Touring original music has inspired Benny to write raw and honest lyrics influenced by his life experiences and make music inspired by the bands and artists who made an impact on his life from a young age to the present. In support of his 2017 EP, Benny went on the road for 3 months playing 27 shows in over 20 regional towns and cities from Cairns to Melbourne. Benny is now writing new music and focusing on recording his debut album.
Presented by QMusic & Brisbane City Council
Gain real life skills
Meet industry experts
Build your local music scene.
Want to get started in the music industry but don't know who to talk to or where to begin?
Choose from a variety of sessions that best suits your interests. Whether you are a practising musician, or thinking about a career in the music industry, Little BIGSOUND is designed to put you in direct contact with local venue bookers, artist managers, music publicists and digital specialists just so you can pick their brains!
You’ll also meet other young people in the scene that could become members of your next band - or even the band’s manager!
Keen to get hands on? Test drive the tools of the next generation of production and live instrumentation. Featuring 16 Ableton Push 2's, participants will be taught the functions of each tool and then be able to program, create, mix and manipulate their own beats and melodies.
Wanna get into event management? Don't miss this unique opportunity to get all your questions answers and meet like minded people or even some future employers! You never know who you'll met at Little BIGSOUND.
Brisbane independent label Coolin' By Sound was established in 2016 by Michelle Padovan and Steve Bell and is home to artists including Thigh Master, Tape/Off, The Gametes, Spiral Stairs (Pavement) and Shrapnel. Michelle and Steve followed long and divergent musical paths before starting the label. A former publicist, radio station manager and current Marketing Manager at QMusic, Michelle also lends her expertise and passion to Girls Rock! and the Brisbane Community Cup. Steve’s been a music journalist for 20 years - interviewing over 2,000 artists – and has also managed bands, presented shows on 4ZZZ and currently co-owns Sonic Sherpa Records.
Andy Irvine is a digital music distribution specialist and General Manager of Australia's new digital aggregator and music services company, GYROstream. With a 20 year career in the music industry in supply chain and operations at Universal Music and more recently at independent labels Dew Process and Create Control, Andy has been involved in all aspects of the release cycle for thousands of major music releases. Andy has launched GYROstream to support the needs of Aussie and NZ independent artists, with a suite of music services and a local support team to assist artists getting their music out to the world.
Tristan Malloch is a music technology specialist, multi-instrumentalist and composer with an extensive musical background of performance, production and sound reinforcement across a diverse range of genres. As well as regular live performances, he works as demonstrator and lecturer of music technology and musical instruments for such leading brands as Ableton, Korg, Arturia, Native Instruments and Universal Audio.
With an extensive background in the music, festival and events industries, Braydon has worked alongside some of the most exciting emerging artists in the country, working on festivals such as BIGSOUND and Valley Fiesta, before joining PS Music Group as a booking agent, and now leading the Brisbane office.
Braydon thrives of growing artists careers and currently works alongside some Australia's best up-and-coming artists including Seaside, Tape/Off, The Cactus Channel, Thando, Shag Rock and Neighbourhood Youth.
Ali is the Co-Founder/Director of Brisbane-based record label and artist management agency, Soul Has No Tempo. With a joint passion for cultivating and supporting local music, Ali & her partner Gavin created SHNT as a one-stop shop for local, emerging artists to express, create and release music.
Managing breakthrough artist and Disclosure collaborator, Jordan Rakei (Ninja Tune) from his early development and relocation to London, Ali now looks after Brisbane rising star Tiana Khasi and Laneous. The label has released music by Rakei, Sampology and UK producer/drummer Richard Spaven and run a music podcast, Soul Has No Tempo Radio.
Leonie Yeoman has worked within artist management for 10 years – specifically within the alt-country and country genres. She joined the the Association of Artist Managers a year ago as the membership and administration support officer and is a keen advocate for Australian music managers. She also works in event management and project support in a number of areas, and currently is the program assistant for Big Sky Girls program in 2018.
Liz Ansley is 4ZZZ’s Music Coordinator, Executive Producer & Host of the station’s flagship live music program Right Here, Right Now, and freelance music publicist/creative consultant under the banner ‘Special Interest’. A passionate supporter of great music from various different sides of the industry, Liz has worked with some of the most exciting and boundary-pushing artists locally, nationally and internationally including Demon Days, SEVDALIZA (NE), Miss Blanks, Jesswar, Divide and Dissolve, SSION (US), Kojey Radical (UK), Tangents, GAIKA (UK), Protomartyr (US), Shoeb Ahmad, King IV, Telete, Terra Pines, Your Girl Pho, Aeora, KAIAR, VAL FLYNN, LÂLKA and many more.
Kellie Lloyd is bass player, singer and co-songwriter in Brisbane band Screamfeeder, an established self-releasing solo artist, and has dabbled in the dark arts of music video director/producer/editor and freelancer in the music industry.
Kellie has worked with QMusic and BIGSOUND, Falls Festival, Laneway Festival and QLD Music Festival and taught at JMC Academy and tutored at QUT Creative Industries music industry subjects.
Currently Kellie works for APRA AMCOS as Writer Services representative, bringing all her experience into the one role.
Mitch began his career in the music industry over a decade ago, working alongside an Australian touring company and producing video content for live music events. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of roles within the industry, from venue manager and artist liaison to photographer and videographer. He’s now the senior music publicist at SGC in Brisbane, where he focuses largely on tour PR for Australian and international clients. Since taking the role several years ago, Mitch has produced campaigns for BIGSOUND Festival, Hans Zimmer, Tegan & Sara, Gurrumul, John Butler, Jose Gonzalez, Lauv and more.
Marie Devita is a singer/songwriter hailing from Brisbane, Australia. Best known for her vocal role in WAAX, her journey has seen her release 2 records, tour relentlessly with local and international artists (Violent Soho, Dune Rats, WAVVES, Fall Out Boy) and appear at numerous festivals including Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival. She is currently working with Nick DiDia and Bernard Fanning on WAAX's debut album.
Georgia started her event career as a late bloomer. She transferred her small business management skills to a University Degree in Business with a major in Event Management. She achieved her goal of working for one of the biggest Music Festivals in the country - Big Day Out and then later adding Soundwave, Vans Warped Tour, Harvest and BIGSOUND Festival to the mix. She now works for Secret Sounds in Festival Operations for Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Download Festival.
Melissa O'Bryan has had a long romance with music.
Early musical encouragement by her mother & teenage years teaching herself to play guitar, she eventually moved from venue regular to venue worker.
Starting out behind the bar, Melissa took every opportunity to learn, looking over the shoulders of Bookers and Sound Engineers, soaking up everything she could.
Since taking over as Solbar’s bookings manager, Melissa has booked over 500 shows, fielded thousands of emails, and coordinated with some of the biggest and best names in live music. She also curates and hosts Solbar's Open Mic nights, and loves nurturing new talent toward the big stage.
Ash Kissane is a publicist at Mucho Bravado, editor of music magazine CONTROL Zine and manager for Chakra Efendi.
Dave Sleswick is graduate from the Queensland University of Technology, BA Creative Industries, the Director of Motherboard Productions and the Creative Director of the Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane. Most recently Dave has held positions such as the Associate Producer of Next Wave Festival, Project Manager for MONA FOMA, Producer for Contemporary Performance at the Brisbane Powerhouse (2015-16), Program Producer for the 2016 and 2018 Australian Performing Arts Market, Program Producer and music curator for the Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival.
Nick Lynagh has been working in the music industry for 10 years across media, marketing and artist management. He is the Director of Habit, a PR and Marketing agency whose clients have included Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Good Boy, The Strokes, Maroochy Music And Visual Arts Festival, Kobalt Label Services and many more. Nick is also the General Manager of Mirror Music Group - an independent artist management company and record label based in Redfern, Sydney, managing artists such as Gang Of Youths, Middle Kids, Brightness, Sloan Peterson and Clea.
Fiona Priddey has always been fascinated by the world of music media. Enjoying both sides of the coin as a music publicist at Mucho Bravado and an announcer/executive producer on 4ZZZ's Wednesday breakfast radio show, Boogie Board.
Career highlights include: levelling up from an intern to staff member, working with clients she has admired for years and forming lasting relationships with taste makers nationally and abroad through Mucho Bravado's networks. Boogie Board has presented boundless opportunities, too and has seen her interview numerous international and Australian artists from Wolf Alice and Phoenix to Hatchie and Methyl Ethel.
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 & Cardigan Bar. She currently is the primary booker for The Milk Factory in South Brisbane. Ruby also manages Brisbane bands Bugs & Future Haunts, is an assistant agent for national artist booking agency New World Artists & is the volunteer coordinator for Laneway Brisbane
Having previously run the full gamut of responsibilities across some of Australia’s major festivals, Mackenzie Moor now spends her days (and most nights) working as a Junior Booking Agent for Social State Entertainment handling venues such as Black Bear Lodge, The Brightside, The Valley Drive In and more recently Sydney’s Brighton Up Bar. When not chained to her desk, you’ll find Mack jet setting around the country catching her favourite acts live with a gin and tonic in hand (fresh lime please).
Caitlin Crawley is the lead publicist at Habit, an independent full-service music marketing and PR agency based in Brisbane. Having landed her role while studying a Bachelor of Mass Communication at QUT, Caitlin has spent the last two years tailoring effective publicity campaigns with a creative and personal approach, working with both local and internationally renowned artists. Throughout this time, clients have included Clea, Sloan Peterson, Sweater Curse, The Kooks, Maroochy Music & Vis Arts Festival, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Middle Kids, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and many more.
Now well past a decade in the industry and having started his career in Rockhampton and moving to Brisbane in 2008 - Tim Price now heads up Collision Course PR and runs heavy music radio station/app The Faction. Collision Course has worked PR campaigns for acts such as Underoath, Avenged Sevenfold, Rise Against, Steel Panther, Twelve Foot Ninja, I Prevail, Dead Letter Circus, Polaris, sleepmakeswaves, Meshuggah, Alter Bridge, Devin Townsend, Deez Nuts and with major and indie labels and tour promoters. The Faction has cemented itself as Australia's fastest-growing heavy music radio app and station and is growing by the day!
Vivienne is a former music journalist with over a decade of experience in publicity, communications and marketing. Currently, Vivienne is a co-founder and Head of Marketing and Promotions at independent Australian digital aggregator and music services company GYROstream. Vivienne’s role as a music publicist has allowed her to work with artists including Kwame, Brother Ali, Meg Mac, Gypsy & The Cat, the church, Divinyls, Dustin Tebbutt & Lisa Mitchell and WAAX - plus festivals including THIS THAT, The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl, Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival and The Blurst of Times. Vivienne is also a member of the QMusic management committee.
Brigid books and curates events at Brisbane's "Hottest" live music venue, The Zoo. Through her work, she focuses on supporting local, underrepresented talent in a dynamic and vibrant live music scene. Prior to The Zoo, she contributed her marketing and PR efforts towards Jungle Love Festival, Yonder Festival and Brisbane Street Art Festival.
Brigid views the arts as a fundamental platform for expression, community development and believes it has the ability to enact positive social change. With this philosophy, she is committed to building a thriving, supportive and equitable arts culture in Brisbane.
After returning to Brisbane from London music licensing agency Ricall, Tyler McLoughlan founded The Sound Pound in 2011 with a mission to connect independent artists and composers to sync opportunities; there were just too many awesome-but-broke bands getting around who needed the cash and kudos boost, not to mention some insight on the value of their copyrights.
Tyler is also a passionate copyright educator and sessional lecturer who regularly leads workshops for creatives and business types alike on music rights management particularly where it applies to income diversification, collaboration and synchronisation.
As a young songwriter and musician growing up in North Queensland, Alex Henriksson found himself lost within a forgotten world. However, when his friends’ band, The Middle East, was catapulted from obscurity to the world stage, Alex realised that location meant nothing.
Taking on somewhat of a philosophic approach, one that nurtures individualism, and tailors creative techniques, Alex has successfully worked with countless artists including Robbie Miller, Tia Gostelow, Tash Sultana, Jarryd James, Rohin Jones (The Middle East), and Matt Corby.
With management through Ground Control Music, Alex is fast becoming one of Australia’s most unique songwriters and producers.