MUSIC VR BACKERS FUND WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Music VR Backers Fund below, thank you to everyone who applied.

In partnership with Music Victoria, the Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO) and Moon Mother, Inverse has created a first-of-its-kind Music VR Backers Fund to support Victorian musicians.

The 20 lucky winners will now have the opportunity to film their performance in immersive VR, allowing them to connect with fans worldwide. The acts will be able to reach new audiences who are physically unable to attend a live event.

The winner’s performances will be a part of the Beyond Boundaries Festival, sign up with your email below for further information.

Meet the winners...

DRMNGNOW

DRMNGNOW is a proud First Nations, artist (Yorta Yorta) known for thought provoking decolonial content exploring Indigenous rights and Culture via the mediums of hip hop and experimental electronic elements.

DRMNGNOW is a proud First Nations, artist (Yorta Yorta) known for thought provoking decolonial content exploring Indigenous rights and Culture via the mediums of hip hop and experimental electronic elements. An electrifying artist with a grass roots ethic and big picture vision, that is driven by aspirations of First Nations liberation and Sovereignty. DRMNGNOW is one of the most paradigm affecting artists to come out of this land in recent memory with a catalogue of striking and thought provoking decolonial anthems such as Australia Does Not Exist, Indigenous Land and ‘Survive”. An unrelenting force of strength soul and the spiritual. DRMNGNOW is 60,000 plus years of cultural connection to this land in sound.

Tanzer

Tanzer is in the business of escapism - and escape you shall. A singer, composer, disco DJ and art maker, Tanzer is known for her cinematic, high-glamour, escapist works..

Tanzer is in the business of escapism - and escape you shall. A singer, composer, disco DJ and art maker, Tanzer is known for her cinematic, high-glamour, escapist works that are at once intensely powerful, deeply fragile and darkly humorous. Her work spans stages, clubs, galleries and festivals and fuses musical forms to a multitude of performative and artistic outcomes. Her musical compositions move fluidly from opera to disco and from the experimental to pure pop - exploring self-image, gender, romance and the power of the alter ego. Her film and curatorial works are renowned for their elaborate dreamscapes and meticulous aesthetic that take stylistic cues from 70s retro-futurism, Euro camp and Australian pop culture nostalgia.

XANI

Fuelled by a fiercely uncommon authenticity and limitless vision, violinist and songwriter XANI is amongst the most celebrated musicians of her generation.

Fuelled by a fiercely uncommon authenticity and limitless vision, violinist and songwriter XANI is amongst the most celebrated musicians of her generation.

An AU Review Best Live Instrumentalist award nominee and stalwart of the Australian indie scene (The Twoks), she’s joined forces with Tim Rogers, Jens Lekman, Kate Ceberano, and others, appearing on ABC’s RocKwiz, and on recordings by 360 and Bliss n’ Eso.

The corner of the music world that XANI has come to occupy has neither walls nor ceilings. Fearless in her defiance of genre-based boundaries, Xani has released and performed original music drawing on influences from pop and folk, to electronic dance music.

NIASHA

NIASHA personifies that dynamite comes in small packages! Singer/songwriter, rapper & visonary, the Zimbabwean-born, Kulin Nation (Melbourne) based performer delves into the topics of love, identity and life's journey.

NIASHA personifies that dynamite comes in small packages! Singer/songwriter, rapper & visonary, the Zimbabwean-born, Kulin Nation (Melbourne) based performer delves into the topics of love, identity and life's journey. Her artistry is set to leave your soul tingling with her eclectic vocals and energy packed performances. What sets her apart is her ability to shift between genres so effortlessly from soul to R'n'B, Dancehall, Trap, Hip-Hop and the list goes on. She has performed at different venues across Melbourne with notable performances at The Lost Lands Festival and the Melbourne International Arts Festival and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She is passionate about community initiatives and programs that support young people and works with CoHealth ArtsGen as a music facilitator for their "Benchmark" program. Her music has garnered attention on radio stations such as Triple J, Triple R, PBS and FBi Radio with one of her songs "Boss Queen" landing on an Australian-made Youtube Series. She is working on new music that will see her continue to grow as an artist.

Opal Ocean

Since the very beginning, every step that the Melbourne based duo of Alex Champ & Nadav Tabak have taken with their Prog/Acoustic Rock music as Opal Ocean, has been a massive leap forward in their evolution & career.

Since the very beginning, every step that the Melbourne based duo of Alex Champ & Nadav Tabak have taken with their Prog/Acoustic Rock music as Opal Ocean, has been a massive leap forward in their evolution & career. After performing in over fifteen countries and having sold tens of thousands of copies of their records throughout their career, Opal Ocean has already achieved an impressive resume of accomplishments, including going viral & racking up a remarkable thirty-million-plus hits online. Their latest release The Hadal Zone features Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater, a pure sonic force to be reckoned with.

Speak Percussion

Polar Force is an hour long immerse performance-installation work by Philip Samartzis and Eugene Ughetti.

Polar Force is an hour long immerse performance-installation work by Philip Samartzis and Eugene Ughetti. The audience is placed inside an inflatable space with the imagined natural sound world of Antarctica outside. Two performers traverse the space activating industrially designed equipment, made for the live manipulation of air, ice and water. Audiences experience an amalgam of pristine field recordings made in Antarctica in combination with live performance, reminiscent of sound research conducted on the ice within a polar research station.

Speak Percussion is a world leader in the creation and presentation of ambitious experimental music performance works and has toured Polar Force across 5 countries in sold out seasons.

Delorean Project

The Operatives are proud to present The Delorean Project, a ride into the future of Hip Hop and RNB from Naarm/Melbourne live-streamed...

The Operatives are proud to present The Delorean Project, a ride into the future of Hip Hop and RNB from Naarm/Melbourne live-streamed through Inverse’s Virtual Reality platform around the world during an inaugural Beyond Boundaries VR Festival. This stellar cast of artists includes FLY BOY JACK, the recently debuted alter ego of Jordan Dennis and Producer JUJO, Piano protégé Billy Davis, Young Queen Khiarra, the slick Denzel M, Darkhorse Yung Shogun, Capped with Swerv on the decks and Isaiah Morris on visuals.

Hachiku

Hachiku is the brainchild of German-Australian producer Anika Ostendorf who writes and produces worldly indie rock with an alt-pop appeal.

Hachiku is the brainchild of German-Australian producer Anika Ostendorf who writes and produces worldly indie rock with an alt-pop appeal. Hachiku released their debut LP 'I'll Probably Be Asleep' on Australian label Milk! Records in November 2020 to widespread critical acclaim and earned the prestigious title of Bandcamp’s ‘Album of the Day’. Hachiku first entered the Australian music scene with their self-recorded, self-mixed and self-titled debut EP in 2017. Since then Hachiku have steadily built a loyal, dedicated fanbase taking their catchy melodies, highly tasteful, textural guitar playing and shimmering walls of sound across the world supporting the likes of Jose Gonzales, The Breeders, and Courtney Barnett.

Alon Ilsar

‘Man, body, music and light as one.’ A cutting-edge fusion of technology, music, and visual arts, audiences have an opportunity to experience composer and percussionist Alon Ilsar perform his solo audio-visual gestural show, Trigger Happy ‘Visualised.’

‘Man, body, music and light as one.’ A cutting-edge fusion of technology, music, and visual arts, audiences have an opportunity to experience composer and percussionist Alon Ilsar perform his solo audio-visual gestural show, Trigger Happy ‘Visualised.’ Working together with visual artist and programmer Matt Hughes, who digitally visualises Alon's music live, Alon seemingly pulls shapes, colours, and textures out of thin air with hypnotic, pulsing beats, using his body as an invisible drum kit. He brings music from Comatone & Foley's Trigger Happy releases to life, utilising his custom gestural instrument, the AirSticks.

Parvyn

Parvyn is a Punjabi-Australian singer best known for her work in vintage Bollywood inspired band The Bombay Royale, and performing globally since childhood with her father Dya Singh.

Parvyn is a Punjabi-Australian singer best known for her work in vintage Bollywood inspired band The Bombay Royale, and performing globally since childhood with her father Dya Singh. Parvyn’s current solo project represents a new step in her career and is informed by pop, electronica and jazz, her background in Sikh devotional music and her training in classical Indian music and dance.

Her debut record ‘Sa’, releasing Aug 2021, has collaborations with Melbourne producers Joelistics, Yelderbert and Bob Knob (HopeStreet Recordings). With influences from Bjork to Anoushka Shankar, it is immersed in a reflective world of different cultures and perspectives.

Telenova

Telenova are a Melbourne three-piece, fronted by the alluring vocals of multi-disciplined creative Angeline Armstrong, alongside the refined musicality of Edward Quinn (Slum Sociable) and Joshua Moriarty (Miami Horror).

Telenova are a Melbourne three-piece, fronted by the alluring vocals of multi-disciplined creative Angeline Armstrong, alongside the refined musicality of Edward Quinn (Slum Sociable) and Joshua Moriarty (Miami Horror). With an air of quiet confidence thanks to their self-directed cinematic aesthetics and trip-hop influenced production, Telenova trade in a sound that's unequivocally Melbourne yet global in scope.

Assembled by Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) at a writing camp in early 2020, Telenova evoke the elegance and feminine power of Lana Del Ray and Karen O, the sophistication of Massive Attack and Portishead and the effortless energy of Khurangbin and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

RAT!hammock

Melbourne’s RAT!hammock are a four piece indie rock band known for their eclectic, catchy songwriting and dynamic live performances.

Melbourne’s RAT!hammock are a four piece indie rock band known for their eclectic, catchy songwriting and dynamic live performances.

Since 2017 EP ‘Pam’, they have toured with acts Last Dinosaurs, Tiny Little Houses, Angie McMahon, Yellow Days (UK) and played slots at premiere festivals BIGSOUND, Laneway, Spilt Milk!, NYE on the Hill and St Kilda Festival.

Despite the strict lockdowns, the band released anthology LP Everything, All At Once, Forever in November, and were able to tour much of Australia. 2021 has seen them play sold out nights at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl supporting Spacey Jane, as well as sold out headline shows.

Louise Terra

Louise Terry is a multidisciplinary artist and music producer who has carved a ubiquitous sound and style of electronic music as her near namesake moniker, Louise Terra.

Louise Terry is a multidisciplinary artist and music producer who has carved a ubiquitous sound and style of electronic music as her near namesake moniker, Louise Terra. Since 2016, she has released several singles and multimedia collaborations, most notably with film-maker Rachel Feery in the production of a virtual-reality music video for the 2019 Louise Terra single, Nature Calling. In April 2021, she delivered her debut EP, Follow the Moon Into the Ocean. Taking cues from left-field electronica, dream pop and images from her psyche, each song Louise Terra produces is a world, gravitating towards the surreal and the sacred.

Taylah Carroll

TAYLAH CARROLL (Solo Artist/ Singer/ Songwriter/ Musician) Taylah has always liked words. To listen to them, to think about them, to write them.

TAYLAH CARROLL (Solo Artist/ Singer/ Songwriter/ Musician) Taylah has always liked words. To listen to them, to think about them, to write them. It makes sense then, that lyrics are the centrepiece of this Melbourne-based artists' craft. Hallmarked by commanding vocals and seamless transitions between vulnerability and strength, Taylah Carroll’s music is equal parts confessional dreamy alt-rock and indie-folk. With stylistic echoes of Mazzy Star and Angel Olsen, the singer-songwriter cites Tom Waits, Father John Misty, and The Velvet Underground as key inspirations, the amalgamation of which have her leaning into nostalgia, with one foot always placed firmly ahead.

Rudely Interrupted

Rudely Interrupted are a 5 piece indie rock/love/pop entertainment explosion from Melbourne Australia.

Rudely Interrupted are a 5 piece indie rock/love/pop entertainment explosion from Melbourne Australia. The group formed in 2006 and are proudly one of Australia’s most unique independent rock acts, touring and releasing their brand of pitch perfect indie/rock/love/pop anthems across the Globe. Rudely Interrupted have carved out a worldwide profile with their music and passion for performance. The passionate indie rockers have performed 14 international tours in 10 countries and in 2008 the group were the first independent band to receive an invitation to perform at the United Nations in New York City for international day for persons living with disability.

Close Counters

Close Counters are fresh off the back of their ‘FLUX’ EP supported by the likes of BBC Radio 1Xtra, triple j, Clash Mag, NME, XLR8R and Mixmag.

Close Counters are fresh off the back of their ‘FLUX’ EP supported by the likes of BBC Radio 1Xtra, triple j, Clash Mag, NME, XLR8R and Mixmag. After a move across the Tasman Sea a few short years ago from Hobart, the Melbourne-based duo performing live expand to a full 7-piece setup with live-percussion, woodwind and stringed instruments joining the tour-de-force on stage which features dancers from their greater collective. Their recent East Coast headline tour of Australia saw the team continue to sell out shows after gracing the Meredith Music Festival stage at midnight ahead of Liam Gallagher on the billing to which the amphitheatre was left heaving and punters enthralled.

Rubiks Collective

Rubiks is one of Melbourne’s most dynamic contemporary art music ensembles, bringing together Australia’s most exciting and versatile young performers.

Rubiks is one of Melbourne’s most dynamic contemporary art music ensembles, bringing together Australia’s most exciting and versatile young performers. Since debuting in 2015, the ensemble has been hailed as “a formidable contribution to Australia’s growing community of contemporary music makers” (Partial Durations) and commended for “incredibly personal, strangely spiritual and ultimately deeply touching” performances (Limelight Magazine). With a particular interest in storytelling and cross-art collaboration, Rubiks has quickly established a reputation for excellence, delighting audiences with their unique programming and dazzling virtuosity.

Fascinator

Fascinator has been described as Beck, fronting the Happy Mondays with sprinklings of Pink Floyd and Kraftwerk.

Fascinator has been described as Beck, fronting the Happy Mondays with sprinklings of Pink Floyd and Kraftwerk.
The Melbourne incarnation of Fascinator includes renowned theremin wizard Miles Brown and percussion master Mitch McGregor of NO ZU fame.
Musically, Fascinator is a truly genre-fluid experience taking listeners to all corners of their aural selves within even a short set and has performed everywhere from Brooklyn toilet cubicles, Dominican festivals to Dark Mofo and Laneway Festival. Fascinator's award winning videos have always been a major part of it's output and stepping into the VR realm is an exciting development.

Crown Heights

Crown Heights as an entity, are a seven piece Melbourne based reggae band. Formulated in 2019 with what looks like the United Nations of reggae bands...

Crown Heights as an entity, are a seven piece Melbourne based reggae band. Formulated in 2019 with what looks like the United Nations of reggae bands, to bring a truly global vibe to the Melbourne reggae scene, the band members hailing from: Jamaica/London, New Zealand, Mauritius, Brazil, Samoa and Sri Lanka. All coming together in Melbourne, Australia to create a fascinating melting pot of reggae styles. Fronted by three lead vocalist, Marvin Priest, Independent artist of over 10 years and son of legendary reggae artist Maxi Priest and also co-founder of Ragga Records. Rik-E-Ragga former contestant on channel 7’s The Voice and co-founder of Ragga Records. Dufty Kere Martin former T-rhythm vocalist and older Brother to the silky soulful vocalist Sammy Johnson (NZ). The experience is evident of this ensemble of Melbourne’s crème de la crème of musicians who are: Brett Direx (drums) Jahwise (bass) Jason Davis (guitar) and Frank Keys (keyboards).

FOOLS

Melbourne's own FOOLS are one of Australia's most audacious proponents of the rock and roll genre - healthily under the influence of soul, blues and Americana, and brimming with originality and rareness.

Melbourne's own FOOLS are one of Australia's most audacious proponents of the rock and roll genre - healthily under the influence of soul, blues and Americana, and brimming with originality and rareness.

Luke O'Connor's voice and storytelling stands in the centre of a musical hurricane, with the energy of dual drums, guitars, hammond, backing vocals and a full horn section lending heart and detail to rare gems of songs. FOOLS perform live with command of both wildness and intimacy, and always an agreement with their audience to put on a damn good show.

FOOLS have received widespread support from community radio around Australia, making the AMRAP Charts Top 5 for 4 consecutive weeks with their debut single 'Birdsong', are recent recipients of the AMEX Music Backers recording prize and were lauded by Queenscliff Music Festival organisers as the best act of the 2019 festival applications.

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