Magpie Johnston: Director – Dashville
When did you first start in this role?
2004 I guess.. when I kicked off my first outdoor festival at home (The Gum Ball).
Tell us an unusual anecdote whilst in this role.
I am as skilled in music as I am in websites, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, recycling and gardening…all big parts of the Dashville job!
What, or who, inspires you?
People who have a go generally, do what they want and are not bound by other peoples thoughts.
What does Australian Music Week mean to you?
It’s a great time catching up with people who share a similar passion with music. There’s people who travel some distance to connect so always plenty of things to talk about.
When/where can we hear you speak?
I’ll generally be talking around the cold beer. I believe Friday afternoon my opinion will be called upon with the Americana panel.
What’s your scene?
Not sure, I do play a bit of country and wish I was a child of the 60s..? I really do love a lot of different styles though. I think the beauty for me is not being attached to a particular scene, but embracing and evolving however you feel.