Similar to America's SXSW, Australia is home to the BIGSOUND Festival and Conference, a four-day event in Brisbane that unleashes stacks and stacks of up-and-coming, unsigned, buzzing acts throughout the many venues of Fortitude Valley, for hordes of music-lovers and music industry identities to lap up.
It's basically the breeding ground for the musicians who will be blowing up your airwaves and social feeds next year, so it's always good to keep a finger on the pulse and check out these rising stars before everyone else cottons on.
Cool Accidents is heading back up to Brisbane for this year's event and we sifted through the 146 bands and artists playing the festival to bring you a bunch that we think you should catch - or at least keep an eye on. They're our little secret for now, but we don't think that'll be the case for much longer.
Head to BIGSOUND's website to check out the full line-up and conference program and stay tuned for our on-ground content from BIGSOUND!
Hailing from the Gold Coast, DVNA sings and produces her own neo-soul/R&B-inflected electronic with so much finesse, we can't believe she does it all in her bedroom. Her stuff will remind you of The Internet's SYD, Anderson .Paak or Sampa The Great and her new song Sushi In Tokyo will have you humming for ages.
LÂLKA is Australia's answer to dirty, grimy PC Music-inspired tunes, packed with a shit hot beat and spilling over with attitude. She creative directs all her music videos and photographs and couples really dark beats with sugar-sweet vocals, and the resulting juxtaposition is completely intriguing - her new song Go Psycho is a brilliant example of this, but if you truly wanna see LÂLKA's attitude shine, you can't go past SHUT UP.
Pop punk's coming back and we're pretty happy about it, tbh (some will say it never left). Sydney's RedHook create a Frankenstein's monster of punk, electro, post-hardcore and rap, a bit like if Linkin Park was fronted by Halsey. They've already played Download Festival in the UK, Good Things Festival here and they're only looking to grow from here. Peep their latest song Only Bones.
If you're into industrial hip hop with phat bass and a deep unforgettable vocal, look no further than Raj Mahal. Boston-born but based in Sydney, Raj Mahal provides the US hip hop finesse with the effortless Australian steeze. His latest No Suckers is badass and the video is insane too. We also have to give props to his BIGSOUND bio: it says, "Raj Mahal sounds like an extraterrestrial swarm of bees punching on with a drumline composed entirely of self-indulgent robot celebrities who haven't learned how to walk yet." Accurate.
We've already been on Kymie's scent since December 2018 when we premiered the cool video for Needs, but we're still not over her sassy hip hop and strong penchant for a good lyric. Her song Needs is still a huge mood and following this week's release of a new more SoundCloud rap-influenced song called Can't Relate, we're keen to see the strides she takes post-BIGSOUND.
Adelaide-born but Melbourne-based, Wolfjay is the perfect answer to anyone looking to soundtrack their next coming-of-age teen film. Calling to mind the nostalgic sounds of Jack Antonoff and the carefree attitude of All Time Low, their new song Together is a tinkling dreamscape that turns into a sunny pop punk jam (and make you want to shoot all your Instagram content with 35mm film).
Producer Oh Boy already keeps great friends like Cub Sport, Golden Vessel and Mallrat, all of whom he's made music with. His music is introspective, delicate and washes over you like a hot shower and since we premiered his video for By The Wa777, he's made solid tracks to expand his sound even further.