Grid Series

Artist Development Program

Our first program for 2019 will be taking place in Western Sydney. We’ve got some amazing people involved, who will help 4 artists from the region with songwriting, career development and production.

If you are one of the 4 artists selected, you are in for an amazing experience that includes developing your craft, recording a single, shooting a live video and playing a single launch with the other artists in the program.

See below for who is involved in GRID Western Sydney!

Artists

Clarissa Mei is a 21 year old songwriter and producer, born and raised in Western Sydney, Australia.  Clarissa has debuted her new sound at The Plot Festival 2017, Secret Garden Festival and Women in Music Empowerment Day 2018. She has also performed at MCA event GENEXT alongside Kota Banks, Clypso & PRINCI.  “‘Vulnerable’ was the perfect introduction to her impenetrable vocal style and clever production which blended soulful instrumentation with heavy electronic beats…” - Purple Sneakers, Emma Jones.

Clarissa Mei is a 21 year old songwriter and producer, born and raised in Western Sydney, Australia.

Clarissa has debuted her new sound at The Plot Festival 2017, Secret Garden Festival and Women in Music Empowerment Day 2018. She has also performed at MCA event GENEXT alongside Kota Banks, Clypso & PRINCI.

“‘Vulnerable’ was the perfect introduction to her impenetrable vocal style and clever production which blended soulful instrumentation with heavy electronic beats…” - Purple Sneakers, Emma Jones.

It may be apparent on first listen that Neto (Chris Neto) has a vast array of musical influences, from the roaring 20’s jazz, to classical scores composed for film and video games. As a songwriter and performing artist, Neto is often compared to an unlikely coupling of Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley; it is no surprise that his years of experience have culminated into thought-provoking lyrics that conjure images in the mind’s eye with hair-raising vocal dynamism. Neto’s honest, emotionally-driven music relaxes the body and soothes the soul in a world of ever-growing pace.

It may be apparent on first listen that Neto (Chris Neto) has a vast array of musical influences, from the roaring 20’s jazz, to classical scores composed for film and video games. As a songwriter and performing artist, Neto is often compared to an unlikely coupling of Bob Dylan and Jeff Buckley; it is no surprise that his years of experience have culminated into thought-provoking lyrics that conjure images in the mind’s eye with hair-raising vocal dynamism. Neto’s honest, emotionally-driven music relaxes the body and soothes the soul in a world of ever-growing pace.


As a young, Australian-born Tamil woman, Srisha Sritharan uses her background as an Australian Poetry Slam Sydney & NSW Champion to discuss socio-political issues though her music. After securing the title of a finalist at the Sydney Opera House in 2017, Srisha subsequently won the Bankstown Poetry Grand Slam at Sydney Town Hall and the People's Choice, and has since progressed to working on her own music, recently performing "Colonise My Melanin" from her upcoming mixtape at Secret Garden Festival, 2019. Some of Srisha's notable work includes performing at the Sydney Writers Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Casula Powerhouse Museum. Interviewed by ABC Lateline and SBS Tamil radio for her winning slam "Fake News" which she featured over Kendrick Lamar's 2015 track "These Walls", Srisha hopes to start pressing conversations locally and globally.

As a young, Australian-born Tamil woman, Srisha Sritharan uses her background as an Australian Poetry Slam Sydney & NSW Champion to discuss socio-political issues though her music. After securing the title of a finalist at the Sydney Opera House in 2017, Srisha subsequently won the Bankstown Poetry Grand Slam at Sydney Town Hall and the People's Choice, and has since progressed to working on her own music, recently performing "Colonise My Melanin" from her upcoming mixtape at Secret Garden Festival, 2019. Some of Srisha's notable work includes performing at the Sydney Writers Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Casula Powerhouse Museum. Interviewed by ABC Lateline and SBS Tamil radio for her winning slam "Fake News" which she featured over Kendrick Lamar's 2015 track "These Walls", Srisha hopes to start pressing conversations locally and globally.

hygge is a Sydney-based duo comprising of Kris, a singer-songwriter and Lem, a multi-instrumentalist producer, who share a vision of music as honest and raw creative expression. hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word for a special feeling or moment, representing a state of effortless equilibrium, contentment and conscious presence. For Kris and Lem, hygge is a feeling that can be achieved through heart-felt, vulnerable songwriting which connects artists with their audiences in shared human experience. hygge's sound draws on diverse musical influences from pop, jazz, and neo-soul, with emotional lyrics that delve deep into universal themes of love, hope, joy, conflict and anxiety.

hygge is a Sydney-based duo comprising of Kris, a singer-songwriter and Lem, a multi-instrumentalist producer, who share a vision of music as honest and raw creative expression. hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word for a special feeling or moment, representing a state of effortless equilibrium, contentment and conscious presence. For Kris and Lem, hygge is a feeling that can be achieved through heart-felt, vulnerable songwriting which connects artists with their audiences in shared human experience. hygge's sound draws on diverse musical influences from pop, jazz, and neo-soul, with emotional lyrics that delve deep into universal themes of love, hope, joy, conflict and anxiety.

SonG Development

Known for her flawless vocals, boisterous costuming, tight beats and big brave pop sounds, Ngaiire is a musical force of nature.  Born in Papua New Guinea, Ngaiire has graced world stages from Glastonbury to Splendour, toured alongside artists as varied as Flume, Sufjan Stevens and Alicia Keys, compose contemporary dance scores and have works performed at experimental art spaces including MOMA.  Ngaiire’s 2013 critically acclaimed debut album  Lamentations  was followed in 2016 with  Blastoma  (named after her childhood cancer) peaking in ARIA’s Top 50.  Blastoma is also home to the single  Once  which saw Ngaiire feature in Triple J’s Hottest 100, the first Papua New Guinean to ever do so.   The recipient of mulitple awards including 4  National Live Music Awards, fBI Radio Smac Award, APRA Professional Development Award  she has also received nominations for multiple accolades including  J Award Artist of the Year, The Corner Award  and  Australian Independent Records (AIR) Award . Most recently Ngaiire received the inaugural  Australian Women In Music Award  for Creative Excellence and became a proud official ambassador for APRA.

Known for her flawless vocals, boisterous costuming, tight beats and big brave pop sounds, Ngaiire is a musical force of nature.

Born in Papua New Guinea, Ngaiire has graced world stages from Glastonbury to Splendour, toured alongside artists as varied as Flume, Sufjan Stevens and Alicia Keys, compose contemporary dance scores and have works performed at experimental art spaces including MOMA.

Ngaiire’s 2013 critically acclaimed debut album Lamentations was followed in 2016 with Blastoma (named after her childhood cancer) peaking in ARIA’s Top 50. Blastomais also home to the single Once which saw Ngaiire feature in Triple J’s Hottest 100, the first Papua New Guinean to ever do so.

The recipient of mulitple awards including 4 National Live Music Awards, fBI Radio Smac Award, APRA Professional Development Award she has also received nominations for multiple accolades including J Award Artist of the Year, The Corner Award and Australian Independent Records (AIR) Award. Most recently Ngaiire received the inaugural Australian Women In Music Award for Creative Excellence and became a proud official ambassador for APRA.

Hannah Joy has cast her songs in various settings over the years, dabbling in dance pop and chamber folk. Too insecure to pick up a guitar, she was initially convinced that she wasn’t cut out for rock. Raised in a family that values intimacy through music, with two grandmothers who were church piano players, Joy is used to singing hymns in four-part harmonies. Joy engages listeners, her eyes often locking with theirs at performances. There’s nothing contrived about the way she relays her songs in a voice whose depth of emotion is, quite frankly, startling.  Take one listen to Lost Friends, Middle Kids’ debut album of 2018, and it’s clear why they have become one of the stand out of 2018. Winning the highly acclaimed J Award for Album Of The Year, and nominated for ARIA Best Rock Album, the band is led by accomplished singer and songwriter Hannah Joy, who’s songs veer from brittle blasts of indie rock to elegiac piano ballads to pop anthems destined to ignite festival singalongs.

Hannah Joy has cast her songs in various settings over the years, dabbling in dance pop and chamber folk. Too insecure to pick up a guitar, she was initially convinced that she wasn’t cut out for rock. Raised in a family that values intimacy through music, with two grandmothers who were church piano players, Joy is used to singing hymns in four-part harmonies. Joy engages listeners, her eyes often locking with theirs at performances. There’s nothing contrived about the way she relays her songs in a voice whose depth of emotion is, quite frankly, startling.

Take one listen to Lost Friends, Middle Kids’ debut album of 2018, and it’s clear why they have become one of the stand out of 2018. Winning the highly acclaimed J Award for Album Of The Year, and nominated for ARIA Best Rock Album, the band is led by accomplished singer and songwriter Hannah Joy, who’s songs veer from brittle blasts of indie rock to elegiac piano ballads to pop anthems destined to ignite festival singalongs.

If you are one of the 4 artists Western Sydney will have the opportunity to work one-on-one in developing your original songs with the support of either Ngaiire or Hannah in the lead up to your recording of a single.

mentoring

Melody Forghani is the director of twnty three, an independent artist management  and publicity company based in Sydney, Australia. twnty three manages Vallis Alps and Kelsey Bulkin and handles PR for artists such as Wafia, Noname, Erthlings, Willaris. K, Todd Terje and more. She previously worked as the executive producer for FBi Radio's Arvos program and currently produces Tuesday Arvos with Chris Twite, a position that she has held for 7 years. Melody will be co-programming Bigsound Festival in 2019.

Melody Forghani is the director of twnty three, an independent artist management
and publicity company based in Sydney, Australia. twnty three manages Vallis Alps and Kelsey Bulkin and handles PR for artists such as Wafia, Noname, Erthlings, Willaris. K, Todd Terje and more. She previously worked as the executive producer for FBi Radio's Arvos program and currently produces Tuesday Arvos with Chris Twite, a position that she has held for 7 years. Melody will be co-programming Bigsound Festival in 2019.


Ben is an artist manager currently guiding the careeres of Wallace, Little May and Ngaiire via his management company, Maximillian Brown. On top of this, Ben is an artist in his own write, working as a sound designer and composer for Film and TV.

Ben is an artist manager currently guiding the careeres of Wallace, Little May and Ngaiire via his management company, Maximillian Brown. On top of this, Ben is an artist in his own write, working as a sound designer and composer for Film and TV.

Melody and Ben will work one-one one with you to plan a way forward for your music career and to help you work towards realising your vision

 
 

PRODUCERS

In the past decade, Antonia has established herself as one of Australia’s most trusted, best-regarded engineers and versatile mixers, working with numerous local and international artists across the sonic spectrum. Her credits include: Will.I.Am, Lil Yachty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, most notably Kesha’s Grammy nominated single Praying, as well as some of Australia’s finest; DMA’s, Alison Wonderland, Vallis Alps, Kučka, Mansionair, MOVEMENT, What So Not, BUOY, Body Type and Antaole - to name a few.  Also worthy of a mention are her works as a songwriter and performer in Italo-disco trio GAUCI and her brooding solo project Leftenent. Both winning praise from Australian press and radio, with GAUCI having one of the most requested songs of 2017 on FBi Radio, and Leftenent being labelled as one to watch in both 2016 & 17.   Antonia is collaborative by nature, endlessly enthusiastic about new music, and equally comfortable working in top-flight studios or on location.

In the past decade, Antonia has established herself as one of Australia’s most trusted, best-regarded engineers and versatile mixers, working with numerous local and international artists across the sonic spectrum.
Her credits include: Will.I.Am, Lil Yachty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, most notably Kesha’s Grammy nominated single Praying, as well as some of Australia’s finest; DMA’s, Alison Wonderland, Vallis Alps, Kučka, Mansionair, MOVEMENT, What So Not, BUOY, Body Type and Antaole - to name a few.

Also worthy of a mention are her works as a songwriter and performer in Italo-disco trio GAUCI and her brooding solo project Leftenent. Both winning praise from Australian press and radio, with GAUCI having one of the most requested songs of 2017 on FBi Radio, and Leftenent being labelled as one to watch in both 2016 & 17.


Antonia is collaborative by nature, endlessly enthusiastic about new music, and equally comfortable working in top-flight studios or on location.

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.

Antonia and Ariel have worked with artists at many stages of their career and can’t wait to give you the platform to share your story and dig deep to create a record you are proud to release. Through the recording process, you’ll also have a chance to connect with the next generation of music producers from New Age Noise, who will be assting on the recording process.

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