Industry Connect Speakers






Joe is the long-time CEO of Bedroom Suck Records, a once Brisbane, now Melbourne based independent record label. He began life as a musician in Brisbane's hilly inner suburbs, drumming for bands like Per Purpose, Kitchen's Floor and Slug Guts. Many of these stints gave him an opportunity to tour overseas, where he crashed on numerous floors and couches and slowly started filling his address book with names, phone numbers and email addresses. This has now developed into the extensive network that Joe utilises to run his own independent label. Being constantly inspired by the sheer expanse of good music in Australia and internationally, the label seemed a natural conclusion. It is ultimately the people behind the music that inspire Joe; the smiling faces and incredible minds at work. Joe continues to play music, still spending many months of the year touring; only this time with new bands - Terrible Truths, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, and Free Time, to name a few. His label is now firmly rooted in the Melbourne music community, and has come to include management and booking services for many of his artists. It is considered an important incubator of Australian talent by his international contemporaries, and Bedroom Suck have continued to work with partner labels in the UK and US.



Sarah is the Managing Director and oversees most of the day to day workings of independent PR and Marketing company 'Title Track'. In 2013 Sarah moved from Hobart to Brisbane, taking a position working with SGC's director Stephen Green where she conducted PR campaigns for Sheppard, The Griswolds, John Butler Trio, Abbe May, The Beautiful Girls, BIGSOUND, Live It Up Festival, and Cub Sport. In 2014 Sarah launched 'Title Track' which currently boasts clients including: Sticky Fingers, Tired Lion, The Trouble With Templeton, MTNS, Cub Sport, The Love Junkies, and Morning Harvey.



Maggie is a festival programmer, artist manager and radio broadcaster. She is the 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 shoes across triple j Unearthed and Double J.



Joel Edmondson is the QMusic Executive Officer; 2017 will be his third year leading the delivery of BIGSOUND. Joel has worked as a sound designer, in music tech R&D, venue and label management, as well as as an organisational change consultant. He was a founding member of the legendary Brisbane DIY warehouse venue The Hangar, and is a distinction alumnus of the University of Edinburgh's Institute of Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD). Joel also produces music in the experimental/ambient and country genres.



Rachel Is the National Promotions Manager for Caroline Australia, a label arm imprinted to Universal Music Australia. Rachel got her start in the industry as a songwriter and performer in Brisbane, she attended the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she flirted with the idea of a career in production and engineering, after graduating with a degree in Popular Music things shifted and she found herself on the other side of the stage undertaking PR, project / artist management and events roles with Griffith University’s SEED Project, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Footstomp Music and The Triffid. In her current role at Caroline Australia, Rachel has had the opportunity to execute national PR campaigns for artists such as Iggy Pop, Glass Animals, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Nathaniel Rateliff, David Brent (aka Ricky Gervais), Ben Harper and more, working with record labels such as Spunk, Fiction, Loma Vista, Communion, Fearless, Concord, STAX, AMF, PMR and many more!



Deena is Artist Manager Coordinator at Amplifire Music, a management and label services company based in Brisbane. Deena works with bands including Confidence Man, The Jungle Giants, Last Dinosaurs, Mid Ayr and Orphans Orphans on day-to-day logistics and management duties. Deena is also a songwriter and performer, and was named ‘Most Promising Female Songwriter’ at the 2016 Queensland Music Awards.



Ruby is a venue booking agent and artist manager from Brisbane. After completing a bachelor of Music Business Management at JMC in 2014 Ruby began interning at booking & management agency Bluebeard Music. This internship soon turned into a full time role, which has seen Ruby as the assistant booking agent for the likes of The Zoo, Black Bear Lodge and Cardigan Bar. She currently is the primary booker for The Milk Factory in South Brisbane, Eat Street Northshore and Destination Blues. Ruby also manages local band Future Haunts, is the volunteer coordinator for Laneway Brisbane and admin assistant for national artist booking agency New World Artists.



Tyler founded The Sound Pound in 2011 after returning from London as a music licence broker with Ricall and seeing an opportunity to represent independent artists and composers in the area of synchronisation licensing.

Working with a range of artists that have included Hungry Kids of Hungary, Tara Simmons, Grand Atlantic, Hey Geronimo, The Jungle Giants, Sons Of Rico and Eves, The Sound Pound has gained placements across advertising, television, film, corporate and new media platforms with the likes of Billabong, AFL, Suncorp, The Age, Subway, Brisbane Marketing and Queensland Theatre Company.

Tyler also lectures in music copyright at JMC Academy Brisbane, and writes for The Music.



Vivienne Mellish has a decade of experience in the media and live entertainment industries, working across journalism, marketing, communications and PR. She has spent time as a political media advisor, film publicist, theatre marketing manager and is currently Head of Publicity and Marketing at Brisbane based agency Mucho Bravado. Vivienne works alongside artists, festivals and venues on a day to day basis to make sure their message is heard. Some of Mucho Bravado's current clients include WAAX, Dustin Tebbutt & Lisa Mitchell, Ayla, The Foundry, Select Touring, Newcastle festival THIS THAT and Max Watts. On weekends you can find Vivienne at a local gig or hanging out with her two dogs Max and Bentley.  



After treading the boards in bands around Brisbane for many years while completing his journalism degree, John then moved to the other side and worked as a music journalist and was assistant editor of Rave Magazine for a spell. From there he became the Queensland promotions manager for Polygram Records and also did stints in similar roles at Universal and Mushroom Records, before joining Dew Process at its inception as A&R manager. In this role John has signed and worked with artists such as Sarah Blasko, The Grates, Bernard Fanning, The Panics, Yves Klein Blue, Bluejuice, and more.



Vanessa Picken has been at the coal face of the creative digital scene throughout her career. Vanessa has developed a wealth of knowledge for marketing strategies across technology, digital, retail and product divisions from her tenures at some of the world’s leading companies thus cementing her future in the creative industries digital sphere. Through her various roles Vanessa has worked with artists inculding Katy Perry, Gorillaz, Missy Higgins, Silverchair, Angus & Julia Stone, Lily Allen, Empire Of The Sun, Goldfrapp, The Cat Empire, Paul Dempsey and many others. Her modular services company Comes With Fries taps into all facets of her experience to empower and enables the Australian creative industry. Vanessa has also embarked on Artist Management by teaming up Allan Smithy.



With eighteen years’ industry experience behind her and an incredible team from Secret Service PR at her side, publicist Stacey Piggott has been lucky enough to work with some of her all-time favourite local and international artists. She’s executed PR strategies for major awards events, charity shows, and run campaigns for some of the country’s most loved music festivals. Over the years she has developed an intense passion for original independent Australian music and the people who make it. Stacey has run campaigns for artists including The Drones, Henry Rollins, Mumford and Sons, Bernard Fanning, Sigur Ros, Tkay Maidza, London Grammar, Bon Iver, Blur, At The Drive In, Jake Bugg, Neil Finn and Kingswood just to name a few, plus festivals like Falls, Yours and Owls, Southbound, All Tomorrow’s Parties and more. She's rolled out album releases for the full rosters of Dew Process, Create Control (home to labels like Mute, Downtown, Community Music, We Are Golden, Smack Face and more), MGM Distribution, Caroline, Sony Music, Universal Music Australia and Kobalt.



Dr Jordin Steele holds a Masters in Creative Industries and a PhD in Performing Arts Practice and has years of experience teaching both independently and at universities with a focus on training voice, stagecraft, contemporary production and theatre making. From forming the multidisciplinary company Outcast Performing Arts in 2012, Steele has experimented with both large and small scale works and helped develop new Australian performing arts works. As a singer herself, Steele has a love for the stage and hopes to share her skills and experiences with the next generation of performers. 



Leanne is the project coordinator for the Cairns Regional Council program, Close Contact. The Close Contact program delivers career building opportunities such as workshops, performances and mentoring to the emerging musicians of the Cairns Region. She is also responsible for programming the Tanks Markets stage, Community Movie Nights, Tank 4 Up Late, Tanks Unplugged, and Tanks local support acts.

She has also recently stepped in as acting RADF Liaison officer in Lucy Harts absence and will be assisting the local community with information surrounding the current Regional Arts Development Fund.

Leanne is also a musician and is this year's recipient of a Queensland Music Award (her 2nd in a three year period), and was last year a nominee for Australian Artist of the year (AU Review). She has toured the country extensively, receives National airplay including rotation on Double J and has worked and performed with artists such as Kram (Spiderbait), Ash Grunwald, Cold Chisel, Eskimo Joe & more.



Andrew is a Writer Services Representative for APRA AMCOS, assisting Queensland based songwriters and composers on all things APRA AMCOS. Andrew is also a musician under his own name, having recorded, released and performed experimental music in Australia, Europe, North America and New Zealand. Prior to commencing with APRA AMCOS in 2013, Andrew previously worked for organisations including Sound Summit, New Weird Australia, Brisbane Festival, QPAC, Room40 and Mistletone Touring.



Starting his career in music at 19 interning at independent music companies in Brisbane, at 20, Will was poached for the co-bookings role at Brisbane’s premier music venue, The Triffid. After 2 years booking some of the globes greatest acts, in 2016 at 22 he established independent music company, PS Music Group. With a taste for indie-rock, hip-hop and folk, in 16 months, the company has grown to now exclusively represent 26 acts throughout Australia and New Zealand including Sex On Toast, Thando, Screamfeeder, Cheap Fakes, Garrett Kato, Born Joy Dead alongside running successful tours for internationals Pharoahe Monch, Akala Frazey Ford and The Coathangers. At only 23, Will is firmly cementing his place as a passionate music fan, expert Australian & New Zealand agent, promoter and entrepreneur.