Updated: Mar 13
Spreading a Magical Musical Message
Pam Hata is an artist who plays to the beat of her own drum, fashioning a vivid vision of her own musical future and the music scene of her adopted Australian stamping ground.
This talented musician with a heart full of original songs, big voice and quirky stage presence hails from the Land of the Long White Cloud – Aotearoa, New Zealand – and now bases herself in Port Macquarie and the Lower Clarence region.
Photo credit: Craig Mason of East Coast Photography
Pam is a full-time independent solo artist playing a soulful blend of blues, R&B, funk, reggae and roots covers, as well as a repertoire of original material.
Her stage shows are memorable and engaging, with unique performances of favourites and originals blended in storming mash-ups that get toes tapping and hands clapping.
Adding to all this musical energy is Pam’s personal line of merchandise - funky one-off items crafted by local artisans.
Pam has supported acts and shared stages with the big names like Busby Merou, Wolf Mother, Booseeka, Gold Member, The Beautiful Girls, Kalidad, Claud Hay, Pete Murray, Frank Sultana, Austin Alsop and most recently Ash Grundwald with Brad Cox and Chris Rose at the region’s first post-COVID festival “Live At The Smokehouse.”
It’s these shows that quickly gained her an organic following and momentum on the festival circuit.
But with the music industry battered by swathes of COVID-19 restrictions, Pam tuned-up to challenge the musical torpor and support local communities
Undismayed, she kept up her musical profile online and carefully worked around the restrictions with a string of shows conforming to safety regulations.
Completing two single releases on her debut tour of Australia, together with one international tour in the past three years on her own and with a band, Pam spent 2020 writing her new series of original EPs - “Raw” and “Wild.”
And in an initiative to support her fellow musicians, she launched a live movement online through a physical and virtual collective - “Original Sound Lounge” - via the Pluto Entertainment website.
“This is what I want to do with my life and I’m doing it!” she says.
“Despite the industry being in ruin I refuse to stop. I don’t know how to be literally everything else and, in the end, it always comes back to this - I’m an artist, I’m independent and I want to constantly learn and support professionals in the industry to better my craft and eventually release my first independent album.”
She can take heart from the success of one of her ventures - now in operation for the fourth year, Original Sound Lounge survived COVID-19 and has actually experienced growth!
COVID also presented opportunities for staging music online: “I created my first online festival named 'Fox Fest' during COVID with my good friends at Pluto Entertainment, who were all out of work at the time. This was an all female line up, we did this to keep musicians paid and performing on real stages and look forward to the event being held annually now.”
“We picked up a world of new artists and fans and expanded from the Mid North Coast to the northern rivers, providing exclusive COVID-safe arts showcases to areas that really need it,” says Pam.
“And I’m happy to say nearly all have been sold out since restrictions have lifted.”
“This is my way of giving back - I love the communities we live and play in, and most of all the people who come to see us like the Mum and Dad locally-owned venues that support us."
“It’s so important we look after each other and this was the best way I knew how. You roll over and die - or you get up!"
“We literally had nothing to lose with these two hands, six strings and hopes and dreams!"
Pam has spent the holiday season touring the East Coast again - around border closures and COVID outbreaks.
In doing so she’s been showing support for communities and musicians determined to continue to keep music appreciators connected at their favourite local venues and festival stages.
Pam’s accomplishments as a musician and in her community movement have attracted media attention, both for her solo work and music events as her new line of merchandise which includes T-shirts, stubby coolers, jewellery and even a fragrance all locally sourced grown and hand-crafted to support local communities and local businesses.
Donations are most welcome to support artistes to continue their cause - https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/plutoentertainment
Pam’s current roster of originals comprises 30-45 minutes’ worth of compositions she can perform either solo with acoustic or electric guitar, or with a backing band.
“They’re written about life - they’re all true stories, all relatable and interactive with my crowds."
“I don’t release them online unless they are recorded live by the sound guys or in-studio at radio station interviews because I want the sound to be authentic for my fans.
“Post-COVID I recorded CDs with my friend Stephen Bartlett who sound engineered and produced my work in his home studio and I titled it “Raw”. I wanted the sound to be raw and authentic. It is void of the many effects and polish of a studio, It’s like a 90s mix tape nostalgia."
“I only make them available to purchase at shows or supporting venues, because I want people to actually come to shows, not just download them!
It’s something I’m passionate about - Spotify should pay artists better!”
Pam’s current list of original songs to listen out for is:
I’m Only with Him
‘Cos He’s Crazy
Big River Run
Road Man’s Lullaby
As well as performing the local club scene, her recent events include: Meat Stock Festival Auckland 2019 NZ; Meat Stock Festival Sydney; “Raw” EP tour Mid North Coast 2021; and Live at the Smoke House Festival 2021
Pam's recent achievements include winning the singer song writer competition at Long Point Vineyard where the winner was chosen to support Ben Lee. She also just helped raise money for International Women's Day 2021.
Next up for Pam in her busy schedule is to support Ben Lee at yet another SOLD out show before the release of her EP “Wild,” while working towards recording her studio album “Tame the Maine.“
Listen to Pam's Originals Here:
CONTACT PAM HATA
t: 0434 379 282
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