In a tremendous milestone for female producers, Adelaide based Mell Hall has today made history; becoming the first female artist in 13 years to sit atop of the ARIA Club Chart with a debut single.
Mell Hall, who recently announced her signing to Club Sweat, achieved the distinction after her first original production as a solo artist, ‘Knock Knock feat. Thandi Phoenix’, jumped from fifth to top spot in the chart. The last female debut #1 in the club chart was fellow Australian, Zoe Badwi with her 2008 release ‘Release Me’ – staying in pole position for seven weeks. The moment also signals feature artist, one of Australia’s leading dance-pop talents, Thandi Phoenix’s first foray into the ARIA Club Chart.
The disco producer’s ‘Knock Knock’ dropped just over three weeks ago via Club Sweat, and entered the club chart at #34 before promptly climbing the ranks to claim top spot in its fourth week in the chart.
The stand-out single draws influences from classic disco and funk records, with an uplifting piano melody, and horns aplenty, for an energetic and vibrant dance anthem. To complement the funk fueled production, Mell enlisted powerhouse vocalist Thandi Phoenix, who’s prowess for blending pop with electronica and dance has seen her collaborate with the likes of Sigma, Dan Caplen, Rudimental, and Cassian. The Sydney singer-songwriter’s raw, sultry vocals evoked a powerful moment for two of Australia’s rising female artists, which has evidently resonated with industry across the country.
No stranger to her peers, Mell and her signature disco edits have been the go to support for some of the world’s best touring DJs – Disclosure, Basement Jaxx, Crazy P, Norman Jay, Todd Terry, Late Nite Tuff Guy and Weiss – just to name a few. While Mell Hall has flourished rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s most influential, the success of her debut single signals a sign of things to come as she is set to become a mainstay on the Australian dance scene.