Students get into the Blues Groove

Byron Bay

5 Apr 2019




Students get into the Blues Groove

5 Apr 2019

Two enterprising SAE Byron Bay students have started their own production company Parrot Tree Productions.  Tonight they will hold their first event, Blues Groove that was developed as part of their Bachelor of Audio course work. We chatted to one half of the Parrot Tree Productions team, Louis Muller in the lead up to Blues Groove. 

Why did you decide to start your own music event?

I have always wanted to collaborate with the Bangalow Blues Club and produce more music in the Bangalow area. The Bangalow Bowling Club is such a good venue and I wanted to try and promote the blues as it is a passion of mine.

Could you please tell us a bit more about Parrot Tree Productions? 

Parrot Tree Productions is a company that Tom Selway and I have started to further develop ourselves in the industry. It gives us a platform to share our projects across all disciplines of audio. We are hoping to grow the production company across the northern rivers and professionally provide audio services across film, studio and live sound.

How does Blues Groove fit in with your studies at SAE?

Blues Groove for us is an opportunity to showcase our skills across a wide range of aspects. As we have used this as our Major Project, we have created Parrot Tree Productions to represent our event planning and organisation. We will also be running the live sound on the night showcasing our technical skills. With collaboration of Andre B. Adur, a fantastic filmmaker, we will be recording and filming the night to further promote the Bangalow Blues Club, our company and everyone involved. We hope in the future to expand the monthly blues club into bigger events and draw more people to the music of Bangalow. Post event we will be producing a small documentary about the night along with promo packages for the artists. 

Are you hoping that it will be an ongoing event?

The Bangalow Blues Club is currently a monthly event held on the 4th Friday of each month. With BLUES GROOVE being held earlier in the month we are hoping to extend the reach of the specialty event and create more nights like this. 

Do you have any advice for those looking to start their own production company or music event?

I think the biggest thing has been communication and patience. Not everything comes together overnight. Tom Selway and I have put so much into planning the event and our own company and it always comes down to putting yourself out there and seeing how high you can reach. 

We have been more than lucky to obtain the artists and people involved for the night, and look forward to setting the bar higher next event. It would have never happened without clear communication and patience. There are so many people out there who are willing to help make these creative ideas work

Interested in a dynamic career in the creative industries? Explore the possibilities by attending the free SAE Byron Bay Information night Thursday 8th May, 4-7pm. Plus, register and attend the night to go in the draw to win a pair of audio-technica Wireless Headphones (rrp $599)*

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