- 1 / 4 "BYRDS OF PREY"(B.Blackman/N.Sutherland*)/ BERTIE BLACKMAN
- 2 / 4 MAKE ME LOVE YOU (R.Pike, L.Pike, D.Bowman, N.Sutherland*, A.Lim-Klumpes
- 3 / 4 "BLACK CATS" (B.Blackman/N.Sutherland*) / BERTIE BLACKMAN
- 4 / 4 "THUMP" (B.Blackman/N.Sutherland*) / BERTIE BLACKMAN
Neal Sutherland has written, recorded and performed with some of Australia's leading musicians. In addition to his wide network of contacts across a variety of genres, the Sydney musician has developed a reputation across the industry as an innovative, influential stylist, with an ARIA-award among his many achievements.
A composer, bass player, guitarist, producer and teacher, Neal's collaborators include some of the most recognisable names in the Australian music world: the Presets, PVT, Bertie Blackman, Rob Mills, Megan Washington and so on.
His love of music began early, and on the piano. Soon he switched to bass, and at 16 he recorded his first EP with his band. Three years later, he was accepted into the jazz course at the Sydney Conservatorium, and continued to study jazz and improvisational music while playing experimental rock at night.
In addition to a range of session work, Neal spent plenty of energy during this time with the instrumental band Pivot. He co-wrote, recorded and produce Pivot's debut, Make Me Love You, in 2003, to great critical acclaim. The album was nominated for the inaugural J Award for Australian album of the year on Triple J.
Around the same time, he was branching out across Australia, recording albums with a range of bands including Kessel (featuring members of PVT and the Presets), The Velvet Fog, Burnt Friedman and the New Dub Players.
He was also busy writing and producing music for television, penning several theme songs for Foxtel channels Showtime and Showtime Greats. He has since been commissioned to write numerous works for advertisements on television and radio.
He then joined forces with singer Bertie Blackman. Their association began in 2005, when Neal played bass, keys, synths and did (light) programming on her album Black, produced by Paul McKercher. He also co-wrote one song on this album.
Their musical partnership then stepped up a gear when Neal and Bertie co-wrote and recorded the album Secrets and Lies. That album, produced by Lee Groves, was released in May 2009 to widespread acclaim, and won the ARIA award for best independent release.
Also with Bertie, Neal wrote the music for the short film "Feeling Lonely" (directed by Rachael Turk). The film's screenings include the Manhattan Short Flim Festival (2007), Rome International Film Festival (2007), LA Shorts Fest (2008) and the Sydney Film Festival (2008).
Neal has also worked and toured with Lovers Electric, Grafton Primary, Ginger and the Ghost, Boy In A Box and Dash And Will. He wrote and recorded with PVT for their album "O Soundtrack My Heart".
In recent years, Neal has teamed up with a succesion of Australian musicians, writing songs with the likes of Megan Washington, Josh Pyke, Wayne Connelly, Andy Bull, Julian Hamilton (one half of the Presets), Rob Mills and Sam Buckingham.
He has also remixed work by the Presets, Bertie Blackman, Armen Firman and Birdbrain under the name seventyseven.