New Weird Australia is a not-for-profit initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music. Our current projects include a free compilation series (available to download via this site on a bimonthly basis), a label (titled ‘New Editions’), a weekly radio show on Sydney’s FBi 94.5FM (stream online at fbiradio.com) and an irregular program of live events.
New Weird Australia is seeking expressions of interest from Australian musicians and audio artists actively pursuing an agenda of experimentation and innovation in any form or genre. Email [email protected] if you are interested in featuring your music on a forthcoming release or on our radio show – please provide links to your music for review (please supply download links such that we can review offline, no links for streaming files / MySpace media player). You can also post material to New Weird Australia, PO Box 721, Leichhardt, NSW 2040, or send us material via Soundcloud.
Due to the volume of submissions we receive, it’s not always possible to reply to each submission individually. We will be in touch if we’re interested in licencing the submission for a future release. Be assured that we do listen to every piece of music submitted, and such submissions are regularly played on our weekly radio show. You can find the archive of show playlists at newweirdaustralia.com/radio.
New Weird Australia is also seeking expressions of interest from graphic designers, visual artists, photographers and others working within the visual medium to develop cover art for each volume in the series. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in featuring your work on a forthcoming release, with relevant links.
Fees & Promotion:
New Weird Australia is developed on a strictly not for profit basis to promote new Australian works. Compilations are distributed via this web site free of charge, and no financial arrangements for inclusion will be entered into. All works remain copyright of the artists. New Weird Australia currently receives funding from the Australia Council, which is channeled into promotion and marketing (domestic and international), as well as artist fees and production costs for live events.
Press for new weird Australia:
Reviews & previews for each release can be found on its accompanying release page. In addition to specific press for each release, NWA has also been featured in the following publications:
The Brag – Interview (March 2010) “one of Australia’s most important champions of innovative music” (view online at Throw Shapes)
Throw Shapes Interview (January 2010)
Mess & Noise Interview (September 2009)
Drum Media, “Weird Is Good” (September 2009)
The Brag (September 2009)
Airplay for new weird Australia:
Soundlab, ABC Triple J “a fantastic compilation of excellent, unique and brilliant music that’s coming out of the Australian electronic and experimental scene”
Sound Quality, ABC Radio National
Utility Fog, Unputdownable, Canvas, The Bridge and more (special thanks to Dan), FBi Sydney
Extended Play, Tape Relay, The Free Design, We Come From Garageland, 2SER Sydney
Difficult Listening, Posted, RTR Perth
To & Fro, 3RRR Melbourne
The Art Of Bleep on PBS Melbourne
Musical Dissidents , Edge Radio Tasmania
Psychic Glands 95bFM, New Zealand
At Home With Rose, Radio 23, New Zealand
Liz Berg and others, WFMU (NYC)
Time Time, East Village Radio (NYC)
Now Like Photographs, Radio K, Minneapolis
Have you played music from New Weird Australia on your radio show? Let us know and we’ll gladly add a link.
New Weird Australia is managed by Stuart Buchanan. Born in Scotland and now resident in Sydney, Stuart Buchanan is the founder of The Nest – a digital agency serving the arts and creative industries. From 2003-2007, Stuart was part of the startup team of Sydney radio station, FBi 94.5FM, where he continues to present the New Weird Australia radio show. He also writes regularly about art and technology on his blog, The Shared Experience.
New Weird Australia has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.