Help disadvantaged young people find their voice

Presented by the Australian Music Vault, Sound as Ever sees the Australian Music Vault partnering with young people from RMIT University (Season 2) and SYN Media (Season 1) to produce a podcast discussing and highlighting issues in the contemporary Australian music industry.

RMIT Staff
Music Industry – Dr. Catherine Strong and Dr. Ian Roberts
Journalism – Tito Ambyo
Digital Media – Dr. Ben Byrne and Dr. Darrin Verhagen

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NEW - Season 2

Season 2 Episode 1

The Presets: My People
Dance music with a social conscience

Song: My People by The Presets

Music Industry: Jack Cross, Ethan Bryant & Jameson Clarke
Journalism: Spencer Fowler Steen, Edward McLeish, Steven Otani.
Sound Design: Angelina Crutchfield

This episode of Sound as Ever explores why My People by The Presets represents a watershed moment for Australian electronic music. The song was extremely successful on the charts and had a large crossover appeal, impacting the Australian music scene heavily and delivering a strong message to the world.

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Season 2 Episode 2

Peter Allen: I Still Call Australia Home
An iconic Australian Song

Song: I Still Call Australia Home by Peter Allen

Music Industry: Maree Pearson, Brontë Pitcher and Madeline Kerns Journalism: Stephen Jauw Waludin, Annie-Mei Forster and Rio Davis Sound Design: D.A. Calf

This episode of Sound as Ever explores the elements that contributed to the long-lasting legacy of the iconic Australian song I Still Call Australia Home by Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen. The song will be discussed in terms of its impact and influence on the Australian culture and the idea of national identity.

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Season 2 Episode 3

Hexdebt: Bitch Rising
A New Wave of Feminism in Australian Punk

Song: Bitch Rising by Hexdebt

Music Industry: Kingsley Siejka, Adrienne Arnot-Bradshaw and Hayden Ryan
Journalism: Catie McLeod, Jonti Ridley and Madi Chwasta
Sound Design: D.A. Calf

This episode of Sound as Ever explores the song Bitch Rising by Hexdebt, a Melbourne-based intersectional feminist/non-binary punk band signed to Poison City Records. In contextualising Hexdebt in the Melbourne/Australian music scene, we’ll explore how the music scene is changing in terms of inclusivity, and how the conversation around gender and neurodiversity has shifted over the years.

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Season 2 Episode 4

Regurgitator: If this is the Blues, Why do I Feel so Green?
The Band in a Bubble

Song: If This is the Blues, Why do I Feel so Green? by Regurgitator

Music Industry: Jasper Bradley, Dan Walkeden and Juan Piflow Journalism: Katie Colston, Linda Liem and Hussan Jama Sound Design: D.A. Calf

Framed by this iconic Regurgitator song, this episode of Sound As Ever explores the creative merit, failures and ultimate success of the Band in a Bubble project, an experimental project that was a blend of reality TV and interactive media that resulted in the album Mish Mash. Whilst a typical blues-rock song at its core, contextualised within the album and reflected against their other works, this song epitomises the genre-defying, innovative and often characteristically unique characteristics of the unorthodox musical group.

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Season 2 Episode 5

30/70: Nu Spring
The creation of new music scenes

Song: Nu Spring by 30/70

Music Industry: Henry Lucas, Philippa Conlon, Zak Boardman & Lucy White
Journalism: Rhiannon Down, Samuel Richards and Hamish Lindsay
Sound Design: Israel Carter

This podcast explores the genre-bending world of Melbourne’s jazz/rap/soul/hip hop fusion scene, specifically its innately free and collaborative nature as displayed by the 30/70 collective and their song Nu Spring. Genre-defying music defined because of its community rather than solely the final product has paved the way for innovative acts and fresh scenes to find their way into the public eye.

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Season 2 Episode 6

Sampa The Great: Black Girl Magik
Exploring stories from new voices in Australian Hip Hop

Song: Black Girl Magik by Sampa the Great

Music Industry: Gabriel Gleeson, Stephanie Rickards, Rielly Haberecht & Jake Kerr
Journalism: Mariam Isa, Carla de la Paz, Ashna Bharkhada
Sound Design: Angelina Crutchfield

This episode of Sound as Ever began with a focus on the themes of identity and belonging, using Zambian born artist Sampa the Great’s track Black Girl Magik, which draws attention to a lack of non-Anglo representation in the culture of her new home of Australia. The story became one of immigration and cultural representation, with a window to the music and stories of African-Australian artists. We highlight the changing direction of domestic hip hop while celebrating a wave of new talent garnering major label attention.

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Season 1

Episode 1 - A New Wave: Language and Genre Blending

Producers – Elsie Bath and Shejuti Hossain

This episode will look at how genre and language blending in music is creating a new wave of music exploration and creative freedom whilst growing and strengthening community bonds and cultural ties. Artists like Baker Boy and The Fifths are mixing the use of language and genre in their music in a fresh new way that seeks to link their personal histories with their current influence and audience. Talking to broadcaster Namila Benson and the hosts of PBS's All Our Stories, Jess and Leah, this episode investigates how music in this field is not only influencing the Australian music landscape in terms of creativity, but is having a positive influence over social and political issues.

Download the transcript for this episode here.

Episode 2 - Accessibility in the Australian Music Industry

Producers – Rebecca Maakasa and Bridget Bourke

In this episode we explore the barriers that may prevent some music fans from enjoying live music and investigate how these situations will be overcome in the future. The main focus is accessibility as we chat to differently abled music lovers, also featuring The Hackkets, a local band comprised of members with varying access needs. Hopefully by listening to this episode a more acute sense of consciousness about these issues will be brought to the centre of attention.

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Episode 3 - Now That’s Punk

Producers – Erin Dick and Paul Waxman

Beyond the mohawks, piercings and raucous guitars, punk, in Australia, is an attitude. It’s a feeling, present in the disruption and discontent of political discourse. We want to challenge definitions, biases and preconceived ideas about what ‘punk’ was, is and will look like in the near future. Our audience will leave with a new impression of what ‘punk’ can sound like and represent, and how this ethos exists in Australia’s contemporary music scene.

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Episode 4 – Healing and Community (Mental Health in the Music Industry)

Producers - Erin Dick and Paul Waxman

We talk to artists, music industry workers and representatives from entertainment industry support organisations about mental health issues in the industry, painting a picture of how music and mental health are intertwined. Hear about current initiatives and the next steps needed to improve the conversation and care around artist and industry wellbeing, together with anecdotal experiences from musicians and support workers regarding these issues.

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Episode 5 – Hear Me Roar

Producers – Elsie Bath and Shejuti Hossain

This episode takes a look at the gender inequality in the music industry and the ways in which it influences the work of artists and others in this creative field. Performers Miss Blanks and Lindy Morrison discuss what has changed and what has remained stagnant over the years, describing both the power and difficulties that come from their voices as females. Talking to Elspeth Scrine from the Listen collective, and Broadcaster Tracee Hutchison, the episode not only looks at where this empowerment movement has come from, but the future it is fighting for.

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Episode 6 – Youth in the Music Industry

Producers – Rebecca Maakasa and Bridget Bourke

In this episode, we break down barriers preventing young people from participating in the live music scene. Kate Duncan from The Push gives insight into how underage gigs might be revived, and the passionate group of teenagers from New Slang talk about putting on successful music events in Melbourne. We also hear from media producer Josh Martin who grew up in regional Western Australia and compares his experiences of going to gigs in WA to the Melbourne music scene. Joe Toohey, the CEO of Creative Arts Victoria, describes how his lifelong love of the arts was stirred by going to an all-ages concert as a teenager. It is our hope that this episode prompts the music industry to continue to work towards being inclusive of young people so they can enjoy the live music experience.

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 Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta Parsons' passion for making radio started when she was 8 years old after her family bought their first ghetto blaster with a built-in mic. She began her radio life at community radio station 3RRR over a decade ago, where she coordinated live music broadcasts and hosted a number of shows including Detour and Breakfasters. Jacinta made the move to the ABC in 2015, working with the Double J team and as Music Director for Local Radio. As well as presenting The New Music Show on ABC Radio, she has produced and presented a number of national broadcast events including a special with Archie Roach & Emma Donovan celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Charcoal Lane album, and the 'Streets of Your Town' specials with The Waifs and Bernard Fanning. She has been a regular voice on ABC Radio Melbourne, heard on Afternoons, Evenings, Breakfast and The Conversation Hour and most recently on the Breakfast program in 2018 with Sami Shah.

  Kylie Northover

Kylie Northover

Kylie Northover has been a journalist for more than 20 years, and has worked as an arts and music features writer, editor and sub-editor across magazines and newspapers in Australia, Hong Kong and London, among them Rolling Stone, The Observer, The Mirror, The Sun and The South China Morning Post. Since joining The Age in 2006, she has worked as an online producer and reporter, deputy editor of entertainment section EG, editor of Melbourne Life and deputy arts editor. She is currently the deputy editor of The Saturday Age’s Spectrum section, a feature writer and television reviewer for The Age’s Green Guide.

Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Bethany Atkinson-Quinton is a broadcaster, producer, writer and educator based in Narrm (Melbourne). She is a presenter and producer of The Breakfast Spread on PBS 106.7 FM and her audio documentaries have been featured on multiple broadcasters and podcasts including ABC Radio National, Triple R and FBi Radio. She is the former Victorian State Coordinator of All the Best and has produced podcasts for The Australian Red Cross and independent podcasts Audiostage and Her Game. She sits on on the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia's board as The Women’s Representative. Beth is a seasoned facilitator and moderator and has taught radio, podcasting and audio storytelling across Australia’s leading cultural organisations and festivals including The Walkley Foundation, Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Writers Festival. In 2016, she created the PBS Access Training Program, a broadcast training program aimed at increasing participation of women and gender diverse people in music broadcasting. This year she was selected for Footscray Community Arts Centre's Emerging Cultural Leaders program and the Foundation for Young Australia's Young Social Pioneers program where she is developing Broadwave - a curated network of Australian podcasts telling community-driven stories which will launch in 2018.
Beth’s work focuses on developing emerging artists, sparking conversation and producing work that centres community, art, identity and intersectional feminism.

Julz Hay

Julz Hay

Back in 2006 Julz achieved her Honours in Recording Arts and has been an audio nerd ever since. She loves the spontaneous element of live recording and podcasting. She has worked for the Multimedia department of the NGV where she recorded many and varied podcasts. Julz has volunteered her Tuesday nights for the last 6 years to panel Superfluity on Triple R. Julz also likes a laugh, producing comedy and recording stand-up shows around the globe at international and local comedy and fringe festivals under Julz Hay Presents.


  Rebecca Maaakasa

Rebecca Maakasa

Rebecca Maakasa (aka ‘Becs’) is a motivated young media maker and recent graduate from RMIT’s Media program. Rebecca has co-hosted SYN 90.7fm’s flagship local & Australian music program The Hoist which earned her a nomination in the Best Interview category at SYN’s Annual Awards in 2017. She has a keen passion for radio and audio, and also has experience in social-media marketing and photography. Rebecca is a current presenter of 3RRR FM’s program, Room with a View where she has evolved her love for the on-air experience by panelling, producing, and hosting. If Rebecca’s not chasing an interview you can find her checking out the latest gallery exhibit at the NGV, or searching for Melbourne’s best dirty chai-latte.

Bridget Bourke

Bridget Bourke

Bridget is a budding sound engineer who shares her love of music over the airwaves at SYN 90.7FM, Melbourne’s non-for-profit media organisation run for and by youth. Being involved with SYN for over a year, Bridget has spent most of her time spinning the freshest hits from around the globe on New & Approved and sharing her love for new Aussie talents on the Australian music show, The Hoist. These opportunities have let her experiment and practice various styles of presenting to make the content she’s involved in the most engaging, educating and inclusive it can be. Bridget has had the opportunity to chat with some of Australia’s most talented musos, like San Cisco, Meg Mac, Golden Vessel and many more. While finishing up her sound production studies at RMIT University in 2017, Bridget has spent the past year as SYN’s Events Manager, organising gigs and fundraisers around Melbourne that showcase the best young local talent. She is passionate about all things music and is excited to share her explorations and discoveries with Australia.

Elsie Bath

Elsie Bath

A freelance journalist, photographer, video and audio producer and general creative from Melbourne with an interest in capturing all our varied experiences and personal stories. Elsie enjoys finding and telling unique tales with a keen interest in humanitarian, social, environmental issues and quirky stories from around the world, which are not only interesting and captivating but essentially informative of our human nature. She aims to make a difference in the way that people think about certain issues and members of the world community, by expanding our knowledge and views surrounding certain topics, raising awareness and sparking conversations. Elsie believes that if a story is interesting and accessible in the way it’s delivered, that it has the ability to have a greater impact on its audience and the world. Contact Elsie @elsiejeanbath on Twitter or Instagram.

Shejuti Hossain

Shejuti Hossain

Shejuti is passionate about discovering and sharing music. She is particularly interested in learning about the influences and stories behind artists and their songs. In the past, Shejuti was one of two hosts on the SYN seasonal radio broadcast program The Thread, where various artists and genres were explored with respect to inspiration and their contribution to the music world. Shejuti considers herself lucky for living in a vibrant city like Melbourne and is always keen to explore the music that comes out of it. Through the Australian Music Vault Sound As Ever podcast, Shejuti will explore culture blending in multilingual Australian music, as well as powerful women in the music scene in Australia.

Erin Dick

Erin Dick

Erin Dick is a Melbourne-based writer, broadcaster and content producer. She is a graduate from Collarts' Entertainment Journalism course, and is currently a year into a Bachelor of Communication (Media) at RMIT University. She began volunteering with SYN Media in early 2016, and has since contributed to a broad range of audio, written feature and social media content. She is the 2017 Executive Producer of The Naughty Rude Show, SYN Nation's flagship youth sexuality, relationships and identity program. Erin has a not-so-secret obsession with professional wrestling, having written and edited for a number of publications, including VultureHound and Steelchair Magazine UK,, Junkee Media, and Melbourne City Wrestling. You can contact Erin @eztweener on Twitter.

Paul Waxman

Paul Waxman

Paul Waxman is wrapping up the second year of his Bachelor of Arts, with majors in Journalism and Film/Screen Studies. Taking the former half of his studies more practically, Paul has been volunteering at two radio stations for over a year, Radio Monash, the Monash University digital radio station, and SYN 90.7 FM. Radio Monash saw him producing an album discussion show, playing and analysing full albums. At SYN, he produces the station's flagship comedy program In Joke and produced the (for some reason) cult-hit Questionable Love Song Dedications, a radio show and podcast that landed on the front pages of iTunes and Spotify, with 564 subscribers and over 12.5k listens in Australia alone. Paul also writes for Beat magazine and has a keen interest in music (with far too many vinyl records for his bank account to cope with). You can contact him @paulparkmusic on Twitter.


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