Music television is returning to Sunday nights on ABC with a new series, The Sound, from Mushroom.
The one hour show, which starts at 5:30pm this Sunday, profiles musicians and songwriters, and features exclusive pre-recorded live performances, collaborations and artist interviews.
Hosting is Jane Gazzo (ex-triple j, Recovery, The State Of Music) with Double J Mornings host Zan Rowe presenting music news. Special guests each week will also take on co-hosting responsibilities -starting with Bryan Brown.
The Sound is produced by Saul Shtein, former Head of Sport at Seven, and the man who first bought MTV to Australia.
Michael Gudinski from Mushroom Vision says, “I’m incredibly excited to realise my dream to see a music show featuring contemporary Australian music in a prime spot on free-to-air television. The Sound will feature artists from all walks of our incredible local industry, with more than two thirds of each episode focused on showcasing new songs. I’m thrilled that ABC, the home of iconic programs like Countdown, Recovery and rage, have partnered with us to support local music in such difficult times.”
ABC Head of Music Chris Scaddan says, “As COVID-19 restrictions continue and the Australian music industry works to get back on its feet, we’re very happy to be working alongside the passionate team at Mushroom Vision on The Sound.
“Australian music needs to be heard and Australian artists have never stepped back from their creativity. The Sound enhances the ABC’s unrivalled support for Australian music in 2020, via our radio networks, video segments, TV programs, live concert streams and digital content.”
“If ‘music be the food of love’ then no better place to dish it out than on our ABC” – Bryan Brown
“This is a fantastic idea, I love that The Sound is getting the Countdown timeslot… It’s going to continue that history Countdown had of supporting Australian talent, which is something I’ve always been passionate about. I support this show all the way, and it’s great to see it get the support of the ABC too.” – Molly Meldrum
“ABC TV has a proud history of exposing local talent and it’s great to see them stepping up again at a time when live Australian music really needs some extra support.” – Jimmy Barnes
“At last! A new music show on national tele. Long have we waited for this. It will be a game changer and a much needed platform to get Australian music back into homes across the country once again!” – Mark Seymour
“It’s only when you start travelling outside of Australia that you realise how incredible the quality of Australian music is. The world is starting to clock on. We have a wealth of good music and some Australians don’t even know it. We need more all over free-to-air TV, because our quality musicians need to be heard.” – Lime Cordiale
For over 50 years the ABC has been showcasing Australian music and artists on the small screen. The Sound will continue a music TV tradition started by ABC programs such as GTK in the ‘60s, through Countdown in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Recovery in the ‘90s and most recently The Set. The new series, licensed to air on our much-loved national broadcaster, is filmed and created by Mushroom Vision, the same team who brought viewers the TV ratings hit Music From The Home Front (watched by 1.4 million people on Anzac Day) and livestream The State Of Music (two million+ audience).
Each week The Sound will feature segments ‘From The Vault’ (a curated historical clip); ‘Tribute’ (artists collaborating on iconic Aussie tracks) and ‘Introducing’ (where Australia’s next hottest talent is showcased).
Episode One boasts a stellar line-up – including a few big names:
– As the world awaits the global live streaming event of IDIOT PRAYER: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Place on July 23, The Sound viewers will be treated to an exclusive preview performance by the great man himself. Cave’s performance was filmed by award-winning cinematographer Robbie Ryan (The Favourite, Marriage Story, American Honey) in Alexandra Palace’s stunning West Hall, and edited by ‘Nick Emerson (Lady Macbeth, Emma)
– Sydney trio DMA’S smashed it in the UK and just released their huge third album, THE GLOW – selling out 18 Sydney shows last week, and announcing four in Brisbane!
– Hunters & Collectors frontman and all round legend Mark Seymour & The Undertow, celebrating their latest release, Slow Dawn
– Aussie favourites Kate Ceberano, Steve Kilbey & Sean Sennett will serve up a slice of their recently released album The Dangerous Age
– Sydney brothers Lime Cordiale, who also just dropped a new album in 14 Steps To A Better You
– Perth trio Eskimo Joe are back with their first song in seven years, ‘Say Something’
– Breakout New Zealand indie pop phenomenon BENEE is behind the excellent ‘Supalonely’ and scored four tracks in this year’s Hottest 100 + 1.7 billion streams!
– Talented writer Jerome Farah will be The Sound’ s first ‘Introducing’ artist, performing his politically-charged debut single ‘I Can’t Breathe’
5.30pm Sunday July 19 (repeat Saturday 12.30pm) on ABC.