GRAMMY NOMINEE: Former SCU and Kadina High School student Joshua Blair (in white), in front of the Coca Cola pavilion for which he designed the
GRAMMY NOMINEE: Former SCU and Kadina High School student Joshua Blair (in white), in front of the Coca Cola pavilion for which he designed the "sound journey" during the 2012 London Olympic games. Gareth Cattermole

Lismore local up for Grammy nod with Bruno Mars

FROM the relatively modest music room of Kadina High School to the world-renowned industry stage as a Grammy award nominee, former Lismore local Joshua Blair is testament to the talent that can come from our region.

The former Northern Rivers resident is up for Record of the Year as part of the team who put together the Bruno Mars' album Locked Out of Heaven.

Now based in London and working as a freelance recording/mixing engineer and producer, Mr Blair said his career highlight was working with Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson.

And if those names weren't big enough, his bio also includes work with Beyoncé, Duran Duran, Leona Lewis, Delta Goodrem and the Scissor Sisters, just to name a few.

Despite the big names, Mr Blair says working with celebrities is just like working with regular people except "they produce awesome music and really good sound tracks".

He said breaking into the industry was tough and required "long and hard hours" and "never giving up on what your dream is".

Before making it big in the music industry, Mr Blair studied music writing at Kadina High School, graduating in 1994.

After high school he studied for a Bachelor of Arts in music at SCU, before moving on to the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

He attributes much of his success to his high school music teacher, John Hartley, whom he said "played a major role in my career".

Joshua Blair's father, Bill Blair, said he was proud of his son's achievements, but wasn't surprised.

""He's ambitious, he's driven, but he doesn't get carried away with celebrities," he said.

"I recognised his talent when he was in primary school and I knew he would get there one day because he was extremely talented."

He said his son was the fourth generation of musicians in the family.

Mr Blair, who leaves for Los Angeles today, said he was "very nervous" about the award ceremony.



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