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Ecca Vandal is a South African-born Australian singer-songwriter and rapper. To date Ecca Vandal has released one self-titled studio album and one EP: End of Time.

Ecca Vandal
BornLouis Trichardt, South Africa
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, rapper
Years active2013 (2013)–present
LabelsDew Process (2016–2017)
Independent (2013–2016, 2017–present)
Associated actsSampa the Great, Dennis Lyxzén, Jason Aalon Butler, Birdz, Hilltop Hoods
Websitewww.eccavandal.com

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Early lifeEdit

Ecca was born in Louis Trichardt, South Africa to Sri Lankan refugees. When she was a child her parents chose to leave the country with Ecca and her older sisters in the late 1980s due to the Apartheid segregation.[1] They moved to Australia and decided to settle in Melbourne.[2] Vandal grew up listening to gospel music, and as Vandal recalled she "got into [her] sister’s record collection, soul and hip hop and `90s RnB. And then [she] actually became obsessed with jazz music".[3] She attended Victorian College of the Arts, studying for a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Jazz.[4][5]

Music careerEdit

2013–2016: Early yearsEdit

In August 2014, Ecca Vandal released her debut single "White Flag" to positive reviews. She later made her debut live performance at the Deathproof PR Christmas party in December.[6][4] In January 2016, Ecca's debut EP End of Time was released, containing the singles "Battle Royal" and "End of Time".

2017–present: Self-titled debut albumEdit

In October 2017, Ecca Vandal released her debut self-titled album under the Dew Process label. Thomas Smith of NME gave the album a rating of 4-out-of-5 stars.[7] From 3–25 November, Vandal performed a national tour for the album. Across Australia she performed her album in Fremantle, Adelaide, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Gold Coast, Coolum, Brisbane, Ballarat, and finished in her hometown of Melbourne. In December, she made her UK tour debut supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes performing in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, Norwich, London. She then returned home to perform at the 2017 Falls Music & Arts Festival in Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay, and Fremantle again.[8]

In February 2018, thieves stole thousands of dollars of Ecca Vandal's equipment. The gear included a six-string bass, a laptop, wireless transmitters, a keyboard, drum samplers, loads of guitar pedals and more. The singer took to Facebook to get the word out about the crime and urged fans to come forth with information.[9] A month later in March, she supported Incubus on their Australian tour.

In April, Ecca Vandal covered Rihanna's track "Bitch Better Have My Money" for Triple J's Like A Version. She described her love for the song as "empowering" and how "[Rihanna] is a total boss in every aspect of her life."[10]

In November, Ecca Vandal collaborated with Birdz on their track "Place of Dreams", for which Vandal was praised for her "creative elasticity, star power and sheer talent."[11] Later that year, in December, Ecca Vandal joined the lineup for the inaugural Good Things Festival.[12]

On 10 January 2019, Ecca Vandal was confirmed to appear on Hilltop Hoods' new album The Great Expanse as a featured artist, expected to be released in February. She will appear on the tracks "Be Yourself" alongside feature artist Nyassa, and "Exit Sign" alongside feature artist Illy.[13]

Musical styleEdit

Ecca Vandal's musical style has been described as taking influences from artists such as Beastie Boys and M.I.A.[7] Her track "Future Heroine" from her 2017 self-titled debut album, was described as being a blend of Gwen Stefani, M.I.A., and Kanye West's "Black Skinhead".[3]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums
Title Album details
Ecca Vandal

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays
Title Album details
End of Time
  • Released: 29 January 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, LP vinyl, digital download

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Album
"White Flag" 2014 non-album single
"Father Hu$$la" 2015
"Battle Royal" End of Time
"End of Time"
"Broke Days, Party Nights" 2017 Ecca Vandal
"Future Heroine"
"Price of Living"

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Album
"Oblivion" (Moonbase Commander featuring Ecca Vandal) 2016 Orthodox
"I Know How It Goes" (Nina Las Vegas featuring Vera Blue & Ecca Vandal) 2018 Lucky Girl
"Place of Dreams" (Birdz featuring Ecca Vandal) non-album single

Other appearancesEdit

Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Be Yourself" 2019 Hilltop Hoods featuring Ecca Vandal & Nyassa The Great Expanse
"Exit Sign" Hilltop Hoods featuring Illy & Ecca Vandal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sivasubramanian, Shami (13 July 2016). "Ecca Vandal: giving the Australian music scene a multicultural makeover". Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Ecca Vandal - About" Facebook. Retrieved 9 January 2019
  3. ^ a b Marsh, Walter (5 February 2019). "Notes on a Vandal: Ecca Vandal's future punk". Adelaide Review. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b Mincher, Jessica (4 May 2016). "Ecca Vandal". The Ladies Network. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  5. ^ Radas, Zoë (12 October 2017). "Ecca Vandal Interview". Stack. JB Hi Fi. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  6. ^ Valentino, Bianca (9 November 2014). "Ecca Vandal on: Learning From Fugazi, Her Early Life in South Africa & Taking Inspiration From Skateboard Culture". Conversations with Bianca. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b Smith, Thomas (23 October 2017). "Ecca Vandal – 'Ecca Vandal' Review". NME. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  8. ^ "ECCA VANDAL Announces NATIONAL TOUR + Releases DEBUT ALBUM". Amnplify. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  9. ^ Mack, Emmy (9 February 2018). "Ecca Vandal Has Had Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Gear Stolen". Music Feeds. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Ecca Vandal covers Rihanna for Like A Version". ABC. 20 April 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  11. ^ Welby, Augustus (11 December 2018). "The best (and worst) new singles this week: Sampa the Great, Kamaal Williams, and more". Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  12. ^ Writer, Staff (15 November 2018). "Good Things Festival Unveils Set Times & Local Supports". The Music. Retrieved 9 January 2019
  13. ^ Newstead, Al (10 January 2019). "Hilltop Hoods just dropped the tracklist for their feature-packed new album". Triple J. ABC. Retrieved 11 January 2019.