Helen Marcou & Quincy McLean are co founders of live music lobby group SLAM. Quincy has been a prolific musician for the last 30 years and has released seven albums and toured Australia, Europe and the US extensively. In 1991 they opened Bakehouse Studios in Melbourne which has contributed and nurtured the careers of thousands of local and international musicians including: Nick Cave & the Bad seeds, The Dirty 3, Paul Kelly, Cut Copy, The Drones, My Disco, Sufjan Stephens, Cat Power, Beth Orton, Anthony Pateras, Robin Fox, Owen Oberachi, Mark Lannegan, Pikelet, The MC5, and The Saints. They organized SLAM, a rally that saw 20,000 marchers descend on Victoria’s parliament house to demand the link between live music and violence be removed. SLAM was considered as was an unprecedented protest. Their work with SLAM galvinised the music community protecting the right to cultural practice, it was also the catalyst for Liquor Licensing Law reform. The SLAM rally has been described as: “the biggest cultural rally in Australia’s history, a sea change that has put the arts firmly on the political agenda for years to come.”
Quincy McLean & Helen Marcou have been listed as 2 of Melbourne’s top 100 most influential and creative people, awarded a special AGE EG award for “Services to the Music Community” and were nominated for “Male and Female of the Year” in Rolling Stone magazine.
Helen and Quincy live and work in Victoria, Australia.
Image: Save Live Australia’s Music (S.L.A.M.) protest, 2010.