There’s no denying the Gold Coast music scene is on fire, and one of the biggest fuellers of that fire is the Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMAs), who’re rolling out the red carpet for their fifth annual soiree at Surfers Paradise beachfront this Thursday, 2 May.
With 31 finalists up for gongs across eight categories, we’re honing in on the Video Of The Year acts and celebrating the six award-worthy masterpieces they’ve created in this GCMAs-themed edition of Better Than Netflix. Press play…
XO – CALAN MAI (FOLK-POP)
Living every millennials dream of having opportunity land in their lap, Calan Mai finds out how the other half live when he steps into (read: hijacks) his client’s shoes (aka house) after being handed the keys to lock up once he’s finished a car wash. While he humorously indulges in trying on designer clothes, sampling expensive beauty products and ogling hi-tech gadgets, one thing becomes clear: a stolen life upgrade doesn’t come with complementary life skills. Watch and learn my fellow millennials – watch and learn!
BIG EVIL – KOBRAKAI (GRUNGE-ROCK)
Powerful messages brought to life by life-like animations, Kobrakai’s Big Evil is a wake-up call for us all. Echoing a sentiment of being just another cog in the well-oiled machine, the video inspires individual uprising to buck the system, whatever the internal or external system you find yourself in may be. Grunge-rock style with heavy-metal grit, Big Evil gets the blood pumping and the mind thinking.
CUPID LOVE – ROMII (POP)
A modern day Romeo and Juliet, ROMII’s Cupid Love follows the love story of a wealthy woman and and her artistic, rugged beau as she plots an escape from her estate on the back of his motorcycle. Full of sweet, loved-up moments, Cupid Love is a delectable treat from one of the Gold Coast’s finest pop exports, and leaves you glistening with that just-been-shot-by-Cupid’s-arrow feeling.
DINOSYNTH – TESLA COILS (ELECTRONIC)
A dark, hypnotic journey through the cosmos, Tesla Coils’ latest offering, Dinosynth, is an animated short story of cosmic proportions. An adult version of the cartoons set in space many of us were fond of as kids, Dinosynth sees the duo at the helm of their own spaceship as dinosaur-like creatures battle for superiority around them. With underlying themes of extinction and love, this introspective and surreal piece is a must watch.
SHIPWRECKED – YT DINGO (HIP HOP)
Using music and movement in abstract forms, YT DiNGO challenges the norm in a trilogy series that begins with him and his crew washing up on shore in Shipwrecked. An infectious beat provides the backdrop for meaningful choreography that brings this eclectic artist’s lyrics to life.
BEST DAY EVER – BURGER JOINT (FUNK)
Living up to the title Best Day Ever, two motorcycle riding tastemakers (aka G and T-Bone) serve up funk-laden, groovy tunes alongside man’s best friend at the beach on a sunny day in this boogie-inducing music video. With everything from sparkly jackets to pooches enjoying burgers and donning sunglasses, Burger Joint make any adventure you’ve had at the beach look boring with their strong #beachgame. Does anyone have a motorcycle and dog we can borrow?
Better Than Netflix is a regular round-up of our favourite recent music video releases by Queensland acts.