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WAM Head to The Mid West for Next Regional Recording Project | Applications Open!

13 May

West Australian Music (WAM) is excited to launch the next instalment of its regional recording project series, Sounds of The Mid West, with artist applications now open. The project is delivered with the ongoing support of the State Government of Western Australia’s Contemporary Music Fund, and aims to showcase the musical talent, stories, and provide opportunities to artists and sound engineers in the region.

At twice the size of Victoria, the Mid West region covers almost one fifth of WA’s land mass. It boasts some of the state’s most iconic landscapes, spanning from the Gibson Desert in the East to the Batavia Coast, the Abrolhos Islands and north ­­through the mighty Murchison. The Mid West is home to many first nations Yamatji peoples and languages, as well as Martu peoples to the east, where WAM recorded their regional compilation, Sounds of Wiluna in 2011.

The Sounds of The Mid West recording project will provide 10 Mid West artists the opportunity to record their original song with some of WA’s best award-winning producers, including; Matt Gio and Dan Carroll (Rada Studios), Andy Lawson (Debaser Studio), Sean Lillico (Fur Real Studio), James Newhouse (Real2Reel Studios) and Ryan Brennan at a pop-up studio in an iconic Mid West location this September/October.

The final compilation will be released in 2021 on digital streaming platforms, limited-edition CD package, and distributed by WAM to local and national radio, industry and the public. The compilation cover will feature the artwork of a local Mid West artist to capture the spirit of the region.

Sounds of The Mid West is the fourth of nine new regional recording projects supported through the State Government’s Contemporary Music Fund, and fourteenth of WAM’s ‘Demos from / Sounds of’ series. Since launching in 2006, the series has brought great exposure to 120 artists based regionally across the expansive state of WA. WAM’s latest regional compilation, Sounds of The Kimberley, has garnered significant digital streaming and radio airplay across ABC networks, and community radio nationally.

Applications to take part in the project are now open to Mid West region songwriters, acts/bands and studio sound engineers of any level, age, and genre.


Applications close on Thursday 20 August 2020.

WAM delivers Sounds of The Mid West with the ongoing support of the WA State Government Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and WAM organisational partners.

If your local business or organisation would like to join us in celebrating local talent through this project, please contact WAM at

Image courtesy of Mid West Development Commission



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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.