Elvis Costello and The Imposters have thrown their support behind the National Slam Day 2013.
Save Live Australia’s Music (SLAM) started in 2010 when the SLAM Rally swept through the streets of Melbourne raising awareness of the Victorian Liquor Licensing policies that were incorrectly linked to live music activity.
That first event led to the Live Music Agreement officially recognising that live music does not cause violence and a new law being introduced in the state of Victoria.
“Elvis Costello and the Imposters are big supporters of live music,” SLAM’s Helen Marcou tells Noise11.com. “Steve Nieve even runs gigs out of his house in France and understands how important small gigs are to the eco-system of the music industry.”
SLAM is about bring together musicians, the fans and the music industry for that fragile eco-system. “Pull one part out and it all falls apart,” Helen explains.
“Artists use the small gig as a stepping-stone and Festivals use it as a breeding ground,” she says.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters gave their immediate support to SLAM. “Elvis supports Australian musicians and understands how important an independent body is from the government. He is such a revered songwriter and respected musician in the Australian community”.