The QUBE Effect

The QUBE Effect 2021 showcases the incredible talent of some of Brisbane's freshest musicians, singers, songwriters and bands.

Brisbane City Council has been working with emerging creative musical acts as part of an intensive development program, giving them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be mentored by some of the music industry's most influential experts. Participants have created their very own music video and have taken part in workshops and promotional opportunities, including a special live performance as part of Brisbane Youth Week on Saturday 10 April 2021 in the Valley Mall.

The QUBE Effect alumni have gone onto play at festivals such as Brisbane Festival’s Street Serenades, Valley Fiesta, Splendour in the Grass and many more.

Voting for the People's Choice Award is now open

Voting for the People's Choice Award is now open. Voting will close 4pm Friday 4 June 2021.

The QUBE Effect 2021

Check out The QUBE Effect 2021 acts below:

Allora

ALLORA are a Brisbane based band consisting of Alana Pepe, Blake Comersall, Issy Morrison and Aidan Hopper. Forming in mid-2019 they’ve combined Indie-Rock with R&B and Jazz influences to create a unique sound no one can quite define.

Amarri

If Dojo Cat and Cardi B had a baby, you would get Amarri. She’s a young rapper and singer with a great sound that will get you moving.

Chloe Mae

Chloe Mae is an alternative, indie-folk, signer songwriter, inspired by Matt Corby, Vera Blue and Bon Iver. She has an extensive vocal range who is able to create a new and different sound with every song written.

Evangie

Channelling the ferocity of female fronted indie rockers like Jessy Day and Paramore an air of glittering nostalgia and charming honesty surrounds this indie-rock goddess Evangie.

Evie

Indie-pop musician Evie has been captivating audiences with soaring vocals and eloquent song writing. With her own take on pop and alternative music, Evie stretches the boundaries of genre and rewrites her experiences to a collation of impactful melodies.

Flamingo Blonde

Flamingo Blonde is Brisbane’s newest corporate cowboy to step out on the ranch. An indie-pop artist that has been working the Brisbane circuit for a few years now. Flaming Blonde is brining enough guitar-pop grooves for everyone.

Hello Jane

Hello Jane captures a classic blend of folk storytelling, pop melody and a good dose of soul. They sound like Paul Kelly and Carole King had a baby and that baby grew up listening to Missy Higgins.

Isabel Wood

Isabel Wood is a sad girl pop artist who combines soothing vocals, vulnerable lyrics, and infectious melodies to create a sonically compelling experience that’s every bit as therapeutic as it is irresistible.

KAI-FI

KAI-FI’s music is electronic production in spired by instrumental Hip Hop, Electro and Funk. Over the years he has grown his musical interests and weaved them into his own evolving sound.

Keely

Keely draws power from her cultural roots, inspiration from nature and soul from her experiences of love and loss ever intertwining. Her vocal stylings are reminiscent of a summer’s day seamlessly fusing elements of neo-soul, R&B and modern jazz.

Kevin Collett

Kevin Collett channels his music from life experiences, influences, love, loss and lessons.

King Cortez

King Cortez is an alternative rock band with a focus on punchy, hook heavy songs in similar vein to The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys.

Luate

Luate is an emerging alternative pop singer/songwriter. A modern day Nina Simone, Luate creates highly emotive work carrying lyrics laden with viscous imagery. She’s coined the term ‘existentialist pop’ and describes her work as being “as its marrow, an acute and urgent pursuit of honesty”.

Nathan MT

Blending folk and indie-pop sensibilities to create his own brand of singer-songwriter bliss is Nathan MT. A 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist with inspired sounds of Ben Howard and Jack Gray. Nathan combines live looping of various instruments to serenade audiences of all ages.

Nebzy & SAEI

Nebzy & SAEI is an experimental hip-hop duo. With Saei on the keys and Nebzy behind the mic they bring a new wave of hip-hop with conceptually dense lyrics with a floaty jazz influence.

Oh Bailey

Hold onto your seats as Oh Bailey takes you on a whirl wind journey of heartbreak, friendship and nostalgia. Catching your ear with dreamy guitar melodies, 80’s inspired bass and drums with enchanting vocals. Oh Bailey brings a unique take on the early synthetic/dream pop genre. 

Sentiment

Sentiment are a four-piece metal band playing a few genres in the metalcore soundscape.

Shruthi

Shruthi is an 18 year old singer/songwriter. Shruthi’s main goal is for her audience to be captivated by her lyrics as well as her music. Each line has been written with deep rooted emotion so you can relate and feel connected to her music.

Tripsitta

Tripsitta are an energetic psychedelic/rock four-piece band. Their music is best described as the sound of the counterculture that lives and breathes in Australian night life. Powerful vocals matched with spine tingling electric guitar solo’s, energetic bass lines and infectious drums. Their sound is sure to have your head banging and heart racing.

Young Vizzy

Feel good rap with poetic story telling and enthusiastic stage presence, Young Vizzy draws from R&B, soul and hip-hop influences.

Zanabaq

Zanabaq are a six-piece Brisbane based band. Melting neo-soul, hip-hop and jazz tones with a sprinkle of spoken word. You won’t be disappointed with their high energy, smooth sailing cosmic vibe.  

Awards and Prizes

The 2021 awards and prizes include:

Innovation Award by Dew Process

Awarded to the song that shows the most originality, creativity and interesting composition.

Prize

  • Public relations and marketing sessions by Dew Process
  • One session with a booking agent by Dew Process
  • Photography package by Torn Parachute
  • $500 cash prize

Best Overall Performance Award by The Tivoli

Awarded to the group or individual entered that displays the most potential, capacity and commitment to develop their practice.

Prize

  • One support slot to a headline act at the Tivoli
  • One live show paid at the QMC by BEMAC
  • $500 Store DJ voucher

Lord Mayor’s Live Event Award by Brisbane City Council

Awarded to the group or individual entered that displays originality, creativity and potential to further develop their on-stage presence.

Prize

  • A paid performance opportunity at one of Council’s major entertainment events
  • Photography package by Torn Parachute
  • $300 Music Express voucher

People’s Choice Award by Torn Parachute

Awarded to the song that receives the most public votes. Voting is open from 10 April to 4 June 2021.

Prize

  • Photography package by Torn Parachute
  • Video clip by Torn Parachute
  • $1000 cash prize by District Studios

Expert Panel, Judges and Mentors involved in QUBE 2021

Dr Lachlan ‘Magoo’ Goold

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Dr Lachlan Goold, better known as Magoo is a producer, engineer, mixing engineer, and academic. The two-time ARIA award-winning producer, Magoo continues to focus his creative energies on mixing and researching the recording studio.

Magoo has worked with iconic Australian acts including Midnight Oil, Regurgitator, Kate Miller-Heidke, and Powderfinger and also has a PhD which focused on DIY recording and its relationship with creativity.

Maggie Collins

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Maggie Collins is a festival programmer, artist manager with history as a radio broadcaster. She is the owner of Morning Belle, a music services company, under which she holds the position of Executive Programmer for BIGSOUND in Brisbane and manages multi-ARIA Award winning party-thrash band DZ Deathrays and crowd favourite, Donny Benet. With her radio hat on, she was Music Director at 4ZZZ before transitioning to the triple j network where she was a presenter and producer for 10 years.

Noah Slee

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Noah Slee is a Berlin-based neo-soul singer songwriter with Tongan roots. Noah Slee known for slick and evocative vocals, released his debut, full length album in 2017 and was rewarded with two prestigious Pacific Music Awards in 2018.

Most recently, Slee has been turning his hand to the worlds of visual-art and dance, helping to produce the short-film, and so, we move to Otherland's, which combines music, dance and aesthetic videography.

Karl Bouro

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Torn Parachute is a Brisbane-based Video Production Company that specializes in professional Music Videos, Documentaries, Corporate, Promotional Videos. Led by Karl Bouro, Torn Parachute is made of a team of passionate and creative individuals who have been assembled to give our clients the best possible result for their investment. Expanding business to the Solomon Islands to cater for the South Pacific Market.  Karl Buoro and Torn Parachute are a well-known Brisbane film production shooting local videos for many young and emerging artists to established themselves in the music industry. 

Tyler McLoughlin – Director of The Sound Pound

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On her return from London as a music license broker with Ricall, Tyler McLoughlan founded The Sound Pound in 2011. The Brisbane business specialises in music supervision and clearances, composition and sync representation for independent music across advertising, film and television.

Tyler is a passionate copyright and sync educator for both music creators and music users. Her most recent projects include music supervision for Lunatics (Netflix), Robbie Hood, Bananas (SBS), Content (ABC), Locusts (feature film) and advertising campaigns for Suncorp, Greyhound and Queensland Government. As a manager, Tyler looks after the international career of tropical roots artist Bobby Alu.

Chris Tamwoy

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Chris is a self-taught guitarist with a unique playing style and sound. Spending childhood with his family in the Torres Strait Islands, he now resides in Brisbane and travels nationally and internationally with his music, as a proud ambassador for his culture and country. His distinctive guitar-tap style and vibrant personality see him in high-demand with gigs across Australia and the United States of America as well as ongoing media appearances and documentary features.

In 2016, national TV audiences watched Chris make his way through to the grand final of Australia’s Got Talent. Later, 2018 saw him on TV weekly as a judge on All Together Now. That same year, also saw an inspired performance and Acknowledgment of Country and People at the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony, collaborating with Colin Hay, Aloe Blacc and many more talented musicians. 

Having played some of Australia’s largest festivals, he often surprises crowds with sensational on-stage collaborations. He also proudly represented at G’day LA, G’day USA and in Hawaii. 

Kaylah Truth

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Kayla Truth is the moniker of self-proclaimed ‘First Lady of BNE’, K. Tyson. She is a Meerooni woman of the Gurang nation. She is considered ‘an OG and a respected pillar of the Australian hip-hop scene,’ by AcclaimMag.com and according to OysterMag.com, ‘She's standing up on her own two, and she's doing what she wants. She's following her heart. I can't praise her enough. Oh. Diva. Me.’  

Over the years, she has performed in Poetic Murriz and Impossible Odds. Her time as a solo artist, has also seen her supporting and hosting International artists including TLC, Kid Ink, Nelly, Naughty By Nature, B.O.B, Lupe Fiasco, Ciara, J.Holiday and Lady Leshurr. Her most recent performance was at the Australian Women in Music Awards. Kaylah Truth has worked extensively in remote, rural and urban Indigenous communities, teaching song writing for Hip Hop. She is currently part of the First Nations Programming team at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Queenie Pelesa

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Queenie is a highly regarded and sought-after creative producer, arts worker, cultural development practitioner and event manager. She has a career in the arts and creative industry spanning 15 years of experience working with creatives, young people, emerging artists, arts workers and producers through cultural and contemporary music, dance and performance projects and works.

Queenie has worked for various arts organisations, festivals and projects; local, regional, rural and overseas. She was a recipient of YAMP 2005 working with established jazz musician Barbara Fordham. She has worked as a producer on various arts projects and festivals including Brisbane Festival, Pacific Tides Festival, Stylin’ Up Festival. She is also the Creative Head of Arts for District Studios. Currently Queenie is lead producer on The QUBE Effect 2020/21.

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Last updated: 13 April 2021