Cesar Rodrigues is a Melbourne based instrumentalist, composer, producer, artist manager, and video director who studied music and composition at The Victorian College of the Arts (The University of Melbourne) expanding into various fields of the industry, eventually starting management & production outfit Blank Tape Music.
LABEL: Blank Tape Music is a management label focused on nurturing and harnessing local Melbourne based artists. The roster includes SAATSUMA, Texture Like Sun, & Pip Norman (Producer – Jarryd James, Missy Higgins, Troye Sivan, Sparkadia, Daniel Merriweather, Ash Grunwald, TZU, Urthboy & more) and has included Axolotl, Hiatus Kaiyote, Jo Schornikow (NYC – The Shivers), 5THS, The Meltdown & Dreamcoat. Blank Tape released it’s debut release as a record label, a self titled EP by Texture Like Sun which you can hear here.
STUDIO: Cesar is also a studio engineer and producer who founded Blank Tape Studio in Northcote where Grammy nominated Hiatus Kaiyote recorded their debut release “Tawk Tomohawk” and has operates from Meliodora Studio (Pip Norman’s home base) as well as MTC Studio’s in Melbourne. Behind the desk, Cesar has worked with, Saatsuma, The Ages (feat members of Husky), Saatsuma, Joelistics, Flow And Plenty, Dreamcoat, Texture Like Sun, Talib Kweli, Nathan Slater, Los Cougerman, Chris Hale, Helen Shanahan, Hue Blaines, MISO, Los Cougerman, Little Dreamer, Jack Howard, Gian Slater, Scott Tinkler, Kate Vigo & more…
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO: Cesar has shot many live acts as a photographer including Lauren Hill, Crowded House, The John Butler Trio, Archie Roach, The Cat Empire, The Melodics, Lamb, Cat Power, Sly & Robbie, Tim Rogers, Laneway Festival, and many more. Cesar has also directed videos for, FourPlay, Archie Roach, Saatsuma, Emma Donovan, The Hoodangers, Them Swoops, Dark Mofo & Supple Fox, Philemon, Hiatus Kaiyote, Audego, Joelistics, Texture Like Sun, The Public Opinion Orchestra, Nathan Slater, The Twoks, Axolotl, Archer, Mietta, Matt Glass, Invenio Singers, Chris Hale, Yirrmal & Secondhand Heart.
MUSICIAN: Cesar is co-founder, producer and song-writer for new Melbourne based electronic act SAATSUMA. Cesar is also touring guitarist with Blue King Brown (2011 ARIA nominee), Texture Like Sun & Harmless and has played festivals including Glastonbury (UK), Paradise festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), Gurtenfest (Swiss), The Big Day Out, Womad, Falls Festival, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Das Fest (Germany), The Hills Are Alive, Melbourne Music week, Canadian Music Week, South x Southwest (USA), Ragga Muffin, and more. Cesar has collaborated in the studio & TV with artists like Gurrumul, James ‘Bonzai’ Caruso (Producer – Madonna, Damian Marley, Lauren Hill), PEZ, Amiel, Claire Bowditch, Frank Yamma, 5THS, HOY, Tim Rogers, Christine Anu, Claire Bowditch, Shane Howard, The Melodics, Jess Harlen, Illzilla, Kate Vigo, Harmless, , Flow And Plenty, Ella & Jesse Hooper, Missy Higgins, Bart Willoughby, Teeth & Tongue, Dan Sultan and more.
César has also composed music for various documentaries, Short and Feature Films, including “Without A Shadow” which was nominated for best original score at the “Queensland New Film Awards” in 2007 as well as music for theatre including Grit Theatre in Melbourne. Cesar has also featured in various productions in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival and others.
César is endorsed by Australian guitar maker Maton and plays a Maton BB1200 Josh Homme model guitar.
“The song is good, the video is a shit” (sic) – Some French dude on YouTube
“Mate, you’re just a guy with a blog…” – Some other guy on Facebook
“How do we stop this c@#t from taking us out?” – Some guy with a festival
“The difference is, as a professional, my photos will always be better than yours” – Some jerk with a camera
“The general idea is that when we do a take, you press record…” – Nathan Slater
“OK the jokes over, can you please stop now?” – Un-named friend