Date: Saturday, December 1st / Time: 11:30 / Venue: Chandra, The Park Chennai / Event Type: Music, Film, Culture Conference

Young musicians are often instructed on how to tackle the industry in order to succeed but are rarely asked what they envision their industry to be. Independent musicians in early stage careers and students share their perspectives on the direction they would like to see the industry take, and how they, as next generation industry want to steer the course. An open discussion with mid-career and experienced industry professionals will bring into play new technologies and methodologies that are already altering the way music is being produced, consumed and managed and the duality between creative freedom and commercial viability in an industry that is hungry for change.


  • Yanto Browning

    Yanto Browning Q Music / Australia

    Yanto Browning is a Brisbane-based academic, record producer, and musician, with a strong background in technology in music performance and production. With twenty years of studio experience, Yanto has produced several hundred records for a broad range of Australian bands and artists, and has also worked as a composer and producer of music for film and contemporary dance. Yanto has researched, developed, designed and produced several interactive musical spaces, investigating gestural control of electronic instruments and concepts of play, centered around the creation of active musical spaces that incorporate audience participation. This work has included performances and installations at events such as the 2017 Ars Electronica festival. As an educator, Yanto has coordinated the music production program at the Queensland University of Technology for the past several years, whilst continuing his research and personal practice around technology in music. He is currently a lecturer in music and a PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology.

  • Amrit Rao

    Amrit Rao Musician

    Amrit is an independent music professional, a composer, singer/songwriter and the frontman of his new Tamil Rock ensemble from Chennai, Amrit Rao & The Madrascals. The band showcased their music through the first of its kind rock musical in the country, conceived by Amrit and based on their recently released debut album ‘Baemaani’. He also collaborates with musicians from the country and overseas on their projects, the latest one being ‘Spicy Frog’, an Indo-French collaboration. Amrit believes in social change through art and music and has collaborated with the legendary Carnatic musician T. M. Krishna on a recent environmental project. He’s also known for his flamboyant stage act with his former Bangalore based band ‘Live Banned’ which he co-founded. Amrit debuted as a Music Director for the critically acclaimed Tamil Feature Film ‘Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam’.

  • Molly Jackson

    Molly Jackson QUT

    Molly Jackson is a 21 year-old aspiring music professional from Brisbane, Australia with vast experience in both the performance, and music business sectors. A flutist from ten years of age, with passions for contemporary singing and DJing, Molly has performed in many venues and competitions in Brisbane. She has just completed her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland University of Technology and throughout this time has intensely integrated her interests of business management and journalism into her degree. Hosting her own music-specific radio program on 4ZZZ 102.1FM, co-founding events/marketing/management business RADAR Entertainment, and working on emerging Brisbane student-run record label Vermilion Records are just a few of her achievements. Molly is passionate about the current progressions of all things ‘music industry’, and is an obsessive live-music attendee in her free time.

  • Shakthisree Gopalan

    Shakthisree Gopalan Musician

    Filmfare award winning singer, performing artist and singer-songwriter, Shakthi has worked with some of the most reputed composers in the Indian Film Music Industry, lending her voice to songs in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. With a wide range of songs in her repertoire, Shakthi has sung some of the biggest hits in South Indian Film Music, and has received wide acclaim and recognition for her works with Oscar and Grammy winning composer A.R. Rahman. The song ‘Nenjukulle’ composed by A.R. Rahman, sung by Shakthi, featured in the Mani Ratnam movie ‘Kadal’, went on to become a viral sensation following its premiere on the MTV Unplugged India Edition special with the ‘Mozart of Madras’ A.R. Rahman.
    Shakthi is also a singer-songwriter, and has been performing her original music for several years. Being an avid collaborator with a love for experimenting, Shakthi has been producing & releasing original music independently - as a solo artist and in collaboration with musicians in the independent music scene.

  • Samson Ezekiel

    Samson Ezekiel Samson Ezekiel

    Samson Ezekiel has been singing with a Delhi based music ensemble called Artistes Unlimited for eleven years and has performed at various shows with them, and has also been a part of musical-theatre productions produced by the Yellow Brick Project. He has shared the stage with bands like Advaita and Them Clones, has been actively involved in conducting music workshops for students of Delhi University and has also judged many inter-college music competitions. Samson produces and performs experimental-electronic music under the moniker Irulil and was selected for Indie100 in 2017 and got to showcase his music at the IndiEarth XChange. He is also one-half of a downtempo-electronic duo called Vol and recently had their debut performance at the Humming Tree, Bangalore. He has also composed music for a short-film called REM, which was screened at the New York Film Academy.