Gold Coast brings the goods to Australian Music Week

Some of the city’s best emerging talent will showcase at Australian Music Week when it rolls into Sydney 1 – 5 November.

It’s been a while between new releases for Gold Coast ensemble Hanlon Brothers who’ve previously won Emerging Artist of the Year at the GC Music Awards and been a finalist for two categories at the Queensland Music Awards. They’re showcasing at Australian Music Week for the first time.

We think it’s the right time to put Hanlon Brothers in front of the Australian and international music industry as we’ve put in the ‘hard yards’ to develop our sound and show; and the new music we’ll be putting out in 2018 is next level,” Saia Hanlon (drums) told Blank Gold Coast.

“We’re looking for the right team to help us get it out there to the world and that’s what events like this are for.”

Our plan is to be everywhere, go to everything, talk to as many people as we can and proudly fly the flag for the Gold Coast!

When we asked Saia what the best possible outcome from showcasing at Australian Music Week might be he didn’t beat around the bush.

Best case scenario, Hanlon Brothers will be added to the Woodford and Bluesfest lineups, secure global publishing and distribution deals, as well as opportunities to showcase and launch in overseas markets. Might as well aim high right?”

Hanlon Brothers hit Space 44 on 3 November, 6.10pm for Australian Music Week.

William Bloom, who Blank Gold Coast readers will know as Will Anderson will also showcase at the event. William’s star is rising, there’s no doubt about that. Debut single ‘Notions’ highlighted the artist’s multi-instrument talents and he’s recently supported Kingswood as well as performed with Busby Marou in support of Elton John. William is only 20 years old and he’s slowly building a mass of fans both locally and further afield.

William Bloom is at Croydon Lane for Australian Music Week on 2 November, 6.45 – 7.15pm.

Eliza and the Delusionals have been making big waves this year too. Fronted by dynamic powerhouse Eliza Klatt, the Gold Coast outfit were finalists for Song of the Year for the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards, went on to perform at BIGSOUND, supported Killing Heidi and scored a December support slot for British India and Grinspoon. They’ve just dropped their EP ‘The Deeper End’ and are primed to impress an international music audience at Australian Music Week.

Eliza and the Delusionals are at El Sol for Australian Music Week on 2 November from 6.00 – 6.30pm.

Karl S Williams needs no introduction. By far one of the city’s most compelling and talented artists, he is no stranger to international showcase events. The award-winning artist has trod the boards multiple times at BIGSOUND and has travelled as far as New York for the CMJ Music Marathon. Karl says the thing he loves most about industry showcase events like this is that you get a sense of your place as an artist within an industry made up of all kinds of roles beyond just that of the performers.

“I really felt that when I went to CMJ in New York,” he told Blank Gold Coast, “because the scale of the industry is so much larger there and there is so much history behind it. There is something reassuring to me about being a small cog in something greater and I find these events very energising and inspiring for that reason.”

Then of course there’s the whole connecting other artists element.

“It’s such a wonderful way to meet other artists and get to see them play when you may otherwise be scattered around the world on divergent tour schedules. Swapping war stories tends to reveal that we’ve all been fighting the same battles and there is solace in that too,” Karl said.

And while showcase sets may be daunting, Karl says that they’re “very forgiving” because you’re playing for the ultimate music-lovers.

“Generally they are shorter sets so it’s a puzzle to show all aspects of the music. I prefer not to treat showcases too differently from a normal gig – just go out and have fun playing – but I am conscious that for the listeners there, every moment is precious as they may need to run to another showcase.”

Karl is promising a new release in 2018 and has been playing a heap of new songs on his current ‘Blood to Give’ tour, which is just winding up. You can catch him at the Rhythms Stage for Australian Music Week on 2 November, 7.45pm.

Rounding out the list of Gold Coast’s showcasing acts for this year’s Australian Music Week is Whoa.

You might not have heard of these guys who met at Griffith University just last year, but some of the band members are familiar, having played in acts such as IVEY and Peach Fur. With only a handful of shows under their belt they’ve already supported The Vanns and played the Ozfest after-party. When they had their debut headlining gig at Miami Shark Bar, they sold over 300 tickets.  They have just one single to their name, ‘Stay The Night’ released in June but there’s no question they’ve already cemented themselves as one of the city’s most formidable, and fun, live bands.

Whoa are at El Sol for Australian Music Week on 3 November, 9.45 – 10.15pm.


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