Industrial metal processing and advanced metal processing metals have made up Australia’s metal music industry over the last few decades, with the two groups now representing approximately a third of the country’s exports.
But, with a lack of an established industry or a large number of producers, the two remain largely unknown to mainstream listeners.
As a result, it’s hard to tell what metal artists actually make it, and what metal songwriters are likely to be successful.
That’s where Anneal Metal Process Metal Writer (AMMPW) program comes in.
A program started by metal producers in 2010, AMMPW aims to provide a framework to help the metal music world better understand what metal music is and what it’s all about.
The program has trained over 500 AMMPWs over the past few years, with AMMPWF now in its seventh year.
While it is still early days, AMWP’s AMWF (Australian Metal Writer) program has helped create some solid relationships with some of Australia’s most prominent metal producers.AMWF has been awarded a number of awards for the work it’s done, including the 2016 Royal Gold Medal for Outstanding Metal Writing and 2016 Royal Metal Award for Best Metal Music Program.
With more and more metal producers joining the program, AMWF is now one of the few in the country to have produced an award-winning metal song.
AMWF’s songwriter of the year is Johnathan “The Big Daddy” Millington, who has won the 2017 Metal Award in the categories of Best Metal Songwriter and Best Metal Performance.
While AMWF has grown its ranks from a small group of producers in 2015 to more than 100 AMWF members, its roots are in the late 1970s, when it was founded as a one-person, one-vote production studio.
The group’s founder, Johnathan Millingtons father, was a music writer and songwriter, who also ran a local metal shop.
MillingTON was so impressed by his son’s ability that he asked his mother to join in the production process.
Johnathan Milington said he found the idea of AMWF appealing because it helped him see metal in a new light.
“Metal wasn’t just about metal, it was about everything that metal was about,” he said.
“The idea that metal could be an art form that was not just about playing metal or making metal music, but that it could be something more.
Metal was an artistic process that could be shared, it could have a real meaning and that was the idea behind AMWF.”
Johnathan was also interested in exploring what metal could achieve in the mainstream, which was the same reason he was interested in the program in the first place.
“I was intrigued by how music could be a vehicle for art, and it really struck me when I saw how music can actually be an artistic vehicle, and that’s when I became interested in AMWF,” he explained.
The idea of working alongside some of the best producers in the industry, with Johnathan working closely with the likes of Mark “Nasty” Williams, has been a source of great pride for AMWF, as it has allowed them to become a regular fixture in the Australian metal scene.
Johnuel Millingaton said it’s been an honour to work with such an established group of metal producers, but it was also a challenge.
“We’re trying to do something really cool and different, and you have to take a step back and think what is it that we’re trying and doing that’s really cool?” he said.
“That’s how you get into this game and see what you can do.
We’re trying really hard, and if we don’t do that, then you have no chance to do it.
We do everything we can to keep the doors open, and we’re really trying to keep that going.”
There’s so many artists and artists who are so good at what they do, and then the door is closed, so we have to push to get into the next level.
“And it’s always been a challenge, because we’re such a small number, and people have so much respect for us.
It’s just a matter of doing our best and not falling into the trap of doing everything the same.”
Millington has been writing music for over 20 years, and said he has a great deal of respect for the way he creates his music.
“It’s an artform that is rooted in science and technology, so it’s something that’s very different, but its so easy to get up and write music,” he added.
“So many people can write metal music today, so its a little bit of a challenge for us, because a lot of it is based around technical techniques, and so it takes a lot more time to make a good song, and the best songwriters don’t have the time to write in the same way.”