Sounding out music talent

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Artists like Carla Geneve have taken part in the WAM regional recording programs.
Camera IconArtists like Carla Geneve have taken part in the WAM regional recording programs. Credit: Supplied

A call-out has been made for Kimberley songwriters, musicians and sound engineers to take part in a recording project uncovering the talents of the region.

West Australian Music announced its new project, Sounds of the Kimberley on Wednesday last week, which aims to capture the tapestry of song and songwriters in the region.

The program will provide 10 Kimberley artists with the opportunity to record an original song with some of the State’s top music producers at a pop-up studio in a Kimberley location in September.

The final songs will then be released on a compilation album in 2020 on CD and digitally for national and international radio, industry and public consumption.

WAM regional officer Nigel Bird said Sounds of the Kimberley was the latest regional recording project in a series of programs that took place in the Goldfields, the South West and the Pilbara.

“The projects have been going since 2006 and we’re very happy to finally make it to the Kimberley this year,” he said.

“It will be a mammoth task uncovering the large amount of artists in the region and the enormous land mass, but we’re very excited to take on the challenge.

“Once we have a space for our pop-up studio, we will spend two days with each of the 10 selected artists recording their songs that captures the essence of the Kimberley and gets a lot of airplay on various platforms.

“It will be a very collaborative project and we hope to share their sounds within the State, Australia and even overseas through digital streaming platforms.”

Mr Bird said he remembered touring through the Kimberley in 2003 and noticing there was a large amount of unused recording gear — a memory that planted the seed for the project.

“At that point, we thought ‘let’s create a project that teaches the people in regional WA how to use this stuff’ and then we thought about recording local acts, so it is a win-win situation for everyone in the region’s music scene,” he said.

“Over time, we have had some real success with some of the songs we have recorded in the past and the profiles of the artists being lifted around the State and Australia, like The Tapping Sticks in the Goldfields and Carla Geneve, who was in Albany at the time.”

Register by Friday, July 12 by applying online or filling in an application form, which can be picked up from PRK Radio in Halls Creek, Waringarri Radio 6WR in Kununurra, Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio in Fitzroy Crossing, 6DBY in Derby or Radio Goolarri in Broome. Applications can be found at


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