The amount of talent and creativity that is championed by Collarts' students feels endless. This O-Week, we're shining a light on the students making waves in the music industry, celebrating their style and music ahead of their performances at the upcoming O-Week Party.
Expressing their own passion and advice on pursuing a creative career, here's your rapid fire get-to-know with Monique, Zachary, and Christina.
Hey Monique, what did you study at Collarts?
I am currently studying a Bachelor of Music Production.
What do you love about performing music live?
I feel home when I perform. I love to entertain people, I love to sing and love losing myself in the music there is no feeling like it.
And what are you listening to right now?
I am listening to the 6/15 songs that are released on Charli XCX’s new album Charli—the full album is not released yet. I love her music, her style of electronic music is so innovative, I can’t get enough! Also re-visiting listening to Christine and the Queen’s album Chaleur Humaine. They are such a dynamic performer and has such an amazing tone in their voice, and they cover Kanye! Best!
What advice would you give to those wanting to pursue a career in music?
I would say surround yourself with a team of people who respect you, that you gel with and love creating music with. Make sure that you get everything in writing and don’t be afraid to speak up if something doesn’t feel right!
MEET ZACHARY LEO
Hi Zach, what did you study at Collarts?
I currently study Music Production at Collarts, but for two trimesters I studied Audio Engineering! I am in my fourth trimester right now.
How does it feel performing live and what do you love about it?
I love the adrenaline rush you get when on stage, and to be honest, any time you get to play music with people you love it’s just something else! I have always loved going to gigs and often have this excitement before and during the gig that I don’t get with anything else. I just want someone else to have that same feeling coming to watch me play—that’s what Live music is about for me!
What kind of music are you listening to right now?
I am really immersing myself in such a vast variety of genres at the moment. One day I’m listening to Songs About Jane by Maroon 5—one of my favourite records—but then the next day I’m listening to Thundercat, Red Hot Chili Peppers or even Beethoven. I’m starting to go in a different direction with my writing and a lot of these artists are having influences on me melodically, production wise etc.
Any advice to students just starting their pursuit as an artist?
Take every opportunity when it comes. Don’t let any knock backs get you down. Use every mistake as a lesson and never give up if it’s your dream!
Hey Christina, what's your band's name?
I'm part of the band, BATZ.
What did you study at Collarts and when did you graduate?
I studied Entertainment Management and finished last tri!
That's so great. What do you love about being on stage?
The rush of adrenaline you get from being on stage and the connection you have with the audience is a feeling hard to describe but it’s wonderful.
What's on your current rotation?
Johnny Hunter are the best band in Australia in my opinion right now. Horace Bones' new album is powerful. The Buoys from Sydney are kicking goals. Press Club—who we are lucky enough to be playing a few shows with soon—are fantastic. How good is Australian music?! Outside of Australia: Nick Hakim, Leisure, U.S Girls, TOPS, Karen O and the Danger Mouse album, Lux Prima.
What advice would you give to those wanting to follow a creative career in music?
I got into music quite late as I was very doubtful of my “musical abilities.” You are always your biggest critic—so don’t be so harsh. Look after your mental health and don’t compare others success to your own. Practice what you do, love what you do and just get out there and play: we all started somewhere. Also, meet as many people as you can—networks are important in this industry and most importantly, always be kind to people. Egos won’t get you very far.