Sounds Of The Goldfields artists selected & set to record
With a heap of talented applicants from across the Goldfields region responding to the callout, plus community consultations reaching many more, ten artists have now been selected for the Sounds Of The Goldfields project, set to record over three weeks starting March 9.
Following the successes of previous ‘Sounds Of’ projects – including the recently-released, groundbreaking Sounds Of The Pilbara II: Songs In Language – WAM is excited to showcase on the compilation a diverse range of incredible artists from across the Goldfields region. The artists selected include: The Picture Gardens (Laverton, newly announced – replacing Sheridon Jackman), Not Without My Band (w/ Ange Leech, as pictured, Kalgoorlie/Laverton); The Brownley Gospel Singers (Kalgoorlie), Kado Muir (Leonora), Darren Forster (The China Blue Experiment, Kalgoorlie), Tiahn Dillon (Kalgoorlie), The Desert All Stars (Tjuntjuntjarra Community), Ruben Wills (Kambalda), Marcus Maguire (Kalgoorlie) and the winner of the 2015 Kalgoorlie Boulder Youth Open Mic competition, Jennifer Renee (Kalgoorlie).
The artists cover a mix of established and lesser-known artists, showcases five of the region’s indigenous talents and covers genres ranging from gospel to country, acoustic rock, blues, desert reggae-rock and indie pop. WAM’s Regional Officer and Sounds Of The Goldfields Project Officer Nigel Bird said, “With 45 applications for nine tracks, contemporary music is clearly popular in the Goldfields region, and I’m excited to see what is certain to be an amazing compilation of songs from this project.”
Along with guest sessions from Eskimo Joe’s Joel Quartermain, Sounds Of The Goldfields will see award-winning engineers Matt Gio and Sean Lillico working with these Goldfields artists to each leave the Soundtown pop-up studio with a professional recording to use for their own purposes and financial gain. These tracks will be released on the Sounds Of The Goldfields CD and digital compilation, seeing these artists promoted far beyond their hometowns, the CD distributed to radio stations, media and music industry across Australia, and beyond.
Celebrate WA’s CEO, Kevin MacDonald, said he was proud to be able to support this fantastic initiative through funding Celebrate WA received from its Major Supporter BHP Billiton. “Investing in the ‘Sounds Of’ program means we are able to provide unique opportunities to help build the skills and confidence of aspiring musicians and sound engineers in regional locations like Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”
Participants of the Sounds Of The Goldfields will also have the chance to perform in front of a live audience over the WA Day long weekend.
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 in Kalgoorlie.
WAM proudly acknowledges the generous support provided by our project partners: