New Signings & Team-Ups: October 27
Kaz James/ Ivan Gough team-up gets global release
Balearic house track Inside Your Arms, a collaboration between Australian DJ/producers Kaz James and Ivan Gough (half of L’Tric), has a global release. Armin van Buuren’s label Armada Music has it for Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, USA, Canada and Mexico while ONELOVE for the rest of the world.
Inside Your Arms is the first of two collaborations between the pair. James is based in London, where in between DJ stints around the world (including a 10 hour back to back to back set with Seth Troxler & Skream at Coachella), he featured on the Fast And The Furious 7 soundtrack, collaborated with NY house legend Junior Sanchez and UK label FFRR and released a single Show Me All Your Love.
Grammy-nominated ARIA and APRA winner Gough, one of the first Australian DJs to expand internationally, had a global clubland hit this year with the L’Tric track This Feeling.
Dot Dash/ Remote Control fade in Milwaukee Banks
Dot Dash / Remote Control Records firmed up a world deal with Milwaukee Banks for their debut album Deep Into The Night, due out in early 2016. Milwaukee Banks is the electronic/ southern hip hop/ cloud rap project of Melbourne based Edo & Dyl Thomas. First single Faded, out now before a run of East Coast dates November 27 to December 12, comes with a video shot with local photographer and cinematographer Andrew Diprose.
Sony Music to release PC Music tracks
Sony Music Entertainment Australia announced the November 20 release of British producer and DJ Danny L Harle’s Broken Flowers EP. It is the first release from a deal cut by EDM label PC Music and Columbia Records.
PC Music was founded by British producer A. G. Cook in mid-2013 and is home to a collective of performers and electronic musicians including Hannah Diamond, Kane West and Dux Content (a collaboration between Cook and Harle), as well as associate projects such as XL Recordings’ QT. PC Music’s chart success earned it FACT Magazine’s “label of the year” award while the New York Times dubbed its groundbreaking Pop Cube event in the city in May “a high-concept extravaganza”.
Damian Marley is Tidal’s newest artist owner
Damian Marley (pictured) is Tidal’s newest artist owner, announcing the news as a late addition to the star-studded Tidal X 10:20 Festival at Barclays in New York on October 20. Marley joins Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Calvin Harris, Daft Punk, deadmau5, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Madonna and Lil Wayne as artist owners for the digital streaming service.
Future Classic adds Wafia
Future Classic has teamed up with 21-year old Brisbane experimental folk act Wafia and issues her XXIX EP on November 20. Wafia Al Rikabi has been issuing records since her late teens, inspired by Esao Andrews, Oscar Wilde, Bon Iver, Matt Corby and Daughter. Her new single Heartburn caused enough interest that she had to post its powerful lyrics on social media.
Indica publishing deal for Rin McArdle
Indica Publishing has struck a worldwide deal with emerging Adelaide-born Sydney-based electro-soul singer songwriter Rin McArdle. Her five-track debut EP Lefty Lou & The Hamley Street Blues has chalked up 17,000 hits on Soundcloud. The five tracks, recorded in Sydney with Tigertown’s Chris Collins, were written at a time when McArdle experienced and overcame struggle and addiction while living on Hamley Street in Adelaide.
Adelaide Fringe makes Julian Clary an ambassador
To boost its global reputation, Adelaide Fringe announced British comic and author Julian Clary as its 2016 Ambassador. It’s the first time it’s used an overseas name for the role, and the first time the quick witted Clary – known for his flamboyant costumes and sly sexual innuendo – has been given an Ambassador role.
Clary’s The Joy Of Mincing plays the Fringe during its February 12 to March 24 season, his first appearance in Adelaide in a decade. This year the Fringe posted a 22% increase in ticket sales and attendances in excess of 2 million people.
Spirit Music Group flies with Joe Walsh
Spirit Music Group inked a global publishing deal with It covers his entire solo output as Rocky Mountain Way, all his work with The Eagles and future compositions. Walsh quips that the Spirit team, lead by President and CEO Mark Fried “seem to know my catalogue better than I do! I’m amped to have them on my team.”
Vibes On A Summer’s Day appoints Frank PR
The rebooted Vibes On A Summer’s Day (January 24 at Bondi Pavilion, Sydney) has appointed the Sydney arm of Britain’s Frank PR to handle publicity and sponsorship. Promoter Joe Conneely, who ran the event between 1994 and 2003, likes Frank PR’s “reputation for authenticity and edginess, which is what Vibes is all about.”
Although the festival’s return is next year confined to Sydney, Conneely’s long terms plans are to hit the other cities and take it overseas. The first acts are unveiled on October 30.
Australia signs co-production film/TV deal with Malaysia
While the Australian music and tech industries watch apprehensively to see the effects of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a positive outcome has generated for the country’s film and TV sectors. The Australian Government has signed a bilateral treaty to provide investment, licensing and co-production. Malaysia is the 11th partner in this for Australia. The others include Singapore, China, Canada, Germany and South Korea, with India and Denmark on the horizon and plans to renegotiate the current UK treaty.
U2/Madonna manager adds Amy Schumer to books
U2/Madonna manager Guy Oseary added fast rising US comedian Amy Schumer to his Maverick Management roster, Billboard confirmed. Schumer is riding high with her Trainwreck movie a US blockbuster, the Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer winning an Emmy and gaining new fans after opening for Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour.
Young Henry’s show off Bon’s big balls
As the AC/DC tour looms, author Clinton Walker’s 1994 Bon Scott book Highway To Hell is being reissued with updated chapters. As part of this, brewer Young Henry’s is unveiling a new beer Big Balls, “a big and ballsy IPA so turbocharged that we think Bon himself would have been a little apprehensive at first.”
It’s also hosting “bontastic” launch parties. The first is on October 31 at midday at its Newtown Sydney headquarters where co-owner Richard Adamson reveals, “There literally isn’t a day that goes by at Young Henrys where Bon Scott era AC/DC isn’t blasting out of the speakers of the brewhouse whilst our brewers pump out beers.” The other, on November 12 will be at Cherry Bar at, where else, AC/DC Lane in Melbourne. Walker will be at both launches to sign, while illustrator Glenn Smith will have screenprints for sale.
Multicultural acts showcase talent
State of Culture is a showcase presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria at Melbourne’s at John Curtin (Thursday November 26) to reveal the talent that’s come through its various initiatives.
These include music mentoring Visible for musos from refugee and asylum seeker communities, ReMastered Myths which brings together artists of diverse cultural backgrounds for sessions to create new material, Producers Lounge for emerging producers under Mohamed Komba (aka Momo, Diafrix), and spoken word inter-faith Common Ground.
Performances are from acoustic Afghani pop singer songwriter Reza Fazeli, Persian vocalist Saharnaz Kia,
Hazaragi poetry and soundscapes from Lapkat ft. Farkhonda Akbar, West Papuan rhythms and harmonies from Black Orchid Stringband, trip-hop meets Ethiopian scales with Lem Lem Band, nine hip hop names from Producer’s Lounge, Ethio-jazz, reggae and dancehall act Nhatty Man & The Lalibelas with live beats, soundscapes and spoken word from budding producers and poets.
The show is supported by Scanlon Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, Victorian Multicultural Commission and PBS FM. Full details at multiculturalarts.com.au.
Sydney Opera House’s two-year deal with Airbnb
Airbnb, which just booked its 2 millionth Australian customer, has struck a two-year deal with the Sydney Opera House. Airbnb will pay for thousands of its customers to tour the SOH and increase its reputation as a must-go tourist destination. Airbnb will also support the Opera House’s year-round contemporary music and environmental programs.
Spotify takes to the skies
In its first US airline deal, Spotify will have its 30 million-song catalogue on select Virgin America flights. “We’re dedicated to finding ways to bring music into every part of consumers’ lives, wherever they are, whatever they’re doing, whatever their mood,” said, Erin Clift, the Swedish-founded company’s Vice President for Global Marketing and Partnerships.
123 Agency brings in Zefereli
The 123 Agency’s latest client is Zefereli aka Alistar Richardson of Brisbane band The Cairos. This year he’s been touring his solo project, and with 54321 the second single off his debut album Withdrawals.
Fox International chooses MediaHub
Fox International Channels Australia rapped MediaHub Australia as its playout platform for all of its channels throughout Australia and New Zealand including entertainment channel FX.
Australian twist for Smirnoff campaign
Smirnoff’s global campaign #WhatWeBring, about how music brings people together, might use Canadian electro-pop singer Kiesza to front it. But there’s an Aussie element: one of the five remixes of her Djemba Djemba-produced Give It To The Moment track comes from Cassian, who will be featured in the brand’s documentary on the track’s culturally glob al remix journey.
Boag’s goes for a symphony
In a world-first in its latest campaign, Launceston brewery James Boag creates a “symphony” from the rugged Tasmanian environment it brews its beer from. It created a new instrument called the meteorphonium (from ‘meteorology’, the science of the weather, and ‘phonium’ from the Greek word ‘phone’ meaning ‘voice’) which converts live environmental and weather readings into music.
Award-winning English composer and sound designer Nick Ryan and software technologist Daniel Jones hand-built the instrument. It is 1.7m in diameter and 300 kgms in weight with nine bronze singing bowls and a central “tongue drum” housed in a handcrafted Tasmanian oak frame. It was placed at Ben Lomond National Park where it collected readings from the elements – including wind speed, humidity and atmospheric pressure – to create a symphony of drumming and chiming. The tracks, downloaded from http://www.boagssymphony.com.au, start off with a calm northerly wind becoming more intense.