Western Australia Music (WAM), the peak music body responsible for supporting, nurturing and growing all forms of contemporary music in W.A, has released a new Sounds Of The Great Southern compilation, featuring a range of incredible artists from across the Great Southern region.
The compilation consists of ten new and original songs, which are already receiving high rotation on ABC Great Southern, BOOM Radio and Albany Community Radio.
Following the success of previous ‘Sounds Of’ projects, such as Sounds Of The Goldfields last May, WAM put a call out to songwriters and sound engineers based in the Great Southern region, inviting them to be a part of the compilation. Artists and sound engineers of all ages, levels of experience and music genres were encouraged to apply.
After receiving over 100 entries, selected songwriters including Blue Stuka, Kris Nelson and Isla Imogen, began recording in March. WAM set up a pop-up recording studio in the Albany region, where participants could learn how to professionally record a track for releasing on CD and digitally for national radio and music industry consumption.
The ‘Sounds Of’ program teams up award-winning audio engineers with regional and remote-based engineers for informal mentoring. Mentors for this compilation included the award-winning Matt Gio (Rada Studios), Andy Lawson (Debaser Studio) and Sean Lillico (Fur Real Studio).
“The Great Southern region’s population possesses an astonishingly high active participation in music amongst its communities, and is reflected in this, WAM’s greatest Sounds Of project yet,” stated WAM Regional Officer and Sounds Of The Great Southern Project Officer, Nigel Bird.
“This compilation album showcases less than 10% of acts that applied to be part of the project, and is a compelling example of why there should be greater investment in music for the Great Southern.”
Take a listen to the compilation below
For more information on the Sounds Of The Great Southern project, head here.