Interview: Michael Parisi

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Petro engaged in an in-depth and insightful chat with one of Australia’s leading music industry, record label figures Michael Parisi.

Michael started his music career as a music journalist with Inpress Magazine in 1988 before joining Warner Music Australia as a promotions manager in 1990. In the early years of his tenure at Warners he was fortunate enough to work and help build the careers of such acts as The Red Hot Chili Peppers and REM.

In 1992 he joined IMAGO Records as General Manager, Australia under the guidance and mentorship of John Woodruff to assist in building the careers of The Baby Animals and Henry Rollins.

In 1994 he re-joined Warners as Head of Artist Development breaking the likes of Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, NIN, Primus and Marilyn Manson before moving into A&R.

Between 1996 and 1999, he signed and guided the careers of Regurgitator, The Superjesus and The Whitlams.

Between 2000-2002, Parisi set up Sputnik Records, a joint venture with Mushroom Records. His first signing MUSE (an unknown UK three piece) went on to be signed by Mushroom Records UK for the world. His other signings in this period – 28 Days, motorace and Machine Gun Fellatio – went on to have major chart and sales success before he was appointed as Managing Director of Festival Mushroom Records.

From 2002-2008, he was in charge of a roster that included the likes of Kylie Minogue (who re-signed to Mushroom), AC DC and The Alberts Music catalogue, Disney Hollywood Records, Richard Bransons’s V2 Records , Garbage, Ash, MUSE and local success stories George, Eskimo Joe, Gyroscope and Gabriella Cilimi (whom he discovered and signed to Island Records UK). In 2009, he established his own management company with the aim of establishing and promoting local artists.

For more info on Michael Parisi Management, visit the official website.

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