January 14, 2013
On the second Sunday of every month, Nanango-based musicians Seascape open up their backyard to musicians … young and old, learners and professionals.
The “Open Mic” sessions offered by Jenny and Nathan Lee on their back verandah provide an opportunity for musos to use professional sound gear, microphones and mixers, and build confidence playing in front of an audience.
And people travel from all over the South Burnett – and beyond – for the opportunity.
When southburnett.com.au dropped in on Sunday, there were singers and players from Ballogie, Maidenwell, Wondai, Caloundra and Kallangur … as well as Nanango residents.
“People just come along and put their names up on the board if they want to have a go,” Jenny said.
They can play whatever they like: country, rock’n’roll, even heavy metal if they so choose!
Jenny and Nathan are building a musical community around themselves, based on a genuine love of performing.
“We just like to support local people. We give them an opportunity to get up an play,” Jenny said.
Seascape is more than just Jenny and Nathan performing as a duo. The couple also has a recording studio, PA equipment for hire and does event organisation.
They formed Seascape Studios about seven years ago in Mackay but relocated to Nanango a few years back.
The number of musicians who show up for the Open Mic sessions varies. Their last session, in December, attracted 80 people and went late into the night.
Nathan said Seascape work in with Tony and Gavin Cisneros, and Paul Harrison, who hold a GT Jam session at the Royal Hotel in Yarraman on the fourth Sunday of every month from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, to provide a fortnightly opportunity for musicians to build their skills.
“Our real objective is to provide a platform for new and upcoming musicians,” Nathan said.
“To give them an opportunity to play with professional PA equipment in front of an audience.
“They gain two main benefits: networking with other experienced musicians and a better understanding of audio technology.”