Guy Sebastian becomes APRA AMCOS Ambassador

New single Candle penned at SongHubs Victoria

Thursday, 15 Sep 2016

We’re thrilled to welcome Guy Sebastian on board as our newest Ambassador. One of Australia’s most successful artists, the chart-topping songwriter and performer has a massive 48 platinum and nine gold certifications to his name along with four ARIA Awards.

His huge new single Candle was written earlier this year at our SongHubs songwriting camp in Victoria with American topliner Trey Campbell and local producer Jon Hume.

SongHubs, the program that brings together APRA AMCOS writers and international creators, has already resulted in releases for the likes of Australians Troye Sivan, Tkay Maidza, SAFIA, Nicole Millar and Reece Mastin and international artists Chris Brown and Matt McAndrew – with lots more to come. Usually running for five days, the retreats are an opportunity for songwriters and producers to collaborate and bring out the best in each other.

“Sometimes you think you're good at one thing and then you meet someone who is way better!” says Guy of writing with others. “It can turn out that you are better than them at something else, so collaborations work best when you are basically plugging each other's holes (giggity) and accentuating each other's highlights.”

When it came to collaborating with Trey and Jon on Candle, Guy says all the right components were in place.

“Those two are freaks. I've written a few tunes with those guys and it's always special.”

“From memory in this session I think Jon started to loop the chorus drums. I think he may have even had some or most of the chords nutted out, and I started to sing the chorus melody on the piano and Trey just looked up in his usual uber talented way and said, ‘what about that saying - they don't hold a candle?' It fit the melody perfectly and when Jon threw the octave pedal on with the big ass distortion it all got very exciting very quickly.” 


Guy, who also attended a SongHubs retreat in Bali, says he wrote the bulk of his forthcoming new album at the events, where he worked with some incredibly talented writers.

“These are amazing creative relationships that I hope will last a lifetime, and wouldn't have been possible without APRA AMCOS.”

Along with providing opportunities like SongHubs, Guy says the organisation does amazing work collecting royalties for songwriters.

“APRA AMCOS is in place to ensure we, as music creators, can collectively continue to do what we are born to do and still afford to live!” 

“In an ever changing and volatile industry it's nice to know one thing remains solid, and that is the fact that someone is representing us and gathering income so we can spend our time being inspired to create art.”

Check out Guy's killer cover of CW Stoneking’s The Zombie at the 2016 APRA Music Awards.

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