Inaugural 'Emerging Sounds' A Huge Success

Tuesday, 25 February, 2020 - 14:00

The recently debuted youth song writing camp ‘Emerging Sounds’ was a huge success. 

Held at Merrijig Lodge over two days, and designed specifically for 12-18 year olds, the free songwriters and producers camp for young local musicians was a huge success.

“We have so many young talented artists in Mansfield,” says FReeZA program officer, Kylie Peel. “This camp was an incredible opportunity for them to learn from several industry professionals and to build their skills and confidence for the future”.

Young people involved in ‘Emerging Sounds’ were able to learn the basics of Ableton Live, a music producing software with the capability to create, produce and record music using beats, loops, instruments and samples, and quantizing and tuning your track. The training was facilitated by professional DJ, producer and drummer, Davey Norris, of ‘Sound of the Future’.

Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM, and Cr Paul Sladdin were delighted to witness a Q&A session with various industry professionals to kick the camp off.

“It was great to see community figures and local business owners so excited and willing to invest in our young people. They covered topics such as creating songs, recording, approaching venues, expectations when performing live, tackling nerves and future opportunities within the music industry. Their advice was astoundingly beneficial.What a great community we have!” said Cr Attley.

The thirteen participants were encouraged by panel members such as Linda Tiberi, from Radio Mansfield, and Lesa Brown, from the Mansfield Hotel, to seek and embrace opportunities in the local community such as performing at local venues and receiving air time on the local radio.

The camp also focused on creating lyrics, melodies and enhancing your chords as well as collaborating with fellow participants to bring all aspects of your song to life. Each young person had dedicated time to record their song with the help of the professionals and the equipment provided.

‘Emerging Sounds’ was a partnership between Mansfield Shire Council, Youth Services FReeZA team and the Music Department of Mansfield Secondary College.  

A special thanks goes to volunteers, teachers and panel members who not only made the weekend possible, but a great experience for all; Simone Morris, Alexander Murer, Derek Beautyman, Linda Tiberi, Lesa Brown and James Kapuan.

‘Emerging Sounds’ was a fully supervised, alcohol, smoke and drug free event. FReeZA is an initiative of the Victorian Government and provides young people the opportunity to build skills and experience by organising youth music and cultural events.

For more information contact the Youth Team on 5775 8619 or

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 February, 2020 - 14:41