Eastern Seaboard Electric Soul Ensemble, also known as ESESE, is an 8-piece Melbourne-based band and creative collective spanning across genres, creating an experience and sound like no other.
Drawing upon influences from Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, RnB and Jazz, ESESE’s infectious and energetic sound extends beyond just the musicians in the band; the collective also counts producers, DJs, visual artists and more amongst its ranks.
After being selected at the end of 2015 by Triple J as an Unearthed feature artist, ESESE later went on to win the Unearthed competition to perform at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Melbourne, also having supported the likes of Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Milwaukee Banks, Jakubi and Baro.
Maya Hirasedo is a songwriter and vocalist from Melbourne, Australia. At just 20, she is already an accomplished performer, amassing a dedicated following in Melbourne and across the country.
A founding member of Valve Sounds roster, Hirasedo has worked with some of Australia's most exciting young talent to develop her debut releases including GXNXVS and Aywy.
To date Hirasedo has showcased her stunning vocal range through deeply personal, emotive songwriting often matched with sensual, bass-driven production, and continues to develop her sound ahead of her debut EP.
Nasty Mars is a unique singer and songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. Brought up on a wide variety of musical styles, with a particular interest in Soul, RnB and Reggae, he began recording and releasing under the Nasty Mars moniker at age 19. In 2016, Nasty Mars met his current band-mates and collaborators The Martians, performing together in a series of must-see shows across Melbourne.
With a shared love of Jazz and Soul, Nasty Mars & The Martians have gone on create and release single, Soul Island and double A-Side, Heaven/You,and are set to release a conceptual debut EP this year.
In a short period Nasty Mars, along with The Martians, has cemented himself as one of the most exciting upcoming artists and performers in the country.
Through an enigmatic style and unique delivery, Sydney-based artist Selasie Wussah presents his story of a dark reality. After the viral success of his 2015 freestyle, We Should Go Outdoors Now attracted the attention and support of artists around the world, Selasie has since been curating his signature aesthetic and sound, with latest track How serving as a first official preview to a debut full-length release.
The enigmatic sound of UV boi فوق بنفسجي, a combination of eclectic and bass-driven sounds, has seen the producer gain a cult following.
The 22 year old began producing and releasing tracks out of his bedroom onto sites such as Soundcloud, developing loyal followers both locally and overseas. His breakout single Luv earned him national award nominations, and a co-headlining tour with fellow Brisbane producer Young Franco saw a string of sold out shows across the country.
His sophomore EP, Returned Alone - released in 2017 - was followed by a headline Australian tour, with international dates across South East Asia and North America.
His eagerly anticipated debut album is set to release this year.
VILLETTE is a producer, singer and songwriter based in Auckland, New Zealand. A member of the Red Bull Sound Select program in New Zealand, VILLETTE has crafted a multifaceted and genre fluid style.
With a dark production palette of RnB, Hip Hop, Soul and Electronic offset by smooth and serene vocals, she has received international attention from the likes of Kaytranada, AlunaGeorge and Soulection’s Joe Kay, as well as features on Apple Music and BBC Radio 1.
At home in New Zealand, her debut headline performance was sold-out, while playing several major festivals since 2016. From the conception of her debut mixtape, Drip Crimson, VILLETTE has been pushing the envelope with her own production and visual output including a ground-breaking Virtual Reality video for her single, Money.