Posts Tagged ‘hunz’

It had never occurred to me before that Brisbane artist Hunz had never realised a music video. Always one known for his interest in animation, Hunz has managed to created a pretty damn fine debut music video for his song “I Get Chills”. The track is a bit heavier than previous stuff we’ve heard from him, but the style suits quite well.

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If you’re looking for some new local music and don’t know where to start, try having a search on Bandcamp. It’s a great site that more and more bands are using to sell their music. Individual tracks or full EPs or albums can be posted and put at any cost (including free!) that the band would like. You can browse through artists or search by tags like location or genre….which brings us to the point of this post.

A Brisbane search will bring up a few pages of bands (some known and some unfamiliar names) from Brisbane. Likewise, you can do a search for a different city, state or country. Most of the music is pretty cheap when it’s not free, and it’s a great way to support independent artists. Need to recommendations on where to start?

  • Hunz is pretty much the king of Brisbane artists on Bandcamp, with practically all of his releases being able for download. You can also get some of his chip tunes stuff there too.
  • Alan Boyle’s ‘Oxygen’ EP is available for download for only $3 (or more if you like), which I think is a complete steal.
  • Massai’s latest release is available here – I think they’re mainly releasing this digitally so this is likely to be the only place people will be able to get this

There’s also a crapload of stuff from Montpelier, Ed Guglielmino and Blunt Instrument.

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This coming weekend, June 12-13, Unconvention Brisbane will be held at The Edge in South Bank (near the Cultural Centre). Unconvention is a world renowned not for profit music conference for DIY and independent promoters, labels, entrepreneurs, writers, technologists, innovators and artists. The creators stress that they aren’t concerned with “discovering rock stars” but instead would rather focus on the community within the city who want to work in the music industry. The goal of the conference is to bring like-minded individuals together to discuss the future of music in Brisbane and how it will change and develop over the coming years.

The conference is held over two days and features panel discussions and networking events, as well as a free, all-ages independent music showcase on the Saturday night. The main panel discussions address ‘music as a service’, ‘music as a product’, ‘music and media’, ‘music, technology and entrepreneurialism’ and ‘music as culture’. Some of the speakers include Everett True, Andrew Stafford, Andrew McMillen, Steve Bell, Maggie Collins and many many more. Check out the full program here.

The music showcase will feature local Brisbane acts Laneous & the Family Yah, Lion Island, the Cairos and Hunz.

This sounds like an exciting opportunity to get involved and be part of the discussions about the ever changing music scene in Brisbane. Not to mention a chance to put faces to a few names (for me at least!). Hopefully, if the conference is successful, this can become an annual event to help build a strong local community.

Tickets are priced at $20 for access to both days. Click here to book via OzTix. Come and say hi if you see me there!

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Johannes van Vliet has been performing under the stage name of Hunz since about 2005, but his music was only introduced to me the other week by a co-worker. He makes this amazing indie electronica music, but pigeon holing him into those genres really don’t do his music any justice. His sound is fresh and modern, and some of the music he has manage to create just on the computer is simply astonishing. It’s worth checking out just for that.

He’s from Brisbane, completely DIY and completely independent – and that just makes it all so much more enjoyable. Go have a listen on Myspace or download a few tracks from Hunz’s Triple J Unearthed page. And if you really dig it you can download a full album for free!!

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