Welcome to our staff playlist! 

STAFF PICKS is a playlist of the best new and new-ish Australian and NZ music curated by one APRA AMCOS staff member each fortnight.

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It's our ninth iteration of STAFF PICKS and this week we've enlisted the help of Matt Cannings, Writer Services Representative.

Get to know Matt a bit better below, while you listen to his top picks.


Describe your role at APRA AMCOS in one sentence:
I work across the Writer Services department, helping Australian songwriters in any way we possibly can – from common queries about APRA AMCOS membership and songwriting, through to the sometimes impossibly complex questions that our members can sometimes throw at us. I also coordinate our events and educational program across NSW and ACT, as well as some of our numerous initiatives – keep an eye out for the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition and Professional Development Awards in 2019! (Two sentences, I know!)

What is your favourite song on your playlist and why?
That’s a tough one! I would go with either 1999 or Better Together because they have been on repeat for me since they were released. Troye Sivan is doing some incredible things internationally in the pop sphere that we should all be very proud of, and Hayden James just simply seems incapable of putting a foot wrong.

What’s the last gig you went to?
Client Liaison at The Ivy Pool Club. To keep it brief, they are a stupid amount of fun.

What’s the first gig you went to?
Kanye West at the Hordern Pavilion back in 2006 (I think?). Late Registration had come out about a year or so earlier and I had instantly fallen in love with it. It was probably around this time that I knew that I wanted to work in music, and keep going back to this album regularly to this day!

My favourite music memory is…
There are so many, but one that always comes to mind is dancing in the pouring rain to Faithless’ Insomnia at the very first music festival I had ever attended – Good Vibrations in 2008. It was probably my first experience with live electronic music also, which was a huge turning point in the music I listened to. Whenever I hear this record I’m still transported back to that moment in time.

Final thought
Australian music feels like it has never been so exciting. We have so many talented songwriters and musicians, and it makes me so happy to see them taking over the world. Just take a look at all of our recent Australian Grammy nominations if you needed any convincing!

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