"Something New" is a culmination of originals written by Koebi over the past year. The songs highlight his experimentation with various sounds & tones but still maintains the musical foundations of his roots. For Tickets:
Koebi grew up in a family singing songs around the loungeroom with a guitar most days and anyone who visited their home joined in. His launch will create a similar vibe and he'll be joined onstage by 10 artists who he's produced and performed with over the past three years, the exciting aspect of the night will be the diversity of genres represented, Rock, Rap, Hip-hop, Folk, Electronic and Reggae. Special Guests will include:
Citizen Kay, Lucy Sugarman, Seanzsound,
Eshan Dean, Grant Simpson,
Groovy Daughter, Sophie Maurice,
Olivia Faletoese, Sam Sly & Hayds
He'll be supported by a group of extremely talented musicians on the night:
Andrew Mitchell: Drums/Percussion
Dylan Slater: Guitar
Olivia Faletoese: Bass
Sophie Maurice: Vocals
Kashia Faumui: Vocals
Born in Ghana, then moving to Canberra while still very young, Citizen Kay grew up with an ambition to make his way into the music scene. As an aspiring songwriter with a love of hip-hop, he began rapping under the name of ‘Kay’. Before becoming engrossed in hip-hop he was well known as a talented multi-instrumentalist, and as a teenager his music teachers and peers recognized his potential as a musician.
However his love of rapping and hip-hop took centre stage. After teaching himself how to rap and rhyme, he taught himself how to create beats and the art of recording. As time went on, he finessed his rapping style, and his songwriting and recording. Before long he was working with other aspiring songwriters and musicians in his hometown when the time was right for CITIZEN KAY.
He released a string of singles that all received widespread radio airplay across Australia. Kicking off in 2013 with YES! followed by RAISE A GLASS, MANAGE and FREEDOM, these singles with four additional tracks made up the DEMOKRACY mini album. In the US, DEMOKRACY was picked up by a number of college radio stations, breaking it into the top 10 of the CMJ hip hop charts. Back in Australia, DEMOKRACY picked up nominations for ‘Best Urban Album’ at the ARIA Awards and ‘Best Independent Hip Hop Album’ at the Air Awards.
CITIZEN KAY’s debut full length album WITH THE PEOPLE was released in October 2015. Produced with FREEDOM collaborator Ben Garden, it included two more singles that were added to playlists nationwide, WAX ON WAX OFF and LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS. The third single OUR WORLD went out to radio in February 2016.
CITIZEN KAY’s live shows have left lasting impressions on audiences around the country, with his words, beats and stage presence converting them to dedicated fans. He’s been out with the people, having toured Australia with his own headline shows and with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Earl Sweatshirt & Danny Brown, Run the Jewels, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, Tkay Maidza and Seth Sentry. In February CITIZEN KAY goes out on tour again, this time supporting lly around Australia.
Lucy is not afraid to tell it like it is. Her sixth sense for storytelling coupled with a gift for crafting assured melodic hooks is a recipe for sweet pop that can still pack a punch. Youthful and addictive energy perpetuates Lucy’s music and presence at every turn, even in her most vulnerable moments. But while she’s only 21 years old, the self-managed artist possesses an impressive work ethic and dedication to staying honest to her art and herself letting people into her world through relatable tales of her struggles and triumphs in romance and growing up, cathartically capturing the spirit in learning from your own experiences.
In 2020, Lucy first graced airwaves on ‘I’d Do It All Again’ co-written with LANKS as a part of his double album Spirits, shortly followed by receiving an APRA AMCOS Women in Music mentorship and her impressive debut solo single ‘i wanna kiss boys cos i’m bored’ (Hauskey & MUKI). 2021 saw the release of Sugerman’s debut EP ‘hurt that’s man made’, where she commandeered a team of creatives including Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe) and Dylan Nash (Dean Lewis, Meg Mac) right from inception to delivery, as well as live stints opening SummerSalt Festival and participating in APRA AMCOS SongHubs.
This year, Lucy won triple j Unearthed Groovin the Moo competition to perform at the festival, was named a triple j Unearthed Feature Artist and opened for the likes of Charley and George Alice. Her versatility is evident from 2022 alone co-writing and releasing ‘Headache’ with Thomas Porter (Dew Process), a tongue-in-cheek upbeat pop gem about an awkward dating exchange, garnering Spotify NMF, Pop n’ Fresh, softly and *hits different* playlisting, and duetting with AYA YVES on ‘Feels Alright’, a soft acoustic ballad written by Alex Lahey and Bri Clark.
Sean’s been singing for as long as he can remember. Whether it was at church doing special items, at home singing along to Mum's favourite records or on road trips with friends and family, music has been a mainstay in my life. With influences ranging from Elvis Presley to Boyz II Men to Chris Stapleton, he has an impressive repertoire of songs that he draws upon to entertain and keep an audience engaged.
In 2010, he co-founded the popular Canberra-based band, the H-Cee Family. It was while fronting the band that Sean finally felt comfortable with his own voice, his own vibe and the atmosphere his music created. He’s spent the last five years also performing as a solo act and is currently in the early stages of writing and recording his original music. Sean’s first solo release will be in November 2022.
Defiantly vulnerable and sonically immersive, Groovy Daughter’s empowering musical vignettes make sense of a 20-something’s increasingly turbulent world. Riding hot off her acclaimed debut “Tyro Dreamer” in 2018, 2019 saw a Groovy Daughter reach new heights, landing a series of high-profile shows with Slum Sociable, Thandi Phoenix, and Groovin the Moo.
In the wake of the 2020 pandemic, Groovy Daughter doubled-down on her emotionally captivating live performances with a series of online shows, culminating in a performance on the Isol-Aid line up alongside Camp Cope, Alex the Astronaut, and Courtney Barnett. After catching the attention of fellow Canberra icon Citizen Kay, the two knuckled down to write and produce her 2020 lead single “Harsh” - a stark trip-hop-inspired ballad tackling the deep-rooted self-criticism that has become commonplace in an era of chronic social-media dependence.
Eshan Dean is one of the pioneers of a current genre of Pacific Island Reggae Music here in Australia. Currently based in Canberra Eshan has performed and collaborated with many of the top Reggae artists in New Zealand and Australia. As well as being a gifted producer and songwriter Eshan is a staple of the Canberra Music Live Scene, he’s carved out for himself a unique sound that incorporates a fusion of reggae/RNB/hip-hop which is well received by those who hear him.
Hayden Smith is a Rapper/ Producer who has been a pioneer in the Australian Hip-Hop scene for almost 20 years. A gifted performer who doesn’t take his natural abilities for granted and works extremely hard at honing his craft, Hayds has been nurturing young artists through talks and running workshops.
In his workshops he teaches aspiring artists foundational elements of Beat-making & Production, Recording, Mixing & Sound Engineering, Songwriting and Music Performance. Considered an OG in the industry, Hayds delivers his rhythms and rhymes in a style that reminds you of how and where this artform began.
Grant Simpson is the lead vocalist and guitar for the four-piece indie-pop powerhouse ARCHIE. Archie makes Indie Pop dance music that you wanna come see live! Since their debut in late 2019, they’ve played alongside NZ superstar BENEE, Aussie faves Lime Cordiale, and Canberra legends Kirkkland, Citizen Kay, Moaning Lisa and Sesame Girl. The latest single ‘Closure’ is a coastal disco pop anthem for anyone who’s keen to get back on the dance floor.
Outside of the band Grant teaches music at CGGS. He completed a Bachelor of Music in Jazz/Contemporary Voice Performance at ANU and also works as an Audio Engineer in recording studios across Canberra.
Sam is a recording artist, performer, songwriter and producer who will transport you into a space full of 70’s inspired synth pop, infused with a taste of jazz, RnB, and Soul. Whether she is backed by her band or performing solo with her guitar, Sam Sly’s powerful vocals, colourful songwriting and grooving harmony will capture you. Her debut single ‘Witness’ propelled her into the music industry and with more music on the horizon she will only continue to make waves.
Liv (as she’s mainly known by) is one of the most sought after Bass players in Canberra. Her ability to play all kinds of genres makes her the number one choice of musicians and artists. Added to her exceptional technical musical skills is a stage presence and groove that makes you feel she’s happy to be there. Liv graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The Australian National University (ANU) in 2021 and is one of the founding members and bassist for indie dance-pop band Archie.
Archie's electrifying pop sound, which has been compared to Daft Punk, saw them quickly gain popularity on the local Canberra scene. They even went on to open for New Zealand pop superstar Benee at a show in early 2020. But their upward trajectory took an unexpected turn when lockdowns and restrictions decimated the live music business. With the music scene returning back to normal you’ll be able to see and hear Liv move to her groove around the Canberra and National scene.
Sophie Maurice is a soulful vocalist and songwriter bleeds a rawness into her work that seeks to connect with you, and move you. She released her first singles, “In my Mess” and “Can U not” under her stage name “Ragged Blossom” earlier this year. Sophie studied jazz and graduated from The ANU School of Music in 2021.
With writing and recording collaborations with Ben Woolner (SAFIA), Citizen Kay, Slow Turismo, Endrey and many others already in the release pipeline this soulful vocalist and songwriter bleeds a rawness into her work that seeks to connect with you, and move you. Be it your heart, your mind, your soul - or your feet.