Desert Pea Media: Creative Team


Toby Finlayson
Creative Director

Co-founder of Desert Pea Media. Has been working in remote indigenous communities around Australia and the world since 2003. Toby trained in Thailand with acclaimed CCD organization ‘The Makhampom Foundation’ in 2003 and completed a BA Communications in Theatre & Media in 2004. Toby has also coordinated art programs in Sri Lankan tsunami refugee camps (2005). He has since delivered a host of indigenous media programs with Desert Pea Media and continues to direct and facilitate programs today.

Matthew Priestley
Cultural Consultant

Co-founder of Desert Pea Media. Has a long history of working with both contemporary and traditional indigenous media. Matt was principal artist of CCD organisation ‘BigHart’ (1989-99) and AFI laureat for his short film ‘Hurt’ in 1991. Acclaimed in both the indigenous and non-indigenous arts industry as a traditional and visual artist, he works across media platforms to communicate a powerful message of indigenous cultural sustainability and development. Matthew is a visual artist, film maker, traditional dancer, song writer, theatre.

Josh Nicholas
Mentor / Music Producer

Josh is one of Sydney’s most innovative urban music producers. At age 23 he has already released an album, two EP’s and numerous singles. He is at the cutting edge of electronic and urban music fusion, attracting much acclaim in the underground scene for his creations. Of Maori blood himself, Josh has a keen interest in Indigenous rights and affairs, and is passionate about achieving equality for all the world’s first peoples. He continues to be a valued member of the DPM team.

Michael Graham

Michael (Mick) is a Kamileroi man, from Collarenebri. Mick began his relationship with DPM in 2010, as a participant in a DPM song writing project. He performed as the front man for ‘The Colli Crew’ at the 2011 ARIA Awardsat the Sydney Opera House, at the 2012 Yabun Festival in Sydney, the 2013 Indigenous All-Stars NRL Game in The Gold Coast and the 2013 NAIDOC Ball. In 2015 he released his debut EP under the name of MC Boomalli. In 2017 he was awarded a Young Regional Artists Scholarship with DPM by Create NSW. He is currently working with DPM music producer Josh Nicholas on his debut album (due out in 2018).

Roy Weiland
Camera / Motion Graphics

Roy Weiland has a strong ‘just do it’ attitude and believes that knowledge is there for the taking. From this logic, he has taught himself the craft of film making from editing, camera to writing and motion graphics. His short films have screened in festivals around Australia and the world. Musically, he’s a talented rapper and one half of a Hip Hop duo that is gaining momentum in Sydney’s underground scene. Roy’s main driving force in all his artistic endeavours is telling a good story – whether its form be music or film.

Joel 'Roc West' Westlake
Facilitator / Music Producer

Roc has studied music performance and composition since he was five years old. Son of renowned Australian composer Nigel Westlake, he studied performance at the Sydney conservatorium and School of music at ANU, Canberra. He then moved on to his own style of composition – a fusion of orchestral, hip-hop and electronic music. He has been DPM’s musical director since 2008. A singer himself, Roc takes great pride and pleasure in creating songs and composition in community, allowing the feeling and flavour of each location to influence his music.