Once upon a time I was just a normal musician, playing on
the weekends and eking out a living playing covers.
Previously I had had a great experience working for the Goanna band. I saw
them play, loved them, and became their merchandiser and part time art
person, and on the way learned a hell of a lot about the music business. It was
an exciting time, but the end of an era, the era of great songs and great
It became the cover band era, and all our legends were mostly forgotten
about by the general media. I started playing in an original band
after Goanna, but the scene had changed dramatically, and our great
original pub circuit virtually closed down overnight.
About 1993, I wrote and produced my own cd with the aid of some great
friends and started shopping it around. Much to my dismay I received
no interest whatsoever. I knew I wrote pretty good songs - not
groundbreaking or anything - but catchy. This started me
thinking....it was a long think!
About 2005 (I'm not good at past dates - always think of the future) I got
the idea to write a children's dvd. Minnie Monkey sang health and
safety songs for children. I got in contact with C31 and filmed 13
episodes in my garage. No big deal. It was fun.
But there I was still thinking. If I could film a children's series,
I could do a series on our legends. Obviously they must still be
around doing something. And if I couldn't get any interest in MY
songs, what must they be doing? Still writing? Why is there no
interest in their songs?
First thing was the host of the show. Wendy Stapleton was my first
choice and amazingly she said yes. I thought that I should be able
to get 13 interviewees, just enough for a series. But I had to start
with someone well known to get the ball rolling. Having been in the
industry I know how cynical musos can be. Who is this upstart, and
what can SHE do! Well I probably started with the most cynical of
all, Mr Mike Rudd! I was always a fan but now this guy has my utmost
I was absolutely amazed to find so many of these legends were not only
still writing and recording, but playing around Australia with no media or
record company support. Great names virtually forgotten by people a
lot more powerful and wealthy than I. In England and the US they
would be feted and respected, here in Australia confined to little pubs.
If they record a cd of covers they are given token interviews. If
they record new songs, mostly given the cold shoulder except by very
supportive community radio.
So Wrokdown was born. My great friend Matt Mason - talented sound
engineer and techno whiz - has been an amazing teacher. Wendy with
her knowledge and cred is the perfect host. And
never forget our Wrokdown radio hosts, Mick Pealing at 3INR FM,
Soozie Pinder at 88.3 Southern FM playing as much new commercial exciting music
as can fit into a 2 hour slot.
What a blessing that Soozie came along, because she now gets 'Out and About' around the traps letting you know who is
playing and where.
people have helped make Wrokdown what it is so far, and we're not
stopping! It is my belief that if you don't have a healthy original
industry, you don't have an industry at all.
Anita Monk - Producer