Earlier this month nine Queensland musicians hunkered down at Heliport Studios to co-write, collaborate and learn from some of our industry’s best as part of QMusic's AMPLIFY Songwriting Retreat.
The result was an astounding nineteen demos written in under three days, all of which showcased the impressive quality of the artists and completely blew away guests Archie Magliulo, Head of A&R at Central Station Records and Vivienne Mellish, Head of Marketing and Artist Promotions at GYROstream.
"I absolutely loved being a part of AMPLIFY in 2019. I was really impressed with the quality of artists and the songwriting, production and vocal talent was exceptional. Being able to get an early look at some of QLD's emerging talent is part of my job I find so exciting."Archie Magliulo
Head of A&R, Central Station Records
Two highlights from the retreat came on Saturday night when Chloe Wilson (Cloe Terare) and DVNA performed their song Easy live and Calan Mai sang his song written with Ryan Henderson (Hollow Coves).
Thanks to our partner and industry champions GYROstream, two artists walked away from AMPLIFY with not only a few new tracks up their sleeves but PR packages to match.
Chloe Wilson received a GYROstream PR package worth $2,500 for her song Easy. Her live performance of the song was a huge moment of the camp and a release to look out for in the future. Chloe only started her project back in March and was an attendee of the Ipswich Industry Connect program.
Emily Coulston was awarded the GYROstream PR lite package after delivering two very special songs from the retreat Strangers For The 2nd Time and Full Bloom.
Audio Technica also set each of the lucky artists up with a pair of headphones that will take them through many years of future collaborations!
Set in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland, Heliport Studios was the perfect setting for the second year of the AMPLIFY Songwriting Retreat and the multiple recording and writing studios allowed participants to flex their skills and creativity in a range of environments.
“The quality of songs that came out of this years AMPLIFY is a testament to the depth of artists now calling Queensland home. It was an absolute pleasure to see artists who had never co-written before jump into sessions head first and I’m really looking forward to these songs seeing the light of day”Gav Parry
QMusic Program Manager
The AMPLIFY artists came straight off the back of participating in QMusic’s free professional development program Industry Connect, which is tailor made by musicians and music industry professionals for emerging practitioners and artists. Check out some of the work these artists have released on our Class of 2019 Spotify playlist, and sign up below to receive updates about Industry Connect and AMPLIFY 2020!
Releases to watch out for!
Cloe Terare Easy
Emily Coulston Strangers for the 2nd Time & Full Bloom
Du0 Come Home (ft. Emily Coulston)
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