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Friendly and knowledgeable, our team of experts are on hand to offer advice and support. With a wealth of knowledge gained through industry experience, they'll help you find the right gear to reach your musical goals, whatever they are.

Melbourne Staff

Lance Harrison

Store Manager

Lance has a rich history within the business as a musician, DJ, producer, retailer and record label owner. As Store Manager, Lance leads a large sales team. He's a hands-on manager, using his extensive experience and always going the extra mile for his customers.

Lance Harrison

Store Manager

Lance Harrison came to work with us in 2011 after decades of working in Melbourne’s music scene as retailer (DMC Records), musician, producer and DJ. Within months of starting with us, he proved that he could do much more than talk shop with customers and was promoted. As Store Manager, Lance leads our biggest sales team while also finding time to help and chase down anything for our Melbourne customers.

Lance’s love for music grew from tickling ivory, blowing horns and hitting skins (piano, trumpet and drums before any of you get the wrong idea)! Lance played in a string of bands during the 90s as a drummer before moving into the art of SL1200 deck dancing. Lance has toured throughout Asia and Europe as a DJ and has produced a plethora of techno records and digital tracks for various labels including his own imprints Primary [colours] and Pinksilver.

Now a family man, Lance is still producing tracks and playing live tech sets on Ableton at various venues and festivals throughout Australia and Europe. Lance shares his knowledge of music production and DJ gear with staff and customers alike and is a perfect example of what we strives for in our staff.

Chris Green

Musical Instrument Dept. Manager

Introduced to Mannys by bandmates who were working here, Musical Instrument Department Manager and guitar / amp specialist Chris has been at Mannys since 2000. Chris has been playing electric guitar on and off for almost 40 years and is a pedals & stompboxes fanatic.

Chris Green

Musical Instrument Dept. Manager

Introduced to Mannys by bandmates who were working here, Musical Instrument Department Manager and guitar / amp specialist Chris has been at Mannys since 2000. Chris has been playing electric guitar on and off for almost 40 years. In recent times he's taking a more technical approach - working on a better understanding of theory to see how it all fits together on the fretboard. He loves guitar pedals and stompboxes, making sure we always have a great selection in stock. When not at the store, Chris can be found studying Japanese language and exploring Japanese culture. He has a love/hate relationship with the St Kilda Football Club, loves spending time with his family and of course playing guitar.

Steve Williams

Keyboard Specialist

Steve is Mannys‘ keyboard specialist; an avid collector of synths and a seasoned session musician, he has played keys for 45 years. His experience spans the worlds of analogue and digital gear including synths, samplers, drum machines, sequencers and effects.

Steve Williams

Keyboard Specialist

Steve is Mannys‘ keyboard specialist; an avid collector of synths and a seasoned session musician, you can find him grazing in his natural habit of the keyboard department. Steve has played piano and synths for 45 years and in a past life played keyboards with Australian 80s bands Pseudo Echo and Real Life, touring both nationally and internationally with each; his experience spans the worlds of analog and digital gear including synths, samplers, drum machines, sequencers and effects.

David Hancock

Guitar Specialist

Hailing from the South West of England, David is Mannys' acoustic guitars specialist. When he’s not drooling over lists of acoustic guitar specs, David spends his time praying to the Telecaster Gods, and even manages to spend some time with his family.

David Hancock

Guitar Specialist

David is the Mannys acoustic guitars specialist; having developed a love of timber from his years growing up in the wilds of England’s South West (where he was raised by a family of musically-inclined badgers). When he’s not drooling over lists of acoustic guitar specs, David spends his time praying to the Telecaster Gods… and even manages to spend some time with his family, when he can.

Gerard Sidhu

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Having recorded and toured internationally with a number of bands and electronic acts, Gerard brings his knowledge of live and production gear to Mannys. He's a gear junkie, with a passion for recording gear and synths, who enjoys of movies and Xbox in his downtime.

Gerard Sidhu

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Having recorded and toured internationally with a number of bands and electronic acts, Gerard brings his knowledge of live and production gear to Mannys. He's a gear junkie, with a passion for recording gear and synths, who enjoys of movies and Xbox in his downtime.

Gerard DJs, plays bass and a little keys, but feels most at home in the studio as a writer/producer. Prior to joining the team, he worked in the warehouse for local music distributor, Stomp.

Rob Leong

Guitar Specialist

A long-time customer, Rob joined our team of guitar specialists in 2015. With a BA from the Australian College of the Arts (Collarts) in Music, and experience as a Music and Lighitng Technician, he able to assist customers with a wide range of needs.

Rob Leong

Guitar Specialist

Mannys has moved location several times over the years, and each time, Rob has been like a shadow, always living or working nearby. He joined our team of guitar specialists in 2015. Rob's initial focus as a music professional was as a live music technician. Working as a Lighting and Stage Manager at La Mama lead to work with several small dance companies. Meanwhile, Rob was pursuing guitar as his hobby and getting his music out online. This lead Rob back to study, completing a BA at the Australian College of the Arts (Collarts) in Music. An industry placement saw him joining the Mannys team. Rob's experience as both a musician and a technician means that he able to help customers with a wide range of needs. He likes art, food, cars, movies and the rest, but he's simply nuts about guitars! When not at work or playing guitar, he can be found tinkering with and modifying his guitars and tech gear. Rob is still a shadow, but now online, where he hides in Facebook groups for guitar nutcases… Just like him!

Adrian Akkerman

Hi-Tech Specialist

Adrian is a bass player and the owner of Incubator Recording and Mastering Studio (www.incubatorstudio.com.au) in Thornbury. First shopping at Mannys way back in 1991, this has been his destination when upgrading his studio or bass rig ever since.

Adrian Akkerman

Hi-Tech Specialist

Adrian is a bass player and the owner of Incubator Recording and Mastering Studio (www.incubatorstudio.com.au) in Thornbury. First shopping at Mannys way back in 1991 (when the store was located in Smith Street, Fitzroy), this has been his destination when upgrading his studio or bass rig ever since. A fixture of the local scene, Adrian has been involved with all things musical in Melbourne. He's been a journalist for The Form Guide and Forte Magazine, Music Reviewer for Channel 31 tv show Asylum, band booker for Ambivert Entertainment and Stage Manager for the Fringe Festival on Brunswick street. He's also worked with other music retailers Music Swop Shop and Billy Hyde, and has been working at Mannys (where he specialises in Hi-Tech) since 2015. Highlights of Adrian's recording career include working with John Reece (Men at Work), Mike Peters (The Alarm), Kim Salmon, Spencer P. Jones, Brian Henry Hooper, Mick Harvey, Cathy Freeman, Hugo Race and the True Spirit and The Fauves.

Adam Rudegeair

Hi-Tech Specialist

Adam is a composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist. He has always been interested in overlapping his jazz roots with the realms of funk, rap and outer space. Film noir, science fiction cinema and comic books also figure prominently in his work.

Adam Rudegeair

Hi-Tech Specialist

Adam Rudegeair is a composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist based in Melbourne, Australia. He has always been interested in overlapping his jazz roots with the realms of funk, rap and outer space. Major influences are: Prince and the Minneapolis sound, New Orleans funk, stride piano, and Afrofuturist bands such as Parliament, Sun Ra Arkestra, TheeSatisfaction and Janelle Monáe. Film noir, science fiction cinema and comic books also figure prominently in his work. Adam is the bandleader of Minneapolis-style fusion band Lake Minnetonka, keyboardist in the experimental post-genre group Glasfrosch, and is involved with many other freelance projects. In addition to teaching and performing, for the last 5 years Adam has presented the jazz show Black Wax every Monday on Melbourne’s own PBS 106.7 FM.

Bart Thomas

Warehouse Supervisor

Joining the team in 2017, Bart brings a wealth of experience from his time in logistical operations and the trade and construction industry. A self confessed jack of all trades, master of none (with both tools and instruments), he’s used his skills and knowledge to help design and construct rehearsal and studio spaces. 

Bart Thomas

Warehouse Supervisor

Joining the Mannys dispatch team in Easter of 2017, Bart brings a wealth of experience from his time in various logistical operations along with stints in the trades and construction industry. A self confessed jack of all trades, master of none (with both tools and instruments), he’s used his skills and knowledge to help design and construct rehearsal and studio spaces for his friends and himself. An online Physics degree studying acoustics was calling and along with this a need to scale back his hours and stress levels at work, so when the position at Manny’s opened up he jumped and hasn’t looked back. Bart’s love of everything music began at a very young age as he would be dragged all over north east Victoria, helping to set up the PA and lighting for a local country and blues band (for which his father was the long-serving live sound engineer). Singing in school and church choirs as well as stage musicals were his first forays into musical performance until he picked up a bass guitar near the end of high school, then moved onto drums and the occasional flirtation with trying to learn to play keys. Bart now finds himself playing bass in a four piece rock band with dreams of producing that one killer album in his project studio at home. Outside of Mannys you can find Bart working furiously to complete his online Physics degree, indulging his love for video games (when he can find time) and using his woodworking, carpentry and electronics skills. He stupidly gives up his Saturday’s during summer to play cricket for his beloved Royal Park Reds and during the winter months you can find him supporting the mighty Collingwood Magpies.

Nikko Mihailidis

Warehouse 2IC

At Mannys, Nikko works to ensure all online orders are fulfilled and sent out on time, while maintaining all things incoming and outgoing. There is never a dull moment! Nikko became infatuated with music at age 15, discovering live sets and tape recordings as his passion for DJing started to grow.

Nikko Mihailidis

Warehouse 2IC

In the 2IC role at Mannys, Nikko works to ensure all online orders are fulfilled and sent out on time, while maintaining stock levels and all things incoming and outgoing. There is never a dull moment in this busy warehouse. Nikko became infatuated with music at the young age of 15, discovering live sets and tape recordings as his passion for DJing started to break through. Beginning with styles such as Progressive House, Nikko's taste in music has somewhat slowed down (only in BPM) and he now enjoys more of a Techno influence in his world. Nikko can be found DJing and supporting international acts around Melbourne as well as co-running the ebb&flo brand. When not at Mannys, Nikko can be found at the footy, supporting his beloved Hawks or partaking in various team sports. Collecting vinyl vintage furniture to restore is also high on his to-do list.

Adrian O'Brien

Dispatch & Receiving

Adrian bought his first mixing desk from Mannys (Allen and Heath ZEDR16) many years ago, and it's still the centre of his home studio. An acoustic guitarist and amateur keyboardist, Adrian has an Advanced Diploma in Sound Production and picked up further studio skills interning at Salt studios in Melbourne.

Adrian O'Brien

Dispatch & Receiving

Adrian bought his first mixing desk from Mannys (an Allen and Heath ZEDR16 to be exact) many years ago, and it's still the centre of his home studio. An acoustic guitarist and amateur keyboardist, Adrian has an Advanced Diploma in Sound Production from NMIT and picked up further studio skills as an intern at Salt studios in Melbourne. While studying, Adrian worked in logistics for a homeware/furniture distribution centre which prepared him for the busy Mannys warehouse. Adrian is also a proud fan of music - he's an avid listener and supporter of community Radio (PBS, RRR) and has eclectic tastes across all genres, with a finger on the pulse both past and present baby! He definitely does not consider himself a casual listener - his spare time is usually spent finding new music, or at one of Melbourne's many iconic venues catching a gig. The only exception he makes is for the NBA - he's a Boston Celtics fan to a religious degree.

Pat Woodley-Davis

Dispatch & Receiving

Pat began working with us in mid-2017, and decided to jump onboard after almost 10 years DJing and promoting techno events in Melbourne. Outside of the club, Pat has worked in a variety of roles, including customer service, sales, managing record stores, PA hire and much more.

Pat Woodley-Davis

Dispatch & Receiving

Pat began working with us in mid-2017, and decided to jump onboard after almost 10 years DJing and promoting techno events in the fair city of Melbourne. Outside of the club, Pat has worked in a huge variety of roles, including customer service and sales in call centres, managing record stores, PA hire and much more. His experience in and out of the music industry means he brings invaluable knowledge and an exceptional set of skills to the position.

Since 2007, Pat has been a central part of Melbourne's techno scene, and his impressive resume includes playing and promoting parties such as Pleasure Planet, Bunker and When The Smoke Clears, along with festivals including Rainbow Serpent, Strawberry Fields, Melbourne Music Week and more.

Outside of work and music, Pat enjoys spending time with his family and friends and bleeds black and white as a die-hard Collingwood supporter, watching as much football as possible (Go Pies).

Henry Banks

Dispatch & Receiving

Henry joined the team in 2017 after returning home from living in Norway for the best part of 7 years. Whist living there started his own business, ran the renowned “Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On” parties and has played sets at venues, parties and festivals all over the world.

Henry Banks

Dispatch & Receiving

Henry joined the team in early 2017, after being a customer for many, many years. Bringing with him a background in logistics and warehousing within the music industry, he was a perfect candidate to join the crew.

Henry recently returned home after spending the better part of 7 years living in Trondheim, Norway. Whilst in Trondheim, Henry started his own business, Mad Love Entertainment, sourcing DJs and acts from around the world to play at his renowned party “Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On”. Being a DJ himself under the name Big Bank Hank, he has played at venues, parties and festivals all over the world.

Happy to be back in his original stomping grounds, in his free time you can find him hanging out at the beach or inventing new dance moves with his son, Odin. He has also been known to frequent Melbourne institution, Revolver and is said to enjoy the odd glass or Port during the holiday season.

Online Staff

Andy Cocking

Online Orders Manager

Often described as ‘the over-ripe fruit’ by friends and family due to his sweetness and positivity, Andy uses these powers in his role as Online Orders Manager. DJing since the age of 15, Andy merges his love of music and technology with his affection for helping people.

Andy Cocking

Online Orders Manager

Often described as ‘the over-ripe fruit’ by friends and family due to his sweetness and positivity, Andy was thrilled when he was hired to use these powers of good with us in November 2014. Naturally merging his love of music and technology with his affection for helping people, Andy has slipped comfortably into the groove of the Online Orders team. Today he is leading the team as Online Orders Manager, helping not only customers, but also his collegues.

With many years using different DJ technologies such as CDJ’s, Serato, Traktor and good old-fashioned vinyl, Andy is always happy to chew anyone’s ears off regarding the evolution of the art form of DJ performance, and the progression of electronic music.

The now legendary documentary ‘Scratch’ opened Andy’s eyes to a world he had always been searching for without even knowing it. Andy’s activities changed rather rapidly not long after his 15th birthday. Where he once traded Pokemon cards between friends, he now traded vinyls between his turntables.

As he got older, Andy’s musical tastes also matured, branching out from everything between dark and deep trip hop, to chuggy progressive house. Although he considers himself a ‘Bedroom DJ’ these days, he still has his deep love for mixing records old and new together to get people (and himself) moving.

When Andy isn’t attached to a pair of speakers and headphones (a very rare sight indeed!), Andy can be found roaming around Newport’s beautiful walking trails or brewing up some weird concoction in the kitchen to subject his girlfriend too.

Rob Hastie

Online Orders Consultant

With years honing his customer service skills in Australia and abroad, Rob is now putting his skills to work in an industry he loves. His history playing traditional instruments saw him rock many a backyard, before taking to electronic music while working in the UK.

Rob Hastie

Online Orders Consultant

Rob is all about great customer service and loves electronic music, making his role as an Online Orders Consultant a perfect fit. He has worked in customer service for many years but this time the industry Rob's in is exciting and relevant to him.

Music has been a way of life for Rob, playing piano (not very well) and drums as a kid until discovering the guitar at age 16 and playing his way around as many backyards as possible. Rob did this for 10 years before work took him overseas to the UK. This is where he honed his customer service skills, working at Glasgow airport. It was in those years that Rob discovered his love of electronic music, and he has dabbled in production and mixing ever since.

Outside of work Rob has a passion for movies, mainly 80's horror and Sci-Fi (but anything really). He spends a lot time tracking down old and new movies that he hasn't seen, and believe's there's nothing better than sitting down to watch a movie that makes you want to yell at your TV with excitement!

Vinci Andanar

Online Orders Consultant

A guitarist, music producer and DJ, Vinci started crafting his music at a young age. Playing in several bands, he has recorded and toured internationally. With extensive experience in customer service, Vinci combines these skills in our Online Orders department.

Vinci Andanar

Online Orders Consultant

Learning piano from a young age, Vinci picked up a guitar when he was old enough to choose; it’s been his main instrument to this day. Guitar led to playing in punk bands, which sparked a curiosity in music production and recording, followed by a Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) from RMIT.

In 2010 Vinci started a band with friends in his hometown of Ballarat – “Gold Fields”. The next few years saw them tour Australia, London, USA and Canada. Releases including an EP, an album and various remixes garnered critical acclaim. When the band started remixing for other artists, there was a natural progression for Vinci into the world of DJing.

When not on tour, Vinci has worked in customer service, in various inbound and outbound call centres – a great warmup for our Online Orders Department. When he was offered the position, he couldn’t wait to get stuck right into it.

On weekends, you can find Vinci DJing, working on new music, or recording/producing/mixing for other musicians with his production partner. More recently you'll see him in the kitchen using his new favourite mixer, the Thermomix.

Jack Ritchie

Online Orders Consultant

Jack has studied sound production at RMIT and has collaborated with all sorts of other creative minds, working on audio for film, theatre and immersive installations. He loves recording weird sounds from around the house that find their way into his productions.

Jack Ritchie

Online Orders Consultant

The studio is Jack’s instrument of choice. He loves recording weird sounds from around the house (cooking utensils, baby toys, flatulence, etc) that then find their way into his productions. Putting those pieces together, he then jams out to make weird, hip hop influenced beats.

Jack has studied sound production at RMIT and has collaborated with all sorts of other creative minds, working on audio for film, theatre and immersive installations. He occasionally teaches Ableton from his home studio and masters music for other producers.

A long-time customer, Jack is a self-confessed audio nerd and is always on the lookout for the next piece of kit for his studio. Making the transition to staff member, Jack joined our online orders team in 2016. Experience on both sides of the business has put him in a great position to help customers.

When not tinkering in the studio, you can usually find Jack entertaining his son with funny sounds and faces. Unintentionally funny, apparently he just looks that way. He also enjoys painting, drawing and helping his partner with the veggie gardens.

Lister Cooray

Online Orders Consultant

Lister started DJing at the age of 12 and has had a successful career not only playing gigs locally and internationally, but also running events and touring talent. Still heavily involved in the local music scene, he joined us in 2017 as an Online Orders Consultant.

Lister Cooray

Online Orders Consultant

With a background that includes pursuits like DJing, Music Production, Event Management and Customer Service/Support, Lister was a perfect fit to join our Online Order’s Team.

Having started DJing at age 12, Lister honed his skills and began playing in bars and clubs around 2006. This eventuated in opening sets for the likes of John Digweed, reoccurring slots at Rainbow Serpent and heading overseas to play parties in places like Portugal and Malaysia. Along with DJing Lister started his own record label, Lo-Fi 45 to release his own and other’s music productions and has also been heavily involved in running events and touring artists, working with the likes of Darkbeat and Balance music, as well as putting on his own “ebb&flo” parties locally.

Outside of music Lister is an avid gardener, who likes to grow and cook his own food! He’s also fascinated by ancient civilisations and the inner workings of the universe (Astronomy and Physics). When not at working with us, Lister can be found diving into the ever-changing and potentially ‘sketchy’ market of cryptocurrencies.

Ed Richards

Online Orders Consultant

With a background in online customer care and social media, Ed joined us to work in the industry he's passionate about. Weekends see Ed DJing and producing techno, or out-and-about, exploring Melbourne's vibrant food and art scenes.

Ed Richards

Online Orders Consultant

After seven years working in a corporate environment, Ed joined us to use his experience in online customer care and social media in the industry he's passionate about. Based in our Melbourne office, Ed looks after customers as a member of the Online Orders Team.

Producing and DJing since his mid-teens, recent years have seen Ed focused squarely on techno. This focus has been baring fruit, with Ed landing several gigs in support of international artists, as well as having his mixes featured on several prominent Melbourne-based podcasts.

Other than music, Ed really enjoys exploring Melbourne’s vibrant food and art scenes, travelling, drinking tasty beers and hanging out with his partner and his chiwawa named DimSim.

Hannah Keddy

Online Orders Consultant

A passionate hip-hop producer, Hannah has performed live all-around Australia and has also toured internationally, including successful trips to the US. In her spare time, she teaches young kids how to produce music and runs a weekly radio show.

Hannah Keddy

Online Orders Consultant

As a passionate hip-hop producer Hannah’s weapons of choice are Native Instrument’s Maschine & Roland’s SP404SX. Performing under the name Sadiva, Hannah has played live all-around Australia and has also toured internationally, including successful trips to the US.

Coming from a background in the beer industry, Hannah wanted to make the move into a job that aligned more with her creative pursuits. With that in mind she joined our team in 2017!

As well as DJing regularly around town, Hannah dedicates her spare time to teaching young producers the art of beat making and runs a radio show called Lab Co. on TRNSMT, which showcases beats by local Melbourne artists and more.

Outside of work and music, you can find Hannah playing classic Nintendo video games or catching up on her favourite cartoons.

Head Office Staff

Jeremy Leitch

CEO & Owner

The small business Jeremy started in 2003 has grown into the Store DJ you see today. He is the sole owner, and as Director oversees the strategic vision and financial management of our company. Outside of work you’ll find Jeremy somewhere in the great outdoors.

Jeremy Leitch

CEO & Owner

Jeremy commenced his business back in 2003, first starting an online business, Vinyl Warning, that distributed records to DJs across Australia. Jeremy saw an opportunity in the Australian market for a pure-play online vinyl store and hacked together a website in his spare time while studying computer science and working in Melbourne’s nightclubs as a DJ. Vinyl Warning quickly become Australia’s premier online record store for DJ’s and at its peak was selling 2500 records a week. Over the years as vinyl sales declined, Jeremy was focused on diversifying into the DJ equipment market and the acquisition of Store DJ in 2005 was pivotal in enabling this and also brought bricks and mortar stores into play.

Eventually the vinyl division was closed and the company was renamed to SoundBay Pty Ltd to reflect a further diversification into the Music Technology market. Today Store DJ is known by both DJ’s and musicians alike as a one stop shop for all things music technology.

These days you won’t find Jeremy on the shop floor but rather with his head buried deep in financial modelling spreadsheets and listening to Bluetech on a set of AKG K812’s. Jeremy enjoys accounting and IT and takes great pride in implementing processes and systems to enable his staff to make better decisions and serve customers better. Jeremy is also the chief ideas guy in the business and finds that working from home a few days a week gives his mind the space it needs to come up with winning strategies for growing the business.

Being a massive fan of music as an audiophile, a DJ and amateur guitarist, Jeremy is very passionate about music fulfilling an important role in society. He believes that sound and music are a rich tapestry that weave people together, making life a richer and happier experience. As a retailer of technology that enables people to create and share music, Jeremy is satisfied that his business has high purpose. Outside of work you’ll find Jeremy on the yoga matt, meditating or somewhere in the great outdoors.

Andrew Muller

General Manager

As General Manager, Andrew's focus is on steering the business - leading our store managers and head office managment team. He is in charge of the development of our business, and is contantly innovating in seach of a better way to do things.

Andrew Muller

General Manager

Andrew joined the team in 2009. Working alongside CEO Jeremy Leitch, the pair created a business model that could be replicated around the country. Within a short period of time, Andrew took over the role as General Manager of the company.

As General Manager, Andrew's focus is on steering the business - leading our store managers and head office managment team. He is in charge of the development of our business, and is contantly innovating in seach of a better way to do things.

Andrew is a unique staff member. He has never been a DJ, nor a professional musician but did play the organ and piano. He started working at the early age of just 9 and started managing his uncle’s store at 15 while still completing secondary school. Andrew always had a fascination with stage lighting through school productions and the bright lights of Brisbane beckoned him at the age of 17, where he first fell in love with nightclub lighting effects. After buying an insane amount of lights (to set up his own bedroom nightclub) from a local Brisbane DJ shop, Andrew was offered a job and soon grew to manage, one then two, then became the State Manager for another company of stores across Queensland before coming on board at with us.

Andrew has now created a new life here in Melbourne and when not travelling between our 4 locations around Australia, can be found cooking like a Masterchef with his huge pile of kitchen toys, entertaining and socialising with friends or trying to find time for a holiday.

Paul Bridge

Operations Manager

A Western Australian import, Paul has been with us since the early days. His extensive experience with us has led to his role as Operations Manager. Paul also manages our international relationships, and is acting General Manager when our GM and Director are overseas.

Paul Bridge

Operations Manager

Growing up in the Western Australian with German heritage, Paul Bridge a.k.a. DJ Pauly Fatlace is another long-standing member of the management team that has climbed the ladder from his early beginnings working for Vinyl Warning. Paul started with us as a picker and packer of quality records that he sent to DJs across the country before becoming a storeman and taking on his current role as Operations Manager.

Paul’s role is focused on the ongoing day-to-day operations, while also managing relationships with our international distribution contracts. Paul fills the role where needed as acting General Manager when our GM and Director are out of the country.

Paul is a passionate music geek which has lead him to create a mighty 10,000 watt, custom-built Rogue Magnetic Sound system, perfect for the bass aficionados of Melbourne. Paul can still be found occasionally performing Reggae, Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Hip-Hop, and Dancehall with the occasional piece of Fisher-Price thrown into the mix when at home with his two beautiful children.

Andre Hine

Purchasing Manager

Andre is the National Purchasing Manager, sourcing great new gear and maintaining stock, pricing, promotions and inventory for the company. One of our longest standing team members, Andre joined in 2006 after making the move from Perth.

Andre Hine

Purchasing Manager

Andre is the National Purchasing Manager, sourcing great new gear and maintaining stock, pricing, promotions and inventory for the company. One of our longest standing team members, Andre joined in 2006 after making the move from Perth.

Starting in the Vinyl Warning division of the business, Andre has since worked across several areas of the business including online sales, returns, dispatch, retail sales and store management. This experience has given André a unique understanding and overview of the business and serves him well in his current role in the national team, overseeing inventory management and catalogue diversification for the company as a whole.

Andre is somewhat of a "Renaissance Man", having pursued many musical missions over the years, including forays into piano, drums, recording, producing, DJ’ing and audio engineering which has led to an unparalleled understanding of the dos and don’ts of setting up a home studio, DJ’ing, computer-based recording, trouble-shooting, tech-support, PA – the list goes on.

From suppliers to sales staff, Andre is well known for his good humour and eloquent professionalism, his can-do attitude and skill at building and maintaining relationships across the board make him a trusted and valued member of our management team.

Brian D'Cress

Business Development & HR Manager

Hailing from Perth and known to his closest friends as ‘Brother B’, Brian’s life has always been about music. Having worked for us in a number of capacities over the last decade, Brian is able to use this unique perspective to ensure the crew are happy and travelling well.

Brian D'Cress

Business Development & HR Manager

Brian has been with us since 2006 and has an extensive history in music retail. His approachable nature and absolute fondness for the whole team has seen Brian gravitate into the Human Resources role. Brian’s long history with the company has given him a unique perspective which helps to ensure the crew of the good ship Mannys are happy and travelling well.

Known to his closest friends as ‘Brother B’, Brian’s life has always been about music. Starting as a DJ in the late 80's his sets comprised of Hip Hop and early Electro. Adding to that an undying love for Dub, Reggae, Soul & Funk, these sounds became mainstays of his DJ sets and radio shows. Still an avid collector of rare and unique wax, Brian can be found trolling record fairs for hours on end.

On weekends Brian is usually up early and dancing to vintage reggae in his lounge room with his two little boys, passing on the passion to the next generation.

Toby Stenberg

BDM & Assistant to the GM

Originally from the UK, Toby has been DJing since the early 90s and his love for music started when influenced as a kid by the likes of Art Of Noise, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre. Originally a vinyl DJ, Toby has digitised his world in recent years, using NI’s Traktor and Maschine.

Toby Stenberg

BDM & Assistant to the GM

Toby Stenberg came to work with us in 2011. Originally from the UK, Toby has been DJing since the early 90s and his love for music started when influenced as a kid by the likes of Art Of Noise, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre and numerous other synthpop bands of the 80s. Another leader in our ranks that started on Technics 1200s, Toby has digitised his world in recent years after falling for the incredible graces of NI’s Traktor and Maschine software and hardware.

After 6 years of working for us in Sydney, Toby now works in the head office, assisting with the everyday running of the whole company.

When not at work, Toby goes to work as a Dad which is by far his favourite acquisition of physical matter achieved in his lifetime, but still finds time to make beats or mix tunes on his computer setup at home.

Trent McDermott

Admin Support Officer

Joining us in 2009, Trent was the first dedicated Storeman within the company, a team that’s grown to 15 + people. Now working in a head office role, Trent uses his 20+ years of warehousing experience to oversees all things warehousing, both for Store DJ, and our sister-store Mannys.

Trent McDermott

Admin Support Officer

Starting with Store DJ back in 2009, Trent was the first dedicated Storeman within the company, a team that’s now grown to 15 + people. With over 20 years’ experience in Warehousing, Trent put his skills to use to establish Store DJ with dedicate dispatch teams in all stores to best service our customers. Now having been promoted into a head office role, Trent still oversees all things warehousing, both for Store DJ, and our sister-store Mannys.

Trent came to us as a regular face on the Australian DJ circuit, but with age slowly catching up, he admits that his latest night out this year, was our recent stocktake. For the record, that was just shy of midnight. Trent’s history as a DJ goes back to the start of the millennium where he was a resident DJ at rave institution Bass Station under the stage name of T2 before retiring that name to DJ under his real name which led to appearances all over Australia and into SE Asia, playing alongside some of dance music’s biggest names.

But with late nights now a distant memory, you’re more likely to find Trent at home watching the NBA or AFL supporting both the Chicago Bulls and Collingwood (yes, he is missing some teeth) or out riding his beloved Victory Octane around the streets of Melbourne.

Matt Crosby

Brand Manager & Graphic Designer

Matt is our longest serving staff member, first coming to the team in the very early days . With over 20 years experience as a designer, Matt is responsible for branding and design and oversees our website development.

Matt Crosby

Brand Manager & Graphic Designer

Matt is our longest serving staff member, first coming to the team in the very early days. With over 20 years experience as a designer, Matt is responsible for branding and design and oversees our website development.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Graphic Design. Prior to working with us he primarily worked for blue chip clients such as banks and software companies on a variety of projects from print to web and environmental design.

Luke Bowditch

Marketing Manager

A long-time DJ, producer and marketer, Luke oversees our communications and digital content. After three years working as an external contactor for us, and many more years as a customer, Luke has embraced this role; combining his interests and skills. 

Luke Bowditch

Marketing Manager

Luke began working with us in 2013, performing contract work on various marketing projects. In 2016 he joined the team in head office to take on the role of Marketing Coordinator. This was the perfect opportunity to combine his passion for DJing and production with his Marketing experience - which includes a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and IT).

Luke’s musical history runs long, playing brass and keys from a young age (recently with a bent towards 50's Jazz). For the past 20 years, he has DJ’d at over 2000 club gigs, produced for labels including #Hausity, Abducted, Sondos, Sonrisa, Vicious and owned his own record label: Drum Ride Recordings. Luke also has worked in vinyl distribution for Stomp and his video reviews of studio equipment for 12am have reached 10’s of thousands of YouTube users.

When not at work, Luke can be found laughing it up to the likes of George Carlin or Hannibal Buress, or solving the problems of the world over a frosty beer.

Julia Monsbourgh

Accounts

Spending many years working as a professional musician (french horn for Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet), Julia comes from a long line of musicians and has also worked in print music and education sales. Today she holds down our Accounts Payable department.

Julia Monsbourgh

Accounts

With a great uncle, “Lazy Ade” considered by many to be the father of Australian jazz, music is in Julia’s blood. She herself spent many years working as a professional musician, playing French Horn for Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet, touring nationally for 3 months of the year.

Julia has a strong belief in music education for all, having tutored many young musicians, as well as working in print music and education sales for Allan’s Kew. In our head office, she looks after a busy Accounts Payable department. She loves working for a company with such a focus on industry excellence and great customer service.

When the smoke machines and lasers are on in the Melbourne store Julia reminisces momentarily about being back in the theatre, but loves the Mannys family and accounts focus. Weekends see Julia taking in jazz gigs with friends (themselves musicians, composers and synth geeks) vinyl shopping or watching A-league soccer.

Phillip Mezzatesta

Accounts

Phillip started with us back in 2009 on the sales floor, dabbled in online sales for a while and has since migrated across to accounts, counting beans for the team. He gone on the record quoting “This place is like Hotel California – you can check in, but you will never leave.”

Phillip Mezzatesta

Accounts

Phillip started with us back in 2009 on the sales floor, dabbled in online sales for a while and has since migrated across to accounts, counting beans for the team. He gone on the record quoting “This place is like Hotel California – you can check in, but you will never leave.”

Phillip is no stranger to club land and dance music production; his career has spanned three decades and he’s renowned for his “…Here's one I prepared earlier…” edits and remixes that often enhance or turn the original on its head in more ways than one.

When Phillip’s not working, DJ'ing or crafting his latest remix, he can be found on the streets walking his dogs or imagining war is over.

Matt George

Admin Support Officer

Matt works as one of three Admin Support Officers. With his incredible skill set, his role is that of a clearing-house between head office and our stores, ensuring the management teams across the country have what they need to provide our customers with the best possible experience.

Matt George

Admin Support Officer

Born & raised in Perth, Matt is another staff member to make the cross-Nullarbor-exodus from WA. He’s been with us since early 2011, firstly working as a sales consultant and then as a 2IC in Melbourne. He is now the head office team's admin support officer and with his incredible skill set, his role is that of a clearing-house between head office & our stores, ensuring the management teams across the country have what they need to provide our customers with the best possible experience.

Being a musical jack-of-all-trades, not only is Matt an accomplished bass music DJ/producer, but also a classically-trained, AMEB accredited, pianist & drummer and a B.Mus qualified, WAAPA trained, audio engineer (with a specialty in music technology). Throughout his time in the industry, he's been fortunate enough to work in a variety of different fields: music retail & education, venue marketing & event promotion, AV production & technical consultancy and has held artist residencies & senior positions in many different venues & music-based businesses (both in Perth & Melbourne).

Matt is a self-confessed gadget freak, with a soft spot for keytars & v-drums. His staff mates call him “The Maschine” due to his sheer energy & speed in the workplace, not to mention a cheeky pun on the popular Native Instruments groove sequencing production system. Outside of Mannys, he works as a freelance technical consultant to several local Melbourne venues and is the managing director of Full Spectrum (technical consultancy & production services). Off the clock, he enjoys Japanese anime & video games, as well as producing cheesy mash-ups and mix-tapes.

Mike Blades

Admin Support Officer

Starting in 2013, Mike has worked for us in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. Clearly a valued staff member, this experienced traveller is also an experienced DJ. Now living in New Zealand, Mike has transitioned across to work in our Admin Support Team.

Mike Blades

Admin Support Officer

Mike started working for us in 2013 in our Sydney dispatch area & sales. Mike came to us as a customer and basically never left. He was so often in our store that we decided to pay him to stick around and help out! At the end of 2015, Mike moved to Perth to help out and bring some East Coast flair to our Perth customers.

Mike likes to make people laugh and you only need to read his DJ profile to understand why. We don’t have room for it all here, but here is a taste - “Mike EB has moonlighted as a DJ since Feb 1997. Prior to this, he used to work as a yak sherpa on the Mongolian steppes where he first met the Dalai Lama. Returning with his holiness to India, he then worked as an assistant coach to the Indian badminton team”… It goes on forever and is the kind of profile that stands out and showcases his hilarious side!

Paul Parado

Admin Support Officer

Falling in love Top 40 radio when he was a youngster led Paul to chase a career in radio broadcasting, audio production and DJing. Appling his trade while travelling the globe gave him experience and a unique skill set that makes him an extremely valued member of our team!

Paul Parado

Admin Support Officer

Paul’s first interest in music came from receiving the soundtracks to his favourite Anime TV shows on 45” vinyl. By his own account, he literally wore holes in those 45’s.

Later he discovered the popular radio program ‘American Top 40’, which inspired him to pursue a job in radio hosting. This lead to not only on-air hosting duties but also producing on-air content, hosting live events and eventually club DJing. Paul ended up travelling the world, while working on a cruise ship. This allowed him not only to gain further experience as a working DJ, but gain a whole new set of skills working in a Marketing/Admin role on the ship.This combination of skills made him a perfect candidate to step aboard and work with us!

Nowadays, Paul is passionate about sustainable living and loves being outside on his farm, which he is working to make eco-friendly and self-sufficient. He hopes to one day build his own home-studio there, where he could make music and get back into broadcasting by recording his own podcast!

Sahil Guharoy

Graphic Designer

An exhibiting artist with a background in street art, Sahil gained experience at several branding studios, as well as freelancing in design before joining our graphics team. Although not a musician himself, music is a big part of his life, and he thrives in a creative environment.

Sahil Guharoy

Graphic Designer

With many friends involved with music, Sahil had known of us for a while before coming on board. He found out about the design job going and decided to apply as he felt he'd be well suited for the environment. Although he's not a musician in anyway, music plays a big role in his drive for creating art. He realized pretty quickly that everyone here is passionate about music - perfect for a creative environment.

Prior to joining us, Sahil interned at various branding studios around Melbourne, where he gained experience designing for a wide range of clients as well as working as a freelance artist and designer for many years.

Although he doesn't make music himself, he loves all kinds of music from 90's hip hop, motown, funk, electronic... basically anything with a dope beat, and he loves checking out gigs if the wallet permits! He was fortunate enough to check out Rock The Bells in NYC back in 2010 featuring some of his all time favourite artists performing their classic albums. Wutang forever.

Sahil loves art, design and creativity in general, running art exhibitions, eating everything bad, combining travel with painting (also known as spraycations), all the anime, hanging out with friends doing all of the above, beers on a hot day, collecting books with lots of pictures, movies by Tarantino, Almodovar, and the guy who did 'The Grand Budapest', docos about anything. He's also a bubble cup fiend.

When not working, Sahil can be found locked in his makeshift studio producing artwork, or out on the street painting large scale murals with friends. If not doing something creative, he's usually lounging on the couch procrastinating and hanging out with his dog (who acts more like a cat).

Matt Kennedy

Marketing Assistant

Springing from explorations of his dad's record collection, Matt's interest in music started young, playing guitar at age eleven and stepping into audio production and DJing later in 2009. An RMIT graduate, he joined the team as a Marketing Assistant in 2017.

Matt Kennedy

Marketing Assistant

Growing up on the North side of Melbourne, Matt learned of our business in 2009 when he started DJing and producing his own music. After completing an undergraduate degree at RMIT, he jumped at the opportunity to work with product that he's passionate about. Believing it would also be a chance to use his creative interests to contribute to a growing business, Matt joined the team as a Marketing Assistant in 2017.

Springing from explorations of his dad's record collection, Matt's interest in music started young. He began playing guitar at age 11 and then stepped into the world of audio production and DJing in 2009. First learning how to use DAW's as part of a university assignment, this interest grew from solely digital workstations, to incorporating hardware gear as well. He was the first artist to release on the Melbourne label Short Black Records and has continued to work on productions as well as composing music for short film and video.

Along with this, Matt has spent way too much time and money meandering around Melbourne's record stores, amassing a decent vinyl collection in the process. Matt is an avid reader and collector of comic-books (Daredevil is his favourite character) and given the choice would eat dessert for dinner more days than not. When not at Store DJ, he can be found hanging out and playing Nintendo.

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