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, Millie Dwyer (Temgazi) and Vader Fame.

  • song development session with Kylie Auldist, 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!

ARTISTS

Melbourne’s very own TITAN DEBIRIOUN is a force to be reckoned with on more than a single front. Titan's a South Sudanese social justice advocate, Poet, Curator and recording artist from the outer western suburbs that specialises in a boom bap aesthetic but can just as easily switch to a melodic trap groove.

Melbourne’s very own TITAN DEBIRIOUN is a force to be reckoned with on more than a single front. Titan's a South Sudanese social justice advocate, Poet, Curator and recording artist from the outer western suburbs that specialises in a boom bap aesthetic but can just as easily switch to a melodic trap groove.

CRYBABY are a new grunge-soul band hailing from a small back shed in Geelong, it is a sweet concoction of musicians with very different inspirations but a passion for music. With inspiration from classic soul and blues, funk and punk this band is one that will keep surprising.

CRYBABY are a new grunge-soul band hailing from a small back shed in Geelong, it is a sweet concoction of musicians with very different inspirations but a passion for music. With inspiration from classic soul and blues, funk and punk this band is one that will keep surprising.

NIASHA is the true definition of dynamites come in small packages! Singer, songwriter, and spoken word poet (maybe even a dancer). She is a Zimbabwean-born soul performer who will surely get you in your feelings as she delves into the topics of love, identity, celebration of self and others and what it means to live a fulfilled and purpose filled life. With her eclectic band that has been delivering powerhouse performances around Melbourne music venues, it no wonder she is the one to watch. Her artistry is set to leave your soul taste buds tingling for me.

NIASHA is the true definition of dynamites come in small packages! Singer, songwriter, and spoken word poet (maybe even a dancer). She is a Zimbabwean-born soul performer who will surely get you in your feelings as she delves into the topics of love, identity, celebration of self and others and what it means to live a fulfilled and purpose filled life. With her eclectic band that has been delivering powerhouse performances around Melbourne music venues, it no wonder she is the one to watch. Her artistry is set to leave your soul taste buds tingling for me.

Damon Paraha a.k.a. Nomad, was Born & Raised in “Burn City” Australia to Maori/Samoan parents. His biggest influences are J. Cole, Jay-Z and Kanye West. Citing his uncles purchase of a MacBook as the starting point of his rap journey, Nomad uploaded his first project, the “Fixtape Vol. 1” in 2017, which would be engineered by @IconicBeats, the eventual co-founder of The Movement Recording Company. In 2018, Nomad would join the Stir It Up crew with a role in the Mark Hellinger directed “Talent Show” short film, where he would also debut his first official single “An Unexpected Variable”. That same year he would go on to win the Push Start Regional Finals, resulting in a Grand Finalist spot at St Kilda Fest 2019 where he would win The Push/APRA Songwriters award. In 2019 he has released his second official single “This Moment” a collaborative effort with J.B.T and @IconicBeats in the production seat this time. He looks to continue 2019 with the drop of his first EP, “Intermission”, which will be the first EP released under The Movement Record Company.

Damon Paraha a.k.a. Nomad, was Born & Raised in “Burn City” Australia to Maori/Samoan parents. His biggest influences are J. Cole, Jay-Z and Kanye West. Citing his uncles purchase of a MacBook as the starting point of his rap journey, Nomad uploaded his first project, the “Fixtape Vol. 1” in 2017, which would be engineered by @IconicBeats, the eventual co-founder of The Movement Recording Company. In 2018, Nomad would join the Stir It Up crew with a role in the Mark Hellinger directed “Talent Show” short film, where he would also debut his first official single “An Unexpected Variable”. That same year he would go on to win the Push Start Regional Finals, resulting in a Grand Finalist spot at St Kilda Fest 2019 where he would win The Push/APRA Songwriters award. In 2019 he has released his second official single “This Moment” a collaborative effort with J.B.T and @IconicBeats in the production seat this time. He looks to continue 2019 with the drop of his first EP, “Intermission”, which will be the first EP released under The Movement Record Company.

Ag Johnson is an Independent singer/songwriter based in Melbourne with an R&B/Pop sound to her, she has worked with artist like 4FO and Rude Vandosky with songs like, 'Come Over' and, 'The Weekend' and is working on releasing her own original music very soon.

Ag Johnson is an Independent singer/songwriter based in Melbourne with an R&B/Pop sound to her, she has worked with artist like 4FO and Rude Vandosky with songs like, 'Come Over' and, 'The Weekend' and is working on releasing her own original music very soon.

Machar Wuor also known by his stage name “Mac-Eleven is a South Sudanese born rapper/producer from Melbourne, Australia.  This Melbourne artist is known for his versatile flow and lyrical wordplay, with a presence and energy is unrivalled.

Machar Wuor also known by his stage name “Mac-Eleven is a South Sudanese born rapper/producer from Melbourne, Australia.

This Melbourne artist is known for his versatile flow and lyrical wordplay, with a presence and energy is unrivalled.


S•OUTH A•UCKLAND 78  A Polynesian radical.  Gifted the ghetto to build a foundation but offered the world if he worked for it.  "Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one can see."  Never let my eyes tell me what’s true.  The eyes can be deceived.  I let the music build the picture no one can see.  And if my heart hears it? I know it's real.”  BALANCE IS EVERYTHING. 47

S•OUTH A•UCKLAND 78

A Polynesian radical.

Gifted the ghetto to build a foundation but offered the world if he worked for it.

"Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one can see."

Never let my eyes tell me what’s true.

The eyes can be deceived.

I let the music build the picture no one can see.

And if my heart hears it? I know it's real.”

BALANCE IS EVERYTHING. 47

Unstoppable new voice in R&B and Soul music artist Hash who blends smooth soulful songs that sound good to any generation, will make you think your listening to D’Angelo or The Soulquarians. As he walks long and twisted path of multi-faceted complexity. Hash’s supple, gentle tenor, and his distinct falsetto recall the ‘90s vibes in technical ability and performance.

Unstoppable new voice in R&B and Soul music artist Hash who blends smooth soulful songs that sound good to any generation, will make you think your listening to D’Angelo or The Soulquarians. As he walks long and twisted path of multi-faceted complexity. Hash’s supple, gentle tenor, and his distinct falsetto recall the ‘90s vibes in technical ability and performance.

SonG Development MENTORS

Described by The Music Magazine as ‘the high priestess of Melbourne soul’ Up until 2016 Kylie Auldist was best known as the lead singer of The Bamboos and a solo artist in her own right before shooting to international prominence thanks to the monster summer anthem ‘This Girl’ Kungs vs Cookin’ feat. Kylie Auldist, her sublime vocals broke charts across the world. The remix reached #1 on single charts globally and has been streamed over 1 billion times on Spotify and Youtube alone.  Kylie’s remarkable voice has drawn comparisons to Diana Ross and Sharon Jones, and her energy on stage is absolutely electric with a huge dose of boogie power, providing an absolute dance experience enjoyed by crowds all over the world.  Listening to her three critically acclaimed albums ‘Still Life’ (2012), ‘Made of Stone’ (2009) and ‘Just Say’ (2008), it is easy why leading international tastemakers including American radio station KCRW and UK luminaries such as BBC’s Craig Charles, Gilles Peterson and Mark Lamarr are all firmly on board the Kylie Auldist soul train.

Described by The Music Magazine as ‘the high priestess of Melbourne soul’ Up until 2016 Kylie Auldist was best known as the lead singer of The Bamboos and a solo artist in her own right before shooting to international prominence thanks to the monster summer anthem ‘This Girl’ Kungs vs Cookin’ feat. Kylie Auldist, her sublime vocals broke charts across the world. The remix reached #1 on single charts globally and has been streamed over 1 billion times on Spotify and Youtube alone.

Kylie’s remarkable voice has drawn comparisons to Diana Ross and Sharon Jones, and her energy on stage is absolutely electric with a huge dose of boogie power, providing an absolute dance experience enjoyed by crowds all over the world.

Listening to her three critically acclaimed albums ‘Still Life’ (2012), ‘Made of Stone’ (2009) and ‘Just Say’ (2008), it is easy why leading international tastemakers including American radio station KCRW and UK luminaries such as BBC’s Craig Charles, Gilles Peterson and Mark Lamarr are all firmly on board the Kylie Auldist soul train.

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.

MUSIC BUSINESS Mentors

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.

At 27 years of age, Millie has enjoyed a many and varied career in the music industry. Kicking it all off in London six years ago, Millie developed a love for UK Garage and UK Grime which saw weekends in the rave transform into a Marketing and Promotions role at UK PR powerhouse  Media2Radio . Working with UK greats such as  Skepta ,  Tinie Tempah,   Wiley, J Hus  and  Stef London , Millie toured Europe and UK frequently on ‘promo runs’, coordinating media and building a network of some of the biggest DJs and artists in the world.  On her return back to Australia, Millie became an Agent for International touring agency Showcase PR, helping to spearhead operations in Australia. This involved booking international tours across Australia, New Zealand and Asia for artists such as Kid Ink, OMI, Brandy, Jeremih, Mario, Chingy, Bow Wow, Coolio and Lloyd. She then moved over to Lucky Ent in 2018 to establish ‘Lucky Urbn’, a local and international talent agency focused on touring and bookings for Urban talent. Millie now runs her own Entertainment agency, which houses female empowerment and guides independent artists through the developmental stages of their career in music. Under her Management roster, Millie represents some of Australia’s fiercest female acts of the moment including singer / songwriter  Temgazi  and sister DJ duo  MAI.

At 27 years of age, Millie has enjoyed a many and varied career in the music industry. Kicking it all off in London six years ago, Millie developed a love for UK Garage and UK Grime which saw weekends in the rave transform into a Marketing and Promotions role at UK PR powerhouse Media2Radio. Working with UK greats such as Skepta, Tinie Tempah, Wiley, J Hus and Stef London, Millie toured Europe and UK frequently on ‘promo runs’, coordinating media and building a network of some of the biggest DJs and artists in the world.

On her return back to Australia, Millie became an Agent for International touring agency Showcase PR, helping to spearhead operations in Australia. This involved booking international tours across Australia, New Zealand and Asia for artists such as Kid Ink, OMI, Brandy, Jeremih, Mario, Chingy, Bow Wow, Coolio and Lloyd. She then moved over to Lucky Ent in 2018 to establish ‘Lucky Urbn’, a local and international talent agency focused on touring and bookings for Urban talent. Millie now runs her own Entertainment agency, which houses female empowerment and guides independent artists through the developmental stages of their career in music. Under her Management roster, Millie represents some of Australia’s fiercest female acts of the moment including singer / songwriter Temgazi and sister DJ duo MAI.

 

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.

GIG . BUILD . RECORD