JUDGES

Alex Karatassa

Alex Karatassa

Artist Manager and Festival Curator

Alex Karatassa is a festival curator and event manager at Five Four Entertainment, working on music festivals including Spin Off Festival, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Stonecutters and Flinders O’Fiesta. Alex also manages emerging bands Sleep Talk, Bearclaw Camp and The Beautiful Monument. In her spare time, Alex runs several successful club nights across Australia every week, including Taking Back Saturday, Transmission and No Scrubs.

Beck Pearce

Beck Pearce

Office of Adelaide UNESCO City of Music

Rebecca Pearce has over 20 years experience working in programming and creative producing for Arts Festivals and arts venues . She has managed projects across the creative fields of music, dance, theatre and visual arts installations. She has worked on major Australian arts festivals including Brisbane Festival, OzAsia Festival, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and WOMADelaide, together with the international festivals Singapore Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and Dublin Fringe. Rebecca received an Asialink residency as Program Manager with Singapore Arts festival, and a residency with Quaternaire one of Europe’s leading creative producing and booking agencies in Paris. She is a Helpmann Award Panel member for Contemporary Music.

 

Declan Byrne

Declan Byrne

Host of Home and Hosed, Triple J

Declan Byrne is the host of triple j’s new Australian music show, Home & Hosed. Joining triple j in 2013, Declan began presenting mid-dawn shifts and helping out the triple j Unearthed team, and quickly became the go-to-guy, filling in for key on-air roles whenever the opportunity arose. In 2018, Declan stepped full time into the Home & Hosed presenter role, which is perfect because he’s super passionate about Aussie music and gets to flex his local knowledge four days a week on triple j. Prior to triple j, Declan volunteered and presented on FBi radio in Sydney for four years.

Ed Noble

Ed Noble

Ed has been part of the Adelaide music community since he was a teenager, playing with numerous bands. In his previous group “Filthy Lucre” he travelled to the USA to record with renowned producer Sylvia Massy as well as touring in Europe and Australia and now plays for “Kitchen witch” and “Ghost thief”. Ed also owns his own independent music teaching business called “Noble Music” which he has been operating and teaching drums through for the last 8 years full time, helping his students garner several scholarships and awards/certificates.

In response to the COVID-19 shutdowns of venues and gigs, Ed and a small group of passionate people (Timothea Moylan, Ben Golotta, Josh Trezise and Sam Trezise) founded “Sunny Side Uplaods” A high production, interactive gig streaming service that still operates today with ambitions of developing with the changing gig climate and becoming Adelaide’s own “countdown” or a local “recovery” in the style of KEXP or NPR’s Tiny desk.

Grayson Rotumah

Grayson Rotumah

Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM)

I have been working at the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) since 1996. Other roles include mentor and lecturer in the BMus (popular music course). During this time, I have worked with various Indigenous musicians and groups based in Adelaide and interstate. My passion drives me to strengthen, celebrate and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures to give voice to the diversity of living, dynamic and growing Indigenous traditions.

Hannah Fairlamb

Hannah Fairlamb

Co-Director of Girls Rock! Adelaide

Hannah Fairlamb has been involved with the Adelaide music scene for almost 20 years, attending gigs and playing with bands like Hawks of Alba and Ponytail Kink and most recently releasing a solo record ‘Crushing/Crushed’ under the name Bucko in 2020. Hannah has served on the board of ThreeD radio, and is the Co-Director of Girls Rock! Adelaide who are excited to be working towards their third program to be held July 2022.

 

Hayden Davies

Hayden Davies

Pile Rats, Brag Media

Hayden Davies is the manager of Perth-based music website and platform Pilerats, and has been since the beginning of 2019. Working across a collection of roles, Hayden is responsible for everything underneath the Pilerats brand, including its website spotlighting developing talent – pilerats.com – as well as the events, marketing, merch and other facets of the company that revolve around the website. He’s also a judge of the Australian Music Prize (AMP) and works as a freelance writer, producing press and artist assets for major labels, indie labels, and independent artists.

James Tidswell

James Tidswell

Founder of Domestic La La, Violent Soho Guitarist

James Tidswell has over 14 year’s experience in the Music Industry and is lead guitarist of Brisbane-based 4-piece, Violent Soho. Receiving ARIA Awards in 2016 for Best Group and Best Rock Album for their fourth studio album WACO, and the album coming first in the Triple J Top 10 albums of the year. James is founder of Record Label Domestic La La, currently representing bands such as Dear Seattle and Adelaide-based West Thebarton. He Included several Adelaide artists on his 7-inch subscription service through the label and considers himself a huge fan and lover of the South Australian Music scene.

Kate Bailey

Kate Bailey

Producer, ABC Radio Adelaide

Kate Bailey is a producer for David Bevan on ABC Radio Adelaide. Music has always been a part of her life whether playing it, singing it, or banging on about it, and she keeps the dream alive by introducing new music to the world over the airwaves every week. And her focus is local!

Lewis Wundenburg

Lewis Wundenburg

Owner/ Operator of Wundenberg’s Recording Studios

Lewis has been obsessed with music since an early age. His first memories are of his parent’s HIFI system and the way in which their favourite recordings had depth, space and could evoke emotion.

Once finishing high school, Lewis began recording his own band, which quickly lead him to start recording friend’s in rehearsal spaces and lounge rooms across Adelaide.

Lewis completed the Advanced Diploma of Sound Production at TAFE SA and the Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Adelaide. Lewis was then accepted into the internship program of the largest recording facility in the Southern Hemisphere, Studios 301.

Once returning from Sydney, Lewis began working at JR’s Recording Studios before opening his own studio at the end of 2017.

In 2019 Wundenberg’s Recording Studios was awarded the South Australian Music Award for ‘Best Studio’.

Marty Haros

Marty Haros

Production Engineer at Fresh 92.7

MATIAH (said like Ma-Tee-Yah) is a local musician, producer and audio engineer from Adelaide, South Australia. She has been writing and recording her own music from a young age as well as producing and writing for many other artists. In 2017 she released her debut EP Watch the Stars and since then has gone onto release multiple singles and EP’s featuring different artists, genres and playing on radio stations all around Australia and overseas. She has guest featured on multiple tracks including ‘Innocence” with Uberjakd that received over 1 million streams on Spotify.

As well as being involved in the Adelaide music scene, mentoring and teaching other independent artists, Matiah is also the production manager at local radio station Fresh 92.7. Being in charge of the on-air sound, voice overs and audio editing of the station is something Matiah has been doing for over eight years. She has led many different projects that have been a positive impact to the Adelaide music scene including running music production courses at SAE institute, local song writing sessions for new artists and artist development programs that help upcoming musicians get their tracks out there.

Describing her sound as “somewhere in the dark/electronic-pop world’ she is constantly experimenting with different genres for upcoming projects. Matiah isn’t afraid to talk about important topics in her music like mental health and even the industry and how it is today.  “I’ve always felt like an outsider when it comes to my music because I’m not afraid to create and do things that aren’t ‘commercially pleasing’. Staying true to your sound, you message and creating music for yourself first is something I believe is important to remember in this industry and something I’ll always stand by”.

Nelson Dialect

Nelson Dialect

Cutting his teeth in the freestyle battle circuit at just 13 years old Nelson has been writing, recording and touring his music since he was 16. Hailing from Adelaide, Australia originally Nelson has been on a determined path to pursue his craft across the map. He has received critical acclaim for his work with producer Must Volkoff and their album ‘Magnetism’ which was played on Eminem’s radio station Shade45 by DJ Premier and DJ Eclipse respectively.

For the last 3 years Nelson has lived and worked in New York releasing music with Bronx label Red Apples 45 started by AG of DITC and Ray West. Before moving to New York Nelson toured extensively in Australia supporting some of the biggest international Hip Hop acts including Mobb Deep, Lupe Fiasco, Ghostface Killah, Gza, Rza, Pharoahe Monch and DJ Premier among many more.

In 2019 he toured across Europe with French producer NuTone. His album ‘Opal Mind’ released in August 2020, with NuTone hit number 3 on Australian Independent album charts and was included on Bandcamp’s new & notable list received widespread critical acclaim.

In June of this year Nelson released a full length album with Bronx producer Ray West on the iconic NY Hip Hop label Fat Beats.

After returning from overseas, Nelson is now based in Adelaide and working on finishing and releasing his forthcoming album with Melbourne producer Must Volkoff of which the duo have released two singles.

Sosefina Fuamoli

Sosefina Fuamoli

Music Journalist

Sosefina Fuamoli is a Samoan-Australian music journalist, podcast host and content producer.

As a music journalist, she has profiled artists and events across the U.S., Europe and the U.K. while championing Australian music, emerging artists and above all, a more diverse music culture for over ten years.

Originally from Adelaide, now based in Melbourne, Sosefina currently freelances across a number of titles. Her work can be read in a variety of publications including Rolling Stone Australia, Beat Magazine, triple j, Junkee, Time Out, and The Big Issue Australia; while recent essays and features have also been published by the Australian Music Vault.

In 2020, she received the inaugural ‘Live Music Journalist’ award at the National Live Music Awards.

Sosefina is also an industry speaker and facilitator, having appeared on and hosted discussions at events including Splendour in the Grass, BIGSOUND, Melbourne Music Week, CHANGES Festival and the Melbourne Writers Festival.

She currently co-hosts music culture podcast Hit Different with Mikey Cahill and Marcus Teague as part of the Mushroom Group, and serves as a judge for the Australian Music Prize, APRA Music Awards, National Indigenous Music Awards, The Age Music Victoria Awards and the ARIA Awards.

Sweetie Zamora

Sweetie Zamora

Head of Labels & Promotions at Remote Control Records

Victoria Sweetie Zamora is Head Of Labels & Promotions at Remote Control Records / Dot Dash Recordings as well as the Founder of Pointer Recordings. Sweetie has managed campaigns for artists including Adele, Courtney Barnett, FKA twigs, The National, The xx, Ngaiire, Donny Benet, Sui Zhen and more. She is the main point of contact for local and international artists, managers and label partners, and also works with the full Remote Control team to organise release planning, strategy and PR campaigns.

Tam Boakes

Tam Boakes

Owner, Jive Venue

Tam was born into the music industry with her mum working in radio. Tam went on to work for record companies EMI and Universal Music Australia. She then made the move to the live sector, overseeing the transformation of the Lion Arts Theatre into a 500-capacity music venue which went on to become Fowlers Live.

In 2003 She decided it was time to start her own venue, and found that empty old blue building on Hindley Street and instantly knew it was the one. With plenty of TLC Jive was born and is now a dedicated performance space catering to local, national and international artists.

What keeps Tam driven is that the music industry is full of creative, hard-working, and passionate people, which continues to inspire and motivate her. It is a very tight knit community, so you are never short of a helping hand, a mentor, a friendly face, and your new favourite band!

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