Soundscape

Junction and Music Tasmania presented Soundscape as part of this years festival, featuring: Akouo, Dameza, Kowl, Sumner, MILQUEBARTH, and emerging producer Koh-dee.

On Saturday 10 September, Prince's Square in Launceston was transformed as the cream of Tasmania’s electronic artists explored the possibilities of music, technology and space in the heart of the city. 

This project was made possible by the generous support of our funding partner APRA AMCOS.

Akouo has over 10 years of experience in the Australian electronic music scene, becoming the first ever Tasmanian-based act to play Splendour in the Grass back in 2015. His breakthrough EP ‘Mesa’ rocketed to #1 on the iTunes Electronic chats led by the highly acclaimed single ‘Not Enough’ featuring his signature synth tones and heavy bass lines. His originals and remixes have cracked the Top 10 on Hype Machine 6 times and counting, with an extensive collection of official remixes for ZHU, Flume, Shy Girls and many more. His latest remix for GANZ ‘Light Years’ featuring Maribelle is huge. With plans to finish off the year in the Fiji Islands, Akouo will play a massive DJ set at Your Paradise Festival alongside Skrillex, What So Not and Anna Lunoe.

In a world filled with disposable music and dime-a-dozen DJ’s playing web rips off a USB stick, scratch DJs still using vinyl are few and far between. Dameza doesn’t shyaway from the opportunity to balance the likes of electronica, 70’s funk and Hip- Hop all thrown together in his trademark mashup, turntable trick infused style. His motto is simple: ‘If the music is good, I’ll play it.’

Sumner are an alternative soul duo, heavily influenced by hip hop, funk and alternative music. Chloe Wilson and Jack McLaine started sumner as a project wherein they were able to explore and tie these influences together. In the past 12 months, Sumner have been taking gig opportunities supporting Smith Street Band and performing to enthusiastic crowds at Falls Music and Arts Festival, Party in the Paddock Festival.

KOWL is the pseudonym of Hobart song-writer and producer Cal Young. Cal began his music career as one half of the electro outfit The Scientists Of Modern Music with class-mate and friend Simon McIntosh. Praised for their energetic and engaging live performances at festivals, supporting national touring acts and headlining clubs around Australia. After releasing their Debut EP ‘Electronic Sunset’, The Scientists Of Modern Music received radio rotation for their single ‘Easy’, and went on to release their debut album 'A Personal Universe' after a short stint in London. After deciding to take a break from The Scientists Of Modern Music to pursue independent music interests, Cal began working with Hobart singer-songwriter Asta. Shortly after, Asta won Triple J Unearthed High 2012 with her song “My Heart Is On Fire” - a song which Cal produced in his bedroom (and follow up Asta single “I Need Answers”). “My Heart Is On Fire” placed at number 50 in Triple J’s 2012 Hottest 100 Countdown. Whilst writing, recording, and touring with Asta, Cal’s love for production led him to create KOWL, his first independent musical endeavour. KOWL combines the creativity of hardware and sound found in The Scientists Of Modern Music, as well as the pop sensibilities of Asta, to become a fresh new approach to song-writing and production.

MILQUEBARTH has been the solo project of local drummer Sam Dowson (Lazer Baby, The Lawless Quartet, Mephistopheles) since 2015. Armed only with an ipad with iMPC app Milquebarth plays a mix between trap, chill beats and the eclectic. 

Koh-dee is an 18 year old electronic music producer, and composer from Hobart. He mostly focuses in creating future bass music, but also dabbles in writing trap, chill and experimental music. Currently studying at college, Koh-dee has just released his debut EP 'Don't Forget'.

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