AMY SHARK

They say the key to success is often perseverance, and when it comes to the rise of Amy Shark, the statement could not be more true. After honing her craft and self-producing her music for years, Amy became a household name in 2016 with the release of her breakout hit, ‘Adore’. The emotive single put Amy on the map as one of Australia’s most formidable emerging songwriters. ‘Adore’ went on to achieve 5 x Platinum certification in Australia, a streaming count that surpassed 111 million and second place in the influential listener-voted 2016 Triple J Hottest 100. This was followed by 4 x Platinum and number one Airplay Chart hit, ‘I Said Hi’, cementing Amy as an artist who not only had the ability to share her nuanced truths and connect with a wide audience, but was here to stay.

Soon, the international music community came knocking, leading her to work with Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, pop heavyweight producers Jack Antonoff and Joel Little, among others. In 2018, Amy released her debut album, Love Monster to a ravenous global audience.

The album debuted at number one on the ARIA charts, and her 2019 2 x Platinum single ‘Mess Her Up’ dominated commercial radio and streaming services. With Love Monster, Amy scored nine nominations at the 2018 ARIA Awards and four wins, including ‘Album Of The Year’, ‘Best Female Artist’ and ‘Best Pop Release’. Amy has toured internationally and performed on several major US television shows including The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

2020 saw Amy Shark release the first offering of new music from her sophomore album CRY FOREVER, with ‘Everybody Rise’. The now platinum accredited single is nearing 20 million streams globally, spent 12 weeks in the top 10 Australian airplay chart and earned Amy an ARIA award for ‘Best Pop Release’, Amy’s third win in the category.

No stranger to the big stage, Amy has headlined many major festivals, along with winning over the 70,000 strong crowd at Fire Fight and wowing a huge audience at the NRL Grand Final. Amy’s regional tour in 2019 picked up the ARIA award for ‘Best Live Australian Act’ and 2021 will see Amy hit the road once again on her biggest headline tour of Australia yet. “This is me properly hitting my stride,” she affirms. “The next chapter will define me even more than Love Monster did.”

SPACEY JANE

Fremantle indie rock foursome Spacey Jane have cemented their position as one of Australia's most-loved bands.

Their debut album Sunlight, released in June 2020, entered the ARIA chart at No.2. Four tracks would be voted into triple j's Hottest 100 including fan-favourite “Booster Seat” landing at No.2, just behind Glass Animals' "Heat Waves”.

“Booster Seat” would also soar into the ARIA Top 10 singles chart, achieving platinum sales while the band have accumulated over 88 million streams to date.

The band - front man Caleb Harper, guitarist Ashton Hardman-Le Cornu, bassist Peppa Lane and drummer/manager Kieran Lama - spent the first half of 2021 finally getting to playing sold out COVID safe shows across the East Coast of Australia.

"Streaming numbers and chart positions are great, and they're exciting to watch," Caleb says, "but we’re a live band. To engage with fans like that, to see the music having that reach, that means everything."

The band’s first taste of new material is the single “Lots of Nothing”. Road tested on their sell-out tour in the first half of 2021, it pinpoints a subtle development of their sound, with intricate guitar work and Caleb exploring his falsetto.

The second single “Lunchtime” was released in October and premiered globally as a “Zane Lowe World First” on Apple Music 1.

Spacey Jane will finish recording their second album this year and have international tours slated for early next year.

SKEGSS

In the six years since their inception, Skegss (singer/guitarist Ben Reed, bassist/guitarist/vocalist Toby Cregan, and drummer Jonny Lani) emerged from their laid-back, Australian small town roots as unlikely anti-heroes of the country’s vibrant rock scene. Their riotous releases have sparked circle pits and stage dives all over—from dingy pubs and skate parks, to 20K capacity festival stages—and led the three lads on countless world tours. They’ve even topped the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) singles charts numerous times and, their debut LP My Own Mess reached number two on the album charts and earned an ARIA Award nomination for ‘Best Rock Album’ and more recently, ‘Rehearsal’ claimed them their first #1 record. 

 

Australia's coastal sensation never lost their underdog flair despite their achievements, and it's that same spirit that defines their second studio album, Rehearsal—a 13-track thrill ride through modern disillusioned youth.

 

Rehearsal was recorded at The Grove Studios with Grammy-award winning producer Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice), who added a veteran's finesse and expanded upon the rustic charm of demos the band tracked at The Music Farm using vintage gear from the ‘60s and ‘70s. From Reed's self-made lyrical philosophies inspired by his favorite stand-up comedians to Toby Cregan's reflections on life and his dog, Rehearsal is the most candid and electrifying snapshot we've seen of Skegss yet.

 

The new album also features Hottest 100 voted singles 'Under the Thunder' (#27) and 'Fantasising' (#66).

NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE

High-energy party starters Northeast Party House have moved on from warehouse parties in Melbourne’s inner city to national festival closers. Northeast have built a loyal fan base around three self-produced, guitar-driven, dance-heavy LPs 'Any Given Weekend', 'Dare' & ‘Shelf Life’, which have seen the band tour constantly in their home country as well as internationally, playing sold out headline shows and showcase events at The Great Escape (UK), CMJ (NY) and Culture Collide (LA).

BEDDY RAYS

GRAACE

Beddy Rays have been making music together since they first met on the primary school oval back in the day, but the release of weekend anthem ‘Sobercoaster’ in 2020 really started shaking things up for these fun-loving larrikins. The cracker of a tune has amassed over 2 million streams on Spotify and echoed throughout backyards of Australia during triple j’s Hottest 100, receiving a spot at number 57 and truly cementing the four-piece as one of Australia’s most loveable groups. The boys backed it up with isolation anthem ‘Better Weather’ receiving high rotation and rave reviews among triple j folk, and followed with their last release ‘Wait A While’, an ode to picking yourself up and putting yourself first. The track quickly became a fan favourite reaching number 1 most-played on triple j in April 2021 proving their past wins weren’t just dumb luck.

These days it’s almost impossible not to recognise a Beddy Rays track, as their music has become a carefully curated recipe involving all the right ingredients: powerful lyrics, strong hooks, mosh-worthy riffs and a lingering sense of comradery and good vibes which remains prevalent in everything they create. With a new belter coming out August 18, ‘Week On Repeat’ follows the feeling of rolling into another working week while trying to break away from the plain and mundane. After winning the 2021 Levi’s Music Prize and coming off a sold-out east coast tour, these four young tradies are on their way to becoming the next big Australian export.

With a growing loyal fanbase, tracks that leave you desperate for a summer festival and humble, down-to-earth personalities - everyone wants to be friends with Beddy Rays.

Coming down one Christmas in her early teens to find a guitar, microphone and amp under the tree, gifted to her by her father, Grace Pitts’ life’s work began without her even truly realising. Playing classical piano from an early age and singing around the house, she had an inkling that her real talent may lie with songwriting. After starting out writing folk songs she then, due to growing up “not just as an artist but as a teenage girl,” gravitated back to the piano and to new, poppier climates.

 

Her big break came co-writing and featuring on ‘Numb’, the 2017 track from Australian artist and producer Hayden James which quickly became platinum in their homeland. A left-of-centre pop smash, it showcased GRAACE’s silky vocals which also saw GRAACE join Flight Facilities as a touring vocalist on their 2018 “The Return Flight” tour, playing shows across Australia as well as North America, Europe and New Zealand. It was quickly followed by the singer’s debut single proper, ‘Kissing Boys’, an equally catchy bop that fleshes out a piano base with fluttering synths while still using simplicity as its greatest weapon.

 

It was followed by 2018 debut EP ‘Self-Sabotage’, which has garnered 30 million streams globally to date. Described by the singer as “very melancholic”, the collection sees her not shying away from life’s downsides, but embracing them and learning from them in order to become stronger. It shows her unwavering commitment to honesty in her music, stemming from her using songwriting to pull through at her lowest moments. Her father - her biggest champion - passed away when she was 14, and so every move she makes forward, it’s with the knowledge that he’s willing her along.

 

“The EP was useful to me,” she reflects. “It helped me to get all of those feelings and negative emotions out, and as soon as I released it, it felt like I'd taken all of my baggage and threw it and burnt it - it was a huge weight off my chest.” She describes the release of the EP as “probably the most satisfying thing I've done, especially for my mental health”.

 

This shedding of emotion has allowed GRAACE to put the past behind her and make bold, brilliant steps forwards. In her 2019 singles, ‘Have Fun At Your Party’ and ‘21st Century Love’, she cut a more hopeful figure, transmitted via huge choruses that burst out with confidence.

 

This was showcased when she took on a version of Avril Lavigne classic ‘Complicated’ for triple j’s lauded Like A Version series, taking the pop-punk classic and turning it into a sombre piano-led heartbreaker, fleshed out with help from a gorgeous, sweeping string section.

 

"Avril is the best,” GRAACE exclaims. “She completely changed music for women in that age. She reminds me a lot of Billie Eilish, who I feel like is doing similar things now. I've been waiting to do 'Like A Version' since I started making music. I was pinching myself all day, I cared about it so much."

 

GRAACE’s first single of 2020, ‘Hard To Say’ featured African Australian rapper I.E, and was a touching tribute to a friend close to her heart who took his own life. Balancing delicacy and tenacity GRAACE pours her emotions out through her pensive lyrics and velvety vocals, leaving a glimmer of hope and happiness behind.

 

Now, in August of 2020, GRAACE is set to release some of the musical gems she’s had saved in her locker. The first of these, ‘Body Language’ takes her back to where it all began with the track produced by friend Hayden James.

 

GRAACE says, “I wrote this song on my loop pedal the week I got back from my trip to Thailand. It was hands down one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and I was so inspired by the people there. How kind, inviting and intelligent they were to communicate with me through body language when we didn’t speak the same language.”

 

Drawing from her beginnings playing alone with a guitar to piano-driven solo efforts and glossier, chart-leaning pop, the next year is set to see GRAACE realise her world-conquering vision as an all-encompassing artist, flexible in her style but with a firm, vibrant personality – more simply put, as the breakout crossover artist to watch in 2020.

THE RIONS

“With a sound that's all mainstage-ready confidence and urgent indie hooks, this foursome is ready to launch”

triple j

“a group certainly amongst that one-to-watch list for 2021 is The Rions”

Pilerats

“Really talented young guys, I’m excited to see what the future holds for them!”

Callum Howell (Producer, Ocean Alley)

Sydney teens The Rions are earning their badge as ‘ones to watch’, taking out triple j’s Unearthed High 2021 off the back of their latest single ‘Night Light’ (watch video here).

The 4-schoolmates from Avalon are turning heads with their spin on indie-rock, with songwriting and musicianship well beyond their years... and the scary thing is they’re only just getting started.

Following their Unearthed High win, the band rocketed up the Shazam charts (peaking at #36 in Australia) and triple j fans hammered the textline with praise, leading to ‘Night Light’ being the 5th Most Played song on the station.

Teaming up with producer Callum Howell (Ocean Alley), the guitar-driven anthem showcases a quiet confidence from the Northern Beaches outfit featuring emotive vocals, dynamic drumming and wailing guitars.

Lyrically, the band says “Night Light is about the fear of the dark and the ‘monsters’ that children see in the midst of their unforgettable ordeals possibly being interpreted as the scary realities people experience later in life.”

After working with Callum Howell on their previous single ‘Head Still Hurts’ (a triple j Unearthed radio favourite), they once again collaborated with the Ocean Alley Producer in

Sydney’s renowned Forbes Street Studios. Reflecting on the recording session, the band says “recording the tune with the incredible Callum Howell was a crazy experience for us and one we’ll never forget!”

Fresh from earning a spot on this year’s postponed Bluesfest as Grand Finalists in the Bluesfest Busking Comp, The Rions (Noah, Harley, Asher & Tom) add to their growing catalogue of ear-worms ‘Head Still Hurts’, ‘Sadie’ and ‘Halfway Out’ which have amassed over 800k Spotify streams already.

The boys have been making the most of the last 12 months by co-headlining Surflife Festival with The Terrys, performing as part of TikTok’s Isolaid Festival, winning the Northern Composure People’s Choice Award and performing live on Channel 7’s Sunrise.

Citing influence from Arctic Monkeys, Spacey Jane, Lime Cordiale and The Beatles, they’ve carved out their own sound which seems to be connecting - with flocks of followers jumping on board locally and internationally (not to mention frontman Noah Blockley’s 8 million+ TikTok views).

Stay tuned for a string of upcoming East Coast headline & festival announcements, and get well acquainted with The Rions as their ascent is just getting started.

DESTRENDS

DESTRENDS is a Melbourne based post-punk collective, creating an angular, bass-driven sound. They have built a reputation as a distinctly theatrical live outfit. With a sound influenced by early 80s new wave, DESTRENDS produce a confident mix of gloomy punk with some real Aussie grit. 2022 is set to be a breakout year for the band as they prepare to release their highly anticipated debut album.