Face The Music 2014 first announcement – Tickets go on sale today!

Albini At Electrical AudioFace The Music is wildly excited to announce the fiercely independent and uncompromising music legend Steve Albini as its first international keynote speaker for this year’s music industry conference, held over two days at Arts Centre Melbourne on November 14th and 15th.

Steve Albini is one of the most respected figures in the international independent music scene. As a renowned artist, music journalist, industry commentator and recording engineer, Steve is a champion of independent business models for artists to thrive and to release their work outside of the corporate music industry structure. He is regularly quoted by music media for his views on topics ranging from piracy to crowd funding to royalties and recording.

Steve’s current band Shellac has recently celebrated 20 years and has recorded 5 studio albums, with a new album “Dude Incredible” to be released on September 16, 2014. As an engineer, his unique philosophical and technical approach is affirming for independent artists – his preference for analogue over digital recording and a “punk-rock” attitude has ensured him a lasting and unique sonic signature across the industry. He has engineered over 1,500 albums, including for some of the world’s most seminal and pioneering rock acts such Nirvana, the Pixies, PJ Harvey and The Stooges.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Music Week, Steve Albini will join hundreds of people from Australia’s contemporary music community who meet each year at Face The Music to exchange ideas, make new connections and support each other’s creative and professional development.

Also announced to speak at this year’s Face The Music are Dave Batty (Custom Made / Artist Voice), Johann Ponniah (I OH YOU), Harley Evans (Moshtix), Briese Abbott (Spark & Opus), Ben Thompson (Corner Presents), James Young (Cherry Bar, Yah Yahs), Antonia Sellbach (Love of Diagrams, Beaches), Millie Millgate and Glenn Dickie (Sounds Australia), Chris Hatzis (3RRR), Cara Williams (Beat), Chris Johnson (AMRAP), Emma Telfer (The Office Of Good Design), Sophia Brous (Artist / Curator), Caleb Williams (Unified), Kirsty Rivers (APRA AMCOS), Yvette Myhill (AAM), Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria) and Leigh Treweek (themusic.com.au).

In a special session to mark their induction into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame, the four original members of one of Australia’s favourite bands, Daddy Cool, come together at Face The Music to discuss their career and music. We also celebrate the achievements of Daddy Cool and fellow 2014 inductee, leading music journalist Ed Nimmervoll, in a special photography exhibition presented by Arts Centre Melbourne.

Face The Music is a non-profit event and acknowledges the generous support of its conference partners: themusic.com, Melbourne Music Week, the Victorian Government – Arts Victoria and FReeZA, Moshtix, 24Hundred, Collarts, Music Victoria, the Australia Council for the Arts, Yamaha Music Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Digital Learning Hub, APRA AMCOS, Sounds Australia, the Association of Independent Record Labels, Triple R, the Association of Artist Managers, Mecca Medialight, Travel Beyond Group, Shout Out Loud, Plakkit and The Push, with more to be announced.

Buy your tickets here!