NIDA works magic on Perth music video


8 Jul 2015




NIDA works magic on Perth music video

8 Jul 2015

Triple J Unearthed winner Matt McLean will be taking leave from his day job at SAE Creative Media Institute later this month to film a single with students of the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

McLean, who works as technical supervisor at the Perth Institute, fronts an electronic-soul duo, Lilt, with local songstress Louise Penman. They were named among six winners of a Triple J Unearthed national NIDA video competition.

A live action clip for their dark single, Don’t Tell Me, will be directed, designed and produced by the NIDA students and will premiere on Rage later this year. Tackling themes of frustration, regret, self-doubt and pressure, the song has enjoyed huge accolades, heavy rotation and more than 80,000 online streams since its release in January.

Lilt has directly supported the likes of Canadian act Austra at the Perth International Arts Festival, ARIA dominators Flume and Matt Corby on huge sold-out club and outdoor shows, as well as Triple J favourites Mitzi and Snakadaktyl.

The pair work in tandem to create moments of vocal fragility and dense clouds of synthesizers colliding with system-shaking subs, bass growls and menacing drums. They are joined on stage with live drums, synthesizers and guitars.

McLean said he was grateful to have a job gave him flexibility and support to pursue his creative passion as a songwriter, producer and studio engineer. “The remainder of 2015 is set to be a big one with a brand new, NIDA-produced video clip, new tracks on the way and a massive single launch in the works,” he said.

Check out the band’s Triple J unearthed profile at