About Us

Symbiotic is Australia’s premium trance events and touring company.  It’s focus is delivering fans some of the world’s biggest event brands, as well as cutting-edge, original shows leading the way in event design. The touring division compliments the event department, with some of the world’s most loved acts touring with Symbiotic such as Cosmic Gate, MaRLo, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk and more.  With a wealth of experience between the Symbiotic team, the Australian trance community will be invigorated by upcoming announcements. 

Get to know the team!

Richie McNeill

Co- Director of Symbiotic | Special Ops | CEO

Richard McNeill, aka Richie Rich, is well known as one of Australia’s most successful promoters. He is acknowledged as a forerunner of the music scene in Melbourne as well as being a prominent DJ figure in the seminal years of the Australian dance music scene.

Richie has explored numerous avenues of the music scene over his career. Managing Mushroom’s ‘MDS’ distribution dance branch for 5 years, he developed it into the leading dance importer and distributer in Australia. Prior to, and whilst at Mushroom, Richie established Hardware which was well known for organising new and innovate events and festivals around Australia. Richie supported the local industry and showcased international talent to thousands of fellow music lovers over the years. He owned two record stores in Melbourne and Adelaide, ran his Azwan Transmissions record label for 10 years and was one of the main brains behind the creation of Australia’s most cherished festivals and events including Apollo 98, Two Tribes, The Hardware series, Belfast, TransAtlantic, Welcome NYE, Creamfields Australia and the Stereosonic juggernaut. This all culminated to winning inthemix’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

As a businessman, he saw some lucrative years with the massive rise of Stereosonic, which lead to the sale of Totem Onelove to SFX Entertainment in 2013. Richie then decided to take a short hiatus and focus on family life for a few years. This well-earned pause in his always evolving career inspired Richie to resurrect Hardware and invigorated fresh energy to bring quality new events to the dance music industry in Australia

 

Janette Bishara

Co-Director of Symbiotic

Janette’s passion in all things trance is showcased in her ability to develop world class brands and concepts such as Atlantis. Symbiotic is the daughter company to Hardware in the global space of Trance. Janette heads up this department as Director and partner, taking it to new heights from stadium tours of artists to new events throughout the year. Creativity, passion and the music is what drives her. With over eight years experience producing events such as Armin Only, A State Of Trance, ABGT150, Above and Beyond Acoustic at the Sydney Opera House and more, expect plenty of new things on the horizon including Asia with Symbiotic.

 

Lisa Banias

Symbiotic Touring & Events Manager

With a tertiary background in journalism and psychology; Lisa has had a passion for music from a very young age and got a taste for events whilst travelling the world and attending music festivals. Her love and devotion to dance music (with Trance as a main love) is what launched her into a promotional & event management role during University, which in turn lead her to join the team at Symbiotic in 2016. Lisa was thrown into the deep end very shortly after she began at Symbiotic and thrived immediately. Since then, her experience working on large scale arena events, small club shows & tours and tour management, plus her all round ability and positive attitude makes her an invaluable asset to the team.

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