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Kuranda, Queensland, Australia | MAJOR

Kuranda, Queensland, Australia | MAJOR
Band Hip Hop Reggae

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Feb
18
Zennith @ Gold Coast Parklands

Southport, Queensland, Australia

Southport, Queensland, Australia

Sep
10
Zennith @ ReggaeTown World Music Festival

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Sep
03
Zennith @ The Kuranda Amphitheatre, Barron Falls Rd, Kuranda Qld

Kuranda, Queensland, Australia

Kuranda, Queensland, Australia

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described Zennith’s performance as “This band blew me away with their dynamic approach, well crafted set, and their never dull for a moment repertoire. This band of brothers not only brings with it a passionate love for music but also a very tight musicianship, which pours onto the stage with ease and humility. This is a band that really has what it takes to bring it home to the finish leading a well crafted charge from their opening and familiar reggae styles all the way through to their explosive finale, a number that made me believe in rock 'n roll again!” - Zvonko Jovicic Stage Manager Lyrebird Stage Peats Ridge Festival 2009


Reggae, roots, rock… there is something for everyone in the debut album by Indigenous band Zennith. As the album title, Nothin’ To Lose, suggests, putting their heart and soul into a release that showcases all elements of the Zennith dynamics wasn’t a difficult decision for the six-piece band. After all, putting themselves in a raw vulnerable position for audiences could only go one of two ways, and really, in the end, there was nothing to lose. And from reactions to the debut album thus far from industry professionals, the band made the right decision.

After securing slots at two of the country’s biggest music festivals – BluesFest and Splendour in the Grass – Zennith was in a good position to know music fans loved their music. After all, they not only packed out their performances at BluesFest, but had the crowds jumping around like they’d just been invited to the best party in town. So when it came to releasing their debut full- length release, Zennith pooled their songwriting experiences and ended up with an album that not only highlights the personality of the band members, but also tells stories and conveys messages that are pertinent to not only the band members,
but society today.

This wasn’t the first recording experience the Zennith boys have had. In 2008 they released their first EP I Like It. This was followed up by their first official single Simplified produced by Paulie B (The Beautiful Girls, George). When it came to recording their full-length album, the band made an executive decision to stay true, and close, to their roots, opting to lay down the tracks for the record in Cairns’ Pegasus Studios under the watchful eye of engineer Nigel Pegrum (former drummer for The Small Faces and Steeleye Span).

Family band member Willie Brim says the band had a long association with Nigel and chose to record with him because it not only related back to their musical history, but also offered a level of comfort of being at home in Far North Queensland. “We wanted to keep the Kuranda feel by recording it locally,” he says. “We wanted that North Queensland feeling. Also, we’ve worked with Nigel before, and knew he would let us keep our originality and that he wouldn’t interfere with our sound, only enhance it.”

Heading into the studios in March this year, the album was laid down live in only two weeks. It was vital to the band that they didn’t have an overly produced sound, and that the end product had a live feel, precisely how the songs would translate on stage. They chose local Indigenous producer Will Kepa because not only was he a respected reggae musician, but he knew the Zennith boys and was passionate about their product. Zennith’s sound engineer Mick Thompson also provided assistance in production, ensuring the quality and message of Zennith was adhered to. “The experience made it comfortable for the band,
everyone had the right idea in mind and we managed to stay in control of the sound and kept it consistent,” Willie says. “We wanted to prove to the critics that it is achievable in Queensland – north of Brisbane – you can still produce the same quality of sound that you would get elsewhere. It’s not what you use, but the engineers you use and how they use the equipment.”

Nothin To Lose is an album that not only stays strict to the ideals of Zennith as a band, and the consistency of their live performance, but also manages to impact on a variety of levels. It shares and promotes important messages, from those about Indigenous life and rights to touching on everyday occurrences like love, heartbreak and even a crisis of conscience. There is something for everyone to relate to in the lyrical content and a vibe that will no doubt convert even the most fussy of music
lovers.

Nothin’ To Lose is out November 5 through MGM.
www.zennithboyz.com.au | www.myspace.com/zennithboyz

1. Double Standards
2. One Minute
3. If It’s Not Right
4. Things Get Tough
5. Poison
6. Nothin’ To Lose
7. Willie & The Poor Boyz
8. Hot Topic
9. Irie
10. It’s The One
11. Long Time
12. Knock Me Down

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Zennith – Nothin’ To Lose TRACK-BY-TRACK

Double Standards (Astro Brim) | It seems there’s nothing we
can say / to make them change their ways / it seems there’s
nothing we can do / to change their point of view | As the title
suggests, Double Standards is about exactly that. Astro says it
is a question mark song, about questioning the system and
the way of the world today, taken from the perspective of
Nothin’ To Lose (Astro Brim & Lindsay Snider) | We got
nothin’ to lose, nothin’ to prove / because we’re in da crew,
it’s all true / we got nothin’ to lose, nothin’ to prove / because
we’re in the crew / it’s the dejavu | Another rock influenced
track, Nothin’ To Lose is an apt title track for the album, using
the ideal that Indigenous communities. “It is about experience as a black
man,” he says. “It is about making Australia aware that there
are still double standards in this country and we need to fix
it.”

One Minute (Aden Brim & Willie Brim) | Can I have one
minute / I’ve got to talk to you / I need one minute / I’ve got to
talk to you |The consummate love song One Minute focuses
on the experience of love, and trying to get that message
through. “It is about expressing yourself to another person
and bonding,” says Aden. “Trying to let the other person know
how you feel, the excitement that you feel, and trying to
express it through song.”

If It’s Not Right (Astro Brim & Lindsay Snider) | If it’s not right
/ don’t do it / don’t get caught up in the things that can bring
you down / and if you’re in trouble / don’t run / you can work
things out |Penned on a trip to Newcastle, If It’s Not Right
reaches out to those travelling on the edge of right and wrong
and trying to lead them down the correct path. ”I was
watching one of my brothers going through a stage of life
where he was slipping off the track a bit,” says Astro. “This
was also a reminder to myself, a guideline to myself – I wrote
this song as a new start.”

Things Get Tough (Aden Brim) | Life gets hard sometimes /
but it will be alright / always smile / so never get pulled down
/ right down to the ground | About looking on the bright side,
Things Get Tough is penned about the inner strength you have
to find when things are getting hard. “When you are feeling
down, you’ve got to talk to other people,” Aden says. “Lean
on the shoulder of someone… this is a ‘keep your head up
high’ song, and a reminder that when things get tough, there
is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Poison (Aden Brim) | You sail in on an evil trip / with your plan
of attack / to chop down all those trees / and hope that they
there is nothing to lose, and everything to gain.
“It feels like you are on the right road and you are reassuring
yourself through your words,” Astro says. “Never give up hope
for anything, everything is achievable.” It is a track that is
reflective of the band’s outlook on their career as well.

Hot Topic (Astro Brim) | Hot topic, well talked about / hot
topic, well spoke about / hot topic, well talked about / hot
topic / heard this in town / what did you hear now / not
amazed what’s got around / heard this in town | As the lyrics
suggest, Hot Topic is about gossip, tongues wagging and the
way that news spreads rapidly in a small town. Astro says it
highlights how in a small town everyone knows each other’s
business.

Irie (Aden Brim) | Are you feeling Irie / come on everybody /
are you feeling irie / we’ll liven up the party / the mood is set
to have a good time / hit the dance floor start to unwind /
makes you feel oh so fine, I say |
The word Irie means ‘feeling alright’ and the song is about just
that. It is a party anthem, a track that is all about encouraging
people to get out and hit the dance floor. “It is about getting
out and having fun,” says Aden. “It’s about asking people to
join the party and come and get cultural.”

It’s The One (Astro Brim) It’s that one / where we’re stolen
from / it’s that one / where it’s going wrong / it’s that one /
what them build upon / it’s that one and only / Australia |
Astro says It’s The One is an anthem for Australia. “It is putting
an Australian stamp on our music, on our reggae,” he says.
“We are singing about Australia, our own backyard. We are
touching on issues of past and present – it is written so
whoever is listening can make up their own mind, we’re
planting a seed of conscience.”

Long Time (Astro Brim) | You cannot take us away / because
we’re here to stay / in that night or day / or any little which
way / we’ve been round for a long time / we’ve dropped so
won’t grow back / its spreading like a disease / its poison |
Lamenting the loss of the environment to the encroaching
concrete cities, Poison was written after a tour through
mining towns which were a vast contrast to the lush rainforest
where the Zennith boyz live. “It was like seeing the future, the
concrete spreading like a disease,” Aden explains. “Like man-
made cancer.”

Willie & The Poor Boyz (Astro Brim & Lindsay Snider) | Willie
and the poor boyz / you better watch your toyz cause / Willie
and the poor boyz, come on / make some noise / Willie and
the poor boyz |The party-atmosphere of Willie & The Poor
Boyz shows Zennith incorporating a strong rock influence into
their music. Penned about city-life, rebelling and cruising
around, it was an opportunity for the boyz to hark back to
Willie Brim’s rock roots, while bringing in a bit of freestyling
hip hop.

Long Time (Astro Brim) | Penned about their culture, Long Time pushes
the boundaries of understanding, highlighting the history of
Indigenous people in Australia, from the stolen generation to
today. Astro says the track is a tribute to the stolen
generation. “There is not enough attention and respect given
to the Aboriginal culture,” he says. “It is the oldest living
culture in the world; this song is a tribute that acknowledges
that.”

Knock Me Down (Willie Brim) |You knock me down / but I get
up again / well you can try / and try and try again / you was
my enemy / but now my friend / you knock me down but I get
up again| Willie Brim delved back into his own history for You
Knock Me Down which is about raising cultural awareness and
understanding. “To sum it up, why don’t you come out with
me, we’ll go out to the country and I’ll tell you about my
history, this land,” he explains. “A song like this helps me
deliver my spiritual belief.”
- Eva Roberts


It’s been a few years in the making, but the debut album by Indigenous roots reggae band Zennith was definitely worth the wait. While the six-piece band honed their songwriting, carefully selecting the 12 tracks that make up the Nothin’ To Lose album, they’ve been diligently performing around the traps, racking up experience in the live arena before taking their music to the masses.

Due for release early November, Nothin’ To Lose is a diverse album, with songs penned by all three of the founding members of the six-piece outfit, and a record that touches on a variety of music genres, while still keeping true to the ethos of the band, which is steeped in their Indigenous heritage. The result is a record that not only highlights the experiences of Indigenous Australians, but pinpoints the importance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian’s living together without racism and different rules.

The album also tackles subjects which all music lovers will relate to, from walking the fine line between right and wrong to love lost and struggles within relationships. There is something for everyone in the lyrical content of Zennith’s album, and all reggae roots lovers will be impressed with the instrumentation
that creates a unique ‘North Queensland’ ambience to the band’s music.

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Astro Brim says the album is a ‘genre rollercoaster’ of Kuranda music. “It is the story of our livelihood and how the Kuranda people live their day to day life,” he says. “It is a reflection of how we see the world through our eyes, and expresses messages through lyrical form.”

Zennith is the brainchild of the Brim family, father Willie Brim, a well-respected Aboriginal elder in Kuranda, Far North Queensland and his two sons, Astro and Aden. The Brim boys soon signed up fellow school mates Lindsay Snider and Isaac Crowley and family friend Biri-Jah and the magic of Zennith was borne. After much encouragement from the local community and audiences at their gigs, Zennith recorded an EP I Like It in 2008 which sparked attention on a national and international level. From their eight-track EP, the band were invited to perform at international showcases such as
the Australasian World Music Expo and won themselves accolades on the Queensland music scene at the coveted QSong Awards. Add to that music industry professionals backing them to take the next step, and Zennith went from a Far North Queensland band who jammed together out of the love of their music, to a professional outfit who scored themselves gigs on the line-up of bills such as BluesFest in Byron Bay and Woodford’s Splendour in the Grass.

As a predominantly Indigenous line-up, Zennith has been dubbed as the next big Australian export – an Indigenous band that has the talent, and opportunity to make it big in the overseas market… another Yothu Yindi, proudly championing the message of Australia.

To the members of Zennith though, the concept of fame and fortune isn’t something that keeps them returning to their instruments day in and day out. “Our ancestry was based on song lines, so we believe our song lines will shape our future as well,” says Willie Brim. “To nurture and re-shape song lines in the modern world is Zennith’s dreaming, we feel there is a need to share what we have and that has become our passion”.

Nothin’ To Lose certainly isn’t the album you might expect from a band heralding from almost the tip of Queensland. Its tight, clean and features some truly amazing expressive songwriting. The songs have hooks, and meaning, and its not just the instrumentation that is impressive, it’s the diversity and ability of all of the musicians involved, from their playing to their vocals. Plus it’s a record that doesn’t stick solidly to one specific genre, resulting in 12-tracks of songs that don’t all sound the same. Zennith embrace their diversity, ranging from hip hop, reggae, roots and even rock. This is one of those
albums that will end up in the CD collection as a must have, alongside some of the most iconic names in the music industry today.

Fast forward a decade and people will be talking about how the debut album by Zennith smashed all
barriers and changed the way we thought about music.


Nothin’ To Lose is available in-stores and online from 5 November through MGM.

www.zennithboyz.com.au | www.myspace.com/zennithboyz
Zennith’s debut album Nothin’ To Lose is proudly supported by Arts Queensland. - Eva Roberts



Kuranda Roots and reggae crew Zennith celebrate debut album release by kicking off their first official east coast tour CELEBRATING the upcoming re- lease of their debut album Nothin' To Lose, up-and-coming roots reggae
band Zennith are embarking on their first official east coast tour, kicking off in Brisbane and Woodford with a
billing on the coveted Splendour in the Grass festival line-up.

Hailing from Kuranda, Zennith are forging their way in an industry previously dominated by pop, and show- ing that real music by real musicians is the way of the future. While their music speaks for itself; it is in their live show that Zennith really shines. It is vibrant, tight and a visual spectacle as band members swap instruments mid-set and hype the crowd up to join in with the songs.

Most of the members are multi-instrumentalists, who look as comfortable on the drums as they do on guitar and piano, and they all try their hands at vocals, successfully, as well as contributing to the songwriting process. It's no surprise considering their unforgettable live performance that Zennith has recently found them- selves on the bill of some of the coun- try's premier music festivals.

Starting the tour in Brisbane with a pre-launch party at The Globe be- fore they open on one of the key stages on July 31 at Splendour, Zennith will then embark on a month-long tour down the east coast taking in key music hot spots such as Byron, Newcastle and Sydney.

Vocalist and songwriter Aden Brim said the band was looking forward to touring unchartered territories. "We're looking forward to not only to spread our music but to win new hearts," he said. "We were blown away to be named on this year's Splendour in the Grass line-up where we will play along some of the world's finest musicians, which will hopefully lead to bigger and better things for Zennith."

>> Nothin' To Lose will be in stores and
online from September. A limited number
of pre-release copies of the album will be
available at select tour dates.
- Tablelands Advertiser


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Acting Premier and Minister for the Arts Paul Lucas today invited
applications to a new fund dedicated to growing Indigenous theatre in
Queensland.

Mr Lucas said the $259,000 Indigenous Theatre Fund was a one-off
initiative focused on providing theatre companies, playwrights,
directors, actors and theatre professionals with the opportunity to
produce new work for presentation in Queensland.

"The Indigenous Theatre Fund, a joint initiative of the State Government
through Arts Queensland and the Theatre Board of the Australia Council
for the Arts, supports partnership projects to strengthen Indigenous
theatre practice in the state," he said.

"The fund was established following state-wide consultation with
Indigenous communities and the release of a consultation report which
told us the community wanted to forge relationships with state and
nationally-based theatre professionals.

"This fund is the first step in responding to these requests and is part
of the Government’s ongoing commitment to Indigenous arts.

"Earlier this year, the State Government launched the Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Arts Strategy 2009-2010, the first Indigenous
arts strategy to articulate a common commitment and vision across the
Queensland arts portfolio.

"The Indigenous Theatre Fund builds upon the strategy’s objectives to
deliver positive outcomes for communities, artists and audiences."

Lyn Wallis, Director of Theatre at the Australia Council for the Arts
said the initiative will harness the energy of Indigenous theatre-makers
in Queensland.

"Queensland has produced some of this country’s most respected
Indigenous theatre artists, and this call for proposals presents an
exciting opportunity for the community to explore fresh ways of creating
new work" said Lyn Wallis.

The Premier said the Indigenous Theatre Fund comes at a time when
Queensland Indigenous artists were achieving recognition across all art
forms.

"The inaugural Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in August was a huge success
with more than 10,000 people coming along to see and buy the work of
Queensland Indigenous artists.

"Kuranda-based band Zennith took out an award at the recent Q Song
awards and the production of Miracle in Brisbane, with an outstanding
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cast, was a sell-out for Brisbane
Festival."

To view the Indigenous Theatre Needs Analysis Consultation Outcome
Report and funding guidelines, please visit the Arts Queensland website
www.arts.qld.gov.au or telephone (07) 3224 4896.

Media contact: 32244500

14 October 2009



- Deputy Premier and Minister for Health


“Wherever the boys from Kuranda go, success seems to follow. Their energy on stage
and ability to connect with the crowd is unsurpassed and it’s little wonder these boys are
finding their place in the stars. The sky really is the limit. Look out world, here comes
Zennith”.

- Jesse Kuch


Discography

EP 'I Like It' (2007) Nigel Pegrum, Pegasus Studios, Cairns Qld

Single - Simplified (2009) Paulie B, Tanuki Lounge, Brisbane Qld

Debut Album - Nothin to Lose (2010) Will Kepa, Pegasus Studios, Qld

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BIOGRAPHY

Zennith are the new future of Australian roots and Indigenous music (with a healthy dose of roots, rock, reggae, and funky hip hop) all the way from the deep scrub of Bulwai Country in Kuranda, Far North Queensland. Zennith produce high-energy rocking reggae rhythms and rhymes, which fuse hip-hop and traditional music.

They are a core group of six Kuranda musicians, Aden Brim (singer songwriter/guitar), Astro Brim (singer-songwriter/percussion), Willie Brim (singer songwriter, keys, guitar), Isaac Crowley (bass), Lindsay Snider (drums/didgeridoo/emcee), Biri-Jah (lead guitar) and backing with a brass section.

What’s interesting about Zennith is the diverse range of ages in the band, and experience. Made up of the Brim family, dad Willie and sons Astro and Aden, it also features relations Lindsay and Biri-Jah with adopted son Isaac resulting in a collaborative effort that not only has extreme musical chemistry, but also a cross-section of generations and a similar vision.

Zennith are passionate about their cultural heritage, and sharing that heritage to the greater public. It is this passion that is aptly demonstrated in their music, lyrics and performances. They take great pride in performing music in culturally diverse locations. The way Zennith slot in to communities is icebreaking, and this ultimately opens doors for more indigenous bands to come on through.

On November 5th 2010 Zennith officially released their debut album Nothin’ To Lose distributed by MGM. Nothin’ To Lose is a diverse album, with songs penned by three family members of the six-piece outfit, and a record that touches on a variety of music genres, while still keeping true to the ethos of the band, which is steeped in their Indigenous heritage. Zennith embrace their diversity, ranging from hip hop, reggae, roots, jazz and even rock.

It is tight, clean and features some truly amazing expressive songwriting. The album also tackles subjects which all music lovers will relate to, from walking the fine line between right and wrong to love lost and struggles within relationships. There is something for everyone in the lyrical content of Zennith’s album.The songs have hooks, and meaning, and it’s not just the instrumentation that is impressive, it’s the diversity and ability of all of the musicians involved, from their playing to their vocals.

2010 was a massive year of performances for Zennith playing their biggest shows yet at Byron’s Bluesfest and Splendour in the Grass as well as Papua New Guinea’s Australia Week and celebrating their Nothin To Lose East Coast album tour all the way from Kuranda to Melbourne. Plus they kicked off 2011 with a good start at Good Vibrations Festival on the Gold Coast.

This band is certainly becoming a household name in the Australian Music Industry – keep watching as their journey evolves. Zennith will take their message of understanding, empathy, culture and reconciliation to the world.