Podcast by Western Weekender
Podcast by Western Weekender
Passion & Perspective Episode 2: Katie Lees
Katie Lees has been involved in performing arts since her childhood. Growing up in the Blue Mountains, drama and theatre played a big part in her life and has taken her around the world, on memorable and moving adventures.
Katie’s experiences on stage have seen her visit India, United Kingdom, Italy, areas of eastern Europe and many more, largely driven by the opportunity to impart her passion and knowledge with others. During this journey of exploration and adventure, Katie has been able to share her love for performing arts with the many people she has worked with.
It is the opportunity to help inspire communities and to engage with people in difficult situations (such as working in refugee camps in Europe) that has kept Katie motivated, rather than the chase of celebrity status.
“I might not be walking the red carpet in Hollywood, but I think I would choose seeing someone’s smiling face (who’s lost a family member in Syria), and not ever get recognition for that,” Katie said.
More recently, Katie has shifted to writing her own shows, which has provided a fresh energy and new perspective to her career. Her one-person show, ‘Temporary’ has featured in the Sydney and Adelaide Fringe Festival, whilst the more recent duo act, ‘Hour of Power’ has received rave reviews from within the industry.
Katie is determined to continue learning and developing as a performer and this refined focus is dedicated on working high quality and more meaningful projects.
“(When working multiple projects) You’re having to give up a lot of time and energy into other projects,” Katie said.
“It’s actually better to have fewer things going, of better quality, or that you’re more connected to rather than just saying ‘yeah, I’ll be in that (performance’).”
Passion & Perspective Episode 1: Jazz Hourigan
For Jazz Hourigan, music and performing has been a major part of his life. Striving for success and fame in the music industry has provided many highs and many lows for the local musician.
Growing up in the Blue Mountains, it was sport and family that absorbed Jazz’s time and attention, forging a promising rugby career through his teenage years. However, through the back-end of his high-school years a chance opportunity with music changed the course of his young life.
Starting with local gigs at prominent Penrith and Blue Mountains venues, Jazz, along with a close friend, developed a strong following as a DJ duo. Performing alongside many recognised names in the industry opened doors for the duo, known as ‘Jagged Beatz’.
Before long, mainstream festivals such as ‘Future Music’ beckoned. Jazz’s self-determination and drive has always underpinned his work and this ambition saw him take on a unique opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, with a dream of landing a record deal with US producers.
Despite the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles, a significant investment of time and money generated minimal returns for Jazz. The experience, although not as planned, taught him a valuable lesson in trust, decision making and relationships.
Throughout his journey, Jazz has maintained a strong perspective and has always been able to lean on the backing of friends and family back in the Blue Mountains.
Now back and grounded in the Blue Mountains, Jazz has re-focused his musical style and is close to releasing a new album. Concurrently, Jazz is working hard to rekindle relationships close to home, that drifted during his time abroad.
His love of people and love of performing continues to drive Jazz on the quest for success.
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John joins us to talk business, family and all things Penrith in the latest edition of the On The Record podcast.