Grid Series

Artist Development Program

Instalment #5 of GRID 2019, takes us back to our original stomping ground, working with the amazing artists of Outer South East Melbourne. As an artist in one of the most musically rich corridors of Melbourne, you have the the opportunity to receive a huge boost with your music career, linking up with an amazing team of established artists, music industry mentors, producers and a video team to document your time in the program.


  • one-on-one mentoring from two of Melbourne’s most innovative managers and creative practitioners, hip hop/urban manager Millie Dwyer (Temgazi/Timomatic) and creative powerhouse Neda Rahmani (Havana Meets Kingston, Prince Allah).

  • song development session with Ecca Vandal and Allysha Joy

  • Full track production by Ecca Vandal x Kid Not and Ariel Blum

  • Video content to promote your new release

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


Applications are open until September 6

See below for who is involved in GRID Outer South East Melbourne

SonG Development

ECCA VANDAL   As one of the most distinctive voices in Australia right now,  Ecca Vandal  is considered a musical 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 that make this artist impossible to pigeonhole. 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. 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. With a creative tap that appears almost limitless, Ecca is one of the most exciting artists in Australia right now.

ECCA VANDAL

As one of the most distinctive voices in Australia right now, Ecca Vandal is considered a musical 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 that make this artist impossible to pigeonhole. 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. 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. With a creative tap that appears almost limitless, Ecca is one of the most exciting artists in Australia right now.

ALLYSHA JOY   Singer, pianist, producer, poet and all round creative being,  Allysha Joy , is a key member of the Melbourne Nu Soul and Jazz scene and well known for performing as part of the 30/70 collective.  Whether performing solo on Fender Rhodes or accompanied by her band, Allysha's steady groove, husky vocal tone and unique style of writing emanates truth and talent, and illuminates her powerful gift of song. Her sound is dynamic and raw, real and complex, as she was raised on jazz, soul, hip hop and RnB, later to be drenched in Melbourne’s soul overtone. In September 2018 she released her debut LP ‘Acadie : Raw’ on Manchester based label, Gondwana Records, to great acclaim. Nominated for Gilles Peterson’s ‘Worldwide Fm - Jazz Album of The Year’ and listed in Bandcamp’s Top Soul Albums of 2018.  On stage, Allysha is a beam of light, as you witness her joy in playing and creating. “I look to people that present their genuine self on stage, reaching for something beyond the present moment, beyond themselves, being a vessel for something greater.” Allysha strives to take the audience on a journey, as she herself dives deeply into the music and the moment.

ALLYSHA JOY

Singer, pianist, producer, poet and all round creative being, Allysha Joy, is a key member of the Melbourne Nu Soul and Jazz scene and well known for performing as part of the 30/70 collective.

Whether performing solo on Fender Rhodes or accompanied by her band, Allysha's steady groove, husky vocal tone and unique style of writing emanates truth and talent, and illuminates her powerful gift of song. Her sound is dynamic and raw, real and complex, as she was raised on jazz, soul, hip hop and RnB, later to be drenched in Melbourne’s soul overtone. In September 2018 she released her debut LP ‘Acadie : Raw’ on Manchester based label, Gondwana Records, to great acclaim. Nominated for Gilles Peterson’s ‘Worldwide Fm - Jazz Album of The Year’ and listed in Bandcamp’s Top Soul Albums of 2018.

On stage, Allysha is a beam of light, as you witness her joy in playing and creating. “I look to people that present their genuine self on stage, reaching for something beyond the present moment, beyond themselves, being a vessel for something greater.” Allysha strives to take the audience on a journey, as she herself dives deeply into the music and the moment.


Mentors

NEDA   Inspired by the queens of carnival, Neda’s original music and live performances are a loving reveal of world pop electro, metallic percussion, grooves and songs written for generous live concerts.  Her music has taken her on adventures with the time tested party band Tumbarumba. For nearly 2 decades they have been delivering their compositions & percussive beat laden concerts all over Australia showcasing Neda’s live performance carisma.  Her second project is titled NEDA - All Colour Project. This band boasts her modern Afro-Brazilian rhythms and electro dance elements, all mixed in with her songs and dance choreography from her 18-piece ensemble.  Neda’s career highlights include playing festivals and Melbourne’s largest venues with her original concerts several times over. Queenscliff Music Festival, Splendor, Blues & Roots, Federation Square New Years eve, Zoo twilights, Crown Palladium, Marvel Stadium, The Melbourne Exhibition Center, Margaret Court Arena, The Arts Center Melb, The MCG, Industry and street festivals and smaller boutique events.  Neda has also guested/toured singing backing and playing for esteemed national and international projects - Havana Meets Kingston, The Congos (Jamaica), Prince Allah (Jamaica), Horace Andy UK (Massive Attack), Nicky Bomba, M.S.O, Grey Ghost, Mantra, Kylie Auldist, The Red Eyes, King Charlie’s School of Dub, Blue King Brown, Deline Briscoe, Daddy Cool and Randy Valentine  Neda has made a lasting and ever expanding full time career out of her music and the delivery of her live concerts, she is known for her unique industry attitudes, vibrant stage presence, elaborate costuming, percussion skills and her ability to connect the audience to instant intense partying.

NEDA

Inspired by the queens of carnival, Neda’s original music and live performances are a loving reveal of world pop electro, metallic percussion, grooves and songs written for generous live concerts.

Her music has taken her on adventures with the time tested party band Tumbarumba. For nearly 2 decades they have been delivering their compositions & percussive beat laden concerts all over Australia showcasing Neda’s live performance carisma.

Her second project is titled NEDA - All Colour Project. This band boasts her modern Afro-Brazilian rhythms and electro dance elements, all mixed in with her songs and dance choreography from her 18-piece ensemble.

Neda’s career highlights include playing festivals and Melbourne’s largest venues with her original concerts several times over. Queenscliff Music Festival, Splendor, Blues & Roots, Federation Square New Years eve, Zoo twilights, Crown Palladium, Marvel Stadium, The Melbourne Exhibition Center, Margaret Court Arena, The Arts Center Melb, The MCG, Industry and street festivals and smaller boutique events.

Neda has also guested/toured singing backing and playing for esteemed national and international projects - Havana Meets Kingston, The Congos (Jamaica), Prince Allah (Jamaica), Horace Andy UK (Massive Attack), Nicky Bomba, M.S.O, Grey Ghost, Mantra, Kylie Auldist, The Red Eyes, King Charlie’s School of Dub, Blue King Brown, Deline Briscoe, Daddy Cool and Randy Valentine

Neda has made a lasting and ever expanding full time career out of her music and the delivery of her live concerts, she is known for her unique industry attitudes, vibrant stage presence, elaborate costuming, percussion skills and her ability to connect the audience to instant intense partying.

MILLIE DWYER   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.

MILLIE DWYER

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

Ecca Vandal and Kid Not (aka Richie Buxton ) don’t mess around. As a production duo who push the boundaries of genre and expression to the most upper limit, their skill in creating a unique sound that slams the listener with sonic ferocity is unrivalled. With roots in jazz and hip hop, followed by a pivot into the world of heavy music, this multi dimensional duo travel the world creating music that is setting the tone in 2019.

Ecca Vandal and Kid Not (aka Richie Buxton) don’t mess around. As a production duo who push the boundaries of genre and expression to the most upper limit, their skill in creating a unique sound that slams the listener with sonic ferocity is unrivalled. With roots in jazz and hip hop, followed by a pivot into the world of heavy music, this multi dimensional duo travel the world creating music that is setting the tone in 2019.

Ariel Blum  is a Melbourne-based producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with artists including Sydney R’nB artist Lara Andallo, Perth artist Anna O, Melbourne artists Daniel Elia, Gordon Koang, Cash For Gold, Sahida Apsara andThe Fabric (fronted by Angie McMahon) and Florence and The Machine.  Ariel also composes for film and TV with his music having recently featured in campaigns for Samsung, Sukin and Corona.  As a songwriter and performer, Ariel is one part of trip-hop duo St.Ives alongside Anna O’Neil.  Making music and giving artists a platform to express is a driving force in Ariel’s waking life, with his non- waking life occupied mostly by dreams of perfectly crafted falafels and Essendon FC premierships.  Ariel is the founder of GRID Series and has dedicated the last 5 years giving artists from outer suburban regions around Austalia the same level of access to the music industry as musicians from the inner city.

Ariel Blum is a Melbourne-based producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with artists including Sydney R’nB artist Lara Andallo, Perth artist Anna O, Melbourne artists Daniel Elia, Gordon Koang, Cash For Gold, Sahida Apsara andThe Fabric (fronted by Angie McMahon) and Florence and The Machine.

Ariel also composes for film and TV with his music having recently featured in campaigns for Samsung, Sukin and Corona.

As a songwriter and performer, Ariel is one part of trip-hop duo St.Ives alongside Anna O’Neil.

Making music and giving artists a platform to express is a driving force in Ariel’s waking life, with his non- waking life occupied mostly by dreams of perfectly crafted falafels and Essendon FC premierships.

Ariel is the founder of GRID Series and has dedicated the last 5 years giving artists from outer suburban regions around Austalia the same level of access to the music industry as musicians from the inner city.

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