For local musician and producer, Dylan Monk, the Armadale Arts Festival has created a platform for the City’s music scene to thrive.
Dylan is responsible for programming and contracting bands for Far Out Fest as part of the City’s Armadale Arts Festival, which runs from April 30-May 16.
Since 2008, he has worked in the WA music industry as a musician and producer, most notably with bands The Methamphetaqueens and James Dylan & The Sadmen. The Methamphetaqueens' single ‘Girl That I'm Into’ was nominated for West Australian Music's (WAM) Song of the Year in 2015, and as a sound engineer, Dylan most recently mastered Githmi's new single ‘Don't Go Away’, played on Triple J Unearthed.
After taking part in WAM’s Higher Note program for young managers in music, he established his own music label, Teenage Colour Records.
“Around three or four years ago, I walked into Council to see if I could get a Festival going in our area,” Dylan said.
“I didn’t have a huge amount of awareness of what Council and the staff were already working on, but they invited me to a working group around the City’s events and I got involved from there.”
Dylan’s passion for showcasing local music talent led to an opportunity with the Armadale Arts Festival event ‘Fridays at Hidden’ in 2018.
“It was the first iteration of this more contemporary music style festival. It was pretty successful by most of the metrics Council was looking for and it was really encouraging to see that my local Council was already involved in the music and arts space.”
This year’s Far Out Fest, supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, offers a diverse line-up of talent across the genres of prog rock, hip-hop and rock.
Armadale’s own Yomi Ship are set to headline the event on Saturday 1 May with a live performance of their EP ‘Voyage to the Pyramids of Yonaguni’, accompanied by immersive visual projections created by audiovisual artist Roly Skender of Frankensound and dancers from Explosive Dance & Theatre Co.
“It’s a fairly diverse line-up – it’s very rock and alternative centric. There is a bit of psychedelic and straight-up garage rock and a healthy bit of hip-hop,” Dylan said.
With an array of locally emerging bands and artists, Dylan’s passion lies in expanding Armadale’s music scene.
“Given the demographic of this area – how many young people are here and its distance from the City or Fremantle, there is a big opportunity to have an on-going music scene.
“Far out Fest will help give these bands exposure and all of the usual things they do but it will also help us establish a foothold of music in the region. My goal is to eventually establish a venue.”
Far Out Fest is on Saturday 1 May from 5.00pm-11.00pm at the Armadale District Hall. To check out the full line-up and for ticket information, visit www.armadaleartsfestival.com.au.
Far Out Fest
Saturday, 1 May
Armadale District Hall
5.00pm – 11.00pm