About 200 people will find out what it takes to survive in the music industry at the Yami SouNZ Summit, being held in Wanaka on May 11 and 12.
Yami — which stands for Youth and Adults in the Music Industry — offers participants aged from 10 years old to in their 60s the chance to learn from some of the biggest names in New Zealand music.
Lake Wanaka SouNZ Inc director Lynne Christie said all profits from the summit went to music education in the region.
More than half of the participants were from Central Otago or the Lakes district, the remainder coming from Dunedin, Canterbury, Southland and the North Island, she said.
Tutors included Shapeshifter’s lead singer, P Digsss, Tiki Taane and The Black Seeds founding member Barnaby Weir.
Auckland musician Kings (Kingdon Chapple-Wilson), who rose to fame with his song Don’t Worry ’Bout It, would be tutoring for the first time. He would be taking part in an ‘‘all round’’ session that included sharing some of his experiences and getting people to explore songwriting, Chapple-Wilson said.
Songwriting was not for everyone — ‘‘if your heart isn’t all the way in it, I wouldn’t recommend you do it’’.
Inspiration for lyrics could strike anywhere —‘‘some of the wisest words happen in the toilet or the shower’’.
He used a recording app on his phone to capture those moments, Chapple-Wilson said.
‘‘I’m quite visually inspired, so when I see something, I jot it down like a voice note.’’
Music was also captured on the fly.
‘‘I’ve got voice notes of me just going ‘boom, boom, boom a boom’.’’
From there he was able to work the ideas into songs at his studio in Northcote.
Chapple-Wilson has driven his own success, working as a producer and managing many aspects of his career himself.
‘‘It is the way of the generation now, they have access to so much tech.’’
Having a direct route to the audience enabled artists to engage with their audience.
‘‘I could put a song up now and it would be accessible to all my fans in five or ten minutes.’’
The instant access enabled a ‘‘generation of trying’’.
‘‘You can try anything and get live feedback on whether it is working or not.’’
Feedback was both positive and negative but that had always been the case, Chapple-Wilson said.
‘‘I read somewhere that musicians are the most rejected people in the world in terms of putting your heart and soul out there.’’
A song might get a lukewarm reaction — ‘‘that can hurt, man’’.
‘‘I guess it’s like being a kid and doing your first art project and someone saying ‘that sucks’.’’
However, he encouraged people to stay positive and keep trying.
‘‘If you crawl into a space because one person said something, there’s only four billion people left to impress.’’
As well as taking part in the summit, Kings will be performing on Saturday, May 10, at Lake Wanaka Centre.