CHM Supersound is the premiere record label of the South Pacific. Started in 1979 by it’s founder Mr Raymond Chin to help jump start the local music industry in Papua New Guinea, CHM Supersound has gone on to produce over 30,000 songs, 3,000 albums and has worked with hundreds of artists and studios from across Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia, Australia and as far as Africa and Europe to amass the largest catalogue of music in the South Pacific.
A major driving force behind the growth and development of the PNG music industry over the last 35 years, CHM Supersound continues to be a pioneer in the South Pacific music industry with the addition of it’s new Digital department to add to it’s Record Label, Recording Studios, Video Production, Distribution and Music Publishing operations.
In addition to working with some of the biggest and most well known artists from PNG and across the South Pacific, CHM Supersound has been engaged to create songs for the PNG Olympic Committee, the Pacific Games and FIFA.
We are affiliated with a number of record labels, music companies and major distributors around the world, including Warner Music Australia, Hillsong Music and MGM Distribution. Our publishing company PNG Legend is affiliated with APRA-AMCOS Australia.
CHM Supersound is the largest record label in the South Pacific region with a diverse and expansive music catalogue which includes music from some of the most popular and iconic artists from Papua New Guinea as well as countries across Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia.
It all began in the early 60’s and 70’s when Raymond Chin, a musician himself who played the bass guitar, joined the popular ‘Stranger’s band in Rabaul. From playing gigs and developing a reputation for himself in the music scene, a friend of his, Frank Joko introduced the popular Black Brothers band from West Papua to him. He was fascinated by their style of music and negotiated for the release of the album in PNG. The Black Brothers took PNG by storm.
(Raymond Chin playing with his band ‘The Strangers’)
This success was the catalyst which made Raymond decide in opening up his own studio and that was the start of CHM Supersound Studios. Born and raised in PNG, Raymond believed that PNG music had a lot of potential for a great future in the music industry.
(Raymond Chin on the day he signed his first band the “Paramana Strangers”)
He took a bold step when he started his 8-track recording studio in 1979 and the rest as they say is history.
CHM Supersound was the first commercial recording studio established in PNG. The company through Raymond’s vision recognized that PNG had a wealth of musical talent lying untapped and all that was required was a means of letting this talent get unleashed. CHM Supersound Studio recorded the first generation of PNG bands and artists in the early eighties. The first band that was recorded under the CHM Supersound Label was the Paramana Strangers. Other prominent bands soon followed like April Sun, Sanguma, Gwadus, New Krymus, Helgas and many others. The company also started signing up new artists from the Papuan region. Through its unique association in this infant industry, CHM Supersound acted as a form of catalyst prompting local groups and musicians to produce good local music by giving them support and assistance.
(CHM Supersound Sound Engineer getting trained to use a state of the art console at the time)
As the company’s goal was to expose PNG music to the rest of the South Pacific, Raymond decided to embark on a very ambitious program. Through the production of a unique and refreshing 2 hour program, PNG music was broadcasted in Honiara in 1985 through the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Commission Network. CHM Supersound became the first international radio program produced in PNG and soon expanded to being broadcasted in Vanuatu as well as Australia. CHM Supersound evolved from strength to strength. Starting with a modest operation back in the eighties, growing to a powerhouse label during the 90’s and early 2000’s, once it acquired it’s main competitor Pacific Gold Studios in 2008, it became the dominant label in PNG and the South Pacific with a catalog of more than 3,000 albums and 30,000 songs.
(CHM Supersound concert with Makoma from Africa in Port Moresby, PNG)
Raymond Chin himself will always be remembered as the father of modern PNG music. He gave PNG music a new meaning and life. He nurtured PNG music from infancy to help it thrive during the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s and helped many local PNG artists reach stardom and make a living doing what they loved – making music. In addition he helped to put PNG music on the map and inspire the music industries of nearby Pacific countries. He was awarded a Member of the British Empire designation in 2008 for his contributions to the development of the PNG Music Industry.
(Raymond Chin receiving his MBE award)
With the music industry evolving and changing, so too is CHM Supersound changing with the times with its investment in new digital technologies and platforms. With plans to embrace the digital ecosystem of music, the future continues to look bright for CHM Supersound.