Australia’s most successful pop export, Sia is well known for writing extraordinary ballads and catchy hooks for artists like Beyoncé, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Katy Perry. Behind the wig, however, Sia is a pop superstar in her own right.
Her sixth solo studio album, 1000 FORMS OF FEAR catapulted her onto the world stage with tracks like “Chandelier”, “Big Girls Cry” and “Elastic Heart” becoming international hits.
In a world obsessed with celebrity, Sia’s non-conventional approach to fame continues to turn heads and make audience’s focus on her incredible vocals and songwriting skill.
Nat has worked alongside Sia throughout her career and The PR Files had the pleasure of working on her latest release EVERYDAY IS CHRISTMAS
The ARIA Awards is the biggest night for the Australian music industry, celebrating all things that the local Australian music scene has to offer.
Hosted by Keith Urban, held at The Star Event Centre, Sydney and broadcast nationally only on The Nine Network, the night capped of an extraordinary year for the Australian music industry and showcased the talent and diversity of the nominated artists. Fans were treated to performances from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Amy Shark, Courtney Barnett, Dean Lewis and Keith Urban, as well as international superstars George Ezra and Rita Ora. The night also saw the iconic Kasey Chambers’ induction into the ARIA Hall Of Fame by fellow inductee Paul Kelly.
The PR Files were responsible for all the promotions for the 2018 ARIA Awards and look forward to doing it all again in 2019!
Australia’s favourite indie rock outfit Gang Of Youths fronted by songwriter David Le’aupepe and band members Max Dunn, Jung Kim, Joji Malani and Dom Borszestowski, have thankfully showed no signs of slowing down.
Following on from their critically acclaimed album THE POSITIONS and LET ME BE CLEAR EP, Gang Of Youths released their sophomore record GO FARTHER IN LIGHTNESS. Attempting to compartmentalise the past five years into 16 tracks is no mean feat, but the band come away with songs which encourage listeners to persevere as they’ve tried to, empathising with those who’ve brushed up against death, suffering loss every step of the way.
The past 12 months have been a remarkable success for the five-piece after gracing the cover of Rolling Stone (AUS), taking out a total of four 2017 ARIA Awards including Best Group, Best Rock Album, Producer Of The Year and the prestigious Apple Music Album Of The Year. The band also recently made their US television debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers and secured three singles within the triple j ‘Hottest 100’ top 10, cementing their status as one of Australia’s leading rock bands.
Having relocated to the UK, the band have been busy playing to SOLD OUT shows throughout the US and UK.
After their electric European tour and sold out North American tour, Sydney five-piece Gang Of Youths will return home this November for their ‘Say Yes To Life Tour’ presented by Handsome Tours and triple j. The 4x ARIA Award winners will perform at intimate shows taking place in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart and Fremantle.
The PR Files is proud to work with Gang Of Youths in conjunction with Sony Music.
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Hailing from Sydney’s northern beaches, CXLOE is a breakout artist with a wealth of experience beyond her years. Wandering between alternative and electronic, her pop sensibility brings these two diverse two genres together to create a sound all of her own. The pure musical aesthetic met with complex and dark lyrics brings a true contrast to her artistry.
CXLOE’s most recent offering “Show You” premiered on Spotify’s New Music Friday in 21 countries and is currently approaching 6 million streams. Shortly after its release it was added to full rotation on triple j as well as every commercial radio station in Australia, solidifying CXLOE’s position as a true star on the rise. As CXLOE prepares for her next single in early 2019 she will also take the stage as main tour support for BROODS and pop icons Maroon 5.
The PR Files are thrilled to be working on the commercial radio campaign for CXLOE!
Sydney-based rock band Decapitators have spent the last year since their formation forging a cult-like following in the dingier parts of Sydney’s Inner West for their dark and harmonically intense brand of rock. Their debut single “Crystal Math” is a dynamic dancy guitar onslaught, which showcases vocalist Ivan Wowk in a rhythmic chanting chorus and echoing guitar layers; a track self-described as “dynamic, eerie, playfully dissonant and shrouded in breathy mystery.” With a sound reminiscent of UK garage rock bands of the 80s and 90s, Decapitators’ first official track sees them bursting onto Sydney’s rock scene with a fervour. The track is accompanied by a hypnotic, grungy, Donnie Darko-inspired music video that perfectly encapsulates the stormy sentiment of the song.
Decapitators is the product of a year-long trip to Mexico by two South Coast NSW friends. With no intentions for the music beyond writing songs on cheap guitars to pass the time, the jams quickly became anthems of the trip, and subsequently sentimental souvenirs. After some years of reprising these tunes every weekend upon reunion, Ivan (rhythm guitar and lead vocals) and Thorne (bass and backup vocals) began to dream of audiences beyond their immediate drunken social circles, and recruited two friends, one old (Matt on lead guitar and backing vocals) and one new (Tom on drums) to bolster the ranks.
Mixing frosty electronic textures, spare beats, and clear, emotive vocals, Norwegian singer/songwriter AURORA works is a similar dark pop milieu as artists like Oh Land, Lykke Li and Lorde. Born Aurora Aksnes, near the city of Bergen. she began writing music and lyrics at a young age, eventually releasing her debut single “Awakening” in late 2013.
Her new album A DIFFERENT KIND OF HUMAN (STEP II) released in June via Glassnote Records/AWAL, follows the huge success of her singles "Animal", “The Seed” and “The River”. The new release is the second part of last year’s surprise album of INFECTIONS OF A DIFFERENT KIND - PART 1, which sated her sprawling, fervent global fanbase, and acted as a tantalising taster to a very busy 2019 of new music and touring. "A DIFFERENT KIND OF HUMAN (STEP II)" heralds another new chapter in the story of AURORA, the left field pop musician who seemingly fell from the forests of her native Bergen with her inclusive stories of nature and nurture, love, longing and loss.
The PR Files are so proud to be working on the Australian PR for AURORA.
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, has come a long way since his humble beginnings as a busker on the streets of Brighton, UK.
His stunning break-up ballad, “Let Her Go”, earned wide spread critical acclaim, debuting at #3 on the ARIA charts in 2013 and peaking at #5 on Billboard’s Top 100.
Nat has worked alongside Passenger throughout his career. Recently, The PR Files are working with Passenger on his latest release in 2018 “Hell Or High Water”.
UK pop prodigy Millie Turner has recently burst onto the music scene with her infectious new track “Swimming Pool”. A storm in a teacup, Millie’s voice captivates audiences with her amazing vocal ability and conjures a raw primal energy and power without leaving the hushed and breathy range that her music sits within.
Millie Turner was born and bred in London into a very creative family, who she describes as “a bit weird”. Influenced by the likes of Solange and Billie Eilish, her songs touch on universal themes of hope, optimism, female empowerment and youthfulness, while uniquely and cinematically engaging people from all walks of life.
Turner’s music to date has been a feast for the eyes, as well as the ears, from the spectacular lo-fi visuals she co-directs for all of her music. Turner's unique human storytelling combined with all her artistry beyond music creation (painting & illustration) are showcased in her debut EP and first two singles. Turner’s rise as a new artist to watch this year has been exceptional. She’s garnered support across tastemaker media, including NME who marked her as One To Watch and BBC Radio 1 as one of their “Best New Pop” artists.
The PR Files works in conjunction with Kobalt/AWAL for Millie’s latest releases.
Sydney’s Dear Seattle are the melodic, sing along, beer-in-the-air, headbanging-with-heart punk rock band you’ve been waiting for. One part mosh pit, and one part love letter- with a dash of VB- the band have created a truly unique and powerful style of songwriting that’s connecting with fans across Australia and the rest of the world.
In February, the band were stoked to release their debut album DON’T LET GO. From charting on Spotify viral charts in Australia and the UK, being added to the Splendour in the Grass line-up, to achieving album packet and airplay from triple j, and support from triple j unearthed, community radio and RAGE, to crowd surfing their way across Australia on tour all year, Dear Seattle have arrived and they’re only just getting started.
The PR Files are so excited to be working alongside Dear Seattle, in conjunction with Domestic La La and UNIFIED.
“Dear Seattle have proven they know how to write songs that hit deep.” – BEAT Magazine
“serving up another belting, honest and melodic indie rock tune” – Music Feeds
“undeniable thrill ” – Rolling Stone
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Ziggy Alberts is showing just how far you can push the boundaries as an independent artist, after selling out some of Australia’s biggest theatres and playing a sold-out run on his first North American tour, to dropping two charting singles “Heaven” and “Love Me Now“. At only 24 years old, Ziggy has released five albums, co-founded his own label Commonfolk Records, played countless sold out shows across the world and his music has amassed over 105 million streams, globally.
Most recently, Ziggy released his highly anticipated album LAPS AROUND THE SUN. “Love Me Now” and current title track “Laps Around The Sun” were both released this year to positive reviews from media and fans alike. The tracks have been featured in countless playlists worldwide, including Spotify’s New Music Friday and The A-List, Singled Out, Folk Pop, Front Left and featured as New Artist of The Week on Apple Music. ”Love Me Now” alone racked up an impressive 2 million streams in the 3 months after its release and has also been featured on the Shazam charts for several weeks, as well as debuting at #11 on the ARIA singles charts, #10 on the iTunes digital charts and #1 on the AIR independent singles charts.
The PR Files are proud to be working alongside Commonfolk Records on commercial radio PR for Ziggy Alberts!
Melbourne via LA’s purveyor of pop greatness Guard has returned in 2019 with new single “I’m Calling The Cops”. Guard’s glitchy PC-music inspired music and his unique vocal tone have won over fans globally, amassing remarkable streams on digital streaming platforms.
Beyond his infatuation with making music, Guard is the unchallenged Meme lord of the internet. He’s the sole admin of mega-popular Instagram meme accounts @tindervsreality and @mycringe, which boast 1.3 million followers and 437,000 followers respectively. He’s witty, he’s a brilliant artist and he knows exactly what you need before you even knew you needed it. There is no one else out there quite like Guard.
The PR Files has had the pleasure of working with Guard on the Australian publicity for his latest single.
The southern hemisphere’s biggest snow music festival, SNOWTUNES is much more than your average festival experience. Surrounded by the amazing natural beauty of NSW’s Snowy Mountains, with the ski slopes of Thredbo, Perisher and Blue Cow just down the road, the festival makes the perfect winter getaway with friends. Running across two days, the festival has featured incredible artists such as Rudimental, The Rubens, Vera Blue, The Presets, Violent Soho, Trophy Eyes and more.
With an impressive selection of the best Aussie talent, River Sessions Music Festival is one of Australia’s premiere regional music festivals. Aiming to return to its roots as a boutique event, the festival presents one stage featuring high-quality Australian artists, along with a selection of local food vendors. In winter, North Queensland is the perfect escape and sees travellers make their way up to Mackay without fail every year. With not a cloud in the sky and 25+ degrees every day, Mackay is the perfect setting for a winter festival.
River Sessions 2019 line-up features such stars as Amy Shark, The Rubens, ILLY, Middle Kids, Skeggs, LDRU, Stand Atlantic and Alice Skye. The PR Files is proud to have worked with the festival on the announcements for their 2019 festival.
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Electronic duo and kings of ornate dance jams KAYEX combine both electronic samples and live instrumentation in a way that speaks to the broadening tastes of today’s pop scene. From school friends in Perth, to studio partners in Sydney, KAYEX’s members Palassi Kailis and Tom Derickx have recently released their groovy new single “Warrior Games”. The track has a timeless, fluid groove, and its amalgamation of various genres - from indie-pop to funk to ambient - gives it an addictively unique quality.
The duo debuted their live show at Sydney’s Listen Out Festival, and in late 2018 won the triple j Unearthed competition that allowed them to perform at Sydney’s Field Day Festival on New Year’s Day 2019. They also supported SG Lewis on his national Australian tour in 2018, and Crooked Colours on their national Australian tour. The music video for “Warrior Games” was awarded ‘Upload of the Week’ on MTV in June 2019.
The PR Files are proud to have worked with KAYEX on their latest single.
Exhilarating, glossy, and nostalgia-inducing, Melbournian four-piece Viera Motel have recently released their debut single “Take Heart”. The track features a 90’s Eurodance-inspired piano riff that carries the listener from arousing verses to infectious pre-choruses, building the foundation for a towering chorus which completes the track. Frontman Jay Pollock delivers an honest self-reflection to reclaim audacity in the lyrics, springing in and out of falsetto, accompanied by new-wave-inspired pads, drummer Matt Colvin's’ thumping four to the floor drum track and Matthew Ferguson’s driving guitar.
The name Viera Motel, fashioned from pink neon, flickers in the shadows of the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. Established in late 2017, each room in Viera Motel now accommodates a number of dark but honest stories confessed alongside imposing choruses and ear-worm riffs the likes of 90’s/00’s outfits Interpol, New Order, Joy Division, The Killers, The Strokes and Oasis.
With the expertise of Melbourne producer ‘Malcolm Besley’ (Northeast Party House, City Calm Down, Client Liaison), they have combined the traits of modern indie-pop with the realness of the 90’s into a track that allows these traits to shine through on their debut single “Take Heart”.
Indie-rock four-piece Moreton write songs that swing between a love of alternative art rock and its charged atmospheres into more intimate and orchestral moments. But always, the key is beauty for lead singer Georgia, who was recently awarded the inaugural Carol Lloyd Award for a young female Queensland songwriter.
Moreton’s captivating debut single, “The Water” in 2016 won the praise of Triple J & Unearthed as well as Double J, Rolling Stone and The Music, building up a steady forward motion as the band careened towards the release of their debut EP, “Specimen” in late 2016. The band worked on the EP with renowned producer Matt Redlich (Holy Holy, Emma Louise).
Their music reached Irish singer-songwriting heavyweight James Vincent McMorrow, who personally reached out to request that Moreton open for an upcoming run of shows in Australian theatres in early 2017 - all at capacity crowds, including the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Centre.
The PR Files is delighted to be joining forces with Moreton for their 2019 releases.
Beau Lightning, who previous released songs under his given name ELI, is inspired by California daze, desert surrounding the city of sin, cowboys, the moon landing and the alter ego in which Beau Lightning resides.
His debut single '“Last Night” was written and recorded entirely on his own after being given the opportunity to live in a recording on his own after being given the opportunity to live in a recording studio that a close friend and old work colleague built in his back yard. “Last Night” is the result of tinkering and experimentation, a first attempt at using real studio equipment. With some production guidance and mixing from John Broadbent, the song came into be. His music takes off their hats to bands like Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Wolfmother.
The PR Files are proud to be working with Beau Lightning!
Wagons stay atop their own tidal wave of hard-hitting, outlaw inspired, swamp rock madness, still pulsing and stomping together as a joint force, with singer Henry Wagons at the helm. Henry’s fierce intellect, once hurtling toward a career as a philosopher, was thankfully derailed by a record deal, a thirst for whisky and an insatiable need to make noise, as made evident by their music and lyrics.
Producing six albums together, the band have garnered an increasing list of awards and achievements including ‘Album of the Week’ on RRR, PBS, RTR, 2SER, Edge radio, The Age / EG ‘Best Band’ & ‘Album of the Year’, Rhythms Magazine ‘Album Of Year’, AIR ‘Country Album of the Year’, plus Melbourne Magazine naming Henry Wagons in their ‘Top 100 Most Influential People’.
The group have been regularly compared to the cheekiest and most mischievous of musical outlaws, from Johnny Cash to Nick Cave and have circled the globe testing the fortitude of some of the biggest stages at Bonnaroo, Bluesfest, Interstellar Rodeo, Laneway, Bumbershoot, Big Day Out, Out On The Weekend, Queenscliff, Ottawa Blues, as well as SXSW and Americana showcases.
The PR Files has the pleasure of working on the publicity for Wagons’ new album.
Off the back of their successful single launch “Seek You” in 2017, which made the top 5 in Triple J's Unearthed Indie Charts, and the top 10 in the Overall Charts in the first 2 weeks of release, Dande and The Lion released their debut EP AUDLEY’S TALKING. The launch successfully sold out Sydney’s acclaimed The Oxford Art Factory in March 2018 and the band has been in high demand since, playing over 40 shows across NSW and VIC.
The captivating five-piece’s new track “Stardust”, reminiscent of Purity Ring and The Preatures, leads the listener on a rollicking ride through the cosmos, embellished by enthralling harmonies and powerful production.
The PR Files is delighted to be assisting Dande and the Lion with their 2019 releases.
Sarah Belkner is a strange and persistent musical beast. There is nothing about her career that ticks any sort of industry ‘how to’ boxes, and yet as she approaches her second album we see a creative in her 30’s building her very own little localised musical empire one brick at a time.
Throughout her career Belkner has been in hot demand for her vocal ability and skills as a keyboardist, arranger, producer, writer and touring musician playing with Australian national treasures including Sarah Blasko, OLYMPIA, Missy Higgins, Abby Dobson, Brendan Maclean, and most recently the enigmatic Tim Minchin.
Her debut album ‘But You Are, But It Has’ released in 2017 was Double J album of the week and found it’s way into the hearts of fans and critics for its subtle quirk and shimmering arrangements. At the heart of everything is always Belkner’s voice .A voice that is both soothing and powerful at the same time. This coupled with existential lyrics, musicality and passionate geekiness for the musical process is what makes her, her.
Belkner has been in the producer's seat for many local artists including Julia Johnson, Jack Colwell & Rosie Catalano. Most recently she produced and co-wrote her first full length album for another artist, Brendan Maclean’s ‘chic & bleak’, emotionally charged dance record ‘And The Boyfriends’ which charted at #2 on the Australian iTunes chart and #9 on the AIR chart.
The PR Files has had the pleasure of working on Sarah’s publicity for many years, including on her latest single “Animals” and her upcoming releases.
Made up of five independently talented and successful members who were looking for a new creative outlet; LEISURE are an anomaly in the music industry. This unusual melting-pot of contributions means LEISURE is greater than the sum of it’s parts, each bringing different influences from 70s funk, to 90s rap and R&B, all the way to dance music from the early 2000s. Having amassed over 50 million streams on their debut album, which entered at #2 in the NZ charts, they have built a rabid fan following that has become the stuff of legends - in April this year they performed their debut, backed by the 72-piece Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, to a sold-out Auckland Town Hall.
Their music has become a staple in the sync world, having collaborated with hip-hop star Goldlink, and have now signed globally to US/UK record label Nettwerk for their forthcoming album, continuing to connect with their manifesto of living the good life, and their over-riding code to “keep things LEISURE.”
The PR Files are so excited to be working with Nettwerk on LEISURE’s Australian PR!
After turning heads in 2016 with her song “Roam”, Theia returned to the spotlight in early 2018 with new music - raising the bar and firming up her reputation as one of New Zealand’s most exciting new acts. The track entered Spotify’s viral global chart, as well as viral charts in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. It has since been streamed more than 13 million times. Theia travelled far and wide throughout 2017, opening for BROODS on their summer NZ tour, supporting The Kite String Tangle in Australia, and then going on to support our very own SIA, alongside MØ and Charli XCX.
Her recent release “Candy”, the third single from her upcoming EP is an unapologetic and carefree celebration of individuality, and a blast of pure energy, “Candy” sees Theia breaking new sonic ground.
The PR Files are so proud to be working on the Australian PR for Theia, alongside Warner Music.
Melbourne nine-piece funk-soul powerhouse, The Bamboos, attracted millions of listeners globally with the winning combination of guitarist/leader Lance Ferguson and vocalist Kylie Auldist, in the track “This Girl” by Kungs Vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners. One of 2016’s biggest chart hits, “This Girl” was a remix of a 2009 track co-written by Ferguson that should that the world was craving pop music with genuine soul.
2018 saw the announce of The Bamboos eighth studio album The Bamboos, NIGHT TIME PEOPLE which is shaping to be the record that capitalises on the runaway success of "This Girl" and bring their infectious and modern take on a timeless sound to a whole new world of listeners. Incorporating subtle electronic elements while still drawing on the band’s early soul-funk influences, The Bamboos have taken their music to another level with their winning combination that bridges the vintage with the future. The album includes most recent single “Lit Up” which reached 235k streams on Spotify in just two and a half weeks.
To celebrate the release, the band will head out in August on their first headline tour since 2015. This follows being invited to support Robbie Williams on his ‘Heavy Entertainment Show’ tour this past February and March.
Having proudly handled the Australian PR for The Bamboos’ previous album NIGHT TIME PEOPLE in conjunction with BMG and i:e Music, The PR Files is proud to join the team again for The Bamboos’ 2019 releases.
SAYAH is a singer-songwriter from Sydney with music described as sultry, soulful and emotive. Her dark, lush vocals draw comparisons to Banks with a touch of Jorja Smith, yet it’s hard to miss the soul and stylings of Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse.
SAYAH’s debut single “Addicts” quickly shot to #1 on the triple j unearthed Pop Charts within days of being uploaded. Since then, she ha splayed to a growing audience of converts around Sydney, including recently opening for Ruel. Her apperance on Balcony TV won international viewers choice on their “Show Of The Week.” Her unique vocal stylings have been praised by the likes of Dave Ruby Howe, “I reckon people would pull their cars over to hear that voice in full flight.”
The PR Files are thrilled to be working with SAYAH on her Australian PR.