Melbourne Music Bank: The Final Four

Melbourne Music Bank: The Final Four

Here are the final four Melbourne Music Bank finalists. We have a chat to the artists in the last stage of competing for the chance to break into the music industry.

Tempus Sun

Congratulations on making the final four. How did you feel it was announced?
It was a mixture of feelings. It felt like we could finally exhale. The anxiety and wondering is pretty constant for a long period and you are always asking yourself, “have we done enough?”

You guys only formed earlier this year. How did you all come together?
Andrew and Ed met at the ‘Aus institute of Music’ at the start of the year and just became good mates. They wanted to do an acoustic duo together and gig around Melbourne but then they discussed going into a full band setting with these originals – and here we are.

Regardless of whether you win the competition, what’s next for you?
Follow the dream. If we win or not we are still going all the way, regardless. As a group, we are incredibly young and this has been a wicked start for us but whatever the result (all four are really deserving), we will have our chins up and still get stuck into the industry.

Birdhouse

Congratulations on making the final four. What has been the biggest challenge so far?
Danny: Probably collaborating as a band to write music. We all have different tastes (Jamie is mainly a Beiber man, while Nick digs Megadeath) so valuable song discussions often deteriorate into physical fights. It was such a scuffle we tragically lost our fifth member of the band, Jeff, after he suggested a three-minute kazoo solo in ‘Bitter’.

You guys played at Beyond The Valley last year, how do you find performing at festivals and what’s the best part?
Jamie: Playing at BTV was crazy fun. There was a good amount of people out and there was an awesome sunset right behind us – easily our favourite gig to date. The craziest part for us was meeting a few of our favourite bands including The Rubens and Miami Horror.

Regardless of whether you win the competition, what’s next for you?
Nick: We just want to continue doing what we love, making music, gigging and sharing our stuff with as many people as we can. We are currently recording our second EP, and our single ‘Sweet’ will be coming out November. We are also playing at Beyond The Valley Festival again, as well as playing a New Years count down set at ‘Charity Beats Paddock Bash’!

Birdhouse

Bloom

Congratulations on making the final four. How did you feel it was announced?
I honestly couldn’t believe that I got through as a finalist in the top four. I was so ecstatic when I received the call and rang my live band straight away!

You list your musical heroes as Meg Mac, Queen, Missy Higgins, Bon Iver and Beyonce, who’s the number one person you would love to perform with?
I feel like because Beyoncé is idolised by so many people and majorly respected in the music industry, it would be really cool to perform with her and gain lots of her knowledge!

Regardless of whether you win the competition, what’s next for you?
I just want to write music that people enjoy. For me, making music just feels good, it is almost therapeutical. I’m in my element when I’m performing live, so I just want to continue doing what I love.

Bloom

Anna Oliphant Wright

Congratulations on making the final four, what has been the biggest challenge so far?
The most difficult challenge so far was recording and mastering ‘Hooks’ in only 90 minutes, as that was the amount of studio time that was funded. My guitar teacher, Caleb Garfinkel, helped me pick it from five new songs I had written over that month. As soon as I played it, he said ‘that’s the one’.

If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would it be?
The Byron Bay Blues Festival, I just love the vibe of the place and would love to play there. I can’t wait for next year’s festival where I will be camping in the Rainbow Tipi’s and discovering new music!

Regardless of whether you win the competition, what’s next for you?
My main goal was to write enough good songs to construct some EPs or a full album, and to start playing regular gigs. I have now 30 songs to choose from, constructing an EP and signed for regular gigs and regional events. My plan for the next two years is to record my music, play regularly in festivals and write a song that another musician records.

Anna Oliphant Wright

To learn more about the finalists and check out their music, visit the The Melbourne Music Bank website.