Former SCU student Scott Alpin the talent behind The Voice

Former SCU music graduate and now Music Director on the television show
Former SCU music graduate and now Music Director on the television show "The Voice" Scott Aplin. Pictured at SCU. Patrick Gorbunovs

FANS of The Voice, meet one of the people who make the whole program possible - former Southern Cross University music student Scott Aplin, the music director of the popular television show.

Graduating in 1999, Mr Aplin never imagined being part of a program watched by millions, but it was an amazing ride - the best of his career, he said yesterday.

"I always like to challenge myself and try new things.

"It was daunting when I stepped onto The Voice set for the first time a couple of years ago. My reaction was: 'This is going to be a little more scary than I thought.' It all worked out well, though."

Mr Aplin said it was fantastic to not only work with great national and international artists, but also the fresh new talent that came through the show.

"The show happens thanks to a big team effort from everyone," he said.

"The coaches work with the contestants, making song choices for their team members. We work with the coaches to get the song arrangements right

"There's a lot of song material we go through and you have to be on your A-game to churn it out as quickly and professionally as you can. It's challenging."

As music director, Mr Aplin works with the contestants from the start of the audition process.

"Our aim is always to make sure the contestants can deliver the best performance possible," he said.

As an accomplished keyboard player on the Australian rock scene for more than a decade, Mr Aplin has worked with Silverchair, Jimmy Barnes, Noiseworks and Delta Goodrem, and as a songwriter has produced more than 70 albums for the ABC Kids label, written for film and television, and collaborated with independent and high-profile artists.

Back in Lismore yesterday, he was sharing insights about the music and television industries at an APRA Songwriters' Workshop to SCU music students - maybe even giving them some tips on how to form a musical pathway like he has done.

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