Introducing The Transients

28 Apr
The Transients. Pic by Penny Lane

The Transients. Pic by Penny Lane

I don’t usually use this blog for blatant self-promotion… oh hang on a minute, this is what this blog is all about!

But anyway, one of the band’s I manage, The Transients, have made it into the Top 50 of the Tooheys Extra Dry uncharTED competition. Not too bad a feat really, given there was over 2000 entries.

So what’s in for you? Well if you go and vote for us (and you live in Australia), you will be in the running to win a trip to Splendour In The Grass 2009 in Byron Bay on 25 & 26th July. If we win, well we get to play at Splendour and also win an artist development package worth $25k, which would be very nice indeed. Plus I really wanna go to Splendour again this year.

Do it now! To vote, just go to:

To tell you a little bit about them, Robert Maszkowski and Béla Inkster arose out of Inkster’s electronic outfit Béla and Maszkowski’s former indie band Halogen. Both graduates from the WA Academy Of Performing Arts (WAAPA), they started writing tunes together in 2006 as The Transients and in their short time together are achieving amazing things.

Late last year, at the night of nights for unsigned and independent artists, The Transients raised the rafters at the Musicoz Awards at Home Nightclub, Sydney, winning the top category of ‘Artist of the Year 2008’ and also best ‘Dance/Electronica Artist’ which resulted in over $75,000 worth of sponsorship prizes. Their tune ‘One Day’ was the theme song for the night, which they performed in front of 1000 artists, media, industry folks and guests, including Peter Garrett.

The Transients’ forthcoming single ‘One Day’ is a song about sexual attraction. “It’s about the sexual tension between a women and a man, or a man and a man, or a woman and a woman,” Maszkowski laughs. “You could says it’s the play off of two people catching each another’s eye across a crowded nightclub. “It originally started as a different song using that vocal melody and I couldn’t quite get it to work at first, and so Béla demolished the instrumentation and re-built it from scratch, keeping a couple of the original parts.”

Inkster added: “It’s the modulating high hats that are unique to this song – I was influenced by rock hats at the time and I wanted to put the energy of rock music into the dance vibe to bring it to life.”

The Transients pay a lot of attention to creating electronic music with catchy pop melodies and tight polished production, which hasn’t gone unnoticed in the music industry. So far they have been feature artists on MySpace (2007), a finalist in the WAM Song Of Year (2007), MusicOz finalists in 2007, top of the triple j Unearthed charts (2008), Garage To V finalists (2008 & 2009), Future Music Magazine ‘Demo Of The Month’ (2008), Garageband ‘Track Of The Week’ (2008); and have just been nominated as Best Live Electronic Act in the WAMi Awards 2009.

They’ve continued to rise in the live arena too, performing at the most recent Parklife, Summadayze and Good Vibrations tours, supporting Walter Meego in Perth on their NYE show, and also playing with Muscles, Grafton Primary, ELF and Dukes Of Windsor.

While The Transients are essentially a duo, they’re regularly joined on stage by vocalist Jasmine Yee – who was not only a member of Perth indie outfit Halogen, but currently plays with Perth band She Selexx. Jasmine can also be heard on Pendulum’s album ‘Hold Your Colour’.

Expect to hear much more from The Transients, when they release their debut EP in June.

You can check out their music at:

Cheers and see you at Splendour 😉


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