Little BIGSOUND Speakers





With a sold-out tour in support of his recent single ‘Selfish’ behind him and an upcoming appearance at Splendour In The Grass, ARIA nominated artist The Kite String Tangle has recently shared his new single ‘The Prize’ feat. Bridgette Amofah (Rudimental) off his new record.  The Kite String Tangle album was produced over a three-year period and saw the bedroom producer move his recording process into a studio with live drums, strings, horns and more.  The triple threat producer, vocalist and songwriter made waves with his single ‘Given The Chance’, a track that reached Gold status in Australia, ‘Arcadia’, ‘Stone Cold’ and ‘What If’ followed; tracks that by now – are ubiquitous to the Australian music landscape. Alongside sold-out national headline shows, celebrated festival appearances including Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival and Groovin the Moo, The Kite String Tangle landed in the Top 20 of both the 2013 & 2014 triple j Hottest 100’s. His West Coast support slot on the RUFUS tour followed on from a series of sold out shows on his co-headline tour with Dustin Tebbutt to celebrate their collaborative Illuminate EP. With a debut album on the way and festival spots lined up, this year is set to be the biggest yet for arguably one of Australia’s most talented emotive electronic artists.
Session: Song Breakdown, 2:40pm



Airling (Hannah Shepherd) is fast becoming one of the most talked about young artists in the Australian music industry with her own twist pop music. A fantastic grounding in her first 18months: the release of her debut EP “Love Gracefully”, the hugely successful track ‘Forces’, Airling co-wrote with Japanese Wallpaper and featuring her own vocals, and already gracing the stage across many of the major music festivals and venues in the country (Laneway, Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival The Opera House, The Forum). Now with the release of her bare all, soulful pop debut album “Hard to Sleep, Easy to Dream” Airling is set to capture the hearts of all music lovers across the globe. The future of Australian music is looking extremely bright with Airling leading the way.
Session: Mini Keynote - Airling, 10:45am






Originating from New Zealand and now based in Brisbane, Ali Tomoana co-runs Soul Has No Tempo – a record label, artist management and music-consulting agency with partner, Gavin Boyd. Consulting on all major festivals, a past contract with Byron Bay’s Bluesfest and Artist Liaison work with Niche/Live Nation, Ali’s expertise and experience covers everything from Tour & Event Management to label PR & Marketing. In 2013 with a joint passion for cultivating and supporting local music, Ali & Gavin created Soul Has No Tempo Records; a one-stop shop for local, emerging artists to express, create and release music. Through Soul Has No Tempo, she ensures they also maintain commercial integrity through coaching, development and unique platform building while striving to strengthen the DIY model for independent artists and labels.
Sessions: Round Table - Artist Managers, 1:40pm





Akimbo is a new adventure. It is the culmination of years of experience in the fields of entertainment marketing, promotion, booking and design. With an extensive history in working on events with a range of premier agencies and operators, Akimbo develops unique concepts to deliver iconic events and experiences. Akimbo focusses on three major areas of expertise; Events & Bookings, Design & Media and Marketing & Promotion. Akimbo takes on selected bookings for a number of events that take place much loved & iconic venues in Brisbane including The Met (Live), a licenced & all ages venue in the heart of The Valley. In conjunction with hosting a number of high-profile artists at events co-ordinated by Akimbo, the venture also continues to engage relationships developed over a number of years which include projects successfully completed with Triple J, RedBull Australia, Laneway Festival, Smirnoff, Adidas,, The Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass, VICE, Valley Fiesta (Brisbane City Council) 2012 & 2015, Spotify, Chugg Entertainment, and plenty more.
Session: Round Table - Booking Agents, 11:30am





Ben is an artist manager working at Amplifire Music in Brisbane. Amplifire look after Confidence Man, The Jungle Giants, Last Dinosaurs, and Mid Ayr. He has been working around the industry for about 3 across various disciplines including live sound, recording, scouting, and management. At the moment at Amplifire Ben focuses on A&R, scouting, and artist management. The job involves listening to a lot of music, getting out to gigs, keeping up to date on everything going on around the industry, and working directly with bands on their day to day business.
Session: Round Table - Artist Managers, 1:40pm





Ben Preece is an artist manager, event producer and publicity and marketing specialist. Beginning a career in music as a drummer, DJ and the sole music programmer at Nightlife Music. Founding management and publicity company Mucho Bravado in 2007, he has kick-started and nurtured strong careers wearing the multiple hats of a reputable manager and results-driven publicist and radio plugger. He currently manages Sydney dream-pop quartet I Know Leopard and Brisbane’s beloved nu-punk outfit WAAX, but has experienced success with a colourful array of artists including Hungry Kids of Hungary, The Basics, Ball Park Music, Andy Bull, Katy Steele and Eves the Behavior, to name a few. He is currently a presenting partner of premier Brisbane music festivals Blurst of Times and Stranded and has extensive experience booking venues and events including The Troubadour, Hi-Fi front bar, Track & Field festival, Pesci’s club night and the annual Night Before Bigsound showcase. He has kickstarted the careers of countless acts under the guise of radio plugger, including Emma Louise, The Kite String Tangle, Meg Mac, Art of Sleeping, The Jungle Giants, Nada Surf, Lisa Mitchell, Chairlift, Calling All Cars, Crystal Castles, Ayla, ASTA and The Church. And his company Mucho Bravado looks after PR for THIS THAT & Live at the Foreshore (Newcastle), Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival, The Blurst of Times, The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl and year-round venue PR for The Foundry.
Session: Circle of Life, 2:40pm




Brigid books and curates events at The Zoo alongside owner Pixie Weyand. She has a keen eye for the Brisbane local arts and music scene and loves seeing it thrive. Brigid believes the arts are a fundamental platform for expression, community development and has the ability to insight positive social change. With this philosophy, she is committed to curating gigs that are tailored to showcase underrepresented industry talent. An example of which includes The Zoo's monthly installment of Girls To The Front - a show focused on emerging woman-identifying artists. Brigid has also contributed her marketing and PR efforts towards Jungle Love Music and Arts Festival, Yonder Festival and Brisbane Street Art Festival and continues to work closely with creatives in the industry.
Session: Round Table - Booking Agents, 11:30am




In 2003 Dan completed a Marketing Management Degree with honours and was accepted into the International Honors Society. In 2008 Dan also completed the Download Music Managers program at Queensland University of Technology. From here he was accepted as part of the exclusive John Butler Seed program that has developed many of Australia’s top music managers. Having gained experience from both the artists side of the stage (being involved with performing in bands in the 1990’s) and subsequently the management side throughout the last decade, Dan has gained a true understanding of what is happening for the artist both on and off the stage.
Session: Round Table - Artist Managers, 1:40pm






Dave Sleswick is a Producer for the Performing Arts, Curator and Director. He has held the positions of Producer for Next Wave Festival (2013-14), General Manager for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre (2006-07), Producer for Performance at the Brisbane Powerhouse (2015-16), Program Producer for the 2016 Australian Performing Arts Market (2015 - 2018) and Program Producer/Music Curator for the Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival. Dave is also the Owner and Creative Director and The Tivoli Theatre, and the Director of Motherboard Productions.
Session: Round Table - Booking Agents, 11:30am





Deb Suckling has worked within the Queensland music industry almost two decades. Growing up in regional Queensland, Deb started her first band at the old age of 23, but managed to go on and tour most nooks and crannies of Australia and even a few overseas performances.She spent a number of years cutting her teeth with indie labels before founding her own label SugarRush Music in 2006.Deb was the Program Manager for QMusic until October 2012, overseeing a number of projects including coordinating the annual Queensland Music Awards, Women In Music conference, Home CD, BIGSOUND and coordinating professional development and educational workshops across QLD.Deb is a peer assessor for the Australia Council and Arts Queensland and has been invited to speak on panels and workshops across Australia. She has run a number of community music programs including the Soldiers Wife, Big Sky Girls and she is also the producer of a number of events for her label. She formerly managed Sahara Beck and now manages Áine Tyrell and Jackie Marshall. 
Session: Round Table - Booking Agents, 11:30am







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.
Session: Round Table - Artist Managers, 1:40pm




Jess McMahon is a publicist at Heapsaflash: music| media | digital | social. Working with everyone from grassroots artists through to some of the biggest promoters in the world, Heapsaflash is one of Australia’s premier music, arts and event marketing agencies. With a background in Business (Marketing) & Media/ Communications Jess has worked on national campaigns with artists such as Thundamentals, Emily Wurramara, Topology, Milky Chance and labels including U-music, Neon Records, High Depth, & Island.
Session: Round Table - Publicists, 2:40pm






Jo Pratt has played around the fringes of the music industry for the last 10 years, working with a number of New Zealand based bands in a business development capacity; as the CEO/Artistic Director of BEMAC for 7 years - running a venue and producing over 350 world music events, including large festivals and regional touring as well as delivering music industry development programs to emerging artists. Jo currently runs her own artist management company, Sage Music, managing Emily Wurramara and Kristal West. In her spare time she produces a number of regional tours and international collaboration projects, in addition to playing an AnR and business development role for Impossible Odds Records.
Session: Round Table - Artist Managers, 1:40pm 





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, Tkay Maidza, Kingswood, Tired Lion and more
Sessions: Get Good, 1:40pm 







After completing a double degree at the University of Queensland while helping mates in bands, Julia spent the following five years becoming an industry all-rounder at Footstomp Music, handling publicity, event, tour and project management, A&R, grants, office administration, strategy, and multi-tasking. A sea change to the Gold Coast has seen Julia take on producing roles with two of the city’s leading arts organisations – Bleached Arts (the organisers behind the Gold Coast’s signature annual multi-arts festival, Bleach* Festival) and, The Farm, the internationally renowned contemporary dance company.
Session: Music Business 101, 11:30am







Across the range of different projects Konstantin Kersting has produced, engineered and mixed, there’s one constant – his philosophy of working together with the artist. Kersting first became obsessed with production while studying at uni, dreaming of replicating the sound of the music that wowed him. But he got his start in music way before that, learning a variety of instruments throughout his youth in his hometown of Berlin. After relocating to Australia, Kersting has earned a Bachelor of Music from QUT and then started on his production dream, working as an in-house sound engineer at Airlock Studios, under the renowned producer Yanto Browning – picking up tips and tricks from nationally and internationally acclaimed producers along the way. Since the start of his career, Kersting has worked across a range of different genres for a range of different artists, including: The Church, Big Scary, Kingswood, The Belligerents, The Jungle Giants, Mallrat, WAAX, Tia Gostelow, and more.
Session: Get Good, 1:40pm





Leanne de Souza is a highly-respected veteran of the Australian music industry. With 25 years’ experience working in artist management and events she has represented various high profile, award winning, commercially successful and critically acclaimed contemporary musicians. A long-standing champion and advocate for contemporary music Leanne was a foundation board member of the Queensland Music Network (Q Music) and currently holds the Executive Director role for the Association of Artist Managers (AAM). As an entrepreneur, Leanne is the founder and director of the Rock and Roll Writers Festival. As a sought-after consultant and facilitator, she has worked extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples nationally. As a lecturer, she has worked for Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium and TAFE Queensland. As a peer assessor Leanne regularly sits on assessment panels for the Australia Council, Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council.
Session: Round Table - Artist Managers, 1:40pm






Nick Lynagh is the Director of Habit Music Company with over 10 years experience working in the music industry. Through its artist management, public relations, record label and publishing divisions Habit supports and grows new artists and aims to achieve extraordinary results on a domestic and global stage. Over the last 2 years Habit has had the pleasure of working with a variety of world-class artists and record labels including The Strokes, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Growlers, Good Boy, Middle Kids, Big White, Bad//Dreems, Caroline Records, Kobalt Label Services, Frenchkiss Records, Dine Aline Records, YAK, The Ocean Party, Morning TV, Fountaineer, Endless Boogie and many more.
Session: Publicity 101, 1:40pm






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.
Session: Round Table - Booking Agents, 11:30pm






Clocking up 17 years in music marketing, Stephen Green and The SGC Group have created a hub for music publicity, radio plugging, social marketing and data analysis which boasts an eclectic client base of major and independent labels and touring companies across its businesses and products which include SGC Media, Title Track, Collision Course, Call & Response, MINOR//MAJOR, Radio Monitor and Play MPE. The group works with artists as diverse as Sticky Fingers, Sheppard, Rise Against, New Kids on the Block, The Ten Tenors, Avenged Sevenfold and Seth Sentry. Stephen is also vice president of QMusic (and a previous programmer of Australia’s premier music industry event BIGSOUND), Music Australia Councillor, father of two, big band vocalist and avid Designated Survivor fan.
Session: Round Table - Publicists, 2:40pm





Sullivan’s music career began in 2005 as a founding member of I Heart Hiroshima. Frequent worldwide touring & multiple releases through IHH transformed Sullivan into a seasoned performer; acting as a touring drummer for Sia and Philadelphia Grand Jury. From 2011 - 2016 Sullivan conducted events in Berlin; booking shows for the likes of Chairlift, Karin & Olof Dreijer (The Knife), Romy XX, JD Samson etc. Since returning to Bris, they've jumped into the deep end of event coordination, aiming to present an informed, inclusive aesthetic to their bookings. Now representing JD SAMSON & MISS BLANKS, their intersectional methodology challenges the cis-male dominated structures of the industry.
Session: Round Table - Booking Agents, 11:30pm





Tia Gostelow’s vocals ebb and flow from gossamer-draped lilts to arresting velvet timbres. Inspired by fun, vibrant artwork, Tia brings a new upbeat, pop vibe with her new single, That’s What You Get. “I make sense of life through song. I really live and breathe music - it has to be sincere, from the heart. I think it’s beautiful when people can relate to songs in their own ways with their own stories.” Tia followed up her debut solo single, the hypnotic and syrup-dipped State of Art, with Vague Utopia where her voice unfurls through a hazy, wanderlust scene. She was stoked to earn 6 nominations for the 2017 Queensland Music Awards (2 wins), not long after gaining recognition from Triple J Unearthed, winning their 2016 Indigenous Initiative and, separately, a place in their Triple J Unearthed High 2016 Top 5.
Session: Get Good, 1:40pm




Tim Price heads up Collision Course PR, a quickly-growing publicity agency based in Brisbane - working with acts such as Avenged Sevenfold, Rise Against, Steel Panther, Twelve Foot Ninja, I Prevail, Dead Letter Circus and sleepmakeswaves and Tour PR for bands such as Meshuggah, Alter Bridge, Devin Townsend, Steel Panther, I Prevail, Stick To Your Guns, Knocked Loose and Touche Amore. Things that take up Tim Price’s brainspace and time: Australian heavy / alternative / oz prog music mid-90s to now and perhaps at times over zealously spruiking them; an encyclopedic knowledge of Star Wars, James Bond movies, DC comic books, cartoons and TV shows; going to and putting on shows; hanging with his wife; drinking good coffee and beer / bourbon; and getting good barbershop haircuts. That's Tim Price in a weirdly large Metalhead Nerd Nutshell.
Session: Round Table - Publicists, 2:40pm







Vanessa 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. 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.'
Session: Digital Media 101, 11.30pm





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.
Session: Round Table - Publicists, 2:40pm









After Graduating from Uni with a Bachelor Of Communications in 2008 Zac has involved himself in the music industry as an artists, manager, producer, publicist and booking agent. In 2010 Zac spent 6 months in Tennant Creek where he worked at the Winanjjikari Music Center bringing music to remote indigenous communities. This experience re-enforced Zac's love for music and ignited his passion for the music industry. In the years to follow Zac worked on various music projects, then in early 2013 he decided to set off on a trip around the world. After returning from his travels Zac was ready to consolidate musical knowledge and life experience to work full time in the music industry At Footstomp Music.
Sessions: Round Table - Publicists, 2:40pm