The Push Pop-Up Shop and industry development opportunities at Darebin Music Feast 2014

This year Darebin Music Feast will feature a greater focus on artist and industry development opportunities. The Push, FreeZA Darebin and Darebin Music Feast have come on board to present The Push Pop-Up Shop right on busy 234 High Street, Northcote from October 8-19. Over 12 days the pop-up shop will offer a series of FREE All Ages panels, presentations, open round table discussions and workshops co-presented by Music Victoria and other industry guests.

The program presents a number of exclusive and intimate sessions for musicians, artist managers, event producers and those interested in music business and career development. All sessions are FREE, some bookings are recommended but not essential.

Check out The Push Pop-Up Shop program and industry development opportunities below! For further details, go to

The Push Pop Up Shop
October 8-19 @ 234 High Street, Northcote

dmf1FReeZA Program Committee Meeting (Open to Public)
Wednesday 8 October, 4 – 6pmThe Darebin City Council FReeZA program is a part of the Victorian State Government funded FReeZA initiative that gives young people the opportunity to lead the planning and staging of live music and cultural events within their local communities. Find out more about the Darebin FReeZA program and… Read more.

dmf2Guitar Workshop Presented by Glorified
Wednesday 8 October, 6 – 8pmAttention: guitarists. Have you ever wondered how guitarists achieve ‘that tone’? Join Aaron & Tom Beale from Melbourne metalcore outfit Glorified as they discuss guitar setups, signal chains, effects pedals, amp settings and everything in between. This is a must-see session for all guitar nerds… Info / RSVP

dmf4DIY Band Merchandise Workshop
Thursday 9 October, 4 -6pmWant to make merchandise for your band, but don’t have the tools or ‘know how’ to do it? Decibels Youth Music Centre is opening up the doors for local young bands and artists to make limited edition, specialised merchandise. Supported by a visual designer, you will get to make a range of creative items… Info / RSVP

dmf5Visual Merchandising 101 Workshop
Thursday 9 October, 6 – 8pmFrom Tshirts, CDs, Hats and Vinyl, to Banners & Cassettes – artists are continually expanding and developing their merchandise to promote their music, suit changing trends, and to help their touring and productions costs. The merch-stand is so integral to a band, but how do you sell, display and… Info / RSVP

dmf6Pull-Apart Mix Presented by Jimi Maroudas
Friday 10 October, 4 – 6pmAre you a budding audio engineer, home recordist or musician? Have you ever wondered what secrets a mix-engineer might have up their sleeve to pull a great sound in the studio? Award-winning producer and engineer Jimi Maroudas will take you through a Pro Tools recording session and will pull-apart… Info / RSVP

dmf16Venus Return – Performance
Saturday 11 October, 3 – 4pm
Darebin City Council’s FReeZA program presents a special afternoon all-ages live performance by local jazz and hip-hop flavoured four piece Venus Return… Read more.

dmf17The Darjeelings – Performance
Sunday 12 October, 3 – 4pmThe Darjeelings have a love for pop music that extends from today’s Top 40 back to their 60s Girl Group counterparts. These girls write songs that will get you on your feet, never taking themselves too seriously, but there is an edge and honesty at their core that sets them apart. Adding four-part harmonies… Read more.

dmf6Pre Production for the Home Studio Workshop Presented by Jimi Maroudas
Sunday 12 October, 4 – 6pmPre-production – it’s that essential planning phase before you enter the studio which can save you time, money and almost always guarantee a better result. Pre-production doesn’t need to be limited to a commercial studio however – hear how you can include pre-production in your home studio workflow… Info / RSVP

dmf4Decibels Records Committee Meeting (Open to Public)
Tuesday 14 October, 4 -6pmDarebin City Council’s Decibels Records initiative is a youth-led program for people aged 12-25 who are interested in pursuing a career within the music industry. The year-long program provides opportunities for participants to gain first hand experience in the various elements of establishing and maintaining… Read more.

dmf5The Push Music Industry Panel
Tuesday 14 October, 6 – 8pmStraight from the horse’s mouth – hear from three music industry professionals on how they have honed their craft within their sector of the industry. Whether its publicity, marketing, music business, event management or performance, this panel will discuss industry trends and innovative business models for… Info / RSVP

dmf1FReeZA Program Committee Meeting (Open to Public)
Wednesday 15 October, 3 – 6pmThe Darebin City Council FReeZA program is a part of the Victorian State Government funded FReeZA initiative that gives young people the opportunity to lead the planning and staging of live music and cultural events within their local communities. Find out more about the Darebin FReeZA program and… Read more.

freezamentoring_smFReeZA Mentoring Music Careers Information Session
Wednesday 15 October, 6 – 8pmThe music industry can be a cruel beast sometimes – with no real instructions or guidelines to follow on your way to that top job. This session will give you real advice and information on how to get your foot in the door and work your dream job, whether it be in music publicity, band management, bookings… Info / RSVP

dmf9Setting Up An Independent Record Label
Presented by Jen Cloher (I Manage My Music/Milk Records)
Thursday 16 October, 4 – 6pmJust like any other business venture, setting up an independent label requires planning, hard work and good decision making. With the music industry in a transitional phase, it’s never been a better time to be part…Info / RSVP

dmf4DIY Home Studio Workshop
Friday 17 October, 4 – 6pmWant to learn how to get a big sound out of your basic gear? Bring along your laptops and tablets as Decibels Youth Music Centre shows you how to make your bedroom sound great! Learn how to set up and use your software and audio interfaces, plus advice on microphone selection and placement… Info / RSVP

dmf5Alex Lahey – Performance
Saturday 18 October, 3 – 4pmWith a shameless love of pop music, Alex Lahey is all about the song. Armed with her trusty telecaster and a swag of biro-written tunes, Lahey is here to make you have all the feels with honest lyrics, killer melodies and mid-set Simpsons references.

dmf15Decibels Records Showcase and Release Launch
Featuring Biddlewood and The Black Harrys
Saturday 18 October, 6pmDarebin City Council’s Decibels Records initiative is a youth-run record label based in Northcote. The year-long program provides opportunities for participants to gain practical experience in the various elements of establishing… Read more

dmf11Backing Tracks – Hip Hop Showcase and Live Performance
Saturday 18 October, 4 – 5pmBacking Tracks is a fresh hip hop mentoring program based on your train line! Are you an emerging MC or spoken word poet? If you have a craft to refine and you want to collaborate with other aspiring MCs, come and join the crew from the South Morang line for a freestyle jam. Word!… Read more.

dmf12All-Ages Events on Licensed Premises Panel Presented by Music Victoria
Sunday 19 October, 2 – 3pmVictoria’s live music scene stands at the cusp of a revolution as all-ages gigs recently made their long-awaited return to the state’s pubs. Previously, pub-based gigs could only be exclusively over-18 or (heavily restricted) under-age shows. Hear how this reform can assist artists and venues to host an ‘all-ages… Info / RSVP

dmf13Darcy Fox EP Launch Live Performance
Sunday 19 October, 3 – 4pmDarcy Fox is a 21 year old singer songwriter from Gippsland, Victoria. A semi-finalist of the national Telstra Road to Discovery competition, she released her first single in 2010 titled I’m Here, which received airtime on the Country Music Channel, Landed Music and Rage. Using her loop pedal, Darcy creates a… Read more.

Industry Development Opportunities at Darebin Music Feast 2014

dmf3Artists in Conversation with Richard Watts

Thursday 9, Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 October, 6.30pmThe ‘Travelling Folk’ theme of this year’s festival continues with a series of Artists Interviews discussing the dedication of Australian artists who travel to the countries of origin of the music that inspires them, their experiences and the ways that they have grown from them. Our special guest interviewer is Richard Watts (Arts Hub, RRR SmartArts)…Read more.

dmf7Ready to Record with Neil Thomason, Head Gap
Monday 13 October, 6:30pm – 7:30pmAre you ready to record? Preparation is the key to getting the most out of your recording session. Aimed at musicians and freelance engineers, this seminar will cover everything you need to know to hit the ground running when you finally hit the studio including instrument preparation, arrangement tips… Read more.

dmf8Bluegrass Workshop & Jam with George Jackson
Wednesday 15 October, 8pmGeorge Jackson (The Company, One Up, Two Down, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Trio, Triple Denim) delivers a hands-on and in-depth workshop all about Bluegrass. George is joined by his Triple Denim band mates Daniel Watkins and Mitch Brown to share and teach the basic principles, and all -important etiquette… Read more.

dmf10Nick O’Byrne – Keynote Address
Thursday 16 October, 6:30 – 8pmWhat are the challenges of the music industry for independent musicians? Where does the industry seem to be heading? How important is it to be strategic when planning a career in music or is it all about how to spot and seize opportunities when they come your way? Nick O’Byrne manages Melbourne based… Read more.

dmf14Darebin Music Feast Songwriters Award Grand Final
Sunday 19 October, 3-5pmThe Darebin Music Feast Songwriters Award Grand Final sees our 10 shortlisted finalists perform for our esteemed judges Jen Cloher, Peter Farnan and Jason Morrison (The Push). Who will take out the trophy and an amazing prize package including $2000 cash thanks to APRA, studio time at Head Gap and heaps more? ….Read more.