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news / skill-share 30.11.2017 Words:Stir Crew
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Dropped In: Lukas Benson

We would like to welcome Lukas Benson – Whittaker to the Stir Crew. Lukas has been a long time friend and collaborator of Stir, helping to develop what the platform needed to achieve right from the beginning. Because of his connections within Canberra’s creative communities and a shared understanding of what it’s like to work in the creative industries he’s going to be helping curate content for the Stir Blog. Read on to find out more about him:


Q1. What led you into the Creative fields?

I was surrounded by a lot of arts and music as a child growing up as my mum is a media artist, and after being raised in that environment it was only natural for me to immerse myself in various creative fields.

Q2. What does a typical day look like?

Usually, I start the day with some coffee and get ready for the usual daily tasks get them out of the way, then I’ll crank some music to get the creative juices flowing. Then if everything goes right, one thing leads to another, and hopefully, I create something I’m proud of. I find though that I’m most creative in the late night just before I should usually go to sleep which usually means I’m lacking in the sleep department.

Q3. What creative work have you been inspired by recently?

Visually I have been really getting into a few artist such as Haunted Horfee, Gasius, Rizote, also Perks and Mini who is an Australian fashion designer. Musically I’ve been really inspired by a lot of older Funk, Soul, 90s Detroit house, UK garage, Punk, and Knxwledge style beats.

Q4. What piece of work are you most proud of?

My most proud piece of work to date are a series of collages I did a few years ago. I am yet to put them out to be viewed by the public but in due time will be! But I have to say Burner Collective has a special part in my heart!

Q5. Can you tell us a little about Burner Collective?

Burner Collective was founded by me and a friend, We realized that we had a lot of mates who made electronic beats but didn’t have a platform to publish/release through. So we decided that we would create Burner Collective to support not just our mates but anyone who made experimental beats. We released 10 x 4 track Eps with all different artist from around the Canberra region. We didn’t just help the artist to release their music through our platform but we also were putting on gigs that we paid our artist to play and support.

Q6. Any advice for someone getting started?

I think if you are passionate about anything you want to start or learn is not to be so harsh on yourself and keep chipping away at those skills to get those dreams rolling! Also, network with your local scene so you can meet like-minded people.

Q7. Is there anything you want to promote or plug?

Well the stir team is currently looking for people who would like to get into writing if you are interested please shoot us an email at


This is part of our Dropped In interview series, if you would like to be apart of this series please email us at Stay tuned for more from this series!

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