2012 CHURCHILL FELLOW DAX LINIERE
“Everything I do is related to music”
Enriching Australian music by bringing new, culturally diverse techniques and perspectives to Australia – France, Germany, Netherlands, the UK
My fellowship project aimed to enrich Australian music by bringing new, culturally diverse techniques and perspectives in music production to Australia with a view to bridging the gap in production quality currently available within Australia. I aimed to achieve this by gathering knowledge from some of the world’s top engineers and producers in Europe and the UK and to implement it in my own workflow and disseminate it to the Australian arts-tech community via a series of workshops.
WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR FELLOWSHIP?
I had an amazing two-week internship with Alan Moulder, a British record producer and engineer who has worked with artists such as The Smashing Pumpkins and Moby. I learnt incredible techniques and made great contacts – there is no doubt in my mind that Churchill Fellowships open doors!
WHAT WERE THE BEST PLACES YOU VISITED?
Definitely Studios La Fabrique – it is an old early 19th century mansion in Saint-Remy de Provence near Avignon in the south of France that hosts mixing workshops. Here I attended a series of seminars called “Mix with the Masters”.
WHAT ARE YOU UP TO NOW?
When I came back from my fellowship last year, I had an album to mix for a Sydney band called Solkyri. The album is extremely diverse and the music ranges from ambient and folk through to indie rock and metal. Since being released earlier this year, the album instantly gained lots of positive feedback from reviewers and listeners alike, and has been nominated for awards including “Best album for Australian act”.
I am now writing as a feature columnist for Australia’s top magazine for sound engineers and recording musicians called AudioTechnology. Through this platform, I have been able to share my newly acquired mixing knowledge and experience with a broarder audience. I am also co-building a large studio complex in Hume, ACT which will house a world-class mixing room. I’m also sponsoring a prize for the Canberra Centenary’s youth band competition event “Smells Like Centenary Spirit”.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST TIP FOR A NEW FELLOW?
Three statements –
- Don’t give up.
- Stay dedicated to what you love doing
- Remember to give back.