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Rafe Sholer began studying music at 3 years old. Taking piano lessons under the Suzuki method, Rafe composed his first song when he was 7. Today, Rafe is a university lecturer in music, an experienced music producer, and a classically trained freelance bass player.
In October 2018, Rafe composed and performed an original piece of music for cello and synthesisers for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Elements Music Festival, to an audience of 5000 people, accompanied by large-scale projected visuals, acrobatic performers and fire dancers. The music will be used for future events of a similar scale.
Rafe was recently asked to perform audio editing and post-production in 3.1 surround sound for a short documentary called Strudel Sisters, directed by award winning filmakers Peter Hegedus and Jaina Kalifa. The documentary was filmed in Hungary, with audio editing and post-production performed in Brisbane, Australia. Strudel Sisters has since won the Golden Tine Award for Best Short Documentary at the 2016 Devour Film Awards, Official Selection at the prestigious 2016 HotDocs Film Festival in Toronto, and had it's Australian premiere at the St Kilda Film Festival, shortly followed by the West End Film Festival here in Brisbane.
Queensland Music Awards Finalist Rafe Sholer's original music productions have been used in TV Shows, Films, Video Games and much more, including high profile programs such as Geordie Shore through MTV UK, Party Bruder! through MTV Germany, Charmed on CBS and the The 7:30 Report on the ABC. He was selected as a Finalist in the 2012 Queensland Music Awards, Highly Commended in the 2013 QMAs and has placed in the Top 10 of the MusicOZ Awards. Rafe releases music with several respected record labels worldwide; his most recent release was listened to by over 22,000 people in just 3 days, scoring the Number One spot on prominent music blog Dubstep.Net. Rafe also performs at many iconic venues, including the Empire Hotel Moonbar, The Zoo, The Rev, Rics, The Valley Studios, and music festivals including Earthdance and Sounds of Spring.
An Ableton expert, Rafe's classical training is evident in his mixes and productions - he uses cutting edge techniques while maintaining strong musicality to ensure the punters are enthralled.
Rafe has released dance music on MWM Recordings (Netherlands) and Traxacid Records (Italy), plus many independent releases.
Rafe has played Bass alongside many iconic musicians including Megan Washington ('Washington'), Pete Murray and James Blundell. He supported Wolfmother at the 2014 Caxton Seafood Festival, and recorded music with veteran engineer Jeff Lovejoy (Powderfinger, Resin Dogs) and Magoo (Regurgitator, Midnight Oil, Custard), at top studios including Ian Huag's Airlock Studios. As the bass player for Brisbane blues rockers Go Van Go, Rafe has toured the East Coast of Australia, with standout shows at The Espy (Melbourne), The Great Northern (Byron Bay) and Frankie's Pizza (Sydney), along with Brisbane's Black Bear Lodge, Beetle Bar, The Arena RAW Showcase and Rics Bar. He's also performed in many major musical theatre seasons, including Les Miserables, RENT!, JC Superstar, Chess, Oliver, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Company and more.
Professionally, Rafe has worked as an Audio Operations Specialist for ABC Radio for over 5 years, a casual Lecturer in Music Technology at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCM), QUT, JMC Academy and currently the South Bank Insistute of Technology. He concurrently runs the music services company Custom Compositions, and the website design company Web.Rafe.
PROFESSIONAL / ACADEMIC:
Rafe is currently a full-time music lecturer at the University of Canberra Brisbane campus. His academic resume lists past positions as a lecturer in music technology at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCM), a tutor in film and television at the Queensland University of Technology, a lecturer in acoustics at JMC Academy Brisbane, a VET trainer in music at TAFE Brisbane, and a tertiary studies tutor with LEB Education in London while living in the UK in 2016.
Rafe published and presented research papers on music education at the Inted 2019 and Edulearn 2019 conferences in Spain. He has written articles on creative practice including ‘The Cost of Creativity’ and ‘Creativity, Culture and Musical Groupthink’, both published by the University of Canberra Postgraduate Student Association.
Professionally, Rafe has worked as an Audio Operations Specialist for the Australian Broadcasting Coprorpation (ABC). Rafe concurrently runs the music services company Custom Compositions, and the website design company Web.Rafe.
Apart from music, Rafe loves the beach, boating and water-sports, tennis and international travel. He's travelled extensively through India, Europe and the UK.