+ WAMi Festival 2005 - Hot Pick!

+ WAM Song Of The Year 2004

+ WAMi Weekender 2004

+ KMW 2003: End Of Festival - Press Release

+ KMW 2003: Featured Bands/ Artistes

+ KMW 2003: Festival Sponsors

+ KMW 2003: Award Nominations

+ KMW 2003: Festival Poster Artwork

+ KMW 2003: A Guide to the Kiss My WAMi Industry Nominations.

+ KMW 2003: CD Compilation Details

+ KMW 2003 Winners: Award Winners

WAMi Festival 2005
  INTRODUCING… The WAMi Festival, Conference and Awards 2005 WAMi Festival 2005
February 17 - 27

WAM, the Western Australian Music Industry Association Inc, is pleased to announce the WAMi Festival, Conference and Awards 2005. Formerly the Kiss My WAMi Festival, this monstrous event is now in its 11th year.

For 10 days in February, from the 17th till the 27th, all eyes will be on Perth for the latest cutting edge acts and noteworthy conference outcomes. Plus to ensure that WA appetites are catered to, further events under the WAMi umbrella will be held throughout February and beyond, including regional tours zig zagging across the state.
WAMi Weekender 2004 - Goodbye

WAMi Weekender 2004

WAMi Weekender '04over 100 artists.  over 6 days and  25 events statewide.

WAMi Weekender 2004
June 3 - 8

WAM would like to thank everyone whose support of WAMi Weekender 2004, presented by SmokeFree WA, made the event what it was.  Held for the first time ever, the 6 day long weekend proved to be a huge success for contemporary original music in our fine state, and generated great audiences quite consistently across the 25 events held throughout metropolitan and regional WA.  

The Saturday Spectacular turned 3 on Saturday June 5, and again held its own as WA's biggest festive celebration of local music throughout the year.  More than 1,000 people turned out to a show that featured a heap of individual highlights, with many local acts performing some of their strongest shows to date (check out the X-Press review of the Saturday Spectacular here).  Headliners Gyroscope were in particularly fine form that night and on the following Monday at triple j Live At The Wireless, broadcast from the soon to be obsolete Adelaide Terrace ABC Studios.

The launch of the WAM Hall Of Fame was also held, as part of the WAMi Weekender Launch Party.  This honour roll has been inaugurated with the induction of an amalgamation of people who had been previously recognised through various WAM industry contribution and achievement awards since 1985.  Among the twenty inductees were luminaries such as Suze Demarchi, Mark Genge, Kim Salmon, Bob Gordon, Steve Tallis, John Meyer and Dom Mariani. Watch this site for more info on the WAM Hall of Fame.

Further highlights included over 600 people turning out for the Indie Heaven show at The Rosemount Hotel, whilst there was 300+ people at the Live Electronics showcase co-presented with Deuce and at The Heavies showcase.  Then there was the 200+ strong crowd for WAM's first visit into the small regional town of Jurien Bay. The Music Managers' Forum Seminars also garnered stronger than expected turnouts, showing that more & more local artists and their managers are taking the business end of their craft as seriously as the music itself, which has in turn created an increased professionalism throughout the WA Music Industry.  

Of course there were many many more highlights… you'll know if you were there. Thanks to all those who were!

WAM Song of The Year 2004
WAM Song of The Year 2004WAM Song Of The Year 2004 :

Boddington teenager Lauren Brede has beaten off the challenge from 1342 other entries to win the coveted 2004 WAM Song of the Year Award with her beautiful song, “Time For You To Go”. She was presented with her award at the Fly By Night Club by The Hon. Sheila McHale, Minister for Culture and the Arts.

Lauren has also taken away the Outstanding Regional Entry Award with the same song, which she performed earlier in the evening. This is a new category in 2004, with all entrants from regional areas included regardless of the specific categories that they had entered.

A previous winner (2001) in the Children’s category, Lauren’s songwriting has already been widely acclaimed and the future seems bright for this young West Australian talent, who has also received acknowledgments from The Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, the Australian Songwriters Association, and Music Oz.

As her prize Lauren has won a substantial amount of recording time, along with assistance in producing, mastering, graphic design, manufacture and promotion of a CD release. A compilation CD of the category winners will also be released for promotional purposes as soon as recordings become available.

Judging for the 16 separate categories was carried out by independent panels of industry experts, with 49 judges donating their time in 14 separate panels over a three week period. See the Judges Section for information about the selection criteria and judging panels.

The WAM Song of the Year has been running since 1989, and is the state’s premier songwriting competition with over $30 000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

WAM Song of the Year, presented by SmokeFree WA, is proudly sponsored by Healthway.
Kiss My WAMi 2003 - Festival Poster
Kiss My WAMi 2003
  KISS MY WAMi 2003 Concludes
WAM's annual original contemporary music festival celebrated its 10th birthday in 2003. The metro component of the Kiss My WAMi Festival ran from Thursday September 4 through to Sunday September 14.

Kiss My WAMi is a uniquely West Australian event which celebrates the talents and achievements of the local music industry. In 2003 there were over 100 shows - licensed, all ages, regional, metropolitan, schools, university - as well many other special events and new initiatives.

Festival highlights in 2003 included the Kiss My WAMi Awards recognising excellence and acknowledging contributions made to the WA Music Industry over the past 12 months, an All Ages Program featuring over 50 Schools and All Ages Shows (climaxing in the massive All Ages Closing Party on September 14 headlined by Lash at HQ), a massive Regional Program taking in the Kimberley (for the first time) South West, Pilbara and everywhere in between, Workshops, Seminars and much more besides, and you had the most extensive Kiss My WAMi Festival ever!


Whilst doing the Kiss My WAMi gig-o-rama you may have noticed some of our many volunteer photographers capturing the action. If you'd like a pic of your favorite gig to savour the memory contact Emma on 9227 7962 or emma@wam.asn.au to get in touch with the appropriate photographer. Many of the photos will be available for viewing online shortly.
Kiss My WAMi 2003 - Award Winners
  Over the course of the entire festival, awards were presented in various categories acknowledging the achievements of local bands/ artistes as well as local industry folk.

Here is a list of the all the winners for this year:


Most Popular Local Original Act
The Panics
Presented by Sony

Most Popular Local Original Album
Land Of The Giants - Downsyde
Presented by Festival Mushroom Records

Most Popular Local Original Live Act
Presented by Xpress Magazine

Most Popular Local Original New Act
Little Birdy
Presented by Foghorn Records

Most Popular Local Original Indigenous Act
Gina Williams
Presented by Goolarri Media Enterprises

Most Popular Local Original Music Video
El Questro - Downsyde
Presented by Network 10

Most Popular Local Original Music Website
Perthbands [perthbands.com]
Presented by iinet

Most Popular Local Original Venue
Rosemount Hotel
Presented by Harbor Agency

Most Popular Local Original Music Event
In The Pines
Presented by Smokefree WA

Most Popular Local Original Indie Rock Act
The Fergusons
Presented by Embryo Records

Most Popular Local Original Urban Music Act
Presented by NOVA 93.7

Most Popular Local Original Jazz Act
Hip Mo Toast
Presented by Woodside Energy Ltd

Most Popular Local Original Male Vocalist
Nathan Gaunt - Nathan Gaunt & The Blackeyed Dogs
Presented by MGM

Most Popular Local Original Female Vocalist
Katy Steele - Little Birdy
Presented by St John Ambulance

Most Popular Local Original Guitarist
Nathan Gaunt - Nathan Gaunt & The Black Eyed Dogs
Presented by Musgroves Music

Most Popular Local Original Instrumentalist
Stevie C - Rollerskates
Presented by the City Of Perth

Most Popular Local Original Single or EP
Let Your Love Be Love - The Sleepy Jackson

Presented by EMI

Most Popular Local Original Blues & Roots Act
John Butler Trio
Presented by APRA

Most Popular Local Original World Music Act

B Movie Heroes
Presented by Quay Sounds

Most Popular Local Original Country Act

Pete Stone & The Assistance
Presented by WIN

Most Popular Local Original Electronic Producer

Presented by LIVE Clothing

Most Popular Local Original Live Electronic Act

Presented by Ministry Of Sound

Most Popular Local Original Heavy Rock Act

Presented by Roadrunner Records

Most Popular Local Original Bassist

Matt Geary - The Nordeens
Presented by Healthway

Most Popular Local Original Drumme
Matt Maguire - Adam Said Galore
Presented by Summit Technology


Golden WAMi For Contribution to the Industry

Luke Rinaldi
Presented by ArtsWA

Best Record Producer/Engineer
Shaun O'Callaghan
Presented by MMF

Best Act Management
Phil Stevens Management
Presented by RTRFM

Best Music Photographer
Chris O'Halloran
Presented by The West Australian

Best Reviewer/Presenter (Media Award)
Mark Genge
Presented by Triple J

Best Live Sound Engineer
Ian Stuart
Presented by Audex

Best Lighting Engineer

Jared Hawke
Presenter by Cakebox
KISS MY WAMI 2003 - Featured Bands/ Artistes
  Adam Said Galore Alaska Ambidexter
  Andrew Horabin Audio Cephlon Automasters
  Bernard Carney Bob Evans The Fergusons
  Blacksteel Civilised David Hyams
  Desert Child Downsyde DSA
  Dyslexic Fish Ele-mental El Horizonte
  End of Fashion FCD Project Fourth Floor Collapse
  The Fuzz Gata Negra Gigantic
  Grand Central Greg Packer Gyroscope
  The Hampdens Headshot Hip Mo' Toast
  Heads We're Dancing Jillian Jake On Tap Jebediah
  Jodie Tes Junkadelic K
  Last Year's Hero Lo-Key Fu Lynn Hazelton
  Matzal Monsoon Monumental
  Mr. Sandman Music By Numbers Myles Wright
  Natalie Gillespie Nathan Gaunt Niksono
  The Nordeens Pablo Dali The Panics
  Pete Stone Pigram Brothers Rollerskates
  Ruby's Grace Salamander Seahorse Radio
  Showbag Spencer Tracy Tantrum
  The Meaning Of Tragic Delicate The Tucker B's
  VOY_GER Yara & Chirichilli Zeta Theory
KISS MY WAMI 2003 - A Guide to the Kiss My WAMi Industry Nominations

Every year people have questions/ complaints/ concerns/ interest in what the whole Kiss My WAMi nomination process is about. To clarify things a bit, Executive Director Paul Bodlovich explains the categories and the processes involved this year.

This year, we’ve reduced the number of categories that are included in the Kiss My WAMi Awards. We keep getting hassled about the fact that there were too many, so we’ve done something about it.

Last year there were 41, this year there are 32. Given that there are a few new categories which have been added, what exactly has happened?

Well, firstly we’ve taken the gender specific instrumentalists out, but left separate male and female vocalist categories because there is an obvious difference there. Removing the gender stuff was as the result of being told by any number of people for the last few years that it was irrelevant.

All of these categories have been grouped together as “Craft Categories”, and will be public voted awards.

Next, we have the “General Awards”, also publicly voted, and these are largely as they were previously but with the welcome addition of the “Most Popular Original Music Event” category.

One thing that we’d like to point out is that band websites should be included in the website category as well as general/ portal/ you beaut something for everyone music sites.

Also, the “New Act” category should only include acts which started gigging or whatever else it is that they may do in the past twelve months.

The “Genre Categories” are interesting, and again are public voted. We’ve added “Urban Music”, which is a term that incorporates Hip Hop and R’n’B. We’ve also split the electronic category into “Electronic Producers”, based on studio work, and “Live Electronic Act” specifically aimed at recognising live performance in the electronic scene. The folk and blues categories are now the “Blues and Roots” category (a term we picked up from ARIA). Jazz, World and Country are all self explanatory.

Indie, Pop, Rock, Funk, Punk and Metal were all separate categories last year – this year there are only two to encompass these sub-genres – “Heavy Rock”, which will obviously include all facets of metal, hard rock, maybe even some of the more full on punk that’s going around, and generally stuff that is, as the name implies, heavy. “Indi Rock” encompasses the indie, pop, funk rock, pub rock, oz rock, cock rock, sock rock, paper/scissors/rock rock and some of the less full on punk that’s going around.

If you think that it’d be nice for all the sub-genres that live under these categories to have a separate category, well you’ve got a point, and we agonise over exactly that every year. However, in each of these categories (and we mean all of them, whether its country, electronic or indi rock) there are potentially dozens of sub, and sub-sub genres, and which should we have chosen? Go to a website like mp3.com and check out their genre listing – its staggering. So, we have to draw the line somewhere and we think we have it as right as it can be.

If you have a particular complaint to air though, make sure you air it, preferably to us – wam@wam.asn.au - and it will all help in the feedback we use for next year’s WAMi’s.

The Kiss My WAMi CD compilation will be based on these genre categories this year, and submissions have been asked for in this way. The one exception to this is that the two “electronic” categories have been merged, basically because it makes sense to do so.

Finally, we have the “Industry Voted Awards”.

We’ve combined the “Record Producer/ Engineer” categories, added the term “presenter” to the reviewer category so that it encompasses radio as well as press (termed the “Media Award”), and added an award for “Original Band Management”. The “Music Photographer” award should not be restricted to press photographers, there are photographers around doing album cover shots/ promo shots etc who also deserve recognition.

And, the winner of the “Golden WAMi” in recognition of contribution to the industry will now be inducted into a “Hall of Fame” and presented with a Life Membership to WAM, which will also be done retrospectively for past winners.

This week we are undertaking a mailout to a list of nearly two thousand music industry participants in WA for their nominations for the Kiss My WAMi Awards, the Kiss My WAMi gigs, and Kiss My WAMi CD submissions.

The process is, for each of these in turn-

For the public voted awards, we accept the nominations from the industry, tally them up, pick the top four and publish them on a voting form in Xpress and The West Australian in August. The winner is the one with the most votes. Simple.

For the industry voted awards, the first part is the same, but instead of publishing the nominees we undertake an industry poll to the same lists that we used for the initial mailout (although by email), which presents the top four nominees in each category for industry votes. The one with the most votes wins. Again, simple.

In both cases the more people that nominate/ vote, the fairer and more representative the whole thing will be, so make sure you are involved and make sure that other people you know are as well.

For the Kiss My WAMi gigs, we simply tally up the votes received in each category and base the whole of our programming around that, with the inclusion of some of the more high profile acts around (ie those with substantial national/ international exposure, and they do this as a rule at vastly reduced fees to what they normally demand) for a whole range of good reasons. The categories on this form are different to the other two, and are based more on previous years’. The main reason for this is that we are able to program gigs more specifically within certain genres because of the nature of the local live scene, and we felt that these categories still quite reasonably reflected that.
Again the best way to be involved is to fill out the forms and send them back, and ask other people to do the same.

For the Kiss My WAMi Compilation CD, we call for submissions in eight separate categories, and each category is assessed by a separate panel with particular expertise in that area. We will be publicising who the judges are for the first time, as a further step down the path of ensuring transparency in all of our activities.

Each panel will be asked to submit their candidates to WAM in ranked order, to enable us to determine the cutoff point when it comes time to fitting the whole lot onto plastic. They will also be given the right to disallow songs that they feel are in the wrong category, however this will be based on the same information that is provided above to ensure that apples are being compared with apples. Also, as always we will ensure that conflict of interest provisions are included in the panels’ guidelines.

And, WAM reserves the right to approach up to three acts in each category to be included at our discretion, based on significant national or international success and profile. This helps enormously with the promotion of the festival as a whole.

Again (just to stress the point), the important first step is to actually send something in, but its also important to remember that while its great being included on the compilation its by no means the end of the world to miss out.

Well, hopefully this has explained a few things. If it hasn’t, ask us. wam@wam.asn.au.
Ph: 08 - 9227 7962.
1800 007 962 (Freecall Regional WA Only).
Fax: 08 – 9328 7711

And if you want to tell us something, you can use the same numbers.

See you in September.
Paul Bodlovich - Executive Director
Western Australian Music Industry Association Inc. (WAM)
The Kiss My WAMi Festival 2003 is a SmokeFree event proudly sponsored by Healthway
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