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Ultimo Music Guest Lecture Series

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TAFE NSW Ultimo and Powerhouse partner to present a series of lectures and interactive sessions about careers in music.

Developed for students and aspiring musicians, the Ultimo Music Guest Lecture Series features accomplished music practitioners sharing valuable insights into professional practice, their career journeys and the challenges and opportunities in the music industry.


17 – Kirin J Callinan, singer, songwriter and guitarist
24 – Antonia Gauci, engineer, mixer, writer and producer
31 – Willo, producer and DJ

7 – Sally Seltmann, singer-songwriter and novelist
28 – Peter Stevens, senior manager, Label and Business Development at Ingrooves/Virgin Music Group and former Senior Editor at Spotify AU

9 – George Nicholas, mix engineer and producer at New Holland Studios
30 – Patrick Santamaria, creative director and co-founder of Motorik! Records

6 – Jane Slingo, director of Electronic Music Conference, Young Strangers and VibeLab Asia Pacific
13 – Julian Hamilton, singer-songwriter and keyboardist

NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances Darren Seltmann is unable to speak, however, Julian Hamilton will now take his place. If you have an existing booking, you do not need to re-register for Julian Hamilton as your existing booking is still valid.


Kirin J Callinan is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso, renowned for his unyielding complexity and pop sensibility. He has collaborated with the likes of Mac Demarco and Mark Ronson, scored films, and delivered critically acclaimed albums packed with musically and visually ground-breaking content. His brand is to stimulate and conflict in ways that are harmonious and empathetic. 

Antonia Gauci is an engineer, mixer, producer and artist based in Sydney. Her credits are astounding, having worked with artists including Kesha, Lil’ Yachty, What So Not, Troye Sivan, DMAs, Jess Mauboy, Vallis Alps, Japanese Wallpaper, 700 Feel, Daine, The Buoys and Body Type alongside a growing client list of Australia’s most promising acts.

Olivia Willets aka "Willo" is a NZ-turned-Sydney DJ/producer emerging as a force to be reckoned with in the Australian electronic music scene. She has released tracks on Future Classic, performed with the likes of Four Tet, Patrick Topping and Weiss, and regularly appears on Australian festival bills including Beyond the Valley, Wildlands and Listen Out. Her sound pivots between house music, breaks and electronica with consistent through lines of nostalgia and cerebral release.

Sally Seltmann is the award-winning Australian singer-songwriter and novelist behind intoxicating albums Hey Daydreamer, Heart That’s Pounding, Somewhere, Anywhere and The Last Beautiful Day, and she co-wrote the hit song 1234 performed by Feist. Sally previously performed under the name New Buffalo and is a member of Seeker Lover Keeper with Sarah Blasko and Holly Throsby. Her book Lovesome was published by Allen & Unwin in 2018.

Peter Stevens is a senior manager, Label and Business Development at Ingrooves/Virgin Music Group and former Senior Editor at Spotify AU. Pete has overseen the musical landscape shift to streaming platforms as a primary focus, steering the ship of integrating Australian artists into this world.

George Nicholas is a Grammy-nominated mix engineer and producer working out of New Holland Studios, Sydney. With more than 10 years’ experience in audio, George has cemented himself as one of Australia’s top mix engineers, winning multiple ARIA Awards and nominations, and a slew of ARIA-certified platinum and gold singles.

Patrick Santamaria is the creative director and co-founder of Motorik! Records, a Sydney-based record label focusing on events and releases highlighting emerging Australian dance music. He is also the co-founder and creative director of Babekühl, a new media art studio working primarily in the music industry. He has a wide scope of industry experience, toured seminal techno artists and produced videos for the likes of The Free Nationals.

Jane Slingo is an electronic music professional with more than 25 years’ experience including artist management, programming, media and government relations, events and touring. Today, Jane is director of three companies: EMC (Electronic Music Conference), Young Strangers, (Artist Management company) and VibeLab Asia Pacific (in partnership with Mirik Milan from Amsterdam and Lutz Leichsenring from Berlin).

Julian Hamilton was born in 1976. He studied piano from a young age and went on to pursue musical studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. There he met musical collaborator Kim Moyes. Together they went on to perform in the instrumental band Prop, and in 2003 formed the duo The Presets.




17, 24, 31 July
7, 28 August
9, 30 October
6, 13 November


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