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Graham Ashton

Executive Programmer,
BIGSOUND/Footstomp Music
Australia
@FootstompMusic
Asho left home and school at an early age to sing in punk rock bands. He realized quickly that it was better for everybody that he stayed on the other side of the stage. In the 90’s he managed bands and started up the indie punk label Emily Records.

Asho annoyed everyone in the Brisbane music scene for a few years before getting a start in the call centre at Polygram Records in 1991. He spent the next two decades working at independent and major records labels in Brisbane and Sydney and has held positions in A&R, Marketing, Promotions, Publicity, International Licensing and Sales.

2010 started with Footstomp Music taking shape. Footstomp is a Music Services Company specializing in artist, project and event management and artist mentoring. Footstomp manage KING CANNONS and co-manage BUSBY MAROU.

Asho scored the great coup as Executive Programmer for BIGSOUND and has been part of the team that delivered the most successful events in BIGSOUND’s eleven year history. Through this experience he has found himself speaking at events such as SXSW, CMJ, Canadian Music Week and the New Zealand Global Music Summit and takes great pleasure in sharing his passion for music. Footstomp are also taking care of the music programming and promotion for the Bleach* Festival on the Gold Coast.

2011 started with Footstomp signing a label deal with Warner Music Australia. Footstomp Records have signed BUSBY MAROU, THE MEDICS and THELMA PLUM. All of whom are quickly finding their way into the consciousness of the Australian music community.

Asho is proud to have worked closely with hundreds of artists including the likes of ROBBIE WILLIAMS, POWDERFINGER, THE LIVING END, PAUL KELLY, THE GO-BETWEENS, SARAH BLASKO and MUMFORD & SONS. He is getting more obsessed about music with age.