TAFE students deliver music to the world’s media

TAFE student, Mosaic, on the Gold Coast

We’ve heard a lot about the incredible artists and performers involved in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. And I’m #sorrynotsorry, but today I have news of even more.

This bunch are a little different though. Performing specifically for media, these musicians and songwriters all have something in common. They’re all TAFE students.

Kicking things off is a name familiar to Blank readers. A past finalist for a Queensland Music Award, Nick Byng, otherwise known as Mosaic (pictured in feature image) has already toured the USA with his electronic music. And now he has a chance to share it with the Commonwealth. He’ll be performing between 4.00 – 5.00pm for accredited media on Wednesday 4 April. Check out his music here. Nick is currently studying a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice through the University of Canberra, at the Coomera TAFE campus.

Thursday sees Sam Wilson and Murray Coombe deliver a covers set tie crowd-pleasers from artists as diverse as the Cranberries and Lady Gaga.

Melissa Nichols – otherwise known as Rubee brings her ambient sounds to the media zone on Saturday 7 and Saturday 14 April alongside Max Townsend. Wednesday 11 April sees Bianca Heilbronn-Anderson and Bailey Dawes (AKA My DWA) lay down the electro-vibes. And TOBI (Dana Lowrey), well known for a bunch of local collaborations (including Clawmachine), hits the stage on Thursday 12 April.

Dana said it’s “awesome” to be part of the Games.

“I’m totally stoked to be playing my music to the world’s media and delegates at the Media Centre,” she said. “I’ve only played my latest music that was developed in class to 100 people,” says Tobi. “It’s awesome to know that people from other countries will be exposed to the music developed by TAFE Queensland students.”

In total, more than 20 TAFE Queensland Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice and Diploma of Music Industry students perform across the Games with sound and lighting support also provided by sound production students.

For more information about TAFE Queensland’s partnership with GC2018, visit tafeqld.edu.au/gc2018.

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