Forte Magazine has joined forces with local Geelong lads Nick Rushbrook and Olly Friend to bring you ‘Nature Sessions’. Each episode will display one original song by a local musician who will be performing in natural surrounds somewhere in the Geelong region. Rushbrook and Friend wanted to bring their love of all things music and film together in creating something unique that will showcase some of Geelong’s hidden artists and beautiful scenery.
Forte has come on board with Friendly Rushbrook to create ten episodes to be released fortnightly. The concept of Nature Sessions is to show off some of the area’s best musicians in a natural environment and capture the authentic sound they create with only their voice and instruments. By recording the artist in a natural environment, the sound captured will be different to that of being in a studio, giving a more natural, raw sound.
Nature Sessions is designed to celebrate the diverse talent that the Geelong area has to offer. Keeping with Forte Magazine’s love for local, Nature Sessions will display and celebrate regional and local musicians, supporting them in the hope of getting their work noticed by as many people as possible.
Nature Sessions is kicking off their third episode with musician and joint creator of Nature Sessions, Olly Friend. Having been creating music for years, Friend is no stranger to busking in the Melbourne CBD or to playing gigs in Geelong pubs and bars such as the Barwon Club and Beav’s Bar.
Despite age, Olly Friend brings with him the ability to nail his mellow acoustics. Olly works hard to push the live music scene locally for both his music and that of other artists in the Geelong area, some of whom he teams up with for gigs.
Olly’s song, ‘Runaway’, is filmed amongst the gumtrees that line the Buckley Falls river. The near stillness in the background puts more focus on Friend in the video, and this is also emphasised by great filming on Nick Rushbrook’s behalf, varying focus between the trees and Friend.
Like the other Nature Sessions releases, the slight whistle of the wind through the trees and the chirp of birds every now and then only add to Olly’s sound in the video.
So have a listen to the third release of Nature Sessions, and we’ll be back in two weeks with another newbie for our fourth release. See you then!