A few months back, Jesse Hooper (Head of Music Performance) and the Collarts team set up a new scholarship to assist Collarts Music Performance students. The idea was to first select a student with exceptional talent, then take one of their demos and support them through the entire process of developing it into a professional quality release.
Music Performance student Dan Vogl was awarded the scholarship for his song “If I Die”, which was released last week to rave reviews from Tone Deaf, Triple J’s Claire Mooney and more.
“A swelling folk tale anchored around Dan’s gorgeous vox, its delicate strings play beautifully against a shifting drum rhythm that imbues the song with an entirely new energy midway through.”
Brandon John, Tone Deaf
“Oh my, this track is courageously endearing. It continuously builds till it reaches a height that will leave you satisfyingly fulfilled.”
Claire Mooney, Triple J
To develop the song, we teamed Dan up with a variety of renowned industry legends, starting with Jesse Hooper (ARIA and APRA songwriting award-winner) and Ainslie Wills who helped Dan polish up his songwriting and arrangement. Next, we enlisted UK based Emmy award-winning producer Guus Hoevenaars (The Pierces, Scissor Sisters) to produce, engineer and mix Dan’s song. Here’s a video of Dan, Guus and other students working together in the studio to give you an idea of how it went down.
Take a listen to the final product below and make sure to go and leave a review on Dan’s Triple J Unearthed page.
With the song finished, there was one last thing Collarts wanted to help Dan with – getting it out into the world! To do this, we enlisted a publicist and management team to promote the release and Dan’s launch gig, which is happening on July 27th, upstairs at the Gasometer in Fitzroy. Get your tickets at Oztix – see you there!