Imagine, there’s a rising sun emerging from beyond shades of blue, echoing earth; morning dew dripping upon weathered pebbles; and a deafening chill prickling your skin as it seeps deep into your pores, calling out to each gulp of air rising into steam. And imagine, looking out into the wonder of the Australian landscape – the earth beneath your muddied boots – only to be asked to be inspired and write.
Some of Australia’s top songwriters and producers will be catapulted into this reality. Creating global hits this week at SongHubs, an APRA AMCOS initiative is set to bring together local and international music creators to collaborate – assumably to make magic. Held in Victoria for the very first time since it’s inception, the five-day writing camp has been curated by award-winning songwriter and producer Jon Hume, set in the scenic outlier of The Stables recording studio on the edge of the Macedon Ranges. Think the stunning imagery of Picnic On Hanging Rock, but with the energy of School Of Rock.
Hume will be joined by international guest writers Mr Hudson (Kanye West, Jay Z, Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers) and Trey Campbell (BeBe Rexha, Florrie, Dua Lipa); guest producer Dann Hume and 15 Australian creators: Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, Tim Levinson (Urthboy), Julia Stone, Melisa Bester (E^ST), Celia Pavey (Vera Blue), Lakyn Heperi (Lakyn), Nicole Millar, Monte Morgan and Harvey Miller (Client Liaison), Jan Skubiszewski, Pip Norman, Jess Chalker, Lindsay Jackson and Lionel Towers (Gypsy & the Cat). Take a breath, because that was huge.
Launched in 2013, SongHubs has been internationally recognised as a hero for establishing ongoing creative partnerships between Australian and international songwriters, producers and performers. If you’re wondering where, who and what they’ve put their mits on, they’re responsible for the commercial releases for the likes of Troye Sivan, The Aston Shuffle and Reece Mastin. On a side note: ‘Over You’, the lead single from Canberra trio SAFIA’s forthcoming debut album, was written at a SongHubs camp in London last year. As Milly Petriella, the APRA AMCOS Director of Members Relations noted in the press, “Australian writers can match it with the best in the world, and we want to open more doors for them.” Totally killer.
SongHubs is an APRA AMCOS initiative supported by the Federal Government. The Victorian camp has been co-funded by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. For more info, suss: www.apraamcos.com.au