Calling young aspiring MUSIC PRODUCERS

The youth development programme IGNITE is opening its doors to up-and-coming producers, with three of New Zealand’s leading producers and engineers announced as mentors.

IGNITE, which nurtures and empowers young people to pursue their passion in music, was established in 2016. Applications for the 2018 programme opened earlier this month, now the programme is being extended to include Music Production, which will run parallel to the Event Management stream. Applications are now open and close on Sunday 11 March 6pm – APPLY HERE

Participants will be mentored by three of New Zealand’s most well-known and successful producers and engineers – Josh Fountain (MAALA, Openside, Theia, Mitch James, Matthew Young), Djeisan Suskov (Saski, SACHI, Chores, Abby Wolfe, Openside) and Dave Rhodes (The Warratahs, Head Like A Hole, Push Push, Brendon Thomas and the Vibes).

The 12-week programme will also focus on the power of mentoring; offering participants aged 15-18 a very unique experience and hands-on approach and the opportunity to learn from the best. Participants will also attend various seminars, workshops and venue tours. Under the guidance of their mentors, each participant will produce one finished track by the end of the programme, thanks to Golden Age Studio, Saiko Studios and Depot Sound. There are three placements available and there is no cost to participate in the programme, which will run from April 7 to June 28.



Josh Fountain is the resident producer, writer and engineer based out of Golden Age Studios in Auckland. After graduating from Diploma in Audio Engineering and Music Production at MAINZ in 2005, he started working at Woodcut Studios doing music for TV and commercials. There he formed the chart-topping group Kidz In Space and started producing other artists including Smashproof, Benny Tipene and Annah Mac. Josh was then handpicked by Joel Little to take over at Golden Age and has gone on to earn multiple APRA Silver Scrolls and NZ Music Award nominations, including Producer of the Year nods for the last two years. He is a member of the band LEISURE and has produced and written with artists including MAALA, Thomston, Theia, Mitch James, Matthew Young, Openside and Randa.


Djeisan Suskov is an acclaimed producer, writer and engineer. Djeisan grew up and worked around the studio environment since the age of nine. He’s worked with countless artists such as Saski, Boy Boy, Matthew Young, SACHI, Mitch James, Chores, Abby Wolfe, Openside, Anna Coddington, Kids of 88, Artisan Guns, Ladi6, Tiny Ruins, Balu Brigada and is one fifth of the band LEISURE who were Producer of the Year and Album of the Year nominees at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards in 2017.


Dave Rhodes has been recording music for over 20 years. In 2002 he won the Tui for Engineer of the Year for Blindspott’s debut album. From 2003 to 2012 he worked at Stebbing Recording centre where he moved into DVD authoring whilst also recording artists like Six60 and the APO, the Topp Twins, Hollie Smith and John Rowles. Dave currently manages Depot Sound where he juggles the promotion and business side of the studio with engineering and producing. Since moving to Depot Sound he has worked with acts such as The Warratahs (Country album of the year 2016), Head Like A Hole, Brendon Thomas and the Vibes, Push Push, Skinny Hobos, The Dead Beat Boys and Play it Strange artists. He also enjoys being on the other side of the glass, recording and touring as the drummer for bands including Stylus, 29 Blackbirds and Static Era.