Maggie Collins

Managing Director

Maggie is a national broadcaster, artist manager and co-programmer for BIGSOUND. She’s the Managing Director of Fans Creative Management where she personally represents ARIA Award winning band DZ Deathrays, Unearthed triple j Award Winners The John Steel Singers, and The Creases. With her radio hat on, she was Music Director at 4ZZZ before transitioning to triple j where she is now a presenter covering everything from Home and Hosed, Good Nights, Tops (Unearthed) and The J Files (Double J). Raised in Brisbane, in 2015 she moved to Sydney where she became Bookings and Production Manager at Goodgod Small Club. Soon after moving on from that iconic venue, she was announced as the co-programmer (with Nick O’Byrne) of BIGSOUND 2016, where she will eventually take over as executive programmer for 2017.

Jesse Barbera

Jesse is co-owner of several venues and managing director of The Fans Group - a group of companies comprising artist management, venue marketing, operations & bookings and an events company. In his spare time he drinks whisky on planes.

Velociraptor Velociraptor like to make party, so much so that they formed a band/gang so large, so loose, and so fun that instant party making was guaranteed* wherever they showed up.

The John Steel Singers With five members traversing across instruments like explorers, the Australian natives bring another dimension to the experimental pop aesthetic with an accomplished brass section on trombone and trumpet amongst the staple guitars, bass and drums.

Jeremy Neale Part-time philosopher, full time adventurer - Jeremy Neale takes hold of your hand, lets you know you're a unique and great human who is full of potential and then proceeds to walk with you through the sounds of Mersey Beat, 60's Girl Group, Pop-Psych, Blue Eyed Soul and the darker side of Crooner-revivalist.

Feelings FEELINGS is the music of Simon "Berkfinger" Berckelman. Berckelman was born in Australia's outback, but came of age in Sydney's inner suburbs. He began his career as an indie recording engineer and producer, before having success as singer and songwriter in Australian radio favourite's Philadelphia Grand Jury.

DZ Deathrays DZ Deathrays have come a long way from the first house party gig that they formed for. In the past few years, the ARIA Award winning, indie/thrash two-piece has toured overseas relentlessly, winning loyal fans the world over with their roof-lifting live show, debut album ‘Bloodstreams' and their 2014 release ‘Black Rat'.

MT MT have been stirring up a groundswell of hype across 2013, being championed by the likes of NME, Clash, This Is Fake DIY, and winning huge support on BBC Radio One from Phil & Alice, Zane Lowe and Jen Long.

The Creases Their killer garage-pop singles have made waves around the world and they've played alongside some of the biggest names in indie rock; it's hard to believe that 18 months ago The Creases didn't even exist.

Philidelphia Grand Jury Forget haircuts, forget NME, and forget your ex-girlfriend - this is Philadelphia Grand Jury.

VELOCIRAPTOR

Velociraptor like to make party, so much so that they formed a band/gang so large, so loose, and so fun that instant party making was guaranteed* wherever they showed up.

Originally a trio formed by vocalist/primary songwriter Jeremy Neale and his bros Simon Ridley and Shane Parsons of DZ Deathrays, the band quickly grew (in number, if not reputation) to a revolving cast of 12 Ultimate Party DogsTM and have embarked on a number of national and international tours supporting the likes of Japanrdroids and OFF as well as venturing to the UK for the Great Escape following the band's 2012 double A side release through record label Too Pure.

Inexplicably receiving high rotation for singles, In the Springtime, Cynthia, and Riot has ensured that Velociraptor's place in the hearts and minds of the Australian populace was cemented. 2014 has thus far seen the release of the band's debut self titled album via Dot Dash/ Remote Control, featuring infectious singles ‘Ramona' and ‘Sneakers'.

“…the band says it is “dedicated to anybody who's ever worn sneakers.” That's me! And you, probably. Dig a little deeper and the song reveals itself as a sentimental break up take complete with the familiar Raptor sound of ‘60s inspired guitar pop.” – Rip It Up

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The John Steel Singers

With five members traversing across instruments like explorers, the Australian natives bring another dimension to the experimental pop aesthetic with an accomplished brass section on trombone and trumpet amongst the staple guitars, bass and drums.

Their debut album ‘Tangalooma' (produced by Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens) garnered huge support with Triple J, receiving feature album, and single ‘Overpass' coming in at #52 in the Hottest 100 of 2010. The band's self produced album ‘Everything's A Thread' released via Full Time Hobby in 2014 also received Triple J's feature album and raving reviews from the Australian and International press. Keep tuned for the release of album #3 on the band's own Plutonium Records (through Create Control) in early 2016.

“…their most diverse collection of music to date… an assembly of strong grooves, quirky melodies, and crystalline harmonies” - ★★★★★★★½ Tone Deaf

The band has toured Australia with some incredible bands such as The Polyphonic Spree, The Morning Benders and The Dodos; as well as playing festivals such as Splendour In The Grass, Big Day Out and Laneway Festival.

Overseas, the band have toured with the likes of He's My Brother, She's My Sister and Bad Weather California as well as showcasing at CMJ in 2011, SXSW in 2012 and The Great Escape in both 2009 and 2014.

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Jeremy Neale

Jeremy Neale cares about the real stuff. People, songs, entertainment. Maybe that's because his earliest memory is of his identical twin brother being jettisoned into deep space. It was at that very moment that he knew he had to live his life for two.

He has a solo career that has seen him tour extensively both nationally and internationally off the back of his debut EP, 'In Stranger Times' (2013).

Now he's back in a big way with the follow up EP ‘Let Me Go Out In Style' due this September.

"He can't stop grinning and his belief is infectious; it would take a stony heart to remain unmoved" - The Brisbane Times

"He is on an unstoppable run right now" - The Music

"It's hard to deny that Jeremy Neale is the king of the garage in Brisbane" - Dom Alessio, triple j

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Feelings

FEELINGS is the music of Simon "Berkfinger" Berckelman.

Berckelman was born in Australia's outback, but came of age in Sydney's inner suburbs. He began his career as an indie recording engineer and producer, before having success as singer and songwriter in Australian radio favourite's Philadelphia Grand Jury.

He has recorded, mixed and/or produced hundreds of records for groups including Art Vs Science, Deep Sea Arcade, Dune Rats, Dappled Cities, Bridezilla, Bluejuice, Velociraptor, Architecture in Helsinki, Wolfmother and Tom Lark. As a musician he has played shows across the UK, Europe, USA, Africa and Australia. Philadelphia Grand Jury made their debut, "Hope is for Hopers," under his grandparents' house and after midnight at Bigjesus Burger, for a grand total of $3000. They sold 20, 000 copies without having signed a record contract.

For the last few years, Berckelman has called Europe home. When the opportunity came up to buy a huge, commercial recording studio in Berlin, he took it. From here he has written and recorded his debut album under the name FEELINGS, featuring singles such as ‘One In A Million' and ‘Intercourse'.

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DZ Deathrays

DZ Deathrays have come a long way from the first house party gig that they formed for. In the past few years, the multi-ARIA Award winning, indie/thrash two-piece has toured overseas relentlessly, winning loyal fans the world over with their roof-lifting live show, debut album ‘Bloodstreams’ and their 2014 release ‘Black Rat’ which was produced by Bourke Reid (The Drones, PVT, Wolf & Cub), and released by I Oh You in Aus and Infectious in the UK. Here at home in Australia, they've done stadium shows with The Foo Fighters, as well as multiple other support tours, sold-out headline shows and festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Groovin' The Moo and Falls Festival. The professional face-melters from Brisbane have toured the US, UK, Europe, Asia and even Iceland. They've played festivals such as SXSW in Austin, Texas and The Great Escape in the UK, multiple times. They've toured those territories with bands like Cerebral Ballzy, Bass Drum of Death, Band of Skulls and Blood Red Shoes.

“...On Black Rat the energetic youngsters have found their own sound and it's as impressive as it is infectious. ” - Rolling Stone

After coming so far and achieving so much, Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley are still two regular dudes that you might meet at a party. A party where the music playing is a blend of driving monster beats firing over an avalanche of guitar, similar to the sound of a squadron of attacking Panzer tanks.

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MT (Aus only)

MT have been stirring up a groundswell of hype across 2013, being championed by the likes of NME, Clash, This Is Fake DIY, and winning huge support on BBC Radio One from Phil & Alice, Zane Lowe and Jen Long.

Their debut single 'Alpha Romeo' was produced by Dan Grech (The Vaccines, Lana Del Ray), and is a pop anthem of seismic proportions. Initially camouflaging itself as a could-be piano ballad, the stomper swiftly takes liftoff into a bursting, horn-backed triumph – never giving up on it's bright-eyed cause.

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The Creases

Their garage-pop singles have made waves around the world and they've played alongside some of the biggest names in indie rock. Brisbane four-piece The Creases have come a long way since the drunken rainy night on which the band was incepted. Made up of members Joe Agius, Jarrod Mahon, Aimon Clark and Gabe Webster, they have toured the UK and US, playing SXSW, The Great Escape and touring with UK outfit Shy Nature. At home they’ve played Laneway Festival, Splendour In The Grass and toured with Jake Bugg, The Strypes, DMA’s and The Preatures.

It all stems from their music, from their first single ‘I Won’t Wait’ that was released on 7” vinyl through Rough Trade (UK) to their debut EP ‘Gradient’ released through Liberation / Mushroom in Australia. It produced triple j high rotation singles ‘Static Lines’ and ‘Gradient’.

More currently the band have released a stand-alone single ‘Point’ once again to high rotation on triple j and rave reviews.

‘Point hints on 1980s nostalgia, but for the most part it stands alone as something completely modern and unique.’ – AdamNotEve

‘Point sees the four-piece rumbling along with their signature indie-pop/ rock sound whilst simultaneously showing the band's evolution.’ – Pilerats

‘The Creases are one of the better bands to have come out of Brisbane in the last few years. That’s not fair actually, they’re flat out amazing.’ – Howl & Echoes

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Philidelphia Grand Jury

Crashing and Burning PT II is an interesting choice for first single for a couple of reasons.

It is one of the only pieces of music that survived the original, abandoned 2010 recording sessions. This period was filled with the highs of playing to sold out crowds and the lows of dealing with the pressure to make something great, in a hurry, with limited resources, when you are completely exhausted and when you kind of hate each other a little bit.

It was originally called 'New Package For You' and was about the thrill of receiving postal items. Calvin was on drums and he wrote some really amazing parts, but we were in a dingy South London production room and the sound and feel wasn't quite right, so we didn't get around to doing a proper recording.

When we decided to start working on the album again, we went through and found this little demo gem, with all the parts written, except for terrible lyrics. MC Bad Genius' cool bass felt like Iggy Pop and the drum beats were insane. Some time soon thereafter Berkfinger was taking a bike ride to Spacehall, his favourite record store in Berlin and upon the way a story came to him about a little person, who is very much looking forward to the future, but doesn't know what to expect and doesn't want to get his or her hopes up.

Here's a little tidbit, for those still reading. The breakdown drums and guitars on this song come from another abandoned recording session that took place in 2014 at Jim from Midnight Oils studio in Sydney. We thought it would be a great idea to make the album over the internet and this was the one and only attempt. When we were recording the song again in Berlin, Berkfinger couldn't be bothered, or remember, how to play the harmony electric guitars, so in the final mix, it chops from Berlin, to Sydney, back to Berlin.

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bigsound

BIGSOUND is Australia's largest music industry conference and showcase for emerging artists.

In it's 14 year history it has grown into the single most important export platform for Australian musicians. Artists such as Flume, Courtney Barnett, The Temper Trap, Kirin J. Callinan, DMA's, Jack Ladder, Little May and Sheppard have all launched international campaigns from the event in Brisbane. Held in the 2nd week of September in Brisbane and run by QMusic, BIGSOUND is curated by Nick O'Byrne of Look Out Kid Management and Maggie Collins of Fans Creative Management.

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