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Sounds of the Kimberley: Callout for music talent from the region

5 Jun

WAM heads to one of the most fertile songwriting areas in WA to uncover talent from the Kimberley region!

Song is historically strong in the many First Nations’ countries and cultures of the Kimberley region in Western Australia. Synonymously, the Kimberley region has a national and international reputation for producing contemporary music that is as iconic as the landscape itself. 

WAM is excited to announce Sounds of the Kimberley, a recording project set to uncover and capture the rich tapestry of song and songwriters in the Kimberley region. This project forms the second of nine new regional recording projects, intent on recording up to 90 regional artists, spanning WA’s nine regions across the next three years.

WAM is on the lookout for Kimberley songwriters, acts/bands and studio sound engineers of any level, age, and genre to register their interest by July 12, 2019.

Apply online, request a physical application form from WAM, or pick one up from one of these locations in the Kimberley region: PRK Radio (Halls Creek), Waringarri Radio 6WR (Kununurra), Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio (Fitzroy Crossing), Radio Goolarri (Broome), and 6DBY (Derby).

The Sounds of the Kimberley recording project will provide 10 Kimberley artists with the incredible opportunity to record an original song with some of WA’s best producers including; Matt Gio (Rada Studios), Dan Carroll (Rada Studios), Andy Lawson (Debaser Studio), Sean Lillico (Fur Real Studio), and James Newhouse (Real2Reel Studios), at a pop-up studio in an iconic Kimberley location this September. The final compilation will be released in 2020 on CD and digitally for national and international radio, industry and public consumption.

So far WAM’s regional recording projects have uncovered 100 tracks that have been broadcast on radio stations across the country and racked up over 80,000 plays across digital streaming platforms.

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

Songwriters/acts must register their interest to be part of Sounds of the Kimberley by Friday 12 July. 2019 by completing the online form here.

WAM delivers Sounds of the Kimberley with the ongoing support of the WA State Government Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Australia Council for the Arts.

Find out more about WAM’s regional recording programs here.

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

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.