The talent in our Collarts community knows no bounds—from Music Performance students bringing a fresh poignance to Melbourne's bustling folk scene to Music Production students catching the ears of Australia's coolest hip-hop innovators. And we want their talents to shine for this week's Online O-Week House Party.
Here's your introduction to the diverse artists playing our live Zoom line-up, as well as some special guests who are here to turn up the heat.
You might recognise Broden Kelly, or the roar of "MANBEAST", from Australia's darling comedy group Aunty Donna. They're the epitome of modern day Aussie humour, and Broden has been there from the very beginning. An actor and writer who has also popped in for a Collarts Connected session about comedy and social media, Broden will be hosting the O-Week Party, chatting in-between sets and interviewing our student performers.
A Music Performance student, Jayden Michael Dunne's brand of contemporary, breezy folk will get you swaying as the opening act of our party. Usually, his live shows feature soaring string arrangements and various ensemble lineups, but in the online age, Jayden will be playing a down-to-earth acoustic set to let the emotions shine through his post-bedroom lyrical folk ballads. He and his classmates even sang one of his originals for their remote collaborative ensemble assignment—check it out here.
Another Music Performance student, Maddy Petch is a burgeoning singer-songwriter, meshing indie-pop and neo-soul vibes, and endeavouring to explore the beauty of human truths through her transparent lyrics and emotive melodies. While she started writing music at 16 years old, she now draws inspiration from artists like Matt Corby, Nai Palm, and Angie McMahon.
Currently studying Audio Engineering, Zachary Leo blends an explosive combination of funk, rock, and soul. He's supported some big names like Thirsty Merc, Pacific Avenue, and Port Royal—even selling out the Grace Darling Hotel in 2019 for his debut single launch—and you can see why if you take a listen to his new single, 'Feels'. It's a groover, the result of a fine-tuned ear for catchy melodies and a talent for writing about heartbreak, self-destruction, and love.
Keeping the dancing going is JOTHI, an effortlessly cool and modern mix of reggae, funk, psychedelic, and soul. While JOTHI is a five-piece act, Music Performance student and lead vocalist Gloria Ragesh will be performing a special solo set for your eyes and ears only. The band is quickly gaining steam off the back of their first single 'Goliath'—we promise you'll have this tune stuck in your head for a while.
Harking from Thailand, Music Production student Japan Luangphaithoon makes beats under the name Jaypan. But this isn't your average, cut-and-dry electronica—Jaypan is all about story-telling and experimentation, sprinkling in influences from Man Parrish, Newcleus, Dopplereffekt, and The Egyptian Lover. Through his love of synthesisers and drum machines, Jaypan won't only get you up from your seat, but you'll be mesmerised by the musical journey he'll take you on.
BABYFAT takes from a little bit of everything; a multicultural network with a multi-faceted sound, this is a musical collective that champions the art of collaboration, delving beyond sound, and connection. A Brockhampton-esque concoction, the network is made up of Music Production students: leader HIRAKU aka Jacob Machin, Sugyann AKA Sugyan Shrestha, Jay Gonsalves, and Balé AKA Sam Williams Bale. The best part? They're all housemates, so you'll be treated to a full band performance.
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I call this one “KIM POSSIBLE” - Wrote this New Song and Music Video for @altmusicgroup How many references did I make ? Count and comment people! Produced with @sugyann_ (@kimpossible) #barsforbars #kimpossible #monstersinc #harrypotter #assassinscreed #thematrix #morpheus #babyfat #musicvideo #animalcrossing #hiraku
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Rounding out our student artists is the trailblazing Cub Sport. Once a beloved local indie band you could see at the venue around the corner, they're now global stars, innovating the pop game with their bold and daring vulnerability. They've never been one to be bound by labels and it's paid off—their latest album LIKE NIRVANA is their most ambitious yet, embracing the light and dark to ascend beyond both. You won't want to miss the chance to see one of Australia's best musicians in their prime with this Collarts-exclusive set.
The Collarts T3 Online O-Week House Party is kicking off Wednesday 9th September 5PM–11PM. Current Collarts students can check their emails to RSVP now.