Edward Guglielmino (Music Artists)


Edward Guglielmino has been garnering critical praise in cities like Berlin and New York.  In this country he doesn’t quite fit into your average musical box … more of a reason to check him out & see how he does it his own way. This is his Sound Advice. Full Post

Mark Pope Music (Promoter/Record Company Executive/Music Management)


Mark Pope has done a lot in his 30 years in the business. Promoted acts like INXS and Cold Chisel.  Headed A&R and Marketing for Sony and Warner Music.  Produced the ARIA Awards. Co-produced Sound Relief, Live Earth & Wave Aid. He’s even managed Jimmy Barnes.  A great straight talker with a wealth of knowledge, you should listen when he speaks. Full Post

Owl Eyes - Brooke Addamo (Music Artists)


Owl Eyes aka Brooke Addamo is about to hit the road with Stonefield for the Winter Road Trip 2012 on behalf of The Line - promoting respectful relationships amongst Australia’s youth…she kindly took some time out to chat with Sound Advice. Full Post

Graham Ashton – Footstomp Music + Big Sound (Record Company Executive/Music Manager)


Graham Ashton runs Footstomp Music and has done an amazing job continuing to build Brisbane’s Q Music-produced Big Sound music conference and show case.  He shares a little Sound Advice… Full Post

Stonefield - Amy Findlay (Music Artists)


Stonefield broke into the industry by winning the 2010 Triple J Unearthed High Competition.  They have since gone onto successfully release 2 EPS and even play Glastonbury.  Member Amy Findlay may still be young, but she is certainly wise when it comes to matters involving the music industry and where her band is headed. Check out her Sound Advice. Full Post

Warner Music – Nat King (Record Company Executives)


“If you love what you do, make it your life.”  Great quote from Nat King, who started out at in the industry at 14 in community youth radio, joined the Ms at 18 and is now National Television Promotions Manager for Warner Music. Full Post

Jon Stevens (Music Artist)


Jon Stevens (Music Artist) "Everyones a rock star these days" muses Australian/New Zealand rock legend Jon Stevens. Take a peek at the first ever Sound Advice Column and get Jon's insight into how to break into the music industry. Full Post

Alberts – Philip Mortlock (Record Company Executives)


Philip Mortlock has a long and distinguished career in the music industry working with Warner Music developing careers such as INXS, Cold Chisel, and Icehouse.  He has successfully run his own music group ORiGiN, sat on the board of ARIA and AIR.  He is currently Head Of Creative for Alberts working closely with Washington, Goyte amongst others…Pay attention to his Sound Advice. Full Post

Gold Fields - Luke Peldys (Music Artists)


Gold Fields are an exciting young Australian band to watch.  Announced as one of Triple J’s Next Crop 2012, band member Luke Peldys offers some Sound Advice – write tunes, spend money wisely and have fun. Check out more now… Full Post

British India - Declan Melia (Music Artists)


Indie champions British India have tasted top-ten chart success with their last two albums “Thieves” and “Avalanche”.  Considered one of the hardest working bands in the country, leader singer and songwriter Declan Melia gives us his own very unique take on Sound Advice. Full Post

Shiny Entertainment - Steven Stavrakis (Music Publicists / Record Label Executive)


Stav got his break with Phantom Records and then set up seminal indie label and retailer Waterfront and later Fellaheen.  In 2004 Shiny Entertainment was born to help put artists like Children Collide, Dead Letter Circus and British India into the spotlight. Check out his Sound Advice. Full Post

Select Music - Stephen Wade (Music Booking Agent and Record Company Executive)


Stephen represents leading Australian acts such as Boy and Bear, Josh Pyke and Bluejuice through his booking agency.  He is also a partner in indie label Stop Start. This is his Sound Advice. Full Post

Scott Horscroft - (Record Company Executive/Music Manager/Engineer & Producer)


He has worked with silverchair, The Presets, Empire of the Sun and even got kicked out of Christine Aguileras house for having too much fun. Many reasons to follow his Sound Advice. Full Post

The Medics - Leanne de Souza (Music Manager)


The MedicsRecently named in Triple Js 2012 Next Crop, The Medics are an exciting band to discover if u havent already.  Their manager & Q Music board member, Leanne de Souza lets us in on some of her Sound Advice tips. Full Post

Premier Artists - Scotty McKenzie (Music Booking Agent)


Scotty MakenzieScotty McKenzie is a national booking agent at Australias Largest Music Booking Agency. His roster includes Bliss n Esso, Jebediah, You Am I and The Getaway Plan to name a few. This is his Sound Advice. Full Post

Busby Marou - Josh Jones (Music Manager)


The Queensland duo got their break recording a track for the Finn Bros Tribute Album. Manager Josh Jones discusses their rise to No 24 in the charts. Full Post

The Potbelleez - Dave Goode (Music Artists)


The Potbelleez have gone from hosting illegal beach parties to a multi-platinum selling act. The band's Dave Goode talks about the journey to Sound Advice. Full Post

Darryl Bailey (Record Company Executive)


Darry Bailey is the Director of Promotions and Publicity at EMI Music Australia helping launch the careers of Angus and Julia, Missy Higgins and The Cat Empire. Check out his Sound Advice Full Post

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About the Columnist BRETT HLYWA...

Job Description

Freelance writer, publicist, event manager, marketer, booker & anything in between.

1st Album (bought or given)…

St Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Bandby The Beatles (given).
Dynasty by Kiss (bought).

1st Gig…

The River Stage at Expo 88 introduced me to everyone from Hoodoo Gurus to James Taylor.

Years In Industry…

17 years

Early Influences
(musical or other)…

Saw the Jazz Singer at age 6 at the drive in and have been hooked ever since on music & life on the road. Consumed Australian pub rock & heavy metal in my teens, graduated to grunge and dance in my youthful twenties and now love a diverse range of music except death metal. Similarly hooked on sport & the movies…

Career High…

Music is a passion, working around it is always a pleasure – and living and working in Europe, Asia & Middle East is up there.

Career Low…

Sending a PR colleague to Sao Paulo, Brazil on a U2 Pop Mart junket whilst I had to stay and do the Tour PR on the Mariah Carey Butterfly Australian Tour.

Rockstar Moment…

Toss up between having a ‘smoke’ with Neil Diamond on the back of the tour bus or looking after Charlie Sheen ‘before’ the opening of Planet Hollywood Sydney (enough said!).

Last recorded music bought (paid or complimentary & what format)…

Active Child – You Are All I See(paid / download)

Last Gig (paid or ‘on the door’)…

They Will Have Their Way, Opera House (paid) – brilliant songs, great interpretations and produced with style…

For the record:

  • Journalist Graduate
  • Freelance Writer
  • ARIA Awards Publicist x5
  • AFI Awards Publicist x1
  • National Publicist on Australian Tours of U2, Michael Jackson, Ricky Martin, Neil Diamond, kd lang etc
  • Executive Producer, Special Events, Clear Channel Entertainment (UK)
  • Entertainment Booker & Event Manager, National Rugby League (NRL)

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