Jack Prest is a mid-career arts professional working as composer, mix/recording engineer, interdisciplinary artist and music producer. Jack Prest is a senior engineer at Studios 301, Australia’s largest recording facility, and the go-to mix and recording engineer for forward thinking Australian artists and labels. Jack’s focus is on understanding the conceptual context of each project in order to realise each artist’s vision for their work.
Jack understands artists because he is one. He studied fine art (BFA COFA 2008) and spent his early career as a musician and DJ, playing many of Australia’s biggest clubs and festivals. Jack has an ongoing interdisciplinary arts practice that encompasses music, video, performance, internet art, apps and conceptual art. His current project The Risk Of Hyperbole is a total artwork of an album combined with an interdisciplinary live performance. This project is in collaboration with Studios 301, Ensemble Offspring and Phoenix Central Park and has received support from Create NSW. The album is due for release in Oct 2021 to coincide with the premiere of the performance.
Jack’s engineering credits feature prominent artists and labels in both the Australian and International markets: Sony, Future Classic, Stones Throw, Kitsune, Wondercore Island, La Sape, OSLWA (Nest), Bruce Springsteen, The Preatures, Sampa The Great, Kool Keith, Flume, What So Not, Action Bronson, Urthboy, Tasman Kieth, David Campbell, Delta Goodrem, Jonti, Santpoort, Anatole, Donatachi and Godtet.
In recent times Jack has stepped into the role of handling large orchestral sessions for Studios 301. Including strings and horns for two David Campbell records (for legendary producer Chong Lim), Delta Goodrem’s christmas album, the Australian Navy Band and the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Performance works, for which he has composed original scores, have featured at: Dance Massive, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival, Bleach Festival, Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, APAM, Carriageworks, Next Wave, Junction Festival, Queenstown Arts Festival. He created the score for the 2013 Helpmann Award winning Whelping Box and in 2018 was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance at the Australian Dance Awards for Between Tiny Cities. Building on his success in Australia these works have engaged international audiences with touring to international festivals and events including: ImPulsTanz (Austria), Sziget Festival (Hungary), Tanz Im August (Germany), La Place (France), Compagnie par Terre (France), Freespace (Hong Kong), Skateistan (Cambodia), Hong Kong Arts Festival, Georgetown Festival (Malaysia).