Nettwerk One Publishing and Island Records Australia recently held their 2nd Annual Bali Songwriting Summit in Ubud, Bali. The summit was conceived and launched last year as a partnership between Nettwerk One Publishing’s Peter Coquillard and Island Records Australia’s General Manager, Michael Taylor in an effort to bring together some of the hottest artists, writers and producers from around the globe in one of the most culturally unique and artistic locations in the world.
Several esteemed artists and writers of the pop world attended this year’s summit, which was held from May 28 – June 5, 2011, including Nick Jonas of Grammy-nominated superstars The Jonas Brothers, Multi-Platinum recording Australian artist Delta Goodrem, #1Billboard hit songwriter Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry, Taio Cruz) and many more (full list of attendees below). In addition to the state-of-the-art recording studios on site, attendees enjoyed several planned events that showcase the best of Bali culture, art, food and music. “Ubud has such a unique rhythm to itself. Giving artists and writers the opportunity to create outside of their normal day-to-day, can be the needed catalyst for truly special songs,” say Michael Taylor, GM, A&R / Head Of Island Records Australia, Universal Music Australia.
Listen to Marvin Priest's (son of Maxi Priest) new hit Australian single "Take Me Away" f/t pop sensation Wynter Gordon below. Priest co-wrote “Take Me Away” with fellow writers/artists Fredro Odesjo, Arama Brown and Cassie Davis at the inaugural Bali Songwriting Summit in 2010.
"Absolutely beautiful - a great new talent" - BBC Radio 1
“Top 10 At SXSW 2011” – Paste Magazine
“****” – MOJO
Released yesterday, Boots Met My Face by Nettwerk One’s Scottish quintet Admiral Fallow, is a joyous, heart-filled, orchestral-tinged and beautifully well-crafted album. Released earlier this year in the UK, the band received tremendous praises, including BBC, NPR, MOJO and Paste Magazine.
Comprised of lead singer and main writer Louis Abbott, Sarah Hayes, Joe Rattray, Kevin Brolly and Philip Hague, their sets go from simple voice and guitar compositions ("Four Bulbs"), through stomping Wilco-esque tunes to riotous cacophonies of white noise (see "Squealing Pigs" above); their songs about alienation within relationships and experiences of “youth” itself are sung and screamed with utter abandon while the band works themselves into a furious frenzy.
The full album is currently streaming at AOL Spinner, click HERE to listen.
Nettwerk One publishing artistSam Bisbee is set to debut his highly anticipated artist album you + me = us, co-produced with Dean Baltunolis of The Hold Steady, on May 13. Bisbee will celebrate that evening with a launch party at Joe's Pub in NYC, where he'll perform the entire album with a full band, string section and special guests.
An internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, Sam's music has been featured on television shows including Private Practice and Damages and in television commercials, including his production of Cat Power’s “Hanging on the Telephone” for AT&T. His enduring popularity has held longevity through his career, which began in the 90's with deals with EMI, BMG and Geffen. This is the first album Sam has released since 2008. During that time he signed a publishing deal with Nettwerk Music Group, where he has written songs with Leona Naess, Pete Wentz, Mike Viola (Get Him to the Greek), Justin Hawkins (The Darkness), Delerium, Gary Go, Toby Lightman, Ari Hest, Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) and many more. He produced and co-wrote the album Ready for Reni Lane (released by Universal Motown), as well as wrote the songs for the Slasher Rock Musical directed by Vincent D'onofrio, Don't Go in the Woods, which has just been purchased by Tribeca Films for fall 2011 release. The first song under his duo “Lili and Sam” with Leona Naess has been licensed for a spring European campaign. Sam was also the producer of the film "THE NEW TENANTS" which won the Academy Award for "LIVE ACTION SHORT" in 2010.
Check out this old footage of Skylark performing
"Wildflower" on Midnight Special in 1973!
Nettwerk One is happy to congratulate writers Dave Richardson and Doug Edwards on the induction of their song “Wildflower” into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
“Wildflower” has a rich and profound history, with the lyric ““Let her cry for she’s a lady” still standing as an anthem for women around the world. The lyric was written in 1970 by Dave Richardson—then a young policeman in Saanich, BC—as a poem about his girlfriend. Skylark guitarist Doug Edwards composed the music, and “Wildflower” was released in 1973 as the third single from Skylark’s first album for Capitol Records.
Championed by the queen of radio programming, Windsor, Ontario’s Rosalie Tremblay, “Wildflower” spread across the US and Canada and became a huge soul hit before crossing over to the pop charts. It reached #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and went on to sell well over a million copies.
In 1973, “Wildflower” was released as an instrumental by Ray Charles’ former music director, saxophonist Hank Crawford. It was then released in 1974 by both The New Birth and the O’Jays, and has since been covered an astonishing 70 times by artists including Johnny Mathis, the Neville Brothers, Gary Morris, Colour Me Badd, Blake Shelton and Hong Kong superstar Sandy Lam.
Backrow (left to right): Greg Gallo (Revelry), Greg Beeckman (Revelry Consultant) Front row (left to right): AJ Burton (Revelry), Blair McDonald (NW1)
Nettwerk One Music (NW1) is pleased to announce the creation of a new publishing joint venture with Revelry Music Group in Nashville. The partnership combines Nettwerk international administrative and funding support for the creative team at Revelry--AJ Burton, Greg Gallo and LA-based finance partner Cory Schuelke. In addition, Nettwerk's film and TV licensing team will be representing the catalogue worldwide. The joint venture launches with three new Nashville writer signings: Thom Donovan, Anthony Smith and recent Grammy-nominee Jessie Jo Dillon.
British rock band The Outfield is back with two new releases slated for early 2011. Nettwerk One Music has been working with the The Outfield’s writer/guitarist John Spinks since 2007, and has witnessed him put together an impressive set of songs that will comprise the first new studio release from the band in nearly six years.
Spinks reunited the band’s original line up--Tony Lewis (lead vox/bass) and Alan Jackman (drums)--at the turn of the year, and they have spent the majority of 2010 recording, overdubbing and mixing in various studios in southern England. The result is a powerful album that combines the band's original classic guitar sound with a more mature and developed sound, appealing to old and new fans alike.
Johnny Reid (center) with fellow “Dance With Me” songwriters Victoria Banks (left) and Tia Sillers (right)
NW1/Moraine Music would like to congratulate Johnny Reid on the success of his new album A Place Called Love, which was certified platinum in 24 hours and debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top Albums Chart and Country Albums Chart in Canada last week. Additionally, debut single “Today I’m Gonna Try and Change The World” is perched at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Country Singles Chart, all as he embarks on a 45 date sold-out Canadian tour.
Beyond the immediate success of Reid’s new album, he won three awards at the 2010 Canadian Country Music Awards earlier this year: the coveted Fan’s Choice Award, Song of the Year (“Dance With Me”) and Songwriter of the Year (“Dance With Me”).
For full list of tour dates, visit Johnny Reid's official website HERE.
Nettwerk One (NW1), the publishing arm of Nettwerk Music Group, and Island Records Australia have teamed up for a Writer Retreat in Ubud, Bali from May 30, 2010 – June 10, 2010, with some of the hottest established and up-and-coming artists, writers, and producers from around the globe.
Peter Coquillard of NW 1 says, “Ubud is truly Bali’s pre-eminent center for fine arts, dance and music. When Michael Taylor, Head of Island Records Australia, and I were discussing putting together a exceptional retreat in a truly unique place, we couldn’t think of a more vibrant, creative and inspiring place to conduct it.”
Michael Taylor of Island Records Australia says, “Creating a unique and special environment for artists and writers to work together undoubtedly brings about special songs, and that’s the goal of this Bali writing retreat. With this caliber of song-writing talent and artistry, and with the beautiful surroundings of Ubud, great music and collaborations are bound to come forth.”
Time to pop a bottle or two, as Nettwerk artists collect several nominations for this year's 2010 Juno Awards in St Johns Newfoundland.
The Great Lake Swimmers hit yet another high note with their album Lost Channels, which gets the nod for Best Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year: Group. The nomination is the latest and greatest accolade for an album that has been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, The Folk Music Awards and two Canadian Indies Awards.
Nettwerk One had a great day as well, with two more of their artists getting some major nominations. Johnny Reid received 4 Juno nominations: Juno Fan Choice Award; Album of The Year (Dance with Me); Artist of The Year; Country Album of the Year (Dance with Me). New signing Ryan Stewart was nominated for Songwriter of the Year for Carly Rae Jepsen's "Tug of War" and "Money and Ego". He also received a nomination for Dance Recording of the Year for his song and production of "Shine for you" Carmen and Camille.
Nettwerk One Music (NW1) & Upper Class Recordings (UC) are happy to announce that NW1 will represent the publishing works of the phenomenally talented UC roster of artists in a freshly inked worldwide agreement.
“We are excited to help spread the word about such excellent Upper Class artists as The Russian Futurists and DVAS,” says Mark Jowett of NW1. “Orly (Bohbot) and Gareth (Jones) have super ears and have latched on to and helped develop some very promising artists, and we believe that NW1 can further help in this process.”
Toronto-based Upper Class was created in 2000 and has developed into a full-fledged management firm, record label and publishing house with an international reputation for producing unique and exciting music and artists. “Its roster seems to produce blissed-out electronic pop masterpieces like an assembly line.” (Lostatsea.net)