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50 Songs in 5 Days Returns for it's Fifth Year

December 8, 2016

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Australia’s largest annual song-writing event returns for its fifth year, partnered by Specific Music and APRA AMCOS SongHubs

 

What do you get when you bring together more than 75 of Australia’s best songwriters and producers, throw in a handful of accomplished international guests, and lock them away at Studios 301 in Sydney for five days? Over 50 songs that will be as juicy to your ears as a summertime mango is to your tastebuds.

From Monday 12 to Friday 16 December comes the fifth year of 50 Songs In 5 Days, a song-writing event founded and curated by Specific Music’s Leonie and Robert Conley in partnership with APRA AMCOS, and for the first time in 2016 under the banner of APRA AMCOS’ flagship SongHubs program. 

"50 Songs was born from a conversation with Robert Conley at the SongHubs sponsored Bali Songwriting Camp in 2010 and over the last five years has produced some amazing outcomes,” said Milly Petriella, APRA AMCOS Director of Member Relations. 

“From that initial idea, APRA AMCOS went on to sponsor and then partner with Specific Music, and we are thrilled to now be able to bring the event into the SongHubs calendar of events. The opportunities these camps provide are priceless. In the last six months alone we have seen SongHubs releases from Guy Sebastian (Set In Stone, Candle), SAFIA (Over You), Tkay Maidza (Carry On) and Client Liaison (Off White Limousine). We are hugely proud to partner with Leonie and Robert to help fuel the next crop of Australian talent.”

50 Songs In 5 Days gives Australia’s up and coming artists and writers the chance to work with the country's most celebrated writers, producers and artists. Previous participants have included Jessica Mauboy, Briggs, Trials, Thelma Plum, Alex Hope (Troye Sivan), Grammy Award winning producer, M-Phazes (Eminem, Illy), Louis Schoorl (Taylor Henderson, Daniel Johns), Jon Hume (Evermore, Matt Corby), Julian Hamilton (The Presets), Lisa Mitchell, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Joel Little (Lorde), Jarryd James, Tina Arena, Kate Miller-Heidke, Morgan Evans and The McClymonts... to name just a few.

Participants of the 2016 event will feature an array of exciting new artists including Kota Banks, Evan Klar, YeahBoy, Polarheart, Thief, Mike Waters, Elaska, Mane, Woodes, Matt and Jess, Nat Conway, and producers including LK McKay (Tkay Maidza), Benjamin McCarthy (Gordi, Alex The Astronaut), One Above (Illy), Louis Schoorl (Jessica Mauboy, Daniel Johns) etc.

More established artists taking part this year will include Urthboy, Montaigne, Tom Busby (Busby Marou), ThelmaPlum, KLP, Jake Stone, Ilan Kidron (Potbelleez), Rai Thistlwethwayte (Thirsty Merc).. and many more.

Joining this all-star local line-up will be international songwriters and producers J Hart (US - Usher, Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony, Keith Urban), Ryan Keen (UK), Dr R. (Japan), Ryan Yates (USA) and P. Money (NZ – Starley Hope – Call On Me).

Recent releases from 50 Songs In 5 Days 2015 include Consolation Prize, taken from Montaigne’s ARIA winning album, Glorious Heights, ICU taken from A.B. Original’s critically acclaimed debut album, Reclaim Australia and Something That I Said from hot, up and coming South Australian artist, Timberwolf.

50 Songs In 5 Days is the perfect party to cap off a big year of music, and it will also be the last event held at Studios 301 historical site in Alexandria. After 90 years they are moving out and we will be sending them off with a bang!

“Throughout the last 90 years the 301 team has played a major part in many of the iconic releases in the Australian music industry. We’re proud to host and partner with the ‘50 Songs’ initiative to continue our investment into the Australian music community and future artists, songwriters and producers”

 

 

AAA Backstage

NEWS | DECEMBER 8, 2016

Christmas has come early for the Aussie music scene, with the fifth round of 50 Songs In 5 Days about to kick off on Monday the 12th of December! 

Held over one week at Studios 301 in Sydney, 50 Songs In 5 Days is a songwriting event designed to give up-and-coming Australian songwriters and artists the opportunity to collaborate with some of the best songwriters and producers in the biz. The invitation-only event is curated by independent music publishers Specific Music in partnership with APRA AMCOS. 

“50 Songs was born from a conversation with Robert Conley at the SongHubs sponsored Bali Songwriting Camp in 2010 and over the last five years has produced some amazing outcomes,” said Milly Petriella, APRA AMCOS Director of Member Relations. 

Previous participants have included the likes of Jarryd James, Jon Hume (Evermore, Matt Corby), Tina Arena, Lisa Mitchell, and M-Phazes (Eminem, Illy), and the 2016 guest list is equally impressive. Established Australian artists and producers attending this year’s event will include Urthboy, Montaigne, Tom Busby (Busby Marou), Thelma Plum, KLP, Jake Stone, Ilan Kidron (Potbelleez), Rai Thistlwethwayte (Thirsty Merc), who will be joined by international songwriters and producers including J Hart (US – Usher, Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony, Keith Urban), Dr R. (Japan), and P. Money (NZ – Starley Hope – Call On Me). 

These big names will be mentoring some of Australia’s exciting new talent such as Kota Banks, Evan Klar, Yeah Boy, Polarheart, Thief, Mike Waters, Elaska, Woodes, and producers including LK McKay (Tkay Maidza), Benjamin McCarthy (Gordi, Alex The Astronaut), One Above (Illy), and Louis Schoorl (Jessica Mauboy, Daniel Johns). 

With so much creativity, collaboration, and most likely caffeine in one place, we are feeling very hopeful that 2016’s 50 Songs In 5 Days will deliver some very sonically satisfying tracks.

 

 

jaxsta Humans of Music

Robert Conley

Songwriter, Music Producer & Publisher. 

Specific Music & 50 Songs in 5 Days

1) Who are you in the music industry? What’s your story? 

My name is Robert Conley. I am a songwriter, music producer and publisher. In the late 90’s, I left my hometown of Harrison, Ohio to make the move to LA to try to get into the music industry (what a cliché). I got my first “break" in the industry working as an unpaid intern at a recording studio in Hollywood. My key role for about 3 months (and pretty much 24 hours a day) was fetching coffees, scrubbing toilets and trying to find clever ways to pay for food. The first project where I had the opportunity to work on my programming and engineering chops, was with the band KISS. I worked as an assistant on the album, KISS Alive III, for about 6 months. Gene Simmons spent a lot of that time throwing pearls of wisdom and music marketing tips our way…. that guy really loved to talk.   

I had been running Logic (music production software) since 1991, as a hobby, and had become quite proficient at it, so while working on the KISS album, I was put into ‘Studio B’ to run Logic and engineer for super-star GRAMMY winning producer, Walter Afanasieff.  He was coming into the studio for one day only to write a song for Ricky Martin with ‘Livin La Vida Loca’ writer, Robby ‘Draco’ Rosa.  

During that session, on that very day, they wrote the mega smash ‘She Bangs’, and I did the programming on the song. It was an incredible day that forever changed the course of my life. Straight after that session, Walter hired me on the spot and he moved me into his San Francisco based recording compound, ‘Wallyworld’, to become his full time Programmer / Engineer.  Over the course of the next 3 years I was given the opportunity to work with BeyonceCeline DionJustin TimberlakeSantanaRobin ThickeJ LoTrainDestiny’s ChildMarc AnthonyPlacido DomingoRicky MartinJosh Groban and many, many others…  including Darren Hayes (Savage Garden). When I met Darren we just clicked straight away and became friends. At the time, I was writing my own very experimental electronic music and didn’t understand ‘pop music’, nor did I have any interest in trying to write a pop song, and I had zero interest in adhering to writing to a traditional song structure. Darren didn’t care about any this and encouraged me to co-write with him which resulted in my first ever ‘cut’ on his multi-platinum selling solo album, ’Spin’.

After we finished the recording of ’Spin’ I left my job with Walter and went travelling around the world with Darren on a constant round of promotional and concert tours, and I worked exclusively alongside him for the next 5 years. During this time, we co-write and produced his next couple of albums, including my personal favourite ‘The Tension and the Spark’.  

After living in the UK for a couple of years I moved to Australia, and started writing with and developing a bunch of Australian artists. A few years ago I set up my own independent publishing company, Specific Music, which I co-own and run with my wife Leonie, and with the awesome support of our sub-publisher, Simon Moor, and the team at Kobalt Music worldwide.   

Specific Music is a music publishing company that focuses on a full service artist development strategy and has signed some very promising up and coming writers and artists, including Dean Lewis, who is currently killing it! I am also the co-owner of the ’50 Songs in 5 Days’ song writing camp, which is Australia’s largest annual song writing event that brings close to 100 of the country’s top artists, producers and songwriters together for 5 days to write songs, hang out, and party! AND I own ‘The Brilliant Building’, which is a large creative space in Waterloo that contains a TV studio, recording studio, live venue, and shared office space. We offer up this space to the songwriters that sign to Specific Music, to aid in their artistic development. I am also an APRA AMCOS Ambassador and the current MD for the APRA Music Awards.

2) If you had to give credit where credit is due, where would that be? To who? And why?

I give a lot of credit to Walter Afanasieff, for taking a chance on a flat broke, inexperienced, wannabe programmer and engineer. The years that I spent working with Walter gave me a sturdy foundation in music production, engineering, song-crafting and basic ‘people skills’. Walter was, and continues to be, one of the singular most talented songwriters, musicians and producers that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Honestly.. the guy is a musical genius (did I mention that he produced and wrote such MASSIVE songs as ‘All I Want For Christmas’, ‘Hero’ and ‘Beauty And The Beast’?). He is also super charismatic, very funny and was generous with his time. We were always welcome in his home because he wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and to feel included, especially at the amazing weekly dinner parties that he hosted with the biggest names in the music business on the guest list.  It was a time that I will never forget and I pretty much owe him all of the credit for helping me get started and find my way in a very difficult industry that has a lot of ‘gate keepers’.

I also have to give a lot of credit to my wife, Leo. She is the self-proclaimed ‘producer behind the producer’ and she is constantly pushing us to always think bigger and work harder. 

3) What are you most excited for this upcoming year? Who should we shine the spotlight? 

I’m excited that Depeche Mode are releasing another studio album and that I have tickets to the Amsterdam show in May!  I’m already extremely excited about 2017’s ’50 Songs in 5 Days’ event, which has some amazing ‘next level’ additions already locked in. I’m excited about Dean Lewis. Shine a spotlight on him, please! Oh.. and I just bought a caravan on the beach near Byron Bay, which is going to be my beachfront recording studio. I’m super excited about that! 

 

 

themusic.com.au

Coldplay's first Sydney show this week. Pic by Josh Groom

Dec 15th 2016 | 10:48am | Neil Griffiths

 

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was so impressed by a group of Aussie songwriters during a chance meeting at a Sydney studio this week that he invited the entire crew along to the band's gig and afterparty. 

Currently in Australia in support of their world tour, the UK legends were recording at Studios 301 on Monday, the same studio that almost 70 artists and producers were working in as part of the 50 Songs In 5 Days initiative. 

Now in its fifth year, the song-writing event (curated by Specific Music in partnership with APRA AMCOS) brings together up-and-coming artists with celebrated producers and writers to create fifty songs in five days straight out of the renowned Alexandria-based studio. 

Speaking exclusively to The Music, Co-founder of 50 Songs In 5 Days and Specific Music, Leonie Conley, revealed that Martin was shocked when he heard of the event after bumping into local singer, Emma May and 50 Songs intern, Joel Mallett at Studios 301. 

"Chris expressed to Joel that there was nothing like it in the UK and that he thought it was a fantastic initiative," Conley said.

"Unbeknownst to everyone, he was so impressed with the song-writing initiative we've created that he personally invited the entire 50 Songs crew and Studios 301 staff to Coldplay's show at Allianz Stadium [on Tuesday night]."

In total, 75 people were given some of the best seats in the house for the stadium gig and were then invited to the band's private afterparty overlooking Sydney Harbour. 

"The band were there and spent time chatting to everyone. They were so down to earth and an absolute pleasure," Conley continued.

"I managed to have the opportunity to thank both Chris and [guitarist Jonny Buckland] for giving our writers an experience they will never forget. Even our hard working interns were invited along to enjoy the night — nobody was left out.  

"There was no reason for the band to make such a generous offer to so many people that they have never met, and we were all just blown away by how down to earth and cool they were to us all.  

"I hope they realise that they set the best example of how to treat other human beings when you are wildly successful artists."

Coldplay wrapped up the Australian leg of their tour last night in Sydney, before they head to Asia later this month. 

For more details on the 50 Songs In 5 Days initiative, check out the official Facebook page.

 

 

tone deaf

75 Of Australia’s Best Songwriters Attend Epic Boot Camp

Nathan Jolly

 

It sounds like the most epic musical bootcamp ever: 75 of Australia’s best producers and songwriters, plus a smattering of international talent, locked in 301 Studios for five days with the mammoth task of creating 50 songs.

That’s the task facing participants this week at ’50 Songs In 5 Days’, as they hit day four of this challenge. The idea is to team up-and-coming songwriters and producers with more established ones, and see what comes of it.

The standard set by last year’s event is high: ‘Consolation Prize’ from Montaigne’s ARIA winning album, Glorious Heights, and A.B. Original’s incredible ‘ICU’ were both written during last year’s ’50 Songs In 5 Days’ event.

In the past, then-unknown artists Jarryd James, 5 Seconds Of Summer, and Lorde’s co-writer and producer, Joel Little were given a start at this event – we can only imagine what future stars are locked down in 301 creating magic at the moment.

Participants of the 2016 event include Kota Banks, Evan Klar, Yeah Boy, Polarheart, Thief, Mike Waters, Elaska, Mane, Woodes, Matt and Jess, Nat Conway, and producers including LK McKay (Tkay Maidza), Benjamin McCarthy (Gordi, Alex The Astronaut), One Above (Illy), Louis Schoorl (Jessica Mauboy, Daniel Johns). They are collaborating with the likes ofUrthboy, Montaigne, Tom Busby (Busby Marou), Thelma Plum, KLP, Jake Stone, Ilan Kidron (Potbelleez), P. Money and Rai Thistlwethwayte.

On a sad note, this will be the final event held at Studio 301’s legendary Alexandria site, the place they have called home for 90 years. Countless classics have been created in that space, with a few moreno doubt being made as we speak.

 

 

maytherockbewithyou.com

50 Songs in 5 Days Returns for it’s Fifth Year

MTRBWY

 

What do you get when you bring together more than 75 of Australia’s best songwriters and producers, throw in a handful of accomplished international guests, and lock them away at Studios 301 in Sydney for five days? Over 50 songs that will be as juicy to your ears as a summertime mango is to your tastebuds.

From Monday 12 to Friday 16 December comes the fifth year of 50 Songs In 5 Days, a song-writing event founded and curated by Specific Music’s Leonie and Robert Conley in partnership with APRA AMCOS, and for the first time in 2016 under the banner of APRA AMCOS’ flagship SongHubs program.

50 Songs was born from a conversation with Robert Conley at the SongHubs sponsored Bali Songwriting Camp in 2010 and over the last five years has produced some amazing outcomes,” said Milly Petriella, APRA AMCOS Director of Member Relations.

“From that initial idea, APRA AMCOS went on to sponsor and then partner with Specific Music, and we are thrilled to now be able to bring the event into the SongHubs calendar of events. The opportunities these camps provide are priceless. In the last six months alone we have seen SongHubs releases from Guy Sebastian (Set In Stone, Candle), SAFIA (Over You), Tkay Maidza (Carry On) and Client Liaison (Off White Limousine). We are hugely proud to partner with Leonie and Robert to help fuel the next crop of Australian talent.”

50 Songs In 5 Days gives Australia’s up and coming artists and writers the chance to work with the country’s most celebrated writers, producers and artists. Previous participants have included Jessica Mauboy, Briggs, Trials, Thelma Plum, Alex Hope (Troye Sivan), Grammy Award winning producer, M-Phazes (Eminem, Illy), Louis Schoorl (Taylor Henderson, Daniel Johns), Jon Hume (Evermore, Matt Corby), Julian Hamilton (The Presets), Lisa Mitchell, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Joel Little (Lorde), Jarryd James, Tina Arena, Kate Miller-Heidke, Morgan Evans and The McClymonts… to name just a few.

Participants of the 2016 event will feature an array of exciting new artists including Kota Banks, Evan Klar, Yeah Boy, Polarheart, Thief, Mike Waters, Elaska, Mane, Woodes, Matt and Jess, Nat Conway, and producers including LK McKay (Tkay Maidza), Benjamin McCarthy (Gordi, Alex The Astronaut), One Above (Illy), Louis Schoorl (Jessica Mauboy, Daniel Johns) etc.

More established artists taking part this year will include Urthboy, Montaigne, Tom Busby (Busby Marou), Thelma Plum, KLP, Jake Stone, Ilan Kidron (Potbelleez), Rai Thistlwethwayte (Thirsty Merc).. and many more.

Joining this all-star local line-up will be international songwriters and producers J Hart (US – Usher, Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony, Keith Urban), Ryan Keen (UK), Dr R. (Japan), Ryan Yates (USA) and P. Money (NZ – Starley Hope – Call On Me).

Recent releases from 50 Songs In 5 Days 2015 include Consolation Prize, taken from Montaigne’s ARIA winning album, Glorious HeightsICU taken from A.B. Original’s critically acclaimed debut album, Reclaim Australia and Something That I Said from hot, up and coming South Australian artist, Timberwolf.

50 Songs In 5 Days is the perfect party to cap off a big year of music, and it will also be the last event held at Studios 301 historical site in Alexandria. After 90 years they are moving out and we will be sending them off with a bang!

“Throughout the last 90 years the 301 team has played a major part in many of the iconic releases in the Australian music industry. We’re proud to host and partner with the ’50 Songs’ initiative to continue our investment into the Australian music community and future artists, songwriters and producers”

ABOUT 50 SONGS IN 5 DAYS:

Now in its 5th year and with a focus on the artists writing songs for their own releases, ’50 Songs In 5 Days’ is Australia’s largest song-writing event which has also become a breeding ground for new artists and songwriters to be discovered by the industry. Artists and writers who were unknowns when they took part in the camp have included Jarryd James, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Paige IV and Lorde’s co-writer and producer, Joel Little. It is an event where an unknown artist has the rare opportunity to get into the room with an award winning, platinum selling writer and producer to create some magic. ’50 Songs In 5 Days’ is also an event that was founded to bring the song-writing community closer together and to foster new friendships and creative relationships.

https://www.facebook.com/50SongsIn5DaysAustralia/ 

ABOUT SPECIFIC MUSIC:

Specific Music is a boutique independent music publishing company, sub-published, worldwide by Kobalt Music. Past writers signed to and developed by Specific Music have included Alex Hope (Tina Arena, Troye Sivan) and Penelope Austin. Current roster includes Dean Lewis, Taka Perry and Kahlo. We specialise in developing emerging producers, artists and songwriters.

Along with their recording studios in Redfern, Specific Music also owns and operates ‘The Brilliant Building’ which includes: TV & Photo studio, Recording Studio, a small event space and rehearsal room that hosts monthly music showcases, ‘A Brilliant Secret’ and live music streams. Specific Music also focuses on mentoring in song-writing, production, vocal training, and Logic Pro X. Specific Music is owned and operated by writer and producer, Robert Conley and long-time music industry veteran, Leonie Conley.

https://www.specificmusic.com.au

ABOUT APRA AMCOS:

APRA AMCOS is a key business partner to Australasian music creators. We have more than 89,000 members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. We license organisations to play, perform, copy or record our members’ music, and we distribute the royalties to our members.
As a world-leading organisation invested in the future of music, APRA AMCOS enables music creators and customers to maximise the value music brings to business and life. We achieve this through a simple and effective licensing framework, and providing holistic industry support – from education, to live music, export, creators’ rights advocacy and recognition through our high profile awards and events program.

http://apraamcos.com.au/ 

 

 

The daily telegraph

Songwriters, producers collaborate at Sydney music boot camp

Turquoise Prince, Montaigne, and Benjamin McCarthy with a song in progress. Picture: Justin Lloyd

IT IS speed dating for musicians. More than 75 artists, songwriters and producers have been making beautiful music together at the annual 50 Songs In 5 Days camp at Sydney’s iconic 301 Studios.

Australia’s biggest songwriting event pairs hit-makers and chart stars including Megan Washington, Montaigne, KLP, The Potbelleez Ilan Kidron and Thirsty Merc’s Rai Thistlethwayte with new artists including Woodes, Turquoise Prince, Nat Conway and X Factor find Matt and Jess.

Coldplay witnessed the songwriting boot camp in action on Monday while working at the studios and were so impressed they invited the entire crew to their concert and after-party on Tuesday.

Each day begins with organisers Rob and Leonie Conley playing matchmakers, putting artists and producers together with the aim of finishing a song by the end of the day.

Taka Perry, KLP and Ella Thompson on their music speed date to finish a song in one day. Picture: Justin Lloyd

Emerging pop artist KLP wrote a new track from scratch with 18-year-old producer Taka Perry and Dorsal Fins frontwoman Ella Thompson on Friday morning.

The trio agree the songwriting relationship may be the only one where you don’t end up heartbroken if it doesn’t work out.

“It’s like speed dating in the real world; you have good matches and bad matches and sometimes you find The One,” Perry said.

KLP added: “You’ve got to kiss a lot of frogs. And if it doesn’t work, it’s over at the end of the day.

“You could meet someone creative socially and never end up writing together, where this forces you to have the first date experience.”

Montaigne, who won the ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist last month, was recording vocals for a new track with producer Benjamin McCarthy and Turquoise Prince within a couple of hours of their “date”.

While she and McCarthy hail from the indie pop world, they were excited to see what their hip hop collaborator would bring to the table.

“I’ve only ever written alone in my bedroom and all week I’ve had people help me write. It’s awesome to find yourself working with an artist like Montaigne who knows exactly what they want,” Turquoise Prince said.

British artist Ryan Keen, camp organiser abd producer Rob Conley and Grammy nominated hit maker Jay Hart in the studio. Picture: Justin Lloyd

In another studio, Conley was putting the finishing touches to a track with Grammy nominated hit maker J Hart (Justin Bieber, Keith Urban) and British artist Ryan Keen.

Keen, who has toured here before with Busby Marou and Kate Miller-Heidke, said it was his first experience of a songwriting camp.

“It’s a real challenge, you’re under pressure to deliver one song each day,” he said.

“But today has been the easiest thing ever because we all clicked, it’s been effortless.”

It will be the final camp at the 301 Studios in the inner Sydney suburb of Alexandria. The world-renowned facility, which has hosted not only Coldplay but U2, Metallica, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen, is relocating to make way for an apartment building.

Originally published as ‘It’s speed dating for musicians’