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Interview with Adam Weston of FireStarter Distribution

Firestarter Distribution is refreshing news for Independent Australian Artists. With a wide range of services, Firestarter can help artists with defining a promotional strategy, digital/physical distribution and even help with the servicing of media and radio industries. We caught up with Adam Weston, drummer of the Iconic Australian band, Birds Of Tokyo, to find out more how he and his wife Heidi created Firestarter Distribution and made it what it is today.

  1. How did the idea of Firestarter Music begin, what were Heidi and your reasons and motivation for starting up such a business venture?

Heidi had actually started Firestarter in Perth before I met her and at that time was more about being a point of contact/manager for a friend’s band but then quickly moved towards promoting launches and events for others. That was way back at the start of the millennium!

Once I came on board I was already playing in a few bands and was literally going out to shows four or five nights a week. Like most people I figured that if I wanted more opportunities I should start creating them myself. Teaming up with Heidi meant we could focus on a small roster of bands where we’d provide label type services along with bookings.

Back in those days before Unearthed and social media it seemed there was a bit more time for artists to develop. Bands really slogged it out at a local level before feeling the need to throw themselves at radio or what not straight away. Not that anyone would have complained with early spins, but the general emphasis for us was to book shows that would garner positive feedback/reviews and become the building blocks of landing key support slots and festival appearances. Then when it was time to start touring it meant engaging with industry and media on a national level.

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Did you wonder how the first Steve James Masterclass went?

When someone of Steve James’ reputation says he’d like to spend 3 days showing those who want to record, how to “make a record”, as he calls it; all I could think was great! I’ve worked with Steve several times now, and his approach to recording and session management is inspiring, which only goes to prove why he has the credits he has and why his career has lasted 40 years. Steve feels its time to share his extensive experience with those who really want to learn how to produce. Honestly, he makes it look all so easy and says: “It’s not rocket science.”

Initially Steve suggested inviting The Rumjacks to perform and record their next single … so, when he called and told me that the management, label and The Rumjacks themselves thought it was also a great idea, you can imagine my reaction. “On the back of their recent successful album “Sober and Godless” The Rumjacks wanted to record a new single at the Masterclass – Crazy”. I knew that the 3 days would be brilliant and I wasn’t wrong. In fact it was absolutely amazing.

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Hot News – Tuesday Night – Rehearsal Recording Night at A Sharp

You asked and we make it happen. In the past period we got many request from all of you, asking for special price for reversal at A Sharp Recording Studios. We came up with Tuesday Night – Rehearsal/Recording Night at A Sharp!

From now on, every Tuesdays, 5 hours will be reserved for all of you, who wants to rehearse at A Sharp Studios. We will mic up an record your songs and at the end of your rehearsal session you can take with you .wav files and a guide mix. For a special price of $250!

Promo - Rehearsal and recording night at the studio!

Tuesday Night – Rehearsal Night At A Sharp Recording Studio!