Tooting Your Own Horn- An Interview With Musician and Conductor, Warwick Tyrrell

I recently had the chance to talk with long time musician and conductor Warwick Tyrrell, to discuss all thing music related, both past and present. As a classical musician, Warwick has experienced facets of the music community globally to an extent that most could only dream, across a period of thirty odd years. This presented him as the perfect subject to bounce questions off in regards to saturation of the music industry,  the need to supplement music with additional work, and the “doing it for the love” mentality.

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Triple J Unearthed

 

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Created in 1995, Triple J Unearthed acts as a subsidiary organisation for the radio station Triple J presenting playlists, reviews and competitions. For those living under a rock, Unearthed has essentially  become a proving ground for aspiring Australian musicians, allowing them to upload their tracks to an international audience. Continue reading

” Mr Jobs, Why is my IPod Wet?”-Saturation in the Music Industry

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To start this off I have a challenge. Go to your Facebook page, click on your friends list and count how many of those people who consider themselves a musician. I took it upon myself to complete this little activity and counted over 30 people from a friends list of about 400, gathering DJs, singers and band members. So what is the point of this little experiment you might ask? To highlight an extremely prevalent issue affecting almost every facet of the music industry, and that is market saturation. Continue reading

For the Love- The Economic Struggles of Performing Musicians.

Everyone knows Australia’s psychedelic, rock-pop darlings Tame Impala, who are arguably the most successful band to come out of Australia in the past few years. Reaching number four on the Billboard charts in 2015, winning eight Aria Awards and holding 2 Grammy nominations to name a few, Tame’s success has come far from performing in small venues across Perth in 2007. Despite the obvious success of the band, what you might not know is that last year in 2015 Tame Impala were involved in a law suit for the amount of $450,000 USD, against their record label Modular, to which Vocalist Kevin parker claimed

“Up until recently, from all of Tame Impala’s record sales outside of Australia, I had received…. zero dollars. Someone high up spent the money before it got to me” (Parker, Cited in Rettig, 2015).

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No Crowd Surfing, No Moshing, No Monkey Business

This short film was a major assignment produced by yours truly last year for a university assignment. Although my editing techniques and filming are notable sketchy (to be fair, It was my first attempt at anything like this) the topic still demonstrates relevance to Encore in discussing key issues regarding up and coming musicians in Australia.  I’ve decided to include this short film for this reason, to show musicians that quiet often there are even more un-forseen issues than expected in regards to venue size, public performances/broadcasting and noise restrictions. The reflection also provides some information in regards to external resources on these topics, and even the struggles of creating band interviews.

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