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)
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.
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.
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.
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.