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Graham Ashton

Director,
Footstomp Music
Fortitude Valley, QLD, 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, label services and artist development. Footstomp currently manage ASH GRUNWALD and EDEN MULHOLLAND.

Asho scored the great coup as Executive Programmer for BIGSOUND and was part of the team that delivered the most successful events in BIGSOUND’s twelve year history. He has since 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 at Bleach and Teneriffe Festivals and booking Brisbane’s exciting new venue The Triffid.

2011 started with Footstomp signing a label deal with Warner Music Australia. Footstomp Records have signed BUSBY MAROU, THE MEDICS, THELMA PLUM and KARL S WILLIAMS. All of whom have well and truly found their way into the consciousness of the Australian music community including the debut BUSBY MAROU album recently going gold.

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 and MUMFORD & SONS. He fell in love with Music and Surfing at 10 years old is getting more obsessed about each of these passions with age.