With the release of his short documentary 'In Perspective', Mark Schmocker aims to offer viewers an insight into music production along with the realities of being a producer.
Mark travelled throughout Australia, Europe, US and Canada, visiting various homes and studios while attempting to uncover the deeper personalities of musicians and how this aspect influences their music.
The 25-minute video features artists such as Adventure Club, Elephants, Just A Gent, Two Friends, Didrick, Hellberg and Exit Friendzone. “I had this idea and knew I wanted to basically capture them as people as opposed to artists. [I wanted to] explore their everyday life rather than the glamour,” Mark says.
“Natural skill only takes us so far.” - Mark Schmocker
“A big thing I wanted to avoid was doing another exciting fan-vision puff piece. I thought a documentary-style format world be an honest approach for it.
“I think almost all fans want to see who the artist is, what their life is really like and connect with them on another level, deeper than they thought they were before.”
A 20-year old creative director from Adelaide, self-funding and editing the documentary himself, Mark didn’t only see 'In Perspective' as an opportunity to enter the industry on a real level, but also as an answer to a personal question.
“It was a response to answering a personal question, developing a personal exploration and seeking answers for myself.
“The more I looked into it, the more I realised that this is something so many other producers, especially those up and coming, can benefit from.”
The main thing Mark gained from this experience was that focusing on the end point during the creative process isn’t the most sustainable option for creators. “I think a lot of the frustration I found in making music was because I liked the idea of the end result a lot more than being in-love with the process of making the song.
“I don’t think there are many people that do really well at making music because they don’t enjoy it. That was a huge part that I took away from it.”
This idea of a strong work ethic, ultimately being just as crucial as sheer talent, is an important message that Mark hopes people gain from watching the documentary. “The biggest take away is that [the musicians] are doing well because they are throwing themselves into something they love.
“Despite other documentaries telling us that [musicians] were born as a prodigy, the more I look into music and the industry, [I find] it's mainly people that work really hard and have a strong idea of what they want to achieve.
“There is a combination of different things that can help pre-determine your success, but I try and highlight those characteristics, habits or skills in a way that is approachable, so anyone can choose to adopt them or utilise their own strengths and try to turn that into something that will help with their career path.
“Natural skill only takes us so far.”