This is a picture of us when we were starting out and it sure was a magical time, full of big ideas (still is). Anyway, we’d like to facilitate space for others to experience the same thing, through songwriting days, weekends, handing out some cash.
Liv + Pep are co-collaborators and founders of pop group Oh Pep!. They met at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School as classical musicians when Liv moved from Phillip Island to the city as a 16yo kid. Since then they have studied at the University of Melbourne (Liv as a classical guitarist, Pep as a jazz violinist) and taken on the world as a pop duo. They have also spent time learning Appalachian Mountain Music from the greats in Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia and perform this music as Fat Cousin Skinny. They've joined a pop punk group with Angie McMahon called Good Option and performed their original music all over the world as Oh Pep!. They’ve been on tour with the Mountain Goats, Billy Bragg, Valerie June, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, Lord Huron, Martha Wainwright, Lake Street Dive + some. They've written with Ron Sexsmith, Valerie June, Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe) + some more. Liv is currently writing music for a play in NYC and Pepi sessions for various groups. They’ve got a supportive team around them of booking agents, record labels, management and a worldwide publishing deal with Sony ATV. In 2016 they released their debut album, Stadium Cake, and highly regarded taste-makers like NPR, The New York Time and Rolling Stone, all said nice things about them. They have facilitated songwriting and music business workshops with Woodford Folk Festival, the National Folk Festival and state government initiative, FReeZA. Liv is currently secretary of Folk Alliance Australia and focuses her time on their national youth development program. They each teach individually and like learning new things themselves.
If you want to know anything more go to: www.ohpep.com or call them.
NICE THINGS PEOPLE SAY (ABOUT FUN)
"The FUN with Oh Pep! Songwriting Camp was absolutely brilliant. I walked away from the weekend feeling elated and beaming. I’d met a beautiful group of musicians and had the chance to collaborate with them and connect with them through songwriting. The extra activities, like the surfing lesson and night-time board games, were an awesome addition to the creativity of the weekend. I would highly recommend FUN with Oh Pep! to anyone who is wanting to extend their songwriting experience in a warm and welcoming environment." - Rhiannon, Qld
"My weekend away at FUN with Oh Pep! was a much needed shot of creative adrenaline. Liv and Pep did a great job of fostering a fun, supportive and creative environment. The food was delicious, the conversations were deep and the Co-writing sessions stretched everyone out of their comfort zones and further into mastery of their songwriting. I would recommend FUN with Oh Pep! to anyone who is interested in getting better at their song-craft." - Damian, Qld
"FUN with Oh Pep! was not only fun, it was inspiring, personal, and unique. Who wants more than three new songs?! Liv and Pep are so very encouraging, couldn't recommend the weekend enough." - Sarah W, Vic
"My songwriting is very thankful to have been part of FUN with Oh Pep! It provided a forum to explore co-writing, something that can seem daunting, in an open and encouraging environment. I learned a whole lot and ended up with 3 full songs from the weekend. A very valuable experience!" - Ben, Vic
"Such a wonderful weekend. I met so many talented artists and became more aware of my strengths and weaknesses as a songwriter and collaborator. Liv and Pep were incredibly open with us and I felt as if I had been welcomed into a family, even within such a short time. I’d definitely recommend doing this if you ever get the opportunity!" - Emily, Vic
"FUN with Oh Pep! lives up to its name superbly! Not only was it the most creative weekend I've had in a very long time, it was also exceedingly enjoyable to hang out with a whole bunch of like-minded musos. I immensely value the songs written and knowledge gleaned under the guidance of the super talented Liv and Pepi, and would highly recommend the experience to anyone with an interest in songwriting and musicianship." Bryn, SA