Soundz Summit to nurture musicians
Industry heavyweights coming to Wanaka for debut national event
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.