Dance Work of the Year - 2012

Title: Finally See Our Way
Artist: Art Vs Science
Writers: James Finn / Daniel McNamee / Daniel Williams
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd

Sydney three-piece Art Vs Science famously formed after Dan McNamee witnessed a Daft Punk concert in 2008 and convinced his buddies Jim Finn and Dan Williams to take the plunge and form an electro-pop dance act. The band had a jump-start, winning triple j’s Splendour in the Grass Unearthed Competition, which they followed up with festival appearances at Parklife, Falls Festival and Good Vibrations. Their singles “Hollywood” and “Flippers” received significant airplay with the latter clocking in at number 44 on triple j’s Hottest 100 in 2008.

Their debut self-titled EP peaked at number 32 on the ARIA singles chart and has since achieved Gold sales. The band was subsequently nominated for an ARIA in 2009 and also received two AIR nominations for Best Independent Single, Breakthrough Independent Artist and Best Independent Dance Artist.

Their major breakthrough was the classic song “Parlez Vous Francais?” which was voted number two on triple j’s Hottest 100 in 2009. The video was also a favourite and won Australian Music Video of the Year at the 2009 J Awards. The band infiltrated in the UK, with the track receiving airplay on BBC1 and XFM. The band also toured their frenetic live show in support of La Roux and Groove Armada.

The band’s second EP Magic Fountain was released in August 2010 and peaked at number 14 on the Australian single chart. It also garnered three ARIA nominations for Best Dance Release, Best Independent Release and Best Video.

The single “Finally See Our Way” was the first cut from Art Vs Science’s debut LP The Experiment, which was released in late 2010. It reached number two on the ARIA album chart and number one on the Australian Artist albums chart. Further singles from the album were “A.I.M Fire!”, “Higher” and “With Thoughts”. Highlights in 2011 included supporting The Chemical Brothers on their Australian tour and receiving the honour of Best Independent Release at the ARIA Music Awards.

Mid 2012 sees the band play a string of shows in the USA, including the Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York.

Title: From The Music
Artist: The Potbelleez
Writers: David Greene* / Ilan Kidron* / Marisa Lock^ / Jonathan Murphy* / Justin Shave^
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd obo MCDJ Music* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^

Since 2007 Sydney-based dance phenomenon The Potbelleez have taken the pop charts by storm. The Potbelleez’s first major single "Don't Hold Back" spent an incredible 17 weeks at number one on the ARIA Dance Chart in 2008, selling in excess of 120,000 copies. This undisputed ‘hands in the air’ anthem earned the band three ARIA nominations and was named "Number 1 Most Played Australian Song on TV and Radio" in 2008.

Amidst the excitement of its debut single, the band managed to produce an exceptional follow up with “Are You With Me.” Upon its release it became Australian radio’s number-one Most Added Song to national playlists. This track was an instant hit on the ARIA charts, peaking at 15 and going Gold with sales of over 50,000.

In 2011 the group released its second album Destination Now, co-produced by ARIA award-winning Paul Mac and Justin Shave. The first single “Hello” was the number one Most Added track to Australian radio and number one on the iTunes Dance Chart. The track “From the Music” reached number one on the ARIA Australian Singles chart, made it into the Top 100 Singles chart of 2011 and has achieved Platinum sales in Australia.

The Potbelleez’s legendary live show has hit every major festival in the country, including Global Gathering, MTV Snowjam, Future Music Festival, Good Vibrations, We Love Sounds, Homebake and the MTV Awards, as well as headlining incredible events such as The Australian Grand Prix, ‘A-League’ Football Grand Final, Channel 10’s live NYE broadcast at Darling Harbour and the Australian Idol Finale.

The band has recently completed a huge string of live shows in support of their album Destination Now.

Previous APRA Music Awards

  • 2009 - Dance Work of the Year : Don't Hold Back  - David Greene / Ilan Kidron / Jonathan Murphy / Sam Littlemore

Justin Shave
'Shave', as he is more affectionately known in the industry, has been producing since he was 19. Coming from a classical piano background into pop and jazz keys, he moved gradually into programming, production and writing.

Shave now has more than 15 years of international credits in the pop, dance, television and film industries and prides himself on delivering sonic solutions to the toughest of briefs. He has an impressive list of compositions for TV commercials including: Bacardi, KFC, AT&T, Toyota and Chrysler. He’s also worked with big name directors including Nicolai Fuglsig (Sony ‘Balls’) and been associated with major sonic branding for television stations, mainstream brands and fashion labels.

Shave has recently returned to Sydney after five years in London where he was producing and running his own record label. During that time, he collaborated with the likes of Shapeshifters, Fatboy Slim, Darren Hayes (of Savage Garden), Mutya Buena (ex-Sugarbabes), Cerrone, Antigone and Etherfox. He is currently writing and producing new material for Darren Hayes, Sydney's 'The Potbelleez' and UK dance artist, Sam Obernik.

With many strings to his bow, Shave has also custom-built a music-making soft-synth-come-physical-instrument - the extraordinary ‘Okkam 01’ - an invention that recently won him an endorsement from pioneering German company Native Instruments. Shave also co-hosts Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki's natural sciences weekly podcast.

Title: Sunlight
Artist: Bag Raiders
Writers: Daniel Black (PRS)*
Jack Glass^ / Christopher Stracey^

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* / Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd^

Jack Glass and Chris Stracey produce the sparks of light, aural gems and sonic booms that make up one of the most sought-after, up-and-coming duos on the planet: Bag Raiders. After dropping singles like “Fun Punch” and “Turbo Love” on Bang Gang 12s, they remixed bands like Cut Copy, Midnight Juggernauts and Kid Sister and saw their reputation grow internationally. Upon the release of a little ditty titled “Shooting Stars” they became a household name among indie kids ‘in-the-know’, the sweaty dance faithful and DJs across the globe. The track peaked at 62 on the ARIA Chart and made it to number 43 on the ARIA End of Year Top 50 Australian Singles.

Bag Raiders’ self-titled debut album was released through Modular in 2010 and peaked at number seven on the ARIA Album chart. Transcending typical dance and pop boundaries, the self-titled LP ticked the right boxes for fans new and old, replete with sing-a-long choruses, deep-breath anthems, blissful chill and pure dance floor energy.

The album features a slew of special guests including Dan Black, Rhys Taylor (Ted & Francis), Simon Jones (The Holidays), Giselle Rosselli (“Crave You”) and Martin Solomon (Wim). The first taste of the new record was the single “Way Back Home” which debuted at number 77 on the ARIA Charts in August 2010. The track even charted at number 38 on the official German Singles Chart in June 2011 after being used in a German Vodafone TV advertisement. It later rose to peak at number 19. The infectious summer anthem “Sunlight” was released in February 2011 and reached the Top 100 Australian singles.

Dan Black
Originally the lead singer and guitarist for alt rock band The Servant, UK-based Dan Black is now a solo pop artist. After the success of his breakthrough track "HYPNTZ" (featuring lyrics from The Notorious B.I.G. and samples from “Starman” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella”), he signed to The:Hours, releasing his first two singles "Alone" and "Yours" in 2008. He followed with his debut album UN via A&M Records in July 2009. The album was preceded by his most commercially successful single to date "Symphonies", which was released after a successful performance at Glastonbury in 2009. The track peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Alternative chart, while the video was nominated for Best Special Effects and Breakthrough Video at the 2010 MTV Music Awards. All of his music videos and related visuals have been created in a close partnership with the Parisian design company Chic & Artistic.

“It’s about more than music,” explains Black. “It’s about making a universe people can inhabit—this crazy little world I get a kick out of creating. After all, I’d rather people be deeply irritated than deeply bored.”

Title: Titanium
Artist: David Guetta feat Sia
Writers: Sia Furler* / David Guetta (SACEM)^ / Giorgio Tuinfort (BMI)# / Nick Van De Wall~
Publishers: EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd* / J Albert and Son Pty Ltd^/ Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia Pty Ltd# / Mushroom Music Pty Ltd~

The track “Clap Your Hands” was the first single released from Sia’s fifth studio album We Are Born. In 2010, We Are Born received the honours of Best Pop Release and Best Independent Release at the ARIA Music Awards and achieved Gold accreditation on the ARIA charts in 2011. The previous year she won the ARIA Best Music DVD for Some People Have Real Problems.

Before mainstream success with her solo career, Sia recorded Healing is Difficult in 2000 and Colour the Small One in 2003. She followed up with Lady Croissant (mostly a live album) and Some People Have Real Problems in 2007. Sia has also collaborated with the likes of Katie Noonan, The Bird and the Bee, Lior, Flight of the Conchords and Fatboy Slim among others.

Her music has appeared on numerous television shows and movies including Six Feet Under (“Breathe Me”), Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Private Practice and The Secret Diary of Call Girl.

Sia co-wrote and sang "Titanium" for David Guetta's 2011 album, Nothing But The Beat by DJ David Guetta. According to Sia's official Twitter, she described "Titanium" in more vivid detail: "It's amazing that 40 minutes of my life and zero promo turned into my most successful song to date."

More recently, Sia sang on Flo Rida's song "Wild Ones" which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. She also sang on the Hilltop Hoods' song "I Love It" which has spent 21 weeks on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart where it peaked at number two. The track has also sold double Platinum.

In March 2012 Sia released a career retrospective Best of…

Previous APRA Music Award:

  • 2002 - Breakthrough Songwriter Award

David Guetta
With his fifth studio album Nothing But The Beat, two-time-Grammy-winning artist/ producer/DJ David Guetta has taken his career that spans decades, to a new level. Boasting massive pop appeal, bigger hooks and brain-bending beats, Nothing But The Beat bears a broad, adventurous scope of sound that reaffirms David’s role as a pioneer of the electronic and urban music hybrid.

Enlisting an A-team of collaborators, David’s Nothing But The Beat features 17 guest artists.  From hip-hop royalty (Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Timbaland) and game-changing rappers (Minaj, Lil Wayne), to R&B superstars (Usher, Chris Brown, Akon) and breakout pop acts (Dev, Jessie J). The album is also rounded out by Jennifer Hudson, Flo Rida, Taio Cruz, Sia and David’s “fellow mad scientist” The roster delivers a filler-free album with hit after hit.

With the track “Titanium”, Guetta taps into the otherworldly vocal prowess of Australian indie-pop star Sia to produce an ethereal yet anthemic work, enchanting the listener with trance-inducing beats and lyrical intensity.

David has sold more than five million albums worldwide since his 2001 debut. He was also a producer on the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” (the highest-selling digital release in music history). Along with his two Grammys (one for his remix of Madonna’s “Revolver” in 2011, the other for his remix of One Love’s “When Love Takes Over”), David took home the Best DJ, Best Producer and Best-Selling French Artist prizes at the 2010 World Music Awards.

“It doesn’t matter if I make a beat that’s going to be a song on the radio, or if I make a record that’s meant to please DJs,” says David, on continuing to bridge the gap between electronic and pop on Nothing But The Beat. “I always just think of making people dance—that’s my first priority.”

Nick van de Wall (aka Afrojack)
Afrojack is one of the most sought-after DJs and producers in the world. Making music since age five, cutting loops at age 11 and a burgeoning DJ in his teens, he landed his first small hit, “F*ck Detroit” in 2006. With a little help from Sidney Samson and Laidback Luke, his track “Afrojack - In Your Face” scored number 60 in the Dutch Top 100 and number three in the Dutch dance top 30.

He subsequently established his own label Wall Recordings and produced club hits “Math” and “Drop Down (Do My Dance)” which hit the Dutch top 20 and was crowned "Tune of the Week" by the biggest Dutch radio stations. In 2009 he collaborated with David Guetta resulting in “Toyfriend” and an Afrojack remix of David Guetta’s track “Sexy Bitch”.

His single, “Take Over Control ft. Eva Simons”, was one of the hottest club anthems and was number one for six weeks on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay. It achieved Platinum sales in Australia.

With a peerless reputation as a producer, his signature style is bringing him the kind of remix requests that most dance artists will only ever dream of including Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” and Madonna’s “Revolver”. Gig-wise, he’s rocked the world’s biggest floors including Pacha Ibiza, Miami Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival in LA as well as playing at the Coachella Music Festival in 2012.

In 2011 Afrojack was rewarded with the Grammy for the remix of Madonna’s “Revolver” in collaboration with David Guetta and in 2012 he released the single “Can’t Stop Me”.

Giorgio Tuinfort
Giorgio Tuinfort is quickly becoming one of the most sought after producers in the music business. His affiliation with Sony/ATV producer Akon has given Giorgio an incredible platform to showcase his unrivalled skills as an A-level producer. Creatively, Giorgio was an integral part of hits like Gwen Stefani's worldwide smash single "Sweet Escape" featuring Akon, as well as Bone Thugs & Harmony's "I Tried", which single-handedly re-launched the career of the well-known rap group. Giorgio's piano skills were also showcased on the song "Cross That Line" on Rick Ross' debut album. Beyond his solo production work, Giorgio continues to work closely with Akon, Claude Kelly and David Guetta on a wide variety of projects for artists including Leona Lewis, The Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson and Nicki Minaj amongst others.

Title: We Run The Night
Artist: Havana Brown
Writers: Cassie Davis / Sean Mullins
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Cassie Davis
Cassie Davis is an Australian singer, songwriter and producer. Originally signed to SonyBMG via her own label 12 Stones, her debut single "Like It Loud" was released in January 2009 and reached number 11 on the ARIA singles chart. Her second single "Differently" (from her album of the same name) was written and produced with Printz Board and featured Travis McCoy as a guest vocalist. The track reached number 29 on the charts and achieved Gold sales in September 2009. The third single, "Do it Again", was co-written by Leah Haywood and Daniel James. It was produced under Leah and Daniel’s moniker - Dreamlab. The track also achieved Gold sales.

According to twitter, Cassie Davis also wrote and appears on Warren G's 2009 album The G Files, with Snoop Dogg on the track "Swagger Rich" which appeared on the final season of Ugly Betty.

In early 2010, Cassie co-wrote a single titled "Choose You" with Carl Dimataga for Stan Walker's second studio album From the Inside Out. It was released as the second single and went Platinum in Australia.

In 2011, Cassie started a production group with fellow writer/producer Snob Scrilla. Together, they wrote and produced Havana Brown's debut single "We Run The Night". The song was released in late April and was the first Australian track to debut in the Top 10 in 2011. It became certified double Platinum. They also produced and wrote Havana Brown’s second single "Get It". More recently they have produced and written the newly released song "All We Have" for X-factor judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Cassie also co-wrote the song "Take Me Away" for Marvin Priest Feat. Wynter Gordon.

Sean Mullins (aka Snob Scrilla)
Originally from California, Snob Scrilla started making music when he moved to Sydney to study. Incorporating the cutting edge grunge of indie rock, the rhymes of conscious hip-hop, and synths reminiscent of the 80s, his debut long player Day One wasreleased in 2009 and featured the single "There You Go Again". Other singles from the album were “Houston” and “Heartbreak Scorsese.” The song officially titled "........." (nine periods), generated massive interest as the soundtrack for a promotional advertisement for the show Rush on Network 10.

In 2008 Snob Scrilla teamed up with Jessica Mauboy and Audius to write the ARIA Award winning multi platinum hit song "Running Back". The track also won Urban Work of the Year at the 2009 APRA Music Awards.

Snob Scrilla teamed up with Cassie Davis to form a music production group in 2011. Together, they wrote and produced Havana Brown's debut single "We Run The Night". The song was released in late April and was the first Australian track to debut in the Top 10 in 2011. It became certified double platinum. They also produced and wrote Havana Brown’s second single "Get It". More recently they have produced and written the newly released song "All We Have" for X-factor judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

Previous APRA Music Awards:

  • 2009 - Urban Work of the Year : Running Back    with Audis and Jessica Mauboy