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The QUBE Effect
Brisbane's freshest young musicians are taking part in a transformative experience with The QUBE Effect 2022.
Since December, Brisbane City Council has been working with a talented group of 23 new acts to provide them with networking and mentoring opportunities with some of Queensland’s most influential music industry experts. Musicians have also developed their skills in publicity, copyright and live stage performance, as well as filming their own music video for thousands of people to watch and vote for in the People’s Choice Award.
Applications closed for 2022 on Monday 4 October 2021.
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People's Choice Award
Voting for the People's Choice Award is now open. Check out all 23 original music videos below and vote for your favourite by clicking on ‘vote’.
Voting will close 4pm Wednesday 1 June 2022. The winners of all categories will be announced on Thursday 7 July 2022 at Brisbane Powerhouse.
QUBE Effect 2022 finalists
Check out The QUBE Effect 2022 finalists:
Andy Martin’s energetic indie-pop/rock sound has made a mark not just locally but all over the globe with the release of singles 'Heat of it All' via Clash Magazine and 'Mess We Made' on Triple J. After a run of sell out live shows to celebrate the launch of the EP with the support of a full band, Andy is already making waves so early into his career. He is relatable, thoughtful and empathetic in his song writing.
A natural performer, Beefy Black, first graced the stage at the age of eight. Beefy Black is a man of many talents and a key signature of versatility. He dabbles in several forms of music such as hip-hop, dance, drill and rock. With an exceptional stage presence and catchy lyrics, Beefy Black is a great performer to look out for.
Up and coming pop-rock artist Bridget lights up the stage with her catchy original anthems and glittery personality. Bridget’s 'Sydney Street' was written about her new venture as a young 20-something living in New Farm, Brisbane.
Charlotte Marnee's music is an exciting mixture of pop and contemporary alternative R&B. With her saccharine yet commanding voice she has been likened to Victoria Monet and Lana Del Rey, with her production influenced by the sounds of Chloe x Halle, Kali Uchis, and Jhene Aiko. Charlotte’s music explores her journey of trust, new love, self-acceptance and vulnerability.
Dave & the Mudcrabs
Dave & the Mudcrabs
Dave & The Mudcrabs are a 5-piece band that blend catchy pop melodies with an energetic brand of alternative-rock. Inspired by feel-good beach songs, Dave & the Mudcrabs have been playing on the stages of Brisbane since 2019. The band loves to get people up and dancing to their music and having an energetic time on stage.
Dusty is a female fronted indie-rock band with Annie Newcombe on lead vocals and guitar, Tannum Portelli on bass guitar, Harley Meszaros on lead guitar, and Willow Giles on drums. Dusty's music combines raw vocals, catchy guitar riffs and honest lyrics. Since the band’s formation in March 2021, Dusty has released two singles, received air play on Triple J and Triple J Unearthed, and will be joining Bugs on tour in November 2021.
Emma Tomlinson is a 21-year-old singer songwriter who blends pop, alternative and pop-classical crossover with original material. Whilst accompanying herself on the keyboard or performing to her own original backing tracks, Emma draws her inspiration from the likes of SIA, Freddie Mercury and Elton John. Emma is dedicated to making a mark with her own brand of music and is influenced by her motto “being different makes a difference”, which she promotes as an official ambassador for Autism Queensland.
Indie-pop/rock band Flag Duty have spent the last couple of years developing a colourful sound and establishing themselves as energetic and eccentric entertainers. The band - singer Ben Hobart, bassist Tom Jolly, guitarist Abi Ashford and drummer Lachlan Barnard, draw on an eclectic mix of modern and nostalgic musical influences to create their genre-blending sound, combining the musical hooks of indie-rock with catchy pop melodies and honest lyricism.
Flamingo Blonde is the project of James Bartlett, supported by the best band this side of the brown snake, The Brunettes. Flamingo Blonde’s live shows are an unmissable and unpredictable experience that must be seen up-close. Resonating with the sound of a fresh humid sunshine and cool summer nights, Flamingo Blonde brings broad reference points together into tongue-in-cheek music that is unequivocally blonde.
Playing music from a young age, Harley Meszaros has only just begun his journey as an artist. Harley intends to combine his love of all genres into his own sound. Bringing to life tender moments for those who can relate and big band anthems for those who want to dance. Harley has recently released his second single 'Those Eyes' into the world.
Harry Kidd is a 20 year old singer-songwriter utilising an eclectic array of rock, pop and folk influences. Harry is a unique musician who prides himself on creating meaningful and engaging work. He is a passionate young artist, dedicated to putting on inclusive and highly impressive shows. Combining thoughtful song writing with a captivating stage presence, Harry consistently produces an exciting and one-of-a-kind performance experience.
Jade not Jane
Jade not Jane
Jade Not Jane is a four-piece synth pop-rock act that draws influence from the strong voices of acts like Au/Ra, Paramore, Tia Gostelow, Miley Cyrus and MARINA. With music written by Jade Mills, the four-piece ensemble consisting of Vocals, Bass, Guitar and Drums delivers emotive vocals through to electronic tone and rhythmic riffing.
Kalopsia is the solo project of songwriter Maia Efstathis. The genre-blending of pop, funk and space disco is defined by groovy bass lines, luscious synth tones and disco style beats. Kalopsia and her accompanying band create captivating and energetic live performances that stand out with choreographed dance moves and two additional backup vocalists.
Writing and producing from a young age, Laius is an electronic pop artist influenced by various electronic dance music sub-genres and commercial pop. His knack for metaphorical storytelling is often disguised behind euphoric electronic productions. With this blend of conceptual lyricism and original sound design, Laius is forging his own path in the world of pop. Everything you hear from Laius is solely written, recorded, produced and mixed by him.
Lunch Box Club
Lunch Box Club
Vibrant three-piece indie rockers Lunch Box Club are a surf rock band creating a unique, minimalistic, rough-around-the-edges surf rock sound.
Maisy Taylor is a solo singer-songwriter who effortlessly blends folk, pop and indie influences. Growing up in a musical family, Maisy picked up the guitar at age 12 and hasn’t put it down since. Lyrically, Maisy takes you on a melodic journey into the brain of a twenty-something musician as she tries to figure out all things love, growing up, and where to go from here. Her musical influences range from Maggie Rogers to Joni Mitchell, as she strives to tell stories that travel beyond genres.
New Living are an alternative rock and indie-pop band that formed in 2020. The band’s sound combines the stripped back energy of rock and roll with the entrancing rhythms of jazz, funk and soul, and pairs them with the soaring voice and witty words of frontwoman Sofia Giacoboni. New Living's mission is to create music that is cathartic both lyrically and sonically, and to use their music to build a community.
NXT are the new and modern spin on a boyband! Originally a dance crew, NXT are known for their show stopping performances and have toured all of Australia and parts of Asia. Since transitioning into music, NXT have found their sound that amalgamates hip hop/trap and pop, as well as elements of electronic and electronic dance music (EDM). The music they produce is coupled with their unique array of vocals and lyricism, which they write and perform themselves.
Known for their unique musical tapestry that is both breathtaking and awe-inspiring, alternative-rock band Patient Lounge have a melting pot of styles woven through their music. With an undeniable melodic raw force, anthemic soundscapes and an electric live show, Patient Lounge have cemented themselves as one of the finest and most energetic alternative-rock acts on the East Coast.
Sacred Hearts are a post-punk trio band who started out by uploading covers to YouTube in 2020 and 2021, whilst completing their high school studies. With covers ranging from 'Germ-Free Adolescent' by Xray-Specs to 'Alison' by Slowdive, the band has amassed 80,000 views. Their debut single 'Glamour Girls' was released in July 2021. Inspired heavily by goth bands of the 80s, the song reflects the exploitation and manipulation of women in the entertainment industry.
Special Features is a three-piece alternative rock band. With Jeremy keeping the rhythm and thump on bass, Zac providing in your face guitar tones and vocals, and Alex holding it all together on the drums, Special Features is a love letter to the 1990s and the local noise of the Aussie indie-rock scene. This high school trio packs a hard-hitting punch with a variety of different styles, varying from melodic pop-rock songs to raw, heavy and intense grunge rock.
Staples are an alternative rock band formed in 2019 by high-school mates Harry, Jason, Maddy, Edward, and multi-instrumentalist Zaac. Drawing influences from post-punk and Britpop, Staples present their unique sound through a modern-indie lens, combining passionate vocals with soaring guitar leads and jangly chords, and ambient synths with driving basslines and punchy drums. With the recent release of their debut EP 'Another Melodramatic Mess' and singles 'Sulking (On a Sunny Day)' and 'Serotonin', Staples have established themselves as an up-and-coming band to look out for.
Sugar Leaves is the lo-fi indie-psych project of 20 year old Cassius Surman. The band’s music captures a bright yet relaxed beachy tone, supported by a characteristic and crunchy lo-fi production which is credited to Oscar Borschmann (First Beige), who engineered and mixed Sugar Leaves’ latest track.
Awards and Prizes
The 2022 awards include:
Awarded to the song that shows the most originality, creativity and innovative composition.
QUBE Development Award
Awarded to support the act that has shown commitment, originality and great potential in their artistic pursuits.
Original Song Award
Awarded to the song that shows excellence in the craft of song writing an original composition.
Lord Mayor’s Live Event Award
Awarded to the group or individual that displays originality, creativity and potential to further develop their on-stage presence.
People’s Choice Award
Awarded to the song that receives the most public votes for their original music video.
Performance Partner prizes
This year, in addition to the prizes for the five award categories, our expert panel, in conjunction with our program sponsors, will hand-pick finalists for the following paid performance opportunities.
Splendour in the Grass Arts and Music Festival 2023
Splendour in the Grass Arts and Music Festival is arguably Australia’s best known contemporary music festival. Each July, this four-day camping festival draws more than 50,000 music lovers to the Byron Bay area and the chance to perform at this event is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The act selected for this prize will be offered the opportunity to perform live at Splendour in the Grass 2023.
GOMA Up Late
QAGOMA's signature Up Late events sees the gallery's iconic spaces filled with live music by cutting edge and emerging musicians from around the world. Up Late has hosted exclusive live performances by Caribou, Wolfmother, Katie Noonan, Akron/Family, Chet Faker, DJ Krush, Future Islands, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Courtney Barnett, Shonen Knife and Kamahl and more. The act selected for this prize will be offered the opportunity to perform at a QAGOMA Up Late event.
Let The Music Play Festival
Brisbane’s home of live music, the Fortitude Valley precinct, comes alive in August with Let The Music Play Festival. Immersing the streets in music, Let the Music Play will include gigs, at the Fortitude Music Hall, The Zoo, The Outpost and street stages on 13 August 2022.
Cathy joined Queensland Museum Network (QMN) in 2019 to head the World Science Festival Brisbane and other QMN events. With 25 years of event experience Cathy has worked on major conferences, exhibitions and gala dinners, significant community events and the biggest music festivals in Australia. Cathy was General Manager of the Falls Music and Arts Festival, a multiday event which attracts 70,000+ people to Byron Bay, Lorne, Marion Bay and Fremantle. Throughout her career she has toured with Australia’s biggest bands around the country, and for 17 years was a key part of the management team for Splendour in the Grass. For seven years Cathy was also the Entertainment Manager at the Royal National Association (Ekka).
ARIA nominated artist Danny Widdicombe is a Brisbane based songwriter and musician, making music within the realms of folk/country/blues, and more recently jazz. Danny has released 10 studio albums (two with his band The Wilson Pickers), overcome leukaemia three times and played lead guitar for the likes of Bernard Fanning and Tim Rogers. Danny was the winner of the 2010 Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship, which enabled him to travel to Berlin to write and perform. Danny has also been shortlisted in the APRA Professional Development Awards along with only a handful of Australia’s top songwriters and is a two-time ARIA award nominee (Best Blues and Roots Album – 2009, 2010) with his band The Wilson Pickers. Danny recently won a Queensland Music award for best jazz song collaboration with Trichotomy.
Davey is a proud Bidjara, Inningai, Wakka Wakka and Gubbi Gubbi man. Working across a number of art genres throughout his career including film and TV, theatre and circus, Davey is a shapeshifting producer, writer and actor. If you were lucky enough to catch the Cocoa Butter Club show in Melbourne, you will recognise him from there. If not, don't fret! You can catch him as Casey in All My Friends Are Racist, currently streaming on ABC iView.
Elise has over 30 years experience working across several disciplines in the music and entertainment industry. A proud Noonuccal woman, she now heads up the festivals division for Secret Sounds and is responsible for festivals such as Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival. Elise brings with her a passion for music of all genres, and a drawer full of ‘black t-shirts’.
Fred Leone is a community leader with strong Garrwa and Butchulla Aboriginal with Tongan and Southsea roots. Fred is an Initiated Garrwa man and one of the three Butchulla Songmen. He was the founder of Queensland's first Indigenous owned and operated record label and is an award-winning artist as well as twelve-time award nominee. Fred is an interdisciplinary artist with a body of work spanning a 24 year career having performed both internationally and around Australia.
Gabe Cramb is the founder and director of Scrabble PR. Scrabble began in the nineties helping events like Brisbane’s iconic Livid Festival, explode. Gabe has gone on to help us discover the likes of Brisbane Festival, Party In The Paddock, Corona, Big Pineapple Festival, Splendour In The Grass Music and Arts Festival and a long list of tours by Australian and International artists. Gabe is an in-demand publicist who has a knack for tailoring publicity plans to suit artists and events in unique, creative and on brand ways.
Based in South Brisbane, Hope began as a solo artist who specialised in live looping and created her songs via the art. As of May 2019, Hope recruited four of her talented female friends that she admires to bring her songs to life. Still incorporating looping songs that she performs solo in her set, Hope’s live show is ever excelling to be more captivating as than ever before. Hope was part of The QUBE Effect in 2019 and was the winner of the then QPAC Green Jam Award.
Ian Haug has been driven by music for as long as he can remember. Ian started Powderfinger with a couple of school friends right out of school and the rest is history. Powderfinger went on to record five number one albums, receive 18 Aria Awards, three APRA awards and achieve record sales of over 2.5 million in Australia alone. It was during this time that Airlock Studios was born. Many of Powderfinger’s demos and B-sides were recorded by Haug at Airlock Studios. The list of bands that have been through Airlock is too long to list and Ian has both produced and engineered many of them. In 2015, a childhood fantasy became a reality for Haug when he was asked to join legendary Australian band – The Church with whom he has recorded two critically acclaimed records and completed multiple national and international tours. For the last 5 years Haug has also been operating the fledgling record label Airlock Records, which has so far had four acts signed and six releases. Haug is enjoying the diversity and has his ear to the ground searching for artists that don’t fit the mould. Ian is passionate about supporting and developing young talent and helping them fulfil their vision.
Joc Curran is a mother, businesswoman, friend and passionate music lover. Joc founded, owned and ran Brisbane's seminal live music venue The Zoo from 1992 until 2016. Continuing to foster emerging musical artists in Brisbane and support the scene in anyway possible, Joc works as The Laneway Festival Brisbane promoter and producer of the Hidden Lanes Festival. Joc still believes that a beautiful song and random acts of kindness can help change the world.
As the bass player for one of Australia’s biggest and most loved bands, John Collins (JC) has toured the world playing rock n’ roll with the best of the best. The Powderfinger machine earned a monolithic total of eighteen ARIA Awards, making them one of the most awarded bands in Australia. Ten Powderfinger albums and DVDs certified multi-platinum, making the cover of Rolling Stone, headlining festivals and millions of albums sales, has led JC to have a broad and artist led view of the music industry. Following Powderfinger’s break up, JC set his mind to creating music venues with the establishment of The Triffid, Fortitude Music Hall and The Outpost in Brisbane. JC continues to perform with his epic band The Predators.
Kate Little has been working in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. With a vast array of experience with some of Australia’s leading festivals, ranging from artist management, publicity and marketing, tour management, concert promotion and talent booking, her insights make her a valuable mentor to emerging artists. Some of the artists that Kate has worked with recently include, Nahko & Medicine for the People (USA), Ziggy Alberts, Tay Oskee, Dustin Thomas (USA) and Rising Appalachia (USA). Kate has been the programmer of the Global Village and World Stage at Splendour in the Grass for 15 years and is always on the lookout for new and interesting acts to introduce to the Splendour audience.
Kelsey Iris is a proud descendant of the Yuwalaaraay, Gamilaroi and Murrawarri people. She is a singer-songwriter and guitarist originating from the small opal-mining town of Lightning Ridge in far west NSW. Kelsey writes and shares a spectrum of stories of culture and life through her emotive song writing, captivating listeners through her powerful and soulful vocals that she hopes will capture the likes from people of all ages.
Luke Daniel Peacock
Luke Daniel Peacock
Critically acclaimed Brisbane musician Luke Daniel Peacock is a proud descendant of the Meriam people of the eastern Torres Strait Islands, a member of multiple bands including The Gin Club, and Minor Premiers as well as being a revered solo artist.
Nat Dunn was the first Australian songwriter to be recognised for amassing more than one billion streams and has written songs for international superstars including Charli XCX, Rita Ora, Marshmello and Anne Marie. Also a singer-songwriter, she released her single 'Whatever' in 2001 when she was 17 year old under the stage name TALI. The song peaked at number 32 on the ARIA singles chart. Dunn is also a part of the duo Naations alongside Nicky Night Time.
After completing a Bachelor of Music Business Management at JMC in 2014, Ruby began working at booking and management agency, Bluebeard Music. During her time working at Bluebeard Ruby was a booking agent for The Zoo, Black Bear Lodge, Eat Street Markets, The Milk Factory and Cardigan Bar. Ruby is also currently managing guitar-pop trio Bugs, next big thing Hope D and grunge wunderkinds VOIID. Ruby has previously worked for national artist booking agency New World Artists as an assistant agent and as the volunteer coordinator for Laneway Festival Brisbane.
Joining Frontier Touring in 2014, Sahara was appointed Tour Director in 2018 and is at the frontline of bringing new business to the company and maintaining the well-established industry relationships that Frontier has built across the globe. Her role is even more vital since the sudden passing of her mentor and boss, the late Michael Gudinski. Previously the National Event Coordinator of the Big Day Out festival for a staggering 18 years, Sahara has worked with many interesting artists in the world during her career. She has most recently been lauded for her ongoing strong advocacy around recovery and the physical and mental wellbeing of music industry workers on and off the stage. In 2021, Sahara was appointed a mental health advocate for the music industry, lending her time, services and first-hand experience to Support Act and to continue the conversation and action required to facilitate change. In all these capacities Sahara has been at the forefront of supporting other women within the industry. She has given many female artists and music professionals their first break, either on stage or behind the scenes, and continued to nurture, support and provide opportunity for newcomers and her wide collegiate alike.
Seja Vogel (pronounced say-ah) is a German / Australian solo musician who was a member of Brisbane bands Sekiden and Regurgitator. Formed in 1998, Sekiden is known for high-energy live performances and touring extensively throughout Australia, Canada, Japan and the USA. Vogel joined iconic genre-mashers Regurgitator in 2007 as a touring member and also contributed to their studio album Love and Paranoia that was recorded in Brazil. Vogel also played in the backing bands of Spod, Heinz Reigler, Ben Salter and David McCormack. Vogel later recorded and performed under her own name for the album We Have Secrets But Nobody Cares. Vogel toured widely following the release of the album and supported acts such as Sarah Blasko, Goldfrapp and Warpaint. Alongside her own music, Seja is currently writing a rap album with Quan Yeomans of Regurgitator.