RSOM at Face The Music Summit Day 1: 23/11/2017

Day one of Face The Music presented eager and aspiring talents in all facets of the music industry to join as a community and to hear from many different representatives in the music scene.

In Face The Music’s TENTH year, the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral was the hub of the two day conference as well as for Melbourne Music Week.

As a member of the Melbourne music community both as a musician and a female in the music business world, there were three important key themes that stood out throughout the day.

1. USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE – FIND THE BALANCE BETWEEN A SALES POST AND AN ORGANIC POST. This was a major discussion in the first workshop titled “Meet Your Future Boss: Our Picks for Tomorrow’s Fearless Leaders.” Speakers featured Gloria Brancatisano, Music Editor of Beat Magazine, Alex Gleeson, Entertainment Manager of The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood, Hip/Hop Rap artist, Mallrat, Georgia Cooke, Promotions Lead at Remote Control Records, and Charlotte Ried, Executive Assistant at Michael Parisi Management. “The key is not to always post about stuff that people can do for you,” explained Mallrat as she believes social media should be used to not only promote yourself but to share your personality and to engage in conversation.

One of the biggest mistakes in the music industry is that artists use social media just to advertise where they are playing so that they can get people to come to their shows, but as social media now plays a huge part in our everyday lives, artists should become more honest on socials and show their personality to their fans.

“Putting yourself out there and taking yourself out of your comfort zone is important,” said Alex Gleeson. He explained to the crowd that when applying to play at venues, it is like applying for a job. The applications that stand out are ones who show enthousiasm, initiative and dedication and doesn’t look like a copy and paste job.

The same applies when going for a job or internship. Don’t wait for Facebook to show you a job opening, call or email the company and express your interest as that shows that you are taking initiative for your learning regardless of your experience in the industry. For those who are under 18 and are wanting experience before stepping out into the real world, apply to volunteer at festivals and events so that you can meet people and build relationships from then.

2. USE SOCIAL MEDIA DATA TO HELP IMPROVE YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE Times have changed and social media is no longer something we should fear, but embrace. In the workshop titled, Building Blocks: How to Grow, Understand and Meet the Needs of your Audience, the panel highlighted that Melbourne has a massive audience out there who want to see live music on a regular basis.

The panel consisted of Yvette Myhill, Swan Hill Performing Arts, Harley Evans, Moshtix, Sally MatherCorner Hotel and Stacey Piggott, Secret Service.

Last year, Live Performance Australia survey results showed that 5.6 million people went to see a gig in 2016.

The panel encouraged artists to be proactive when putting on an event such as asking the venues for ticketing data after a show or doing their own publicity if they cannot afford a publicist.

If you know who your audience is, you can target your marketing to that specific group, whether it be female, 18 – 35 from the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne and use Facebook’s advertising functions to help you improve your reach. Or, why not use it for a completely different group to help spread the word and GROW your audience?

There are short tutorials on Facebook that you can watch under Facebook Blueprint that can help you utilise this great social media platform to spread the word as an artist.

3. THERE IS STILL NOT ENOUGH REPRESENTATION IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY OF FEMALES, AGE AND COLOUR.

There are a lot of females who are working in this music industry that are so good at their jobs and don’t get recognised. Georgia Cooke was one who stood out as the 22 year old Promotions Lead at Remote Control Records confesses that she left out her age on her resume as she had a fear that employers would immediately dismiss her application. “Diversity and representation is important,” said Cooke as the panel highlighted that we are still in a highly dominated male industry.

“Being young and a female is an issue that people should realise and push away,” said Mallrat as she discussed the idea of having more female sound engineers in the music industry. “Every female artist always records with a male sound engineer. It would be nice to have somebody that is like you.”

What should be commended is the equality of male and female speakers in each workshop today and how each workshop that I attended commended that. As a female, it is definitely refreshing and comforting hearing from successful females in the industry and gives hope to those who are struggling to find a job.

4. MENTAL HEALTH AND SUPPORT NETWORKS ARE KEY WHEN WORKING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. Working in the music industry is not a 9 to 5 job for most people, therefore it is important to take care of your mental health. If you are an artist, you could be on the road with little sleep driving for 2 hours at a time to a gig, or you could be an artist manager checking up on a client on the phone at 3am who is currently overseas on a US tour.

This theme again appeared in another workshop titled, The Manager’s Special with guest speakers Leigh Treweek, Owner of The Music Magazine, Charlotte Abromsfrom Hear Hear Group (Gretta Ray, Haarlo, Angie McMahon), Ellen Kirk from Lookout Kid (Courtney Barnett, Fraser A. Gorman, Jen Cloher) and Jim McKinnon from Team Trick (Dead Letter Circus, Mallrat)

This gave both musicians and music business individuals an insight into the life of these  managers as they work closely with household artists.

A manager is someone who is ultimately responsible for the direction of an artists’ career.  It is very important for an artist to have a relationship with their manager in order for the manager to bring out the best of the artist where possible.

“If you’re not taking care of your artist, then it becomes creatively stifling for them,” said. Charlotte Abroms.

Also, it is important for an artist to not just have a vision musically, but also as a person and know how they want to be represented so that their manager can lead them in the right direction.

All in all, the workshops gave music lovers an insight into the reality of our industry and really honed in a sense of belonging and community. It was a place where musicians could gain more knowledge and learn the necessary skills for them to implement into their career, no matter what side of the music industry they decided to take.

RSOM would like to thank Face The Music for having us this year and we hope to be involved next year!

Stay tuned for our review of Day 2 of Face The Music.

Written by Jena Marino

CHLOË VIOLETTE

“I just want to look back in ten years time and be like ‘yeah, I gave the music thing a red-hot go.’”

22-year-old Southbank resident Chloë Violette grew up along the Mornington Peninsula, which she cites has influenced the laidback vibe in her music. Having only taken up music when she began high school, she isn’t classically trained, but rather her music come from feelings or personal experiences.

“I played clarinet for the first three years of high school and then decided I didn’t want to continue with it. So I bought myself a nylon-string Valencia guitar and taught myself. I just started strumming away and the melodies and lyrics followed.”

Chloë began writing music as soon as she began playing it; admitting that she very rarely collaborates with other musicians. At first, she would find chord progressions that worked and then followed with lyrics, but now tends to keep the two separate.

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“Lately, they [the lyrics and chords] have been coming separately in terms of my imagination. Song writing is frame-of-mind based. It’s a matter of coaxing yourself into a creative state of mind.”

Currently residing in Southbank’s arts precinct and working in a bar at the Malthouse Theatre, Chloë finds herself living in what she describes as a “hub for creative people.” Studying a Bachelor of Arts/Secondary Education alongside a Diploma of Languages in French at Monash University has contributed to not only her music, but also her love of teaching.

“In a nutshell it’s a music major, a drama performance minor and a diploma in French, for the purpose of teaching. I find teaching inherent to human nature, whether it’s in the classroom or on stage. The ability to paint a picture through words and linguistics interests me, especially learning another language.”

Her alternative folk/acoustic style is influenced from many artists, both past and present. She cites Carole King, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Daughter, Ben Howard and Florence and the Machine as some of her biggest influences.

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“I saw Carole King and James Taylor in concert in 2010. I was probably the only person under the age of 40 there, but it was something else to see powerhouse performances from people in their late 60s/early 70s.”

Chloë’s main goal is to get as many people listening and connecting with her music as possible. She hopes that people will be able to connect with her raw lyrics and appreciate that as a songwriter, her life and experiences are reflected in the songs. This comes following the release of her latest EP Gypsy Girl its debut single ‘Hurricane.’ She describes the song as being about the innocence of youth and the lessons you learn growing up.

“The EP follows the narrative of the ‘gypsy girl’ and her emotional journey throughout life. I like having an understanding that all the songs are interconnected. It’s a snapshot of my lens looking at the world from the age of 16 to now.”

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Chloë is launching her EP Gypsy Girl at the Workers’ Club in Fitzroy on October 30. She hopes to thank and celebrate the culmination of artists that have been influential and inspiring through the process of the EP’s creation. You can buy tickets here.

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Written by Jordyn Hoesktra

REVIEW: Running Young – The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick, Melbourne (10/12/15)

Going to a gig at the Brunny is without a doubt one of the best ways to spend your Thursday nights.

With the venue typically having a lineup of three bands, I was disappointed to miss the supporting acts, (Mr. Elephant Ride, Officer Parrot and Pink Harvest) after having to line up for quite some time in the cold hoping to get inside and listen to some sick tunes.

There was already quite the crowd waiting for Running Young to come on stage, and I knew things could only go uphill from here!

Running Young pulled out some great beats that were perfect for the venue. The band’s groovy and upbeat instrumentation kept the atmosphere alive while everyone enjoyed a good old beverage. What more could you ask for?

Their rendition of The Killers’ All These Things That I’ve Done got the crowd involved, and was definitely in my books a great rendition.

A great performance by the boys, they definitely know how to entertain a crowd and it will be great to see how this band grows in the future!

Official video clip for Did You See – Running Young

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Written by Githmi Wettasinghe, Director of Real Songwriters TV

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ABBEY STONE

The last time we spoke with Abbey Stone, she was just about to leave the country for the States.

Now five months later, she is back down under with her latest hit, Brave Heart and with a major announcement to be released exclusively via RSOM.
So Jena could not WAIT to catch up with her!

In June, Stone returned back to the States.

J: Tell us about your time in the States this year. What did you get up to?
A: This year was about playing a lot more shows and recording a number of songs in Nashville with producer Mark Moffat. Last year was more about discovering myself a bit more as a writer, which I feel like I did. So this time around, I was recording the songs I wrote last year. It was really cool.

J: Did you record or perform anywhere iconic once again in the States?
A: I got to play at The Bluebird in Nashville again – twice! I cut three songs on Music Row as well, right near RCA Studio B, which was crazy incredible. I played some really insane underground shows in New York where the crowds were those crazy, creative and wholeheartedly passionate people. I learned a lot about myself as an artist playing those shows – for example, if you’ve got something to say, there will always be someone who has said, or wanted to say, the same thing… felt the same way. It’s uplifting.

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On the 14th September, her latest single, Brave Heart was released.

J: Your latest single, Brave Heart is very different to your other tracks in regards to the style of your music. Is this the new Abbey Stone?
A: Brave Heart was a song I wrote a while ago and it kind of just sat there amongst other songs I overlooked. I’m really fortunate to know some incredibly talented people and one of those people is my mate Lucian (aka LUCIANBLOMKAMP). I’ve told him this multiple times, but I think he is a musical genius. So I asked him if he would consider producing the song and giving it a bit of life. This dude is ridiculous. I sent him a really rough version of the song and he sent me this bassy, ambient sick tune.

I decided to release Brave Heart for free because it is a lot shorter than the rest of my music AND because it is so different. I’m always listening to a lot of different music, there’s a lot of music I listen to that no one would expect, and because of that, I like to experiment with different sounds. I wouldn’t say there is a ‘new’ Abbey Stone because I’m still messing around with different melodies and finding what I like best, but it’s definitely a sound that I enjoy listening to and making, so I guess we will see!


Brave Heart Official Video Clip – Abbey Stone


J: So, what is Brave Heart about?
A: I was 17 when I wrote the song and I had a fake I.D. I went out to clubs a lot and I used to think I was really cool and invincible. So Brave Heart is about being 17, thinking you can do anything and going into every situation fearlessly. The song says, “tomorrow is distant, the future’s a given, and we’re not afraid.” So whatever we do tonight doesn’t matter because tomorrow is a definite certainty that is so far away, we can chill. It’s about being teenagers really.

J: Tell us all about the video and the filming. What was the best part of it all?
A: The video was shot over two different Saturdays. Firstly we shot the ‘morning after the party’ scenes, which involved being on set by 5:30am, hair, makeup and outfit ready. It sounds like I had it bad but the crew were there the night before setting everything up and being amazing. We worked until about 9:00 that night and then returned the week after to shoot the ‘party’ scenes.

The best part of it all was working with a lot of people! Being a solo artist, I don’t really get the chance to work with a big group like that, so having many people around to have a laugh and be creative with was something I can’t wait to do again.

 

And now, a massive exclusive to RSOM!
Abbey Stone will be releasing her very first EP!

 

J: RSOM is honoured to announce the release of your EP! When will it be released?
A: November 5th! It’s a bit of a tradition we have running. Every year on my birthday, we release something and this year, it’s finally an EP. It’s something we have been working on for a while, and are still working on. It’s also something I’m really proud of.

J: What is your EP called? Are there any major themes or messages within the EP?
A: The EP is called Doorways. When I play live, I play a set within a set. There are three songs that I play in chronological order of events that occurred throughout the year I wrote them in. I refer to this set/these songs as the ‘trilogy’. They are the first three songs on the record and start with a song called Doorways. I feel like this is really fitting because it’s about the beginning of something and the opening of the first ‘doorway’.

J: Are you doing any live performances soon? If so, when and where?
A: I’m performing at Les Twentyman’s 20th Man Fund Annual Gala on October 24th and I’m playing at the Bikes 4 Life’s ‘Live at the Trak’ event on the 8th November.

We once again thank Abbey for featuring on the blog and wish her every success for the forthcoming release of her EP, Doorways.

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Check out the last post of Abbey Stone who was our very first guest on RSOM.

A Preview of BYMYSELF

Delve into the mind of the 21 year old hip hop artist as BYMYSELF takes you on a 40 minute journey with intimate, chill and cinematic beats.

This will be the latest from NYUON as the Melbourne Music Bank 2014 runner-up is reaching new heights after recently performing at the MCG and other special events, scoring many radio plugs and interviews as well as a successful single launch for fan-favourite track, Your City.

We have the pleasure of revealing the cover of this upcoming project.

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With a new music video on the way, BYMYSELF will be released online October 23.
You can also grab a free playlist to download now off Bandcamp.

You can check out our interview with NY here on RSOM.
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RICKY MUSCAT

A man who has tried every trade but always called music home

31-year-old Ricky Muscat said that music was “built in him,” as he called his late father a major inspiration. A self-taught musician, he was always participating in music at school but could never afford singing lessons. “I never really learnt anything…. I just sang.”

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Entering the workforce at a young age, Ricky tried every single apprenticeship but only lasted a week or two.  “It just wasn’t me,” he said.

At the age of 20, Ricky decided to try and audition for reality TV show, Australian Idol.

“I got to the point where I was like, “I know I can sing” so I thought, let’s try Idol.”

After getting knocked back the first year, he decided to try a second time and at the age of 21, Ricky was a contestant on Season 4 of Australian Idol.

I was thrown into the deep end,” Ricky explained as he learnt everything from vocal health and technique to utilizing the stage.

“Most people go to singing schools. “This was my foundation…where everything started. If it wasn’t for auditioning, I wouldn’t have known how to get into it.”

Life was always busy at Idol as his biggest highlight was making the Top 12 and eventually fifth place. A mad AFL fan, another special moment was featuring in a half-time performance at the MCG. After Idol, Ricky was regularly performing around Melbourne.

Six years ago, he was approached by James and Vince Leigh (formerly of bands Pseudo Echo and Invertigo), and this introduced Ricky to the conventions of songwriting, a new adventure for the soloist. “Everything I learnt today has been through them. They know what people want because they’ve been in the game.”

Staying away from major record labels, Ricky is now on his way towards his first debut EP with his band MUSCAT.

His upcoming single, Girlfriend will be the latest from the band as the single heavily hints the message that he is single and looking. It’s about being out and about and connecting with this one girl that you just can’t take your eyes off.”

You can check out a quick snippet of Girlfriend here.

The EP revolves around relationships with girls, which are all based on personal experiences. Co-written with James and Vince, Ricky is now starting to master his craft of lyric writing with melodies and music being his strength.

Currently, Ricky and his band MUSCAT are regularly playing around Melbourne with upcoming gigs supporting RNB superstars Pretty Ricky and Ashanti on Saturday 2nd August at Brown Alley and Ginuine on Friday 21st August at Trak Lounge Bar. Keep your eyes peeled on the release of his single Girlfriend and his debut album.

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CHARLES CORBY

There is only one word that describes this songwriter: mysterious.

Upon meeting this artist at a Lygon St café, mystery hovered in the air as I had limited knowledge and a million questions. Yet throughout the conversation, some mysteries were solved, but others remain untold and it’s all part of his master plan.

Meet Charles Corby. A dedicated, driven and unique artist who spends his nights writing and producing music, whilst passing the days meandering through cafes high on caffeine and planning his next steps.

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His last name is no stranger to the public eye as he is in the same family as Melbourne singer/songwriter Matt Corby, winner of the ARIA Award two years in a row for ‘Song of the Year’ (‘Brother’ 2012 and ‘Resolution’ 2013).

When speaking about Matt, he states that he would never refer to him as a means for gaining exposure.
“I’m proud of him, but I wouldn’t use him for publicity.”

Charles is a classically trained vocalist and holds high praise for the grand piano. Heavily influenced by the bands Evanescence and 30 Seconds to Mars, he highlights the prominent features of vulnerability and destructed innocence in his writing. Therefore, to give his music a definitive genre is unclear, yet I would describe it as ‘classically infused rock.’

There are no conventions in songwriting for Charles as he enters with a blank mind and focuses on the intricate melodies of the piano rather than chord progressions. “When I’m singing, I don’t think about the notes, I’m thinking about the content.” For him, music is therapeutic.

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His mysterious character as a person is shown through his music as there are no links to any videos or audio online. But why, you ask? This is all part of his giant plan on the road to stardom. He calls it, “the backwards way.” He says that he is taking a different route than most artists. “I don’t really care [how] everyone else is doing it, I do what is most innate to me.”

With an original repertoire of around 100 songs, it’s amazing how he will not reveal any music to anyone, (us included). Yet Charles mentions that he wants his music to be 100% before releasing it. “If they have to hear something, it has to be exactly what I want them to hear.”

So, what is Charles up to right now?

What we’ve been told is that he is currently planning a single to be released later in the year. This includes a quick getaway to The Gothic Quarter in Barcelona to shoot some promo photos with high profile photographer Andrew Guillaume who shoots for events such as Melbourne Fashion Week. He is also interested in collaborating with other artists on future projects.

I don’t know about you, but after meeting him, I am left wanting more.

We thank Charles for featuring on RSOM and we wish you all the best for your future endeavours. We are all sitting at our desks waiting for the announcement of your single’s release.

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