GET YOUR VOTE ON: Melbourne Music Bank Finalists

Subscribe to Forte Magazine

GET YOUR VOTE ON: Melbourne Music Bank Finalists

Break the Bank WebA little while ago you may remember reading about a competition to, well basically, break into the music industry. The competition has now closed and after sifting through hundreds upon hundreds of submissions from Victorian musicians, the 12 finalists have now been chosen.
While there are probably many of you who wished you could enter, despite your inability to string a sentence together or play an instrument, now’s your chance to get involved. With your help we can dwindle the 12 finalists down to the final four, who will then perform their song at the Melbourne Recital Centre in front of an expert panel to decide the winner. But let’s face it, you’re the ones with most of the power. In no specific order, here are the lucky 12 on the cusp of starting the career they’ve always dreamed about.
Comprising of Yarra Valley locals Kate Fyander, Darcy Haag and Aidan King, three-piece Under the Arch create summery indie-folk music reminiscent of something you’d hear from Angus & Julia Stone.
Originally from Perth, Alex Brittan finds inspiration in Sam Smith, James Blake and Sufjan Stevens and it shines through in the music he creates. Alex has played the piano since he was six and taught himself to play the ukulele and guitar soon after.
Much like Alex, Richard Cashion was drawn to Melbourne and moved there from his hometown in Tasmania. He is a guitarist and vocalist by trade and his soothing vocals are a welcome addition to the finalists.
Bank of Melb (Heloise Pictured)Starting off young, Heloise grew up in a family of musicians who inspired her to start performing at the tender age of nine-years-old. By 15 she was performing original music at local venues across Tasmania. She, too, has made the move to Melbourne.
Bringing some bluegrass folk to the final 12 is four-piece band Davies West. With sweet and airy vocals paired with gentle guitar strumming, this band is easy to fall in love with.
Rick Steward is a proud Melbournite and even calls it the music capital of Australia. Rick is a completely self-taught artist who has written over 300 songs. His music is high energy and a little reminiscent of the John Butler Trio.
This Public Life, aka James Pollock, lists Nick Cave as an inspiration – and by no surprise his music is as quirky as his band image. After spending three years in the UK his music screams of life experiences.
Bank of Melb (Selki pictured)Selki first moved to Melbourne from Nimbin to pursue a career in the music industry. Her music has that country twang and the excitement of someone yet to break into the music world.
Boyeur aren’t exactly newcomers to the music scene. Made up of Tim Ischia and Hugh Middleton, they’ve written songs for other bands but this time have written a killer tune that got them in the top 12.
Aside from being the only hip hop artist in the finalists, Nyuon is also a part of the rap group TPDIB. He lists The Weeknd, Rick Ross, Kanye West and 360 as some of his inspirations.
Nathan, the mastermind behind The Lion, is quite simply an instrumental genius. With inspirations such as Mutemath, his music is experimental and multilayered.
After travelling the US for three months, Matt Walters realised just how much he loved the city. A self-taught musician, he’s tough competition for the other 11 finalists.
To learn more about the finalists, listen to their songs and cast a vote, visit
Pictured from top: Boyeur, Heloise and Selki