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Marty Lieschke, the music man

Horsham musician Marty Lieschke is a well-known face in the Wimmera music scene.  As well as being a sound engineer, Marty has also played in various bands over the years.

Horsham musician Marty Lieschke is a well-known face in the Wimmera music scene. As well as being a sound engineer, Marty has also played in various bands over the years.

By DEAN LAWSON
Long-time Wimmera musician and sound engineer Marty Lieschke has a simple message for people entering their ’60s and ’70s.
“Just remember, music keeps you young,” he said.
“Someone once said that as a musician you only reach your peak when you’re in your 70s. It’s what a lot of the jazz guys say. So if you’re a muso, don’t stop playing whatever your age – it only gets better.”
Marty, 63, has become almost part of the Wimmera music-scene furniture and most would recognise him without knowing him.
He is often that bloke with the big hair wandering with purpose among the many cables, leads, amplifiers and speakers before and after regional events requiring sound-engineering expertise and equipment.
He is also that familiar figure, often armed with headphones, manning a mixing disk and making sure sound levels are either spot-on or as good as they can be in the circumstances.
But it is when you join Marty in the jam room of his Horsham house that his years of experience and musical nous quickly become obvious.
The main thing you notice is a row of several bass guitars and then the room’s nooks and crannies filled up with strategically placed musical equipment and tools of the trade ranging from amplifiers to sheet music. You can’t help but feel a tingle up the spine when an earthy vibration of a clever bass lick created by experienced fingers running across thick strings rumbles out of a speaker.

“If you’re a muso, don’t stop playing, whatever your age – it only gets better.” – Marty Lieschke

Marty has played music since he climbed up on a piano stool as a six or seven-year-old growing up on a family farm at Walla Walla, near Albury in NSW.
He was from a musical family and after only the briefest moments of contemplation, admitted playing music was ‘just part of me’.
What people who have mixed with Marty might not know is that he was a promising junior sportsman and athlete. But it was music that come to dominate his spare time.
He strongly pursued his love of Christian music, a passion he retains, and ultimately found himself collaborating with other talented musicians.
He only had his bass guitar, which he would ultimately embrace as his trademark instrument, for a month in 1974 when he and his band mates found themselves playing in front of 600 people at a Lutheran Youth Assembly show in Sydney.

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Posted on Nov 27 2015

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