WAMI Look Who's Talking

30 May 2012 | 12:09 pm | Aarom Wilson

At a glance the movers the shakers the industry tastemakers that will be sharing their knowledge at the WAMI Industry Conference 2012.

Aarom Wilson
Drum Media Perth – www.themusic.com.au

Three times Golden WAMi-nominated and Media Award Individual winner Aarom Wilson played a vital part in establishing Drum Media Perth in the WA streetpress market. Beginning as Assistant Editor when Drum was born in 2006, Aarom's worked to ensure the magazine's credibility via his passionate views on local music, ethics and quality journalism.

As the overall Editor now, his involvement has also been to drive the online output, including Australia's most comprehensive new music website, TheMusic.com.au.

Outside of this, Aarom DJs in the WAMi-nominated Cut & Paste Soundsystem, has lectured and coordinated units in Broadcast Journalism at Murdoch University, is a qualified high school teacher, has been hosting shows on RTRFM since 2002 (currently Train Wreck and Golden Apples Of The Sun), hosts web interviews for Cut & Paste and is generally just way too obsessed with two things: communicating and music (preferably both, with a beer in hand).

Adam Lewis
Planetary Group - http://www.planetarygroup.com

Co-Owner of Planetary Group. Spearheading an artist development and promotions firm based out of Boston and LA that focuses on helping new and upcoming artists be heard and discovered through radio and blog promotion. Over the past few months, Adam has worked with such acts as The Decemberists, Bloc Party, Peter, Bjorn & John, Apples In Stereo, Kings Of Leon, The Jezabels, Birds of Tokyo, San Cisco, and Portugal The Man.

In addition Adam also currently handles all publicity, promotion and media buying for Great Northeast Productions. who produce 50 shows a year throughout New England, including Phish's millennium concert in Florida and the annual Snoe.down Festival at Lake Placid.

Prior to Planetary, Adam was the Northeast Sales and Promotion Manager for TVT Records, working with Sevendust, Guided By Voices, The Black Crowes and Snoop Dogg. Adam's latest projects are spearheading tours to China (15 tours), India (2 tours), and Singapore for Independent artists.

Bourby Webster
North Street Music - http://www.northstreetmusic.com

Bourby began life as a classical viola player. Her career has been a rare mix of music and business: She was a founder member of the UK-based electric female string quartet, Bond, signed to Universal Records. After leaving the group, she moved to Australia and followed a corporate career, rising to senior management and completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at UWA.

She now runs North Street Music, a music management, promotion and marketing firm; and is a Partner of North Street Productions, a company dedicated to producing and managing large scale concerts and events.

North Street Productions also manages the Perth Symphony Orchestra. She is a sought-after presenter and lecturer. She lectures at WAAPA and regularly runs workshops for musicians on business skills in Australia and the UK. Bourby continues to advise on Business Development and Marketing at CEO level in the corporate world through North Street Consulting.

Brad Wesson

Soundworks Touring - http://www.soundworkstouring.com

Soundworks Touring Australia, was started to fill the needs and desires of Australian metal fans to see more extreme metal bands tour Australia and from there it has risen very rapidly and respectfully amongst the scene of Australian concert touring and promotion.

As can be seen by the amount of tours conducted by Soundworks Touring, they are THE metal/heavy concert touring specialists through out Australasia. With a professional Soundworks team set up in every major Australian city as well as in New Zealand and South East Asia, Soundworks Touring can make sure that their touring acts concerns in these regions will be in the best of hands whilst delivering the loyal fans great priced top quality metal concerts time after time.

Catherine Giuliano
Deputy Director, Publisher Services,
APRA|AMCOS - http://www.apra-amcos.com.au

Catherine Giuliano has been involved with APRA|AMCOS for more than ten years. She started as a Licensing Representative (NSW and ACT) before moving to London for four years. There, she worked in Legal & Business Affairs for major global music publishing company, Warner/Chappell Music (UK).

Whilst living the dream in London, Catherine attended Glastonbury Festival three years in a row, developing a keen love for indie guitar rock music. Eventually she decided to return to Sydney to rejoin APRA and became Deputy Director of Licensing Services.

Earlier this year, she was promoted to Deputy Director of Publisher Services. In this new role, Catherine hopes to move forward with music publishers to increase their profitability and assist publishers with potential business opportunities by contributing to innovative business models.

Catherine Haridy
Catherine Haridy Management, http://www.catherineharidy.com

Catherine Haridy's career has run the full gamut of the Australian music industry. Beginning as a contributor for Melbourne's Inpress Magazine, Cath demonstrated early on that she had a keen eye for talent.

At present, Catherine Haridy Management's stable includes Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, Adalita and Bob Evans, talented music producers, Steven Schram, Jimi Maroudas, Gareth Parton, Mick Glossop, Tony Buchen and Andy Lawson, along with involvement in a development label with members of Eskimo Joe. The label, Dirt Diamond Productions currently has developing local Perth artists and dynamic four piece band, The Chemist along with solo beauty Kathryn Rollins.

Catherine is also a currently Chairman of the Association of Artist Managers, an APRA Ambassador, board member on the Community Broadcasting Foundation and is involved in various important advocacy issues that affect artists and managers in Australia.

Clive Hodson
Perfect Pitch Publishing - http://www.perfectpitchpublishing.net

Clive Hodson is a Director of full service Music Publishing/Licensing company Perfect Pitch Publishing which represents both local and international writers and catalogues for administration and licensing into Film TV & Advertising Media.

Prior to Perfect Pitch he held senior management positions with Shock Music Publishing (4yrs) Head of ABC Music (5yrs) and PolyGram/Universal Group (20 yrs)
Clive has served on the board of PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited), AIR (Association of Independent Record Labels), AMCOS (The Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society) and currently sits on the board of AMPAL (Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited).

Perfect Pitch Publishing is a full member publisher with APRA/AMCOS.
Clive lecturers in Music Publishing at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney (Bachelor of Entertainment Management Department) and participates in Music Conferences panels and Publishing Master-Classes nationally.

Clive's career started as a writer/performer in Perth WA and moved through to the business side of the industry in 1978. He is an active writer/performer and through Perfect Pitch continues to focus on signing, development and sourcing revenue opportunities for writers and performers.

Grace Barbé
Grace Barbé Afro-Kreol – www.gracebarbe.com

With roots in the tiny Indian Ocean nation of Seychelles, home to a unique culture that fuses Africa, Europe and Asia, Grace Barbé (pronounced Bar-bay) is a singer, songwriter and musician whose music, like her mixed heritage, reflects and celebrates the diverse influences of her Creole culture.

In 2007, Grace's career exploded on to the Australian music scene with the release of her debut single “Mon Arive”. The song achieved significant local and national airplay, reaching the number one spot on Triple J Unearthed Roots chart. The song is was nominated for WAM (Western Australian Music) 'Song of the Year' award 2008 in the world/folk category.

In her home state of Western Australia, Grace has attracted considerable attention and earned her a loyal following on the strength of her live shows. This has given her the opportunity to share the stage with artists such as Ben Lee, The Wailers, UB40, Ernest Ranglin, Bomba, The Black Seeds, Mad Professor, Ba Cissoko numerous local and international performers.

She has also performed at WA's prestigious festivals such as Perth International Festival, Fairbridge Festival, Southbound Festival, She has recently been invited to perform at the prestigious Woodford Folk Festival 2008, 09 Queenscliff, Bluesfest Festival 2010, 2011.

Jacob Snell
Monster Management - http://www.myspace.com/monstermanagement

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Jacob Snell manages Perth artists Split Seconds and Boom! Bap! Pow!

In a short amount of time, Jake has gained a wealth of experience through various roles undertaken across all facets of the Australian music industry acting as manager, promoter, booking agent, tour manager and technician for a variety of local, national and international acts.

In 2008 he began working with Monster Management a Perth-based promoter, booking and management company that boasts an impressive roster of clients, including some of Perth's most reputable live music venues.

John Mullen

A&R Manager,
Dew Process - http://www.dew-process.com

After treading the boards in bands around Brisbane for many years, John moved to the other side and worked as a music journalist and assistant editor for Rave Magazine. From there he became the Queensland promotions manager in record companies Polygram, Universal and Mushroom, before joining Dew Process at its inception as A&R manager.

In this role John signed and worked with artists such as Sarah Blasko, The Grates, Bernard Fanning, The Panics, Yves Klein Blue, Bluejuice and more.

Kate Mills

Licensing & Creative Coordinator,
Native Tongue Publishing - http://nativetongue.com.au
Originally from Perth, Kate spent a number of years working as a management and tour assistant for The Waifs & Little Birdy.

Upon moving to Melbourne she has worked for Shock Entertainment, before making a foray into the publishing world as Licensing & Creative Co-ordinator at Native Tongue Music Publishing.


Kristy Brown
Sub Continental Dub - http://subcontinentaldub.com/blog

Kristy Brown owns and runs Australian electronic music label Sub Continental Dub, distributed internationally by renowned UK imprint Cargo Records. Kristy manages Sydney electronic producers Westernsynthetics and Sofie Loizou.

Kristy has numerous years experience working for major music labels including Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Australia and EMI within the areas of online and digital.

She currently guest lectures in online marketing and digital distribution at both Central Institute of TAFE and SAE in Perth. Kristy's music passions include working with independent and DIY musicians to showcase their work to new audiences.

Luke Rinaldi
Sweet Mate Promotions – http://sweetmate.com.au


Luke Rinaldi runs Sweet Mate Promotions which manages the bands Capital City, Emperors, The Ghost Hotel and Red Jezebel. He has worked in various roles at The West Australian Music Industry Association including Act of Youth All Ages Coordinator, Kiss My WAMi Festival Coordinator and is currently the WAMi Festival Live Coordinator.

Luke is the venue booker for the Rosemount Hotel, The Railway Hotel and The Swan Basement. Formerly the State Coordinator for the Music Manager's Forum Australia (Western Australian Branch), Luke was also the winner of the Golden WAMi award for contribution to the industry in 2003, 2006 & 2011.

Lynne Small

Manager of Finance,
Operations & Administration,
PPCA - http://www.ppca.com.au

Lynne Small has been with both the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd (PPCA) and the Australian Recording Industry Association of Australia (ARIA) since 1996, and currently holds the position of Manager – Finance, Operations and Administration in both organisations.

Formerly Group Chief Accountant for Festival Records, Lynne is a CPA, holds a Business Degree in Accounting / Computing and an MBA from the AGSM.

Lynne has undertaken the role of Secretary/ Treasurer of the music industry based charity Support Act Limited (SAL) since 1998, and is an active member of SAL's fundraising/events committee.

Marianna Annas
ABC Music Publishing - http://www.abcmusicpublishing.com.au

An experienced music lawyer, has also held senior legal and business affairs roles at major record labels and music publishers including BMG Australia and BMG Music Publishing, SonyBMG Entertainment in New York, and EMI Music Australia.

She is currently Manager, ABC Music Publishing and a Director of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS) and the Australasian Music Publishers Association (AMPAL).

She has presented at many music industry forums including the Australasian Music Business Conference, Fuse Festival, BigSound and the Australasian World Music Expo. She loves great songwriting.

Mark Dodds
A&R / Australian Music Manager,
Inertia - http://www.inertia-music.com

Mark Dodds is an A&R and Australian Music Manager for Inertia and is responsible for liaising with prospective talent and managing releases for artists including Big Scary, Felicity Groom, Floating Me, The Herd, Hermitude and The Vasco Era.

Inertia is Australia's leading independent full service sales, marketing, label and distribution company in the territory; whose roster of labels includes Beggars Group (4AD, Matador, XL, Young Turks), Cartell, Elefant Traks, Inertia Recordings, Jagjaguwar, Mistletone, Ninja Tune, Pod, Remote Control, Rice Is Nice, Secretly Canadian, Sub Pop, Warp, and more.

Starting at Inertia in 2007, Mark began working in online promotions and social media management. He moved into A&R and Marketing in 2010, now focusing on Australian releases and labels. As of 2012, Mark also heads up the new Inertia Access initiative, which enables the country's hottest burgeoning artists to utilise Inertia's services without forfeiting any rights to their masters or signing a long-term deal.

Matthew Johnson
Owner / Label Manager,
Walking Horse Records - http://walkinghorsemusic.com

After cutting his teeth at former WA label Qstik Records, where he managed New Rules for Boats and Superengine, and worked with The Panda Band, Matt Johnson started Walking Horse Records in 2009 with close friend Gareth Andersen.

The Leederville-based label focuses on alt-country, folk and indie music and aims to pick up where Qstik left off, providing industry support to local talent. Currently, the Walking Horse stable includes Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, The Ghost Hotel, Stereoflower and The Morning Night.

Michael Tucak
creative | legal - http://creativelegal.com.au

Michael is an experienced music, arts and entertainment lawyer who provides legal services to the creative industries. His clients include musicians, writers, labels, filmmakers, developers and entrepreneurs, and he advises on rights, contracts and disputes.

He is creator of WAM's free “Music and the Law” Legalease It! Resource and the “P.U.L.P.” free advice service and has worked at labels Mushroom/Liberation, Ivy League, Illusive and SONY BMG, and in WA with top tier lawyers Blake Dawson Waldron and specialist firms Garton-Smith/Owen and Owen Legal+Corporate.

He broadcast on RTRFM for 10 years, including local music show Homegrown and new release show Out To Lunch, and served on the RTRFM Board for 6 years. Having grown up in the West, he spends time in Perth and Melbourne, assisting clients to access opportunities in each city.

creative | legal is an arts and entertainment law firm operating in Perth and Melbourne in the areas of music and film, as well as digital and online media, visual art and design, start-up businesses and technology innovation. It has provided legal services on the film Mad Bastards and music doco Something In The Water, The firm provides easily-accessed legal assistance to artists at fee structures suitable to creative industries, and has the overall goal of supporting and assisting creative practitioners to achieve career goals and creative objectives.

It provides regular free legal advice to creative industries through the “P.U.L.P.” ('Pop Up Legal Practice') service.

Millie Millgate
Export Music Producer,
Sounds Australia - http://www.soundsaustralia.com.au

Millie's involvement in the Sydney music scene has provided her with a wealth of experience from her time as Creative Director of Music NSW to booker for iconic venues The Annandale and The Hopetoun.

In January 2009, Millie was appointed to the newly created position of Export Music Producer, Sounds Australia. The role, jointly funded between industry (APRA|AMCOS) and government (Australia Council for the Arts), overseas the management and implementation of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA - the national export platform specifically developed for the contemporary Australian music industry's representation at key music markets, promoting Australian musical repertoire to the world at events such as MIDEM, SXSW, The Great Escape, CMJ Music Marathon, Music Matters, Americana, Folk Alliance International and Canadian Music Week.

She has been instrumental in the growth of Sounds Australia worldwide, which resulted in Sounds Australia receiving the inaugural Export Music Office Award at The Great Escape (UK) in 2011. Millie was also honoured this year with the "SMAC of Year Award" in recognition of her efforts with Australian musicians internationally.

Nick O'Byrne
General Manager,
AIR - http://www.air.org.au

As the General Manager of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), it's Nick's day job to help indie record labels and artists of Australia run their businesses better.

AIR helps small and medium sized music businesses in the belief that financial success will help creators achieve their musical goals. AIR also publishes the Jagermeister independent music charts, presents the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards and has a widely read blog about Australian indie music.

Nick was also a co-ordinator The Key Of Sea, a collaborative project between high profile, awesome Australian artists and refugee musicians. He also manages a rad artist in Melbourne and plays his Vibraphone whenever he gets the chance.

Noah Shilkin
Founder & Creative Director,
Sonic Lolly - http://www.soniclolly.com

Noah Shilkin is a recording artist, songwriter/composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and music supervisor. After 23 years working internationally Noah returned home to be with family – and his new studio “The Lollybox” in Margaret River, WA.

He has composed for the likes of Nike, Chevrolet, Calvin Klein, General Motors, Disney, Nelvana, ESPN, CBC, VTV, playwright Harold Pinter and the artist Robert Rauschenberg. Noah has worked with international recording artists ranging from Alanis Morissette to AC/DC and was keyboardist for legendary New Zealand cult band Mother Goose.

His song-writing catalogue boasts more than 300 songs and includes the Voodoo Opera "Under a Mardi Gras Moon."

A love of technology has put Noah at the forefront in the field of computers and music and he has consulted to Apple, Digidesign, Emu Systems and New England Digital. Industry affiliations include WAM, SOCAN, BMI, FACTOR, AES and Canada Arts Council where he has worked in many capacities ranging from song reviewer, panellist, guest speaker and educator. Logging over 3000 live performances around the world he continues to play to a loyal following just because it's fun and as he says, “That's where it all starts.”

Pat Pattison
Berklee College of Music - http://www.berkleemusic.com

Pat Pattison is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches Lyric Writing and Poetry.

In addition to his four books, Songwriting Without Boundaries, Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses, and one on poetry, available through Berklee's Online School. He has filmed a series of lectures and masterclasses, available through Songwork.com and has written over 50 articles for various magazines and blogs.

Pat continues to present songwriting clinics across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Several of his students have won Grammys, including John Mayer and Gillian Welch.

Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll has extensive experience with Major and Independent record labels in the UK and Australia.

He worked for Sony Music for over 10 years; during this time he brought a Western Australian music focus to the label and was instrumental in the signings of Jebediah, Ammonia and Yummy Fur to the Sony Music roster.

He co-founded Offworld sounds releasing Electronica, Dance and Hip Hop acts and littleBIGMAN records where he signed The Panics.

Carroll has also worked in media; managing Alternative radio station RTRFM and presenting weekly music segments on ABC Radio. In 2002 he co-produced Shaun Ryder's (Happy Mondays) solo album “Amateur night in the Big Top” for Offworld Sounds and helped Ryder re-launch his career in the UK.

He is chair of an Indigenous record label (Too Solid) and has recently co-produced records by two aboriginal acts; John Bennett and The Yabu Band. He currently manages The Panics, Tim & Jean, Georgia Fair and Karl Smith (Sodastream), and was inducted into the WAM Hall of Fame in 2011.

Phaedra Watts
Artistic Coordinator,
Nannup Music Festival - http://www.nannupmusicfestival.org/welcome.asp

Phaedra Watts spent her youth watching bands (and people) in her hometown of Fremantle, which offered a rich and fertile upbringing, installing many of her enduring beliefs and passions.

In her 20's, Phaedra moved to Nannup - the perfect place to grow her young family. Yet, instead of settling into the slow pace of country life, she found herself drawn into the organisation of the Nannup Music Club. She has been Artistic Director for the past four years and it appears her passion for music, culture and community were exactly what the festival needed.

Phaedra's position allows her to share her love of Music and the Arts. She is a strong supporter of Emerging and Indigenous performers, and is honoured to work with these artists in a contemporary context.

The Nannup Music festival is a much loved - music lovers – festival, which has grown to be a recognised and appreciated event on Australia's music calendar. The programming reflects the diversity and richness of Phaedra's own music tastes, and her respect for all artists working together in a warm, friendly and creative environment.

Phaedra is a firm believer in fostering and supporting promising creativity in order to see it grow.

Philip Mortlock
Creative Manager,
Albert Music - http://albertmusic.com

Philip Mortlock is Creative Manager with Alberts. In his role at Alberts Philip is involved in the creative services of all activities with artists, songwriters, publishing, recording and other music rights.

Philip is also on the board of AIR (Association Of Independent labels) and NFSA (National Film & Sound Archives as well as being a founding patron of THE AMP (Australian Music Prize).

Prior to working at Alberts Philip ran the indie label and publishing business' ORiGiN Music and prior to that was with Warner Music Australia for many years starting out designing record covers and ending up as Managing Director.

Philip has worked with a variety of great Australian artists including INXS, Cold Chisel, Radio Birdman, Not Drowning Waving, Washington, Old Man River, Seabellies, Diana Anaid, James Morrison, Paul Grabowsky, Mondo Rock, 1927 and Richard Clapton.

Philip Stevens
Jarrah Records - http://www.jarrahrecords.com

Philip Stevens ran a successful touring company called Jazz Dive Promotions, which promoted concerts in WA between 1990 and 1998. Jazz Dive represented many of Australia's finest acts including Paul Kelly, Weddings Parties Anything, Kate Ceberano as well as international touring blues and world music acts such as Screaming Jay Hawkins, Buddy Guy, Angelique Kidjo and the Bhundu Boys.

In 2002, Philip established Jarrah Records in New York and has been managing the label and overseeing all label duties since. Jarrah Records was the first artist owned independent label to debut at No.1 on ARIA charts.

Philip also currently manages The John Butler Trio, The Waifs & The Flairz.

Phoebe Corke
Artists Administrator / Publicist,
Phoebe Corke Management - http://phoebecorke.com/phoebecorke.com/Welcome.html

Originally from England, Phoebe Corke runs a music management, booking, publicity and event business in Fremantle as well as working as a violinist. She has been involved with Fairbridge Festival as artists administrator and publicist since 2009.

Her client list includes Dave Mann, The Fancy Brothers, Tonchi, Neil Murray, Ash Grunwald, Hussy Hicks, The Justin Walshe Folk Machine, Tijuana Cartel, Matt Gresham, Toby and more. She books and promotes over 50 gigs a year, runs Gimme Shelter - an annual fundraiser for the homeless, and was the Festival Director of Earthdance WA.

Since moving to Fremantle in 2005 she has played the violin with a wide variety of performers including Shane Howard, Neil Murray, John Butler, Bomba, TinPan Orange, Carus, Saritah, Tijuana Cartel, Ganga Giri, Hussy Hicks, Loren and A French Butler Called Smith. She also works regularly as a recording session artist.

Rosalind Appleby
Music journalist, http://rosalindappleby.blogspot.com.au
Rosalind Appleby graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Music Performance and has spent the past twelve years working as a music journalist. Her book Women of Note (Fremantle Press 2012) revealed startling discoveries about Australian women composers, completing the missing jigsaw pieces in Australia's music history.

She writes regular music reviews and feature articles covering a wide range of jazz, world and classical music critic for The West Australian newspaper and is the WA correspondent for the prestigious Opera magazine (London).

For several years she produced and broadcast the experimental radio program Difficult Listening for community radio. Rosalind has worked as a music critic in Europe and China, and has reviewed most festivals and orchestras around the country - from the 2006 State Opera of South Australia's production of Wagner's Ring cycle to the experimental Now Now festival in Sydney. She has contributed to a variety of national and international publications including London's Financial Times, the Australian, Scoop magazine, Music Forum journal, Resonate magazine and The Opera Critic.

Scott Adam
Course Coordinator,
Music Industry Training
Central Institute of Technology - http://www.central.wa.edu.au/Pages/default.aspx

Scott Adam has been working in the music business for more than 15 years as an artist manager, record label owner and lecturer. Prior to starting WA's first qualifications in music business at the Central Institute of Technology's Centre for Music Industry Training (CMIT), Scott headed up Qstik Records & Management, a business that worked to develop distribution, marketing and touring networks for WA artists. One such act was The Panda Band who toured to the USA three times and the UK twice, signed to Filter / Fontana and released two CD's across Australia and North America in the four years they worked with Qstik Management.

These days, Scott is training up-and-coming music agents, managers and administrators through the Certificate IV and Diploma courses run at the Leederville Campus of the Central Institute of Technology. He is currently developing a combination of classroom and workplace based training culminating in an internship program at the end of the Diploma and has been setting up various industry partnerships to benefit the employment and experience opportunities for his students.

Tony Edwards
Razor Blade Music - http://razorblademusic.com

Signed to synth pioneer Gary Numan's 'Numa' Records label at a young age Tony Edwards has since gone on to enjoy a 25 year career in the music industry. During a 10 year tenure at EMI Records in London Tony gained invaluable inside knowledge while helping to promote the careers of artists including Radiohead, Coldplay & Robbie Williams.

Since leaving EMI he has achieved recognition as a Producer/Remixer, run a recording studio and now manages Perth electro band VCA. A co-organiser of the WA Music Managers Community and an early advocate of online/digital marketing he keenly embraces the ever changing musical landscape

Voltaire Twins
Musicians, http://voltairetwins.com

Voltaire Twins are a Perth-based indie dance band fronted by twin brother and sister Tegan and Jaymes. After being Unearthed by Triple J in 2008, they went on to high profile supports with Ladytron, Maximo Park, Midnight Juggernauts and Art vs Science, as well as festival slots at Laneway Festival, Parklife, Groovin the Moo, Summadayze and Good Vibrations.

In October 2010 the band travelled to New York, where they performed at the CMJ Music Marathon. In March 2012 they travelled to the USA and Canada to perform at SXSW and Canadian Music Week.