Following their successful debut record Down Time, Melbourne’s Totally Mild are gearing up for round two. 2015 saw a bold breakthrough for the band. Down Time was awarded with Albums of the Week and high rotation on domestic radio, three nominations at the Age Music Victoria Awards (including Best Album), a European tour with labelmates Terrible Truths, and lauded sets at industry conference BIGSOUND and the Meredith Music Festival.
Down Time attracted attention overseas with Pitchfork calling single ‘Move On’ “a shining talisman for the heartbroken” and BrooklynVegan praising singer Liz Mitchell’s voice and “her lovely songs and the just-so jangly arrangements.”
Totally Mild began with singer/guitarist Liz Mitchell and guitarist Zach Schneider, high school friends who met in choir and played together through several bands of varying teenage quality. Going to shows around Melbourne, they found the two people who would become Totally Mild’s other half: Lehmann B Smith, playing with local heroes Kes Band, who encouraged Mitchell to release some of the songs she’d been writing since she was 10 – he would later join on bass – and Ashley Bundang, playing with Hot Palms, who partied the night away with Mitchell and became instant friends – the night which served as the inspiration for Down Time’s ‘The Next Day’. Mitchell was going through a period of extremes, counterbalancing depression with hedonism, and began writing songs inspired by the coexisting feelings of romance and self-destruction. Schneider strung Mitchell’s guitar like a ukulele, and with a chorus pedal, Mitchell began forming Totally Mild’s now distinctive sound.
Champyons is a 3-piece band and producer collective based in Berlin. Mixing traditional song and sample-driven beat-making, Champyons incorporates RnB, Rock and electronic elements into a collage of popular culture and musical references that transcends classic genre definitions. Their style is particularly defined by a mix of 70s-informed instrumentation and modern production elements centered around singer Dennis’s distinctive voice. Now only in their mid-20s, Champyons go back more than 15 years. Starting out as a school band in their early teenage years, the trio composed of Dennis Neuer (vocals/ keys), Felix Drachau (bass/ guitar) and Phil Koelzer (drums) soon started writing original songs and, by the age of 16, had already gathered a good deal of professional recording studio experience.