Kicking things off with a very special set from Motez, United We Stream Australia launches this week!
Since its launch back in March 2020, international livestreaming channel UNITED WE STREAM has turned into something of a phenomenon. Being developed in a bid to help struggling artists and workers impacted by the sudden halt to live music across the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has amassed tens of millions of views across hundreds of events and artist performances, expanded into more than 45 cities in 15 countries across 3 continents, and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the UK and Europe. This coming Thursday (June 11th), Australia is set to join the growing channel and is launching with a truly special set courtesy of none other than MOTEZ.
By launching its own national series of events powered by Electronic Music Conference and Sounds Australia, United We Stream Australia is set to play virtual host to electronic music events from different artists, venues, clubs and collectives from around the country in an effort to spotlight the diversity of electronic music culture here at home. The series will feature a variety of genres and styles of electronic music, performed by a wide range of artists at our nation’s most loved venues, clubs and locations. And first cab off the rank Motez is looking to do exactly that with a spectacular set lined up filmed in the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia. Coinciding with the release of his new EP, Soulitude, his latest record is in response to the global mindset of isolation so serves as a perfect fit to kick off United We Stream in style.
EMC Director Jane Slingo said, "By initiating a collaboration within the Australian electronic music community of artists; promoters; venues; clubs and supporting partners, United We Stream Australia fosters solidarity between the various scenes that drive electronic music and club culture nationally. Australia has so many amazing scenes that each have their own flavour and it’s exciting to be a part of this global movement to highlight the wonderful diversity of electronic music culture in this country."
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‘We’ve long admired Motez as one of Australia’s most powerful electronic music artists. He consistently creates music with courage and strong purpose and has deservedly gained respect nationally and internationally. The ‘Soulitude’ EP is a stunning body of work, and comes from a place of kindness and healing, which the world needs right now. We couldn’t imagine a more beautiful way to launch United We Stream Australia and to showcase this special Australian artist via the global United We Stream movement.”
Sounds Australia Executive Producer Millie Millgate added, “ounds Australia are thrilled to be partnering with EMC to launch United We Stream Australia. The opportunity to showcase the very best of Australian electronic talent and shine the light on the scenes, venues, people and places to the rest of the world, is a Covid silver lining we’re certainly excited and proud to get behind.”
Motez presents Soulitude x United We Stream Australia 001 will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube live at 6pm AEST on Thursday 11 June. Funds raised from this set will be donated to Support Act. For more info about United We Stream, head here.
Words by Emma Jones