Tucked away on an urban street in the coastal town of Port Macquarie, is a vibing little record store, called Dark Alley Collectables. What happens inside at night, when all the customers have left, is nothing short of magic.
The “Dark Alley Sessions” are a series of virtual live music performances “after dark” showcasing talented musicians and artists from all over Australia. The private performances have been pre-recorded from the little record shop, in response to COVID restrictions, with a real desire to discover new music via a pre-recorded instore performance.
Prior to the restrictions, Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast was a bustling music scene filled with talented bands and singer/songwriters, new music festivals and live performance events. Dark Alley Sessions intends to fill the gap between current restrictions and live performance.
Being halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, it will host touring artists and local artists, with the record shop providing a perfect backdrop of nostalgia, for conveying the powerfully sonic portraits, which will be available free on YouTube.
In order to produce the videos, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council have proudly sponsored the Dark Alley Sessions, providing a much-needed link between the couch ridden music lovers and new emerging artists.
The latest episode to be released TODAY, features singer / songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer “mikk”, who performed three songs in the space.
mikk played two originals, one titled “Company”, which received notable love from Triple J producers on Triple J Unearthed, which in turn scored mikk some Triple J airtime. She is set to release a six track EP shortly.
Self-described as more of a producer than a performer, her main musical goals and passions are in the room where she writes and records with other artists. However, she does not sell herself short in the Dark Alley Sessions, showing that mikk is no stranger when it comes to performing.
She shows true expression of honest emotion in her own originals, and has the ability to perform a cover of Bon Iver’s track “Heavenly Father”, from the soundtrack to the film “Wish I Was Here”, as if she had written it herself and was expressing her own reality through the lyrics.
mikk has lived in Sydney most of her life, but is now based in Port Macquarie, where she has built a cosy home studio and started writing and recording with local musicians.
Dark Alley Sessions is a collaboration between Brad Collins and Josh Thompson. Both are musicians living in the Port Macquarie region. Josh owns and operates “The Thing Upstairs” recording studio in Wauchope, while Brad has his own Photography/Videography business.
Keep an eye out for this moving Dark Alley Session by mikk, and an ear out for more news on her upcoming EP.