Franc Tétaz

Franc Tétaz

Franc Tétaz

With a mother who was a music teacher and a father who designed and built his own speakers which he placed around his dairy farm so he could listen to music while herding cattle, François Tétaz has a love of music and of technology in his genes. Born in 1971 as a second-generation Australian of French Swiss descent, the teenage Tétaz devised his own music education, studying with those that inspired him, notably Graeme Leak, at the time artist in residence at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Tétaz was particularly interested in electronic and experimental music, as well as musique concrete, and in 1992 co-founded experimental music trio Shinjuku Thief. He released a solo album in 1997, The Motionless World of Time Between or the Drunken Taxicab of Absolute Reality, and following this divided his time between composing scores for film and theatre and music production.

Tétaz adds, “In my early 20s I also did a lot of remix pop work and I learned a lot about engineering from Australian engineer Mark Forrester, who was in-house engineer at Prince’s Paisley Park studios for time in the late 80s/early 90s. That was really invaluable for the beginning of my career. I see mixing and engineering skills as a practical necessity. I wanted to gain those skills became I had become obsessed with sonics and textures and I wanted to be able to articulate and realise my own musical ideas without being dependent on others. Also the reality of working in Australia was that there was no way I could write and produce music full time and make a living from that, so my wife suggested I begin my own studio facility, which became Moose Mastering. I opened it in 1998 as a place where I would be able to do all the different things I wanted to do with my own music, and also mix and master other people’s projects. Mastering was something I had a real interest in, and I spend a lot of time in my late 20s learning the craft.”

Tétaz won the APRA ‘Feature Film Score of the Year’ Award in 2006 for Wolf Creek and recently won an ARIA award for his work on Gotye’s Making Mirrors. He produced and co wrote several tracks on Kimbras album Vows and either wrote, produced or mixed 7 songs in this years JJJ hottest 100. He is also currently the musical director of the APRA awards.