Let’s go back to the beginning. How’d you become involved in Golden Era Records?
I managed a group in Canada and they opened for Hilltop Hoods on their tour in 2010. That group ended up breaking up and I hit up Suff [Matt Lambert, Hilltop Hoods] to see if he had any work. Hoods are very hands on with the label, but they needed someone to be on the ground as they still do a bunch of touring every year, so that’s where I fit in.
Coming from being actively involved in the music industry in Canada, how does the hip hop scene there compare to Australia?
I think they are pretty similar, they both seem to be going through a bit of a renaissance at the moment. Both base their sound on the US, but each have their unique elements that makes it their own.
Your title is ‘label manager’, which sounds like an umbrella for being busy AF all the time. What does your role entail?
Marketing, scheduling, A&R, manager, merchandise, tour manager, event planner. I wear many hats, also, we make hats.
If people follow Golden Era on Snapchat, they’ll see that you’re hitting up new shows all the time – not just hip hop – is there anyone coming-up in Adelaide that we should know about?
I really like Young Offenders they sound like the Clash with a modern edge, I think they are headed over to play Glastonbury soon which is pretty cool. There is also a young producer called Rela that I really like, it will be interesting to see what he does.
How can unsigned hip hop acts get your attention? I know the Hilltop Hoods initiative is a good way for artists to put themselves out there and an amazing opportunity for the winner.
I think it’s more about having a presence in the scene and doing shows than getting my attention. I am always looking, if you are doing shows and producing good music I probably know about you.
What advice would you give to someone starting out and looking to work in the music industry – specifically for a record label. Where do they begin/cut their teeth?
I started out doing an unpaid internship at a record label while bussing tables at a restaurant. These days I would find a local band you are passionate about that needs a manager and offer to work for them, build up contacts and if the band is successful you can open up other doors for yourself. If you’re passionate about the band and driven to help them succeed you can get far.
The Golden Era Records x Bad Apples Showcase & AIR Awards Afterparty is happening this Thursday night at Rocket Rooftop Bar, tix still available here.