Applications for this project are now closed. You can view the selected acts here.

Sounds of The Mid West, launched in May 2020, 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. The project 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 provides 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.

The region-wide call for interest received 57 applications, demonstrating the impressive depth of the local music community and demand for recording opportunities. WAM announced the selected artists/acts in September 2020, including;

Jade Jackson (Dongara)
Carrum Mourambine (Nanda)
Vince Jones (Mt Magnet (Martu))
Theona Councillor (Naaguja)
Warriyangga Warralgurniya
(Warriyangaa-Thiinma)
Gus McKay (Cue), and Geraldton based artists
Ian Weggler
Nicky Robson
Alexia Parenzee

Good Strife

Find out more about the artists here.

Recording will be undertaken in September/October 2020 at Geraldton’s iconic cultural and entertainment venue Queens Park Theatre, thanks to the ongoing community and cultural partnership with the City of Greater Geraldton.

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.

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, and the City of Greater Geraldton.