Youth HIP-HOP Songwriting Workshop

Create your own song with Scott Griffiths aka Optamus from Downsyde!

Get the chance to make beats, write rhymes and learn about the music scene with WA’s godfather of hip hop – Optamus!

We’re inviting young people aged 12-17 years from Belmont and surrounding suburbs the opportunity to take part in a two-day hip hop songwriting workshop with Scott Griffiths (aka Optamus from Downsyde).

Participants will get the opportunity to write and record a group song that will be professionally mixed and mastered with the end result to be uploaded to Triple J Unearthed, Spotify and YouTube!

Scott will guide you through the use of rhyme and ice-breaking activities, freestyling, DJ’ing and lyric-writing. In the process, you will learn about all aspects of hip-hop lyric writing, beat making and recording.


  • Theme: Hear me- See me- Believe in me
  • When: 7th & 8th April 2021

Participants will need to attend both days (6 hours total)

A maximum of 20 young people can participate.

This FREE two-day workshop is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
No prior knowledge or experience is required but places are strictly limited so REGISTER NOW!

To register your interest email

If you are unable to return the form please contact Maddie McLeod on 9325 6644 to express your interest and we can take details via email or phone. 

Please note legal guardian and/or parent consent is required for the participant to attend.

Brought to you by The Valuing Children Initiative in partnership with Act Belong Commit.

Supported by The Department of Communities & The City of Belmont.


Scott Griffiths aka Optamus is a member of WA’s most successful hip hop group, Downsyde who have performed alongside groups including Jurassic 5, Cypress Hill, Grandmaster Flash, The Black Eyed Peas, and The Roots.

They also performed with Australian acts like Hilltop Hoods, Resin Dogs, and Koolism and played at a number of festivals, including Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass, Rock-It, Falls Festival, Homebake, Good Vibrations and Southbound Festival.

In addition to being a member of Downsyde, Scott is a producer, youth worker and lecturer with a focus on utilising hip hop, and the technology it embodies to engage students and contextualise culture and language in a unique way.