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Amplify Participants Announced

Nine Queensland musicians have been selected to attend QMusic’s exclusive Songwriting Retreat, AMPLIFY, taking place from 11 - 14 July at Heliport Studios in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Now in its second year, AMPLIFY will play host to an impressive array of artists, songwriters and producers. 

This year’s intake includes a triple j Unearthed DMA’s Remix competition winner, a local songwriter signed to Swedish publisher The Kennel (home of E^st, Conrad Sewell), a Gold Coast act signed to Nettwerk Records with over 100,000 YouTube followers, a triple j Unearthed Big Pineapple stage opener, an artist featured on the Future Classic Recommends Youtube playlist, and a finalist at the International Songwriting Competition.

“The pool of artists who have been selected to attend this year’s AMPLIFY are an exciting snapshot of the massive amount of talent coming out of Queensland at present. We are thrilled to support these Queensland artists who will take part in this songwriting and development opportunity and co-write, collaborate, connect and learn from successful songwriters and producers,” said QMusic CEO, Angela Samut

“The quality of artists that applied for this year’s AMPLIFY was so impressive and something we should be celebrating. QMusic is all about supporting grassroots music throughout the state and we also want to help develop pathways for artists to make their mark outside of Queensland and Amplify is the first step,” says QMusic Program Manager, Gav Parry


Congratulations to Brooke Toia (BROOKLNN), Callam MacDonald (Daste), Chloe Wilson (Cloe Terare), Emily Coulston, Kayla Smart (Dorah Jacson), Luke Middleton (Borderland State), Ryan Dobbrick (Du0), Ryan Henderson (Hollow Coves) and Thomas Daley (I AM D).


On the list to facilitate is the Head of A&R at Central Station Records, Archie Magliulo who's had a hand in the careers of Starley, Antony & Cleopatra and Ryan Riback. Archie brings more than 20 years of experience into the retreat.

Joining Archie artist and producer DVNA who’s clocked over 1 million streams from her two latest releases. As well as songwriter/artist JANEVA who's signed to Sony ATV and has written with the likes of Alex Newell, Twice as Nice (DJ Snake, Rihanna), The Eleven (Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony) and Stefen Lit (One Direction). Lastly, producer Jim Alxndr who's worked alongside Carly Rae Jepsen (Three time Juno Award winner), Broods (Ten time winners of The New Zealand Music Award) and Elle Graham (a.k.a. WOODES).

Brooke Toia who was discovered by Hayden Bell (Savage Garden, The Veronicas) is focused on using the opportunity to co-write on creating a track that can find its home within Australia’s music landscape. “Most of the songs I’ve co-written and released have all been within Europe or Asia. So I’m very keen to create and be apart of music in my home country. I really feel like you always learn something from meeting and writing with new people too. New energies, new lyrics, new stories, etc. so I’m always excited for that!” 

Always looking to build on his extensive musical capabilities, Thomas Daley says, “Considering I'm new to the production world, I'm really looking forward to working with different artists and expanding my sound and capabilities, blending genres and not limiting myself.” Daley, who goes by I AM D, has been a previous recipient of the APRA AMCOS Hilltop Hoods Initiative as well as supporting Thundamentals, Allday, Briggs, Ghostface Killah and other leading touring acts.

“I'm really hoping to meet a bunch of like-minded people, make great music and be inspired . I know I have a lot to learn so this will be an incredible experience for me,” says Chloe Wilson. Also following this train of thought is Luke Middleton, “I’m really looking forward to gaining the connections with other artists and industry people. Also to have a couple days strictly set for studio time and music making is something that I’m really excited for.”

The four-day songwriting retreat will take place on Heliport Studio’s 54-hectare tropical rainforest property nestled in the Buderim hinterland. The world-class facility features multiple recording, mixing and mastering spaces with state of the art equipment (and some killer views for when you need a creative refresh).

AMPLIFY is open to participants of QMusic’s free professional development program Industry Connect. Since its inception in 2017, Industry Connect has helped 1,500 artists and music industry practitioners from across seven regions of Queensland to gain a deeper understanding of the Australian and global music landscape and navigate their career with the skills, tools and confidence required. 

Also attending AMPLIFY for select sessions are four additional Queensland artists whose applications spoke to their hunger and dedication to their projects. These select participants include Tiarne Todd (Tiarne), Phoebe Sinclair, Max Mitchell (Major Minor) and Calan Mai.


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