Mu­sic scene on song

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

FRE­MAN­TLE is well known for its bustling mu­sic scene, but re­cent re­search has re­vealed the WA mu­sic industry as a whole is boom­ing to the tune of $1 bil­lion.

The ECU re­search project, con­ducted on be­half of WA Mu­sic (WAM), found the industry cre­ates thou­sands of jobs and was worth al­most $1 bil­lion to the state econ­omy.

WAM chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Har­ris said the WA mu­sic scene con­tin­ued to do well when com­pared to the rest of the country.

“The WA con­tem­po­rary scene is un­doubt­edly suc­cess­ful but tal­ent also runs deep,” he said.

“We have local mu­si­cians rep­re­sent­ing our state all over the world and just one ex­am­ple is Tame Im­pala per­form­ing to a crowd of over 135,000 as one of the head­line acts at this year’s Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val.

“This puts WA on the map in­ter­na­tion­ally and you can’t put a price on that type of ex­po­sure.”

WA mu­si­cian Davey Crad­dock, who is per­form­ing in Fre­man­tle this month, said the Perth mu­sic scene was “in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive and very di­verse”.

“There’s al­ways some­one avail­able on the phone or email if you need ad­vice be­cause I think ev­ery­one re­alises that the growth of the industry will ben­e­fit all of us,” he said.

“I think it’s im­por­tant to dis­tin­guish be­tween the dif­fer­ent lev­els and parts of the industry – there are acts with sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­na­tional and na­tional ca­reers based here and then there’s also a strong grass­roots in­de­pen­dent orig­i­nal mu­sic scene.

“Both of these ‘lev­els’ seem to be go­ing well. Perth’s a great place to de­velop your act and then, if the op­por­tu­nity arises, ex­port it.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d454933

Davey Crad­dock (right) with fel­low mu­si­cian Lucy Peach.

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