Nick O’Byrne was, until recently, the General Manager of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (in case you were wondering, AIR aims to achieve parity of terms and market access for independent labels inAustralia. AIR helps labels and artists helping to further their business through better practice in marketing, publicity, collective bargaining, release strategies, licensing, export and distribution.)
In 2013 he signed on as BIGSOUND Programmer and since 2014 he has held the post of Executive Programmer.
Nick frequently gives opinions (whether you want them or not) on music industry matters in the Australian press. He studied vibraphone at uni, manages a couple of rad Australian artists (including the most excellent Courtney Barnett) and a record label which has released some rather cool world-music, hip hop/soul and indie music compilations.
He spoke to us briefly at BIGSOUND to explain what the conference does, and how artists can win a showcase selection. He also offered up some good advice for emerging artists. You can see his sessions at:
- Music Organisations and Events You Should Know About (including How to apply for a BIGSOUND showcase)
- General Advice for Recording Artists