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MOUNT KIMBIE [UK] Thursday May 3, The Hi-Fi DIGITALISM [FRA] Friday May 4, The Forum ORBITAL [UK] Friday May 4, The Palace DERRICK MAY [USA] Friday May 4, Brown Alley AZAX SYNDROM [ISR], FREEDOM FIGHTS [ISR] Friday May 4, Royal Melbourne Hotel CHRIS LIBERATOR [UK] + STERLING MOSS [UK] Friday May 4, The Liberty Social TILL VON SEIN [GER] Friday May 4, The Mercat JAMES ZABIELA [UK], ALEX NIGGEMAN [GER], GEORGE FITZGERALD [UK] Friday May 4, Billboard GROOVIN’ THE MOO: DIGITALISM [GER], SHAPESHIFTER [NZ] + MORE Saturday May 5, Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Bendigo ADRIAN LUX [SWE] Saturday May 5, Warehouse ATMOSPHERE [USA], EVIDENCE [USA] Thursday May 10, The Hi-Fi PARIAH [UK], BLAWAN [UK] Friday May 11, The Liberty Social DMX [USA] Friday May 11, Trak SILICONE SOUL [UK] Friday May 11, Onesixone ROBERT BABICZ [GER], LUSINE [USA], NADJA LIND [GER], KLARTRAUM [GER] Friday May 18, Brown Alley SAN SODA [BEL] Friday May 18, Revolver DANNY BROWN [USA], M.E.D [USA] Thursday May 24, Prince Bandroom TREE OF LIFE: DICK TREVOR [UK], GREEN NUNS OF THE REVOLUTION [UK], MINDWAVE [ISR] + MORE Friday May 25 – Sunday May 27, TBA SHOWTEK [NED] Friday May 25, Chasers Nightclub
KRAFTY KUTS [USA] Wednesday April 25, Brown Alley PIG AND DAN [ESP] Friday April 27, Brown Alley BEN UFO [UK] Friday April 27, Revolver METRIK [UK] Friday April 27, Royal Melbourne Hotel NICK CATCHDUBS [USA], PARTY SUPPLIES [USA], DJ NEIL ARMSTRONG [NZ] + MORE Friday April 27, Roxanne Parlour CREAMFIELDS: DAVID GUETTA [USA], ABOVE & BEYOND [UK] + MORE Saturday April 28, Melbourne Showgrounds
LEVON VINCENT [USA] Friday June 1, The Liberty Social AMON TOBIN [BRA] Tuesday June 5, The Palace Theatre CHRIS LIEBLING [GER] Sunday June 10, Brown Alley BLOKE4D [UK], PROLIX [UK], AEPH [UK] + MORE Sunday June 10, Prince of Wales SWITCH [UK] Sunday June 10, Melbourne Hotel ANGY KORE [ITA], PERFECT STRANGER [ISR], VIBE TRIBE [ISR], SESTO SENTO [ISR] Royal Melbourne Hotel, Friday June 22 LADYHAWKE [NZ] Tuesday July 17, Billboard VAKULA [UKR] Friday July 27, The Mercat
I refuse to believe that there is anything more hilarious in this world than the combination of old people and the internet. Well, maybe angry old people and the internet. Ever seen an elderly citizen complain on a mass-marketed fast food chain’s Facebook page? No? You haven’t lived.
If you know anything about drum and bass, you’d by now be well aware that London’s Metrik is a name to pay close attention to. For a dude that’s relatively new to the scene, kicking off his career in 2007, he’s achieved a lot; his first EP capturing the attention of everybody from Bad Company and Pendulum to Fresh and London Elektricity, resulting in him being signed to Viper Records. 2011 was the year of Metrik: a string of killer EPs culminating in a number one slot on Beatport’s drum and bass chart and a jam-packed tour schedule, it’s time for the man to make his way down to Melbourne for another all-nighter with the Straight Up crew. With plenty of local support to sweeten the deal, make sure to catch Metrik at the Royal Melbourne Hotel on Friday April 27.
Fool’s Gold: All That Glitters
All that glitters may not be gold, but there’s no doubt that New York indie, hip hop and everythingelse label Fool’s Gold is pure 24-carats. Headed by acclaimed DJs by A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, the label is home to everybody from The Crookers, Bag Raiders, Kid Cudi and heaps more, rightly earning itself a reputation as a tastemaker and innovator in an industry where the concept of genre becomes increasingly difficult to define. The Fool’s Gold party is heading down to Australia, with some serious talent in tow. Expect the unexpected with bossman Nick Catchdubs taking out a headline slot, equally at home headlining a sweaty glowstick rave as hyping up a packed rap showcase, alongside relative newcomer and literal one-man-band Party Supplies, DJ Neil Armstrong, New Zealand favourites The ARC and Melbourne’s own Dublin Aunts. Worth their weight in gold, we’d say. Catch the Fool’s Gold showcase at Roxanne Parlour on Friday April 27.
Tree Of Life: In Bloom
As of right now, it’s 1pm on a Friday afternoon and Melbourne is rain-soaked and bloody miserable. Anybody else jonesing to get the hell out of here and get a faceful of sunshine and good times? I knew I wasn’t alone. The upcoming Tree Of Life Festival in Izmir, Turkey, is one of the most legendary psychedelic music and art celebrations on the planet. A bridge between the Eastern and Western worlds, Tree Of Life is the ultimate destination for trance and psychedelia lovers, a place where Israeli trance joins forces with European hippie culture and authentic Goa trance energy. The Tree Of Life Australian launch party will be a mindmelting extravaganza over two nights with a lineup boasting plenty of internationals including Dick Trevor, Green Nuns Of The Revolution, Mindwave, Dickstery, among others, in the glorious surrounds of the Victorian bush. The perfect way to kick back, celebrate and prepare for the wild five-day ride out in Izmir. Tree Of Life’s launch party goes down at an as yet unannounced location from Friday May 25 – 27.
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Switch: Push The Button
Dave Taylor’s name might not sound familiar to you on first mention, but there’s no doubt that you’ve danced to something from his expansive back catalogue at some point. Equally as notorious for his solo work as Switch as well as his partnership with Diplo on the dancehall and electro-house project Major Lazer, Switch’s magic touch is one whose fingerprints are all over dance music’s finest. His brand of hypercolour, no-holds-barred house and electro has been championed by everybody from M.I.A. and Beyonce to Armand van Helden and Basement Jaxx. Huge! Time to get ya’ dub on Switch hits the Melbourne Hotel on Sunday June 10.
Chris Liberator and Sterling Moss: Liberate Your Minds
Truth: techno never dies. For half a decade now, Tekno Mulisha have been bringing Melbourne some of the heaviest sounds in underground techno, and the upcoming Australian leg of the Stay Up Forever 100 Tour will be no exception. Working as a producer, three-deck wizard and programmer for Roland Synthesisers, Sterling Moss’ cutting-edge fusion of musical genres has helped to push the perceptive boundaries of musical categories, and to transcend the barriers between scenes, making him a true trailblazer in the world of dance music who can count Carl Cox and Sasha amongst plenty of others as fans of his work. Joining him will be fellow Londoner Chris Liberator, whose prolific work for Stay Up Forever and Cluster under a range of pseudonyms and collaborations is in hot demand by plenty – yet despite his enduring popularity, he remains averse to the corporate mentality pervading modern dance music, a self-styled champion of the free party scene, where anyone attends and anything goes. Get ready for anarchy at the Liberty Social on Friday May 4.
Jess Harlen: Park Yard Slang
Jess Harlen’s first taste of success in the music industry came at the tender age of 16, recording with the Kool Skools interstate project where her firstever original song managed to score Best Female Vocalist and Best Acoustic Song in Queensland that year. Spurred on by the warm reception to her talents, Harlen made the move down to Melbourne in ‘06 and hasn’t looked back, releasing a number of successful EPs on her own, working with Muph & Plutonic and Blue King Brown, and dropping her critically-acclaimed debut album Neon Heartache in 2010, marking an exciting journey into soul, blues, roots and subtle hip hop beats. This year’s follow-up effort, Park Yard Slang, continues to develop Harlen’s artistic vision: full of cross-genre explorations and Harlen’s signature soulful vocals. Now that you’ve had enough time to revel in the warm and lively sounds of Park Yard Slang, catch Jess Harlen when she plays The Toff on Wednesday May 2.
tyDi: Neat Freak
Armin van Buuren’s esteemed label Armada Music has never been one to shy away from the pull of the dancefloor. Home to plenty of trance’s finest fixtures, the label has managed to pull dance music lovers in the thousands all across the globe for many a long night. Armada Nights’ first expedition into Australian territory was an undisputed success, with Sean Tyas, W&W and Emma Hewitt at the helm of one of Melbourne’s wildest nights. It’s all set to go down again very soon, with none other than Australia’s own tyDi leading the throwdown. Capturing the attention of Australians at the age of 19 with the release of his debut album Look Closer on Armada Music, he’s since managed to complete a degree in music, dropped a bunch of killer EPs, shared stages with the likes of Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk and John O’Callaghan and cemented his place as one of Australia’s finest exports. With support from Myon and Shane 54, Tenishia and Alex M.O.R.P.H., you can catch tyDi at Trak Nightclub on Sunday June 10.
Free Shit: Trance Give Aways
Love your trance but unsure what to buy next? We’ve got three of the absolute freshest flat-knacker trance albums of the month to give away! Trance legend Paul Van Dyk is a multi-award winning DJ and producer, and his latest release, Evolution, is out now following a five-year creative process. The godfather of Ibiza anthems, Chicane, returns with Thousand Mile Stare. Furthermore, we also have Trance Anthems Top 100, a comprehensive three-disc compilation that features over 230 minutes of trance delights from Armin van Buuren, Tomcraft, Paul Oakenfold, Marco V, Paul Van Dyk and more!
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JAMES ZABIELA GETTING OUT: MORE Austria’s Snowbombing Festival has been described as the coolest in the world – apt as the annual week-long music event takes place on the ski slopes of Mayrhofen. UK DJ James Zabiela is a Snowbombing devotee, and when we speak he’s just returned from the festival, stiff and sore from extreme sporting but exhilarated nonetheless. “I got back on Sunday night,” he explains. “I have a couple of days to recover, and then I’m back
“I literally can’t listen to music or watch films without part of me listening out for potential samples.” on the road. Snowbombing is mad – basically, you snowboard all day and rave all night. I call it my holiday, but it’s a pretty exhausting time,” he says with a laugh. “There were a lot of Australians there, too. I met some of them in the kebab shop and had a good long chat.” Zabiela’s in high demand, and spends a hefty portion of his time touring the world as a DJ. In fact, he’ll soon return to Australia for a series of Melbourne and Sydney
dates. His schedule is busier than ever these days, and when I ask how he balances all the touring with his production work, he tells me that making tracks on the road is often the only way. “I haven’t released anything for a year and a half now,” he says. “I have been working on stuff, but I’ve been saving it up because I’m starting a label soon. I’m aiming to have the first track out at some point around the middle of the year. I find it’s difficult to work on music when you’re on the road, but I travel so much, I really don’t have a choice. The fact is, I have to do it in hotel rooms or I won’t do it.” “I’m always happiest when I find a window of time to sit in the studio and I’m there for that purpose only,” he continues. “That’s when the best tracks seem to come out. When I’m at home, and I haven’t been raving all week and come back in the Alps, I can make some good tracks.” Zabiela’s just relocated to an area he can make a racket in for the first time, which may well lead to some new productions. “I’m still living in Southampton, which is where I grew up and I’ve always lived,” he explains. “I’ve never wanted to move from here. It’s not a place to make it, you know, but it’s a nice place to come home to. I travel a lot, so that’s nice. But yeah, I have a new place now with a big, medieval basement – it’s hundreds of years old, very atmospheric and it’s also very insulated, so it’s a great place to make music.” Zabiela is a big fan of Modeselektor, and plans to model his own label after their Monkeytown imprint. “Their Modeselektion Volume 01 compilation came out on an SD card,” he says. “That was mental. Like, it came in a normal CD jewel case, but when you opened it up, there was an SD card sitting inside. If you look at their Twitter, a lot of the time, there’ll be pictures of them just sitting in their front room wrapping up white labels.” Modeselektor’s home-made, personal approach to their releases appeals to Zabiela – all of their output is collectible, endearing in an age of throwaway culture. “I’m a collector of various things, and I’ve become a collector of their music,” he says. “They did a limited edition of 100 or 150 skateboard decks with their Monkeytown logo, and I bought one of those. I’d love to do something similar with my label.” Notorious gear-head Zabiela actually worked with Pioneer on developing the CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 digital turntables. I ask what kinds of toys and gadgets he’s currently using, and the list, predictably, is a long one. “I’ve got my iPad, I’ve got my three MIDI controllers,” he says. “I’ve got the Korg Kaossilator, and I’ve got this new Pioneer RMX-1000, which is just out or is about to come out – they just put the final firmware on the internet yesterday, so I assume it’s going to be out any day now, and it’s great. I actually use a lot more Ableton and things like that. It all gets a bit complicated.” Zabiela seems like the kind of man who’d have difficulty parting with gear, and I posit that he must have a pretty huge collection gathering dust at home. “Yeah, I do,” he admits, “and as I say, I moved house recently so I was faced with just how much I have. It’s kind of a land of broken dreams, all these pieces of equipment from my past left there to die.” Rediscovering a bit of old gear can be thrilling, though. “When I was moving, I found a Redsound Cycloops sampler,” Zabiela tells me. “It was in its box – brand new, never opened – just sitting there under the couch. They’re so old-school and analogue, and they don’t make them anymore. They were always very temperamental – the BMPs were really wonky, they didn’t keep time very well, and they were always going wrong in some way. Still, I was really excited to find this one, never opened and never touched. I thought ‘Oh, this is where it went!’ I’m excited to have a play with it. Even if I don’t take it
out to use in clubs, I’ll use it at home.” Producers often say that some of their more interesting ideas come from this sort of glitchy gear, stuffing up then forming the basis for a whole new concept. And he agrees. “Yeah, totally,” he says. “I mean, it comes back to that thing of wanting to make a sound in a unique way. If you’re using your own gear, especially an analogue bit of equipment like that, you can end up with sounds that nobody else has.” When you work in this way, the sounds are yours – they’re not just files you’ve downloaded from the internet, and your tracks can’t be reproduced by just anybody. “It’s about finding sounds from unique sources, rather than just from the presets,” he says. “If you hear a great dance record and it has really wonky sounds on it, usually it’s the case that whoever made it made those sounds themselves by mucking around with wonky bits of gear, rather than downloading them from the internet.” I’m always interested in the music DJs listen to outside their work life, so I ask Zabiela what kinds of tunes he’s spinning at home at the moment. “I listen to a lot of new stuff, a lot of folky stuff,” he tells me. “Basically, on a Sunday, when I’m home from travelling, I’ll find something on Spotify or my iPod, and it will be anything that doesn’t contain synthesisers or samplers or kick drums – or not electronic kick drums, at least!” he laughs. “Right now, I really like that Swedish group First Aid Kit. They have a very spooky sound that I like.” Of course, Zabiela says, he’s not averse to listening to a bit of electronic stuff at home. “John Talabot put out an album recently that I really like a lot, and I think a couple of tracks from that will probably make their way into my sets at some point,” he says. “Generally speaking, when I get back home after touring, though, I like to listen to non-electronic stuff.” At this point in time though, being a DJ is second-nature to Zabiela, and he’s always listening out for sounds that he can slot into his sets. “I mean, whenever I’m listening to music at home, even if it’s folky stuff, I always have in the back of my mind that this or that cool and bizarre sound might work in my DJ sets,” he says. This impulse, in fact, has become a bit of a problem. “I literally can’t listen to music or watch films without part of me listening out for potential samples,” he laughs. “It’s actually turned into a really bad habit. I went and saw The Hunger Games a couple of weeks ago, and there were a couple of moments on the soundtrack where I thought, ‘I could sample that’, then I took a step back and thought ‘hang on, no, it’s a bloody film – you need to get out more!’” Given Zabiela’s imminent return to Australia, I ask what we can expect from his sets. “I don’t even know myself at the moment,” he admits. “There’s still a lot of room for improvisation in my sets. You know, if you want to play leftfield stuff, not the standard 4/4 electronic stuff, you need to either make the re-edit first, or do it live and risk stuffing it up. You need to do a lot of preparation in order to be spontaneous, which is kind of a contradiction when you think about it, it sounds kind of ridiculous, but that’s the way I work.” Alasdair Duncan James Zabiela [UK] plays at Billboard on Friday May 4.
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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
WEDNESDAY25TH 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
SOUL ARMY 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 at 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
WEDNESDAYS AT THE ORDER Deep, dark, minimal dubstep and drum and bass. The Order of Melbourne, 2/401 Swanston Street, Melbourne
THURSDAY26TH BIMBO THURSDAYS Tigerfunk brings with him his full band of travelling gypsies, hipsters and middle class executives, all of whom are 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
PAPPARAZZI Paparazzi Fridays present DJs Nikkos, Joe Sofo and Kitty Kat bringing you the biggest anthems and club classics all night long. Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
SLOW HOUSE THURSDAYS Slow House Thursdays is just what Brunswick has been missing. Get down to the latest Thursday spot at Noise Bar, find a space with your bros and get into the as DJs Same O, David Bass and James Hurt spin bass laced tunes ‘til the early hours of the morning. Noise Bar, 291 Albert Street, Brunswick
WONDERLUST Fate, karma, the yin and the yang, the balance between chaos and order or divine intervention? A new spiritual high has emerged from the cosmic energies of the universe and it’s called Wonderlust! As luck would have it you can come and experience the effects of this strange new phenomena every Thursday night at The Carlton! Carlton Club, 193 Bourke Street, Melbourne
FRIDAY27TH CQ FRIDAYS 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
DNA FRIDAYS 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
Start your weekend with Brian McFadden making a celebrity guest appearance, hit the DJ decks and spinning his top 10 tunes. The Freedom Pass will also give you a choice of 5 huge rooms of entertainment and 4 different styles of music. Featuring Joe Sofo, Kitty Kat, Nikkos and MC Brodie Young. Fusion, Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
FRIDAY NIGHT LOFT PARTY Kitty Schmidt couldn’t find quality dance music in Fitzroy so she’s decided to open up her bedroom doors. Living above Melbourne’s stalwart lesbian/gay Libation Bar, she’s now throwing a monthly party in her boudoir. Come into her renovated upstairs loft, cocktail bar, dance floor and smoking terrace. With quirky house, deep disco and erotic electronica being spun by Marvin Roland, Mr. Pyz and Kitty Schmidt DJs. Libation, 302 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
MEZZANINE & BACK ROOM Mezzanine gives you the freedom to enjoy the alternativesophisticated-opulence any way you like it. Journey into the realms of the Back Room where you can indulge in our intimate dungeon and play areas where you’ll be free to explore the many facets of your lifestyle in privacy. Dirty electro fusion by DJ Mannequin and Xtian. 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
RETRO SEXUAL DJ Grandmaster Vicious spins Fitzroy’s finest mix of ‘80s and ‘90s pop, rock, new wave, hip hop, disco classics and cheese to please plus dance floor anthems from then to now. One Twenty Bar, 120 Johnston St, Fitzroy
SATURDAY28TH CLUB SODA Taking place each and every Saturday night in Melbourne’s CBD on the corner of Lonsdale St and King St, Club Soda plays host to a fresh, new concept – local/national/ international DJs weekly, un-paralleled entertainment, performances, and disco tomfoolery. Don’t let the bubbly name fool you, Club Soda is your weekend’s thirst quencher – changing people going out for convenience, whilst not leaving the sour taste of an empty wallet on Sunday morning. Our doors open for you every Saturday at 9.30pm, and stay open until you should go home. Brown Alley, Cnr King & Lonsdale St, CBD
ENVY Head to Co. this Saturday night for nonstop dance music that will electrify the dance floor, with resident DJs Matty G, Dean T and Joe Sofo, with Marcus Knight and his old skool beats in the side room. Arrive, be seen and be talked about for the rest of the week. Envy much? Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
EDEN SATURDAYS Stunning new venue in the heart of the city – one BIG Party! We bring you the best Top 40 dance, house & R&B in a state of the art venue you have to see! Eden, 163 Russell St, CBD
EUROTRASH HOUSE PARTY 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
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
PRINCES OF THE NIGHT This Saturday at Fusion bring you the ultimate sounds from Femme with Lady Lauryn who will definitely ensure you have a brilliant weekend. Along with top DJs Tate Strauss, Miss Sarah, DJ Nova and Johnny M, and not forgetting the entertainment for the night. Fusion, Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
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
SINTHETIC After more than 7 years, join us one last time as SINthetic takes ‘The Final Salute’ before She retires into Melbourne’s party history. Resident DJ’s SmuDJ, Lady J & Syme Tollens will stand & deliver their finest mix of sexed up, dirty tech house. If you always wanted to know but were too scared to jump onto the ranks of the funky freaks now is the time or forever hold your peace. ABODE, Level One - cnr St Kilda Rd & Martin St, St Kilda
STAR SATURDAYS 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
SUPERDISCO Electro-funk, boogie, disco, house, dubstep, techno WOW Music for the old skool, new skool, hipsters, and creative crazy people generation! Doors 10pm to 7am. Entry $15 with student card all night. Guest list $15. $10 after 3am to everyone. SuperFun! Pretty Please, 61 Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda
TEMPERANCE SATURDAYS 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
TEXTILE 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
WEEKEND The brain child of the creative kids at 360 Agency and Seven Nightclub. The Weekend is here to put a smile on your dial every Saturday night. We want you to join the family. Dancing from 10pm weekly. Seven, 52 Albert Rd, South Melbourne
SUNDAY29TH 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
MONDAY30TH 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
TUESDAY31ST 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
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DEALL NEW ZEALAND: DUBPRIDE Life in his newly adopted hood’s been good going for young Tyler, the man behind Deall. “Man, you can’t beat a Melbourne Autumn,” he chimes from his home base. “We’ve had a great one so far and the forecast is excellent for both weather and gigs.” The lad’s been living the proverbial dream in the northern suburbs, working a 9-5 and going for as many languid swims as possible. “I have a party to play tonight, with the theme being ‘op-shop formal’, so it’s time to bust out the purple shiny shirt and massive eagle belt buckle.” His rose-tinted enjoyment of an otherwise awkward season could have something to do with his recent relocation. Sometime around 2008, he packed his bags and made the passage across the Tasman, which he’s happy to say was a “sweet move.” He explains his journey, saying “basically, I whittled myself down to a backpack and jumped on the plane to Australia. I was lucky enough to have some friends living here so they let me take over the couch for a bit until I got a place of my own. Melbourne is so cool, I love it here.” No arguments there. With drum and bass one of his great loves, he describes some of the rumbling in the background of the industry at the moment. “I have some interest from a label in New Zealand called Dubpride Recordings, they are looking to get some of my older music released in May this year. I have some other projects that need finishing so there’s no concrete date yet, but I just need to attack the studio a couple more times. As the name suggests they release music on the more dub and jungle styles of drum and bass.”
“Otherwise,” he says, “I’m making more minimal drum and sub type stuff at the moment, with a few bells and whistles. I’m really enjoying cutting up reggae accapellas and messing about with delays and time stretching, with some interesting results. I’ve had a few studio sessions with DJs Complicit and Rubix which has been great too; it’s always good to watch how others work and come up with something as a group.” But his next aim, and dream, would be to nail a vinyl release on one of the big labels. “I need maybe a few more man hours in the cave to come up with something great. But yeah, a release on something like Dread Recordings would be the best thing ever. For now I am happy with getting something out there on Beatport with Dubpride, I think they are going to do well.” And on the rest, he’s happy to take a wait and see approach. Musically, his current sets are a mix of old and new. He’s busting out some arcane records from the likes of Kemal and Cause 4 Concern, along with recent jams by SPY, which he says he’s really digging. “I’ve written a whole bunch of dubstep stuff as well which I have played whole sets of; I like messing about with that stuff too - just not as much as the drums and bass.” And over the years, very little has changed. “Man, when I first started playing in clubs in 2002 we ran a Thursday night in Christchurch called Project Mayhem with Vex and Meltdown. They were some of the best little shindigs ever and I hold them dear. More recently, we’re doing constant gigs with Twisted Audio which is a real pleasure;
the local nights have a reputation as being some of the best in the city. So I’m going to bring all of that together and be performing a couple of gigs around the place in April. I will have my co-pilot the MC Harzee on the mic toasting the events - we have been doing gigs together of late with great results. I’ll be running a Kontrol S4 with my Mac and a few time code CDs. Usually I will have a couple of old records to smack in there as well, just for good measure.”
singer Kathy Brown makes an appearance on I See You. “I’ve always been a big fan of the sci-fi genre in general, particularly classic films like Bladerunner, Escape From New York, Alien and TV shows such as Fringe, Lost, etc,” he explains. “I’m a sucker for next level scientific concepts and ‘out-there’ theories. [It] seemed to make total sense to give the EPs a sci-fi theme as it felt a very natural part of my creative vision. The track Between Worlds is actually based on the idea of travelling between parallel universes - no influence from Fringe there at all!” he laughs. Between Worlds is also Mundell’s first track in which he attempted dubstep and since the tune’s release, he’s produced a number of dubstep tracks. “I massively enjoyed writing Between Worlds,” he says. “I’d been writing so much at 174bpm that it was really refreshing to take it down in tempo and apply my knowledge and ethic of drum’n’bass to dubstep. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the reaction I’ve had so I definitely feel confident making it. I think it’s important to create music that you love making regardless of genre - if other people love it too - great!” Having worked with Perth’s very own ShockOne on True Believer, Mundell says he’s currently collaborating with ShockOne again and working with female vocalist Sophia Dorval. “I have recently finished a remix for John B which will be released on the special edition of his album in the next month,” he says. “I have also remixed a track by BCee for Spearhead Records, a label I massively admire and this is due to drop in September. Also, look out for my remix of Kali’s Queen Of Hearts.” Having recently appeared on the Drum & Bass Summer Slammers 2011 record from Viper, Mundell is working on his next body tracks to be released as a new EP and forthcoming singles and says an album could then be in the works for a potential release early next year. “I’m actually sitting on
a whole heap of stuff I’m very excited to test out for the first time in Australia,” he says. Having last played down under at a sold-out gig at Shape alongside ShockOne and Phetsta in celebration of the release of his The Departure EP early last year, Mundell is pumped to be heading back down under for Viper. “I know that from playing in Perth last year I can expect amazing vibes, open mindedness and a friendly atmosphere,” he says. “I felt very welcome in Perth and the show didn’t disappoint – drum’n’bass is very strong there. I look forward to an even better time at Villa this time round!” And this time round, Mundell says fans can expect a decent load of drum’n’bass. “I try to represent only the best in current electronic club music, predominantly drum’n’bass but with also some other genres in there too,” he says. “I see my sets as a representation of me musically so you can expect to hear a lot of my own
In the interim, check his mixes on Soundcloud and a podcast he completed for Twisted Audio, just in case you weren’t yet in the mood. See you on the dance floor. DJ – bring the rewind! RK Deall [NZ] plays alongside Metrik [UK] at the Royal Melbourne Hotel on Friday April 27.
METRIK IN DEMAND: DEPARTURE LOUNGE Tom Mundell used to run an internet radio station from his bedroom in his early teens. It was here that he received drum’n’bass CDs in the post and one which caught his attention and essentially led him to where he is today was Bad Company’s remix of Q Project’s track Champion Sound. Mundell, aka Metrik, speaks to us about his upcoming Between Worlds Tour, his love for sci-fi and working with ShockOne. “I played an amazing show in Brussels last weekend alongside the legendary Dillinja and your very own ShockOne - the place was going off until breakfast time,” Tom Mundell begins, in between sneaking coffee sips in his kitchen in his London flat on a sunny morning. It’s becoming the norm for the UK up and coming producer who’s fast becoming one of the most talked about names in drum’n’bass. When Mundell released the soulful tune Your World back in 2007, it caught the attention of the big shots - London Elektricity, DJ Fresh and Pendulum amongst others. Then Brendan Collins, aka DJ and producer Futurebound and owner of Viper Recordings, contacted Mundell and signed him to his Liverpool drum’n’bass imprint. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind journey for the young producer. “Working with Viper has been a great experience from day one really,” he says. “Brendan [Collins] has a lot of positive personal input in the music and works tirelessly as a label manager and mentor. The output is very eclectic too so I need not worry about what style I put out as I can afford to be diverse. It’s always been my intention from day one to represent a wide variety of sounds and the label have been very supportive of this. It’s been a blast.” Mundell released Between Worlds, his follow EP to The Departure EP, last year. Continuing his love for space and sci-fi themes, Between Worlds even contains a remix of The Departure EP’s T-1000 entitled T-2000 and American
released and unreleased material as well as tracks that I love with the odd classic thrown in. I showcase many different styles but the common theme across them all is high energy, big sounds and good vibes.” After hitting our shores, Mundell is off to Springtime Festival in Belgium before heading to France, Germany, Portugal and Canada for various festivals and club tours. But, for now, it’s all about his upcoming Between Worlds Tour down under. “This time in Australia I will explore more of the cities, beaches and culture - I absolutely love the place!” Annabel Maclean Metrik [UK] performs at Royal Melbourne Hotel on Friday April 27.
ROGER GANGI NEW JERSAYY: THE STRIP Hailing from New Jersey, Roger Gangi has spent much of his life surrounded by music. Hitting the strip in Las Vegas early on in his career, he ended up on the payroll of some of the worlds biggest companies: MGM Corporation, Hard-Rock and Harrah’s Entertainment for starters. Gangi’s now heading Down Under to launch a new venue at Crown Casino, which he discusses with 100%. “I was a musician since I was about nine years old – and I was writing music by the time I was a teenager. I had played in many bands as a kid and always had a passion and love for music. I was a drummer in a band and then had a passion for rhythm and things, it’s what led me to what I’m doing now,” he says, regaling a reasonably normal entry into the scene – until he reveals how his determination opened doors for him in unusual ways. “First I started out playing the piano and guitar and then moving up to drums; basically I was into all different types of music. I sort of started when I was getting into being a DJ and the nightlife atmosphere – as I got older and started going out in clubs in New York City, I became more familiar when I was clubbing and going out; I was taking it more seriously when people started offering me opportunities to DJ at their club and such, and then in my mid-20s it was something that I really focused on full time.” Roger was amazed, he says, when he experienced house music in New York City during the late ‘90s. “That’s what I was drawn to,” he chimes. “And it wasn’t hard
to get drawn to. When I eventually came to Las Vegas in 2006 it was a totally different market; it’s a tourist market and people are coming from all over the world to holiday, party and have a good time. So you have to channel reggae, funk, house, hip hop – you have to really learn how to rock a room no matter who is in it. It’s a lot different to being a standard genre DJ – in some ways it makes it pretty challenging but also a lot of fun.” And rewarding, I’m guessing. Roger continues, “When I first started, it was all about getting settled in Las Vegas; I came out here doing one night at the Bellagio Hotel and one night turned into two and then I was doing four nights on the strip. I really worked hard to establish myself and things like that – I really wanted it to work. After that, I started getting offers to travel and travelled around the country a little - places like Sandiego and St Louis; and as people became more familiar with me I got invited to go to Edmonton in Canada and that was great. I really loved being a DJ in Vegas but the travel is amazing and being invited to come to Australia now, that is a huge experience.” That said, Roger is also a sound engineer and songwriter and enjoys working on original productions in his home studio. “I have a professional studio in the house – I’ve got Logic and a few things; it’s all about electronic music. I started doing house productions about five years ago and a few remixes later, I then worked my way into FEATURES
original production and I love playing my original tracks when I play.” And just for fun, Roger shot a music video for his mash-up of Give It To Me, featuring Timberland, Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake. And he hopes that that is just the beginning. Finally, Roger is excited about getting down to Australia for the first time and heating up his stages from start to finish. “From what I hear, the restaurant and the casino at Melbourne sounds like a great place – they’re looking to launch with a Las Vegas style party when it comes to the music format. I did all the music programming for
the restaurant and basically programmed what is going on during the breakfast, lunch and dinner hours. I want to bring a Las Vegas energy. I want to work the dinner crowd into a late night crowd with disco, funk, house, reggae – I want to play mash up style and give people a good night.” RK Roger Gangi [USA] plays at The Merrywell on Wednesday April 25 and Thursday April 26.
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WEDNESDAY25TH COMPRESSION SESSION Reggae at E55 every Wednesday night. Resident selectors play strictly vinyl. Free entry. 8pm. E55, 55 Elizabeth St, Melbourne CBD
THURSDAY26TH 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
FRIDAY27TH 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
sounds strictly for the urban elite. Khokolat Bar, Basement, 43 Hardware La, Melbourne
UPCOMING JESS HARLEN Jess Harlen’s first taste of success in the music industry came at the tender age of 16, recording with the Kool Skools interstate project where her first-ever original song managed to score Best Female Vocalist and Best Acoustic Song in Queensland that year. Spurred on by the warm reception to her talents, Harlen made the move down to Melbourne in ‘06 and hasn’t looked back, releasing a number of successful EPs on her own, working with Muph & Plutonic and Blue King Brown, and dropping her critically-acclaimed debut album Neon Heartache in 2010, marking an exciting journey into soul, blues, roots and subtle hip hop beats. This year’s follow-up effort, Park Yard Slang, continues to develop Harlen’s artistic vision: full of cross-genre explorations and Harlen’s signature soulful vocals. Now that you’ve had enough time to revel in the warm and lively sounds of Park Yard Slang. Wednesday May 2, The Toff, 2/252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
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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
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
SATURDAY28TH KHOKOLAT KOATED 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
DANNY BROWN AND M.E.D
Bubbling up for years before last year’s XXX, Danny Brown caught much of the hip hop world’s attention with his LP The Hybrid but had previously appeared on records with as diverse a bunch of characters as fellow Motor City bad man Guilty Simpson and G Unit’s Tony Yayo. M.E.D triumphantly returned in 2011 with his second LP Classic, flanked by the single Where I’m From with Aloe Blacc. An emcee adored by producers like Just Blaze, J Dilla and Madlib, M.E.D has appeared alongside the aforementioned as well as Oh No, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Odd Future member Hodgy Beats, Kurupt, Karriem Riggins, Talib Kweli and many many more. Thursday May 24, Prince Bandroom, 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
Divine master of the unknown, the multi-platinum award winning Earl Simmons - better known through his stage name DMX, has emerged as one of hardcore rap’s reigning kings. Toeing the line between the sacred and the profane, Simmons’ narratives present a compelling account of both spiritual anguish and everyday life, Simmons has contributed an untold number of chart-topping singles and no less than six wildly successful full-length albums and there is little doubt that upcoming release Undisputed will be similarly successful upon its release in a matter of months, featuring the likes of Busta Rhymes, Tyrese, Jennifer Hudson, and production from Deezle, and Swizz Beatz. Friday May 11, Trak, 445 Toorak Road, Toorak
Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Atmosphere has been a driving force in independent hip hop for 20 years. Rapper Slug (Sean Daley) and DJ/producer Ant (Anthony Davis) were the first to put Twin Cities hip hop on the map and became the co-founders of independent label Rhymesayers Entertainment. Frequently touted as emo rap, Slug’s brutally honest, poetic musings are often extremely personal and socially mindful, managing to traverse topics such as relationships, love, and the trappings of modern society to the soundtrack of melodic blend of blues, soul and gospel samples with vintage analogue synths. Joining Atmosphere will be Grammywinning rapper and producer Michael “Evidence” Perretta. Having spent the better part of his career touring the globe and selling an impressive number of records, he’s produced tracks for the Beastie Boys, Linkin Park, Defari, Planet Asia and more, including co-production on Kanye West’s debut The College Dropout, which earned him his Grammy. Additionally, 2011 saw the release of his longawaited sophmomore album Cats and Dogs, which featured appearances from hot names The Alchemist, DJ Premier, Statik Selektah and loads more. Thursday May 10, The Hi-Fi, 125 Swanston Street, Melbourne
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