clare Bowditch and Fitz and the Tantrums.
As well as garnering attention as the voice accompanying Tim Rogers on You Am I’s single “Trigger Finger”, Lanie record a couple of tracks with the one and only Jack White in his Nashville studio. The songs were subsequently released on White’s own Third Man Records on 7” vinyl as part of the acclaimed ‘Blue Series’.
In November 2011, Lanie took part in triple j’s Nick Cave tribute tour, ‘Straight to You,’ and will hit the road again in May 2012 in support of her latest single, “Bang Bang”.
Of her process of writing songs and recording, Lanie said: “I feel it’s so important to capture the song at THAT moment. I owe it to the song. And if that’s when it has chosen to come out, then come out it must. I get inspired by the most unexpected things… you can never know when inspiration will hit, and it’s an interesting and distinctive feeling when it does. You just know. And all that you can do at that moment is to get out the guitar, pen and paper and start singing.
The other day I wrote “(Oh Well) That’s What You Get (Falling In Love With A Cowboy)” because apparently I said that in my sleep. Of course I had to write a song about that. There is so much to write about – it’s never ending.”
Matt Corby’s burgeoning music career enjoyed a turbo-charged-beginning back in 2007, with his breakthrough coming on reality TV talent show Australian Idol. Finishing as a runner-up in the musical extravaganza, Corby consolidated his achievement in 2009 by releasing his debut EP, Song For….
Following this, he relocated to the musical hub of London and signed with indie label Communion. The label released his second EP My False in 2010 and his third EP, Transition to Colour in late 2010. Matt has steadily built a solid fan base, playing sold-out shows in London and the US, as well as a series of intimate ‘Secret Garden’ shows in fans’ backyards throughout NSW and Victoria. He has also played support slots for UK band Elbow during their national Australian tour.
Matt recorded his fourth EP Into the Flame with producer Tim Carr (Ernest Ellis, Jonathan Boulet) in September 2011, showcasing his fresh style of indie folk pop. The lead track “Brother” was released in November of that year and was voted in at number three on triple j’s Hottest 100 for 2011. The EP reached number three on the ARIA Top 50 singles chart and has since achieved double Platinum sales. April 2012 saw Matt sell out shows in Europe and also release his second EP, Transition to Colour, internationally through iTunes.
Having recently signed international record deals with Atlantic and Elektra, Matt is also in the process of recording his debut album. He will undertake his own headline theatre tour of Australia in June.
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