In November 2013, Queer Radio was chosen by an independent panel of judges to win the CAN Awards 2013 Media Award. The Community Action Network Awards were first introduced in 1997 to recognize achievement that is positive and makes a difference in the inner city areas of Brisbane. Coordinated by the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, the award citation reads "For excellence in journalism/social media which promotes the social inclusion and equality for all".
Outside The Academy
Outside The Academy is Pawel Cholewa (pronounced Pa-vell Ho-liv-er); a nomadic producer and multi-instrumental performer who “has the balance between experimental and euphonics just right” (Jae Salmon – 4ZZZ).
“Outside The Academy is about sustaining moments of suspense and euphoria. [His] echoey mix of rock/electronica embodies heavy breathing and minds expanding” (Sarah von Bock – Happy Music Blog).
After playing within the stream of indie rock, electronic and folk bands in and from his hometown of Melbourne since the mid 2000s, Cholewa, in 2014, decided to roll solo with the release of his debut self-titled EP Outside The Academy, which was written, recorded and produced independently in the anomalous seclusion of tropical Queensland.
“The paradox in his music is sublime, eerie compositions laced with electronics; it's music that is aching to be the married to a David Lynch flick” (Leona Devaz – Weekend Notes).
OTA spent much of 2014 touring the east coast circuit, performing at a number of music festivals across Australia and promoting his EP, before returning to Melbourne in Summer to commence work on the release of his 2015 debut single ‘Rebel (Revels)’.
At the beginning of 2016 Cholewa teamed up with Canberra drummer Nicholas Peddle (The Fun Machine, Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens) in the construction of a a new single “Stray”, which is currently in the works and due out in April, as well as working on an upcoming EP due out later on this year.
Meddling with the minimalist production of glitchy beats, loops, samples and layered melodic guitar effects Cholewa creates a full band-like presence, whilst interlacing and intertwining experimental and ethereal elements to create his own ubiquitous school of sound in Outside The Academy.