Music Market is open – it’s the new home to support the Victorian music industry to come together to learn, collaborate and do business.
Backed by the Victorian Government, Music Market is an accessible and flexible space that will sustain, develop and grow Victoria’s contemporary music sector.
Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said Music Market will connect the industry and be the beating heart of Victoria’s music community.
“Melbourne is the live music capital of Australia, and one of the greatest live music cities in the world. We now boast a new hub – Music Market – that will nurture our home-grown talent and further strengthen the industry.”
“Musicians, event organisers, artist managers and other industry professionals will be able to us these fantastic new facilities to collaborate, create, perform and develop their careers.”
Housed within the Collingwood Yards precinct over two levels, Music Market features event and performance spaces, business and co-working areas and music business support services.
Through a range of programs offered by its operator, Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO), Music Market is primed to support a wide range of music industry residents and partners, including managers, labels, booking agents, event and project managers, advocacy bodies and other industry associations and individuals.
VMDO General Manager, Katie Stewart said Music Market is a place that the music sector can call home.
“We will continue to support our passionate and nimble music industry with their business and professional development goals through networking and shared learning events as well as foster connections with the dynamic music industry across Victoria, the country and the globe,” said Stewart.
Australian music legend Paul Kelly and Australia’s soul queen Emma Donovan welcomed a range of special guests to the official Music Market opening with a live music acoustic performance of Ruby Hunter’s song, Down City Streets.
Paul Kelly highlighted that “Melbourne has always been a big music town. It’s taken some knocks recently but is amazingly resilient in myriad ways. Music Market is going to be a vital reason it continues to flourish.”
Emma Donovan explained that “The Victorian music industry is a tight mob. Like many musicians across the country, I’m always looking for ways to share and learn amongst my musical peers. Music Market will be a resourceful hub on Wurundjeri Country where us musos can discover and learn together and hopefully see a magical collaboration or two come to light!”
Archie Roach AM says “It’s a great concept to have a Music Market that supports everybody that’s involved with music. I am so proud to have Emma Donovan and Paul Kelly sing Ruby Hunter’s song, Down City Streets as part of the opening. Emma’s interpretation of Ruby’s songs has always been really amazing and having Paul singing it with Emma recognises his role of a producer of my first album Charcoal Lane where Ruby’s song was one of the tracks.”
UNIFIED Music Group CEO and founder Jaddan Comerford said “It’s so great to see Melbourne living up to its name as the live music capital of Australia, by opening the Music Market. I’m so grateful that we have this amazing facility in our city that will only create more opportunities for Melbourne and Victoria to thrive as a creative hotspot.”
Music Market and the Victorian Music Development Office are both initiatives of the Victorian Government.
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NYC-based English troubadour Coyle Girelli is back with a breathtaking new single Here Comes My Baby, a song filled with sweet longing amidst a strange and confusing world. Here Comes My Baby is accompanied by a stunning visualiser, perfectly tailored to suit the yearning at the heart of the song. The new single precedes Coyle Girelli’s new album Funland, written in isolation and set for release on February 25 – the album is available for pre-order now. Australian fans will be familiar with Coyle’s one-of-a-kind vocals as his collaboration with Peking Duk member Keli Holiday, Song Goes On, has been on high rotation on triple j throughout the year.
Here Comes My Babyis one for the shoegaze fans – evocative of masters of the genre Mazzy Star, ingénue Hatchie and rockers The War On Drugs, this song would feel at home nestled amongst the tracks on the Big Little Lies original soundtrack; gentle guitars sway, Coyle’s unique, dreamy vocals lead confidently, like magic, amongst whirling reverb. There’s even a little Lana Del Rey influence amongst the bed of sound – in other words, every fan of alternative pop, guitar-led slow dancing, and genuine, classic songwriting will find something to love here. Reflecting on the meaning behind the song, and the influences behind its conception, Coyle says, “Here Comes My Baby has a dreamy indie vibe that I loved living in as I created it. Lyrically, it’s pretty simple… it’s about craving the body of a lover in an uncertain moment of strangeness. I had a running playlist that I listened to pretty much every day while I was writing and I think a lot of them influenced this track, and the album. Some of the main ones on there were Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone, Hamilton Leithauser, Cigarettes After Sex, The War on Drugs, Big Thief and Bruce Springsteen.”
Here Comes My Baby is just a taste of what is to come upon the release of Funland. Years of experience within the music industry – upon performing on David Letterman, Letterman himself said, “If I had a voice like that I’d run for President!” – have helped Coyle hone his craft to perfection, and he is in brilliant form on this new record, as Coyle says, “I’m so proud of Funland as a follow-up to my debut solo album Love Kills. It takes you on a ride of hope, debauchery, lust and love. I hope Aussies can turn it up and escape into Funland for 45 mins whenever they need it.”
A prolific, in-demand artist, Coyle Girelli has also written with global K-pop sensation BTS (their collaboration Heartbeat has a cool 97 million streams on Spotify), Macklemore and Robin Schulz, not to mention Australia’s own Keli Holiday, as he enthuses, “I’ve known and worked with Adam and Rueben of Peking Duk for a few years now. I’ve written a bunch of songs with them both and even toured with them as guest vocalist in the US and in Europe shortly before COVID lockdown. Song Goes On came out of one of those writing sessions and Adam and I continued to work on it for his Keli Holiday project. I love how it came out and am thrilled that it’s getting love in Australia and from triple j. Adam and I have been busy writing a lot more for Keli Holiday in the last few months. Some right tunes to come!”
Here Comes My Baby is out today. Funland is out February 25.