Beth Deady – scenestr of the day

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What do you do?

I am the Digital Manager at MGM Distribution.

Why do you do it?

I’ve always loved music and have wanted to be involved in the industry in one way or another since I was little. I tried my hand at performing over the years (learning drums, guitar, piano, even the harmonica) but I was never a very good musician, so I opted for the business side of the industry instead. Though I do maintain I can nail a harmonica solo.

What do you love about the city you live in?

The food! There’s amazing new restaurants, cafes and bars popping up weekly. It’s so hard to keep up with them all.

Where did you go for your last holiday?

Last overseas trip was Hawaii in 2016. Though my friends and I pretty frequently spend a long weekend down the coast or in the Hunter Valley. #WinoForever

What's your favourite item of clothing?

Considering the cold weather lately, it’s pretty difficult to tear me away from my Ugg boots.

What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?

Probably 'Round The Twist'. I re-watched it recently on Netflix and the scarecrow/clown episode still freaked me out.

If you could travel back in time for a day, where would you go?
It would be awesome to experience a secret 1920s prohibition-era party. Preferably one as glamourous as Gatsby’s.

If we were coming over to your place, what would you cook us?

Does assembling a cheese plate count as cooking? I sometimes bake the camembert.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned?
How to build a fire. It has come in handy exactly one time in my life so far. But I look forward to being able to toast marshmallows when the zombie apocalypse comes.

Tell us one thing about yourself that nobody else knows...

'Batman and Robin' (1997) is my favourite movie of the whole Batman franchise. Including all the Christopher Nolan ones. Shhhhh…

Are you happy with your work/ life balance?

Absolutely! It helps that part of my job is listening to new music and going out to gigs, which is something I would be doing on my own time anyway.

How do you define success?

Contentment. If you can look at your life and what you’ve achieved and be content with what you see then I’d say that’s success.

What's your spirit animal?

Can it be a person? If so, it would be some unholy mix of Fran Fine and Larry David.

What are you most looking forward to about Australian Music Week 2017?

The showcases. It’s always exciting to see local talent perform their little hearts out. I can’t wait to find my new fave artist performing down by the beach.

How important is an event like this to the Australian Music Scene?

Incredibly important. There are fewer opportunities for artists to be heard nowadays and a hell of a lot more noise to be heard over. Not only does Aus Music Week allow artists to showcase themselves in front of the local industry, but there are many key international players in attendance too. It’s a great networking opportunity for industry professionals to connect as well. Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Jed Hilly from the Americana Music Association who was speaking at the conference.


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