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WAM INTERVIEWS: WAMFest Friday Showcase promoters-Part 2

31 Oct

A series of live music showcases presented in conjunction with, and carefully curated by, WA’s best promoters, organisations and venues, the Friday Showcases will cover every taste and the menu is larger than ever this year, with 13 events spanning Northbridge to Freo to Basso and back again. Entry to the all events is FREE with a WAMCon pass. WAM spoke to a number of WA promoters and organisations behind these mighty fine showcases, including Stu McGill from The 2016 WA Metal Showcase, and Luke Rinaldi from Basso Fridays about the WA music scene and their place within in it, recommendations of who to catch at #WAMFest, plus why Friday 4 November is one to mark in the diary…

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railwayhotel-posterWAMFest Heavy Rock n Roll Showcase @ Railway Hotel

Answered by: Pete Knott

Venue: The Railway Hotel

Acts: September Sun, St James Sirens, Foxton Kings, Fight the Morning, Dead End Brawler

Tickets: $10, FREE with WAMCon pass

Brief history:
September Sun, a five-piece alternative rock collective that formed in 2012, making their presence in the music scene, supporting Voyager and Chaos Divine, with endorsement from Rob Nassif of Gyroscope. With the last release of their debut single ‘Solace’ at Amplifier bar in 2014, the band is now rearing to share their new material early 2017, with a freshly recorded debut EP, recorded with Andy Lawson (Debaser Studios).

Describe the health of the area/scene/s you specialize in WA, and compared to Oz/world
?
It’s fair to say the Perth music scene is bustling right now, with some amazing acts going on to do huge things nationally e.g. Tired Lion. The rock scene is an interesting one, with 2016 bringing such diversity in music, it’s important to keep an open mind creatively but also not forget about the core roots that started it all.

Advice for musicians trying to make it in the local industry, esp in your area of specialty?
The most important thing for all local musicians to remember, is to just keep writing, keep the passion alive. It’s easy to get caught up in the music business world, but never let that sacrifice or starve the importance of creativity.

Who should come to your show and why?
If you’re a fan of the essence that is rock music, this one’s for you. Each band brings its own unique spiel on the genre. From soothing tones to hard hitting riffage, to funkalicious licks. The show exposes you to just some of the emerging talent that the West Australian rock scene has to offer.

Who shouldn’t?
I would like to think that there really isn’t anyone that shouldn’t attend. If you’d like to see live local talented West Australian musicians expressing their creative talents in the heart of Fremantle, why wouldn’t you be there? Actually, not Pauline Hanson, no one likes her.

Aside from your own event, which 3 #WAMFest performers/ #WAMCon speakers / facets are you most looking forward to catching, and WHY?
►WAMCon Speaker – Dom Alessio (for some JJJ radio play of course), and to understand the fabric of emerging artists in Australia (obviously)
►The Block Party!!! (man what a line up)
►Sunday Best by Parlour – Live music in someones backyard, Boo ya!

Best/funniest/most random memory from a previous WAMFest?
Getting to direct the film shoot for the WAMi awards back in 2006, watch incredible live performances from The Panics, Schvendes and John Butler. And getting to meet JB himself backstage, oh and the Flares were there, they were so little back then.
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metal-showcase-posterThe 2016 WA Metal Showcase @ Badlands Bar
Presented by: Stormrider Touring

Answered by: Stu McGill

Venue: Badlands Bar

Acts: Claim The Throne, Silent Night, Earth Rot, Sanzu. Suffer in Rot, Remission, Icarus Lives, Solum

Tickets: $22 preslae, $25 on the door, FREE with WAMCon pass

Brief history:
I’ve been promoting metal shows in WA since 2011, hosting national touring acts and my annual Stormrider Heavy Metal Festival which is entering its 4th year. I started when booking events for my own band Silent Knight and things have grown from there.

Describe the health of the area/scene/s you specialize in WA, and compared to Oz/world?
Perth is definitely up there in the Australian metal scene, id say ranked 2nd only behind Melbourne and that’s only due to their population size (they can pack multiple shows on the same night!) Perth bands have to work very hard to get noticed in the Aus scene due to the distance and huge touring costs but there are a lot of guys breaking through and doing big things

Advice for musicians trying to make it in the local industry, esp in your area of specialty?
Look professional from the beginning, don’t half ass anything. Get a good band name, a professional logo and rehearse your butts off before booking shows

Who should come to your show and why?
This event lives up to it’s name, it’s a Metal Showcase. There are 5 headline acts on this line up + 2 new comers opening the show. Its at a hot new venue called Badlands Bar and will have a real festival type vibe to it. If you’ve never been to a metal show in Perth before, this is an ideal starting point (bring a mate and convert them!)

Who shouldn’t?
Trouble makers. We don’t have room or time for those antics

Aside from your own event, which 3 #WAMFest performers/ #WAMCon speakers / facets are you most looking forward to catching, and WHY?

► Fan flirting
► Promo punching
►Making it rain

All three are essential fundamentals in running a band in 2016 and you can always learn something new on these topics

Best/funniest/most random memory from a previous WAMFest?
Hearing Dysie from Soundworks on the Asia touring panel, he is a great speaker/story teller and had some good insights in international touring
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basso-insta-sq-wamBasso Fridays WAMFest Alt-Country Showcase
Presented by: Sweet Mate Music

Answered By: Luke Rinaldi

Venue: Bassendean Hotel

Acts: The Jaycos, Ralway Bell, The Jackson Roses, The Fortunados and Pete Byfield

Tickets: $10 door or FREE with WAMCon pass

Brief history:
Basso Fridays kicked off a year ago with Fridays at the Bassendean Hotel. We’ve had acts such as Kim Salmon, Ruby Boots, The Kill Devil Hills, The Love Junkies, Peter Bibby, The Floors, Catherine Traicos, Stillwater Giants, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets and The High Learys.

Describe the health of the area/scene/s you specialize in WA, and compared to Oz/world?
Basso Fridays are very much focused on the garage rock and alt-country genres, although certainly not exclusively. It’s about 15 min drive from the city and is the base for a lot of gig-goers who used to live around Highgate/Northbridge/North Perth a decade ago. As such we generally aim at a bit of an older demographic than the average City or Freo show.

Advice for musicians trying to make it in the local industry, esp in your area of specialty?
Don’t play too many shows that clash with each other – make sure you can bring the maximum amount of your fans to each show and make it the most successful gig it can be – this will lead to better shows later, rather than just more shows right now.

Who should come to your show and why?
This is the cream of the Perth country scene including Basso regulars The Jaycos, plus WAM award nominated band Ralway Bell along with The Jackson Roses, The Fortunados and Mr Northam Pete Byfield.

Who shouldn’t?
The Dad from “Hey Dad”

Aside from your own event, which 3 #WAMFest performers/ #WAMCon speakers / facets are you most looking forward to catching, and WHY?

► The Boat thing, cos “I’m on a boat”
►Salary and Lucy Peach at The Mustang as part of the Saturday Spectacular, great way to start the arvo
►Badlands two-roomer as part of the Sat Spec

Best/funniest/most random memory from a previous WAMFest?
Jed Whitey playing Forrest Chase at 8am as part of a WAMi Festival about 15 years ago.
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