SPEAKERS 

JOE ALEXANDER

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. Last year, Joe attended and spoke at both the BIGSOUND music conference in Brisbane and A2IM's Indie Week in New York, as well as AMIN's Release conference for 2015-16.

He hopes to do more of the same in the years to come. 

SARAH CHIPMAN

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.

RACHEL JONES-WILLIAMS

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!

JOHN MULLEN

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

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.

STACEY PIGGOTT

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.

ANDREW TUTTLE 

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.

WILL WATSON

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.