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WAM interviews WA Music Conference panelists on their hot #WAMFest tips

5 Nov

Ahead of the huge WAM Festival events taking place over this weekend, WAM caught up with some of this year’s WA Music Conference panelists to find out how their year’s been, what small piece of advice they have for new-comers in the music industry and what their chosen must-see festival events are for this weekend.

 

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ADAM WESTON

ORGANISATION: Firestarter Music

POSITION: Manager

A standout achievement from your last year: Tired Lion killed it at Bigsound recently and was a testament to a young band getting some reward for all their hard work since forming.

One quick piece of advice for others trying to make it in the music industry: Support the industry you want to support you. Sometimes you’ve just got to close the laptop and get out to more shows!

Must see WAM Festival acts/events:

► Block Party @ Wilson Rose St carpark – for indie electroneers Our Man in Berlin and Tired Lion amongst others!

► Soggybones Showcase (West Perth Store) – for sonic post rockers Foxes

► Pilerats showcase @ Jack Rabbit Slim’s – for the beats n’ bass of Sable and Catlips who I’ve never seen!

Must see WA Music Conference speakers / panels:

► Syncing and publishing 101: A grey area for many emerging artists, so get clued up.

► Get smart, on socials: Goes without saying, essential listening.

► Starting a successful music business: Hear Tim Kelly on why Inertia rule!

#WAMCONF PANEL/SPEED DATING SESSION/S PEOPLE CAN CATCH YOU: 3pm, 3:15pm, 3:30pm, 3:45pm

 

DANIEL CRIBB

ORGANISATION: The Music Perth

POSITION: Editor

A standout achievement from your last year: Releasing a record back in May with my band, The Isolated.

One quick piece of advice for others trying to make it in the music industry: Be persistent, don’t be afraid to fail, put yourself out there and give three pieces of advice instead of one.

Must see WAM Festival acts/events:

► Tired Lion at the Saturday Spectacular Block Party. They’re one of the best bands to come out of Perth in a long time.

► Ruby Boots at the Friday night Courtyard Club Sessions, because there’s no better way to kick off a weekend.

► The Love Junkies @ Fremantle Arts Centre on Sunday. They’ll close the festival in (loud) style.

Must see WA Music Conference speakers / panels:

► Publicity Masterclass(Y) – it’s a panel that is useful for almost everyone involved in the music industry.

► Big In Japan – not enough bands realise the potential in overseas touring, especially places like Japan. Learning how to approach the Japanese market and brand yourself over there will also help in Australia as well as other international markets. It’s a topic that’s applicable to bands, managers, booking agents, publicists, etc.

► Get Smart, On Socials – too many bands and companies rely solely on social media to get the word out there and promote themselves, which is detrimental to their long-term sustainability. Worst than that, a lot of people are using social media in the wrong way and not reaching their target audience.

#WAMCONF PANEL/SPEED DATING SESSION/S PEOPLE CAN CATCH YOU: Keep On Streaming @ Studio Suite, 3:30 – 4:15pm, Friday 6 November

 

JACOB SNELL

ORGANISATION: Monster

POSITION: Manager / Booking Agent / Promoter

A standout achievement from your last year: It has been an amazing year for all our artists and venues making it very hard to pin point just one. Methyl Ethel and Tired Lion selling out their first headline tours would certainly be high on the list.

One quick piece of advice for others trying to make it in the music industry: I have always found truth in the adage “experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted”.

Must see WAM Festival acts/events:

► The Saturday Spectacular Block Party – with both Tired Lion and Methyl Ethel playing this is as biased a pick as they come.

► Perth Theatre Trust & RTRFM 92.1’s Courtyard Club – great line up and space

► Sunday Best – I am excited to see that WAM Festival expand to Fremantle

Must see WA Music Conference speakers / panels:

► Are We Cool Yet

► To DIY Or Not To DIY

► Fred Pessaro – Keynote

#WAMCONF PANEL/SPEED DATING SESSION/S PEOPLE CAN CATCH YOU: Syncing & Publishing 101

 

TOMÁS FORD

ORGANISATION: Tomás Ford

POSITION: Artist/Manager

A standout achievement from your last year: Sold out shows in Edinburgh, Perth and Brighton.

One quick piece of advice for others trying to make it in the music industry:

Diversify what you do – my work has really taken off since I started creating different work to play to different kinds of audiences.

Must see WAM Festival acts/events:

► WA Music Awards, hosted by yours truly with an opening floorshow of Perth music covers. I can not overstate how amazing this will be: I will be fucking excellent. A majestic, wild beast of cabaret, viewed in his natural habitat.

► Our Man In Berlin will be a perfect band to bubble away in front of you with a beer in hand, as the sun goes down at the Block Party. It’s like an in-ear massage.

► The lineup for Sunday Best is so good I could’ve picked it myself. Kucka, Felicity Groom, The Love Junkies, Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics and The Weapon is Sound… and it’s at the old asylum in Freo. Awesome.

Must see WA Music Conference speakers / panels:

Love Thy Aunty will be a great chance to grumpily ruminate over why Triple J are not playing your band for an hour of your Saturday hangover. I think it’s also a really good chance to try to see where the holes in ABC are that your content might fit in.

Showcase Me – there’s a huge amount of showcase festivals now. This seems like a good chance to figure out which one to aim for, or if that’s even likely to be a useful thing for you.

Big In Japan is the kind of panel I like – it’s full of folk who have built DIY tours in Japan – this is something almost any act can do for themselves, so it’s worth looking at.

#WAMCONF PANEL/SPEED DATING SESSION/S PEOPLE CAN CATCH YOU:

I’ll be moderating All The Things, a conference-ending wrap-up session with an all-star lineup of radio and agency folk. We will be getting deep.

 

TROY MUTTON

ORGANISATION: Pilerats

POSITION: Website Editor

A standout achievement from your last year: Speaking at the Electronic Music Conference in Sydney last year on the relevance/importance of music blogs.

One quick piece of advice for others trying to make it in the music industry: Be prepared to grind out a living/career and you will.

Must see WAM Festival acts/events:

► WA Music Conference – There’s some excellent panels and panelists this year, and learned a heap at some of last year’s panels.

► Pilerats Records Showcase – It’s the first time we’ve ever had the chance to solely showcase our artists, which is pretty damn exciting.

► Block Party – Last year’s Block Party was fantastic – good vibes and great acts for the entire afternoon/evening.

Must see WA Music Conference speakers / panels:

► Keynote: Fred Pessaro – Being a music journalist my self and with a website that is definitely born in a post-VICE era, I’m looking forward to seeing what the big dog has to say about the future music journalism.

► Syncing & Publishing 101 – There’s money to be made to fund your career as an artist in this world, but it can be difficult to get amongst without knowing what you’re doing.

► Love Thy Aunty – Triple J is pretty important in terms of larger scale success in Australian music, so if that’s what you’re aiming for this will be a great panel to get along to.

#WAMCONF PANEL/SPEED DATING SESSION/S PEOPLE CAN CATCH YOU:

Get Smart, On Socials – Saturday 11am-12pm

 

ZAC NICHOLS

ORGANISATION: X-Press Magazine / The Music

POSITION: Entertainment Strategy Manager

A standout achievement from your last year: The Big Splash 2015 coverage and promo and implementation of street press alliance between X-Press and TheMusic.

One quick piece of advice for others trying to make it in the music industry: Be persistent and love what you do!

Must see WAM Festival acts/events:

► Saturday Block Party – PARTY!

► Quay Note Boat Cruise

ALL THE THINGS Panel, Saturday November 7

Must see WA Music Conference speakers / panels:

Maggie Collins (Triple J)

► Andy Vincent & Marcus Thaine (Spotify)

► Clive Hodson (Perfect Pitch Publishing)

#WAMCONF PANEL/SPEED DATING SESSION/S PEOPLE CAN CATCH YOU: Speed Dating! Saturday, November 7

 

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