GRAHAM “BUZZ” BIDSTRUP

BUZZ MANAGEMENT

Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup began his involvement with the Australian music industry as a 14 year old, drumming with renowned Adelaide band Fahrenheit 451. In 1976 after completing tertiary studies in Engineering, he joined fledgling band The Angels and moved to Sydney. He played drums on The Angels first four albums and toured Australia, Europe and the USA several times. Buzz co wrote and co produced one of the bands most successful tracks, the chart topping hit “No Secrets”.

After leaving The Angels in 1981 he was in demand as a session player, playing drums, and percussion and/or keyboards and guitar on many hit records of the period including Mondo Rocks “Chemistry”, Australian Crawls’ “Reckless”, Richard Claptons’ “Solidarity”, Cold Chisels’ “20th Century” and Jimmy Barnes’ “No second prize”. He also produced and/or engineered many tracks for young bands of the time including The Hoodoo Gurus , INXS, The Riptides and The Numbers and in 1982 was a founding member of Aussie rock "supergroup" “The Party Boys”.

Also in the early 80’s Buzz began writing, recording and producing film music with composer Cameron Allan including “Heatwave”, Hoodwink”, “Midnight Spares.” and “Darkroom”. Buzz was a music consultant and actors coach as well as a musician on “Starstruck” and other film and TV work included being associate music producer for the ABC TV series “Sweet and Sour” and composer, music producer and musician for the award winning “Greetings from Wollongong” and “Tenderhooks”.

Buzz was a founding member, co producer and co manager of another iconic Australian band GANGgajang in 1984.  In 1985 he was engaged as music director for the now legendary Quiksilver surfing film “Mad Wax” and helped build GANGgajang to platinum sales and notoriety both in Australia and overseas. To date he has produced over 50 albums with some of his most successful being the debut releases from “Nathan Cavaleri” and “Diana Anaid” and GANGgajang which all achieved gold sales status. He also managed or co managed these artists.

In 1999 he began a new chapter of his career as manager and music director for iconic Australian Indigenous entertainer Dr Jimmy Little AO. Buzz guided Jimmys’ career until Jimmy’s unfortunate passing in April 2012. Buzz co produced Jimmy’s ABC album “Down the Road” and organised tours for Jimmy to USA, Europe and Singapore to appear at WOMAD Festivals. Buzz has been the CEO of The Jimmy Little Foundation www.jlf.org.au since its inception in 2004, working for better health for Indigenous Australians and is also the Managing Director of Uncle Jimmy Thumbs up! Ltd, the organisation delivering music and health education programs in over 50 communities throughout QLD, NT, WA, SA and NSW.

Although his workload for the Foundation keeps him very busy, Buzz continues to be well connected with the music business that has been his life for nearly 40 years. He has been a board member of the Australian Association of Artist Managers for the last two years and is currently writing and producing music for young Indigenous artist Adam James.

 

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