JMC Academy returns to the social hub space at XCargo in 2019 with a focused program designed especially for Big Sound delegates.

From Tuesday - Friday participants can book dedicated 20min individual sessions at the JMC Hub focusing on their choice of song feedback, production feedback, or demo session tracking on selected instruments. Booking are essential. 

Alongside this, Big Sound attendees can drop in throughout the conference and chat to the JMC Academy lecturers about programs in music performance, production, songwriting and music business at any of JMC Academy’s campuses in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. 


1. Song Feedback Sessions

Are you looking to improve your craft as songwriter? Book a 20min Songwriting feedback session with one of the JMC Academy lecturing team. Gather advice and input on how to develop your writing skills with lyric, melody, harmony, rhythm, song structure and emotional impact.  
What to bring – Your song! You can supply it as an audio file on a USB stick or phone, or you can play it live for us (bring your instrument if need). If you’ve got lyric sheets and a chord chart that’ll help as well!  

2. Production feedback session 

Effective music production is a critical factor in communicating the content of your song. Whether you’re working on your first demo or upcoming release project in this session you will gain some targeted advice on how to use production techniques to enhance your work. 

3. Session Musician Recording 

Collaboration is an exciting part of creating music. The JMC Academy lecturers are all experienced recording artists and in these sessions you can book one (or more!) of them to play on your track. What does this mean? Book a time and email us an audio copy of your song (Mp3), arrive at the session with your lyric sheet and chord chart, plus a reference track (a song that you want yours to sound like). We’ll record instrument parts for your song – Guitar, Drums, Bass and keyboards. We’ll track these LIVE together and you’ll walk away with an inspiring demo.  
To view the terms + conditions for JMC @ Bigsound sessions click here.

JMC Academy Musicians + Mentors

Sean Foran  (Keyboards)

Acclaimed pianist and composer Sean Foran is most known for his work with improvised music groups Trichotomy & Berardi/Foran/Karlen. He has won the QLD Music Award six times, the APRA Professional Development Award, Lord Mayors Fellowship, AMC State award for excellence and has toured throughout the UK, Europe, Japan, China, and more.  

Dan Spirovski (Bass) 

Daniel Spirovski is a multi-instrumentalist on saxophone, bass and keyboards who has been in the music industry for close to 20 years playing in originals outfits from funk, rock to hip-hop and has also performed extensively in corporate bands. Daniel is also an accomplished music producer and educator in the fields of music technology, music production and songwriting. 

Dr Vincent Perry  (Drums) 
 Tom Combes  (Guitar) 
Toms Combes’ phenomenal finger-style playing, subtle tone and seasoned musical taste push the boundaries of what is possible on an acoustic guitar. He incorporates finger picking with simultaneous percussion on the soundboard to create a detailed wall of sound. 

Tom has toured nationally as an in-demand session player, playing at countless festivals and has had his signature guitar playing recorded on multitudes of albums. lar Music at Griffith. 
Darran Muller (Drums) 


Darran has played on more than 400 Recording Session for commercially released albums, TV jingles, Short Film Soundtracks and Theatre Productions. Darran is also a sought after producer with over 40 album projects to his credit. He has toured internationally and nationally playing drums with artists such as The Ten Tenors, Evermore, James Morrison, Emma Pask, Darren Percival, Grace Knight, The Seven Sopranos, Planet Shakers and Grammy winner, Henry Seely. Darran also plays with his own band “Deluxe” and is also in demand as a freelance drummer / percussionist.


1. How many sessions can I book? 
One per person, per day 
2. How do I book?  
Via the booking link on this page, or in person at the JMC Academy XCargo HUB 
3. Can I choose the musician I work with? 
You can request a musician in the booking detail. This will be dependent on musician availability 
4. Can I choose more than one musician in my recording session? 
Yes. You can do this in the booking menu 
5. Can I use the recording for release? 
No. This is purely for demo purposes. Feel free to re-record these ideas with your own musicians using these ideas as a guide.
6. What if I have more questions?
Get in touch with the JMC team –