Sound advice from the experts
Kids seek inside knowledge on a new season of Stay Tuned, writes Ross Purdie
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
presenters Joel Phillips and Nicole Singh are back for a second series of their music show, which has proven a hit with young viewers.