Nexus Arts proudly announces the five artists taking part in our 2019 Next Up program. Next Up is a responsive program of workshops and individual mentoring that aims to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary musicians in performance and career pathway opportunities.
Music Programs Manager Emily Tulloch and Artist Development Officer Naomi Keyte will collaborate with the artists over the next 9 months, working on recording projects, grant writing, performance opportunities, marketing and music business development. Next Up is thrilled to be working with leading Adelaide industry professionals in producers Strict Face and Mario Späte, who will work with some of the artists on writing and recording, and Emily Davis who will deliver a music business masterclass. Next Up is also excited to have Wizard Tone Studios on board as program partners.
The artists that have been selected make up a wonderfully diverse cohort stylistically, and are all coming to the program at different points in their careers, from emerging to well established.
The Yorke Band are a four piece indie rock band from the Yorke Peninsula. Brothers Caleb and Zak Raymond, Ben Wanganeen and Zac Butler create and perform music that spans folk, reggae and rock genres. The band write songs that address youth and social issues and have played at events such as Spirit Festival, Survival Day and National Sorry Day.
De Greer-Yindimincarlie is a seasoned singer, songwriter and performer from Queensland. Now based in Adelaide she is looking to form a new band, record and perform at both venues as well as festivals. De is also an accomplished visual artist, graphic designer and workshop facilitator. Through the Next Up program she will be building relationships with other musicians and venues, recording a solo release and filming a live video clip.
In the Ngarrindjeri language, Kuko means two, and for Sonya Rankine and Shane Labady there is something very special about that number. Both industry veterans, together the two have hit one very exciting musical wavelength. Both from Moonta Bay, Sonya is also a Ngarrindjeri, Narungga and Ngadjuri woman from Narungga country. Recently returning to music through this collaboration, she is known for songs that are self-reflective and soulful. Shane Labady brings over twenty years as a singer/songwriter and guitarist.
Jacob Nichaloff or ‘J-Milla’ is a young rapper from Darwin who now calls Adelaide home. His tracks are both political and uplifting. J-Milla has a classic hip hop aesthetic and sights Easy E, Tupac and Ice Cube as some of his influences. He has written, recorded and filmed video clips for several of his tracks. Dave Ruby Howe (Triple J) reviewed his track ‘My People’, saying “Some raw experiences coming through in this one J-Milla. Speak it! We’re listening”.
Juanita Sumner is 24 year-old Ngarrindjeri woman currently based on stolen Kaurna Land. Juanita’s background is in music, archiving and performance work. She has studied music through the CASM (Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music) program at the University of Adelaide and plays bass guitar, rhythm guitar and sings. Juanita also DJs. Her DJ sets include music from unapologetic black and brown women in rap and hip/hop, as well as music from the current new wave of queer alt RNB artists. In 2018 she performed with the Ripple Effect Band at the Tarnanthi Art Festival opening at the Art Gallery of South Australia, and in 2019 she played a DJ set at Groovin’ the Moo and supported Miss Blanks for her show in Adelaide this year.