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News March 14, 2018

Sage advice from the quiz masters of the Australian music industry

Sage advice from the quiz masters of the Australian music industry
L-R: Peter Rix, John Watson, Peter Karpin, Damian Trotter, Gill Robert

With the 20th Nordoff Robbins Music Quiz happening next week, and competitiveness at an all time high, we have compiled some sage advice from the 2017 winners on how to best survive and thrive during the night.

Enjoy, and find ticketing details at the bottom of this article/tip sheet.


“Spend your entire life relentlessly indulging your adolescent obsession with music to the utter exclusion of all other knowledge.”

– John Watson, Eleven: A Music Company

“In the months leading up to the quiz, I employ a little known, ancient Eastern technique, compartmentalising the stored knowledge from the left prefrontal cortex and then essentially wiping all of this data from my brain other than the most useless snippets of music related ephemera between the mid 1950s and early 2000s. I haven’t quite figured out how to restore that lost data yet but that’s a small price to pay when you get to hold that trophy aloft and look down upon the envious faces of all the losers in the room.”

– Damian Trotter, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

“Deep cynicism, constant team building through daily gymnasium workouts, a vegan diet regime for the prior month and, above all, a deep sense of humour!”

– Peter Rix, Peter Rix Management

“[You need] a Commander in Chief with relentless drive who demands the right answer from his team in such a pleasurable way that your brain has no choice. We’re talking about the leader of the reining Champions, The Desperados. That’s Herr Peter Rixmaster!!!”

– Peter Karpin, Music Consultant, A&R

“The fear of not being asked back the following year by the Commander in Chief of The Desperates is what drives me on. It’s a relentless pursuit for success and I can’t wait to get my hands on another brilliant trophy.”

– Gill Robert, Sony Music Entertainment

“Come armed with a head full of music knowledge and be able to recall that knowledge like a CPU”.

– Steve Scanes

“Some smart team rebuilding and deft draft choices in the off-season (while remaining within the salary cap) sees The Desperates come into 2018 confident but never cocky. We’re building a dynasty here. Fuck you all.”

– John O’Donnell

The Nordoff Robbins Music Quiz happens on Thursday March 22, from 6pm at Luna Park.

Book your tables here, and match wits with the likes of Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil), Tim Freedman (The Whitlams), Andrew Farriss (INXS), Simon Day (Ratcat), Reg Mombassa & Pete O’Doherty (Mentals, Dog Trumpet) and many more legends.

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.

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