New Signings & Team-Ups: September 29
Day Wave becomes I OH YOU’s first international signing
Mushroom sub-label I OH YOU announced its first international signinging today in US artist Day Wave. Signed to I OH YOU/Liberator for Australia and New Zealand Day Wave, aka 25-year-old Jackson Phillips, will be releasing his Come Home Now EP on November 6 with the lead single title track already featured on Beats 1 and BBC Radio1. You can stream Come Home Now here.
AC/DC beer at ALDI from tomorrow
AC/DC Rock or Bust beer becomes available in all licensed ALDI stores in NSW and Victoria tomorrow (Sept 30). The pale lager comes in either a 568ml can for $2.99 or a 5L keg with integrated beer tap for $24.99. Made by German brewery Karlsberg, it is available for a limited time in the run-up to its Australian tour, which kicks off in Sydney on November 4. The band has previously been in the energy drinks and wine markets.
ALDI said: “We’re very excited to celebrate AC/DC’s legendary rock status with the launch of AC/DC Beer in Australia. The combination of great German beer and Aussie hard rock just seems like a match made in heaven.”
US, Aussie, deals for Twin Haus
Things are moving quickly for Brisbane ambient psychedelic band Twin Haus (pictured). They’ve assigned worldwide management to Saguaro Music, which is working on US dates for early 2016. They also signed with Brisbane indie Bedlam Records to release new single I Used To Think (behind which they hit the road, including a Festival of the Sun slot) followed by an EP before the end of the year.
Eric Clapton, The Who, films head to Australian cinemas
A team-up between Arts Alliance and Eagle Rock Entertainment sees two music films in Australian cinemas. Eric Clapton: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is screened for one day only on Wednesday October 14. It was recorded in May to celebrate the guitar hero’s 70th birthday, 50 years in the business and 200th show at the venue. Cinema listings and tickets available at: www.EricClaptonFilm.com
The Who Live In Hyde Park is screened on Wednesday October 21. It was filmed in June in London before 65,000 fans. Cinema listings and tickets at www.TheWhoFilm.com.
MC Kerser switches to Warner distribution
Sydney’s MC Kerser posted on Facebook that his new album Next Step is out on November 13 through Warner Music’s indie distro network A.D.A. The album was produced by New York based Sinima. Kerser was previously with Obese. Last year’s King album debuted in the Top 10 on the ARIA chart and topped the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts.
Niche takes on Planete
Tour and booking agency Niche Productions’ latest addition is Melbourne melodic house producer and musician Planete (Dion Tartaglione). Busy on the festival circuit this year, his latest release Altair clocks in at five minutes.
MTV gets in the holiday destination game
An #openmyworld campaign by MTV and Flight Centre is aimed at encouraging young travellers to head for Europe. Using FOMO (fear of missing out) it provides them with a viewing experience housed on the MTV website. Content to destinations as Paris, Croatia and Rome were provided by Flight Centre’s touring companies Top Deck, Busabout and Contiki. The campaign features daily social posts by last year’s Big Brother contestants Jake Richardson and Lisa Clark who have a high social media profile on Instagram.
MTV has widened its brand association after its mtv.com.au site increased year-on-year page views by 343% and unique visitors by 293%. Flight Centre placed 30-second spots on air across MTV, MTV Music and MTV Dance.
Victoria, China, strike cultural exchange agreement
In a boost for their cultural and creative industries, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews and the People’s Republic of China’s Minister for Culture Luo Shugang signed a five-year Cultural Exchange Agreement. It will enable the exchanges of festivals, creative partnerships, tours, artist in residence opportunities and exhibition loans.
The first initiative involves plans for collaboration by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and a tour by the MSO. A MSO concert was broadcast to China earlier this year, and last week three of its members performed at the Ministry of Culture headquarters in Beijing.
More cultural exchanges, along with economic and other benefits, are expected after Victoria late last week signed an agreement with Sichuan province to move towards a sister city relationship.
Party in former mental asylum to help Beyondblue
The Hidden Sounds party on October 10 at a one time Adelaide mental asylum will donate part of its proceeds to health charity Beyondblue. Z Ward in Glenside Hospital housed “criminal mental defectives” from 1887 until it closed in 1973. Its acoustics and large room and cell spaces are among the factors that appealed to Soundstream Artistic director Gabriella Smart for a performance that combines electronic, classical and contemporary sounds.
Jay-Z, Maiden, neighbouring rights under one roof
Global neighbouring right services for the likes of Jay-Z, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Elvis Presley, MIA, Mark Ronson, Phil Collins, Genesis and Daft Punk now come under one roof. This is due to a JV by independent publisher Imagem Music Group and Netherlands-based digital rights management company Fintage House called FIM. The deal also covers the catalogues of classical and stage publishing houses Boosey & Hawkes and Rodgers & Hammerstein.
Courtyard in the act
The Courtyard Club Series, an initiative by Perth community radio station RTRFM and Perth Theatre Trust (PTT), returns for a second year. The live shows are held between Friday October 30 and Friday December 18 at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. Acts involved include Ruby Boots, Methyl Ethel, Tired Lion, Rachael Dease and Mathas. It will also feature a live outside broadcast of RTRFM’s Drivetime program and DJ sets from RTRFM presenters.
Google Cube emphasises Adelaide Fringe’s digital focus
The Google Cube is an Adelaide Fringe initiative with Google and its Creative Lab to create a moving image which allows interactive storytelling from South Australian filmmakers, musicians and artists. The Cube is controlled by audience members who can use their hands to choose which images are put up on a six-sided movie on a projection screen.
Adelaide Fringe CEO Heather Croall, who intends to emphasise the digital genre at next year’s event expects the Cube will “blow the mind” of audiences when they interact with it. “We’re hoping to see many interactive projects at the Fringe. There’s so much innovation in that space.”
The Fringe (February 13 to March 15) is expected to draw a total of 600,000. The full program is released on December 2. Last week, it unveiled its new poster, which is flashed on a large screen in the Adelaide CBD. Called Fringe Kaleidoscope, the psychedelic image by SA designer Stephanie Mitchell was chosen from a record 500 entries.
New act for Glassnote Records
Glassnote Entertainment Group signed Austrian singer/songwriter James Hersey, who is about to release his first studio-produced EP. Vienna-born Hersey has collaborated with the likes of Kygo, Dillon Francis and Filous. Glassnote is distributed in ANZ through Liberation.