Spotlight on SAE lecturer Tim Dalton


26 Apr 2017

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Spotlight on SAE lecturer Tim Dalton

26 Apr 2017

Tim Dalton is an Audio Lecturer at SAE Melbourne who has been working in the international music industry for over 38 years as an audio engineer, record producer, tour manager, artist manager and A&R consultant. Basically just about every role you can imagine!  

Since the seventies he's worked alongside a string of notable artists that include; Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Beastie Boys, Simple Minds, Faith No More, Elvis Costello, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Transvision Vamp, Atomic Kitten …. and many more.

Tim Dalton with De La Soul in JapanOn tour in Japan with De La Soul promoting their album 3 Feet High & Rising

As the former Tour Manager of the hugely popular American bands Beastie Boys and Faith No More, Tim was on a European tour with Faith No More who happened to be playing a show in Berlin on the historical night in November 1989 when the Belin Wall came down.

This is Tim's story about the night…

Originally from East Yorkshire in the UK, Tim started working in the industry when he left school in the summer of ‘79 at the age of 16. At 19 he was live mixing arena shows for the Beastie Boys. He's career began to snowball from this point on, receiving offers to mix for Run DMC, Public Enemy and LL Cool J.

It wasn't until Tim was 30 did he enroll in his first university degree as a mature age student. At this point he decided on a career change, and became an educator. He has since completed several postgraduate research degrees and worked at leading higher education institutes, both here in Australia and in the UK, for nearly 24 years.  He's been a Senior Audio Technology Lecturer at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Senior Popular Music Studies Lecturer at the Liverpool John Moores University, and a Program Leader at the Australian College of the Arts, prior to moving into his current role as a Senior Audio Lecture at SAE Institute Melbourne.

"I tell all my students that working in the audio production/music industry isn't just a job, or even a career, it's actually a lifestyle, one which requires a huge amount of personal commitment….

"Whether you end up working in the independent music world or for a major international music label, you will be expected to work very long hours in a highly competitive work environment….

"You may get to wear skinny black jeans and converse to work, but this doesn't mean that you are working any less then your friends who have to wear a suit and tie to work in their office."

Tim Dalton with De La Soul in JapanAt a 5 Seconds of Summer outing when I took a group of SAE audio students to meet the technical crew

Tim’s experience and vast knowledge of the music industry sees him frequently invited to various educational institutions around the world to facilitate master classes and give lectures on careers in the audio, music and creative industries. His knowledge of the Melbourne music industry has recently been called on by The City of Melbourne who are in the process of developing a video that aims to promote the city's vibrant music scene. Check it out here:

Get to know Tim

What have been your biggest career achievements in the music world?

  • Working with San Francisco band Faith No More for ten years on four of their studio albums and one live album (We Care A Lot, Introduce Yourself, The Real Thing (Grammy nominated), Angel Dust (Grammy nominated, You Fat Bastards).
  • Working with Def Jam Records developing The Beastie Boys.
  • Mixing David Bowie's 'Heathen' Tour in 2000.
  • Mixing Simple Minds '‘Floating’ World Tour in 2002.
  • Establishing The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) with Sir Paul McCartney.
  • Writing, accrediting and delivering the Popular Music Studies degree at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).
  • Joining SAE Institute in February 2015.

What do you do in your free time?

Cycling. As a junior rider my plan was to be a professional cyclist and win the Tour De France. I now ride my bike, around 400km per week, to SAE as a daily commute and around the beautiful Mornington Peninsula on a weekend. I can often be found on the side of a French mountain in July at the Tour de France.

Tim Dalton cyclingRacing in Belgium

Who inspires you?

My original mentor Spike Maloney. He was the first record producer to notice my talent and he gave me great technical audio advice and sound (pun intended) career advice. Also my father Karl, who made me believe in my own abilities.

What do you enjoy most about working in this industry?

Sharing my extensive 38 years of knowledge with early career creative media professionals and helping them to be better than I ever was at that age. I also value the friends I made along the way during my career, many of whom I've known for over 40 years now.

Who do you follow on social media?

Lots and lots of bands, famous cyclists, and mentors from many years ago.

Tim Dalton

Favourite band/musician?

Bob Dylan and The Beatles

Top film of all time?

I just love Roman Polanski's film, The Ghost Writer (2010)

Top animated film?

Belleville Rendezvous (2003)

What was the last game video you played?

When my son was small (he's now 35!) we used to play Sonic The Hedgehog on a Sega games console. Happy memories!

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