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Industry: Ding Dong ready to close doors, Amrap form a Republic, and all the latest in band lineup changes

As Ding Dong Lounge wraps up its two weeks of farewell celebrations this Saturday January 20 with Bareback Titty Squad, owner Bill Walsh expressed his concerns to Beat about the problems that music venues in Melbourne’s central business district are facing. He said that music lovers in the inner city are reluctant to come into the city because of various anti-social issues there, and prefer to get their music fixes in the new venues sprouting up in their neighbourhoods. Walsh will keep a finger in the hospitality game but wants to spend more time with his young family. Talking about Ding Dong’s 15-year run, Walsh said, “We always tried something different, and were embraced by punters and the live music industry.”

Producers are complaining that US record labels are creatively calling albums “mixtapes”, “street albums” or “compilations”, and paying only half what they’re entitled to.

Shihad member and producer Tom Larkin’s The Studios in the City in Brunswick celebrates its tenth anniversary by renaming itself Homesurgery Recordings to denote the craftsmanship that goes into their work, and by upgrading to an API 1608 console.

Among the 16 Australian acts announced in the third round for South By Southwest showcase and conference taking place in Austin, Texas this March, six are from Melbourne. They are Big League, Bobi Andonov, Divide And Dissolve, ORB, Pretty City and Slum Sociable.

Dot Dash Recordings/ Remote Control have signed Melbourne producer and multi-instrumentalist Katz. His debut EP Waterfall is out in April while just released is single ‘Hollow’ ft Charlie Lim and co-written with Gab Strum, AKA Japanese Wallpaper.

Amrap (Australian Music Radio Airplay Project), which gets independent Australian music to community radio stations, has had a bust-up with the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA, whose offices they operated in for years). The CBAA underwent a restructure which the six Amrap starters reckon “benefits the CBAA at the direct expense of Amrap’s transparency, integrity and innovative future.” The six have left the CBAA offices and set up The Republic of Amrap.

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