I’m Angelica, and this is Andrew. This is a photo of us at Bondi beach, but more about that later. Thanks to the nice people at WAM, I won a trip to Perth in Western Australia, to attend the WAMi Music Conference, and I brought Andrew with me. Along with our visit to Perth, we also made stops in Sydney and Melbourne. What follows is a selection of photos and videos of some of the things we experienced.
The next stop was Perth, on the complete opposite side of the Australian continent. It bills itself as the world’s most remote capital city. We arrived in Perth a day before the WAMi conference was set to begin, and I knew exactly what we had to do, right after we checked in (at the Ibis Hotel, right in the heart of Perth, and in walking distance of everything) and dropped off our luggage… visit Bon Scott’s grave, in nearby Fremantle.
On Friday morning I took part in the College and Community Radio Panel at the WAMi Business Conference. It was an interesting experience. I’ve been involved with CJLO since early 2001, and in that time I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with lots of bands, and it felt good to share my experience of what is and isn’t successful in getting your stuff played on college radio. To quickly sum up my main points:
Me, with CMJ’s Reverend Moose.
Later that day, Andrew took part in The Great Debate. This year’s topic? Live music causes violence. Andrew was on the negative team (rightly so), with the great Rev. Moose, and despite convincing arguments from the affirmative team (“tell your dad I said hi”), they won.
Contrary to what this photograph may have you believe, I did not need night vision to take this photo. Notice that both Andrew and I were repping our CJLO shirts that day.
Andrew and I had a great time at the WAMi Festival, and we learned a lot about the particular challenges that face musicians in Western Australia. In addition to the panels we were part of, we also attended:
As well as these panels, we also attended many other parties, lunches and networking opportunities. We met a lot of interesting, enthusiastic people, and we saw some great music! In fact, don’t take the lack of photos from events and shows to indicate a lack of interest… we were so busy partying and rocking out that we didn’t have time to take snapshots.
In fact, while in Perth we got to see a bunch of great bands, including my new favorite band, the Chainsaw Hookers. Miss Zeke? Wish Zeke and Nashville Pussy would tour again? Add a whiff of Scandinavian leather and you’ve got the Chainsaw Hookers.
We also loved seeing Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Eleventh He Reaches London, Fear of Comedy, Arts Martial and Emperors.
Chainsaw Hookers - Ride The Venom from the record First Blood.
The lyric you’re hearing is indeed “sick of these motherfucking snakes / on this motherfucking PLAAAAAAAAAAAAANNE!”