Presented by Salamanca Arts Centre and Edge Radio
Supported by Live Music Australia – an Australian Government initiative
Archive is a monthly showcase of Tasmanian contemporary music. Each month will feature a different genre and be curated by a Tasmanian musician or artist who excels in that particular genre. Archive is a collaboration between Salamanca Arts Centre and Edge Radio. Edge Radio will record each gig, broadcasting five live and broadcasting all the gigs on the Sunday night following each gig.
Archive is produced by Lucien Simon, Performing Arts Manager at Salamanca Arts Centre, Sam Dowson, Live Music Coordinator at Salamanca Arts Centre and Aeron Clark, Music Director at Edge Radio and presenter of the station’s Tasmanian music program, ‘The Map’.
The Venue | The Founders Room
Salamanca Arts Centre is a multi venue organisation that showcases theatre, music and visual art and is based in nipaluna/Hobart on Salamanca Place.
In January this year, Salamanca Arts Centre launched ‘Live at the Founders Room’ – a music program focused on showcasing original music and developed in collaboration with promoters from diverse scenes and communities. As part of this program there are recurring events including Archive, EGRESS curated by BADDI ADI, Jazzamanca curated by Ted Vining, QT Cabaret produced by Hera Fox and Protem curated by Lucien Simon and Sam Dowson.
Live at the Founders is a welcome boost to the local live music scene ensuring there is a place for audiences to watch and listen to original Tasmanian music at a time when the music scene in Tasmania has never been so vibrant, eclectic, and engaging.
January | 29-30 January 2022
Programmed as part of MONA FOMA
Curator | Glenn Richards
Chris Coleman and the Great Escape
Glenn Richards is a multi award winning songwriter, composer, engineer and producer who has toured the world and continues to record with his band Augie March and for his own solo material. He has released eight acclaimed albums, including a platinum and two gold, and has scored, engineered and mixed three feature films, an ABC television series, a recent play for the Theatre Royal Hobart, and many shorts and webisodes. He works out of his studio, Dark Satanic Mill Studio, Hobart, Tasmania.
February | 19 February 2022
Curator | Folk Til Ya Punk Records
Genre | Underground/Outsider
RYAN GARTH AND BAE HARRISON-DAY
THE DOMINIC FRANCIS GRIEF ENSEMBLE
A FISTFUL OF FISCAL
Folk Til Ya Punk Records is a collective of artists from around Australia spearheaded by Hobart’s own The Dead Maggies. They’ve put out 17 releases to national airplay and international acclaim. They also put on events such as the annual HOBOFOPO Festival. FTYP Records will be curating an evening spanning from folk to punk, and whatever fits in between!
March | 19 March 2022
Curator | Swaz Benjamin
Genre | Hip Hop
An intrepid traveller hailing from lutruwita (Tasmania), Swaz Benjamin’s storytelling, party-starting and poetics have seen him perform with artists such as Drapht, Thundamentals, Mallrat, Horrorshow, Adrian Eagle, Pez, B Wise, Maundz, Akil (Jurassic 5), Buck 65, Omar Musa, Luka Lesson and Zac Henderson.
On his first full-length release ‘Souled Out Volume One:Daze Gone Bye‘ mixtape. Swaz worked closely with producer Hugh Lake (Jessica Mauboy, Stan Walker, Split Enz) curating the sounds Hugh would work with to create the instrumentals for the album. APRA AMCOS award nominee IAMMXO (of Diafrix & Sony Australia) also mentored and oversaw much of the project. In particular, Chasm‘s remix of the title track, and lead single ‘Days‘ helped garner radio play and press across Australia & the UK. In 2018 UK Hip hop royalty Skinnyman was supported by Swaz, playing his first show in London. While in the UK, he talked through each song on the mixtape on Terra Slim‘s ‘The Shout‘ on ImInRadio.
April | 23 April 2022
Curator | Sleepyheads
Genre | Melodic Punk/Alt-Rock
Lincoln Le Fevre
Since forming in Launceston in 2016, The Sleepyheads have turned heads all over the country with their honest approach to heart-on-sleeve punk and indie rock. It’s that buzz-worthy style that earned The Sleepyheads a coveted Triple J Unearthed Feature Artist slot, leading to a milestone performance at Triple J’s One Night Stand in St Helens.
The band have since gone on to appear at some of Australia’s most-loved festivals, including Falls Festival, Party In the Paddock, Til The Wheels Fall Off and Woolly Mammoth. Their charismatic and engaging live shows have seen The Sleepyheads sell out multiple headline gigs, and tour nationally three times. With more new music to come and their charming brand of indie rock at the ready, The Sleepyheads are equipped to continue captivating audiences, new and old, every step of the way.
May | 21 May 2022
Curator | EWAH
Genre | Rock
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise
EWAH is based in Hobart, Tasmania and is the moniker for Emma Waters, who has appeared under various guises over the years. Her current projects are dreamy electro post-punk outfit EWAH DUO and EWAH & The Vision of Paradise, whose sound is often cited as cinematic, merging post-punk and new wave.
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise’ debut release, Everything Fades to Blue captured attention nationally and internationally and was longlisted for the Australian Music Prize (The AMP) in 2017.
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise have played at festivals including Mona Foma, Party in the Paddock, A Festival Called Panama, Dark Mofo, BIGSOUND and Junction Arts Festival.
In 2017, they won the National Live Music Awards for Best Live Act Tasmania and were nominated again in 2019.
June | 18 June 2022
Curator | Tash Parker
Genre | Pop
Tash Parker is a multidisciplinary artist and musician based in Launceston Tasmania. Her music released under the name PARKER is ‘a ‘a powerhouse of retro futurist electronica that absolutely soars with its glossy synths and commanding vocals.’ Her artistic practice is centred around collaboration with musicians, visual artists and technology artists to curate multi-sensory experiences for her audience. She holds a degree in Fine Arts majoring in Sonic and Spatial Practice and made the Vice Chancellor’s list at RMIT in 2016. In 2019 Tash had her first multi-media exhibition ‘You, Me & that Other Thing’ at Sawtooth Gallery in collaboration with Melbourne based drawer and sculptor Jo Lane. Her music videos have since gone on to win awards for best music video at New York Film Awards, Los Angeles Film Awards, Top Shorts and the Melbourne Short Film Festival and Clipped Music Video Festival in Sydney. In 2020 Tash received the Tasmanian Women’s Art Prize Emerging Artist award for her debut music video Can’t Keep Waiting. Tash’s songs have been added to rotation on ABC’s Double J radio station (Superhuman by PARKER) and reached number one on the AMRAP regional charts (Flames by Runaway Belles). Her last single and music video Lie Low, ‘a brave, cathartic, and above all, mystifyingly – beautiful song.’ released March 8th 2021 for International Women’s Day was premiered on Rolling Stone Australia. In 2021 Tash received an Arts Tasmania grant to present a series of music video exhibitions and performances in the second half of 2022. These exhibitions and performances will be; in Devonport at the RANT Gallery in July, in Hobart at Longhouse Gallery partnering the Winter Light Festival in August, and in Launceston partnering with Sawtooth Gallery and Junction Festival in September.
July | 23 July 2022
Curator | SPOD
Genre | Electronic Dance
More than a stage name, SPOD is a loosely worn character: a wild party-starter, a joke, an absolute in charisma and confidence with a loyal cult audience. Mostly, he’s been renowned for the chaotic, high-octane electroclash party sets he’s played for more than two decades; shows packed with confetti, streamers, glitter, backup dancers and red roses handed out to the audience mid-set. With fans including Ariel Pink, and Rollins, his is the ultimate stage presence, which evangelised partying years before Andrew WK made the concept his oeuvre.
SPOD has always been an artist that defies ‘easy’ categorisation. To understand the roots of the man and the myth, one must cast their minds back to 1995 – to a time in which two high school friends in Sydney were able to bond over a mutual admiration of Ween’s ‘Push Th’ Little Daisies’. With a borrowed four-track recorder, the pair looped grainy Beastie Boys beats onto a CD player, unknowingly drafting the beginnings of what would go on to become their new band, SPOD.
Evolving into a one man show, SPOD came of age within Sydney’s booming indie-electronic scene of the early 2000s. SPOD’s in your face live shows became synonymous with the musical landscape of the era and were marked by an onslaught of a high energy, defiant ‘Up Yours’ attitude and crippling on stage honesty. Spod shows have ranged from shambolic assaults of unrelenting bravado to absurd operas of sad-dad ballads, but like his conceptual works, they’re mostly unplanned.
“[People think] ‘You’re a joke’, and that’s totally fine. I’m not fighting against people who just see the funny side of it — I’ll take anything. If you just think I’m oblivious to what I’m doing, that’s even better. That’s where I kind of want to be: where someone who sees me for the first time doesn’t know if I could support myself, or feed myself, or if I’m just an absolute maniac.”
August | 11 August 2022 (6-9pm)
Curator | Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie
Genre | World Music
This event will be in Salamanca Square and open the WINTER LIGHT 2022 Festival.
Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and community development worker based in nipaluna/Hobart, lutruwita/Tasmania.
Her creative practice is responsive and explores belonging and cultural heritage in contemporary Australia, drawing on lived experience as an Asian-Australian woman. Representation, connection and community building are central themes which ground her curatorial practice.
This event is funded by the City of Hobart through a Creative Hobart Medium Grant
September | 17 September 2022
Curator | Jacqueline Collyer
Genre | Experimental
Jacqueline Collyer is a musician, composer and producer based in Hobart. She has recently begun a PhD in Music Technology at the University of Tasmania. Collyer was a founding member of Melbourne band KINS and has toured extensively throughout Australia, the UK and Europe.
In 2020, Collyer won a Tasmanian Theatre Award in Sound Design for her work in The Tasmanian Theatre Company’s production of ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’. Collyer has also delved into the realm of film scoring, composing for short films including ‘AQUA’ (2021), ‘A Hairy Problem’ (2019), ‘The Snake Lady’ (2019) and ‘In Search of Family’ (2019), both as a part of the 10 Days on the Island Festival, and Chris Pender’s ‘Ruthless’ (2016). Collyer has also composed for sound installation, most recently creating a work for the Cardinia Art Society’s ‘New Beginnings’ exhibition in February 2021.
Collyer recently worked as the assistant sound designer to Glenn Richards for Archipelago Production’s ‘The Bleeding Tree’ (2020) and as a composer for the theatrical production of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’ (2021), which was featured as a part of the Mona Foma Festival. 2021 was an exciting year for Collyer, who composed for ‘Mental: The Motherload’, a production that opened as a part of the Junction Arts Festival that year. Collyer has also recently released a new single entitled ‘Sky Diver’ under the solo moniker ‘Q.E.’, a project which combines the pop and experimental genres. In the future, Collyer hopes to continue honing her skills in composition and sound design through ambitious new projects, continuing her research in spatial music composition and giving back to the music community through teaching.
October | 22 October 2022
Curator | Rough Skies Records
Genre | Punk
Rough Skies Records is an independent artist-run record label based in nipaluna/Hobart and is dedicated to releasing music from the region. The label’s debut ‘Community – a compilation of Hobart music’, was curated by Rough Skies’ founder Julian Teakle and released on CD and digitally via Bandcamp, in the summer of 2009. Teakle has since curated another 3 Community Compilations, all of which have served as snapshots of the local music scene and were dubbed ‘open love letters to Hobart Music’ by Vice journalist, Jennifer Park.
Over ten years and 30 releases, Rough Skies has steadily built a niche profile in Australian independent music, recognised for documenting unique underground bands from lutruwita/Tasmania. The label operates as a collaboration between two friends, Teakle and Claire Johnston, who joined in early 2018. Teakle and Johnston are currently working on several exciting new releases for the label in 2022 alongside their day jobs and individual music projects.
November | 12 November 2022
Curator | DENNI
Genre | First Nations
DENNI is a Tasmanian Aboriginal artist and proud advocate of her culture, performance and music. For close to a decade DENNI has been both the stage name and collaborative project of Denni Proctor. With a colourful career so far DENNI has played all over the country and continues to build a brilliant reputation as a strong live performer and recording artist in the industry.
The Tasmanian Aboriginal Artist of the year 2020 and proud pakana woman has been busy this year developing her new body of work ‘Growing Pains’. Coming a long way since her first single ‘Rabbit to the Bird’ (released in 2013) starting out as an indie folk singer/songwriter. With her 3rd independent release ‘Growing Pains’ EP set to hit all platforms this September, following on from her EP ’Runaways’ (released in 2020) and ‘Wise Ones’ EP (released in 2019), both reaching the top 10 in the Australian music charts. ‘Growing Pains’ shows the artist putting it all on the table while navigating a harsh climate. Looking back on what seems a faraway world, DENNI has played a host of National Festivals such as Falls Festival Marion Bay, Mona Foma and GARMA festival. With a solid catalogue up her sleeve the future of what a DENNI set looks like is exciting.
DENNI has spent the last few months through the disappointments of Covid19 preparing, recording and filming for the release of ‘Growing Pains’ EP. Already releasing her title single ‘Growing Pains’ and ‘Pictures (ft. Greeley)’ the second single and official film clip from her project. DENNI has recorded 7 new songs with Cortext- Lahai Creative and produced 5 tracks alongside Paulie P- Playing for keeps. The EP boasts a feature from Aus Hip Hop Artist ‘Greeley’ with their collab ‘Pictures’ and beat production from Nerve with ‘Honey Bee’ and AO ‘Darlin’.
December | 17 December 2022
Curator | Matthew “Chalky” Chalk
Genre | Metal
Going by his preferred moniker, “Chalky” is a musician, promoter, booking agent and entrepreneur based in Hobart, Tasmania. Having spread his time across various industries and worksites for over 20 years, he is most at home in the world of Music, especially of the Heavy kind.
Chalk has worked as promoter of events since before he could drive a car and has engaged with bands of varying sizes from the local, national and international scene.
For the last 6 years he has been a Programmer at the Dark Mofo Festival, in addition to continuing his work under his Southern Extremities Productions banner, which he founded in 2006, along with various other roles at different events.
He’s most well known for his tenure fronting some of Tasmania’s best known Death Metal bands and is currently working a new album for a yet to be announced project, to be released in 2022.
Glenn Richards | self portrait
Swaz Benjamin | Matt Osborne
The Sleepyheads | Luke Henery
EWAH | self portrait
Tash Parker | Ursula Woods
SPOD | self portrait
Sharifah Emalia Al-Gadrie | self portrait
Jacqueline Collyer | Amy Brown
Rough Skies | Lucinda Shannon
DENNI | self portrait
Matthew Chalky Chalk | Gethin Hill
All guests are reminded of the following entry requirements and to practice COVID Safe Behaviours including:
Supported by Live Music Australia – an Australian Government initiative