A Masterclass in Music Production
Perth Festival’s all-star West Australian Music workshop is back with a twist
Well actually, more of a remix.
Who Run the World Remixed is a free day-long learning program for young female, trans and non-binary people interested in electronic music (or music in general!). It consists of workshops, performances and speakers on a range of topics designed to empower and up-skill the participants in music.
With applications on the horizon for this amazing spots in the workshop, we thought we’d catch up with one of the key artists, curators and coordinators for the day, Em Burrows, to find out how she thinks you can run the world.
Find out how to apply here.
How do you curate Who Run the World Remixed?
I get a feel for what young people are interested in through my work in schools and other youth programs that I run (including WAM’s New Noise Collective) and try to tailor sessions to what I think they will find useful and fun. I look to the local music scene for inspiration and try to engage a diverse range of presenters who bring different perspectives and experience to the table and who I think are relevant and inspiring. I like to get a balance of hands on sessions (eg. playing with synthesizers) and more abstract stuff (like music publicity) too.
Why should people attend?
It’s a great way to meet other people your age who are interested in music as well as to connect with older people who are currently active in the local music scene. It’s an opportunity to learn and ask questions and also just to have a fun day! There isn’t really a better opportunity out there in this kind of space that’s free!
Why do you think it’s important to provide a platform like this for female and non-binary young people?
Female and non-binary people have been marginalized in music for a long time. It’s important to creating welcoming and safe spaces for them to learn and share stories and connect with each other. We want to amplify their voices and empower them so they can enter music as a career with confidence and a sense of self-worth. Also, connecting them with role models and mentors is vital to provide ongoing support for them in the music industry.
What excites you about the West Australian Music scene?
The emergence of greater diversity in the scene at the moment is really exciting! There are more gender diverse and culturally diverse people making waves at the moment. I think it’s their time to be heard!
Applications for Who Run the World Remixed are now open.
Find out more about how you can be involved here.
Em Burrows has worked in music for over 10 years in numerous roles including as a musician/recording artist, educator, radio broadcaster, and artist manager. She is a passionate member of Perth’s grass roots music community and currently works as WAM’s Audience Development Officer and the Coordinator of Girls Rock! WA.
Em is the song writer/producer/front person for alt-pop band Web Rumors who released their debut album “Audio Video Disco” through Group Therapy Records in 2019. The act has received international airplay as well as local acclaim and has performed at numerous festivals including Laneway Festival, Perth Festival, and RTRFM’s In the Pines.