The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 7th August 2015

In This Issue: we look at the dates for WAM Festival 2015, Rdio’s August Artist to Watch, and the $3000 prize up for grabs for Victorian composers, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Rosie’s School Of Rock Announce Prominent Female Ambassadors For New ‘Girls Rock’ Mentoring Program

Rosie’s School of Rock have announced the launch of a new music-based mentoring program called ‘Girl’s Rock’. The program will be aimed towards girls and young women (aged 7-18) with the goal of developing their self-esteem, creative expression, and community awareness through music. Participants will be mentored in varied musical, technical, and creative aspects, with ‘Creating Confidence in Creativity’ as their foundation.

With the program now underway, they have announced their first leading ambassadors: Sarah McLeod of The Superjesus, Belinda Smith from Hunter TAFE, and Kerryn Scully from NBN Television.

Sarah McLeod is the lead singer and guitarist with the iconic Australian rock group The Superjesus, and is also a successful solo artist. Having performed in front of thousands, sold over 200,000 records, won three ARIA Awards, and received national and international airplay, she makes a perfect role model for the program. On August 21st, she will be meeting with Rosie’s School of Rock Students and Girl’s Rock students during her soundcheck at Lizottes, and jamming with the students during the soundcheck and her show.

Belinda Smith is the Manager of Commercial Business for Hunter TAFE, and currently serves on the boards and committees of the UN Women Australia Hunter Chapter, Commstrength (youth suicide prevention), and the Joy and Cummings Centre Reserve Trust. She has said, “I’m passionate about finding innovative and creative solutions that enable boys and girls to have the same opportunities for success in all industries. The Girls Rock program is unique in that it is equipping young women with the skills and confidence they need to be successful.”

Kerryn Scully has been a producer and director at NBN Television for over 25 years and is passionate about engaging with local communities and talent. She is behind the creation of the Junior Journos Online Program, and more recently, the So There program, which is aimed at young people, and produced by NBN with all talent sourced locally.

To find out more about Girls Rock, visit

Dates Announced And Applications Open For WAM Festival

After a wildly successful 2014 with over 10,000 attendees, WAM Festival has been extended to four days for 2015, running from November 5th-8th November. Last year, WAM Festival included a range of new events, such as the introduction of a packed-out Block Party, and a newly formatted Saturday Spectacular that had record-breaking crowds lining up to get in.

This year, Greg Sanders has been appointed as WAM Festival Coordinator, following his impressive debut programming in 2014. His goal will be to evolve the festival to develop even more exciting celebrations of WA music, and is currently on the search for a mix of diverse talent to showcase at the festival’s many events — both free public events and the industry focused and ticketed ones. Additionally, he is seeing songs to be featured on the Kiss My WAMi complication, to continue pushing the best WA music from last year. He has said, “WA has proven time and time again it's capable of producing world class talent, and the WAM Festival provides a key platform to showcase the latest and greatest to booking agents, music programmers for radio stations, labels, media and other industry travelling here to discover the next 'it' acts from WA. So whatever genre or style of music you make, be sure to get your submissions in for your chance to take advantage of the opportunities.”

WAM’s Claire Hodgson will be coordinating a vital program of panels, networking sessions, and one-on-one opportunities, giving acts, managers, promoters, and more the tools, knowledge, and platforms to take their music to the next level. These will take place on November 6th-7th, with earlybird ticket prices to be announced soon. Hodgson has said, “Offering a series of highly informative panels sessions over two days from some of the music industry’s best and brightest, WA Music Conference passes also provide access to one-on-one meetings with conference speakers, the opportunity to pitch your music directly to radio and entry to all WAM Festival events, meaning not only can you gain great feedback about your music or business and make vital connections during the conference, but the networking activities can continue at WAM events across the festival!”

For bands to be considered for the above opportunities, they can submit their applications here:

Rdio selects Last Dinosaurs as August Artist To Watch

Brisbane indie-pop group Last Dinosaurs have been announced as Rdio’s August Artist to Watch, continuing their commitment to supporting local talent.

For this month, the quartet’s profile will highlighted on Rdio, giving audiences an exclusive glimpse into what music the band loves. Fans will be able to hear the first of Last Dinosaurs sophomore album, Wellness with “Evie” and their most recent release “Apolo”. Their record will be released on August 28th and be available in full on Rdio. Until then, fans can listen to Last Dinosaurs’ debut record through the streaming service.

The Last Dinosaurs Wellness Tour kicks off on September 25th.

Your Shot 2015 Sydney Winner Announced

The winner of Your Shot 2015 has been announced at last! DJ Blake Aldridge from Stanwell Park, better known as Flukey has taken away the top prize, and will performing at Stereosonic this summer.

Aldridge had the following to say about his experience, “Your Shot has been the most terrifying, yet awesome experience to date! From the start of training, to the final song played in my set, I haven't been able to control my nerves and excitement. And it is true what they say, once your set is over you really wish you could do it all again! The best part of the ‘Your Shot’ final day was seeing my friends’ faces light up as I get up to play my set, hearing them sing all the words, and congratulate me on what I have achieved. Now that ‘Your Shot 2015’ has finished, I am equally nervous and excited to see where this new chapter in my life is leading me and I can not wait to be part of it again next year!”

In other Your Shot news, entries have opened for the Your Shot & ALCATEL ONETOUCH SoundCloud DJ Mix Competition. The nationwide competition will run until August 31st, with entrants asked to upload a 20-30 minute mix to Soundcloud and submit it to Mixes will be judged by ex-Your Shot contestants Tigerlily and J-Trick, with winners being announced in September. The prize for first place includes a Double VIP pass to Stereosonic 2015 in their state, and an ALCATEL ONETOUCH Prize Pack. The runner-up will also receive an ALCATEL ONETOUCH prize pack.

For more information, visit

Darebin Music Feast 2015 Offers $3000 Prize Grab For Victorian Composers

Melbourne-based world music orchestra, Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde, in collaboration with the Darebin Music Feast, is hosting the 2015 Composition Competition for Victorian composers of instrumental music. There are three prizes in total on offer, but it is possible for one artist to win all three packs.

The total prize pool includes $1000 cash from Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde; Recording and Mixing from Incubator Recording and Mastering; Mastering from Crystal Mastering; Artistic Services from Geronimo Creative Services; Photography from Elizabeth Schiavello Photography; a guitar from High Street Music and a one-year Gold Membership to the Fingers of Fury Arabic and Turkish Drumming School.

The prize package will be divided into an Industry Prize (judged on the evening of the Composition Concert by music industry professionals whose works reflects the genres of Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde); an Orkeztra Prize (chosen by members of the Orkeztra) and an Audience Choice Prize (chosen by audience members on the night of the Concert).

The Orkeztra is looking for a particular sound — songs that reflect the melodies and styles of the Balkan, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European regions, like their own music does. Musical Director Gemma Horbury has said, “We're a community world music orchestra with players of varying ages and experience. We mostly play tunes from Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East but we're increasingly playing a lot of new Australian music that is influenced by those styles. What we want from the composition entries is short, catchy tunes that show an effort made to explore some of the genres, rhythms and styles of the repertoire we play. We also want tunes that are accessible to players of ranging ability.”

Composers are invited to submit a two-page instrumental tune that fits stylistically with the Orkeztra’s purpose and repertoire by 5pm August 30th. Winners will be announced at the 2015 Competition Concert on November 1st at Northcote Town Hall, during the Darebin Music Feast.

To see entry details, visit

Christian Lo Russo and Tegan Rogers Launch The Artist Studio

Christian Lo Russo (of Australian indie band Amy Meredith) and artist and teacher Tegan Rogers have launched The Artist Studio: their very own music school. They will aim to provide a more holistic approach than the average singing school, with a focus on developing the voice and artist as one, including training in vocals, songwriting, performance skills, and building creativity.

Lo Russo divides his time between his own artistry and musical career, and mentoring and developing the artistry of others. In the last two years, he has worked with a number of established artists, such as 5 Seconds of Summer, and co-written songs with artists such as Jessica Mauboy, Taylor Henderson, Dami Im, and Jarryd James.

Rogers has successfully run her own singing school for the past seven years, and has helped nurture emerging young talent with their vocal and performance skills. ARIA award-winning singer Nicole Millar (Peking Duk<>/b) is among her elite students. Rogers signed her first publishing deal and recorded her debut album at the age of nineteen.

Lo Russo has said, “Artists aren’t made in the classroom. There is only so much that four walls and a teacher can do. That is where we differ - offering a unique approach to mentoring and voice coaching that allows the artist to develop organically.”

To find out more, visit

Signings This Week

Melbourne-based group Flyying Colours have announced their sophomore EP ROYGBIV, which will be released via new ANZ label, Island Records Australia/UMA, who they recently signed with. The first single from the EP, “Running Late” is currently available, with the full EP dropping August 21st.

ARIA Charts


1. Are You With Me (Original Mix) – Lost Frequencies
2. Can’t Feel My Face — The Weeknd
3. Peanut Butter Jelly — Galantis
4. Like I’m Gonna Lose You — Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend
5. Do It Again — Pia Mia feat. Chris Brown & Tyga
6. Headlights — Robin Schulz feat. Ilsey
7. How Deep Is Your Love — Calvin Harris & Disciples
8. Wings — Delta Goodrem
9. Worth It — Fifth Harmony
10. Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae) — Silento


1. Node - Northlane
2. VII – Sturm Und Drang
3. Currents - Tame Impala
4. Angels And Alcohol - Alan Jackson
5. Title - Meghan Trainor
6. 1989 - Taylor Swift
7. Stages - Josh Groban
8. X - Ed Sheeran
9. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful - Florence + the Machine
10. Two Strong Hearts - John Farnham and Olvia Newton John