Leederville’s YMCA HQ nurturing young talent

Some of the WAM song of the year finalists at Leederville’s YMCA HQ - Mali Jo$e, Oskar Johns Carpanter (producer for Mali), Daryl Wright from Homebrand, Tim Schilporoort from Phoneline Valentine and Chloe Manners from Phoneline Valentine. Picture: Supplied.
Some of the WAM song of the year finalists at Leederville’s YMCA HQ - Mali Jo$e, Oskar Johns Carpanter (producer for Mali), Daryl Wright from Homebrand, Tim Schilporoort from Phoneline Valentine and Chloe Manners from Phoneline Valentine. Picture: Supplied.

LEEDERVILLE’S YMCA HQ has been a launching pad for numerous young performers and bands.

Four were recently named finalists in this year’s West Australian Music (WAM) Song of the Year Awards,with Homebrand, Mali Jo$e, Intrusion and Phoneline Valentine shortlisted.

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.

This year’s winners will be announced at Freo Social on Wednesday, June 26.

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