News July 15, 2020

Mushroom Vision & ABC team up for new live music show ‘The Sound’

Mushroom Vision & ABC team up for new live music show ‘The Sound’
DMA'S / by Jordan Munns

The team behind recent TV projects Music From The Home Front and The State Of Music have announced a new weekly ABC television show.

The Sound lands this Sunday, July 19 with a 5.30pm premiere on ABC and iview, set to feature 60 minutes of live performances by some of Australia’s most talented artists.

The exclusive pre-recorded live performances will be inter-spliced with collaborations and artist interviews, with Mushroom Vision launching the show with a view to nurturing the ABC’s long standing tradition of music televisions from GTK and Countdown to Recovery and The Set.

For Mushroom’s Michael Gudinski, The Sound is the realisation of a dream to spotlight new music from Aussie artists on television. “I’m incredibly excited to realise my dream to see a music show featuring contemporary Australian music in a prime spot on free-to-air television,” he said.

The new show will be hosted by ex triple j and Triple M presenter Jane Gazzo, who also starred on Recovery and more recently, The State Of Music. Meanwhile Double J Mornings host Zan Rowe joins for music news updates.

Former Head of Sport at Channel 7, and the man who first brought MTV to Australia Saul Shtein, is producing the show. There will also be special guests each week with Bryan Brown the first guest/co-host off the rank.

The Sound will feature artists from all walks of our incredible local industry, with more than two-thirds of each episode focused on showcasing new songs. I’m thrilled that ABC, the home of iconic programs like CountdownRecovery and rage, have partnered with us to support local music in such difficult times,” added Gudinski.

Segments to feature on the show each week will include a curated historical clip for ‘From The Vault’, artists collaborating on iconic Aussie tracks for ‘Tribute’ and ‘Introducing’ a hot new local talent.

The first episode will feature Nick Cave, DMA’S, Mark Seymour & The Undertow, Kate Ceberano, Steve Kilbey, Sean Sennett, Lime Cordiale, Eskimo Joe, BENEE and Jerome Farah.

“As COVID-19 restrictions continue and the Australian music industry works to get back on its feet, we’re very happy to be working alongside the passionate team at Mushroom Vision on The Sound,” said ABC head of music Chris Scaddan.

“Australian music needs to be heard and Australian artists have never stepped back from their creativity. The Sound enhances the ABC’s unrivalled support for Australian music in 2020, via our radio networks, video segments, TV programs, live concert streams and digital content.”

The Sound will air each Sunday at 5.30pm, with an encore screening the following Saturday at 12.30pm.

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