Weekender 2004 - Goodbye
100 artists. over 6 days and 25 events
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
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!
Song of The Year 2004
Song Of The Year 2004
LAUREN BREDE WINS WAM SONG OF THE YEAR
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
KISS MY WAMI PHOTOGRAPHY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to
get in touch with the appropriate photographer. Many of the photos will be available
for viewing online shortly.
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:
PUBLIC VOTED AWARDS ::
Most Popular Local Original Act
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
Presented by Foghorn Records
Most Popular Local Original Indigenous Act
Presented by Goolarri Media Enterprises
Most Popular Local Original Music Video
El Questro - Downsyde
Presented by Network 10
Most Popular Local Original Music Website
Presented by iinet
Most Popular Local Original Venue
Presented by Harbor Agency
Most Popular Local Original Music Event
In The Pines
Presented by Smokefree WA
Most Popular Local Original Indie Rock Act
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
Local Original Male Vocalist
Gaunt - Nathan Gaunt & The Blackeyed Dogs
Presented by MGM
Most Popular Local Original
Katy Steele - Little
Presented by St John Ambulance
Local Original Guitarist
- Nathan Gaunt & The Black Eyed Dogs
Presented by Musgroves Music
Local Original Instrumentalist
C - Rollerskates
Presented by the City Of Perth
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 Drummer
Matt Maguire - Adam Said Galore
Presented by Summit Technology
:: INDUSTRY VOTED AWARDS ::
Golden WAMi For Contribution to the Industry
Presented by ArtsWA
Best Record Producer/Engineer
Presented by MMF
Best Act Management
Phil Stevens Management
Presented by RTRFM
Best Music Photographer
Presented by The West Australian
Best Reviewer/Presenter (Media Award)
Presented by Triple J
Best Live Sound Engineer
Presented by Audex
Best Lighting Engineer
Presenter by Cakebox
MY WAMI 2003 - Featured Bands/ Artistes |
MY WAMI 2003 - A Guide to the Kiss My WAMi Industry Nominations |
||:: 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.
:: THE CATEGORIES ::
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
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 – email@example.com
- and it will all help in the feedback we use for next year’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.
:: THE PROCESS ::
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
See you in September.
Paul Bodlovich - Executive Director
Western Australian Music Industry Association Inc. (WAM)
Kiss My WAMi Festival 2003 is a SmokeFree event proudly sponsored