Tom Stell or known as Golden Features has become Australia’s number one House DJ. Most big headline music festivals generally always have Golden features playing. In 2014 his popularity rose from his first EP launched, consisting of only four tracks. The demand for Golden Features was unprecedented, now almost every Australian music lover knows and respect Golden Features. Since 2014 Tom has only released 14 tracks so far. The demand from fans and other audiences questioning when he will release new music ? In 2016 he posted a FaceBook status saying “So much of dance music is manufactured. So many people make careers trend hopping and biting. Everybody’s fighting to have the biggest song of whatever genres hot at the time. Most of its soulless though. Im never going to drop every month just to stay relevant. Im here to make something authentic”. – (FaceBook, GoldenFeatures, Tom Stell, March 27th, 2016, https://www.facebook.com/goldenfeatures/posts/ 1764773357089037). This outraged fans and alike saying he is either lazy or does’t care. Releasing regular music can be a smart tactic, keeping artist names in new music charts, helping constant exposure so audiences don’t forget or lose interest. Musicclout.com explains this theory. ” Don’t put all of your eggs in one album. Rather, do a 2 track EP and then another one 2 months down the line. Releasing music in a “little by little” method is the new way of making it as an artist.” – (Musicclout, Articles, Symphonic Distribution, 7 Tips To Increase Your Exposure and Potential, 2007, https://www.musicclout.com/contents/ article-295-7-tips-to-increase-your-exposure-and-potential.aspx)
Film skills can be transferred into music production, with how most interfaces work. Like in film making its all about the build up and timing. Choosing when to use certain tempos and audio samples is similar when setting scenes for film. “While background music for business video’s is completely different from film scores, we thought it would be interesting and valuable to gain some insight from composers in both worlds” – (Wistia, Blog, Production, From Sight to Sound: Composing Music for Film and TV, July 20, 2015, https://wistia.com/ blog/composing-music-for-video)
Golden Feature is committed to making authentic music, mainly composed of self recorded audio. Tom walks through busy streets recording anything he thinks that could make a beat. I was impressed with how much work he puts into making music. Actors that commit to a role sometimes use method acting for maximum authenticity. Some actors loose weight or live the life of the role they portray. Adrian Brody moved to Europe for months in isolation for his role in “The Pianist” – (IMDB, Roman Polanski, The Pianist, 28th March 2002, http:// http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253474/), which was about a piano player in WWII who survived the Nazi attacks. “Christian Bale” gained incredible amounts of weight and muscle to portray the character of “Patrick Bateman” from “American Psycho” – (IMDB, Marry Harron, American Psycho, 14th April 2000, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0144084/). Entertainers that push them selves to make authentic film or music generally have better quality entertainment.
Today Australia has been exposed highly to the entertainment industry. More big budget films are being produced Australia wide. Ridley Scott’s new “Alien” film was shot in Sydney but most films are made on the Gold Coast. “San Andreas, Kong Skull Island, Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Thor Ragnarok” – (2015, 2017, 2017, 2017, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-02/movies-filmed-on-the-gold-coast/8319214), were all filmed on the Gold Coast, this is the perfect time to join the film industry. It is currently cheaper for big budget film studios to film in Australia, saving production costs. Even Australian Directors like “Shane Abbess” are making million dollar science fiction horror action films like “Infini” – (IMDB, Shane Abbess, Infini, 20th May 2015, http:// http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3327624/) & “Science Fiction Volume One: Osiris Child” – (IMDB, Shane Abbess, Science Fiction Volume One: Osiris Child, 24th September 2016, http:// http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4536768/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_1). International or local Directors can make big budget films with a lower cost than most international films studios.
“The Spierig Brothers” made a Film called “Predestination”. – (IMDB, The Spierig Brothers, Predestination, 9th January 2015, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2397535/). Starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor, when I accidentally stumbled upon this film I was utterly blown away. I had never seen a film like this before. It had major commentary on gender, time travel and paradox. The cinematography and storytelling is the stand out about the film, making a complex novel called “All You Zombies” – (Robert A. Heinlein, 1959, https://www.amazon.com.au/All-You-Zombies-Robert-Heinlein-ebook/dp/B008MOKW22). The entire film was shot in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane but depicted New York City. The directors were born in Sydney NSW and later moved to Brisbane QLD. The brothers made commercials for “Coke, Myer, Telstra” and many more – (YouTube, February 7th 2010, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBu6QqFTvSg), they moved into feature film making with “Undead” – (IMDB, The Spierig Brothers, Undead, 4th September 2003, http:// http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0339840/). This was their first attempt at film making and later made a cult following with Australian cinema. They were offered to make “Daybreakers” – (IMDB, The Spierig Brothers, Daybreakers, 8th January 2010, http://www.imdb.com/title/ tt0433362/), Starring Ethan Hawke, William Defoe and Sam Neil. I also thoroughly liked this films unknowingly about the directors who made it.
Australia finally had plenty of actors and directors that are leading the way for film makers alike. This inspired me so much and gave me a new outlook. I no longer had people telling me stories about great directors, but I found my own mentors that even live close to me but also have the same career path. Most independent films I find are better than big budget films since the director has complete control over the film, no studios can interfere with filming. Like the brothers I would like my own independent films that are well respected by local and international communities. – (NEWS.COM, Lauren McMah, 7PM 13th November 2015, http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/why-hollywood-heavyweights-cant-get- enough-of-the-gold-coast-glitter-strip/news-story/d04203969c9e792201519a4133e14a8c). Australian cinema has always been seen below American Hollywood, now Australia is rising in the film industry. I started to read novels that could be adapted to film. Its a hard process but it can pay off to find the best written stories.
In my conclusion not all entertainment from America makes good cinema, all countries around the world have their own talents. These Australian icons pioneer both of their industries through authenticity and sheer talent. Both are about entertainment but in different versions but yet they mix together seamlessly. Learning any sort of technical audio helps improve your film simply by aiding the audio engineer, post production or filming on set. Danny Boyle the director of Train-spotting, 28 Days Later and Sunshine said that 70% – 80% Audio makes up a film. – (Dolby.Blog, Cinema, Danny Boyle, 7th August 2013, https:// blog.dolby.com/2013/08/trance-director-danny-boyle-sound-is-up-to-80-of-a-movie/). Not all artist make the same kind of media but many formulas are the same. Knowing both can be more beneficial than not. Years before I was born, opportunity was nearly impossible but now things have become increasingly easy to expose yourself.
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