Speakers – 2016

GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT 2016 is proudly brought to you by Independent Music New Zealand in partnership with the NZ Music Commission and is supported by ATEED, NZ On Air and a Recorded Music NZ Music Grant.


ahPosition: Artist Manager

Web: http://www.ulcerate-official.com

Country: NZ

Ami started her music career as a teenager playing in garage bands, and with a DIY ethos and experience as a musician in her own right, has paved her own unique road in the music industry. In the live music and touring realm, as a booking agent and on road tour manager, Ami has ticked off everything from small local shows, national small festivals and an extensive list of international and domestic tours which span Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia & NZ.
Now as a freelancer in the industry, Ami fills many roles, from artist liaisons for festivals, driving tour parties, merchandising Vector Arena and The Powerstation shows, and booking offshore tours and tour managing. All rounder roles that have stemmed from a DIY attitude and allow perspective and understanding from multiple angles are what Ami feels are the key to her success and ability to relate and successfully work with artists.


14pn22cxmnj6gp4x6l6wPosition: Artist

Web: https://shessorad.bandcamp.com

Web: https://www.facebook.com/thesamisisters/

2016 is the second year running, in which Anji Sami has a song in the APRA Silver Scroll Top 20. She is widely recognised for her work in both She’s So Rad and together with her siblings in The Sami Sisters.


ANNA-5803Position: Producer, Mixer, Engineer

Organisation: www.annalaverty.com

Country: AUST

Anna Laverty is an Australian based Producer whose creative and technical prowess has been called upon by Courtney Barnett, Cut Copy, The Peep Tempel and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to name a few. She has recently produced the debut albums for Melbourne based bands Warmth Crashes In and Voltaire Twins and undertook the major compilation album project Desert Divas, recording and producing a variety of Australia’s finest female indigenous artists. When not in a studio Anna can often be found touring the nation with APRA as a Songmakers mentor, educating high school students in the craft of songwriting and production.


Ant Healey HShotPosition: Director, NZ Operations

Organisation: APRA AMCOS


Country: NZ

Ant Healey is the Head of New Zealand Operations at APRA AMCOS, which represents over 80,000 New Zealand and Australian music writers and publishers. Anthony is also a Trustee of the Centre for NZ Music and the New Zealand Music Foundation.



Ayisha JafferPosition: The Boss

Organisation: Greater Than Propaganda

Country: NZ / USA

Manager of Shapeshifter and Weird Together, Ayisha’s newly-minted company Greater Than Propaganda looks after all aspects of arts management, touring, media and consultancy. Starting her career at companies including The Windish Agency and Universal Music in USA, Ayisha has worked for international artist management firms in both New York and Auckland – and, after coming to NZ for a working holiday three years ago, we can now proudly call her an official resident. She is no stranger to the road, and amongst her many travels has been the international tour manager for the likes of Thomston, Marlon Williams, Rae Sremmurd and Courtney Barnett. In her spare time, Ayisha can be found performing in Skux and DJ’ing at all the best bars – if she’s not hang-gliding, performing Motown covers or dancing in the dark.


BenLawsonPosition: Engineer / Producer

Organisation: Red Bull Studios Auckland

Web: redbullstudios.com/auckland

Country: NZ

Red Bull Studios aim is to promote New Zealand music by providing access to an up-to-date and state-of-the-art recording and production facility for a variety of local and international musical talent at all levels. Heading up the Auckland studio crew is Ben Lawson – as the in-house engineer and producer, Ben works alongside New Zealand’s most established artists and upcoming artists alike on a daily basis – David Dallas, Chelsea Jade, @Peace, Sachi, Ladi6 – to name a few.


Brett-Murrihy photoPosition: Head of Asia Pacific

Organisation: WME Music

Web: wmeentertainment.com

Country: AUST

Brett Murrihy is Head of WME Music Asia Pacific. With over 15 years expertise in the Music Booking Industry, he has the responsibility expanding the business for the Asia Pacific Region both for local artists and the global talent roster of WME. WME|IMG is the global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion.  Operating in more than 25 countries, the company specialises in talent representation and management; brand strategy, activation and licensing; media production, sales and distribution; and event management.  WME’s music division, represents leading artists in electronic, rock, pop, Christian, hip-hop, R&B, and film scoring, booking more than 35,000 dates worldwide in 2015.  Murrihy’s clients include Angus & Julia Stone, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Broods, CHVRCHES, Crowded House, Dua Lipa, Empire of the Sun, Jagwar Ma, Jarryd James, Kimbra, Matt Corby, Neil Finn, Paul Kelly, Tegan & Sara, The Jezabels, The Temper Trap, The Naked and Famous and The Vines. Previously, Murrihy was Founder and CEO of Artist Voice, Australia’s leading music booking agency with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Auckland. WME acquired Artist Voice in April 2015.  Murrihy was also co-creator of ‘Heavenly Sounds’, a Touring company  specialising in intimate performances in Cathedrals and Churches around Australia. Murrihy began his career as a booking agent in Sydney spending 15 years as a tireless advocate for his artists and management. A graduate of Psychology at the University of Queensland, Murrihy currently resides in Sydney, Australia.


Charlotte RyanPosition: Professional Do-er & Presenter

Organisation: Neil Finn & The Pitch

Web: www.airnewzealand.co.nz/the-pitch
Web: www.neilfinn.com

Country: NZ

Charlotte has her finger on the pulse for everything music and culture in NZ. She is well known from hosting prominent radio shows on 95bFM, Radio Live and Kiwi FM and from her 12-month stint working alongside Paul Henry TV3 in the Social Media Bunker. Her radio work has earnt her many exclusive interviews and accolades – and she was awarded the Metro Magazine “Best Auckland Radio” Award in 2011 and nominated again during her time at Kiwi FM. Alongside her broadcasting work, Charlotte has managed artists, ran her own publicity company, and worked for music festivals, international and local touring artists. She has a strong passion and interest in Social Media and a fan of podcasts and other online content. These days Charlotte is the host of the brand new Air New Zealand Television and Radio show “The Pitch” and works for Neil and Sharon Finn.


Colin Daniels photoPosition:CEO

Organisation: Inertia Group

Web: www.inertia-music.com

Country: AUST

Colin Daniels is the CEO of Inertia Group of companies, an independent music family including leading Australian full-service music company Inertia, live music promoter Handsome Tours, publisher GaGa Music, management company IE:Inertia. Colin Daniels’ is also the co-director of Fairgrounds festival with Inertia founder Ashley Sellers. Daniels is a well-respected Australian music executive, and before joining Inertia, he was a Senior A&R figure at EMI in Europe and Australia. The company he oversees offers labels and artist clients a range of services including distribution, licensing, product management, marketing, promotions, merchandise and rights management services. The company has worked on records in Australia from the likes of Radiohead, Bjork, The White Stripes, Sia, The National and Bon Iver. Inertia is acknowledged as Australia’s best vinyl distributor and ship high-quality releases to stores across the continent.


Cushla AstonPosition: Artist Manager

Organisation: Aston Road

Web: www.astonroad.com

Country: NZ

Cushla Aston is the founder of Aston Rd, a boutique management company who look after soul artist Louis Baker, internationally acclaimed Weissenborn artist Thomas Oliver and alt-beatmaker Estere. In the last four years Cushla has also worked with notable independent platinum selling acts like Fat Freddy’s Drop, Kora and Trinity Roots. Cushla sits on the executive committee for the MMF and lectures Artist Development at Massey University.




DanaEricksonPosition: Partner

Organisation: Grandstand Media & Management

Web: http://grandstandhq.com

Country: USA

Dana Erickson went from studying oceans filled with sharks to working with a whole lot of them in the music biz. Scoring her dream job out of college with Pearl Jam’s publicist, Dana went on to work for their label Epic Records in both LA and NY before joining the small indie pr firm 2:30 Publicity in 2005. In 2013, her company merged to become Grandstand Media & Management, representing some of the best talent in indie music today, with past and present artists like Florence & The Machine, CHVRCHES, Tame Impala, The National, Japandroids, Beach Slang, Thurston Moore and others on her roster. She lives with her celebri-dog Bernie in Brooklyn and has watched every episode of ‘Law & Order’ possible.



Dan ChisholmPosition: Associate

Organisation: Trollope & Co Lawyers

Web: http://tc.legal/

Country: NZ

Currently practising as a music and entertainment lawyer, Dan advises clients in both Australia and New Zealand. As a former professional musician, Dan has a particular passion for advising entertainment industry clients. Dan has been invited to guest lecture at Otago University and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and has written legal articles for Beat and Mixdown magazine, Speaker TV and Music Industry Inside Out. Dan’s musical highlights include touring with the Who, topping independent music charts, and being nominated for APRA, AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association) and Rolling Stones awards.


Dick HueyPosition: Founder / Consultant, Digital Media Strategy

Organisation: Toolshed

Web: www.toolshed.biz

Country: USA

Dick Huey is the founder of Toolshed, a NYC-based digital strategy and music rights licensing service for consumer brands, media, tech, sports, and entertainment companies. Toolshed has orchestrated digital campaigns for several hundred critically acclaimed artists including Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, and many others. Toolshed has also provided digital licensing services to Spotify, Red Bull Music Radio, and other music industry mainstays.

Huey is the interim Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition, based in Washington DC. He is a digital licensing advisor to the Australian digital liner notes service Jaxsta, to the user-generated digital radio company 8tracks, and to the US independent record label Merge Records. He is a founding committee member of the American Association of Music (A2IM) new media committee, a past Soundexchange board member representing Matador Records, and is credited with pioneering and running the new media department at the Beggars Group from 1997-2002.


Emily CrowtherPosition: Freelance PR & Event Project Manager

Country: NZ

Things don’t get much more musically diverse than International Promotions Consultant for Metallica and One Direction, but anyone who knows Emily isn’t surpised she’s done both.
From a career that started professionally in New Zealand with Flying Nun Records and the Festival Mushroom Group, Emily went on to spend over a decade in England working in roles such as the International Promotions Manager for both Universal Music UK and Domino Records. Luckily for us, Emily has returned to Aotearoa, to freelance in PR and events project management.





12592615_10154078264227350_2255319618843660332_nPosition: Licencing & Admin

Organisation: Native Tongue Music Publishing

Web: nativetongue.co.nz

Country: NZ

Established in 2003, Native Tongue has built a respected catalogue of local writers with offices in Australia and New Zealand and partners beyond. Native Tongue’s goal is to provide writers with a publishing company dedicated to assisting with the development of their skills as songwriters and composers throughout their careers. Frances runs the NZ operations and looks after all their local licencing from their Auckland office.




Graham AshtonPosition: Director

Organisation: Footstomp Music

Web: www.footstompmusic.com

Country: AUST

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 taking shape. Footstomp is a Music Services Company specializing in artist, project and event management, label services and artist development. Footstomp currently manage EDEN MULHOLLAND. Asho scored the great coup as Executive Programmer for BIGSOUND 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 Going Global Music Summit and takes great pleasure in sharing his passion for music. Footstomp are also taking care of the music programming for the Bleach, Teneriffe, Village, and Bulimba Festivals and the booking, marketing and publicity for Brisbane’s number one venue The Triffid. Footstomp signed a label deal with Warner Music Australia in 2011 and have since signed BUSBY MAROU, THE MEDICS, THELMA PLUM and KARL S WILLIAMS. All of whom have well and truly found their way into the consciousness of the Australian music community including the debut BUSBY MAROU album recently going gold. Footstomp also take care of the publicity for their favourite labels Nettwerk, Anti, Nonesuch and Festival Records for Australia. Asho is proud to have worked closely with hundreds of artists including the likes of ROBBIE WILLIAMS, POWDERFINGER, THE LIVING END, PAUL KELLY, THE GO-BETWEENS and MUMFORD & SONS.  He is getting more obsessed about music with age.



Grayson GilmourPosition: Songwriter / Composer

Organisation: Grayson Gilmour

Web: www.graysongilmour.com

Country: NZ

Grayson Gilmour has a threefold musical life – solo artist, band member and film composer, all rolled into one. Its been a steady evolution, starting at 16 with his first solo CD-Rs, to forming So So Modern at 20, to scoring his first feature film at 26. His solo releases caught the welcoming ears of critics over the years, and eventually the attention of the iconic Flying Nun Records, who made him the first signing of their 2010 re-launch. Having entered the film world, Grayson has received awards for ‘Best Score’ at the 2012 NZ Film Awards for The Most Fun You Can Have Dying, and ‘Best Original Music’ for Consent at the 2015 APRA Silver Scrolls. So So Modern, after seemingly endless tours around the globe, have achieved an underground cult status for their unique electronic/post- punk sound, intense live shows, and at times ridiculous costumes. While undertaking his Masters in Composition at the NZSM, Gg’s latest solo release, Infinite Life! was nominated for ‘Best Alternative Album’ at the 2014 NZ Music Awards, and the prestigious Taite Music Prize. Grayson is currently working on a new album amongst future film scores, a 3D underwater documentary and a project with the RBMA.


Henry Compton_headshotPosition: Director, Australia & New Zealand

Organisation: The Orchard

Web: www.theorchard.com

Country: AUST

Henry has covered a lot of bases before joining The Orchard. Work in warehouse and logistics management through retail sales, bookings & promotions, and artist publicity enabled him to learn the industry from the bottom up. He has handled label management, radio, acquisitions, retail & online marketing, artist management, strategy & planning across the board, including for companies such as Inertia and Other Tongues.  A passionate creative advocate he has previously served as a Director on the AIR board and is currently Director of Australia & New Zealand business for The Orchard.  The Orchard is a pioneering music, video and film distribution company with a comprehensive list of label services.  Additionally they are a globally top ranked YouTube Multi Channel Network who have offices in over 25 global markets.


Jackie Shuman HeadshotPosition: Music Supervisor

Organisation: Good Ear Music Supervision

Web: http://goodear.tv

Country: USA

Jackie Shuman is a music supervisor at the bi-coastal curation company Good Ear Music Supervision, known for their award-winning work with Apple, Target, Google, Samsung, Nike, Nissan, adidas, Twitter, Honda, Chobani, Southern Comfort, Spotify, Sonos, and many more.  Shuman came to GEMS after representing mutli-platinum artists including Sia and Fall Out Boy for licensing as Head of Sync at Crush Management. Prior to that, she worked in film and television licensing at RCA Records in New York and spent years in radio including time at Los Angeles at tastemaker station Indie 103.1 FM. Shuman is based in LA.




Jessica StrassmanPosition: A&R Manager

Organisation: Columbia Records / StarTime International

Country: USA

Jessica Strassman is an A&R Manager for Columbia Records and Columbia Records imprint label, StarTime International. Based in NYC, Jessica works with a wide variety of artists, including Lewis Del Mar, Natalie Prass, and COIN. Prior to joining StarTime International & Columbia Records, Jessica worked in international concert booking at CAA.





Jim Pitt photoPosition: Music Segment Producer

Organisation: Conan USA

Web: www.teamcoco.com

Country: USA

For 25 years Jim Pitt has booked music guests for US late night TV shows. At Saturday Night Live he had highs (network TV debut of Nirvana) and lows (Sinead O’Connor tearing up a picture of the Pope). Since Conan’s premiere in 1993 (first guest: Radiohead), he’s booked thousands of artists including TV debuts of Coldplay, Green Day, The Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar.  New Zealand artists have included Crowded House, Flight of the Conchords, Straitjacket Fits, The Datsuns, Finn Brothers, Marlon Williams and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.



JoeAlexander photoPosition: Owner / Founder

Organisation: Bedroom Suck Records

Web: bedroomsuckrecords.com

Country: AUST

Joe Alexander is the long-time CEO of Bedroom Suck Records, a once Brisbane, now Melbourne based independent record label aimed at fostering creative activity and building strong music communities. He began life as a musician in Brisbane’s hilly inner suburbs, drumming for bands like Per Purpose, Kitchen’s Floor and Slug Guts. Many of these stints gave him an oppourtunity to tour overseas, where he crashed on numerous floors and couches and slowly started filling his address book with names, phone numbers and email addresses.  This has now developed into the extensive network that Joe utilises to run his own independent label. Being constantly inspired by the sheer expanse of good music in Australia and internationally, the label seemed a natural conclusion. It is ultimately the people behind the music that inspire Joe; the smiling faces and incredible minds at work. Joe (a.k.a ‘Guiseppe’ or ‘Big Boss’) continues to play music, still spending many months of the year touring; only this time with new bands – Terrible Truths, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, and Free Time, to name a few. His label is now firmly rooted in the Melbourne music community, and has come to include management and booking services for many of his artists. It is considered an important incubator of Australian talent by his international contemporaries, and Bedroom Suck have continued to work with partner labels in the UK and US. Last year, Joe attended and spoke at both the BIGSOUND music conference in Brisbane and A2IM’s Indie Week in New York, as well as AMIN’s Release conference for 2015-16. He hopes to do more of the same in the years to come.


Katie Macrae DawgPosition: Chick That Screams & A Mystery Girl

Organisation: Mystery Girl Presents & Chicks That Scream

Web: https://www.facebook.com/mysterygirlpresents/

Country: NZ

Katie Macrae has been promoting musicians with her sister Lucy through their Chicks That Scream touring agency and more recently Mystery Girl for years. If you’ve enjoyed a night out watching a touring band there’s a good chance you’ve got the Macraes to thank.





Kristen Ng kiwese 中国梦Position: Venue Booker / Tour Manager / Blogger

Organisation: Kiwese.co.nz

Web: www.kiwese.co.nz

Country: CHINA / NZ

Kristen Ng 伍思婷 is a venue booker, tour manager, blogger and guitarist based in Chengdu. Upon moving to Beijing as a language student in 2013, she started the multimedia blog Kiwese (www.kiwese.co.nz) in order to promote independent music between China and Aotearoa. Last October she tour managed Orchestra of Spheres and Lady Lazer Light on their debut China tour and has more recently made bookings for Die! Die! Die! and Mr. Sterile Assembly. Kristen currently handles events and promotion at live music venue NU SPACE and NUART Festival, a free three-day annual music and art street festival in Chengdu. She is also part of the Chengdu electronic music collective atmen. Kristen has lived in China for three years and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Chinglish.


Liv Young Linked InPosition: Director

Organisation: The Maple / FLOC

Web: http://www.floc.media/

Country: NZ

Olivia Young currently works as an arts consultant and artist manager in New Zealand and further afield. Liv’s artist roster includes Aldous Harding and Kane Strang and she has experience working in communications, marketing and project management across a number of large scale events – such as the New Zealand International Film Festival, Semi-Permanent, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Silo Park and Auckland Art Week.


Lydia JenkinPosition: Journalist

Country: NZ

Having studied various things about music, media, language, and people, Lydia Jenkin fell into journalism almost accidentally, but for the past nine years she’s been keenly telling the stories of the people who make life fun, and working out what makes the music industry tick in these ever-changing times.
After working with the award-winning TimeOut team at the NZ Herald for the past five years, she’s now taking a break to work as a freelancer, but you’ll still most often find her hanging out at one of Auckland’s music haunts, conversing, plotting, dancing, and listening in awe.






Maggie Collins 2015Position: Festival programmer / Artist Manager / Broadcaster

Organisation: Fans Creative Management

Web: http://www.fanscreativemanagement.com


Maggie Collins is a festival programmer, artist manager and radio broadcaster. She is the co-programmer for BIGSOUND in Brisbane, alongside Nick O’Byrne of Look Out Kid. She manages multi-ARIA Award winning party-thrash duo DZ Deathrays and with her radio hat on, she was Music Director at 4ZZZ before transitioning to triple j where she was a presenter for 6 years and is now presenting and producing for various shows across triple j Unearthed and Double J.


Manu TaylorPosition: Producer / Manager

Organisation: 45rpm

Web: 45rpm.co.nz

Country: NZ

The New Zealand music and media industries have been Manu Taylor’s life for over 30 years. From WEA to Polygram Records, Mai FM to 95bFM – not to mention Radio NZ, Radio Live, Te Oro, consulting on digital rights and music supervision – there are not many areas of music and media Manu hasn’t been a part of.
Manu’s full-service agency 45rpm works across various music, new media and development projects, including managing respected postpunk band Die!Die!Die!, Wellington musician Eddie Johnston aka Lontalius/Race Banyon and new artist Finn Roberts.




Matthew DavisPosition: Label Manager

Organisation: Flying Nun / Flying Out

Web: www.flyingout.co.nz

Country: NZ

Matthew Davis is the current Chair of Independent Music New Zealand and has been involved in NZ music in some manner or other for more than 10 years. He spends most of his working day as Label Manger for Flying Nun Records and also running their store and distributor, Flying Out. This sees him work with both new releases, catalogue re-issues and bands such as The Clean, The Chills, Chris Knox, The Bats, Headless Chickens, Grayson Gilmour, T54, Surf Friends, Sharpie Crows and many more. A strong advocate for the development of NZ independent music, his daily routine contains such tasks as A&R and publicity through to packing records, working at the shop counter and coming up with impractical merch ideas.



Matty NewtonPosition: Music Editor

Organisation: Pandora

Web: www.pandora.com


Matty Newton has worn many hats within the music industry from a radio DJ to a live theatre performer, social media manger to music programmer – making his experience perfect for his current position as the Pandora Music Editor for Australia / New Zealand. Matty, an artist marketing platform evangelist, looks after curation and playlisting, training and workshops, event coordination and hosting.  Matty helps collate content for marketing, sound recording/production and editing of artist interviews & audio messages.


MC TaliPosition: Artist

Country: NZ

Tali is internationally renowned as one of the most prolific Female MC/Vocalists to emerge from the Electronic Dance music scene – particularly for her work and groundbreaking achievements within Drum n Bass.
After moving from NZ to the UK in 2001 to pursue a career in MCing and Drum n Bass music, She went on to work with some of the genres biggest names, including being signed to Drum n Bass legend Roni Size’s ‘Full Cycle’ Imprint in 2004 and releasing the first ever MC driven album in Drum n Bass. Tali has with worked with some of the biggest names in DnB and toured the world several times over as both an MC and with a live band. She has released five studio albums, numerous singles both as a solo artist and collaboratively, has won three Drum n Bass awards, had a UK top 40 hit and is one of handful of Female artists to ever grace the cover of DJ Mag International. Her latest album ‘Wolves’ is a self-produced effort of Electronic Soul which went to #14 in the NZ album charts.
Over the years Tali has combined this experience as a professional touring artist, songwriter, producer and trained teacher, to become a music mentor both through the NZ Music Commission schools program and independently. She is also a sought after inspirational speaker, and has aided in the development and support of Women in Electronic music.


Mel Parsons headshotPosition: Artist

Web: www.melparsons.com

Country: NZ

While Mel Parsons is first and foremost a songwriter and touring artist, a savvy head for business and the industry side of music has seen Parsons making a living full time in the music industry since her first independent release in 2009.
With home as a hotel room and a suitcase, the award winning indie-folk singer tours relentlessly, with festival performances and shows throughout NZ and around the globe. The 2015 APRA Silver Scroll finalist is dynamite on stage and well recognised as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars.
Parsons has just released her third full length album ‘Drylands’ to critical acclaim, winning 2016 Best NZ Country Song; a VNZMA for Best Engineer; and the MMF Award for Best Independent Tour. Following performances at WOMAD (NZ), Woodford Folk Festival (AU), Folk Alliance International (US), and Byron Bay Bluesfest (AU) through 2015, along with Canadian, European & NZ tours.



Mikee TuckerPosition: Founder / Owner

Organisation: Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa

Web: www.loop.co.nz

Country: NZ

Founder of Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa – an independent record label, artist booking agency and boutique culture marketing company. Co-founder of multi-platinum selling music and art collective Fly My Pretties. Recently left innovative ‘fair trade streaming’, direct-to-fan music platform Baboom in which he co-developed the business model. Previously worked a dual role at Nine Entertainment as Marketing Director for Ticketek & Tour Manager for Nine Live co-producing shows such as One Direction & Olly Murs.


Nikita Lavrinenko photoPosition: Founder / Agent

Organisation: Paper & Iron Booking Co.

Web: www.paperandironbooking.com

Country: GERMANY

After gathering experience in a variety of independent businesses such as a label, distribution, a record store, concert promotion and as a touring musician, Nikita Lavrinenko has co-founded Paper and Iron Booking Co. in 2005. Based in Berlin, Germany, the agency looks after the live performances of artists such as Angel Olsen, Ryley Walker, Jenny Hval, Rodrigo Amarante, Matmos, Nadia Reid, Quilt and more in all Europe and the UK. Outside of running the agency, Nikita is involved in a number of creative projects including the producing of a live event series at the legendary Berlin club Berghain, as well as advising presenters and cultural organisations on music programming of events and festivals.



Paul MartinPosition: Bass / Radio Host

Organisation: Devilskin / The Axe Attack

Web: www.devilskin.co.nz

Country: NZ

Paul Martin is infamous in New Zealand music circles as lead guitarist/ vocalist of metal outfit World War Four, bassist of platinum certified band Devilskin and host of the countries longest running and most popular music show, the Axe Attack, which Paul started in 1987. Paul is also a tireless supporter of NZ music He has a long and impressive list of musical achievements and besides being a father, husband, songwriter and performer Paul is also licensed to handle radioactive material.




Paul McKessarPosition: Artist Manager

Organisation: CRS Management / Auckland City Limits

Web: http://www.aucklandcitylimits.com/

Country: NZ

Paul McKessar has worked all sides of the music business in NZ. For the past decade he has been a manager of numerous acts and a concert and festival promoter. His current roster features the Naked and Famous, Brooke Fraser, Openside, MAALA and producer Josh Fountain. He has promoted recent national tours including Flume and is a co-owner of Auckland City Limits. In the past, Paul’s worked at Flying Nun, Festival Records, Mushroom in London, Records Records and the EMI Shop in Dunedin, 95BFM and Rip It Up. The guy has been around. Here he is with his good friend Etienne, event producer for Auckland City Limits, rocking along like champions in a golf cart backstage at Coachella.




Princess ChelseaPosition: Artist / Composer

Web:  http://princesschelsea.co.nz/

Country: NZ

Chelsea Nikkel, better known by her stage name Princess Chelsea, is an experimental ‘space pop’ musician from Auckland, New Zealand and a member of the Lil’ Chief Records collective. Chelsea’s latest release was the Taite Music Prize 2016 nominated album The Great Cybernetic Depression, which she co-produced with Jonathan Bree. Chelsea plays and works in Auckland as a composer.





Richard MoffatPosition: Music Booker

Organisation: Falls Festival & Groovin’ The Moo

Web: http://fallsfestival.com


Melbourne-based Richard – Rich to his friends ­– got his first job booking bands in pubs at 17, when, legally, he couldn’t even be in them. His band played the back room at a Melbourne venue on a Wednesday night to 82 payers. Feeling pretty chuffed that he’d got so many people to a mid-week show, Rich got in touch with a friend – another booker – borrowed his phone book and started making calls. The next day, he went back to the pub, told the owner he wanted the job booking bands, the owner said “OK mate”, and the rest is history. Until recently, Rich booked several Melbourne pubs and clubs, including: Evelyn Hotel, Punters Club, Corner Hotel, Public Bar, Northcote Social Club, East Brunswick Club, Shebeen, 170 Russell and Newtown Social Club (NSW). In the early 2000s, he started booking and programming festivals, which include: St Kilda Festival, Queenscliff, Falls Festival, Southbound, Pushover, Groovin’ the Moo, Parklife, West Coast Blues & Roots, Northwest Festival, Splendour and The Plot. Rich has booked early tours for the White Stripes, Blink-182, QOTSA and Beck at venues, including the first ever Australian show by The Pixies; at festivals he has booked Kings of Leon, Lorde, the Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Weird Al Yankovic, The Strokes, The Roots, Public Enemy, TV on the Radio, Black Keys, Alt-J, Arctic Monkeys and many more. When he’s not booking festival shows, you’ll find Rich making epic playlists, listening to 70s slow jams and looking for the next interesting project to sink his teeth into.


Ronan MasonPosition: Co-Founder & CEO

Organisation: MuzeRoom

Web: www.muzeroom.com

Country: Sydney, Australia

Ronan Mason is the co-founder and CEO of MuzeRoom. MuzeRoom is a site that serves you music news, new releases, and new music videos – but only for the artists you like and listen to. Ronan has 15 years experience working in digital, with 10 of these in music including Head of Digital roles at Warner Music Australia, Universal Music UK, Virgin Media UK, and MTV Australia. His goal is to develop MuzeRoom into the #1 destination for music news on the web.


Teresa PattersonPosition: Artist Manager

Organisation: CRS Management

Web: www.crsmanagement.co.nz

Country: NZ

Teresa has worked in the music industry for over 20 years in a variety of roles including artist manager, booking agent, tour promoter, publicist and major label head. She is also the Chairperson of the NZ Music Managers Forum.



timpriceheadshotPosition: Partner/Head Publicist

Organisation: Collision Course

Web: www.collisioncourse.com.au

Country: AUST

Things that take up Tim Price’s brainspace and time: Australian heavy / alternative / oz prog music mid-90s to now and perhaps at times over zealously spruiking them; an encyclopedic knowledge of Star Wars, James Bond movies, DC comic books, cartoons and TV shows; hitting up and putting on shows; hanging with his wife; drinking good coffee and beer / bourbon; and getting good barbershop haircuts. Says it all.




Tom LarkinPosition: Founder / Owner

Organisation: SIGNAL Agency Group / The Studios In The City / Homesurgery MGMT

Web: www.signalagencygroup.com

Country: AUST / NZ

Tom Larkin has been a career musician for the past 28 years, as the founding member of the NZ born, trans-Tasman rock band, Shihad. Based in Melbourne since 2003, He has forged parallel pathways as a Record Producer, Manager and soon to be Author. He is the founder of the SIGNAL Agency Group, an artist development collective that comprises hi-end recording studios, (The Studios In The City) an artist management company (Homesurgery) and the newly minted SIGNAL Artist Development Accelerator Program.




TomWironenPosition: Manager

Organisation: Post Hoc Management

Web: www.posthocmanagement.com

Country: USA

Tom Wironen has worked in Music Management for nearly a decade with artists such as The National, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Youth Lagoon, The Antlers, and more. He’s helped produce MusicNOW Festival, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, and Sounds of the South at Vivid Festival, and project managed ‘Day of the Dead’ – a 59 track compilation benefiting the Red Hot Organization out on 4AD.




Zac Ives photo -jamiePosition: Co-Owner

Organisation: Goner Records / Gonerfest

Web: www.goner-records.com

Country: USA

Zac Ives is co-owner of Goner Records, an independent record label and shop based in Memphis, TN. They have released well over 100 records, including albums by Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Ty Segall, Jay Reatard, Quintron and Toy Love.
He also co-founded and curates the annual independent music festival, Gonerfest. Every September, Goner bring bands and music fans from all over the world to Memphis for three days of wild rock & roll abandon in small venues around town. Gonerfest 13 takes place Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2016.