Industry Profile: Deb Suckling

— By Larry LeBlanc (CelebrityAccess)

This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Deb Suckling, SUGARRUSH Music.

Brisbane music institution Deb Suckling has her finger fixed firmly on the pulse of cultural change.

This Aussie dynamo spent a number of years working with such Australian Indie labels as Odds Records, FunkFolk Records and Collision Records before co-founding the Independent label SUGARRUSH Music in 2006 with her husband Craig Spann.

Both had been members of the popular Australian band Brindle which released two albums, and 4 Eps, and which had toured relentlessly for a number of years. Suckling eventually moved onto Lucy Star Satellite before establishing SUGARRUSH which has released over 70 recordings by Australian artists over the past decade.

For 7 years until 2012, Suckling was program manager for QMusic, coordinating the annual Queensland Music Awards, and BIGSOUND and Women In Music conferences, and coordinating professional development and educational workshops across Queensland

Today, as well as steering SUGARRUSH Music with her husband, Suckling also oversees multiple regional songwriting projects, and various community music programs; works with Backbone Youth Arts, the longest running youth arts organization in Queensland; and is a peer assessor for both the Australia Council and Arts Queensland. She also mentors a number of Indigenous artists in Queensland.

One of her latest projects is working with young emerging female songwriters aged between 15 and 18 from Queensland’s regional and remote communities as a part of the inaugural Big Sky Girls mentoring program.

Suckling started producing shows a few years ago and has produced a number of sell-out performances, including three seasons of the Long Player Sessions and Murder Ballads.

The Soldier’s Wife, her latest production, came about from traveling across Queensland for 6 months visiting school groups, and aged care facilities meeting with women separated from their partners during conflicts ranging from World War II to present day.

The stories collected and resulting songs written, also documented in a double album and a book, give a powerful voice to Australia’s military women and their families, and create a way for the Australian public to hear about, and to learn from these experiences.

You have been involved with various community songwriting projects over the past decade as well producing shows. The Soldier’s Wife is your latest production. How did it come about?

I don’t know (laughing). Basically, I kind of finished up a songwriting project and was getting back into my own creative time. I had been doing quite a few songwriting projects. I had just finished one (The Songs of Roma House) with long-term homeless people at Roma House. We had a songwriting group there, and it was just such an incredible experience. The stories we heard and wrote were just heart-wrenching, but it (the experience) was so positive on so many levels. We recorded a full album of songs with the residents.

[Mission Australia’s Roma House homeless service is funded by the Queensland Government and provides holistic therapeutic support in a residential setting for people experiencing chronic homelessness, often related to mental health issues and/or substance misuse. The Songs of Roma House compilation is available for streaming and as a free download at:]

For 17 years, I lived next door to a woman called Marie whose husband Jack served in World War II. As you might know, ANZAC Day is a huge thing in Australia. It’s really big. I talked to Marie every day over the fence, and she was kind of aware of the projects I was doing. I was always asking her questions, and she would tell me stories about her dad who was in the first landing in Gallipoli (a campaign of the First World War that took place on the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire). He did three deployments in World War I. Her husband Jack served in World War II in New Guinea. He’s a wonderful character who is now 93, and Marie is 90. She cares for Jack, and they are still so in love.

Did her stories resonate with you?

I just thought nobody here is collecting these life stories. There is so much focus on the servicemen in these big wars but on a day-to-day basis (away from home). At the same time, I was sort of rolling around some ideas in my head. My husband Craig (Spann) was working with this woman, and her son had been shot dead in Afghanistan. I knew that his wife had just had a three-month-old baby, and he had never met the baby. All I could think about was this 24-year-old wife with this three month-old-baby that he (the husband) never got to meet. How that must feel. I thought, “Where are the songs about this? Where are the stories about this? You never see the woman talking about these things.”

Eric Bogle’s 1971 account of a young Australian soldier maimed at Gallipoli, “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda,” is a universally revered song, but there’s no mention in the lyrics if the soldier had a wife.

One of the biggest (war-related) songs here in Australia is “I Was Only Nineteen” by Redgum.

[A first-person account of a volunteer member of the Australian infantry experience in the Vietnam War, “I Was Only Nineteen (A Walk in the Light Green)” by the Australian folk group Redgum, reached #1 on the national Kent Music Report Singles Chart in 1983. Royalties for the song go to the Vietnam Veterans Assn. of Australia.]

So I talked to a bunch of female songwriters that I had been doing these songwriting projects with; who all had experiences working in community songwriting projects. We are all similar. We all aren’t gigging much because of our kids. I said, “I don’t know where to start because I don’t have any background in the military.” But I wrote a grant. It was for $7,000, and I got it. Then it was, “Now I’ve got to find the (military) wives, and then I have to get some of them to talk to me.” That, I think, was the biggest challenge of my life. I rang up Legacy which is a long-running organization here for military) families. I rang them up, and said, “Hello, I’m a songwriter” and I told them what I wanted to do. They were very kind to me, and said, “We can’t guarantee that they will talk to you, but you are more than welcome to come in. There’s a group that comes in every Wednesday called The Laurel Club. Just come in, and have a cup of tea. Tell them what you are doing, and see if they will talk to you.” So off I went. I took Jackie Marshall who is one of the best songwriters in the planet if you ask me. These women were of all ages. They had been through mainly (conflicts in) Vietnam, and Borneo (in the 1960s), and there were a couple from World War II there as well. So we went in, and there were about 40 women there. We went in, and we sort of said, “Hi.”

When was this?

This was three years ago. Of course, the women were going, “Who are these girls and what do they want?” That first day was really nerve-racking for us. What we ended up doing was grabbing a cup of tea, sitting at a table, and saying, “If you don’t mind, we’d like to pop in every once in awhile and say g’day.” We had guitars, and we asked, “Are there any songs that you love or you remember or that your husband liked?” So we started that way and slowly over a three month period of going there they started talking to us. Then they started bringing in photos of their husbands, and they started really opening up. It was slow going, to begin with but we felt that they began to trust us, and that (they realized) we were trying to tell their stories. That they wouldn’t have to stand up in front of people and do that (perform), but we would do that. That we would sing these stories to people, and by doing that we could, hopefully, raise more awareness about their lives, and younger women’s lives.

Were the military wives surprised by two younger women being intrigued by what they had to say? It’s most likely some of these women would have been overlooked by society for decades. Nobody had ever asked them to relate their experiences.

Nobody had ever asked them.

Within the military most anywhere in the world, spouses hardly exist. The military expects to get a two for one deal in signing a recruit.

Well yes. I will tell you another story. We have recently been invited to write the 70th year anniversary song for the War Widows' Guild of Australia. So I researched the history of the Guild, and how our World War I and World War II widows were cut off from their payments within a week of their (spouses’) deaths. They were then put on half the basic wage with many of them dying from illness and poverty, especially after World War I. The pensions stayed the same until 1947 when Jessie Mary Vasey (the founder and president) started the Guild. It started with a weaving group, and she then lobbied the government on the plight on behalf of the widows to increase their pensions, and she also started a housing project for widows. She was an incredible woman.

What transpired after you collected a number of these stories?

We ended up thinking, “Wow, we are really onto something here.” So we recorded a few songs, and then we did a show at the (Brisbane) Powerhouse which is a beautiful theatre here. The public interest was great. We sold out. We thought, “Wow, people are really into this.” It was a very emotional night. We were all crying.

Did you have the military ladies in the audience for the first performance of The Soldier’s Wife?

Because of the age of a lot of them couldn’t come. So we did a performance for them at the club itself.

The core of The Soldier’s Wife contingent consists of yourself, Jackie Marshall, Roz Pappalardo. Emma Bosworth, Kristy Apps, and Melinda Wells. Wasn’t Queensland singer/songwriter Sahara Beck part of the group as well?

We used to manage Sahara, but we don’t work with her anymore. She was in the first few shows. She was very young, and it was very difficult emotionally for her. Now we have Kristy Apps who brings a great vibe. She has a wonderful song “Margaret” which is about her mother who was born within a relationship between her grandmother, and an American soldier. And she never met her father. There are a number of stories like that. Young (Australian) children never finding their American fathers.

So many soldiers who served abroad came back home to their families quite emotionally scarred.

A lot of the women have never had their husbands back. Or never got them back 100%. The rest of their lives have been spent caring and vying for benefits and vying for every little bit of healthcare and stuff that they can get. It’s two lives that have been impacted. And then there’s the kids. You read about traumatic stress disorders and so on. We started working with children who have had fathers that have been impacted. The list just goes on, Larry.

A friend I know has faced sizeable life challenges due to his family moving to various locations for military services. The family finally split up abroad. He didn’t see his father for over a decade.

That just makes me angry. When you read about the second generation. It’s amazing that an entire generation of kids in military families can now have difficulties. I found an article buried somewhere in the (Australian) Department of Veterans’ Affairs site that they (children of military families) have a 20% more chance of anxiety and depression but also cancer. If their father served in Vietnam these kids who are now 30 to 40—my age—are having cancer from their parent serving in Vietnam.

The Soldier’s Wife show has become very successful in Australia.

After that initial performance, there was a lot of performing the show publicly. We even performed at the Sydney Opera House. That (performing) is a big part of what we are doing here. We don’t want to just write these stories. We want the wider community to hear these stories, and have some understanding of the daily challenges facing these women and their families. We need to have people consider the enormous contributions these women and families have made to our society. We also have talked to a number of younger wives and families. We started doing regional towns. We started going to Townsville a lot because of Townsville; that’s where the biggest military base (Lavarack Barracks) in Queensland is. We met women who were a lot younger with young families... Women who are also currently serving their country. We kept hearing similar things in their personal stories. Daily and yearly challenges. Stories of immense love.

What was the response from the younger wives and those women now serving in meeting you, and seeing The Soldier’s Wife?

We kept hearing about how what we were doing, which seemed like a simple thing, was making them feel so valued. It’s hard to put into words what that means to all of us. Their feelings about the fact that we are doing this project and writing their stories and sharing are so special to us.

Many of the women would be in old age care.

Yes, we have a number in old age facilities which we will perform at, especially when we play regionally. We got more funding to perform regionally because in Australia, after World War I and World War II, a lot of the land was given to returning soldiers, and their families. A lot of regional areas in Australia were settled by military families.

All your work with the staging of The Soldier’s Wife has led to a successful double album and a book.

Hmmm. That’s just the start. That was the culmination of three years of work. We have just started touring and performing that (album and book). It’s getting airplay and stuff around that.

The Soldier’s Wife is not just an Australian story. These stories and songs are universal and would resonate with audiences around the world.

Looking at the world, it’s the same story everywhere. What I’d love to do is to work with different songwriters in different countries. “Look at the video. This is how we do it. Would you like to deliver a song to a military woman or their family in a two to three-hour workshop?” So they would have to write a song in two or three hours. What will happen then when the community hears the stories and understands the value of these women and these families, is that wider support comes in? The benefits are just huge. We know that music brings us together. The show is emotional, but these women are resilient. They don’t complain. It is such a powerful show, especially when it is done by local songwriters who spend time with these families and come away with an understanding. And they are coming back with feedback now. I want to know more. I want to do more. As you said, the treatment of (military) wives for centuries, and even recently here, has just been appalling.

You and your husband Craig both work in music. How long have you been together?

We celebrate 20 years. My son Jude is 12 and my daughter Susie is 6. My son is on both Ableton and Garage Band, and he has recently made a record. He made this record because he break dances, and he wants to break dance to his own beats.

Do you and Craig both work from home?

We both work from home now. I work for a youth organization a couple days a week called Backbone. They do programs for 5 to 25-year-olds. I’m there a couple of days a week (as a producer), and that is awesome

[With a 29-year legacy, the multi-arts organization Backbone in East Brisbane is both a service and an artistic company with the specific mandate of working with young people in Queensland. Its program consists of organizing festivals, events, performance works, and workshops.]

SUGARRUSH Music is now a decade old.

We have put out 70 releases over the past 10 years. At the moment we manage Australian artists Áine Tyrrell who is making a record right now with Glen Hansard and members of the Frames which is really exciting; Jackie (Marshall); and we just started working with Joe Geia who wrote one of the most famous Aboriginal theme song, “ Yil Lull."

You don’t manage all of the acts currently on the label?

The bands that we release we mostly help, and we don’t fully manage. A lot of time we help them with the releases and publicity, but management, God. It’s like being a bank, you know. It’s becoming more rewarding, I think, with what we do. But managing the projects that we do, that’s what I really love. I would love to be able to take on more artists, but we just don’t have time.

As well a manager for any new act has to be willing to work for free for three years.

Oh yes, for at least three years.

The duo Tiger Lily (Lydia Fairhall and Kali Blunt) is certainly quite known internationally.

(Tiger Lily’s) Lydia (Fairhall) is working on a new album. She has a wonderful voice, absolutely. What she does for indigenous art here is extraordinary. She’s very proactive and she’s put time into working indigenous artists. She’s amazing. She’s also been working on music for a music show which is exciting.

Are most of the SUGARRUSH Music releases in digital for streaming and downloads?

Digital and vinyl.

The profit margins on vinyl can be substantial.

Yes, the margins are great and because we are working with a lot of younger bands—and they have a tendency to break up—we are trying to work with more career artists now. Áine has sold 2,500 albums in the past 12 months. That’s not even having any in the shops. Our whole model with artists now is like—especially in Australia—we tell them, “You’ve just got to tour. You play a great show and people still will still want to buy the vinyl. They will want to buy the CD.” We’ve done other bits of merch like bracelets and various womanly things.

You have had a multifaceted career which has included working for a series of labels (Odds Records, FunkFolk Records, and Collision Records); being the states program manager for 7 years at QMusic facilitating and coordinating workshops and professional development services. You also help artists with grant and funding applications.

I do a lot of freelance grant writing, yep. I have just recently been an accessory at the Australia Council for the Arts, and I am one for Arts Queensland. I also assist doing applications. I do a lot of grant writing for bands, and artists, especially indigenous artists because when English is a second language trying to get through a grant application can be a nightmare.

Do you do any contract work?

Contracts tend to be more Craig. I can navigate myself around a contract, but Craig does more of the high-end industry stuff. He goes to all of the music industry stuff. He’s a journalist, and he’s still got his typewriter from a million years ago.

To many of us overseas, Australia is home to such colorful music industry characters as concert promoters Michael Chugg, Michael Gudinski, and Paul Dainty. I’ve never met an Australian music industry person with an insecurity complex. The Brit expression “More front than Brighton” fits so many in Australian music.

There is a lot of that. We tend to breed big characters. I guess that is just Australia for you. I don’t know. And when you put them all together at times, the artists just have to stand in the corner. I’d rather be in front.

Yet these same Australians weep in their beer over the mention of artists like the late Billy Thorpe who died of a heart attack in 2007. Of course, a generation of Aussies grew up with different sets of his band Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs.

Yeah. I had a lot to do with (Billy’s widow) Lynn Thorpe over the years because of the (annual) Billy Thorpe Scholarship (which provides the recipient the opportunity to record with an established producer and to meet with and receive advice around career planning from Chugg Entertainment). Lynn is a wonderful woman, and Billy certainly left a wonderful legacy here. A huge legacy. That’s the wonderful thing about the government here is having those scholarships, and having those programs that honor and keep those people alive through supporting the younger artists coming through. Those scholarships are very important, and they mean so much to the families.

So many great acts have come from Brisbane and the Sunshine State including the Saints, the Veronicas, Savage Garden, Powderfinger, and the Go-Betweens in the past; and, more recently, Sheppard, Violent Soho, Sahara Beck, Blank Realm, Amy Shark, Good Boy, ROMY and so on.

Interestingly, a lot of the bands who have done so great have come out of regional Queensland. I think that there is this really almost like a rebel attitude here. “I am not going to try to be like everybody else. I’m going to just write my own thing, and I’m going to give a lot of thought to what I want to do.” People here don’t necessarily listen to what the rest of the country is doing. There’s this real sense of self here, and the longtime thought of things with the Southern states is that while Melbourne has always been seen as big and brighter than Queensland, I think that we are holding our own now.

Being away from the epicenter of the Australian music industry which is largely centered in Melbourne, Brisbane can nurture acts without being monitored by labels, music publishers or even managers.

Well, to start out with, there is not one major record (record) company based in Brisbane. There hasn’t been for years. So you as an artist aren’t under the eye. One sort of works so hard to even get the attention of anybody. As it happens everybody has to work so hard even to get a gig in Brisbane because there are so many bands around and then you are working hard just to find an audience of 50 people and then you keep on honing your skills all of the time. As you said trying to get the eye of a manager in Brisbane is really, really difficult.

Over the years the Australian government has offered substantial funding for its domestic music industry. Despite today’s economic climate its Department of Communications and the Arts supports Sounds Australia which had been denied funding by the government’s new arts funding program Catalyst. Unfortunately, funding for Australia’s Music Export Office has been discontinued. It gave Australian artists funding in order to compete abroad via touring.

The Australian Music Export Office was instrumental in all of that. That no longer exists. That funding was cut three years ago. What they have done is put more money into (the annual festival and conference) BIGSOUND. There’s been federal money to build up BIGSOUND. It’s obviously the biggest national event here, and it’s is really well-known internationally as a music industry conference. It provides a platform for signing Australian artists. I can see why the government is attracted to funding that specific event, and not necessarily funding artists to go overseas because it’s expensive, obviously, for us to go overseas, and to our artists it’s exorbitant; whereas to bring a half dozen buyers over here for the same price, I think that they see more value in that.

I have friends now trying to use music to bring about a social change In some of the world’s most challenging territories, including South America and Africa.

We have a really similar situation here with our indigenous and aboriginal communities in remote parts of Australia. They have absolutely nothing, but the music coming out there is incredible. Craig and I have done quite a bit of work in remote communities. It is exactly the same--the violence and everything--as elsewhere. These remote communities are like war zones; a lot of them. There are no resources. I don’t know if you see much of it overseas how appallingly aboriginal people are treated here. There are no resources in a lot of these communities, and yet when they get the opportunity to record, and to perform, and get support, it is definitely a growth area in Australia at the moment. There are a whole lot of programs happening in the desert. There’s one called Bush Band. I’m not going to BIGSOUND this year. I’m going to the desert to spend time with 10 desert bands.

Last year you facilitated the Indigenous pathways panel at BIGSOUND, exploring existing opportunities and potential opportunities with the rise of Indigenous music in this country and internationally.

Yes, that was the panel I did last year. I was supposed to do a panel this year around women and music, but I just got the call to go out to the desert. I thought rather than being around music industry types that I’d rather help 10 bands out in the desert.

Women panels at music industry conferences often ghettoize women without having them involved in the high-profile panels.

Yeah, it (the integration of women in music) has definitely moved a lot forward. I do a lot of women projects. I’m very active in that but I wouldn’t call myself a feminist. It’s just that there are areas that aren’t as supported as others. But, yeah I tend to agree in terms that it becomes that. Everybody has to work together in this business. It’s (integration has) got to go its own way. I see your point there.

You must be saddened by the death of the celebrated Australian indigenous musician Dr. G. Yunupingu this week (July 25th). He’s regarded as a national treasure in Australia.

I was extremely fortunate to have met Dr. Yunupingu on a few occasions and see the magic of his live performances. Sadly, he had a number of health issues so I wasn’t surprised as his early passing.. His legacy is enormous here in Australia. Not just with the Indigenous community, but the whole country. He will be sorely missed but he has lead the way and inspired so many Indigenous artists from extremely remote communities.

[World renowned Aboriginal singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, blind from birth, emerged from the remote Galiwin’ku community on Elcho Island off the coast of Arnhem Land, to become one of the most important figures in Australian music history. He sold over half a million copies of his albums singing in his native Yolngu language. Yunupingu is now referred to as Dr. G. Yunupingu because of cultural sensitivities among northern Australian Aborigines around naming the dead.]

Speaking of woman issues tell about the consequences of seeing the Foo Fighters in 2015, a performance which coincided with Rosie Batty being named Australian Of The Year. You immediately thought that music could be used to curb violence toward women, and established the #NotON campaign to raise awareness of the shocking statistics in Australia concerning domestic violence against women. You put the idea out on Facebook and asked who would help out. You ended up with about 100 bands.

That is when we set up the #NotON campaign. I was in one of those beautiful veranda boxes, and the Violent Soho boys were there as well. Just watching that audience, there were 50,000 people at that the Suncorp Stadium (Feb 24th, 2015). Most of the audience were young men. Watching that show, and the power of Dave Grohl, and how he held that audience in his hands. And look no one is more admired in Australia than Rosie Batty. Domestic violence is the biggest contributor of death and illness for women aged under 45 in Australia. Not cancer. Not anything else. It’s domestic violence.

Rosie Batty’s boyfriend killed their child.

In the middle of the cricket ground. He went to the cricket ground and killed him n front of horrified onlookers after a cricket training session (at the oval in the small town of Tyabb, southeast of Melbourne). I can’t even imagine the feelings of the people that were there that day.

[In 2013, Greg Anderson, 54, deeply religious, homeless and unemployed, had been arrested for threatening to kill his former partner, Rosie Batty, and for breaching an intervention order not to come to her home without permission. He refused to answer police questions and was later released on bail. Less than a year later Anderson murdered his 11-year-old son, Luke Batty, at a cricket field, hitting him over the head with a cricket bat before getting out a knife and stabbing him. Anderson died too, after stabbing himself and being shot by police. Because Anderson distrusted doctors, he never sought help for his anger or received an official diagnosis of mental illness.]

Yes, Rosie Batty has definitely brought a lot of attention to the issue, but the problem is worsening in Australia.

With the #NotON campaign what led you to decide to utilize male leadership to bring the point home?

When bands are on a stage, when they are playing to mostly young male audiences, right, I’m am sending a direct message. “I don’t need to say words to you. I’m just wearing a shirt.” That’s how you deal with young people these days. They look at what you are wearing. They look at what you stand for. It’s a conversation that I think a lot young men don’t necessarily like having, but they need to be told that it (violence toward women) is not acceptable. And because it’s is something that starts with a woman early on, it might escalate later on.

Hip hop and rap are renowned for their misogyny, but a lot of hard rock and metal is centered on the concept of women as being madonnas to worship or harlots to scorn. Those traits are embedded in many CONTEMPORARY music genres.

Yes, and they (male music artists) are the ones in the traditional position of power to deal with their audiences’ behavior. It does come down to the individual bands. We ended up with so many bands across Australia. My idea was to try and get all of the venues involved. Look, I have had a bit of time off from that whole campaign. I started getting a lot of callers. Gosh, I got death threats. Because of my own personal domestic violence experience (when I was a teenager), it was triggering me really badly. I got quite sick. and with my husband I thought, “We just need to sit back from this a bit.” As much as I would love to throw myself hardcore into it, into a campaign for it...

The aggression you had as a teenager we should clarify was not from your husband Craig.

No, it was not my husband. He’s a feminist.

You were in a relationship with someone else.

Yes. For about 8 years.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Toowoomba which is a small town that is two hours west of Brisbane. I came to Brisbane in 1996.

Did you play music in your hometown?

No. I didn’t even know how to play a note or sing a song. As I said I had been in that long relationship and not having such a great time from when I was grade 10 and when I came to Brisbane finally the relationship ended and I met Craig and he was, of course, the one who switched me onto music.

So many female artists I have talked to over the years have said that they rarely are respected as musicians. A female solo artist usually records with a male producer and engineer, with mostly male musicians and, if there’s a label involved, it is likely a male A&R rep. In the studio, the attitude toward woman can be, “Just sit over there.” You must have seen that over the years.

Ah, yes. In Brindle, there was quite a bit of that, but some of it was because of my not having a lot of confidence at that stage, and never having had the experience of recording before. So was very naïve. I also had just started musically, and Craig, Ben (Moore) and Simon (Walker) were much more accomplished musicians than I was so I was happy to take and needed that direction.

Most of the artists that we work with are women and all the musicians are males or the producers are male or the engineers are male. It is exactly as you say. But I would say that they (women artists and musicians today) are much more empowered than I ever was. There is still very much a degree of button up because you have to take in the people that you respect that you are making the record with just happen to be male into account to make the best record that you want to make. I don’t think that saying “piss off” is good for the creative process.

It certainly stops the conversation.

Well, when you are in the studio for weeks and you are in that creative head space you can’t do the whole female versus male thing otherwise you are really going to feel really hard done by, especially when you are the only woman in there.

It’s hilarious because all of the records that I have been making lately have been collaborative female projects like with Big Sky Girls. So there is just Jeff Lovejoy our engineer in there and 10 young regionally-based girls aged 18 and under and I had most of them staying at our house. Recording was with all 10 of them and Jeff being the engineer for this album which is being mixed at the moment. This is just one of the projects that I am doing. The thinking is, “We’ve got a girl playing drums, a girl playing the bass, and a girl playing everything else, and a girl producer . And who’s the fella?” And Jeff just fits so well. He totally loves it. He’s always saying he has never been so well fed.

I remember Brindle touring Canada in 2006 with fellow Brisbanites the Gin Club, Giants of Science, and Iron On. Brindle played Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto during Canadian Music Week. And this was in the wintertime.

In the winter. Craig and I had just had a baby too. We left the baby with my sister and then we went to Canada for three weeks. It was definitely an experience for us. Of those four bands, Giants of Science is still going which is amazing. The Gin Club is still going. Ben Salter in his own right has had a fantastic career as a solo artist. Iron On went on to become An Horse, and they are doing well in America. That was our first and our last international tour because we left the baby here. I think we just thought, “Oh God we just have to be parents.”

Brindle had also toured in Europe.

Yeah, we did a few shows there. But I couldn’t do all of the touring. I couldn’t leave the kids. Being half way across the world from your child is the worst. We came home, and we set up SUGARRUSH. We were really inspired by being over there, but we can’t do the type of touring. We felt that we really had to get our shit together and be parents. So we had the label. So that started that little journey off. I wouldn’t change it for the world but now we are back to performing again. Craig is playing steel on Jackie Marshall’s new album. So everything turned out okay.

Any last thoughts of Canada?

I love a Canadian band. The Constantines. I love the Constantines. We want them to come to Australia. We love the Constantines.

Larry LeBlanc is widely recognized as one of the leading music industry journalists in the world. Before joining CelebrityAccess in 2008 as senior editor, he was the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard from 1991-2007 and Canadian editor of Record World from 1970-80. He was also a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record. He has been quoted on music industry issues in hundreds of publications including Time, Forbes, and the London Times. He is co-author of the book “Music From Far And Wide.”

Larry is the recipient of the 2013 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, recognizing individuals who have made an impact on the Canadian music industry.


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JC Ahn, VU Entertainment 04/10/13
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Jaye Albright, Albright & O'Malley Consulting 07/19/10
Randy Alexander, Randex Communications 10/12/07
David Alexander, Sheer Publishing 07/21/16
Eva Alexiou-Reo, FATA Booking Agency 05/14/15
Marcie Allen, Mad Booking 12/14/00
Jeff Allen, Universal Attractions 08/16/02
Marcie Allen, MAC Presents 06/05/09
Marcie Allen Cardwell, MAC Presents 12/21/07
David Allgood, Bama Theatre 01/03/11
Patrick Allocco, AllGood Concerts 10/05/07
Michele Amar, French Embassy 05/26/16
Mike Amato, Rok Tours International 02/02/07
Jeff Apregan, Apregan Entertainment Group/Venue Coalition 09/30/15
Billy Atwell, AMP Studios 12/13/07
Bob Babisch, Milwaukee World Festivals Inc. 04/02/15
Tom Baggot, 05/02/03
Stephen Bailey, EPACC & Deleware Center For The Arts 02/06/04
Cary Baker, Conqueroo 05/11/11
Vince Bannon, Getty Images 07/05/11
Phil Barber, Barber & Associates 02/04/01
Camille Barbone, WineDark Records 12/09/05
Erin Barra, Musician/Producer/Educator 07/10/14
Ben Baruch, The Fox Theatre 09/27/08
Ben Baruch, By Larry LeBlanc (CelebrityAccess) 04/05/17
Paul Bassman, Ascend Insurance Brokerage 08/03/16
Adam Bauer, Fleming, Tamulevich & Associates 02/15/02
Ed Bazel, That's Entertainment International 10/05/01
Joachim Becker, ZOHO Music L.L.C. 01/12/07
Howard Becker, Comet Technologies 05/02/11
Mark Bego, Author 06/15/07
Jim Beloff, Flea Market Music 09/20/10
Richard Bengloff, The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) 09/12/13
Seth Berg, South Bay Music 01/30/09
Aimee Berger, 2 Generations SPA Music Management 09/24/04
David Berger, Future Beat 10/29/14
Barry Bergman, Music Managers Forum 03/14/03
Steve Bernstein, Relix LLC 09/30/05
Mark Berry, Attack Media Group 04/07/07
Scott Billington, Rounder Records 01/17/12
Jeffrey Bischoff, Cinder Block 03/24/06
Sat Bisla, A&R Worldwide/ Musexpo 03/29/10
Nina Blackwood, Sirius Satellite Radio 07/14/06
Adam Block, Legacy Recordings 11/07/13
P.J. Bloom, Neophonic, Inc. 01/24/11
Rishon Blumberg, Brick Wall Management 06/27/03
Justin Bolognino, Learned Evolution, and The Meta Agency 04/25/13
Steve "Chopper" Borges, Total Pro and Borse Techos 03/03/06
Les Borsai, Mediocre Management 01/30/04
Shane Bourbonnais, Live Nation Canada 03/21/08
Jeff Bowen, Sears Centre Arena 03/13/08
Rick Bowen, Mystic Music Experience 07/11/08
John Boyle, Sanctuary Music Group 03/19/04
Jeff & Todd Brabec, Writers/Attorneys 01/03/12
Bill Bragin, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 08/08/03
Joel Brandes, Avenue Management Group 11/02/08
Joe Brandmeier, Moving Pictures 03/15/02
Scooter Braun, SB Projects 12/13/10
Ron Brice, 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill 06/08/16
Billy Brill, Billy Alan Productions 11/11/05
Doug Brown, Talent Buyers Network 09/21/01
James Browne, Sweet Rhythm 11/01/02
Bob Brumley, Brumley Music Company 02/17/16
Tony Brummel, Victory Records 05/17/09
Charlie Brusco, TBA Entertainment Corporation 10/13/01
Del Bryant, BMI 05/18/07
Cortez Bryant, Bryant Management 12/06/10
Stephen Budd, Stephen Budd Management 07/13/17
Bruce Burch, University of Georgia Music Business Program 10/09/09
Deborah Burda, Kentucky Exposition Center 08/03/07
Patti Burgart, IEBA 06/07/02
Jordan Burger, The New Musiquarium 01/22/01
Ron Burman, Roadrunner Records 08/25/06
Suzanne Cadgene, Elmore 05/19/06
Karen Cadle, KGC Productions 03/12/04
Gary Calamar, KCRW 07/10/09
Charles Caldas, Merlin 07/05/10
Brian Camelio, ArtistShare 02/29/08
David Campbell, AEG Europe 08/02/10
Tom Cantone, Foxwoods Entertainment Group 10/20/00
Tom Cantone, Foxwoods Resort Casino 07/03/03
Tom Cantone, Mohegan Sun 08/30/09
Ashley Capps, A. C. Entertainment 05/21/04
Rio Caraeff, Vevo 07/12/11
Mike Carden, Eagle Rock Entertainment 08/16/11
Charles Carlini, Carlini Group 05/16/08
Mark Carpentieri, M.C. Records 05/27/05
Mark Carpentieri, M.C. Records 01/10/11
Troy Carter, Coalition Media Group 06/07/10
Daniel Catullo, Coming Home Studios 06/22/08
Raffi Cavoukian, Folk Singer/Children's Entertainer 05/11/16
Jeffrey Chabon, Chabon Entertainment Group 08/22/02
Mike Chadwick, Essential Music & Marketing 08/01/12
Rob Challice, Coda Music Agency 03/27/13
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts 01/11/02
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts 10/04/11
Lisa Cherniak, Artists Against Racism (AAR) 07/20/01
Bob Chiappardi, Concrete Marketing 06/13/03
Joel Chriss, Chriss & Co. 10/04/02
Michael Chugg, Michael Chugg Entertainment 09/14/01
Michael Chugg, Chugg Enterprises 10/02/09
Gary Churgin, Harry Fox Agency 09/13/10
Vinny Cinquemani, S.L. Feldman & Associates 12/13/12
Barry Coburn, Ten Ten Music Group 03/28/11
Matthew Cohen, Green Room Productions 10/19/01
Ted Cohen, TAG Strategic 01/10/13
Lisa Cohen, Associated Booking Corporation 02/10/06
Steve Cohen, Music + Art Management, Inc. 03/09/07
Dan Cohen, Music & Memory 01/12/17
Michael Cohl - Part 1, S2BN Entertainment 03/06/13
Michael Cohl - Part 2, S2BN Entertainment 03/13/13
Bryan Coleman, Union Entertainment Group 02/14/12
Mamie Coleman, Fox Broadcasting 07/05/12
Dennis Condon, Disneyland Resorts 07/13/01
Peter Conlon, Peter Conlon Presents 05/20/05
Tony Conway, Buddy Lee Attractions 10/06/00
Allen Cook, TOURtech 04/16/15
Tomas Cookman, Cookman International 09/05/03
Alex Cooley, Alex Cooley Presents 07/12/10
David Cooper, 10/31/03
Jay Cooper, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 05/23/11
Julie Coulter, Near North Insurance Groups 06/07/01
Amy Cox, Deep South Entertainment 02/09/07
Michael O. Crain, Crain Law Group, LLC 10/09/13
Charlie Cran, The Strawberry Music Festival 04/05/10
Jim Cressman, Invictus Entertainment Group 06/06/12
Russ Crupnick, MusicWatch, Inc. 07/23/15
Todd Culberhouse, Vision Management /Vision Records and Entertainment 09/05/08
Tony D'Amelio, Washington Speakers Bureau 04/21/06
Ruth Daniel, In Place of War 08/09/17
Ray Danniels, Standing Room Only Management, and the Anthem Entertainment Group 03/05/15
Ken Dashow, WAXQ-FM (l04.3 FM) - New York 09/08/06
Hal David, Lyricist 07/26/11
David Davidian, Independant Lighting Designer/Director 06/18/04
Anthony Davis, D&L Entertainment Services, Inc. 03/02/01
Chip Davis, American Gramaphone/Mannheim Steamroller 05/31/02
Mitch Davis, Tempest Entertainment 07/16/04
Jeff Dawson, Canadian Recording Services 06/08/08
Desiree Day, USO Celebrity Entertainment 08/10/01
Shauna de Cartier, Six Shooter Records/Six Shooter Management 10/23/13
Gene DeAnna, The Library of Congress 02/21/12
Vincent Degiorgio, Chapter 2 Productions 08/01/13
Tony DeLauro, DeLauro Management 12/23/04
Valerie Denn, Val Denn Agency 04/30/01
Val Denn, Val Denn Agency 03/06/14
Robert DePugh, Alligator Records 07/29/05
Tom Derr, Rock Ridge Music 10/29/04
Paul Dexter, Masterworks Lighting Design and Road Cases 12/10/04
Marty Diamond, Paradigm 01/22/10
Glenn Dicker, Redeye Distribution/Yep Roc Records 07/07/06
Barry Dickins, International Talent Booking Agency 06/06/13
Jim Digby, Event Safety Alliance 09/01/16
Mark Dinerstein, The Knitting Factory 11/17/06
Neill Dixon, Canadian Music Week 03/03/16
Thomas Dolby, Musician, academic, technologist, and author 11/09/16
Jasper Donat, Music Matters 2009/Branded 04/24/09
Jim Donio, National Association of Recording Merchandisers 04/22/11
Marc Dottore, M. Dottore Management 04/11/03
Tim Drake, The Roots Agency 12/12/08
Mike Dreese, Newbury Comics 11/23/11
Charles Driebe, Blind Ambition Management Ltd. 09/22/06
Jeremy Driesen, Ray Bloch Productions 09/07/01
Michael Drumm, Music Link Productions 07/18/08
Angie Dunn, Lucky Artist Booking 10/13/06
Jay Durgan, MEDIAmobz 11/09/11
Erik Dyce, City and County of Denver's Division of Theatres & Arenas 08/02/02
Erik Dyce, City and County of Denver’s Division of Theatres and Arenas 08/23/10
Paolo d’Alessandro, International Solutions 06/25/14
Ros Earls, 140dB Management 02/19/14
Art Edelstein, Festival Productions 12/01/02
Bruce Eisenberg, Audio Analysts 08/31/01
Martin Elbourne, The Glastonbury Festival 12/18/09
Michael Elder, Red Entertainment 03/17/06
Tod Elmore, Sixthman 11/24/06
Paul Emery, Clear Channel Entertainment 11/19/04
Arty Erk, Citrin Cooperman 04/27/16
Joe Escalante, Kung Fu Records 07/08/05
Colin Escott, Music Historian/Journalist 07/18/11
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 09/27/02
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 04/24/12
Mike Esterman, Esterman Entertainment 09/01/06
Jeff Eyrich, BePop Records 11/25/05
Bob Ezrin, Bigger Picture Group 05/24/09
Lisa Fancher, Frontier Records 08/09/10
Rick Farman, Superfly Productions 10/15/04
Ray Farrell, eMusic 06/09/06
Sam Feldman, S.L. Feldman & Associates 10/25/02
Bob Feldman, Red House Records 11/24/02
Charlie Feldman, BMI 08/26/05
Paul Fenn, Asgard Promotions 11/22/09
Debra "Fergy" Ferguson, TourDesign 08/01/03
Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry 09/11/09
David Fishof, David Fishof Presents 01/08/01
David Fishof, Rock 'N Roll Fantasy 10/05/08
David Fishof, Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp 02/28/12
Mike Flanagin, New England Country Music Festival 09/12/08
Joel Flatow, RIAA 12/13/11
Jim Fleming, Fleming Artists 03/20/10
Joe Fletcher, Joe Fletcher Presents 01/12/06
Jeff Fluhr, StubHub 10/06/06
Nancy Fly, The Nancy Fly Agency 04/02/04
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation 08/09/09
Martin Folkman, Independent Music Awards & Music Resource Group 08/11/06
Belle Forino, Fantasma Tours 03/18/05
Fletcher Foster, Universal Records South 07/31/09
Sam Foxman, Contemporary Productions 01/06/06
Todd Frank, 4Star Entertainment, LLC 01/24/03
Bob Frank, Koch Entertainment 01/09/09
Larry Frank, Frank Productions 01/17/11
Mike Fraser, Record Producer/Engineer 10/11/08
Carl Freed, Metropolitan Entertainment 06/22/01
Elizabeth Freund, Beautiful Day Media & Management 01/26/07
Harlan Frey, Roadrunner Records 07/11/03
Adam Friedman, Nederlander Concerts 06/22/07
Ted Gardner, Larrikin Management 04/25/03
Daniel Gélinas, Festival d’été de Québec 05/23/13
Marci Geller, Sonic Underground 08/15/08
Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group 10/26/16
Steve Gerstman, SGS 07/19/02
Sandra Gibson, The Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/09/04
Sandra L. Gibson, Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/16/09
Steve Gietka, Trump Properties 07/30/01
Steve Gietka, SMG Entertainment 03/19/14
Darren Gilmore, Watchdog Management 03/17/16
Daniel Glass, Glassnote Entertainment Group 10/16/14
Jake Gold, The Management Trust 04/13/01
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 09/07/07
Harris Goldberg, Concert Ideas 06/27/11
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 04/16/14
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl Group 09/29/16
Harvey Goldsmith, Harvey Goldsmith Productions 06/28/10
Michael Goldstein, RockPoP Gallery 11/09/07
Seth Goldstein, 09/20/11
Anna Paula Goncalves, CEO Global Brand Appeal 08/20/14
Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
Wesley Goodman, Red Entertainment 09/16/05
Richard Goodstone, Superfly Productions 01/27/06
Christie Goodwin, Photographer 03/18/15
Rob Gordon, What Are Records? LTD 02/01/02
Steve Gordon, Entertainment Attorney 08/06/04
Yoav Goren, Immediate Music & Imperativa Records 06/10/14
Mike Gormley, L.A. Personal Development 11/10/06
Jonathan Gosselin, Gosselin Marketing & Promotions 07/02/04
Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard 04/10/09
Sean Goulding, The Agency Group London 09/12/12
Jerimaya Grabher, RPM Direct 09/26/03
Mary Granata, The Granata Agency 09/06/10
Kelly Graves, Providence Performing Arts Center/Professional Facilities Management 01/20/02
Stan Green, Stanley A. Green Lighting and Productions 12/12/03
Mark Green, Celebrity Talent Agency Inc. / Bergen Performing Arts Center 08/12/05
Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
Paul Green, The School of Rock 07/06/08
Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Andrea Johnson, ICM Partners 11/02/17
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Elliot Lefko, Goldenvoice 09/21/17
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Jennifer Lyon, MeanRed Productions 01/18/18
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Música e Cultura 05/04/17
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 06/14/17
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Jack Ross, APA Canada 09/07/17
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
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Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
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Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
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Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
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Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
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John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
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Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
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Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
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Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
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Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
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Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
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Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
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Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
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Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Deb Suckling, SUGARRUSH Music 07/27/17
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Adam Tobey, Concert Ideas 08/24/17
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Mat Vlasic, Bravado 06/28/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
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Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Lisa White, Pearl Street Warehouse 10/04/17
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Jason Zink, Emporium Presents 10/19/17
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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