New look for Producers Club

Producers Club is a fortnightly meetup for sound engineers, professional producers, composers, musicians and general noise makers. Ryadan Jeavons has just taken the reins and has a few changes in store. We sat down for a chat to see what’s planned.

What do you get up to when you are not at The Edge?
My main occupation is as Regional Manager for a Psychology firm that authors online Talent management and Recruitment assessments. Although I’m only new to this company I’ve been in sales for a long time and before that owned two cafes in Sydney.

On the side I compose music for theatre and dance productions as well as short film soundtracks and Documentaries. I do this on a regular basis and even when I’m not being paid for it I still love composing songs for my children or friends or even just for my own ears.

Probably the biggest part of my life outside work is spent with my family. I have two young daughters, 5 and 1 and they keep me busy all the time right up until they go to sleep. I love my girls and my wife and every weekend we will do something musical together like: singing and dancing games, making a song together, going to see a musical at QPAC or playing around with instruments. We are a very musical family so it’s beautiful to see how this impacts on their development.

I am also a classically trained pianist and have been studying since I was six. I got into impro jazz later in life and so occasionally I get together with a group of other funk/jazz guys and we pump out a few recordings completely improvised.

How did you get involved at The Edge?
I stumbled across it through Kyle Mclean, who is founder of Everyone is Happy Productions – an interactive designer in projection mapping. He had me meet him there and I was extremely impressed. I had never heard of it before and thought it was an absolute gem that needs as much publicity as I can give it. I’ve since sent several friends to the site and courses.

For those that don’t know, can you describe what Producers Club is?
Producers Club is a discussion group that meets once a fortnight in Lab 3 (the recording studio at The Edge) and brings together the minds of local artists and engineers to discuss music in general, show pieces of music for feedback, analyses production methods and general music chat. NO POLITICS!

Is there anything else like it in Brisbane?
I don’t believe there is anything else out there like it. There certainly is nothing that I know of that gives people with no idea about where to begin with their musical journey a place to meet other like minded people and professionals AND have access to recording equipment and professional production hardware.

If you are a singer, for example, you have a million song ideas and have no way of getting them down onto something other than you Iphone, you can come along to the producers club and share your idea, get feedback, develop the idea collaboratively, have other artists record other sections and then have a mixer do the post production. You may not be able to get it to a studio level, but you certainly will have a demo that you can then carry around and promote.

The best part about all this is that it is FREE.

What sort of people come to Producers Club?
Anyone is encouraged to come along. We have people with completely different levels of musical knowledge, from professional producers, sound engineers and composers right through to people who just love music and want to dip their feet.

I would encourage everyone to come along if you love music and sit in with us. Even if you think you have no right to judge or critique anyone’s music. I find that people know what they like about certain songs and even though they may not have a deep degree of understanding about why they like it, the feedback that they give can still be very useful.

Just remember, we don’t judge anyone for what they don’t know. Hey, I’m no expert in Production or Mastering so I go along myself to learn from other experts. I think the prerequisite for the Producers Club is that you have to love music.

In a typical night, what would you do at a meetup?
We are going to change the format a bit moving forward. We are going to give everyone an opportunity to introduce themselves to the group and explain what their level of understanding is and what they want to get out of these meetings. If people have things they want to share then we will go through those and allow feedback if they would like and then if anyone has an idea we can look at the steps we go through to produce a song. We will also look at different songs and analyse each section about what makes it work and how production plays a huge part in the song. We will cover music software and what program is best for an individual’s desired outcomes.

If someone is thinking about coming along is there anything they need to bring?
I would say bring along whatever you are working on or any idea you want advice on. If you really don’t want to share we won’t force you so just come along and sit in and see if you like it. If you have an instrument that is portable, bring that along too. We may not get to produce everyone’s work each night but once we get an idea of who is going to come regularly we will set about to map out each person’s project and work on them together over the meetings.

For upcoming Producers Club dates see the Calendar. Meetups are free and no bookings are required.

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