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BIG DADDY KANE [USA] Thursday October 4, The Espy PAUL OAKENFOLD [UK] Friday October 5, Festival Hall FELIX DICKINSON [UK] Friday October 5, Mercat Basement ANDRE LODEMANN [GER] Friday October 5, Onesixone PARKLIFE: JUSTICE [FRA], PASSION PIT [USA], PLAN B [UK] + MORE Saturday October 6, Sidney Myer Music Bowl PUNKS JUMP UP [UK] Saturday October 6, Prince Bandroom MARK HENNING [GER] Sunday October 7, Revolver TOMMY FOUR SEVEN [GER] Friday October 12, Brown Alley RUDIMENTAL [UK], SLUGABED [UK], EMALKAY [UK], IKONIKA [UK] Friday October 12, Brown Alley AME [GER] Saturday October 13, Brown Alley MONKEY SAFARI [GER] Saturday October 13, Prince Bandroom STEVE AOKI [USA] Saturday October 13, Shed 4 BIG FREEDIA [USA], THEE SATISFACTION [USA] Thursday October 18, The Hi-Fi FUNK D’VOID [UK] Friday October 19, Brown Alley JAHDAWN BLAKKAMOORE [USA] Saturday October 20, Laundry Bar BIG FREEDIA [USA] Wednesday October 17, The Tote Thursday October 18, The Hi-Fi STEVE RACHMAD [NED] Friday October 26, Brown Alley

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ONTOUR SCISSOR SISTERS [USA] Wednesday September 26, Hamer Hall THE MOLE [CAN] Thursday September 27, Lounge RICK WADE [USA] Friday September 28, The Croft Institute SHARAM [USA], DIBBY DOUGHERTY [IRE] Friday September 28, Billboard DAS EFX [USA] Friday September 28, Prince Bandroom NICK SENTIENCE [UK] Friday September 28, Room680 TONY TOUCH [USA] Friday September 28, The Espy KYLE HALL [USA] Friday September 28, Brown Alley GIGAMESH [USA] Saturday September 29, Seven FUNKAGENDA [UK] Saturday September 29, Pretty Please TOMMIE SUNSHINE [USA] Saturday September 29, Prince Bandroom

LIKNUTS [USA] Thursday November 1, Prince Bandroom JAMIE JONES [UK], DJ W!LD [FRA], MARGARET DYGAS [UK] Sunday November 4, Brown Alley NICK CURLY [GER] Sunday November 4, Revolver Upstairs DELANO SMITH [USA] Monday November 5, New Guernica YOUSEF [UK] Friday November 9, Brown Alley. ROBERT HOOD [USA] Friday November 9, TBA MOULLINEX [POR] Saturday November 10, New Guernica ECLIPSE: PERFECT STRANGER [ISR], OLIVER LIEB [GER], ADAM FREELAND [UK] + MORE Saturday November 12 – Friday November 16, TBA HOUSSE DE RACKET [FRA], PILLOWTALK [USA] + MORE Friday November 16, Where?House SMOKE DZA [USA] Saturday November 17, Laundry Bar MIKE HUCKABY [USA], BEN SIMS [UK] + MORE Sunday November 18, Where?House SUBB-AN [UK], MIGUEL CAMPBELL [UK] Sunday November 18, Revolver BOYZ II MEN [USA] Sunday November 18, Billboard ESMKO [USA], TIPPER [UK] + MORE Thursday November 22, Where?House GERD JANSON [GER] Friday November 23, Mercat Basement STRAWBERRY FIELDS: JAMES HOLDEN [UK], TYCHO [USA], PREFUSE 73 [USA] + MORE Friday November 23 – Sunday November 25, TBA STEREOSONIC: TIESTO [NED], AVICII [SWE], CALVIN HARRIS [UK] + MORE Saturday December 1, Melbourne Showgrounds FOUR TET [UK] Thursday December 6, Prince Bandroom NICK WARREN [UK] Friday December 7, Billboard TODD TERJE [NOR] Friday December 7, The Liberty Social MEREDITH MUSIC FESTIVAL: FOUR TET [UK], DJ YAMANTAKA EYE [JAP] + MORE Friday December 7 - Sunday December 9, Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre TERRENCE PARKER [USA] Friday December 21, TBA FALLS FESTIVAL: SBTRKT [UK], COOLIO [USA] + MORE Saturday December 28 – Tuesday January 1, Lorne LET THEM EAT CAKE: KERRI CHANDLER [USA], THE GASLAMP KILLER [USA] + MORE Tuesday January 1, Werribee Park SUMMERDAYZE: THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS [UK], M.I.A [UK], MARK RONSON [UK] + MORE Tuesday January 1, Sidney Myer Music Bowl CRYSTAL CASTLES [CAN] Tuesday January 22, Billboard THE BLOODY BEETROOTS [ITA] Thursday January 24, The Palace BIG DAY OUT: THE BLOODY BEETROOTS [ITA], KASKADE [USA], CRYSTAL CASTLES [CAN] + MORE Saturday January 26, Flemington Racecourse ABOVE & BEYOND [UK] Saturday February 2, Hisense Arena

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REAL TALK If you’re currently reading this and it’s past 2pm on Saturday there’s a very good chance I’ve already passed out. I can’t stand sportball for the life of me but I’ll certainly use it as a yearly reason to get drunk before midday. Tyson Wray

Four Tet: Pinky Promise

Four Tet has announced a sideshow to coincide with his appearance at Meredith. Out here on the back of his latest release Pink, Four Tet will be supported by Jonti, Research and Development and Edd Fisher. Catch him at Prince Bandroom on Thursday December 6.

Bloody Beetroots: Rocksteady Til You Bleed

The Bloody Beetroots is Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo: the masked Italian who’s capable of synergising sonics and sensibilities from The Damned to Debussy, the anthemic wistfulness of New Wave and primal screams of hardcore punk. The Bloody Beetroots will be premiering their new live show at Big Day Out 2013 including latest single Rocksteady. Get prepared for an in-your-face sonic assault. The Bloody Beetroots play The Palace on Thursday January 24.

DJ Rashida: Fusion At The Festival

Jahdan Blakkamoore: Still Buzzin’

Guyana-born, Brooklyn-bred, Jahdan Blakkamoore is a conscious artist, whose diversity, innovation and raw talent keeps him highly regarded in the reggae, dancehall, hip hop and dubstep worlds. Cash Flow, his release with Diplo and Switch on their Major Lazer album, was hailed as the stand-out track of the album. His solo albums Buzzrock Warrior and Babylon Nightmare have both received acclaim. Supported by Vida Sunshyne and Mamacita Bonnita, Monkey Marc, Quashani Bahd, Jese I & So Fire, he plays Laundry Bar on Saturday October 20.

DJ Rashida has established herself as one of the most sought-after DJs in the world. She has played her signature fusion of hip hop, funk, soul, dancehall, house, pop and rock around the globe in cities from London to New York, Tokyo, Geneva, Antwerp, Sydney and Paris. Her return to Australia next month will see her perform as part of the Melbourne Festival, as well as a number of intimate shows. The Melbourne Festival Hub is an explosion of colour on the banks of the Yarra which features an intimate bar, an outdoor wood–fired kitchen, a boutique performance space, and an open-air rooftop terrace graced with spectacular views of the Melbourne skyline and gardens. DJ Rashida headlines The Festival Hub on Thursday October 11. She also plays Yo Yo at Key Club on Saturday October 13.

Hot Dub Time Machine: Rub A Dub Dub

Join DJ Tom Loud as he captains a musical mission through time at the Prince Bandroom this October. Be escorted to 1954 and back again by tunes, visuals and turntable tricks. After sold out shows at the Sydney, Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe, don’t miss your chance to boogie through history and shake your booty to 60 years of popular culture. Get on board on Friday October 19 at the Prince Bandroom.

Gypsy & The Cat: I Will Take Your Tears, Gypsy

Melbourne’s Gypsy & The Cat have steadily guided their trajectory toward the stratosphere in their relatively young existence, now they are more than set to break through with the announcement of their new album. To celebrate the release of The Late Blue (out October 19 via Alsatian Music/Universal Music Australia), Gypsy & The Cat will hit the road for a bloody massive national tour. This tour will be the only chance to catch the outfit in the live setting in 2012 before they head off globe-trekking once again. Gypsy & The Cat perform at The Palace on Friday October 26.

Big Freedia: Date Of Show Azz Changed Big Freedia and her Divas have had to change the date of The Tote show, come her tour this October. Though the date for Big Freedia’s Melbourne Festival will remain the same, her intimate show at The Tote, originally on Saturday October 20, will be brought forward three days. Big Freedia and her Divas will now be performing at The Tote on Wednesday October 17. All tickets purchased for the original date are valid, as well as some still available via the Oztix. Big Freedia’s Melbourne Festival performance is still on at The Hi-Fi on Thursday October 18. For those that require a refund due to the date change, contact Oztix at info@oztix.com.au before Thursday October 11.

Crystal Castles: Plaque Practice

Fiercely uncompromising festival favourite Crystal Castles have created a stir from their inception with shows that enthral and excite an impassioned cult following. This year heralds the arrival of their third album with its first single Plaque described as “dangerous, demented and utterly thrilling” by NME. Crystal Castles perform at Billboard on Tuesday January 22.

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Free Shit: Sharam

Last seen in Melbourne to co-headline Summadayze NYD 2010, it’s been five long years since Sharam’s last Australian club tour. Sharam started one of the world’s most influential labels in Yoshitoshi Records, toured the world as one half of the beloved Deep Dish (the original super star dance duo) and now you can catch his up-close and personal and exclusive set in support of his brand new Night & Day mix compilation. To make this lineup even more special, up and coming Irish superstar Dibby Dougherty will be joining Sharam. It’s on at The Billboard Basement on Friday September 28, and we have a few tickets to give away.

Deadmau5

The world of deadmau5 – the globally-renowned electronic artist – is always fast and furious. He recently overhauled his studio in his hometown of Toronto and following a recent European tour, locked himself in and went on a creative spree to finish his latest record – > album title goes here < – an album with a title designed to piss off every editorial assistant in the world and probably get me fired because you dickheads will think I forgot to put the album title in. We have a few copies to give away. Hit up beat.com.au/freeshit for your chance to win.


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SHARAM

“I love playing long sets, it takes people, including me, on a musical journey, if you will.”

NIGHT & DAY: DEEP IMPRESSIONS From his group beginnings to his solo excursions, Sharam Tayebi has always been working to bridge the gap between the many electronic music genres. This never-ending commitment to bringing deep grooves to the wide world has seen him become a household name first as one-half of Deep Dish and now as a highly sought after DJ and producer in his own right. The Iranian-American sound scientist is both energetic and eloquent when discussing his relationship with music and the crowd. He is tirelessly at work when we connect with him, as he prepares to hit the road. “I’m catching up on some studio work before I head out to Miami and Ibiza. Then I’m heading to Bali and straight to Australia after that.” Apart from the fact that he is a veteran of 20 years, the key to his longevity has been a positive attitude, as he juggles multiple tasks. “It’s the nature of the beast, I’m used to it. It’s a good problem to have,” he says with a chuckle. This Friday he will have his eyes set on Billboard, as he celebrates the Aussie launch of his latest release Night & Day, with support from Dibby Dougherty. “I’m very happy the album has an opportunity to come out properly in Australia,” he reveals. The DJ-producer has a long history with Australia, one that he is excited to revisit. “It’s one of my favourite places. The first time I came was like ’98, I got to spend a couple of weeks there and I basically got to see the whole country and get the different feelings, from the east coast down to the west coast. It left a very lasting impression, so I look forward to coming back.” One of his latest musical journeys saw him perform a 10hour set at Warung Beach Club in Brazil, something he is no stranger to. “I seem to do that a lot in Brazil. At some clubs, particularly Warung, you get to play as long as you want and the crowd stays with you.” The set was later broadcast on BBC 1xtra radio and was so heralded that it was culled into a compilation album, titled Sharam Live At Warung Beach Brasil. “I’ve played like 12-hour sets before,” he explains. “I love playing long sets, it takes people, including me, on a musical journey, if you

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will.” When all the elements are there Sharam can easily create an atmosphere where time melts away and all that matters is the music. “It all goes by really fast. I get so entrenched in it and the energy. If you have a great crowd that follows where you go musically, time has no meaning, you just keep going and you don’t feel tired. As soon as you go back to the hotel and you hit the bed you go ‘oh my god I’m tired’.” No matter how many times Sharam experiences the grind he always keeps it positive and is driven by his goal to bring quality dance music to as many people as possible. “Usually when I play Warung I have to get up the next morning to hit the next city, so it’s always an interesting situation. Getting up and getting into a car and moving on to the next city, it’s rough but it’s always worth it.” As both a producer with his own extensive catalogue and as a DJ steeped in the EDM scene he believes it is his mission to give the fans what they want as well as showcasing some tunes that they may not have heard before. “When people come to see you they have certain expectations, they know you from the music you produce and the stuff you put out. So you have to play some of that stuff for them but at the same time I believe it’s important, not only for myself but also for the crowd, that you also give them all the new stuff as well. It’s a balancing act between entertainment and education.” Beyond his desire to educate his audience, the choice to mix things up is also one he makes for his own sake and for the sake of keeping his live sets fresh. “If I don’t play the new stuff in my set I myself bored and if I get bored I don’t play as well. It’s all about creating a vibe, so you’re not only surprising the crowd you’re surprising yourself as well. I might do something and go ‘wow that sounded really good’ and the crowd reacts to it, then it comes something that you want to repeat.” This approach was extended to his last compilation release, Night & Day, which features two-discs of club tested, audience approved anthems. “It’s a collection of records that over the past six months to a year have COVER STORY

worked for me in my sets. I put them all together in an album format on two discs, so it’s like I’m telling two stories under one roof.” The fact that Sharam works with many of the top record labels means that he gets the chance to hear new tracks before they are officially released and gives him the opportunity to include them in his live sets and releases. “It puts you in a good position where you get to use a lot of unreleased tracks and re-edits and stuff like that on the album that people may not have heard before. It’s their first time to hear it, obviously I’ve heard them many times because I’ve tested them. I want to make sure there’s something unique and different that they haven’t heard.” Like being exposed to any form of music on a regular basis you would think that Sharam would grow tired of playing the same anthems live night after night, however that is not the case. “The stuff that makes it to the album is stuff that’s tried and tested.” His last two releases have both been born out of the same ideology, while also having some unique differences in how they came together. “The Warung album was a live album so basically whatever I played that night ended being on the album, whereas Night & Day is more manufactured. I knew exactly what records I wanted to put in and it was programmed. The live album was different because I’ve never really done it before. It was very different because I didn’t know it would become an album. I just played and it happened to become an album and it all worked out really well.” Regardless of the differing processes there is an underlying theme to all of his work. “The whole idea behind all of these albums is that you’ve got to make it timeless and each record has to speak for itself.” This philosophy of timeless music has followed Sharam throughout his career, dating back to his time with Ali ‘Dubfire’ Shirazinia as part of Deep Dish. “The philosophy never changes, it’s always about showcasing timeless music regardless of genre. I feel like it’s important nowadays because there is such great divide and so many different directions in music. So I felt it

was important for me to make a statement that it doesn’t need to be segregated, it can co-exist. It’s up to the DJ to seamlessly play this stuff to the crowd, they don’t know whether it’s this group or that group they’re just there to enjoy themselves, that’s the whole point. You’ve got to enjoy yourself, if you can’t do that regardless of musical genre then I feel you shouldn’t be a DJ.” As part of his commitment to musical openness he has extended the olive branch and worked with a range of artists. From hip hop mogul/casual rapper Diddy and stoner rap hero Kid Cudi to pop vocalist Daniel Bedingfield and fellow Iranian-American artist Anousheh Khalili, there has been no limit to his experimentation so far. “I’ve been fortunate and had the opportunity but part of it is that I seek out these opportunities. It’s important for me to do different things and not keep doing the same things over and over. I feel that if I get bored with what I’m doing that will translate in a negative way to the DJ sets so I try to keep it fresh for myself. It also gives you more options to do different things. It comes with a certain risk because people normally are used to knowing what they’re getting. They want to go to a certain DJ because they sound a certain way or because they play a certain kind of music. A lot people can’t figure out what it is I do and I prefer it that way but it becomes a harder sell because people don’t know what to expect. The true fans and the people are open-minded. It’s more like the clubs and promoters are saying ‘what do we do with this guy?’ I like being in that position because the element of surprise is always there.” Andrew ‘Hazard’ Hickey Sharam [USA] plays alongside Dibby Dougherty [UK] at Billboard The Basement on Friday September 28.


DJs playing every Friday night, late. That’s just how we roll. We’re all about the late night boogie. Expect all things funk, hip-hop, soul, reggae, disco, boogie and house. Lounge, 243 Swanston Street, Melbourne

WEDNESDAY26TH 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

HUMPDAY ANIMALS Enter the middle of the week; for some it’s the beginning of the weekend, for others it’s a break from study, for those of us who are travelling, it probably has no real significance (unless you’re wanting to party with the hot European girls from the hostel, because any day is simply another day when you’re travelling). Your midweek stomping ground, featuring DJs Danny Silver, Manchild & Mu-Gen. Free entry. From 10pm. Lounge, 243 Swanston Street, Melbourne

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

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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

THE BLACK PANCAKE CLUB The Black Pancake Club is where disc-jockeys bring in their treasured record collections to share with yaw’ll. Expect undiscovered nuggets, lost gems, far out there covers, moog inspired themes, and a host of other eclectic delicacies and toppings for your black pancakes! Taste makers on rotation include Shags and Richie 1250.Free entry. From 10pm. Lounge, 243 Swanston Street, Melbourne

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

FRIDAY28TH BUHLOONE MINDSTATE “It might blow up but it won’t go pop” is the philosophy at Buhloone Mindstate and features Melbourne’s finest bands and

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

FIRST FLOOR FRIDAYS A journey of international music from all over the world; past, present and future rhythms incorporating afro, soul, funk, world and deep house elements! First Floor, 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

FREEDOM PASS Friday’s at Freedom with 2 premier clubs, 5 huge rooms, 10+ local and international DJs blending their unique sets across countless styles of tunes – vocal house, smooth R&B, electro and commercial top 40. Throw in a few sexy podium dancers, a world-class lights show and drink specials, the Freedom Pass is your personal ticket to a night you won’t soon forget! 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

KYLE HALL You know you’ve made it when you’re only 18, and Omar-S, Theo Parrish and other Detroit legendaries have referred to him as one of the most talented in the new wave of electronic musicians. Kyle Hall might have been born in 1991, a couple of years after Detroit’s techno scene went stratospheric, but he’s arguably as well-schooled and talented as many of the contemporaries whose scene he’s found himself a place in. Immersed in all ends of the music industry since the tender age of eleven when local legend DJ Raybone Jones taught him how to spin records, he was taken under the wing of Rick Wilhite, taught how to produce music by Mike Huckaby, and mentored by Omar-S does a little to explain Hall’s spectacularly mature and compelling output thus far. With releases already out on Third Ear, Hyperdub, and his own recently-established label Wild Oats, it’s no wonder the youngster has garnered so much attention in such a short space of time. Brown Alley, Cnr King and Lonsdale Streets, CBD

NICK SENTIENCE Having spent a decade at the top levels of International dance and club music, Nick Sentience is one of the most in demand DJs and Producers in the world. Starting his career producing dance floor hits as a house producer for the UK’s top selling label Nukleuz Records back in 2000, he formed a partnership there that defined an era of club music for the harder generation. With three critically acclaimed artist albums already under his belt; Universal Language, Dance Planet and Syncronized, Nick is now focusing on creating more dance floor monsters, which has seen him spend the past two years turning heads on the global trance charts. Nick Sentience plays Room 680 on Friday September 28 with Support from Nikki S, Paul Robertson , Danny Gilligan, local psy Favourite Imperfect Circle and upcoming producer Kade FX. Room 680, 680 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

Don’t have lectures tomorrow? Need a break from writing that last-minute assignment? Or simply just celebrating the end of hump day? Don’t miss Melbourne’s biggest mid-week party night – Wednesdays @ Co.! With free entry and discounted drinks for students all night long! Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

LAUNDRY WEDNESDAYS Deep, dark, minimal dubstep and drum and bass. Laundry Bar, 50 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

THURSDAY27TH 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

FUN HOUSE Celebrate Thursday night at Co. with club classics and dance floor anthems. Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

DJ Profile: Adam Askew

Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? Auf der Autobahn. Describe yourself using the title of a song. Beer, beer ‘Smurfing Beer’. You don’t get drunk because it isn’t beer. What was the weirdest thing you believed as a child? Die Axt im Haus erspart den Zimmermann The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? The time I tried to kiss Booshank’s reflection in the men’s bathroom at Lucky Coq. What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? Slap Dance (Clark W Griswold edit) What’s the most played record in your bag? Now, That’s What I Call Sauerkraut Rock: 1969!!! What question would you like to ask an omniscient, allknowing being before you die? Adam, how did you get to be so talented and good looking? If you hadn’t made it as a DJ, what job would you choose to work in instead? An iPod shuffle consultant. When and where is your next gig? I’m available at most fine establishments, including every Sunday at Lucky Coq for South Side Hustle.

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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

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 FRIDAY 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

SHARAM AND DIBBY DOUGHERTY Darkbeat have teamed up with new concept-space The Billboard Basement to present award-winning DJ and house producer Sharam alongside Irish favourite Dibby Dougherty. The Basement, a modified version of Billboard, will provide an improved experience with smaller capacity, new staging area, set up, front entry, and bars: a truly underground experience for those who like their techno intimate. Billboard, 170 Russell Street, Melbourne

SATURDAY29TH EDEN SATURDAYS Smashing it every week at Melbourne’s hottest looking venue! Top 40 dance, house and R&B 9-3am, then electro from 3am 5am. DJ Ontime, DJ Ryza, Scotty Erdos and Azza M. $15/$20, free entry after 4am. Eden, 163 Russell St, Melbourne

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

EY:EM EY:EM at Lounge features residents Boogs & Who, who will host Melbourne’s top purveyors of club music, showcasing both local and international DJs playing the most upfront club music. With rotating DJs Dave Pham, Sleep D, Bryce Lawrence, Louis McCoy, Caine Sinclair, Glyn Hill & Toby Mackisack. Expect nothing but excellent house music all night long. And remember, clubbing happens in the EY:EM. $10 from 11pm. Lounge, 243 Swanston Street, Melbourne

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

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open 10pm with $5 basics til midnight! First Floor, 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

HOMECOMING In the grand tradition of past Saturday nights at the Prince Of Wales, it will regain it’s rightful place on the pantheon of Australian dance music playing host to the best and most exciting EDM locally, nationally and internationally. Local residents include Generik, Oskar, Swick, Tranter, M.A.F.I.A., Streetparty DJs and Clip Art, and scheduled guests The Aston Shuffle, Tonite Only, The Swiss, Luke Million, Parachute Youth, Louis La Roche, Alvin Risk and more. In addition, Homecoming has prepared a veritable roster of exciting drinks and cocktails to fuel the fun, including Fresh coconut cocktails, Dr. Pepper, Electric Lemonade, Tecate, Thai-style Buckets and Bubble Cup cocktails. Prince Bandroom, 29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

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 40. One Twenty Bar, 120 Johnston St, Fitzroy

SOUND EMPIRE Co. At Crown’s Saturday night party Sound Empire this week features mega sounds from resident DJs Tate Strauss, Miss Sarah, Nova, Johnny M, Matty G, Dean T, Joe Sofo, Marcus Knight, Dinesh, Chris Ostrom, B-Boogie and Sarah Roberts. Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

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

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

COLLARBONES DIE YOUNG: POP YA COLLAR Emerging early last year with their debut full-length, Collarbones’ Marcus Whale and Travis Cook have steadily earned a reputation as one of the most captivating young acts on the Australian musical landscape. Presenting a transgressive blend of soulful R&B and tidy electronica, the Adelaide/ Sydney duo have spent the past year touring extensively while assembling the pieces for their upcoming record, Die Young. Before once again hitting the road to launch the album, Marcus runs us through the album’s gestation period. “We’ve being playing live a lot, which has perhaps made us more aware at what things are more affecting and what things go over people’s heads,” he says on the honing of their sound. “The most obvious thing is that this album has a lot more straight-up songs, also because I became a lot more interested in R&B and that sort of thing. Also particular sounds and beats that are more immersive. I’ve kind of come around to realising that a lot of the stuff I was writing with lyrics was just incomprehensible, so this time I was coming up with a more unified theme and stimulus. I guess I was writing pretty earnestly.” Each aspect of Collarbones’ multi-faceted output is imbued with a rich sense of nostalgia – from their ‘90s pastiche cover art of last year’s Tiger Beats mixtape to the earnest longing of Die Young single Missing. “If we can characterise these times that we’re in with anything, it’s probably nostalgia. More so

than ever before. I have theories, mostly to do with how we’re constantly bombarded with media and live our lives through tapestries of media mummification,” Marcus ponders. “Before you may have had a conversation with someone with only yourself as stimulus, but these days media is a really big part of how we interact with each other. Which I think is one of the big reasons why we’ve gone into this really nostalgic phase aesthetically. This is particularly true of Travis and I because we mostly interact on the internet. Along with text is the constant stream of links to pictures and music and videos, which can only come from another place in time – whether it be last week in my room or 30 years ago in another country.” With Bieber covers standing as a staple of the Collarbones’ live performance, the duo most definitely wear their penchant for mainstream pop on their sleeves. But with 2012 lacking in that regard so far, Marcus has had to look elsewhere for inspiration. “I’m pretty divided right now, because I look at all the pop music that I’m really into [and] it’s kind of not that popular. I guess the really slow R&B has gone out of favour, now there’s a lot of EDM, trance influence which I think Travis really likes,” he explains. “I have trouble resolving that. I think the best example is Usher’s big two singles this year. On the one hand there’s Climax, which is this totally majestic slow, or slow-ish, R&B track and just completely heartbreaking and perfectly put together.

DIBBY DOUGHERTY TRAVELLING: INTO THE FUTURE It doesn’t hurt being the humble Irishman that Mixmag tells their readers to keep an eye on, to be sure. But Dibby Dougherty isn’t fussed by any of that – he’s just kicking along and enjoying the sights as he goes. “At the moment we are halfway through our trip of seeing this beautiful world. We have been backpacking since April and seen some weird and wonderful things. So my time has been taken up lately by doing 48-hour bus journeys, four day mountain treks, hot springs, glaciers, deserts and all things in between. Actually right now I’m in a car on my way to the Blue Mountains in Sydney. We have been staying with some friends for a few days in sunny Narrabeen and they are showing us the sights. I’m loving it so far!” As a youngster, the boy was big into electronic music, growing up listening to bands like The Fine Young Cannibals, Prince, D:Ream, Pink Floyd and Talking Heads. “Eventually, I moved onto more underground stuff when I was about 14 or so,” he explains. “So I bought some fake ID and was a regular clubber at Lush! In Ireland!” There, he saw acts like Sasha, Nick Warren and Deep Dish on a weekly basis. “The music became an addiction to me! I can

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remember going to the club even on the nights when my friends didn’t want to come and having some of the best nights of my life engrossed in this amazing music.” Genre wise, it’s hard to define him too. “My sound has always been of a progressive theme and by progressive I do not mean the tripe that Beatport call progressive,” chimes the lad. “What I’m trying to say is that I always aim to play and make music that is very futuristic and constantly push new ideas and sounds. All types of music have hugely influenced me.” He goes on to outline that lately too, he has been listening to lots of classical, folk, jazz and ‘80s themed synth-music. “Going through my iPod shuffle to check what I am listening to right now, there is Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder, Polpette, Joash, Portishead, The XX, Bon Iver, Mitch Murder, Of Monsters And Men and Chemical Brothers.” There is more too, but this paints the picture. As for the studio, Dougherty suggests that he has a bunch of new tracks nearly finished up with a real desire to test them out for the first time. “I’m working on a new bootleg too which I hope to have finished in time for the gig. Apart from that, I don’t ESSENTIALS

Just when you thought Wah Saturdays couldn’t get any better, this week Rob Pix (Beng) kicks off a new rotating residency down Waratah place. Get down early to avoid the queue or alternatively you could come down very late for the infamous recovery kicking off at 4AM! Wah Wah Lounge, 185 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

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

TUESDAY2ND BIMBO TUESDAYS Bimbo Tuesdays 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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SUNDAY30TH 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 and 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

MONDAY1ST 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

Then there’s Scream, which Travis would probably like more. But Climax is probably my favourite pop song of this year.” Collaborating via the internet is par for the course these days, and with Marcus and Travis residing in Sydney and Adelaide respectively it presents the most suitable modus operandi for the production of Collarbones’ material. “We worked on stuff early on, probably over a year ago. Then we didn’t make that much music together in the past year. We thought it was going to be that way because we were going to be on tour together, because on tour you don’t want to sit around in a room trying to make music. So we ended up making most of the music apart from each other. And I really appreciate that you recognise that it’s not out of the ordinary to do that any more. Because every single interview, until this one, I shit you not, it’s been, ‘You guys met on the internet, how funny, how does that work?’. A lot of people do it these days.” The release of Die Young will be accompanied by a short film made by Paris-based visual artist Michael Salerno, providing a visual interpretation of the album’s wistful thematic links. “I suppose it’s because everyone’s recognised that people react to music really visually these days. Mostly, if you want to hear a track that you don’t have on your computer, you go to YouTube. Often there will be a video clip, and if there isn’t a video clip there will be an image,” Marcus muses. “Then there’s also the extent of which persona and character comes into it, at least with pop music. Twitter has a lot to do with it, you now get this really rich residue of narrative with pop music. The video accompaniment with an album is a really effective way to enrich the experience of the album. In the past year, especially in the past few months, it’s become pretty standard.” Despite presenting a conventionally tasteful aesthetic on all canonical releases, Marcus and Travis indulge in visuals akin to mixtape covers within their online presence. But don’t expect Marcus to evolve into a Riff Raff-type character any time soon. “I have a clue what style I’m going for when I play in Australia. Basically, just good futuristic, forward-thinking electronic music that stands out a bit. There are a lot of fantastic tracks out there right now from peeps like PHM, Lanny May, Of Norway, Smak, Moodwax, Spada and Ian O’Donovan to name a few. “My studio projects have also been going great lately. David Young and I have a large bag of tracks ready for release. With Ciara and I backpacking all year, I have been on some long bus and train journeys, which has given me plenty of time and inspiration to write new tracks and ideas! I am still working regularly with David on all new stuff right now. We have a very bromantic relationship and talk nearly every day and share ideas regularly. We have a bunch of EP’s due in the next month on Paradigma, Manual, Flow and we are also working on a remix for Dave Seaman which is coming along really well and we have just signed a track for the official Kazantip album which is very exciting too.” Describing his happiest moments on the stage, Dougherty is also about taking the punters on bit of a journey – and he is equally excited about others who play his tunes. “It’s a fantastic feeling to have your favorite DJs playing your music, I mean it really is. It’s hard for anything to compare to that feeling, especially if you are in the club when it happens. I have always had set goals, many of which I have achieved, but I think it’s the same story for most DJs – you always wish for more. “I want my productions to be better than what they are, I want to have a bigger and better studio, I want to DJ at Space, I want to travel more, I want to have a pet German Shepherd called Jack, I want to drive a nice car, I want to do a Lost tour in Hawaii. All of

Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? Wrapped around the feet of a statue, town square, Lagos. 10am, school holidays, holiday destination of Portugal. Just another Aussie abroad. Describe yourself using the title of a song. Destiny’s Child – Independent Woman What was the weirdest thing you believed as a child? That the boy who could fly in The Boy Who Could Fly could actually fly. The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? Playing Eat It by Weird Al Yankovic at a friend’s wedding was awkward. For them, not me. What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? It wouldn’t be fair to single any one artist out, but let’s say anything with the word ‘funky’ in the genre category. What’s the most played record in your bag? Nature Boy – The Living Groove EP What question would you like to ask an omniscient, allknowing being before you die? How’s it going? If you hadn’t made it as a DJ, what job would you choose to work in instead? I’m studying towards a PhD in Applied Micro Econometrics, so hopefully that works out when I go completely deaf from spending too much time in night clubs. When and where is your next gig? I play residencies at Revolver Upstairs for The Late Show, Croft Institute for Motion 3000, and Lucky Coq for South Side Hustle. [The first few] Sundays [in] October will be extra special (read: sloshy) at Lucky Coq as it’s October Fest! Skol, or something.

don’t know whether turning into Riff Raff is such a bad thing,” Marcus laughs. “But I think you and I both know that I’m not capable of doing that. I guess with all of that, there’s a couple of sides to us. On one hand there’s this quite serious, dramatic stuff, but that isn’t everything. Especially when it comes to the live show – it’s not that dramatic or serious or introspective. There’s a different vibe going on. Maybe it’s to weather the earnest, serious, stuff. We’re aware it’s pretty easy to make fun of. And I think philosophically we’re opposed to things being sacred. “ Lachlan Kanoniuk Collarbones [AUS] play at The Liberty Social on Friday September 28. Die Young is out Friday September 28 through Remote Control Records.

these things may come; they may not, but I’ll keep trying to tick them off the almighty list!” And you can’t hold that against a man now, can you? RK Dibby Dougherty [IRE] plays at Billboard The Basement on Friday September 28 alongside Sharam [USA].


SLUGABED SWING: FOR THE MOMENT Duke Ellington used to let people know that “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” Some decades later Slugabed claims that, “if music hasn’t got that oomph that makes you want to shake something, then it’s not worth a whole lot.” Oomph is a difficult characteristic to pinpoint in music but an impossible one to deny. It’s that visceral quality of sound that moves dance floors and nods heads. In Slugabed’s music, it’s the way the beat staggers and lurches, it’s the stacked lines of sub bass that crawl through the tracks’ low end, it’s the way the side-chained kick drum pulls the rest of the tracks around it like a cloak. Slugabed (Greg Feldwick by day) is a producer based in Brighton and signed to the illustrious Ninja Tune label. As is to be expected from any Ninja Tune act, Slugabed’s music is a maximal mash of sounds from any number of different sources – there is the studied shuffle of hip hop producers like J Dilla and Flying Lotus, the shuddering low end of UK dubstep and endless folds of 8 bit game-boy synthesisers. Slugabed’s great skill as a producer is to pull all of these influences together with a sense of delight and abandon. His debut album, Time Team, creates a kind of all-embracing logic where it feels like any sound or influence could surface at any moment. Unlike the days of old where localised music scenes would carry their own distinctive sound, Slugabed’s music belongs to a school of production that can be difficult to pinpoint geographically. These are producers who mash genre-signifiers from a wide range of influences into something that sounds not quite of this world. “There is incredible stuff coming out of every corner of the world,” enthuses Feldwick. “There’s so many different subgenres and people pushing so many boundaries worldwide that you can’t really pin down one sound for too long. It’s much more of a universal thing these days, especially with the huge role the internet plays in music.” It is perhaps unsurprising then, given their remove from geographical space, that Slugabed and many of his Ninja Tune compatriots ground their aesthetic in deep-space, retro-futurism and cartoons. Retro-futurism is how we imagine those living in the ‘70s and ‘80s would have envisioned the future (Star Wars laser sounds, lovingly naff costuming etc). Take, for example, the excellent video-clip for Slugabed’s first single Sex. The clip, directed by Chris Cullens, shows an ‘80s infomercial for a brand of juicer that turns old tapes into fruit juice through a convoluted process of stop motion animation. “I knew I wanted something fruity and quirky to fit the lolful nature of the track,” says Feldwick, “and I knew I didn’t want anything ‘sexy’ because that’s not really what the track is about. The director came up with this idea for a naff, ‘80s-style infomercial for a juicer, THE OPERATIVES which I loved. Once I saw some of his previous stopframe animation work I was sold.” The resultant video pulls together nostalgia, cartoon logic, otherworldly extremes and a sense of tongue-in-cheek fun. In short, it’s a pretty spot-on visual equivalent for Slugabed’s music.

“What really conveys the most complex and abstract emotions is the composition. The melodies, harmonies and rhythms are what’s most important and that’s something that is ubiquitous across all genres.” The other key aesthetic running through Time Team is childhood and naivety (there’s plenty of that in the video clip as well). Take track titles like Grandma Paints Nice, Climbing A Tree or Travel Sweets. Take the many samples of children’s voices that run wildly through the album, chanting and singing. Take the concept behind Sex which Feldwick says is about “fannies and pubes and nervousness.” Or (perhaps most importantly) take the playful abandon with which Slugabed combines all the sounds he uses – the sense of discovery and joy that one imagines Feldwick finding as he sits at his computer (believe it or not the whole album was pulled together on Fruity Loops) and finds new and novel synth tones or beat patterns. Despite these aesthetic signifiers though, for Feldwick, the core of the album is still something abstract. He describes the album as dealing with “deep feelings about mostly inexpressible things, like when I’m gazing out of a window of a train and everything is whizzing past real quick and I’m not thinking about anything in particular. I don’t necessarily feel happy or sad I just feel a wave of stuff that isn’t really attached to anything.” Musically the same frantic pacing courses through Slugabed’s tunes – waves of sound that aren’t necessarily connected to one another, each spilling into the next and overflowing to heady effect. It is often said that electronic music, with its endless possibility of sound and its remove from the concrete world, is especially adept at conjuring abstract moods such as the ones Slugabed describes. Feldwick insists, however, that the construction of the music is of more importance than the choice of sounds in creating mood. “What really conveys the most complex and abstract emotions is the composition. The melodies, harmonies and rhythms are what’s most important and that’s something that is ubiquitous across all genres.” Listen closely to Slugabed’s music and you’ll hear that oomph in every element of the composition. It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.

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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

FRIDAY28TH 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

LIGHT The buzz is Light at RedLove every Friday. Hitting out that R&B flavour of old, new and everything in between! RedLove Resident DJs Stel, Harvey Yeah, TMC and Ripz on the wheels of steel from 6.30pm. If you don’t know, now you know! Check it! Red Love, Level 1, 401 Swanston Street, Melbourne

THE LOOSE GOOSE The Loose Goose is focused on providing a wonderful array of cocktails and offers a great CBD location to lounge and relax in while overlooking busy Flinders Lane. A small plates menu is available to graze on whilst trying our delicious cocktails from the classics to contemporary, beer on tap and a wide range of beers, wines and spirits. Every Friday evening DJ Jumps of The Cat Empire will take to the decks at the bar spinning his rare afro Latin funk vinyl collected from around the world from 6.30pm until late. Papa Goose Cocktail Bar, 91-93 Flinders Lane, 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

THE NICE UP Tom Showtime presents The Nice Up. All flavours of hip hop, ghetto funk and reggae niceness provided. Sailor Jerry nice up the cocktails, Dos Blockos nice up the $5 beers. Fridays done proper. George Lane Bar, 1 George Lane, St Kilda

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REDLOVE SATURDAYS RedLove Saturdays is all about solid classics from the ‘80s, ‘90s and into the ‘00s! Dropping beats of retro pop, disco classics, old school funk, and certainly some of that old school r&b and house to kick! RedLove Resident DJs Phil, HB Bear and Da Gato bringing down the house every Saturday night. If you’re looking for quality service, music to rock, sumptuous drinks and just a cold hard good time; look no further! Red Love, Level 1, 401 Swanston Street, Melbourne

SETH SENTRY Those of you with an eye on the Australian hip hop scene will certainly have heard of Seth Sentry by now. First bursting onto the scene in 2003 after a series of genre-bendingly exciting shows with local hip hop/drum and bass outfit D.S.O.L, he’s worked with fellow Aussie favourites 360 and Pez, made his way onto Triple J rotation with singles The Waitress Song and Simple Game, and is now set to release his debut album This Was Tomorrow through his own label High Score. To celebrate, an extensive national tour has been announced, and Melbourne can get a taste of his groundbreaking new beats. The Corner Hotel, 57 Swan Street, Richmond

SHAKA SATURDAY The newest R&B Superclub Shaka Saturdays grand opening is set to hit Melbourne over two massive weeks. The northern suburbs newest, freshest club playing all of your favourite R&B, hip hop, old skool and reggae. Shaka Saturdays is showcasing Australias newest and favourite R&B DJs, including DJ C-RAM bringing video mixing to Melbourne and special guest hip hop band Yellow Cake. Set at one of the most amazing venues Melbourne has to offer with two levels, good music, great ‘Shaka’ atmosphere and cheap drinks, we are hoping to pack it out and create a night for people to remember. Level 2 The Club, 2 Arthurton Rd, Northcote

DAS EFX OLD SCHOOL, NEW SCHOOL: KEEPING IT REAL People speak about the late ‘80s and early ‘90s as the era of ‘real’ hip hop, and castigate the music that came after as inauthentic and lacking in the spirit of the pioneers. Andre ‘Dray’ Weston was there – a founding member of East Coast group Das EFX, he is one of hip hop’s elder statesmen, although as he tells me, he refuses to play the part of the old rapper sitting in his rocking chair, telling, “Back in the day, we recorded a track called Real Hip Hop, and the phrase took on a life of its own,” he says. “What I don’t want to do, and what I personally didn’t want to do with that track, is to alienate anyone in hip hop. “We were members of a ‘90s generation,” he continues, “but we came in around the second or even the third wave. There was a whole generation that came before us in the ‘80s, and I’m sure that they would have considered what they were doing to be ‘real hip hop’ as well.” Times move on, and there’s a whole new generation of kids making hip hop today – unlike many older, curmudgeonly rappers, Dray insists that you can’t tell them what they’re doing is not real, because it is real to them. “Hip hop, in a way, is just like clothes you put on. If you see somebody walking on the street, you may not particularly like what they’re wearing, but shit, they like it, you know?” Dray raised some eyebrows among older fans recently when he took to Twitter in an attempt to get a shout-out from teen pop star Justin Bieber. I ask him if that’s a necessary way to promote yourself in this day and age, and he tells me that, while it may not specifically be necessary, the internet is a tool and it’s foolish not to use it. “I know Justin Bieber is around people who grew

up with Das EFX. I mean, it would be a great story. I’m a student of the game, I know Justin could very well have seen that tweet and not known who I am, but clicked on the link anyway. Justin’s manager Scooter is a hip hop guy, and he may have been there to see that tweet, and told Justin the story of us in the ‘90s. As a result of that, Justin would have been turned on to Das EFX,” he continues. “It’s like I was saying, man: I don’t want to be that rapper sitting there in a rocking chair getting mad at the kids – people did that to me when I was coming up, and I rolled my eyes then, and still do now.” For the record, Dray respects Bieber’s rise to fame. “I kind of like Justin’s shit – the kid is a bad little brother. I mean, you may not like his music, but you have to respect his hustle and his grind. He didn’t just wake up and say, ‘I want to be a star’ and it happened for him overnight – he worked really hard for it.” Das EFX are all set to make their first ever trip to Australia, and I ask Dray what fans can expect from the set list. “Well, we don’t want to be stuck in the ‘90s, but people want to hear that older stuff, so we’ll be playing it, but we’ll be playing it like it just came out yesterday,” he says. “It’s gonna be great, man – we’ve been looking forward to coming down and seeing you for the longest time.” Alasdair Duncan Das EFX [USA] play Prince Bandroom on Friday September 28.

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

303 303 High Street, Northcote

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

Abode 374 St.Kilda Rd, St.Kilda

Lucky Coq 179 Chapel St, Windsor, 9525 1288

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

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

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

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

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

Mink 2 Acland St, St Kilda, 9536 1199

Back Bar 67 Green St, Windsor, 9529 7899

Miss Libertine 34 Franklin St, Melb, 9663 6855

Bar Oussou 653 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9384 3040

Misty 3-5 Hosier Ln, Melb, 9663 9202

Bar Open 317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9415 9601

Mockingbird Bar 129 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9534 0000

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

Musicland 1359A Sydney Rd, Fawkner, 9359 0006

Bendigo Hotel 125 Johnston St, Collingwood 9417 3415 Bennetts Jazz Club 25 Bennetts Ln, Melb, 9663 2856

Neverland 32-48 Johnson St, South Melb, 9646 5544 New Guernica Lvl 2, Hub Arcade, 318-322 Lt Collins St, Melb, 9650 4464

Bertha Brown 562 Flinders Street, 9629 1207

Night Cat 141 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 0090

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

Night Cat 279 Flinders Ln, Melb, 9654 0444

Billboard 170 Russell St, Melb, 9639 4000

Noise Bar 291 Albert St, Brunswick, 9380 1493

Bimbo Deluxe 376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 8600

Northcote Social Club 301 High St, Northcote, 9489 3917

Birmingham Hotel Cnr Smith & Johnston St, Fitzroy

Old Bar 74 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 4155

Black Cat 252 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 6230

One Twenty Bar 120 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Blue Bar 330 Chapel St, Prahran, 9529 6499

Onesixone 161 High St, Prahran, 9533 8433

Blue Tile Lounge 95 Smith St, Fitzroy

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

Boutique 134 Greville St, Prahran, 9525 2322

Palace Hotel 893 Burke Rd, Camberwell

Brown Alley King Street, Melb,9670 8599

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

Brunswick Hotel 140 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9387 6637

Palais 111 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs, 5348 4849

Builders Arms 211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Palais Theatre Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, 9525 3240

Cabinet Bar 11 Rainbow Alley, Melbourne, 9654 0915

Papa Goose 91 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, 9663 2800

Caravan Music Club 95 Drummond St, Oakleigh

Penny Black 420 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9380 8667

Caseys Nightclub 660A Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, 9810 0030

Pier Live Hotel 508 Nepean Hwy, Frankston, 9783 9800

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chandelier Room 91 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin, 9532 2288

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

Chelsea Heights Hotel Cnr Springvale & Wells Rd,

Prince Bandroom 29 Fitztory St, St Kilda, 9536 1168

Chelsea Heights, 9773 4453

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

Cherry Bar AC/DC Ln, Melb, 9639 8122

Public Bar 238 Victoria St, North Melb, 9329 6522

Chi Lounge 195 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne, 9662 2688

Purple Emerald Lounge Bar 349 High St, Northcote, 9482 7007

Co. Lvl 3, Crown Complex, 9292 5750 Colonial Hotel (Brown Alley) Cnr King & Lonsdale St, Melb, 9670 8599

Railway Hotel 280 Ferrars St, South Melb, 9690 5092

Commercial Club Hotel 344 Nicholson St, Fitzroy, 9419 1522

RedLove Lvl 1, 401 Swanston St, Melb, 9639 3722

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

Retreat Hotel 226 Nicholson St, Abbotsford, 9417 2693

Corner Hotel 57 Swan St, Richmond, 9427 9198

The Retreat Hotel 280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9380 4090

Cornish Arms 163 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Revolt Elizabeth St, Kensington, 03 9376 2115

CQ 113 Queen St, Melb, 8601 2738

Revolver Upstairs 229 Chapel St, Prahran, 9521 5985

Croft Institute 21 Croft Alley, Melb, 9671 4399 Cruzao Arepa Bar 365 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 7871

Rochester Castle Hotel 202 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9415 7555 Rooftop Cider Bar, Cnr Swanston & Flinders St, Melbourne, 9650 3884

Cushion 99 Fitzroy St, St.Kilda, 9534 7575

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

Damask 1/347 Burnswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 4578

Roxanne Parlour Lvl 3, 2 Coverlid Pl, Melb

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

Royal Derby 446 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 2321

Der Raum 438 Church St, Richmond, 9428 0055

Roal Melbourne Hotel 629 Bourke St, 9629 2400

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

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

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

Saint Hotel 54 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9593 8333

Double Happiness 21 Liverpool St, Melb, 9650 4488

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

E:55 55 Elizabeth St, Melb, 9620 3899

Scarlett Lounge 174 Burnley St, Richmond, 9428 0230

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

Seven Nightclub 52 Albert Rd, South Melb, 9690 7877

Edinburgh Castle 681 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Some Velvet Morning 123 Queen’s Parade, Clifton Hill, 9486 5192

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

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

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

Spot 133 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9388 0222

Empress 714 Nicholson St, Nth Fitzroy, 9489 8605

Standard Hotel 293 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy, 9419 4793

Espy 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, 9534 0211

Star Bar 160 Clarendon St, South Melb, 9810 0054

Eurotrash 18 Corrs Ln, Melb, 9654 4411

Station 59 59 Church St, Richmond, 9427 8797

Eve 334 City Rd, Southbank, 9696 7388

Stolberg Beer Café 197 Plenty Rd, Preston, 9495 1444

Evelyn 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 5500

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

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

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

Festival Hall 300 Dudley St, West Melbourne, 9329 9699

Temperance Hotel 426 Chapel St, South Yarra, 9827 7401

First Floor 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 6380

Thornbury Theatre 859 High St, Thornbury, 9484 9813

Forum Theatre 154 Flinders St, Melb, 9299 9800

Tiki Lounge 327 Swan St, Richmond, 9428 4336

The Fox Hotel 351 Wellington Street, Collingwood, 9416 4957

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

Fusion Lvl 3, Crown Complex, Southbank, 9292 5750

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

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

The Tote Hotel 67 Johnson St, Collingwood, 9419 5320

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

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

George Basement, 127 Fitzroy St, 9534 8822

Trak Lounge 445 Toorak Rd, Toorak, 9826 9000

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

Tramp 20 King St, Melb

Grace Darling Hotel 114 Smith St, Collingwood, 9416 0055

Transport Hotel Federation Square, Melb, 9654 8808

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

Trunk 275 Exhibition St, Melbourne, 9663 7994

Great Britain Hotel 447 Church St, Richmond, 9429 5066

Tyranny Of Distance 147 Union St, Windsor, 9525 1005

Grind N Groove 274 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville

Two of Hearts 149 Commercial Road, Prahran

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

Union Hotel Brunswick 109 Union St, Brunswick, 9388 2235

Gypsy Bar 334 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 0548

Veludo 175 Acland St, St Kilda, 9534 4456

HiFi 125 Swanston St, Melb, 1300 843 4434

Victoria Hotel 380 Victoria St, Brunswick, 9388 0830

Highlander 11a Highlander Lane, Melb, 9620 2227

Wah Wah Lounge Lvl 1, 185 Lonsdale St, Melb

Hoo Haa 105 Chapel St, Windsor, 9529 6900

Wesley Anne 250 High St, Northcote, 9482 1333

Horse Bazaar 397 Little Lonsdale St, Melb, 9670 2329

Westernport Hotel 161 Marine Pde, San Remo, 5678 5205

Iddy Biddy 47 Blessington St, St Kilda, 9534 4484

Willow Bar 222 High Street, Northcote, 9481 1222

Jett Black 177 Greville St, Prahran

Windsor Castle 89 Albert St, Windsor, 9525 0239

John Curtin Hotel 29 Lygon St, Melb, 9663 6350

Workers Club 51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9415 8889

Khokolat Bar 43 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, 039642 1142

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

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

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

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

The Vine 59 Wellington St, Collingwood, 9417 2434

Level 2 The Club 2 Arthurton Rd, Northcote, 9482 3241

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Lomond Hotel 225 Nicholson St, East Brunswick Longroom 162 Collins St, Melbourne, 9663 9226

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