Little BIGSOUND Speakers

   

 

TIM ARIEL - THINK CREATIVE
As Creative Director for Think Creative, one of Brisbane’s leading independent advertising agencies and 2013 BADC (Brisbane Advertising & Design Club) person of the year. Tim creates artwork for a wide range of industries; advertising, entertainment, property, hospitality, pharmaceutical, marine, finance, sports, resorts, retail and government. With a passion for the creative industries, Tim’s contribution to the design side of the music industry comes from his love of Punk and Rock-a-billy music having supported local and international bands / promoters with their design and marketing needs for over a decade.
Session: Visual - The Art of Capturing The Eye 11:00am

 

     

 

 

GRAHAM ‘ASHO’ ASHTON - FOOTSTOMP MUSIC  
Asho is the founder of Footstomp Music, a music services company specializing in artist, project and event management, label services and artist development. Footstomp take care of the music programming at Bleach and Teneriffe Festivals and book Brisbane’s exciting new venue The Triffid. Asho has also been the Executive Programmer for BIGSOUND and has spoken at events such as SXSW, Canadian Music Week and the New Zealand Global Music Summit.  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.  He is getting more obsessed about music with age.
Sessions: Networking Session - Meeting Your Musical Allies 10:00am, Booking Gigs - Go Ahead, Make My Night 1:00pm

 

 

 

PATRICK BALFE - BOOKER / MANAGER 
Patrick is the booker for The Foundry as well as Greaser in Fortitude Valley. He also runs the Trainspotters Clubnight at Grand Central Hotel in the city and manages local bands Babaganouj and Hound. Patrick has lived in Queensland for most of his life and moved to Brisbane in 2008 . He started in the music industry booking occasional shows at The Joynt and Lock’n’Load in West End before starting as an independent contractor booking events and tours for boutique agencies such as Cherry Red and Polysonic. After that he moved onto a contract position at Grand Central Hotel and began the Trainspotters nights in 2012 and came on board as booker at the Foundry at the start of this year. He is currently completing a dual degree of Law and Creative Industries at QUT.
Session: Booking Gigs - Go Ahead, Make My Night 1:00pm

 

 

 

MEL BAXTER  
Mel Baxter has been designing and working with musicians for ten years, starting her own business Moonshine Madness in 2009 specialising in 'Art for Music. She designs, develops and markets festivals, venues, musicians and music professionals as well as small businesses within the hospitality and creative industries. She believes in providing unique, high-quality design work at an affordable price and is driven towards lifting the profile of independent artists to a level that justifies their talent. More than just a collection of services, Moonshine Madness strives to connect music with visual art and passionately promote the independent music scene in Australia.
Session: Branding: Does My Music Look Big In This? 9:00am

 

 

 

SAHARA BECK - SONGWRITER 
Growing up on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Beck’s quirky demeanour and ability to weave stories from different perspectives has quickly developed a devoted fan base and helped rack up some impressive live performances at venues and festivals including BIGSOUND, the Caloundra Music Festival, Golden Days, Noosa Long Weekend, the SolBar, The J, Peregian Originals, Joes Waterhole, the Brisbane Powerhouse, the Judith Wright Centre and many more. When Sahara arrived in Brisbane a couple of years ago, the release of her EP ‘You Could Be Happy’ really saw the buzz start to build. Led by the striking singles ‘Bang Bang Bang’ and ‘C’Mon Man You’re Dead’ Sahara marked her arrival as an artist not just brimming with talent, but with plenty to say. Sahara started gaining plenty of fans around the country thanks to airplay, critical nods and a live show that always leaves people wanting more. Sahara won a Queensland Music Award in 2012 and she has become a must-see band on the local scene, while also earning airplay on national broadcaster triple j, triple j Unearthed, ABC Coast FM, HOT 91.1, community radio nationally and several overseas radio stations as far afield as the UK, Germany and New York.
Session: Honesty Corner With Australian Artists 2:00pm


 

 


JULIA BRIDGER - ARTIST MANAGER
After completing five long years at uni, Julia gained events experience by event managing the non-profit White Noise workshops held at The Edge in 2010. At around the same time, she fell in love with Brisbane 10-piece, Inland Sea, who she began managing despite her common sense telling her otherwise. She went on to be a publicist/event manager/A&R/grant writer/tour logistics coordinator/office manager/label manager/general multi-tasker at Footstomp Music for 5 years. Now, she manages local manager/artist, Dom Miller, works on Judy’s Place at the Red Room as well as working in Programming at QPAC.
Session: Marketing - Going Viral 11:00am


 

 


TOM BYRNES - MANNEQUIN REPUBLIC
Tom is the founder and managing director of Mannequin Republic. He has been a fixture in the local and Australian music scene for a number of years, working as an artist manager, promoter, and occasional music reviewer. Seeing the gap in the Brisbane music industry in alternative heavy music, he formed Mannequin Republic and is dedicated to giving venues quality performers they can trust and rely on, as well as helping emerging artists broaden their horizons and expand their potential.
Tom is a regular at domestic and international music conferences and is a keen advocate to help educate young aspiring managers and bands. At Mannequin Republic, Tom has downsized the roster to accommodate five popular Brisbane based heavy bands including A Breach of Silence, As Paradise Falls and Bayharbour. After working in the industry for 10+ years, Tom hopes to give back and help young artists and managers a foot in the door where possible.
Session: Networking - Meeting Your Musical Allies 10:00am

 

     

 

 

SARAH CHIPMAN - TITLE TRACK 
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.
Session: Marketing - Going Viral 11:00am

 

     

 

 

CHRIS COBCROFT - 4ZZZ 
Chris Cobcroft is Music Coordinator for Community Radio 4ZZZ, a broadcaster where he's devoted six year to a shared passion for a really broad range of alternative, underground and especially Australian music. Rising out of that work he also holds down the position of executive producer on the weekly New Releases Show, heard all around the country on the Community Radio Network. On the show Chris and his team do the kind of long-form reviews you rarely hear or see anymore in the contemporary music press. Alternative, underground and Australian music aren't the only marginalised sounds out there and Chris spends what's left of his time working as an opera singer and sacred music specialist, in venues around Australia.
Session: Networking - Meeting Your Musical Allies 10:00am

 

 

 

 

BRANKO COSIC - 1000HZ RECORDINGS
Branko plays drums in Tape/Off and also manages the band. When he’s not doing that, he is running his own recording business ‘1000Hz Recordings’, and overlooks the Live Department at 4ZZZ, whilst also hosting Unnecessary Knowledge every Friday afternoon. He also loves cats.
Session: Recording - DIY to Abbey Road 1:00pm

 

 

 

 

MARTINE COTTON - MUSIC INDUSTRY INSIDE OUT 
Martine created Music Industry Inside Out, the online music business professional development resource in 2014 after working for a couple of years as Program Manager for QMusic and a whole lot of years before that wearing a ridiculous array of music industry hats and becoming a jill-of-all-trades. Music Industry Inside Out has grown quickly to become of the country’s leading music business information and training portals. 
Sessions: Branding: Does My Music Look Big In This? 9:00am, 
Visual - The Art Of Capturing The Eye 11:00am

 

     

 

 

 

CARLY DICKENSON - MANAGER / ARTIST 
Carly is a Brisbane-based composer/electronica artist who writes and performs under the moniker ANISE. Her sound recalls hints of Massive Attack and Hybrid, with a touch of Everything But the Girl and Boards of Canada. The ANISE live show fuses electronica and soundscapes, often performed with a string trio. An integral part of the show involves connecting the voice with technology, through the use of her cutting-edge midi gloves she has built to trigger live sampling and stutter effects on her voice. Carly was nominated for a Queensland Music Award in the electronica category for her song “Underwater” and is a founding member of the all female artist collective Lady Electronica. The collective received mentorship from Wally DeBacker (Gotye – ARIA Award Winner), Quan Yeomans (Regurgitator – ARIA Award Winner), and producer Scott Horscroft (Presets, Sleepy Jacksons, silverchair). Carly is also a business manager, representing electro pop artist Michelle Xen.
Session: Electronic Music - Beyond Pressing Play 11:00am

 

     

 

 

LAWRENCE ENGLISH - ROOM40 
Lawrence is a composer, media artist and curator based in Brisbane. Working across an array of aesthetic investigations, Lawrence’s work explores the politics of perception and prompts questions of field, perception and memory. Lawrence utilises a variety of approaches including visceral live performance and installation to create works that ask audiences to consider the relationship to space, place and experiential embodiment. He directs Room40, an internationally recognised imprint and multi-arts organisation dedicated to transcendental auditory experiences. He also loves coffee.
Session: Electronic Music - Beyond Pressing Play 11:00am

 

     

 

 

DAN GRAETZ - GRAETZMEDIA 
Dan Graetz is a self-taught filmmaker who has been creating music videos since 2008. He’s worked with Violent Soho, Jarryd James, Ball Park Music, The Jungle Giants, Hungry Kids of Hungary and others. His time-ramped single-shot clip for Violent Soho’s Covered In Chrome picked up an ARIA nomination for Best Music Video in 2014, and he’s received numerous awards for Cinematography including a Golden Tripod in 2012 for his Z-Flex Skateboards piece Skatelapse. Dan runs his own production company Graetzmedia which also works extensively in commercial and corporate markets as a way of funding his passion projects (and paying the rent). This year in collaboration with Brisbane filmmaker Jen Dainer, he launched The Undercurrent, an online news satire program which he hosts, writes & directs.
Session: Visual - The Art of Capturing The Eye 11:00am 

 

 

 

TANJA HALL - JOLT 
Tanja is the Director and Creative Lead of JOLT, a strategic brand agency based in Brisbane. Tanja’s professional career includes experience in both the advertising and design sectors covering strategy, brand identity and management, design and creative direction. She has worked with brands across diverse industries including QMusic to lead the visual repositioning of the BIGSOUND international music event. Tanja was President of the Australian Graphic Design Association, Queensland Chapter for five years and represented the design profession on the AGDA National Council, where she worked to deliver events, initiatives and education to members and the broader design community whilst increasing awareness of the value design contributes to business, education and culture. In 2010, Tanja led the Icograda International Design Week, 'Optimism' and held the role of National Chair, working together with an international team to bring global design leaders to Brisbane. In recognition of her contribution to developing design culture in Queensland, she was a Smart State Fellow Finalist in the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Design Awards.
Session: Branding: Does My Music Look Big In This? 9:00am
 

 

     

 

 

 

DANNY KENNEALLY - AS PARADISE FALLS 
Danny has been playing guitar for ten years and has played in a select few bands ranging from punk rock to metal and hardcore. Born in England, he has experienced growing up, performing and booking in the UK’s local industry as well as Australia’s. Currently he plays guitar for As Paradise Falls and works closely with his management & PR company and has experienced what it’s like to work alongside some of the top people and play some of the underground and well established venues around the country with national and international acts. Danny landed his first national tour in 2014 as the main support for The Molotov Solution (USA) with As Paradise Falls, and 2015 will be the band’s biggest year yet, embarking on their first headlining international tour to New Zealand with sights on the UK and Europe to come.
Session: Honesty Corner With Australian Artists 2:00pm

 

     

 

 

 

BEN KNIGHT - KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY 
For Ben, taking photos for performers is about validating their life decision for individual existence, freedom, and choice. Bands need to have a direction for their imagery as it holds a significant place in educating fans (and potential fans) about a performer’s identity...hopefully, something fans want to connect with. Ben has been floating around all the dingy venues Brisbane has to offer for some time now. He has also been involved with all the major music festivals and now works with promoters to showcase the best events have to offer and generate interest in all aspects of an event. Ben’s main focus is on working with bands to go past the everyday publicity shots and provide full packages of live, backstage and lifestyle photography to better support fans connection with the band. He is now ready to challenge the way that fans interact with the music community by launching a new experimental media project. It is aimed squarely at photographers and writers who want to push the boundaries of music media and increase the value imagery holds in the music industry.
Session: Visual - The Art of Capturing The Eye 11:00am

 

 

 

KELLIE LLOYD - SONGWRITER 
Kellie is bass player, vocalist and songwriter with seminal Brisbane indie rock band Screamfeeder and has been deeply involved in the local and Australian music industry over the last 25 years wearing many different hats, most recently as solo artist, industry insider, educator and student. As someone who doesn’t put “Networking” on the top of the list of favourite pastimes, let her list a million reasons why you should be better at it than her. She lives and breathes the motto “do as I say, not as I do”.
Session: Networking - Meeting Yout Musical Allies 10:00am

 

     

 

 

MAGOO - PRODUCER, APPLEWOOD STUDIOS 
Lachlan Goold, better known as Magoo, is one of Australia’s foremost producers and mixing engineers. The two-time ARIA award winner has worked with some of Australia’s best known acts including Midnight Oil, Regurgitator, Powderfinger, Art Vs Science, Custard, The Cruel Sea, The Jungle Giants, Saskwatch, Tex Perkins and many more. After an extensive career spanning more than 25 years, working all over the country as well as owning and operating two studios (including a refurbished church retreat style studio), Magoo currently spends his time in his mixing studio as well as lecturing Music Production at QUT.
Session: Recording - DIY to Abbey Road 1:00pm

 

     

 

 

JACKIE MARSHALL - SONGWRITER
Jackie Marshall’s extensive career includes an Australian Music Prize shortlisted debut album, being hand-picked by Missy Higgins to support her on her sold-out Queensland On A Clear Night tour leg, performing as part of the iconic concert series Women in Voice at QPAC, and being featured on SBS’s RocKwiz dueting with Australian music legend, Colin Hay. Jackie recently made finalist for the prestigious Grant McLennan Fellowship and was shortlisted for the BOQ Queensland Music Awards People's Choice Most Popular Female category. She currently tours with the Soldier's Wife project and has a new album slated for release in 2016.
Session: Networking - Meeting Yout Musical Allies 10:00am

 

     

 

 

TRINA MASSEY - SMACK FACE RECORDS
Trina Massey first started working within the music industry by organising small live music events while working for a live music venue. From this beginning, she has worked in multiple aspects of the industry, from booking live music venues, artist management, creating warehouse parties, curating DJ rosters to being a DJ herself. In November 2012, Trina became a partner in Brisbane independent label Smack Face Records, specifically taking on board Publicity, Marketing and A&R for the up and coming label. Through her work within the label, she's coordinated releases for such artists as Flea (RHCP), The Growlers, The Coathangers, Dot Hacker, The Wands, ect and also helped tour various acts. She's strives to introduce progressive and interesting bands into the territory and to create the same transfer of talent into international markets.
Session: Marketing - Going Viral 11:00am

 

 

 

NEIL MCCULLOUGH - SAE FACILITIES MANAGER
Neil took to audio engineering after a revelation in a Seattle music store 25 years ago. He has since witnessed many changes, from large format recording consoles with multi-track reel-to-reel tape recording, to digital recording within a laptop and small interface packaged within a backpack. Covering his passion for entertainment industries and the arts, Neil has operated home studios and club events, worked in television and the performing arts. For the past 10 years, Neil has worked at SAE Creative Media Institute. Beginning with teaching Audio and Music Business, moving on to Marketing, and currently Facilities Manager, Neil has witnessed many, from young to old, from school leavers to career changers, as they begin their journey to fulfil their dreams . . . Whatever their passion.
Session: Recording - DIY to Abbey Road 1:00pm

 

 

 

DEAN MCGRATH - ROLLS BAYCE 
Songwriter, singer and guitarist, Dean has been a fixture of the Australian music landscape since rising to prominence with indie pop band Hungry Kids of Hungary. Their six year stint saw McGrath playing festivals across the globe, releasing two critically acclaimed albums and snagging three QMA awards including Best Song in 2010. His new project, the psych/soul 3 piece Rolls Bayce, looks set to continue his success having already stormed the airways on triple j with their first two singles and drawing praise from the likes of NME and Rolling Stone.
Session: Honesty Corner With Australian Artists 2:00pm

 

     

 

 

DONOVAN MILLER - NOWHERE AUDIO 
Donovan Miller is a Brisbane-based musician, audio engineer and producer originally from Lismore. He has been a part of numerous bands including No Anchor, Roku Music, Woodboot, Butcher Birds and Die On Planes, fulfilling various roles as a multi-instrumentalist and completing a number of national Australian tours. He runs a small recording studio called Nowhere Audio, where he has worked as engineer and producer on over 100 independent Australian and international projects. He also works in a managerial position at the world-famous Tym Guitars. FOREVR follows on from his work as principal songwriter for Roku Music.
Session: Recording - DIY to Abbey Road 1:00pm

 

 

 

TRAD NATHAN - CROWBAR BRISBANE 
Trad Nathan, Father/Husband, Venue Owner, International Tour Manager. 34 years old. Grew up between Brisbane and Hong Kong. His first tour working for a band was at 17, and for some reason, he hasn’t looked back since. He's been booking bands and venues for 17 years. Played over 1000 live shows played/ over 6000 booked, travelled the world in a heavily global touring band. He’s dealt with huge worldwide music business, labels and publishing deals. He’s written and toured on a Gold record and has now owned and operated Brisbane's heavy music venue Crowbar for the last 3.5 years.
Session: Booking Gigs - Go Ahead, Make My Night 1:00pm

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

CHRIS O'NEILL - APRA AMCOS 
Artist, advocate and Queensland industry stalwart Chris has been committed to music for more than a decade. While he graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Music, it’s been his work on and off the stage that had built his profile and reputation.  An acclaimed drummer, Chris has written and performed with artists from just about every genre, made numerous records, and performed on stages around the country including major festivals such as The Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass and the Woodford Folk Festival. Chris makes a daily contribution to supporting artists through his role at APRA AMCOS as Acting National Manager - Writer Services, where he assists the songwriter members navigate the complicated but critical world of copyright and royalties.
Sessions: Money - Because You're Worth It 1:00pm, Honesty Corner With Australian Artists 2:00pm, 

 

     

 

 

 

TIM PRICE - COLLISION COURSE PR   
Tim began his music industry career in Rockhampton booking O’Dowd’s Irish Pub and putting on over 200 shows for international, national, touring and local artists. He was also the Arts Queensland A-Venue Project Officer and manager of Gladstone act, Epidemic… Over.  In Brisbane, Tim has worked as a publicist at Mucho Bravado and has taught Music Business at Mount Gravatt TAFE and Music Industry College. He was also recognised as one of 150 prominent young Queensland people in the creative industries as part of the Q150 celebrations.  Tim now runs three companies: Pricewar Music (Management of Sydonia, Ezekiel Ox, StormChasers, Booking for The Good Ship and PR for artists like Drawn From Bees, Cypher, Pat Tierney, The Acfields and more), Collision Course PR (Forever the Optimist, Guards of May, Drawcard, These Four Walls, Sydonia and more) and Underscore Agency (Sydonia, Bound For Ruin, Darkc3ll, Guards of May, Forever the Optimist, Drawcard, Spitfireliar) and is a partner in regional mini-festival El Grande Festival. Tim has also been a drummer in various bands, a stage manager, artist liaison, graphic designer and more.
Sessions: Branding: Does My Music Look Big In This? 9:00am, Networking - Meeting Your Musical Allies 10:00am, Marketing - Going Viral 11:00am, Money - Because You're Worth It 1:00pm

 

 

 

MEGAN STARR-THOMAS - THE BRISBANE COLLECTIVE 
Megan is the co-founder, artist liaise and editor of the independent artist collective, The Brisbane Collective. As a founding member of The Hi-Fi Brisbane, Megan utilized her time as a Duty Manager to network and learn from some of the industry greats. In 2013, Megan established The Brisbane Collective. TBC was created as a unique platform in which local emerging artists and musicians could unite and network in a non-pretentious space, for one-night-only events. TBC was established with no online presence and their first event brought over 300 people through the doors of their pop-up space. Since then Megan has utilized her skill as a Graphic Designer to developed an independent street press magazine focusing on Brisbane’s emerging talent and continues to disrupt the way we view our local creative scene.
Session: Booking Gigs - Go Ahead, Make My Night 1:00pm

 

 

 

JANE SLINGO- DIRECTOR, YOUNG STRANGERS;
Jane’s varied and in-depth experience in electronic music comes from a number of roles in dance music since 1994 including promoter, publicist, street press editor, booking agent, tour manager and artist manager. Jane founded Young Strangers in 2006, a boutique music business specialised in artist management, managing the careers past and present of some of Australia’s brightest electronic music stars. She’s also the tour manager of choice for the Australian tours of some of the world’s biggest artists in electronic music including Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Tiesto, and Armin Van Buuren. As a specialist in electronic music, Jane is a member of the Australian Recording Industry Association’s (ARIA) Club Chart Committee, a member of the APRA Club Music Advisory Group, and is Conference Programmer for EMC. (Electronic Music Conference)
Session: Booking Gigs - Go Ahead, Make My Night 1:00pm

 

 

 

JARRYD SHUKER – ART OF SLEEPING
Jarryd Shuker is the keyboardist of Brisbane-based rock band ‘Art of Sleeping.’ After the release of singles 'Empty Hands' and 'Above the Water' in 2012, Art of Sleeping went on to play some of Australia’s most iconic music festivals before signing a record deal with Dew Process/Universal Music. The band is currently on the road in support of new music, with their debut album available July 17. At 23 years of age, Jarryd has also had a taste of music management, looking after electronic act ‘MTNS’. When not on the road, he works as an Acoustic Engineer, specialising in the design of recording studios and performance spaces.
Session: Honesty Corner With Australian Artists 2:00pm, 

 

     

 

 

 

CAM SMITH - INCREMENTAL RECORDS 
Cameron Smith is a Brisbane based recording engineer and musician. He runs the recording studio Incremental Records, and has worked with bands ranging from Velociraptor, Dune Rats and Go Violets through to more niche acts like No Anchor and Turnpike. He’s never taken a course on sound engineering or had a lesson for a musical instrument (although he does have a degree in software engineering that he doesn’t use anymore). Cam ran the DIY live music space ‘The Waiting Room’ for three years, ending in late 2014, and has co-presented the 4ZZZFM show ‘Unnecessary Knowledge’ since 2013. Since moving to Brisbane in 2001 he’s played in over a dozen bands, none of which were ever particularly popular. He is a keen proponent of independent music.
Session: Recording - DIY to Abbey Road 1:00pm

 

     

 

 

 

DEB SUCKLING - SUGARRUSH MUSIC
Deb has worked in the Queensland music industry for over a decade. She spent a number of years cutting her teeth with independent labels FunkFolk Records and Collision Records before founding her own label SugarRush Music in late 2006. Deb was the Program Manager for QMusic until October 2012, overseeing a number of projects including coordinating the annual Queensland Music Awards and running professional development workshops across the state for emerging artists. She is now the senior producer at BEMAC (Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre) and manages Sahara Beck and Jackie Marshall. In her spare time, she produces the highly successful show The Soldier’s Wife and works on various community projects as a consultant.
Session: Networking - Meeting Your Musical Allies 10:00am, Marketing - Going Viral 11:00am

 

 

 

JACK TIERNEY - LISTEN TO THE GRAPHICS
Listen To The Graphics is the work of Brisbane designer and illustrator Jack Tierney. Jack started the project in 2009 keen to bring his passion for design and music together. Creative direction in the music industry has led him to incredible opportunities to work with some of his favourite artists. The focus of his work is music collateral, working with a range of bands, artists, radio stations, music festivals, venues and record labels. Jack has built an impressive client base both locally and internationally, which have included Warner Music, Elefant Traks, Theaterland Promotions, Hilltop Hoods, One Day Crew, Dune Rats and Rolling Stone Magazine.
Session: Branding: Does My Music Look Big In This? 9:00am, Visual - The Art of Capturing The Eye 11:00am 

 

 

 

MATT TUCKER - BRIAN TUCKER ACCOUNTING
Matt Tucker CPA is an accountant with arts specialist practice, Brian Tucker Accounting. He has previously served on the boards of Playlab and 4ZZZ, has volunteered for Transit Lounge and spoken for YAQ, QPIX, MEAA and Griffith University Film School. Matt has a passion for music and film, having played drums in a number of bands over the years and more recently producing his first short film.
Session: Money - Because You're Worth It 1:00pm

 

 

 

HANS VAN VLIET - GAME COMPOSER, 7 BIT HERO
Hans created 7bit hero, which is a live interactive computer game band. HP Computers discovered 7bit Hero and named them future creators of music. 7bit Hero has also worked with the Queensland Health and on the ever so lovely Sun Mum campaign. His partnership, IV Motion, makes motion design, vfx and computer games for brands and agencies around Australia. He has work with Bank of Queensland, Penny Skateboards (penny time ios), Yellow cabs and other stuff. Hans has created music soundtracks for Apogee, ID and EA. Hans has since established himself as a synth and beat craftsmen who makes his own sounds from scratch which creates the unique sound for Hunz and his video game band 7bit Hero.
Session: Electronic Music - Beyond Pressing Play 11:00am

 

     

 

 

 

SEJA VOGEL – ARTIST/PERFORMER
Since 1998 Seja Vogel has been an integral member of Brisbane synth-punk trio Sekiden. In 2007 she also joined iconic genre-mashers Regurgitator. An artist constantly wanting to push her own creative boundaries, Seja has also lent her keyboarding and singing skills to touring buddies such as SPOD and David McCormack. In 2010 Seja created a new batch of solo pieces under her own name for her album We Have Secrets But Nobody Cares. Seja’s solo output is a synthesis of her musical lineage to date, with future-pop production and blissful vocal harmonies. Off the back of a couple of years touring with her own band, playing support slots for Warpaint, Goldfrapp and Sarah Blasko, Seja has found the time to write and record a second volume of sweetly synthesised soundscapes entitled All Our Wires. The album was released in 2013 and sees the likes of Robert Forster of Australian legends The Go-Betweens, Cut Copy’s Tim Hoey and Regurgitator’s Ben Ely contributing vocals, guitars and bass, along with some arrangement from Wally De Backer. Seja’s second record contrasts her debut with an increased focus on acoustic instrumentation and overlaying refined vocal harmonies and trademark 80’s synth sounds. Seja was the winner of the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship in 2013, and spent two months of 2014 writing songs for her third album in New York. 
Session: Electronic Music - Beyond Pressing Play 11:00am

 

 

 

PAUL WATSON - DEPTH CHARGE MUSIC
Paul Watson is a passionate Brisbane based musician and manager who has been actively involved in creating, releasing ad presenting music since high school days, sometime ago. Currently Paul runs Brisbane based music management company Depth Charge Music whose clients include bands Dubmarine and reggae heavy-weights Kingfisha. Depth Charge Music books West End’s hottest venue The Motor Room Paul also performs in explosive live dub, dnb, dancehall 8 piece, Dubmarine , roots reggae dubbers The Upsteppers, Psychedelic blues rocker Grim Tilla and the Diablo, deep soul steppers the New Buzz and djs under the moniker Selecta Watson. Not one to take spare time lightly Paul is also a partner of new 7” record label, Vital Signs Records, specialising in vinyl only releases from exciting roots and reggae acts. Paul is an avid reggae, blues and soul fan, and collects too many records. He clearly has a music problem.
Session: Booking Gigs - Go Ahead, Make My Night 1:00pm

 

     

 

 

 

PATRIK WIKSTRÖM - QUT 
Associate Professor Patrik Wikström is Principal Research Fellow at the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology. Patrik is internationally recognised as an expert on the digitisation on the creative industries, and has authored and edited several books, journal articles and conference papers on the topic. He is co-editor of Journal of Media Business Studies, an Edward Elgar book series on Business Innovation and Disruption in the Creative Industries, and he is on the editorial boards of Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media and the International Journal of Music Business Research.
Session: Money - Because You're Worth It 1:00pm

 

     

 

 

MICHELLE XEN - ARTIST / PERFORMER
Michelle pushes the art/music form, allowing for work that is both engaging and open to interpretation. After a research trip to Berlin and New York in 2012, she embarked on a project in musical experimentation combining artistic skill-set, committedly backed by her visual artist/DJ training and love of deep bass sounds.  She has worked closely with artists such as Quan Yeomans  (Regurgitator) and Wally De Backer  (The Basics, Gotye) in the studio on her emerging, electro-pop sounds. Michelle was most recently awarded a 2015 Queensland Music Award for Best Song in the Electronic/Dance category for her latest release Short Term Plan. Her art-pop exploration will see her release DYNAMICS OF DISOBEDIENCE in 2015.
Session: Electronic Music - Beyond Pressing Play 11:00am