Ecca Vandal is making a big splash. Following the 2015 success of her debut End Of Time EP, Vandal’s unique fusion of electronic, hip hop, and punk has earned her spots on some of Australia’s biggest line ups including BIGSOUND, Pandora Warehouse Party, and the recently announced Laneway Festival. We were lucky enough to get to talk to Ecca about her performance style and inspirations, as well as her new album and upcoming tour with Brisbane hard hitting punk duo, DZ Deathrays.
Coming from a musical childhood, Ecca was introduced to group singing at a young age and went on to study jazz at Victorian College of the Arts. It was here that Ecca discovered punk, an element heavily featured in her music: “A friend of mine gave me a King Crimson CD and, you know, I really got into that. I started digging a bit deeper and got into Mr. Bungle, and then got into, you know, Tomahawk and Faith No More, then started, you know, and just sort of went back to early punk” reminisces Vandal.
A large chunk of Ecca Vandal’s success can be attributed to the surprise release of her debut 2016 EP, End of Time. Currently back in the studio to work on her first full-length release, I asked Ecca if she would once again take the guerilla approach or if she intended to go with the traditional album release blueprint, in which she responded, “I think it’ll just be, when the music’s ready that’s when we’ll go “yep, cool, it’s done” and just put it out. I think it’ll be a very short turnaround, I hope. That’s kinda my style.”
In the meantime, Ecca notes she is enjoying time in the studio writing fresh stuff: “I’m having heaps of fun, and just loving being in that kind of zone again.” Together with producer Kidnot, the pair “write and record and play all of the instruments,” and then when it’s ready for the stage, they take it to the live band to master the music. As far as her live performance goes, Ecca Vandal is a force to be reckoned with. As well as feeding off the energy of her crowd, Ecca takes inspiration from performers such as Deftones’ Chino Moreno and Rage Against the Machine’s Zac de la Rocha, and channels their ferocity onstage.
It’s clear that right now is an amazing time for emerging Australian female talent. As well being a highly talked about performer at 2016’s BIGSOUND, she took the time to check out some of her co-performers, including as Tkay Maidza, Camp Cope, and Tash Sultana. Vandal is openly electrified about the high-class female talent the country is currently birthing, commenting “I’m really excited for each and every one of them and it’s just great to see females coming to the front and just bossin’ it.”
Fans of DZ Deathrays were treated with an onstage appearance from Ecca Vandal, during which the two collaborated on a cover of the Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage‘. This was shortly followed by the announcement that Ecca Vandal would be supporting DZ Deathrays on their upcoming tour in support of their new single ‘Pollyanna’, which Ecca expressed great excitement for.
Speaking of their BIGSOUND collaboration, Ecca recalls of how cool it was, and goes on to hint that “we might even do that song again, we’ll see.” Most of all, being a massive fan, Ecca is “just keen to see their show every night” and goes on to cheerfully describe DZ Deathrays as “Just amazing dudes. So sweet.”
After excitedly mentioning her upcoming Pandora Warehouse Party appearance in Sydney and upcoming DZ Deathrays support slot, we went on to discuss who Ecca is most excited to check out at Laneway Festival. She giddily discusses how incredible it will be to see Tame Impala, friends GL, and as many acts as she can find, stating “I wanna check out as much music as I can after I finish playing so I’m just gonna cruise around and check it out.”
If you’ve ever watched Vandal’s music videos or seen her live, it is undeniable that the talent has an incredibly cool and unique fashion sense. When asked about her inspirations, she revealed that in terms of designers she is heavily inspired by Vivienne Westwood, particularly her 80’s Buffalo Girls line. As well as loving Japanese street fashion, she also has big wraps for “just straight up baggy T-shirts and jeans.” Ecca’s main goal with fashion is being comfortable (she is a huge fan of trackies), while having a bit of fun at the same time.
In August of this year Ecca attended Afropunk, an annual music festival held in Brooklyn. As well as the great line up, including her favourites The Internet and Ice Cube, Ecca was entranced by the fashion and energy of the people she saw around her. “Everyone who turns up to the festival just looks amazing. They dress up and they put effort into how they look, and they look incredible. So that was just awesome to see, that was a spectacle in itself… It was a really unique festival and I loved every minute of it. From the fashion to the music it was incredible.”
Clearly, the love was mutual. While Ecca was in New York to enjoy the festival, the Afropunk website released a feature praising her style and “energetic and eclectic sound.” And we totally agree.
October 8th – Secret Location in Sydney
Listen to the Pandora Warehouse mixtape to register for
To register for tickets www.pandora.com/warehouse2016
You can catch also Ecca Vandal opening for DZ Deathrays in December on their upcoming Pollyanna tour. Grab your tickets HERE:
Friday 9 December / The Triffid / Brisbane (all ages)
Saturday 10 December / YMCA HQ / Leedervile (under 18 matinee)
Saturday 10 December / Jack Rabbit Slims / Perth
Thursday 15 December / The Factory /Sydney (all ages)
Friday 16 December / Uni Bar / Adelaide (all ages)
Saturday 17 December / The Croxton Bandroom / Melbourne (under 18s matinee)
Saturday 17 December / The Croxton Bandroom / Melbourne