Indie Spotlight Melbourne is a J-AIR radio program that plays all the latest music made in Melbourne. Melbourne has a vivacious creative community of musicians constantly creating new fresh sounds in all genres.

On Indie Spotlight Melbourne we not only play music but conduct live interviews with musicians. The 1 hour program is hosted by singer-songwriter Shani Weiss, every Thursday 8-9pm.

6 Jul 2024, 3:53pm

6 Jul 2024, 3:53pm Indie Spotlight Melbourne 04.07.24 Ep. 40 Suzie So Blue Suzie So Blue, a captivating musical force, seamlessly melds the soulful depths of blues with the rustic charm of country, creating a hypnotic and spellbinding sonic experience. Her unique tenor guitar style, characterised by its mesmerising melodies, adds an enchanting layer to her music that resonates deeply with listeners. With a voice that echoes the soulful traditions of Americana and the haunting allure of dark folk, Suzie So Blue's vocals convey emotions that are raw, poignant, and achingly beautiful, drawing audiences into her world of musical storytelling.

6 Jul 2024, 3:46pm

6 Jul 2024, 3:46pm Indie Spotlight Melbourne 27.06.24 Ep. 39 Kara Ciezki Internationally trained and award-winning musician Kara Ciezki earned her Bachelor of Music at the highly acclaimed University of Melbourne (1999), before traveling to New England Conservatory of Music (USA) where she completed her Masters in Historical and Contemporary Performance on Recorder (2003). Winning first place at the Woodwind Concerto Competition at the New England Conservatory, Kara debuted as a concert soloist on the recorder in 2001 at Jordan Hall, Boston, and since then has performed across Australia and the US, highlighting both her vocal and woodwind abilities.  In 2006 Kara began to shift her focus more exclusively towards voice and has since gained recognition among local and international musicians and producers, leading to successful collaborations, releases and performances, including Opera Australia, Orchestra Victoria, Pipistrelli Chamber Players, Soria Chamber Players, NEC Chamber Players, DJ Cubist, Asian Envy, Minister & Youthful Implants, Bongmoth, Black Sun Audio, After Dark Theatre, The Funk Buddies, Christopher Wiseman, Jared Haschek, and Jarrod Kirby. Kara is currently working on a number of new projects and recordings, including SMASH IT UP and Krystalline, and is heavily involved in Dolby Atmos and immersive sound. To find out more about Kara, her music, upcoming releases and shows, visit www.linktr.ee/karasmusic and/or www.karasmusic.com

27 Jun 2024, 7:41pm

27 Jun 2024, 7:41pm Indie Spotlight Melbourne 20.06.24 Ep.38 Mark Gardner Mark Gardner is a singer song writer and multi-instrumentalist and with him we chat about his songs and his approach to song writing as well as his journey playing various instruments and his past and present projects.

20 Jun 2024, 7:36pm

20 Jun 2024, 7:36pm Indie Spotlight Melbourne Ep.37 06.06.24 Wizardom Wizardom is Giuliano Avedikian from eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He is a multi-dimensional thought leader, performer, storyteller, writer, speaker. He authentically shares music, transmissions and various other projects/content, that is uplifting, vulnerable and thought provoking. He educates, entertains and inspires people to follow their magic through what he shares and who he is. He embraces truth, freedom, sovereignty, is in touch with awkwardness, weirdness and encourage others to do the same ie to be themselves. He inspires people to be unique and follow their passions no matter what age or personality type eg he is a quiet, late bloomer released his debut album “Synthcronicity” last year in his 40’s and is just starting.

13 Apr 2024, 11:50am

13 Apr 2024, 11:50am Indie Spotlight Melbourne Ep.36 11.04.24 Come Heavy Sleep (Kier Stevens) Come Heavy Sleep are an expressive original music duo based in Melbourne who compose and perform folk noir music. Amongst their balladry and meditative improvisation you'll hear cello, dobro, and voice all coalesce to give weathered flesh to rustic songs about old times and alone times. Come Heavy Sleep bring you the music of empty country at dusk and a wine in the shadows. Rosie Luby – cello/voice Kier Stevens – dobro/voice

13 Apr 2024, 11:44am

13 Apr 2024, 11:44am Indie Spotlight Melbourne Ep.35 04.04.24 Duxie Franklin Alt-folk/pop singer-songwriter, Duxie Franklin, has been hailed as “one of the country’s most unique and exciting emerging acts” (Happy Magazine Blog).Duxie’s newest release is the irresistibly catchy, ‘Lucky Charm’. Premiered exclusively on AAA Backstage, the song is a joyous alt pop (and slightly punk) banger about finding somebody who radiates happiness in your life. Chris Lamaro from AAA Backstage writes “The song radiates brightness, enriched with quirky elements that contribute to its distinct and engaging character. Duxie Franklin’s vocals are the cherry on top, infusing the track with a lively and sparky energy that will undoubtedly have you tapping your toes.”

12 Apr 2024, 2:33pm

12 Apr 2024, 2:33pm Indie Spotlight Melbourne Ep. 34 21.03.24 Scott Candlish Melbourne based, singer-songwriter Scott Candlish shares honest, personal stories of vulnerability through a blend of indie-folk and rock music. Drawing on influences from a wide range of artists, Candlish uses notable falsetto and an intricate fingerstyle. Open and honest about his mental health, Candlish delivers raw and emotive soundscapes that reflect deeply in the innermost corners of his soul.

14 Mar 2024, 12:12pm

14 Mar 2024, 12:12pm Special Episode celebrating local businesses a special show interviewing local businesses Cafe Claremont The Pita Man Jacobson Dental Hilulim Magnet me

22 Feb 2024, 7:40pm

22 Feb 2024, 7:40pm Indie Spotlight Melbourne Ep.32 15.03.24 Primal Primal was formed in mid-2022, after frontman Ethan Taylor and Ocean Grove drummer Samuel Bassal had recorded what would come to be known as The Primal EP. Following the inception of this EP, Taylor went on behind the scenes to form Primal with Louis Cameron (guitar), Jack Mannock (bass), Jake Leahy (drums) and Pablo Tuke (keys). In October of 2022, the now fully-formed band released their debut single ‘Bodies’ and quickly rose to local popularity, with their first headliner (and simultaneously their first live appearance) selling out. This was quickly followed up by support slots for Yours Truly, Void of Vision, Those Who Dream, Juno and Ramona Sky, as well as achieving their first interstate shows all within the first year of performing as a band. Now the band is set to release their debut EP, due for release on February 2nd, 2024 – the thing that started it all in the first place. Primal is a band not to be missed in 2024.

22 Feb 2024, 7:28pm

22 Feb 2024, 7:28pm Indie Spotlight Melbourne Ep. 31 08.02.24 Louis Oscillating between millennial earnestness and gen-z irony with an inescapable optimistic base is Louis, a singer/songwriter hailing from Melbourne, Australia. His original tracks are awash with layers of introspective indie-folk, pure pop sensibilities and rebellious alt rock; marrying infectious hooks with odd individuality.

2 Feb 2024, 2:10pm

2 Feb 2024, 2:10pm Indie Spotlight Melbourne Ep. 30 01.02.24 Dan Cully First episode of the year with Dan Cully

26 Oct 2023, 1pm

26 Oct 2023, 1pm Israeli Musicians Day 6 of war 12.10.23 Following the atrocious Massacre performed by Hamas on Israel on October 7th I have Interviewed 24 Israeli Musicians about their current state and their music. 00:00 – 08:30 Tiferet Cohen 08:30 – 19:00 Keren Ram 19:00 – 32:00 Gilad Elran 32:00 – 42:30 Ohad Bar 42:30 – 52:30 Lian Elefant Matalon 52:20 – 1:03 Yaron Veg 1:03 – 1:12 Roei Barda 1:12 – 1:25 Mor Lavi 1:25 – 1:32 Yasmin Daboosh 1:32 – 1:45 Ben Granot 1:45 – 1:48 Efrat Cohen Korach 1:48  – 02:01:30 Rivka Braverman 02:02:00 – 02:12:30 – Shimon Shubayev 02:12:30 – 02:25: 20 – Miri Bitton 02:25:20 – 02:38:00  Sahar Izraeli 02:38:00 – 02:47:00 Ilona Harpaz 02:47:00 – 02:56:00 Ofer Amichai 02:56:00 – 03:04:00 Sivan Refaeli 03:04:00 – 3:13:00 Rivital Singer 3:13:00  3:27:30 Gil Alhanti 3:27:00  – 3:35:00 Ittai Binnun 3:35:00 – 3:43:20 Danielle Weil

26 Oct 2023, 12:48pm

26 Oct 2023, 12:48pm Indie Spotlight Melbourne Ep. 29 05.10.23 Dom Brinkley 'The Butterfly EP' will be out on Bandcamp and all streaming services on Fri 10th November. Some tracks on the EP were penned during COVID lockdowns, while others predate the pandemic. The EP's core themes encompass loneliness, the pursuit of escapism through dopamine-driven actions, a yearning for personal growth and self-transformation, as well as themes of love and self-acceptance. These themes are intricately woven into Dom's distinctive psychedelic sound, songwriting, and arrangements. The EP was co-produced by Jack Benfold and features an assemble of talented Melbourne musicians. 

28 Sep 2023, 7:45pm

28 Sep 2023, 7:45pm Indie Spotlight Melbourne Episode 28. 21.09.23 Simon Gemmil Kamikaze Roadrunners is Simon Gemmill's solo project. Simon used to play in Wild Meadows and moved to Melbourne in 2012 from Christchurch, New Zealand. Having played in bands there, including The Enright House, he joined The Naysayers as drummer in 2012. Not long after joining the band, he started a Facebook group called Melbourne Musicians.  Now that group has 29k members and is still growing. Simon curates a Spotify playlist and interview people for our Instagram page. Those interviews often go onto YouTube and Tiktok too.

28 Sep 2023, 7:38pm

28 Sep 2023, 7:38pm Indie Spotlight Melbourne 14.09.23 Ep.27 Chris Szkup Chris Szkup is a Tasmanian born, Melbourne based guitarist / songwriter who has been at it since 1990, when his late mother upon hearing that he was interested in playing the guitar, took him straight down to the primary school to enquire about lessons. Unfortunately they were full for that year, but together with his older brother Matt, the brothers got on with it themselves and have been playing together ever since. While mostly a studio musician having released countless albums and singles under his own name, and with The Feckers and TCSO (The Claremont Symphony Orchestra), from time to time he also gigs solo acoustic in Melbourne, and with Hobart based Metallica tribute band Cunning Stunts. For more info, check out http://www.cs-songs.com/ and http://www.thefeckers.net/

24 Aug 2023, 12pm

24 Aug 2023, 12pm Indie Spotlight Melbourne 17.08.23 Ep.24 Stephen Ryan-Gledhill Steve got his first guitar for Christmas at 11 years old. An inexpensive steel string acoustic guitar, quite difficult to play. Steve was largely self taught growing up while learning licks and tricks from other friends and trying to work out songs from records was how it was done. No TAB, no internet, YouTube, etc. At 13, Steve got his first electric guitar and small (6 watt) amplifier. A few local gigs with his Cousin's band followed, including opening for Billy Thorpe. At 15 Steve joined his first real band playing dances at High School and local halls. Mostly Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bee Gees and hits of the day. His first forays into song writing began at 17. Steve wrote songs and performed for a Musical in High School drama before switching to Bass guitar for a few years. Steve continued to play in bands doing covers before spending more time away from music, building his career in Finance, including working full time and studying for a University degree at nights which took 6 years. In 1994, he moved to Hong Kong for work and played occasional gigs in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Houston and New York. In mid 2002, Steve returned to live in Australia full time and studied Music (Jazz) at the Victorian College of the Arts for a year and then an Advanced Diploma in Music Performance (Jazz and Contemporary) at NMIT Fairfield. Song writing increased whilst studying and he was also playing in Bands (primarily Jazz) and teaching guitar. Steve performed widely around Melbourne Including various bars around ST Kilda, Fitzroy, Brunswick etc as well as appearing at Dallas Brooks Hall (with the NMIT big band), Crown Palladium and many more. Following completion of the Advanced Diploma at the end of 2005, he was a professional musician, teaching, writing and performing. After completing his music studies, Steve played Jazz for a while before moving to more contemporary styles. Performances with Dead Cats Bounce, Mark Gardner and the Great Divide, The Broken Sweethearts (both predominantly original material), Stockpile (boogie blues), a Ska band and The Pacific Belles (Andrews Sisters tribute). Steve has played at The Basin Music Festival, Mansfield Music Festival, St Kilda Music Festival, Melbourne Town Hall, The Espy and the The Prince of Wales among many others. He has also been Music Director at the St Kilda Community Gardens for 20 years (minus 2 years of no events due to COVID). Taking a break from ensemble playing, Steve wrote and recorded his first solo outing, The Charlemagne Project (Country/Americana). Steve is currently working on new material for a further Chapter in The Charlemagne Project, hoping to record in the next few months for a release later this year.

24 Aug 2023, 11:52am

24 Aug 2023, 11:52am Indie Spotlight Melbourne 10.08.23 Ep.23 Blind Motion Whilst playing covers in a duo act travelling to gigs in rural Victoria, Craig started writing songs in 2013. Gathering momentum with song-writing ideas & capturing guitar rhythm chord progressions, adding lyric melodies, and refining lyrics to capture the emotion of songs, the writing process consists of storytelling and life experiences. During lockdown in 2020, Craig introduced songs to his cousin Troy (Bass Guitar & Keyboards), who took on an interest to write the Bass lines & keyboard tracks. This process was mostly recording ideas, listening through the songs, and building the song structure to complete the songs. With nine songs ready for our first Album, we played live in the recording studio to mix & engineer songs accordingly, & then mastered the songs at Crystal Mastering. Drums were created through EZ Drummer, written by Craig, as the quality of drums were studio live quality, capturing a live sound, with an overall acoustic rock style. The Album “In the Distance was released on Spotify & many other platforms on April 14th 2023. Currently promoting our act as a rock duo, Blind Motion are performing at open-mics and building to play gigs & support other acts at pub venues, events & festivals to promote and create awareness of our act in 2023. Currently writing songs for a second Album, with five songs near completion, and many song ideas to create our second Album in the near future.

24 Aug 2023, 11:43am

24 Aug 2023, 11:43am Indie Spotlight Melbourne 03.08.23 Ep.22 Wilson Blackley From an early age, Wilson Blackley was drawn to the mesmerising melodies of legendary soul artists such as Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Aretha Franklin. Immersing himself in the timeless tunes that defined an entire generation, he felt an undeniable connection to the emotive power and raw emotion encapsulated within their music. After the release of debut single ‘Home’at age 19, (Co- produced by Sam Teskey) a stunning sold out first headline show at Melbourne’s Gasometer Hotel in 2021 festival performances at NYE On The Hill and Ocean Sounds and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival alongside acts such as The Teskey Brothers, Boy and Bear, Alice Ivy and more,   Wilson  began collaborating on his debut EP with Producer, Sensible J (Sampa The Great, Remi, Cool Out Sun, House Of Beige). Released in mid 2022.  Blackley says, “We approached this record like writing a love letter to all the music I grew up listening to as a kid. We wanted to make something that excited us as much as it does when we listen to our favourites”.

24 Aug 2023, 11:40am

24 Aug 2023, 11:40am Indie Spotlight Melbourne Podcast 27.07.23 Ep. 21 Anya Alchemy Anya Alchemy is an emerging singer-songwriter from the depths of the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria. Her rich, soulful vocals are the perfect match for her gritty songwriting style, exploring themes of love, loss, uncertainty and resurrection as seen through the eyes of a young woman. Anya’s sound is an infusion of soul, folk and blues influences, with gentle nods to her favourite artists such as Natasha Beddingfield, Frank Ocean and The Steeldrivers.   In 2019, Anya released her debut single ‘Home’, featuring fellow Melbourne artist, Pez, as a collaboration with charity World Vision. The success of this track saw over 60,000 streams on Spotify alone and initiated the artist journey for Anya. ‘Home’ was also entered into the 2019 Triple J Unearthed High competition, making Anya a finalist at only 16. ​ Following this success, Anya released her track ‘For You’ in 2021, a DIY family project produced by her brother (TheAudioKid) and instrumentally played by her step-father (Bernard Roberts). Not long after, Anya submitted an unreleased single ‘How Do You Sleep at Night’ to the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), became a semi-finalist and was honourably mentioned amongst thousands of teen applications. Anya has recently been a contestant on Australian Idol 2023 and reached the top 4 of the competition whilst also receiving the first touchdown in over a decade since Idol’s return.