MUSIC

REMI (With full live band)

REMI and musical collaborator Sensible J have come to form as one of Australia’s favourite hip-hop acts and they’re putting together a very special live band for their performance at Ocean Sounds 2020.  Consistently performing sold-out headline tours across Europe and Australia, REMI have also shared the stage with Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Vic Mensa, De La Soul, Joey Bada$$, Blackalicious, and Hiatus Kaiyote. With features across international media such as OkayPlayer, Majestic Casual, COLORS, Billboard, NME, MTV Iggy, NPR and shout outs from the likes of hip-hop luminaire Chuck D and Outkast’s Big Boi, REMI’s appeal is as diverse as it is impressive.  REMI's sophomore LP   Divas and Demons   was independently released through REMI’s own label imprint House of Beige Records, came in at number 10 on the ARIA charts, was nominated for an ARIA Award, and was given 4.5 out of 5 stars as  “A landmark release”  by Rolling Stone Australia.  On the live front, REMI have stormed the stages of Australia’s Beyond The Valley, Falls Festival, Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass, Golden Plains, Woodford Folk Festival, NYE on the Hill and many, many more. Having built a reputation for their incredible stage presence, REMI have recently returned from the UK where they sold out London’s iconic Jazz Café in Camden, and new single 5 A.M. is starting to gain traction on many UK and European stations as well as high rotation on triple j here at home.   “Armed with boundary-pushing productions of    Sensible J   ,    REMI    is one of Australian rap's most consistent, relaying his importance as a hip-hop heavyweight while also showcasing his remarkable talents and knack for discovering what's bubbling underneath the Australian music spotlight” - Pilerats    "   REMI    is a consummate performer. He’s impossibly slick and completely unafraid to shake what his mama gave him (seriously, this dude’s got moves). He knows how to whip the crowd into a frenzy. There’s nowhere for this young artist to go but up. Betting against    REMI    would be a fool’s move. He’s got the goods".  - themusic.com

REMI and musical collaborator Sensible J have come to form as one of Australia’s favourite hip-hop acts and they’re putting together a very special live band for their performance at Ocean Sounds 2020.

Consistently performing sold-out headline tours across Europe and Australia, REMI have also shared the stage with Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Vic Mensa, De La Soul, Joey Bada$$, Blackalicious, and Hiatus Kaiyote. With features across international media such as OkayPlayer, Majestic Casual, COLORS, Billboard, NME, MTV Iggy, NPR and shout outs from the likes of hip-hop luminaire Chuck D and Outkast’s Big Boi, REMI’s appeal is as diverse as it is impressive.

REMI's sophomore LP Divas and Demons was independently released through REMI’s own label imprint House of Beige Records, came in at number 10 on the ARIA charts, was nominated for an ARIA Award, and was given 4.5 out of 5 stars as “A landmark release” by Rolling Stone Australia.

On the live front, REMI have stormed the stages of Australia’s Beyond The Valley, Falls Festival, Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass, Golden Plains, Woodford Folk Festival, NYE on the Hill and many, many more. Having built a reputation for their incredible stage presence, REMI have recently returned from the UK where they sold out London’s iconic Jazz Café in Camden, and new single 5 A.M. is starting to gain traction on many UK and European stations as well as high rotation on triple j here at home.

“Armed with boundary-pushing productions of Sensible J, REMI is one of Australian rap's most consistent, relaying his importance as a hip-hop heavyweight while also showcasing his remarkable talents and knack for discovering what's bubbling underneath the Australian music spotlight” - Pilerats

"REMI is a consummate performer. He’s impossibly slick and completely unafraid to shake what his mama gave him (seriously, this dude’s got moves). He knows how to whip the crowd into a frenzy. There’s nowhere for this young artist to go but up. Betting against REMI would be a fool’s move. He’s got the goods". - themusic.com

 
 

THE BAMBOOS

Already long regarded as one of the world’s premier funk-soul outfits, The Bamboos eighth studio album ‘Night Time People’ is bringing their infectious and modern take on a timeless sound to a whole new world of listeners. The eleven tracks on the album reinvigorate the familiar arrangements and grooves of early funk-soul with the depth of a contemporary songwriting style, and all sung by one of the most distinctive voices in Australia.   Millions of listeners globally are already familiar with the winning combination of the band’s guitarist / leader Lance Ferguson and vocalist Kylie Auldist, thanks to ”This Girl” by Kung Vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners. One of 2016’s biggest chart hits was a remix of a 2009 track by Ferguson’s former band that he co-wrote, and proved that the world was craving pop music with genuine soul.   The first taste of the album, “Lit Up”, is built upon an insanely catchy piano riff and the best use of cowbell since “Honky Tonk Women”. Against that, Auldist sings of trying to hide away from her pain. Mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain (who has worked on historic albums by the likes of Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and Bowie) and accompanied by a stylish, high contrast black and white video, the end result isn’t just the meeting point of irresistible groove and raw emotion, but also light and dark – something that characterizes the band as well as this album.   Over the years The Bamboos have featured a stellar cast of guest vocalists: Aloe Blacc, Alice Russell and Australian performers Daniel Merriweather, Tim Rogers and Megan Washington. But Lance Ferguson made the decision to have Auldist as the sole vocalist on ‘Night Time People’.  “I think when people come to a Bamboos show, or hear Kylie’s voice on record, they feel that warmth and energy” , says Ferguson, whose considerable talents in the studio extend to many other projects, including spiritual jazz as Menagerie, the jazz-funk covers concept series Black Feeling / Groove Spectrum, the exotica inspired pop of Lanu, and solo club/electronic output on recent solo LP, ‘Raw Material’. “ She just connects with people and allows them to let go and to feel good. Kylie  exudes human joy , warmth and soul,”  he concludes. There’s a complimentary energy between the two longtime collaborators and friends.  “My songs are kind of soul and funk, but channeling Joy Division,” Ferguson  jokes. “I ’m quite often coming from a more dark, melancholic side of things; Kylie the positive.”    After discovering the original version of “This Girl” on Youtube, the then 19 year old French DJ / producer and protégé of David Guetta known as Kungs, requested to license the track for a remix. No one could’ve foreseen the dizzying success that followed. It soon topped the charts in Germany and France, sat at #2 in the UK for 5 weeks (behind Drake’s “One Dance”) and reached the top thirty in thirty five countries, and gold or platinum in fourteen. It’s the twelfth most Shazamed song of all time is now over 500 million Spotify plays, and 300 million Youtube views. Adding to that, Ferguson’s much talked about guitar riff spawned a slew of Youtube wannabes (but make sure you check Ferguson’s own VHS era inspired instruction video to get it right) and it’s little wonder Blues & Soul Magazine dubbed Ferguson  “Australia’s answer to Mark Ronson.”    The success of “This Girl” was vindication of Ferguson and Auldist’s work together, something that’s no secret to Bamboos fans worldwide, built steadily over their seven studio albums. The years of hard work have already been well recognized in their home country, with five ARIA Awards nominations, and three APRA Songwriting Award nominations. Evolution is crucial to Ferguson and The Bamboos. To progress from their origins in instrumental Deep Funk to their current sound that is both familiar but forward looking, it takes time.

Already long regarded as one of the world’s premier funk-soul outfits, The Bamboos eighth studio album ‘Night Time People’ is bringing their infectious and modern take on a timeless sound to a whole new world of listeners. The eleven tracks on the album reinvigorate the familiar arrangements and grooves of early funk-soul with the depth of a contemporary songwriting style, and all sung by one of the most distinctive voices in Australia.


Millions of listeners globally are already familiar with the winning combination of the band’s guitarist / leader Lance Ferguson and vocalist Kylie Auldist, thanks to ”This Girl” by Kung Vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners. One of 2016’s biggest chart hits was a remix of a 2009 track by Ferguson’s former band that he co-wrote, and proved that the world was craving pop music with genuine soul.


The first taste of the album, “Lit Up”, is built upon an insanely catchy piano riff and the best use of cowbell since “Honky Tonk Women”. Against that, Auldist sings of trying to hide away from her pain. Mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain (who has worked on historic albums by the likes of Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and Bowie) and accompanied by a stylish, high contrast black and white video, the end result isn’t just the meeting point of irresistible groove and raw emotion, but also light and dark – something that characterizes the band as well as this album.


Over the years The Bamboos have featured a stellar cast of guest vocalists: Aloe Blacc, Alice Russell and Australian performers Daniel Merriweather, Tim Rogers and Megan Washington. But Lance Ferguson made the decision to have Auldist as the sole vocalist on ‘Night Time People’. “I think when people come to a Bamboos show, or hear Kylie’s voice on record, they feel that warmth and energy”, says Ferguson, whose considerable talents in the studio extend to many other projects, including spiritual jazz as Menagerie, the jazz-funk covers concept series Black Feeling / Groove Spectrum, the exotica inspired pop of Lanu, and solo club/electronic output on recent solo LP, ‘Raw Material’. “She just connects with people and allows them to let go and to feel good. Kylie exudes human joy, warmth and soul,” he concludes. There’s a complimentary energy between the two longtime collaborators and friends. “My songs are kind of soul and funk, but channeling Joy Division,” Ferguson jokes. “I’m quite often coming from a more dark, melancholic side of things; Kylie the positive.”


After discovering the original version of “This Girl” on Youtube, the then 19 year old French DJ / producer and protégé of David Guetta known as Kungs, requested to license the track for a remix. No one could’ve foreseen the dizzying success that followed. It soon topped the charts in Germany and France, sat at #2 in the UK for 5 weeks (behind Drake’s “One Dance”) and reached the top thirty in thirty five countries, and gold or platinum in fourteen. It’s the twelfth most Shazamed song of all time is now over 500 million Spotify plays, and 300 million Youtube views. Adding to that, Ferguson’s much talked about guitar riff spawned a slew of Youtube wannabes (but make sure you check Ferguson’s own VHS era inspired instruction video to get it right) and it’s little wonder Blues & Soul Magazine dubbed Ferguson “Australia’s answer to Mark Ronson.”


The success of “This Girl” was vindication of Ferguson and Auldist’s work together, something that’s no secret to Bamboos fans worldwide, built steadily over their seven studio albums. The years of hard work have already been well recognized in their home country, with five ARIA Awards nominations, and three APRA Songwriting Award nominations. Evolution is crucial to Ferguson and The Bamboos. To progress from their origins in instrumental Deep Funk to their current sound that is both familiar but forward looking, it takes time.

ASH GRUNWALD

Acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest storytellers and live performers Ash Grunwald is set to release a new album in 2019, Mojo. A modern classic blues record which features The Teskey Brothers, Joe Bonamassa, Kasey Chambers, Mahalia Barnes, Terry Evans, Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, Harry James Angus from The Cat Empire and Ian Collard. The album will coincide with the release of Ash’s first book, Surf By Day, Jam By Night (published by Pantera Press) which is released on August 19th. The book combines Ash’s two passions – music and surfing. From heavy wipe-outs to heaving crowds, the book gives an insight into the minds of true legends who have mastered the artforms of surfing and music. Through conversations with Kelly Slater, Steph Gilmore, Jack Johnson, Dave Rastovich, Jaleesa Vincent, G. Love, and many more, Ash discusses flow states, jamming versus shredding, style, transcendence, fear, career longevity, growth mindset, mindfulness and what it’s really like to live your dreams. Surf By Day, Jam By Night is an inspiring book that encourages us all to look inside ourselves and chase the things that truly make us happy. If a new album and a new book wasn’t enough to keep Ash out of trouble, he also works tirelessly alongside his wife Danni doing his part for the environment on their Clean Up The Coast initiatives, whereby beach clean-ups are organised where Ash is on tour. Conscious of the impact of single use plastics, Ash and his wife created Earth Bottles, a range of re-usable products including drink bottles, coffee cups and straws. Recently, Ash launched his podcast, Soulful Conversations, which sees Ash talk to a range of inspiring and interesting people, including John Butler, Ziggy Alberts, Kim Churchill and Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire).


Acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest storytellers and live performers Ash Grunwald is set to release a new album in 2019, Mojo. A modern classic blues record which features The Teskey Brothers, Joe Bonamassa, Kasey Chambers, Mahalia Barnes, Terry Evans, Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, Harry James Angus from The Cat Empire and Ian Collard. The album will coincide with the release of Ash’s first book, Surf By Day, Jam By Night (published by Pantera Press) which is released on August 19th. The book combines Ash’s two passions – music and surfing. From heavy wipe-outs to heaving crowds, the book gives an insight into the minds of true legends who have mastered the artforms of surfing and music. Through conversations with Kelly Slater, Steph Gilmore, Jack Johnson, Dave Rastovich, Jaleesa Vincent, G. Love, and many more, Ash discusses flow states, jamming versus shredding, style, transcendence, fear, career longevity, growth mindset, mindfulness and what it’s really like to live your dreams. Surf By Day, Jam By Night is an inspiring book that encourages us all to look inside ourselves and chase the things that truly make us happy. If a new album and a new book wasn’t enough to keep Ash out of trouble, he also works tirelessly alongside his wife Danni doing his part for the environment on their Clean Up The Coast initiatives, whereby beach clean-ups are organised where Ash is on tour. Conscious of the impact of single use plastics, Ash and his wife created Earth Bottles, a range of re-usable products including drink bottles, coffee cups and straws. Recently, Ash launched his podcast, Soulful Conversations, which sees Ash talk to a range of inspiring and interesting people, including John Butler, Ziggy Alberts, Kim Churchill and Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire).

KYLE LIONHEART

Describing himself as a singer, songwriter, surfer & plant eater, Kyle Lionhart honed his craft and began to build a sizeable and extremely loyal fanbase by busking on the streets and beaches of his home town Byron Bay. In February 2015, Lionhart self-released his debut EP Keep In Mind. At a time when even major labels were struggling to sell CDs, Kyle sold out more than 10,000 copies. His music and reputation soon spread around the world thanks to the enthusiastic reviews of impressed tourists and it wasn’t long before record labels began to notice the young busker, who was drawing crowds in the hundreds on the main street of Byron Bay.    Kyle signed to Ivy League Records in 2016 and a year later released his second EP entitled Eleven & Two. Despite little radio play, the EP generated over 10 million streams and lead to a sold out national Australian tour, a European tour with Xavier Rudd & a debut London headline show that sold out within a week of going on sale.    With an incredibly exciting 12 months ahead, Kyle Lionhart is destined to become your favourite new artist in 2019.


Describing himself as a singer, songwriter, surfer & plant eater, Kyle Lionhart honed his craft and began to build a sizeable and extremely loyal fanbase by busking on the streets and beaches of his home town Byron Bay. In February 2015, Lionhart self-released his debut EP Keep In Mind. At a time when even major labels were struggling to sell CDs, Kyle sold out more than 10,000 copies. His music and reputation soon spread around the world thanks to the enthusiastic reviews of impressed tourists and it wasn’t long before record labels began to notice the young busker, who was drawing crowds in the hundreds on the main street of Byron Bay.

Kyle signed to Ivy League Records in 2016 and a year later released his second EP entitled Eleven & Two. Despite little radio play, the EP generated over 10 million streams and lead to a sold out national Australian tour, a European tour with Xavier Rudd & a debut London headline show that sold out within a week of going on sale.

With an incredibly exciting 12 months ahead, Kyle Lionhart is destined to become your favourite new artist in 2019.

EMMA DONOVAN

Acclaimed Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The Putbacks burst on to the Australian scene with their album Dawn in 2015, announcing a new voice in Australian soul music. Emma’s songwriting is optimistic, impassioned, and bruisingly honest, The Putbacks’ music is fluid, live and raw, and the collaboration has won friends and admirers all over the world.   The project was born of Emma and the band’s shared love for classic US soul and the protest music of Indigenous Australia. Shades of every soul record you ever liked sneak through: Al Green’s Hi Records era? Check. Aretha’s Classic Atlantic recordings? Check. Stacks of Stax? Check. It’s all there, but there’s also a whole lot of Coloured Stone and Warumpi Band influences giving this project a uniquely Australian slant.   Emma grew up singing church songs with her grandparents on the North coast of New South Wales and her first secular gigs were singing in the family band, The Donovans, with her mother and five uncles. Throughout her career, she has toured and recorded with many of the mainstays of Indigenous music from Archie Roach to Dan Sultan and was a leader of the Black Arm Band project. It was in The Black Arm Band that Emma met members of The Putbacks and their journey together began.    The Putbacks are stone cold pros, grizzled veterans of all the tours and all the studios. As individuals, they’re the players behind so many bands it’s difficult to list, but let’s start with Hiatus Kaiyote, The Bombay Royale, D.D Dumbo, Swooping Duck and The Meltdown. When they come together, they’re one of the tightest, sharpest, most dynamic musical units ever to exist. Their collaboration with Emma elevates their music and Emma’s songs to another level. Emma Donovan & The Putbacks are currently working on a new album scheduled for late 2019.

Acclaimed Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The Putbacks burst on to the Australian scene with their album Dawn in 2015, announcing a new voice in Australian soul music. Emma’s songwriting is optimistic, impassioned, and bruisingly honest, The Putbacks’ music is fluid, live and raw, and the collaboration has won friends and admirers all over the world.

The project was born of Emma and the band’s shared love for classic US soul and the protest music of Indigenous Australia. Shades of every soul record you ever liked sneak through: Al Green’s Hi Records era? Check. Aretha’s Classic Atlantic recordings? Check. Stacks of Stax? Check. It’s all there, but there’s also a whole lot of Coloured Stone and Warumpi Band influences giving this project a uniquely Australian slant.

Emma grew up singing church songs with her grandparents on the North coast of New South Wales and her first secular gigs were singing in the family band, The Donovans, with her mother and five uncles. Throughout her career, she has toured and recorded with many of the mainstays of Indigenous music from Archie Roach to Dan Sultan and was a leader of the Black Arm Band project. It was in The Black Arm Band that Emma met members of The Putbacks and their journey together began.

The Putbacks are stone cold pros, grizzled veterans of all the tours and all the studios. As individuals, they’re the players behind so many bands it’s difficult to list, but let’s start with Hiatus Kaiyote, The Bombay Royale, D.D Dumbo, Swooping Duck and The Meltdown. When they come together, they’re one of the tightest, sharpest, most dynamic musical units ever to exist. Their collaboration with Emma elevates their music and Emma’s songs to another level. Emma Donovan & The Putbacks are currently working on a new album scheduled for late 2019.


EMMA VOLARD

Emma Volard is 21-year-old future-soul artist hailing from the quiet inner city suburb of Carlton North. Her compositions have been described as “knotty intricate grooves that skip, between RnB’s dynamic vocals, and stop-start hiphop rhythms” by Joshua Martin (Verve Magazine).  In recent times, her music has been likened to "Jill Scott with a delicate vocal" by, 'Roots N All' host, Nkeche Anele and has been played on multiple radio stations including PBS, Triple R, Joy and Triple J. Although, Emma has only been recording and releasing music under her name for six months concurrent with her studies at Monash University, her music has been garnered with glowing reviews by the Sentinel Times, Verve Magazine and Triple J Unearthed Curators: Zan Rowe and Dave Ruby Howe.'  Emma is set to release her debut LP, ’Girl in Thought’ late 2019, a musical exploration that will bring a vulnerable insight into the intricacies of her mind. The pieces featured break the boundaries of soul music by fusing elements of jazz harmony with percussive vocals and boom-bap neo-soul beats.

Emma Volard is 21-year-old future-soul artist hailing from the quiet inner city suburb of Carlton North. Her compositions have been described as “knotty intricate grooves that skip, between RnB’s dynamic vocals, and stop-start hiphop rhythms” by Joshua Martin (Verve Magazine).

In recent times, her music has been likened to "Jill Scott with a delicate vocal" by, 'Roots N All' host, Nkeche Anele and has been played on multiple radio stations including PBS, Triple R, Joy and Triple J. Although, Emma has only been recording and releasing music under her name for six months concurrent with her studies at Monash University, her music has been garnered with glowing reviews by the Sentinel Times, Verve Magazine and Triple J Unearthed Curators: Zan Rowe and Dave Ruby Howe.'

Emma is set to release her debut LP, ’Girl in Thought’ late 2019, a musical exploration that will bring a vulnerable insight into the intricacies of her mind. The pieces featured break the boundaries of soul music by fusing elements of jazz harmony with percussive vocals and boom-bap neo-soul beats.


JANIE GORDON

Janie is a singer songwriter from South Gippsland who has been gracing the music scene for the past few years now. Her song writing portrays honesty, her stage presence captures audiences and her voice resonates smooth and angelic tones. Janie has featured at festivals such as NYE on the Hill and The Hills are Alive, played at numerous Melbourne venues supporting local artists such as Mike Waters and Steve Cousins and also keeps busy with local events, weddings and functions. She has just recently released her song Sometime which is available on Spotify and iTunes and planning to release more in the near future. Keep an eye on her socials for upcoming releases and shows in the near future!

Janie is a singer songwriter from South Gippsland who has been gracing the music scene for the past few years now. Her song writing portrays honesty, her stage presence captures audiences and her voice resonates smooth and angelic tones. Janie has featured at festivals such as NYE on the Hill and The Hills are Alive, played at numerous Melbourne venues supporting local artists such as Mike Waters and Steve Cousins and also keeps busy with local events, weddings and functions. She has just recently released her song Sometime which is available on Spotify and iTunes and planning to release more in the near future. Keep an eye on her socials for upcoming releases and shows in the near future!

THE WAVERJANES

2019 welcomed a new band to the scene, The Waverjanes. Dave Prideaux (lead singer) writes lyrics that pull at the heart and leave you with an experience that won't soon be forgotten. With melodies and hooks that delight the soul. With music that's been likened to Wilco, The Waverjanes' bring their refined alt-country works to life.  2020 will see The Waverjanes hitting the studio to record their much anticipated debut album. No stranger to festivals, members of the group have played at Port Fairy, Tamworth and Queenscliff in recent years. This year we are lucky enough to have them gracing our stage at Ocean Sounds.

2019 welcomed a new band to the scene, The Waverjanes. Dave Prideaux (lead singer) writes lyrics that pull at the heart and leave you with an experience that won't soon be forgotten. With melodies and hooks that delight the soul. With music that's been likened to Wilco, The Waverjanes' bring their refined alt-country works to life.

2020 will see The Waverjanes hitting the studio to record their much anticipated debut album. No stranger to festivals, members of the group have played at Port Fairy, Tamworth and Queenscliff in recent years. This year we are lucky enough to have them gracing our stage at Ocean Sounds.