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Sounds Of The Goldfields announced & now looking for artists

24 Nov

Following the successes of previous ‘Sounds Of’ projects – including the just-released, groundbreaking Sounds Of The Pilbara II: Songs In Language and 2014’s highly acclaimed Sounds Of The Wheatbelt – WAM is excited to present Sounds Of The Goldfields, ready to uncover songs from a diverse range of artists from the Goldfields region. First step is digging for musical gold; the callout is now being made to all Goldfields songwriters, bands and sound engineers of all ages and music genres to register their interest to be part of the Sounds Of The Goldfields compilation!

WAM’s ‘Sounds Of’ program brings entire recording studios to regional centres, building a pop-up studio in a house and recording original tracks for a compilation album, to be released on CD and digitally for national radio and music industry consumption. The participants will also leave the studio with a professionally recorded track that they own the rights to, and can be used completely for their own purposes and financial gains. During the project local recording engineers and enthusiasts have the opportunity to be mentored by some of WA’s most successful studio audio engineers, the award-winning Matt Gio and Sean Lillico, plus special guest sessions from Eskimo Joe’s Joel Quartermaine.

With thanks to partners Celebrate WA and their major supporter BHP Billiton, Brookfield Rail, Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance and The City of Kalgoorlie Boulder, the project will start recording in March 2016 and will be released to the public mid-year, with a launch event being planned in Kalgoorlie.

Artists are eligible if from Kalgoorlie, Boulder, Leonora, Laverton, Coolgardie, Kambalda and surrounding communities. WAM has allocated one recording slot to the first-prize winner of the 2015 Kalgoorlie Boulder Youth Open Mic competition, Jennifer Renee (as pictured above), but the rest of the spots are now open to artists of ALL levels of experience – from beginners to already successful artists!                                                                                                                                                                        

So do you have an original song ripe for the recording, or know someone who has a song they’ve been hiding but needs to be heard?  

It is essential songwriters/acts register their interest to be part of Sounds Of The Goldfields by 5pm Friday 15 January by completing the following online form:  

Alternatively, artists can email and provide the following information:





Act or Artist name:

Genre of music:

Approximately how many songs has the act written: 2 / 5 / 10 or more?

Provide link to online recording/demo, if you have one.


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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.