Leederville's YMCA HQ nurturing young talent


YMCA HQ has been a launch pad for numerous young performers and bands. Four of which, were recently names finalists in this year's West Australian Music (WAM) Song of the Year Awards.

Above (left to right): Mali Jo$e, Oskar Johns Carpenter (Producer for Mali), Daryl Wright (Homebrand), Tim Schilporoort  and Chloe Manners (Phoneline Valentine).

With record-breaking entry numbers, the 2018/19 WAM Song of the Year Awards is primed to uncover and recognise the absolute crème de la crème of WA's songwriting talent. And we, are lucky to have four of these incredible young performers/bands part of YMCA HQ - Homebrand, Mali Jo$e, Intrusion and Phoneline Valentine.

Daryl Wright from Homebrand said when the band started out a few years ago, “the only real place we could play” was the YMCA HQ.

“I have loads of good memories of being 14 and coming here to watch local bands who I thought were really cool,” he said.

Chloe Manners from Phoneline Valentine said the community of the space was something special, and there was nothing like it for all ages to congregate at.

“We have a little family down here, so anytime we come here it’s like a reunion,” she said.

“Everyone just wants to go somewhere they feel safe and they feel happy at, and they can come here and see a good show and have a good time.”

Mali Jo$e said it was vital for people to come out and support local music.

“It’s always about investing in what’s next – nothing in front of your eyes is there forever, so it’s dope to put your time and energy into something new and upcoming,” he said.

Previous WAM Song of the Year Award winners include Stella Donnelly, Methyl Ethel, Beni Bjah and Tired Lion.

To read more on the Community News article, click here.


Watch the below video to hear what the young artists have to say about being nominated.



Category: Youth