Soundz Sum­mit to nur­ture mu­si­cians

In­dus­try heavy­weights com­ing to Wanaka for de­but na­tional event

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Pro­fes­sion­als in ev­ery as­pect of the mu­sic in­dus­try will be de­scend­ing on Wanaka, to share their se­crets to those want­ing to break into the mu­sic busi­ness.

For the first time the Youth and Adults in the Mu­sic In­dus­try Sounz Sum­mit will be held, of­fer­ing an ex­ten­sive range of work­shops, dis­cus­sions and per­for­mances with some of New Zealand’s top artists, mu­sic pro­duc­ers and man­agers.

The star-stud­ded men­tors in­clude Kiwi icon Dave Dob­byn, DJ Mu, of Fat Freddy’s Drop, Anika Moa, Barn­aby Weir, of The Black Seed and Fly My Pret­ties, Devin Abrams, of Shapeshifter, War­ren Maxwell, of Trinity Roots, An­thony Healey, of APRA, Kristin Bow­man, of Recorded Mu­sic NZ, and other mu­sic ex­perts.

The work­shops in­clude song­writ­ing, live mix­ing, artist man­age­ment, freesty­ing, mak­ing beats, tour­ing, gig and event man­age­ment, mu­sic pro­duc­tion for begin­ners and how to or­gan­ise a tour.

Event direc­tor Lynne Christie said the sup­port and gen­eros­ity of the artists was the foun­da­tion of the event, as was the en­thu­si­as­tic help from the com­mu­nity. ‘‘It’s some­thing that doesn’t hap­pen in your backyard ev­ery­day. We are to­tally stoked with the re­sponse.’’

It was cost­ing tens of thou­sands to run the event, helped by $5000 raised through the Arts Foun­da­tion crowd­fund­ing plat­form Boosted, and any prof­its would go back into fu­ture mu­sic events and ed­u­ca­tion in the re­gion.

Two show­cases would be open to the public, one fea­tur­ing a per­for­mance by Trinity Roost at the Lake Wanaka Cen­tre on May 16 , and event par­tic­i­pants per­form­ing along­side Dave Dob­byn to show­case what they had cov­ered over the week­end on May 17.

It was hoped the sum­mit, or­gan­ised by the Lake Wanaka SouNZ – the team be­hind Rip­pon Fes­ti­val, would be­come an an­nual event, serv­ing as an in­cu­ba­tor for the devel­op­ment of tal­ent within the New Zealand mu­sic in­dus­try, Christie said.

Tick­ets for the show­cases were avail­able from Wanaka iSite and on­line at Yap­sody.

Reg­is­tra­tions for the sum­mit can be made on­line.

A limited num­ber of 80 spa­ces were avail­able, but were fill­ing up fast.

Fat Freddy’s Drop band mem­bers are just some of the New Zealand mu­si­cians who will be in Wanaka this month, to help men­tor those in­spired to work in the mu­sic in­dus­try at the first Youth and Adults in the Mu­sic In­dus­try Sounz Sum­mit.

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