Heading up the conference’s keynote list is UNIFIED’s own Jaddan Comerford, travelling home from his base in New York to share his industry know-how, at a time when his company is pretty much taking over the music world and single-handedly triggering a resurgence in heavy music.
Other notable speakers including Conan O’Brien’s own music segment producer Jim Pitt, Wild Card Music Director Marcy Bulkely (who we owe for the music in movies like Independence Day 2, Jurassic World, Inception and more), Good Ear Music Supervisor Jackie Shuman (who’s worked to source commercial music for brands including Google, Twitter, Apple, Samsung and Southern Comfort) and buttloads more.
Unfortunately, despite widespread public outcry, Music Feeds’ wise and powerful Creative Director Mitch Feltscheer will no longer be delivering his planned keynote due to unforeseen circumstances (such as never actually being invited to deliver a keynote speech in the first place).
It is true, I am the BIGSOUND keynote speaker for 2016 and guess what? Music? You've been doing it wrong this whole time.
— Mitch Feltscheer (@mitchfel) May 12, 2016
There’s also A&R reps invading from OS to scope out the 150 hot new Aussie artists TBA on the 2016 lineup, including Universal Music Publishing Group’s Taylor Testa (Kacy Hill, Tobias Jesso Jr), ATO’s Jon Salter (My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes), Vagrant Records/BMG’s Jeremy Maciak (The 1975, PJ Harvey), Zac Ives from Goner Records (Jay Reatard, Ty Segall), Emmy Feldman from Canvasback (War on Drugs, Alt-J, Frightened Rabbit), The Royalty Network’s Lawson Higgins (Justin Townes Earle, The Soft Pack) and Secretly Publishing’s Jon Coombs (Bon Iver, Jens Lekman).
Altogether, 100+ speakers and buyers are expected to descend upon Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley for the landmark conference running from September 7th – 9th.
Check out the full first speaker announcement, below.
Gallery: BIGSOUND Live 2015 – Day 1, Fortitude Valley / Photos By Rebecca Reid
Wednesday, 7th September – Friday, 9th September
Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
BIGSOUND 2016 Speakers & Buyers
Jaddan Comerford – UNIFIED (AUS) – Keynote
A.B. Original (Briggs & Trials) (AUS) – Keynote
Matt Ash – Raw Power Management (USA)
Alex Becket – Creative Artists Agency (USA)
Alex Bruford – ATC Live (UK)
Marcy Bulkely – Wild Card AV (USA)
Laura Byrne – Made In Katana / The Scouted (AUS)
Jon Coombs – Secretly Publishing (USA)
Dana Erickson – Grandstand Media & Management (USA)
Emmy Feldman – Canvasback (USA)
Jane Flynn – Songs For Children (Hong Kong)
Sebastian Freed – The Bowery Presents (USA)
Alastair Green – Maker (AUS)
Lawson Higgins – The Royalty Network, Inc (USA)
Zac Ives – Goner Records (USA)
Jeremy Maciak – Vagrant Records / BMG (USA)
Lindsay McDougall (AUS)
Dean Ormston – APRA AMCOS (AUS)
Jim Pitt – Conan (USA)
Josh Roth – Superfly (USA)
Katie Rynne – Select Music (AUS)
Jon Salter – ATO Records (USA)
Jackie Shuman – Good Ear Music Supervision (USA)
Chris Swanson – Secretly Group (USA)
Edwin Tehrani – New World Artists (AUS)
Taylor Testa – Universal Music Publishing Group (USA)
Roman Trystram – Creative Artists Agency (UK)
Marco Walzel – Avocado Booking (GER)
Tom Wironen – Post Hoc Management (USA)