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Sounds Of The Goldfields ready to listen to & launch!

25 May



With ten unique songs recorded to showcase the rich vein of music talent running through the Goldfields, WAM’s Sounds Of The Goldfields compilation is now ready to listen to, ahead of its official launch this Saturday at the Goldfields Arts Centre in Kalgoorlie.

The tracks have brought in a diverse range of talents, including politician Kado Muir; five songs performed by Indigenous groups; the underage raps of the LYC Crew; a gospel family in The Brownley Gospel Singers; label owner Ruben Wills; young awarded starlets in Kalgoorlie Boulder Open Mic Comp winner Jennifer Renee and the age-defying vocals of 15-year-old Tiahn Dillon; and bona fide indie rock hit makers in The China Blue Experiment, The Picture Gardens and more. As such, Sounds Of The Goldfields is a fascinating snapshot of the region, packed with quality discoveries for all tastes.


Along with guest sessions from Eskimo Joe’s Joel Quartermain (Wastelands Studio), Sounds Of The Goldfields saw award-winning engineers Matt Gio (Rada Studios) and Sean Lillico (Fur Real Studio) working with Goldfields artists to create ten fresh tracks, the Soundtown pop-up studio in Kalgoorlie achieving stellar results, covering everything from rock’n’roll to country, soul, hip hop, indie rock, blues and roots, electro-pop and beyond. Mastered by William Bowden (King Willy Sound, responsible for putting the finishing touches to such hits as Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know), he’s acclaimed this CD as a huge step forward in the series.

The CD will be officially launched at the Goldfields Arts Centre on Saturday 28 May from 5.30-10pm, with live performances from all featured artists plus special guests Eskimo Joe, the ARIA Award-winning WA legends playing an acoustic set. Presale tickets $15 from here and include a copy of the limited edition CD. More event details here. Jennifer Renee will also represent the compilation at the FREE WA Day event, State Of The Art, performing at Elizabeth Quay in Perth on Monday 6 June.

Sounds Of The Goldfields project coordinator Nigel Bird said, “Regional Western Australia is laden with outstanding songwriters and musicians, and combining them with professional producers at the top of their game has brought seriously impressive results. This is the eighth ‘Sounds Of’ project we’ve completed, and it’s the strongest yet.”

Sound engineer Sean Lillico added, “All of the artists on this record have great potential, and this opportunity will have lasting benefits for their careers… I know they all learned a lot about many aspects of the industry, and I’m glad we were able to educate, inspire and mentor them.”


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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.