Publisher News: April

Thursday, 09 Apr 2015

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Hot off the back of their visit to Cuba, where the band played a few shows, The Dead Daisies have been in Sydney for the last five weeks writing & recording their next Album at Studio 301, Alexandria. The tracks are being produced by the band and local lad Craig Porteils (Guns N’ Roses/Billy Idol).

The guys will then join KISS on their 40th Anniversary Tour heading to Europe in May and then back to Australia in October. The European KISS dates coincide perfectly with the release of The Daisies much anticipated second album, which will be released globally in June 2015.

The album title Revolución was influenced by the bands recent trip to Cuba. The revelation became a revolution, as the boys started conceiving their next album. They also did some additional recording in Cuba at Abdala recording studios, Havana, with those tracks produced by The Dead Daisies and Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson/Sevendust).

The new album will feature bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), keyboard player Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses), guitarist David Lowy (MINK, Red Phoenix), lead guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses/The Psychedelic Furs), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe /RATT), and drummer Jackie Barnes (Tin Lids/Jimmy Barnes), who is the son of Scottish born Australian singer Jimmy Barnes. 


March saw a flurry of activity as the Mushroom Music Publishing team made their way to SXSW with Fraser A. Gorman, Steve Smyth, Twerps, Andy Clockwise and Cairo Knife Fight waving the Aussie Flag and New Zealand Flags respectively.

After winning over audiences at SXSW, charismatic troubadour Fraser A. Gorman is now embarking on his first U.K. tour supporting Courtney Barnett. See his gorgeous cover of 'Blues Run The Game' which was featured on Line of Best Fit this month.

Back home a celebration of wins at the APRA Music Awards with new kids on the block Sheppard getting the nod for Most Played and Pop Work of the Year. The talented ladies of Stonefield won Rock Work of the Year and the edgy Illy getting the gong for Urban Work of the Year.

Local producer and musician John Lee has joined the family and we’ve welcomed Ella Thompson (Dorsal Fins) who’s highly anticipated solo debut is due in May.

On the international front, the team have signed Isle of White brothers CHAMPS and Norwegian electro duo LEMAITRE.

We welcome Josephine Choimes to the team, previously with Level 2, Josephine is now filling in Jo Sandow’s role in Creative Services.


Unstoppable singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett debuted at number 4 in the ARIA album chart with her debut album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Courtney has also claimed the coveted Number 1 spot on debut in not just one, but four US Billboard chart categories, including its Independent, Alternative, Folk, and Rock albums charts as well as entering the general Billboard 200 albums chart at Number 20. This chart success comes hot off the heels of her performance on Ellen, and stellar showcases at SXSW.

Native Tongue is excited to announce the launch of ‘The Composer Series’. The new venture aims to showcase the burgeoning talents of their Australasian screen composers and features the likes of Dale Cornelius, Aaron D’arcy, Plan 9 and David Long.

Outpost Music Publishing has recently forged a deal with Native Tongue which will see the two develop and work Bertie Blackman’s catalogue.

On the sync front there have been uses for Bonjah (Air NZ), APES (CI Games Trailer), Chin Chin (NASCAR Promo), Charles William (Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), Apparat (Oakley), & Olympic Ayres (Tory Burch) to name a few.


The BBC Philharmonic presented the UK premiere of New Zealand composer Gareth Farr’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with Sydney-born pianist Tony Lee and conductor Tecwyn Evans on 1st April 2015. The BBC Philharmonic included Farr’s work alongside Sydney-born Malcolm Williamson’s Sinfonietta and Douglas Lilburn’s Symphony No.2 as a programme to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli in WWI. Farr’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra has been described as “marvellously inventive… bound to develop an international life all of its own.” The studio performance is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 later this month.

A new work for soprano and orchestra by Canadian composer Vincent Ho received its world premiere by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra with soprano Lara Ciekiwicz and conductor Alexander Mickelthwate in Winnipeg, Canada on 27 and 28 February 2015. Ho’s new work Postlude: Song of Hopefeatures text by Chinese-Canadian writer Lien Chao and is a tone poem written to celebrate the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. In a review of the performance the Winnipeg Free Pressreported that this premiere performance “received a standing ovation by the clearly moved crowd of 1,005.”

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UMPG Australia would like to congratulate Lee Kernaghan after his album Spirit of the Anzacs debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart. A multiple ARIA and APRA Award winner, Lee Kernaghan has been one of the biggest names in Australian country music for over 25 years. 

UMP Australia have also recently signed an exclusive, global music publishing deal with Sydney-based, internationally renowned producer/DJ/ trumpeter Timmy Trumpet

Timmy Trumpet’s No.1 (Aria Club Chart) single ‘Freaks (feat. Savage)’ was the breakout Australian hit of 2014, amassing 4X Platinum status in Australia and gaining high rotation on all major commercial radio stations. Having close to nine million YouTube views, ‘Freaks’ has climbed to No.18 on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart. It also continues to build international momentum reaching No.30 on the European Top 100 chart and Top 20 status in France (#11), Sweden (#6), Finland (#5), and Belgium (#20).

Timmy Trumpet joins a UMP Australia roster that includes, 360, Passenger, M-Phazes, The Veronicas, The Aston Shuffle, Gang of Youths, Guy Sebastian, Jet, Horrorshow, Little Sea, Jessica Mauboy, Louis Schoorl, Wolfmother, The Potbelleez, Jackie Onassis, Bag Raiders, Dead Letter Circus, Spit Syndicate, Jonti, and many more. 


Last month Wirripang launched a book by the well-known teacher and AMEB Examiner Lorna Menzies-Wall at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music Wagga Wagga.  Titled 'A Concise History of European Music' the book has proved to be a success.  A CD by the Wirripang composer Andrew Schultz, titled 'Deep blue and dirty' has been launched this month.  This disc features the Southern Cross Soloists.  Also to be launched, on multiple occasions, will be another disc by Wirripang composer Ann Carr-Boyd as part of a collaboration with Diana Weston and her ensemble Thoroughbass.  Ann wrote many of the works included having taken to the inland seeking inspiration.  The CD has strong connections with the Royal Flying Doctors Service and is appropriately named ‘Flying West’.

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