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. 

Sounds of The Kimberley is the second of nine new regional recording projects, that focus on skills and development opportunities for local sound engineers and artists, with workshops offered in tracking and mixing techniques, as well as acoustic design and treatment.

The ten Kimberley acts selected to take part in the project travelled to Broome in September 2019 to record in WAM’s pop-up studio. The acts included;

Arnold McKenzie (Derby)
Damar Isherwood (Broome)
Dodge City Boys (Halls Creek)
Elly Ottenhoff (Kununurra)
Hillside Band (Bayulu Community)
Lenny Gordon (Yiyili Community)
Main River Band (Girriyoowa Community)
Monique Le Lievre (Broome)
Rocky Ridge Band (Wangkatjunka Community)
Tornina Torres (Broome)

Renowned sound engineers and producers recording the project include, Dan Carroll (fresh from working with 16-time Grammy Award winning producer Tom Elmhirst in France) and his Rada Studios partner Matt Gio (San Cisco, Katy Steele), Debaser Studio’s Andy Lawson (Riley Pearce, The Money War), Real2Reel Studios’ James Newhouse (The Waifs), and Sean Lillico from Fur Real Studio.

The final compilation will be released in 2020, with information on the official launch and debut single coming soon.

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.