About This Website
This guide was compiled by DJ Robot Citizen commencing in late 2012. This site topped 100,000 "visits" in Nov 2014 and has had 171,062 visits as of Jan 01 2016... good to know others are (re)discovering and enjoying this music too. :-) (Charts of site stats are shown here.)
The scope of music covered on this site includes numerous genres that came out of the post-punk music movement of the late 70s, particularly industrial and goth and the many offshoots and siblings like: goth rock, electro-industrial, new romantic, electronic body music (EBM), darkwave, death-rock, industrial-metal, (darker) new-wave rock, pre-punk '70s glam-rock (being a precursor prime influence), cybergoth, cyberpunk, electro-punk, synth-punk, horror-punk, electro-rock, dark alternative pop/rock, dance-punk, power-noise, witch-house, glitch-hop, drag, dark ambient, coldwave, chill-wave, musique concrete, dark electro, dark electronica, (darker) synthpop, digital hardcore (DHC), techno-punk, elektro, hellectro, aggrotech, breakcore, darkcore, darkstep & so on... artists, bands, groups, projects, producers...
If you'd like your work to be considered for inclusion on this site please send an inbox message via that FB page or via the contact page on this site. Please note that this site is devoted to artists living in or who are from Australia or New Zealand (ANZ). There are plans to develop a broader international site... time will tell!
This website is meant as a respectful tribute to all these artists/producers; bringing them together like this, as a collation of our cultural heritage, can potentially boost exposure & recognition for all the projects. This page contains a copyright-disclaimer notice - in sum all rights belong of course to the copyright owners/creators. You are encouraged to financially support the artists.
Why did I build this site?... There are several factors that inspired me to put this site together. In short:
- I absolutely love this music! Keen to share the love! :)
- So many people (especially Australians & Kiwis) do not realise that many of these better known artists are from ANZ or have resided here for a significant period. And it's good for us to know because, it just is! :P ... Furthermore, many of us (in ANZ) dismiss many ANZ artists because they later had commercial pop-chart success, were 'mainstream', yet they made awesome music (particularly earlier on) that is relevant to this site's scope, which was of its time, even ahead of its time, & tends to receive greater respect overseas while being dismissed here... and that's just (imho) silly! :P
- There are so many underground self-managing independent artists who produce & release great music which sadly disappears in to the void because the music industry ignores it hence not many people ever hear of it; only those who search avidly beyond the walls of the corporate music world.
- I needed something to do (when I started to make this site) & was passionate to do this topic. It's a natural extension of the many hundreds of radio shows and other music-industry things (small record label & compilation albums) that I've done over the aeons that support, in particular, local underground music artists in these genres.
Same things explained in a more rambling verbose fashion:
I absolutely love this music! :) My life has been made so much better by the work of these artists. I seek to share their work for others. In doing so I encourage people to support the artists financially. So that there is a future for this art.
- When connecting with people overseas, either on travel or internet, many have asked: "What is some Australian music that I might know of or like?" And even a short answer - mentioning 5-10 artists - shocked many of them about how many artists they admired yet they had no idea they are from Australia &/or New Zealand (ANZ).
- Likewise I grew up admiring the work of many of the artists (profiled on this site) yet for many years I - and it seems all my friends in the goth-industrial scene - had no idea they are from ANZ. Indeed, regards some I only learnt of their ANZ roots upon researching for this website. This situation is partly because many of the artists had to move overseas (Europe & North America) in order to build a career making music. We in ANZ then learn of them years later and tend to assume the artists aren't, could not possibly be, from here.
- It is also partly because within ANZ, especially in "alternative", "subculture" scenes, there is an oppressive, negative local-culture-cringe that hampers us all. Many of us hold beliefs like: "nothing good (art-wise) could come from here", "we're just a nation of sports people", "the grass is green everywhere else" etc. (Of course there are people all over the world who feel the same way about where they live!)
- Such negativity/indifference has the effect of forcing aspiring ANZ artists to: i) either give up on their art - which impoverishes us all culturally; or ii) leave everyone and everything they know to move overseas and try their luck there.
- The content via this site seeks to demonstrate how wrong those negative anti-ANZ beliefs are. For ANZ artists have contributed an enormous amount to establishing and maintaining the post-punk-industrial-gothic-dark-electronic-related music genres. And far more than that, I profile numerous artists that, while considered mainstream in ANZ due to subsequent pop-chart success, their music is rooted in the same ideas, formats, styles & emotions that are the defining characteristics of music labelled 'goth', 'gothic', 'industrial', 'dark' and so on. And overseas they are appreciated as such. I have been to goth-industrial clubs in other countries where they play ANZ bands that are completely overlooked here for being 'mainstream'. Like many people, for many years, I too foolishly rejected many ANZ artists - during my (mostly teenage) years of identifying as an outsider-of-sorts, as a "goth", a "cyberpunk" or "rivet-head" (industrial-music afficionado) - as part of rejecting almost everything local; as part of my identifying with a dream that somewhere else was 'cooler', where most-if-not-all the people are progressive, intellectual, open-minded....lol. Yes it's a delusion that is shattered by travel and life experiences. ;)
- In addition to all that I have hosted hundreds of radio-shows over the years including many shows devoted to Industrial-Goth-EBM-Darkwave-Post-Punk and many to Australian music. I've received albums from (and otherwise become aware of) scores if not hundreds of fledgeling artists who, imho, are making great music yet who are being ignored by: i) the local ANZ music industry and media; and ii) also ignored by the grass-root music scenes who - whilst self-stylising as being 'underground' and 'alternative' etc. - tend to only get enthusiastic about looking at artists (usually from elsewhere) upon which some overseas corporation has spent a fortune to promote as a glossy shiny product optimised for mass consumption. (Of course, that's the antithesis of punk; goth and industrial are two of punk's children.) As such so many of our artists soon burn out, give up, because their work falls into a big black hole. And even if they get some attention, like being played on small radio shows like mine a few times, get some views on their internet profiles, it soon gets lost or goes offline; more or less buried and lost forever. I can only do so much via occasional radioshows in one small city. And of course I can only do so much via this website. But it's a heck of a lot more - reaching a global audience.
- I hope that this site's collection helps to foster, locally, a greater appreciation for what we have and where we come from. And that from that position more artists have a chance of being able to make more art. :) I hope you discover music via this site that you love too and so much so that you'll fork out some $ to help the artists continue.
DJ Robot Citizen - a presenter of many hundreds of radio-shows (mostly 2XX 98.3fm Canberra & the nationwide Community Radio network) as well as organiser and DJ at hundreds of nightclub-and-band events featuring these kinds of music.
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