SAWTOOTH1Quietly hidden in Tighes Hill sits the most amazing Studio. Why you ask is this place so amazing? The analogue, people driven approach to recording in a digital age. Not to say they don't have all the modern bells and whistles you should expect from a recording studio, but they have heart and soul. Sawtooth is the ying to Burst Media Studios yang, complementing each other perfectly, Sawtooth is the audio production and rehearsal spaces and Burst conveniently have White Screens and Green Screens for film in these same locations. You could come in week-to-week to jam or stop by for a Album recording and stay to produce that first single video.   SAWTOOTH3 Place: Sawtooth Studios Address: 8/6 Revelation Close, Tighes Hill NSW Hours: See here -

Why We Love it: Well, we do work in their awesome shared office space, so we might be a little biased, but we Love Sawtooth because of the people that run it. Their genuine interest in what comes through the studios and passion to assist any creative to produce a 10/10 result no matter what it is or how long it takes. SAWTOOTH2

HMPC - February 2014 by Kian West


ON LAST WEEKEND, AN AMAZING EVENT. DON'T MISS THE NEXT ONE, LIKE THE HMPC PAGE TODAY. 2014 is shaping up nicely with the first HMPC production event to be held February 22 at King Street Hotel (from 2pm till 5pm). For just $10 you will get to hear from some leaders in the community including: Alex Preston (Preston Recordings) and Matt Meler, plus more to be announced! In the afternoon there will also be an opportunity for the community to network and show off their ideas. If you have a track you want to play to the group for critical evaluation (or just praise) hit up the facebook page: Expect to hear about skills people have learnt, insight into the industry and ideas around Electronic music creativity. Last year saw many of the groups participants later working together on collaborations so it is really an incredible opportunity to meet one another outside of the normal club/festival locations most often otherwise used. On top of that, at the time of writing we are in the process of negotiation on some new music nights, so keep your eyes peeled. What would you like to learn about making Electronic Music? From the basics to advanced skills the HMPC community is here to help one another.. So hit ‘em up!

Hunter Music Production Collective - December by Kian West


Did you catch the third Bing Bang Bong?

Some incredible sets from CRZN, Gillies and JWell.


It is festival season and this year has seen some major highs with gigantic artist line-ups, as well as some major lows with several festivals disappearing or re-inventing themselves as “boutique” versions of themselves. What does this do to the club circuit and the normal Weekend out? Are people still making the same effort to get to shows mid-week or even Friday and Saturday nights, or are we saving every penny to see half a dozen huge names in festival locations?

This is something that has been going around discussion tables with HMPC for some time, and it is interesting to witness the new generations who are accustomed to this way of life and how they deal with a shift in how music is a part of socialising. It has an on-flow effect on emerging talent because it is harder to get bodies inside venues to support their creativity and for talent to emerge. So much harder to become “discovered” if there is no one there to discover you. But this crisis isn’t happening for the first time, maybe just for the first time in the dance scene - bands have been dealing with this for a while now.

So if you aren’t discovering new music live, where is it coming from? The Internet is the obvious answer, but how do you source new “good” music with so many options but no way to sift through to all the greatest tunes. Following your favourite artists on soundcloud, blogs, maybe hypemachine, itunes or aria charts, there are a multitude of options, but then how often are you the tastemaker the tune selector that people go to for inspiration. Do you hold a group of fans attention as they await your next selection, who asks you regularly what you are listening to or enjoying? If you are a DJ it is often your job to take this role, but there is also a balance there of selecting what you like and also what the crowd will like. These two things do not have to both happen to be an excellent DJ, often being able to hear a popular tune and add it into the playlist is a talent greater than the ear that just hears what it likes.

So it is with this we reach the point, the summary of this article, and in tandem, the end of the year. Have a think about your top 10 songs for 2013, as well as maybe the 10 songs that stand out for the year, maybe not your favorites personally but what songs made an impact on the year. They could have been used as tv commercials or at a pivotal moment in a movie, or a radio tune playing when something personal happened. These are not necessarily in your top 10 favorites but they stand out for their memorability.