From the future of labels, and the user experience, to government policy and sage advice from a parent in the biz, Chris Carey’s FastForward tackled some of the music industry’s most pressing issues.

Held at Sydney’s UTS, some of the local and global industry’s most revered players gathered, including Warner Music Australia’s General Manager Beth Appleton, Julie Knibbe, VP Product at Soundcharts (who came all the way from France), Helen Marcou AM, and Taka Suzuki, President, EnterTech Accelerator, at ParadeALL (Japan).

Beth Appleton’s keynote saw her take delegates through her trajectory of working at EMI from 1999-2002, to her independent label dabbling at V2 where she negotiated its deal with Apple and she watched digital downloads change the chart. And her back and forth between the UK and Australia with Warner Music before settling in Sydney as GM of Warner Music Australia.

“[WMA is] where I learned we can’t build success alone, we have to take others on the journey with us and that’s how we learn,” she said.

When V2 Records saw Stereophonics’ ‘Dakota’ hit #1 on the charts largely based off of downloads it affirmed Appleton ethos around consistent change.