My name is Kyle Tidd, I am currently a 20 year old second year Audio Engineering student studying full time at JMC Academy in South Melbourne. This blog is just to let you know a bit about myself, or a lot, and why I live and breathe music.
First of all, the growing obsession with music began in my around the time I was just about to enter high school. I started learning piano/keyboard because my two brothers were playing guitar. This is where it all began. Practicing every day to become better each time. This eventually moved on into singing when I was about 16 years old, since my piano teacher moved to another location. This was all taking place and I have been singing for around 4 years though. It continued through high school playing in bands (a rock band mind you) and taking plenty of music classes including a VET Course based on Music Industry Technical Productions. I don't currently take lessons from a private teacher but do spend money on vocal training related works. I have been drawn deeper into understanding my human instrument by studying the works of Youtube sensation Eric Arceneaux as well as Brett Manning's Singing Success which is used by artists such as Hayley Williams of Paramore, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. I like to know all that I can to improve myself as a singer. People tell me it is a waste of my money, but is it any different from a guitarist buying fancy amplification units, pedals, effects boards etc?
I started becoming interested at around 13 years of age in event organisation. I joined Equinox FREEZA in Geelong around 2002 and worked with them for around 3 years, running various music and cultural events. In that time, I got to meet bands, watch bands, stage manage, work on some lighting as well as the other general duties that came with this volunteer work. Various genres of music passed through and pretty much inspired me to get into a band. During this time, I have also attended workshops to help learn more about the industry.
So at 16, and still an inexperienced vocalist. I decided to make one. After months of trying, it eventually collapsed. But that did not stop me from trying again. I tried another band that came together called Four Men And A Lady. I was eventually fired because apparently I sung out of time. Frustrated but not giving up, I took a shot in a small heavy metal outfit that did not seem to have the motivation to do anything. Taking matters in to my own hands once again; I started a small project which was named at the time "Active Vision". Due to the development of the band as well as the sound, it was eventually changed to the name "ChimaeraSUN" after disputes and negativity over the old name. I currently sing in this band now and we have been going strong ever since. We have played various shows across Geelong as well as the Melbourne area. Taking any shot at any show we could get our hands on, we were in quite a few battle of the bands shows. 3 at Revolver Upstairs, twice at The National Hotel in Geelong and once at the Esplanade Hotel (which we will be playing again on the 31st of October). Our other shows included 2 gigs at The Barwon Club as well as one at the Vedette Nightclub located in Footscray.
I believe in purchasing CD or Vinyl. Vinyl sounds fantastic and CD has this quality that MP3 cannot usually match. My trained audio engineering ears have developed to notice this and it is surprising how much an MP3 can take out of a mastered CD recording. My collection continues to expand, almost over 200 CDs. I love cover art, linear notes, read it all inside and out. Art is not lost in music, I don't really buy digital music that much even if it the future of music. Over time during my audio engineering course; I use to have some elitist attitudes towards certain genres, but genre bias does not get you anywhere in this industry. When my mind began to open, I really started to understand and appreciate how hard all of us work to create art and express this to the general music loving public.
I read plenty of music autobiographies, biographies, websites, technology books (audio based) as well as music business based books. I love delving deeper and deeper into the idea of the music industry. I chose Audio Engineering for this reason, because it covers everything and not just the technological aspect of the industry.
Where does it end for me? Why does it need to end? I play my purchased music on Itunes, exploring the internet for new information, bands not to mention all the street press I read while I am studying at JMC Academy. I would like to think of myself as an ambitious kind of person who has thought of taking on producing, A&R, engineering etc. Taking on various projects and making a name for myself.