Wild About You
Australia and New Zealand are extremely close geographically, yet their music creations are frequently very different. What is the impact of the comparative geographical isolation from the rest of the world? Examine the global success of bands such as AC/DC, INXS, Gotye and others as well as cult favorites such as the Hoodoo Gurus, The Chills and The Church.
Director of independent record label Laughing Outlaw, and presenter on FBi radio in Sydney, Australia. Moderator of Wild About You panel session of Friday 15 at 11am
Iain Shedden is music writer and critic for The Australian and The Weekend Australian newspapers. Since taking on that role in 1998 he has interviewed some of the biggest names in popular music and writes profiles, commentary, news, features, reviews and a weekly column, Spin Doctor, in The Weekend Australian's Review section. He is also an experienced commentator, across all media, on the music industry and brings his expertise to industry conferences as a speaker, panellist, interviewer and mediator. Shedden is a trained journalist, but also spent many years as a professional drummer, most successfully with Australian rock band The Saints. His first book, Hey You in the Black T-Shirt, an autobiography co-written with Australian rock promoter Michael Chugg, was published by Pan MacMillan in October 2010.
Emma Swift is an award winning Americana/folk radio broadcaster, magazine journalist and singer who hails from Sydney, Australia. She has hosted a range of Americana based specialist music programs nationally for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, as well as curated the popular 'In The Pines' program for the highly regarded indie radio station FBi Radio. In 2012, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee and is presently working as a freelance music consultant and as the USA correspondent for the Australian blues & roots publication Rhythms Magazine.