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Vincent Sebastian

As a freelance musician Vincent Sebastian spent many years touring Australia percussion.

Currently, Vincent works as a music producer who leads the band OYOBI; a live afro-electronic group comprised of three musicians and a collective of special guests. He also is the founder of Afro Experiments: a live music event where he showcases original bands, djs, and dancers that inspire him. Furthermore, Vincent is completing a PHD that that investigates the psychology of music ritual and its relevance and application for modern music and art.

Vincent has recorded on over 10 albums and is an original member of Aria Nominated band Watussi. He has toured alongside Santana and opened for Los Van Van, Earth Wind and Fire, & Sean Kutu, and regularly plays at Australia’s most renowned festivals and venues such as Bluesfest, Vivid, and The Opera House. He has composed music for documentary, film, and corporate media such as Last Man Pictures, The Small Experiment, and Coast Modelling Agency.

He has played with renowned electronic producers Ron Carroll, Love Tattoo, Rob Vission, Sandy Rivera, Chuck Love, & Richard Earnshaw, and his vocals appear on collaborative tracks with All Good Funk Alliance, Rephrase, Merenia Gillies, and Omegaman.

He has toured internationally, appearing at the Rainforest Festival (Malaysia), Bogota Festival De Teatro (Colombia), Ulsan Festival (Korea), Osaka Kokolo Festival (Japan), and Ku De Ta (Indonesia). He has also released his own club music productions on French label Vamos and London’s Prison Entertainment. In 2015 he founded the band Roots Percussion Group and produced and mixed their first self-titled Ep . In January 2017 he released his first self-titled EP Satori on Uk label Imagenes Records.

Previously, he was responsible for establishing the successful Salsa club Club Havana and the renowned live music event Tatlers Underground Latin Jams. In 2017 he initiated Afro Experiments, a monthly live music event showcasing local electronic acts and DJs. These projects are consistent with Vincent’s love of Latin culture and electronica and a desire to extend this passion onto an Australian audience.

Vincent graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology and a Bachelor of Sound and Music Design (First Class Honours). His academic career has allowed him to further investigate the intricacies of Latin American folkloric music and its application for Western music compostion. His honours research project explored Cuban Bata drumming, and culminated with an EP of original works. In 2016 he was awarded the UTS University medal for outstanding achievement for this work. In 2017 he recived a scholarship from the University of Newcastle to undertake a PHD that investigate the psychology of archaic music ritual and its application for modern music and art.

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