FACE THE MUSIC REVEALS ITS FULL 2014 PROGRAM

the living end 2 picFace the Music is ecstatic to announce its 2014 conference program. Brimming with interesting topics, fascinating people and spirited conversations, Face The Music will encourage idea sharing across all levels of our music community.

Whether you are discussing ways to extend your home recording techniques, meeting the pioneers of Detroit techno or getting tips from Australia’s most successful artist managers, Face The Music presents you with lots of cool new ideas, information on the latest online tools and the chance to meet new people.

With over 40 different sessions to be part of, you can map out your own unique Face The Music experience that is sure to be different to every other delegate.

Face the Music 2014 opens with a study of Australasian artists’ amazing success in infiltrating international markets this year. In I Come From A Band Down Under, we discuss this exciting phenomenon that has seen acts likes Vance Joy, Sheppard, Kimbra, Jezabels and Gotye all take the world by storm and speak with the people who work closest with success stories Lorde, The Presets and Courtney Barnett. What is it that has caused this tsunami of interest in Australasian music? How can other local artists strike while the iron is hot too?

In a conference first, Face The Music features an in-depth Focus on The Living End, presented by APRA AMCOS. All three band members, Chris Cheney, Scott Owen and Andy Strachan, discuss the stories behind their songs, their songwriting process, the highs and the ‘not so’s’ and what the future holds as they begin work on their seventh album. The Living End will be joined on stage by their highly-respected, long-standing manager Rae Harvey.

One of Australia’s most revered bands, The Living End have become part of the Australian rock firmament across their storied 20-year career. The three-piece’s third EP, the double A-side ‘Second Solution’/’Prisoner of Society’ was the highest selling Australian single of the ’90s, and they’ve since released six albums, been nominated for 27 ARIAs and won six. The band have continued to be a huge drawing live act: in late 2012 they smashed the house record at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne with 11 consecutive sold out shows.

To close Face The Music 2014, we bring back the pants-wettingly funny Splendour Forum  Debate and pose the question: “Will there ever be another Elvis?” (Dylan/Madonna/Nirvana/The Beatles/insert global trailblazing artist name here).

Can there ever be anything as new or as revolutionary in contemporary music terms as what any of those artists achieved? While album or even single sales are no longer necessarily the yardstick of modern success, records continue to be smashed. But what do raw numbers even mean? Can current “megastars” like Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift really have the same sort of musical impact and longevity as Elvis or Madonna? What makes a megastar anyway? Can there ever be anything new under the sun, can anyone today match the real/idealised images of yesterday’s rock gods and goddesses in an age with 24-hour media cycles, social media platforms and direct artist-fan modes of communication such as Twitter?

Joining our awesome 2014 Debate will be the amazing Pinky Beecroft, Cherry Bomb author Jenny Valentish, publicity maven Chrissie Vincent, writers Marcus Teague and Jess McGuire and R.I.P Society’s Nic Warnock.

Newly announced speakers in an already overwhelming list of industry contributors at Face The Music are Mikey Cahill (Herald Sun), Nicholas Jones (Tone Deaf), Daniel Nevin (AIR), Hazel Savage (Pandora), Frank Rodi (APRA AMCOS), Karen Conrad (Karen Conrad Publicity), Martin Boulton (The Age), Damian Cunningham (National Live Music Office), Natalie Dodds (Freelance Publicist), Ross Irwin (Musician), Ellen Kirk (Bolster Music), Ian Whitney (Australia Council) and music lawyers David Vodicka, Moira McKenzie, Sean Mullins, Yasmin Naghavi, Darren Sanicki and Katie Besgrove.

Face The Music acknowledges and welcomes newly announced partners Pandora, Get Notorious and Goethe-Institut.

Check the Program pages now to start planning your own Face The Music experience! Members’ ticket discounts are available from APRA AMCOS, Music Victoria, AAM, AIR and The Push.