WAMCon 2019 returned to its home at the State Theatre of Western Australia on the 1st and 2nd November of 2019, continuing its focus to deliver West Australian Artists and Industry accessible opportunities to learn, engage and interact with the broader music sector. The 2019 Conference drew attention to issues including diversity, accessibility and sustainability practices through a combination of panels, presentations and one-on-one networking opportunities.

2019 SPEAKERS

KEYNOTES: 

Fifa Riccobono

Music Industry Legend, Sydney AU
Paul Mac
Composer and Producer, Sydney AU
Mark Kneebone
Co-Head of Promotion at Live Nation Australasia, Auckland NZ
Giulia McGauran
Visual Artist, Photographer & Art Director/ Performer GG McG, Melbourne AU

 

SPEAKERS:

Ai-Ling Truong (RTRFM) | Alex Paioff (Pilerats/Made In The Pile) | Amanda Mason (Media Arts Lawyers) | Amber Fresh (Rabbit Island) | Amelia Jenner (FBi Radio) | Amir Barber-Skwarko (ALT/Hearts of Darkness) | Prof. Andy Bennett (Griffith University) | Andrew Khedoori (AMRAP) | Andy Rantzen (Australia Council for the Arts) | Anthony Zaccaria (Bolster) | Ashleigh Hills (UNIFIED Music Group) | Blake Williams (mix 94.5) | Bri Aab (Secretly Group) | Bob Gordon (Music Journalist) | Catherine Haridy (Catherine Haridy Management/AAM) | Cecilia Sun (University of Western Australia) | Cecilia Yi (ZANDARI FESTA/DMZ Peace Train Music Festival) | Chelsea Gough (Native Tongue Music Publishing) | Chris Bye (Great Gable)| Clive Hodson (Perfect Pitch Publishing) | Dan Gordon (Now/Live) | Dan Roberts (Pen Cap Chew Studios) | Danielle Caruana (Mama Kin, The Seed Fund),  Delroy Bergsma (Youth Focus)| Dom Alessio (Sounds Australia) | Dorothy Markek (Double J) | Elise Reitze-Swensen (Feels/WOMPP) | Elle Walsh (The Love Junkies/Axe Girl)  | Emma Bosworth (Green Music Australia) | Fifa Riccobono (Support Act Ltd.) | Francesca de Valence (I Heart Songwriting Club) | Gemma Pike (triple j) | Georgia Malone (GM Consulting) | Gina Goodrich (Monster Management) | Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse | Giulia McGauran (GG McG) | Graham Ashton (Footstomp Music) | Guven Yilmaz (Vita Music Group) | Harley Evans (moshtix) | Hayden Davies (Pilerats) | Hayley-Jane Ayres (360 Artist Logistics) | Jemma Bradford (Kopano) | John Uy (Karpos Multimedia Inc) | Justin Sweeting (Magnetic Asia/Clockenflap) | Kelsie Miller (Across The Road Music) | Laiq Qureshi (Urban Beat Project) | Liam Saunders (New World Artists) | Libby Noble (RTRFM) | Lisa Nikulinsky (Psychotherapist/Music Culture Researcher) | Louise Devenish (University of Western Australia) | Mark Kneebone (Live Nation) | Matt Bacon (Dropout Media/Prophecy Productions) | Matt Johnson (Walking Horse Music/North Metropolitan TAFE/WAM) | Murray Curnow (Wildlife Entertainment) | Nick Sheppard (Elroy Clothing/The Tender Hearts)| Ofa Fotu (Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics) | Paige X. Cho (Bolster.) | Paul Mac (Composer) | Pete Guazzelli (Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries) | Phaedra Watts (Nannup Music Festival) | Rebecca Young (Collective Artists) | Robert Binsiar (Youth Focus) | Sammy Shirra-Moore (Music Matters) | Scott Adam (North Metropolitan TAFE) | Simon Collins (Seven West Media) | Simon Hunt (UNSW Sydney) | Stella Donnelly | Steven Alyian (Camp Doogs/Injured Ninja) | Suzie Tuialii (Hyclass)| Tara Benney (Strawberry Fields) | Timmy Hefner (Ground Control Touring/Chaos in Tejas) | Will Backler (RTRFM)

Ai-Ling Truong

Presenter at RTRFM

Ai-Ling has been volunteering at RTRFM since 2012 and currently presents on Posted and The Midnight Special. She joined the RTRFM Board as a Director in 2017. Ai-Ling has been involved in many community focused arts, cultural and food events. She was a part of the TEDxPerth organising committee as their Food Curator from 2012-2017, and founded and organised Perth’s first and largest food truck festival, Food Truck Rumble from 2014-2017. She also co-founded Western Australia’s first Food and Drink Symposium (FADS) in 2017. Ai-Ling is an avid home cook and lover of heavy music.

Alex Paioff

Managing Director, Made in the Pile and Pilerats; Marketing and Events, Jack Rabbit Slim's & Lucy's Love Shack

No conceptual understanding of the ‘off switch’, Alex was quick to set up a string of business ventures. At the age of 30 he has developed a diverse skillset that is grounded in project management, social media marketing, content creation, digital product design and team building. Alex's nine years of experience in the entertainment industry have been spent creating, learning and experimenting within the digital marketing space. His work was recognised in AMID’s Top50 Most Powerful in the Australian Music and Entertainment Industry, placing him at No.41 and as a finalist in the WA Young Achiever Awards. His experience has encompassed re-establishing music venues, cultivating and executing music festivals, establishing a music website read by over 100,000 UVs per month, developing the UI of digital products, and building creative arms that output video, design, augmented reality and comprehensive social media marketing campaigns. With Made in the Pile, he hopes to reshape the marketing space by producing campaigns that people love to share and by serving his clients with genuine value and insight.

Amanda Mason

Senior Lawyer, Media Arts Lawyers

Amanda is a senior entertainment industry lawyer at Media Arts Lawyers and practices across the spectrum of defamation, music/entertainment industry, intellectual property and commercial law. Amanda represents clients from all corners of the commercial and creative industries including media outlets, festivals, promoters, comedians, artists, musicians, game developers, and various other commercial entities. Outside of her role as a lawyer, she’s active in the music industry; managing artists and running events and was previously the assistant editor of Heavy Music Magazine.

Amber Fresh

Rabbit Island

Amber Fresh is a writer and musician from Albany W.A. living in Walyalup (Fremantle). Her latest release 'Deep in The Big' is out on Bedroom Suck Records. The title track 'Deep in The Big' reached #1 on the Amrap metro charts, and the full release was Album of the Day on Bandcamp, feature album on Fbi Radio in Sydney and RTRfm in Perth, receiving 9/10 stars in XPress. The album is described by Tone Deaf as "a record with the power to change the direction of your life." Amber has also been a writer and reviewer for music websites and magazines, has directed music videos for artists including The Growl and Felicity Groom, and has published print and musical work with collaborator Nicholas Allbrook.

Amelia Jenner

Music Director, FBi Radio

Amelia Jenner is FBi Radio’s Music Director and the third to be appointed since the station launched in 2003. Now in its sixteenth year, FBi Radio is an independent youth broadcaster dedicated to the music, arts and culture of Sydney. Playing 50% Australian music, with half of that from Sydney. As Music Director, Amelia is responsible for shaping the sound of FBi Radio through music programming, interviews and all music-focused content on air and online. Amelia has been involved with the station as a volunteer since 2012, presenting on air since 2014. She currently hosts FBi's new music programs The Playlist and Body Promise. Through her dedication to these programs and her industry experience, Amelia has a strong track record for championing new sounds and fostering young talent. She brings industry connections and knowledge from previous positions as Marketing Manager at both Inertia Music and Ableton Liveschool. As well as this, Amelia currently runs cult electronic label Body Promise and is the co-founder of booking, touring and events agency NECTAR.

Amir Barber-Skwarko

Founder, Hearts of Darkness Inc | Systems Manager at ARTRAGE

Amir has been an avid supporter of live music and amateur setlist collector for nearly two decades. For the latter decade he has been providing a wide range of services to the arts industry such as bookkeeping, budgeting, data crunching, logistics, ticketing and systems management.

In early 2018, Amir founded Hearts of Darkness Inc, a collective aimed at advancing alternative culture in Perth. Eighteen months in, Hearts of Darkness Inc has run over thirty events through four separate event brands each targeting different under-served scenes in Perth: ALT, Rituals, Volta and ZERØ. Notable interstate and international bookings so far include Trepaneringsritualen (SW), Zanias (DE), Discrete Circuit (DE), MY DISCO (VIC), Habits (VIC), Λ / Π (VIC), Kollaps (VIC), Lucy Cliché (NSW) and Elisabeth Dixon (VIC).

Hearts of Darkness Inc aims to be the pedestal for Perth arts and music that is considered dark, heavy, DIY, underground, leftfield and/or just plain weird.

Andrew Khedoori

Manager, Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP)

As manager of CBAA’s Amrap initiative, Andrew oversees distribution of new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide where listenership and interest in new Australian music is at its highest ever. As 2SER’s longterm Music Director, Andrew presided over music programming to broadcast successfully diverse and dynamic program schedule that gave acts like Gotye and Hermitude their first airplay. He has interviewed everyone, from new local bands to legends such as David Byrne, Neneh Cherry and Henry Rollins. Andrew also co-founded independent label, Preservation, releasing works from the likes of Grand Salvo and Sophie Hutchings, and currently curates the acclaimed online deep listening series, Longform Editions.

Prof. Andy Bennett

Professor of Cultural Sociology, Griffith University

Andy Bennett is Professor of Cultural Sociology in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University. He has written and edited numerous books including Popular Music and Youth Culture, Music, Style and Aging and Music Scenes (co-edited with Richard A. Peterson). He is a Faculty Fellow of the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology, an International Research Fellow of the Finnish Youth Research Network, a founding member of the Consortium for Youth, Generations and Culture and a founding member of the Regional Music Research Group.

Andy Rantzen

Grants Administration Manager, Australia Council for the Arts

Andy Rantzen is the Grants Administration Manager for the Australian Council for the Arts. The Australia Council provides grants for arts and music projects via a competitive assessment process. We fund national and international tours, songwriting and composing, recording, pressing, distribution, promotion, festivals, programs and events, skills development, collaboration, and other music-related activities.

Anthony Zaccaria

Co-director, Bolster

Anthony Zaccaria is co-director at Bolster Group, along with his brother Alex. Bolster is an artist management, digital marketing and creative agency which specialises in music, events and entertainment. The digital marketing team at Bolster takes a data-driven and analytical approach to online strategies with clients such as Laneway Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Groovin The Moo, Beyond The Valley, BIGSOUND, Future Classic, Remote Control, Caroline Australia, Sydney Comedy Festival and Openair Cinemas.

Ashleigh Hills

Co-General Manager, UNIFIED

Ash Hills is an Artist Manager at UNIFIED Music Group which encompasses Artist Management, Recorded Music, Merchandise and Touring divisions. She also runs the UNIFIED Artist Management (UAM) pillar of the company alongside CEO, Jaddan Comerford. UAM is made up of 15 managers, with 13 based in Australia and two in the company’s LA office. Together the division manages the likes of Vance Joy, The Amity Affliction, Tash Sultana (The Americas), Illy and Dashboard Confessional. Ash personally manages Client Liaison and Stellie.

Blake Williams

Host/Producer, The Scene at mix 94.5

Blake Williams is a Western Australian musician, media personality, actor, MC and host of mix 94.5's Australian music show, The Scene. The Scene champions WA music on commercial radio. Blake is also a theatre actor (We Will Rock You - 2018/19) singer (PROOF The Band) and MC at various events around WA, including the 2018 WAM Awards.

Bob Gordon

Music Journalist

One of Perth’s most respected music journalists, Bob Gordon is best known in WA as Managing Editor of the now-ceased X-Press (print edition). He is a prolific freelancer having variously written for Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Q Magazine, CMJ Music Report, Music Feeds, and Scenestr in print and online.

Bri Aab

Head of Radio Promotions, Secretly Group

Bri Aab is the head of radio promotions at Secretly Group (Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, and Secretly Canadian). She is the former non-commercial radio director of Beggars Group (Matador, 4AD, Young Turks, XL Recordings, and Rough Trade). She worked at the radio station, WKNC in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she served as the general manager, program director, assistant promotions director, and on-air DJ. She interned at Merge Records and worked for a music venue in Durham, North Carolina called The Pinhook. Bri has worked on campaigns including Phoebe Bridgers, Spoon, The National, Mitski, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Queens of the Stone Age, Future Islands, Warpaint, Phosphorescent, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, M83, Destroyer, Bon Iver, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, and more.

Catherine Haridy

Director, Catherine Haridy Management | Executive Director, Association of Artist Managers

Catherine Haridy has been managing musical artists and producers, mixers, writers and a music philosopher for the last 13 years. Cath cut her teeth at both Warner Music and Festival Mushroom Records in A&R before crossing to Management. Her stable of artists includes Eskimo Joe, Jebediah and Bob Evans along with the brightest in music production and writing: Anna Laverty, Tony Buchen Steven Schram, Joel Quartermain, Jimi Maroudas. Catherine’s management company also forged a wonderful partnership with Berlin-based Australian music philosopher Craig Schuftan. Catherine is a board member of Support Act (SAL), the Association of Artist Managers (AAM) as well as recently becoming an Executive Director at Music Victoria.

Cecilia Sun

University of Western Australia

A performer as well as a scholar, Cecilia Sun holds doctoral degrees in both piano and musicology from the Eastman School of Music and the University of California, Los Angeles. Cecilia is a graduate of the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, where she studied piano with Dr. John Roberts. Before returning to Perth to take up her current position at the University of Western Australia, Cecilia taught at the University of Sydney and the University of California, Irvine. A specialist in the area of historical keyboards, she studied with renowned forte pianist Malcolm Bilson. Cecilia is one of the music directors of the Irwin Street Collective, a UWA-based group dedicated to the research, teaching, and performance of historically-informed music. Other research interest includes the study of post-1960s Anglo-American Experimental Music, the intersections between music and identity politics, and the performance practices of the late 18th- and early-19th centuries. She has published on and given papers about the music of Beethoven, Brian Eno, and La Monte Young.

Cecilia Yi

Executive manager, ZANDARI FESTA | Head of Content, DMZ Peace Train Music Festival

Cecilia Soojeong Yi manages music and performing arts projects such as festivals and artist tours. She has been working for Zandair Fiesta since 2016 as the executive manager, overseeing the festival itself as well as related international projects. In 2108, she co-organized the first edition of the DMZ Peace Train Music Festival and now works as head of content, specializing in international businesses.

Chelsea Gough

Director, Native Tongue Music Publishing | Director, Best & Fairest Records

After graduating from VCA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Chelsea began her career as a visual artist and tertiary educator in NZ. Whilst in NZ, Chelsea worked as Production Assistant for the large-scale festival, Whopper Chopper, hitting six locations around NZ annually. In 2009, Chelsea returned to Melbourne to work in the family business, Native Tongue Publishing. Native Tongue Publishing represents over 1 million copyrights with a growing roster of local talent & a formidable repertoire of international catalogues. Chelsea started in Copyright & Royalties before taking on the Financial Management as the company transitioned into maturity realising ongoing financial commitments. Co-managing the business with her brother, Jaime Gough, Chelsea is particularly focused on working with artists in a financially meaningful way with flexibility and trust. With 16 staff with offices in Melbourne, Sydney & Auckland, together Chelsea and her brother manage resources & develop strategies to ensure Native Tongue Publishing remains a proactive world-class independent publisher. In 2018, the pair also started a record label, Best & Fairest Records.

Chris Bye

Great Gable

Chris has been playing bass since he was 10 years old. Following high school, he attended WAAPA where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music Honours, having written a Thesis on Music Performance Anxiety.Chris has been a working musician in the Perth music scene for the last 8 years and has been a member of Great Gable since 2017. Since joining the band he has completed several national tours and recently completed a sold out New Zealand tour. Outside of the music scene,he is passionate about being the healthiest version of myself (mentally, physically and spiritually) - he cycles daily, enjoys cooking and learning about nutrition and is a keen reader.

Clive Hodson

Managing Director, Perfect Pitch Publishing |Managing Director, Consultainment

Clive Hodson is the Perth-based Managing Director of full-service music publishing company, Perfect Pitch Publishing, with offices in Perth and on the Gold Coast. He was the former Head of ABC Music, Director of PolyGram/Universal Music, General Manager of Shock Music Publishing. Currently Clive is Deputy Chairman of AMPAL, Non-Executive Director of AMCOS, Board Director of WAM and a sponsor of the WAM Song of the Year. Clive is a UNSW accredited lecturer in Music Publishing & International Music Business Marketing. Clive a registered songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is also a registered JP (NSW)

Dan Gordon

Managing Director, Now/Live

Dan Gordon is the Owner and Managing Director of Now/Live; a leading, independent live music promoter based in Singapore. Dan has been promoting shows throughout Asia since 2011 from Club level to Arenas with world-renowned and emerging artists such as The xx, Bon Iver, Ellie Goulding, Damien Rice, Tame Impala, AIR, Cigarettes After Sex and many more. As well as booking international artists for various festivals and events in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Dan Roberts

Owner, Pen Cap Chew Studios

I am 34, a capricorn, vertically challenged and think about things like bios way too much. I am the owner of Pen Cap Chew Studios, a music rehearsal space in Fremantle. I am a passionate advocate for music and the opportunities that it presents to individuals, both professionally and privately. I am married to my beautiful partner Frances who, some might say, does more of the work at the studio than I. We have two kids who run amok at the studios undoing said work. I also work a 9-5 job as a GM for a small construction / maintenance company. Oh - any my band gave Psychedelic Porn Crumpets their first gig. FTW.

Danielle Caruana

Mama Kin | Managing Director, The Seed Fund

Founding Director of The Seed Fund, supporting and empowering Australian artists since 2004. Mama Kin is a self-managed, Aria nominated and WAM awarded musician.

Delroy Bergsma

Youth Focus

Robert Binsiar is a Yamatji/Martu artist and musician who was raised in foster care with his brother in Meekatharra, WA. Robert brings a wealth of lived experience and believes in the power of music to help with healing from stress, grief, trauma and other mental health issues. He has worked in the youth sector for nearly 25 years, and is passionate about working to alleviate mental health issues and suicides among youth in rural and remote communities. Robert believes that finding the right combinations of appropriate clinical models and local knowledge of presenting issues are key factors in moving forward together.

Dom Alessio

Digital Export Producer, Sounds Australia

Dom Alessio is Sounds Australia’s Digital Export Producer, working to increase the visibility and presence of Australian music on streaming platforms and digital services internationally. He works closely with representatives from various streaming services to ensure more people can hear Australian music around the world. Dom's career in the music industry began as a freelance music writer in 2005 before joining Sydney's weekly music street press magazine The Brag as their Arts & Assistant Editor in mid-2006. It was during this period that Dom co-founded the first music blog solely dedicated to Australian music, Who The Bloody Hell Are They. In 2008 Dom became one of the hosts of The Bridge, a show on Sydney’s FBi Radio dedicated to local music. This continued until 2009 when Dom joined Triple J as a host of Home & Hosed. For eight year Dom presented and programmed the show, which ran from Monday to Thursday at 9pm, introducing audiences to the future of Australian music. In 2010 he was listed by industry trade publication The Music Network as one of the 30 most influential people in the Australian music industry under the age of 30. Alongside his work with Sounds Australia, Dom regularly appears as a guest on ABC Radio and is also the voice of the podcast Other Side Of The Tracks.

Dorothy Markek

Music Director, Double J

Dorothy Markek is the Music Director of Double J, a digital radio station that plays music from your past, present and future. As Triple J’s older sister station, Double J shares new music discoveries and relives the music that soundtracked your life. Dot’s immense knowledge and expertise is a product of her lifelong passion for music, and she’s honed her skills in her past roles at EMI (Australia and the UK), Channel [V], MAX TV and having co-created the documentary series 'Great Music Cities of The World'.

Elise Reitze-Swensen

Electronic Producer, Feels | Community founder, Booking Agent and Label Manager, WOMPP

Elise Reitze-Swensen is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and music producer. Known as electronic artist ‘Feels’, Elise has been playing piano for 15 years, percussion for 11 years and composing/producing for 10 years. Elise holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Western Australia and is an Ableton certified trainer. In 2017, Elise founded the music community Women of Music Production Perth (WOMPP). Feels have performed at festivals such as Listen Out, Falls Festival, Laneway Festival, Groovin The Moo and SXSW. They have also supported Ngaiire, Mansionair, Yeo, Kimbra, G Flip, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Oribtal. The duo has won multiple awards including West Australian Music’s Song of The Year in 2017 and 2018; Best Electronic Artist 2017 and 2018, Best Electronic Producer 2018 and Label of The Year 2018 for their label WOMPP. Alongside her work with Feels, Elise is also a passionate music educator and advocate for equal gender representation in the music industry.

Elle Walsh

The Love Junkies / Axe Girl

Elle Walsh is a West Australian multi-instrumentalist musician. She has played in a variety of bands such as The Love Junkies, Trolley Boy, Axe Girl and the theatre show Styx. As well as various solo performances Elle has toured through Asia, North America and the UK. Her experiences as Transgender woman have created a unique set of challenges when it comes to touring between countries.

Emma Bosworth

Co-CEO, Green Music Australia

Emma is a singer songwriter from Brisbane who has been working in both the environment and music industry sectors for over 15 years. With previous roles at APRA AMCOS, Q Music and Beyond Zero Emissions, her role at Green Music Australia has been able to combine her love for the natural environment and passion for the power of songs. Green Music Australia (GMA) is a national not for profit organisation harnessing the cultural power of our country’s influential music scene to lead the way to a greener world. Their impressive work includes the worldwide recognised Stop Adani protest at Bluesfest; and driving Australia’s festivals to go single-use water bottle free. GMA sees great potential in Australia’s art scene becoming the leaders of sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Fifa Riccobono

Music Industry Legend

As the first female CEO in Australian music history, Fifa’s 40-year career has taken her from secretary to CEO of Albert Music, where she worked with the cream of Australian artists and songwriters, including Vanda and Young, AC/DC, The Easybeats, Stevie Wright, John Paul Young, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, Flash & The Pan, The Choirboys, Cheetah, Dallas Crane and Beasts of Bourbon. Fifa was a Director of APRA, AMCOS and AMPAL for 15 years. She also worked tirelessly to help build Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy during her decade-long stint as the organisation’s Director. In 2015 Fifa was the recipient of the prestigious Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music. On 10th June this year, Fifa became a Member of The Order Of Australia (AM) in the Queens Birthday Honours list. Fifa is currently a Director on the Board of Support Act Ltd (SAL) and is a Music Industry Consultant.

Francesca de Valence

Founder, I Heart Songwriting Club

Francesca de Valence is an Australian artist, award-winning songwriter, creative mentor and the founder of I Heart Songwriting Club; helping emerging singer-songwriters inspire their way to success in a music career they love. She writes a monthly column for Songwriting Magazine UK, has a fortnightly ABC Radio songwriting segment and facilitates workshops nationally and internationally for PROs including APRA AMCOS (Australia and New Zealand) & IMRO (Ireland). When she's not on the road running workshops and speaking, Francesca can be found in her hometown of Brisbane or her creative hub in Paris - eating baguettes and writing songs in French.

Gemma Pike

Assistant Music Director, Host of The J Files, triple j

Gemma Pike is Triple J’s Assistant Music Director, and host of the much loved J Files on Double J. An ex-Perthie, she began her radio career at RTRfm 92.1, before moving over to Triple J in Sydney in 2011. As part of Triple J’s music team, she is heavily involved with programming all the new music you hear at the station, and by discussing possible Feature Albums and which tracks should be added to the rotation, Gemma will help you find your new favourite songs. While hosting The J Files – a weekly two-hour music documentary on Double J and available via podcast she gets to flex her music knowledge to share the stories behind the music you already love.

Georgia Malone

Director, GM Consulting

Georgia Malone has been an active member of the Australian Arts Industry for 22 years, with 15 of them dedicated to strategic Marketing at some of Australia's most significant contemporary arts organisations. Working in a number of different areas of the industry including festivals, venues and producing companies in both the visual and performing arts, she has developed an extremely comprehensive and broad knowledge of the Industry nationally. Georgia has worked for Perth Festival, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Sydney Dance Company, Perth Theatre Company and Co3 Australia. She is currently director of GM Consulting, a marketing and events management company. Current projects include Perth International Jazz Festival, Perth Festival, Fairbridge Festival and Performing Arts WA Awards. Georgia also produces the Disrupted Festival of Ideas for the State Library of WA.

Gina Goodrich

Venue Booker and Artist Manager, Monster Management

Now enjoying her 10th year working in bookings, marketing and artist management at Monster Management, Gina books a variety of live entertainment at a number of venues across Perth including Metropolis Fremantle, The Boston, The Lookout and Amplifier Capitol.

Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

Artists

The music of Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse is a celebration of the things we share, not the things which divide. Informed by the four principles of Koort (Heart), Moort (Family and Community), Boodja (Land) and Koorlangka (Children and Legacy) Gina and Guy take audiences on a journey they're not likely to forget, reinvigorating the Noongar language and delighting fans in the process.

Giulia McGauran

Creative Director and Photographer, GG McG

Giulia Giannini McGauran is a creative director and photographer. After beginning her career exhibiting in both group and solo exhibitions in Rome, Tuscany and Miami she became fascinated by the music world. Through collaborating with local and international artists, she has explored the power and playfulness in music through creating sets, costuming and using post-production as an illustrative tool. Her vibrant images have been featured in several music publications including Rolling Stone, Interview Mag, NME, LNWY, The Music etc. She has also worked with several commercial clients including Facebook, Twinings and the VCA.

Graham Ashton

Footstomp Music

Asho left home and school at an early age to sing in punk rock bands and quickly realized that it was better for everybody that he stayed on the other side of the stage.

In the 90’s he managed bands and started up the indie label Emily Records.

Asho annoyed everyone in the Brisbane music scene for a few years before getting a start in the call centre at Polygram Records in 1991. He spent the next two decades working at independent and major record labels in Brisbane and Sydney and has held positions in A&R, Marketing, Promotions, Publicity, International Licensing and Sales.

2010 started with Footstomp Music launching as a music services company specializing in artist, project and event management, label services and artist development. Footstomp currently manage BUSBY MAROU, TIA GOSTELOW and COLIN LILLIE. Footstomp set up the booking, marketing and publicity for Brisbane’s number one venue The Triffid since it opened in 2014 and have recently embarked upon the same plan for HOTA (Home Of The Arts) on the Gold Coast. Footstomp also take care of the publicity for the legendary NYC based Noneshuch Records.

Asho was the Executive Programmer for BIGSOUND 2010 – 2014 and was part of the team that delivered the most successful events in BIGSOUNDS 12 year history. He has since found himself speaking at events such as SXSW, CMJ, Canadian Music Week and the New Zealand Global Music Summit and takes great pleasure in sharing his passion for music.

Asho is proud to have worked closely with hundreds of artists including the likes of MUMFORD & SONS, AMY SHARK, ROBBIE WILLIAMS, POWDERFINGER, THE LIVING END, PAUL KELLY and THE GO-BETWEENS. He is getting more obsessed about music with age.

Guven Yilmaz

Founder and Director, Vita Music Group

Guven Yilmaz, director of Vita Music Group, maintains a key focus on artist development, agency/touring and boutique management. Based in Melbourne, VMG provides representation to a diverse and dynamic roster of artists, which include Peking Duk, Nyxen, Milan Ring, Kwame, Raave Tapes, CHAII, Benson and more.

Harley Evans

Managing Director, moshtix

Harley is Managing Director of Moshtix, Australasia’s leading GA ticketing and marketing company, and part of the Ticketmaster family. Harley joined Moshtix in 2010 when the company was owned by News Limited. During his tenure, Harley has overseen Moshtix’s market share and ticketing volume double through the development of a unique service, technology and marketing offering, complimented by a growing reputation for outstanding delivery. Through his industry relationships, Harley has expanded Moshtix’s ticketing beyond its primary roots in live music into categories including sports, culture and exhibitions. Harley credits the consistently high quality of Moshtix staff as well as the company’s outstanding relationships with Australia’s leading promoters and event organisers with the evolving success of Moshtix as one of Australia’s premier service providers and online destinations for live entertainment. Moshtix and Harley have been long standing and active supporters of Australian music, with significant ongoing support provided to the likes of WAM (West Australian Music), Music SA, and Music Victoria, of which Harley is a previous (and first Sydney-based) board member.

Hayden Davies

Editor, Pilerats

Hayden Davies is the editor of Pilerats, a website based out of Perth, West Australia. For the last two years - in both sub-editor and editor roles - Hayden has helped platform musicians both emerging and established from around the world, from Robyn, Charli XCX and Troye Sivan to Stella Donnelly, Arno Faraji and Carla Geneve. He also sometimes throws events under the Pilerats arm.

Hayley-Jane Ayers

Artist Manager, 360 Artist Logistics

Cutting her teeth as a venue booker at Cool Perth Nights for Perth's prominent live music venues, including Mojos and Rosemount Hotel, Hayley has long been in close proximity to the Perth music scene. Starting up 360 Artist Logistics in 2016, Hayley switched focus to artist management, and sharing some of Perth's music with the rest of the country and some other corners of the globe. Currently managing award-winning acts including Demon Days, Jamilla, Your Girl Pho, Jacob Diamond, Sex On Toast (VIC) and Melody Pool (NSW) and booking for Timothy Nelson and The Floors; 360 Artist Logistics has a highly active roster of artists who are constantly touring nationally and internationally.

Jemma Bradford

Kopano, Advertising Graduate

Jemma Bradford (KOPANO) is a vocalist, producer and visual artist based in Perth, WA. She thrives off producing electro-pop music that is emotionally charged by her strong vocal lines and dance-worthy beats. This year she graduated with a degree of Creative Advertising at Curtin University and plans on being a copywriter/advertising consultant for the music industry. Ideally Jemma aims to begin her freelancing services in 2020 and for now is focusing on creating music under her solo project KOPANO.

John Uy

President and CEO, Karpos Multimedia Inc. | Overall Festival Head, Wanderland Music & Arts Festival

John Uy is the President & CEO of Karpos Multimedia Inc., a Manila-based Events Production & Content Marketing company behind the Philippines’ biggest annual Music & Arts Festival: Wanderland. Aside from major indie headline shows, the company has also launched a new event series called Karpos Live that features a carefully selected group of artists – presenting international acts and uplifting homegrown talent. Karpos Multimedia also renders Marketing services to some of the country’s biggest brands. Entering the live music business at the age of 18, John Uy has since had significant experience in the areas of Event Management & Production, Artist Booking and Marketing.

Justin Sweeting

Music Director, Magnetic Asia | Clockenflap Festival

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Justin Sweeting has over nineteen years of music industry experience, centered within Asia. Having established the pan-regional, cross-media platform AMP (Asia’s Music Platform) for Channel [V], Justin went on to co-found Magnetic Asia as Music Director. Magnetic Asia operates festivals & events: Clockenflap, Sonar Hong Kong, regular live shows (under the ‘Clockenflap Presents’ and ‘YourMum’ banners); Ticketing; and offers further agency services including marketing, PR, production and consultancy to a broad reach of clients. Connecting the dots between Asia and the global industry at large, Justin enjoys spreading the word on the region’s music potential and is actively involved in its positive evolution.

Kelsie Miller

Artist Manager & Promoter, Across The Road Music

Kelsie Miller started her own music company called Across The Road Music because she couldn’t hack the 9-5. Kelsie has been managing Great Gable, one of the most incredible bands out of Perth. Since working together They’ve been on four national tours, an international tour to New Zealand, put out a few cracking singles and made some over-the-top exciting plans for 2020. Together, they’ve become CanTeen Side of Stage Ambassadors, providing free tickets to youth affected by cancer. Kelsie joined forces with the amazing guys at 20Talk to throw unique events focused on bringing people together to talk about mental health, and also joined FEAT.artists, investing $1 from every ticket sold on tour into renewable energy to offset the environmental impact of touring. Kelsie recently began a series of zero waste music festivals in the South-West, and work hard to make sure all events they are involved in are as waste-free as possible. It’s important to Kelsie that the music industry leads the way in environmental change and she is conscious of doing everything she can to make that a reality.

Laiq Qureshi

Founder and CEO, Urban Beat Project

Laiq Qureshi is the founder of Urban Beat Project (UBP), a music agency based in Mumbai and Goa (India), with a strong focus in brand development and bookings for artists across India, UK & Europe, Middle East and bit of Africa. UBP focuses on curating and producing experiences in music, arts and technology, through the various Festivals and Events the company is involved in, as well as developing independent and branded online video content, mainly for it’s own youtube channel. One of the flagship festivals that UBP is involved in is Goa Sunsplash, held in Jan every year. An ex-journalist and a trained musician, Laiq has been in the music industry for over a decade.

Liam Saunders

Booking Agent, New World Artists

During his study of Entertainment Business Management, Liam was operating his own entertainment agency before joining New World Artists in 2018. Liam operates from the Melbourne office for NWA, who also have offices in Sydney and Brisbane. Over the past year, Liam has acquired a personal roster of 15 acts who regularly wow crowds at festivals and events around the country. Liam has extensive experience with integrated city and regional touring spanning across countless genres, creatively refining and expanding national live audience models for NWA. Liam’s client list includes RINI, Kings, Wombat, Windwaker, Ruby Gill, Ambleside and Ro to name a few and is also a major contributor to touring for Allday, Hands Like Houses, Luca Brasi, Slumberjack, In Hearts Wake and Dead Letter Circus. His recent signings include JAMO, Randa, Concrete Surfers, Jordan Dennis & Stuck Out.

Libby Noble

Broadcaster, Podcaster and Non-Executive Director at RTRFM 92.1

Libby Noble is a 15-year radio broadcaster and 40-year music tragic. In 2005 she organised Australia's first Ladyfest and has worked hard to amplify diverse voices in music ever since. Libby is a member of the RTRFM 92.1 board and, until recently, presented RTRFM's new music program Out to Lunch every week. She loves a good rock and roll story. Libby hung up the headphones in RTRFM's on-air studio in April and headed straight to the off-air studio to start work on a podcast series full of ripping yarns.

Lisa Nikulinsky

Psychotherapist | Music Culture Researcher

Lisa is a psychotherapist and popular music culture researcher. She was recently published by Oxford University Press in the Handbook of music, adolescence and wellbeing. Lisa works internationally and locally with musicians in both the face-to-face and virtual realms as a mental health practitioner, assisting people to navigate their own personal mental health and artistic practices. She is currently writing a book chapter on youth studies and DIY music practice innovation within rural spaces for Bloomsbury Press.

Lousie Devenish

Senior Lecturer and Chair of Percussion, University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music | Percussionist

Louise Devenish is a contemporary percussionist whose creative practice blends performance, collaboration and artistic research. A passionate advocate of new music and Australian music, Louise has commissioned over 50 works for percussion, and her performances are acknowledged for their “dazzling vitality”, “stunning virtuosity”, “interpretive flair and technical brilliance”. Louise is a core artist with the acclaimed electroacoustic sextet, Decibel (WA), Australia’s leading percussion group, Speak Percussion(Vic), theatre percussion project The Sound Collectors and chamber ensemble Intercurrent. With these ensembles and as a soloist she develops new works exploring graphic notation, post-instrumental practice and collaborative creativity, performing around Australasia, Europe, North America and the UK. Louise is Chair of Percussion at the UWA Conservatorium of Music, a Churchill Fellow, and recently published her first book, Global Percussion Innovations: The Australian Perspective.

Mark Kneebone

Co-Head of Promotions, Live Nation Australasia

Having a ton of high-level tour promotions experience under his belt, including being the Director of Laneway NZ for over 10 years, touring some of the world’s biggest names in his role’s at Isaac Promotions and Paint It Gold, Mark Kneebone now is now the Co-Head of Promotions at Live Nation Australasia, providing him with a unique insight into the live landscape in Australia and New Zealand.

Matthew Bacon

Owner, Dropout Media | Artist Development at Ripple Music | A&R and Marketing, Prophecy Productions | Social Media Marketing, Artoffact Records

Matt Razat (Bacon) is a consultant, A&R man, and journalist specializing in the world of heavy metal. Matt has worked with everyone from glam rock icon Phil Collen of Def Leppard to rock legends Coven by way of legendary thrashers Exhorder as well as labels including Prophecy Productions, Artoffact Records and Ripple Music. Far from simply trying to work with the biggest acts he can find, Matt has dedicated his life to helping young bands develop. Having started his own blog at the age of 14 he views his career in artist development as ‘a hobby that got out of hand’. In 2015 he formed Dropout Media in order to better support the artists he loves. In the last year he has used his daily Instagram video series ‘Bacons Bits’ and his podcast, ‘Dumb & Dumbest’ to be able to give bands advice in an easily digestible way. With countless tours booked, records released and deals signed, he loves every minute of it.

Matt Johnson

Walking Horse Music | Lecturer, North Metropolitan TAFE | Regional Assistant, WAM

Matt Johnson is a sought after music industry professional with years of experience under his belt. Starting his career with a Cert III in Music Industry Skills at Leederville TAFE, he’s gone on to hold roles such as booker for music venue The Kitchen, label manager and publicist for local label Qstik Records, lecturer at North Metropolitan TAFE in the Diploma of Music Business course, and label manager, artist manager and co-owner/founder of local record label and music business, Walking Horse. Matt has been recognised for his talent and contribution to WA’s industry, banking a number of career achievements over the years. In 2012 he was selected for the Australian Music Industry Network’s “Control” music management business course, completing it in 2013. Matt has also been nominated a number of times for the WAM Music Management Award and in 2013 Walking Horse received the award for best WA Based Record Label. Now working as WAM’s Regional Assistant, Matt works to deliver regional programs such as the Demos From and Sounds Of recording projects and regional touring circuits.

Murray Curnow

Artist Manager, Wildlife Entertainment

Murray Curnow is an Artist Manager at Wildlife Entertainment. He represents Royal Blood, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets & Dulcie.

Nick Sheppard

Owner, Elroy Clothing | Musician, The Tender Hearts

In a nutshell, Nick Sheppard makes music and sells clothes. He formed his first band The Cortinas with school friends at 15. By the age of 17 the band was managed by Miles Copeland, had their first single out on Step Forward records and was playing at the Roxy Club and touring the UK and Europe. The Cortinas released 2 singles and 1 album. Nick played in a few more bands in the UK and The USA before joining The Clash as a guitarist at the age of 23. With The Clash he toured the UK, Europe and the USA, and released an album and a single, before it ended two years later. Nick then formed Head with a group of old school friends. Three years, three albums, singles, and tours later, he was ready for a change. In 1994 he was in a band called Shot, managed by Miles Copeland (again!) and moved to Perth with his wife and kids. He opened a clothes shop called Yo Yo Buffalo. Since moving to Perth he has been in The New Egyptian Kings (Triple J Unearthed winners), The DomNicks and now The Tender Hearts.

Ofa Fotu

Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics | Visual Artist | Voice Over Artist

Of Tongan heritage, Australian born 'Ofa Fotu is an incredible soul singer, storyteller, visual artist and voice over artist. Best known as a collaborator and ensemble member of Hot Brown Honey, as frontwoman of funk/soul band Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomics as Odette, or as Yellow Circle in Madd Kids animation “The Shapes”, Ofa Fotu instantly captivates audiences with her remarkable vocal range.

Paige X. Cho

Senior Music Strategist, Bolster.

Paige X. Cho is an advertising strategist curious about music, data-driven marketing and consumer psychology. She's a Senior Music Strategist at Bolster, a digital and creative agency specialising in music, events and entertainment. Her current role combines her background in psychology and digital advertising with over 10 years of music industry knowledge, creating digital advertising strategies for music campaigns. Over the past four years at Bolster, Paige has worked on the likes of Splendour in the Grass, London Grammar, The xx, Falls Festival, Elton John, Sia, Angus & Julia Stone, Queens of the Stone Age, Adele, Groovin The Moo, Bluesfest, Laneway Festival, LNWY and many more.

Paul Mac

Composer | Producer

Mac is one of the leading figures in Australian electronic music. He is a composer, songwriter, musician and producer. Paul is a conservatorium graduate and a multi ARIA Award winner for his work with underground dance pioneers Itch-E & Scratch-E and for his own solo work. The list of artists with whom he’s collaborated over recent years includes Sia, Kylie, Daniel Johns, and Ngaiire. Paul scores music for films, TV and theatre and he has previously worked with Bangarra on the acclaimed productions – Blak and Miyagan from OUR land people stories. Credits for Paul’s remix duo, Stereogamous, include remixes for LCD Soundsystem, Rufus Du Sol, George Michael and Kylie and he has also released an album under the moniker, The Dissociatives, with Daniel Johns. In addition to his multiple ARIA awards and APRA songwriting award, Paul’s career highlights include Australian Dance Music Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Dance and Producer Of The Year. Paul is currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music doing a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition. He also has an original theatre show in development with playwright, Lachlan Philpott, titled ‘The Rise and Fall of St George’ and an ‘In Progress’ Concert of the work will be performed at the 2019 Sydney Mardi Gras Festival. Most recently, Paul composed music for the Sydney Theatre Company’s new production “How to Rule the World” by Nakkiah Lui. Paul has also been working on a new album, which unlike the autobiographical approach to his first three solo albums, is a series of compositions that began outside of Paul’s head. Found sounds, an inspired speech, and improvised recording sessions are some of the starting points for “Mesmerism” which was released in May 2019.

Pete Guazzelli

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Pete helps artists and organisations to realise their goals through the available Culture and the Arts (WA) Grants Programs. Pete is also a drummer/composer and has been contributing to the local music scene for the past 20 years.

Phaedra Watts

Festival Director, Nannup Music Festival

Phaedra Watts spent her youth watching bands in her hometown of Fremantle, which offered a rich and fertile upbringing. In her 20’s she moved to Nannup – the perfect place to grow her young family. Yet, instead of settling into the slow pace of country life she became the programmer at the Nannup Music Festival. 2015 saw the expansion of her role to Festival Director- using her passion, devotion and dedication for the festival in not just the programming and promotion but the creative aspects, expansion of venues, bars and production, financial and sustainable vision, while always being aware of the environmental footprint and how to lessen the impact of running such a large event. The Nannup Music Festival is a much loved music lovers’ festival, which has grown to be a recognized and appreciated event on Australia’s music calendar. Phaedra has been able to use her appreciation of Indigenous Australia, and love of music to program, showcase and support Indigenous and Emerging Music. Phaedra was incredibly humbled and honored to win the prestigious Golden WAMi award in 2017 and in 2018 the Nannup Festival winning the NLMA award for Best Live Music event in WA.

Rachel Kelly

Creative Director at Downtown Music Publishing

Rachel Kelly is Creative Director at Downtown Music Publishing, an independent music publisher with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo & Sydney. Based in Sydney, Rachel oversees all publishing activity for Downtown ANZ including the signing and development of local songwriters, artists and producers. Downtown's local roster includes Stella Donnelly, John Butler Trio, The Teskey Brothers, Taka Perry and Charlotte Gemmill (Eliott). An experienced music executive with expertise in synchronisation and A&R, Rachel has held management roles at both major and independent including Warner/Chappell, J. Albert & Son (Alberts) and BMG Rights Management and joined the steering committee for the launch of Music Matters in Australia & New Zealand.

Rebecca Young

Director, Collective Artists

Rebecca Young is the director and senior agent at Collective Artists, a boutique booking agency which launched in 2016 as part of the Inertia Group. Rebecca’s roster includes Aldous Harding, Ali Barter, Carla Geneve, City Calm Down, D.D Dumbo, Julia Jacklin, Manu Crooks, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Sarah Blasko and more. Rebecca also programmed the 2019 lineup for Secret Garden Festival in NSW.

Robert Binsiar

Youth Focus

Robert Binsiar is a Yamatji/Martu artist and musician who was raised in foster care with his brother in Meekatharra, WA. Robert brings a wealth of lived experience and believes in the power of music to help with healing from stress, grief, trauma and other mental health issues. He has worked in the youth sector for nearly 25 years, and is passionate about working to alleviate mental health issues and suicides among youth in rural and remote communities. Robert believes that finding the right combinations of appropriate clinical models and local knowledge of presenting issues are key factors in moving forward together.

Sammy Shirra-Moore

Festival Director, Music Matters Live

Sammy Shirra-Moore is the Festival Director for Music Matters Live in Singapore, the annual music festival that runs as part of All That Matters, APAC's premier entertainment conference. Sammy has been immersed in the creative lifeblood of the music industry since starting her career as Music Artist Relations for Channel [V], followed by marketing roles at Universal Music Asia-Pacific and Warner Music Singapore. Sammy spearheaded album launches and promos tours in Southeast Asia for acts including Jason Mraz, Green Day, Simple Plan and Bon Jovi. She first stepped into the festival side of the business when she led press and publicity for the inaugural Laneway Festival in Singapore then became founding producer of Music Matters Live, which in 2019 showcased 60 artists from 18 countries over 6 nights.

Simon Hunt

Lecturer In Media Arts, University of New South Wales

Simon Hunt is a composer, musician, performer, activist & writer who lectures in Media at the UNSW Faculty of Art & Design. He's best known for his character ˜Pauline Pantsdown" - a drag simulacrum of politician Pauline Hanson - who enjoyed a top ten hit in the 1990s made from Hanson voice samples. Since 2013 Pantsdown has developed an online activist community on social media in order to inform and entertain LGBTIQ communities, and also to take direct action in relation to LGBTIQ issues. Notable successful campaigns, some of which have attracted international attention, include the cancellation of government ministers from appearing at an anti-gay extremist conference in 2014; a series of political actions in relation to the Australian Christian Lobby, and information campaigns during the 2017 postal survey. He is also a moderator at Equal Marriage Rights Australia; Australia's largest LGBTIQ information page on social media.

Scott Adam

Head of Events & Hospitality, North Metropolitan TAFE

With a background in music business covering 23 years of Label and Artist Management, today Scott Adam is fully focused on coaching, mentoring and helping others to develop the business nous and skills needed for creative pursuits. Scott's Head of Programs role at North Metropolitan TAFE puts him in a leadership position where he aims to bring out the best in lecturers and students. Scott is no stranger to the WAMCON panels, but he also facilitates WAM's annual development program Higher Note. In this 2 day program, now in its fifth year, he interviews industry professionals from around Australia with the aim to inspire and inform the WA artist and manager participants in their own career development.

Stella Donnelly

Stella Donnelly has spent the past year touring relentlessly in support of her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Beware of the Dogs’ released in March 2019. The album received international praise from leading outlets such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard, The New York Times and Stereogum among others. The release of the record and preceding singles such as ‘Old Man’ & ’Tricks’ propelled Donnelly to new heights including studio sessions for NPR’s Tiny Desk & KEXP as well an envious international touring schedule which saw her sell out shows across North America and Europe as well as playing prestigious festivals such as Glastonbury, Roskilde and a standout performance at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival among many others.

Simon Collins

Senior Features Reporter, Seven West Media

Simon Collins has waxed lyrical about music for The West Australian since 2002. Before then he held various positions for the newspaper, mostly covering culture, entertainment and lifestyle. He can often be found out at concerts ranging from the biggest names in music to great local bands. Career highlights include interviewing Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Ray Charles and “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Steven Alyian

Co-Director, Camp Doogs | Injured Ninja, Selfless Orchestra and Usurper of Modern Medicine

Steven Alyian (Steven Aaron Hughes) is a film director, video artist, musical composer and live performer. Founding member of film production company Blue Forest, directing and producing feature and short length Documentaries & Dramas for clients including SBS and ABC. As an editor and visual effects artist, Steven has worked on countless internationally recognised productions. His artistic works are interactive and performance-based experiences using dynamic video projection, three-dimensional mapping and reactive sound. He hosts large scale public events that challenge political norms and encourage positive interaction with the natural environment. Steven is a co-founder of events organisation Good Times Arts inc. responsible for music and arts festival Camp Doogs (est. 2013) and records, releases and performs music with acts Usurper of Modern Medicine and Injured Ninja and many more.

Suzie Tuialii

Hyclass

Crowned Perth’s Best Hip Hop Act 2018 by WAM, HYCLASS, Moari Polynesian descendant, islander born, and Australian raised otherwise known as Susan Tuialli is Perth’s most sough-after female hip hop artist, with a tremendous amount of soul intertwined with copious amounts of flavour. With a plethora of supports for not only West Australian artists and arguably Australia’s industry best but also spanning to a handful of world-wide renowned artists such as Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Aloe Black and Oddisee. An entire national tour with Aussie gem, Abbe May, then supporting names such as KAIIT, Thando, JessB (NZ), DRAPHT, Horrorshow, Split Syndicate and Jesswar just to name a few. Not forgetting HYCLASS’ special appearances at Listen Out 2019, Groovin The Moo 2018, Fairbridge Festival 2018, WAVY Festival 2018, Ice Cream Factory 2018 and DJing for Imbi The Girl at Listen Out 2018 as well as DJing at Groovin The Moo 2019. 2018 was full of excitement and success after the long-awaited release of QUEEN – which included 5 WAM nominations, a national support tour, radio play and many festival slots. 2019 HYCLASS displayed a new side with the release of YEAHNAH. The track was described as hard hitting, its forward-thinking edge well-welcomed to HYCLASS’ discography. YEAHNAH was followed by the release of You Don’t Even Know; a smooth, dreamy saxophone opens the track creating a sense of nostalgia and dream-hop, HYCLASS’ effortlessly laid-back tone to the song, accompanied with relatable lyrics transports you back to when Hyclass dropped her first mixtape bringing us right back to her roots. 2019 has been rounded off with a WAM nominatination for Best Hip Hop Act 2019. Keep your eye out for HYCLASS as the preparation for her debut EP is underway in early 2020.

Tara Benney

Co-Founder and Producer, Strawberry Fields

Co-founder and producer of Strawberry Fields Festival - a three day adventure in music and art with a wild Australian bush setting on the banks of the iconic Murray River. A law graduate and former management consultant, her passions are focused not only on the creative side of event production, but on continuing to push the boundaries of festivals as a platform for positive cultural and environmental change.

Timmy Hefner

Agent, Ground Control Touring

Timmy Hefner got his start booking shows when he was a teenager as a way to get the bands he liked to come to the small town where he grew up. He later established himself as a respected promoter in Austin, producing shows at all the major clubs as well as the “Chaos in Tejas” festival. Timmy’s varied experience and strong relationships within the industry made for a natural transition into his role as an agent. Today, his clients include acts such as Parquet Courts, Waxahatchee, Japanese Breakfast, Snail Mail, Iceage and many more.

Will Backler

Music and Program Director, RTRFM

I've been in the radio game for nearly a decade now, and have had a few roles in the industry and at the station, loving all aspects of audio, broadcasting and mainly, music. My current roles consist of being RTRFM's Music Director, in charge of maintaining and updating our music library with the best in cutting edge music for our presenters to play on-air, as well as selecting the station's featured music every week. I also coordinate on-air interviews with musicians ranging from a local artist launching their first single to the biggest names in alternative music in the world. As Program Director, I ensure all of RTRFM's 50+ programs and 300+ presenters are running smoothly with the resources they need to create top-quality radio.
Music Industry Speed Dating

One of the most popular sessions from WAMCon is back! Speed dating sessions provide ticket holders with direct one-on-one access to industry professionals speaking at WAMCon, featuring guests from booking agencies, record labels, publishing companies, music media, artist managers and more. Gain personalised advice from some of the industry’s biggest movers and shakers.

Radio Pitching

If you’ve never been quite sure of how to get your music on the radio, or wanted the opportunity to get your music straight into the hands of a particular presenter, this is the place to do it. Radio pitching returns, featuring the makers of triple j, FBi, RTRFM and more – it’s the perfect opportunity to ask for some expert advice and receive raw, honest
feedback about your music.

Bookers & Burgers

What better way to get to know all about the agent delegates in attendance than over a burger. The always-packed- out event returns to The Bird for a fully catered luncheon event where you can get to know the agents in attendance, who they work with and decide for yourself what they might be able to do for you!

Quay Note Boat Party presented by Moshtix

The increasingly popular Quay Note Boat Party presented by Moshtix offers WAMCon Early Bird ticket holders the opportunity to mingle with some of the industry’s big-fish, setting sail down the swan river for a sundowner session featuring drinks, nibbles and plenty of entertainment from local artists and DJ’s. It’s the perfect way to kick off a huge WAMCon weekender.