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Meet Clara Iaccarino

Wednesday 26 October 2016

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She’s the freewheeling, free-spirited Sydney-sider who spends her days scouring the globe for the most exciting, diverse and tantalising musical sounds for your hot summer nights at Chevron Festival Gardens. Meet Clara Iaccarino, PIAF’S programmer for contemporary music.

What is your favourite part of Western Australia?

I have a very deep-seated love for South Beach, Fremantle and Cape Leveque, the peninsula on Broome’s doorstep.

What is the best bit about your job? 

I live for festivals and music. There is not a moment in my life that is not soundtracked by music. To watch and listen to music as a ‘job’ is beyond dream-tastic.

What can we expect from the line up this year?

Diversity and inspiration from all corners of the globe! The weekends are geared towards a party atmosphere, be it razor-sharp raps or a tropical beach party fiesta vibe. There will also be some dynamic world-class swinging jazz and a feast of sounds from Brooklyn indie to heavy post-rock. The aim is to attract a broad audience in terms of musical tastes, ages and backgrounds –because for my money, good music transcends all of these boundaries.

Are you a musician?

Bahaha! I don’t play music, no. And I have never been in a band. If we stretch the definition of being a musician, I do moonlight on the wheels of steel every now and then, spinning a variety of 80s hits and James Brown funk. Diversity is the key.

Something most people don’t know about you …

My DJ name is DJ Piggy Wiggy.

What advice can you give someone who wants to get into contemporary music programming?

Be eclectic in your tastes. Don’t rely on the mainstream stations for your soundtrack. Source your music far and wide and let your ears always be open. Good breeding grounds for programming are community radio, street press or festival work-experience placements.

How many bands do you typically see in a year?

I would see at least two bands per week. Add to that when I am at conferences such as BIGSOUND where I literally see five bands every hour … I’m not sure my brain can handle the calculation!

Who is playing on your iPod?

Haim, Ngaiire, Gillian Welch, Ainslie Wills, Caitlin Park, Big Scary, Oh Pep!

How do you find out about relatively new bands/artists?

I am constantly scouring streaming platforms such as Spotify, as well as keeping an eye on cool venues in New York, London and LA. I also discover a lot of music through my tastemaker buddies and by following certain artists who will recommend their mates or talk about their new discoveries.