Mushroom Music is an independent publisher proud of supporting Australian and New Zealand music for over 40 years. The landscape of our local music industry is ever changing, presenting many obstacles for artists to fund their own recordings. Our writers have always been Mushroom’s strength and we understand how important it is for them to continue making recordings of their original material. We want to support career progression and strengthen our local creative industry.
Coming from an independent background, we have a lot of respect for the “do it yourself” approach and acknowledge that many of our writers have completed and released high standard recordings away from the traditional recording studio set up. Mushroom offers a recording grant of up to $10,000 awarded to one Mushroom published writer / artist per year to assist our artists with costs associated with funding their own recordings
The Laurels (2016) – Sonicology
Sydney four piece ‘The Laurels’ took home the recording grant in 2016 for their second LP ‘Sonicology’.
It took a full year and a half of sonic experimentation, hardware purchases and crate digging before the record finally came together around the record. The new album ‘Sonicology’ and sees The Laurels employing the techniques used by old school hip-hop producers they’d be inspired by. The band had been listening to a whole bunch of golden age hip hop like GZA, Nas and Gang Starr and have tried to combine the rawness and grit of their production with the lush sonic textures the band are known for.
The band released the first single from the record ‘Zodiac K’ in mid 2015 which featured hard hitting drums and spoken word, a step away from the guitar heavy psychedelia the band are known for. While varied to a degree across a mixture of warped guitar tracks, funk and disco guitars, synthesizers and brass instruments, the record retains a cohesiveness in its reverb heavy vocals and punchy drums tracks.
Dorsal Fins (2015) – Digital Zodiac
Dorsal Fins released their highly anticipated second LP ‘Digital Zodiac’ in October 2016, with assistance from their grant.
2015 winners ‘Dorsal Fins’ provide a diverse and rare cross section representation of Australia’s contemporary music scene. Led by Liam McGorry, the band’s expansive genre-spanning sounds include warm horns, tight arrangements and dynamic vocals from Jarrad Brown and Ella Thompson. Complete only after input from the six other musicians that currently comprise Dorsal Fins, the songs on Digital Zodiac feel born of the kind of musical collaboration that can only be described as joyous: at turns frenetic, laconic, overblown and understated.
One of Digital Zodiac’s strengths is its slow unravel: the album’s first half is buoyant and exuberant, elevated by the amorous “High Low” and the ironically raucous “Sedated”. A reflective outro on “Precious Hands” signals a shift, and the melancholy of “Blind” is rounded out by “Man Versus Woman”, a kind of twisted lullaby.
D.D Dumbo (2014) – Utopia Defeated
The producer / songwriter from Castlemaine in Victoria – real name Oliver Perry – won the 2014 recording grant.
D.D Dumbo is a very worthy recipient. His 2013 self-titled EP, described by the Guardian as sounding “like nothing else being made in Australia right now”, scored rave reviews and blog love locally and internationally. Propelled by lead single ‘Tropical Oceans’ (and a killer cover of Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying’), it was picked up by everyone from triple j to BBC Radio 1.
With the assistance of the MMP Recording Grant, D.D Dumbo will begin work on his debut album in 2014. His debut LP ‘Utopia Defeated’ was released in October 2016 and conjures a vivid, wide-eyed musical landscape teeming with nervous energy and exotic evocations of the world at large. Backed by skittering percussion, the signature elastic bounce of Perry’s 12-string guitar, and a fanciful quiver of obtuse sounds, Utopia Defeated hinges on Perry’s expressive voice, and the dissonance of an artist compelled to question his position in the natural world.
D.D Dumbo took home Triple J’s prestigious Australian Album Of The Year in 2016, beating the likes of Flume, Violent Soho, The Avalanches. As well as his J Award, D.D Dumbo also took out Song of the Year for ‘Satan’ at the 35th APRA Music Awards, held in Sydney.
Fraser A Gorman (2013) – Slow Gum
Originally hailing from the Victorian coastal town of Torquay, Fraser A Gorman embraces an old-world style of story-telling, drawing inspiration from early dustbowl singers like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan as well as modern songsmiths such as Justin Townes Earle.
The recording grant helped Gorman’s debut album ‘Slow Gum’ showcase Gorman’s role as curator as well as songwriter – the record features choice contributions from Davey Lane (You Am I), Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard), and Jarrad Brown and James Fleming (Eagle and the Worm). The album was recorded by Cal Barter and mixed by Dan Luscombe (The Drones).
“8/10…largely crisp and glimmering, adding a modern gild to a debut that breathes new life into old sounds.” – NME
“4/5… Slow Gum is a whimsical celebration of all things Americana” – The Times (UK)
“Slow Gum is irreverent, pithy, soulful and smart” – Rolling Stone
For your application to be eligible – You must be signed to Mushroom Music to a full publishing deal. The Term (as opposed to the retention period) must not have expired.