Coolin’ By Sound record label is the brainchild of much loved fellow music aficionados Michelle Padovan and former The Music Brisbane editor Steve Bell who also recently co-founded nascent record store Sonic Sherpa with one-time Skinny’s owner Simon Homer.
Michelle has been an active member of the Australian music industry for 18 years. She has had many hats, working everywhere from independent record stores, PR/publishing houses to co-running her own independent record label, Brisbane’s Coolin’ By Sound, home to Thigh Master, Shrapnel & Spiral Stairs (Pavement). Cutting her teeth in publicity at Two Fish Out Of Water, she has worked on campaigns for The Waifs, Augie March, The Drones, The Jezabels and The Falls Music & Arts Festival. Following her heart from Sydney to Brisbane in 2011, Michelle has been a Station Manager at 4ZZZ (where she was known as ‘Miki’ for close to four years) – managing the day-to-day running of the community radio station and its 200 volunteers. She is currently the Marketing Manager at QMusic, Queensland music industry development association, where she works on BIGSOUND, Australia’s premier music industry conference and festival of new music. Through her passion for increasing female participation in music, in 2016 she co-organised Australia’s second Girls Rock! camp in her hometown, Brisbane. You can find her out and about at gigs and festivals watching her favourite bands (there are many) or at the weekly instores hosted by Brisbane’s legendary Sonic Sherpa Records.
You can find Michelle and Steve’s content in the following courses:
- Advice for Emerging Artists (Artist Development / A&R
- Starting a Record Label
- Releasing Your Music
- Understanding Album Cycles
- Marketing & PR
- The Importance of Music Design
- Press Kits