Bigsound 2014

September 15, 2014

Like everyone else, slowly recovering from BIGSOUND 2014!

Went up with Georgina and Mick for Shock Records. It was a great opportunity to meet some managers and labels we represent, as well as radio directors/music managers and editors that we constantly email but had never met before. And of course, the parties and the gigs and meeting half of the population of Melbourne in Brisbane. (A certain Queensland journalist even joked that it was that one week of the year when Melbourne makes a total mess of his city, to which I pointed out that there were a large Sydney contingency also making a ruckus.)

unnamedOn the more ‘official’ side of things, we went to quite a few discussion panels and keynote speeches. Noteworthy panels were ‘Community Radio – A Home For All Music‘ (music directors from FBI Radio, PBS, RTRFM, Triple R and others going through the need for more digital servicing and less physical product in the post… with the exception of vinyl because everyone likes a good black shiny disc), ‘Heavy Metal Has the Best Fans‘ (interesting to hear about the metal scene from the perspectives of a radio presenter, label manager, promoter, musician, publicist, manager, whatever-else-I’ve-missed) and ‘20 Questions‘ (Leigh Treweek of TheMusic.com.au asking Ali Hedrick, Julia Willinger, Jamie Hodgson,  Adam Ryan and others a bunch of questions that ranged from funny and quick, to important and thought-provoking). But the absolute highlight of the daylight activities besides the free food (OH MY GOD, FREE SWEET POTATO CHIPS, YES) was Justin Heazlewood’s ‘Funemployed‘ panel discussion with Russell Morris, Pikelet, Tim Shiel and Megan Washington. Self-deprecating, puns and badly drawn pie charts included, of course.

In terms of the live shows, Thief and Ash Grunwald both played and did Shock proud. Also loved Remi (vid below), and LUCIANBLOMKAMP who started playing a violin during his set and totally blew my mind.

If I bumped into you at BIGSOUND, please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn here, or Facebook here!

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