MMusic Bakehouse sessions: Secret rehearsal
Thu 2 Nov 2017, 12.00pm–3.00pm
Blyolk. Photo by Briana Davis
Since its humble beginnings down a bluestone lane in North Fitzroy, Bakehouse Studios’ award-winning spaces—now located on Hoddle Street—have been at the heart of Melbourne’s music scene for over 25 years. Each week, around 400 musicians pass through Bakehouse Studios, from solo artists and kids having their first jams to international touring artists. (Among the names of those who have graced the rehearsal rooms are Australian legends like Missy Higgins, Olivia Newton-John, The Cat Empire, Vance Joy, The Saints and The Drones, not to mention international acts as diverse as Tool, Beck, Ed Sheeran, the MC5, Cat Power, The Smashing Pumpkins and Judas Priest.)
This year, MPavilion is proud to partner with Bakehouse Studios to open up Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten of OMA’s amphitheatre-style structure to some of the most exciting emerging and established musical acts in Bakehouse’s little black book. Between October 2017 and February 2018, MPavilion will periodically transform into an extension of Bakehouse’s iconic studios, bringing a series of public rehearsals and secret shows to the Queen Victoria Gardens in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Visitors to MPavilion will be treated to a special behind-the-scenes look at the construction of songs, the pre-production process for a recording or a full-blown dress rehearsal.
Stay tuned for full line-up announcements.
Joining us for this secret rehearsal spot is blyolk (pronounced ‘bloke’).
The brainchild of 20-year-old Melbourne producer and songwriter Bastian Chesney, blyolk’s music fuses psychedelia, gritty rhythms and a warped pop aesthetic. With production encompassing sporadic sampling, lo-fi textures and synth-inspired guitar sounds topped with layered spoken word and melodic vocals, you might even describe it as ‘weird pop’. (As Chesney says himself: “I like to listen to pop, I like to mess it up. Often I get bored, so it becomes one big pop mess.”)
Watch the music video for ‘Artshole’ below, and come down to MPavilion to witness the process behind the songs. See you in the gardens!
Confirmed dates for further Bakehouse sessions are as follows (artists TBA):
Saturday 4 November, 12–3pm
Thursday 9 November, 12–3pm
Thursday 16 November, 12–3pm
Thursday 23 November, 12–3pm
Friday 1 December, 12–3pm
Saturday 9 December, 5–8pm
Thursday 14 December, 12–3pm
Tuesday 19 December, 5–8pm
Sunday 7 January, 2–5pm
Thursday 11 January, 5–8pm
Monday 15 January, 12–3pm
Friday 19 January, 2–5pm [Cancelled]
Monday 22 January, 12–3pm
Thursday 25 January, 6–8pm
Wednesday 31 January, 12–3pm
This event is proudly supported by Yamaha Music Australia