As music enthusiasts across the country are bracing themselves for the Triple J Hottest 100, musician and record producer, Brad Hosking is quietly confident Gold Coast artists will feature strongly again, just like house and techno producer Fisher and indie pop-singer-songwriter Amy Shark's top-five finish last year, such is the calibre of the local music scene.
"The Gold Coast music scene feels like it's in its infancy and with that comes a level of excitement about it," says Hosking, who co-wrote and produced Amy Shark's 'Golden Fleece' that won the 2016 Best Pop Song at the QLD Music Awards. "There are a lot of bands making world-class music from their bedrooms and small studios. There are guys having a really strong global focus at the moment."
"The local live music scene is really benefitting from that too because bands don't want to just record music, they want to play it as well," he adds. "You're starting to see a lot more Gold Coast guys shooting up on national festival stages and having a lot more international opportunity and that's just pushing the local scene along as well."
As well as performing on, writing for and producing numerous indie, pop and rock bands from around the country, Hosking is a member of the Gold Coast's Music Advisory Group whose task is to build a thriving local music sector and is part of the City's Music Action Plan by leveraging collective industry connections and expertise to benefit key priority areas. Brad also shares his time between touring, lecturing in the Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice course with TAFE Queensland and the University of Canberra, as well as running his own recording studio and production facility.
"Music is soul food not just for the people playing it but it enriches communities," says Hosking. "There's a lot of research that shows the effect music has on building community and strong foundations."
Hosking believes the strong music talent coming through the Gold Coast moves further than just the music.
"The Gold Coast is a great place to live. There's a really strong food and lifestyle culture here as well - music goes hand in hand with that," says Hosking. "In the surfing and skating world, music is closely related. With the lifestyle, environment, and possibilities music-wise at the moment, the Gold Coast is a great place for people to live, study or move here."
The Gold Coast's Music Action plan is delivered through four key programs. Exceed (developing the skills of artists and music industry); Unlock (developing a planning framework to support live music); Jolt (building reputation as a music city) and Lead (harnessing the city's capacity to provide leadership and investment).
"There are a lot of initiatives happening here at the moment. With the launch of the Music Action Plans City of Gold Coast has presented and been looking at for a number of years, it's really starting to come to fruition," adds Hosking. "There's a lot of funding opportunities for young artists, extra education opportunities to upskill and learn how to operate their businesses better."
And it's not just the artists who are benefitting, established music professionals are offered an opportunity too.
"There's financial backing, mentorship and upskilling in areas that potentially aren't available in a traditional educational environment," says Hosking. "All these things add to the music scene and allow businesses to thrive."
* This feature has been produced in collaboration with City of Gold Coast
Australian Associated Press