Vanessa Caspersz is an up and coming Australian act out of Katoomba, who has been dropping awesome beats for the past six or so years. She doesn’t show any sign of stopping soon. This twenty-old year old performer is a one woman whirlwind covering genres from folk and jazz to hip hop. “I have grown as a musician from all the various projects I’ve been involved in, which opens me to all the different ways of creating music and connecting communities,” says Caspersz.
The journey began at age fifteen when Caspersz was a part of the Marchy Archers band, a band so driven by a passion for music that within a couple of weeks of its formation, they competed at Battle of the Bands. With the Marchy Archers, “I felt really comfortable on stage, [because] I was alongside my best mates. I guess that’s why I don’t find the stage daunting!” Her stage presence certainly shines through every gig and since the Marchy Archers, Caspersz has performed all over Sydney both in a duo with Gaia Scarf, as well as performing as a solo act.
She’s a multi-threat singer songwriter with a lot of talents up her sleeve. Her vocals are sweet, dreamy and ethereal, which lies in stark contrast to her beatboxing which she can seamlessly layer through. She can also play the ukulele, guitar, piano and glockenspiel. When not performing, Caspersz still immerses in the music scene presenting shows on 2DayFM and FBi. There, she gives listeners the opportunity to hear music arranged in a way they’re not used to, possibly with a touch of folk or jazz. What’s more, being on the pulse allows her to keep current and be inspired by local and international acts that come through the radio stations.
With career highlights such as competing in the UK Beatbox Championships in 2012 and placing as a quarter finalist, Caspersz is to be congratulated. In 2013, she made the top 8 in the Australian Beatbox Championships and was the only female. When she’s not beatboxing at 505 or working the airwaves at FBi and 2DayFM, she studies Speech Pathology and Music at university and looks forward to working with Tuka from the Thundamentals for his upcoming ‘Listen Close’ tour.