SAE students help creativity shine at Mullum Music Festival 2019

Byron Bay

20 Nov 2019




SAE students help creativity shine at Mullum Music Festival 2019

20 Nov 2019

The Biggest Little Town in Australia, Mullumbimby NSW, just celebrated the biggest little event over the weekend - the Mullum Music Festival (MMF) and SAE Institute, Byron Bay students were front and centre.

In a town known as a centre of counterculture and a Festival boasting an eclectic musical line up, the event offered SAE staff and students with an exciting platform to work and play.

At the SAE sponsored Bowlo stage, Audio students worked long hours to deliver high quality sound, while the Film students roamed the streets and venues of Mullumbimby, capturing the Festival’s spirit.

Local Suffolk Park musician and SAE Audio student, Tamara Williams, known professionally as Tamwah performed at the Festival, incorporating a mix of soul, reggae and Brazilian beats. The singer/songwriter has been developing skills through her studies at SAE Institute, and relishes in the opportunity to perform and share her work in public spaces.

“Using different instruments and techniques gives texture to my sound. I enjoy the freedom to express myself through my music.”

Courtney, Nathan and Andy were part of the Audio team, comprised of six Audio students working at the Bowlo stage under the expert guidance of Head of Audio at SAE Byron Bay, Dirk Terrill. 

Nathan enjoyed the experience. “It was great to interact with the audience and to watch people’s interactions with the bands.”

Courtney says she has learnt to think on her feet as well as putting her live sound and technical skills to practice. 

“It was awesome to be involved with a crowd who was loving the experience so much, and we also get to enjoy the acts ourselves,” Courtney added.

SAE Audio student Courtney 

Andy said that it was cool to discover that the artists were really nice people. “It was also really validating to get a shoutout from an artist while they were on stage performing about how good the sound was. But I also take no feedback as a compliment as well, because that means the sound is amazing and everyone is having a good time.”

Dirk states that Festival experiences like MMF are great networking opportunities for the students as they get to meet artists from different backgrounds, with different sound and technical needs. Many students from SAE will cross paths with these artists in the future, so these experiences are incredibly valuable. 

“The students are also learning valuable transferable skills such as artist liaison and communication, and other interpersonal skills such as making a band or artist feel comfortable before they jump on stage and whilst they are performing.”

“MMF is unique in that there is such a variety of people, the acts are very cultural, people come from many different backgrounds and countries and we have such a wide selection of artists, it’s great exposure to international and world music.” 


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