Ecca Vandal est une énigme. Sud-africaine avec des racines sri lankaises, elle a grandi à Melbourne, en Australie, et forge sa culture musicale avec le jazz avant de découvrir le hip-hop et l’esprit DIY du punk rock. Elle définit Bjork comme son mentor, Miles David comme un indémodable et Mr Bungle et Fugazi l’ont menée à explorer les univers de groupes comme Deftones et Meshuggah.
Ecca continue de mélanger les genres au cours de sa carrière, collaborant avec des groupes pointus, elle ne laisse personne indifférent.
Ecca Vandal has already been labelled an enigma. It might be because of the lack of information available on her, it might have something to do with her musical pedigree. Or it might be that defiant strut into a tornado of influences that she was seen to make on debut single White Flag and the subsequent shitstorm of adoration that ensued.
The mystery of Ecca Vandal looked set to persevere, but this time it had several cheeky new facades.
South African born with Sri Lankan Heritage, Ecca Vandal’s parents left South Africa after Apartheid in the late 80s, her parents making the decision to find a stable environment in which to educate their daughters. After settling in Melbourne, Vandal sunk her teeth into jazz at an early age before discovering the intoxicating world of hip hop and the DIY spirit of punk rock. Bjork is a musical hero, Miles Davis is an all-time favourite, and Mr Bungle and Fugazi led her to the tumult of Deftones and Meshuggah. To describe her influences as ‘broad’ doesn’t quite seem to cut it.
Ecca has continued to flirt with genres throughout her musical career, more often than not guesting with some of the country’s finest ensembles. Each taste, and every credit, misstep or curiosity has lead her here. The way in which Ecca’s influences combined and combusted to produce her explosive sound is the stuff of science class.
And the best part is, this daring aural dalliance is only just beginning.