Double J, triple j’s new digital radio station, officially kicked off today as, from a live broadcast held at Melbourne’s Kelvin Club, lead presenter Myf Warhurst spun the first tune and announced the station’s full suite of programs and presenters.
The station, which avowed to focus on new music while also celebrating the iconic tunes of the past, kicked off with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Get Ready For Love. The launch also featured live performances by Kate Miller-Heidke and Paul Dempsey.
In addition to Warhurst’s daily music program, Double J will also feature specialist shows hosted by alt and country singer-songwriter Emma Swift, Melbourne multi-instrumentalist and producer Tim Shiel, triple j’s own Caz Tran, influential broadcaster Karen Leng and The Bamboos’ Lance Ferguson. See the full schedule below.
Each Sunday the station will braodcast a show produced by a monthly “Artist in Residence”. The Go Betweens‘ Robert Forster will kick off proceedings this Sunday before The Cat Empire, Adalita & Kevin Mitchell, Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop each take a turn in the driver’s seat.
“I like the idea of programming two hours of radio on a Sunday afternoon,” said Forster in a statement. “I like the free hand I have in choosing the music I can play. And I like that a station exists to play adventurous music, a lot of it made by Australian artists, deserving to be heard by as many people as possible”.
The station’s accompanying website doublej.net.au will also feature videos, reviews, illustrations an audio player, as well as quality contributions from some of the country’s most respected music journalists.
Double J Full Program
11am – 3pm, Daily – Weekdays with Myf Warhurst
Myf Warhust presents a daily show featuring new releases, interviews with artists, great moments from the archives and a music quiz.
8pm – 10pm, Monday – Revelator with Emma Swift
Emma Swift presents a weekly show dedicated to sourcing bittersweet melodies and lonesome lyrics from folk, alt-country, Americana, roots, rockabilly and folk rock.
8pm – 10pm, Tuesday – Something More with Tim Shiel
Tim Shiel presents a weekly show that takes you to a slightly weirder place. Whether it’s from obscure, established or brand new artists, expect to hear lots of interesting new sounds.
8pm – 10pm, Wednesday – The Beat Eclectic with Karen Leng
Karen Leng presents a weekly show covering post rock, punk and pop, ambient and acoustic sounds.
8pm – 10pm, Thursday – The J Files
A weekly program featuring the best bits of triple j’s vast J Files back-catalogue.
9am – 12pm, Saturday – Saturdays with Caz Tran
Caz Tran presents a weekly program featuring new tunes, plus some of the best interviews and live music recordings from the triple j archives.
6pm – 8pm, Saturday – Sky High with Lance Ferguson
The Bamboos’ Lance Ferguson presents a weekly show that joins the dots between indie, hip hop, soul and pop.
3pm – 5pm, Sunday – Artist in Residence
Musicians take over for a month-long residency. The first confirmed artist is Robert Forster and future confirmed musicians include The Cat Empire, Adalita & Kevin Mitchell, Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop (recorded by the BBC).
Watch: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Get Ready For Love