The Brisbane Society of Sound is exactly what our scene needs circa 2013. At a time when there is so many established and unestablished divisions with both bands, venues and punters having a collection of people dedicated to “scene equality” is vital to the health and well-being of Brisbane’s musical evolution.
Brittany Eddy is one of the members involved with Brisbane Society of Sound and has a lot big ideas in helping the Brisbane community connect with its music scene. When I asked Brittany how it all started and what the aim of the society is, she was quite honest in outlining how it was a process in accidents and open communication between people who love music:
“It was something that accidentally started when I ended up starting a forum at university where people talked about music. It was within this forum that I pitched the idea of starting a society solely dedicated to helping our local Brisbane scene. Basically our whole aim is to enhance the local music scene within Brisbane, a lot of people within the team are in local bands but we also have a lot of music fans who are studying things like journalism who are helping out with the interviews and reviews and people in the IT area who are helping with the running of the website. We are looking to help organise events, create an online presence for gig guides, reviews and to help showcase both signed and unsigned artists. We’re looking to have lots of different networking events that help connect bands and artists with different industry contacts and help bands with assistance in terms branding and advertising. Essentially we will be working with a lot of local music organisations to help bring awareness to music culture and to also connect bands with their local community. I really believe that it is important for local bands to really engage their community to help build that fanbase”
One of the phrase that struck me when I first started to investigate the organisation’s website was the idea of saving Brisbane’s music scene. To me this was a brave and progressive mission statement considering the mixed response amongst the Brisbane music community when you discuss and mention the health of its music scene. I was interested to ask Brittany what she felt had injured the scene over the past few years and her response was incredibly honest:
“A lot of venues have recently been shut down and there only seems to be a few boutique venues that are geared towards a specific sound and look. Instead of venues having lots of different events that focus on all genres of music you seem to see and have the same sound being presented. It’s not the full picture of what Brisbane has to offer and as a result a lot of bands have had to leave in order to get gigs and get noticed. A lot of the heavier bands always seem to be overlooked and it can be quite hard for them to get consistent gigs across all the venues in Brisbane. This is something I’d like to see change. I’d love to see a bigger range of genres represented across all Brisbane venues. That is something that we hope to bring awareness too and we hope to change with our work.”
It is this dedication to equality that makes the Brisbane Society of Sound such a unique movement. It is the first time that a group of people have made a commitment to genre equality and making sure all of the amazing bands making up the Brisbane music community are represented. This is how music scenes move from being a simple community to being revolution and Brittany is quite plugged into the history of music and the various scene culture that has occurred over the years both in Australia and across the world:
“I read a lot of biographies about the history of music. I love how something like the Seattle scene for example changed a whole decade and didn’t just impact the music world but the community as a whole. Even if you got back to the 50’s and 60’s or even as far back as the classic periods, the music of those eras and the scenes attached to them impacted society on a grand scale. That is the power of music and I think the most important thing for any band in any scene to do is to make sure they engage and get the attention of their local community both in and outside of the established scene.”
It is quite clear that Brittany Eddy has the kind of spirit and discipline to help lead the change that is desperately needed in the Brisbane music scene. The Brisbane Society of Sound is a vital movement plugged into both the grass-roots and higher level realms of the music industry. As both a musician and a punter I fully believe in the power of this kind of change and I’m incredibly inspired by the idea of scene equality and helping to put a spotlight on the full spectrum of talent that Brisbane has to offer. If you care about the Brisbane music community and its future, you need to get involved with The Brisbane Society of Sound.
Tonight sees the launch of their organisation at one of the best club nights in town, Cobra Kai. It all kicks off at 8pm and features The Halls, Oceanics and Jakarta Criers. There will be lots of giveaways and is your perfect chance to get along and start making a commitment to your scene.
By Dan Newton