AJ Maddah announced as keynote for Feedback - MusicNSW

Indent, our all ages project is pleased to announce AJ Maddah as the keynote speaker for FEEDBACKA music conference for young people, held in collaboration with Vivid Ideas during Vivid Sydney 2014, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. Australian music promoter AJ Maddah is the larger-than-life personality and brains behind the Soundwave, Harvest and Warped Tour festivals and recently extended his festival-fingers into the Big Day Out. AJ has been named the most powerful person in the local music industry by the Australian Music Industry Directory, and he’s probably the most powerful character on twitter- captivating 40,000 followers with his honesty, openness and dedication to curating the best festivals in Australia. When AJ speaks, people listen.

AJ Maddah is currently one of the few promoters in the country dedicated to offering all-ages events across the country; however like many in the Australian music industry, he is operating in a tough regulatory environment that has posed challenges to his events. AJ will speak to these issues, while tackling the sure-to-be-entertaining topic of his keynote, “Does anybody give a sh*t about young people?” We are very excited to welcome AJ to the FEEDBACK program, and it will no doubt be a highly entertaining discussion, both candid and informative.

FEEDBACK is a jam-packed afternoon featuring music industry guest speakers, interactive sessions, take-home resources and networking opportunities, tailored especially for 12-25 year olds held at Sydney’s iconic Museum of Contemporary Art on Monday 9th June.

Speakers for FEEDBACK:

AJ Maddah (Soundwave/Big Day Out)
Winston McCall (Parkway Drive)
Thelma Plum
Josh Pyke
Graham Nixon (Resist Records)
Wayne Connolly
Leanne de Souza (Thelma Plum Management)
Stephen Goodhew (FBi Radio)
Katie Rynne (Select Music)
Natalie Dodds (Create/Control)
Cass Scully (Alberts)
Greg Morrow (APRA)
Kirsty Brown (MusicNSW)
Dave Ruby Howe (triple J Unearthed)
Kerry Furlong (Sydney TAFE Music)

Previously Announced Sessions & Panels for FEEDBACK:

w/ singer-songwriter Josh Pyke & producer Wayne Connolly
Moderated by Lucia Doll (APRA)

Playing in his first band at the age of 12, writing songs from the age of 14 – Josh Pyke has established himself as a prolific Australian singer-songwriter. This songwriting session will provide you with insight into writing catchy melodies, collaborating with producers and other songwriters, as well as tips on capturing your creative output and crafting your music. Josh will share his experiences along with his producer/engineer Wayne Connolly, who has also worked with the likes of Grinspoon, The Living End and Hungry Kids Of Hungary.

Moderated by Jake Stone (Bluejuice)

Starting out as a young artist can be a fun and exciting time for any band or musician. But there are many roadblocks and obstacles faced by aspiring underage musicians and industry practitioners when trying to flourish in the music scene. In The Road to Success for a Young Musician you’ll hear two successful Australian artists and their managers share stories about how they forged successful music careers. Winston McCall from Parkway Drive with his manager Graham Nixon, andThelma Plum with her manager Leanne de Souza. Both of these artists started out as young musicians and have since propelled themselves to stardom. Hear about their personal experiences and gain some valuable tips and insights on how to overcome obstacles and steer your career along the correct paths.

Moderated by Dom O’Connor (FBi Radio)   

Don’t be nervous! This industry speed-dating session doesn’t involve revealing your horoscope or favourite colour. Instead, it’s a chance to ask leading music industry service providers some questions about who they are, what they do, and how you can access their services. We’ll have APRA talking about royalties, FBi Radio talking about how to get played on the radio, publicity tips and tricks from Create/Control, booking advice from Select and getting your head around publishing fromAlberts. Any questions? Fire away!


When: Monday 9th  June, 1.00 – 5.00pm

Where: Vivid Ideas Exchange, Level 6, Museum Of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, Sydney.

Price: Tickets are on sale now for just $15+BF available via VIVIDSYDNEY.COM/IDEAS.

For more information head to INDENT.NET.AU or VIVIDSYDNEY.COM/IDEAS

Indent is a project of MusicNSW and funded through ArtsNSW. FEEDBACK is proudly supported by APRA and FBi Radio.