Now Sound: The new doco showcasing Melbourne's music scene

Now Sound: The new doco showcasing Melbourne's music scene

Hopkins Creek Festival 2017

Hopkins Creek Festival 2017

Over the last 2 years, Melbourne has strengthened its reputation as being the premier destination for music in Australia. With a seemingly endless crop of budding talent, live music venues on every corner and an array of festivals that cater for just about every genre, person and price range, the city of Melbourne fosters an incredibly fertile music scene. However, in spite of this, perfection is never firmly grasped and a number of issues remain.

Directed by Tobias Willis and produced by Marcus Rimondini (Both of ‘KEWL Studios’), Now Sound, is the new feature documentary that aims to give local and international audiences a 360° perspective of life within the beating heart of Melbourne’s music industry.

Due to be released in August (hopefully) as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival, Now Sound’s release comes in light of a number of sexual assault allegations at NYE music festivals. The doco’ aims to explore a number of issues plaguing Melbourne’s scene from safe places at events and gender equality, to the lack of funding given to support micro labels and their operations.

Jen Cloher in studio

Jen Cloher in studio

With interviews from some of Melbourne’s most talented artists and industry professionals such as Jen Cloher, Client Liaison, Mikey Cahill and the minds behind labels Good Manners and Milk! Records. Now Sound looks to give insight into the behind the scenes, day-to-day operations of most aspects of Melbourne’s music scene. Offering unique perspectives on how to sustain a business in a changing musical landscape, promote yourself as an artist and throwing the perfect festival.

The 90-minute documentary which has been in the works for the last 18 months, showcases some of the states best parties, working intimately with the festivals Hopkins Creek, Paradise Festival and Gizz Fest as well as one unforgettable night at the closing party of the Mercat Basement.

“They shut the front door at 7am, but kept the party going until 10am. It was so hot and sweaty down in the basement, Tobias and I were the only 2 people wearing Tshirts by the end, trying to remain professional. I have a photo of Tobias holding the camera, and all you can see is the camera surround by steam and smoke, and not the 150 people dancing behind it. It was quite an emotional finish when the music finally stopped, and we were the only one's filming this beautiful moment from the stage. That night probably summed up the intensity and commitment to the project the best.”

“They shut the front door at 7am, but kept the party going until 10am. It was so hot and sweaty down in the basement, Tobias and I were the only 2 people wearing Tshirts by the end, trying to remain professional. I have a photo of Tobias holding the camera, and all you can see is the camera surround by steam and smoke, and not the 150 people dancing behind it. It was quite an emotional finish when the music finally stopped, and we were the only one's filming this beautiful moment from the stage. That night probably summed up the intensity and commitment to the project the best.”

With just under two weeks until their crowdfunding link expires, the pair have asked the public to support the documentaries post-production process by donating on their Pozible page, to help them reach their goal of raising $10,000.

For more details and the link to download head here.

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