After receiving triple the number of submissions than last year, 12 contestants have been selected and are now awaiting your vote for their spot in the Grand Final.
Only four will be selected to advance to the final, which will be held at The Arts Centre on October 8.
From indie to electro, and from regional to metro Victoria, these contestants all have different qualities that show the diversity that Melbourne’s musicians have to offer.
The winner of the Melbourne Music Bank will be equipped with all the tools to kickstart their career with prizes including:
- 2 days of recording at Sing Sing Studios
- A professional film clip directed by Oh Yeah Wow!
- Album artwork and printed CDs
- Mentoring from artist management and PR executives
- And of course, the winning song will be featured in a future Bank of Melbourne commercial
Without further a do, here are the final 12:
A classically trained artist and a big fan of Radiohead, Anna Cordell presents her song, I’ll Wait Here, a story about unrequited love.
Hometown: Narre Warren
Teaming up with Jason Heerah on his track, Until Today, this song talks about big dreams.
Sarah’s entry, Trapped won her Best Upcoming Female Artist in the Snow Wave Festival, a program where Melbourne songwriters engage with regional Victorian musicians.
Envisioning this song in a dream, Kickdrum, is about the feeling of being uncontrollably happy.
Inspired by GOT, Unstable Boy is the song from artist James Seymour who has decided to start a new chapter with his solo project, Feelds.
Hometown: Narre Warren
You Got It is the track from hip-hop artist Kudzai which talks about knowing and going for what you want.
This 11 year old wrote Birrarung after feeling inspired while talking to her Mum about what Australia was like pre white settlement.
Let Me In, by duo Arctic Maps speaks of a dying relationship and looks into the emotions and thought processes involved.
This groovy 60s track by the three piece band is set to put the “roll” back in rock and roll with their song, Shake! Shake! Shake!
Hometown: Mount Martha
This is O’Connor’s first original song and is a honest piece about love and heartbreak.
Written after band member Patrick’s parents died in a house fire, Animals Housed is a song about overthinking, not realising our potential and hiding our demons.
Kind Eyes is a song about a new relationship and the feeling two people get when they realise that they are falling in love with each other.
Vote in your favourite by September 27. Enter online at bankofmelbourne.com.au/melbmusicbank