- Manic City (MEL)
- Alanna Deutrom (MEL)
- Last Mistress (MEL)
- Theodora (UK)
- Ed Colman (MEL)
- Mr. Congo (MEL)
- The Word (MEL)
- The Machine (MEL)
- Tate Strauss (MEL)
- Stand & Deliver (MEL)
- Ráv Thomas (MEL)
- Matt Hetherington (MEL)
- Kitty Kat (MEL)
- Kalix (MEL)
- Jono Earle (MEL)
- Joe Sofo (MEL)
- Collective (MEL)
- Baby Diamond (MEL)
- John Young (SYD)
Manic City are a Melbourne based trio of seasoned musicians whose diverse backgrounds span three continents. Their sound is a harder edged pop with big rock guitar riffs, that steals the soulfulness of R&B and funk and keeps the 80s synths handy.
When they are on the stage together audiences are captivated. The charismatic and foxy Valerie is mesmerizing to watch and listen to, and the solid songs are strong and catchy.
They put their talents to hard work together and Manic City was born.
At the age of 11 Alanna had already begun paving her path into the music industry, winning Pepsi’s creativity contest with the first song she wrote. She then went on to win another National contest with Australia’s most popular teen magazine, Girlfriend Magazine. Earning herself the title of “Girlfriend Of The Year 2007” for her prolific songwriting and singing abilities at the age of 14. This gained her much recognition in the Music Industry, and lead to her working closely with renowned Producer/songwriter Tom Nichols in London (Kylie Minogue, The Sugarbabes, Celine Dion, Timberland and Hall & Oats). However after working in the UK Alanna decided she wanted to break free from the manufactured Pop produced sound. Most people would have jumped at the opportunity to work with such music heavy weights, but Alanna decided she’d rather stay true to her sound and offer the industry something fresh and unique.
Alanna has toured the UK (with Darren Hayes guitarist’s, Steve Young and Owen Stephens) and Australia numerous times (with Girlfriend Magazine, MTV and the HOT30 COUNTDOWN). She is now sponsored by Australia’s number one guitar brand, Maton.
Over the past year Alanna has evolved and her uniqueness and vibrancy shines through with her debut E.P “Zero Gravity”. Veering stylistically between glossy modern Pop, raw acoustic and elements of soft rock. The songs share a common thread with honest and unpredictable lyrics, catchy melodies and memorable choruses. Her music is lively and energetic with a twist of darkness and she has been compared to artists such as KT Tunstall, Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morrisette.
The E.P was produced and recorded by producer/songwriter duo Law Of Numbers (Jem Carp and Dan Karni) whom have worked with Candice Alley – (ARIA award nominee) Femke and are currently working with international success Cody Simpson.
The pair teamed up with Alanna mid 2011 and have accomplished a killer 3 track E.P .
Tom Nichols (Producer/Songwriter): “Alanna I am seriously impressed you’re one of the most gifted artists I have ever met. Natural in every way, well done!”
Jem Carp (Law of Numbers): ““Alanna is a super talented songwriter, guitarist, performer and singer…she is the full package” 15 October 2011
David Jaanz (Singing super coach) “Alanna is one of the best singer/songwriters in the Global music market today. She has a distinctive, honest and unique style that will touch this generation and many to come. In a World of generic artists, Alanna stands out.”
A ‘Mistress’, by definition, is a woman in a position of authority and control and that’s exactly what happens when front woman Brihony Dawson steps onto the stage and commands the role of the Last Mistress. When tracks like ‘Step Up’ and ‘Vertical Smile’ start pumping their way into your ears, you might find them touching you in places you’ve always wanted to be touched.
Banging for the Mistress is ex Neon and Evermore drummer Anthony Troiano. Anthony has supported acts like Lupe Fiasco, The Vines and Rose TaMoo.
After opening shows for Bon Jovi, Airbourne, The Screaming Jets, Kram and many more, Dean Williams strums for the Mistress like no other on rhythm guitar.
Slappin’ the Mistress b-ass is blonde bombshell Ken Hennessy who has played with the likes of David Bowie drummer Sterling Campbell and opened for bands like Vasco Era and Trial Kennedy.
Bringing up the rear of the Mistress is the sensational, finger – lickin’ lead guitar styling of Gabriel Atkinson. Gabriel was a member of New Zealand rock band Weta, has played with Grinspoon and has supported the likes of the Foo Fighters, Everclear and Soundgarden.
Last Mistress are made in Melbourne and they’re here to rock the pop into you!
Theodora has been performing since childhood. She is Australian, of Greek-Cypriot decent, who broke free of the supported confines of her community to awake the dream within her and discover where freedom exists.
Theodora gained ‘stardom’ at an early age within the local community where she would regularly perform at local events and on the radio.
Young Talent Time – at 9 years old, Theodora was selected to perform on this successful Australian television variety program whose alumni include Tina Arena and Dannii Minogue.
Having had her talent recognised, Theodora was signed by an artist management team and performed within the Melbourne club/dance scene.
Theodora has performed in Musicals. She played the leading role in ‘Talk Show’ which headlined at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Theodora featured on ‘Amen Kickin Hard’, a Dance album, which sold out during the first week of its release. She wrote and sang the track called ‘I’ll Take You There’ which was voted to number 1 by Kiss FM listeners.
Now in London, Theodora has continued to work on new material and has taken her song writing to a new intensity.
Ed Colman is one of Australia’s widest reaching DJs with his enviable position as host of ‘Party People’, the dance music show aired on Australia’s Southern Cross Austereo network. Party People reaches over 54 stations nationwide and 600,000 listeners weekly. Ed shares a high profile on air alongside Australia’s number one female DJ, Havana Brown and international celebrity, DJ and presenter Ruby Rose.
Ed has supported Flo Rida on his recent Australian tour as well as local artists including Zoe Badwi, Sneaky Sound System and Marvin Priest. He was chosen by Pioneer to launch the CDJ 2000 in Australia.
From the age of 16 Ed worked as an intern in London’s recording studios learning his trade from some of the UK’s best sound engineers and producers. After working huge shifts in the studio, he would head out to DJ at London’s clubs and parties each weekend.
By the time he was 17, Ed was snapped up by world famous DJ, and music producer ‘Jazzie B’ of ‘Soul II Soul’. Whilst working for Jazzie he engineered sessions for some of the world’s biggest producers and some of the UK’s most successful recording artists.
Ed Colman was the official DJ for the ACRA’s (Australian Commercial Radio Awards) in 2010, and the official DJ for Take 40’s Stars Of Summer TV show in 2011, shot at a 20 million dollar mansion on Sydney harbor. This event was screened multiple times on channel GO and MTV.
Ed has an extensive production back catalogue and a recent collaboration with Carl Cox, topped the Beatport techno charts for no less than 10 weeks.
Ed has built a solid reputation as one of Australia’s hottest DJs, touring nationally and mixing the Wild Summer compilations for 2011 and 2012, which have debuted at number 5 on the ARIA charts and number 2 on the iTunes album charts. He has played extensively throughout clubs in Australia and at festivals.
His flair on the decks has people clambering for him to spice things up at their big events, providing the soundtrack for launch parties including Slide for FOX 8 and THE NEW MOTION PARTY powered by the Hyundai Accent staring Aloe Blacc.
Ed Colman has become the sound of the nations airwaves every Friday & Saturday night.
Mr. Congo is a poet/artist turned DJ, his eclectic style of music fuses fashion and coolness. His sound is a mixture of old blues and jazz with a modern hip-hop twist.
Congo’s influences on deejaying are Prince, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Outkast, and Ray Charles. All different musicians, but difference is what separates them from the rest.
Mr. Congo has worked privately for the last few years and is secretive and selective about the gigs he plays. He recently played as supporting DJ with Usher’s OMG tour in Melbourne 2011. He enjoys the low key guerilla style of doing gigs and enjoys when the audience is captivated by his performance and his cool energy behind the decks. He says,”This enhances the exclusivity of the music and performance.”
Mr. Congo is local to Melbourne and hopes to expand his repertoire in the fashion and art scene. With an ear for rhythm, and an eye for what’s hot in the streets Mr. Congo is one of the grooviest, smoothest, and stylish deejays around.
Stay tuned for the beat!
Forming in 2008, The Word are an up and coming Melbourne based Rockband who have been playing their attention grabbing music to anyone within listening distance.
Launching themselves into the Melbourne music scene with their debut self-titled EP (2010), recorded at Sing-Sing studios with the very talented Matt Voigt (Living End, Powderfinger, Dukes of
Windsor), The Word are heavily inspired by any music that moves them, particularly 60′s music such as the The Who and The Beatles (from whom they took their name) and 90′s alternative rock, such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, and Radiohead.
With influences from such a huge array of bands, The Word’s only criteria when it comes to their songwriting is to “write something that sounds different”.
Having played in just about every Melbourne venue with a massive array of local and interstate bands as well as some big support slots (John Stevens, Daryl Braithwaite), The Word have crafted an musical relationship on and off stage that never fails to please a new audience.
- “Listen to The Word!” – Molly Meldrum
- “Thankyou!” – Daryl Braithwaite
- “That’s great!” – Rhys Darby (Flight Of The Conchords)
The Machine is an entertainment product that delivers exactly that – Entertainment!
It is a rock and pop show that is adaptable to an exceedingly wide variety of entertainment applications, with a long and varied set list and versatile show. The act is available in a number of different formats, moulded to suit almost any occasion.
The Machine pride themselves on their professionalism, both on and off the stage, and over many years has built strong and positive relationships with businesses and patrons alike. This is on the back of decade long history of all types of performances to all types of crowds.
Tate Strauss has been DJing house music for over two decades and continues to grow and evolve today. Having commenced his first residency back in 1998, Tate has gone on to become a regular at many Melbourne Nightclubs and events.
Tate has witnessed and been a part of the meteoric rise of dance music, firstly in his hometown of Melbourne, then interstate and internationally playing guest spots in Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney an within the past few years various Industry Launches and Club gigs in Hong Kong and Shanghai
A style that’s been described as “Bass-driven House Music”, Tate’s sets incorporate a strong rhythmic and techy feel whilst remaining light hearted and funky – a combination, which gets any, dance floor moving! This dance floor oriented approach to set structure and programming, combined with deft skills and a huge bag full of personal bootlegs and unofficial remixes pushes the crowd to the limit.
Just starting his production debut, Tate has joined forces with the very talented Mobin Master for some future releases and has just signed up to run a new label Safari Tech under the very popular Safari Music label.
Given Tate’s increased focus on the production side of his trade, we look forward to seeing a lot more from this promising talent in the very near future.
Stand and Deliver are the greatest 80s tribute show Australia has ever seen.
Stand and Deliver have entertained Australia’s biggest companies (NAB, Telstra, KPMG, Glasko, TAC) and continue to play corporate gigs all around Australia.
Stand and Deliver the 80s show is now in its seventh year. The band has a solid reputation that has seen them grow throughout the years to become Australia’s most in demand and loved 80s show.
Ráv Thomas is one of Australia’s most exciting emerging singer songwriters.
His experience of performing thousands of shows live – everywhere to everyone – has culminated in the creation of his unique and brilliant melodies and lyrics, his songs and storytelling.
In the last two years Ráv has performed constantly and supported and toured with the likes of Evermore, Vanessa Amorosi, Jimmy Barnes, Mental as Anything, Toni Childs, and Diesel.
He released his debut EP Lily in August to a sold out show in Melbourne and debuted at 2 on the ARIA physical singles chart and 2 on the Australian Independent Singles chart.
Lily went on to stay in the ARIA charts for 2 months, and Ráv has since sold out a number of headline shows since both in and out of Victoria.
Matt Hetherington is being tipped as the next big thing to come out of Australia. His extraordinary voice has earned him exceptional reviews from his live band appearances and his live theatre performances have placed him in high demand both in his homeland of Australia and overseas. He has spent the last 3 or 4 years traveling to the States to break into the American market. Early 2007 Matt was asked to create the role of “Oscar” for the July 2007 season of “Sweet Charity” at Melbourne’s State Theatre. In 2006 Matt starred in “The Last 5 Years” and on the back of his performance was asked to sing the National Anthem at the 2006 Cox Plate. In August 2004 Matt received the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical for his performance as the star in the critically acclaimed “The Full Monty”. In August 2003 Matt played Lieutenant Joe Cable in the Rogers & Hammerstein classic “South Pacific” to a sold out season and with great reviews at Melbourne’s State Theatre. In 2002 Matt appeared as “Berger” the Hippy Tribe leader in the 60’s rock musical “Hair”. His performance earned him a Green Room Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. In April 2003 Matt again starred as Berger this time in the Australian Tour of “Hair” directed by Aussie icon and 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Creative Director, David Atkins and he received a MO Award nomination for this performance.
Matt is well known to many people from his many years of live band work with his band “Matt Hetherington & Beyond Belief”. Matt graduated from the highly respected Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 1996. His theatrical credits include: “South Pacific”, “Hair”, Potsie in “Happy Days, The Arena Spectacular”, “I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change”, “The New Rocky Horror Show”, “The Boy From Oz” (original workshop), “The Wind In The Willows”, “Big River” (awarded best actor by the Victorian Musical Theatre Guild) and “After The Beep” (a new Australian musical). In 1999 Matt wrote and starred in his one-man show “It’s A Mad World Of…” at the Carlton Courthouse theatre. Television credits include: “Stingers”, “Marshall Law” and “Sea Change”. Matt has worked extensively as a band singer and as a guest artist has appeared on: GMA with Bert Newton, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Denise, IMT, Mornings with Kerri-Anne and In Melbourne Today with Ernie Sigley. For the last couple of years his band: “Matt Hetherington & Beyond Belief” has been widely regarded as the best corporate act in the country. As a guest vocalist with the “Peter Sullivan Big Band”, Matt was requested to perform for the Prime Minister at the opening of the Olympic Swimming Centre in Sydney.
Kitty Kat’s love of music began as a young child, and as with most children, her musical tastes were highly influenced by her parents. Music was a staple of the household, with everything from Motown and Soul to Commercial and early House being played in every setting, giving her a varied appreciation for many different types of music. Over the forthcoming years, Kitty Kat found her voice (after hours and hours of singing in her home) and burst out to become one of Melbourne’s most talented vocalists, MCs and Karaoke Hosts, bringing her verve and energy to every show she performs.
Following her love of music along to the next challenge, the next logical step was for Kitty Kat to enter the world of DJing. She is emerging as one of Melbourne’s fresh new talents, bringing her bubbly, high energy personality, awesome vocal range (she sings while DJing!!) and ability to tear up the decks at nightspots around Melbourne, giving patrons the full musical package. Kitty Kat reads and engages the crowd making for an unforgettable night that always sees people coming back for more, creating a cult following in the process.
Kalix has been a lyricist since way back and held down regular spots on various radio stations and clubs in and out of the UK.
Kalix started DJing a couple of years ago and has played at Pasha in Egypt (House, Electro), Club La Rumba in Veradero Cuba (Hip Hop, Reggaton & R&B), Various Clubs in Spain & Greece (Hip Hop, R&B, Garage, Old School and House) to name a few. He has worked with M.O.S (Ministry of Sound) on the Clubbers Guide Tour and Electro House Sessions Party’s around the UK such as Club Liquid in Leicester and has held residency in some of the most prestigious top night clubs and bars in and around London like Funky Buddha, 10 Rooms, China Whites and Kensington Roof Gardens.
In 2010 Kalix traveled to Melbourne Australia and has pursued DJing at clubs and bars such as Baroq, Tramp, Veludos and Marrakech. He has also played shows on Radio e.g. Melbourne fashion week, Rod Laver Arena V.I.P Lounge for International R&B superstar Usher and played on Melbourne’s phenomenal dance station KISS FM.
Although Kalix has been DJing he continues to rap and host and has been doing guest appearances with various bands in Australia at venues such as The Espy, Veludos and The Night Cat to name a few.
Overall Kalix is a versatile artist that knows how to get the crowd going and ignites the dance floor when and where ever he plays!
DJ Jono Earle started his career over 10 years ago in some of Melbourne’s premier clubs.
Over the years, he has hit the decks at the likes of Odeon (opening night), Fusion (opening night), Metro, QBH, Room 680, Heat, and Marquee Club.
He’s worked with some of Australia’s top DJs including Grant Smillie, John Course, Ivan Gough and Andy Murphy.
International and local bands also love working with DJ Jono Earle – bands such as Rogue Traders, Vanessa Amorosi, Matchbox 20, Diesel, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, Duran Duran, New Order and many others.
When he’s not in the nightclubs, you might occasionally hear Jono on air – he has worked on a number of radio shows, including the Friday night house show (Fox FM), and their New Years Eve midnight shows in ‘07/08 and ‘08/09. The NYE show went out to 9.3 million listeners Australia-wide!
Jono Earle is consistently working 8 gigs a week in Melbourne, so it is likely you’ve seen him around. He has a unique musical style, which includes current house, RnB and retrospective tracks when requested. Jono’s own remixes and edits of popular tracks have become the most requested throughout his sets.
From working with 100% vinyl, Jono now works from 100% CD and boasts a music library of 1000s tracks, including rare remixes and one-offs.
Emerging from a Mobile DJ Career JOE SOFO has moved into the club industry at the young age of just 16 as the winner of the 1998 Melbourne Underage DJ Competition at Viper Room. Specialising in RnB Mashups, Vocal House, Vocal Electro and Retro JOE SOFO spent his younger years DJing at just about every major underage event from Underage Metro, QBH and the LUSH parties, to KIX FEST, Tattoo Underage, Moorabbin Town Hall just to name a few.
Following his success in the underage scene, JOE SOFO launched his overage career being interviewed and performing a 1 hour set on Melbourne’s most popular club radio station KIX FM. This launched him straight into debut sets on the main stage at The Metro and Silvers Nightclub.
After jumping on board with Primo Promotions, Restless Entertainment, Amnesia Events and numerous other reputable promotions companies, JOE SOFO continued DJing sets at many of Melbourne’s most prestigious venues. Venues such as; The Loft, Eve Nightclub, Chasers, Imperial Hotel, Club Odeon, Watermark, Star Bar etc.
Collective were formed in June 2010 playing an array of Sexy House covers using a DJ, vocalist, guitar, sax and drums giving you the experience like no other.
In a very short time, Collective have proven there place on Melbourne Club/Corporate scene and have wowed crowds.
Collective are residents of prestigious live venue, Trak Live Lounge Bar every Saturday night at Strut.
Funky house, vocal. electro, progressive, tech house, techno, lounge, rnb, and nu disco. Baby Diamond’s dynamic, energetic dj sets and glamouress presence have been igniting and dazzling dancefloors for the last 6 years from Bali to London, Melbourne to Crete, Thailand to Tokyo. Whatever the style of music Baby Diamond presents or is herself producing you can be sure it has a sexy feminine edge.
In the last 6 years some of the venues she has performed at include: Skybar, Zouk- Kuala Lumpur, Velours, Ruby Room- Tokyo, Earthcore- Melbourne, Exodus- Byron Bay, Aquarium-London, El Pacha hotel-Ibiza , Deja Vu, Home,-Bali, Neromulus- Crete, Siam hut – Thailand. Most recently she completed a 2 week residency over Xmas and New Years at the Traders Hotel, KL, Malaysia.
Initially trained as a dancer, Baby Diamond is certain to get into the groove of the mix and coax out the mover and shaker in us all. As a dj Baby D is versatile and experienced with her own funky sexy style. With her performance background she encourages fun and flamboyance within a great party atmosphere where all can shine and sparkle as they are lead into the rhythm of a night to remember.
Heavily influenced by all facets of dance music, including House, Hip Hop, Breaks, Bass and Bands, artists such as Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, Basement Jax and Chemical Brothers have shaped his music production to call on all aspects of dance to create a fusion of driving bass, banging percussion, energising synths and uplifiting vocals. Having held down residencies at every major club in Sydney, performing at a number of Ministry of Sound tours as well as promoting his own club nights and events, John also co-founded and runs BAM: Radio, which showcases the best and freshest Australian and global electronic dance music.
A natural born performer, John Young has been at the centre of the underground and anthem scene since the late 90′s. Leading crowds with his energetic performances, whether it’s house, banging electro or hands up anthems, his vocal uplifting sets have left hands in the air and cheers in the hearts of punters all over the city!
For all entertainment enquiries:
Australian Club Entertainment (A.C.E)
445 Toorak Road Toorak
VIC 3142 Australia
Phone: 03 9827 8244
Fax: 03 9826 8372