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We received a swag of excellent entries for FED LIVE, Fed Square’s biggest-ever foray into directly supporting the Victorian music industry.
Entrants were mind-blowingly good and shortlisting was difficult. But, thanks to a hand-picked panel of judges from music heavyweights MTV, Melbourne Music Week, DITTO Music and the Mushroom Group, we chose the Top 10 songs for Fed Live and the public have chosen a winner.
Congratulations to Jessie Hillel!
Jessie has been crowned the winner of Fed Live and will receive $100,000 worth of career-kick starting prizes including:
Congratulations to the winner of the $1,000 voting prize, Jeremy B from Melbourne.
Fed Live winner – Jessie Hillel
Taking fluid jazz, soul, R&B, pop and classical forms and injecting them into more modern moulds, Jessie’s mellifluous vocal performances, while always engaging – and often stunning – in their delivery never abandon vulnerability and authentic emotional connection. She’s the real deal.
Dealing with the emotional whirlwind of seeing an ex-partner move on with someone new, RARIA’s glistening vocal melodies soar over her track’s bouncing melody, injecting a playfully bold attitude into her unique brand of oozy, guitar-driven, nostalgic, eclectic pop.
Energised, excited and empathetic, RARIA is poised to make a dynamic mark on Australian music. Are you in or out?
“I would just sing and sing until everyone was sick of me… then I’d find somewhere public to perform”.
Woozy and dark, commanding and vulnerable, dreamy alt-rock and confessional indie-folk, Taylah Carroll juxtaposes anxiety and self-assuredness as she explores the common terror of the quarter-life crisis. It’s a real self-explorative bildungsroman – Google it – laying her heartstrings bare. Consider these tears jerked.
Conveying the secrets of her innermost thoughts through potent, emotionally-charged lyrics layered over acoustic pop melodies, Tash personifies her problems in order to face them, and uses her cathartic writing style to lay it all on the table.
Her confessional alt-pop anthem is a documentary of self-discovery after time away from her beloved mic. We’ve all loved and lost – Natasha Lieschke made it back.
Typically spending evenings in a hypnotic haze of bedroom loops and endless contemplation, Xylah’s songs explore the perplex and melancholic angst of navigating life as a 20-something year old.
Her music is therapeutic escapism for those trapped in withering emotional binds, looking for a way to finally let someone in. Sound familiar? Tell us about your mother…
Cuppa Shred’s infectious, youthful energy and upbeat grooves have scored them gigs with The Vanns, The Living End, Hoodoo Gurus, Luca Brasi, and Tia Gostelow, and if that’s not a who’s-who of people to grab your attention then you’re reading the wrong page.
They’re high-energy, high-octane and highly recommended. Check them out.
A broodingly intense live act fusing the melodic sensibility of 60s British Invasion with the dynamism and dark energy of 90s grunge, with powerhouse rhythmics dissecting love, lust, friendship and murder.
Dumb Whales will play your heartstrings like a guitar. Pull on your old The Kinks top and wail into a hairbrush with them.
Last-man-standing after midnight at a boozy wedding music. Bopping-in-the-front-row-as-you-sober-up-and-start-wondering-how-your-ex-is-doing stuff.
Part Super Hans, part Aldous Snow, part Jim Morrison, all sex appeal.
Pensive lyrics, melodic instrumentation and an introspective atmosphere are Keaper’s canvas, and splashes of visual flair blend with this Melbourne act’s immersive, dreamy, heady music.
Join Keaper on a balmy sunset float in their meditative musical style and let your worries wash away. Ahh.
The MultiDimensional MC himself, kicking in the door with a grim head-knocker exploring the rap art form and his growth as an artist.
With an eye for eloquent wordplay and an ear for funky beats, MDMC is an Aussie hip-hop act that defies pigeonholing – do your ears a favour and give him a spin.