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Jess Beston is founder and director of new, unique, boutique music business, “Tiny Monster”. Tiny Monster specialises in Independent A&R Consulting, Artist Management & Mentoring. Jess manages The Trouble With Templeton and Tales in Space.
Jess has had a long love affair with music. She started with classical training, studying music at school & University, attaining a BA majoring in Music, and was training with the Australian Opera to be an opera singer when she discovered Radiohead, At The Drive In, Sigur Ros and guitars, moved to London, got a job at HMV and everything changed. She was then in bands in London and Sydney for 8 years, self-managing and self-releasing 4 EPs. She started working at EMI in 2001, working for 3 years in Licensing, and 3 years in PR where she worked on campaigns for bands such as Silverchair, Missy Higgins, The Finn Brothers, Coldplay, Radiohead, Faker, The Sleepy Jackson, Little Birdy, Claire Bowditch and more. In 2007 Jess became A&R Manager at Universal, where she stayed for just over for 4 years, signing Children Collide, Gyroscope, Dukes of Windsor & The Naked & Famous (for Aus), and working on releases from The Vasco Era, Violent Soho & Calling All Cars.
Jess A&Red Gyroscope’s album “Cohesion”, produced by Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, The Pixies). The album reached #3 on the ARIA chart, “Baby, I’m Gettin’ Better” is certified GOLD, was nominated for an APRA, was #40 in Triple J’s Hottest 100, and was #4 most played Australian song on radio in 2010. Children Collide’s first album “The Long Now”, produced by Dave Sardy (Oasis, Band of Horses), was nominated in Triple J’s Greatest Australian Albums of All Time, and their sophomore album, produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck) and Woody Annison, debuted at #5 on the National ARIA Album Chart, was in Triple J Listeners Top 20 albums of 2010, was nominated for Rolling Stone’s Album of the Year, “Jellylegs” was #22 and “My Eagle” was #60 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2011. It was also most recently nominated for an ARIA; Australian Rock Album of the Year 2010-2011.
The Trouble With Templeton has had a fantastic year, releasing an album to rave reviews, touring with the likes of Husky, Sparkadia, Matt Corby, Of Monsters and Men and an upcoming show with Father John Misty. Templeton was on first announcement for Big Sound 2012, “I Wrote A Novel” reached #8 on the AIR Independent Radio Chart, and he will be heading to the States for CMJ in October to promote an EP for that single, which he is releasing there on 4th September. You can see the video for that awesome track HERE! His "Bleeders" video has also been pretty popular, and appeared in Rage's Top 5 Videos of 2011. You can watch it HERE!
Jess has recently also started managing Tales in Space from Sydney, an electronic indie pop duo, who have had solid airplay on Triple J and community radio, played with the likes of Deep Sea Arcade, Bertie Blackman, Papa Vs Pretty, and The Cairos. They also specialise in remixes, having created successful remixes for Dappled Cities, John Steel Singers & Art Vs Science. They are in the process of recording their debut album, and the first taste of that album is a crazy rad instrumental track called “Starwars” which you can hear HERE!