Interview: Ella Hooper (Melbourne Music Bank)

Ella Hooper is the ambassador for Melbourne Music Bank, the fabulous competition searching for the next big Melbourne talent, and we spoke to her about the competition and her involvement. Such an exciting opportunity for a lucky musician, I will definitely be interested to see who takes top sport as I know of a few fantastic Melbourne bands.

Hi Ella and welcome back to Beauty and Lace.
How did you come to be involved with Melbourne Music Bank?

I was approached through my PR team and after checking out the comp and clocking that it was a damn good one, I jumped at being involved.

Can you tell us what makes you the best choice for ambassador?

I’m passionate about supporting other musicians starting out, I remember how trying those early days could be. I also LOVE Melbourne and have been a pretty active part of the music scene here for 18 or so years!


Have you got a piece of music that you would enter in the competition if you were entering?

Haha.. Yeah it’s a bummer I can’t enter, they’re such good prizes!! I have written a few songs in the past where Melbourne features as a mood or a setting. But nothing as overt or as iconic as say a Paul Kelly song. He’s the grand master of putting Melbourne in pop songs.

What do you think this prize could mean for a musician?

It would mean a HUGE power boost to their career and a massive opportunity to break through. Bands would have to save and plan for ages to arrange the activities that are being offered here. Not to mention the exposure to high level music industry peeps who are running judging and working on the competition. Amazing.

How do you think this competition impacts on the community?

Anytime a bank is putting money back into the community it’s a great thing, and to direct it to the grass roots arts and music scene, that’s just brilliant! I think it helps, through creating more opportunities, to support a healthy and vibrant music scene, which is a major part of Melbourne’s character and community.

Have you got a piece of advice for aspiring musicians entering the competition?

Be unique.
I think standing out from the pack (whilst still being true to your style and listenable!) is key. Also, perhaps there’s a side of or connection to Melbourne that hasn’t been sung about before? Dig a little deeper to find and expose it.

Ella Hooper Melbourne Music Bank low res

Can you tell us a bit about the process from entering the competition to the winner being chosen?

Well we’re after an original composition – an affirmative ode to Melbourne – in any style or genre you like. Entries will be short listed by a public vote (so even if you’re not a muso you can still be involved, get voting!) then 4 finalists will perform at the Melbourne recital centre for a panel of industry judges (including me) who will pick the overall winner.
Entires close September 7th so get cracking!

Who will be selecting the winner?

Another reason I really dig this comp is the quality and diversity of the judging panel, being Kirsten Siddle, from Melbourne Recital Centre; Jac Philllips, Head of Brand and Marketing, Bank of Melbourne; Cara Williams, Beat Magazine and Chelsea Wilson, programming director of PBS 106.7FM

If you live in Victoria and have a melodious Melbourne mantra I urge you to enter the Melbourne Music Bank for your shot at the big time.
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