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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.