Matt O'Connor

Matt O'Connor has pioneered The A&R Department - Australia's first and only independent A&R company. They are a music-centric entertainment company whose focus is songs. They make hits, discovering artists and developing their repertoire to create credible, marketable music.

As a writer/producer and APRA member of almost 20 years, O'Connor has had over 20 years of hit-making experience and his artists have sold around 1 million records. He is the “song doctor” - the A&R expert who can take a song and ensure it reaches its full commercial potential. His ARIA track record includes 17 top 10 records, 12 top 20 records and 16 top 40 records.

The A&R Department works with their clients in a variety of ways:

  • Our Song Doctor service allows unsigned artists to have their songs analysed and critiqued by Matt O'Connor himself (
  • Major and independent labels hire The A&R Department to executive produce/A&R their releases
  • Advertising agencies hire the A&R department to unite music with brands for major ad campaigns (

The A&R Department's recent work includes A&R on Thirsty Merc's gold-certified Slideshows album, the platinum-selling Cold Chisel tribute Standing On The Outside and the critically acclaimed second release Ziggurats from The Beautiful Girls. They also devised the music for multi-million dollar Toyota Aurion campaign. Currently, they are working on projects such as Ash Grunwald's forthcoming live DVD, Shihad's next LP, Perth singer/songwriter Claire Clarke's debut album and a Thirsty Merc hybrid release through Atlantic Records for the US market.

Matt O'Connor

Contact us

Song Summit Sydney
Locked Bag 3665
St Leonards NSW 1590

T: 02 9935 7900