About the Showcases

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Play the Music Showcase

NAB partnering with APRA

NAB was a proud supporter of Song Summit Sydney and to partner with APRA in promoting the craft of songwriting through initiatives such as the NAB Songwriting Competition and the Music Songwriting Workshops conducted at Secondary Schools around Australia as part of the NAB 150 Tour.

NAB and APRA share similar principles when it comes to helping people pursue their dreams, aspirations and ideas. Whether these are applied to songwriting and composing, or financial management, it is about supporting individuals and communities by providing the tools, resources and information to achieve their goals.

As an extension of the Listen to the Music panels, our delegates were also given the opportunity to submit for a showcase performance slot at Song Summit Sydney.

Over 200 submissions were received for the Listen to the Music panels, and the job to select only three Play the Music performers was excruciatingly difficult due to the extremely high standard of songs submitted.

We would like to congratulate all that submitted for the Listen to the Music | Play the Music with special congratulations to Jessica Paige, Microwave Jenny and Happenstance for being chosen to perform the Play the Music showcase.

Jessica Paige

Jessica Paige

Jessica Paige is a young Melbourne singer/songwriter with her own excellent band of Paige Boys. Her style is alternative jazz-infused pop. Jessica's music is export ready, tracks have been constantly added to international podcasts, internet radio, satellite radio, digital stores (12 tracks through over 60 online sites worldwide), recent national TV exposure on several programs and tracks are licenced to various TV series (including Backpackers and Neighbours) and films (Offing David), with more in the pipeline.

Jessica is currently writing with several experienced and successful songwriters - Jazz with international award winning pianist, Luke Howard, Dance with Jesse Bilewitz, Pop with Jesse Bear and Brett Collins and alternative and folky styles by herself. Jessica's Under My Skin EP has national physical distribution through Sound Vault and international distribution through CD Baby. Jessica owns all the masters, copyright and publishing rights to her songs. Jessica is recording her debut album for release later in 2008.

Microwave Jenny

Microwave Jenny

Australian folk/jazz duet, Microwave Jenny started when two young singer / songwriters Brendan Boney and Tessa Nuku met in their latter days of high school backstage at a gig. With the realisation that they shared the same kind of musical direction and undeniable chemistry, Microwave Jenny was born.

They began playing clubs and pubs where their unique brand of folk / jazz interpretations of contemporary songs soon led to a strong following. Drawing influences from such artists as James Taylor, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Joni Mitchell, Microwave Jenny aim to promote good vibes, positive spirited music with honest, sincere lyrics and contagious melodies.

Happenstance

Happenstance

Happenstance are two charismatic front-men Ben Grace and Nick Woodford, the virtuosic David Grant on bass and dynamic drummer Ali Foster (winner of the 2007 Jann Rutherford Memorial Award for Women Instrumentalists In Jazz). Happenstance's on-stage sound has been likened to the Beatles, Crowded House, Maroon 5, Queen, early Whitlams, Phish, Supergrass and Jellyfish.

Happenstance have been playing the Sydney scene for less than a year and have wasted no time producing their first EP along side ARIA award winning producer/engineer Anton Hagop (Silverchair, Powderfinger, The Dissociatives). This stylistically varied debut serves as an entree to Happenstance's extensive repertoire. Two of the EP tracks recently made into the top 30 in the national New Artists 2 Radio (2007) competition and in September the newly launched mp3.com.au charts made their debut with happenstance at no. 1.

Happenstance have played at venues such as the Annandale, the Hopetoun, the Excelsior, the Cat & Fiddle, HQ, Mandarin Club, Orange Grove Hotel and Vic on the Park and Windsor's infamous Jolly Frog Hotel and have also taken the show on the road to Newcastle.

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Sparkadia

Sparkadia

It's a rare thing these days, but Sparkadia are a melodically potent, optimistic pop group, and in this day and age, that's a brave thing to be.

Painting in ecstatic primary colors, singer/guitarist AB, drummer Dave Hall and bass player Rabone issue a rousing call to everyone, an open celebration of the love, regret, doubt, and redemption that make up the guts of life.

After meeting at high school, Alex and Dave discovered and began to refine their shared love of pared-back melody and groove, the essence of a great song; an accessible antidote, and a reaction to, the music of the time.

"We didn't care about what was going on around us", Alex explains. "We did things to please ourselves artistically and emotionally. If a song doesn't make you feel, what's the point?"

Low Rider

Low Rider

Founded in Adelaide in 2004, music is in the blood for Lowrider. Shirking off career counsellor recommendations, and their parents more traditional expectations, Lowrider instead chose to follow their hearts. And now even their parents are joining the dark side as the Lowrider story develops into one nothing short of a fairytale.

From their humble beginnings, Lowrider took little time in establishing themselves as one of Adelaide's most promising young bands. Playing countless shows including back to back Pyramid Rock Festival appearances and sharing the mainstage for the entire Big Day Out tour with the Hilltop Hoods, Lowrider's enigmatic, unforgettable live show quickly cemented them a loyal fan base and saw the music world sit up and begin to take notice.

Fans so much, Hilltop Hoods invited Lowrider to appear alongside them at 2008's Big Day Out. Taking to the main stage, providing backing music and an added dimension to the famous Hoods sound, Lowrider proved to be an absolute highlight for all in attendance.

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Chanelle Davis

Chanelle Davis

This year Chanelle has received national and international songwriting awards. Three of her songs were top ten finalists for the 2007 New Zealand Songwriters' Trust award, which she won with her new song “Dear Jon”. ”Alight” was placed 2nd in the pop/ballad section of the 2007 Pacific Songwriting Awards, and 'Brother' was commended as a sponsors favourite. Her performances include a spot on TVNZ's Good Morning, Classic Hits, MoreFM and at The Qantas Television Awards. Chanelle was also featured on the cover of UNO magazine - summer edition '07 and in the Dec/Jan issue of New Zealand Musician. Her recent success caught the eye of Roger Marbeck - most famous for Marbecks CD stores - who now distributes her album to stores nationwide through his label ODE records. Chanelle is now recording her second album, which she thinks is a step up from her first one.

Mark Vanilau and Dave Dobbyn

Mark Vanilau

Mark Vanilau is a multi-talented musician and songwriter. As a founding member of Tribalincs, whose style encompassed jazz, soul, gospel and rock, Mark played guitar, keyboard and provided vocals. For 2008 Mark is focusing on his debut solo album. He has created a solid reputation and constantly writes and performs with other artists, having connections throughout New Zealand and overseas. He features in Dave Dobbyn's band on guitar, keys and bvs, touring in UK and Europe. Next stop London to contribute to Dobbyn's new album.

Bionic Pixie

Bionic Pixie

Encompassing equal parts heart & cheek, Bionic Pixie is a ballsy & sharp, brass knuckles philosophy at the command of its creator and alter ego, 21 year old Zoe Fleury. Formed in early 2007, Bionic Pixies sound consists of bass parts, frantic arrangements and computer generated echo-ey bleeps as a back drop for a curiously alien like vocal style. Fleurys exciting live presence her penchant for silver get ups and gold sequined shoes make her one of New Zealands more exciting bands in recent history.

Currently based in Sydney starting another as yet untitled super band. Fleury is hoping to launch Bionic Pixie in Japan, using giant hearts and silver bomber jackets as props. With plans to get an actual live band and self appointed drumming duties, this is one of those bands you can say you liked before they were famous.

Anika Moa

Anika Moa

There isn't a voice like hers anywhere. Honest and heart wrenching with an underlying soul and energy that complements the songs she writes. You may have seen the cheeky grin. It gives a small insight into the persona behind it, and the music she has made for the best part of the last decade.

In Swings The Tide is her latest offering. It takes one listen through to realise it is an album that she has poured all of her creative energies into. Featuring the new single “Dreams In My Head”, the sound of Anika Moa is the sound of one of New Zealand's best loved troubadours, and one who speaks from the truth of her experiences.

Recorded at Anika's Auckland home in 2006 seven days before Christmas and ten days later on in May 2007, the sessions were originally planned as a chance for Anika to record some demos. But in swung the tide and things changed, even down to Anika self producing her own album for the first time.

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The Andy Walton Band

The Andy Walton Band

The Andy Walton Band is an indie trio playing groove based acoustic tunes with soaring heartfelt vocals. The band was formed in a dirty wooden shack on the banks of the Hawksbury River some time ago now and we have been writing tunes ever since.

They've played around Sydney for the last two years at The Gaelic Club, The Basement, The Hopetoun, and to a sold out crowd at The Vanguard in Newtown. They also headed over to do a few tours of WA playing at the Paddo, Mojo's as well as The Prince of Wales in Bunbury.

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Lovers Electric

Lovers Electric

  • Eden and her six sisters grew up together in their motorhome in Australia
  • David, with his poet dad and pianist mum also grew up in Australia and played his first gig at 11
  • Eden and David met as children
  • Eden moved to Britain, became a designer and started her own fashion label
  • Eden and David met up again in Australia and started traveling all around the world with a street theatre company
  • They set up a mobile studio and recorded their first album
  • And so begins Lovers Electric
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Wire MC

Wire MC

Wire the “The original Abodigital” has been at the forefront of Australia's Hip Hop scene for over half a decade. Wire is from Gumbainggar country and raps, sings and talks about the experiences of Indigenous country man who has taken on the challenges of the city life.

Wire has a powerful voice a unique lyrical ability and clever sense of word play combined with a well developed musical ability and a deep knowledge of the roots of Hip Hop. Wire describes his version of Hip Hop as a modern day corroboree.

"It has been a great evening, sharing my skills, my blessings, my lessons! My very thoughts, I'm here to report, cause I'm a street reporter.”

Wires latest single Bring it On! received high rotation on Koori Radio, FBI radio as well as on triple j's Hip Hop show. Wire is currently in the studio working with on his next EP.

S.Y.L.K

S.Y.L.K

S.Y.L.K exploded from a pack of sequins in 2007. These three bedazzled honeyz tear up the dance floor with their sylky smooth rhymes and stylin' moves. They dazzle the stage, dishing out a plethora of mind blowing performances which have included Field Day, Parklife, Playground Weekender, Purple Sneakers NYE, Sound Summit in Newcastle, as well as club nights such as Hoops, MUM and Bamboo Banger, and parties for Brag and Oyster magazines.

S.Y.L.K's hit “Work It” has also been playlisted on FBi 94.5FM in Sydney, as well as being featured on their ‘Beforecast' podcast. Expect fun party raps that'll give you a work out like a game of twister. So get ready 'cos Neenbomb, Ezzy E, Special K, and Kon Ding will be bringing the party straight to your feetz.

SPOD

SPOD

SPOD have forged a powerful reputation with their unparalled live shows & ultimate radness, cutting like a knife of freedom thru the wallz of oppression into the heartz of our beautiful peoples, fearing not what may fall in their path.

SPOD's self written & produced debut full length album “Taste the Radness” (Architecture Label) was an electronic juggernaut, released off the back of a solid reputation for his notorious live shows to a whirlwind of critical acclaim (including a 4/5 in Rolling Stone) and hi rotation on national radio. SPOD followed this with the EP “Eternal Championz” (Shock), putting together a full band for the lives shows and the recording to ignite his tunes with pure human power!

Gaining a large cult following with their no-rulez approach to ruling, SPOD have been invited to play at all the major Australian festivals including the Big Day Out, Homebake, Livid, & Meredith, supported and toured with bands such as Wolfmother, Peaches, Duran Duran to name just a few, alongside a weekly lunchtime radio segment on the Australian National Radio Network Triple J, and finding time to tour internationally with Regurgitator as their keyboardist in 2005.

SPOD's lIve shows can vary from being a solo act with his laptop & his musical gameboy, to being joined a guitarist, and by the dancing, singing & synthesizing lady-duo “The Scorpionz”, or wrapping it all up into an 8 person band of power, all with endless energy & even making time to give out flowers, hugs and get photos with the loving crowd. Any way you wrap it, a SPOD show isn't easily forgotten.

SPOD has been working on his new album throughout 2006 and is preparing to put the finishing touches onto it, launching into the raddest 2007 the world has ever seen!!!!

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