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Peter Rix has spent his entire adult life working in and around the music business in Australia. From managing artists like Marcia Hines, Jon English, Hush and Billy Field, to 14 years as the original Producer and Chairman of the ARIA Music Awards. Peter's book of contacts is extensive. From these contacts, he's picked the who's who of music legends to talk to for this series. They are the success stories, the survivors, the maniacs who helped steer the Australian music business from the 197 ...
 
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Michael Chugg – aka ‘Chuggy’ - is one of the legendary characters of Australian music and the founder & executive chairman of music and touring company, Chugg Entertainment. Having managed and toured bands since the 60s, Chuggy’s life in music has seen him work with many of Australia and the world’s biggest music artists. From starting out prom ...…
 
The 1970s meant a new era of Australian music. The Sunbury Rock Festival in the early 1970s was Australia’s equivalent to Woodstock. Around the same time, the touring scene started to take off in Sydney after years of decline with Michael one of those leading the charge. The late 70s then saw a new wave of touring from the UK, with acts such as ...…
 
The modern day era saw Michael Chugg’s music life take on different turns – touring new acts and new genres, breaking new artists in Australia and a return to managing artists. Chuggy had to get hands on with artists - playing a role in breaking Robbie Williams and Sheppard into Australia. In Part 3 of their conversation, Peter and Chuggy look ...…
 
This conversation is one very close to Peter Rix's heart. One of his early artist management jobs was with the glam rock band Hush. The mid-1970s saw the band take on constant performing, touring, radio airplay and regular appearances on 'Countdown' - giving the band chart success and Countdown's #1 Song of 1975. Les Gock was the lead guitarist ...…
 
This conversation is one very close to Peter Rix's heart. One of his early artist management jobs was with the glam rock band Hush. The mid-1970s saw the band take on constant performing, touring, radio airplay and regular appearances on 'Countdown', giving the band chart success and Countdown's #1 Song of 1975. Les Gock was the lead guitarist ...…
 
Even while touring, performing and being on TV as a 'rock star' in the 1970s, Les was already thinking about the future and where he would go next in life. While working on his re-invention after the end of Hush, Les discovered that being in a successful Australian band in the 70s didn't open as many doors as one would expect; he would need to ...…
 
John Watson is best known as the manager of an astonishing roster of recording artists from Silverchair to Missy Higgins, Birds of Tokyo, Paul Mac, The Presets, Gotye, Dustin Tebbutt and these days, Cold Chisel and Midnight Oil. John also runs his own recording and publishing outfits via Eleven: A Music Company. In Part 1 of their conversation, ...…
 
In Part 2, Peter and John look at the role of the manager in the life and career of a recording artist: when to stay close, when to keep your distance, how to deal with the big highs and the big lows. Each artist that John has worked with over the years has required a different approach - especially in the new era of social media and music stre ...…
 
Nowadays John also co-manages Cold Chisel and manages Midnight Oil, in addition to his work with artists such as Gotye, The Presets, Birds of Tokyo and Dustin Tebbutt. In Part 3 of their conversation, Peter and John look at how Cold Chisel came back with the hunger they now have, the endless global drive of Midnight Oil, and his own personal hi ...…
 
This story is one hell of a ride. John Woodruff has played many roles over the years. From agent to manager to venue proprietor to music publisher to record label owner to magazine publisher. After experiencing success in the 70s and 80s through booking and management - in particular with The Angels - it was in the 90s that this converted into ...…
 
John Woodruff's work in the 70s and 80s set him up for the moment where he saw a young Suze DeMarchi performing on UK television while visiting London. Tracking her down led to The Baby Animals, an Aussie rock group ready for the MTV generation. A few years later, John then came across two friends from Brisbane's southside - Savage Garden - who ...…
 
Long time tour promoter and now Chairman of Live Nation Australasia, Michael Coppel's career in music started fresh out of university. It meant running record stores and booking bands - long hard hours borne out of a love of music. Coppel is astute, uncompromising, a workaholic, and with a love of interesting left-of-centre music. He sits down ...…
 
The landscape of touring is changing and evolving to a new scale. The tours are bigger - bigger money, larger venues, more countries with bigger entourages. Peter and Michael look at the differences in the business from then to now; about how artists touring 30 years ago are still going strong now - albeit on a much grander scale - and how a ne ...…
 
There are few long-standing members of the music industry globally who have the unique ability to hear and smell a hit record. There are even less who can show a track record for finding those neglected, unsigned, unwanted recording artists who they can put in a studio with a song that ultimately finishes its journey at the very top of the musi ...…
 
In Part 2 of Peter's conversation with Charles Fisher, they look at Charles's 10 years spent producing records in the US and how that differed from working in Australia. They also look at the arrival of digital audio and production and how it has changed the music landscape. The equipment might be different, but it has never been easier to prod ...…
 
There is no rock and roll without the radio. As a manager of artists and bands in the 1970s, it was part of Peter Rix's job to help break his artists through to success. To break your band, you needed to get their song on the radio. For Peter, it meant visiting key radio stations such as 2SM in Sydney, 3XY in Melbourne and 4IP in Brisbane: get ...…
 
The 80s brought in a new time for radio - a new way of listening via crystal clear FM and new ways of doing things. Peter and Rod talk about those early days when FM turned on for the first time: how the first Triple M - Triple M Sydney hit the airwaves, the impact Doug Mulray had on the station and breakfast radio and how Triple M extended int ...…
 
There are many criteria you can place on success in the music business: taking your band to number 1 on the American Billboard Chart, selling nearly 50 million albums, selling-out Wembley Stadium and playing to 78,000 fans are amongst them. One Australian band has achieved all of these milestones - and they have done it with the guiding hand of ...…
 
The next phase of Chris Murphy's career sees Chris start building INXS from a local young band to an international band taking to the global stage. Underpinning his work and belief in the band and their future was an internal self-belief that nothing is impossible to do. Chris tells Peter about the drive that propelled him along in those early ...…
 
The rise and rise of INXS did not mean resting on one's laurels. It meant recording, and touring and touring and even more touring, despite everyone else thinking it was time to rest and enjoy the fruits of the labour to date. This idea of keeping momentum moving has led to the next wave of INXS's career: the top-rating TV mini-series and the k ...…
 
Harvey Lister is the Chairman and CEO of AEG Ogden - manager of the largest network of venues in Asia Pacific. Peter Rix and Harvey met in the 70s, when Harvey was initially working in radio station promotions at legendary Brisbane radio station 4IP, and then later touring bands throughout Queensland. In Part 1 of their conversation, Harvey rec ...…
 
Harvey Lister is the Chairman and CEO of AEG Ogden - manager of the largest network of venues in Asia Pacific. Peter Rix and Harvey met in the 70s, via radio promotions and touring bands in Queensland. In Part 2 of their conversation, Harvey talks through his entry into the event & venue business and the present day thinking and data that goes ...…
 
The ARIA Awards first kicked off in 1987. Elton John was the Master of Ceremonies, and John Farnham's Whispering Jack album won nearly everything. The coming together of the music business with all its egos, vibes, competitiveness, and divided opinions, all under one roof was the night the music industry grew up and openly acknowledged each oth ...…
 
In Part 2 of this conversation, Peter, Phillip and Mark speak about the growth of the ARIA Awards from an event that was a sit down dinner with no live music or television broadcast, to a big broadcast production on television filled with live performances. They share their favourite stories from last 30 years of ARIA Awards, from the early day ...…
 
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