The latest Heaps Decent news.
Two weeks ago, Heaps Decent was lucky enough to be invited by the Department of Human Services to have some young people we work with perform at Parliament House in Canberra. MC Kurva and Fowl Murk put on a stunning performance, making history in the process as the first ever people to rap in Parliament House!
Yesterday Heaps Decent turned out in force to support the young people we work with at Key College at their 2011 presentation day. We want to extend a huge congratulations to all the Key College graduates and want to thank them for the amazing music that Heaps Decent facilitators Nina Las Vegas and Joyride have been producing with them all year. We are super proud of them all!
Heaps Decent’s October Wagga Sessions saw facilitators Adam Bozzetto and Joyride reach more areas of Wagga Wagga, unearth more budding young rappers and record more tracks than ever before.
Heaps Decent facilitators Kristy Lee and Joyride recently facilitated some workshops with the Hurstville Council. Check out the great music they made with the young people there!
Check out some of the latest Home Base recordings – we have some seriously talented young people coming down to lay down some lyrics and work on their tracks.
Wax Motif produced hit “Burnt Warrior”!
Check out the awesome EP we’ve just released with tracks from some of the young people are Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre in Wagga Wagga, produced by Heaps Decent superstar facilitator Adam Bozzetto with special guests Wax Motif and Joyride.
The end of the year is hot on our heels, which means huge New Years celebrations Shore Thing and Field Day will soon be upon us. This is a callout for volunteers to help out Heaps Decent at these festivals.
A big congratulations to Icey, Kurva, Tweak and Teks from our Home Base workshops at Redfern Community Centre. Heaps Decent were given the opportunity to program the opening slot on one of the stages at Parklife festival in Sydney this year and the boys from Home Base performed an absolutely killer set. Check out their performance live on tape here!
A massive THANK YOU to all the amazing volunteers and supporters who helped us out at Parklife festivals right across Australia.
Last week, A-Trak, one half of Duck Sauce, took some time out from his busy Parklife tour schedule to hang out at Home Base, Heaps Decent’s weekly drop-in workshop at Redfern Community Centre.
Last week in the midst of Parklife madness Charlie Chux, Adam Bozetto, Alison Wilkes and I were joined by none other than Lykke Li and her backing singer Zhala, as we headed to Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre for HEAPS DECENT.
Nina and Rowan have been continuing their weekly workshops at Key College, a Redfern based college run by Youth Off The Streets, with great success!
A callout for volunteers at the Parklife festivals, Australia wide. WE NEED HELP, please spread the word!
Check out the exciting final products from the Heaps Decent and Shopfront workshops we’ve been running with Miimali at Mount Druitt High School for the last six weeks.
Heaps Decent’s Kristy and Merlo have been facilitating weekly workshops at Lomandra School as part of Shopfront’s Machine Atlas Project.
A new Shopfront work premiering at Kogarah Town Square from 25-28 August. Make sure you get in and register your attendance as it’s limited capacity!
Snickers Sessions is proof that even Miami Horror and Phrase aren’t themselves when they’re hungry. To raise money for Heaps Decent, they’ve agreed to cover a song completely out of their genres. And the best bit is you get to help choose what track they cover! Vote for your favourite from 11th – 22nd July and Snickers will donate $1 for each vote until we reach $20K!
Our drop-in project Home Base has been running for almost 4 months now! Being set up at the Redfern Community Centre affords us a great facility and location for anyone to drop by and make music with us. We started off with 3 attendees and now have a regular attendance of 10 or more. The young peoples’ ages range from 14 to 20 years old and they are from all parts of Sydney.
Coming into the workshops with little musical experience, Tom quickly flourished in the world of Ableton with guidance from myself (at Home Base) and from Adam Maggs of LiveSchool (outside of Home Base). Boz and Charlie got the ball rolling with a chord progression that resembled that of the one featured in ‘Barbra Streisand’.
Over the past month or so, Heaps Decent has put all of our facilitators through a training course at the only Ableton certified training centre in Australia, Liveschool.
Recenlty at Home Base, our weekly studio session/workshop at Redfern Community Centre, Heaps Decent were lucky enough to have the amazing talents of UK producer and nice guy Jack Adams aka Mumdance along to help us out.
Next Thursday is Sorry Day and Redfern Community Centre are hosting their Hugo & Vine event, drawing together some of Redfern’s diverse pool of music talent – professionals, students and keen amateurs – to share their songs and stories with local residents, community and each other.
NSW Reconciliation Council are throwing a party with KOOLISM, BRIGGS, THE LAST KINECTION, TUKA, STUNNA SET and RAISING MONEY FOR HEAPS DECENT!
Home Base is a new Heaps Decent program, which has been running out of the Redfern Community Centre for about two months now.
Heaps Decent were lucky enough to have been invited to talk at the Producers Conference in Melbourne a couple of weeks back, about what we do and how we do it.
The past two weeks, Heaps Decent’s Charlie has taken some newcomers, Hugh O’Brien and Scott Stirling, to help out running a workshop at Juniperina.
SHOPFRONT: AUDITION CALL: OPEN WORKSHOP
It was an early start on the Wednesday morning; arriving in Wagga Wagga by 9.30am to get the workshops at the Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre underway meant an early trip to the airport.
Stunna Set perform at Yabun on Survival Day, 26th of January 2011.
In amidst his heavy Australian touring schedule, Heaps Decent was able to bring L.A.’s Aloe Blacc, a singer, rapper and producer signed to the great Stones Throw label, to a workshop at Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre. Joining him was his drummer Te’Amir and the now L.A. based Maya Jupiter, a long time friend and supporter of Heaps Decent who we’ve always wanted to work with.
Our friends Stunna Set won the chance to perform at Good Vibrations in Sydney over the weekend as part of the Good Vibes Rising competition.
Last Thursday night FBi Radio held their third annual SMAC Awards, an awards ceremony dedicated to awarding ‘the artists, musos, venues, promoters, creators and culture makers who keep Sydney’s creative heart beating’. Heaps Decent was among five other nominees in the ‘Best Collective’ category, and we are very happy to announce that we won!
Presented by Koori Radio, Yabun returns tomorrow for another celebration of Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
At the end of July 2010, myself and Sarah Emery from Shopfront went to Broken Hill and Wilcannia for half a week to work on Shopfront’s At The Drive-In project. At The Drive-In was an inspired take on b-grade zombie theatre featuring young people from Western Sydney and Broken Hill, NSW. The project resulted in performances in outdoor settings in Sydney and Broken Hill and was a pretty great success.
Every Monday in 2010 Heaps Decent ran a music class for the students at Key College. Key College is an independent high school in Redfern funded by Youth Off The Streets. We’ve been been working with Key College since 2008 and every year we get to make a selection of great new tracks with some talented young people.
Happy new year from Heaps Decent! We headed back to Juniperina Juvenile Justice Centre in the first week of 2011 with producers Zombie Disco Squad and Vito De Luca from Aeroplane.
Heaps Decent has been nominated for an award for ‘best collective’ in FBi Radio’s SMAC Awards.
Adam Bozzetto and I went back to Wagga Wagga last week. It was my first time in Wagga since June and it was good to be reacquainted with my homies at Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre and Riverina Community College over 3 days of music workshops
Although we the Detours and Destinations project wrapped up a few months ago, we returned to Lomandra a few weeks ago – with gifts!
Last week, we took Key College’s Tom to Adam Bozzetto’s studio. With a penchant for Dubstep and Drum n’ Bass sounds, Tom and Adam spent some time walking through the studio set up and then started working on music ideas.
Koori Radio 93.7Fm, FBI Radio 94.5FM and Gadigal Music present the Klub Koori Xmas Hip Hop Jam at The Oxford Art Factory on Thursday December 16 from 8pm.
Our good friends at Shopfront are currently taking applications for their artist-in-residence program, ARTSLAB11.
Back in early September, Heaps Decent spent a couple of Tuesdays at the Glebe Youth Centre as part of the Girlzone program.
On the 3rd of December, the guys from Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience are sending the message to Indigenous kids around the nation that there is no such thing as shame.
It was time again for Danny aka Wax Motif and I to hit Wagga Wagga and the Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre. On the first trip out there with Danny, some awesome beats and raps were recorded so this time around we were there to finish them off.
The NSW Reconciliation Council is launching their publication this week. You Plus Me Equals Us comprises eleven stories of experiences and topics ranging from the Stolen Generation to contemporary art.
A massive THANK YOU! goes out to all our volunteers for the Parklife tour!
Earlier in the year we took our Canadian friend DJ Neoteric to the Miimali Youth workshops at two high schools in West Sydney for a day of songwriting and recording.
Heaps Decent was a hub of energy last week with three amazing workshops over three days; Heaps Decent playing host to a spate of world class producers, in town for the Parklife tour.
Our super benefactor Fuzzy got a write up in Jetstar magazine and Fuzzy co-founder John Wall even gave Heaps Decent a little shout out!
Thanks for the Heaps Decent support on Friday night at the Heaps Decent Spring Party! It was a successful night down at Oxford Art Factory, a good time was had by all and funds were raised for furthering Heaps Decent projects.
Tonight’s the night! The Heaps Decent Spring Party is upon us! Have you got your ticket yet?
We have a bunch of MAD DECENT prize packs to give away tonight at the Heaps Decent Spring Party!
It’s day 2 of our remix a day frenzy! Yesterday we gave away the super funky Toni Toni Lee remix of ‘Miimali Gang Stars’. Today we’re gonna take the tempo up a bit….This is the remix that the lovely fellas The Aston Shuffle did of another Detours and Destinations track, ‘Late Night’, by the girls over at Miimali Aborginal Youth Services.
The guys at INSIGHT have donated this ace prize pack!
The crew at the universe’s favourite record store, SPANK RECORDS, have donated another fabulous prize pack for the Heaps Decent Spring Party raffle!
We’re super stoked to have been donated two prize packs for tonight’s raffle by SOMETHING ELSE to add to the already sensational list of raffle prizes!
Another day, another smashing raffle prize for the Heaps Decent Spring Party raffle!!! This time, it’s OYSTER MAG with a year’s subscription to their brilliant mag!
Pablo Calamari is our good friend. You might know him better as one half of the club duo Act Yo Age, or maybe by his old alias Elroy. The dude is a club veteran and he has brought all of his wisdom to his remix of The Lomandra Crew’s “We’re Going To Lomandra”. This percussion heavy, tropical BEAST is perfect for getting that crowd moving. Hopefully they’ll join in with the lyrics too (“Ay! Ay! What’s your name?”)!
Check out Heaps Decent featured in this weeks issue of The Brag.
We’re going to put up a new remix today, tomorrow and Friday to get you PSYCHED UP for our party on Friday. Please spread the word because these new remixes are AWESOME!