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“Crosstown traffic, All you do is slow me down,

And I got better things on the other side of town” - Jimi Hendrix, 1969















ONTOUR BONOBO [UK] Thursday March 8, Corner Hotel RONNIE [USA], DJ FINGAZ [USA] Friday March 9, CQ THE RAPTURE [USA], AZARI & III [CAN] Tuesday March 6, The Forum APHEX TWIN [USA] Tuesday March 6, Palace Theatre DIE ANTWOORD [RSA] Wednesday March 7, Prince Bandroom JESSIE J [UK], PROFESSOR GREEN [UK] Wednesday March 7, Festival Hall FATBOY SLIM [UK] Wednesday March 7, The Palace MAD PROFESSOR [USA] Friday March 9, The Espy IAN POOLEY [GER] Friday March 9, OneSixOne ARIL BRIKHA [SWE] Friday March 9, Brown Alley MAITREYA: LIQUID SOUL [SWI], ACE VENTURA [ISR], ELECTRIC UNIVERSE [GER] + MORE Friday March 9 – 12, Carlsbrook GOOD LIFE ALL-AGES FESTIVAL: STEVE ANGELLO [SWE], TINIE TEMPAH [UK], SKRILLEX [USA] + MORE Friday March 9, Flemington Racecourse ROOTS MANUVA [UK] Saturday March 10, Prince Bandroom GOLDEN PLAINS: CHIC [USA], ROOTS MANUVA [UK] + MORE Saturday March 10 – 12, Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL: SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA [SWE], FATBOY SLIM [UK], PAUL VAN DYK [GER] Sunday March 11, Flemington Racecourse SVEN VATH [GER], OLIVER HUNTEMANN [GER] Sunday March 11, Roxanne Parlour JAMES MURPHY AND PAT MAHONEY [USA], JUAN MACLEAN [USA] + MORE Sunday March 11, Seven ICICLE [UK], SPECTRASOUL [UK], KRYPTIC MINDS [UK] + MORE Sunday March 11, Billboard JAMES LAVELLE [UK] Monday March 12, The Espy KRS-ONE [USA] Wednesday March 14, The Palace DJ QUIK [USA] Friday March 16, Prince Bandroom APHRODITE [UK] Friday March 16, Brown Alley SIDETRACKED: FLO RIDA [USA], GRANDMASTER FLASH [USA], ART VS. SCIENCE [AUS] + MORE Saturday March 17 – 18, Formula One Grand Prix LUKE ABBOTT [UK], FAIRMONT [CAN], AVUS [UK] Friday March 23, Brown Alley PROSUMER [GER] Friday March 23, Mercat Basement CHE-FU [NZ] Saturday March 24, The Hi-Fi NICK CURLY [GER] Sunday March 25, Revolver BEN UFO [UK] Friday March 27, Revolver PERSEUS [USA] Thursday March 29, OneSixOne YELAWOLF [USA] Friday March 30, Prince Bandroom OSCAR MULERO [ESP] Friday March 30, Mercat Basement HEADMAN [GER] Saturday March 31, The Liberty Social EFDEMIN [GER] Saturday March 31, TBA RICK WILHITE [USA] Thursday April 5, Mercat Basement COSMIC GATE [GER] Thursday April 5, Festival Hall PEDRO [USA] Friday April 6, The Espy THE FREESTYLERS [UK] Friday April 6, Boat Party TBA DANIEL KANDI [NED] Friday April 6, Royal Melbourne Hotel STACEY PULLEN [USA], M.A.N.D.Y. [GER], CLIVE HENRY [UK] + MORE Friday April 6, Billboard MOODYMANN [USA], MARTIN BUTTRICH, [USA] TINI [GER], ROMAN FLUGEL [GER] Sunday April 8, Brown Alley JACQUES GREENE [CAN], MACHINEDRUM [USA] + MR. DIBIASE [USA] Sunday April 8, TBA JEROME ISMA-AE [GER] Friday April 13, Royal Melbourne Hotel DERRICK MAY [USA] Tuesday April 24, TBA DMX [USA] Friday April 27, Trak CREAMFIELDS: DAVID GUETTA [USA], ABOVE & BEYOND [UK] + MORE Saturday April 28, Melbourne Showgrounds DIGITALISM [FRA] Friday May 4, The Forum GROOVIN’ THE MOO: DIGITALISM [GER], SHAPESHIFTER [NZ] + MORE Saturday May 5, Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Bendigo


Hooooooooooooly shit there are pretty serious parties on this week. Since moving to Melbourne, long weekends are directly responsible for the 10 year decrease on my expected lifespan. You know when you take your sunglasses with you on a night out cos’ you know you’re not coming home until the sun rises? Yeah, that. Every night this week. Tyson Wray

DFA: Dance Free-For All Oscar Mulero: Mercat Madness

Oscar Mulero’s enduring presence in the world of techno is a testament to his continued relevance as a passionate collector of timeless techno classics with a finger on the pulse of electronic music - from the end of the ‘80s all the way up to today. No stranger to the endless crowds of Sonar and Movement, last year saw him release his debut full-length album, Grey Fades To Green, warmly received across the world of techno and beyond, as well as his crossover into the fully audiovisual Light & Dark live set, tested live in some of the best festivals around. Soon to celebrate his ten years of label WarmUp, it’s a surprise that Australia remains one of the few countries Mulero’s touring commitments have never appeared in – set to be resolved very soon. Oscar Mulero plays the Mercat on Friday March 30.

Maitreya: Reconnexion Future After Party: Whaddup

It seems fair to say it’s a bit of a tradition now – Sven Vath’s third year of heading the decks at Future Music Festival and taking out the headline slot at the official afterparty. With 30 years of experience as a DJ and producer, it’s no wonder that Sven Vath’s frequently referred to as Germany’s king of techno – a cult-figure in the world of underground electronic music, seminal albums including Accident in Paradise and The Harlequin, The Robot, and The Ballet Dancer were some of the first to define the direction that techno was to take for the next two decades, and Coccoon’s releases, events and parties are undisputed marks of uber-cool chic and premium quality worldwide. Renowned for his penchant for marathon sets, he’ll be joined by fellow techno stalwart Oliver Huntemann, whose past includes highlights such as remixes for Depeche Mode, The Chemical Brothers and Underworld, collaborations with Dubfire, and a hotly-anticipated fourth album Paranoia due out soon on his own imprint Ideal Audio. Whaddup. Join the two for the ultimate kick-ons at Roxanne Parlour on Sunday March 11.

A fixture on the Victorian music festival scene, Matreiya is set for another year of wild abandon this year, and the launch goes down with some of the trance scene’s biggest names with over a decade of experience each behind them. Eat Static, Laughing Buddha and ESP are all on board, with a history that extends all the way back to the beginning of the trance movement in Goa to the present day, shaping not only the direction the movement has taken but established themselves as one of its biggest live acts. Keep an eye out for the list of acts still yet to be announced – Maitreya Reconnexion takes place at The Hi-Fi on Saturday March 17.

Sideshow Cancelled: Tinie Tempah

Sorry, friends – we were looking forward to South London rapper Tinie Tempah, BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe and dubstep powerhouse Chase and Status taking over Festival Hall, too. Unfortunately, as Future Entertainment have just announced, it seems it’s no longer to be – due to circumstances beyond their control, all Australian sideshows have been pulled at the eleventh hour. What a bummer, huh? It’s not all bad news, with all three artists still set to kick it at Future Music Festival.

Daniel Kandi: Sweet Snooker

A trance act not unfamiliar to headlining some of the world’s biggest festivals, including Trance Energy, Global Gathering, Godskitchen, A State of Trance and a favourite of labels Anunjabeats and Armada Music, Daniel Kandi’s omnipresence within trance is well-deserved. Picked up by the former label a year or so after beginning to produce music for himself, he’s rapidly become a favourite of fellow DJs including Armin van Buuren and international audiences, and spent last year beginning his own label Always Alive in collaboration with Phillip Alpha. Not only that, but according to Wikipedia, Kandi is pretty handy with a large stick, having won the Danish snooker championship every year from 2004 to 2009. Not sure whether this is for real, or some well-placed Wiki-vandalism as the citation is in Dutch – but either way, it’s too amusing not to include in here. Get a load of Kandi’ sugar-sweet tunes when he hits the Royal Melbourne Hotel on Friday April 6.

DJ Fresh: So Hot Right Now

Bounce: Bendigo Bender Digitalism: Not The Drummer From Twerps

After a triumphant debut in Australia on last year’s Parklife tour, it’s no wonder that Digitalism are more than keen to head back down to Australia so soon. It’s a feeling that’s mutual to Australian audiences, with promoters quickly snapping up the duo for this year’s Groovin’ the Moo – and hey, there’s more! For those of you who can’t spare the journey out to Bendigo this year, that’s okay because the group are planning on bringing the material from wildly successful electro-tinged debut Idealism and last year’s follow-up I Love You, Dude to a sideshow near you, and sweetening the deal is the addition of Modular Records newcomer Beni as support. We love these dudes. Catch them at The Forum on Friday May 4.

Chart-topping International superstar DJ Havana Brown is set to headline Bounce Music Festival 2012, running in conjunction with the Bendigo Jockey Club’s Golden Mile Race Day. The entertainment bounces off at 1pm, with local DJ talent from Bendigo, Melbourne, Ballarat, Shepparton, Echuca and Kyneton alongside Sydney’s DJ Helena and Ministry of Sounds very own, John Course. Bounce Music Festival will be a safe and thrilling atmosphere for music lovers aged 16 and older. For those who are under 18, there will be a dry (alcohol-free) area, with no glass, plenty of shade and water available. For those who prefer the VIP experience, Club Class ticketholders will have access to a private dance and viewing area complete with cocktail catering and an all expenses paid bar. VIPs will also have comfortable couch seating with an exclusive TAB, televisions and Video Game Entertainment. VIP ladies will have access to beauticians and hairdressers in the powder room for touch-ups. All ticket purchase include free admission to the Golden Mile Race Day. Bounce Music Festival is on at Bendigo Racecourse on Saturday March 17.

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Dance music labels don’t get much bigger than DFA Records. Began way back in 2001 by Mo’ Wax co-founder Tim Goldsworthy, LCD Soundsystem wild-child James Murphy and manager Jonathan Galkin, DFA’s reputation as an unparalleled purveyor of dance-tinged punk, electronica and disco is utterly undeniable and I will fight you if you disagree, with their roster of releases reading more like the decade’s most successful albums including efforts from Hercules and Love Affair, Hot Chip and The Rapture under their name, not to mention their killer efforts as the DFA production team, remixing everybody from Goldfrapp to the Gorillaz, M.I.A. and Nine Inch Nails. It’ll be a guaranteed party and a half when the crew hit town with James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, Juan Maclean, Benoit and Sergio in tow for an evening of all-out good times. Join the DFA crew when they take over Seven on Sunday March 11.


Old mates with fellow drum and bass trendsetter dBridge from his role in the revered collective Bad Company, founder of Dogs on Acid and one of the genre’s favourite labels Breakbeat Kaos (home to releases from the likes of Pendulum to J Majik and Wickaman and the Brookes Brothers) along with Adam F, and production work for the Pet Shop Boys, DJ Shadow, Apollo 440 to Andy C and Grooverider – DJ Fresh sure lives up to his name as one of the genre’s most important players with a extraordinary instinct for the next big thing. His own latest effort, single Hot Right Now, is seeing a release on Ministry of Sound next month, and the celebratory tour of Australia goes down around the same time. Melburnians can catch DJ Fresh showing us what’s hot right now at Brown Alley on Sunday April 8.

Che-Fu: High Scorer

Originally one part of the band Supergroove, Che Fu’s departure from the group to pursue a career as a solo artist has been a successful venture; unquestionably one of New Zealand’s most popular and respected male vocal artists, the past few years have seen him release three stellar studio albums, with plans to tour Australia just announced. Ready to deliver the performance of a lifetime, showcasing a back catalogue of hits and staples of Kiwi iPods everywhere, the multi-award winning name in hip hop will be heading over on the back of a recently compiled best-of album, Hi – Score, which perfectly balances the slew of material from his three albums thus far. Should be a big one. Che-Fu plays The Hi-Fi on Saturday March 24.

KRS-One: Local Support

It is an absolute privilege to have hip hop legend KRS-One touring Australia, not just because of his musical brilliance, but because it takes the dude weeks to get here by boat due to his refusal to fly. To celebrate this colossal occasion, KRS-One will be supported by Bias B with Bigfoot (out of retirement for one night only), Def Wish Cast and DJ Peril. With the night hosted by Reason, you can’t help but wonder if the support acts alone are worth the price of admission. Catch them when they play alongside KRS-One at Palace Theatre on Wednesday March 14.




“Drum and bass is a small world and most labels are very interested in new producers as long as you have something distinct about your sound.”

CHILLIN’: BASS JUMP’S COOL PARTY Listen to his musical output thus far, and you’re likely to conclude that Jeroen Snik’s production alias Icicle is one that’s all too fitting for the kind of soundscapes in drum and bass, techno and beyond that he’s now notorious for producing: remote and windswept, deep and undeniably cool. From his first few releases on a slew of drum and bass labels to the expansion of his musical interests into slower territory, his debut album was released last year to much acclaim, and alongside many of his fellow sonic explorers, Snik will be heading down soon to show Australians the boundaries that are slowly dissolving between bass music’s many permutations. Learning to play the piano and drums from the age of eight, it was the world of clubbing that soon changed his approach to music entirely. “The first time I went clubbing, I was 15 – some friends took me to this night they had been to once before and said it was the most amazing thing they’d ever seen,” he says. “It was a drum and bass night called Jungle Galaxy, and I was blown away by it. I’d never really heard drum and bass before, but it made such a big impression on me that I went to the local record store the next day and bought as much of it on vinyl as I could afford. I went to the same club to attend a techno night too shortly after that, which had a pretty similar effect one me, but for some reason, drum and bass was the one!” His first few releases finding inspiration in the likes of Jonny L and Optical and the intricate drum patterns of Photek and Source Direct, it wasn’t long before he found his music being played out all over the world by the likes of Goldie, LTJ Bukem, London Elektricity, and plenty of others, prompting him to start releasing tunes of labels such as RAM, Soul:R, Med School and Critical. “Networking in drum and bass is a very simple procedure,” he explains. “You get yourself a screen name for AOL Instant Messenger, and you are set. Once my first tunes where getting out there and people where starting to sign some bits I got the attention from pretty much the entire scene with lots of labels interested to sign anything I had. In those days I wrote a tune a week if not more, so I was


signing away music really quickly. Drum and bass is a small world and most labels are very interested in new producers as long as you have something distinct about your sound, getting picked up is not that hard.” It was in 2008 that Snik decided to make the move from Holland to London, as a matter of convenience. “Moving to London has been great for me; it has really paid off for my career. I do miss Holland, it’s a great country to live in, but it’s only a 45 minute flight away. The thing about London is there is so much going on. There’s always a party you wanna be at or a collaboration you can do. It’s extremely motivating! On the other hand it’s hard to get away from it, and there is no room to relax. You are always ‘on’, here.” It was Shogun Audio who managed to put dibs on the young producer’s talents, signing him and promptly releasing his first album through the label. It must be nice to be in such hot demand, I ask him, and he agrees. “Getting their support has allowed me to shape myself as a producer, most importantly making me write an album,” he says. “Friction and I get on really well – there are the occasional differences in opinion from time to time – but they have always made whatever we were working on a stronger product in the end.” Snik frequently cites techno as another one of his main influences – a far cry from the relentless, fast-paced pound of drum and bass’ breakneck tempos. “If I listen to dance music just to wind down or when I’m going out, there is a big chance it’s techno,” he reveals. “I’ve always liked it a lot and it has always seemed like a very pure, clean and to-the-point kind of dance music to me. Those kinds of characteristics I always try to bring back into whatever music I make.” In this context, then, it’s easy to see how techno has influenced the manner in which he approaches music production. The sleek and minimalistic sounds of techno might be worlds away from dubstep and drum and bass, but that highbrow approach to constructing songs with a pared-back approach works to his advantage, especially in comparison to many of his contemporaries. “I guess


that is an inbuilt part of my personality as a producer,” he expands. “I could make much more accessible music and possibly quadruple my income, but I would never be happy with my music. I guess being a music producer is a selfish thing; I’m in it to please myself. I’m just lucky enough other people like it too.” Last year’s debut LP, Under The Ice, was one of the year’s most surprising efforts – an immersive, imaginative album full of space and room to breathe, a self-professed attempt to dig beneath the surface of the dance floor to discover what lies beneath, it features vocal appearances from Chicago legend Robert Owens, who narrates the introduction and sings on the track Redemption, alongside guest appearances from SP:MC, Proxima and DRS. In particular, its sense of cohesiveness is one that’s rare in the kinds of genres that Snik is known for working in – Under The Ice feels like a deliberately-constructed whole, as opposed to a collection of songs glued together for the sake of filling up an album. “I think the main thing going though my head when I started was that I wanted to set it apart from what could have been just a few 12” releases and make it a coherent project, so thank you for noticing! I guess I’ve tried to cram as many of my prominent influences into it and have tried to push my production to the point where I had nothing more to give. In terms of vision, I wanted to make quite contrasting music: organicsounding music, but ultra-clean and precise production and a futuristic palette of sound.” The manner in which Snik manages to traverse a wide array of styles and genres is enviable, demonstrating a keen understanding of what makes dance music so compelling beyond the ordinary confines of genre and time. To Snik, though, they all fit together neatly. “For me, dubstep is that missing link between techno and drum and bass,” he says. “I love writing music at 140BPM because it allows me to explore more of the techno side of my production without have to go too far from the drum and bass side of what I make. I guess in general, it’s just nice to have a breather from drum and bass’ tight, confined feel and

write more or less the same music but with much more space to experiment.” Notorious for both his live shows as well as his impressive DJ sets, it’s the latter he’ll be bringing down here for a string of dates across the country, as he explains. “I will be DJing in Australia, as I haven’t worked out the logistics of shipping all my gear across the world yet. The live show has been going really well over here though. It is basically me playing my music through nothing but actual hardware. There are no laptops or iPads or anything like that – just synths, a drum computer and a ton of outboard such as a mixer, some reverbs and a valve limiter. It’s basically a small hardware studio on the stage. I get lots of nerdy young guys coming up to me after DJ gigs asking me how I make my basslines and things like that – with the live show I can say, ‘Like this!’” Bass Jump will not only be a chance to show off his skills and unparalleled taste in music when he’s down here, but also catch up with a number of friends and colleagues from the business. Fellow headliners Kryptic Minds are an old collaborator of Snik’s, having put out a split EP together with them as well as fellow labelmates Spectrasoul. “Yeah, I get on with the guys really well. Before we did that split 12” in around 2008, me and Switch put out a drum and bass 12” on their label Osiris too, so I’ve been in touch with them for a while now!” Not only one of the year’s wildest parties but a family reunion, too. Good, wholesome fun. Miki McLay Icicle [UK] play Bass Jump 2012: The Outlook Festival Launch Party alongside Spectrasoul [UK], Ulterior Motive [UK] Kryptic Minds [UK], The Upbeats [NZ], Crushington Live [NZ], Optimus Gryme [NZ], Organikismness [NZ], Safire [AUS] and more at Docklands (boat cruise) and Billboard (club show) on Sunday March 11.

Wednesday 7th

“CoQ RoQ” Mr Moonshine / Agent86 Thursday 8th

“Free Range Funk”

Wednesday 7th

“Cosmic Pizza” Ransom FROM 9PM

Richard Kelly FROM 11PM

Dj Who / Nikki & Jake / Tiger Funk

Thursday 8th T’Funk (LIVE)

Friday 9th


“Panorama” Phato A Mano / Mr George / Matt Rad Saturday 10th


Phato A Mano / Matt Rad / Mr George


FROM 10:30PM

Friday 9th




Mr Moonshine / D’Fro / Dj B-Two Sunday 11th

Saturday 10th Adam Askew FROM 8:30

“Roof Top Party”

Spacey Space




FROM 10:30 FROM 12:30


Sunday 11th FUTURE MUSIC PARTY Agent 86 FROM 5PM ON THE ROOFTOP Tom Evans FROM 8PM Luke Syrylo FROM 10PM Tigerfunk FROM 12:00AM


Monday 12th

“South Side Hustle” Adam Askew / Mr George / Booshank Monday 12th

Tuesday 13th

“Cosmic pizzas” Hysteric ( Mothball / Bordello A Parigi ) / NHJ


Tuesday 13th Matt Radovich FROM 9PM

Henry Who FROM 11PM



WEDNESDAY7TH COQ ROQ Rocking Wednesdays at Lucky Coq are rotating DJs Lady Noir, Agent 86, Kiti, Mr Thom, Joybot and guests giving you nothing but the best new wave, punk, brit pop, bong rap and hair metal. Coq Roq takes place every Wednesday from 8pm with free pool downstairs from 9pm as well as drink specials. Roq out! Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor

HALFWAYS DJ Honzo along with his menagerie of very special guests stick it to the midweek grind with an aural banquet! Honzo and crew lay down a mash up of trip hop, fresh dub, hip hop beats, deep breaks and d and b that’ll get you flowing and keep you stomping until the weekend comes round again. Sonic refreshment for the midweek thirst. Workshop, Lvl 1, 413-417 Elizabeth St (Cnr A’Beckett St), Melbourne


prepared to deliver the most excitement you can have this side of the weekend. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

DUBSTEP THURSDAYS It’s Dubstep, it’s Eurotrash, it’s new, it’s the vibe, it’s Thursdays, it’s weekly and it’s free. So get down to Eurotrash and get your wobble on. Eurotrash Bar, 18 Corrs Lane, Off Chinatown, Melbourne CBD

FREE RANGE FUNK Funk up your Thursday nights with Free Range Funk at the Windsor favourite Lucky Coq. Grab a couch early and enjoy one (or more) of their famous $4 pizzas from 7-11pm. Meanwhile DJs Who, Agent 86, Lewis CanCut and special guests tempt you into the night with their eclectic bag of treats. Setting the mood early is delightful jazz, deep soul, and funk. Later it’s fruity disco, choice house, and hipster dance drops. Free entry every Thursday. Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor


Summer is here and the crew at Miss Libertine have gone mad and are throwing a crazy season long sale. $12 jugs of Boags, $22 jugs of Cocktails all night long and what has got the whole of Melbourne talking 2 4 1 Basic Spirits from 7pm till 10pm. Yes that is right you heard correctly. And don’t forget we will still be bringing you your favourite Miss Libertine pizzas for $5. With fun party tunes cranking out all night long, with everything from funk, soul, hip hop, R&B and everything in-between. Miss Libertine, 34 Franklin St, Melbourne CBD

Summer is here and the crew at Miss Libertine have gone mad and are throwing a crazy season long sale. $12 jugs of Boags, $22 jugs of Cocktails all night long and what has got the whole of Melbourne talking 2 4 1 Basic Spirits from 7pm till 10pm. Yes that is right you heard correctly. And don’t forget we will still be bringing you your favourite Miss Libertine pizzas for $5. With fun party tunes cranking out all night long, with everything from funk, soul, disco, house, hip hop, R&B and everything in-between. You know that the only place to be on a Thursday night is Miss Libertine. Miss Libertine, 34 Franklin St, Melbourne CBD



With more flavour than a chocolate pizza, the Wednesday Soul Army throws down raw, uncut funk next to smooth soul grooves and rare blue jams. Bring that special lady because when the boys lay down the love it could be the difference between ‘we’re just friends’ to ‘let’s get it on’. PBS stalwarts Vince Peach and Miss Goldie accompany Prequel and Black Diamond Kicks weekly. Free. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

WEDNESDAYS AT CO. Don’t miss Melbourne’s biggest mid-week party night Wednesdays @ Co.! Featuring Premier DJ Petar Tolich and Scotty E spinning all your favourite 90’s to current party anthems! Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

THURSDAY8TH BIMBO THURSDAYS Tigerfunk brings with him his full band of travelling gypsies, hipsters and middle class executives, all of whom are

Paparazzi Fridays present DJ’s Nikkos, Joe Sofo & Kitty Kat bringing you the biggest anthems & club classics all night long. Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

INNER CITY SOUNDS Melbourne’s most eclectic collective spinning the freshest mixes of current sounds. DJs Matt Radovich, Hayden George, and guests form the crew that put new spins on Indie, hip hop, funk, soul dub and a whole range of as yet undiscovered and unnamed genres. Come soak up the new sound. Beat pioneers, illuminating the musical gloom. Workshop, Lvl 1, 413-417 Elizabeth St (Cnr A’Beckett St), Melbourne


reverberations will lubricate your oesophagus and tickle your ear canal with oscillating bass and melodious high ends, making your evening a sensory delight. All will leave you rhythmically sated and tenaciously clinging to the joyful vestiges of six-hour eargasm. Workshop, Lvl 1, 413-417 Elizabeth St (Cnr A’Beckett St), Melbourne


Dysphemic and J.Nitrous join residents Fa and C1 for a Bass Cartel party to remember. Nestling in the unpretentious, inviting atmosphere of The Workshop Bar, Bass Cartel’s




DNA (Developing New Artistry) brings you genetically modified musical molecules specifically developed to entertain and enhance Melbourne’s dance scene. Every Friday we showcase the next crop of promising DJ/ producers handpicked by Lab22’ s mastermind technician Genetix! Doors open 10pm, $5 basics til midnight and $5 DNA shots all night. First Floor, 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

FREEDOM PASS Start your weekend with freedom! The Freedom Pass gives you the choice of 5 huge rooms of entertainment and 4 different styles of music. Fusion, Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

NEO NEO is the focus of a new underground movement fussing aspects of alternative cultures in bringing to life the newly formed sub-culture known as fetigoth. Dark electronica, EBM and industrial by Nero, DJ War(K) and GPK. ABODE, Level One - cnr St Kilda Rd & Martin St, St Kilda

PANORAMA Start your weekend on a good note with Panorama Fridays at Lucky Coq. DJs Matt Rad, Mr George, Tom Meagher and Phato A Mano transform the upstairs area into one hell of a house party with Hip Hop, Funk, R&B, Disco and House. Meanwhile, downstairs gives you a secluded wind down atmosphere with cult films as background visuals and quality cocktails to sip on. Let the new coqtail list wash away a crappy week! Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor

Saturdays at Lucky Coq tick all the boxes so start your night early and stay til close! Famous $4 pizzas from 7-9pm (that’s dinner sorted) then from 9pm spread over two levels with DJs playing hip hop, funk, disco, house and electro. Rotating guests on both levels keep the tunes fresh. Free entry. Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor

SUNDAY11TH BASS JUMP Joining forces with Croatia’s Outlook Festival for what will undoubtedly be a heavy-going night of broken beats, the latest Bass Jump party is sure to launch you into the allconsuming world of bass music. Icicle’s chilly and highly technical approach to writing heavy-hitting beats are a breath of fresh air in the world of drum and bass, whose talents have been recognized by labels including Shogun, RAM and Critical. Fellow Shogun signees Spectrasoul run in similar circles, with a reputation for emotive production and collaborative efforts that include Forsaken with Alix Perez and Glimpse with dBridge that have seen their careers endure for many a year. Alongside plenty more names including Kryptic Minds, Ulterior Motive, and loads of local DJs and producers, this is a lineup too big to miss. Billboard, 170 Russell Street, Melbourne

DJ Grandmaster Vicious playing the best ‘80s and ‘90s pop, hip hop, new wave classics and cheese plus dance floor anthems from then to now. One Twenty Bar, 120 Johnston St, Fitzroy

SATURDAY10TH It’s lucky dip time at Co. where there is always a new experience for you! This month you can visit our tarot reader to find out what your future (or night) holds, or stop by for a temporary tattoo! With DJs Finlo White and Dean T bringing the party to Co. with all your favourite club classics and anthems. Plus Marcus Knight playing old skool R&B in the side room. Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

Put your hands in the air with some of Melbourne’s best party DJs, including including Mu-Gen, Lace em’ Tight and more. Eurotrash Bar, 18 Corrs Lane, Off Chinatown, Melbourne CBD

FIRST FLOOR SATURDAYS It’s house, electro, dub, anthems, disco and funk with guest DJs Genetix, B-Two and Oohee rocking til the break of day. Doors open 10pm with $5 basics til midnight! First Floor, 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

DROPPING PHAT The Scratch Foundation presents Dropping Phat. The Scratch Boys drop 6 hours of phat beats for a one off Saturday before returning to the regular Friday Slot from 8pm. Matty Blades mashes up the beats doing impulsive back to back appearances with, and with regular turntable support from their most respected guests. With everyone dropping beats, from the old school of thought, the old beats of hip hop, and of course the phattest beats to be found…. and scratched. Phat breaks and funky beats guarantee you a scratching good old time. Workshop, Lvl 1, 413-417 Elizabeth St (Cnr A’Beckett St), Melbourne

JODY MCLEOD This weekend brings you Jody McLeod. Featuring Tate Strauss and Matty G. Plus Fusion residents Johnny M mix up your favourite sexy R&B hits in the Mezzanine.. Fusion, Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

HOT STEP Google Hot Step and you’ll get a bunch of Vietnamese game reviews and Balkanese dances on YouTube. But that’s nothing like what you can expect to find within the confines of Bimbo on a Saturday night. Developing thick and heavy but altogether groovy, enjoy an eclectic mix of fairy floss funk, doom disco and monk movement minimal every week. Free. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

SATURDAYS AT ONE TWENTY BAR DJ CKass will take you on a musical journey to the retro sounds of the 70s and 80s, followed by Top 40s. One Twenty Bar, 120 Johnston St, Fitzroy

SECRET ROOM The sophisticated world of alternative underground culture. The Secret Room. The space you can’t explain, you can only experience. Socialise in the opulent lounge rooms or indulge your body, mind and ears to deep dirty tribal and tech house by Beaker and Syme Tollens. ABODE, Level One - cnr St Kilda Rd & Martin St, St Kilda


DJ Marcus Knight & DJ Xander James drop sexy house, dance and drum and bass all night from 8pm. Free entry. Temperance Hotel, 426 Chapel St, South Yarra




Star Saturdays - smashing it every Saturday! Phil Ross, Scotty Erdos, DJ Ontime, LC, Nick James, Dane Gains, Ryan Hamill, Deja, Phil Isa, Nixon, Azza M, Scotty Nix, DJ Ryza, C Dubb, Alex-J, G-Funk, Dylisco, Achos, Az, Shaggz and guests. Star Bar, 160 Clarendon St, South Melbourne

The weekend starts here! Get on down for after work drinks from 5pm with DJs Marcus Knight, Mark Pellegrini, Nick Van Wilder & DJ Anferny getting your weekend started right. 5pm til 3am. CQ, 113 Queen St, Melbourne




FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL With a lineup featuring The Rapture, Fatboy Slim, New Order, The Wombats, Paul van Dyk, Skrillex, Aphex Twin and fucking loads more, Future Music Festival is looking out of this world. Whether you like dancing or standing still, this is one party you don’t want to miss. Flemington Racecourse, Flemington

SOUL BE IN IT No Name Nath, Buick and cut and paste mixing funk, soul, hip hop and party jams the way they should be. Free beats, free BBQ that kicks off from 5pm. Workshop, Lvl 1, 413-417 Elizabeth St (Cnr A’Beckett St), Melbourne

SOUTH SIDE HUSTLE The perfect Sunday soundtrack with DJs Askew, Peter Baker, Booshank, Paz, Miss Butt, Junji, Disco Harry and guests. They will be laying down disco, afro beat and deep house til 3am. For lovers of good music - South Side Hustle. Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor

STAR BAR SUNDAYS The original and still the best Sunday in Melbourne. Star Bar, 160 Clarendon St, South Melbourne

SUNDAE SHAKE Our Signature serve. Each and every Sunday we play host to a self professed vinyl junkie caught between the golden years & boogie wonderland. A mouthful? Perhaps. Phato Amano perfectly sets the mood for an audio-adventure that redefines the dance floor weekly. Our Sunday aficionados Agent 86 and Tigerfunk stir up a full cream shake to the flavour of your liking. Forget everything you thought you knew about losing yourself to the grooves. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

MONDAY12TH IBIMBO Have you always wanted to be a DJ but been cruelly cursed with tone deafness and a general inability to version excursion? Well Bimbo Deluxe saves the day once again.. All you need is an iPhone and you’re set. Just download the free ‘remote’ application from the app store, log into the Bimbo DJ wireless network and you choose which song plays next. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

TUESDAY13TH BIMBO TUESDAYS Bimbo Tuesday’s have long been the discerning DJs midweek breath of fresh air. An opportunity to indulge in, and to each parade their individual takes on music. A night where by the weird and wonderful is not frowned upon but rather celebrated. Resident selectors Matt Radovich, Andras Fox and Henry Who draw from a colorful array of sounds that warm your midweek blues. From 8pm, free. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

COSMIC PIZZA NHJ and friends host every Tuesday night upstairs at Lucky Coq. Playing uneasy listening, freaked out bass jams, romantic comedy disco, tropi-jazz, soundtracks and shit you won’t hear on the other nights. Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor

THE UPBEATS EFFERVESCENT: ALL WELL IN WELLINGTON Upbeat would be the right word. The duo, made up of Dylan Jones and Jeremy Glenn, collectively known as The Upbeats and based in Wellington, New Zealand, sure know how to make a dance floor come to life. With three fulllength albums and an infinite number of killer singles under their belt, it’s no surprise that the two have come to be an integral part of the dance music scene, both in their hometown and on an international level. Glenn provides an encouraging assessment of the music scene in New Zealand. “I think that we have been really fortunate; the past ten years, drum and bass has been really healthy, especially in Wellington,” he muses. “We’ve always had really strong support for New Zealand music and art, in general, so for us, State of Mind, and all these other acts – we get a lot of support for our local gigs – a lot of those turnouts can be bigger than the ones for international acts, so we’re very lucky in that sense.” Their first album, according to Glenn, was a somewhat accidental construction – one that almost fell into place, as he puts it. “We’d only put out one EP, and maybe two or three songs that had appeared on compilations. But it was kind of good, because we did it through a New Zealand label, Loop Recordings and at the time, we’d had a lot of songs we’d already written, we’d been trying to find someone to sign us. And at that point there was no thought as to how we were going to create that first album – it was only after about six months that it was out there that we got signed by Bad Taste, and it took us three years to write the next album, we put a lot of thought into how the songs would sound together and that kind of stuff.” Sophomore LP Nobody’s Out There, and its 2009 follow-up Big Skeleton, on the other hand, follow a markedly different approach. Offered the chance to approach putting these albums together at their own pace, they took it and ran with it, and the results are a beautifully deliberative and interconnected effort. Glenn explains the thought process that runs through the second album, revealing the sheer amount of thought that went into it. “We set out with the idea of doing it as a concept album,” he says. “So we sat down and literally wrote the story to it, and we had three illustrators working with us. Each songs represents a chapter in this story, and we had them illustrating that – and the video for the main single Thinking Cap with Georgie was kind of an extension of that, the story told in animation. It was a big undertaking, but we were stoked with it, we’d never done something like that.” The Upbeats have had a history of working with an eclectic mix of labels – EPs of theirs feature in the discographies of Virus, Soul:R, Renegade, and plenty more. When asked about some of their favourites to work with, it seems that Bad Taste (owned by Bad Company) on which Nobody’s Out There was released was one career highlight. “They were our idols; we were so into their music, so we were really starstruck,” says Glenn with an air of disbelief in his voice, as if he’s still in awe. “I remember first turning up when we went out to the UK for a tour. We had met one of them for dinner briefly over here when we first gave them our music, and then we turned up in London and we were staying with them. I remember knocking on their door, going, ‘Oh my God, we’re in London, at Bad Company’s house, thinking about how surreal it was, what’s going on?’”


was no thought as to how we were going to create that first album – it was only after about six months that it was out there that we got signed by Bad Taste, and it took us three years to write the next album, we put a lot of thought into how the songs would sound together.”

You might also know The Upbeats under a different moniker – Crushington is the side-project under which they’ve been known to release material that edges into the realm of 140BPM and broken beats. “I think there are a lot of different reasons why people we know have done it, and I think it’s a really interesting topic, and I’m just going to comment on why we did it – because I think a lot of people switched over for the wrong reasons,” he says, carefully. “We were really interested in it because when we first started listening to it, it wasn’t really the club kind of stuff, it was the weird deep stuff like Kode9, that kind of thing. I was introduced to it by my dad who was really into it. We went and saw Skream and Benga four years ago and it was amazing; I loved all the variants and the groove and rhythm that it offered, which wasn’t there in drum and bass. It gave us the opportunity to write something. “We just got back from America – we were there for about a week. East Coast, West Coast and up to Canada. Before that, Europe and Japan at the end of last year – Japan is always the best experience. Now we’re back home for six week, in which we need to finish off our album, and then we’re off to April. We’re trying to finish it now, put the final touches on all the songs and put the artwork and that kind of stuff sorted, so we can get it to the label we’re releasing it through. Europe in April, then we’ll be finishing off the next album and start touring that.” Miki McLay The Upbeats [NZ] play Bass Jump 2012: The Outlook Festival Launch Party alongside Icicle [UK],Spectrasoul [UK], Ulterior Motive (UK) Kryptic Minds [UK], Crushington Live [NZ], Optimus Gryme [NZ], Organikismness [NZ], Safire [AUS] and more at Docklands (boat cruise) and Billboard (club show) on Sunday March 11.












EVOLUTION: STARTER German globally-acclaimed DJ and producer Paul van Dyk started out in the early ‘90s and since then he’s dominated the top 100 DJ lists around the world. In 2007, the Berlin-based lad had sold over 4.5 million records worldwide and yet he continues to work tirelessly. From Berlin to Ibiza, to Perth and everywhere in between, the godfather of what is now known as the ‘PVD sound’ still has plenty of work left in him. I had the privilege talks to him about Berlin, beats and his upcoming sixth studio record Evolution. If you were to believe everything that Paul van Dyk said then you could be forgiven for thinking that the world really was perfect – a collage of disparate elements, fused together to create one simple, parallel universe. Surround yourself with family and friends; enjoy the sunshine of a morning and the blossoming of springtime flowers. Find luxury not in material things but in the opportunity to relate and connect with mankind. If all this imagery sounds a little improbable, then think again for Paul van Dyk isn’t the high flying, disagreeable operative you might think he is. Accomplished and revered worldwide, yes, but he is a man with his feet firmly attached to the ground nonetheless. The first thing that strikes you about this great man is his

fervent demeanour – it flows with every word he utters, articulated with warmth and passion – he knows his place yet is honoured with the reputation bestowed upon him. And his musical incarnation came with as much focus and determination back then as his spirit and character demonstrates today. Having been part of the most recent Ibiza season, van Dyk has been enjoying the ride. “Obviously, the Ibiza season is still up and running and I’m happy to be a part of the best night out there at Cream,” he says. “It combines all of the great things about electronic music and it brings people together from all over the world.” Not surprisingly, in 2012 he is still based in his native city Berlin and admits it is his home, for the most part, which fuels his inspiration. Certainly one of the sentimental birthplaces of electronic music, he loves being based there despite having enough frequent flyer miles to buy an airline and be based anywhere. “First of all my inspiration is coming from all the travel I do – because somehow it ends up in my music,” he says. “But before all of that, I’m a homeboy and I like Berlin very much. It’s the best city in the world! This is what the visitor will never find; you can live a very individual lifestyle or you can have the space and freedom and creativity to do

ZANE LOWE FUTURE: TASTEMASTER The BBC Radio official site declares that Zane Lowe – revered tastemaker and DJ, in both the party-starter and old-fashioned radio disc jockey sense – delivers “the best new music shoved in your ears”. Lowe does cop flak for the forceful rhetoric he uses around new music – the weekly designation of the Hottest Record in the World on his Radio 1 show, for example, teeters on the edge of self-importance and self-parody. But he’s had some time to consider his position on the H-word. “I’m not afraid of hype,” he muses, in his still-at-least-half-Kiwi accent. “I’m not afraid of that word, because I think more than ever musicians – look at Arctic Monkeys – they saw that hype for what it was, and they’ve built an entire career out of that tiny spark because everyone gee’d up. But they still have to get through. And if you can’t, then hype will be just that. But I don’t see a problem with giving an artist the chance to live up to that hype, because that really is the foundation of what you build on. Either that or hard work. Hopefully both.” It goes without saying that Lowe has a keen ear, being the first to play Gnarls Barkley’s international hit Crazy on the radio, and giving his Hottest Record stamp of approval to just about every pop and indie star who’s made it big in the UK this decade. In a climate where most music discovery channels have originated or migrated online, he’s arguably one of the last of a dying


breed in one of the last bastions of 20th-century style pop radio. “You’ve got a lot of opinions, and a lot more outlets for music, and a lot more ways that people can discover it,” he says of the current music media. “And there’s no question that that’s an overwhelmingly positive thing for artists, and for developing your own story. It just means that when you’re broadcasting you don’t have the right of way anymore. And there’s nothing wrong with that, either, you’ve just got to find a way to galvanise your audience and remain vital.” Lowe was in hip hop outfit Urban Disturbance for six years before moving into broadcasting and so was no stranger to the stage, but made a point early on in his DJing career of not being just another bloke in headphones. “I started to realise very quickly when I started to DJ because of the Radio One thing, I realised that I had a choice. I either show up and press play, but then I realised that I don’t have the personality for that. I’m not the kind of person you want to go and stare at, because I’m not that kind of person. So I need to have a purpose, to really get in to this DJing thing, because otherwise I’m going to go insane. And that was kind of it. And that was 12 years ago!” Lowe’s seen trends come and go throughout that time, so when he’s particularly excited about a moment in dance music, it’s probably a good idea to pay attention. “I think that with


whatever you want to do. And of course you can do it and enjoy it in all of the quiet places or you can do it in one of the clubs or opera houses, theatres, phenomenal restaurants – it’s an absolutely fantastic city to live in.” Clearly, for a man who has been at the forefront of the electronic music scene since virtually the beginning, he remains as focused and committed as ever to delivering for fans and importantly, for the industry. “For me, electronic music has always been about breaking the rules and pushing the boundaries,” he says. “Put it this way – I have a clear idea of what I want to do when I play or produce but the balance comes down to the interaction with the audience so I want to keep my music fresh and exciting. Electronic music started 20 years ago as a small subculture and now it’s like this society; a whole new concept of a multimedia world. Ten years ago we didn’t have iTunes and Beatport for example – these are the things that have changed the music world.” As for current projects, van Dyk has been on the road touring and lining up studio time to work on completing his upcoming sixth record Evolution as well as the remixes for it which will follow after it. “If you listen to the first track [on Evolution], you feel the diversity of sounds that I enjoy; it’s a tough house sort of track and it’s in that PVD hands-in-the-air style,” he says. “I like the tension of a few of the tracks and the fusion of different elements on there. For me, I can draw an analogy to eating the same meal all of the time. It gets boring after a while so that’s why I like to keep my style distinctive and [change] it up.” Paul van Dyk hits town for the Future Music Festival tour this weekend and while he doesn’t relay the common childhood sense of excitement of many of his younger compatriots, his maturity and experience is far more evident. “I do it because people like Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex and artists like that – dance music is really at an apex again. Its tipping point is well and truly global. And in America, too – I did a show with Skrillex and A-Trak in New York recently, and the reaction was unbelievable. I was on first, at 10pm, and that crowd was going for it like it was New Year’s Eve. It was unbelievable.” Lowe is a well-known proponent of dubstep (“it tends to be about 30 percent of what I’m playing, on a nightly basis”) and gives much credit to Skrillex and his ilk for getting young fans interested in dance music. “It’s mad, isn’t it? For a certain generation of people who have just emerged out of the pop bubble that you get into when you’re of a certain age, and you like pop music or something that’s easily digestible – if you want something [that has] a little edge to it, but perhaps isn’t Mars Volta, and all of a sudden they find themselves going, ‘Well, this has got riffs, and pop music, and it’s interesting, and it’s original, and it’s full of bass’. “And that first artist, that first stop for a lot of those people, it never had bass. It always had guitars and drums, and some form of friction, but it never had that bass. Skrillex has that bass, and that’s where a lot of the impact seems to be happening.” Evidently Lowe has the true music fan’s inclination to go off on a rant once you get him going – something he didn’t realise was a strength in his early radio days. “When I first started broadcasting at another radio station I turned to another friend of mine and said, ‘I don’t really know what I’m supposed to say’, because I came from TV and making music, and really I just wanted to be in a studio, making beats,” he recalls. “And he said, ‘Well, you like music, and when we have a few beers and a band comes on that you really like you just don’t shut up about it. So just be that guy.’ So I just needed to find a connection to the music. And that’s genuinely what

I enjoy it,” he says. “I’m a musician and making music is what I have done and it is what I will do. I do what I think should be done and interact with my audience. I want to communicate with the audience and try to keep things authentic. When I am on stage, I don’t need a wig or wear fake glasses – I hope it’s enough that I am up there enjoying myself!” RK Paul van Dyk [GER] plays Future Music Festival on Sunday March 11 at Flemington Racecourse alongside Fatboy Slim [UK], The Rapture [USA], Zane Lowe [UK] and more.

music does to me. I think the biggest misconception, if I can be a dickhead and talk about what people might think, is that I might come home, bounce through the door and whip my family up into a frenzy over dinner. And that’s not the case! I’m actually pretty mellow.” Caitlin Welsh Zane Lowe [UK] plays Future Music Festival at Flemington Racecourse on Sunday March 11 alongside Paul van Dyk [GER], Fatboy Slim [UK], The Wombats [UK] and more.



ACE VENTURA ISRAEL: CALLING Ace Ventura has been dubbed a musical genius – at least in the world of psy trance – but it is his energy and stomping bass lines that are the much bigger testament to his broad appeal. Right now, he is getting prepped for his return visit to Australia – although there is plenty on the agenda to come before that. He starts the interview with this: “It’s all-good in the hood. The weather is fine and sunny mainly because the Israeli winter is rather warm. The family is well, I have two kids running around – well at least one because the other is just four months old! And otherwise, the love in the psytrance world is romantic as ever; I’m travelling around constantly and playing a lot around Israel where I’m feeling the love the most!” Yet making career choices wasn’t life’s greatest challenge, for coming from a musical family didn’t make his decisions in life difficult. “Well music has always been a part of my life but until I was 18 I was sure I would be working in the cinematic field, building a career in sound design in post production – but after a few gigs abroad with my Psysex project, that made me change course rather quickly and I haven’t looked back ever since!” Studio wise, the lad has been keeping very busy in the studio. “My new album is slowly getting into its final phase and it’s called Paradise Engineering; it is planned for a summer 2012 release on Iboga. Otherwise, I have done lots of collaborations too. I’ve done Easy Riders with Rocky (recently signed to HOMmega) and am releasing an EP called Flashback in a few weeks, and then there is Zentura, the new collaboration with Zen mechanics. Other than that, I’ve been making new tunes with Timelock, Captain Hook, Symbolic and a few others. In terms of albums, I’m not really thinking about that – I just don’t have the time; studio time has been getting more and more difficult. I started to tour years ago and now with two kids, it’s even harder to get long sessions in! So I cherish whatever time I get there and just go with it, hoping that people will like the output!” So when it comes to playtime, regardless of the genre, DJs have more recently been exposed to a litany of

choice when it comes to track selection in front of their screaming fans. It also means styles cross boundaries and genre snobs are all of a sudden enjoying something totally unexpected. “Obviously there was a huge dubstep phase that is still going on but I feel that it has ran its course and in some places, people don’t react well to it. I feel that the techno invasion into the psy parties also peaked and that now people just want good old psychedelic trance again, fast or slow! As for me, I don’t really have much time to listen to music but I try to take in everything I go through day to day. I play a lot of gigs and every once in a while, there is that special one that sends you to the studio with extra motivation and ideas.” And the benefits keep rolling. “You don’t just get to play whatever you want; you also get to see all manner of different things. I love the global festival circuit because you get to see all kinds of shenanigans there – from naked chicks and dudes to women with snakes and so on. An awesome experience for me – and perhaps one of the best ever – has to be closing the stage at Ozora 2011 in Hungary. They gave me the honour of playing the last official set and it was a rush beyond words. A perfect, colourful dance floor with over 20,000 people and perfect weather – just one of those moments when all the pieces of the puzzle come together. Unforgettable.” Finally, the Ace is getting back to Australia for another go at a bush-bash. So a few final words: “there is a crew of producers who I usually play in my sets, as I always get new material from them, but I’m always on the lookout for new surprises. Sometimes I mix slower stuff like techno and progressive house or different psy genres such as material from Zenon; the basic structure is banging dance floor pleasers, ranging from 130 to 138 BPM. “As for playing live, I’m using a Macbook with Abelton, controlled by a Korg Nanokontrol. I’m using the iPad to add special sound effects and synth shots, namely from the Korg app iKaossilator. As always, I am on constant

“I love the global festival circuit because you get to see all kinds of shenanigans there – from naked chicks and dudes to women with snakes and so on.”



tour and this summer I’ll be playing at the scene’s big events! And I’m really looking forward to coming back down to Oz! Every Australian experience I had was fantastic – especially Maitreya two years ago (the infamous “Mud-treya”), so definitely, I’m very excited to play there again!” Who can wait?

RK Ace Ventura [ISR] plays Maitreya Festival alongside Liquid Soul [SWI], Electric Universe [GER] and which takes place from Friday March 9 – 12 at Carlsbrook.




















Reggae at E55 every Wednesday night. Resident selectors play strictly vinyl. Free entry. 8pm. E55, 55 Elizabeth St, Melbourne CBD

All new experience, same great location with a fresh koat of Khokolat. Restless Entertainment reloads your favourite Saturday night party. Damion De Silva, K Dee, Jay Sin and weekly guests playing R&B & ol’ skool sounds strictly for the urban elite. Khokolat Bar, Basement, 43 Hardware La, Melbourn

THURSDAY8TH RHYTHM-AL-ISM Start the weekend early with Fusion’s Resident DJs. Music for your funkin’ soul. Special guests every week! Fusion, Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

Originally one part of the band Supergroove, Che Fu’s departure from the group to pursue a career as a solo artist has been a successful venture; unquestionably one of New Zealand’s most popular and respected male vocal artists, the past few years have seen him release three stellar studio albums, with plans to tour Australia just announced. Ready to deliver the performance of a lifetime, showcasing a back catalogue of hits and staples of Kiwi iPods everywhere, the multiaward winning name in hip hop will be heading over on the back of a recently compiled best-of album, Hi – Score, which perfectly balances the slew of material from his three albums thus far. Should be a big one. Saturday March 24, The Hi-Fi, 125 Swanston St, Melbourne

DIAFRIX & JOELISTICS Two of Australia’s most eclectic hip hop acts join forces on this Running To Shine national tour. Saturday March 17, Corner Hotel, 57 Swan St, Richmond

FRIDAY9TH FAKTORY This is it. Faktory Fridays are open for business at Melbourne’s home of R&B, Khokolat Bar. Where else? Damion De Silva, Ken Walker, Durmy, K Dee, Simon Sez, Yaths and Jacqui Dusk spinning all night long. Khokolat Bar, Basement, 43 Hardware La, Melbourne

LIKE FRIDAYS Like Fridays at La Di Da serves up R&B and electro house across two rooms giving you a fun filled end to your week. DJs Dinesh, Dir-X, Sef, NYD, Shaun D, Shaggz, Broz and more. La Di Da, 577 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

ROOTS MANUVA Bringing with him his full live band, Roots Manuva will be setting venues ablaze with five studio albums worth of material as well as giving Australian audiences some of the first tastes in the world of the new material in a live setting. Prince Bandroom, Cnr Acland St, 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

UPCOMING HERMITUDE SWEET NOTHING FRIDAYS DJ Marcus Knight and DJ Xander James spin hip hop, R&B and house tunes all night from 8pm. Free entry and early drink specials. Temperance Hotel, 426 Chapel St, South Yarra

They’ve just completed a sold out East Coast tour, so it’s timely to announce the HyperParadise Tour in March 2012. They’ll be heading around the country with labelmates and triple j Next Crop artists Sietta, whose buzz has grown with each week since the release of their debut album The Seventh Passenger. Friday March 23, Prince Bandroom, Cnr Acland St, 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

KRS-ONE Hip hop fans, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. With a strict no-flying policy, Australia can be forgiven for thinking KRS-One would never grace our shores. But in a very welcome surprise, The Teacha himself will be boarding a boat and heading our way. One of the most renowned street poets of his generation, KRS-One has maintained relevance for nearly three decades. First emerging as part of seminal collective Boogie Down Productions, KRS has gone on to establish himself as one of the most respected artists in the game, often championed as one of the greatest MCs of all time. Now, against all odds, Australian audiences have the chance to see the legend in the live setting. Wednesday March 14, The Palace, 20-30 Bourke Street, Melbourne

SUPAFEST After a gargantuan 2011 with Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Taio Cruz, Bow Wow and more, Supafest has once again raised the bar. Headlining the 2012 proceedings will be none other than Mr. P. Diddy, who will be joined on stage by the likes of Ice Cube, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Kelly Rowland, Lupe Fiasco, Chris Brown, Missy Elliot and Big Sean. Saturday April 21, TBA

ROOTS MANUVA ROOT: OF IT ALL With a Jamaican heritage and London upbringing, Smith has done his best to reconcile within his music the complexities of his formative years. His father was a Pentecostal preacher, a by-product of Christian missionaries in Jamaica during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and songs like Sinny Sin Sins and Colossal Insight echo those influences. Growing up in Stockwell in South London made an imprint of Smith that would result in The Times dubbing him the “voice of urban Britain” in 1999 – a position that seems undiluted 13 years later. His raps are warm and instantly recognisable, even when contrasted on a range of beats that veer between smoky ragga, dub and dubstep. The man I meet is incredibly laidback and open. There is no hip hop bravado or pretence in our conversation and I have to ask early on whether Smith feels that Roots Manuva is a character. “Of course,” Smith laughs. “You’re always playing a character. You’ve gotta put on a show. At a time when I had no money and no girlfriend, I was rapping about being rich and famous and surrounded by women.” With a career that has spanned three decades and the entire globe, Smith, while still being excited by the creation of music, admits that his musical life is not at all what he expected it would be. With any artistic medium, there is often an assumption that creation transcends any business needs. “It’s still just as exciting to write music but it’s more of a stress with the practical side of things,” he admits. “Like whether you can afford to tour and if you can then whether you can afford a drummer or a percussionist. Then there’s whether you can afford lighting – that is more the job. Writing and performing is not the job really. I think getting paid to play in public, that’s strange,” he says. “I think there is just as much of a downside to all of this though. It is not what your initial dreams are. It really works out a lot different to what you imagine.” What exactly was the difference between the dream and the reality? “I always thought the underground would be

more sustaining than what it actually is,” he says. “There really isn’t an underground. Nobody can exist without embracing the wider format. Even the most obscure of records needs to be written about in a broadsheet. I had this weird ideology that there was this underground of fans and magazines that would support you no matter what but there just isn’t.” Within an era that saw the complete deconstruction and scrappy rebuild of an industry, surviving as a musician does not involve the same models as 20 or even 10 years ago. The underground has, however, always been propped up by those unique that artists that crossed over from the street level of their genre and bubbled up in the mainstream. In the beginning, hip hop and its liberal use of samples slipped under the eyes of litigation-happy lawyers and, for a while, intellectual property was a little-understood term. Once hip hop entered the mainstream, people wanted a piece of the pie and so it became more vital to obtain permission before throwing a beat over a sample. Luckily for the listener, this forced the whole genre to become more melodically complex. “Everyone has had to step up and become more skilled in what they do,” Smith says first of the increased musicality of modern hip hop. “With this show I am bringing down to Australia, it’s me with a full band. Even I’ve had to learn to be a little more musical when I write and incorporate melody and stuff like that. Another thing is, in the beginning we used samples without really thinking of seeking any type of approval. Then people started to get sued and the labels came in wanting approval for the use of samples. So, we had to become a little more creative in how we used them. Using smaller parts and making it sound a lot different to the original.” Despite a strong desire to get on to writing another record, Smith admits that on top of the pressures he already faces as a hard working musician, he is unable to plan his time in the way that he wants. It would be

“There’s a gun at my head that I have to do a whole lot more touring before I can get on and make another record. I am touring nonstop now.”



easy to assume that Mr Roots Manuva can call the shots, but it seems he can’t. “There’s a gun at my head that I have to do a whole lot more touring before I can get on and make another record. I am touring non-stop now.” I mention that the record label guns are probably firmly cocked towards touring these days, as it’s one of the few ways they can still make money. “I’m surprised they make any money [from] anyone,” he laughs. “I don’t know what they’re doing.”

Krissi Weiss Roots Manuva [UK] plays at the Prince Bandroom on Saturday March 10. He also plays Golden Plains which takes place at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre from Saturday March 10 - Monday March 12.


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Highlander 11a Highlander Lane, Melb, 9620 2227

Revolt Elizabeth St, Kensington, 03 9376 2115

Hoo Haa 105 Chapel St, Windsor, 9529 6900

Revolver Upstairs 229 Chapel St, Prahran, 9521 5985

Horse Bazaar 397 Little Lonsdale St, Melb, 9670 2329

Rochester Castle Hotel 202 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9415 7555

Iddy Biddy 47 Blessington St, St Kilda, 9534 4484

Rooftop Cider Bar, Cnr Swanston & Flinders St, Melbourne, 9650 3884

Jett Black 177 Greville St, Prahran

Room 680 Level 1, 680 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, 9818 0680

John Curtin Hotel 29 Lygon St, Melb, 9663 6350

Roxanne Parlour Lvl 3, 2 Coverlid Pl, Melb

Khokolat Bar 43 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, 039642 1142

Royal Derby 446 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 2321

La Di Da 577 Lt Bourke St, Melb, 9670 7680

Roal Melbourne Hotel 629 Bourke St, 9629 2400

Labour In Vain 197A Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 5955

Ruby’s Lounge 1648 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave, 9754 7445

Lomond Hotel 225 Nicholson St, East Brunswick

Saint Hotel 54 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9593 8333

Longroom 162 Collins St, Melbourne, 9663 9226

Sandbelt Live Cnr South & Bignell Rd, Moorabbin, 9555 6899

Loop 23 Meyers Pl, Melb, 9654 0500

Scarlett Lounge 174 Burnley St, Richmond, 9428 0230

Lounge 243 Swanston St, Melb, 9663 2916

Seven Nightclub 52 Albert Rd, South Melb, 9690 7877

The Lounge Pit 386-388 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 9415 6142

Spensers Live 419 Spencer St, West Melb, 03 9329 8821

29th Apartment 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9078 8922

Cornish Arms 163 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Love Machine Cnr Lt Chapel & Malvern Rd, Prahran, 9533 8837

Spot 133 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9388 0222

303 303 High Street, Northcote

CQ 113 Queen St, Melb, 8601 2738

Lucky Coq 179 Chapel St, Windsor, 9525 1288

Standard Hotel 293 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy, 9419 4793

Abode 374 St.Kilda Rd, St.Kilda

Croft Institute 21 Croft Alley, Melb, 9671 4399

The LuWOW 62-70 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 5447

Star Bar 160 Clarendon St, South Melb, 9810 0054

Albert Park Hotel Cnr Montague & Dundas Pl, Albert Park, 9690 5459

Cruzao Arepa Bar 365 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 7871

Mercat Cross Lvl 1, 456 Queen St, Melb, 9348 9998

Station 59 59 Church St, Richmond, 9427 8797

Alia Lvl 1, 83-87 Smith St, Fitzroy, 9486 0999

Cushion 99 Fitzroy St, St.Kilda, 9534 7575

Mink 2 Acland St, St Kilda, 9536 1199

Stolberg Beer Café 197 Plenty Rd, Preston, 9495 1444

Alumbra Shed 9, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Espl, Docklands, 8623 9666

Damask 1/347 Burnswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 4578

Miss Libertine 34 Franklin St, Melb, 9663 6855

Sub Lounge & Restaurant 168 Elizabeth St Melb, 0411 800 198

Back Bar 67 Green St, Windsor, 9529 7899

The Drunken Poet 65 Peel Street, West Melbourne, 9348 9797

Misty 3-5 Hosier Ln, Melb, 9663 9202

Sugar Bar (Hotel Urban) 35 Fitztroy St, St Kilda, 8530 8888

Bar Open 317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9415 9601

Der Raum 438 Church St, Richmond, 9428 0055

Mockingbird Bar 129 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9534 0000

Temperance Hotel 426 Chapel St, South Yarra, 9827 7401

Baroq House 9-13 Drewery Ln, Melb, 8080 5680

Ding Dong Lounge Lvl 1, 18 Market Ln, Melb, 9662 1020

Musicland 1359A Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 9359 0006

Thornbury Theatre 859 High St, Thornbury, 9484 9813

Bendigo Hotel 125 Johnston St, Collingwood 9417 3415

Dizzy’s Jazz Club 381 Burnley St, Richmond, 9428 1233

Neverland 32-48 Johnson St, South Melb, 9646 5544

Tiki Lounge 327 Swan St, Richmond, 9428 4336

Bertha Brown 562 Flinders Street, 9629 1207

Double Happiness 21 Liverpool St, Melb, 9650 4488

New Guernica Lvl 2, Hub Arcade, 318-322 Lt Collins St, Melb, 9650 4464

Toff In Town Lvl 2, 252 Swanston St, Melb, 9639 8770

Big Mouth 168 Acland St, St.Kilda, 9534 4611

E:55 55 Elizabeth St, Melb, 9620 3899

Night Cat 141 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 0090

Tony Starr’s Kitten Club 267 Lt Collins St, Melb, 9650 2448

Billboard 170 Russell St, Melb, 9639 4000

East Brunswick Club 280 Lygon St, East Brunswick, 9388 2777

Night Cat 279 Flinders Ln, Melb, 9654 0444

The Tote Hotel 67 Johnson St, Collingwood, 9419 5320

Bimbo Deluxe 376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 8600

Edinburgh Castle 681 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Noise Bar 291 Albert St, Brunswick, 9380 1493

Town Hall Hotel 33 Errol St, North Melbourne, 9328 1983

Birmingham Hotel Cnr Smith & Johnston St, Fitzroy

Electric Ladyland Lvl 1, 265 Chapel St, Prahran, 9521 5757

Northcote Social Club 301 High St, Northcote, 9489 3917

Trak Lounge 445 Toorak Rd, Toorak, 9826 9000

Black Cat 252 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 6230

Elwood Lounge 49-51 Glenhuntly Rd, Elwood, 9525 6788

Old Bar 74 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 4155

Tramp 20 King St, Melb

Blue Bar 330 Chapel St, Prahran, 9529 6499

Empress 714 Nicholson St, Nth Fitzroy, 9489 8605

One Twenty Bar 120 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Transport Hotel Federation Square, Melb, 9654 8808

Blue Tile Lounge 95 Smith St, Fitzroy

Espy 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, 9534 0211

Onesixone 161 High St, Prahran, 9533 8433

Trunk 275 Exhibition St, Melbourne, 9663 7994

Boutique 134 Greville St, Prahran, 9525 2322

Eurotrash 18 Corrs Ln, Melb, 9654 4411

Order Of Melbourne level 2, 401 Swanston St, Melb, 9663 6707

Tyranny Of Distance 147 Union St, Windsor, 9525 1005

Brown Alley King Street, Melb,9670 8599

Eve 334 City Rd, Southbank, 9696 7388

Palace Hotel 893 Burke Rd, Camberwell

Two of Hearts 149 Commercial Road, Prahran

Brunswick Hotel 140 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9387 6637

Evelyn 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 5500

Palace Theatre 20-30 Bourke St, Melb, 9650 0180

Union Hotel Brunswick 109 Union St, Brunswick, 9388 2235

Builders Arms 211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Ferntree Gully Hotel 1130 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully, 9758 6544

Palais 111 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs, 5348 4849

Veludo 175 Acland St, St Kilda, 9534 4456

Cabinet Bar 11 Rainbow Alley, Melbourne, 9654 0915

Festival Hall 300 Dudley St, West Melbourne, 9329 9699

Palais Theatre Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, 9525 3240

Victoria Hotel 380 Victoria St, Brunswick, 9388 0830

Caravan Music Club 95 Drummond St, Oakleigh

First Floor 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 6380

Papa Goose 91 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, 9663 2800

Wah Wah Lounge Lvl 1, 185 Lonsdale St, Melb

Caseys Nightclub 660A Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, 9810 0030

Forum Theatre 154 Flinders St, Melb, 9299 9800

Penny Black 420 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9380 8667

Wesley Anne 250 High St, Northcote, 9482 1333

Caz Reitops Dirty Secrets 80 Smith St, Collingwood, 9415 8876

The Fox Hotel 351 Wellington Street, Collingwood, 9416 4957

Pier Live Hotel 508 Nepean Hwy, Frankston, 9783 9800

Westernport Hotel 161 Marine Pde, San Remo, 5678 5205

CBD Club 12-14 McKillop St, Melb, 9670 3638

Fusion Lvl 3, Crown Complex, Southbank, 9292 5750

Pony 68-70 Lt Collins St, Melb, 9662 1026

Willow Bar 222 High Street, Northcote, 9481 1222

Chaise Lounge Basement, 105 Queen St, Melb, 9670 6120

The Gallery Room 1/510 Flinders St, Melbourne, 9629 1350

Portland Hotel Cnr Lt Collins & Russell St, Melb, 9810 0064

Windsor Castle 89 Albert St, Windsor, 9525 0239

Chandelier Room 91 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin, 9532 2288

Gem Bar & Dining 289 Wellingston St, Collingwood, 9419 5170

The Prague Hotel, 911 High St, Northcote, 9495 0000

Workers Club 51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9415 8889

Chelsea Heights Hotel Cnr Springvale & Wells Rd,

George Basement, 127 Fitzroy St, 9534 8822

Pretty Please 61c Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9534 4484

Workshop Lvl 1, 413 Elizabeth St, Melb, 9326 4365

Chelsea Heights, 9773 4453

Gertrude’s Brown Couch 30 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, 9417 6420

Prince Bandroom 29 Fitztory St, St Kilda, 9536 1168

Yah Yah’s 99 Smith St, Fitzroy, 9419 4920

Cherry Bar AC/DC Ln, Melb, 9639 8122

Grace Darling Hotel 114 Smith St, Collingwood, 9416 0055

Prince Of Wales 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9536 1168

The Vine 59 Wellington St, Collingwood, 9417 2434

Chi Lounge 195 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne, 9662 2688

Grandview Hotel Cnr Heidelberg Rd & Station St, Fairfield, 9489 8061

Public Bar 238 Victoria St, North Melb, 9329 6522

Co. Lvl 3, Crown Complex, 9292 5750

Great Britain Hotel 447 Church St, Richmond, 9429 5066

Railway Hotel 280 Ferrars St, South Melb, 9690 5092

Colonial Hotel (Brown Alley) Cnr King & Lonsdale St, Melb, 9670 8599

Grind N Groove 274 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville

Red Bennies 371 Chapel St, South Yarra, 9826 2689

Commercial Club Hotel 344 Nicholson St, Fitzroy, 9419 1522

Grumpy’s Green 125 Smith St, Collingwood, 9416 1944

Red Love Lvl 1, 401 Swanston St, Melb, 9639 3722

Cookie Lvl 1, 252 Swanston St, Melb, 9663 7660

Gypsy Bar 334 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 0548

Retreat Hotel 226 Nicholson St, Abbotsford, 9417 2693

Corner Hotel 57 Swan St, Richmond, 9427 9198

HiFi 125 Swanston St, Melb, 1300 843 4434

The Retreat Hotel 280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9380 4090





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