Heaps Decent is an Australian based dynamic arts organisation working with young people & emerging artists from marginalised & disadvantaged communities, providing a means by which they can tell their story in their own way. Heaps Decent supports change, positive futures & the development of high quality Australian music with a unique identity.
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The latest Heaps Decent news.

Diplo: Discovering, Collaborating & Creating

2017 marks 10 years of Heaps Decent! Join us for a fun and informative evening at Giant Dwarf Theatre in Sydney as Nina Las Vegas hosts a Q&A with Diplo.

ATA – OUTTA SHAPE EP

Our next cab off the rank is HD004, Ata’s ‘Outta Shape’ EP; available for FREE download now.

TAX TIME DONATIONS

It’s tax time again… and all donations made to Heaps Decent $2 and over are tax deductible! All donations go directly into our project delivery, so you can feel good about reducing your taxable income!

HEAPS DECENT CYPHER

The T.Era boys recently took on the very first Heaps Decent Cypher. With help from the legends at Subtype Store and The Lord Gladstone, we managed to put it together!

HEAPS DECENT FBi CLICK TAKEOVER

We’re taking over the FBi Click digital airwaves for the next month of our VERY OWN radio show!

GTM 2016 X HEAPS DECENT

We’re running workshops on this year’s Groovin The Moo tour with some very special guest artists from the GTM lineup!
Applications are OPEN NOW for ‪#‎GTM2016‬ x HEAPS DECENT “Future Musician Workshop” series, find out how you can get involved…

HEAPS DECENT PODCAST – EPISODE 1: RAVIN

An insight into the influences and processes behind Ravin’s music…

Rassel Cool – Running (FREE download)

Signalling the second release for Heaps Decent, we’re really stoked to bring you HD002!

Rassel Cool’s new single ‘Running’ is available for FREE download now, and make sure you check out his incredible new music video…

NATIVE INSTRUMENTS x HEAPS DECENT

We’ve been fortunate enough to receive support from one of the most highly sought after music technology companies, Native Instruments!

The Native Instruments Maschine music production unit has long been a staple of the Heaps Decent workshop setup so we’re truly grateful to receive their help…

HEAPS DECENT RADIO! ON FBi

Every Monday at 5pm on the Monday Arvo show on FBi Radio, you can catch Heaps Decent Radio! Click through for details…

RAVIN – PURE MIND

Heaps Decent is proud to present ‘Pure Mind’, the jewel that completes the experience of Ravin’s debut EP, ‘Soulfood’.

VIDEO: RAVIN – LIFE DON’T SHINE

The music video for “Life Don’t Shine” from Ravin’s Soulfood EP is here!

GTM x HEAPS DECENT 2015

This year Groovin the Moo and Heaps Decent are once again teaming up to present a series of music workshops at their 2015 Oakbank, Bunbury & Townsville events in April & May… Get in quick, applications close 8th April!

RAVIN – SOULFOOD EP

Heaps Decent is proud to announce the release of ‘Soulfood’, the debut EP from rising talent, Bankstown-based artist Ravin!

THANKS HEAPS!

Happy New Year from the Heaps Decent Crew – click here to find out what we got up to on New Year’s Day!

MUSICA COPA THIS FRIDAY!

This Friday the best and brightest from Sydney’s music industry gather together to play football for a great cause!

ASK ALICE STATIONERY 2015 CALENDAR

Ask Alice Stationery and Old School New School have collaborated to create an incredible hand-lettered calendar with a ‘hip-hop’ theme, packed with loads of hip-hop references and lyrics. It’s beautifully printed and presented and 100% of the proceeds will go to Heaps Decent!

PROMISE OR PAY

We’re really proud to announce a new partnership with Promise or Pay, an exciting new online platform that uses small promises to bring about real social change.

LISTEN OUT WORKSHOP: T.E.E.D.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs took some time out from his 2014 Listen Out tour to come and do a studio session with Tasha Lee Marshall…

LISTEN OUT WORKSHOP: TKAY & KILTER

Our first Listen Out 2014 workshop was a hit with the girls at Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre!

Ravin’s Green Screen Shoot

We shot a green screen music video with Ravin, watch this space for the finished product…

Recap: Home Base Showcase

We held our 5th Showcase for the talented Home Base crew, it was a great success!

POZIBLE REWARD RAP

It’s HERE!

Your name in a song thanks to our successful Pozible campaign…. Tag yourself on Soundcloud and share it with your friends!

$22,550 RAISED FOR HEAPS DECENT AT THE FUNDING NETWORK’S EVENT!

With great success we pitched our organisation to an extremely generous room of philanthropists at The Funding Network’s Sydney event…

Heaps Decent x The Funding Network!

We’ve been selected to present at The Funding Network’s upcoming live crowd-funding event! Click through to find out more.

WE DID IT!

We made it! We smashed our Pozible target with an incredible total of $12,838 thanks to our incredible supporter network!

VIDEO: THANKS HEAPS! 8 DAYS REMAIN FOR OUR POZIBLE CAMPAIGN

A huge THANKS for the support of our Pozible campaign! We have 8 days remaining, help us continue to increase our total…

HEAPS DECENT X GROOVIN THE MOO

Enter here to win a spot at Groovin The Moo x Heaps Decent music workshop with What So Not on Saturday 3rd May in Bendigo!

WIN A HEAPS DECENT WORKSHOP WITH ILLY AT GROOVIN THE MOO MAITLAND

Groovin The Moo and Heaps Decent have teamed up with MusicNSW to create a special workshop for emerging MCs and producers: a FREE backstage production and songwriting masterclass with Illy at GTM Maitland!

ARE YOU HEAPS DECENT?

We’ve just launched a Pozible campaign, help us give a voice to young Australians by getting their music heard. You can pledge your support at pozible.com/heapsdecent

HARMONY DAY 2014!

A recap of our Harmony Day event at Riverina Community College!

HEAPS DECENT NEWSLETTER #1!

Check out the first instalment of our newsletter to find out what we’ve been getting up to!

HOME BASE SHOWCASE PHOTOS

Flashback to November, some beautiful images from the Home Base Showcase at Goodgod Small Club.

RECAP: JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTRES

Last week Kristy and Stu were joined by guest artist Dutch, for workshops at Reiby and Juniperina juvenile justice centres as part of our ongoing weekly workshop project to work with the young people in the two centres.

UPDATE: WAGGA, FEBRUARY 2014

Adam and Charlie were down in Wagga again last week for workshops at the juvenile detention centre and Riverina Community Centre

RECAP: WAGGA WAGGA WORKSHOPS

A recap of our trip to Wagga Wagga for WAFRICA’s January Summer School program!

WILCANNIA DECEMBER 2013

Our last trip to Wilcannia was in December 2013, here’s what went down!

SHORE THING & FIELD DAY: THANKS!

Heaps Decent, once again, had a hugely successful New Year period thanks to our benefactor Fuzzy, incredible volunteers and generous event guests!

SHORE THING / FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS

We’re on the lookout for Heaps Decent volunteers at Shore Thing and Heaps Decent!

HOME BASE SHOWCASE WRAP-UP

Last night was the Home Base Showcase, here’s a quick wrap-up with the first of the photos…

VIDEO: LEVINS’ TEDx TALK

Check out Levins’ TEDx talk about using rap at school!

WAGGA WORKSHOP UPDATE

An update on our Wagga workshop project from this week’s trip down to Wagga

HOME BASE SHOWCASE: 27TH NOVEMBER

The HOME BASE SHOWCASE comes to Goodgod in Sydney on Wednesday 27th December at 7pm. Make sure you come and check out the talent from our weekly Redfern workshop…

LISTEN OUT: THANKS!

THANKS! for your donations at Listen Out and THANKS! to Fuzzy!

EGO IS HEAPS DECENT

Our Home Base artists are in for an amazing experience as audio-visual extraordinaire Ego takes on the role of guest facilitator at our next workshop in Redfern!

CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS AUSTRALIA AWARDS

WE WON! the Toyota Community Award at the Creative Partnerships Australia Awards for our partnership with our benefactor Fuzzy

LISTEN OUT PERTH – WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!

We need volunteers to help Heaps Decent at LISTEN OUT PERTH on 29th September…

RECAP: WAGGA WAGGA WORKSHOPS

A quick recap on Stu and Boz’s latest trip to Wagga Wagga and what’s been happening there for Heaps Decent over the past months…

JERRY BOUTHIER IS HEAPS DECENT

French DJ & Producer Jerry Bouthier visited the Home Base workshop on Monday!

VIDEO: JUMP OFF THE BRIDGE!

“Jump Off The Bridge” was made on the last trip to Wilcannia, check out Stu’s account of the workshops….

BRANCHEZ IS HEAPS DECENT

NYC based trap wizard Branchez dropped in to facilitate a workshop with us as Home Base last week!

THE ROCKS WINDMILL: A HEAPS DECENT SHOWCASE

A couple of weeks back the Heaps Decent Home Base All-Stars took to the stage inside the Rocks Windmill for another standout showcase!

THE ROCKS WINDMILL – SECRET MUSIC NIGHT

Performing for Secret Music Night this Saturday at ‘The Rocks Windmill’, an amazing pop-up venue in The Rocks, will be our very own Home Base All-Stars!

WILCANNIA, APRIL 2013

Heaps Decent facilitators Adam Bozzetto, Joyride and Kristy Lee made their way out to Wilcannia earlier this month for the first week of workshops there this year…

LOUISAHHH! IS HEAPS DECENT

Louisahhh! came and facilitated a workshop at Juniperina where the girls layed down some epic vocals over an incredible techno beat…

VIDEO: REIBY & JUNIPERINA, MARCH 2013

An insight into Stu and Kristy’s day as a Heaps Decent facilitator. On this particular day, the guys visited Reiby and Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centres during our recent project at the two centres…

VIDEO: IN THE POOL

A song from our last Wilcannia visit of 2012

RECAP: YEAH 4X – HEAPS DECENT DOES WILCANNIA – NOV 2012

An account of Nina’s cousin Paul Wighton, who had been working at Broken Hill High School. Paul accompanied our Heaps Decent’s facilitators on last Wilcannia trip and here’s what he had to say about the trip…

THANKS FUZZY!

THANKS to our benefactor FUZZY for allowing us to collect over $58,000 at their Parklife, Harbourlife & Field Day festivals!

VIDEO: CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE WORKSHOPS

In November 2012, Heaps Decent facilitators Joyride and Adam Bozzetto ran a week of workshops at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. A snapshot of their amazing results can be experienced with this beautiful little video…

T.E.E.D. IS HEAPS DECENT

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs took some time out from his Australian tour to join us for a workshop at Juniperina last week…

TASHA LEE MARSHALL AND MEDS SUPPORT GRIMES

Tasha Lee Marshall opened for Grimes’ shows this week. Along with Meds, she provided a brilliant warm up show!

RECAP: Heaps Decent & Gina Turner at Juniperina

The amazing DJ Gina Turner was our latest special guest at Juniperina!

TASHA LEE MARSHALL SUPPORTING GRIMES!

Tasha Lee Marshall is supporting Grimes at her SOLD OUT Sydney shows next week…!

FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Following on from the success we had with our volunteers at Parklife this year, Heaps Decent are calling out for Sydneysiders to help us collect donations at Field Day on New Year’s Day…

RECAP: HEAPS DECENT IN WILCANNIA

While the Heaps Decent crew are out in Wilcannia this week, check out our recap of what went on during their trip in September!

VIDEO: Hey Hey Hey!

Check the great little clip for “Hey Hey Hey”, both the song and clip were made on the last Heaps Decent workshop trip to Wilcannia

Video: Heaps Decent on Living Black

In case you missed it on Sunday, here’s the feature that Living Black did on Heaps Decent! A huge thanks to SBS for sharing our story.

OVER $42,000 RAISED AT PARKLIFE 2012!

We can’t begin to thank Fuzzy enough for the incredible amount raised for Heaps Decent at Parklife this year. At each of their events, Fuzzy allow us to collect a $20 donation from all complimentary ticket holders as they enter the festival. These donations have allowed us to keep putting on our workshops each week, […]

Photos: Heaps Decent at Adelaide Parklife

Here are a few photos of our Heaps Decent volunteers working hard at Parklife in Adelaide earlier this month – stay tuned for more pics from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Thanks to everyone that helped out on the day, we hope you had a great time and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Chairlift are Heaps Decent

Parklife favourites Chairlift made a very special appearance at our Juniperina workshops last week!

VIDEO: JUNIPERINA SEPTEMBER 2012

A recap from our facilitators about their trip to Juniperina earlier this month!

VIDEO: HEAPS DECENT x CHANNEL [V]

Check out the action from Channel [V] presenter Billy Russell’s recording session at ‘Home Base’…

DEADLY DAYS FESTIVAL

Kristy Lee and Joyride are at the “Deadly Days” festival in Wauchope and Ballina this week!

VIDEO: THE WINGS DROP IN CENTRE RAP

Meet Tony Gilfoyle and Candela Alvarez, who for the last 5 years have been running the WINGS Drop In Centre in Wilcannia.

VIDEO: ‘My World’ by Tasha Lee Marshall + 2 new tracks!

Check out Tasha, she’s pretty awesome!!

CHANNEL V FILM AT HOME BASE

Channel V came down to Home Base yesterday to make a song with the Heaps Decent crew!

THANKS TO MINISTRY OF SOUND!

A HUGE THANKS to Ministry Of Sound, who donated a whole stack of CDs to our workshop participants.

Campbelltown workshops

A little while back, Kristy Lee, Shantan and Pablo Calamari finished a series of workshops in Campbelltown at both Lomandra school and the Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre. In an unconventional format, here’s a bit about their experience….

Parklife 2012 workshops

With Parklife just around the corner we reflect on some of the amazing guest artists that we’ve been lucky enough to work with lately. Special mention to Fuzzy for the hook-ups!

Stay tuned for who we’ll be working with this Parklife….

EVENT: ARCADE ASSEMBLY – AUGUST 22-26

Be part of a giant interactive board game at Shopfront’s Arcade Assembly this month!

VIDEO: HOME BASE ALL-STARS SHOWCASE

Find out what went on at our Home Base Showcase at Fraser Studios in May!

VIDEO: ‘DINNERTIME’ by St. Therese Community School, Wilcannia

The debut video from our first Wilcannia workshop is here! The amazingly talented Sydney illustrator Georgia Perry, along with the fine people at Toby and Pete, have crafted this brilliant animation for “Dinnertime”.

Parklife Volunteers Needed

Heaps Decent are looking for volunteers to help us out at Parklife Festivals all across Australia!

VIDEO: ‘Domestic Violence’ by Big H

Check out the new clip for Big H’s “Domestic Violence”!

ONE YEAR OF WAGGA WAGGA SATELLITE SESSIONS

Heaps Decent has a long history with the Riverina, the region of south-west NSW that includes Wagga Wagga. Since the first ever Heaps Decent workshops at Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre in 2007, we have returned regularly, meeting new people to include in our workshops with each new visit. Over the last 12 months we were […]

DJ CRAZE & CODES AT HOME BASE

On Monday we had a special visit from international DJ/Producers DJ Craze & Codes…

Home Base All-Stars Showcase, Fraser Studios

We threw an encore warehouse jam on 20th May for the Home Base All-Stars Showcase!

VIDEO: HEAPS DECENT AT JUNIPERINA

Heaps Decent’s Alex and Stu’s account of their first juvi workshop at Juniperina

Rhanni From Key College

Kristy and Rowan take some time out from producing hits at Key College to chat with Rhanni about what she’s been up to lately…

HEAPS DECENT SHOWCASE AT FRASER STUDIOS

Come down to Fraser Studios on Sunday to catch a warehouse party with the Home Base All Stars performing live!

VIDEO: HEAPS DECENT IN WILCANNIA

In March, we made the trip out to Wilcannia for the first week of our two year workshop project. Check out Kristy’s incredible video for an insight into our amazing few days…

A belated thanks to Alison / welcome first Heaps Decent baby!!

And now for something personal! For more than 6 months, the incredible Alison Wilkes interned with Charlie and Erin at Heaps Decent HQ. Part of the yearly intern program at our benefactor, Fuzzy, Alison assisted us through our Parklife volunteer drive and workshops, was an integral part of our website renewal and generally an amazing energy […]

ALL STARS: HOME BASE SHOWCASE

A little over two weeks ago, the back room of Sydney’s Goodgod Small Club was heaving with onstage energy via our Home Base All Stars.

BIG PICTURE

Are you interested in photography and digital storytelling?

Want to hangout with professional photographers and get access to hi-tec digital labs?

Flashpoint Labs is running a changemaking photography and digital storytelling program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Easter Holidays

Petersham project

Kristy Lee’s account of her first few weeks of workshops this term. Make sure you listen to some of the tracks in her post!

HEAPS DECENT SHOWCASE – THIS FRIDAY 30TH MARCH!

If you’re in Sydney this Friday, we’re holding a Home Base Showcase to give the guys that we work with each week an opportunity to perform their songs – come and check out the fantastic work we’ve been doing! The Showcase goes down from 7pm to 9pm this Friday night at Goodgod Small Club and some of the guys will be performing their songs live!

THANKS HEAPS!

Heaps Decent raised just over a whopping $18,000 thanks to all the wonderful people who donated at Fuzzy’s Shore Thing and Field Day events over the New Year period and to Fuzzy for allowing us to collect donations from their guests!

12th Planet, Jack Beats, Devlin & Ghostdad at Home Base

We were recently lucky enough to score some more amazing guest artists from Fuzzy’s touring roster, who came down to work with us at Home Base.

MAELSTROM AT HOME BASE

Late in 2011, French producer Maelstrom graced us with his presence at our  Home Base workshop in Redfern. After hearing about Heaps Decent from friend and fellow Frenchie Teki Latex, Mael contacted us about coming to a workshop during the Sydney leg of his recent Australian tour so we took him up on his generous […]