Songs from Down Under
We’ve created a playlist with all artists and songs listed below. Check it out on UTS Get Gigged's Spotify account.
Japan: Joe Hisashi
Even if you have not heard his name, you’ve definitely heard Joe Hisashi’s music. He composed the majority of the music for the Studio Ghibli films (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, etc) and is one of our favourite Japanese musicians. Hisashi has performed and conducted music all over the world, including in Melbourne just a few months ago. We cannot recommend more any of his performances on YouTube.
South Korea: EXO
K-pop is AMAZING! K-pop groups and solo artists train for years and years just to debut, and there is such a difference in music culture to our western scene. EXO are a group that had 12 members split into two sub-groups EXO-K (Korean singing) and EXO-M (mandarin singing);the group performs together but releases the same songs in their respective language. EXO have reached international fame and even had the chance to perform at the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics. Even if you don’t understand the language, the songs are amazing, with their music videos even better (this goes for all K-pop groups).
This duo formed their band after having met at Thailand’s Silpakorn University International Music group. Both musicians had a passion and love for music and came together to create their signature chill indie jams. After graduating, they released music and built a strong online presence, eventually signing with Black Sheep Records and releasing their first album in 2003. They’re a great band to listen to while you’re chilling out or need some songs to motivate you through finishing off your assignments.
India: Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar is, without a doubt, the greatest sitar player ever to have lived. Referred to as the "Sitar maestro”, Ravi composed and performed Hindustani classical music. His mesmerising sitar melodies also have hada substantial influence on the psychedelic shift seen in the British rock invasion. One musician in particular who took a liking to Ravi's music was Beatles legend, George Harrison, who brought the Beatles to India to play and learn from Ravi. One only must grace their ears with the hypnotic track, ‘Within without you’ off of The Beatles 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to hear Ravi's influence on their sound.
New Zealand: Lorde
When we first started hearing Lorde’s voice on Triple J, and the story of this New Zealand Girl, who wasn’t wishing that they could be her? Not just a teenager, but a singer who’s music career got off the ground so quickly that she had a number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 at 16 years old. From playing at local venues, to winning local battle of the bands, guest appearing on radio, and getting signed to UMG, she did a lot all before her sweet sixteen. Rising quickly with her first EP, the single “Royals” sold more than 10 million units, certified diamond, and won her two Grammy awards, ensuing popularity. She is currently writing her 3rd studio album, to be released in 2020 or early 2021. In the meantime, listen to her music and reminisce on the Hottest 100 of 2013, when Lorde’s “Royals” came in at number 2 and cementing her position in history, for New Zealand and young female artists alike.
A multi-instrumentalist with a transcendental singing voice, Gurrumul sings stories in both Yolŋu languages and English. Being hailed by Rolling Stone as “Australia’s most important voice”, Gurrumul’s music reaches the hearts of people yearning to hear a soulful story.In his career, he has collaborated with other amazing Australian artists such as Sarah Blasko, Delta Goodrem, Flume, Yothu Yindi, A.B. Original and Saltwater Band.
Australia: Kevin Parker
Kevin Parker is an absolute legend, and if you haven’t heard of him, maybe Tame Impala will ring a bell. Kevin Parker was one of the first people who brought psychedelic rock to popularity in Australia, and across the world, doing it all himself. Every song you hear from Tame Impala is written and played by Kevin, unless it’s a live performance where he gets the boys from Pond to play with him as the band. His music shows his progress, and listening to his lyrics is a journey and that with the psychedelic bangers, has brought him the international fame he has today. If you bring him up around Get Gigged, you’ll have instant friends.