Bek Varcoe

Bek Varcoe

Freelance Audio Engineer & Production Manager

Location
Melbourne, Australia
Industry
Events Services

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Bek Varcoe's Overview

Current
  • Audio Engineer at Freelance
  • Production Manager at Freelance
  • Sessional Teacher at Victoria University
  • Live and OB Tech at Triple R Broadcasters
Past
  • Systems/FOH at POWA Productions
  • Audio Engineer at Total Event Services
  • Manager at Production Works
  • A/V and FOH sound operator, operations, hire enquiries, administration, reception. at Pink Noise Audio
  • House Engineer and Volunteers Coordinator, at Jets Studios, Banyule City Council
  • Outside Broadcast Coordinator at PBSFM 106.7
Education
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Bek Varcoe's Experience

Audio Engineer

Freelance

1996Present (18 years) Melbourne, Australia

Current regular Audio work:
National Gallery of Victoria (Senior Technicican)
The Victorian Arts Centre,(Casual tech)
Geelong Performing Arts Centre (Casual tech)
Victoria University (Tech Officer)
Triple R, FOH engineer for various bands
FOH for Underground Lovers, the Orbweavers,
Recent Shows:
The Graduate at Her Majesty's Theatre (Sx Op) for JPJ
Beauty and the Beast full produciton at Zoo Twilight (FOH) for JPJ
System Tech for Bernadette Peters, Her Majesty's Theatre
"The Etta James Story" (FOH Op) for Room 8 Productions
Dinosaur Petting Zoo (SxOp) for ERTH at the Fairfax Theatre


I am comfortable in all kinds of situations from the most modest of setups to large festival rigs and am experienced on all sorts of consoles, both analogue and digital. Happy doing monitors as well as Front of House.

Production Manager

Freelance

January 2013Present (1 year 9 months)

If you have an event but you don't know where to start with your audio, staging, power and other technical requirements, how much you need or how much you will have to pay, I can help you. I can provide advice and service for any budget whether you are a charity or a corporation. From the very first germ of an idea to the day of the event itself, I can guide you through and take the stress of production away, and save you money.

Recent Production Management Jobs:
Leaps and Bounds Music Festival
Smith Street Dreaming
BioCSL Annual Sales Conference

Sessional Teacher

Victoria University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

March 2012Present (2 years 7 months) Yarraville

I teachCertificate IV in Live Sound

Live and OB Tech

Triple R Broadcasters

Public Company; Myself Only; Media Production industry

2006Present (8 years) East Brunswick, Melbourne

RRR are Australia’s largest community radio station.
Their performance space has a capacity of 200 that regularly hosts live-to-airs and intimate concerts.
Artists I have mixed for RRR include; Cloud Control, Lisa Miller, Megan Washington, The Audreys, Little Red, Jurassic 5, PJ Harvey, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Goldfrapp, Paul Kelly.

Systems/FOH

POWA Productions

20062013 (7 years)

At Powa I worked with EV X Array, and the XLC, XLD, and XLE systems. We use Systune and IRISnet. Powa carry Heritage Series consoles and the Midas Pro Series Digital consoles. I was regularly employed doing Front of House and System Teching for all sorts of events from Corporate shows to Festivals.

Audio Engineer

Total Event Services

Public Company; 11-50 employees; Events Services industry

April 2011November 2011 (8 months) Darwin, Northern Territory

This was a "Dry Season" contract, a six month stint berfore settling back in Melbourne.
TES runs XLC and XLD systems. I was Monitor Engineer for larger concerts, and also fulfilled a variety of roles on corporate shows and gigs, as well loading trucks, prepping and de-prepping hires and productions.

Manager

Production Works

July 2009December 2010 (1 year 6 months) Hobart, Tasmania

Production Works is a staging, backline, audio, lighting, and A/V company.
They run (or used to run) Midas Pro9, XLC and X array systems.
My role was mainly focused on streamlining internal processes and systems and overseeing several changes in the factory during a time of upgrade and refurbishment.

A/V and FOH sound operator, operations, hire enquiries, administration, reception.

Pink Noise Audio

20072008 (1 year)

House Engineer and Volunteers Coordinator,

Jets Studios, Banyule City Council

19972001 (4 years) Bundoora, Melbourne

Designed and supervised the construction of the Recording studio; budgeted for and purchased all equipment.
Engineered dozens of EP’s, singles and full length projects in the studio, from choirs to heavy metal.
Coordinated a team of volunteers and trained them to manage the studio unsupervised.
Formulated and conducted many short courses and workshops for young people in the Banyule area

Outside Broadcast Coordinator

PBSFM 106.7

19941999 (5 years) St Kilda, Melbourne

I Production Managed all outside broadcasts, and provided audio engineering services as well.

For example, during an event like Wangaratta International Festival of Jazz and Blues, there were three studios running three stages, with two roving interview units and editing personnel working all weekend, with the live show being broadcast nationally on the final day of the Festival.

All labour was on a volunteer basis, and my team won the Community Broadcasting Association’s award for Best OB in 1996.

Bek Varcoe's Summary

A professional audio engineer with over 18 years’ experience mixing live sound in a huge variety of situations, from corporate events, to major band tours. HR license and Level 1 First Aid, WWC, White Card.

• Production Manager Stanley Street Party, City of Yarra, 2013
• Melbourne and Sydney Bridal Expo Op, April and May 2013
• Tech Management for Sleep at the G, CityMission and the MCG, April 2013
• Port Fairy Folk Festival, (FOH Op and System tech) 2008-2013
• Queenscliff Music Festival (FOH System Tech and operator, main stage) Dec 2011, 2012
• Monitor Op Celtic Festival Portarlington Main stage 2012
• FOH System Tech Knox Carols 2012
• FOH System Tech/Op PM Moreland Carols 2012
• FOH System Tech Soundwave Stage 5 2012, 2013
• Victoria Park Reopening Event Nov 2011 FOH
• Monitors for David Campbell at Darwin Cup Gala 2011
• Ten Days On The Island Monitor Operator 2011
• Falls Festival (FOH System tech Field Stage) 2008/9
• House Tech Thornbury Theatre 2008-current
• Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues FOH 2000-Current
• Melbourne International Jazz Festival FOH/Stage/Driver various years
• Numerous Council Festivals, Carols by Candlelight, Community Events, etc.

Tours

• Playschool (Driver, Sound, 2012)
• Black Cab (FOH East Coast 2010)
• Sophie Koh (FOH East Coast 2008)
• The Devastations, (FOH Europe, 2007)
• 2007 Black Cab (FOH Europe, 2007)
• Machine Translations (FOH East coast and capitals, 2005)
• Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set (FOH East coast and capitals, 2005)
• Matt Walker and the Necessary Few (Extensive Regional, 2002)

Specialties: Live to Air Broadcast mixing, FOH operating, Monitor operating, stage management, tech and production management for music and community events.

Bek Varcoe's Skills & Expertise

  1. Live Sound
  2. Audio Engineering
  3. FOH
  4. Sound Reinforcement
  5. Audio Mixing
  6. Stage Management
  7. Volunteer Coordination
  8. Teaching/mentoring
  9. Lateral Thinking
  10. Client Relationship Building
  11. Able To Work Under Pressure
  12. Event Management
  13. Working With Children
  14. Volunteer Management
  15. Sound
  16. Music
  17. Professional Audio
  18. Video Editing
  19. Festivals
  20. Corporate Events
  21. Live Events
  22. Production Managment
  23. AV
  24. Audio Editing
  25. Stagecraft
  26. Musical Theatre
  27. Band
  28. Stage Lighting
  29. Stage
  30. Broadcast
  31. Entertainment
  32. Concerts
  33. Music Production

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Bek Varcoe's Courses

  • Independent Coursework

    • 2006 MYOB Accounts and Payroll –Dynamic Web Training
    • 1999 Increasing Awareness of Disability Issues, State Training Board, Vic
    • 2005 “Debt Collection – the New Guidelines” Seminar
    • 1996 Certificate in Office Administration, Holmesglen Tafe
    • 1995 Train The Trainer, Monash Professional Development Centre
    • 2013 First Aid Level 1 - St Johns Ambulance

Bek Varcoe's Education

Charles Sturt University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Television and Sound

19901992

Grade: Distinction

Killara High School

19831988

Bek Varcoe's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Animal Welfare
      • Arts and Culture
      • Environment
      • Human Rights
      • Poverty Alleviation

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