Q&A Scene: Australian Music Week Special ~ Matt “Magpie” Johnston ~ DASHVILLE

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.

Catch Magpie Johnston on Friday 8th November here or during the week, wherever there is cold beer! Visit AMW for more information.

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.