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Online Orders

Jack Ritchie

Online Orders Manager

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 Manager

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 as well as his colleages in the role of Online Orders Manager.

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.

Andy Cocking

Online Orders Assistant 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 Assistant 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 slipped comfortably into the groove of the Online Orders team.

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 vinyl 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!

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.

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.

Oliver Fleming

Online Orders Consultant

Ollie has extensive experience working in customer service, specialising in both pro audio and technology products. A multi-instrumentalist, he began DJing at age 14 and one of his proudest moments was Diplo opening a BBC mix with one of his tracks.

Oliver Fleming

Online Orders Consultant

Ollie joined the Online Orders team in 2018, having previously worked in customer service roles in both the pro audio and tech industries. Before joining us he worked at DJ Warehouse in retail sales, hire and training, and then spent 2 years working for Apple, supporting a wide range of customers; from small businesses and sole traders to enterprise organisations.

Along with playing multiple instruments, Ollie began producing music and DJing when he was 14. As such he is very familiar with a range of digital music production software and has begun branch out into modular synthesis, even building modules from scratch.

Outside of music Ollie is a passionate gamer and as mentioned above has a growing interest in DIY electronics. When not at work, he can be found delving deeper into cryptocurrencies, with the hopes of one day being able to buy a Lamborghini.

Justin Min

Online Orders Consultant

A classically trained pianist, Justin is also an accomplished guitarist, drummer and vocalist who's composed and produced a variety of music in different styles. Along the way he found DJing and electronic music and additionally studied Audio Engineering at JMC.

Justin Min

Online Orders Consultant

A classically trained pianist, Justin began playing at age seven. Over the years he’s also become an accomplished guitarist, drummer and vocalist playing a range of different musical genres. He also found his way into DJing and electronic music, playing at large events like Rainbow Serpent and building up a decent studio of synths and other gear.

Justin has a solid background in the industry, having previously worked for several years at Allans/Billy Hyde in their Piano, Drum and Audio Technology departments. He also studied Audio Engineering at JMC and so brings a range of knowledge from different experiences to his role in our Online Orders department.

Over the course of his musical career, Justin has performed composed and produced a wide variety of music in different styles, including: punk, metal, rock, electronic, dance, ambient, classical and experimental. He has also composed music for short films and documentaries that have been featured in international film festivals.

Outside of work you’ll most likely find Justin composing music or tweaking synths in his studio, but when not engaging in musical activities he also enjoys travel, gaming or making a mess in the kitchen in the pursuit of creating delicious food.

Dylan Griffin

Online Orders Consultant

Having DJ'd regularly for over 10 years, Dylan also produces House and Techno as well as the podcast series AU Underground. With a lengthy background in specialist customer service, he brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise to his role.

Dylan Griffin

Online Orders Consultant

Having DJ'd regularly for over 10 years, Dylan also produces House and Techno as well as the podcast series; AU Underground. With a lengthy background in specialist customer service, he brings a great deal of knowledge and expertise to his role.

Dylan has been DJing regularly in Melbourne and other parts of Australia for over 10 years. An avid House and Techno producer, he also has a love of wine and couples experience working in that industry with his audio technology background to bring a great deal of knowledge to his role in our Online Orders team.

A long-time customer, Dylan decided to make the switch from working in the specialised wine industry to a more music centred role that would work in conjunction with his DJing. His expert retail background and working knowledge of the electronic music scene made him an ideal candidate for the position of Online Orders Consultant, so he joined the team in 2018.

Aside from playing regular gigs, Dylan produces a popular podcast series AU Underground and is always working on music with the goal of composing records and putting out new material. Outside of work and music he enjoys travelling the Victorian countryside and sampling some of the fine wine produced there. He can also be found skating the streets of Melbourne, late at night when everything is quieter.

Louay Zoghaib

Online Orders Consultant

Louay started as a DJ in the early 2000’s, buying his first mixer from us. He has gone on to build a career in Melbourne not only as a DJ but as a composer, also working in recording studios and performing his own music at festivals and nightclubs.

Louay Zoghaib

Online Orders Consultant

Louay has been a regular since he bought his first mixer from us back in the early 2000’s. This began a long career in the Melbourne music scene, which has seen him become a respected composer and DJ in the community. His experience working in the industry and knowledge of music technology made him an ideal candidate to join our team and in late 2018 he became a member of the Online Orders crew.

After starting his DJ career in 2002, Louay went on to study Audio Production and at the same time further honed his skills working as a recording and mixing engineer at various studios around Melbourne. During this time, he started writing original music compositions and nowadays still does sound design work and performs his own music live at festivals and nightclubs using a selection of his own gear.

Outside of music, Louay is a big-time foodie who loves comic books (especially DC) as well as superhero and fantasy films. When not at work Louay undertakes secret missions for an undercover military space program that explores the universe and fights dangerous threats to our solar system…he also enjoys hiking.

Tali Sing

Online Orders Consultant

A talented multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer, Tali has an extensive background in customer service and has been a great addition to our Online Orders team since joining in late 2018. An avid cook, he also enjoys travelling and good glass of red.

Tali Sing

Online Orders Consultant

Tali first discovered us when he moved back to Melbourne to study Music Industry and was on the hunt for new production equipment. After building up his home studio over the years, including his beloved Gold Maschine MK2, he jumped at the opportunity to become a staff member and in late 2018 joined our Online Orders team.

Growing up Tali played piano, drums, guitar and sang. But he gradually became more interested in electronic/sample-based music and music production, mainly hip-hop and RnB. More recently you can find him making beats for various artists, working on his own solo projects or mixing in the studio. This musical background is complimented by extensive customer service experience, having worked in multiple fields from sales, warehousing and loss prevention to inventory management. This combination allows him to bring a great deal of versatility to his role.

When not doing something music related, Tali is an avid cook and loves trying new recipes, generally Japanese, Chinese or Italian cuisines are his favourites. He also considers himself a bit of a green thumb and loves reading Manga.

Outside of work you’ll find him roaming the north side of Melbourne indulging in a pizza or glass of red wine, locked down in the studio working on new material or planning his next expedition overseas.

Melbourne

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.

Robert Gray

Musical Instrument Dept. Manager

Over 10 years of experience in music retail meant Rob was an excellent candidate to take up the position of Music Instrument Dept. Manager in late 2018. A multi-instrumentalist who loves art, history and literature he has a passion for music and the instruments used to create it.

Robert Gray

Musical Instrument Dept. Manager

Rob has been playing instruments for over 25 years. After many successful store visits, some new guitars and recommendations from friends and bandmates who were already working with us, he successfully applied for the position of Musical Instrument Dept. Manager and joined the crew in late 2018.

A guitar, bass and vocalist Rob has been in several successful bands over the years, playing at festivals and being included on international releases. He also studied Audio Engineering at RMIT and is more than comfortable making his way around a studio, with plenty of practical experience under his belt. A self-confessed pedal nerd, he has an impressive instrument collection, mostly made up of vintage guitars, but more recently has also delved into the world of synths.

Rob’s experience is extensive, working in music retail for over a decade. He started out as a sales consultant for Allans/Billy Hyde and worked his way up to store manager. Prior to that he was managing in department stores and so brings with him a thorough background in customer service.

Away from work Rob likes to read, always looking to absorb new information. He enjoys art, history, a good glass of red and most importantly spending time with his family. Music-wise he spends his spare time working on numerous solo projects that will hopefully be released in the future.

Thomas Walmsley

Pro Audio And DJ Dept. Manager

First joining us in 2017 and working in Sydney, Thomas finished his Masters degree and moved down to Melbourne. A lover of Romanian minimal techno, burgers and Star Wars he has a penchant for collecting synths and enjoys playing guitar and keys.

Thomas Walmsley

Pro Audio And DJ Dept. Manager

Thomas first joined the team in 2017, working with us in Sydney. A qualified audio engineer he finished his Masters of Music from the Australian Institute of Music at the end of that year and moved back down to Melbourne.

A guitarist and keyboardist, Thomas was also a studio supervisor and Ableton tutor at SAE and interned as an assistant engineer at Jungle Studios (now Parliament Studios) in Leichhardt. He also has an impressive collection of synthesizers and produces his own music, with a focus on minimal house and techno.

Away from work, Thomas has an ever-growing studio to fuel his focus on musical production, but also enjoys sampling Melbourne’s culinary offerings, especially burgers. He also likes collecting records and sneakers, the later of which he describes as a slightly unhealthy compulsion and is a big-time Star Wars fan.

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.

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 is 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!

Che Walden

Guitar Specialist

An avid guitarist and aspiring guitar tech and session musician, Che originally hails from Christchurch, NZ but moved to Melbourne in 2014. With a background in many facets of the music industry he brings a wide range of knowledge to his role at Mannys.

Che Walden

Guitar Specialist

Coming from a musical family, Che’s main instrument of choice is the guitar, but he also spends time composing electronic music and isn’t bad with a bass either! Outside of stringed instruments, Che takes a keen interest in production gear, new and old and it’s this broad knowledge that makes him a great fit at Mannys.

Originally from Christchurch, Che has lived in Melbourne since 2014, moving back a forth between Australia and New Zealand a few times. Growing up he began playing in bands as a teenager and through the years has released an album and a handful of EP’s as well.

An aspiring guitar tech and session musician, he has experience working in backstage and technical roles for theatre productions and large-scale concerts. He’s also previously held a position in music retail and so has a great sense of not only the ins-and-outs of products but what’s expected from a customer service standpoint.

In his spare time, away from work, Che enjoys spending time with family and continuing is his musical pursuits. He’s also a film and TV buff, who generally enjoys most things pop-culture related and lays claim to being Mannys resident Simpsons quote expert.

Gavyn Kerr

Guitar & Drum Specialist

Gavyn made the switch from long-time customer to team member in 2017. An accomplished drummer and guitarist who plays in multiple bands, he also produces his own solo work as “The Delaware Project”. A passionate gamer, he enjoys playing online and cooking pancakes.

Gavyn Kerr

Guitar & Drum Specialist

Gavyn is  a long-time customer, so coming onboard as a team member in 2017 was an easy decision, as it allowed him to work more closely with his musical passions. Gavyn has been playing Drums and Guitar for over 15 years and is currently studying a bachelor’s degree in music performance, majoring in drumming.

Having worked previously as a line cook, Gavyn understands what it takes to work in a busy environment, which is why he’s been such a great addition to our dispatch team. Currently playing in multiple bands, Gav’s had some success with his solo output “The Delaware Project”, which he describes has modern Progressive Metal. Along with this he produces lo-fi music in his spare time.

An avid gamer, Gavyn enjoys playing online against friends, building computers and watching randomly recommended YouTube videos. He’s also a keen snowboarder and by his own account is pro at making pancakes!

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.

Ant Steep

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Ant brings a remarkable amount of experience to his role at Store DJ. With a Master’s Degree in Film Composition and time spent working in the LA film industry he has a unique creative skill set that accompanies his many years of production and DJing, both locally and overseas.

Ant Steep

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Ant first came to work at Store DJ in 2016 as a Sales Consultant to share his knowledge and experience in the world of production and performance. You may be used to seeing the name Ant J Steep on the back of records or DJ lineups as he is one of the industry’s most respected dance-floor conductors, but after a mystical street cat looked into his eyes and said “Go and work at Mannys and we will achieve universal happiness”, his fate was sealed with a fur-ball kiss.

Ant started playing piano at age 7, before st(r)umbling along as a rebellious guitar player in bands throughout his teens. He began DJing in Melbourne during the late 90’s, started producing and releasing his own records in the early 2000’s, has been a regular on the Australian and USA club and festival circuits and is a former resident at iconic clubs such as Honkytonks, Revolver, Lounge and Spice Cellar

He has a Bachelor of Music in Audio Production, a Master’s Degree in Film Composition and recently spent some time living in Los Angeles working on films and following other creative pursuits.

Bart Thomas

Warehouse Manager

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, he’s used his skills and knowledge to help design and construct rehearsal and studio spaces. 

Bart Thomas

Warehouse Manager

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.

Adrian O'Brien

Warehouse 2IC

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

Warehouse 2IC

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.

Stewart Schackne

Dispatch & Receiving

A passionate music producer, who performs his music live, Stewart brings a strong work ethic and great amount of knowledge to his role in our dispatch and receiving team. Also known to enjoy a Techno gig or two on the weekends, Stewart fuels his pursuits with a staple diet of brown rice and leftovers.

Stewart Schackne

Dispatch & Receiving

Always chasing the “perfect studio setup” Stewart is passionate about his musical pursuits. Joining our dispatch team in 2018, his hard work and knowledge of audio technology have been a great asset. You might find him around town playing live electronic sets using his current swag of toys. Alternatively, he enjoys partaking in a gig or two over the weekend. His constant search for Techno perfection coupled with his unwavering work ethic is all fuelled by complex carbs and leftovers. As well as staying true to his strict personal mantra of only “One Tasty Rooster trip per week”, a testament to his will power and strength of conviction.

Louis Richie

Dispatch & Receiving

With a passion for audio gear and sound design, Louis joined the team in 2018. A producer who enjoys the process of synthesis, Louis grew up in a very musical household and has been playing some form of instrument since the age of six. Outside of work he enjoys films and reading.

Louis Richie

Dispatch & Receiving

Louis grew up in a very musical household and began playing drums at the age of six. A self-confessed gear nut, he began to delve into music production in 2013 and developed a taste for synths and samplers. After having many positive experiences as a customer, he took up the opportunity to join our team in 2018.

With a background working in warehouses for a large electrical retailer, Louis was a perfect candidate to come onboard in a dispatch role. His position allows him to combine a knowledge of audio technology and musical instruments with a keen attention to detail.

As a music producer, Louis enjoys more progressive and dubby styles of electronic music. He completed a Bachelor of Audio Engineering and Sound Production at JMC academy and is passionate about sound design and synthesis. Louis is consistently working toward improving his musical output as well as developing his skills on the keyboard.

Outside of work he enjoys relaxing with friends, watching films and reading books. But mostly spends his spare time doing something music related.

Simon Georges

Dispatch & Receiving

Having worked in wide-ranging logistics and warehouse positions in the past, Simon saw the opportunity to combine this experience with his love for DJing and production and applied to join our team in 2019. He spends his spare time playing sport and writing his forthcoming album.

Simon Georges

Dispatch & Receiving

With a love for music, DJing and audio production, plus almost a decade of experience working in dispatch and warehousing roles, Simon was excited to combine these two things and join the team in early 2019.

A lover of Deep and Tech House, Simon has more recently begun to expand his sonic palette and is no stranger to some healthy musical experimentation. He entered the Your Shot DJ competition in 2018 and was the winner of a Pioneer XDJ controller and music production course. Currently, he’s focused on production work and hopes to release an album of original music in the future.

Apart from music, Simon enjoys being active, particularly playing soccer/futsal, tennis and running. He is also an avid reader and loves going out to eat with friends. This love of food earned him the nickname “Bins” as he will always finish up the leftovers on friends’ plates. He later spun this into his stage name – “Baby Bins”.

Brisbane

Tony Harvey

Store Manager

With a long history playing music as a DJ and in bands, Tony came to Store DJ with the aim to work with a company with its finger on the pulse of service and quality audio equipment. Tony has brought with him a great understanding of our industry to run this very busy store.

Tony Harvey

Store Manager

Tony Harvey started at Store DJ Brisbane in June 2014 as the new Store Manager, looking after our Brisbane staff and everything for our Queensland customers. With a history playing music as a DJ and in bands, Tony came to Store DJ with an aim to work with a company with its finger on the pulse when it came to service and quality audio equipment. Tony brought with him a great understanding of our industry and knowledge to run this very busy store.

Buying his first records in the early 80’s, Tony later spent more than 27 years as a professional DJ, performing his trademark energetic sets to thousands of people every week in venues across Australia. When not at Store DJ, or spinning tunes, Tony can be found sorting through his collection of classic circus posters and boxed collection of retro toys.

Jamie Hanford

Musical Instrument Dept. Manager

Jamie began playing the Oboe and Alto Sax as a youngster but moved to guitar not long after! An accomplished musician (guitar, drums and keys) he has spent time as a touring guitarist as well as working for some of the biggest names in music retail, like Roland.

Jamie Hanford

Musical Instrument Dept. Manager

Hailing from Wales, Jamie started playing music at a young age. He initially began learning the Oboe and Alto Saxophone, but quickly switched over to guitar, sprinkling in keys from time to time and becoming an accomplished drummer as well.

Jamie has a wealth of experience in the music industry, both in the technical/production world and on the retail side. He spent most of his teenage years riding up and down the highways as a touring tech and guitarist and his resume includes working for the likes of Roland, guitarguitar, Sound Control and more. With this strong product and technical knowledge as well as loads of customer service experience, Jamie was an ideal candidate to join the team as our Brisbane Musical Instrument Dept. Manager.

Away from work, Jamie has started to build his own guitars from scratch and loves listening to and playing all kinds of music (especially Metal). But most of his free time is spent with his wife and daughter and getting out to see as much of the Australian countryside as possible!

Nick Giles

Assistant Manager

Nick started with our Brisbane store in April 2013 and since then has been a vital member of our team, starting in the warehouse working dispatch, moving to the front of the store into sales full time, to eventually progress to his current position as Assistant Manager.

Nick Giles

Assistant Manager

Nick started with our Brisbane store in April 2013 and since then has been a vital member of our team, starting in the warehouse working dispatch, moving to the front of the store into sales full time, to eventually progress to his current position as Assistant Manager. Nick has always had a love of and fascination with music technology, which lead him to create a large home studio for himself over the years and came to Store DJ so he could surround himself with the gear and minds that interested him most.

Prior to working at Store DJ Nick was a Barista, so has always been a very personable character, but in his work to formulate the perfect coffee, grew a caffeine addiction that must be satiated regularly!

When not at Store DJ, watching movies, or writing music for picture, Nick can be found hunting for the next vital piece of gear in the vain attempt to complete the perfect studio setup!

Joshua Gordon

Guitar Specialist

After picking up the Bass, aged 15, Joshua never put it down. He joined the crew in 2019, already having extensive music retail background. Coupled with his experiences touring in his band, he has a great perspective on different aspects of the music industry and what they involve

Joshua Gordon

Guitar Specialist

Joshua started his musical careers at age 15, when wanting to join a local youth band he made the astute observation that the majority of auditionees were guitarists and there was a distinct lack of people trying out to play Bass. He’s been playing Bass ever since!

Currently a member of ‘The Starktones’, who tour their blend of reggae, groove, blues and psychedelia around Brisbane, the Sunshine/Gold Coasts and Northern River areas. Joshua combines this working musician’s experience with many years of working in music retail, giving him a great perspective on different aspects of the industry.

Joining the team in 2019, Joshua heard about us through a former workmate and liked the way we seemed to be approaching the music retail environment. When positions opened up, he eagerly applied!

Away from work and his musical commitments, Josh loves most forms of creative expression and design, anything from nature to typography, vexillology, architecture to cars. He’s also a passionate Rugby League fan, but most of all he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids!

 

Shane Cumpston

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Shane came to our Brisbane Store to work as a Sales Consultant after years of walking through the door as a rep for one of our Distributors. He loves to learn and holds a deep understanding of Store DJs range of quality electronic products for DJs and Producers.

Shane Cumpston

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Shane came to our Brisbane Store to work as a Sales Consultant after years of walking through the door as a rep for one of our Distributors. ”Having seen every music retail store in the state as part of my last job as the Elfa rep, nobody else has a more relevant and professional retail offering to their customers than Store DJ. The team is made up of the most fantastic and professional peeps, and the product they sell is second to none. I’m proud to call myself a member of the Store DJ family”.

Shane is the kind of guy that loves to learn and holds a deep understanding of Store DJs range of quality electronic products for DJs and Producers.

Shane has a massive musical background. He studied at the Conservatorium while in high school, was an instrumental music teacher, started dj’ing the late ‘90s, producing house music around the same time, have toured nationally, teaching and mentoring, produced radio ads, remixes, original productions. We could go on but he may start to get a bloated ego...

Outside Store DJ, Shane is a visual design student and does a lot of corporate branding, logo creation and design for cafes, bars and nightclubs.

Mark Petler

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Purchasing his first piece of Vinyl in 1976 and first Moog Synth in 1981, Mark has spent his adult life writing and performing music. Having moved from analogue to digital vinyl with Traktor and holding several gaming records, Mark has a wealth of knowledge on all things electronic.

Mark Petler

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Mark Petler came to Store DJ in 2011 with more than 30 years of Electronic Music love flowing through his veins! Purchasing his first piece of Vinyl in 1976 and first Moog Synth in 1981, Mark spent his adult life writing and performing music then hit the club scene in 2000. Having experience and passion that drives him to be the best, Mark has always held a soft spot for his Technics 1200s, but found that Traktor Scratch Pro allowed him to entertain in the way he felt comfortable!

Outside Store DJ Mark is a prolific gamer, holding down world records for driving insanely fast cars in DiRT2 and DiRT3 as well as being the Quake 2 Queensland Champ and ranked second in Australia. If it’s tech geek speak that you need or a wealth of knowledge on all things electronic, Mark is your man in Brisbane to have a chat to!

Vivian Hawas

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Vivian joined us with a strong history in music retail, managing Sanity's Dance Arena for 5 years, before owning and operating her own store - Ignition Records. A decade of DJing and experience with event management, production and staging means she's a versatile problem solver.

Vivian Hawas

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Vivian joins us with a strong history in music retail, managing Sanity's Dance Arena for 5 years, before owning and operating her own store - Ignition Records.

She has worked in staging and also run her own club events (helped along by her diploma in event management). A decade as a DJ and studies at SAE in Electronic Music Production means that she can understand the needs of a wide range of customers. Vivian is passionate about the industry and loves the atmosphere - this is clearly in her blood.

When not involved with music, this sneaker freak enjoys heading down to the Gold Coast to jump on her skateboard and have a roll with friends. She loves photography, street fashion, modern art, and meeting creative people. Surrounded by technology, Vivian still likes picking up a book and reading the old fashioned way.

Darren Somerville

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

A self-confessed synth enthusiast with a passion for many forms of music, Darren was an ideal fit when he joined our sales team in 2017. Having worked extensively in the music industry he brings a unique set of skills and experience to the role.

Darren Somerville

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

A self-confessed synth enthusiast with a passion for many forms of music, Darren was an ideal fit when he joined our sales team in 2017. Not only has he worked as a DJ, Producer and Remixer but also has a strong multi-instrument background, playing Guitar, Keys, Drums and Percussion. He combines all these talents when performing with his current musical project Downtown Secret Society. Along with this Darren has extensive experience as a sound engineer. Having worked for acts like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Sisqo and Savage, he brings unique industry involvement and knowledge to his role.

Away from work and gigging, Darren spends his time digging for new records, picking up hats to add to his collection and traveling overseas when the opportunity arises. He also likes to chat with Siri, mostly just to ask her to beatbox, something he’s done more times than he’d care to admit.

Blake Howson

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

With a background in mash-up DJing, Blake not only has a wide and varied knowledge of popular music but also of the latest music and DJ technologies. In his spare time, he enjoys building sound-systems from whatever is available and runs a local pro wrestling show.

Blake Howson

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Blake's extensive retail experience has made him a very valuable addition to our sales team since joining in 2018. With a background as a mash-up DJ he has a fantastic knowledge of music technology and the newest innovations in DJing and music in general.

Blake has been producing his own music for several years, whether it be in bands or solo projects. The broad knowledge of Pop Music that helped fuel his mash-ups is also a source of inspiration for his solo compositions. One of Blake’s other audio-based passions is building sound-systems. Specifically, custom style systems that often involve “Frankenstein-ing” multiple stand-alone parts or other smaller systems together and generally helping to bring people’s wacky production ideas to life.

In his spare time Blake produces a local professional wrestling show, so he knows how to build a sound-system that can withstand a bodyslam! He’s a self-confessed fanatic for fine floral fashion, focusing on fantastic French fabrics and also enjoys alliteration.

Josh Breen

Warehouse Supervisor

With a history in logistics and a passion for musical creation and performance, this role has been perfect for Josh. Josh has spent much of his adult life dedicated to DJing, performing at clubs throughout the Valley and has created many a mash-up for local DJs.

Josh Breen

Warehouse Supervisor

Josh started at Store DJ Brisbane in August 2014, in the dispatch area to help ensure that the people of Queensland were delivered all of their products from Store DJ Brisbane! Basically if stock comes in or out of our Brisbane store, Josh is the one responsible for getting it into the right hands. Josh has always been fascinated with sound and lighting and has been connected to music for most of his life.

He enjoys the process of musical creation and performance and dJing has allowed him to excel in something he loves. Having previous experience in warehouse environments, the job in the Store DJ dispatch area was something that Josh felt was a job description written specifically for him.

Josh has spent much of his adult life dedicated to DJing, both for fun and to make a living, performing at clubs throughout the Valley. He has created many a mash-up for local DJs and when not at Store DJ likes nothing more than to enter into small talk with strangers, American Whiskey, arm wrestling, dressing up in men's clothing & wasting telemarketers time.

Adam Swain

Dispatch & Receiving

A regular fixture on Brisbane’s underground house and techno scene, Adam’s experience spans event and record label management, but he is a DJ first and foremost. It was in this capacity that he got to know the team at Store DJ Brisbane, first visiting as a customer.

Adam Swain

Dispatch & Receiving

A regular fixture on Brisbane’s underground house and techno scene, Adam’s experience spans event and record label management, but he is a DJ first and foremost. It was in this capacity that he got to know the team at Store DJ Brisbane, visiting as a customer.

The idea of working at Store DJ seemed a perfect accompaniment to his other pursuits. His knowledge of the gear, coupled with his experience in logistics, has made Adam a great fit for the busy Brisbane dispatch department.

Known as the go-to-guy when internationals are in town, Adam has warmed up for a range of big names ranging from MCDE and Jay Shepheard to Vincenzo, Steve Bug and Lee Burridge. Running his own parties (with his business partner) as Subtrakt Events, Adam is also at the helm of two labels: Buxton and Moon By Day. These avenues give Adam the opportunity to showcase artists he believes in.

Outside of the world of music, Adam has a love for gardening, grafting succulents and yakkas. He also doesn’t mind tasting the odd crafty beer that his mates are homebrewing.

Sydney

Carl Bentley

Store Manager

In 2000, whilst on an overseas trip drumming in a jazz trio, Carl was given the opportunity to have a spin records on a couple of Technics 1210’s, and was instantly hooked onto DJing. Carl has since immersed himself in the world of audio Technology, now gigging with Traktor and Ableton.

Carl Bentley

Store Manager

Carl joined the team in 2014 to work in our Sydney store as a sales assistant to help customers choose the right equipment for their DJ and production needs. Carl wanted to immerse himself in the world that is audio technology and decided that this was the best place to take his passion for music and tech to the next level. “I love how technology can make it easier for people to pursue their passions and express themselves through music“.

Carl has been passionate about drums and music from an early age and have been fortunate enough to be able to express that passion through hundreds of gigs traversing Rock, Pop, Indie, Funk, Jazz, Dance and World music. In 2000, whilst on an overseas trip drumming in a jazz trio, he was given the opportunity to have a spin on a couple of Technics 1210’s, and was instantly hooked onto DJing.

With his passions running between raves, yoga and his beautiful family, Carl loves nothing more than gigging out with with Traktor and/or Ableton. When not at work, Carl spends his time being as good a father and husband as he possibly can be, first and foremost. To help achieve that, he trys to do yoga as often as time permits, and has been fortunate to have learnt from some great teachers.

Frank Di Sebastiano

Pro Audio And DJ Dept. Manager

With a passion for audio and music technology, Frank joined us in 2017. He brings with him an abundance of experience, based on over three decades working in the professional audio industry as a succesful producer and DJ. He is proud to have had longevity doing what he loves.

Frank Di Sebastiano

Pro Audio And DJ Dept. Manager

Frank has a wealth of DJ and professional audio knowledge, with over three decades working in the field. He is proud to be able to do what he loves, and to have been doing it successfully for so long.

First bitten by the DJ bug in 1986, Frank’s ear and skills in the booth led to him becoming one of the most respected and admired House DJ’s in Melbourne. As with many DJ’s, this love of music opened the door to production and in 1995 he began to add this skill set to his resume.

With a passion for audio and music technology, Frank joined our team in 2017. Having already worked at Central Station and DMC Records, he brings with him an abundance of experience and is a great addition to the team.

Outside of work Frank is a big-time coffee lover and enjoys spending time outside, riding his bike or building Lego with his boys.

Dave Truong

Senior Sales Consultant

Dave produces music under the name Kwze (formerly Kwa-ze) and is part of the Sydney beat scene movement. Between beats, his company diiTuning Mastering Lab regularly produces radio and club-ready tunes played by Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, Sander Van Doorn & Roger Sanchez.

Dave Truong

Senior Sales Consultant

Dave has been a part of the Sydney team since 2009, witnessing it’s transition from a few record crates into a fully-fledged professional audio equipment & music gear retailer.

Whether it’s because of his otherworldly headphone collection, years of music software experimentation or unhealthy G.A.S, a chat with Dave is usually worth your time. Dave produces and performs under the names Kwze & Jet Black. Between beats, his company diiTuning Labs is responsible for providing Ableton & Maschine tuition as well as mastering radio and club-ready tunes that are played by names such as Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, Sander Van Doorn, Roger Sanchez & Nic Fanciulli.

Outside of producing music and DJ’ing the occasional gig, Dave is an avid cricket lover, Liverpool F.C supporter and is also a closet Iron Chef.

Peter Davies

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

A long history working with digital music brought Peter to join us in 2013. A true tech specialist, Peter teaches DJs and producers through private lessons on Ableton and is also a mad Maschine fanatic. Catch him on weekends playing deep house around Sydney.

Peter Davies

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Peter started with us in 2013 and works on the floor as a sales staff member on a full time basis. Like many of our sales staff, Peter has a long history working with and loving digital music and still spends his weekends playing deep house around Sydney. A true tech specialist, Peter teaches and preaches to DJs and producers through private lessons on Ableton and is also a mad Maschine fanatic.

He has found his place in the team thanks to his passion for evolving music technology and love of sharing it with people from all walks of life.

When not at work or teaching, Peter can be found with his dog Alfie and trying to keep him away from his collection of DJ Bags that are his other mad obsession.

Elliot Jeffcott

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Starting out playing drums at age 10, Elliot graduated into beatmaking and MCing. He bought his first Akai MPC from us, and has wanted to work here since. Known for his live beatmaking, Elliot brings his extensive production knowledge to our Sydney warehouse

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Elliot Jeffcott

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Starting out playing drums at age 10, Elliot graduated into beatmaking and MCing. He bought his first Akai MPC from us, and has wanted to work here since.
Known for his finger drumming and live beatmaking, Elliot brings his extensive beatcrafting knowledge to our Sydney store.  

Music has allowed him to travel the country, playing gigs both solo and in groups. While he's had plenty of great experiences on the road, he believes that the best is still yet to come. When in Sydney, he runs regular Hip Hop gigs and raps with the Ivy Mics crew. Elliot also teaches drumming and MPC production, lighting the torches for the next generation of local beatmakers.

Valerie Peovska

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

A DJ and producer, Val has played festivals such as Subsonic and Electric Gardens, while sharing the stage with the likes of Exos and Dusky. A regular customer she joined the team in Sydney in late 2018, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the position.

Valerie Peovska

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

After moving back to Sydney in the early 2010’s, Val came across us while looking for some speakers and an interface for her production work. She quickly became a regular customer and then enthusiastically came on board as a part of the Sydney sales team in late 2018.

Having studied Audio Engineering at SAE, Val’s musical background covers a range of different disciplines and experiences. She’s a self-taught bassist and before studying was singing, dancing and acting. During her time at SAE she began DJing and collecting records and eventually delved in to production. From here a love of synths and electronic music grew and she has been able to gigs at festivals like Subsonic and Electric Gardens, as well as supporting artists like Junki Inoue, Exos and Dusky.

Val has self-released most of her music, along with some on local Sydney labels. She hopes eventually to start her own imprint and works on that in her spare time. Val also brings a lot of customer service experience with her. Having worked in hospitality for a number of years, she enjoys speaking to and meeting new people every day.

Outside of music Val likes to study the workings of the mind; philosophy and psychology and how we endeavour to understand our place in the world. She also loves to cook for her loved ones, while listening to records and going for a bike ride to enjoy nature.

Brandon Mifsud

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

With a background in music production and involvement in the Sydney music scene, Brandon was an ideal candidate to join the team at our Sydney store. An avid user of Reason, he writes music as BeatSmyth and loves Jiu Jitsu and coffee.

Brandon Mifsud

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

As someone who’s been involved in the Sydney Hip-Hop scene for many years, Brandon was well aware of us long before he joined the team in 2018. He was familiar with our Sydney store not only as a customer, but as a friend of the staff and his existing knowledge of Music and Audio equipment as well as production made him an ideal candidate to come on board.

First being introduced to music through learning the piano, Brandon has since played the instrument for over a decade, transferring that knowledge to music production in more recent times. He also plays the bass and writes urban music under the name BeatSmyth, which has been his main musical focus over the past few years. For his production work he mainly utilises Propellorhead’s Reason but is also familiar with Logic Pro and from time to time will work with hardware gear.

Outside of music and away from work, Brandon is into fitness and very much enjoys practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu regularly. He also counts himself among the millions of people worldwide who probably consume slightly too much coffee on a daily basis.

Daniel Kelly

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

With a musical background that includes playing a variety of instruments; Viola, Guitar, Piano and singing in a choir, Daniel is a passionate beat maker and MC who, in his spare time likes to hang out at the beach, loves fashion and puts a big emphasis on living the best life you can!

Daniel Kelly

Hi-Tech, DJ & Pro Audio Specialist

Daniel joined our team at the tail end of 2017. Dissatisfied with his career path at the time, he used music to do something more positive outside of work hours. This love for music was a catalyst in wanting to make the move to a career that could not only incorporate this passion but also help him to continue down the creative path he started on.

With a multi-faceted knowledge of music production, Daniel uses a background that includes playing Viola, Guitar and Piano as well as singing in a choir when he was younger, to produce beats that he then raps over.

Away from music Daniel likes to spend time at the beach, takes an interest in fashion and generally likes to live life with a big emphasis on positivity – “makin’ beats, slay’n beasts and ordering ubereats”.

Craig Brinker

Keyboard Specialist

A keyboardist and sound engineer, Craig has been playing music since he was twelve years old. Currently he does all the engineering and production work for his band, The Vacationists and in his spare time enjoys reading long-form true-crime articles.

Craig Brinker

Keyboard Specialist

A lifelong keyboardist, Craig joined the Sydney team in 2019 just before we moved to our Alexandria location. He has previously worked as a live sound engineer and piano teacher, giving him a breadth of knowledge about various musical and production setups across many different experience levels. Craig is still active in the production game, doing most of the engineering work for his band The Vacationists.

Away from work, Craig is a keen foodie who loves cycling and travel. He also really enjoys reading long-form non-fiction and news articles and is particularly interested in true-crime.

Kristjan Nelson

Warehouse Supervisor

An early childhood present of rhythm sticks set Kristjan on a path in life. Fast forward to 2000 and he was gigging at outdoor events, playing hi-tech, psy-core and breakcore. A massive fan of software such as Ableton and Traktor, Kristjan is also an avid gamer.

Kristjan Nelson

Warehouse Supervisor

Kristjan started at the Sydney store in 2015 to work in our dispatch area, filling orders and ensuring that your products get to you as fast as possible. Kristjan is a massive fan of software such as Ableton and Traktor, which is not surprising considering he grew up with rhythm in his blood. An early childhood present of a set of rhythm sticks set Kristjan on a path in life where music was a constant, not simply a pastime.

In 1999, he discovered Rotterdam Records, which began his passion for DJing, bush-doofs and rolling baselines. He decided to combine them in 2000 and start gigging at outdoor events, playing hi-tech, psy-core and breakcore.

When not at work, or playing music, you will find Kristjan talking about video games, playing video games, watching other people play video games and awaiting the next big steam sale.

Ben Short

Dispatch & Receiving

Growing up surrounded by music, Ben is a long-time drummer and percussionist. Working in dispatch and receiving at our Sydney location, Ben ensures that your orders get to you in the fastest time possible. When not at work, he can be found bushwalking in The Royal National Park.

Ben Short

Dispatch & Receiving

Ben came to us in Sydney in December 2013 to work in the dispatch area. Ben works in this area to ensure that when you order products that you get the right things in the fastest time possible. Ben grew up surrounded by music, playing drums and percussion throughout his life. He has also had a passion for technology and found Fruity Loops as 13 year old when he started exploring how to create the industrial metal that he loves.

With a brother who also DJs, it is safe to say that Ben’s teen years were spent in the realm of electronic music technology before finding his new home at with us.

When not at work Ben enjoys walking in the bush with one of his favourite places being the Royal National Park, south of Sydney.

Tom Goatly

Dispatch & Receiving

Tom’s musical journey started out as with him as a choirboy. Fast-forward into his teens and Tom discovered Pantera and girls, then Drum & Bass and records. Now he makes 170BPM Jungle-influenced beats. You can find him DJing at Drum & Bass parties and on Bondi Beach Radio.

Tom Goatly

Dispatch & Receiving

Tom joins us with over a decade of experience working in and running bars and clubs around Sydney. Along with a sales background, this has put him in a great position to join our Sydney team. He leapt at the chance to work at us, attracted to working with all the latest audio gear (and to finance his biscuit addiction).

Tom’s musical journey started out with him as a choirboy, followed by a stint in the Big Band. Fast-forward into his teens and Tom discovered Pantera and girls, then Drum & Bass and records. Now he makes 170BPM Jungle-influenced beats. You can find him DJing at Drum & Bass parties and on Bondi Beach Radio.

When not orchestrating elaborate dinner parties for his cat, Tom enjoys warehouse parties and curry (usually separately).

Head Office

Jeremy Leitch

Director

The small business Jeremy started in 2003 has grown into the network you now 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

Director

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

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, Andrew's focus is on steering the business - leading our 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

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew joined the team in 2009. Working alongside DirectorJeremy 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 and then CEO of the company.

As CEO, 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.

Julie Abeynaike

Financial Controller

With more than 15 years of experience in financial management, Julie bought her wealth of knowledge to the new role of Financial Controller in early 2019. A lover of travel and spicy food, Julie likes to spend time with her family and enjoys being outdoors.

Julie Abeynaike

Financial Controller

A qualified professional charted accountant with over 15 years of experience in financial and management accounting and systems, Julie was an ideal candidate to take on the newly created role of Financial Controller in early 2019. A majority of her background has been focused on business process improvements and financial performance in the FMCG and IT industries, so her strategic eye of the future and ability to manage and mentor teams is a great asset as we move forward as a company.

Julie loves spicy food and wine. Her husband is Sri Lankan and as such she enjoys cooking different types of curries and entertaining family and friends at home. She boasts an impressive collection of kitchen appliances and is an unabashed Thermomix user. She’s also spent a lot of time travelling, mainly Europe and Asia and is passionate about spending time outdoors, whether it be cycling, bush walks, time at the beach or just in the garden.

When not at work Julie is kept busy managing afterschool activities during the week and on the sidelines at footy, soccer or cricket matches on the weekends, cheering on her son. Her family are proud Hawks and Melbourne Rebels supporters and can often be found at games. Julie is also the team manager for her son’s futsal them, The Magic Bullets.

Paul Bridge

Operations & Imports 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 & Imports 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.

Chris Green

Musical Instrument Purchasing

Introduced to Mannys by bandmates who were working here, our Musical Instrument Purchaser, Chris has been with Mannys since 2000. Chris has been playing electric guitar on and off for almost 40 years and is a pedal & stompbox fanatic.

Chris Green

Musical Instrument Purchasing

Introduced to Mannys by bandmates who were working here, Musical Instrument Purchaser Chris has been with Mannys since 2000. After many years managing the store and then specialising in the instrument department, Chris has moved into purchasing, making sure we always have a fantastic range of gear in stock. Chris has been playing electric guitar on and off for almost 40 years and is fanatical about pedals and stompboxes. 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. When not with us, Chris can be found studying Japanese language and exploring Japanese culture. He has a love/hate relationship with the St Kilda Football Club and loves spending time with his family.

Brian D'Cress

People & Culture 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

People & Culture 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

National Retail Manager

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

National Retail Manager

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

Logistics & Warranty Manager

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 and warranty related.

Trent McDermott

Logistics & Warranty Manager

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 and warranty related.

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

Web Development Manager

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

Web Development Manager

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.

Matt George

Inventory & Purchasing Administrator

Perfect for his incredible skill set, Matt's role as Inventory & Purchasing Administrator 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

Inventory & Purchasing Administrator

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 Inventory & Purchasing Administrator 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!

Jae Hickey

Admin Support Officer

Jae’s broad experience in business management and accounting make her a highly valued member of our team whose able to work with multiple departments. She’s passionate about social impact, as well the creative arts and loves House music.

Jae Hickey

Admin Support Officer

Jae joined us in 2018 and brings a great deal of business knowledge and experience to her role. Her wide skill set makes her a perfect fit to work across multiple departments as a part of our admin support team.

A long-time friend of the company, Jae has an extensive background in dance music and still holds a love of Deep and Progressive House. She is the director of The H2 Collective, a consultancy firm that specialises in Business Management and has a wealth of experience working in accounts and finances across various industries. After completing her Bachelor of Business, she’s hoping to commence her Masters of Business soon as well.

Outside of work Jae is passionate about social impact and is involved in charities and projects that relate to men’s mental health and domestic violence survivors. She also spends time painting (oil and watercolour), has an interest in photography and furniture design along with thinking of new ways to embarrass her teenage kids through interpretive dance in public spaces.

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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