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WAM Song Of The Year Award nominees announced

11 Mar

WA’s premier song competition, and one of Australia’s biggest, we’re excited to reveal the WAM Song Of The Year 2015 nominees in 16 categories covering all genres. Vying for a share in $40,000 worth in prizes, leading the nominations pack is Joni In The Moon with four nods. Also scoring multiple nominations are Brayden Sibbald, Chaos Divine, Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group, Eastwinds, Figurehead, Intenso, Juliana Areias, Karanina, Katie J White, Madi Henry, Nerve Quakes, Safe Sex, Scalphunter, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, TERA and Valentine.

For your listening pleasure and to pick your own winners, we have compiled a handy #WAMSOTY Soundcloud playlist featuring a huge selections of the nominees here


The rest of the nominations pool features an inspiring mix of songs from both established acts and new discoveries, with the winners to be revealed at an epic public WAM Song Of The Year Awards Party on Saturday 9 April. After an amazing debut last year, the sunset-starting soiree will return to Fremantle’s B-Shed Warehouse, where the winners are to be announced and a lineup of top local acts are to perform including Rag n’ Bone, Beni Bjah and Katie J White with DJ Lady Carla and MC Magnus Danger Magnus .

Presale tickets are $25+BF available via (click here) or at Oztix outlets. Capacity is strictly limited and this event is likely to sell-out.

This year’s Song Of The Year Grand Prize winner (selected from the overall pool of category winners) will walk away with the following: $3,000 cash; recording time at the hit-making Albert Studios in Sydney; a RØDE Microphones package; the opportunity for a Publishing and sync licensing deal with Perfect Pitch Publishing, plus an online tutorial in publishing and licensing plus, ongoing industry mentoring; two days recording at Sonic Lolly; one online Berklee music course of your choice; 500 jewel case CDs pressed for free plus one year’s digital distribution service for an album from Diskbank; Music National Media Servicing campaign for single or release through Firestarter; AF140 In-Ear Monitors from Audiofly; the opportunity to perform at the WA Music Award-nominated State Of The Art Festival in 2016; and a guaranteed prime spot on the 2016 WAM Festival line-up.

All 16 category-winners will also walk away with $500 cash and free recording at WA’s best studios. Entries have been judged anonymously and independently by a diverse panel of local and international music industry experts from the likes of triple j, Inertia, Spinning Top Music (the label behind Tame Impala, POND etc), 4ZZZ, RRR, The West Australian, triple j Unearthed, BIGSOUND, Branded/Music Matters Live (Singapore), Music Row Voice, Maric Media, Earache Records, X-Press Magazine, RTRFM, Live Music Office, Firestarter,, Nannup Music Festival, Perfect Pitch Publishing, Gun Fever Music, Pilerats, Association of Artist Managers and more, plus artists from Mudhoney, Lubricated Goat, You Am I, Pendulum, Birds of Tokyo, Eskimo Joe and others.

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Sponsored by Sunset Events I Studio sponsor Poons Head
Jordan McRobbie
 The Ascension
Karin Page Lonely Night
Katie J White River
Katie J White Warrior
Tracey Barnett Listen To The Earth

Sponsored by Country Music Club of Boyup Brook I Studio sponsor Soundbaker
David Mercy Wonders Never Cease
Fred Ryan It Must Have Been Good
Helen Townsend Streets Of Glory
Lynn Hazelton and Bill Chambers Melita Station
Pete Byfield Ashes

Sponsored by City of Fremantle I Studio sponsor Tone City
Joni In The Moon Tarantella
Joni In The Moon War and Porn
Lilt Don’t Tell Me
Mining Tax Footy
Tobacco Rat Trenchtown 2020

Sponsored by Patrick I Studio sponsor Blackbird Studios
Intenso China
Intenso 5 Days, 11 Hours, 7 Mins
Safe Sex Cut You
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving Shaking Off Futility
Usurper of Modern Medicine Be Ready

Sponsored by Sonic Lolly I Studio sponsor Shanghai Twang
Chad Blondel Homme
Galloping Foxleys My Love Affair With Archer
Lucy Peach Be So Good
Mitchell Martin Hold On
Riley Pearce Brave

Sponsored by Firestarter I Studio sponsor Sovereign Studios
Chaos Divine Badge Of Honour
Chaos Divine Landmines
Förstöra One Last Stand
Scalphunter Bleeding Out
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving The Albanian Sleepover – Part One

Sponsored by The Ellington Jazz Club & Perth Jazz Society I Studio sponsor Crank Recording
Abbey | Foster | Falle At Long Last
Ben Matthews The Process
Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group Pius Bartosik
Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group Guapeo
MFG Requiem

Sponsored by APRA AMCOS I Studio sponsor Underground Studios
Beni Bjah Survivors
Doreen Pensio and Band Changes
Jake & The Cowboys She Said
Selekt Few On Country
TERA Belly Of The Beast

Sponsored by Nannup Music Festival I Studio sponsor Sonic Lolly
Brayden Sibbald Restless
Brayden Sibbald Maybe I Was Small
FINGERS Mitchell Cullen Didge It
Kris Nelson Favourite Regret
Valentine Vampire

Sponsored by Cool Perth Nights | Mojos Bar I Studio sponsor Artisan
Bri Clark Shiver
Joni In The Moon Tarantella
Joni In The Moon War And Porn
The Tommyhawks Hollow
Valentine Vampire

Sponsored by CCA Productions I Studio sponsor Sumo Sound
Blindspot You’re So Phoney
Foam Four Men Enter A Room
Nerve Quakes Meliorism
Nerve Quakes Monarch
Scalphunter Best Of Me

Sponsored by Audiofly I Studio sponsor Debaser Studios
Pat Chow Bad Thoughts
Ragdoll Rewind Your Mind
Rag n’ Bone Death Rattle Waltz
The Methamphetaqueens Girl That I’m Into
The High Learys Letters To Alice

Sponsored by Perfect Pitch I Studio sponsor GibSONICS / Belltones Studio
Karanina Make A Wish
Karanina New Summer
Madi Henry Stronger
Madi Henry Monster
tRuth Doubt

Sponsored by Diskbank I Studio sponsor Rada Studios
Charlotte Viney With You
Figurehead Blind
Figurehead No Sleep
Michael Waller As Time Goes By
Puzzle Winter

Sponsored by Alberts I Studio sponsor Fremantle Records
Bluntfield and Billy Harris The Dark Crystal
Marksman Lloyd Pause (Feat. Coin Banks & Nic Di Lena) (Prod. Sable)
Safe Sex Soup
TERA Belly Of The Beast
The Brow The Mantra

Sponsored by Fremantle Ports I Studio sponsor Artisan
Alon Shimon Shai-Kaspi Roni Levi
Eastwinds Blame Lulu Peanuts – Metsahällilaul
Eastwinds Chakwe
Juliana Areias Mare Cheia (Full Tide)
Juliana Areias Flecha (Arrow)





#WAMSOTY proudly acknowledges the generous support provided by our:

Major Partners: APRA AMCOS, Audiofly and City of Fremantle
Associate Partners: Fremantle Ports, Patrick
Grand Prize Sponsors: Alberts, Perfect Pitch Publishing, RØDE Microphones, Berklee Online, CCA Productions, Firestarter Distribution, Sonic Lolly, Diskbank
Category Sponsors: Cool Perth Nights | Mojos Bar, Country Music Club of Boyup Brook, Nannup Music Festival, Perth Jazz Society / The Ellington, Sunset Events
Studio Sponsors: Artisan, Blackbird Sound Studio, Crank Recording, Debaser Studios, Fremantle Recording Studios, GibSONICS / Belltones Studio, Poons Head, Shanghai Twang, Sonic Lolly, Soundbaker, Sovereign Studios, Sumo Sound Studios, Tone City Recording Studio, Rada Studios, Underground Studios

Full list of  partners here and studio sponsors here.



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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.