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Bringing you the latest in local Aussie artists

    Jam Session: Nik Navy

    Jam Session: Nik Navy

    Nik Navy joined the Local Roots team in the JOY 94.9 studio to play four tracks live for you.



    NIK NAVY is a Melbourne queer artist who makes sad songs. Known for his honest storytelling and powerful vocals, his lyrics tell of love and queer resilience.



    Blending soulful vocals, piano and warm electronics, NIK NAVY is the solo project for Melbourne singer, producer and songwriter Nik Mitchell. Influenced by artists like James Blake, Gwilym Gold and SOHN, a love for bold and honest storytelling is at the forefront to produce his intimate and unique sound.



    Releasing a string of singles, leading to his debut EP Treading Water in 2019, NIK NAVY has been named by Pilerats as “one of (their) favourite newcomers to emerge over the last twelve months”.

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    • 45 min
    Takeover: Daniel Elia

    Takeover: Daniel Elia

    Daniel Elia joined the Local Roots team in the JOY 94.9 studio to play four tracks live for you.

    Producing music with a strong political and spiritual message, Daniel Elia encapsulates the trials and tribulations faced by the Melbourne South-Sudanese community, and what it means to be black in Australia. With an extensive background in dancing and touring, Elia was inspired by watching his favourite artists perform. At age 19, he began writing lyrics and recording his tracks on his laptop. It became apparent that his natural creativity and emotional intelligence was able to thrive through the creation of music.

    Elia captivates his listeners with lyrical poetry and unique instrumentals. The recognition of his talent provided him with opportunities to perform at St Kilda festival 2019, Thando’s Ep launch (part of Brunswick Music festival) 2019 and Groovin The Moo 2019. Daniel Elia spoke with VICE magazine about his conscious lyrics in collaboration with Hennessy. “Daniel Elia is at the vanguard of conscious rap in Australia, embedding a message of positivity, community, and truth through the heart of his tracks. Taking inspiration from the likes of Kendrick Lamar and J Cole, Elia is embracing the power of their socially conscious style but applying it to real Australian stories”. – VICE magazine.

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    • 39 min
    Jam Session: KÖDA

    Jam Session: KÖDA

    KÖDA joined the Local Roots team in the JOY 94.9 studio to play four tracks live for you.

    Accomplished Melbourne based singer-songwriter KÖDA is truly one-of-a-kind. Renowned for her powerhouse vocals, bubbly yet fierce personality and electric stage presence, KÖDA presents a whole new world of musical eclecticism and delivers it with a trademark rebel strut. Never one to shy away from stretching new musical horizons, she now lends her skills and songwriting prowess as the lead female vocalist of the six-piece indie-rock outfit, Tempus Sun.

    KÖDA’s unique career thus far has seen her take on whatever musical genre, style or persona she fancies. Her current sound collates the best of her musical lineages, delivering unmatched powerful soul vocals that soar over an unquestionably rock heavy musical accompaniment. KÖDA continues to cross musical boundaries and demonstrate her incredible ability with experimental genre-bending melodies and challenging rhythmic diversity.

    Confessional and sincere, KÖDA unapologetically invites us into her world with a lyrical beauty and vocal effortlessness that is both vulnerable and honest.

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    • 40 min
    Jam Session: Woodes

    Jam Session: Woodes

    Woodes joined the Local Roots team in the JOY 94.9 studio to play four tracks live for you.

    After writing her first song at age 11, it was clear that Elle Graham was going to make a career in music. Growing up in tropical North Queensland, Graham used her upbringing as inspiration; pairing it with training garnered at the Victorian College of the Arts to launch her solo project WOODES.

    Elle released her debut Woodes EP in 2016 and it immediately made an impact, debuting in the top 20 iTunes charts in 7 countries including going #1 on the Singapore Alternative Album charts and named ‘best female artist 2016’ by influential US blog Indie Shuffle.

    In 2017 Woodes signed as a songwriter with UMPG worldwide, as well as securing an invite to SXSW, where she was named by The AU Review as the ‘Best Australian Solo Artist’ of the conference.

    Upon release of her second EP ‘Golden Hour’ in early 2018, Woodes became an in-demand live act; supporting international heavyweights Asgier, BØRNS and Sylvan Esso, as well as crossing the country twice for her headline performances. The EP’s opener ‘Hunger’ was also handpicked by Netflix as the official trailer music for their debut Australian series Tidelands.

    2018 also saw Woodes perform at Splendour In The Grass, where she debuted her most recent single ‘Change My Mind,’ written at Auckland Song Hubs only 8 weeks prior. The single went on to feature in 15 countries New Music Friday playlists including The UK. Change My Mind was Woodes 5th single added to high rotation on triple j.

    Graham has also been a much sought-after feature songwriter and vocalist, recently collaborating with influential artists such as Cosmo’s Midnight, Golden Vessel, Feki, and Set Mo. Her song ‘I Belong Here’ with the latter achieved ARIA Gold status.

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    • 42 min
    Takeover: Val Flynn

    Takeover: Val Flynn

    Val Flynn joined the Local Roots team in the JOY 94.9 studios to play four of their tracks for you.

    Val Flynn, a born performer and refreshing new voice in the Australian music. With foundations laid in fashion and styling, Val Flynn’s passion for music was ignited during a late-night studio session with good friend Miss Blanks, ‚”She pretty much pushed me into the booth and said bitch sing you got a voice! Use it!‚”. Reminiscent of early 2000’s hip-hop futuristic sounds, Val Flynn draws inspiration from Aayliah, Christina Aguilera, and George Michael. Exploring themes of love, sex, and individuality, Val Flynn has global ambitions to resonate with the heart beats that skip to their own sound.

    On ‚Werq 4 It‚ Flynn has enlisted Miss Blanks, creating an infectious combination of boss energies and unforgiving charisma. Flynn sings masterfully in and out of autotune, chopped over a high energy jungle infused garage beat.

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    • 33 min
    Jam Session: Tender Buttons

    Jam Session: Tender Buttons

    Tender Buttons joined the Local Roots team in the JOY 94.9 studios to play four of their tracks live for you.

    Tender Buttons are a 4-piece alternative dream-pop band from Footscray, Melbourne, bringing together dream-pop, shoegaze, and indie-pop influences.

    In 2016, Tender Buttons was born out of a collaboration between Jessicca Bennett (Love Shack Studios, Lash, Preytells), Rachel Sztanski (Reii) and Andrew Kluchareff (Lunars) on the dreamy surf-pop single ‘Southern Hemisphere.’

    Following it’s positive reception and airplay on community radio, the trio commenced work on their forthcoming collaborative and self-produced E.P.

    The tracks were sent to be mixed by Aden Senycia (Nicholas Allbook, Peter Bibby, Rabbit Island, Pikelet), who has since joined the band on bass guitar.

    Have a new track to share?

    Get in touch with us! Send all submissions to localroots@joy.org.au. Our team review all tracks received and will let you know if it get’s shortlisted for the show or added to our new music Spotify playlist.

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    • 46 min

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