Northern Rivers singer-songwriter Lionheir.
Northern Rivers singer-songwriter Lionheir.

Lionheir is Dangerously happy with a music platform

FUNDED by fans from Queensland to Tasmania and in between, Lionheir's new album, Dangerous Happiness, is a powerful alt-rock record featuring some of Australia's best musicians and engineers.

The album was produced by co-writer/drummer Grant Gerathy. Lionheir placed demos online and spelt out his artistic vision for the new album, with people responding Australia-wide and pledging thousands of dollars towards the project.

Bedroom recordings

Recorded almost entirely live at an Alstonville bedroom, Dangerous Happiness is a gutsy blend of 1960s live rock and contemporary eerie pop.

Byron-based engineer Jordan Power (The Temper Trap, Lady Gaga) mixed the record and sonic genius William Bowden (Gotye) mastered it.

The new album's first two upbeat singles What You Want and Sally-Jo are followed now by Mountain, a driving indie-rock track.The singer-songwriter is also the first Northern Rivers musician to sign up for a new online music platform called Groove Planet.

Groove Planet is a new platform

Based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Groove Planet is a music platform focusing on Australian musicians from Queensland and northern NSW only.

The service links local musicians with local businesses.

Commercial businesses are obliged by law to pay public broadcast licensing and copyright fees, so the platform allows for that money to come back to the local community.

Lionheir said that Groove Planet was a free service for artists that runs as a not-for-profit to maximise the return to artists.

Another attractive feature for the musician was how Groove Planet actively promotes its artists.

"They actively encourage us artists to support the local businesses who use Groove Planet and to share this on their social media," he said.

"We will soon have the whole Dangerous Happiness album in this new platform and I am very excited to be part of this new service to Northern Rivers artists."

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