Growing talent at the grassroots is what Mullumbimby Music Festival is all about. As a region that strongly identifies as music focused, many of our kids have grown up at festivals. Some were even conceived there! Their parents are musicians. They grow up not listening to radio, but live music. Sleeping behind the PA at gigs out in the hills. Or at 5 years old they’re up the front dancing at a Sunday arvo live band at the pub. When you’re love for music is seeded like this, the breadth and depth of young talent in our area is no surprise. Our region’s festival culture has seeded a very exciting new generation of artists. The artists to watch in the next decade. The artists you’ll be able to see at the very beginning at Mullum Music Festival.
Mullum Music Festival’s Youth Mentorship is now in its’ 7th year. Previous winners include TORA, who now spend most of their year touring internationally, Gabe & Cecelia (who came to national acclaim on The Voice), Annie Plummer, Merryn Jeann (pictured) & PARCELS (formerly Potato Potato – rising stars on the international circuit), Children of Moscow, and Squeak Lemaire. For young musicians seeking to find a path in the music industry, a mentor can be life changing.
Winners of each section receive a double pass to the 2016 event, a mentorship session with their category mentor, and they get to play this years’ festival. With hundreds of festival applications each year, this is a huge opportunity for anyone wanting to make their mark.
The 2016 Youth Mentorship Entry Categories & Mentors are:
Band – Mentor: Natalli Rize (AUS/JAM)
From the streets of Byron to the hearts of the world, Natalli Rize is the woman Rolling Stone called ‘One of the nation’s most refreshing voices’. Dynamic, inspired and on message, Nattali is known for her high energy, thought provoking and uplifting live performances, whether it be fronting her electric band, performing solo, unplugged, or accapella. Her new international band is a Jamaican / Global Mash up of raw energy and vibe that has been rocking hearts, hips and minds since they launched onto the scene in 2015. Rize will have something life changing to offer to the Band Category
Singer Songwriter – Mentor: Suzannah Espie
Our festival patron, much loved by artists and industry alike, Suzannah Espie has been casting spells over audiences across the globe since she first took to the stage with ‘GIT’ in 1997.
Honesty and directness, while blending subtlety and beautiful melodies reinforces Suzannah’s standing as one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters.
Vocal – Mentor: Shelly Brown
Lennox Head Singer/Songwriter, Vocal Teacher, Soul & RNB inspired musical force. With a vocal that is subtle and sweet like honey, but powerful like the tides. Be sure to experience her soulful potency at least once in your life. Shelly knows how to pick a voice that will stand out in a crowd.
Under 15 – Mentor: Chris Mallory
Half of award winning folk & roots band TWO LIONS, a DUSTYESKY vocalist, teacher, inspired new father, and local musician – Chris Mallory brings his broad knowledge and musicianship to our 2016 YMP.
*For the first time, a WILD CARD Entrant will also be selected.
One outstanding young artist, regardless of genre or category will be picked alongside the official category winners to take part in this year’s program.
The category judge for this section will be a highly respected Industry professional.
So, if you’re a budding artist 21yrs or under entries are open now at www.mullummusicfestival.com (*Apps will go live WED SEP 14)