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.
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'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.
Marvin Priest, the son of reggae royalty Maxi Priest, is a debut artist with an impressive array of skill and talent. After spending his childhood touring the world and soaking up everything that the international music world had to offer, he became a regular back-up vocalist in his dad’s touring band, regularly performing duets with his dad and even penning tracks for albums.
Marvin fell in love with Australia after touring here in 2008, as part of the hugely successful ‘Ragamuffin’ tour. On an extended return down under, he quickly made connections in the local club scene. He collaborated with local DJ Nino Brown on one of his bestselling Blazin' compilations and also worked with pop heavyweights Brian McFadden and Ronan Keating. Most recently, Marvin lent his voice to a track called “Rockstar” by local producers, Tom Piper and Jono Fernandez. The song proved an instant club hit, peaking at number two on the ARIA Dance charts.
“Own This Club”, is Marvin Priest’s official debut solo single and is a collaboration with Sydney-based hit makers, DNA Songs. The track was mixed by the multi Grammy Award-winning Serban Ghenea - who was behind thirty US number-one blockbusters such as Pink’s “So What?,” Kesha’s “Tik Tok” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” The track is the first single from his debut album Beats & Blips. The song peaked at number six on the ARIA Singles Chart and achieved double Platinum sales.
Marvin spends half of each year in Australia and is signed to Island Records.
Antonio Egizii & David Musumeci (DNA Songs)
Songwriting/Production team DNA Songs (Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci), have achieved an incredible list of accolades since they began writing and producing over 10 years ago. 2012 is shaping up to be no different.
After signing a worldwide publishing agreement with EMI Music Publishing in March 2011, DNA celebrated the achievement of securing triple platinum sales with Marvin Priest’s (Island Records) debut single “Own This Club” which they co-wrote and produced. “Own This Club” peaked at #6 on the ARIA chart and stayed in the top 10 for 10 weeks with over 250,000 downloads. DNA also contributed to four songs on Marvin’s debut album Beats & Blips which was released late 2011 – DNA are currently putting the finishing touches on Marvin’s next single release in 2nd quarter 2012.
The triumph continued in quick succession with the release of X-Factor winner Reece Mastin’s single “Good Night” (Sony Music) which became the fastest selling single of 2011, hitting #1 just minutes after it went to iTunes and achieving in excess of quadruple platinum sales, 280,000 units. “Good Night” also featured on Reece’s debut self-titled album, which achieved in excess of double platinum sales. Coupled with the success of “Good Night”, DNA co-produced Guy Sebastian’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy”, giving DNA two top five simultaneous hits.
To end 2011 on a great note, South African artist Corlea Botha recorded the DNA song “Net Oor Jou” (Cause of You) to be included on her fourth studio album, Wie Ek Is, which has sold over 15,000 units after its release in December 2011.
In early 2012, Timomatic’s “Set It Off” (Sony Music), co-written by DNA and Timomatic, peaked at #2 on the ARIA Singles Charts and has sold over 210,000 (triple platinum) units to date. The plan is to have the single released in 28 countries across Europe and Asia. It’s already been used in over 10 synch placements around the world, including Dancing With The Stars US, American Idol US and Corona Lite Mexico. Timomatic’s second single “If Looks Could Kill” was released in April, and is another DNA co-write and production collaboration. It debuted in the ARIA Top 10 after only one week of sales and has sold in excess of 70,000 units (platinum) to date.
DNA have also co-written and produced the second single for Reece Mastin, entitled “Shut Up And Kiss Me” which debuted at # 2 on the ARIA chart and became certified gold, selling in excess of 35,000 units. Her next album is due for release in the third quarter of 2012, with further tracks co-written and produced by DNA. Additionally, DNA have reconnected with Jessica Mauboy and are currently in the studio working on tracks for her third studio album. DNA co-wrote and produced two songs on Mauboy’s debut album deluxe edition which achieved over double platinum sales.
DNA will also be collaborating with Justice Crew, Johnny Ruffo, Bonnie Anderson and Guy Sebastian on their upcoming releases. In April 2012, David and Anthony embarked on their first big international songwriting trip which saw them writing with major writers and producers as well as for various artist projects in LA, London and Scandinavia including Jorgen Elofsson, Quiz and Larossi and Matthew Gerrard.
If that wasn’t enough for the first half of 2012, DNA is immensely proud to be associated with Sony Music. DNA now exclusively produces current and upcoming artist projects for the company as well developing their own label and A&R acts within Sony.
DNA also received some great news with two APRA Awards 2012 nominations for OWN THIS CLUB – Marvin Priest in the MOST PERFORMED WORK and BEST URBAN categories.
Formed in 1995 by Kevin Mitchell (guitar/vox), Brett Mitchell (drums), Chris Daymond (guitar) and Vanessa Thornton (bass), Jebediah were signed to Murmur Records the following year. The group’s momentum grew supporting bands such as Presidents of the USA and Everclear, and appearances at Homebake, The Falls festivals and the release of their debut single “Jerks of Attention” kicked off a recording career which hasn’t stopped since.
In 1997 the band played more than 150 shows with bands such as Powderfinger and Bikini Kill. They also managed to record their first album Slighty Odway, which debuted in the national Top 10 and peaked at number seven. By the end of the year, Slightly Odway went Gold and sold more than 150,000 copies in Australia. The album featured the classic singles “Leaving Home” and the two Top 50 tracks “Harpoon” and “Teflon”.
Jebediah entered the studio with US producer Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World, Blink 182) in April 1999 to record their sophomore effort Of Someday Shambles. A darker and more emotional album (featuring the single “Animal”), it was well received by the fans. It debuted at number two in Australia, narrowly beaten to the number one spot by Savage Garden.
The bagpipe-driven single "Fall Down" was a top 20 hit from Jebediah’s self-titled third album which was released in March 2002. It debuted at number eight on the ARIA charts and was followed by the 2004 LP Braxton Hicks, recorded with Matt Lovell and mixed by Shaun O'Callaghan. Tracks like "No Sleep" and "First Time" got major radio airplay and placed the band in Australia’s collective consciousness once more.
After Kevin Mitchell’s solo stint between 2006 and 2010, the band returned to the studio to record their fifth album Kosciuszko for the Dew Process label. It peaked at number six on the ARIA chart and the second single “She’s Like a Comet” was the most-added single to radio on its release in January 2011. The track debuted at number 11 on the ARIA Australian Singles Chart and number 47 on the ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart. The track also won the award for Most Popular Single at the 2011 WAMi Awards and was selected as a finalist in the ISC Rock Category.
Part fanatical recording boffin, part pop genius, Gotye (Wally de Backer )first found fame with studio records Boardface and Like Drawing Blood. Triple j named 2006’s Like Drawing Blood its Album of the Year, as did iTunes on the album’s release in Europe in 2008. In Britain, the album became a cult hit, while in the US it made waves after Drew Barrymore used the motown-inspired breakthrough single, “Learnalilgivinanlovin,” in several of her films. The album achieved platinum sales in Australia and in 2006 won Most Outstanding New Independent Artist at the AIR Chart Awards. This was followed up with Gotye winning the ARIA for Best Male Artist in 2007.
His third LP Making Mirrors was more than two and a half years in the making. The album finds Gotye fully immersed in his craft, devoted to sonic details in a broad milieu of melodic influences, field recordings and record sampling.
His haunting break-up ode, “Somebody That I Used To Know,” featuring a sample from Luiz Bonfa’s* classic song “Seville”, has become a chart-topping hit in 11 countries around the world. It was number one for eight weeks on the Australian singles chart and recently hit the coveted number-one spot on the American Billboard chart – a feat not achieved by an Australian artist since Savage Garden in 2000. The single also won triple j’s Hottest 100 in 2011, took out Single of the Year, Best Pop Release and Best Video, with Gotye himself winning Best Male Artist and Producer of the Year at the 2011 ARIA Awards.
“Somebody That I Used To Know” has now been number one on iTunes in 33 countries, has accrued more than five million sales worldwide and achieved Platinum sales in the US (more than one million units sold). The album Making Mirrors also hitting the number seven spot on the US Billboard 200,. The song has sold well over a million copies around the world so far. In Australia, the album has achieved Platinum sales three times over, and has been certified Gold in major markets including the UK, Germany, France and Canada.
Cover versions of “Somebody That I Used To Know” have been performed on hit TV series’ Glee and American Idol. Gotye himself has performed live on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Saturday Night Live. Gotye recently wrapped up a US tour with a performance at the Coachella Festival and is returning to Australia for a short break.
Luiz Bonfa (1922-2001) was a Brazilian recording artist and early pioneer of the bossa nova style. He was renowned for his bold, brassy guitar style and is best remembered for his work on the soundtrack for Marcel Camus’ film Black Orpheus, which featured Bonfa’s track, “Manha de Carnaval,” as the film’s theme. The track went on to become a worldwide jazz standard. Bonfa became an ambassador for Brazilian music in the USA where he worked with artists such as Quincy Jones, George Benson, Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra.
“Wild at Heart” is the third single from the self-titled album by Birds of Tokyo and features uplifting guitar riffs within dark and driving introspective rock. Taken from the band’s third studio album, the single achieved Gold status and was voted number 47 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2010. “Wild at Heart” was the follow-up to the highly successful single “Plans,” a track that peaked at number 11 on the ARIA singles chart and was their first ever single to hit Top 50 in Australia. Birds of Tokyo also performed “Plans” at the 2010 ARIA Music Awards, at which they won the Award for Best Rock Album.
Birds of Tokyo has taken its music from strength to strength. The group’s debut album Day One reached number three on the AIR charts and spent 36 weeks in the Top 10. In 2008 the band followed up with Universes, which hit number three on the ARIA albums chart.
Their latest album Birds of Tokyo topped that, giving the the group its highest ever chart debut and being certified Gold in its first month of release. The album peaked at number two and achieved Platinum sales status. Likewise, Birds of Tokyo debuted at number one on the Australian Independent charts and came within a whisker of toppling Eminem from the top of the national Top 100 rankings - thanks to the group’s first genuine hit single, “Plans,” which was ensconced in iTunes’ Australian Top 10.
Birds of Tokyo was recorded in Sydney, Gothenburg and New York City, with producer Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, The Presets, Sleepy Jackson) and mixer Michael Brauer (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix) along with guitarist Adam Spark, who served as one of the album’s producers.
At the 2011 ARIA Awards the band took home the gong for Most Popular Australian Artist. More recently, in 2012 the band has been recording their new album in LA.
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