What's Happening in September

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014

We look forward to helping you share your songwriting news! Send your stories (maximum 100 words) and pics through to whatshappening@apra.com.au. Please send your submissions before the 1st of every month to be included in each month’s edition.

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Anthony Snape is a pop rock artist based in Nashville. His latest album Resonate was successfully crowd funded and recorded in the US.

Tommy Emmanuel's manager Gina Mendello, heard Anthony’s first record Disappearing Day. From there, he was offered the opportunity to come to the US and open for Tommy's concerts. With Tommy based in Nashville, Anthony headed to the heart of US country music.

Anthony said, "My first impression of Nashville was awesome! So many songwriters and musicians in one place and so many opportunities to pursue. The best thing about music city is that it attracts the best talent from all over the world so the opportunity to learn and become a better writer and performer is limitless."

A typical day for Anthony in Nashville starts with a breakfast meeting at one of the local coffee shops with a pick of industry folk such as publishers, labels and managers, moving on to a demo session where some of his songs are recorded with a full studio of musicians - the traditional Nashville way. This is followed by a songwriting session and finishes with venue hopping with friends to see the plethora of touring acts visiting Nashville. 

For musicians heading overseas Anthony has two rules:

  1. Don't wait. Yes it's hard work securing a visa and working your way over here but it is seriously one of the greatest places on the planet right now for music business. Only writers and artists with a great work ethic, determination and dedication will be able to make the journey.
  2. Forge your own path! There are so many people doing similar things you have to gather your crowd and find your team that will help you build your career and enable you to reach your goals.

"Yes, Nashville is known for country music but there is so much more that that here. Stick with APRA AMCOS - they are one of the most productive and non-corrupt PROs in the world right now. Great people all working to secure your rights as a writer," says Anthony.


Sydney based indie-electro duo AViVAA are set to release their third single ‘Crystaleyes’ on September 17.  With positive reception received from their first two single releases and live shows, AViVAA are receiving increasing local and international attention for their distinctive sound.  

A fusion of layered vocal melodies and complex driving beats AViVAA have performed in some of the best venues throughout Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.


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The Bloodpoets released their second album, The Grand Machine last month and peaked at #13 on the iTunes Australian Rock charts and #116 on the iTunes Australian charts.  Purchase the tracks on iTunes here.

The band is currently touring Sydney and Melbourne at the moment and will be playing The New Globe Theatre 5 September  with WAAX and Street Pieces.

Visit www.facebook.com/thebloodpoets for full details.

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‘Somewhere’ is the first digital single, released last month, off the forthcoming album Modern Capitalism Gets Things Done set for release in September from The Bon Scotts. 

The Bon Scotts are firmly at the vanguard of the folk revival, having absorbed traditional folk and elegantly bastardised it with stories and unceremonious sounds. Their distinct vibe, dazzling instrumentation, and undeniably wicked hooks take you from booming drums and foot stomping sing-alongs, to the whisper-like quiver of the violin. The Bon Scotts are one of Melbourne’s hardest working bands, embodied by their charismatic, often-boisterous and always-breathtaking live show.

This first single comes from their eagerly awaited forthcoming album Modern Capitalism Gets Things Done. ‘Somewhere’ is just a small taste of things to come from these folk revivalists in 2014.





Sydney based alternative rockers DRAW have just released their debut single ‘I’ll Save You’, and are gearing up to take the East Coast by storm with a run of tour dates.

Hailing from within the heart of Sydney, DRAW began as a simple nod to Australia’s much-loved Lotto Jackpot Mega Draw. However quickly realising that their chances of winning the lotto were slim, the boys turned to music whilst waiting for their mega draw dreams to come to life. 

Formed in 2013, the lads from DRAW have spent their short career honing their craft on the local scene, capturing hearts and mind with their mesmerizing live performances, whilst conjuring a loyal following. Deriving their infectiously catchy sound from a vast variety of influences, DRAW are an outfit with no boundaries.

DRAW have just released their debut single ‘I’ll Save You’, taken from their upcoming debut EP, which is set for release in late 2014.

I’ll Save You’ is available for free download on Soundcloud. 

For full tour details visit www.facebook.com/drawband.


Brisbane based alternate-pop outfit Fieu are excited to release their debut Put It On The Line –EP in September. Featuring a huge cinematic sound the songs are layered with lush vocal harmony, pounding drums, enchanting keyboards and ambient guitars.

Fieu will be launching the EP on September 17 with supports AYLA and Machine Age before taking the new release on the road supporting Melbourne based band Woodlock on an East Coast Tour.

Put It On The Line EP-Launch
Wednesday 17 September
Black Bear Lodge
Lvl1, 322 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley
7:00pm - $10

For tour dates visit - www.fieumusic.com


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Frank Yamma has recently released the double sided single ‘Everybody's Talking / I'll be Back Soon’ from his forthcoming album Uncle - a follow up LP to his internationally acclaimed Countryman album of 2010 which saw Frank embark on three international tours and perform at many Australian music festivals.

‘Everybody’s Talking’ is a Pitjantjatjara language song about a whole mob sitting down on country and talking about everything from politics to humbug. I’ll be Back Soon’ is a track about longing, a love song for those left behind to remind them that he’ll always return… wherever the road has taken him.

In support of the single release Frank will be launching live shows at The Melbourne Folk Club (17 September), Flying Saucer Club (18 September) and Torquay Bowls Club (21 September).

Frank is regarded by many as one of Australia’s significant Indigenous songwriters with an ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries. He is not to be missed. For full details visit www.facebook.com/frankyamma.

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An intoxicating combination of soaring vocals and intimate lyrics, Brisbane songstress Hannah Rosa has been stealing hearts everywhere. With the single ‘Buried Alive’ receiving high rotation on Triple J Unearthed and community radio since its release, Hannah is hitting the road to celebrate the launch of her second EP. 

Saturday 20 September - The Green Room/ Imperial Hotel Eumundi (Sunshine Coast)

Thursday 25 September - The Bearded Lady (Brisbane) - OFFICIAL EP LAUNCH

Friday 26 September - Mandala Organic Arts Cafe (Gold Coast)

Saturday 27 September - Little Features - Hibernation House (Sydney)

Sunday 28 September - The Newsagency (Sydney)


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Karen Hanna is a singer songwriter, unafraid to reveal her vulnerability as a human being and a woman. Her songs reach right in and grab your heart. 

Karen's new Single ‘She or Me?’ is a haunting, intimate tune with an original lyrical idea that captures the essence of a woman; confident and capable one day, sensitive and insecure the next. 

The song was recorded live with Steve Russell on piano and enhanced with a string arrangement by Peter Martin and mixed and mastered by Jim Kelly of Tone Ranger Studios. 

This is Karen's first release since her debut album Carry Me Away, released in 2010 to some acclaim. Another single release in a completely different style is due in early October. 

You can listen to the new track now on www.soundcloud.com/karenhanna/.


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Universal Music Publishing Australia is pleased to announce the signing of rising Sydney pop/rock band Little Sea to a global music publishing deal.

After building an impressive fanbase via impromptu busking and social media activity, Little Sea's self-funded, independently released debut EP entitled Wake The Sun debuted at #1 on the Australian iTunes charts encouraging widespread label interest in Australia and across the world. Simultaneously the band sold out their entire East Coast Tour in under 10 minutes where queues of people stretched around the blocks of venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Regularly trending across social media platforms at home and worldwide, Little Sea will shortly embark on their maiden US voyage with plans in place to write and collaborate with UMPG's international songwriting network as they prepare their debut album. Prior to the songwriting jaunt, Little Sea will perform across the remainder of Australia and also visit New Zealand for the first time.



Melbourne non-threatening garage rock heart-throbs, The Naysayers, are releasing a brand new single late September. ‘Our Lady Alacrity’ follows up from the previous single ‘Fools Gold Rush’, released earlier this year to high praise and featured as one of The Top Ten Tracks Most Ordered For Airplay on AMRAP’s AirIt charts.

‘Our Lady Alacrity’ is the second of three singles promised for release this year and sees the boys in typical bombastic form. A crazy story about a crazy lady with high energy and a country and blues B-Side which sees The Naysayers exploring new territory. And as usual, this will be released online for FREE.




Rudely Interrupted have recently returned from their 13th international tour performing with the amazing 80 piece Alberto Pio Orchestra in Italy and LA for the Twenty Wonder celebrations at the Doll Factory. It’s been a huge start to the year for the guys who can’t wait to tour the show and new record on the road around Australia.

Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, 'I Am Alive' was recorded at Tender Trap in Northcote, Melbourne and mixed by Greg Wales at ABC Sydney. “We all steadfastly believe in the new record and the new songs, the whole performance is right, and the band has developed an incredible new spirit of confidence,” says founder Rohan Brooks.

On first listen of ‘I Am Alive’ you’ll be quickly taken on a journey where your worries will be left behind you, you’ll feel ALIVE, uplifted and carried on a seamless musical journey full of hope and life affirming goodness; Rudely Interrupted have arrived!



Brisbane band Second Affair are playing at KiteFest Live as part of the Redcliffe Festival. They are supporting some rock royalty in the form of The Choirboys, Daryl Braithwaite and Mark Seymour and the Undertow! The gig is on 5 September and kicks off at 5pm. Check them out at secondaffair.com.au or have a look at their video clip for their first single ‘Driving Blindly’ on YouTube.




Mark Gardner, Melbourne guest artist, is currently running the Show Us Your Love event, an Open Mic contest for soloists, duos and trios, at the Whole Lotta Love Bar every Wednesday night which will run for nine weeks.

There are drink cards and encouragement awards every night, with each winner from the night going into a grand final held in October. 

The Brain Snaps punk-rock duo won the first heat with some great use of technology and music brilliance. They blended a unique sound utilising drums, voice and bass guitar with an array of loop pedals and technology.

All styles of music are welcome. The weekly event is from 7-10.30pm Wednesday nights at the Whole Lotta Love Bar, 525 Lygon Street, Brunswick East, Victoria.

You can also catch Mark perform his Mark Gardner duo show on 5 October from 2-5pm at the King Bean Cafe in Wantirna Mall, Wantirna, Victoria.



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Steve Tyson’s debut solo album Temple Dog, released in 2011, was a collection of eclectic folk songs that resonated with critics in Australia.

With a musical pedigree that includes playing in Chuck Berry’s touring band, supporting legendary rockers Status Quo on a 31-date tour of the UK, plus six European tours and seven albums as guitarist/mandolin player with Australian folk-rock band Rough Red, Tyson has mined his well of experience to create his follow-up album Green Side Up.

Although at its heart a set of contemporary folk songs, Green Side Up twists and turns through the landscape that is roots music, and brings together influences borne out of The Beatles and the blues.

Steve will be setting out on an extensive tour to promote Green Side Up kicking off in September visiting QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and the ACT. Full tour details visit www.stevetyson.com.au.



After recently recording her debut album Check for Wolves in Los Angeles with musical legends, Van Dyke Parks, Patrick Warren, David Piltch and Greg Leisz, Sunny has returned to Australia to sign with Alberts/Origin Music Publishing and is now performing accompanied by renowned Australian musicians Hamish Stuart, James Haselwood, Huey Benjamin, Don Miller Robinson and others. 

Sunny's magnetic performances draw audiences into her inner musical world with a powerful intimacy. Somewhere between Sarah McLachlan and Jeff Buckley, Sunny deftly stakes out her own hauntingly beautiful territory.

Thursday 18 September 
Paddington Uniting Church 
395 Oxford St, Paddington

Showtime 7:30pm

Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com.au or at the door.



Indie newcomers hailing from Sydney, Tulane, have announced the release of their debut single ‘But I Say’. Their debut track is a relatable story of the heart’s woes, in the form of a slow-burning and bitterly spacious four minute opiate.

Nikki Malvar, Tulane vocalist says, “Despite the fact that your head might know better, unremarkable people can make remarkable impressions on your heart sometimes. But I Say is one of those unfortunate stories.” 

With ARIA-award nominee Sean Carey (Thirsty Merc) at the helm, ‘But I Say’was recorded and produced at Trackdown Studios. At the heart of Tulane is a foolproof storytelling formula: one guitar (Nikk Retalic), one voice (Nikki Malvar), and a shared rucksack full of musical tales.

‘But I Say’ by Tulane will be digitally released 22 September with the official gig launch held on 28 September at an intimate living room concert in Marrickville. Stay tuned on Facebook for full details.



Across the four days and nights of the pre-Melbourne Cup Day long weekend - Friday 31 October to Monday 3 November, the city will jump to the sounds of jazz and blues, from more than 300 musicians in over 80 concerts on the main program, and over 30 concerts on the Main Street free stages; as well as artist talks and masterclasses, all in venues in walking distance within the township and at nearby wineries.

The program features a line-up of international jazz and blues artists from the USA, Italy and New Zealand performing alongside the cream of Australia's best musicians, in fearless improvisations, Australian debut performances, premiere collaborations, and a welcome return of some of the great artists who have performed in the past two and a half decades. 



Discover the origins of music and sound with particular reference to Indian Music.

Learn how to use music as a spiritual practice to enhance wellbeing and create inner peace.

with internationally renowned Sony artists Ron Ragel and Vicki Hansen (IndiaJiva) plus special guest Ayya Yeshe, Tibetan Buddhist Nun.

Held on 20 September 4.30-7pm at KM Yoga, 26 Spring Street, Bondi Junction

Tickets available at www.medicinemusic.com.au

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