Meet Charles Fisher
Abbey Road Institute Australia is honoured to present Charles Fisher on our Producers Panel for our upcoming Open Day on October 15th. Charles has been an extraordinary producer of hits in Australia and overseas for decades. He has 12 ARIA awards including the a Special Achievement for his Lifetime Contribution to Australian Music & Australian Producer of the Year and Australian Engineer of the Year. Charles will join the likes of Beau McKee & Julian Davis at Abbey Road Institute to host a Producer’s Panel focussing on topics such as:
- How would you judge the state of the Australian Music Industry today?
- What are the most important attributes a young producer needs to generate work?
- How did you go about establishing your personal brand and reputation in the Industry?
- What role will Producers play in the digital online space that the Industry is rushing towards?
Charles Fisher has been an extraordinary producer of hits in Australia and overseas for decades. He has twelve Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards attributed to his work including a Special Achievement for his Lifetime Contribution to Australian Music, Australian Producer of the Year and Australian Engineer of the Year. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Ted Albert Award presented to him by APRA for outstanding services to Australian Music.
Still in love with making records, Fisher is currently based in his home studio in Melbourne. He is renowned for his great ears (finding and developing talent; selecting hits), his canny arrangement skills and his psychological skills, getting the best out of a range of personalities. The extraordinarily versatile ”˜song doctor’ is at home with rock guitars (Radio Birdman, Hoodoo Gurus), popular and orchestral arrangements (Olivia Newton-John, Air Supply, The Seekers), and many other forms including pop and electronica (Savage Garden, Jason Singh). His ability to work sympathetically with female artists is clear from successful releases he produced for Judith Durham, Olivia Newton-John, Electric Pandas and ARIA-Award- winning Gyan. At the 2001 APRA Wards, Fisher was awarded the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music (APRA).
Hit acts originally unsigned and unwanted ”“ but believed in, developed and produced on spec by Fisher ”“ include duo Savage Garden (whose self-titled debut sold over 18 million albums worldwide) and 1927 (on Fisher’s co-owned Trafalgar Productions ”“the band sold six platinum albumsafter being unsigned for a year). Even Air Supply called him in at a time when their careers were ”˜do or die’ ”“ and his work with their ”˜Lost in Love’single and album led to a No. 3 US hit single and three million albums sold.
In 1997 Fisher won ARIA Producer of the Year for Savage Garden’s Savage Garden; ”˜Down on Me’ (Hoodoo Gurus); ”˜Far Shore’ (The Seekers); plus ”˜I Am Australian’ for Judith Durham, Russell Hitchcock and Dr Yunupingu (RIP) of Yothu Yindi. In the early 21st century Fisher began producing overseas-based acts including Olivia Newton-John, whose ”˜(2)’ album went platinum; Swedes Ace of Base and CanadianssoulDecision, whose single ”˜Faded’ went to No.1 in Canada and No.6 in the US and whose album No-One Does It Better went platinum too.
The Abbey Road Institute October Open Day is the perfect opportunity for you to come and meet Charles and learn from his expertise in the music production industry whilst amongst world class gear and other world class producers. The passion, drive and knowledge available at the producers panel is surely not to be missed!