Interview With Peter Twartz

Interview With Peter Twartz

We talk to Peter Twartz, Supply Chain Manager at Jands Pty Ltd, about his experiences working in the industry. Peter has been a part of the Jands team for over 20 years, has a wealth of experience working at high profile events such as the Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony and has first hand witnessed the changes undergone in our industry.


  1. How did you end up working in the audio field?
    My brother’s band needed a sound guy…oh and a PA system. Before that I was a lighting guy.

  2. When did you start working for Jands and how has your role changed over the years?
    Early 1987. Originally I was the “Soundcraft and Broadcast Product Manager”, when Jands first took on Soundcraft. Officially I worked for JBL Australia Pty Ltd which was part of Jands. I moved through a number of product support and application engineering roles before TRG (Jands Technical Resource Group) existed. Then I got involved in the move to Pronto (Enterprise Resource Planning program) in 1998 and never escaped back to the real world; currently in the role of Supply Chain Manager.

  3. What is the most rewarding aspect of working for Jands?
    Working with a bunch of people who are all trying to do something special. It is not just a 9-5 job.

  4. What was the most memorable event that you have worked on?
    Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony and the launch of the JBL XLP HiFi speakers at Jenolan Caves. Totally opposite extremes of the scale, but in each case hearing an audience inhale in awe at a cue in the show sends tingles down the spine.

  5. Funniest or nightmare tour story?
    Doing a show for the Australian Opera in Sydney, tipping the truck at the factory, reloading a vastly different set of gear, then driving the truck to Canberra, rigging the PA and Lights in Australian Institute of Sport at Bruce for a Slim Dusty concert, trying to catch 40 winks during the show on a massage table and waking up totally gaffed to the table.

  6. What do you never leave home without?
    My passport. I did once, and it all went really badly. My laptop is never far away either…these days there are more useful tools in it than in my tool box.

  7. What is the product that has been released that has single handily changed the way the entertainment/audio industry operates?
    Mobile Phone.

  8. In your opinion, how has the industry in general changed over the years?
    It is an industry now. Back then it was everyone’s hobby.

  9. You’re a known optimist with an ability to operate with little sleep, what keeps you going?
    I actually do enjoy what I do, and I like that unachievable concept of going home and having everything done.

  10. If you were passing on advice to someone who wanted to work in the industry, what would you tell them?
    Don’t! I told my kids that and they are both working in the industry.


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