By Jace Excell | Photo via


Melbourne is a rather special place for Australian creative arts. With notable names such as Dame Nellie Melba, Nick Cave, John Farnham, Kylie Minogue and Gotye all coming out of Melbourne, there is something special about this city. Yet we don’t often ask why?  In my opinion, the answer to that is the art and music itself.


Much like Hollywood, Melbourne has cultivated a reputation as the ‘place to be’ albeit more subdued. The more artistically inclined seem to be drawn here. I am sure you have all heard the stories… Perhaps you even know someone, who upon making their sojourn to Melbourne, be it for educational purposes or other, has decided to make their stay more permanent.


Much like Hollywood, Melbourne has cultivated a reputation as the ‘place to be’


There are many positive things to be said about Melbourne’s food, coffee and people. Even with the least desirable coffee or the driest 7/11 meat pie in hand, I find I can always enjoy the unique artistic depictions and musical expressions of life, hope and vision shared with me every day and everywhere I go in this vibrant city.


There is too much exceptional music being made in Melbourne today to list everyone, but here are just a few bands/artists that depict my musical Melbourne experience so far:


Sex on Toast: Fronted by the virtuoso, Angus Leslie, Sex on Toast offers contemplative nocturnal sex ballads. To be honest, Sex On Toast are probably the greatest band on Earth.


Kirkis: Futuristic jazz-punk-thrash-glitch.


Swooping Duck: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the low inclining then upward arching flight of a duck. Improvised live music and drum demon possessions.


Kooyeh: Melbourne-based soul-infused, quasi-reggae/dub outfit.


S I L E N T J A Y: Some beats, some R&B, some sax and vocals… this guy does it all!


Remi: 2013 triple j’s Unearthed Artist of the Year. Hip-hop with a unique rhythmic flow.


//This Thing//: A local and collaborative Melbourne-based record label.


Oscar Key Sung: A Melbourne-based producer/vocalist.


Hiatus Kaiyote: A grooving neo-soul quartet. In 2013, they were nominated for a Grammy for best R&B performance.


Jace Excell is a 23-year-old working musician based in Melbourne. Jace also enjoys referring to himself in the third person to protect his creative works.


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