Radio and Breaking New Music – How’s the relationship?

Staff Writer

How’s the relationship?  

It’s the biggest music industry gathering in the southern hemisphere.

And it takes place in Brisbane, September 10 to 12.  BIGSOUND

And this year the panels explore the relationship between radio and breaking new music.


Key staff from triple j including manager Chris Scaddan and music director Richard Kingsmill will face the BIGSOUND crowd for a discussion about triple j and it's place in the Australian industry.

It aims to  “address the heated industry debate and conjecture that surrounds their decision-making processes”.

Previous BIGSOUND's have tackled other areas on the radio industry and the music biz, including digital radio and the impact of commercial formats.

BIGSOUND will also be covered by community stations including representatives from 4ZZZ, RRR, PBS, FBI and RTR. They will be discussing the importance of community broadcasting on the breaking of new music and the relationship between the two industries. Music Directors from the community stations as well as triple j and double j will also host one on one meetings with musicians to hear what’s going on at the grassroots of the music industry.

“Australia's radio landscape is unique in the world. triple j has morphed over the last decade from a radio station into a multi-platform, multi-demographic media entity,” said BIGSOUND programmer Nick O’Byrne.

“The fact that it is one of the most important and influential media-outlets for our industry means it bares enormous responsibility and expectation. Meanwhile our community radio scene is the most dynamic and interesting broadcast platform in the country (maybe even the world!) but it struggles for funding, access to technology and the rightful recognition as a nursery for cutting edge independent artists, those that are truly taking Australian music to new horizons and greater heights.”

The event also features keynote speeches from the church, Neil Finn, Mick Harvey (The Bad Seeds, The Birthday Party) and Bluesfest founder, Peter Noble.

BIGSOUND wouldn't be what it is either, without some live music as well.  140 of Australasia’s finest new bands will be playing across 14 venues in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley over two nights.



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