Julian Knowles is a musician, producer and senior academic. He has worked in the Australian and UK independent music scenes since the early 90s. One of his bands, Even As We Speak, achieved chart success in the UK and were among a handful of Australian bands to record sessions for John Peel on BBC Radio 1. Following recent documentary and book projects on their UK label Sarah Records, the band reformed for recording and touring, and is currently releasing through Emotional Response (USA) and Rough Trade (UK/USA). As a producer/engineer, Julian has worked with a broad range of artists, including ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Ed Kuepper.
Julian has wide governance experience in the not-for-profit arts sector. He was Chair of QMusic for a 6 year period, working on the development of BIGSOUND towards a flagship national music industry event. He served as a member of the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts and has since been a frequent peer assessor.
In his academic career, Julian has held a range of senior roles, specializing in the modernization of music degree programs to reflect current industry practices. He has been a Head of School and Associate Dean across 4 universities and is currently Professor of Music at Macquarie University.