Out in Inala recently I spoke with two young guys, Hayden and Dre, while they were using the iStreet Media Lab to mix music tracks. We spoke about their journey, moving to Australia, and how the iStreet Lab is making a difference in their lives.
What is your connection to the Inala community?
Hayden: I moved here with my family three years ago, we were the first of my family to move here from New Zealand.
Dre: I’ve been here for three years too, from New Zealand.
When did you first meet mervin and the iStreet Lab?
Hayden: At a performance rehearsal at the Inala Civic Centre.
Dre: Hayden introduced me to mervin.
What did you think when you saw all the equipment in the Lab?
Hayden: Wow, I’m gonna learn everything I can outta this thing.
Dre: Mad, that’s my baby. How could everything fit in?
Which things in the Lab did you like using?
Hayden: The mic, DJ stuff.
Dre: DJ, stuff, everything.
What do you like to do when you’re using the Lab?
Hayden: Sing, all I do is sing.
Dre: Mixing music, making beats, remixing.
How do you think you would like to use the stuff in the iStreet Lab in the future?
Hayden: Teaching kids. I grew up with nothing; I was bored and did bad things. I want to give kids a chance to have a different life.
Dre: Music. It’s always been a part of my life.
Would you like to show the iStreet Lab to more of your friends?
Hayden: I would like to teach everyone, its fun, exciting, and share the opportunity with others.
Dre: Take it to schools, show people who don’t see this stuff.
What have you learnt in your time with mervin and the iStreet Lab?
Hayden: How to make music, produce music, and be confident in myself.
I never thought a chance like this would come; it’s really opened my eyes to new stuff.
Dre: A lot, music mixing and producing. It has helped me learn more about music, which I have always been doing.
What do you see yourself doing in the future?
Hayden: I see myself keeping on practicing the things I’m doing now, being a singer, and teaching others about singing and music.
Dre: Keep dancing, be a pro dancer. Now that I’m learning the music production stuff I can combine that with my dancing.