La Casa will make you want to be an artist (in residency)

SURF, music, art and beer - that's the magic combination that led surf filmmaker Taylor Steele to start up the La Casa Artist in Residency in Byron Bay.

In a rented beach house near the bay, La Casa plays host to artists from a range of creative genres who settle in for three days to two weeks to find inspiration and make art, with Byron Bay as their muse.

And, as the artists create in La Casa, Mr Steele documents their journey in film to produce videos that give an insight into the creative process of some of Australia's most loved artists, including the most recent residents - the band The Temper Trap.

"As a creative person, I'm always keen to find out about the creative processes of other artists," Mr Steele said.

"I stay in the house with them, but I film with a fly-on-the-wall approach. It's very social, we hang out and my goal is to give an insight into these artists that nobody else can get.

"When you film their process of creating music or art, you learn about the person."

The genesis for the La Casa Art Residency goes back to the 2007 surf film Shelter, which Mr Steele shot in a rented farmhouse west of Ballina which surfers and artists, including Nat Young, George Greenough, Jim Banks and Ben Harper all passed through.

"I really like the idea of recreating this using a beach house," Mr Steele said.

After being involved with two commercial campaigns with Corona beer, he approached the company to see if they would be a sponsor.

With Corona Extra's branding of "From where you'd rather be", a beach house in Byron Bay was a perfect fit, Mr Steele said.

"There's a synergy there between surfing, music and art," he said.

"A lot of recording studios are sterile, but we offer a casual, laid-back setting."

The most recent artists through the house have been The Temper Trap who came back for a second residency, bringing American producer Malay with them to record a number of tracks for their next album.


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