Joel Madden & Kev Carmody add their Voices to Song Summit 2012


Currently appearing on THE VOICE as a coach, THE VOICE is a co-production between SHINE Australia and TALPA Productions screening on the Nine Network on Monday nights. Good Charlotte front man and accomplished songwriter Joel wants to share his experiences as a songwriter with an audience of his peers at SONG SUMMIT, being held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre on May 26th to 28th 2012. Joel will be interviewed “In Conversation” on Sunday 27th May at 11.45am.

Born and raised in Waldorf, Maryland, Joel first connected with Good Charlotte band members at the age of 16, where he formed it with his identical twin brother Benji and two school friends. They took the name Good Charlotte from a children’s book. The band has released five studio albums: Good Charlotte (2000), The Young and the Hopeless (2002), The Chronicles of Life and Death (2004), Good Morning Revival (2007) and Cardiology (2010). The brothers released a mix tape to critical acclaim in late 2011 and Joel and Benji are set to release their debut album under The Madden Brothers name this year. Good Charlotte have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and are best known for the singles Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and I Don’t Wanna Be In Love (Dance Floor Anthem), which catapulted the band to global recognition in 2003.

National songwriting treasure KEV CARMODY’s mentoring role at SONG SUMMIT has now expanded to include an ‘In Conversation’ which will be led by film-maker Brendan Fletcher. Kev is highly respected as an advocate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia’s oral tradition of teaching and learning through storytelling. Considering himself a “conduit of stories”, Kev has collaborated with many Australian music icons, including Paul Kelly, with whom he wrote From Little Things, Big Things Grow, a song about the 1966 Gurindji strike. More recently, some of Australia’s most celebrated musicians have come together to record some of Kev’s songs – the Cannot Buy My Soul album and concerts spreading the wisdom, commonsense and evocative message in Kev’s music to a wider audience.

Kev released his first album Pillars of Society in 1988, at which time Sydney Morning Herald reviewer Bruce Elder wrote that Kev was “Australia’s Black Bob Dylan”. His second album, Eulogy (for a Black Person), released in 1991, did much to confirm this initial impression. Then, 1993, along came the album Bloodlines and the folk/protest tag fell away. As he said at the time, “To me, sound and feel come first and the lyrics after. So you could say my influences range from the howls of the dingo to the sound of a symphony orchestra. Images and Illusions followed (1995) along with 2003′s Mirrors. Today he is back at work recording some of the backlog of songs he’s been stockpiling over the years.

The SONG SUMMIT 2012 program also will feature Screen Summit which targets emerging and established screen music writers with a series of specialised sessions led by a host of impressive screen composers and music supervisors including Grammy nominated GARY CALAMAR (music supervisor for True Blood, Dexter and Six Feet Under) and multi award winning screen composer BURKHARD DALLWITZ. These specialist sessions will focus on the challenges of composing for Film & TV, advertising, synch and games.

Screen Summit speakers include:

  • Gary Calamar: five time Grammy nominated Music Supervisor, known for his work on the TV series True Blood, Dexter and Six Feet Under
  • Stephan Schütze: Games Composer and Sound Designer (Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis and The Polar Express)
  • Kim Green: Independent Music Supervisor (Red Dog, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Shine and Happy Feet 2)
  • Burkhard Dallwitz: Golden Globe winner for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture (The Truman Show)
  • Michael Laverty: Managing director of Tropfest
  • Gary Gross: Worldwide president of Universal Publishing Production Music
  • Linda Tizard: Managing Director of Audio Network Australia
  • Art Phillips: Multi-award winning composer, music producer and orchestrator
  • Martin Armiger: Film composer, writer and teacher
  • Les Gock: ARIA Award winning music and sound designer\
  • Vince Bannon: VP, Entertainment Partnerships and Development (Getty Images)
  • Antony Partos: AFI Award winning music arranger and composer (Animal Kingdom)
  • Craig Beck: musician, composer, producer, sound engineer
  • Matt Bird: two time Tropfest finalist
  • Jared Underwood: composer and musician

Please see below in bold for new additions to the speaker list for SONG SUMMIT 2012.

SONG SUMMIT 2012 – Speakers to date:
Joel Madden, Brendan Fletcher, Lindsay McDougall, Santiago Menendez-Pidal, Ben Richards, James Valentine, Troy Barrott, Fredrik “Fredro” Odesjo, Susan Robertson, Matthew Kennedy, Felicity Urquhart, Gary Gross, Michael Laverty, Mahalia Barnes, Michael Taylor, Maree Hamblion, Katie Brown, Des Crowe, Geoff Trio, Jacqui Kralj, Peter Hebbes, Ronald Siu, Vanessa Picken, Henry Wagons, Abby Dobson, Neal Hunt, Rob Cannon, Evan Mannell and Danny Yau who join Missy Higgins, Charles Jenkins, Tim Walker, Adam Booth, Cameron Undy, Brooke Salisbury, Chit Chat, Chad Gillard, John Mullen, Patrick Donovan, Phrase, Richard Glover, Vince Bannon, Bob Aird, Marianna Annas, Richard Wilkins, Leanne de Souza, Ger Hatton, Haji Taniguchi, Darren Sanicki, Ian James, Damian Trotter, Clive Hodson, Mark Callaghan, Antony Partos, Michael Szumowski, Marty Brown, Jules Munro, Craig Hawker, Paul McKercher, Andrew Jenkins, Kath Letch, David Albert, Bernard Zuel, Catherine Gerrard, Matthew Donlevy, Steve McPherson, Gary Go, David Vodicka, Andy Bryan, Leigh Gruppetta, Justin Cosby, Nathan McClay, Glenn Wright, Skye Riggs, Guy Blackman, Basil Cook, Damian Slevison, Nick O’Byrne, Will Barton, Stephanie Carrick, Nicole Cheek, Dave Ruby Howe, John Wardle, Paul Mason, Michael Fraser, Megan Washington, Kav Temperley, Abbe May, Bow Campbell, Millie Millgate, Steve Parkin, Paul Greene, Don McGlashan (NZ), Adam Lewis, Amandah Wilkinson, Art Phillips, Ben King, Dom Alessio, Kim Green, Catherine Britt, Chris Johnson, Darren Cordeux, David Rowley, Danny Widdicombe, Andrew Morris, Burkhard Dallwitz, Amanda Brown, Franc Tetaz, Jacqui Crouch, Greg Arnold, Drew Crawford, Linda Tizard, Lindsay Rimes, Mark Callaghan, Sally Wilson, Sam Buckingham, Simon Carter, Simon Moor, Mike Dixon, Mick Daley, Jae Laffer, Neil Finn, Wesley Enoch, Andrew Jenkins (UK), Arnthor Birgisson (SWE), David Touve (US), Gary Calamar (US), Imogen Heap (UK), Mark Wood (UK), Myles Keller (UK), Pat Pattison (US), Peter Coquillard (US), Robert Horsfall (UK), Steve Cropper (US), Shelly Peikin (US) Bill Cullen, Catherine Haridy, Dann Hume, Guy Sebastian, Jake Stone, Kev Carmody, Kevin Mitchell, P Money (NZ), Rob Conley, Tom Harris, Will Larnach-Jones, Adam Argyle, Dave Batty, Rick Chen, Erana Clark, Jen Cloher, Stu Crichton, Mick Daley, Brendan Gallagher, Peter Farnan, Marc Fennell, Phil Graham, Lee Groves, Tim Levinson, Lior, Eric McCusker, Peter Northcote, Stephen Navin, Josh Pyke, Melinda Schneider, Stephan Schutze, Rai Thistlethwayte, Joan Warner, Jonathan Zwartz, Russell Thomas, Leigh Treweek, Chris Scaddan, Rina Ferris, Jeremy Fabinyi, Martin Armiger, Clare Bowditch, Jess Beston, Heath Johns, Les Gock, Briese Abbott, Claire Collins, Brett Oaten, Nicole Hart, Sharon Boyse, Jonathan Notley, Taasha Coates, Tristan Goodall, Tony Buchen and Sarah McLeod.

SONG SUMMIT is part of Vivid Sydney, a unique annual festival of light, music and ideas running from May 25th to June 11, 2012.

SONG SUMMIT 2012 is supported by triple j Unearthed and Street Press Australia.

Many thanks to our partners and sponsors of Song Summit 2012. A full list of sponsors can be found on the Song Summit website