What's Happening in February

Thursday, 05 Feb 2015

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.


Alternative/folk outfit Buddha In A Chocolate Box are currently on a huge run of east coast tour dates, before their debut album release in 2015. Since their conception, Buddha In A Chocolate Box have developed loyal grass-roots following through their infectious live performances and honest delivery.

Hailing from a small country town in Victoria, BIACB have kept up an impressive rate of pace, playing countless shows locally and aboard. The toe tapping 5-piece have secured slots at Queenscliffe Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival as well as taking home second place at the Guinness Live Nationals.

Whilst receiving airplay on Triple J for Singles ‘The Feast’ & ‘My Desiree’, the lads from the South West have also scored airplay on ABC Rage, as well as sharing stages with heavyweights such as British India, Ash Grunwald, James Reyne & Kingswood.

Buddha In A Chocolate Box will be announcing more tour dates in 2015, as well as the release of their debut album. ‘The Feast’ & ‘My Desiree’ are available for download on iTunes.

Remaining tour dates: Friday February 6th  - Baha Taco & Music Joint, Rye, VIC, Saturday February 28th  - Mordialloc Food, Wine & Music Festival, Mordialloc, VIC.



The 'Inside Out' single from Australian producer Chiefs and Nick Acquroff (of Sons Et Al) has been hailed for its "Chet Faker like soulfulness along with its shimmering, exciting production." A collection of inventive remixes are streaming now over at EDM.com and This Song Is Sick, featuring production by Ste Louse x Louis the Child, Lazerdisk and aah-ooh. Each mix fabricates a new, bold atmosphere around Acquroff's otherworldly vocals. 

Chiefs and Nick Acquroff's debut Inside Outside EP is out now on the brand new Vitalic Noise Records and Die High in Australia/New Zealand. The five track collection floats between the realms of soul, electronic, and indie music, and have earned Chiefs a spot on Inthemix Magazine and Pigeons & Planes 'Producers to watch in 2014.' You can grab the EP now iTunes.




Farmer & The Owl Festival is excited to announce its return to Wollongong, NSW on Saturday March 14 for the second annual music and arts festival.

Following the inaugural sold out event in November 2013, which earned the festival fantastic reviews, positive public feedback and even a FBi SMAC Award nomination for ‘Best Event’, Farmer & The Owl Festival will return to the University Of Wollongong grounds over a number of indoor and outdoor stages.
The 2015 instalment sees international artists from USA, South Africa and New Zealand mixing it with top bands from across Australia and the best of the local crop with more to be announced. Farmer & The Owl Festival is proud to present to you the following lineup:

Bad//Dreems - Bass Drum Of Death (US) - Birds With Thumbs - Cabins
Carb On Carb (NZ) – The Cherry Dolls - The DHDFD's (NZ) - Drunk Mums 
DZ Deathrays - Hockey Dad - Hy-Test - Jebediah - Lunatics On Pogosticks
The Mess Hall - The Peep Tempel - PH Fat (South Africa) – Pinheads
Richard In Your Mind - Shining Bird - Spookyland - Step-Panther
Sunbeam Sound Machine - TEES - Totally Unicorn - The Walking Who - You Beauty

Tickets available from Moshtix.com.au
1st Release – Pay what you like
2nd Release - $69+BF
3rd Release - $79+BF





Café Muzitek: Elation is an inspiring album of ten compositions of smooth, relaxing and chill out instrumental music. Elegantly entertaining through its dynamic rhythms, sweet melodies and musical arrangements, this compilation is a perfect companion for all occasions. This tranquil music is thoroughly enjoyable with loved ones, at home or in the relaxing atmosphere of lounge bars and stylish cafes, and in-flight entertainment.

Currently this album is being featured by Singapore Airlines in their in-flight entertainment system and is available on music demand system under Music>relaxation genre. The album is produced by Kiran Pradhan, Muzitek Creations, Sydney.

The music is also available on iTunes and Spotify.





Real blokes who play real music for real people, Mel­bourne four piece The Mean Times are excit­ed about their new mini-album, You’ve Got The Wrong Guys, which caps off what’s been a very busy and productive 2014 for the lads.

Containing five punchy, energetic, and intoxicating tracks, You’ve Got the Wrong Guys simultaneously emits a lively energy and spirit, with a purposeful stride and focus.

The Mean Times sound is an amalgamation of infec­tious high-energy, melodious rock and roll, and Good God Almighty funtimes. It’s a pastiche of indie cool, sharp riffs, scuzzy laden and confident rock, and catchy pop choruses, all delivered with a side serve of tongue in cheek lyrics and a hell of a lot of swagger.

Since the release of You’ve Got the Wrong Guys, the band have also put out an excellent music video for the mini-album’s track, 'Crossing the Line'. The song and clip capture the sweat, tension, fear and lust of Bikram yoga and was filmed in a stinking hot, over-40 degree room.

You’ve Got the Wrong Guys is about as easy to ig­nore as a punch in the face, and The Mean Times have plans for interstate shows on the horizon for early 2015. Keep an eye on your gig guides. 





Emerging Melbourne singer/songwriter and performing artist, Melissa Tumeo has been announced as The Young Victorian of the Year – the songstress began her music career from humble beginnings, where at the young age of 11 she was singing and writing clever and captivating song lyrics.

Over the years Melissa Tumeo has experienced an array of memorable music moments, including: being invited as Australian icon Olivia Newton-John’s opening act performer for two consecutive years, for Olivia’s 2013 & 2014 ONJ Wellness Walk event, performances across some of Melbourne’s most iconic venues and stadiums, graduating as a top ranking music graduate and has now proudly made a name for herself as Victoria’s compassionate musician - from proudly supporting an array of charity organisations, with her love for music, via her self-funded independent music projects, campaigns and charity concerts, whilst also being recognised for her music academic achievements.

The Melbourne musician’s current self-funded independent campaign is in support of White Ribbon Australia – Violence Against Women Organisation.

‘What Kind of Man’ is a self-penned ballad – a powerful original song inspired by gaining the horrific knowledge that one woman dies every week from some form of domestic violence. 

To show your support you can download the charity track of ‘What Kind of Man’ by Melissa Tumeo.  






Alluringly dark Perth Indie Rockers, Rogues on the Sea have released their debut music video for their new single 'Fools in Love'.

Watch it on YouTube here.






Due to overwhelming demand, Seth Sentry has confirmed a second Melbourne show for his upcoming Run Tour in February and March. Seth will be bringing Canberra’s, Citizen Kay and Perth’s Coin Banks along as supports on his national headline tour.

Melbourne fans who missed out on tickets to the sold out Hi-Fi show on Saturday 7 March now have a second chance to attend on Sunday 8 March. Punters are advised to pre-book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets for the second Melbourne show and all other shows are on sale now at www.sethsentry.com.

The Run Tour heads to all major capital cities, as well as a handful of Seth’s favourite regional stops. Tickets are selling fast - don’t miss your chance to see Seth Sentry perform in your city from February 20th to March 21st. See full dates on his website and Facebook page.





Socially conscious Perth soul songstress, Shameem has released her latest single, 'Under One Sun' in December and new album, The Second City just released last month. Shameem is celebrating the releases with a national tour which began in Perth at Subiaco Arts Centre on January 17, moving through to Melbourne on February 19, Canberra February 20, Sydney February 21, Newcastle February 22 & 23, Brisbane February 27, Byron Bay February 28 and finishing up in Adelaide on March 1.

With a strong soul influence and a unique jazz sensibility, the follow up to acclaimed first single, 'Beautiful Soul', Shameem’s latest offering, 'Under One Sun' was co-written with Grammy-winning UK-based producer, James Bryan (Nelly Furtardo, Olly Murs, James Morrison).  

The Second City LP was co-produced with Rob Agostini (Rai Thistlethwaite, Tim & Jean) at Soundbaker Studios in Perth.  Rich with soulful vocals and keys-driven works of art, the record offers insight in to Shameem’s inspiring passion for life, positivity, spirituality and general desire to assist in the betterment of the world via song and goodwill, not dissimilar in sentiment and talent to global superstar Alicia Keys.

View the clip for Under One Sun or listen to the new album The Second City

See full tour details here 




Perth singer/songwriter Travis Caudle has released the first single off his fourth studio recording. 'Outta My Head' was produced by US-based Grammy-nominated Australian producer Mark Moffatt (Neil & Tim Finn, Keith Urban, Yothu Yindi, Mondo Rock and the Divinyls) and is Travis’ second studio outing with Moffatt. 

“To me, the song’s about the mad pursuit of success and external happiness and the personal damage that can do,” Travis says.

Outta My Head is available on iTunes. 





Undermine’s third single from their debut album is 'Superhero'. The song has an epic sounding high energy rock feel that you can instantly hear being played in cinemas around the world, as your favourite superhero takes on the enemy! Listed as the eighth track on their self-titled album, ‘Superhero’ maintains the dynamic mix of great guitar riffs and melody while stepping up the tempo.

The Adelaide group recorded ‘Superhero’ as part of their debut album at Ultrasonic Studios in Brisbane. With each release the word continues to be spread locally and internationally as the facebook fan page like count continues to grow into the tens of thousands. Gigs around their home town of Adelaide have been very well received and have landed the band some promising support slots for early 2015.

As with ‘Lie to Me and ‘Waiting’, ‘Superhero’ is available for purchase online via iTunes as well as the other major online digital music retailers. Physical copies can be purchased via the band’s website: www.undermine.com.au

‘Superhero’ can be streamed online 



Following the release of her debut singles ‘Here’ and ‘Alive’, Sydney based indie pop songstress Wren has just unveiled her stunning debut EP Raw, and will be hitting the road for a limited run of tour dates in February.

Wren has already received airplay on over 150 radio stations across Australia, whilst securing positive reviews from the likes of Pilerats, Happy, ToneDeaf & CONFRONT Magazine for her debut singles. Wren is gifted with a unique set of talents; a passion for composition combined with an impressive ability to play a number of instruments, including the violin, in which she was classically trained.

Wren will soon be gracing stages across the East Coast to celebrate the release of her highly anticipated EP Raw, just released last month on iTunes.

WREN - East Coast Tour Dates: Friday February 6th - Oxford Arts Factory (Gallery Bar), Sydney, NSW, Thursday February 12th  - Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD, Friday February 13th  - The Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC

Listen to RAW on Wren's Soundcloud

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