WAMCon 2018 SPEAKERS LIST
Producer, Mixer, Engineer
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.
Creative Director, Made In The Pile / CEO, Pilerats.com
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.
Performer, Rabbit Island
Amber Fresh is a writer and musician from Albany WA, currently 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.
Program Co-ordinator, Small Business Development Corporation
Andrew is a business management and corporate advisory professional with extensive experience in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector and resources industry at a Board, Managing Director and operational level with more than 18 years experience operating and working in an advisory capacity with start up and growing companies across a broad range of industries. Specialist skills include strategic and business planning, project management, problem solving, executive coaching, marketing, business development and human resource management.
Producer, Mixer, Engineer / Debaser Studio
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.
Board Member and Chair of Research Advisory Committee, Perron Institute / Emeritus Professor, School of Human Sciences The University of Western Australia
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.”
Consultant, Major Key Media / Editor in Chief, Music Insight
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.
Presenter & Producer, The Scene on mix94.5
Blake Williams is a Perth musician, actor, MC and radio presenter. Blake produces and presents mix94.5's Australian music show, The Scene, highlighting local West Australian talent. The Scene has run on air for 5 years and has provided commercial airplay for hundreds of WA acts.
Owner, Around The Sound & Scenstr / Freelance Writer
Bob Gordon is best known in WA as Managing Editor of the now-ceased X-Press (print edition). He is a prolific freelancer having variously written for Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Q Magazine, CMJ Music Report, Music Feeds. 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.
Co-Director, Barefoot Bands & Barefoot Coral Coast Tour
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.
Research Fellow, Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University
Christina is 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.
Managing Director, Perfect Pitch Publishing
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.
Producer, RTRFM 92.1
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.
Co-founder, Ardiol Media / Performer, The Struggling Kings / Admin Officer, WAM
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.
Partner, Media Arts Lawyers
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).
Presenter, Triple J
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.
Managing Director, DB Publicity
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.
Digital Export Producer, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA
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.
Filmmaker / Radio Broadcaster / DJ
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.
Performer, Karnivool / Co-Director, Barefoot Bands
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.
Audience Development Officer, WAM / Performer, Web Rumors / Co-Founder, Group Therapy Records / Presenter, RTRFM
Em 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.
Associate Producer, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA
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
Founder & CEO, I Heart Songwriting Club
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. 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.
Seychelles islander, Grace Barbé is the real deal, a genuinely exotic world music star for the 21st century, with the talent, looks and voice to match. Grace’s soulful music reflects and celebrates the diverse cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage. Grace Barbe hails from the sunburnt Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles, where a colourful history of slavery, pirates, coups d'etat and coconuts have produced a unique Kreol rhythm, language and culture. Drawing from the diverse cultural melange of the islands, Grace's trio fuses the tropical rhythms and dances of the slaves with psychedelic rock, afrobeat, reggae and pop.
Presenter, Twin Cities FM
Grace is a communications professional with more than ten years’ experience in media, non-for-profits and politics. Grace has a strong background in community engagement, issues research, media relations and training in radio broadcasting. She has an in-depth understanding of managing political, bureaucracy, media, community, industry and peak body stakeholders.Grace is passionate about the arts and sits on the Board of a prominent Perth community radio station. She founded a nationally recognised long-running local music radio program, which has become an important platform for WA musicians. Grace is still presenting and producing this radio show.
Director, Footstomp Music / Bookings, Marketing & Publicity, The Triffid / Manager, Busby Marou, Colin Lillie, Eden Mulholland, Tia Gostelow / Booker, Kilcoy & Village Festivals / Publicist, Nettwerk & Nonesuch Records
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.
Managing Director & Owner, Moshtix & The Ticket Group
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 Triple J 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.
Co-Owner & Director, 360 Artist Logistics
Hayley is the director and co-owner of 360 Artist Logistics, 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. 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.
Agent, 123 Agency
Jeremy has been working as a booking agent at 123 Agency since 2015, developing a diverse roster of acts that includes the likes of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, The Delta Riggs, Stonefield, Caravna Sun, Riley Pearce and Eliza & The Dlelusionals amongst others.
Director, The Music District / Performer, These United States, Arc Life
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.
Co-Director, Four Tone Artists
Josh is the co-director of Four Tone Artists, a boutique booking agency representing acts across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. For as long as he can remember, Josh has been obsessed with music and the industry that supports it. After years of touring Australia’s clubs, pubs and festivals as a musician, he started working as a booking agent in 2013 and developed a roster of established and emerging acs before launching Four Tone Artists with Adam Montgomery in May 2018. Based in Sydney, the Four Tone roster includes artists such as Didirri, Bec Sandridge, Slowly Slowly, Harts and Good Doogs.
Performer, Kate Pass Ensemble
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.
Presenter & Group Music Researcher, Triple J
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.
A&R Manager, Embassy Music Publishing / Director, Heath Media
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.
Researcher & PhD Candidate, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University / Mental Health Practitioner
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.
Music Coordinator & Presenter, 4ZZZ / Publicist & Creative Consultant, Special Interest
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.
Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Creative Industries Faculty / Chief Investigator, QUT Digital Media Research Centre
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.
Owner, Freshien Consulting
Paul has gone from a recording artist, producer and songwriter in the 1980's, 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. 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.
Grants and Programs Officer, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC)
Pete Guazzelli is a Grants and Programs Officer, Performing Arts/Contemporary Music at the Department of Culture and the Arts. In this role he assists artists and organisations realise their goals through the various DCA funding programs.
Festival Programmer, Groovin' The Moo / Director, Way Over There
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.
Lecturer, North Metropolitan TAFE
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.
Program Co-Director, Girls Rock! Melbourne / Performer, The Beat Taboo, Juliette Seizure & the Tremor-Dolls, The Reprobettes, Powerline Sneakers
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.
Director, IRR Music
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.
Managing Director, Chugg Entertainment
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.
Station Manager, Ngaarda Media / Videographer
Tangiora Hinaki is a Videographer, photographer and radio content maker in the North West of Western Australia and a self-confessed karaoke queen. She loves riding her Harley Davidson, food and can sniff out a good story from a mile away. She used to play with merino fleeces as a wool classer travelling Australia from Outback Boulia in QLD to Wave Rock in W.A. These day’s you’ll find Tangiora filming and creating radio programs as Manager of Ngaarda Media in the Pilbara town of Roebourne. Tangiora began her career in media production eight years ago and had spent the last seven years working at ABC North West. 2014 was a successful year for Tangiora with the launch of her first documentary called “Gifts of the Marrga”.
Presenter & Producer, RTRFM
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.
Agent, 123 Agency
Taylor is a dedicated agent with a focus on working with a diverse roster of artists. She has worked at 123 Agency since 2015. Her roster includes artists such as The Veronicas, Yothu Yindi and the Treaty Project, Gawurra, Jai Waetford and Guy Pearce. Taylor also heads up the Corporate Division of 123 Agency – working across the agency’s entire roster. Taylor is a WA native growing up in Mandurah before moving to Melbourne.
Performer, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, High Horse, Kill Devil Hills
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.
Sub-Editor, Happy Mag
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.
Program Director, RTRFM 92.1 / Music & Interviews Coordinator, RTRFM
Will is the program director at RTRFM and 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. Will also works as a freelance audio engineering, with a focus on mixing and mastering and has a burning passion for anything music related.
Label Ambassador, Bandcamp / Label Owner, Neat Lawn / Booker, Night Cat / Manager, Midlife
Will is the Label Ambassador for Bandcamp in Australia and New Zealand. 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.
Senior Lawyer, Media Arts Lawyer
Yasmin practises in creative industries law, representing world-class graphic and motion design studios, agencies, illustrators, streaming services, visual artists, authors, managers, fashion designers, format and content creators, influencers, photographers, tv/radio talent, and app developers. Additionally, Yasmin has a strong employment law practice at the firm. Holding both a Juris Doctor (hons) and an MBA, Yasmin combines experience with expertise, industry insight, and a passion for the creative sector. Working in close partnership with her clients, she brings clarity to their legal rights and obligations, and advises with the intention of achieving the very best strategic and commercial outcome. Committed to giving back to the industry, she’s also a serving board member of the Creative Women’s Circle and a volunteer lawyer for the Arts Law Centre of Australia.
Performer, Ru / Project Coordinator, Blue Room Theatre / Youth Award Finalist, Western Australian of the Year 2018
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.