By Isaac McIntyre
Two weeks ago Newcastle’s Amy Vee revealed she had entered the Studios 301 All Access competition, for an “outside chance” at recording at the illustrious and historic studio.
When she spoke about the chance to record her newest music at “one of the best studios in the world”, and how she was “stopping herself from imagining what she’d do if she won”, she had no idea she’d been selected.
Now, her mind can run wild with dreams of music production, new ideas and a number of days in April in Sydney’s Studios 301.
“I just never thought I’d win, I kept having to temper my expectations and tell myself that I probably wasn’t in with a shot,” Vee revealed, before pointing to all her friends and the community that had gathered around her in recent weeks.
“I couldn’t have done it without all the amazing people that have now been texting me and messaging all day and congratulating me. As much as winning is amazing, it’s also so cool to see how many people ‘have your back’ through it all.”
Vee, who hasn’t produced more than a few singles in recent years, will now turn her attentions to polishing off creative visions for her April recording dates, and is teaming up with producing regular Gareth Hudson to create some “brand new sounds”.
“It’s great that I can go back to doing all the stuff I love about music, all the creativity and creation,” she said. “I’ve spent the last few weeks focusing on getting people to vote, and telling them to check my songs out – I’m not very good at that side of things.”
The popular folk singer feels she should “return all the support the amazing people of Newcastle” gave her.
“I’ve got a few weeks before I go into the studio now, and I feel like because of all this support I want to make something ‘great’ to show them,” Vee said
“It’s going to push me, and I’m looking forward to getting into the studios, playing with some new sounds alongside Gareth [Hudson] and seeing what we can do. It’s all so exciting.
“All of this has made me realise I’m not alone on this path – hundreds of people got behind me and there’s been so many people telling me that I can keep doing it, even when it feels like such a difficult career path. Things like this make it all worth it, for me and for everyone around me.”
As well as the recording time at the newly refurbished Studios 301, Vee will receive a national advertising and editorial campaign from entertainment website theMusic.com.au, to the value of $15,000.
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Newcastle's Amy Vee is daring to dream of Ellis Avenue recordings after making final ten in the Studios 301 All Access competition | video
Article by Isaac McIntyre
Fresh off the back of a number of singles releases, Amy Vee is now in the running to record at one of the most prestigious studios in the country.
A two-day booking at Studios 301 is the grand prize of the All Access competition, alongside a $15,000 ‘kitty’ for marketing purposes after the recording, mixing and mastering package.
The Ellis Avenue studio is incentive enough for Newcastle’s Vee, but she admitted the “popularity contest style of competition” meant she’d “returned to the basics in sharing her music and art”.
“It’s all pretty exciting, just the idea of getting those two days in the studio is such a massive thing for me, especially considering I’m unsigned so I wouldn’t normally have that kind of support,” she said.
“The fact that I’m out speaking to people and asking them to ‘like’ and ‘share’ my Facebook post means I get into long conversations with them, and I’m speaking about my music and getting back to my roots when I share – in person – what I’m writing and making.
“It’s pretty special to get back to that.”
Vee has put her “thinking cap” on about what she would do if she took out the top spot in the competition as well, even if she’s a little nervous about ‘counting her eggs before they’ve hatched’.
“One of my friends, a local guy named Gareth Hudson, was speaking to me about new music and we’ve been demoing some stuff and we thought about how we could use those two days and optimise that,” she said.
“Being the kind of space that it is, and what kind of equipment they have, we were thinking about drums, orchestral instruments and things that would really take advantage of that space. Out of that we’d love to get a new release.”
Amy Vee performing live.
Hopes and plans aside, Vee is crossing her fingers and asking anyone who “loves Newy music” to get behind her and the “once in a lifetime chance”.
“I’m the only Newcastle entry in the last ten, and that works for me because we have such a great, supportive music community with lots of fans here,” she said.
“Everyone [in town] has seemed to rally behind it really quickly, we are great at supporting our own. I’ve been able to call on Newcastle people, so it’s great in that sense, people have been talking to me about getting behind me and it just makes me feel great about it all.”
To vote for Amy Vee head online to her Facebook page – facebook.com/amyveemusic – where the pinned post contains voting information. The All Access competition voting closes on March 9.