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CMI Supports Remote Indigenous Musicians At GTM Studios

CMI Supports Remote Indigenous Musicians At GTM Studios

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In 2021, the Docker River Band travelled to the GTM Studios in Coffs Harbour to record their debut album, set for release through WANTOK Records in 2022.

The 5-piece desert reggae band was unearthed by the music development program Grow the Music in 2017, in the remote community of Docker River (Kaltukatjara) which lies close to the WA border in the Northern Territory’s APY Lands.

In March 2021, Grow the Music built a recording studio on the Mid North Coast, giving the Docker River Band their first opportunity to record in a professional recording studio.

CMI Music & Audio and Better Music supported the new GTM studio with the purchase of the Apollo 8XP Heritage Edition, which integrated with the existing mobile recording gear, the Apollo Twin MKII and Audient 800 ESP, providing the studio with 18 tracks to record simultaneously.

Across 10 days, the band worked with GTM engineers and music producers, to lay the foundations for the album. The Apollo 8XP made it possible to track live across three separated acoustic rooms, capturing the dynamic live performance of the band.

With fundamental support from partners such as CMI, Better Music and Wantok Musik, we can champion the highest quality recording outcomes for artists like the Docker River Band, supporting their development to reach a wider audience around the globe.” Grow the Music

The mission of GTM Studios is to deliver quality recordings to Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Grow the Music is currently developing a dual capacity to enable the studio to run while continuing the mobile recording services for musicians in remote locations.