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.

Brynna McPherson

Brynna McPherson

Artist Manager

Brynna runs “IMB Presents” Artist, Event and Tour Management specialising in psychedelic/stoner rock and heavy metal. Currently representing Dirty Pagans, Howl N’ Bones and MAMMOTH. Brynna is wildly committed to the live music scene, you’ll find her selling merch at major festivals, working the door at the local music venue or deep in the mosh pit.

Ben Martin

Ben Martin

Golden Era Records Label Manager

Ben Martin is the owner/label manager for Golden Era Records, an Adelaide based Hip Hop label founded by Hilltop Hoods. Golden Era boasts a line up of some of the best hip hop artists in the country including A.B. Original, The Funkoars, Jesswar, K21 & more.Ben is responsible for the day to day operations of the label as well as marketing, social media, merchandising, and management. Before coming to Golden Era in 2011, Ben worked for Battle Axe Music, Sweatshop Union and as a music journalist for PunkTV in Vancouver, BC.

Grant Gillies

Grant Gillies

Founder of Gaga Music

Founder Grant Gillies started Gaga with the ethos of putting Independent music at the forefront of creative opportunities and to always put the artist first. Since 2007 he has worked with some of Australia’s best Independent artists and songwriters, from the likes of Hayden Calnin, Hockey Dad, Ryan Downey, Fazerdaze and The Middle East. As well as international artists such as The Black Keys, Sofi Tukker, Grizzly Bear, Danny Brown and Glass Animals for Australian & New Zealand.

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. Hannah is proud to have been part of the first Girls Rock! Adelaide in 2019 as Co-Director and Gear Manager, and is also a member of the board of ThreeD radio.

Jason North

Jason North

New Dead Promotions, Truth Corroded, Truth Inc Records

Jason North has been heavily Involved with the Heavy Music scene in Adelaide and Australia for 20+ years and has gathered a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the music industry,  be it as a member of one of South Australia’s leading metal bands Truth Corroded, co-owner (with Greg Shaw) of Truth Inc Records, Management & Touring and being the organiser of the very successful ‘The New Dead’ and ‘HEAVY SA’ heavy music Festivals.

Jess Beston

Jess Beston

Founder/Director – Tiny Monster

Jess Beston is Founder/Director of boutique music business “Tiny Monster”, specialising in Artist Management, Artist Development & Indie Radio Servicing. She currently manages HOLY HOLY, Olympia and MID CITY, and works with Alex The Astronaut, Jeffe and Fletcher Gull on the Artist Development/Radio side.

Laura Horvath

Laura Horvath

Co-Owner Clarity Records

Laura Horvath is Co-Founder, Co-Owner of Clarity Records; independent record store in Adelaide’s CBD, established in 2010.

Nick Findlay

Nick Findlay

Triple J Music Director

Nick Findlay grew up in Sydney and has been working in radio since he was 16, moving through various community stations with a solid passion for music. After graduating from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 2005, Nick started working in the music library at triple j as a music researcher and in 2009 was appointed the station’s Assistant Music Director. Last year Nick became triple j’s Music Director helping to program, schedule and hunt down new music for the station.

Nick O'connor

Nick O'connor

Project Officer, Northern Sound System

Nick O’Connor is a music maker and creative youth community supporter. He writes and performs for Adelaide indie pop  act Heaps Good Friends and is the Project Officer at The Northern Sound System. Through these activities he’s been fortunate to make loads of music, experience great times with amazing people, learn a lot about the music industry and exchange information with younger generations. Having received considerable airplay on TripleJ and toured the country a few times Nick works to support his local creative culture to further its position as one of the most authentic original music scenes in Australia.

Rebecca Young

Rebecca Young

Collective Artists

Rebecca Young began her career interning for popular Sydney club night Purple Sneakers, before becoming an agent at booking agency Artist Voice in 2011. In late 2016, Young launched a new boutique agency, Collective Artists, as part of the Inertia Group. Her current roster includes Aldous Harding, Ali Barter, City Calm Down, D.D Dumbo, Julia Jacklin, Manu Crooks, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Sarah Blasko, Tiny Little Houses and more.

Sharni Honor

Sharni Honor

Governor of The Porch Sessions & Co Chief of Porchland & Summertown Studio

This local Adelaide lady, and lover of all things music and hot sauce is the creator of The Porch Sessions, & co creator of Porchland and Summertown Studio. She adores finding new music, and is wildly passionate about curating quality artists in stunning locations. Most recently, a winner of InDaily’s 40 Under 40, and a nominee for the NLMA’s National Live Music Award for her contribution to music. Also enjoys riding horses bareback.

Tyler Jenke

Tyler Jenke

News Director at The Brag Media

Originally from Adelaide but now calling Melbourne home, Tyler Jenke is no stranger to the Aussie music scene. Having spent years being a passionate supporter of the local scene, he formally entered the music industry as an intern for Tone Deaf, and now serves as the News Director for The Brag Media. A tireless supporter of the music world (all while serving as a massive collector in his spare time), Tyler’s love of local and international music spans far and wide.

Zane Dean

Zane Dean

Assistant Content Director at Fresh 92.7

Since joining Fresh 92.7 as a volunteer in 2013, and commencing his current role as Assistant Content Director in early 2017, Zane has gotten to know Fresh 92.7 from the inside out, having contributed to almost every area of the radio station. However, his passion has always been in content: finding new music, creating great campaigns for listeners, writing scripts and articles, working with announcers, and even jumping behind the mic himself! Currently, he works alongside the General Manager to oversee all aspects of Fresh’s on-air and online presence, as well as hosting and running the award-winning current affairs program ‘Wavelength’ on Monday nights.

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