Since their inception and launch onto the Melbourne music scene in 2009, Australia’s hottest new soul act Electric Empire have been turning heads and gaining industry respect all over the shop. Releasing their impassioned self-titled debt album in March 2010, it’s through their live shows that Electric Empire truly shines.
With three multi-talented vocalists making up the core group, the line-up features Dennis Dowlut on guitar, Aaron Mendoza on keys and Jason Heerah on drums all doubling on sensuous vocal duties.
Heavily influenced by the raw sounds of the late 60s and early 70s soul music revolution, the group play an authentic, melodic blend of early rhythm & blues and jazz that defies traditional labelling, but which the band refer to as “soul searching” music.
The self-funded album was a result of the endless nights in their South Melbourne recording studio, with each track written, arranged, produced and mixed by the three, who released the album through their own independent label, Electric Empire Music. The group’s debut single ‘Baby Your Lovin’ has been receiving regular airplay, as well as being performed live on ABC TV’s Art’s Nation.
Playing regular shows all over Melbourne and now making headway in Sydney, Electric Empire have recently graced the stage with the likes of the dynamic UK outfit the Brand New Heavies, Kiwi favourites Fat Freddy’s Drop and Melbourne’s own The Bamboos, as well as US soul sensation Mayer Hawthorne. Electric Empire have also kicked 2011 off with a bang with performances at St Kilda Festival and Playground Weekender Festival.
Moving forward, Electric Empire aspires to continue song-writing and producing other artists and bands of all musical genres – utilising the individual skills and specialties of each band member.