Demos from the Wheatbelt: The first of 9 new regional recording programs!
A fresh crop of homegrown songs from WA’s Wheatbelt is about to be unleashed on the nation, with WAM today opening registrations for its newest regional compilation, Demos from the Wheatbelt; the first of nine new regional recording projects set to record an impressive 90 regional artists over the next three years!
Demos from the Wheatbelt will provide 10 Wheatbelt songwriters with the priceless opportunity to record an original song with two of WA’s best producers, Matt Gio and Dan Carroll, at a pop-up studio in an iconic Wheatbelt location this March. The final compilation will be released mid-year on CD and digitally for national radio, industry and public consumption. Official launch celebrations are planned to kick off in late August at GWN7’s Dowerin Field Days 2019.
WAM’s calling on Wheatbelt songwriters and acts of all levels, ages, and genres to register their interest by February 4th, 2019. In-the-know friends, family, and locals are also encouraged to nominate anyone that may benefit from the opportunity to help WAM capture the full breadth of talent in the region. Through the registration process, WAM also hopes to assess the need for greater recording infrastructure and support in the region to drive future initiatives.
Demos from the Wheatbelt is the 10th iteration of WAM’s much-loved ‘Sounds of’ and ‘Demos from’ regional recording projects, which have played a pivotal role in developing regional artists and connecting them with new peers, inspiration, audiences, and mentors.
So far WAM’s regional recording projects have uncovered 100 tracks that have been broadcasted on radio stations across the country and racked up over 80,000 plays across digital streaming platforms. They’ve helped 147 regional musicians realise their potential and sparked successful music careers for Wheatbelt artists like Hayden Sprigg and Pete Byfield.
“The recording experience provided by WAM through the ‘Sounds of’ project turned out to be life-changing,” said Pete. “I was so encouraged by the process that I set to work and wrote a further sixteen songs once production had wrapped up.”
From a chance encounter with WAM’s 2014 recording project, Sounds of the Wheatbelt, Pete Byfield released his debut album, One, which won Best Independent Album of the Year at the 2016 WA Country Music Awards. He also received a nomination for Male Artist of the Year in 2016 and 2017, was a finalist in WAM’s Song of the Year competition in 2015, and scored a WAMAwards nomination for Best Regional Act in 2017.
WAM is committed to creating many more stories just like Pete’s through our upcoming regional recording projects.
Register, nominate or help us spread the word now!
DEMOS FROM THE WHEATBELT – KEY DATES
Registrations open: January 7th 2019 – February 4th 2019
Recording: March 2019 | Launch: August 2019
* Please note: Applicants must be residents of the Wheatbelt region for at least 12 months, and cannot have been featured as the main act/artist/songwriter on a previous ‘Sounds of’ or ‘Demos from’ project.