Freetown is a Sydney based 3 piece roots/funk force consisting of guitar/vox, drums and sax. By exposing and questioning social boundaries through well articulated lyrics, a warm sound, and an original instrumental set up, Freetown wish to push music creatively and aesthetically beyond its limits.


Freetown formed in late 2007, with each individual member focused on other projects up to that point. Consisting of Paul Appelkamp on guitar/vocals, Adam Somerville on saxophone and Mitchell Woods on drums, they joined together to push music creatively and aesthetically beyond its limits. They recorded their first EP, "The Real Ideal", in 2008. Their methods are extra tight, whether they are creating hypnotic jungles of sound or fearlessly jamming at the drop of a hat.

The hybrid force known as Freetown expose and question social boundaries through well articulated lyrics, a warm sound, and an original instrumental set up. Remember to open your mind and enjoy a trip to Freetown, "the real ideal".

Influences: Bob Marley, Herbie Hancock, Rage Against The Machine, John Butler, Charlie Parker, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ben Harper, Steve Balbi, Loren, Bonjah, Benjalu, FisherKing, Simon Kelly Band, Move Trees.

Freetown has been receiving airplay on community radio. BLU FM 89.1 in Katoomba, 100.7 Highlands FM in Bowral, PBS, Plenty Valley FM 88.6, Bay FM in Byron Bay, Beau FM in Queensland, and City Park Radio 103.7 in Tasmania are currently playing Track Four ‘Tomorrow’ and are reporting positive public feedback.

Since being added to Triple J Unearthed, Track One ‘Everybody’ has peaked at #10 in the Roots chart and #82 in the Overall chart.

‘Tomorrow’ has been selected for the Home Grown Roots Vol. 3 compilation which boasts artists such as Paul Kelly, John Butler and Ash Grunwald.

At the end of 2008, four of our good friends who comprise the sustainable living organisation MyPower completed their cirsumnavigation of Australia by pushbike.. all 18,000 km of it! Upon return, their promotional and biographical DVD of the journey was released and Freetown are proud to say that two of our tracks are featured throughout, alongside a brand new track by Matt McHugh of 'Beautiful Girls' fame. Check out their website for more information, and to watch the video.

Freetown also have tracks featured in a Youtube video that has managed to get in excess of 14,500 views in 3 months. Videos by this direcor have previously won People’s Choice Award at the Reel Deal 2007 Short Film Festival. ‘Everybody’ and ‘Why’ from our EP ‘The Real Ideal' are reaching people all over the world thanks to this video and Youtube. Go to Youtube, search 'Frederick' and find the "Frederick shows off SYDNEY!!!" video to see one of the more original video bloggers out there.


Freetown recorded their EP "The Real Ideal" released May 2008. Tracked, mixed and mastered in a week of hightened activity and creativity, it was recorded at Damien Gerard Studios in Sydney in early 2008 after only six months together and while still a relatively new project. 'The Real Ideal' boasts six of our favourite tracks, with Track 1 'Everybody' in the Triple J Unearthed Roots charts, and Track 4 'Tomorrow' receiving nationwide radio airplay.

Set List

Tracks from the EP:

1) 'Everybody' Reminscint of Rage Against The Machine's "Renegades of Funk" this driving track has tight beats, smooth sax lines, a funky riff and evocative lyrics.

2) 'I'm Going Crazy', Trying to live in this crazy world full of people who say one thing and do another, corrupt governments and the day to day hypocrisy of the "free" world was inspiration for this reggae/rock track.

3) 'All Over The Road', Written about city bound mothers who drive over-sized 4WD through traffic, All over the road boasts arguably the best sax performance on our debut EP, not to mention funky rhythms similar to Red Hot Chili Peppers.

4) 'Tomorrow', This radio friendly all round happy track is the culmination of our tight rhythms, diverse influences and represents the positive vibes Freetown are trying to convey.

5) 'Money and Friends', Once again, the anger in singer/songwriter Paul's music and lyrics come across in this rock track; about his dislike of fake individuals