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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 26, 2016
Tempus Sun celebrate their win

Tempus Sun celebrate their win

The 4th annual Melbourne Music Bank final took place last night at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Created by the Bank of Melbourne, the Melbourne Music Bank offers Victorian musicians the opportunity to enter one of their songs into the competition with the chance to win a career-changing prize package valued at over sixty thousand dollars. However for a young band or artist starting out, most of these prizes have benefits well beyond their dollar value. As last night’s winners, Tempus Sun will soon  discover, the industry assistance and guidance that they will receive from quality people in management, publicity, booking agencies and radio plugging will make the world of difference to their aspirations. In addition they get studio time, professional photo shoots, music videos, media training, album artwork, a slot on the Beyond The Valley lineup, the chance to have their music used in a TV commercial for Bank of Melbourne and an EP launch with east coast tour.

For a little added inspiration for the 4 finalists, the whole finale was presented on the stage of Hamer Hall, where so many great artists have stood before. Melbourne Music Bank ambassador Ella Hooper kicked off the night with a couple of tunes and as we witnessed a couple of weeks ago at her New Magic Band show, she’s in top form. Last year’s competition winner Jade Alice followed and showed just how far she has developed as an artist and songwriter. Kudos too to the event organisers, who allow the presence of friends and family of the finalists, who are on hand to share in the celebration of the music that their progeny has been created.

The first of the finalists Anna Oliphant Wright performed her track ‘Hooks’ and as the name suggests, was a catchy tune indeed. Next up, Caulfield-based  four-piece band  Birdhouse played their song Bitter, a polished piece of pop rock featuring impressive harmonies. Bloom, a vocalist who is not short on stage presence, held the audience in the palm of her hand with the beautiful ‘Bittersweet’. The night’s eventual winners Tempus Sun played an infectious tune called Owls, echoing the spirit of bands such as Mumford and Sons and Fleetwood Mac. While the construction and flow of their song was masterly, the delivery gave it extra bite with undeniable vocal power and assurance.

In a shower of confetti Tempus Sun was crowned this year’s winner of the Melbourne Music Bank. In their acceptance speech, the band was both humble and grateful, plus generous in their praise of their fellow finalists.  The quality of finalists this year was yet another notch higher, as more Victorian musicians discover the benefits of entering this great competition and continue to demonstrate what brilliant talent resides in this country.

More info on Melbourne Music Bank here


Ella Hooper performs



Last year’s winner Jade Alice performs





Anna Oliphant Wright


Tempus Sun perform


Bloom performs


Judges Ella Hooper, Jac Phillips, Emily Cheung


Tempus Sun win!

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Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - October 25, 2016

Festival Records have released yet another brilliant compilation of long lost treasure from their vaults. This one is  Back On The Street Again, a compilation of funk, soul and psych rarities from the 60s and 70s. AM editor Greg Phillips spoke to Warren Daly, whose group the Daly-Wilson Big Band…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 23, 2016


It was with a great deal of pleasure that we received news from APRA AMCOS (music licensing and royalty distribution service) last Friday of a record annual revenue figure for 2015-2016 period of $333m; 14 per cent growth in payments to songwriters, composers and publishers and a huge increase of more than $20m in digital revenue. While other sectors of the music industry have experienced marked fluctuations, APRA AMCOS has enjoyed a reliable trajectory of income growth in recent years. Over the past three years, export revenue has increased by 75 per cent to more than $38.3m per annum, highlighting the enormous growth in the number and success of Australasians on the world stage.

A wonderful example of a music export success is Melbourne folk duo the Pierce Brothers, who are about to embark on a huge tour with Ben Harper. With the help of their management and the assistance of the vital export music organisation Sounds Australia, the Pierce Brothers have been able to find great success in the UK, Europe, India, and North American markets.

“The initial interest overseas came in the form of our now manager for Europe, Dave Toethius,” explains band member Jack Pierce. “Our manager Regan sent our single It’s My Fault over to the Netherlands and Toethius came back with great support. Since then we’ve made efforts to build markets in the UK, Europe, India, and North America. We made headway in some areas and not so much in others, but throughout the UK and Europe we’ve made most headway through festivals and conferences. These have put us in front of large audiences and great networking contacts. Then we’ve just worked away at each market and tried to stay afloat at the same time. It can cost a lot of money, breaking in a new market! Sounds Australia have been instrumental in introducing us to new markets and networking opportunities around the world. They held showcases at different events across the globe that we have been involved in, which has led to plenty of networking opportunities in the respective cities. If SA weren’t around, we’d definitely not be as far along as we are now.”

Just as radio and records revolutionised the music industry at the time of APRA’s foundation 90 years ago, streaming is now having a similar effect as subscription services gain traction with Australasian consumers. Royalty collections from streaming services were up 140 per cent year on year, to $27.4m.

Licence fees collected from all digital providers – including download services, streaming services, video on demand, websites and user-generated services – increased by a similar percentage, and is now significantly greater than, for example, traditional radio broadcasting ($45.3m). APRA AMCOS Chief Executive, Brett Cottle said, “While revenue from digital services is growing rapidly, the sheer volume of music being consumed is growing exponentially, which means that the fruits of this growth are being spread over a vastly increased pool of songwriters.”

Songwriters remained prolific creators and performers in the financial year 2015-2016. The number of works (songs, compositions) generating an income reached more than a million for the first time, resulting in payments to over 248,000 songwriters, composers and publishers equalling more than $294.6m (across APRA and AMCOS).
Brett Cottle said, “At a time when copyright is working in practice as it should, and just when the culturally-rich and economically vital business of music is getting back on its feet, it’s difficult to fathom why measures such as those relating to Safe Harbour expansion or so-called ‘fair use’ should be contemplated by government”.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 22, 2016

You don’t need us to tell you how hard it is to make a buck from music these days. While physical, digital music sales and streaming are up in general, it’s still difficult for an indie artist to make a living from recorded music. Selling merch is great if you have an extensive tour happening or you’re gigging a lot but that’s not always the case either. Syncing your music with a TV show, movie or game on the other hand, can be quite lucrative but who knows how to do that? Well the folks at Brisbane-based company The Sync Report have a very good idea about how you can sync your music to that media and they have created a pain-free way for you to get involved.

Unlike pay-to-pitch services, tip sheets or music libraries, The Sync Report puts the ball firmly in the music manager and artists court, whereby they are responsible for securing their own sync deals.

“Volume is up and budgets are down which has opened the door for under-the-radar acts to go direct with music supervisors – Our aim is to guide our subscribers through the entire process, not just give them a directory of contacts but rather give them the information they need to skill up, stand out and get their songs licensed” explains Co-Founder Daniela D’Onofrio.

A defining point of difference that sets The Sync Report apart is a TV calendar that allows subscribers to see upcoming TV shows, the attached music supervisors and the best times to be pitching their music.

The platform also provides Top 50 lists that allow subscribers to pinpoint contacts working on the worlds biggest TV shows, brands, films, trailers, & video games in the USA, UK, Canadian and Australian markets.

“Everyone knows that getting songs synced is a big deal, it helps artists build a media buzz, gain new fans and earn an income, said Daniela. “The Sync Report is for people who are serious about getting sync deals and prepared to learn how to get them.”

In launching their service, music company The Sync Report has hit the DIY market with a series of colourful videos that highlight the importance of sync licensing in the music industry.

Aptly named ‘The Slapman Series’ the animated short films introduce Slapman and his mohawked dog Mr Rex who promptly slap people who tell them that they are too lazy to build a fan base, get media attention and earn an income with their music.
Designed for music managers and savvy artists The Sync Report teaches people how to build lasting relationships with music supervisors/buyers, as well as providing a complete up-to-date report on who’s looking after the music licensing for hundreds of current TV shows, films, brands, trailer houses and video games.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 19, 2016


Iconic singer-songwriter JAMES TAYLOR today announced he will return to Australia for the first time in seven years for a series of indoor and open-air performances.  

With a career spanning nearly 50 years since first signing to The Beatles’ Apple Records in 1968, James Taylor’s music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal forms, resonating with people all over the world, while his warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music.

James has sold more than 100 million albums, earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards, with his Greatest Hits album earning him the prestigious Diamond Award given for sales in excess of 10 million units in the USA.

His songs have had a profound influence on both songwriters and music lovers of all generations and from all walks of life; Fire and Rain, Country Road, Something in the Way She Moves, Sweet Baby James, Carolina In My Mind and many more. In 1971 James scored his first #1 single with You’ve Got a Friend, written by long time friend Carole King and earning him his first Grammy Award for Best Pop Male Vocal.

Next February James Taylor and his All Star Band return to perform two indoor arena shows, heading to Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena and Sydney’s ICC Sydney Theatre.

Additionally, James will play open-air shows at Adelaide’s Botanic Park, Hope Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley and Leeuwin Estate Winery in Margaret River.

He will also play at A Day On The Green at Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton, QLD.

Joining James Taylor as very special guest on the Adelaide, Hunter Valley and Mt Cotton shows is singer songwriter, Bernard Fanning. Bernard has accumulated one of the most celebrated and distinct songbooks on the Australian rock spectrum; charting a course from creation to an interactive live experience like no other. With his solo career now spanning ten-plus years, Fanning has firmly cemented his position as one of Australia’s finest songwriters and lyricists. From the country folk-tinged charm of his multi-platinum debut solo album Tea and Sympathy (#1 ARIA debut), to the rock grooves and horn breaks of its follow up, Departures (#1 ARIA debut). Now Bernard has delivered the delicate acoustic guitar track ‘Reckless’ which is the second official single from his ARIA nominated third solo release, Civil Dusk, out now.

Also appearing at the Adelaide, Hunter Valley and Mt Cotton shows is country singer songwriter Kasey Chambers, whose new EP Ain’t No Little Girl has just been released ahead of the January release of her tenth album Dragonfly. Chambers’ story-telling is as integral in her performances as it is in her albums, and has led her to win eleven ARIA Awards, 22 Golden Guitar Awards, two Americana Music Awards nominations and ten APRA Awards.

Tickets go on sale midday Friday, October 28.

Telstra Thanks is bringing an exciting 48-hour pre-sale just for Telstra customers from 9am Tuesday, October 25 until 9am Thursday October 27. For more information on how to purchase, visit:

For complete tour and ticketing details, visit:

Don’t miss the wonderful James Taylor and his All-Star band next February!
Presented by Live Nation



Also Performing At:


***ex Leeuwin Estate on sale 9am, Tuesday October 25

Fan Club pre-sale (all shows):
11am October 24 until 7am October 25

Telstra Thanks pre-sale (Live Nation shows only):
9am October 25 until 9am October 27

^Bernard Fanning & Kasey Chambers also performing


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 18, 2016


Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ and Melbourne Zoo Twilights are thrilled to today announce their summer 2017 music program. A calendar staple and the ultimate destination for music lovers each year, both concert series will run from Friday 27 January to Saturday 11 March, set amongst the unique environments of Melbourne Zoo and Taronga Zoo, in two of the country’s premier open-air events.

This summer will see Melbourne Zoo Twilights and Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ open their series with both fearless Australian frontman Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos and Kev Carmody, and the original lineup of Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons and The Sports in a rare performance. triple j Hottest 100 winners The Rubens will make their Zoo debut, as will Brisbane indie powerhouses Ball Park Music and The Jungle Giants in a double headline performance. Quintessential Australian bands Killing Heidi and george will perform in a series of memorable reunion shows, and The Living End will be accompanied by a string quartet for a special ‘Twangin’ at Twilight’ stripped back show. Pennsylvania’s Kurt Vile will be bringing his unique brand of hazy-rock to the Zoos for the first time, and family favourites Björn Again will return after their sold out shows last year. The closing week of the series showcases some of Canada’s most talented musicians, with performances from international indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara and singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright.

Performing at Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ only, Jet will be making their grand return to the live stage, and beloved country songstress Kasey Chambers will appear in February supported by Thelma Plum. Obama-endorsed jazz lord James Morrison Big Band returns to Twilight after a sell-out show in 2016 and legendary Scottish alt-rockers Teenage Fanclub are playing the closing weekend of the 2017 season, in their first Sydney show since 2005.

Taking to the stage at Melbourne Zoo Twilights are dream-pop quartet Warpaint who return to Australian shores to perform for the first time since 2014. Also joining the Melbourne Zoo Twilights lineup is revered Something For Kate frontman Paul Dempsey following the release of his third solo album, celebrated Australian rockers Hoodoo Gurus and legendary British ska band The Specials in what is sure to be an unmissable show to close out the 2017 season.

Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ offers the unparalleled thrill of an open-air show on the lawns of Taronga Zoo’s intimate, fully-licensed natural amphitheatre. Set against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour, audiences are invited to enjoy a gourmet antipasto hamper and refreshing drinks as the sun sets, immersing themselves in the magnificence of Sydney in the summer. All tickets to Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ include free same-day Zoo entry, plus free return ferry travel from Circular Quay from 5:15pm; bus transfers from Taronga wharf to the main Zoo entrance; and post-show buses to Spit Junction and Mosman.

Melbourne Zoo Twilights is yet another reason why the City has been crowned Australia’s live music capital. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the warm summer evenings in the heart of the City’s inner-north. There is something wonderful about Melbourne Zoo, in that it is literally filled with wonder. Stroll through the gardens and visit the animals before settling down with your mates on the Zoo’s fully-licensed picturesque lawns to a picnic, a gourmet hamper or delights from the new food trucks at Taste of Twilights. This is the ultimate Melbourne summer event. All Melbourne Zoo Twilights ticketholders have free same-day Zoo entry between 5:30pm – 7:00pm on the evening of the concert, so be sure to come in early to explore all it has to offer.

Both Taronga Zoo and Melbourne Zoo believe that with the public’s help, every species can not only survive, but thrive, and all proceeds from the Melbourne Zoo Twilights and Twilight at Taronga presented by ANZ summer concert series go back into their ongoing conservation work.

In 2016 Taronga Zoo launched its legacy for the future and for the wild, dedicating the next 10 years to the conservation of 10 critical species. The 2017 series will champion the first global community action tool, Wildlife Witness to help in the fight against illegal wildlife trade.

Zoos Victoria has been fighting the extinction of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot. Now into the third year of a five-year plan, Zoos Victoria and their partners play a key role in the recovery of the species, increasing community awareness of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot and building programs to reintroduce it to the wild.

Tickets on-sale 9am Tuesday 25 October from

Starring, in chronological order:
Saturday 28 January – JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS and THE SPORTS
Friday 3 February – THE RUBENS supported by Bec Sandridge
Saturday 4 February – KILLING HEIDI supported by Abbe May
Friday 10 February – KASEY CHAMBERS supported by Thelma Plum
Saturday 11 February – BALL PARK MUSIC and THE JUNGLE GIANTS
Thursday 16 February – JET with special guests
Friday 17 February – george supported by Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire) and Jack Carty
Saturday 18 February – JAMES MORRISON BIG BAND
Friday 24 February – BJÖRN AGAIN
Saturday 25 February – BJÖRN AGAIN
Friday 3 March – KURT VILE (US) supported by Mick Turner
Saturday 4 March – THE LIVING END ‘TWANGIN’ AT TWILIGHT’ featuring special guests, supported by Gabriella Cohen
Thursday 9 March – TEGAN AND SARA (CAN) with special guests
Friday 10 March – TEENAGE FANCLUB (UK) supported by The Goon Sax
Saturday 11 March – MARTHA WAINWRIGHT (CAN) supported by Oh Pep!

Tickets on-sale 9am Tuesday 25 October from

Starring, in chronological order:
Friday 27 January – JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS and THE SPORTS
Friday 3 February – HOODOO GURUS with special guests
Saturday 4 February – THE RUBENS supported by Bec Sandridge
Saturday 11 February – BJÖRN AGAIN
Friday 17 February – PAUL DEMPSEY supported by Melody Pool
Saturday 18 February – george supported by Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire)
Friday 24 February – WARPAINT (US) supported by Big Thief (US)
Saturday 25 February – KILLING HEIDI supported by Abbe May
Friday 3 March – THE LIVING END ‘TWANGIN’ AT TWILIGHT’ featuring special guests, supported by Gabriella Cohen
Saturday 4 March – KURT VILE (US) supported by Mick Turner
Wednesday 8 March – TEGAN AND SARA (CAN) with special guests
Friday 10 March – MARTHA WAINWRIGHT (CAN) supported by Margaret Glaspy (US)
Saturday 11 March – THE SPECIALS (UK) with special guests

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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - October 18, 2016

Local songsmith Noah Earp has recently released a new single The Raw and the Cooked, a broad, sweeping stroke of alternative folk-rock. To accompany the single, Earp has also released a self-made film clip that endears the viewer with its undeniable quirk.  The Raw and the Cooked is the first…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - October 18, 2016

Swedish psych-rock quartet Dungen are heading to Australia in December, armed with Häxan, a brand new album which will be released on November 25. AM editor Greg Phillips chatted to Dungen’s founder, singer and songwriter Gustav Ejstes about his influences, recording and the upcoming tour It should come as no…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 17, 2016


Gosh darn it, the Darebin Music Feast (Oct 27-Nov 6) is offering up some fabulously fun experiences over its 11 day duration. Apart from gigs and parties, you might even learn a thing or two! Take the SHOP TALK  ‘Ready to Record – What is Pre-Production?’ session on November 3rd for example. In this FREE 2 hour event, established producer and studio owner Fraser Montgomery (the Aviary Creative Hub), will work with local act Dear Matilda in a 2-hour session on musical pre-production. Together they’ll pull apart Dear Matilda’s song forms, arrangements and performance, transforming their tunes from live performances into polished, studio ready gems. You’ll leave knowing what it is that a producer does, and why pre-production is a vital step for your band before you hit record. Ahead of the session Fraser has kindly offered a preview of what’s to come with 5 great recording tips.

5 things to consider before you hit record

1. Are your songs ready?
Everyone is eager to record, but sometimes we are not quite as prepared as we think we are. Have you played your songs to other people? Friends? Family? Are your lyrics complete? Does it have a strong melody? A hook or catchy element people will remember? Ask whomever you are recording with to listen to your songs and see if they have any suggestions. If your song is strong and contains great ideas then recording will be much easier, and fun.

2. Record a Demo
Recording a “demo” is a very important part of the process and can often be forgotten when starting out. A demo is essentially a rough version of the songs. It gives you a chance to record the songs and listen back to it. This can often be very revealing in itself. How often have you heard yourself recorded? Do you sound how you think you sound? A demo can be you singing into a phone, or recording a rehearsal. You can also use basic programs like Garageband, which can allow you to record different instruments, and try out different ideas. If you have access to a program like this, I highly recommend giving it a go! Any demo should be sent to people to get feedback, such as those who you will be working with.

3. Where to Record
There are so many options when it comes to finding a place to record. The studio you choose to record at will depend on location, cost and the people you chose to work with. Do your research online and check out studios in your area. Better still, talk to anyone you know who has recorded before and ask them of their experiences. Often the best studios are known by word of mouth! Every studio has a different feel to it. If you see one you like, ask the owners for a tour and get a feel for the place and the people. You can often tell quickly if it is a place that will make you feel comfortable and creative, the most important part!

4. What is a Producer? Do I need a producer?
What is a producer? Essentially a producer is there to help you achieve the vision you have for your music, and guide you through the process of making a recording. A producer is valuable at all levels of recording. They can help you determine a budget, pick a studio, help with your songs and ultimately become an extra band member until the recording is finished. Producers have different methods and processes, so it is good to chose one that fits with your music and style. It is also really important to find someone who you get along with and are willing to spend long hours with in the studio!

5. Get ready to have fun!
Getting into the studio for the first may seem like a daunting process. Singing your songs into an expensive microphone in front of people you may not know can be an overwhelming situation. The only advice I have is to just relax and have fun! It requires seriously hard work at times, but don’t take it too seriously! If you are enjoying yourselves, then that will come across in the music. This should be an amazing lifetime experience, not a hard one. This also means choosing the right studio and people to work with are essential. If your first experience isn’t like this, then change something and try again. Every day in the studio should be a fun day!

Ready to Record – What is Pre-Production?
Thursday 3 November @ 4pm – 6pm
Decibels Youth Music Centre (First Floor )
Reservoir Community and Learning Centre – 23 Edwardes Street, Reservoir


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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - October 14, 2016

If rock and soul music was a crime scene, Booker T Jones’ DNA would be all over it. As a member of the Stax Records’ house band in the early 60s, he played on classic tracks by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett and Albert King to name a…

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