Michael started his music career as a music journalist with Inpress Magazine in 1988 before joining Warner Music Australia as a promotions manager in 1990. In the early years of his tenure at Warners, he was fortunate enough to work and help build the careers of such acts as Red Hot Chili Peppers and REM.
In 1992, he joined IMAGO Records as General Manager Australia under the guidance and mentorship of John Woodruff. During this period, assisted in building the careers of The Baby Animals and Henry Rollins.
In 1994, he re-joined Warners as Head of Artist Development, breaking the likes of Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, NIN, Primus and Marilyn Manson before moving in to A&R.
Between 1996 and 1999, he signed and guided the careers of Regurgitator, The Superjesus and The Whitlams.
Between 2000-2002, Michael established SPUTNIK RECORDS, a joint venture with Mushroom Records. His first signing MUSE (a then-unknown UK three piece) who went on to be signed by Mushroom Records UK for the world. His other signings in this period – 28 Days, Motorace and Machine Gun Fellatio – went on to have major chart and sales success before he was appointed as Managing Director of Festival Mushroom Records.
From 2002-2008, he was in charge of a roster that included the likes of Kylie Minogue (who re-signed to Mushroom), AC/DC and The Alberts Music catalogue, Disney Hollywood Records, Richard Bransons’s V2 Records, Garbage, Ash, MUSE and local success stories George, Eskimo Joe, Gyroscope and Gabriella Cilimi (whom he discovered and signed to Island Records UK).
From 2008-Present, he started his own record label (Wunderkind – a joint venture with Michael Gudinski) and a Music Management and Consultancy Company, working with major recording artists like Dan Sultan, Stonefield, Owl Eyes, Way Of The Eagle, Caterina Torres and Jan Skubiszewski. He also helps major companies like soundhalo, Red Bull, Gucci and NAB with their music strategies.