At simply 16 years of age Narrandera’s Xavier Beauchamp is a younger proficient up-and-coming skilled rap artist from the Western Riverina who goes by Beacho2700 and whose authentic tracks can be found via Spotify, Apple Music, Instagram, Youtube and Sound Cloud.
Beacho2700 is a mixture of Xavier Beauchamp’s nickname and the postcode for Narrandera NSW the place he comes from. He works exhausting to carve out his personal future within the music business and mentioned he was drawn to music and songwriting from an early age:
He mentioned as a toddler he determined for himself that he would change his future.
“It got here to 1 level the place I made a decision, and I used to be good at music, so I took that chance.” He says at some point he was in a recording studio at Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural and Improvement Centre in Coleambally.
It was solely a few months later that he formally launched ‘Make It Out’ with fellow rapper Jacky Sergi.
He says what attracts him to it’s the life-style, the tales, and the way they dwell – he feels a cultural connection.
Xavier says that arts organisations in rural areas play a giant position if somebody needs to develop their profession within the arts.
He mentioned he has acquired lots of assist from cultural organisations who work in regional areas, like Western Riverina Arts and the crew from Heaps Respectable who’re primarily based in Sydney however do outreach applications throughout NSW. Xavier can also be an everyday collaborator with Narrandera-based The Cad Manufacturing facility.
“In 2021 we did a presentation present referred to as ‘Wirramarri: Lengthy Method From Residence’. It was concerning the fish up at Menindee that began passing away from the massive drought we had. We labored on them with that”. Xavier was a part of the Wiradjuri dance efficiency which it introduced the entire Narrandera neighborhood collectively at Koori Seashore. A part of the night time was a second when the fish larva that got here from rescued fish from the Menindee Lakes have been let loose into the Marrambidya Bila (Murrumbidgee River) and members ended up dancing within the river”.
This proved to be a historic and important occasion each culturally and environmentally. The night’s efficiency was created via a partnership between the Wiradjuri Elders, Barkindji Elders, Clontarf Academy at Narrandera Excessive College, the Narrandera Fisheries Centre and The Cad Manufacturing facility.
Xavier mentioned his musical journey prolonged from there and he gained a recording session with Western Riverina Arts and The Cad Manufacturing facility.
“That’s after I was doing lots of nation music so I began working with The Cad Manufacturing facility doing lots of singing”.
In 2022 he labored with them on his track ‘Struggles’, “that was about issues that occurred up to now and the way to enter the long run.
“I made all of the elements of the beat and the vocals and labored with Vic McEwan, so shout out to Vic and Sarah McEwan at The Cad Manufacturing facility. Sarah McEwan, a Inventive Producer and Founding father of The Cad Manufacturing facility, mentioned Xavier was a tremendous younger individual devoted to his observe and had a lot to share via his music and performing.
The Cad Manufacturing facility has labored with him on totally different tasks over time and mentioned it’s been nice to witness his artistic progress.
Xavier additionally acquired a possibility to attend the 2022 SongMakers regional outreach workshops in Leeton that run a mentorship program for Subsequent-Gen Hitmakers in Australian faculties. Right here he received to collaborate with different younger artists on authentic materials.
Xavier described how essential his Wiradjuri Tradition is to his artwork:
“It’s the whole lot, it’s good being On Nation, studying the whole lot… NDA (an area time period for Narrandera) it means the whole lot to me…all of the native children all know me. It’s the place we rap about. It’s the place we come from, being on Wiradjuri Land, I pay respect to the Elders, the place we’re doing stuff On Nation, they’re those earlier than us.”
He says that a very powerful track that he has written and the one meaning essentially the most to him was ‘Cultural Proud’.
“It’s about Aboriginal tradition and all of the issues which have occurred over time, like again into the previous coming into the long run, and what’s getting modified.”
Vital figures for him embody Narrandera Aboriginal Elder Uncle Michael Lyons. Elementary to Xavier’s musical profession is the assist of his household and neighborhood:
“I actually look as much as my mom and all of the issues she’s performed for me” and he stresses that it’s essential for him to assist his household and that his music is linked to his household’s story.
He respects this with common visits to the cemetery to honour his two Nans who’ve handed away. Xavier additionally performs with singer songwriter Damian Thorne:
“Dookie” from Griffith and NDA, who was the one which received him into Tirkandi to find out about his tradition and the one who gave him his first skilled gig.
Narrandera Clontarf Academy helps Xavier’s artistic achievements in his training. Neville Bamblett from Clontarf mentioned:
“Daily Xavier would practise guitar and sing at recess and lunchtimes. He would at all times carry out at our award nights and may be very assured doing so.
This yr Xavier has gained our Academy Member of the 12 months 2022. It’s because he has labored exhausting at the whole lot… he’s at all times completely satisfied to assist out wherever he can and carries Clontarf Values with him day by day.
Xavier may be very happy with his tradition and is a superb position mannequin for our Aboriginal individuals and neighborhood. The love he has for track and dance is unimaginable.”
Beacho2700 has been provided main alternatives to carry out alongside nationally recognised artists. Burrundi Theatre of Performing Arts has confirmed him for the line-up of the Warangesda Pageant the place he joins Philly, Dizzy Doolan and others on Friday and Saturday February 17-18 2023.
Xavier’s different abilities embody portray and making and enjoying didgeridoos.
This text appeared within the Narrandera Argus, 24 November 2022.