Northern Rivers hip hop outfit given an industry mentor
LOCAL hip-hop trio SupaFresh have been given the opportunity of a lifetime through Arts Northern Rivers Connect Project.
The group comprised of Mitch King, Sarah Bennett and Blake Rhodes, are one of seven local musical acts who will take part in the project that matches bands with a leading music industry mentors.
There were 75 applicants who put their hands up to be considered for a music industry mentorship and the group was one of 10 finalists who performed in a closed audition before securing a spot in the top seven.
SupaFresh, who were "shocked" to have been chosen, have been paired with Anthony (AJ) McFadden, tour manager at Live Nation, who most recently toured with Frank Ocean.
Mr McFadden said after being in the music industry for the past 20 years he was eager to try his hand at fostering up-and-coming musical talent.
"I've always been interested in mentorship in general," Mr McFadden said.
"Through this project with Arts Northern Rivers I've been given the opportunity to take my skill set and connect with Indigenous artists which is really exciting."
He said the first thing on his agenda was to set goals to help the band on their journey to achieve national success.
The self-described "insightful hip-hop" artists said living in Lismore has meant they haven't had the same opportunities artists in metro areas are afforded.
"We really just want to find out everything we can from AJ about mapping out a successful career," Ms Bennett said.
"Being able to soak up that knowledge and bring it back to the area is also really important for us," Mr King said.
Programs manager for Arts Northern Rivers Jemima Dunlop said projects that foster musicians in regional areas are extremely important.
"Having a mentor teamed with musicians who has a similar skill set will help them to be positioned in the right direction," Ms Dunlop said.