I have been involved in publicity and promotions within the
Australian music & entertainment industry since 1998. Having worked at
Network TEN, Sony Music Australia, Universal Music Australia, EMI and Riot
Entertainment, I know it's all about the game and how you play it (to quote
Maric Media was launched in April 2013. Working with everyone from major tour promoters to the brand new garage band who needs a bit of profile, I can help you achieve whatever you need within the Australian & NZ media and beyond. Whether you need a bio that needs writing or cleaning up to a full blown album & tour campaign.
Having always been known during my time at the major labels as 'the metal guy' I have a very specialised focus on working with rock and metal bands to gain them exposure in an industry that is hard to crack, especially outside the regular and very supportive metal media. However, let it be known that I don't just work rock and metal - Hell, if you're a kick ass spoon player and need my help, just ask!
Artists, Labels & Agents from outside Australia looking for exposure here, I can help you with that too.
If you're in need of my services, please contact me via one of the below and we can discuss your needs further.
Network TEN: National Publicist
Sony Music Australia: Promotions Mgr Epic Records/Artists Relations Mgr Sony
Universal Music Australia: Promotions Manager for NSW
EMI Music: TV & Radio Promotions Manager - Capital Records
Riot Entertainment: Promotions & Artist Relations Manager
Maric Media: All of the above
Rock and Metal was merged with my DNA some time in 1986 when I was 9 years old and heard my first riff. It's been downhill ever since. With music as my driving force throughout high school and university, I always knew it would be my career.
After working in music retail since I was old enough to work, I finished my Degree in Communication & Marketing and set off collecting a huge pile of rejection letters. Having gotten bored with that I scored my first real industry job in the publicity department of Network TEN in Sydney and quickly sank my teeth into everything I could get my hands on. It was while looking after the show 'House Of Hits' with Molly Meldrum and Leah McLeod that I started to cross paths with the music industry big hitters and before too long made the shift to Sony Music where I became the Promotions Manager for Epic Records, and then an Artist Relations Manager for Sony in general. For the next few years I worked non-stop on promo tours, in-stores and album launches for the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Delta Goodrem, Ben Folds, Good Charlotte, Something For Kate, Jebediah, Killing Heidi, Mudvayne, Drowning Pool, SOAD and countless others in-between. When I say it was non-stop, I mean it. The cycles never ended and usually most days involved working with at least two or three different international and local artists.
After Sony, Universal Music was my next stop where I did the exact same stuff. I got a plaque for trying to make Metallica's St Anger appeal to the public ;-) and got to work with Lars and the guys, along with too many other artists to list (or remember).
After Universal came EMI and it was while I was there that the initial seeds of starting my own PR company were sown. It was also while I was at EMI that I began working with Riot Distributors who looked after a few of the big metal labels for the Australian market.
Returning from a three month European Vacation, I jumped in the deep end with Riot and spent the next 6 years helping to elevate it from a distribution company to a full-on force on the industry. We changed the name to Riot Entertainment and with my previous experience at play, began to run it like a label instead of a distributor and things grew and grew. Labels were added, profile was increased and it really became the biggest metal company in the land with over ten international labels under its roof (such as Nuclear Blast, Metal Blade, Relapse, Victory, Season Of Mist, Frontiers, Peaceville, Earache, SPV, Indie Recordings, Favored Nations, Spinefarm, Metal Is, Sanctuary, Bad Taste, and on and on) and a very impressive local roster which includes bands like Lord, Our Last Enemy, Melody Black, 4Arm, Segression, Shinobi, Universum, Vanishing Point, The Poor and international acts signed direct to Riot like Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, Fozzy, Ace Frehley, Fear Factory, Hellyeah, Toto, Pearl Aday, Halford and again, the list goes on.
Working with so many labels, artists, management, promoters and media from all over the world, I've established a respected position within the industry and a reputation for getting things done.
I parted ways with Riot in March of 2013 and have been offering my services to anyone who needs them. If you're a label who needs help pushing a band on your roster or a tour promoter who needs the PR taken care of or a self-released and funded band who needs a PR kick in the ass, then that’s what I'm here for.
Maric Media is now THREE years old as of April 30, 2016. The client list continues to grow! International labels, Tour promoters, local bands - all are welcome!