The University of Newcastle, Australia

Music Forum - Recording

Monday, 23 September 2013

A special panel on all things recording – and how to get heard

Recording studio

The University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music & MusicNSW present...


When do you need a producer? How do you know if your music is radio ready? What do label A&R gurus look for?

MusicNSW, in partnership with the University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, is proud to announce the second event in our new series, titled "The Newcastle Music Industry Forum". Aimed at aspiring artists and the Newcastle industry, this special free panel and networking drinks will focus on all things recording and how to get heard, and takes place at the Newcastle Conservatorium at 6.30pm, Thursday 26 September.

Whether laying down tracks in a studio, sharing Aussie music on the airwaves, or publicising artists to the world, our panel will share expertise on what makes a good record and the best ways to get heard. The Newcastle Conservatorium is proud to have initiated this forum. It represents an important part of its education program with music and the creative industries.

Guest speakers for "The Newcastle Music Industry Forum" are:

Jay Whalley (Frenzal Rhomb)

Jay is the lead singer for three times ARIA losing punk legends Frenzal Rhomb. Somehow he has managed to make a 'career' out of head-banging and swearing at people. He also spent four years getting up at the crack of dawn to host the breakfast show, "Jay and The Doctor", at national youth broadcaster triple j.

Dave Ruby Howe (triple j Unearthed)

Dave Ruby Howe is the Music Director of triple j Unearthed, overseeing the programming of triple j Unearthed radio, the 2011-launched digital radio station that plays all Australian and all independent music sourced through Dave began his career in the industry as a music journalist as well as editor of websites and The Cool Hunter and the creator of the music blog Hyperbole.

Paula Jones (Jones PR)

Paula 'Jonesy' Jones is a national freelance publicist who has worked with some of Australia's most high profile acts, inc. Midnight Oil and Silverchair. She currently manages publicity for Paul Kelly, John Butler, Karnivool, and Kate Miller-Heidke. As the National Event Publicist for Groovin The Moo, she oversees all media activity for the regional touring festival and did the same for Sydney's Homebake Festival for 11 years.

Mark Dodds (A&R, Australian Music Manager – Inertia)

Mark is responsible for liaising with Big Scary, Glass Towers, Seth Sentry, The Delta Riggs, Hermitude, Dappled Cities and Mantra, as well as labels including Elefant Traks, Rice Is Nice and Stop Start. Mark also heads up the new Inertia Access initiative, which enables burgeoning artists like Dune Rats, Apes and Elizabeth Rose to utilise Inertia's services without forfeiting any rights to their masters or signing a long-term deal.

Lachlan Mitchell (producer)

Attic Studios co-owner Lachlan Mitchell has worked with a huge array of Aussie artists over the years, from world-class electronic duo PNAU to Central Coast pop-punkers Something With Numbers to acts like Nunchukka Superfly and Kate Ceberano. He landed two ARIA nominations – Producer and Engineer of the Year – for his efforts with 2012 Best Independent Release, The Jezabels' debut LP, Prisoner.

6:30pm start, free entry – all-ages
Thursday 26 September
The Newcastle Conservatorium
Cnr Auckland and Laman St, Newcastle


  • Sheena Martin
  • Phone: +61 2 4921 8714

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