WAMCon SPEAKERS LIST
+ SELECT BIOS FURTHER BELOW
Aaron Rutter (Director, JumpClimb)
Alex Paioff (CEO, Pilerats / Creative Director, Made In The Pile)
Aarom Wilson (Director, Aaromedia / Marketing & Communications Officer, WAM)
Amanda Mason (Lawyer, Media Arts Lawyers – VIC)
Andrew Fuller (Managing Director, Clearview Legal Counsel / Principal, New Action Management / Director, Easy Tiger Rights Management – VIC)
Anton Maz (Marketing Manager, WAAPA / DJ & Promoter, Death Disco)
Blake Williams (Presenter, Mix 94.5)
Bob Gordon (Creator & Director, Around the Sound)
Caitlin Nienaber (Breakfast Presenter / Producer, RTRFM)
Caleb Williams (Senior Artist Manager, UNIFIED – VIC)
Chris O'Neill (National Manager - Writer Services, APRA AMCOS - NSW)
Clive Hodson (Managing Director, Perfect Pitch Publishing / Managing Director, Consultainment)
Dominic Miller (Agent, New World Artists – QLD)
Eight aka Qi Liu (Owner, Unknown Art Productions / Manager, Pest Productions & Midnight Records / Manager, Zurriake / Manager, Weary Bird Records / Promoter, MIDIE Livehouse - Xi'an, China)
Elliott Brannen (Director, Tempo Tax & Accounting)
Em Burrows (Presenter, RTRFM / Audience Development Officer, WAM / Performer, Em Burrows and the Bearded Rainbow / Co-Founder, Group Therapy Records)
Gary Seeger (Creative Director, peermusic / Publishing & Music Supervisor, Trackdown Recording Studio – NSW)
Glenn Dickie (Export Music Producer, Sounds Australia – NSW)
Harley Evans (Managing Director and Owner, moshtix and The Ticket Group – NSW)
Hayley Ayres (Manager, Melody Pool / Booker, The Floors, Demon Days, Jacob Diamond, Timothy Nelson, Telete, Coco Blu / Venue Booker, Satchmo's Café / Director, 360 Artist Logistics / Performer, Telete, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels)
Helen Marcou (Co-Founder, SLAM aka Save Live Australia’s Music / Manager, Bakehouse Studios - VIC)
James Boyd (State Manager Western Australia & South Australia, Creative Partnerships Australia)
Jared Nelson (Training Director/Owner, Behind The Wall)
Jef Vreys (Music Director, New Noise - Chengdu, China)
Jessica Willoughby (Fair Play Report Author & Researcher, WAM / Journalist & Content Specialist, Freelance)
Katie Rynne (Booker, Select Music Agency – NSW)
Keith Harris OBE (Managing Director, Keith Harris Music Ltd / Manager, Stevie Wonder - London, UK)
Kylie Thompson (Director, Sorrento Strategic Music)
Maggie Collins (Executive Programmer, BIGSOUND / Managing Director, FANS Creative Management / Manager, DZ Deathrays / Presenter & Producer, triple j – NSW)
Mary-Anne Wickham (Business Development Manager, Sorrento Strategic Music)
Matthew Tomich (Marketing Communications Officer, Country Arts WA / Publicist & Journalist, Freelance)
Matt Johnson (Label Director, Walking Horse Music / Manager, Boat Show, The Love Junkies, Dream Rimmy, Patient Little Sister/ Music Business Lecturer, North Metropolitan TAFE)
Mike Harris (CEO, WAM)
Mike Nelson (Performer, Mike Nelson / Retired Lecturer in Jazz Studies, WAAPA, UWA, ANU)
Nick Findlay (Music Director, triple j - NSW)
Novac Bull (Performer, Boom! Bap! Pow!)
Paul Van Lieshout (Presenter, RTRFM / Activist / Youth Officer & Student Representative, Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance)
Phaedra Watts (Festival Director, Nannup Music Festival)
Richard Berney (Executive Creative Director, 303 MullenLowe)
Sam Scherr (Writer Service & Office Manager - Administration, APRA AMCOS)
Sarah Tout (Head Of Training & Presenter, RTRFM / Performer, Simone & Girlfunkle / Director, Voice Box Media Training)
Scott Adam (Head of Programs, Events, Hospitality & Tourism, North Metropolitan TAFE / ex-Manager, Ruby Boots / ex- Label Owner, Qstik Records)
Sean Bohrman (Co-Owner, Burger Records - Los Angeles, US)
Stefan Emslie (Agent, Vita Artists / General Manager, Mutual Friends – VIC)
Steven McDonald (Performer, OFF!, Redd Kross, Melvins / Record Producer - Los Angeles, US)
Susan Cotchin (Director, The IRR Music Company – VIC)
Timothy Nelson (Performer, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, High Horse)
Tom Larkin (General Manager, VVV Management/ Manager & Performer, Shihad / Music Producer – VIC)
Troy Mutton (Editor, Pilerats)
Vanessa Picken (Director, Comes With Fries – NSW)
Will Backler (Music & Interviews Coordinator, Production Coordinator, Presenter, RTRFM)
Zal Kanga-Parabia (Performer, Ru / Creative Coordinator, Propel Youth Arts / Exhibition Coordinator, ECU Graduate Research School)
Ziggy Ramo (Performer, Ziggy Ramo / Activist)
Co-Founder, SLAM / Manager, Bakehouse Studios - VIC
Co-Founder of the Save Live Australia’s Music (SLAM) movement and consultant to government on matters of live music policy and sexual assault of women in venues, her efforts have helped shape Australian music culture, recently seeing her a Victorian Honour Roll for Women inductee.
Keith Harris OBE
Managing Director, Keith Harris Music Ltd / Manager, Stevie Wonder - London, UK
CV highlights include being the GM of Motown (working with Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Rick James & more), driving promo, A&R etc for EMI and Transatlantic Records, managing high profile artists (incl. still as the long-time manager of Stevie Wonder), just parts of the reasons Harris was awarded an OBE for his services to the music industry.
Music Director, triple j – NSW
Recently taking over the reins from previous AMID Power 50 #1 ‘Most powerful person in Australian music industry’ Richard Kingsmill, Nick’s the new Music Director at triple j. Wielding new powers for good, he’ll be bringing his insatiable appetite for new music, hungry for WA discoveries.
Co-Owner, Burger Records - Los Angeles, US
Co-Founder of Burger Records, responsible for over 500 releases from the likes of The Black Lips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, King Khan, Thee Oh Sees & Ty Segall, plus the Burgerama Music Festival and promotional campaign genius of ‘Burger Revolution’.
Director, Pilerats / Creative Director, Made In The Pile / Founder, Metric Events
As CEO of Pilerats and Director of Made in a Pile, Alex has developed a uniquely diverse skill set that is grounded in project management and social media marketing. Encompassing 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 his work within these businesses has seen him recognised in AMID’s Top50 Most Powerful in the Australian Music and Entertainment Industry .
Presenter, Mix 94.5
Blake currently produces and hosts his own show on Mix 94.5, The Scene, as well as being a regular contributor on Perth's ABC720, presenting a music segment every few weeks. He has also fronted and managed popular Perth corporate band PROOF for 8 years, he's been lucky enough to support some of Australia's biggest musical names such as Ruby Rose, Dragon, Choirboys, Mark Seymour, David Campbell and Daryl Braithwaite.
Breakfast Presenter / Producer, RTRFM 92.1
Volunteering at RTRFM since 2009 as an Assistant Producer on Morning Magazine, Caitlin soon started presenting on air for the Morning Magazine , Drivetime, Out to Lunch and Breakfast. Heading to the Australian Film, TV and Radio School in Sydney in 2013, she then worked as a journalist and newsreader at WaveFm in Wollongong after graduating, before returning to WA as the Breakfast Presenter and Producer at RTRFM.
Senior Artist Manager, UNIFIED - VIC
Working in the music industry for 17 years, 5 of which at UNIFIED Music Group, Caleb started as a tour manager for the likes of Bodyjar, As I lay Dying and Birds Of Tokyo, and now manages The Amity Affliction, Ocean Grove and Bodyjar.
Director, Perfect Pitch Publishing / Managing Director, Consultainment
Clive Hodson is the Perth based Managing Director of Perfect Pitch Publishing/ Perfect Pitch Digital & The Perfect Music Company. Currently Deputy Chairman of AMPAL (The Australasian Music Publishers Association), a Board Director of AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited), former Senior Lecturer in Music Publishing & International Business Studies at AIM Sydney (Australian Institute of Music – Bachelor of Entertainment Management) and holds a Certificate of Education (London School of Teachers – UNSW). Previously Director/GM with PolyGram/Universal, Head of ABC Music (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), General Manager Shock Music Publishing and has served on the boards of PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia) and AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association). Clive is a registered APRA writer and Multi-Instrumentalist/Performer.
Industry Liaison Consultant, Live Music Office / Owner, Elastic Entertainment - NSW
Industry Liaison Consultant at Live Music Office, Damian works to increase opportunities for live music in Australia by identifying and advocating for better policy, regulation and strategy. He has also worked as a booking agent and in logistics for festivals including the Big Day Out and Splendour in the Grass, as well as runs his own live music services company Elastic Entertainment; previously handling tour support for Lorde, A Tribe Called Red, Jon Cleary and The Good Lovelies.
EIGHT (qi liu)
Owner, Unknown Art Productions / Manager, Pest Productions & Midnight Records / Manager, Zurriake / Manager, Weary Bird Records / Promoter, MIDIE Livehouse - Xi'an, China
Owner of Unknown Art Productions, handling over 150 gigs per year, plus working with two independent record labels in China as a band manager, releasing over 180 different albums from extreme metal to post rock. He is also currently a Promoter at MIDIE Livehouse.
Director, Tempo Tax & Accounting
Elliott has over a decade’s experience working in accounting firms in WA and Victoria, as well as experience as the finance manager for a group of companies with a turnover of $15 million. He has also toured nationally and internationally as a musician, and won multiple WA Music Industry Awards as a multi-instrumentalist before turning his attention to chairing a local non-profit community arts organisation, the Kalamunda Youth Swing Band.
Presenter, RTR FM 92.1 / Audience Development Officer, WAM / Performer, Em Burrows and the Bearded Rainbow / Co-Founder, Group Therapy Records
A musician, teacher, radio broadcaster and writer, Em has been involved in the Perth music scene for many years both as a performer and a promoter. Founder of successful youth band mentoring business Rock Scholars in 2007, she developed a unique method for mentoring young rock bands, and currently works as a school music specialist. Em also sings and plays keys in her own self titled band along with involvement in a number of other musical projects, and presents Golden Apples of the Sun and The Mag on RTRFM. Recently Em has moved on from Rock Scholars and is heading up the role of Audience Development Officer at WAM.
Export Music Producer, Sounds Australia - NSW
Currently the Export Music Producer for Sounds Australia, Glenn has worked on showcasing and networking events across a variety of international music conferences including Folk Alliance International, South by Southwest and Canadian Music Week, and is one of the co-founders of The Aussie BBQ which has gone on to become the biggest showcase of Australian music outside of Australia. Previously he has spent nearly 13 years at EMI Music Australia working in A&R, Promotions and Marketing, plus spent 12 years on air at 3 Triple R in Melbourne.
Manager, Melody Pool / Booker, The Floors, Demon Days, Jacob Diamond, Timothy Nelson, Telete, Coco Blu / Venue Booker, Satchmo's Café / Director, 360 Artist Logistics / Performer, Telete, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels
After working as a venue booker for seven years booking some of the best venues in WA and juggling artist management and bookings on the side, Hayley switched her focus to solely represent artists in bookings and management in early 2017 and currently represents Melody Pool, Demon Days, Jacob Diamond, Timothy Nelson, The Floors and Coco Blu. 360 also has an events crewing arm run by co-founder Leon Kneebone.
Music Director, New Noise - Chengdu, China
Founder of promotion agency and music label New Noise China, he has worked with more than 120 bands and promoted more than 600 shows in China and other parts of Asia, for bands such as Mogwai, Tortoise, MEW, MONO, Sleepmakeswaves and the Album Leaf.
Booker, Select Music Agency – NSW
A booking agent at Sydney based agency Select Music, representing a roster that includes The Preatures, Japanese Wallpaper, Montaigne, Ziggy Alberts, All Our Exes Live In Texas and WAAX, as well as having worked day-to-day logistics on acts such as Boy & Bear, Passenger, RUFUS, Seth Sentry, San Cisco and Josh Pyke amongst many others. In the past she has also worked in publicity and management/ tour management for acts such as Lior and Passenger (UK).
Executive Programmer, BIGSOUND / Manager, DZ Deathrays / Presenter & Producer, triple j – NSW
Maggie Collins is a festival programmer, artist manager and radio broadcaster. She is the Executive Programmer for BIGSOUND in Brisbane, she manages multi-ARIA Award winning party-thrash duo DZ Deathrays and with her radio hat on, she was Music Director at 4ZZZ before transitioning to triple j where she was a presenter for 6 years and is now presenting and producing for various shows across triple j Unearthed and Double J.
Label Director, Walking Horse Music / Manager, Boat Show, The Love Junkies, Dream Rimmy, Patient Little Sister/ Music Business Lecturer, North Metropolitan TAFE
Matt Johnson started Walking Horse Records in 2009 with close friend Gareth Andersen after cutting his teeth at former WA label Qstik Records. Currently, the Walking Horse stable includes Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, The Ghost Hotel, Stereoflower and The Morning Night. Matt is also the manager of local acts including Boat Show, The Love Junkies, Patient Little Sister and Dream Rimmy, and is a Music Business Lecturer at North Metropolitan TAFE.
Head of Programs, Events, Hospitality & Tourism, North Metropolitan TAFE / ex-Manager, Ruby Boots / ex- Label Owner, Qstik Records
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. Starting WA's first music business qualification at the Central Institute of Technology’s Centre, he was the Head of Department for over 10 years before moving to his current role as Head of Programs, Events, Hospitality & Tourism, North Metropolitan TAFE. Previously Scott headed up Qstik Records & Management working with WA artists including successful acts The Panda Band and Ruby Boots
Booking Agent, Vita Artists / General Manager, Mutual Friends – VIC
Currently an Agent at Vita Artists, the home of Peking Duk and Benson, and a Senior Artist Manager at Mutual Friends, Stefan is also former manager to Art Of Sleeping. In past years he has been the QLD marketing manager at Parklife, Stereosonic and Creamfields, the BIGSOUND local trade coordinator and a club promoter.
Director, The IRR Music Company – VIC
The Founder/CEO of International Royalties Rescue Australia (IRR), 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 has also been signed as a singer/songwriter – and worked as a Royalty Manager for the UK’s biggest performance society.
Director, Comes With Fries – NSW
The Founder and Director of Comes With Fries, Vanessa’s modular digital agency provides professional services and expertise to those in the music, technology, fashion, and digital industries. From her tenures at some of the world’s leading companies (including EMI Music, Nokia and T-Mobile) she has developed a wealth of knowledge in marketing strategy, brand development, digital advertising and content management. Comes With Fries is focused on providing creative, dynamic and engaging digital solutions.
Music & Interviews Coordinator, Production Coordinator, Presenter, RTRFM 92.1
Presenting at RTRFM since late 2014, and more recently acting in the role of Music, Interviews and Production Coordinator, Will can be found on any given day coordinating the new music that arrives at the station for airplay, arranging interviews with local, national and international artists all vying for a spot on air, producing the station's on air announcements, sweeps and IDs, plus even finding time to present Out To Lunch every Wednesday. Outside of the station Will's passion for music continues as he is also an artist, recording and mixing for bands and DJ’s around Perth.
Director of Jumpclimb, Aaron holds a wealth of experience in event and arts management, with a history in venue management, music management and marketing. He has established industry relationships and intimate understanding of diverse cultural activations add strength and reliability in all JumpClimb activations and services, make him a valuable asset in the West Australian music scene.
Lawyer, Media Arts Lawyers - VIC
Amanda is an entertainment industry and commercial lawyer, with a particular focus on the music industry, intellectual property and defamation and has represented a wide variety of clients including bands, artists, managers, record labels, promoters, producers, publishers, media outlets and a diverse range of commercial entities. She also spent three years as the assistant editor of Heavy Music Magazine and currently manages artists, runs events and plays an active role in the local music scene.
Managing Director, Clearview Legal Counsel / Principal, New Action Management / Director, Easy Tiger Rights Management - VIC
Director of Clearview Legal Counsel Pty Ltd, Andrew specialises in commercial, arts, entertainment and media law. A previous President of the Board of Music Victoria, and a current member of the panel of arts and entertainment lawyers for the Arts Law Centre of Australia, and the music peer assessment panel for the Australia Council for the Arts he has extensive experience in governance within leading arts organisations and representative bodies the Arena Theatre Company, West Australian Music Association (WAM), and Contemporary Music Victoria Inc. t/a Music Victoria.