20 Aussie Acts Heading To CMJ

Twenty Australian acts were included in the first round of acts to be chosen to showcase at New York’s CMJ Music Marathon (Oct. 15-19).

Some already have a presence in the U.S. Brisbane six-piece Sheppard, managed by Michael Chugg, played the U.S. as part of a run through the UK, India and South Africa last year.

EMI Music Australia-signed band Oh Mercy is inked to American indie label Bad Cop Bad Cop. City Riots’ single “Sea Of Bright Lights” entered U.S. college radio, while “Enola Fall” last year got played on 150 stations.

This month sees the U.S. release of Sydney electronic pop producer Elizabeth Rose’s Crystallise EP and Geoffrey O’Connor’s Vanity Is Forever.

Touch Sensitive toured the U.S. with chart-topping Sydney dance act Flume.

Them Swoops issued debut EP Glimmers mid-June through NYC’s +1 Records. Most on the list enjoy high acclaim in their home market.

Hip-hop production duo Hermitude’s HyperParadise album won the eighth Australian Music Prize this year for most creative Australian record of the past 12 months. Sydney’s The Preatures’, who opened for some of Pink’s shows, took out the (Harry) Vanda & (George) Young Songwriting Competition this month.

Brisbane indie pop band Ball Park Music received airplay for nine of the 12 tracks of their album Museum on the influential national youth radio network triple j.

Others heading to NYC are Sony Music signings Strange Talk, singer-songwriters Bored Nothing, Courtney Barnett and Gossling, and bands The Delta Riggs, Dune Rats, Emperors, The Griswolds, The Novocaines and World’s End Press.

Three New Zealand names picked for the first announcement were hip-hop electronica act Electric Wire Hustle who’s just completed a 14-city run through Europe, Tiny Ruins aka folk singer Hollie Fulbrook whose Some Were Meant For Sea was finalists of the Taite Music Prize for most creative record of the year, and rock band Ghost Wave.

The Australian Government-funded export body Sounds Australia and events company Stage Mothers team up to present the Aussie BBQ showcase.