A Chat With..Andrew McSweeney (Living Music)

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Community based group Living Music have been working on an album titled Meeting Ground. The album features music from youths involved in the Juvenile Justice System within Victoria. Working alongside Living Music mentors they have been given the opportunity to produce music and help get their lives back on track. Ahead of the album launch this Sunday we had a chat to Living Music founder Andrew McSweeney.

Take us back to the start, how did you get involved in Living Music? I am the founder of Living Music, which began with me getting a job with Ausmusic, organising music mentoring for the Victorian Youth Justice system in 1996.

I imagine being involved in something like Living Music is quite rewarding. Does anything stand out as a particular highlight? This type of mentoring work gives us a great opportunity to be a part of positive change with in a young person. Often we are the first positive, mature role model they have experienced and it is a privilege to see the change to place as a result.

Can you tell us about the forthcoming album Meeting Ground?  Meeting Ground is comprised entirely of musical recordings constructed within Youth Justice Centre’s such as Parkville Precinct, Malmsbury, Secure Welfare and also at Living Music Studios. The songs presented on this CD have been specifically handpicked by staff, showcasing talented individuals as young as fourteen, many of whom have experienced strong hardships in their life.

What can we expect from the album launch? Performances from Meeting Ground mentors and participants at Revolt Artspace which is perfect meeting ground for the event to take place.

Who are your favourite Melbourne acts? Suzanna Espie

And your favourite Melbourne venues? Howler

Head to Revolt Art Space in Kensington this coming Sunday for the Meeting Ground launch. It’s free entry and goes from 2pm-5pm.

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