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“We gave the BigSound 2012 schedule to one of our interns and asked him to prepare us an itinerary of some great gigs to go to and where & when our clients are playing. Instead, because he isn’t coming up to the conference, he took a 3 hour lunch break and wrote an imagined account of what he thought his 2012 BigSound would’ve looked like if he’d been allowed to go”


Tuesday, September 11

Get to Brisbane at lunch time, well before BigSound even starts – the law firm I’m interning for are too cheap to spring for the more expensive early evening flights. Meet an English backpacker on the Skytrain, and end up getting drunk with her at the Down Under bar and dancing to Wreckx-n-Effect’s “Rumpshaker”. I hope this isn’t the musical highlight of my trip.

Apparently the dudes from some place called SPA have put a card behind the bar, but I later realise they’ve got a card behind every bar in the Valley. I did do some good networking with a Canadian DJ named ‘Rumple Beatskin’ who I gave a firm profile to. Pretty sure my law school friends are eating caviar in a toney, wood-panelled club somewhere back in Melbourne.

Wednesday, September 12

I miss an accounting panel at 12.30 because I’m too autistic to deal with numbers. Last night was ordering tin & gonics at the bar, not sure if this bodes well for a career in the law.

My boss Stephen King is doing a panel at 3.30 in the afternoon. I have to go to this because he gave me a pre-prepared question that he said he was going to ‘slam dunk’. It was actually a really good panel, especially when a lawyer from one of the other firms said the industry was run by a secret society comprising the major record labels, John Farnham, and Colonel Sanders.  I asked Yasmin Naghavi from our office if this was true and she said “of course not” and gave me a really funny smile.

There’s some sic label parties on so I tag along with my other boss David Vodicka. He doesn’t really drink so I spend the whole time going in the mosh pit to ‘watch the bands’ but am actually drinking some peach schnapps I bought in the Brunswick Street Mall. “Oh Mercy” kill it and I like what the lead singer does with the egg shaker – sure as hell beats all those electronic drums that most bands use.

Over the rest of the night i see some of the following acts: Jeremy Neale (who is performing in a dress), Fishing (who look nothing like Rex Hunt), Flume (who is probably the youngest genuine rockstar I’ve seen so far), Grey Ghost (badass),  Phebe Starr (babe moment), the Falls, 44th Sunset, Millions (I pronounced their name like Eddie McGuire would say it – mulllions), The Troubles with Templeton, Clairy Brown, Velociraptor (that dress guy x 13, they killed it), Shady Lane (they seemed happier than I expected from their band name), Fantine (who also looked nothing like the girl from Les Miserables) and Tiger Town (rad band). I end up at some American guy’s party drinking Scotch and talking to Jeremy Neale who is still wearing the dress. With each drink he gets cuter and cuter.

Thursday, September 13

I wake up early having a minor hangover panic attack. I look at my watch and see it’s 6.30am – and I’ve fallen asleep on a demo from a band called Tiger Beams… I’m not sure what that means.

I check my phone and I’ve had 6 missed calls and texts from lawyers at Media Arts Lawyers, one of which is from Julian Hewitt and says “if you don’t come back with the caviar that we asked for in 10 minutes don’t bother coming to work next week”.

I fall asleep again and wake up at lunchtime. I can’t handle any conference stuff, and I’m scared that bearded guy from AIR is going to see me and make me have another “Fruit Tingle” cocktail, so I walk down to the Southbank pool to get away from all the conference activity. I have to hide under my towel because I keep seeing lawyers from my firm sitting down with record label people having hushed conversations and shaking hands – why are they doing these meetings out of sight of the conference? I see John Farnham float past on a li-lo eating a Zinger burger and I get a funny feeling in my stomach and head back to my hostel.

There are so many good gigs that I see tonight:

Split Seconds, Oliver Tank (not as well built as his name implied), The Cairos (didn’t play Walk Like an Egyptian which I thought surprising), Mosman Alder, Loon Lake, Saskwatch (danced my ass off), Courtney Barnett (she played a song about self-pleasure, what a legend), Elizabeth Rose, Tin Sparrow, Art of Sleeping, New Navy, Argentina (I danced in a flamenco style, no one laughed), Hey Geronimo, Royston Vasey (I kept calling out “are you local” and, again, no one laughed).

I end up at the SPA party and get a call from one of my law school friends who is in town and wants to get in downstairs – I tell him “sorry mate, this is work for me – I wouldn’t try to crash one of your client functions” and go back to the dancefloor to bust some moves to “Do the Bartman”. If there was a way to get paid for this job it’d be pretty cool.


We aren’t sure whether our intern is going to ever be allowed to go to BigSound, but hell he did have some nice suggestions of what/who to see at BigSound this year. David, Stephen, Julian and Yasmin will be floating around the Valley between Tuesday and Friday – so feel free to introduce yourself in (person or by email) if you have any legal questions. You’ll probably catch them at any number of these panels and showcases:


Wednesday, September 12 Thursday, September 13
Self-regulating the Australian Music Industry– Facilitated By Stephen King – Media Arts Lawyers – 3:30pmMaking sense of royalties – Presented by White Sky Royalty Accounting Services – 12:30pm


Jeremy Neale – 8:00-8:30 (Rics)

Fishing – 8:00-8:30 (Magic City)

Sons of Rico – 8:50-9:20 (Channel V Stage)

Flume – 8:50-9:20 (Magic City)

Bearhug – 9:10-9:40 (Press Club)

Boy In A Box – 9:10-9:40 (Electric Playground)

The Falls – 9:10-9:40 (Triple J Unearthed Stage)

Grey Ghost – 9:10-9:40 (Alhambra)

Winter People – 9:40-10:10 (Channel V Stage)

Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes – 9:40-10:10 (Bakery Lane)

44th Sunset – 9:40-10:10 (Rics)

Phebe Starr – 10:00-10:30 (Triple J Unearthed Stage)

Kingswood – 10:00-10:30 (Electric Playground)

The Delta Riggs – 10:00-10:30 (Black Bear Lodge)

Violent Soho – 10:30-11:00 (QMusic Stage)

The Trouble With Templeton – 10:50-11:20 (Alhambra)

Millions – 10:50-11:20 (Electric Playground)

Shady Lane – 11:20-11:50 (Rics)

Velociraptor – 11:20-11:50 (QMusic Stage)

Fantine – 11:40-12:10 (Black Bear Lodge)

Tigertown – 11:40-12:10 (Alhambra)


Split Seconds– 8:00-8:30 (Magic City)The Cairos – 8:00-8:30 (QMusic Stage)


Mosman Alder – 8:20-8:50 (Alhambra)

Oliver Tank – 8:50-9:20 (Bakery Lane)

The Paper Kites – 8:50-9:20 (Magic City)

Loon Lake – 8:50-9:20 (QMusic Stage)

Hey Geronimo – 8:50-9:20 (Channel V Stage)

Ellesquire – 9:10-9:40 (The Tempo Hotel)

Saskwatch – 9:40-10:10 (QMusic Stage)

Cub Scouts – 9:40-10:10 (Magic City)

Courtney Barnett – 10:00-10:30 (Triple J Unearthed Stage)

Elizabeth Rose – 10:00-10:30 (Press Club)

Tin Sparrow – 10:30-11:00 (CMC Stage)

New Navy – 10:50-11:20 (Alhambra)

Argentina – 10:50-11:20 (Triple J Unearthed Stage)

The Growl – 11:20-11:50 (Rics)

Art of Sleeping – 11:40-12:10 (Triple J Unearthed)

Royston Vasie – 11:40-12:10 (Electric Playground)



Media Arts Lawyers is a top music law firm and represent acts like Gotye, Kimbra, the Presets, Tame Impala, Boy & Bear, Missy Higgins, Cut Copy and the Hilltop Hoods. For over 20 years, Media Arts Lawyers has given practical and commercial legal advice to artists, brands, events and companies throughout the entertainment industry. Acting for high-profile acts and enterprises alongside fledgling creative and commercial projects, we set the benchmark for creatively strategic legal solutions. 


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For over 20 years, Media Arts Lawyers has given practical and commercial legal advice to artists, brands, events and companies throughout the entertainment industry. Acting for high-profile music acts and enterprises (including labels, publishers, management companies) alongside fledgling and emerging artists, we set the benchmark for creatively strategic legal solutions. Media Arts Lawyers also has experience in many areas of commercial and general legal practice and aims to be your first point of legal contact for all legal and business affairs requirements.



Our services include advising on and preparing/ reviewing agreements for matters concerning:

  • Recording, producing, mixing, mastering;
  • Publishing, co-writing;
  • Licensing, synchronisation, sponsorship/endorsements, merchandise;
  • Management;
  • Touring, venue hire;
  • Band partnerships, performers, session musicians, general releases;
  • Intellectual property, copyright, trade marks;
  • Partnerships, corporate structure and general business affairs.


David Vodicka
Principal of Media Arts Lawyers, David has 20 years practice representing musicians, artists, performers, composers, recording, production, management and publishing entities. He has dealt in all facets of law affecting the creative industries, and has had considerable hands on experience in the music recording and publishing fields as director of independent label Rubber Records and music publisher Rubber Music Publishing. He is a passionate advocate for local music and creative industries and presently is chairman of the board of AIR (the Australian Independent Record labels association), Vice President of WIN (Worldwide Independent Network), a current board member of MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival), ARIA (Australia Recording Industry Association) and the PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia).

Stephen King
Principal of Media Arts Lawyers and is admitted in both Australia and the UK. Stephen has had previous experience in commercial and entertainment law in private practice in the UK and as the Business Affairs Manager for Festival Mushroom Records in Australia. Stephen combines his legal knowledge with his vast experience of the Music Industry from his positions in private practice and within record and publishing companies. Stephen is Managing Director of the independent publishing company, Ink Music.

Julian Hewitt
Solicitor and musician signed to major labels and independents, Julian has an extensive background in touring, publishing, recording and remixing bands. Aside from music, Julian has a strong commercial law background including represented high-profile Australian fashion designers, advised on major funding projects and litigations for listed public companies. Julian holds a post-graduate degree in corporate finance and volunteers at Fitzroy Legal Service.

Romani Benjamin
Solicitor and practicing artist specializing in mixed media sculpture, with particular attention to incorporating bronze and glass in her work. Romani is involved in a number of arts organisations including the Contemporary Sculptors Association, Yarra Sculpture Gallery and NorthCity4, an access studio and teaching environment in Brunswick. In addition, Romani is one of the founding group of 5 (incl AIR’s Nick O’Byrne) that organised the charity album The Key of Sea which supported asylum seekers and their amazing musical talents.

Marcus Walkom
Marcus Walkom is a Solicitor with experience in both litigation and commercial law having practiced in Australia and the UK. Marcus has represented artists, managers, labels, publishers and producers from the UK, North America, Europe, Scandinavia, India and Australia. He is a keen musician and has a particular interest in working with new and emerging artists. Marcus also holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce majoring in Finance.

Yasmin Naghavi
Solicitor who transitioned to law after commencing her career in business brokerage. Her practice focuses on the areas of music, media, e-commerce and commercial law. She is active behind the scenes for several small festivals, conferences and other art related projects as well as serving as the Business & Legal Affairs Manager for Rubber Records. Yasmin holds a Juris Doctor (hons) and a Master of Business Administration.

Kylie Giam
Solicitor with a VET Certificate II in Music Industry and has had experience in a variety of matters including assisting in the preparation of Recording, Publishing, Management, Licencing and Touring Agreements. Kylie has also assisted with the negotiation of Services, Sponsorship and Endorsement Agreements on behalf of numerous media personalities. She is an advocate of animal rights and has been a volunteer with the RSPCA Shelter and Corporate Affairs team since 2008. Kylie holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce majoring in Economics and Finance.