Sound ad­vice from the ex­perts

Kids seek in­side knowl­edge on a new sea­son of Stay Tuned, writes Ross Purdie

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

STAY­ING

Stay Tuned: due to its quirky sense of fun. It also pulls younger fans than the tar­get de­mo­graphic of 10-15 years – with pro­duc­ers flab­ber­gasted when a six-year-old up­loaded a video to the Stay Tuned web­site.

‘‘We un­der­es­ti­mate how much chil­dren think about the fu­ture and know about the mu­sic in­dus­try and tech­nol­ogy. When we re­searched the show we dis­cov­ered that kids don’t just want to know about Justin Bieber,’’ Ni­cole says.

‘‘They want to know about the de­tails of mu­sic, about how things work and the best way to get a record deal.’’

Fri­days at 7pm; re­peats Satur­days at 9.30am and Sun­days at 6am, ABC3. down with the kids is no easy busi­ness when it comes to mu­sic. Just ask pre­sen­ters Joel Phillips and Ni­cole Singh whose myth-bust­ing show Stay Tuned lifts the lid on the mu­sic in­dus­try. The sec­ond se­ries, which pre­miered on ABC3 this week, has the pair tack­ling ques­tions from young view­ers keen to get a break into the fickle in­dus­try.

Sub­jects raised dur­ing the new 30-episode se­ries, which screens weekly un­til De­cem­ber 16, in­clude ‘‘How do I be­come a pro­fes­sional singer?’’, ‘‘What does a mu­sic pro­ducer do?’ and ‘‘What is the hard­est in­stru­ment to play?’’

Joel and Ni­cole ad­mit they don’t have the an­swers. In­stead, they seek ex­pert opin­ions from Ricki-lee Coul­ter, Tinie Tem­pah, The Liv­ing End and oth­ers.

‘‘The show helps to un­pack a lot of the foun­da­tional stuff that all our favourite mu­si­cians have been through,’’ Joel says.

‘‘For in­stance, many have learnt to sing so we’ve got an episode that breaks down ev­ery­thing you need to know on that.’’

Aware that not ev­ery­one can be a star, Stay Tuned of­fers an in­side scoop on the spe­cialised ca­reers that can be just as fun.

One episode in­ves­ti­gates the sound ca­pa­bil­i­ties of am­pli­fiers and speak­ers, while an­other looks into the colour­ful world of theatre.

‘‘The ques­tions are al­ways fun to an­swer and are as much an ed­u­ca­tion for us. I wish the show was around when I was younger be­cause it al­lows you to dream that much wider,’’ Joel says.

Since the first se­ries aired last year, Stay Tuned has at­tracted a cult stu­dent fol­low­ing

Stay Tuned

pre­sen­ters Joel Phillips and Ni­cole Singh are back for a sec­ond se­ries of their mu­sic show, which has proven a hit with young view­ers.

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