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Dave Grohl’s Mum Leads BIGSOUND 2018 First Speaker Announcement

Written by Sam Murphy on May 10, 2018

UPDATE: BIGSOUND Announces First Round Of Acts On 2018 Lineup

ORIGINAL STORY: Brisbane’s BIGSOUND conference has delivered its first round of speakers and it’s headed by Virginia Grohl who is the mother of Dave Grohl.

Last year, Grohl published a book ‘From Cradle to Stage’ interviewing the mothers of stars like Amy Winehouse and Adam Levine about what it’s like to raise a rockstar.

She’ll be delivering what is sure to be an incredible keynote about raising and nurturing musicians.

The other keynote speaker is Mardi Caught – a previous label executive at Warner Music Australia who has just launched her own marketing services company The Annex.

The rest of the first announcement is filled with overseas talent that includes industry figures from Domino Records, influential website Line Of Best Fit and C3 Management which looks after the likes of Phoenix and Hudson Mohawke.

This year, BIGSOUND will be moving away from a talking at you format with its forums, moving into “IRL conversations” whereby delegates will be encouraged to take place in the conversation.

The conference has announced its first three forums. The first, ‘The New Music Business’ will look at how best to introduce and enforce new ideas in the industry.

The second, will ask the question “What would the current music industry look like if it was invented by our First Nations people?”

Finally, the third will importantly look at ‘Changing Music Industry Behaviour’ and the psychology behind it.

Check out the full list of speakers included in the first round announcement below.

BIGSOUND 2018 First Speaker Announcement

Mardi Caught – The Annex (AUS) – KEYNOTE
Virginia Hanlon Grohl – Mothers of Music (USA) – KEYNOTE
Alexandra Berenson – Vinyl Me, Please (USA)
Alison Rosenfeld – Aperture Music (USA)
Amber Carew – Saddle Creek (USA)
Ben Rafson – We Are Free (USA)
Bernie Cho – DFSB (KOR)
Brontë Jane – Third Side Music (USA)
Carlos Lopez – Domino (USA)
Eric Fritschi – Mtheory (USA)
Fabrizio Rafael Onetto Pedetti – OCESA Seitrack (MEX)
Jessi Frick – Citrine Management (USA)
Joe Greenwald – C3 Management (USA)
Jon Box – Universal Canada (CAN)
Katie Garcia – Secretly Group (USA)
Lucy Pitkethly – Eat Your Own Ears (UK)
Madison McCabe – Hidden Track (USA)
Markell Casey – Pulse Music Group (USA)
Nevin Domer – Maybe Mars (CHN)
Owen Mallon – Paradigm Talent Agency (USA)
Paul Bridgewater – Line of Best Fit (UK)
Rachel Cox – Sad Grrrls Club (AUS)
Shaun Faulkner – X-Ray Touring (UK)
Tim Luckow – Stem (USA)
Tom Wironen – Friendly Announcer (USA)

BIGSOUND 2018

Tuesday, 4th September – Friday, 7th September
Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website

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