Joshua Fuhrmeister studied Certificate IV in Music and Advanced Diploma of Music in 2006 at Melbourne Polytechnic. Since graduating he has gone on to perform in Australia and Internationally.
Joshua has carved an impressive career playing as a session guitarist with numerous bands including ‘The Paper Kites’, touring through North America and South East Asia. He has shared stages as large as Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal and the Myer Music Bowl with artists such as Radiohead, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers, just to name a few. He is also a music producer and composer for bands and short films.
Joshua says about studying Music at Melbourne Polytechnic, “Studying at Melbourne Polytechnic introduced me to my first network of musician friends and mentors which was hugely valuable considering the ‘who you know’ aspect of the industry. It introduced me to other musicians of equal/higher skill level, and put me in a rehearsal space with them, which motivated me to lift my game from the outset. Furthermore, all the teachers were still heavily involved in the industry. They presented us with valuable firsthand knowledge and provided many performance opportunities at established music venues across Melbourne.”
“They also introduced us to the world of music production, which was just beginning to become accessible beyond the confines of professional studios at the time. I was immediately drawn to the art and it is now a huge part of what I do in the music industry. Currently I share a two-room studio space in St. Kilda with another producer, and still run Logic Pro as that is what I first learned at Melbourne Polytechnic.
Teaching has also provided me with a great outlet for sharing my art and experiences with others. I regularly find myself recounting stories and pearls of wisdom from my time at Melbourne Polytechnic during lessons. To stress again the importance of ‘who you know’ in the industry, my very first secondary school guitar teaching job was hand passed on to me by a fellow student.”
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