QMusic this week announced its finalists for the 2019 Queensland Music Awards. The genre-focussed songwriting award is judged by more than 70 industry representatives from across the country and Gold Coast artists feature heavily this year.
No surprises, that Amy Shark (who will also perform at the awards function) features twice – for ‘I Said Hi’ in the Regional and Singer / Songwriter categories. But standing alongside her and also up for two awards is relative newcomer San Mei.
San Mei is a finalist in both the Rock and Regional categories at this year’s Queensland Music Awards for her track ‘Wonder’. She’s made an enormous leap from talented bedroom producer to genuine rock chick in the past two years, scoring a RADF grant to record new music, working with acclaimed producer Oscar Dawson, scoring support slots with acts as diverse as Holy Holy and The Growlers and playing to rave reviews at BIGSOUND 2018.
Gold Coaster Bobby Alu, who now lives on the Sunshine Coast, is up for a blues / roots award for his song ‘Move’ alongside Hussy Hicks for ‘Mutiny’. Chloe Styler’s song ‘When Your Light Burns’ is up against some stiff competition for the Country award, Nimble have their track ‘Starlight’ up for a Jazz award and Being Jane Lane, fronted by Gold Coast’s Teigan La Pastrier is a finalist for the Heavy Award with their song ‘Next Step’.
It’s been a mammoth 12 months for Being Jane Lane. They took out the People’s Choice Award at the Gold Coast Music Awards in 2017, went on to tour Australia with the VB Hard Yards competition (not to mention countless other epic gigs) and are just about to release their debut album. Teigan said she was thrilled.
“We are stoked to be a finalist amongst some super talented Australian ‘heavy’ bands,” she told We Are Gold Coast. “And we’re very happy for all the Gold Coast finalists.”
“It makes me feel hopeful for the music scene on the Gold Coast.
Yes. You heard right. We have finalists across blues, roots, country, jazz, hip-hop, heavy and rock. Nice work, Gold Coast.
Lane x Ike’s ‘The Dash’ took out Video of the Year at the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards, with the pair also previously winning Song of the Year at the event’s inaugural outing in 2015 for ‘Anarchy’.
Lane spoke about the epic wins claimed by Gold Coasters recently, including having two artists rank in the top five for triple j’s Hottest 100. Amy Shark’s ‘I Said Hi’ came in at number five and Fisher’s ‘Losing It’ came in at number two.
Lane said being a finalist for a Queensland Music Award is an honour, especially at a time like this.
“It really feels like we are on the right path,” he says. “It’s reassurance to keep moving forward and it’s always super positive knowing people are enjoying the direction.”
“This is the golden era for Gold Coast music right now,” Lane says. “We have Amy who is slaying the ARIAs, Fisher who’ll be at the Grammy’s on Monday. I’ve seen Eliza and the Delusionals popping up everywhere…. So much talent. I’m grateful to be in the mix.”
The Hussy Hicks’ Julz Parker agrees.
“We’ve always been huge fans of the Gold Coast music scene,” she says, “so it’s great to see us well represented at this year’s QMAs.”
“Amy is killing it all over the world, as is Bobby Alu. Lane-Harry and Ike keep coming up with the goods too… we might have to hire a big old tour bus and party up the M1 together.”
If you’d like to join the party, the 2019 Queensland Music Awards take place 19 March at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds. Tickets via Oztix from 13 February.