Grid Series

Artist Development Program

For our biggest program of the year, we are coming back to our home town of Melbourne and shining the spotlight on the outer western region of Melbourne. With an absolute cracking line up of mentors, 8 artists from the Wyndham region will receive:

  • one-on-one mentoring from two of Melbourne’s most in demand managers and publicists, David Morgan (Tash Sultana, Maddy Jane) and Vader Fame.

  • song development session with Ecca Vandal, Lior and Joel Ma

  • Full track production by Anna Laverty, Oscar Dawson and Russell Fawcus

  • Video content to promote your new release

  • A single launch party to coincide with the release of your new track

See below for who is involved in GRID Deep West Melbourne!

SonG Development

Ecca Vandal has already been labelled an enigma. It’s not necessarily because of the lack of information available on her, but instead might have something to do with her musical pedigree and her defiant strut into a tornado of influences.  You’d be forgiven for admiring her for the Beacon Street era Gwen Stefani vibe alone. Ecca has the same chutzpa as the Orange County queen of ska, and commands attention in the same unrelenting manner.    South African born with Sri Lankan Heritage, Ecca Vandal’s parents left South Africa after Apartheid in the late 80s, her parents making the decision to find a stable environment in which to educate their daughters. After settling in Melbourne, Ecca sunk her teeth into jazz at an early age before discovering the intoxicating world of hip hop and the DIY spirit of punk rock. Bjork is a musical hero, Miles Davis is an all-time favourite, and Mr Bungle and Fugazi led her to the tumult of Deftones and Meshuggah. To describe her influences as ‘broad’ doesn’t quite seem to cut it.

Ecca Vandal has already been labelled an enigma. It’s not necessarily because of the lack of information available on her, but instead might have something to do with her musical pedigree and her defiant strut into a tornado of influences.

You’d be forgiven for admiring her for the Beacon Street era Gwen Stefani vibe alone. Ecca has the same chutzpa as the Orange County queen of ska, and commands attention in the same unrelenting manner.

South African born with Sri Lankan Heritage, Ecca Vandal’s parents left South Africa after Apartheid in the late 80s, her parents making the decision to find a stable environment in which to educate their daughters. After settling in Melbourne, Ecca sunk her teeth into jazz at an early age before discovering the intoxicating world of hip hop and the DIY spirit of punk rock. Bjork is a musical hero, Miles Davis is an all-time favourite, and Mr Bungle and Fugazi led her to the tumult of Deftones and Meshuggah. To describe her influences as ‘broad’ doesn’t quite seem to cut it.

Lior is one of Australia’s most successful singer-songwriters, renowned for his beautiful voice and songs that radiate truth and sincerity. Lior burst on to the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album - ‘Autumn Flow’. Recorded and released entirely independently, and spearheaded by the much loved and timeless opening track ‘This Old Love’. Subsequent singles ‘Daniel’ and the title track ‘Autumn Flow’ both secured high rotation airplay via the national broadcaster Triple J, and further cemented this album into the hearts of the Australian public.  The album was released at a time when independently funded and released records were still a rarity, Lior being one of only a handful of artists paving the way for a model that is now deemed common place. Thankfully, the faith and belief in the music paid off with the album becoming one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian music history. A swag of accolades followed, including three Aria nominations (including Best Male Artist), as well as Triple J’s prestigious ‘J Award’ nomination for Album of the Year.  Lior’s sophomore album – ‘Corner of an Endless Road’ - released in 2008, followed on where ‘Autumn Flow’ left and was a huge success, debuting at #2 on the Australian Albums chart and topping the Independent charts for several weeks. The album gave a greater indication of Lior’s rich cultural background with a number of tracks featuring Middle Eastern influences. Lior picked up another 2 ARIA nominations including Best Independent Release. The release was followed by a string of sold out national tours, including the hugely successful ‘Shadows and Light’ tour - a stunning collaboration with live performance shadow artistry built specifically to Lior’s music. The tour showcased at the Sydney Opera House to wide critical acclaim and went on to perform a season at The Sydney Theatre Company.  Following up with another 3 studio albums, Lior’s artistic output is like no other. 2019 sees a wide range of exciting shows for Lior, including a featured performance of ‘Compassion’ with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as part of the ‘Ten Days on the Island’ Festival. Lior has also been invited to return to Austin, US in November of 2019 to perform ‘Compassion’ with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In June 2019, Lior will perform together with Paul Grabowsky as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and throughout August will team up with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as the featured vocalist as part of their national tour. A solo European tour is also in the planning for late 2019.

Lior is one of Australia’s most successful singer-songwriters, renowned for his beautiful voice and songs that radiate truth and sincerity. Lior burst on to the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album - ‘Autumn Flow’. Recorded and released entirely independently, and spearheaded by the much loved and timeless opening track ‘This Old Love’. Subsequent singles ‘Daniel’ and the title track ‘Autumn Flow’ both secured high rotation airplay via the national broadcaster Triple J, and further cemented this album into the hearts of the Australian public.

The album was released at a time when independently funded and released records were still a rarity, Lior being one of only a handful of artists paving the way for a model that is now deemed common place. Thankfully, the faith and belief in the music paid off with the album becoming one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian music history. A swag of accolades followed, including three Aria nominations (including Best Male Artist), as well as Triple J’s prestigious ‘J Award’ nomination for Album of the Year.

Lior’s sophomore album – ‘Corner of an Endless Road’ - released in 2008, followed on where ‘Autumn Flow’ left and was a huge success, debuting at #2 on the Australian Albums chart and topping the Independent charts for several weeks. The album gave a greater indication of Lior’s rich cultural background with a number of tracks featuring Middle Eastern influences. Lior picked up another 2 ARIA nominations including Best Independent Release. The release was followed by a string of sold out national tours, including the hugely successful ‘Shadows and Light’ tour - a stunning collaboration with live performance shadow artistry built specifically to Lior’s music. The tour showcased at the Sydney Opera House to wide critical acclaim and went on to perform a season at The Sydney Theatre Company.

Following up with another 3 studio albums, Lior’s artistic output is like no other. 2019 sees a wide range of exciting shows for Lior, including a featured performance of ‘Compassion’ with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as part of the ‘Ten Days on the Island’ Festival. Lior has also been invited to return to Austin, US in November of 2019 to perform ‘Compassion’ with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In June 2019, Lior will perform together with Paul Grabowsky as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and throughout August will team up with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as the featured vocalist as part of their national tour. A solo European tour is also in the planning for late 2019.

Rapper, writer, actor, artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Joel Ma is recognised as a unique voice in the Australian music scene. In 2002 he founded seminal alt-rap group  TZU,  who built a solid reputation around their electric live performances and inventiveness in the studio across four albums,   Position   Correction   (2004),   Smiling At Strangers     (2005)   Computer Love   (2008) and   Millions of Moments     (2012). Along the way they picked up nominations for the Australian Music Prize, J Award and APRA Award.  Under the moniker   Joelistics’   his anticipated debut album   Voyager   arrived in 2011 and was nominated for an Age Music award. Written with just a laptop between China, Mongolia and Europe, it opened up a new lane in Australian hiphop. The Age wrote,  “Joelistics’ love of beat poetry takes his narratives and vistas to a level as vivid as any great Australian poet.”   His second album  Blue Volume  was one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 20 albums of 2014. Rolling Stone described it as  “a celebration and mourning of the current state of the world, voiced by a smart, incisive writer.”   In 2017, he focused his attention on music production and co-writing for other artists most notably with the internationally acclaimed group   Haiku Hands   and with   Mojo Juju   on the celebrated track   Native Tongue   which was nominated for an Aria award, an Age award and won the Triple J best film clip award (2018). He has also written for and collaborated with noted artists such as Tim Rogers, Emma Donovan, Ecca Vandal, Hermitude, Wil Wagner, Parvyn Singh, Missy Higgins and even Madonna amongst others.

Rapper, writer, actor, artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Joel Ma is recognised as a unique voice in the Australian music scene. In 2002 he founded seminal alt-rap group TZU, who built a solid reputation around their electric live performances and inventiveness in the studio across four albums, Position Correction (2004), Smiling At Strangers (2005) Computer Love (2008) and Millions of Moments (2012). Along the way they picked up nominations for the Australian Music Prize, J Award and APRA Award.

Under the moniker Joelistics’ his anticipated debut album Voyager arrived in 2011 and was nominated for an Age Music award. Written with just a laptop between China, Mongolia and Europe, it opened up a new lane in Australian hiphop. The Age wrote, “Joelistics’ love of beat poetry takes his narratives and vistas to a level as vivid as any great Australian poet.”

His second album Blue Volume was one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 20 albums of 2014. Rolling Stone described it as “a celebration and mourning of the current state of the world, voiced by a smart, incisive writer.”

In 2017, he focused his attention on music production and co-writing for other artists most notably with the internationally acclaimed group Haiku Hands and with Mojo Juju on the celebrated track Native Tongue which was nominated for an Aria award, an Age award and won the Triple J best film clip award (2018). He has also written for and collaborated with noted artists such as Tim Rogers, Emma Donovan, Ecca Vandal, Hermitude, Wil Wagner, Parvyn Singh, Missy Higgins and even Madonna amongst others.

Mentors

David Morgan is co-founder and director of Lemon Tree Music, responsible for the careers of Tash Sultana, Pierce Brothers, Maddy Jane, Riley Pearce, Tones And I and Garrett Kato.  Having self managed his band BONJAH over a 10-year career, David learned through experience and eventually started Lemon Tree Music with band mate Regan Lethbridge in 2013, after taking on their first signing - Pierce Brothers. The roster has grown and the team at Lemon Tree Music continues to grow with offices in both Melbourne and Byron Bay.  David is now managing teams in multiple markets around the globe for the Lemon Tree Music roster and recently launched a record label - Lemon Tree Records.  David has a passion for working with artists to help bring their dreams to life by developing long lasting global careers.

David Morgan is co-founder and director of Lemon Tree Music, responsible for the careers of Tash Sultana, Pierce Brothers, Maddy Jane, Riley Pearce, Tones And I and Garrett Kato.

Having self managed his band BONJAH over a 10-year career, David learned through experience and eventually started Lemon Tree Music with band mate Regan Lethbridge in 2013, after taking on their first signing - Pierce Brothers. The roster has grown and the team at Lemon Tree Music continues to grow with offices in both Melbourne and Byron Bay.

David is now managing teams in multiple markets around the globe for the Lemon Tree Music roster and recently launched a record label - Lemon Tree Records.

David has a passion for working with artists to help bring their dreams to life by developing long lasting global careers.

Proud Filipina creative, Vader Fame has a deep love affair with music. A passionate supporter of independent artists at all career levels, they are a human magnet with extra comedic flare servicing POC and Queer artists. Vader continues to guide artists through the music industry labyrinth from consulting on projects and heading PR campaigns to hosting events, content creation, photography, filmmaking and illustration.

Proud Filipina creative, Vader Fame has a deep love affair with music. A passionate supporter of independent artists at all career levels, they are a human magnet with extra comedic flare servicing POC and Queer artists. Vader continues to guide artists through the music industry labyrinth from consulting on projects and heading PR campaigns to hosting events, content creation, photography, filmmaking and illustration.

 

PRODUCERS

Boasting credits on projects by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Courtney Barnett and Paul Dempsey and Florence and The Machine, Producer, Mixer and Engineer Anna Laverty has established herself as one of Australia’s finest young talents.  Under the tutelage of Award winning producers Paul Epworth ( Adele, Primal Scream, Foster The People ) and Ben Hillier ( Blur, U2, Elbow ), Anna honed her production and engineering skills working on releases by Bloc Party, Florence and The Machine and seminal English New Wave band Depeche Mode, amongst others, at London’s famed Miloco Studios.  Anna brought the breadth of experience and technical expertise she developed in London back to Australia, where she has carved out her own niche. Since her return, Anna has been behind the desk, working with some of most beloved acts in Australia and abroad, including: The Peep Tempel, Something For Kate, Eagle and the Worm, Cut Copy, Meg Mac, Lady GaGa, New Gods and Jae Laffer.  Outside of the studio, Anna generously shares her passion for music and audio production by providing insight and expertise to aspiring engineers. Amongst others, Anna has spoken at Bigsound (QLD), Face The Music (VIC), Guinness Amplify (Malaysia) and InTune (NT), along with regularly delivering guest lectures at Universities and Colleges around the country & acting as a mentor with the Girls Rock program.

Boasting credits on projects by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Courtney Barnett and Paul Dempsey and Florence and The Machine, Producer, Mixer and Engineer Anna Laverty has established herself as one of Australia’s finest young talents.

Under the tutelage of Award winning producers Paul Epworth (Adele, Primal Scream, Foster The People) and Ben Hillier (Blur, U2, Elbow), Anna honed her production and engineering skills working on releases by Bloc Party, Florence and The Machine and seminal English New Wave band Depeche Mode, amongst others, at London’s famed Miloco Studios.

Anna brought the breadth of experience and technical expertise she developed in London back to Australia, where she has carved out her own niche. Since her return, Anna has been behind the desk, working with some of most beloved acts in Australia and abroad, including: The Peep Tempel, Something For Kate, Eagle and the Worm, Cut Copy, Meg Mac, Lady GaGa, New Gods and Jae Laffer.

Outside of the studio, Anna generously shares her passion for music and audio production by providing insight and expertise to aspiring engineers. Amongst others, Anna has spoken at Bigsound (QLD), Face The Music (VIC), Guinness Amplify (Malaysia) and InTune (NT), along with regularly delivering guest lectures at Universities and Colleges around the country & acting as a mentor with the Girls Rock program.

After cutting his teeth with the indie-rock outfit Dukes Of Windsor (2005-2010), Oscar moved to Berlin to live in 2011. Whilst there, he began writing with singer/songwriter Timothy Carroll, who at that point lived in Stockholm. The songs they developed eventually became the first album by  HOLY HOLY , 'When The Storms Would Come' (2015). They followed this release with their sophomore record, 'PAINT', in early 2017, which entered the Australian album charts at #7.  During this time, Oscar collaborated with the singer/songwriter  Ali Barter . The pair released two EPs independently through 2014 and 2015, before writing and producing Barter's debut album 'A Suitable Girl' (also released in early 2017). The album was featured by national broadcaster triple j, shortlisted for the AMP prize and the annual ‘j award’ in 2017, and saw Barter tour throughout Australia and overseas.   Oscar works closely with Melbourne songwriter  Alex Lahey . Lahey's debut album, 'I Love You Like A Brother', was released in mid-2017 in Australia, the EU and the USA. The album was also featured on triple j and shortlisted for the ‘j award’, with the singles ‘Everyday’s The Weekend’ and ‘I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself’ voted into the annual triple j ‘Hottest 100’ poll in early 2018.  Outside of his work with these artists, Oscar produced the sixth album from Melbourne rock-act  British India , 'Forgetting The Future', which was released in September 2017, and wrote/produced the debut record from troubadour Ben Wright Smith, 'The Great Divorce' (released Feb 2017).  He continues to write and produce with artists throughout Australia, whilst taking time off occasionally - to play his guitar.

After cutting his teeth with the indie-rock outfit Dukes Of Windsor (2005-2010), Oscar moved to Berlin to live in 2011. Whilst there, he began writing with singer/songwriter Timothy Carroll, who at that point lived in Stockholm. The songs they developed eventually became the first album by HOLY HOLY, 'When The Storms Would Come' (2015). They followed this release with their sophomore record, 'PAINT', in early 2017, which entered the Australian album charts at #7.

During this time, Oscar collaborated with the singer/songwriter Ali Barter. The pair released two EPs independently through 2014 and 2015, before writing and producing Barter's debut album 'A Suitable Girl' (also released in early 2017). The album was featured by national broadcaster triple j, shortlisted for the AMP prize and the annual ‘j award’ in 2017, and saw Barter tour throughout Australia and overseas.

Oscar works closely with Melbourne songwriter Alex Lahey. Lahey's debut album, 'I Love You Like A Brother', was released in mid-2017 in Australia, the EU and the USA. The album was also featured on triple j and shortlisted for the ‘j award’, with the singles ‘Everyday’s The Weekend’ and ‘I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself’ voted into the annual triple j ‘Hottest 100’ poll in early 2018.

Outside of his work with these artists, Oscar produced the sixth album from Melbourne rock-act British India, 'Forgetting The Future', which was released in September 2017, and wrote/produced the debut record from troubadour Ben Wright Smith, 'The Great Divorce' (released Feb 2017).

He continues to write and produce with artists throughout Australia, whilst taking time off occasionally - to play his guitar.

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