Front L-R: Taka Perry, Jarrad Rogers, PJ Harding, Ben Fletcher, Pip Norman, Xavier Dunn, Becca Hatch, Trials,
Middle L-R: Nikka Costa, Ivy Adara, CXLOE, Allegra Neve, Lola Scott, Jaguar Jonze, Merk, Annie Hamilton, Hannah Joy, Little Green; Back L-R: Justin Stanley, MXXWLL, Bri Clark, MISSY, KYE, Eves Karydas, Dylan Nash, L-FRESH The LION, Brendon Boney, Evie Irie (Photo by Jess Gleeson)
PJ Harding leads SongHubs: The Tower with Middle Kids' Hannah Joy, Trials, CXLOE, Vera Blue and more
The Tower is connecting returning Aussie expat music creators with their local counterparts
Four days of songwriting takes place at Studios 301
SongHubs: The Tower, our flagship songwriting residency is connecting returning Aussie expat music creators with their local counterparts by hosting four days of writing, recording and producing new songs at the world-renowned Studios 301.
Songwriter and producer PJ Harding is curating the four days in the studio from 23-26 April. The first day of SongHubs coincided with the release of his EP with Noah Cyrus, People Don't Change. In addition to co-writing Cyrus' 'July,' his credits include Jessica Mauboy's 'Fallin',' Ruel's ‘Dazed and Confused,' and Bliss n Eso's 'Moments.’
Harding is one of the participants at The Tower who either moved back to Australia or had international plans drastically change due to the global pandemic. In a challenging time for the music industry, the chance to create new music with artists who otherwise might have been on the promotional trail or touring extensively, presents a meaningful opportunity.
Joining Harding at the studio are brothers André and Adrien Nookadu, co-writers on Tom Gregory's European chart hit 'Fingertips,' Jarrad Rogers (Demi Lovato, Rachel Platten, Delta Goodrem), Amy Shark, Vera Blue, Hannah Joy of Middle Kids, Ruel, Trials, CXLOE and more.
"I'm grateful for the chance to bring together such a dynamic and diverse line-up of songwriters for The Tower. With all the uncertainty and work lost over the last year, making new music with this group of songwriters and producers is definitely a gift. Anything could happen," said Harding, who will be assigning working groups of three each day to complete a new song. He is also musical director for the APRA Music Awards taking place 28 April in Sydney.
Harding invited some of Australia and New Zealand's most exciting up-and-coming songwriters to be part of The Tower including APRA Music Award nominee Becca Hatch, producer Taka Perry, Jaguar Jonze, Eves Karydas and NZ producer/artist Merk.
"Since last year's virtual edition of The Tower, we have been working hard to ensure SongHubs continues in a variety of hybrid formats. Our aim is to give our members the opportunity to create new music when so many other endeavours have been postponed or cancelled," said Milly Petriella, Director Member Relations, APRA AMCOS.
"Songs will be written here that I have no doubt will become beloved hits."
Since SongHubs launched in 2013, over $2.7 million in performance royalties for the initiative's collaborators has been earned. SongHubs has produced commercial releases for the likes of Briggs, Troye Sivan, Tayla Parx, Morgan Evans, Client Liaison, Peking Duk, Tkay Maidza, Ainslie Wills, The Chainsmokers, Guy Sebastian, Ecca Vandal, Kate Miller-Heidke and many more.
SongHubs: The Tower thanks principal partners Marsh and Studios 301 and supporters Fender and Young Henrys.