Event Overview

Join us as we turn our focus to the issue of accessibility in music.

In partnership with LISTEN, Spotify Talks: Access All Areas? will explore how to level out the playing field to build a more fully accessible music industry - from providing accessible, safe and inclusive venue spaces for all to attend, through to the myriad of barriers to participation for artists with a disability, chronic illness, or who are marginalised based on other aspects of identity such as gender, race and class.

The hour-long panel discussion will be hosted and moderated by Amrita Hepi; dancer, choreographer, writer, speaker and activist.

 

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 25th October 2017

Doors Open:
6pm

Panel Session:
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Location:
Cake Wines Cellar Door, 16 Eveleigh Street, Redfern

Moderator:
Amrita Hepi

 

Who Should Attend? 

Anyone interested in making the music industry accessible for all. 

 

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Spotify Talks Special Partner

Spotify Talks: Access All Areas? is presented in special partnership with LISTEN.

LISTEN exists to initiate and foster change, using a feminist perspective to promote the visibility and experiences of women, gender non-conforming and LGBTQIA+ folk, people of colour, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, and other marginalised communities in Australian music.

LISTEN presents live music showcase events, community discussions, and a bi-annual conference. LISTEN utilises online and print media to share experiences and initiate change, and initiated an offshoot record label, Listen Records. A grassroots and volunteer run organisation, LISTEN is here to spark conversation and celebrate equal participation in the music industry.

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Panelists

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Celeste Potter - Illustrator / Musician 

Celeste Potter is a Melbourne based illustrator and musician. As an illustrator, Celeste focuses mainly on the music industry, making posters, band merch and music videos.

In 2014, Celeste received an ARIA nomination (Best Album Cover) for her DZ Deathrays’ Black Rat album artwork. In the same year, she was also awarded Melbourne Advertising and Design Club’s (MADC) ‘Junior of the Year’ for her directorial work of the Sydney Writers Festival TVC.

Celeste also plays guitar and sings in an experimental punk band called Ouch My Face.   


 
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Bexx Djentuh - BOX Oceania / ALTERITY Collective / LISTEN

Bexx is an African/Maori queer person of colour, who thrives on her body positive community. She co-founded BOX Oceania and ALTERITY Collective - a group of QTIPOC people who shed light onto the struggle of black and brown folk through art and performance via fundraising events.

Top three favourite songs of all time?
•   Anything by Lizzo
•   Spice - 'No Worries'
•   KT Spit - 'Come Thru'

Favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ song to stream?
•   Anything drum and bass.


 
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Soreti Kadir - Oromo Poet / Musician 

Soreti is an Oromo poet, musician and writer based on unceded Kulin Nations land. Her artistry is a method of story and truth telling. Her performance style is riveting, leaving audiences in an abyss of empowerment and contemplation. What she speaks and writes on evolves with her and her experience but is vastly committed to identity, justice, equity and freedoms. In 2015 she self-published her book of poetry, Siyaanne, and 2016 she made the move into music. The future is sure to be an exciting expression of Soreti’s multiple, growing, artistic disciplines.

Top three favourite songs of all time?
•   Abush Zekele - 'Fullaanneey'
•   Sampa The Great - 'Everybody's Hero'
•   Tupac - 'Changes'

Favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ song to stream?
•   Basically all of J Cole's music.


 
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Emily Nicol - Media Professional, Koori Radio and NITV

Emily Nicol is an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander media professional based in Sydney. With a diverse background in acting, journalism, TV production, PR and events, Emily currently produces/presents the drive time show on Sydney’s Koori Radio, is a digital producer with NITV, and a freelance journalist.

Top three favourite songs of all time?
•   The Cure - 'Lovesong'
•   Nitin Sawhney - 'Tides'
•   Fleetwood Mac - 'Dreams'

Favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ song to stream?
•   Boston - 'More Than a Feeling'


 
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Grant Gronewold (HTMLFlowers) - Musician / Comics Artist / Writer 

HTMLflowers is a disabled musician, comics artist & tattooist living in Melbourne. Immigrating from the US to Australia in the 90's to find universal healthcare, he's seen the worst of both worlds. His work has been featured in Vice, The Fader, The Lifted Brow, It's Nice That & more. He is a contributing writer to the twice over New York Times Best Seller series Megg & Mogg with his writing partner Simon Hanselmann.

Top three favourite songs of all time?
•   Talking Heads - ‘Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)’  
•   Princess Nokia - ‘Kitana’
•   Lil Uzi Vert - ‘XO Tour Life’

Favourite ‘guilty pleasure’ song to stream?
•   I love 'Heart Attack' by One Direction and feel no guilt about it.

 

Moderator

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Amrita Hepi – Moderator, Spotify Talks 

Amrita Hepi is a Bundjulung and Ngapuhi dancer, choreographer and activist. Her work is rooted in creating movement in transitional spaces, interweaving cultural and contemporary dance training. She's also quite well known around town for teaching sold out pop culture dance classes in nightclubs around the country. 

 

The Sound Of Spotify Talks: Access All Areas?


 

This event takes place on the land of the Gadigal, of the Eora nation. We pay our respects to elders past and present and acknowledge it always was, and always will be Aboriginal land.

 

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