Anthea Palmer: With one decade of performance experience, and another in general management, Anthea understands how it feels to be an artist with a dream, and what it takes to manage a career in the music biz from day-to-day.
Founder and General Manager of live music venue, The Chandelier Room, General Manager of Sound Rehearsal Studios and Utopia Artist Management Anthea has her finger on the pulse when it comes to new developments in the industry.
Paul Andrews lives and breathes guitars and music. He is a true guitar tragic and has performed in numerous rock bands over the years with a depth of knowledge around recording, guitar features and technology. Paul was the main instrument coach for “Rockstar Experience” for over five years.
Nikki Nichols was a member of the John Farnham band and also toured with Kylie Minogue. In recent years Nikki starred in Girls, Girls, Girls, alongside Wendy Stapleton and Debra Byrne, and has been busy with her own stage show “Tapestry” – tribute to Carol King. Read about Nikki at
Nicolette Forte – http://www.nicoletteforte.com
Taking her queue from the likes of other soulful female singer-songwriters such as Tracy Chapman, Nicolette Forte is fast carving a niche for herself in the bustling Australian music scene. Armed with a voice as emotive as it is beautiful, it’s her generosity of spirit that separates Forte from the norm.
Bruce started playing at 17 years of age and has barely put the sticks down since. He developed his skills behind the kit working with church and youth bands and was quickly assigned the drummers seat with “Youth Alive” band touring Victoria and including shows at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.
Bruce started his lessons with Darryn Farrugia and soon built a reputation as an in demand teacher in his own right. While Bruce continues to perform regularly with church groups, he is also performing with the Stephen Murphy Quartet playing Jazz/Latin/Fusion styles. He is well known for his multi-pedal percussion set up and his masterful chops in both his feet and hands to make his playing come alive with intricarte patterns and rhythms of many different styles.
He attributes players such as Grant Collins, Thomas Lang, Steve Smith, Benny Greb, Johnny Rabb and JoJo Mayer as some of his greatest influences, however still regards his teacher Barry Galbraith as one of his greatest music mentors.
Bruce recently opened for Virgil DOnati’s Assault Down Under Oz tour in Geelong in 2010. He is a regular clinician/performer at Geelong’s annual Drumania.”