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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songwriters collaborate at RESONATE

Media Published Monday 15 May 2023
Back row L-R: François Tétaz, Athol Munro, Dallas Woods, Luke Daniel Peacock, Sue Ray, Moss, Maanyung, Nate Weatherall. Front L-R: Antonia Gauci, GLVES, Tia Gostelow, Bumpy, Becca Hatch, Jacob Ridgeway (NATSIMO), Nooky. (photo by Jess Gleeson)

Earlier today the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office (NATSIMO) kicked off four days of its signature songwriting camp RESONATE at Studios 301 in Sydney. RESONATE brings together top Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songwriters, music producers and artists from across the country to collaborate on writing and recording new music.

A roster of talent from across the musical spectrum means a mix of genres and styles will be put together in day-long studio sessions to see what might happen. Participants include Dallas Woods, the 2022 triple j Unearthed NIMAs winner Bumpy, Meanjin-based songwriter and visual creator GLVES, indie artist Tia Gostelow, singer-songwriters Sue Ray and Luke Daniel Peacock, and Maanyung, a rising folk artist who "enjoys singing in his old people’s language."

Working in the sessions as producers are two-time APRA Music Awards nominee in the R&B/Soul category Becca Hatch, Mad Proppa Deadly founder Nate Weatherall, Nooky, Athol Munro and the triple J Unearthed DIY Supergroup winner Moss.

Returning to RESONATE as curator is François Tétaz, the Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter, while producer, engineer, and mixer Antonia Gauci will facilitate the studio sessions.

"We are excited to announce our third year of RESONATE at Studios 301. The NATSIMO's aim for the program is to foster an inspiring and inclusive studio environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander APRA AMCOS members to immersed in the process of co-writing and collaboration," said Jacob Ridgeway, NATSIMO Manager.

Notable releases to come out of past RESONATE sessions, include the new Jem Cassar-Daley single 'King of Disappointment', co-penned with Brendon Boney; Tasman Keith's 'IDK' from his AMP and ARIA-nominated album A Colour Undone and Tessa Thames' 'Cherry Blossoms In Tokyo' featuring Tasman Keith. Solo artists and past participants Mr Rhodes and Boox Kid have both performed their RESONATE tracks at industry showcases, as well.

RESONATE 15-18 May 2023

  • Athol Munro (Athol5, Arubio)
  • Bumpy
  • Becca Hatch
  • Dallas Woods
  • Luke Daniel Peacock
  • Maanyung
  • Moss
  • Nate Weatherall (Mad Proppa Deadly)
  • Nooky
  • Sue Ray
  • Tia Gostelow
  • Curator - François Tétaz
  • Studio faciliator - Antonia Gauci