Larry Heath has been active in media for some 18 years – a voice of “Radio Disney” in his youth, before founding the digital marketing and design company iLAtech in Australia and launching his first online platform in 2001. He ran campaigns for travel companies, cinemas and more – helping introduce new markets to digital platforms. In 2010 and 2011, Larry was the Digital Arts Curator of the Sydney Fringe Festival. As of 2016, he’s the Film Programmer for Australian Music Week Film Festival.
In 2008, Larry founded what started as a personal blog but has since become one of the most popular independent music & arts outlets in Australia, the AU review. In the almost nine years since its birth, Larry has made a name for himself supporting Australian music – and bringing the music of the world back to his readers in the process. Larry stepped down from the position of Editor in Chief at the end of 2015, to focus on running the parent company – though his work can still be seen on the publication.
Off the back of the brand – which has reach to over 8 million people a month – Larry has published four coffee table books (including Percussion. and Australia’s Year in Music), ran a regular live acoustic session series in Sydney (the AU sessions), spoken at events around the world – from SXSW in Austin to Music Matters in Singapore – appeared on TV in Canada and Australia and launched the Music Video Festival “Captured”, which returned for its third instalment in 2015.
Out of The AU Review came parent company Heath Media, which spawned five sister sites (including The Iris and Hello Asia!), a podcast network (AU Radio) and regular events in Australia and around the world, running showcases at CMJ festival in New York City for three year and bi-annual events at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Heath Media are currently the programmers and promoters of the Courtyard Sessions at the Seymour Centre in Sydney, the In The Round sessions at Leadbelly and work on a number of other events around the country, including the NLMAs.
Work from Larry and the team at Heath Media has been featured in publications around the world – from SPIN to the Rolling Stone – has appeared on the HBO series Sonic Highways, on the ABC News Series Australian Story, the DFA1979 documentary Life Before Death From Above and much more.
His work behind the camera with Institute of Excellent has seen editing credits for Larry on a variety of fashion and music films, while Larry has played a hand at Directing and Editing a variety of short films, produced for the AU review. His first widely released clip, featuring Amanda Palmer and Brendan Maclean, was released on 22nd June 2016.
He also works in front of the camera, interviewing some of the world’s most well known actors and musicians, be it on a red carpet, travelling for Destination NSW or on the AU HQ couch in Sydney. Across recent years, Larry has also been a judge for the prestigious AMP Award (Australian Music Prize), The ARIAs, The Age Music Victoria Awards, The AIR Awards, WA Music Awards and more. His own awards – the National Live Music Awards (NLMAs), which celebrates the best in Live Music in Australia – are run at the end of every year. The next event will be held 6th December 2018.