DYLAN STEWARTAUDIO PRODUCER AT HIT107 ADELAIDE
I’m Dylan Stewart an Audio Engineer/Musician living in Adelaide. I’m currently working as the Audio Producer for Hit107, a radio station in Adelaide. I image the sonic personality of the hit107 Breakfast Show by producing engaging content to compliment and promote the show.
What inspired you to enter into the career you’re in?
During my studies at SAE, I completed work experience for various radio stations back home in Brisbane such as Hit105, Triple M and 97.3. Sitting in at these radio stations helped me find my passion for producing topical content that is released everyday, which is unlike a lot of other audio professions. Working on a Breakfast Show for an Audio Producer, means we have to produce a three hour, live show, five times a week from the ground up. It’s such a great feeling producing a segment or promo that goes live to 250,000 + within seconds of you creating it.
What are your fondest memories of your time at SAE?
I loved getting up each day knowing I was going to be surrounded by people who had the same passion I did. It was great getting to experience more than just recording bands. The people I made connections with are some of the best people I know out in the industry right now.
Are you able to shed some light on how studying at SAE lead you to where you are now?
SAE helped me realise how hard I had to work in order to break into the industry. You sit in a lecture with 30 or so people, all wanting a similar goal. How do you stand out from the crowd and work towards a living in the industry that we all love? In two years, I was able to hone in and develop my craft at SAE. I also gained the mindset and confidence, to set out and actively pursue a career in audio.
What are your career highlights?
In 2018, I was asked to produce the Hit Networks New Years Eve montage. This is a three minute piece, that plays to millions of people all over the country. This montage is a package to reflect the year of 2018 with current events, pop culture references and song mashups. It was a big task and there are many talented audio producers in our network who could have been asked to do the task. So, when I got the call I just thought “yeah why not” and I pushed myself to create something that I thought I was not capable of.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
At the moment outside of work, I am writing, recording and touring with my band Machine Age. It’s great to have an outlet outside of radio to fulfil my need to be creative. I got into audio engineering from playing music, so it’s great to still get to have that as part of my life.
What advice would you give to students aspiring to become successful in their field?
Be open minded and keep learning all of the time. You have days where you have it in the bag and then others when you feel like you are the worst out there! That is literally a snapshot of my week. I spent 4 years volunteering and working casually in radio before landing a full time job. Success in audio definitely doesn’t come easy, although if you work hard and have the passion to succeed, you will make it happen.