Bigsound 2012 Highlights
If there’s one week every year in the Judith Wright Centre that is guaranteed to be crazy, it’s the week of the Bigsound music conference. Heading upstairs to YAQ I see musos, managers and record company people squishing the largest possible number of conversations into their morning.
The event runs on coffee, forums and gigs, gigs, gigs. On Wednesday night I made it to a fantastic showcase of regional musicians and caught up with Cassey Russell, the Transit Lounge Caboolture A-Venue Program Coordinator.
Moreton Bay locals “Gentlemen” gave us some fantastic electrorock and friend of YAQ Leanne Tennant made the trip from Cairns. Hearing her alt country originals with a full band definitely got me moving.
Now that we’ve all had some sleep I gave Cassey a call to find out more:
Alex: How did you first get involved with Bigsound?
Cassey: I first got involved four years ago as a volunteer. Transit Lounge Caboolture had just run our bandcamp project in partnership with Qmusic so that’s how I found out about it. When A-Venue Moreton Bay was funded I became coordinator. We started bringing musicians to the conference. It’s a great way to learn about professional networks and new musicians who see the showcases see what they need to aspire to.
Alex: Apart from the A-Venue showcase, what were your highlights for this year?
Cassey: Leanne de Souza. She’s a music manager I really look up to. And the dented heavy metal forum.
Alex: I always find music industry networking is very slick and high speed. I consider myself a good networker but I find it a bit intimidating what do you think?
Cassey: Yeah. I don’t network that much with speakers – more with the people we’ve worked with before. For some of the people there wouldn’t be much of an outcome to networking with them.
Alex: Do you have any tips?
Cassey: Always have a purpose in mind. Why are you networking with this person. Don’t go to every panel – your brain will die. Pick the panels you go to based on the topic – not the speakers. If you go to a panel hoping to hear about how a manager got a band to where they are in their career, but the panel is about funding – you may not get the information you want. If the information you want isn’t covered then try and make a meeting with them to find it out.
Alex: Is there anything you would improve about the conference if you were running it?
Cassey: There’s a bit of a void when it comes to the under-age music scene. It would be a good thing to talk about in the future.
Many thanks to you Cassey for your time and insight