What's Happening in July

Monday, 06 Jul 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.

ALEX & NILUSHA

'Tales To Tell' is the latest release from long-time collaborators and APRA AMCOS members Alex Pertout and Nilusha Dassenaike under their project ALEX & NILUSHA has just won a Premio Internacional at the 2015 CUBADISCO MUSIC AWARDS in Havana, Cuba, the most prestigious musical awards event in Cuba (the Cuban Grammy's).

Recording sessions took place in Melbourne, Buenos Aires, New York, London and Havana and featured performances by legendary US guitarist Mike Stern, pianist Paul Grabowsky, Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy, Puerto Rican pianist Edsel Gomez and Argentinian guitarist Alan Plachta. The record was mixed by Doug Brady and mastered by Leon Zervos at Studios 301. 

DAVID MAZZOCCHETTI

South Australian-born David Mazzocchetti (Foxx Qu) is a renowned guitar expert, guitar teacher and mentor. He owns a professional record label affiliated with members of prominent music bodies worldwide. Currently David is working with a variety of professionals in the music industry to produce an upcoming album he describes as a mind-blowing fusion of new age rock, electronica and orchestral hip hop.

David recently won ‘Guitarist of the Year’ awarded by the South Australian Cancer Council as he devotes a lot of his time raising funds for cancer research and performing for charity.

ELEVNTH RECORDS

Brand new Australian record label Elevnth Records has just recently announced an official launch, following the release of an online video teaser. The Brisbane-based record label has announced an impressive artist roster straight out of the gate, including Void of Vision, Red Beard and Ratking. Elevnth Records is a label that is run by musicians, for musicians. With a combined 30 years experience in the industry, Elevnth Records is soon to become a household name alongside their outstanding artist roster.  

HELEN SHANAHAN

Having hit the ground running after winning Songwriter of The Year at Telstra Road to Discovery, Perth acoustic folk artist, Helen Shanahan has recently announced the release of her new single, Across The Sea lifted from her third EP, Finding Gold, released in early July.

The single is inspired by Helen’s personal struggle with anxiety and her day to day challenges of feeling overwhelmed. Helen’s warm, lush vocal is perfectly complemented by nostalgic slide guitar that is dappled throughout the song, showcasing the delicacy of this poetic, uplifting folk country work of art. The stunning clip was shot and directed by local Perth filmmaker Brendan Joel (Sam Perry, Jacob Diamond, Rainy Day Women) on location at the picturesque Cape Peron in WA. Recorded across Melbourne, Nashville and Perth, Helen’s new EP was largely produced by AIR and APRA AMCOS winner Pip Norman (Dan Sultan, Ash Grunwald, Daniel Merriweather.

The storytelling performer will celebrate her new releases with shows at Mojo’s in Fremantle on 9 July, The Newsagency in Sydney on 14 July and The Spotted Mallard in Melbourne on 17 July.

HOCKEY DAD

After their impressive debut national headline tour and sold out shows nationwide, everyone’s favourite little bro’s Zac & Billy are back home in Wollongong. To celebrate their latest single, the boys have decided to drop the long awaited clip to ‘Can’t Have Them’ and it’s an absolute cracker. ‘Can’t Have Them’ was recorded and mixed by Wade Keighran (The Scare, Wolf & Cub) and is out now via Farmer & The Owl / Inertia before being released on vinyl as a AA side 7” in August.

‘Can’t Have Them’ was added to rotation on triple j and FBi Radio whilst the band tore around the country selling out shows. Their debut EP has been making waves in North America, storming up the CMJ College Radio Charts landing at #77. The band charted in the Top 20 at numerous stations across North America including core stations in Philadelphia, PA, Austin, TX, Fresno and CA.

HOLY HOLY

One month out from their anticipated debut album release, nostalgic Aussie indie rockers, Holy Holy made up of vocalist/composer Timothy Carroll and guitarist/composer Oscar Dawson have recently announced an extensive national When The Storms Would Come album tour set for August/September, kick-starting at the Darwin Festival on 13 August and finishing up in Sydney on September 19.  On the road they will be joined by Ryan Strathie (Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Andy Bull), touring bassist Graham Ritchie (Airling, Emma Louise), and Brisbane-based producer Matt Redlich as their touring keys player.

Having only recently returned from their first tour of Europe and the UK after wowing audiences at iconic festivals The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Dot To Dot, London Calling and Primavera, Holy Holy are excited to return for headline shows later in the year to promote their European album release.

Their debut full-length album is finally here and it is vaster and wilder than anything they’ve released to date. Recorded in Brisbane with Matt Redlich (Emma Louise, Ball Park Music, The Trouble With Templeton), the album unveils the band pushing in to new sonic territory with daring & classic guitars, driving rhythms and even bigger vocals.

KAYLEE BELL & JARED PORTER

The song ‘Pieces' written by recent Toyota Star Maker winners Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell has received the 2015 APRA NZ Best Country Song award at the 41st New Zealand Country Music Awards in Gore. This is a duet with Kaylee and the second single from Jared’s debut album East To West (produced by Andrew Cochrane). Californian-native Porter and Kiwi Bell wrote the song which became Number one on the Official Australian Country Music Airplay Chart.  APRA AMCOS director of NZ operations, Anthony Healy, said; “Pieces was a fine songwriting collaboration.  Jared and Kaylee have married two elegant voices into a captivating and emotional story, crafting an exceptional song.”

The pair performed the song at the 2014 CMA GlobaLive Concert in Nashville and on many stages throughout Australia and New Zealand to much acclaim.

KIRAN PRADHAN

Kiran is a music composer who produces music using ‘music technology.’ Kiran specialises in production of electronic music in genres like lounge, chill-out and EDM. Kiran’s natural flare for blending eastern and western music and mixing acoustic and digital rounds out his innovative and creative approach. His two lounge music albums Café Music: Elation and Café Muzitek: I’inspiration have been featured in Singapore Airlines in-flight entertainment systems and they have just signed on for more.

LYN BOWTELL

Australian Alt/Country artist Lyn Bowtell is pleased to announce she’s signed a publishing deal with Japanese publishing company FUJIPACIFIC MUSIC INC for the song ‘Sailing’ from her 2012 albumSecret Songs.’ Sailing was co-written with American Folk legend Janis Ian and will be used for a Lexus Commercial in Japan.

Lyn Bowtell recently won her third Golden Guitar for ‘Best Alternative Country Album of the Year’ at the CMAA Awards in Tamworth with her latest album Heart of Sorrow,’ produced by Shane Nicholson.

NUSSY

Melbourne synth-pop starlet Nussy has recently announced the release of her new single, My Heroin, with launch dates at The Shadow Electric in Melbourne on 17 July and at the Oxford Arts Factory on 13 August.

After garnering critical praise for her 2014 debut EP, Dizzy, Nussy has again teamed up with Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis at MSquared Productions to deliver the edgy and provocative new single, My Heroin.  Continually impressing with her own distinctive sound, Nussy’s sugary sweet vocals are perfectly juxtaposed by her dark, contentious lyrics, sure to lure you in on the first listen.

Directed by Jarred Osborn and Julian Lucas from Wildebeest, the video for My Heroin features Nussy with a gang of sidekicks who kidnap Nussy’s love interest and hold him captive.  Fed up with his inability to commit, Nussy and her gang take matters in to their own hands. Nussy plans to release a new EP later this year.

PAUL CUTLAN

Having recently launched his first album as leader and composer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Paul Cutlan joins forces with ground-breaking string quartet The NOISE and bassist Brett Hirst. Across the Top (released by Tall Poppies) is an extended suite inspired by travels through the Kimberley region of North-West Australia with world music group MARA! for Musica Viva. The music draws together many styles close to Cutlan’s heart, including 20th century classical music, jazz improvisation and dance rhythms from the Balkans and South America. The album was recently launched at the Sound Lounge for SIMA.

SOUTHLIGHT

House/indie dance duo, Southlight (aka Andrew Young and Damien Goundrie), and GARÇON GARÇON frontman, Nathan Mahon, have released the remix EP for their number one single (Kiss FM, Melbourne), ‘You + I.’ The remix EP includes a percussive house remix from Australian DJ/producer Cìrukè that features huge warm synth stabs and rolling basslines. Also included is Southlight's own Funk Dub mix that takes the track to late night dance floor territory. Finally, the EP also features the much requested extended mix of the original radio.

SUZANNAH ESPIE

Suzannah Espie’s sound is an intoxicating mix of country, folk, blues and soul and a voice with an Aretha-esque hellcat belt that can raise the roof. Last month Espie released ‘I’m Sorry’ which is her first single from forthcoming album Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today due out 4 September on Vitamin Records.

She will launch the new track live at the Post Office Hotel 12 July, Caravan Music Club, on 19 July and Django Bar 24 July and a national tour will follow in October and November.

‘I’m Sorry’ was recorded with a special choir of 13 women musicians. The guest singers, many of them mothers, added their powerful vocals to solidify a recording that is as haunting as it is full of warmth and compassion. The track is about the moment where a woman admits her feelings of being a complete failure as a mother. 

The new LP is an anticipated follow up to her breakthrough 2012 record ‘Sea of Lights’, which won Rhythms Magazine ‘Album of The Year’, was picked in The Age EGs Top 15 Albums of 2012, and placed Espie firmly on the industry’s must watch list.


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