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It's no secret that Triple j Unearthed High introduced us to some of Australia's most talented artists.

While some achieved great success locally and internationally, some faded from the spotlight in favor of other endeavors.

We take a look at some of the previous Triple j Unearthed High winners to see what they've been up to in the years since winning the title.

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"My Heart Is On Fire" was how audiences across Australia were introduced to Hobart's Asta Binnie. Winning the 2012 Unearthed High competition, Asta became immensely popular with Triple J, followed by "Escape".

Asta kept going with a steady stream of singles, including 2015's “Dynamite,” which featured Allday and Asta's popularity continued to skyrocket. Asta released the EP Shine in 2017 and their single "Want You To Know" was released in 2019 to great critical acclaim.

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(is) / Tom ugly

When triple j started its Unearthed High program in 2008, the lucky winner was a Sydney trio called (is). Realizing how difficult the name was for Google, they adopted the nickname Tom Ugly. After releasing a self-titled EP and the track “Cult Romance” as a single, the group supported greats like Sia and Groove Armada, and the Sydney Morning Herald even considered the band to be the “next silver chair”.

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The group has been suspiciously calm since 2008. New music is promised and news about a planned but unreleased EP has surfaced, a single was released in 2011 and 2014.

In 2018 he released the singles "Villain" and "Elegant Flesh" and performed live at the Supanova Expo in Brisbane and Adelaide. In June 2019 he released the single "They".

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Jessica Cero

You may know this face, but not by the name she wore when she won Unearthed High in 2012. In 2013, Jess reinvented himself as Montaigne, inspired by the philosopher and essayist Michel de Montaigne from the 16th J Award-nominated album and a host of other hit hits, including & # 39; Technicolor & # 39; and & # 39; Don & # 39; t Break Me & # 39 ;.

Her debut album Glorious Heights was released on August 5, 2016 and reached number 4 on the ARIA album charts. At the ARIA Music Awards 2016 she won Breakthrough Artist – Release for the album and was also nominated for three other categories.

She also represented Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with "Technicolor", but did not qualify for the semifinals.

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Howling / hunting grounds

The 2009 Unearthed High program winners and the second band to change name shortly after winning. After the release of their winning track "Blackout" and a self-titled EP, Howl soon renamed themselves Hunting Grounds. The Ballarat sextet followed with their second EP Brothers In Violence and a debut album Hindsight in 2012.

After a 10-year career in which the band supported bands like Yacht Club DJs and DZ Deathrays, they played a farewell show in December 2014, with frontman Michael Belsar continuing the torch with Twinsy.

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Founded in 2010 while the group was still in high school, the Melbourne ensemble made the smart move in 2011 to attend Unearthed High, especially since they ended up winning it. After releasing a self-titled EP with songs like "Air" and "Chimera" and releasing the popular "Dance Bear" as a single, the group released their debut album "Sleep In The Water".

The group made their debut release by performing in front of audiences across the country, then announced their sudden split in March 2014. After releasing a demo compilation with a bang (and re-releasing their debut on vinyl, which is now highly sought after), the group has yet to show any intention of reforming. However, if you miss the band too much, fear not as members of the band are still active. Frontman Sean Heathcliff appears under the name Kagu, and Phoebe Lou & Joey Clough also released music under the name Two People.

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Crazy on pogosticks

After winning the 2013 Unearthed High competition with their track "Picasso’s Saddest Love", Sydney's Lunatics On Pogosticks joined them to graduate.

The indie rock trio takes its name from the Red Hot Chili Peppers track "Apache Rose Peacock" and supported bands like Dune Rats, British India, and the very first unearthed band Grinspoon.

After releasing their debut album "Sniffing Lavender" in June 2016, the group released their second album "Leave Your Worries At Home, They'll Be There When You Get Back" and proved that they want to be pretty productive.

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Glass towers

The 2010 UEH finalists released a Triple-J feature album at Halcyon Days in 2013 and even came up for a Like-A version that covered "Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Rey.

After the band went through some major line-up changes, a new iteration of Glass Towers played at the American festival South By Southwest in 2014.

After several years of radio silence, the band's Facebook released short clips of new music in June 2020, originally planned for August 2020.

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Arno Faraji

In the years since Unearthed High was released, Arno Faraji has made a name for himself as one of the brightest stars in Australian hip hop.

After his track 'Destiny' was named 2017 Unearthed High Champion, Arno said that “It literally changed the scope of everything for me. Everything just increased! "

Arno went on tour with Mallrat and played a big set at the Big Pineapple Music Festival before playing on other festival stages like Groovin ’the Moo and supporting greats like Little Simz and Rejjie Snow.

In 2018 he teamed up with REMI and Sensible J on "Bless (What It's Like)" and also worked with another Astral People family member, Milan Ring, on "Scalin," a track they co-produced with him.

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