Meet The Staff

HamishHamish

Position: General Manager

Speciality: Guitars/Effects/Amplifiers and PA Systems

Hamish starting playing guitar in 1989 at age 13 after being inspired by Slash (and his top hat) in the 'Sweet Child O' Mine' video by Guns 'N Roses. He plays left-handed just like another of his heroes Jimi Hendrix. Moving to Australia from New Zealand in 1998, Hamish has a wealth of music retail experience, having worked in sales and management roles at Toombul Music, Allans Music and as accounts manager/sales rep for major distributor Musiclink Australia. Fine-tuning his guitar skills in cover bands Crosstown Traffic and Beanies Not Hats, Hamish has a major axe to grind...

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and Jimi Hendrix

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Paul Reed Smith, Line 6 and D'Addario

Favourite Expression: "Twerk smarter not harder!"

KenKen (B.Bus)

Position: Assistant Manager (at Logan Rd store) / Ecommerce

Speciality: Guitars/Effects/Amplifiers and Web Sales.

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 2015, he custom made a free Music Express app featuring exclusive coupons and deals. Able to assist with education and guitar related queries, Ken has been a team member here at Music Express for ten years. He loves it when a plan comes together.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: U2, Radiohead and The Beastie Boys

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Yamaha, Hotone, Ernie Ball

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."

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: Sales

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 Brisbane and also drums things up in the Aussie Blink-182 tribute band. Drums are Dan's life.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Blink 182, Anberlin and City & Colour

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Zildjian, Roland, PDP and DW

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

ChrispyChris (Chrispy)

Position: Sales

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. Currently Joel is studying a Bachelor of Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and 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!"

LibbyLibby

Position: Sales

Speciality: Drums/Percussion and Strings

Libby recently completed her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Drums at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music after actually began her musical quest on violin. Being a multi-instrumentalist, she is more than comfortable playing guitar, bass, drums, trumpet and ukulele but hasn't mastered the bagpipes... yet. Libby is currently playing in Pink Matter, Jabberwocky Down and doing session work.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Snarky Puppy, Hiatus Kaiyote and Tigertown

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Pearl, Zildjian and Vic Firth

Favourite Expression: "Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted" - John Lennon

MattMatt

Position: Guitar Sales

Speciality: Guitar

Matt has worked for Warner Music, Sony Australia, Allans Music and Cranbourne Music. He has also spent time in North America working as a composer for film and TV at Vapor Music. Currently on a blues kick, when not working at Music Express you can find him on stage at blues jams across the city.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: John Mayer, Silverchair, Bon Jovi

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Gibson, Orange, PRS

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: Sales

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!"

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

SimonSimon

Position: Sales Consultant

Speciality: Audio Tech/Recording, Synths, Drum Machines, DJ Gear

Simon classically trained in sax in his younger years but it wasn't until he started going to raves and electronic music gigs that he really got bitten by the bug. Starting with DJing when he was 15 he quickly got spinning at parties, bars, clubs, and private events. Soon after, that passion drove him towards recording, mixing, and production and after completing a Cert. III in Technical Production at SAE he got to work at Billy Hyde Music in Fortitude Valley. Nowadays when not in retail-land you can find him DJing at any number of Brisbane's best bars or cranking up his drum machines with his solo techno project Narrations.

Top 3 Favourite Bands: Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Radiohead

Top 3 Favourite Brands: Nord, Elektron, Universal Audio

Favourite Expression: "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Frank Herbert, Dune.


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