Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, this west coast MC draws a heavy current for his lyrical charge from the anti-establishment film heroes of his 1980s childhood and comic legends Bill Hicks and George Carlin. He cites his musical influences from international rap recording artists such as Cypress Hill, KRS-One, Redman and spoken word poet/rapper Sage Francis and through Australian hip hop artists Drapht, Horrorshow, Seth Sentry, Bliss n Eso and Mantra.
Darky Roots are impressing audiences all around the pacific with a diverse repertoire of music, sweet harmonies, vintage horn section and heavy drum and bass, and with their clever and extremely catchy song writing, they are being played on airwaves all around the world. Darky Roots have toured Australia and New Zealand pretty hard, and are planning to take their music to the rest of the globe as soon as possible. The band have just released their debut full length album, and is available from iTunes and physically through Vitamin records.
Bending the boundaries of the folk music soundscape mixing soulful vocals, a roots/blues twist with a hint of bohemian gypsy groove, Essie Thomas is both captivating and thought provoking with her well crafted songs and stories telling deep truths of love and life relatable to all viewers. Performing since her pre teens as a solo artist, Essie now finds herself backed by an amazing concoction of talented musicians that make; Essie Thomas Ensemble. Unintentionally stumbling together on a far-north QLD tour in 2015, Essie Thomas Ensemble fits together carelessly as a slipshod multi-genre explosion of a toe tapping, soul trembling accident tied loosely together by the knotted heartstrings of Essie Thomas herself. Drawing crowds to venues and festival stages along the East Coast and taking to the road in celebration of the long awaited release of Essie’s new Album Hearts on the Table, available now through the iTunes Store or at www.essiethomas.com
Guthrie is a blues inspired Reggae & Roots composer from Shoalwater, Western Australia. Performing as a Solo, Duo & Trio act, Guthrie establishes a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere that entertains and enlightens almost any crowd. Using a variety of instruments including his beloved Cole Clark Acoustics, Fender Telecaster, and the occasional Slide Guitar or Baritone Ukulele, Guthrie creates a warm, inviting & enjoyable sound to listen to for hours on end. Guthrie has released three independent releases; Guthrie, End The Prohibition and most recently the Seeds of Change album – available via iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox Music & many various other outlets. Seeds of Change is the first album for the Guthrie Trio – Darren Guthrie (Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals & Misc), Jase Le Scelle (Bass) & Maxx Carter (Drums & Percussion). For more information and to listen to the Seeds of Change visit www.GuthrieMusic.com/SOC
Louey Howel & Funkatu
Louey Howel & Funkatu are a local Bellingen Trio who pour funk bass lines, howling guitar solos, soulful rhythmic didgeridoo and irresistibly danceable drums and percussion into a big pot, stir and slowly bring to the boil ’til it creates a surefire recipe for fun. Influenced by Soul, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Ska, Reggae, Dub and Hip-hop. Expect a crazy fun night to dance your booty off!
Neo Classical-Alt rock trio Mecha Mecha, consists of brothers Angelo Webb (Drums) and Walter Webb (various instruments and singer) perform high energy and melodic rock tunes accompanied by the harmonies, violin and bass playing of Isaac Vincent, optimising their live shows to pack a punch and dance floors. Sporting a traditional three piece rock line-up spawning music influenced by big name 90s acts such as Jeff Buckley, Radiohead and Tool, or harmoniously incorporating violin or keys to allow for a greater sonic variety, Mecha Mecha relishes in the power of heavy-hitting, blues-inspired grooves. Their chord progressions and melody lines reflect frontman Walter’s childhood exposure to traditional Hungarian folk and gypsy music. The band strives to deliver a dynamic and exciting performance featuring tasteful displays of virtuosity, accompanied by the moving, elastic vocal melodies of lead singer Walt.
From a life rich in musical pilgrimage, comes the auditory download of Murray Kyle. Hailing from the visionary Byron Bay region of Australia, this mystic troubadour has built a dedicated international fan base from 15 years of grass roots touring all over the world. His live performances of heart medicine and Earth honouring songs, successfully blend conscious lyrics and authentic intention with a well produced sound. The inner world of this profound artist comes alive on stage spanning Shamanic Soul, Conscious Roots, World, and Sacred Music genres. A prolific songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and sound engineer, Murray has released multiple self produced studio albums over the last decade, grounded in unity consciousness, and dedicated to the re-awakening of the beauty way. His journey in the worldwide heart music network, has led to studio and live collaborations with artists such as Tina Malia, Shimshai, Peia, Trevor Hall, Kevin James, Elijah Ray and many more. This is contagious soul restoring music that will sweep you off your feet, out of your head, and into your heart.
P.Smurf (Lorenz Prichard) is a celebrated hip hop MC and co-founder/manager of Big Village. Having established strong repute through his collaborative projects, Daily Meds, Reverse Polarities and Sketch the Rhyme, P.Smurf is currently focused on his solo act and forthcoming debut album ‘Playing The Blues’, due out April 2018. His charismatic style of socially and politically charged lyrics, delivered with ferocity and percussive flows, have earned him a loyal fanbase. In the last 5 years he has released two solo mixtapes, an EP and a 7” vinyl, while touring extensively across Australia as both a solo artist and with his respective groups. As a founding member of Daily Meds, P.Smurf was integral to their successful release, Happy Daze. The album was shortlisted in the top 9 of the 2012 Australian Music Prize and was FBi‘s Sunsets “Album of the Week”. The single “Insane” was added to Triple J high rotation and the group won Triple J Unearthed’s “Come Together” Festival in 2011.
Australian Hip-Hop Emcee/Producer Trigz has been keeping busy. Along with putting in limitless time writing and recording singles to release monthly, the legend has also been on the road, supporting international artists like PHFAT, ONYX and Chris Webby, as well as iconic Australian Hip-Hop sensations including but not limited to Drapht, Smizzy and Complete on their national tours. His greatest accomplishments to date would be performing as support act on Drapht’s Seven Mirrors Tour in 2016 alongside Dylan Joel & Marksman Lloyd and featuring on the Smizzy “The Cover Re-Rapped” Album which gained massive media attention late 2017.