The Writers Block Backstage

Delve into the creative minds of some of Australia and New Zealand’s finest songwriters. From the first scrawl of a lyric idea all the way through to the final mix-down of a hit single, The Writers Block gives you a backstage pass into the studios of UMPG’s elite. 

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The Writers Block With Olympia

This Friday the 5th of July, Olympia is set to release her anticipated sophomore album Flamingo which includes singles 'Shoot To Forget' & 'Hounds'. The album release comes ahead of her huge national and European tours. Olympia opens up about her writing, recording and thought process' that went into the making of the album for The Writers Block Backstage.
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The Writers Block With Tora

Following the release of ‘Deviate’, the first single since 2017 album ‘Take A Rest’, Byron Bay electronic 4-piece Tora, have today dropped their follow up singles ‘Morphine’ and 'Can't Buy The Mood' as well as announced the release of sophomore album ‘Can’t Buy The Mood’. Read on as frontman Jo Loewenthal answers a few questions about what to expect from the album. 
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Introducing: Kesmar

Who is KESMAR? KESMAR is the new chapter for Sydney musician Nathan Hawes. Following the release of singles ‘Feel It Again’ and ‘Up To You’, Debut EP 'Up To You' is being released this Friday April 12. Read on as Nathan answers a few questions about the writing process and production of the new project.


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The Writers Block With Spit Syndicate

Following on from the release of their album ‘One Good Shirt Had Us All Fly’, Sydney based Hip Hop duo Spit Syndicate talk about their writing process, and the importance of collaboration and more.
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The Writers Block With Elizabeth Rose

Following a series of successful RnB/pop jams, Sydney-based producer, singer and songwriter Elizabeth Rose has released her hotly anticipated debut album ‘Intra’. Read on as she talks about her inspiration and the process of producing and writing the album. 

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The Writers Block unites Music & Art with Space 44

As part of a new relationship with Cronulla based art gallery Space 44, UMPG will feature custom artwork from some of Australia's most exciting new artists on the walls of its new creative space 'The Writers Block'.

"The Writers Block is a collaborative hub for UMPG songwriters- it is a space that is designed to inspire. Creativity is never static which is why we are so excited to have Space 44 and their crew of talented young artists frequently refresh our walls with unique art that takes cues from the sounds of our writers" said UMPG Australia's Director of A&R Heath Johns.

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The Writers Block with M-Phazes

ARIA winning, Melbourne-based producer M-Phazes has written and produced for the likes of 360, Kimbra, Bliss n' Eso, Talib Kweli, Jean Grae and Illy. However recent news that the M-Phazes co-written and co-produced 'Bad Guy' would feature as the opening track on global superstar Eminem's multi-million selling MMLP2 was surely the defining moment thus far in what has already been a glittering career for one of Australian music's most progressive and inventive minds.

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The Writers Block with Guy Sebastian

This week The Writer’s Block sits down with the man that boasts more Top 20 Singles than any other artist in Australian history, Guy Sebastian. Read on to hear Guy talk about his new found success in the United States, what it is like to work with Lupe Fiasco, why he calls himself a ‘gear tart’ and even hear the man himself invent a brand new word ‘Genre-cism’.

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360 gets personal

Melbourne rapper 360 has undoubtedly been the break-out Australian artist of 2012. After selling over 500,000 records domestically over the last 12 months, fans and critics alike have gravitated towards 360’s often confronting lyrics and his unique approach to song-craft. The Writers Block sat down with the controversial rapper to discuss his Platinum single ‘Child’ and his songwriting process.

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The story behind 'Gotcha!'

The Writers Block sat down with Dutch-born, Australian-based songwriter/producer Louis Schoorl to discuss the collaborative process behind one of 2012’s biggest and most infectious songs Gotcha! Performed and co-written by Jessica Mauboy, the song features over the closing credits of the #1 Australian film The Sapphires (also starring Mauboy) and is lifted from the film’s original soundtrack.

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