WAMCon 2018 SPEAKERS LIST
Alan was educated at the University of Cambridge before undertaking a PhD at ANU. After postdoctoral work in the USA and at Flinders University, he moved to The University of Western Australia in 1984, where he is now Emeritus Professor in the School of Human Sciences. While his laboratory research interests focus on using a variety of approaches in attempts to promote the repair of the injured central nervous system, he has a special interest in music, and has long wondered why humans respond to it in such a universal way. Why do we have music as well as language to communicate, and what role has music played throughout human evolution? The subject of his lecture is based on his recent book published by Oxford University Press, “Music, Evolution and the Harmony of Souls.”
Alex is the Creative Director of Made In The Pile and is the CEO of Pilerats.com. Alex’s five years of experience in the music and entertainment industry have been enjoyed creating, learning and experimenting within the Pilerats and Metric groups. His experience has encompassed owning and re-establishing music venues, cultivating and executing several major music festivals, operating a record label in partnership with Warner Music Australia, establishing a cultural website that is hit by over 150,000 UVs monthly and growing, developing and progressing the UI of digital magazines, and building creative arms that output video, design and comprehensive social media marketing campaigns. Alex has worked with artists such as Skrillex, Flume, What So Not, Warner Music Australia, Sony Australia and more to deliver unique sets of content or campaigns for each client.
Amber Fresh is a writer and musician from Albany W.A. living in Walyalup (Fremantle). Her latest release 'Deep in The Big' is out on Bedroom Suck Records. The title track 'Deep in The Big' reached #1 on the Amrap metro charts, and the full release was Album of the Day on Bandcamp, feature album on Fbi Radio in Sydney and RTRfm in Perth, receiving 9/10 stars in XPress. The album is described by Tone Deaf as "a record with the power to change the direction of your life." Amber has also been a writer and reviewer for music websites and magazines, has directed music videos for artists including The Growl and Felicity Groom, and has published print and musical work with collaborator Nicholas Allbrook.
Anna is a Producer, Mixer and Engineer. Boasting credits on projects by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Courtney Barnett, Paul Dempsey and Florence and The Machine, Producer, Mixer and Engineer Anna Laverty has established herself as one of Australia’s finest young talents. Anna has been behind the desk, working with some of the most beloved acts in Australia and abroad, including: The Peep Tempel, Something For Kate, Eagle and the Worm, TinPan Orange, Cut Copy, Meg Mac, Lady GaGa, New Gods and Jae Laffer. Outside of the studio, Anna generously shares her passion for music and audio production by providing insight and expertise to aspiring engineers. Amongst others, Anna has spoken at Bigsound (QLD), Face The Music (VIC), Guinness Amplify (Malaysia) and InTune (NT), along with regularly delivering guest lectures at Universities and Colleges around the country & acting as a mentor with the Girls Rock program.
Andy was the 2017 WAMAward winner for Best Sound Engineer/Producer (Studio) and is the Producer, Mixer and Engineer in charge of Debaser Studio. He built his exceptional base in production, working with some of Perth’s finest artists including; The Chemist, Little Birdy, End Of Fashion, Eskimo Joe, The Fergusons, Gyroscope, Sugar Army, Ben Witt, Little Birdy, FOAM, Tired Lion, Riley Pearce, Rainy Day Women and Elki to name a few.
Anni is a freelance writer, media consultant, and director of media consultancy Major Key Media. Anni's experience spans from her time as a print journalist and photographer, to her work as a government media advisor, a magazine editor and everything in between. Anni spent three years at the helm of online magazine Music Insight before launching her own consultancy, Major Key Media. Major Key's vision is to make kick-ass media content, branding and strategy accessible to artists stepping into the world of professional music for the first time, as well as those who are more established. Anni is passionate about music journalism and a fierce supporter of the writers and photographers who work hard to cover the WA music scene every night of the week.
.Bob has been lost in rock rock journalism for over two decades, being heavily involved in X-Press Magazine for twenty five years. He is now a freelance music writer the owner of Around The Sound, an online contemporary music media presence that is led and staffed by a collective of music industry professionals.
Brenton is the Co-founder of Barefoot Bands & Barefoot Coral Coast Tour. Put together by Brenton and Drew Goddard (Karnivool) to give our barefoot bands artists a tour to play on and now we have expanded to include bands from all of WA. Barefoot Coral Coast Tour currently runs from Perth to Exmouth.
Carla’s unique brand of brutally honest indie/folk and captivating live show saw her have a breakout 2017, winning the inaugural Mojo Rising Band Competition, winning Best Regional Act at the WAM Awards, play stand out performances at festivals such as Falls Festival and WAMFest among others. Previously from a strong folk influence and background, 2017 saw a shift of dynamic for Carla into alt-rock territory as she is accompanied by a three-piece band whilst still retaining her earlier elements and influences.
A Fellow on the ARC Linkage, 'Making music work: Sustainable portfolio careers for Australian musicians', Christina's research broadly examines the relationship between music and place, including aspects such as creative and cultural capital, business and career development, popular music culture and policy, and the emerging 'music cities' movement. Christina's research has been presented at academic and industry conferences across Australia as well as in Canada, England, New Zealand, Portugal, and the United States. Christina is a general member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (Australian New Zealand chapter), and the American Association of Geographers, and is a former member of the West Australian Music Council, while also acting as a judge for the annual WAM Song of the Year.
Clive is the Owner/Managing Director of Perth based full service Publishing/Licensing company Perfect Pitch Publishing which represents both local and international writers and catalogues. Clive was formally the General Manager, Shock Music Publishing (3 yrs) and prior to that Head of ABC Music (5 yrs). Clive’s music business career has also involved 20 years in senior management positions – GM, A&R and Marketing - within the PolyGram/Universal Group. Clive is a senior accredited lecturer (Certificate of Education – UNSW) in Music Publishing & Digital Marketing at Music Colleges in Sydney (AIM/TAFE) and Perth (WAAPA/TAFE) and guest speaker/panellist at Music Conferences nationally. His career started (and continues) as a writer/performer in Perth, Western Australia. He continues to focus on signing and developing careers for writers and performers.
Danae Gibson is the Talks Producer at community radio station RTRFM 92.1. Danae is a broadcaster and trainer and loves to facilitate a cracking conversation at events like the Perth Writers Festival. Danae can occasionally be heard talking about Australian Rules football and other sports on JOY in Melbourne and ABC Radio Perth.
Dan is the Co-founder of Ardiol Media, founding member of The Struggling Kings as well as the Admin Officer at WAM. Dan started working at Fox Sports in Melbourne and later moved back the Perth, becoming the Administration Manager at Abmusic Aboriginal Corporation. He then formed the band, The Struggling Kings, with which he has toured and played all over W.A. In 2016, Dan co-founded an Indigenous Media company called Ardiol Media where he writes, directs and produces film and television content. He is also employed, part time, with WAM as Administration Officer.
David is the founder of Media Arts Lawyers and Australia’s preeminent music lawyer. With over 25 years’ experience dealing in all facets of entertainment law, David represents many high-profile musicians, celebrities and entertainment companies. In addition, he oversees the firm’s general commercial practice and in the last five years he has concluded over A$100M in mergers and acquisitions including sales of entertainment businesses, festivals and sports tournaments. A passionate advocate for local music and creative industries, David chairs the board of Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), is a board member of Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA), and a past board member of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).
Debbie is the CEO of Tjuma Pulka Original Nations Media Corporation in Kalgoorlie-Boulder – managing three programs, Radio 96.3FM, Gravel Road Music Studio and Karlkurla Art, Culture and Music. Debbie is the Creative Director of NAIDOC Art and Culture Festival and Sound on the Saltlake which will be held on 10 March 2018. Debbie is an artist, and film writer/director. She has A Class Honours in Communication. Debbie works within the community and all programs are community generated. She also has an understanding of how to develop art and culture programs within the regions and how to work with remote communities.
Declan is the host of triple j's Australian music show, Home & Hosed. Declan's been at triple j for over 5 years presenting, producing and working with triple j Unearthed and he believes that Aussie music is the best in the world. Declan first got into radio through volunteering at Sydney community station FBi Radio where he presented for nearly 4 years. Apart from radio, Declan plays AFL, cricket, golf and surfs and is in a long term relationship with pizza.
Dixie is the Managing Director of DB Publicity, a boutique publicity company based in Western Australia that provides publicity for local, national and international artists and events. She worked for EMI Music Australia for 30 years and currently contracted to them. During her career she has worked with many artists local and international doing publicity for album releases and tours including Paul Kelly, Cold Chisel, Crowded House, Neil and Tim Finn, Silverchair, Missy Higgins, The Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Sarah Blasko, Paul Dempsey,, Eskimo Joe, The Living End, Gurrumul, and more.
Dom is the Digital Export Producer for SOUNDS AUSTRALIA. Dom started as a freelance music journalist in 2005, writing for Hotpress Magazine and, in 2008, started at FBi Radio in Sydney as one of the hosts of "The Bridge", which is the station's show dedicated to Sydney music. In 2009 Alessio began hosting the Australian music show on Triple J, which was recognised by the Australian media as influential in discovering new Australian artists. In 2010, Dom was listed as one of the Australian music industry's most influential people under 30. He has since left Triple J and moved on to Sounds Australia.
Don’s reputation has been firmly established in the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70s and well into the millennium. He came to notoriety as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae in 1977. Using the punk D.I.Y ethic he made his first film going on to direct over 400 music videos for a diverse range of artists from The Clash to Bob Marley. In the mid-eighties he formed the group Big Audio Dynamite with Mick Jones (ex-Clash). He directed the hit Jamaican film ‘Dancehall Queen’ and films for Gil Scott-Heron, Sun Ra, George Clinton, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and The Clash’s ‘Westway To The World’ for which he won a Grammy in 2003. Don continues to make films and d.j’s globally. In 2007 Don released his autobiography: ‘Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers and Headgear Films are currently finishing a film on the man himself.
Drew has been involved in the music industry for 20 years, in a multitude of capacities, but predominantly as the guitarist/song writer/coproducer for Perth’s acclaimed “prog-rock” export Karnivool. Over the years he has been actively involved behind the scenes in the live arena, stage managing and site work at festivals, as well as driving and guitar teching for a plethora national and international artists. His love for music has also taken Drew into many regional WA and NT remote areas as a music mentor through his partnership with Brenton Meynell with “Barefoot Bands” also partnering with WAM’s for their ‘Demo’s Of Northern Goldfields’ recording project that took place at Hoover House, Gwalia 2017. Drew’s mentoring work has also extended to a 2nd invitation in 2018 to attend the annual Bush Bands Bash music industry conference at Ross River near Alice Springs.
Em Burrows is a musician, teacher, radio broadcaster and writer. She has been involved in the Perth music scene for many years both as a performer and a promoter. Em founded the successful Rock Scholars band program in 2007, developing a unique method for mentoring young rock bands and assisting them in transitioning from high school into the local music scene. She currently works as a school music specialist. Em plays a number of instruments but her areas of particular interest and experience are songwriting, the creative process, and music industry skills. Em is involved in a number of musical projects, including this year's Web Rumours. She also presents on RTRFM.
Emily, stage name Jamilla, has been active as a performer in the Perth music community for a number of years but has had a breakout 2018. Jamilla combines haunting soul vocals, self produced r&b beats and chillwave synths to create a beautiful kind of chill/electronic soul. With an intense stage presence and lyrics heavily connected to emotion, Jamilla expresses her appreciation for human vulnerability and invites the audience to experience hers.
Esti is an Associate Producer at Sounds Australia. She has previously worked for Chugg Entertainment, been involved with producing several theatre productions, worked in book publishing in New York and was Executive Producer for Arts and Culture at FBi Radio. SOUNDS AUSTRALIA works to promote Australian music internationally, producing showcasing and networking events around the world featuring all Australian line ups, with some of world’s most influential bookers, buyers, agents and promoters in attendance alongside the tastemakers of tomorrow. As an Associate Producer with SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, Esti has worked across events including SXSW, Reeperbahn Festival, Music Matters and The Great Escape.
Francesca De Valence
Francesca is an artist, award-winning songwriter, creative coach, speaker and the founder & CEO of I Heart Songwriting Club, an online platform for songwriters to develop their creative practice through structured weekly challenges over a 10-week term. Members share their songs within groups and give each other feedback, building community. I Heart Songwriting Club has helped generate over 6000 songs from 12 countries and develop over 300 artists. Members include Mama Kin (WA), Tommy Spender (Vic), Helen Shanahan (WA), Riva Taylor (UK), Lucy Peach (WA), Tash Parker (Vic), Sam Buckingham (NSW), and Emma Dean (QLD). In 2018, I Heart Songwriting Club was one of 8 tech companies to showcase at BIGSOUND Music Tech Showcase. Francesca is a prolific songwriter and her latest creation “Songs de Paris” is an ongoing musical experiment of her relationship with Paris. She has supported artists including Jimmy Webb and her music is played on ABC radio.
For over a decade Grace has been a volunteer presenter and producer at 89.7fm. She is passionate about WA music, particularly emerging artists. In 2010 Grace founded and began presenting long running local music program Live & Local which features a live in-studio performance from an up-and-coming artist and plays 100% WA music throughout the show. Through her work on Live & Local, Grace has been a finalist in the national Community Broadcasting Awards on three occasions. Grace works as a consultant with Newgate Communications and sits on the board of 89.7fm. In her spare time Grace enjoys consuming as much live music as possible.
Asho is the Director of Footstomp Music; bookings, marketing & publicity for The Triffid; the manager of Busby Marou, Colin Lillie, Eden Mulholland, Tia Gostelow and in his free time he is also the Booker, Kilcoy & Village Festivals as well as the Publicist for Nettwerk & Nonesuch Records. He spent his early career working at independent and major record labels in Brisbane and Sydney and has held positions in A&R, Marketing, Promotions, Publicity, International Licensing and Sales. He has spoken at events such as SXSW, CMJ, Canadia Music Week and the New Zealand Global Music Summit and takes great pleasure in sharing his passion for music. Asho is proud to have worked closely with hundreds of artists including the likes of Robbie Williams, Powderfinger, The Living End, Paul Kelly, The Go-Betweens and Mumford & Sons.
As the Managing Director and owner of moshtix and The Ticket Group, Harley is well respected in the industry with more than 16 years’ ticketing experience with major music, sport and theatrical events around the world. Harley leads an extremely skilled moshtix team, committed to giving the industry more than just a ticketing service with a highly personalised and flexible solution, which makes a positive and meaningful contribution to the music industry eco-system.
Hayley is a self-taught guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. Starting out in punk and garage bands, she eventually went solo and has since collaborated with various instrumentalists to independently release an EP, album and several singles. In 2013 she was chosen by TripleJ Unearthed to represent WA at the APRA Song Summit in Sydney. She has been nominated for WAM’s Best Female Vocalist and Song of the Year awards. She is currently performing in a duo with local producer Brendan Jay as HEEBIEJEEBIES, described by former Greens MP Scott Ludlam as a mix between PJ Harvey and Nine Inch Nails. Aside from music, Hayley is also pursuing Honours in Psychology. She is vocal in the disability community about issues such as accessibility and inclusivity. Hayley was an active member of Amnesty International’s Indigenous Rights Advisory Group for four years and has been involved in campaigning on issues such as Deaths in Custody and youth incarceration.
Hayley began her career booking shows for mates and this quickly escalated into employment under Cool Perth Nights as a venue booker where she worked for seven years playing a major part in the expansion of the business from booking just one venue to a number of Perth’s now leading live music venues. During this time Hayley also established 360 Artist Logistics with co-owner Leon Kneebone. A company offering events crewing services as well as artist management services. From here, Hayley built up a roster, which currently represents Melody Pool, Timothy Nelson, The Floors, Demon Days, Your Girl Pho, Jacob Diamond, Telete and Jamilla. Hayley works alongside these artists to establish long term and sustainable career paths and create valuable connections within the industry. As it stands, artists in the roster have achieved signings with Frontier Touring, The Harbour Agency, New World Artists and Beast Records and 360 has booked, programmed and executed dozens of successful and profitable National and International tours for their artists. All the while, Hayley has also been a touring musician and sessional violinist having performed on countless tours and recordings alongside the likes of The Wiggles, The Eagles, Jewel, Air Supply, Megan Washington, The Whitlams, Sheppard, Eskimo Joe and countless others and embarking on the occasional theatre tour. Hayley’s time playing in Timothy Nelson & The Infidels saw them scoop up an array of WAM awards including “Best Album”, “Best Pop Act” and “Best Folk Act” to name a few. It is this experience as the person on the ground that has contributed to developing the 360 ethos of creating financially viable and mentally sustainable opportunities for their artists.
Jesse is the Director of The Music District and a founder and songwriter in These United States as well as Arc Life, who released 6 albums and performed live 1,200 times in the last decade, from SXSW and Glastonbury to Lollapalooza. Before music recaptured his heart, Elliott wrote books and speeches with economist Richard Florida, and co-founded a community nonprofit at the University of Iowa. With his company Range Music Ecosystems, he and co-founder, Dr. Bryce Merrill, researched and wrote the music strategies for the City of Denver and the State of Colorado, and brought together international thinkers on music and community for the City of Austin, the Denver Music Summit, the Biennial of the Americas, and others. He moved to Fort Collins in 2016 to open and direct the Music District for Bohemian Foundation.
Kate Pass is a bassist from Perth with a passion for composing and performing original music. Kate frequently tours nationally and internationally, performing at an array of festivals in Asia, New York and Europe with highlights including performing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, WOMADelaide, Singapore Jazz Festival, Penang Jazz Festival and Ghent Festival. Kate leads her own band, Kohesia Ensemble, which serves as a platform for her original compositions, influenced by her passion for both jazz and Persian music. Based on the Persian Radif system, Kate’s music uses Persian modes and microtonal melodies in union with Western jazz harmony. Having released their debut album in June, Kohesia Ensemble has been nominated for 2018 WAM Best Album, Best Jazz Act and Best World Act. Kate’s compositions have also received nominations for three WAM Song of the Year Awards for both the Jazz and World Music categories.
Karla is the Weekend Lunch Presenter & Group Music Researcher at Triple J. Karla studied a Bachelor of Communication, Majoring in Journalism at the University of Technology in Sydney. She has worked with IQPC as a Event Specific List Researcher and a VIP Audience Development Manager before joining the Triple J team.
Larry is the Director of Heath Media, an Australian publishing and events company who publish the AU review, which Larry founded in 2008, run the National Live Music Awards in Australia and curate a series of live music events, as well as the Australian Music Week Film Festival. Larry also serves as the the A&R Manager for Australia & New Zealand of Music Sales / Embassy Music Publishing, signing and working with an international roster of songwriters. His most recent signings include Harts, Jack Carty and Damien Leith.
Libby Noble has been a broadcaster for over 15 years and a music tragic for far longer. In 2005 Libby co-organised Australia’s first Ladyfest festival and she has been passionate about amplifying the voices of women in the music industry ever since. Libby is the weekly presenter of Out To Lunch, RTRFMs new release music program.
Lisa is an internationally dual- trained private mental health practitioner specialising in psychological treatment and psychotherapy for adolescents, adults and couples. This service offers clients an opportunity to access a contemporary therapeutic space, utilising a range of evidence based modalities and interventions. Lisa is currently completing her PhD at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University, researching youth, identity, and popular music culture within Australia.
Liz is 4ZZZ’s Music Coordinator, Executive Producer & Host of the station’s flagship live music program Right Here, Right Now, and freelance music publicist/creative consultant under the banner ‘Special Interest’. Liz has worked with some of the most exciting and boundary-pushing artists locally, nationally and internationally including Demon Days, SEVDALIZA (NE), Miss Blanks, Jesswar, Divide and Dissolve, SSION (US), Kojey Radical (UK), Tangents, GAIKA (UK), Protomartyr (US), Shoeb Ahmad, King IV, Telete, Terra Pines, Your Girl Pho, Aeora, KAIAR, VAL FLYNN, LÂLKA and many more.
Patrik is Head of the School of Communication at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, and Chief Investigator at QUT Digital Media Research Centre. Prof Wikstrom has published extensively on the digital transformation of the music economy, including books such as ‘The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud’ and 'Business Innovation and Disruption in the Music Industry'. He is currently leading a research program focused on how enhanced access to large and detailed datasets on music usage is reshaping the music economy.
From a recording artist, producer and songwriter in the 1980's, Paul’s transformation into business life over a 30 year period has featured a unique blend of music and business; from touring with the likes of Gary Numan to working with household names such as Adidas, Coca Cola, Tata Steel, Honda and BMW. After being signed to Epic Records aged 23, he signed a writers deal with Warner Chappell and plied his trade as a producer and composer. During the early 90’s, he branched out into dance music, helped pioneer the 'Drum & Bass' genre and was signed by MCA Music as writer; producing the first album in the history of 'D&B' and a jazz funk dance album with Carl Cox’s label Worldwide Ultimatum under the artist name Earl Gray. By the late 90's a full time music career had been superseded by owning businesses, eventually leading to positions on the boards of several UK and Australian businesses and providing business and marketing consulting services to Perth businesses and State / Federal Government organisations. For the last 16 years, he has been signed to Sonoton; Europe’s largest independent library music company where he is amongst the most prolific of composers on their roster; writing, producing and recording music for Film, TV, Radio and other commercial projects. Paul’s recent Perth based music activities include ‘Radio Circus’, a composition and production partnership with Patrick Carre, based out of studio facilities in Malaga.
Richard, or Rich to friends, is the Festival Programmer for Groovin' The Moo Festival and the Director of Way Over There. In the early 2000s, he started booking and programming festivals, which include: Falls, Southbound, Pushover, Groovin’ the Moo, Parklife, West Coast Blues & Roots, Northwest Festival, Splendour and The Plot. Rich founded Way Over There, an artist-run record label (distributed via Shock) that released 65 full-length albums from artists such as Machine Translations, The Dead Salesmen, Gersey, Mississippi Barry and Blue Grassy Knoll. Most of the work Rich has done – from booking bands in pubs, to programming festivals, to self-publishing magazines – has started out on a voluntary basis.
Scott has been working in the WA music industry for over 20 years as an educator, label manager, artist manager, tour manager, booking agent, project manager, arts organisation administrator and occasional music writer. Scott started WA's first music business qualification at the Central Institute of Technology’s Centre for Music Industry Training (CMIT), where he coordinates a team of four music business lecturers, and has established student internship and placement programs and extensive industry partnerships. Previously Scott headed up Qstik Records & Management, providing distribution, marketing and touring networks for WA artists including successful WA act The Panda Band.
Shannon is the Program Co-Director of Girls Rock! Melbourne and plays guitar in The Beat Taboo, sings backup vocals in Juliette Seizure & the Tremor-Dolls and Powerline Sneakers as well as playing lead guitar for five years in the 1960s-style garage girl group The Reprobettes. In 2015, Shannon organised and curated Wild Birds Fest, a regional event held in Ballarat, VIC, celebrating female musicians from Ballarat, Castlemaine, and Melbourne In 2016, Shannon volunteered as a band mentor and instrument instructor with Girls Rock! Santa Barbara (USA) and went on to organise the first Girls Rock! Melbourne camp in 2017 with Co-Director Sally Balhorn. Shannon has a BA and Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology/Art Therapy, Certificate III in Small Business Management, and a background in volunteer coordination, event work, academic research/tutoring, and catering.
Susan Cotchin is the Founder/CEO of International Royalties Rescue Australia (IRR) & EB Music Rights (UK).Starting out at aged 7 as a child talent, performing weekly on Australian television sparked a great love and passion in Susan for both music and the business of the arts. She has been signed as a singer/songwriter – and worked as a Royalty Manager for the UK’s biggest performance society. An entrepreneur, Susan launched her own music rights business in 2003 signing clients the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Empire of The Sun & The Temper Trap. Susan has an Arts Degree (Music Business) and is part way through a Juris Dr.
Susan is the Managing Director of Chugg Entertainment. Susan has worked in various organisations such as Black Yak Artist Management, Fish Records, EMI Music Australia and The Music Network, specialising in various positions. In 2010, Susan took on the role of General Manager - Touring, bringing in tours, negotiating offers and managing the touring team under the company directors, Michael Chugg and Matthew Lazarus-Hall. She has been responsible for creating some incredible moments in Australian music, including touring international superstar Sia in late-2017, who, supported by Charli XCX, MØ and Amy Shark became the first all-female lineup ever to play stadiums in Australia. She also manages partnerships with a number of independent promoters and oversees the delivery of major music festivals in Australia, including Laneway Festival, and CMC Rocks QLD.
Performing as under the name Hyclass, Suzie is arguably one of Perth’s most sought-after female hip-hop artists. Hyclass has got a tremendous amount of soul intertwined with copious amounts of flavour. Described as ‘Perth’s very own show stopper’ over the years this outstanding MC has built a strong presence amongst the local music scene. As Hyclass continues to grow and experiment with different mediums of performance art there is no doubt her first love is music.
Taylah presents and produces the Breakfast show on RTRFM. It's what she likes to call the 'best job in Perth', everyday she gets to play music she loves, chat to some incredible guests and interact with the Perth community at large. Previously she’s worked behind the scenes at the station, as a music assistant and also coordinating the news department. Before stepping into the Breakfast role she presented Wednesday Drivetime for a little over twelve months, following a few years of dipping in and out of other collectives. Taylah loves unearthing new sounds from right here in Perth and is likely to be spotted at the Bird or down at Mojos on a Saturday night.
Timothy Nelson has established himself as one of Perth’s premier songwriters over the past decade, deftly forging his own sound. Though his career has twisted and turned, both in style and in subject, from fronting Timothy Nelson & The Infidels and High Horse, earning multiple WAMI’s, to moonlighting in The Kill Devils Hills, he has always stayed firmly rooted in the WA music community. Combining elements of power-pop, alt-country and classic rock, Nelson’s music is diverse, enigmatic, refreshingly rebellious and heavily introspective.
Emcee, artist, songwriter, storyteller and trailblazer Tinashe Soko, or T$OKO, has been having a huge 2018 so far. The Zimbabwean born, WA based rapper took out the triple j Unearthed Laneway Festival comp, was named one of the triple j Unearthed artists to watch out for and starting five independent rappers right now.
Tom has been the sub-editor of Happy Mag for over two years, managing the day-to-day editorial content as well as a quarterly print magazine. He has also played a major part in Happy Mag's initiatives such as the Needle In The Hay, Australia's largest vinyl competition.
As Program Director at RTRFM, Will is responsible for ensuring quality broadcasting 24 hours per day and am the point of contact for our 370 presenters and 42 programmes. As Music & Interviews Coordinator, he is responsible for RTRFM's overall music direction by running the music department, maintaining the and updating music library with new releases, and selecting all featured music at the station. Will also organise interviews with musicians for appropriate programs at the station. On top of that, Will also produces, programs and presents the Wednesday edition of RTRFM's new music programme, Out To Lunch, alongside his good friend Jackson Hawdon. When not at the station (which isn't often), you can catch Will at gigs around town, either as a punter or a DJ. Will also works as a freelance audio engineering, with a focus on mixing and mastering and has a burning passion for anything music related.
Will is the Label Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand for Bandcamp. Bandcamp is a thriving, global music community where fans discover new artists, intimately connect with them, and directly compensate them for their work. Will also runs the indie label Neat Lawn, and is the booker of the Night Cat in Fitzroy.
Zal is currently the Project Co-ordinator at the Blue Room Theatre. A multidisciplinary artist, Zal passionately works in the spaces of music, science communication, interactions with the natural world and artistic cultural diversity. He studied a Bachelor of Arts (Photomedia and Physics) at Edith Cowan University, was the Creative Coordinator for the KickstART Festival 2018 and was a finalist for Western Australian of the Year 2018 for his work with young people.
Zain performs under the name Zān and is a desi-queer singer, songwriter & producer whose musical routes lay in an eclectic mix of South Asian cinema, 90s R&B and electro-pop. Travelling from Pakistan, Japan and migrating eventually to Perth, Z N’s sound evolved to encompass the falsetto of Prince; the cinema-scope of Hindi cinema (AR Rahman; Amit Trivedi); and sounds from the South Asian diaspora (MIA, Ben Khan). Both an ode and resistance to the Australian migrant parable, Z N’s artistry is a meditation on power, politics & freedom in the post-globalised world we live in.