At AIM we’re committed to developing and promoting the next generation of Australian performing arts talent, both personally and professionally, by providing a platform to help promote our student's music through our 'Off The Record' series.
‘Off The Record’ is a monthly AIM initiative where we invite up-and-coming AIM talent to perform live and an in-depth interview explore the music industry, personal stories and their relationship with their music where we ask where they’re going and how they plan to do it.
The series exists for the sole purpose of showcasing the wide array of exceptional student talent that sits outside our established genres here at AIM. In other words, it's about highlighting a side of AIM you might not usually hear about or see.
It's a platform for our current students and alumni to step up and share their stories and music across our wide subscriber base and +200k social media followers.
Off The Record is updated on a monthly basis so check out AIM's social media for the next release or you can view previous editions below.
Over the past 4 years, AIM Entertainment Management student Jessie Wallace AKA DJ Wild Fox has steadily established herself as one of Sydney's best progressive house and melodic techno selectors.
Having already supported huge acts such as Carl Cox, Patrick Topping Wild Fox has shared the stage with incredible DJs/Producers and held residencies with top festivals such as Return to Rio and PURE.
We took a deep dive into all things:
- Electronic Music & DJing
- Building your brand as an artist
- Running an events business
- Being a self-managed artist
Featuring our uniquely talented Music Theatre student Edan Mcgovern, performing her original piece 'Unique (Unemployable)'.
In this 'Off the Record' Edan bring us into her hilarious inner monologue as she deals with her audition anxiety and the factors you just can't control when it comes to casting...
Edan is no stranger to auditioning and the stage, having participated in numerous solo projects while at AIM as well as being one-third of comedy/skit troupe 'Enabler Productions' along with fellow performer Jess Ramsey and pianist Andrew Freeborn.
The aim of our 'Cypher Class' Off the Record was to give the new Australian sound a platform to be heard and raise the profile of Hip Hop in Australia using AIMs status as one of the countries leading music institutions.
Hip Hop runs so much deeper than, “I’m just going to rap on a beat”, it's a culture that encapsulates everything from street art, dance, fashion and to build our own Australian culture requires an understanding of the history and culture behind Hip Hop.
At the end of the day America is the number one influence globally when it comes to Hip Hop and if Australia is trying to establish their own understanding and sound instead of just grabbing the culture and basically claiming it for our own, we feel this discussion behind Hip Hop needs to happen more often.
We sat down for two Q&A’s with our Class of 2018 AIM MCs for an exploration of deep cut story-telling, lyricism and an insight into the current mindset of young Australian artists.
Each Rapper had a story to share about their journey in music; from turbulent upbringings, foster homes, homelessness, shady management and endless ambition. Adversity hasn’t broken them - it has made them stronger, wiser and hungrier to succeed.
They’re part of our class of 2018 and they’re Australia’s next wave of artists ready to step up.
Live Q&A Pt. 1 Live Q&A Pt. 2
Christmas is just around the corner which is why for the next instalment of our Off The Record series we enlisted AIM Alumni Patrick Neal to sing his expressive and heartwarming original piece, 'Christmas Time is Here'.
Backed on piano by Justyn Angel, Patrick's song is a soulful ode to those closest to us at a time spent together with friends and family.
Recorded & Mastered by Roshan Joseph
For the first installment of our Off The Record in 2019, we Invited AIM Sydney Student Oly Sherman to perform a stripped-back version of his original song, 'Push Me Down'.
Making use of a variety of vocal effects, this soulful ode will leave you with shivers down your spine. If you like Matt Corby, you'll LOVE Oly Sherman.
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by:
For the latest instalment of our 'Off The Record' series, we did something a little bit different.
We recorded student, Prema Yin, along with fellow students who performed a short piece of music composed for the game 'Projection: First Light' by the indie Sydney-based Shadowlight Studios.
Projection: First Light is a 2D platformer that follows the adventures of Greta, a girl living in a mythological shadow puppet world, as she embarks on a journey of self-enlightenment with the assistance of legendary heroes from each culture she explores.
Covering Matt Corby's version of Chains by Aussie Icon, Tina Arena, AIM Students Alexandro Lecca, Liv Wooltorton and Daniel Enriquez jumped into the AIM studio's for this edition of our 'Off the Record' series.
Main Vocals: Alexandro Lecca
Keys & Backing Vocals: Liv Wooltorton
Guitar: Daniel Enriquez
'Chains' Composed by Tina Arena, Pam Reswick and Steve Werfel.