A E Hilton

Aoife (Ee-fa) Hilton is a freelance journalist and Aussie Indie music fan from Brisbane. She specialises in arts and entertainment writing, occasionally volunteering articles to https://www.supanova.com.au/news/. Aoife can be found at QUT where she studies Journalism and Creative Writing, in Fortitude Valley being tempted out of her various internships by the promise of live music, or at home being distracted by her spoodle, Ralph.

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Aaron Chapman

Aaron Chapman is a freelance writer devoted to different literary mediums - including poetry and fiction - who explores his passion for surf, music and art culture through journalism. With his background in creative writing & literature, Aaron enjoys collaborating with creative individuals and companies to produce feature content for various publications. A major part of his writing process lies in ekphrasis, which is why he dedicates his time to photography and experimentation with different cameras and film types.

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Amy Gould

Hailing from UK and NZ, Amy has chosen to live on the Gold Coast for its outdoor lifestyle and 'beaches for days'. Amy's dream is to be a freelance writer and editor and she brings her passion for the environment to Blank, seeing a real need for more mainstream media attention around local environmental issues. She writes with a yearning to preserve our enviable natural environments, improve sustainability of built environments and to encourage positive action in our communities. Amy also enjoys expressing herself through poetry, film photography and yoga and when she's not working, can be found on a beach somewhere between here and northern NSW.

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Amy Mitchell-Whittington

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Andrew Scott

Born August 1981 in Brisbane Lives in Palm Beach with no cats The earlier years of my adulthood were spent skirting across tennis courts as a professional competitor and coach. This lifestyle aligned nicely with my belief that real jobs were best left for everyone else. Now in my second year apprenticeship for small business management within the entertainment industry, I get to avoid any further work by writing, speaking on radio and creating film. I don’t live inside a box so I certainly don’t think or write from within one. For example, I once picked up a cake with both hands and ate it like a burger. Winning at life!

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Ashleigh Odjers-Jewell

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Belinda Topan

Belinda Topan is a vampire author and has self-published three novels in the past three years, and is working to re-write her fourth novel. Belinda is obsessed with all things vampires; whether books, movies, tv and music, Belinda will devour it all. As a Grey-Asexual, Belinda is determined to show more representation of the Asexual community in her books. She loves listening to pop-punk music, watching anime, and playing video games in her spare time. She has six tattoos. Belinda’s long-term goal is to be a well-known novelist in her genre, writing full time and publishing her book series in print. IMAGE (C) Simone Gorman-Clark

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Bernie Palings (Bernie the Polite Girl)

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Brendan Shanahan Photo

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Catherine Gunther

Catherine Gunther is a Americana Songwriter and Journalist currently interning for Blank GC. She is studying music at the Queensland Conservatorium and is about to graduate with a Bachelor of Popular Music. She loves all styles of music but is a great fan of Folk, Americana, Country, Pop and Blues.

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Chris Barron

Follow Chris on Twitter @chrisbarron_

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Christie Ots

Hola, I’m Christie! I’m a music fiend, who lives behind the lens and believes the pen is definitely mightier than the sword. Being an enthusiastic music supporter and photographer I find people fascinating. Having graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Literature & Communications I think supporting the arts community on the Gold Coast is necessary to make an impact on our culture. To quote Bob Marley "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain".

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Danny Santangelo

Sharp shooter Danny Santangelo moved to the Gold Coast from New South Wales when he was 19 and has no intention of ever leaving our sunny shores. A real all-rounder, Danny’s decade-long portfolio includes weddings, landscapes, sports and event photography, but his major loves are surf photography and live music, a field in which he’s been lucky enough to cover Bluesfest, Gold Coast Music Awards and much more. His career highlight so far was shooting the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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Emily Hosking

Currently studying a Bachelor of Popular Music at the Queensland Conservatorium, Emily is no stranger to the music industry. With an intensive background in musical theatre and performance, Emily spends a lot of time writing and producing her own music, however her heart is set on promoting the music and careers of other talented creatives. Emily currently runs her own Music Artist Management company (www.emilyhoskingmanagement.com) and is proud to represent numerous Gold Coast and South East Queensland based bands. Other experience includes: Marketing Coordinator for '2high Festival 2013', Co-Manager of 'Blah! Radio' (www.blahradio.com) and booking for numerous Gold Coast music venues.

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Emily Russell

Emily loves people and books so she decided to combine the two and work in a library. Her reading habit sometimes means that she’s reclusive or running on little to no sleep, depending on the quality of her current novel. She’ll talk books and authors to anyone who will listen; her mission is to enlighten the Gold Coast to great literature with her book reviews. When she isn’t devouring novels or writing for Blank, she loves to travel, see live music, run amok at festivals, swim, walk, bake, or bliss out to some good tunes.

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Erin Bourne

Erin is a yoga and pilates geek, Science nerd, a very average surfer and wannabe ballerina. She is also one of those rare people who was actually born and grew up on the Gold Coast. While her severe phobia of Winter takes her travelling often, Erin always returns home to the Coast and her beagle Walter. She can be found teaching regular yoga, pilates and barre classes around the Gold Coast, she also facilitates on teacher trainings here, interstate and overseas. Erin gets a little over excited about the immense benefits of yoga and pilates, believing the world would change if everyone practiced.

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Gina Martin

Gina Martin is a music lover. It’s plain and simple. Having lived above her family’s recording studio, Lovestreet Studios, music flows through her mind endlessly. Given her first vinyl records and turntable at 15 she has been collecting vinyl gems ever since. When all attempts at playing musical instruments failed because of her clumsy hand-eye coordination she turned to her records, finding solace in their nostalgia. A self-proclaimed professional music appreciator, Gina prides herself on sharing the music she loves with as many people as possible! Hosting a weekly show on Gold Coasts’ Rabbit Radio, Gina is attempting to cure the world of Bieber fever, 33 revolutions a minute.

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Glenn Tozer

When he's not being a Councillor for the best city in the world (Gold Coast, in case you're unaware), Glenn loves to champion music and culture. He co-produces Summertime Sessions in the Village with the awesome Polly Armstrong, hosts house gigs with local and touring musicians, negotiates tours locally with Woodfordia’s regional tour Festival of Small Halls, and champions a variety of arts and culture programming in the Hinterland and greater city. He’s previously been the chairperson for local community radio stations and with his wife Jude he runs a little multimedia production company for the NFP sector called FishFilms. He likes to write for Blank GC in his spare time, for fun.

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Jake Wilton

I’m a first year journalism student at Griffith University and volunteer music director and presenter at local community/online radio station Rabbit Radio. I'm an avid (extremely avid) music listener and write music reviews for my blog and some for the Rabbit Radio newsletter. I've been doing radio presenting since grade 11, first at Radio Metro now at Rabbit Radio, and ultimately want to pursue that career path in the future.

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Jay boy (Sessionkatz)

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Jessie Ryan-Allen

Jessie Ryan-Allen is a 20 year old musician and all-round creative who loves meaningful thought-provoking art and the people who create it. Having taken to the airwaves of radio with her own show she has interviewed bands such as Art vs. Science and Australian music legend Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool). Jessie certainly doesn’t shy away from a challenge or an adventure, she has covered music festivals and written for the online music channel, The Velvet Orange Chair. Putting pen to paper for Blank Magazine Jessie will have her hand firmly on the pulse of the Gold Coast music scene.

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Julia Schafer

Julia Schafer is passionate about sustainable living, loves to get down and dirty in the garden and is a power tool princess. Her love of writing lead her to start her blog five years ago titled www.farewellmymanicure.com which has just recently morphed into a Web TV show via Youtube where she discusses topics from Simple Suburban Sustainability tips to DIY projects and Urban Gardening. Over the last two years she has written for Earth Garden Magazine, Grass Roots Magazine and now has added Blank GC to her repertoire where she contributes as an Environmental writer. Facebook - www.facebook.com/farewellmymanicure www.facebook.com/julia.k.schafer www.facebook.com/groups/ecoeveryday Twitter - @farewellmm Instagram - #farewellmymanicure

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Katie Hooper

Lover, Mother, Part-Time Hippy, Foodie, Milliner, Interiors Artist, Writer, Dreamer, Burlesquer, Smiler. As a lover of life Katie is the first to find new happenings, divine food, heavenly fashions, and beautiful sites. After half a life time of travelling the world Katie loves her new settled Gold Coast life. What could be better than a morning surf, BBQ breakfast, skate, cruiser bike ride, cafe lunch, Mt Warning bush walk then dinner in a fabulous restaurant? With a gorgeous family to boot!

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Keiren Bond

Writing, reporting and hosting her own radio show has turned Keiren into a culture devouring creature incapable sitting still for a moment in fear of missing out on the certain fun going down on the Gold Coast. Currently on the last stretch of her Journalism degree, Keiren is intent on discovering enticing tales to share with the world and particularly the lovers of Blank GC.

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Kylie Cobb

Recently hailed​ ​as one of the leading women behind Australia's booming music scene, Kylie Cobb is hell-bent on powering-up creatives with strategic, creative publicity and marketing, sharing her insights, tips and more as a monthly music columnist for Blank GC.

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Kylie Mitchell-Smith

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Leigh Kelly

Leigh Kelly

With 25 years of Music Festivals and a plethora of Independent Tours and small gigs in his blood, Leigh captures images with a different eye than most. You'll find Leigh working alongside the biggest names in the Music business, most weekends, and dedicated to the keyboard producing a wide range of digital content during the week.

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Leisen Standen

Based in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, I am a creative soul who is never far from the ocean. I love the lifestyle of living in a warm and vibrant coastal town, where having the perfect work / life balance is attainable and stress free. My creativity is explored through music and writing, but I am most passionate about photography. My passion began when shooting scenic and landscape images of the beautiful coastline, later developing into a career in photojournalism, portraiture, fashion and event photography.

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Liam Budd

With a decade of experience behind the lens in both Photographic and Videographic capacities Liam is a true all-rounder. Liam’s portfolio includes commercial, sports, and event photography, but his major passion lies in live music and portrait photography. Liam works full time as a photographer and videographer in addition to running his own creative business www.buddsymedia.com.au. Catch Liam at the next local gig either soaking up the atmosphere or capturing the event for Blank!

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Lisa Smith

Lisa is an actor, director, producer and maker of theatre, with a passion for creative collaborations and creating new works that are challenging, dynamic journeys for participating artists and audiences alike. Lisa established White Rabbit Theatre Ensemble in 2012 and has produced and directed several works with the company, including the QLD tour of the world premier season of 'The Grand' by Victoria Carless. Lisa also works with Bleach* Festival and as a drama educator for children and youth with Take 3 Studios. A proud third generation Gold Coaster, Lisa is committed to contributing to and nurturing the growth of arts and culture in this beautiful city. She is delighted to join the team at Blank as a theatre writer.

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Locke Fitzpatrick

Journalism Student at University of Queensland; http://restlesssuburbia.com/

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Mic Smith

Mic Smith is a local journalist, photographer, playwright and surfer from Nobbys Beach. His work has appeared on ABC Open, News 24, Radio National, Overland, La Mama Theatre, Asia Life, Tuoi Tre, Groundreport and Australian Longboarder. Subject matter of his conservation articles include coastal birds, humpbacks, green sea turtles, rhinos and Vietnam’s primates and elephants. Mic, who in a former life studied veterinary science, is passionate about protecting fauna and marine life. He has two blogs. Mic Smith Geographic about culture and conservation; and Gold Coast Ibis: Mozart and Coltrane, which is completely absurd.

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Nae Kurth

Nae Kurth is a writer, psychologist, Nobel Prize laureate, and astronaut. (Two of these may be slight exaggerations. Three, depending on your writing standards). She consults on depictions of mental illness in fiction. You can find her at @naekurth

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Natalie O'Driscoll

Natalie O'Driscoll is a freelance writer, passionate feminist, member of the queer community, musician and mum of Cyclone Charlie. Originally from Brisbane, she has put down roots on the Gold Coast and adores her adopted home with the feverish zeal of the converted. Natalie is the Managing Editor for Blank, a senior writer and all around dogsbody. She can be contacted at news@blankstreetpress.com.au

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Natalie O'Driscoll

Natalie O'Driscoll is a freelance writer, passionate feminist, member of the queer community, musician and mum of Cyclone Charlie. Originally from Brisbane, she has put down roots on the Gold Coast and adores her adopted home with the feverish zeal of the converted. Natalie is the Managing Editor for Blank, a senior writer and all around dogsbody. She can be contacted at news@blankstreetpress.com.au

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Olivia Gane

Olivia is a freelance writer, songwriter and emerging film producer who was born and raised on the Gold Coast. With big hopes and dreams, she graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Film and TV in 2019, where she focused on writing for different creative mediums. Known otherwise as OMRA in the music world, she is passionate about furthering the reach of local artists and sharing inspiring true stories that contribute to the fabric of our growing creative scene.

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Peter Wheeler

Inspired by his eldest son and motivated by a stressful job, Peter purchased a camera in 2015. He wanted something that would force him to stop, take in his surroundings and appreciate the 'now'. After shooting longtime favourites Dinosaur Jnr at Miami Shark Bar in Jan 2017 for Blank GC, and Sunnyboys / Celibate Rifles / Ed Keupper at Nightquarter in Feb 2017, Peter was hooked. Since then photography has had him out of the house most weeks. He's shot well in excess of 50 bands and a few festivals, too. Big names include Ed Sherran, Neil Finn, Tim Minchin, John Butler, You Am I, The Whitlams, Regurgitator, Tex Perkins, Missy Higgins, The Aints, The Church, Grinspoon, Jedediah, Cosmic Psychos, Amy Shark, and The Chats, along with local heroes such as Electrik Lemonade, Hussy Hicks, Baltimore Gun Club, Trapdoor, Tijuana Cartel, IVEY, Ella Fence, Eleea and MNVR. "Going to an event without my camera is like turning up with only one eye." - Peter Wheeler

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Petra Salo

Petra has held a long term interest in the relationship between food and health. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at Bond University. Although raised in Finland, Petra now calls Burleigh Heads her home having lived here for 13 years. She feels lucky to ‘be able to call the two of the best countries in the world her homes’.

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Pip Andreas

Pip has been writing for Blank GC since 2014 on all sorts of topics ranging from live music reviews, book reviews, art, poetry, and interviews with everyone from musicians to businesspeople to health gurus. She even wrote about Bitcoin when you could buy one for about $3000! She loves going to live music gigs and was front and centre at the very first Gold Coast Music Awards held at Burleigh Brewing. Her interests are just as diverse now and she still has a passion for promoting all things cultural in our region.

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Pip Andreas

Pip has been writing for Blank GC since 2014 on all sorts of topics ranging from live music reviews, book reviews, art, poetry, and interviews with everyone from musicians to businesspeople to health gurus. She even wrote about Bitcoin when you could buy one for about $3000! She loves going to live music gigs and was front and centre at the very first Gold Coast Music Awards held at Burleigh Brewing. Her interests are just as diverse now and she still has a passion for promoting all things cultural in our region.

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Prudence Clark

Prudence is a freelance writer, English teacher and aspiring drummer, whose life long dream is to play in a kick-ass punk band. Her passion for music borderlines on the obsessive and she spends half of her free time exploring every inch of the Byron Bay and Gold Coast beaches and the other half catching gigs and chasing the best Negroni.

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Rachael Tilly

Rachael Tilly, originally from San Clemente California, is now based and living on the Gold Coast of Australia. A former WSL Longboard World Champion and recent university graduate, she spends her time traveling, competing, and surfing around the world. She’s passionate about the longboard industry and serves as theWomen’s Surfers Representative on the WSL Longboard World Tour. As she continues to build experience as an athlete and using her sport management degree, she hopes to make a positive impact in the longboard and overall surf industry over the span of her career.

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