Songwriter Paige Valentine is one special artist. Thematically, her music arches across age-old artistic fascinations; love, death, growth, a loss of innocence, the stark face of grief. She writes elegantly, cutting straight to the heart of matters with devastating concision. With a clever approach to production and aesthetic akin to Maggie Rogers and Kita Alexander, Paige’s most recent single Pure has reached over 1.3 million streams on Spotify alone and has repeatedly featured on multiple editorial DSP playlists. It’s a testament to her ability to encapsulate a moment, a feeling, a story within a delicate, heavenly arrangement — a work so beautiful, it’s impossible to resist. Paige’s debut album Lucky Blue is nothing short of a triumph. Produced with Andy Lawson, one of the standout tracks is lead single Cloud Dancing. This breathtaking song tackles death, grief and loss head-on, bravely surmising how to continue living when a loved one has passed on. Lucky Blue is thematically broad, representative of Paige’s massive growth as an artist and a human over the last few years. The record is a patchwork of reckonings, made during a very solitary time over the COVID lockdowns.
Perth indie-pop/rock band King Ibis make music that feels distinctively Western Australian, while also being unlike anything you’ve heard before. Their sun-bleached, stripped-down rhythms combine with soaring vocals and a cheeky sense of humour to create irresistibly catchy songs.
King Ibis fuses the potent, personal lyrics of lead singer/songwriter Nadene Burchell to the slick instrumental work of guitarist Matthew Oakley, bassist Samantha Goddard and drummer John McAndrew, crafting endlessly-replayable earworms that deliver deeply personal stories in a stylish pop package. Fun, heartfelt and a little bit quirky, this young foursome might just be your new favourite band.
Drea is a talented singer from Perth who captivates audiences through her vulnerable ballads and confident party anthems. Drea creates music about life’s ups and downs, connected to her life journey and personal stories. A highly sought after feature vocalist, Drea recently opened for New Zealand band SIX60 and performed at Perth Bluesfest. Drea is heavily influenced by gospel, hip-hop and R&B, blending the styles to create her own unique flavour. Joined by some of the best live musicians in WA, Drea knows how to work a crowd and create an atmosphere that is uniquely hers.
SUNNY DAY are an indie folk band hailing from the coastal town of Binjareb (Mandurah), WA. Their music seamlessly blends their influences of folk, rock and a hint of pop with the honest and raw stories of a young laid back musician growing up in a fast paced world. Forming in 2022, the band have already gained an impressive resume of live sets, captivating audiences with their lyrical ability to break down complex human connections and social issues into bite size bits of audible bliss.
Taking a break from MC duties DJ Tasty AKA Morgan Kelly is well versed in sling shotting an events energy into over drive, and with audiences calling for an electric close to Balmy Nights Tasty is the lad for the job. Red hot bangers bleeding from the decks as the crowd shakes, Dj Tasty fulfills all your drum and bass requirements.
Growing up in Esperance WA it’s no surprise that Rachel feels a deep connection to the turquoise waters of the region, regularly reflected in the vivid imagery of her lyricism. Penning songs from the age of 12, Her soulful compositions draw inspiration from the significant stories of her life, the people and places she has met, visited and fallen in love with. Recent single Flowers Blooming (Available Everywhere) marks Vibart’s transition from emerging artist to fully realised songstress sporting live vocal tones and performance ability that rivals WA’s Finest.
Teacher by day, emotion inducing songstress by night, Talia Storm is a welcome addition to the Esperance Music Scene. Singing from the heart Talia has played some stunning sets since moving South. Regular slots at Lucky Bay Brewery and recent debut performance at Club 75 showing her depth as a performer, smooth vocals and delivery leaving the audience in a warm and fuzzy daze.