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Nov 102013
 

Kuranui College’s Dylan Taylor maybe only in Year 11, but his track record with sound and lights has already taken him centre stage in a number of recent high profile Wairarapa events.

“I didn’t think I’d get the opportunity to do this kind of stuff at my age, I thought I’d have to leave school first to be able to actually do live concerts,” explained Dylan. “I started doing sound and lights at the college in Year 9, but have already done quite a lot outside of school, like Martinborough’s Carols in the Park and the Martinborough Jazz Festival.”

Dylan’s recent events make an impressive list. “I’ve been involved in the Kokomai Creative Festival helping with Renee Lyon’s ‘Nick: An Accidental Hero’. Kokomai’s Technical Manager Simon Raynor taught me quite a bit about theatre lighting,” he acknowledged. “When I started at Kuranui I was a bit average, because I was used to LED lights and not using lights to make people’s skin look good. With school concerts it’s pretty basic, so I’ve really learnt about how to use subtle lighting.”

Kuranui Cultural Leader Freya Lockyer, Dylan Taylor, Actress Renee Lyons and Kokomai Technical Manager Simon Raynor.

Kuranui Cultural Leader Freya Lockyer, Dylan Taylor, Actress Renee Lyons and Kokomai Technical Manager Simon Raynor.

Kokomai aside, over the last month Dylan has also managed the sound and lights for ‘An Evening of Extreme Adventure with Jamie Fitzgerald’, ‘When a Poet Dreamed An Angel’ and annual events such as Kuranui’s Sports Awards, Cultural awards and the college’s Music, Drama and Dance Showcase and he is now looking forward to setting the scene for Senior prize giving.

“My ultimate dream is to be on tour with a band and be their producer or work in a music studio,” said Dylan. “I am planning to go to the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) to study music production.”

Dylan is well on his way to realising that ambition. This month, he will be taking Level 2 music exams at NCEA, and earlier this year he took part in a course at Wellington’s TSB Arena, as well as completing a standard on the Live Sound and Event Production course at Whiteria Community Polytechnic.

“My guitar teacher, Shane Cater, got me started in music production. He had a small mixing desk and I got interested from there. I also play the drums, piano, banjo, mandolin and bass and I’m in a couple of bands: a school band called ‘Not If We Can Help It’ and a church band called ‘Cold Steel Rail’. Starting young really does pay off,” he concluded.

Kuranui Year 11 Student Dylan Taylor Mixing It Up

Kuranui Year 11 Student Dylan Taylor Mixing It Up

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Images from last week’s end-of-year review, a Kuranui Showcase of dance, music and drama.

Molly Hickling and Aislinn Norman performing Cambridge Thompson's 'Giving the Corsage"

Molly Hickling and Aislinn Norman performing Cambridge Thompson’s ‘Giving the Corsage”

Marlon Moala-Knox playing the Piano Accordian

Marlon Moala-Knox playing the Piano Accordian

Paris Mason sings 'Royals'

Paris Mason sings ‘Royals’

Violinist Nathan Wride

Violinist Nathan Wride

Natalia Austin and Izabelle Brown take the lead in a devised drama piece called 'Another Christmas'

Natalia Austin and Izabelle Brown take the lead in a devised drama piece called ‘Another Christmas’

Vanessa Phillips and Nicole Morgan dancing a study of Shona McCullagh's dance work 'Trees, Birds and People'

Vanessa Phillips and Nicole Morgan dancing a study of Shona McCullagh’s dance work ‘Trees, Birds and People’

Jasmine Yoi sings with Zoe Thurston as part of the four piece girl band called Jazorali

Jasmine Yoi sings with Zoe Thurston as part of the four piece girl band called Jazorali

Bethany Patten singing "Would you Ever" with her band Last Minute

Bethany Patten singing “Would you Ever” with her band Last Minute

 

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