SAE dominates West Australian Music Awards

  • 12 Dec 16
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  • Jemima Dunlop
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Perth’s music scene was abuzz last month with the annual West Australian Music (WAM) Awards.  As an Associate Partner of the WAM Awards, SAE Institute was proud as punch to see our SAE Perth graduates and lecturers scoop a bunch of awards!

A huge congrats goes out to the following alumni who were recognised for their sterling contribution to WA’s music industry:

Best Electronic Act (live)

-       SLUMBERJACK (Band member Morgan Then is an SAE Perth graduate)

Best Sound Engineer (live)

-       James Newhouse 

Best Sound Engineer (studio) – Award presented by SAE Institute

-       Dave Parkin (Blackbird Sound Studio)

Best Record Producer

-       Joel Quartermain (Wastelands Studio) (SAE Perth guest lecturer)

Alongside these winners was Freemantle band POW!Negro who took out two publically voted WAM Awards, Most Popular New Act & Most Popular Live Act.  The band’s drummer is SAE Perth Audio graduate Rhys Hussey, otherwise known as Radioactive Energy-man (each member of the band has a superhero name!).

Photo: POW!Negro accepting their award at the WAM Awards

The energetic band has rocked stages across Fremantle and Perth with its dynamic live six-piece show featuring drums, bass, guitar, sampler and sax to serve up fused sounds of hip-hop, jazz, psychedelia, grunge and soul music.

Having only formed in late 2015, the band’s sound reflects the energy and momentum with which it began – fast and friendly.  2016 has been the year of POW! with the band making great movements in the live music scene, supporting popular artists such as Sampa The Great (also an SAE graduate), Remi, Spit Syndicate and Koi Child - and winning The Big Splash band competition.

Photo: Photo:  POW!Negro performing an energetic live set

Rhys said all six band members had very individual styles and liked to alternate during sets.

“For the majority of our performance I’m on drums, but half way through the set we change it up. The bassist goes to drums, as the main drummer I move to guitar and the guitar heads over to bass. I feel really lucky to be apart of a project with so many multi-instrumentalists!”

Graduating with a Diploma of Sound Production (Studio Production), Rhys said: “The main reason I wanted to move into a career in music was basically because it was the one thing I knew a lot about! I’m hooked on creating music, performing live and connecting with other artists.”

Marked as one of the most exciting and unique new breeds of Perth bands, POW!Negro is busy recording and producing its debut EP. Instead of outsourcing the job, they’re using their diverse audio production skills to get the job done. All songs are being tracked and mixed by POW! with the assistance of Sam Cutri, Audio Lecturer at SAE Perth. 

“Sam is an amazing lecturer! I honestly would not have taken on the POW!Negro EP if it wasn’t for the skills and confidence he imparted during my studies,” said Rhys. 

“SAE is honestly such a hub for energetic, proactive thinkers. I can’t wait to study there again!” 

With the band’s debut album due for release in 2017, POW!Negro have some amazing shows coming up. Having just launched their new single Hidle Ho at Mojos Bar in Fremantle on November 25, they’ll also be alongside one of their largest musical influences, Blackalicious, an amazing American hip hop artist, at the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) in early 2017.

Photo: Debut single 'Hidle Ho' - artwork by frontman Nelly

The band is also crossing its fingers that they’ll be selected to perform at Falls Festival Perth.

For a full list of the 2016 WAM Award winners, read here.

  • 12 Dec 16
  • |
  • Jemima Dunlop
  • |