Top international songwriters and producers are coming to the Gold Coast direct from Berlin, Nashville and Broadway to spend the four days prior to the BIGSOUND music conference collaborating on new commercially-viable songs with some of Australia’s brightest musical talent.
The Gold Coast has a strong representation this year, with Brad Hosking, Ruka Hanlon, Ella Fence and San Mei set to appear alongside Tony Award-nominated songwriter-composer Eddie Perfect, genre-defying artist Kate Miller-Heidke, international hitmaker Ingrid Andress (Charlie XCX, Alicia Keys), and BIGSOUND artists Jaguar Jonze and Mickey Kojack.
Producer Brad Hosking is a seasoned musician and record producer. He runs recording studio and production facility Blind Boy Studios on the Gold Coast and co-wrote and produced Amy Shark’s ‘Golden Fleece’, winning Best Pop Song at the 2016 Queensland Music Awards.
Ruka Hanlon, MC for our own Hanlon Brothers, brings his soulful blend of hip-hop, R & B, soul and jazz to life on the big stage. As part of the popular three-piece, Hanlon and his brothers Saira and Omar have recently released the single ‘Solar’ and plan to unleash their EP in the near future.
Award-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ella Fence will bring her “baroque electro-pop” brand of entertainment to Gold Coast SongHubs, performing new single ‘Don’t Fear The Monster’. Fence is currently putting the finishing touches on her first full-length studio album.
Before her maiden headlining tour kicks off on September 20, rising star San Mei will bring her guitar-heavy, delay-ridden, dreamy pop sound to proceedings. With new single ‘Something Good’ receiving critical acclaim, the recently crowned Gold Coast Music Awards winner for Breakout Artist of the Year rounds out local artists who can only benefit from performing alongside internationally renowned musicians.
At the helm for Gold Coast SongHubs is Berlin-based songwriter and producer Tobias Kuhn, who has worked with artists including Milky Chance, Aurora and Lewis Capaldi. Kuhn has invited a roster of special guests, and selected participants through a competitive application process. Each day he will assign a different group of three to write, produce and record a song by the close of business.
Holding a pre-BIGSOUND SongHubs is an annual ritual on the Gold Coast, and provides showcasing artists with an opportunity to write new material ahead of a flurry of gigs and meetings.
City of Gold Coast’s involvement stems from its recently released Music Action Plan 2021, which aims to support the careers of local artists and the music industry in innovative ways, making the Gold Coast a true music city.
Since SongHubs launched in 2013, over $2 million in performance royalties for the initiative’s collaborators has been earned. SongHubs has produced commercial releases for the likes of Briggs, Troye Sivan, Morgan Evans, Dean Lewis, Client Liaison, Peking Duk, Tkay Maidza, Ainslie Wills, The Chainsmokers, Guy Sebastian, Ecca Vandal and many more.
This year also sees the fourth instalment of the official Gold Coast Showcase on Thursday 4 September from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at the BIGSOUND Social Hub. Representing the Gold Coast this year are indie kids IVEY, electro-soul siren DVNA and catchy genre-blenders Donny Love.
FULL LIST OF GOLD COAST SONGHUBS | BIGSOUND PARTICIPANTS:
Special APRA AMCOS guests:
APRA AMCOS participants:
Luke McDonald (Holiday Party)
Ruka Hanlon (Hanlon Brothers)
* BIGSOUND showcasing artist
Gold Coast SongHubs/BIGSOUND takes place 29 August – 1 September, with APRA AMCOS and City of Gold Coast hosting the intensive songwriting residency in partnership with Griffith University-Queensland Conservatorium and Kobalt Music Publishing.