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.

Emily York

Emily York

Founder and director of Penny Drop

Penny Drop provides Australian touring for a curated roster of respected artists from around the world. Recent tours include Aldous Harding, Khruangbin, Leon Bridges, Mac DeMarco, Maggie Rogers, Steve Lacy and New Order.

Penny Drop also provides live music programming for special events and broadcasts, with clients including Melbourne Zoo, ABC TV, Arts Centre Melbourne and many more

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.

James Alberts

James Alberts

Jimblah

A triple threat in his own lane, Jimblah is a producer, MC and vocalist hailing from Larrakia Nation in Top End Northern Territory. An important and powerful voice, Jimblah’s music speaks to decolonisation, challenging listeners to consider their privilege and responsibility.

2019 was a big year for Jimblah with the release of praised singles “No Clapstick”, “Black Paint”, “House N***er” and “Black Life Matters”  all capturing a pivotal view on the deep unrest between Blak and White Australia and adding to the loud story that exists within the larger body of work being built in 2020 by Jimblah. Using his voice to push political conversations forward, Jimblah’s production transcends music, it’s a form of resistance and protest.

Kate Bailey

Kate Bailey

Producer, ABC Radio Adelaide

Kate Bailey is a producer for Sonya Feldhoff 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 writing about it once a month for KIDDO Magazine. 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’.

Maggie Collins

Maggie Collins

Director of Morning Belle

Maggie Collins is the founder and director of Morning Belle, a music services company specialising in artist management and event programming. She has been programmer of Brisbane showcase festival and music conference BIGSOUND, as well as manager of multi-ARIA Award winning party-thrash band DZ Deathrays and crowd favourite, Donny Benét. With her radio hat on, she was a presenter and producer at the triple j network for 10 years. More recently she co-founded a unified music industry response to Covid-19 called the Sound of Silence; a public-facing campaign aimed at educating and encouraging music fans to help support the music industry.

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!

Tyler Jenke

Tyler Jenke

Editor at Rolling Stones Australia

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 Editor of Rolling Stone Australia. 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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