Mix­ing it with mu­sos

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

UP-and-com­ing mu­si­cians are de­vel­op­ing their skills and learn­ing about the WA mu­sic in­dus­try as part of the City of Kala­munda’s an­nual youth mu­sic pro­gram, In the Mix.

Mayor John Giar­dina said the pro­gram had proven suc­cess­ful in giv­ing young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to grow, in­creas­ing both knowl­edge and con­fi­dence needed to per­form in front of a crowd.

“In 2017, 16 young peo­ple aged be­tween 12 and 22 took part in In the Mix, re­call­ing the fi­nal per­for­mance at Co­rym­bia Fes­ti­val as a def­i­nite high­light,” he said.

“The pro­gram in 2018 will also cover song­writ­ing and tips for break­ing into the mu­sic in­dus­try, in­clud­ing pro­mo­tion and ap­ply­ing for gigs and grants.”

Five work­shops were held over Fe­bru­ary and March hosted by Fo­cus Mu­sic to teach par­tic­i­pants tech­ni­cal and per­for­mance skills, along with giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to col­lab­o­rate with other local young artists.

In the Mix fin­ishes with a live per­for­mance at the Co­rym­bia Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val in Forrestfield.

Fo­cus Mu­sic pro­gram di­rec­tor Daryl Ea­gle said the work­shops were a great op­por­tu­nity for young per­form­ers to learn the ropes of be­ing a pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian.

“It’s about de­vel­op­ing friend­ships and con­nect­ing like-minded in­di­vid­u­als who, with­out a pro­gram like In The Mix, would never have met.”

In the Mix par­tic­i­pants prac­tised hard for the Co­rym­bia Fes­ti­val.

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