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Interview: Seabass Chat About The Upcoming South Australian Music Awards

This November 3rd, the 2020 South Australian Music (SAM) Awards will be celebrating the achievements of musicians, producers, videographers and venues from what’s been a decidedly unpredictable 12 months.

Held for the first time in a specially constructed outdoor format, the 2020 SAM Awards continue to be a highlight of the South Australian music industry calendar, celebrating the best in local music now and looking ahead to the New Year.

Helming proceedings at the SAM Awards this year will be Three D Radio’s Isaac Selby, bringing that local music expertise and knowledge to the role; guiding everyone through the ceremony, which will see the best of South Australian music celebrated across 29 Industry Voted and People’s Choice award categories (Check out the full list below).

Excited to be one of the only awards ceremonies that can take place with an audience during Australian Music Month, the organisers of the SAM Awards are looking forward to celebrating with the South Australian music community, while looking forward to 2021. As a UNESCO City of Music, Adelaide has become a hub of creativity for musicians in recent years, with national and international attention being drawn to the amount of artists who have been taking their art beyond SA, out to the world.

Ahead of the awards we were able to chat with nominees SEABASS on all things SAM Awards, SA acts & life advice…

Interview with SEABASS

Can you introduce yourself:

“SEABASS are an explosive outfit from Adelaide. Born from a once in a lifetime gig performing with Pussy Riot in 2019; Seabass combine their incredibly fine tuned instrumental skills with emotive and driven song writing to create a new brand of indie-rock for the ages.

Since the end of the world as a result of COVID-19 guitarist (and incredible musician, songwriter and sound engineer in his own right) Ryan Martin John and front fish Annie Siegmann have been working tirelessly to bring their debut EP “Always Kidding” to life. The outfit are completed by Flik Freeman (bass) and Kyrie Anderson (drums); who lay down unprecedented time feel (in these unprecedented times) and solid foundation for what is shaping up to be a very exciting record. The record features crowd favourites Fucked it Up and Not Friends.

The EP follows the release of singles Body Close and Brains. Seabass have performed alongside Yothu Yindi, Ecca Vandal at Adelaide Fringe 2019 and Grinspoon, Sneaky Sound System and The Superjesus at Superloop Adelaide 500 in 2020 (just to name a few…).”

What does the opportunity of winning a SAM Award mean to you?:

“For us, we are just happy to be included amongst the cool kids. Annie finds it particularly intimidating when the local scene is full of such talented young artists. As a band we are hoping that the nominations give us some sort of credibility and help us secure some festival line ups and touring shows. Individually we all take our craft seriously and SEABASS really was created so that a bunch of friends could play some fun music.”

Why is it important to forge ahead with the SAM awards despite what COVID 19 has thrown at the music industry this year?:

“With things slowly starting to get going again it’s so great to celebrate what has been accomplished by incredible people in the industry. Everyone works so hard and it’s great there is recognition and celebration of that.”

What’s your advice to upcoming musicians?

“Our advice to anyone starting out is to be authentic, don’t try to emulate what you’re hearing on the radio now because the industry moves too quickly. Acknowledge the country you’re performing on. Find a rich nice person to bankroll your project. Don’t let your ego stop you from learning and growing. Pay your rent on time. Make sure you’re in it to have fun. Don’t get too hammered before you play a show. Always thank the sound engineer. Protect your hearing. Get enough sleep.”

Favourite SA acts?:

“I think the thing we love about Adelaide is that it’s so small that if you love a band or artist, either you already were friends prior to hearing them OR you become friends along the way. Anything featuring Katie Pomery – I’m the self appointed queen of the unofficial Katie Pomery fan club. Mum Friends are a great band that absolutely SMASHED their first single release. Go add ‘Rails’ by Mum Friends to your spotty playlists. Others include Cookie Baker, Tiles, Tom West, Kiah Gossner, Mario Spate, Oscar The Wild, Dylan Paul, Django Rowe and Naomi Keyte.

As a band we are huge supporters of women slaying it in the music industry whether it be on stage or behind the scenes:

Katie Pomery (Tiles, St. Jacques, The Empty Threats)

Naomi Keyte.

Lauren Connelly – Music Photographer.

Hannah Fairlamb – director of Girls Rock! Adelaide

Sian Walden – Little Acorn Music (Manager of Tom West, Wanderers, MANE etc)

Rachie Whitiford – 27 Music (Manager of TOWNS, Teenage Joans, Glowing)

Alana Jagt – our SA APRA Rep and incredible musician/songwriter in her own right.”

Anything upcoming your stoked on?:

“We’re super excited to finally announce that we have some new music on the way. Our next single ‘Burn’ will be released just after SAM Awards on November 11. Early in 2021, our debut EP ‘Always Kidding’ will be launched… Rumour has it, February.

Gigs are slowly trickling back, we’re super excited to be playing alongside friends and legends Nancy Bates and Teenage Joans at the Girls Rock! Adelaide Fun Day Out on October 31st – Kyrie and Annie were both mentors at the 2019 camp and are likely to be there 2021 so get your female, non-binary, gender non conforming kids aged 10-17 booked in soon! Gigs are still pretty scarce for us but we are in talks about some exciting shows.”


As always, the SAM’s Industry and Major awards will be decided by a panel of 15 national and local judges who represent and work across various facets of the industry and are valued members of the overarching Australian music community, with the People’s Choice awards having been decided by fans across the country.

The SAM Awards is looking ahead to the future in continuing their commitment to celebrating the thriving community of musicians that really make SA Great.


Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020

UniBar Adelaide, Cloisters and Lawns

Kaurna Land

Entrance from Victoria Drive




BEST STUDIO ​(Presented by Adelaide Music Collective)

Adelaide Recording Studios


Island Recording Studios

Spare Second Studio

Stone Shed Studio

Wundenbergs Recording and Rehearsal Studio

BEST STUDIO ENGINEER ​(Presented by SAE Institute Adelaide)
Chris Panousakis
Kiah Gossner
Jimmy Balderston
Lewis Wundenberg
Mario Spate

BEST LIVE TECHNICIAN ​(Presented by Novatech)

Lisa Lane-Collins

Luke Hancock

Noni Espinosa

Patrick Lockwood

Peter Wing

BEST MAJOR FESTIVAL/EVENT (Presented by Pirate Life)

Day of Clarity


St Jerome’s Laneway Festival – Adelaide


BEST SMALL FESTIVAL/EVENT (Presented by UniBar Adelaide)

Field Good Festival

Freefall Festival

PAK: Live at Wundenbergs


The Porch Sessions

BEST VENUE ​(Presented by AHA – SA Branch​)

Crown and Anchor Hotel

Grace Emily Hotel


Lion Arts Factory

The Wheatsheaf Hotel

BEST COVER ART ​(Presented by Version Design)

Dave Court (DyspOra)- AUSTRALIEN

Jack Fenby (Cat Lucky) – Pressure (Everybody Wants To Know You)

Jack Fenby (The Empty Threats) – $2

Julie Thornberg-Thorsoe (Kaurna Cronin) – Glitter or Dust

Todd Fischer (Lost Woods) – Shaping Distant Memories

BEST MANAGER ​(Presented by Association of Artist Managers)

Alex Karatassa

Diana Sautelle

Matthew Khabbaz

Planet shhh!

Sue Germein

BEST MUSIC VIDEO (Presented by Channel 44)

Bottleneck Studios (Uomo) – All I Hear

EAST AV3 – Le Labo

Harry Nelli (Venice Queens) – Punchdrunk

Lonelyspeck – My Angel Goes Before Me

Motez, Pilot Studio, Mapped Design, Daggers Production, Kelsee Pedler (Motez) – Soulitude

BEST SONG ​(Presented by APRA AMCOS)
EAST AV3 – Le Labo

Jess Day – Affection

Naomi Keyte – Travelling Woman
Stellie – How Do We Look So Good?
St Jacques – In Faith

BEST NEW ARTIST ​(Presented by WOMADelaide)

Cat Lucky



Siberian Tiger


BEST GROUP ​(Presented by Derringers Music)





Venice Queens

Wing Defence

BEST ABORIGINAL/TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER ARTIST (Presented by Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music – CASM)


Jessica Wishart

Nathan May

Sonz of Serpents


BEST SOLO ARTIST​ (Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre)

Jess Day

Kaurna Cronin



Ollie English


BEST RELEASE ​(Presented by

EAST AV3 – Rugrats

Lonelyspeck – Abyssal Body

Motez – Soulitude

Ollie English – Reality of Love

Wing Defence – Friends


Grayson Rotumah

Kultar Ahluwalia

James Alberts

Naomi Keyte

Nick O’Connor

BEST INNOVATION​ (Presented by CityMag)

Mosaic Audio Visual


Space Jams

Sunny Side Uploads

Thursday Night Knock Offs – Sparkke at the Whitmore



BLUES & ROOTS ​(Presented by Radio Adelaide)


Lucky Seven

Ollie English

Rat Tamango

The Streamliners

COUNTRY ​(Presented by Grace Emily Hotel)

Cassidy Rae Gaiter

Cookie Baker

Jessica Wishart

Matt Ward

Nathan May

ELECTRONIC (Presented by Moshtix)





Zac Eichner


EXPERIMENTAL ​(Presented by Ancient World)

Heinous Crimes



Sons of Zoku

The Empty Threats

FOLK​ (Presented by The Wheatsheaf Hotel)

Katie Pomery

Loren Kate

Naomi Keyte

Siberian Tiger

Tom West

HEAVY ​(Presented by Enigma)


Dirty Pagans

Hidden Intent


Terminal Zero

HIP HOP (​Presented by The Gov​)


East AV3

Laitisi Diesa

Outside Lines

We Move Like Giants

JAZZ​ (Presented by Elder Conservatorium)

Alex Taylor

Django Rowe

Er@ser Description

Nick Pennington & Angus Mason

The Boys Club

POP ​(Presented by Jive)

Ashton Fraser


Jess Day


The Montreals

PUNK​ (Presented by Three D Radio)


Chelsea Manor

Collateral Damage

The Lizards

Wing Defence

ROCK​ (Presented by Crown and Anchor)

Horror My Friend

Oscar the Wild



Venice Queens

SOUL/FUNK/R&B​ (Presented by Woodville Town Hall)

Elsy Wameyo

Isaac Thomas

Legs of Ivar




Written by John Zebra