Meet The Staff

 

BrettBrett

Position: Sales

Speciality: Guitars/Effects/Amplifiers, Band/Orchestral Instruments and Print Music.

Brett's beginnings in the music retail industry hark back to 2006 where he worked at Billy Hyde. Playing guitar for over thirty years, he is always happy to share his knowledge of the instrument and after running a music teaching academy for over two years, he has a gig-bag full of tips and tricks. Brett enjoys playing covers in bands and essentially continues to practice, write and actively learn every day.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Frank Zappa, Opeth and Symphony X

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Roland/Boss, Yamaha and Tech 21

Favourite Expression: "Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche

DanDan

Position: Department Manager - Drums & Percussion

Speciality: Drums/Percussion

Dan picked up a set of sticks and started playing drums when he was twelve years old. After playing in a few original bands throughout high school and into his early twenties, he found himself touring Australia and has played both The Big Day Out and the Taste Of Chaos festivals. Dan currently plays in a covers band performing pub rock and pop punk covers every weekend from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast. Drums are Dan's life!

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Blink 182, Green Day and Anberlin

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Zildjian, Roland and Ludwig

Favourite Expression: "I count to four then repeat."

ChrispyChris (Chrispy)

Position: Department Manager - Guitars and Amps

Speciality: Guitars/Effects/Amplifiers

Chris - or Chrispy as he is commonly known to, well, everyone - is a graduate of Music Technology (Queensland Conservatorium of Music) and knows a guitar fret-board like the back of his hand. He has over five years experience working in music retail and is currently the guitarist for Brisbane-based International rock band 'Osaka Punch'. Chrispy knows the exact location of the void where all guitar picks wind up...

Top 3 Favourite Bands: The Ocean Collective, dredg and Faith No More

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Paul Reed Smith, Fender and Strymon

Favourite Expression: "That's a bit shambolic!"

SimonSimon

Name: Simon

Position: Sales

Speciality: Guitars/Amplifiers, Drums/Percussion and PA Systems Simon's rich history in music retail stems back to 1983 when he worked at Palings in Queen Street, Brisbane City. He has consequently worked at Massons Music, Browns Musicworld and Allans Music and became a business owner in 2012. Simon has played drums from the age of eight and has been a member of an array of bands from electro dance in the 80's to heavy rock and blues in the 80's, 90's, 00's and beyond. Currently performing in two bands - BuzzKillers and The Bandits - he has always had a passion for music and of great music gear, which is why he loves working at Music Express.

Top favourite bands: Midnight Oil (early), DEVO (early) and KISS (early)

Top favourite brands: Yamaha, Paiste and Maton

Favourite expression: "Done like a dinner!"

JoelJoel

Position: Sales

Specialty: Guitars/Effects/Amplifiers

Joel has been performing in bands as well as writing and recording his original music for 20 years. He has performed alongside bands such as The Living End, Wolfmother, Karnivool, Shihad and The Screaming Jets and played main-stage at Splendour in the Grass in 2010 with his grunge rock band RVLR. His solo project entitled Joel Myles has received national radio airplay and the video clip for his track 'Smoke and mirrors' was aired nationally on Video Hits. In 2017 Joel graduated from his degree at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He received a distinction for Bachelor of Popular Music and is currently working with up-and-coming bands as a producer and engineer. He is passionate about music retail and has over 15 years experience.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Silverchair, Karnivool and Queens Of The Stone Age

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Gibson, Fender and Maton

Favourite Expression: "Alrighty Then!"

DougDoug

Position: Sales and Merchandising

Specialty: Guitars, Amps, and P.A Systems

Doug has been involved in the music industry for over 3 decades, both "on the road" as a touring sound engineer and lighting designer for many Australian and International artists, and also as a performer himself, singing and playing bass guitar in several bands around the country. When not touring you would have seen him working in many different guitar stores in Brisbane, where he may have even sold you your first guitar... or a rare vintage guitar for your last tour or private collection. He loves to talk about guitars and has a passion for American Guitars and Muscle Cars.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Iggy Pop, The Cure, and The Cult.

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Gibson, Fender, and Music Man.

Favourite Expression: "There's always room for one more... (guitar)"

StuartStuart

Position: Sales

Specialty: Drums/Percussion

Stuart began learning drums privately when he was ten years old, and went on to play in concert and jazz band throughout high school. After finishing school he dedicated himself to playing in originals bands, which has allowed him to tour Australia and play with some of his favourite bands. Stuart began his music retail career at the Drummer's Warehouse over ten years ago, and has worked in many of Brisbane's best music stores since then. He's always happy to talk drums and offer advice to anyone in need!

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Converge, Every Time I Die, Between the Buried and Me.

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Zildjian, Pearl, Vic Firth.

Favourite Expression: "An average band with a great drummer sounds great. A great band with an average drummer sounds average." - Buddy Rich

TinaTina

Position: Education Sales and Support

Speciality: Band/Orchestral Instruments, Print Music, Brass and Woodwind

Tina has been involved in the music industry for over twenty years. Working first within the band and orchestral department, she then moved onto servicing schools where she has built long-lasting relationships with teachers, always providing them with the best price, products and service. Tina also runs the annual Brisbane City Bands Festival in the Queen Street Mall which is a wonderful performance opportunity for our young musicians.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran and Powderfinger

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Yamaha, Roland and Jupiter

Favourite Expression: "Because you know I'm all about that bass, no treble!"

RosemaryRosemary

Position: Store Manager - Garden City

Speciality: Digital Pianos, Arrangers and Home Keyboards

Rosemary is a piano player first, but an arranger keyboard/vocals combination is her favourite set-up. Early in life she studied piano, which directly lead to her becoming a church organist - something she's still doing forty-five years later. Rosemary has performed as a soloist, a "one-lady-band", in recording bands and in rock bands at the Hunter Valley Wineries as well as countless wedding venues, pubs and clubs. While she has twenty years experience in the music retail industry, Rosemary also writes and records her own songs, enjoys teaching piano, keyboard and folk guitar and creating tracks on Finale Music. She's currently working on an exciting new duo project.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Eurythmics, Cold Chisel and Blondie.

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Roland, Yamaha & RODE

Favourite Expression: "Rock and roll!"

DavidDavid

Position: Sales Consultant

Specialty: Music Technology

This is Dave.
Dave bought his first synth in 1984, which was a Korg Poly 800, with reverse Black and White keys.., and so started repeatedly falling in love with shiny new synthesizers. 1987 was the year that Dave started his first Music Retail gig, which was at Go Music in Palmdale, and over the years has also chalked up time at Australian Academy of Music, the early days of Music Express, and Musici an's Pro Shop. After quite a few successful years in Melbourne, supplying Apple tech to the Education Sector, he has finally returne d to the industry he loves. Even when not at work, Dave still enjoys noodling around with synths, writing quirky dark-tinged Techno- pop songs, which once upon a time won him a Qld Recording Industry Award. Dave prefers Cats to Dogs and enjoys long soulful walks in the Mountains. He drinks black coffee.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: The Cure, Ultravox, Human League.

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Ensoniq, Fairlight, N.E.D (Synclavier).

Favourite Expression: "Open the pod bay doors, Hal"

TysonTyson (BA AudioProd & Dip SoundProd SAE)

Position: Sales

Speciality: Music Technology, Studio Recording and Guitars

Tyson has been producing music for over twelve years in ridiculously diverse genres ranging from J-pop to Metalcore. He currently runs his own successful recording studio entitled 'Studio Truth' and his clientele have toured worldwide, played on the Warped Tour, have been featured on popular TV show The X-factor and have sold thousands of records. Tyson has enjoyed radio play on national and international stations and has played guitar in many bands to audiences as small as ten and as large as ten thousand. He is always keen to help customers achieve the best and most appropriate studio set-up for their needs and gives the best fist bumps. Ever.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Hella, Radiohead and The Mars Volta

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Fender, SSL, Universal Audio

Favourite Expression: {A friendly smile}

SeanSean

Position: Sales

Speciality: Guitars and Home Recording

Being born into a household of professional classical musicians, Sean's musical journey began early on. Although he started playing the piano, his passion for music took off after picking up the guitar, which led him to completing his Grade 8 Classical Guitar AMEB certificate as well as playing in various cover and original bands spanning multiple genres. He is currently an active songwriter and performer for He Danced Ivy and Cordeaux. With years of music retail experience under his belt as a manager at Park Beach Music & HiFi in Coffs Harbour, Sean strives to match the right product to the right customer and is always ready to geek out over little musical tidbits.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Queens Of The Stoneage, Gillian Welch, Steven Wilson

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Paul Reed Smith, Roland, Yamaha/Steinberg

Favourite Expression: "Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming" - David Bowie

AshleaAshlea

Position: Sales Consultant

Speciality: Piano/Ukulele

Ashlea dove into the music scene at quite a young age; learning keys, joining choirs and musical theatre groups at the age of 6. Ashlea has been working in retail since she was 15, and currently studies a Bachelor of Music at QUT, majoring in music production. In school, Ashlea participated in the marching band, concert bands and choirs; captaining both Primary and Senior choir, singing many solos and leading the choir. In her final year of school, she scored the lead role of the musical, The Wiz, playing Dorothy. The thrill she received from performing led her to the musical path she now follows. Ashlea is working hard to one day become a senior music teacher and inspire students to follow their musical dreams and make a difference in the world through their talent.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Queen, Foo Fighters, Anderson Paak

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Roland, Yamaha, RODE

Favourite Expression: "Better out than in, I always say." - Shrek

KenKen

Position: eCommerce Manager

Ken has worked in the music industry for over 15 years. He has studied externally at the University of Southern Queensland and has a degree in business (marketing and human resources). Ken has helped develop and continues to enhance our e-commerce website. In 2 017 he facilitated upgrading the website and many new features and user-friendly modifications. Ken has been a team member here at Music Express for over ten years. He loves it when a plan comes together.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: The Stone Roses, U2 and Faith No More

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Fender, Vox and Korg

Favourite Expression: "The most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much I cry, no matter how much I beg, never feed me after midnight."

PennyPenny

Position: Online Officer

Speciality: Trumpet

Penny has played in several jazz bands over the years including Mango Jam and enjoys improvising on the trumpet which she has played since she was 9. She has played on stage and performed with James Morrison and John Morrison's jazz band and enjoys soul singing.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Gershwin, Arctic Monkeys, Arianna Grande

Favourite Expression: "Music is life. That's why our hearts have beats."


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