GRAIN & General Press
Kelly Lee Owens
with Pretty Girl (DJ Set), Romance + more TBA.
GRAIN is excited to partner with General Press for the next General Press party, GP002 on the 22nd of October featuring world-renown Welsh producer, Kelly Lee Owens (live) with support from DJ's Pretty Girl & Romance. Prepare for an immersive experience featuring lighting installations and some of the best acts in dance music.
Kelly Lee Owens
Few artists are as adept at fusing electronic music’s warmth and coldness as Kelly Lee Owens. What makes Owens’ work so distinctive is her equal proficiency as a songwriter and producer; her vocals are as confident and captivating as her beats – a quality encapsulated across all of her records and driven home in popular bangers ‘Jeanette’ and ‘Melt!’. Born and raised in Wales, Owens moved to London in her twenties and worked at landmark record stores Rough Trade, Sister Ray and Pure Groove. The latter haunt is where she met fellow auteurs Daniel Avery and James Greenwood, together they made Drone Logic which propelled Owens into the world of techno.
She signed to Smalltown Supersound in 2017 and went on to release Kelly Lee Owens and Inner Song, both albums were met with acclaim from the music press and saw Owens become a record store best seller. Somewhat of an outlier, Owens’ latest record LP.8 (also released under the progessive Norwegian label) debuted in spring 2022 to critical praise across the board, “'A giant leap in her evolution as an artist, continuing to build on an ever-growing discography of limitless promise” - Clash.
Owens' immersive and emotive sound has amassed a myriad of tastemaker fans, leading her to collaborate with artists such as St Vincent, Bjork, John Cale, Jon Hopkins and Jenny Hval. Owens’ live performances are enigmatic and bewildering, having played all over the world with Inner Song. This summer is no exception, as she heads off on a whistle-stop festival run with performances at Rosklide, Pukkelpop and This Ain’t No Picnic, to name a few. Following her Australian live show debut at Sydney Festival in January and sold out performance at Melbourne Rising in June, Owens will be returning down under in the Autumn and finishing off the year with a headline run of shows.
One of Naarm’s rising stars is Pretty Girl, a producer with a live show that packs an emotional punch. PG found her calling in dance music early on, after spending her teen years making soft bedroom-pop on her school laptop with Audacity and Garageband. Naarm’s prolific club scene provided fertile ground for PG to develop her sound in her early twenties, as she honed her skills with Ableton Live, analog gear, and sound design, pairing everything with her delicate vocals. Now PG’s sound revolves around a sentient and warm-blooded breed of dance music that can stir a dancefloor as much as it can soundtrack a walk home.
Born and raised in a warehouse, romance (aka Cameron lee) is one of Meanjin’s//Brisbane’s most active members of its thriving electronic music scene.
Cameron, a classically trained musician, entered the electronic music scene at 22 throwing his first warehouse event. From booking a multitude of international acts; performing live and DJing interstate in the duo Penelope Two-Five (vocalist); Co-Director of the standard-defining “Pray Tell” (events/label); to now owning and operating his own venue “Warehouse 25”.
Cameron uses his wealth of experience and knowledge to help push his own boundaries creatively with the goal of always pushing Brisbane forward while also platforming Brisbane’s talent and tight-knit community.