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on tour TOMMY LEE & DJ AERO [USA] Thursday March 7, Trak Lounge MOODYMANN [USA] Friday March 8, Prince Bandroom FANTASTIC MR FOX [UK] Saturday March 9, The Liberty Social DINO SABATINI [ITA] Saturday March 9, The Night Owl GOLDEN PLAINS: MOODYMANN [USA], JULIO BASHMORE [UK] + MORE Saturday March 9 - Monday March 11, Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL: THE PRODIGY [UK], DIZZEE RASCAL [UK], BOYS NOIZE [GER] + MORE Sunday March 10, Flemington Racecourse GREG WILSON [UK] Sunday March 10, New Guernica ELI VERVEINE [SWI] Friday March 15, La Di Da Basement GRAMATIK [SLO] Friday March 15, Brown Alley JULIO BASHMORE [UK] Friday March 15, Brown Alley ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER [USA] Sunday March 17, The Toff In Town XXYYXX [USA] Friday March 22, The Liberty Social ACTRESS [UK] Friday March 22, Brown Alley STANTON WARRIORS [UK] Friday March 22, Brown Alley DANIEL BELL [USA] Friday March 22, Brown Alley DANIEL BORTZ [GER] Sunday March 24, Revolver Upstairs NETSKY [UK] Sunday March 24, RMH The Venue PROSUMER [GER] Thursday March 28, Mercat Basement THE DEMIGODZ [USA] Friday March 29, Prince Bandroom PACHANGA BOYS [GER] Saturday March 30, The Bottom End SILENT SERVANT [USA] Saturday March 30, Mercat Basement GRANDMASTER FLASH [USA] Sunday March 31, The Espy BLACK SUN EMPIRE [NED] Sunday March 31, Brown Alley IVAN SMAGGHE [FRA], SUPERPITCHER [GER], INXEC [UK] Sunday March 31, Brown Alley ELLEN ALLIEN [GER], MOVE D [GER], JIMPSTER [UK], BAREM [ARG] Friday April 12, Brown Alley OPTIMO [SCO] Friday April 19, The Bottom End MOVEMENT: NAS [USA], 2 CHAINZ [USA] + MORE Saturday April 27, Sidney Myer Music Bowl MOSCA [UK] Saturday April 27, Revolver Upstairs EXAMPLE [USA] Friday May 3, The Palace BAAUER [USA] Saturday May 4, Brown Alley ATARI TEENAGE RIOT [USA] Friday May 17, Billboard CHRIS LIEBING [GER] Sunday June 9, Brown Alley A$AP ROCKY [USA] Saturday June 29, Festival Hall EARTHCORE: ANGY KORE [ITA], PERFECT STRANGER [ISR] + MORE Friday November 29 - Sunday December 2, TBA

tour rumours Ben Klock, Nina Kraviz, The Revenge, 6th Borough Project, Rahaan, Axel Boman, Oxia, ATA, Eats Everything, Derrick May

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greg wilson word s / a n d rew ‘ h a z a rd ’ h i c key

The mid-‘70s was a great time of transition for the club and music scene in England, as divisions became blurred and people of all colours began to enjoy the same music in the same space. One of the men at the forefront was Greg Wilson, who unknowingly helped cultivate today’s era of boundary-free music. Starting out by spinning soul music at local clubs, he was there as the dance music scene started to explode and has become one of the most important DJ exports his country had to offer. An indemand club DJ, maybe now more so than ever, Wilson’s year is essentially booked out all the way through to the summer festival season in the US and Europe. After taking a break from DJing and making music for two decades, Wilson has thrown himelf right back into the swing of things. “Interestingly, I’ve been DJing longer this time around than I was during the original period, which was ’75 through to ’84,” Wilson says in that lovable Manchester twang. While not always widely recognised in the mainstream for his achievements, Wilson carries great respect, including in Australia. He is currently on our shores for the Art of Mixing Tour, including a headline show at New Guernica. Along the way he is also finding time for a support slot with George Clinton’s behemoth Parliament Funkadelic in Perth. It’s full circle for Wilson, who still remembers the impact Clinton and his cohorts made on him. “When I was 16 one of the first import records I bought was Mothership Connection by Parliament and that made a huge impression on me. Parliament just became a major signpost in the music landscape.” In between club commitments and running a regularly updated blog, the seasoned DJ-producer is hoping to make time for some studio work. “I want to get to a stage where I have a small label and can put some of my own stuff.” Part of his future recording plans includes collaborating with artists who are on the same wavelength. “There’s a difference between making a good club track or groove track and an album song. The human voice is the greatest instrument.” The most precious element of getting his goals accomplished is time. “It’s like with anything, there’s only a certain amount of time. The longer you go it can sometimes get worse, it’s all about finding a balance.”

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Ultimately, it’s all part of the tapestry that makes up the life of a DJ. “It all starts to meld into each other and the DJ appearances obviously drive that because that’s where I actually get to meet people and connect.” With his unique perspective across three decades of music Wilson has seen the role of the DJ both remain the same and change drastically at the same time. “The basic premise of working a club is the same as it ever was, with people in a space listening to music and hopefully enjoying themselves. At

the same time, because of the technologies we have now, that we didn’t have before, it’s a world apart.” A long time record collector, Wilson still remains very much progressive and is quick to embrace technology, but understands why many of his peers are more reluctant. As much nostalgia as he has for the warm fuzzy feeling he got when picking up a 7-inch single, he knows it can’t be the same in 2013. “I’m not somebody who’s into nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake. I think nostalgia is good if you want to show how things connect between the past and future. That’s why I’m a fan of the re-edits movement, which I’m part of.” An ambassador between the old and new school, Wilson has witnessed hands-on what technology has done for the DJ scene. “A lot of younger people who weren’t about when these records were first released are finding them and re-editing them, making them more DJ friendly and mixable, but maintaining the essence of what they originally were.” He believes that linking between the past and present is essential to the evolution of the DJ. “Taking something from the past and presenting it in a different package is what is necessary to engage people, otherwise you run the risk of sounding like you’re saying ‘the way it used to be was so great and what is happening now isn’t so great’. That’s insulting to somebody that’s younger.” As someone who’s spent most of his adult life sifting through music and finding the gems, the astute Wilson believes music lovers need narrow down what they’re looking for online to save time. “The internet can just take you away on a voyage of discovery and before you know it hours have passed and you’ve taken your eye off the ball in terms of what you were originally looking to use it for. There’s so much available, it’s a universe of information.”

Greg Wilson plays at New Guernica on Sunday March 10. facebook.com/djgregwilson soundcloud.com/gregwilson

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Even with his years of experience, the process of juggling all of his roles doesn’t necessarily get easier, however, Wilson finds ways to adapt. “Regulating things a bit more helps, knowing where you’ve got to be at a certain point of time.” With no shortage of demand for his skills, he has been able to map out his year of gigs, to help make room for his other work. “I’ve got to create that space in between, so that I can get in the studio and I can do the other things.”

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Yo! Welcome to Beats. Your new weekly guide to the nightlife of Melbourne. Want interviews with the biggest DJs on the planet? Check. Chats with the best of our homegrown talent? Check. Reviews of the latest tracks, heaps of news and tours, club snaps, huge competitions and a shitload more? Check. Beats has got you covered.

With a sense of humour as big as their fan base, Dada Life are returning to Australian shores. A rider that demands backstage be filled with an assortment of bananas and champagne, it is clear why Dada Life have such a strong following. They’ve toured with Tiesto, remixed everyone from Kylie Minogue to Chickenfoot and have collaborated with the like of Dmitri Vegas, Like Mike and Tara McDonald. Armed with the mantra, “Don’t look back in the past. Always go forward. And whatever you do: don’t trust us”, the Swedish duo never fail to bring an outstanding show with energy that always surpasses expectations. Make sure to catch their show at Billboard The Venue on Wednesday April 24.

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moodymann The greatest fucking DJ and producer in the world (well, in my very bias opinion) has announced a sideshow to accompany his appearance at Golden Plains. Kenny Dixon Jr. aka Moodymann is one of Detroit’s most legendary and most outspoken figures. Creating a hybrid of jazz, soul, funk and disco, his take on house and techno is revered worldwide. Alongside his appearance at Golden Plains on Sunday March 10, he will also play in the intimate surrounds of the Prince Bandroom on Friday March 8. We have a double pass to giveaway.

future music festival Hola amigos! Future Music Festival is back with arguably its biggest lineup yet. Leading proceedings for next year’s extravaganza are The Prodigy and The Stone Roses, who will also be joined by PSY (ya-huh, Gangnam Style PSY), Bloc Party, Dizzee Rascal, Azealia Banks and Rita Ora. Other huge names include Boys Noize, Avicci, Hardwell, The Temper Trap, FUN., Madeon, Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Magda, and a whole lot more. As part of the festival, Jack Daniel’s is launching a unique music venue, paying homage to Jack’s own bar from back in the late 1800s – The White Rabbit Saloon. The White Rabbit Saloon will be an eye-catcher at FMF 13, hosting a range of stellar DJs and signature drinks, to create a memorable festival experience. To celebrate, Jack Daniel’s has thrown us a double VIP pass to giveaway. Y’want it? To win, head to beat.com.au/freeshit

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Optimo are JD Twitch and JG Wilkes who share their moniker with the legendary Glasgow Sunday night at Sub Club which came to an end in 2010 after 13 years. While Twitch began playing electro, noisy rock and the ‘80s New York punk funk of Liquid Liquid and Wilkes reggae, funk and jazz, techno came along and together they co founded Scotland’s first techno club. Anything goes was the philosophy and the club night proved to be a hit. It’s strongly advised not to walk in expecting seamless club hits played one after another. Depending on the duo’s mood, the sound will veer from sleazy funk to post punk, electro, ‘50s swing and anything inbetween. Catch Optimo at The Bottom End Friday April 19.

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After a five year hiatus, Earthcore is returning to celebrate it’s monumental 20th anniversary. It all started in 1993 and the original crew are returning this year to put on an extravaganza that is set to epitomise the Earthcore philosophy of radical self expression. Whether it be through music, performance or any other art form your mind can take you to, Earthcore is there to embrace it all in what promises to be a weekend of ultimate surrealism. First round acts include Ace Ventura, Captain Hook, Perfect Stranger, Angy Kore, Piatto, Astrix, Freedom Fighters, Sesto Sento, Coming Soon, Ghost Rider, Moshic, Polaris and more to be announced soon. It begins Friday November 29 and ends Sunday December 1.

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chris liebing

Chris Liebing is DJ, producer, radio host of a weekly show and the driving force behind the labels CLR and Spinclub Recordings. Back in Australia for another day-rave, Liebing is guaranteed to bring with him his ever-evolving sound which always remains true to his techno roots. He is a worldwide requested DJ and also part of the Collabs live act, together with the Dutch producer Speedy J. After a whole decade of constant label work, Chris Liebing and his team are drawing a balance and the recent chapter in the label’s history also has given a new meaning to ‘CLR’: “Create Learn Realize”. Catch Chris Liebing at Brown Alley on Sunday June 9. Tickets are on sale soon from Novel.


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words / dan watt DJ and Sweat It Out label head Adrian Thomas was known by most people as just Ajax. Ajax died last Thursday after being struck by a truck on College Crescent – not far from where he lived in Carlton. A week before that, on Thursday February 21, I had seen him at Liberty Social. He was his normal affable self, discussing what was coming up for him and that he was keen to come on Watt's On via Beat TV. It was a previous Beat TV interview with Ajax back in 2010 that our friendship had begun. It was not long after his label Sweat It Out had announced that Yolanda Be Cool and D-Cup had not been given clearance for the sample used in We Don't Speak Americano. Despite the fact an act on his label had just missed out on millions of dollars, Ajax was philosophical about it and most importantly had a laugh – somewhat sardonically – but laughed all the same. The second time I interviewed Adrian was in mid 2011 for the online TV show Poncho. It was a very enjoyable 30 minute chat where he expressed to me his excitement for Sweat It Out signing Parachute Youth – an act that from there went on to become one of 2012's most successful dance acts with their song Can't Get Better Than This. As a music fan, my most enjoyable work of Ajax was his contribution to 2008's D Is For Disco, E Is For Dancing. His disc typified for me everything that a good DJ can do: entertain, educate and make you want to dance. Adrian, you were a visionary and the best local club DJ I have seen but most importantly you were an approachable guy who would have a conversation with anyone whether it be a fan, a music journalist or another DJ. My heart hurts when I see the plethora of Facebook posts paying tribute to your memory, it hurts because it remind me that I will never get to talk to you or see you DJ again. May you rest in peace.

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the instigator of the Italian techno scene, Dino Sabatini is the man behind acclaimed EPs Paper Toys, Ordinary Madness and Gliding to name a few. Also known as part of duo Modern Heads, who have inspired many artists in the international techno scene, his solo productions mark the birth of a new techno concept that leaves no room for definition. The continual search for new soundscapes and accelerating rhythmic, followed by hypnotic sequences and harmonic twists, make Dino Sabatini a unique voice in techno. Sabatini’s most recent EP, A Constant, pushes new musical boundaries and led him to create his own label Outis. His latest release through Outis, Shamans Path, is a hypnotic journey of dark tribal infused sounds that is gaining acclaimed reviews. Catch Dino Sabatini at the Night Owl on Saturday March 9, 10pm-6am. Check out residentadvisor.net for more info.

ellen allien, move d, jimpster & barem

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Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? Mid morning on a moving train, somewhere between Munich and Paris and still dressed in my Oktoberfest lederhosen. No phone, no best friend, no idea if I was heading in the right direction. Probably the most confusing two minutes of my life. Describe yourself using the title of a song. Spastik - Plastikman. What was the weirdest thing you believed as a child? Catholic schooling fills your head with a lot of misconceived information. The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? I’m probably the most awkward human alive, so pretty much anytime I’m anywhere near a DJ console. What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? That crazy frog tune from a while ago. Couldn’t think of anything worse to listen to, let alone on repeat. What’s the most played record in your bag? Three-way tie between LCD Soundsystem - 45:33, Gwen McCrea - Keep The Fire Burning and Floating Points Marilyn. What question would you like to ask an omniscient, allknowing being before you die? What the hell is wind? If you hadn’t made it as a DJ, what job would you choose to work in instead? Who says I’ve made it as a DJ? When and where is your next gig? Most likely New Guernica. It’s been my home for more then a few years now, no place I’d rather play. There or playing the songs that make you buy things at Topman/Topshop. soundcloud.com/tommypollard

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mosca

Mosca’s first release in 2010, the Square One EP that kickstarted the Night Slugs label, was an indefinable mix of deep house, techno and early grime. While his refusal to stick to one specific genre is a genre Nazi’s nightmare, his sense of rhythm and groove has won over many fans. With his inimitable sound and genre defying antics, Mosca also treats the crowds to amazing energy on the decks. He is down here for what is Too Much’s 4th Birthday and second last party; celebrate, commemorate and ead down to Revolver on Saturday April 27.

Post summer, Saturday’s risk the possibility of an anti-climax. Best friends are planning their European summer affair and can’t come out because they are saving cash, the ones that do join you complain of being cold (put on jacket you twit) and keep reminding you they can’t have ‘a big one’. Even cigarettes just don’t seem to be keeping you warm. Lucky, there is an upcoming Friday night with four names worth double all your shitty friends put together! Germany’s Ellen Allien graced the Berlin electronic scene back in the wonder years. If you aren’t up to date with her latest feats, we aren’t going to fill you in. A gay saint has told us she doesn’t mind an Espresso Martini and is an excellent replacement for a dance partner if you go out alone. Countrymate Move D is a selfemployed intergalactic traveller returning to Australia to saturate you with his ambient vibrating atoms. The UK’s Jimpster will be giving away free hugs after his famous deep house session ruins your serotonin stock levels. Argentina’s Barem will have his pat of the blurb stripped back to honour his minimalism. Smalltown presents Ellen Allien, Move D, Jimpster and Barem at Brown Alley on Friday April 12.

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post percy Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? With your name on my lips, or Lower Plenty. Describe yourself using the title of a song. Kevin Bloody Wilson - Do You Fuck On First Dates? What was the weirdest thing you believed as a child? That Michael Jackson was Santa Claus. The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? Doing a vs. set. What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? Dan Watt. What’s the most played record in your bag?

Rushing To Paradise - House of House What question would you like to ask an omniscient, allknowing being before you die? Who let the dogs out? If you hadn’t made it as a DJ, what job would you choose to work in instead? Will Sparks. When and where is your next gig? Golden Plains at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre this Saturday. soundcloud.com/post-percy

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daniel bell

Most artists define their sound by their geographical roots but for Daniel Bell to do this would be impossible, from growing up in Toronto, making a mark in Detroit and most recently settling down in Berlin. Under the Cybersonik guise, Bell was released on Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva’s Plus 8 records and from there went on to become part of the burgeoning empire. His influence in the ‘90s is simply undeniable, setting the course for streamlined repetitive rhythms which would shape minimal techno from that point on. Under aliases DBX, KB Project, Drum-Adi-X and Gazoo, the rest of the ‘90s and early 00s has seen him release a string of releases and compilations on labels such as Elevate, Peacefrog, Klang Elektronik, Logistic and Tresor. Check out what Daniel Bell is all about at The Mercat on Friday March 22.

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Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? The Rocket Park In Hawthorn with a bearded man playing the banjo on top of me whilst seductively staring into the distance. Describe yourself using the title of a song. Mysterious Girl – Peter Andre What was the weirdest thing you believed as a child? That the boogie man was actually made up of boogers. The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? Any of the times playing on the Victoria Star boat as the roof is about 5cm too low for my head. What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? The Ship to Shore theme song used to do my head in, maybe a 2013 electro remix of that. What’s the most played record in your bag? Right now it’s gotta be the MK dub of Freak ‘N You by Jodeci. The ladies love it and so do I.

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What question would you like to ask an omniscient, allknowing being before you die? When will we see a hip house revival? If you hadn’t made it as a DJ, what job would you choose to work in instead? A jockey. When and where is your next gig? Friday March 8 with Lovebirds at Liberty Social, Saturday March 9 for the first Melbourne Deepcast monthly at New Guernica, Sunday March 10 at Future Music Festival then supports for Move D, Axel Boman and Wbeeza in April, Genius Of Time in May, and my monthly Saturday residency at The Bottom End/Survivor. soundcloud.com/melbourne-deepcast facebook.com/melbourne.deepcast


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julio bashmore word s / j o c a m p b e ll

Being signed to Claude VonStroke’s influential Dirtybird label in been talking to my brother, saying I was going to do the course and 2009 put the highly eclectic Julio Bashmore house sound on the maybe in three or four years then try to get signed to Dirtybird,” he radar. While the man known to his postman as Matthew Walker recalls. “Then literally a week or two later, I checked my email and there’s one from Claude VonStroke saying ‘I want to sign some of now resides in London, in the late ‘00s he was going against the bass-oriented grain that had firmly lodged in his hometown your tracks’ and I was like, ‘No way – I’ve just bypassed five years’ of Bristol, preferring the finesse of house. Walker admits he worth of work.’” sometimes felt like the black sheep. He’s now gone on to set up his “Of course, now there’s literally own label, Broadwalk Records. The first single on the imprint, last house nights everywhere, in the “We’ve always been into this really way that five years ago, there was sleazy, synth-based sound, ‘cause we got year’s Au Seve, was an instant dubstep nights everywhere,” he club hit. Walker has a broad says. “It’s amazing how much has together through a mutual appreciation of vision for the label, with plans changed in the past year; it’s really to sign grime, techno and house synthesiser stuff.” mad.” artists, mimicking his own hardto-pin-down style. “It’s not gonna In 2009, Walker was all set to start a sound production course at be straight-up house music,” he university when an email from VonStroke dramatically transformed explains. “It’s not just the old Chicago and New York sounds that his life. “It was a week before I was supposed to start [uni] and I’d I listen to and want to make... I listen to a hell of a lot of Prince

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eli verveine word s / R K

Eli Verveine brings new meaning to the term femme fatale, albeit in the nicest way possible. For the Swiss DJs’ ability to blend deep and dramatic tones somewhere between house and techno has given her a reputation for being the wunderkind. She is able to craft exquisitely wonderful performances in what could rightly be described as sophisticated dance music. Currently, she is touring Japan and looking forward to getting to Australia for the first time very soon. And likewise, the chick is a self-taught powerhouse in a world of commercial mediocrity. Her approach is one of ensuring diversity – across genres – but ensuring flow and a gently dramatic if not warm, energy. Particularly well known too for her deeper sets, she describes her style with this: “during my gigs, you will hear a mix of Chicago, dubby techno, Detroit techno but also some old German minimal for example. Having said that, I also want to make the point that I am not into reducing my music to genres. I like to buy and play music that touches me, and mixing it together, depending on my mood, the time and where I’m playing is all part of the fun.” Indeed, explaining that she discovered techno when she was 19 amongst a particularly healthy house music scene in Zurich, it was

the darker, harder sound of techno that she describes blew her away. “From there, I immediately started to buy records and organise parties,” she explains. “I absorbed all of the information around me like a sponge and soon I started my own radio show at an alternative local radio station.” With that, she gained prominence and credibility – and the rest as they say, is history. Studio wise, she has been busy following the successes of some of her more recent EPs. “My friend Oscar Schubaq and I try to get together as often as possible in the studio. Sometimes that can be challenging, because he lives in Berlin and I live in Zurich. But still, we are really excited for the next Tardis release and we have got some material from producers that influenced us strongly back in the day. Exactly who that is, is still a secret at this point,” she adds with some amusement. Things for her too, got a little spicy when she got involved with the mnml ssgs crew. Something most DJs and producers from the genre would happily give a left arm to be a part of, she reflects on how it sort of happened by accident. “Back in the day, Chris from mnml ssgs, found an old mix of mine which he really liked

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seth troxler word s / k i s h la l

Catching Seth Troxler at a good time to talk is no easy task. This year alone he has already played to crowds in America, England, Spain, Mexico, Panama, Brazil and now has his sights set on Australia for the Future Music Festival tour. Known for his infamous charm which could arguably be considered the catalyst that catapulted him to fame, Troxler sounded upbeat even though I had taken him away from his money making duties, “I’m supposed to be doing a radio show right now and now we’re doing an interview, hanging out!” I felt little guilt for taking Seth away from his Rinse FM listeners. When he’s not on the road nowadays, you can find him in London but as for where he lives, “I don’t really live anywhere,” he laughs, “but I stay here often”. While Berlin appears to be the Mecca for all seminal DJs and producers, Seth shrugs it off, “There is a 24 hour dance culture and there’s more clubs there than most places but it’s just another city”. Don’t mistake his nonchalance with a lack of appreciation. Living in Berlin for sometime and travelling the world constantly while touring the most amazing cities week after week has become commonplace. “Berlin’s cool but I think the culture there in the last year has changed a lot… I feel like the party is in England.” Troxler grew up immersed in the Detroit house scene, with his stepfather and mother to thank for. “I mean you don’t really realise you’re involved when you’re a kid. You don’t really realise what is happening until later and I happened to be in the right city and the right time. It was an

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amazing experience and I’m really thankful for it”. It is no surprise Seth has taken the path he has and it’s been a successful journey thus far most notably playing at Panorama Bar at the age of 18. To achieve such a feat a few weeks out of graduating high school is what makes Troxler’s ‘house legend’ status at such a young age commendable. Resident Advisor named him 2012’s best DJ and although I’m already a big fan, Seth endearingly admits, “I try not to think about it too much because it’s embarrassing”. He laughs and goes on to say “It’s cool though man, it’s a reader’s poll so it’s cool that people like me. It’s really um… what’s the word?” and after a really long pause and a few ‘uhs’ he sheepishly admits, “Shit, I’m kind of stoned but it’s really humbling,” he laughs, finally figuring out what word he wanted to use. “I’m really blessed to be given that accreditation by my peers and fans.” With a giant fan base and great respect as a producer, it was interesting to hear Seth’s take on EDM. “It’s just the commercialisation of marginalised music but I feel like everyone has done their part to expose what I feel is true or real electronic music to the public and it can go to a place where we can play cool music to a lot of people”. It’s not always serious talk about the purity of electronic music with Troxler. While he loves cooking up a great track he similarly loves cooking up a great meal. “I like sauces and cooking but I really like sauces… sauce”. After revelling in the aural pleasure the word ‘sauce’ can

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and lots of French stuff, so it’s going to be the usual eclectic mix – not just straight-up house.” As a testament to his underground appeal, Walker was invited to play LA’s Boiler Room just before Christmas last year – although he confesses he felt off his game. “I was literally just off the plane, straight into this crazy, mad club, God knows where in LA, and all these people dancing behind me. I got my manager to stand behind me so I could focus,” he laughs, “so it was just head down, in the mix, so I could just knuckle down and commit.” His production has also garnered commercial success, with Jessie Ware’s If You’re Never Gonna Move, for which he made the beats, making it to the UK Top 40 recently. The track was written three years ago in Bristol, when Walker was still living with his parents. He also cameos in the video clip, jumping in a vintage car as Ware drives them through the countryside of Surrey. “That wasn’t my idea,” he laughs. “That was Jessie’s idea. I’d have loved to have driven the car but we didn’t have the insurance because I was under 25.” So her driving wasn’t a woman-on-top thing? “Well, it turned out that way,” he admits. “But yeah, I was absolutely gutted because I turned up expecting to be driving but they said ‘Sorry, you’re too young’.” Luckily, Walker is back in the driver’s seat with the re-emergence of Velour, his side project with Hyetal. The duo have just released Speedway, a single with an ’80s electro vibe, which boasts a video-clip featuring cut-up NASCAR footage. “We’ve always been into this really sleazy, synth-based sound, ‘cause we got together through a mutual appreciation of synthesiser stuff – so that’s why we make stuff like that.”

Julio Bashmore plays at Golden Plains at the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre on Sunday March 10. He’ll also play at Brown Alley on Friday March 15. facebook.com/juliobashmoremusic soundcloud.com//juliobashmoremusic

and asked me to contribute a mix for their series. Of course I’m really thankful for his support on his blog as well, which closed down recently unfortunately; but it was fantastic to be a part of something like that.” And no doubt, it wouldn’t have hurt her profile. “Beyond that,” she says, “we started to be friends and he is a lovely person and I appreciate everything he has done for me.” No less, the girl has over these years resisted the temptation to pack her bags and move to Berlin or somewhere similar. Mainly because Switzerland is home and despite her love of travel – and the ability to play all around the world – she loves getting back there. “It hasn’t ever been a temptation for me,” she surmises. “I have everything that I love and need here, so I’m pretty happy where I am right now.” That said, the radio show she ran with Pochatz back in the day become somewhat of an overnight success story. “It was something we did every month from midnight to 7am,” she chimes. “Basically, we prepared the first hour and worked from there. We tried to introduce music that moved us and talk about it a bit. And during the second part of the show, we invited different DJs to play each time as well. So many great memories pop in to my head when I think back. We stopped the show after five years of great fun. Now, when I record a mix at home, I like it to be smooth and not too banging like on a dance floor situation.” Finally, Verveine is pumped for her trip to Australia – she also adds that it might in fact be the furthest she had ever had to travel as part of her career in music. “Not only it is my first trip to your country, you cannot imagine how excited I am about it. I hope I can share some of my booty shaking beats with you.”

Eli Verveine plays at the La Di Da basement on Friday March 15. soundcloud.com/eli-verveine

generate Seth continues, “I really like mustard, there is a lot of types of mustards. If I could only eat three condiments mine would definitely be mustard, hot sauce and maybe barbecue sauce”. Getting stuck into the mechanics of how to differentiate between condiments and sauces (something I’m sure that doesn’t belong here and maybe in a copy of Beat: The Donna Hay Story) Seth does appear to be a sauce connoisseur. Seth is one of the most endearing and friendly characters in dance music, it’s no secret that there are a few producers floating around who like to act as though they are the second coming of Jesus or at least his techno counterpart. The most we can do is publicly shame them with the publication of their extravagant riders but Seth takes a different approach: a ‘No Dick’ policy. “When I’m meeting people and if they’re arrogant or a dick, it’s a pretty easy quality to pick out… We could sit here for hours and talk about what makes a person a dick but I won’t play their music.” So be warned, even if you are making good music, the chance is if you’re a “dick” to Seth it’s likely you won’t be getting the thumbs up from him anytime soon. “Nina Kraviz and I, we have a thing where we kind of hate each other. She’s my arch nemesis and I won’t play her music because she is a dick.” Armed with a bunch of friendly produced tunes his return to Australia is right around the corner and Troxler admits that he’s excited to return. “I have a lot of friends in Sydney and it’s exciting to just hang out.” It’s not just a bunch of old mates that is bringing him back. Besides contracts and his general fan base, Seth exclaims that, “Playing in Australia is really cool, everyone is really up for it and Australian people are really polite and nice. It’s a mix of all the things I like about England and America.” Each year things seem to get exponentially better for Troxler and his steadfast mantra maybe the key to his enviable success: “I don’t like to think about the future too much. Think about the now, it’s the only thing that is real.”

Seth Troxler plays Future Music Festival at Flemington Racecourse on Sunday March 10 alongside The Prodigy, Psy,The Stone Roses and more. facebook.com/sethtroxlerofficial soundcloud.com/sethtroxler


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Never being one to shy away from all things considered extravagant, producer and record label owner Steve Aoki has had a few things to answer for in recent times. Riding the wave of EDM’s long awaited popularity has seen him be invited and nominated for a Grammy. “Oh my god, they were awesome”, his zeal at the very mention of the ceremony completely taking me off guard. “You know I’ve never been to the Grammys before? I’ve never been invited and not only to be invited but nominated and to be respected in the highest accolades of music history is just like, I can’t even describe the feeling, it was awesome.” It’s instantly clear that Aoki is far from the diva he’s been set out to be, but to his critics’ disdain he was as gracious and humbled as I hope I’d be if I got the chance to rub shoulders with pop royalty. The dance category wasn’t televised but this is America we’re talking about, a land where electronic music was once niche and unfamiliar to the masses but not anymore. To dance music fans, Steve Aoki has

never been an unfamiliar name but the explosion of EDM has seen him take a giant leap. “Because of what’s been happening right now with dance music I’ve been playing a lot more places that aren’t clubs and more ticketed venues, and I’d rather play to fans who are going to buy tickets to a show rather than [play] in a nightclub where you’re not sure if the people who are there actually care about your music.” As the conversation moves on it becomes clear that Steve’s humble demeanour all comes down to his roots and where it all started – throwing parties in his dorm room. “We turned our living room into a space and, we collected money at the door. It was about five bucks a head and about 80 people could fit into a space that should only fit like 20 and we gave all the money to the bands and we didn’t really keep anything.“ At the end of it all 400 bands played in Aoki’s living room including At The Drive-In and Jimmy Eat World. It’s no surprise that the future is not one strictly contained by the walls of EDM. “I want to collaborate with millions of people, a million and a half people”, he laughs going onto say that he wants to explore “every kind of genre, from rock, pop and I’d love to go in deeper and find interesting artists in world music, more Indigenous music artists and work with them too.” While he isn’t a purist’s cup of tea it’s undeniable that Aoki’s fervour is contagious. “I want to keep learning and challenging myself to not just put out the same particular kind of sound but have the influence of the world, you know?” And he has the power to do just that. With the boom in EDM comes the demand of constant touring but that has come under scrutiny too. Last year his rider was leaked on the internet and the exuberant list brought its fair share of flak. “I don’t really care about that” – but Aoki’s justification of his rider that follows projects differently. “When I travel on the road I try to be as detail oriented as possible. We have five people or sometimes more and when you’re on the road if you don’t treat yourself as well as you do at home you’re going to get sick and I like to eat organically.” It wasn’t his love for fruit that was getting criticism and Steve was aware that it was his “baller shit” that caused a stir. “There’s all this shit that’s totally unnecessary on a rider, like the two bottles of Cristal which I

just took off because I don’t even drink”. When I ask why he would even put the Cristal on the rider since he refrains from a recreational dabble in drugs or alcohol he confesses, “I’m just collecting them, I have 80 bottles at my house”. A room full of Cristal isn’t a bad party trick to pull out once in a while. His nonchalance disappears as he stresses that the performance rider is all very necessary. “I have cakes and I have boats and I have king sized mattresses and a canon gun and I use all of that!” His flamboyant stage antics have come with a price and he admits, “I stopped doing the high jumps into the crowd for safety’s sake”. While his stage antics are being turned down, Dim Mak Records has moved into unexpected territory. The release of Booka Shade’s Honeyslave EP on Aoki’s label was a real surprise. While touring comes with the downside of exhaustion and undrinkable Cristal, it’s here that Aoki met the legendary Germans and got them on board. “I’ve been a fan of Mandarin Girl and the thing with Dim Mak is that we’re looking to support newer artists riding this evolution of sound. I’ve just been influenced and inspired by a plethora of diverse sounding artists like Booka Shade.” As I hear the beeps of what I think is an ATM in the background, I remember I’m speaking to one of the busiest touring artists on his way to Australia for Future Music Festival. “I love coming down to Australia”. I hear his interest pique as he continues without prompting, “You have something unique down there. It’s an accessible culture that a lot of places probably dream of having.” I’m taken aback upon the realisation that Steve Aoki isn’t the supercilious reveller we all have made him out to be but an unlikely pioneer of what used to be an underground music culture and something we have taken for granted in Australia for a long time.

Steve Aoki plays at Future Music Festival on at the Flemington Racecourse Sunday March 10 alongside Avicii, Dizzee Rascal and more. facebook.com/steve.aoki

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club guide wednesday march 6

Coq Roq - Feat: Agent 86 +S Lady Noir + Joybot + Kiti + Mr Thom Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. Cosmic Pizza - Feat: Nhj Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. Dubstep Grime Drum & Bass - Feat: Baddums + Carmex Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. Hoodrapz Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. Lost & Found - Feat: Spidey + Ruby Frost Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 9:00pm. New Guernica Wednesdays New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm.+#x000D; Soul Army Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

thursday march 7

3181 Thursdays - Feat: Hans Dc + Jake Judd + Nikki Sarafian + Hey Sam + Jesse Young + John Doe + Sean Rault Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. Billboard Thursdays - Feat: Matt Dean + Matty Grant + Phil Ross Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. $10 Chi Beats Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. Do Drop In - Feat: Kiti + Lady Noir The Carlton Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Don’t Think I’m Alive Thursdays The Vineyard, St Kilda. 8:00pm. Free Range Funk - Feat: Agent 86 + Lewis Cancut + Who Lucky Coq, Windsor. 7:00pm. Fun House - Feat:s Finlo White + Mc Kitty Kat Co., Southbank. 10:30pm. Good Evening - Feat: People Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Grad Party Thursdays - Feat: Rowie European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 6:00pm. Le Disco Tech Pretty Please, St Kilda. 9:00pm. Love Story Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 9:30pm. Mezzanine & The Back Room - Feat: Mannequin + Syto Abode, St Kilda. 10:00pm. Mood - Feat: Nubody Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm New Guernica Thursdays - Feat: Conductors + James Kane + Negativ Magick + Nu Balance + Post Percy New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Radionica Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. Rhythm-Al-Ism - Feat: Damion De Silva + K-Dee + Simon Sez Fusion, Southbank. 9:00pm. $15. The Ritz Thursdays - Feat: Cauc-Asians + Joshua Gililand + Ken Walker + Lucille Croft + Carrick Dalton & Sam Cohen + Ed Wilks + Max Kruse + Tim Light + Zack Rose Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 9:00pm. $20. Tiger Funk Live - Feat: Moonshine Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. Tommy Lee & Aero + Kitty Kat Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 9:00pm. Trocadero Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne Cbd. 7:01pm.

friday march 8

Anytime - Feat: Friday Workshop, Melbourne. 9:30pm. Badaboom Fridays - Feat: Rowie European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm. Cant Say Platform One, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. $10. Chi Fridays Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. CQ Fridays Cq, Melbourne. 9:00pm. Deep Cuts - Feat: Deep Aagean Cape Lounge, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. Discotheque - Feat: Elana Musto + Greg Sara + Scott T Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Dna Fridays - Feat:s Duchesz + Oohee + Paz First Floor, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. Good Life 2013 - Feat: Dizzee Rascal + Hardwell + Psy + Ritaora + Steve Aoki + Bombs Away + Fresh + Havana Brown + Rudimental + Timmy Flemington Racecourse, Flemington. 3:00pm. Gutter Hype Records 1st Birthday Party - Feat: Rob Spinx Cape Lounge, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. I Love Old School - Feat: Shaggz & Puppet + Tey + Merv Mac Red Bennies, South Yarra. 11:00pm. $10. Juicy - Feat: Chairmain Meow + Coburg Market + Mr. Fox + Tigerfunk + Who Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. Madhouse - Feat: Evil Maiden + Julz + Sinister + Stevie G + The Raven Cbd Club, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $10. Meet Your Mates Fridays Libation, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. Mezzanine & The Back Room - Feat: Mannequin + Xtian Abode, St Kilda. 11:00pm. Midnight Express - Feat:s Prequel & Edd Fisher Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 12:00am. Moodymann + Andee Frost + Edd Fisher Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 10:00pm. $44. New Guernica Fridays New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Panorama - Feat:s Matt Rad + Mr George + Phato A Mano + Tom Meagher Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. Poprocks - Feat: Dr Phil Smith Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Remember Me The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. Retro Sexual One Twenty Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. Revolver Fridays - Feat: Lewie Day + Mike Callander + Alex Thomas + Katie Drover + Who Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm. Saturday Morning - Feat: Sunshine + Butters + Hey Sam Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00am. Shuffle Friday Nights Bridie O’reilly’s Brunswick, Brunswick. 11:00pm. Smash Jam - Feat: Bareback Titty Squad + Dave Chestwig + Luke Mcd + T-Rek Red Bennies, South Yarra. 10:30pm. $15. The Fox Fridays Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm.

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saturday march 9

Billboard Saturdays - Feat: Frazer Adnam Scott Mcmahon + Jamie Vlahos + Mr Magoo + Ziggy Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $15. Chi Saturdays Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. District New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. First Floor Saturdays - Feat: Billy Hoyle +S Duchesz + Mzrizk + Wasabi First Floor, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. Glitch This Workshop, Melbourne. 8:00pm. Good Times Downstairs - Feat: Manchild Cape Lounge, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. Hot Step Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. Jamboree Saturdays Red Bennies, South Yarra. 10:00pm. Lab 22 Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. Mixed Drinks Saturdays Libation, Fitzroy. 10:00pm. Motel Saturdays The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. Neo Sacrilege - Feat: Nero Abode, St Kilda. 9:00pm. Onesixfive - Feat: Courtney Mills + Hoops + Ollie Holmes + Josh Paola + Will Cummings Onesixone, Prahran. 3:00am. Poison Apple Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 9:00pm. Saturday Confidential Galley Room, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Saturdays - Feat: Action Sam + Rowie European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Saturdays At One Twenty Bar One Twenty Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. Sound Empire - Feat: Tate Strauss + Joe Sofo + Matty + Miss Sarah + Phil Ross Fusion, Southbank. 10:30pm. $25. South Side Show - Feat: Edd Fisher + Knave Knixx Red Bennies, South Yarra. 9:00pm. $15. Star Saturdays Star Bar, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. Strut Saturdays - Feat: Andreas + Danny Merx + Henrique + Jason Serini + Mark Pellegrini + Mc Junior + Nick Van Wilder Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 9:00pm. $22. Sunday Nights - Feat: Damion De Silva + Jay J + Ken Walker + Lighting Co., Southbank. 9:30pm. Temperance Saturdays - Feat: Marcus Knight + Xander James Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 9:00pm. Textile - Feat:s Pacman + Jean Paul + Moonshine + Tahl Lucky Coq, Windsor. 7:00pm. The Fox Saturdays Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 8:00pm. The House Defrost - Feat: Andee Frost Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm.

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The Late Show - Feat: Ransom + Rex + Too Much + Boogs + Booshank + Julien Love + Nhj Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm. Warehouse Chasers, South Yarra. 8:00pm. $20. Why Not? Pretty Please, St Kilda. 8:00pm.

sunday march 10

Cosmic Gate Chasers, South Yarra. 8:00pm. Goo Goo Muck Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Guilty Pleasures Pretty Please, St Kilda. 8:00pm. Motel Sundays The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. Never Cheer Before You Know Who’s Winning - Feat: Repeter Fonda Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 9:00pm. No More-Bang-For-Buck Burlesque Show! Red Bennies, South Yarra. 7:11pm. Open Decks Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 6:30pm. Revolver Sundays Labour Day Eve Special - Feat: Boogs + Spacey Space + Baby Goggles + Silversix + T-Rek + Katie Drover + Mike Callander + Muska + Sunshine + Tahl Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:30pm. South Side Hustle - Feat: Askew + Booshank + Disco Harry + Junji + Miss Butt + Paz + Peter Baker Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:30pm. Sundae Shake - Feat: Agent 86 + Phato-A-Mano + Tigerfunk Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 5:00pm. Surrender - Feat: Sergeant Slick + Adam Trace + Adrian Chessari + Chris Ostrom + Sef Fusion, Southbank. 9:00pm. The Sunday Set - Feat: Andyblack + Haggis Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm.

monday march 11

Green House Mckillops, Melbourne Cbd. 11:07am. Ibimbo - Feat: Lady Noir & Kiti Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. Kool Aid - Feat: Mu-Gen Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. Stiff Drink - Feat: Michael Kucyk + Michael Ozone + Roman Wafers Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm.

tuesday march 12

Bimbo Tuesdays - Feat: Adam Askew Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. Cosmic Pizza Lucky Coq, Windsor. 9:00pm. DJ Jaguar E55, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Never Cheer Before You Know Who’s Winning - Feat: Repeter Fonda Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 8:00pm.

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album reviews

home brew

Home Brew (Young Gifted & Broke) As a general rule me and New Zealand hip hop haven’t gotten on, I find it overly manufactured and devoid of any real heart, lacking the chunks of the artists that make music personal and, well, good. Home Brew’s release is what I’ve been waiting for, the exception to the rule. Across the double disc of this self titled debut you ride the feelings of the trio up and down, experiencing the highs and lows and some real insight into who they are. Disc one is the lighter side of things, jokes about welfare fraud through to childhood reminiscing interlace over jazzy production perfect for the live music scene. Disc two takes you much deeper, dealing with depression, dark thoughts, oppression of those on welfare and even musing on parental prison stints. I didn’t think that I would like this, yet I cant stop listening to it, dope. Shane Scott

jamiroquai

Late Night Tales (Universal Music) Late Night Tales series has always provided the ultimate in ‘late night’ selections and over the years it has been mixed by some of the world’s great. The latest Late Night Tales compilation is no exception to the rule. Being a huge Jamiroquai fan I was immediately excited by the prospect of the band fronting up for this iconic music series and I was not disappointed. The result is one amazing soul house experience. I cannot name a favourite track here. The track listing is extremely tight and each track delivers some of that soul magic that Jamiroquai is renown for. Make sure to listen out for Chaka’s Once You Get Started, the Commodore’s Girl I Think The World Is Around You, Leon Ware’s What’s Your Name and Ramsay Lewis’ Whisper Zone. This is soul music at its finest. Jamiroquai has crafted an extremely beautiful, captivating collection of sounds here. It is only March but for me, this is one of 2013’s best albums. Christopher Anderson-Peters

marc romboy & ken ishii

Taiyo (EMI) Techno heavyweights Marc Romboy and Ken Ishii weren’t in the ring together for this one. Hell, they weren’t even in the same stadium. It’s an international collaboration that sees both producers, who already have numerous titles under their belts, come head to head. An interesting fusion of techno, with roots in minimal and tech-house. Taiyo combines glitchy, subdued minimal layering with, at times, jarring crunchy bass and contrasting high-pitch synths. It’s an interesting combination from both artists who aren’t scared to push the envelope. Seiun uses off-beats and dark percussion alongside a rolling synth to take the listener on an up-tempo journey, while Dopplereffekt is minimal tech-house gone wild, with a trance-infused bassline. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and these partners have combined to produce something which exemplifies both their individual talent and their strength as collaborators. Sabine Brix

dysphemic & miss eliza Synthetic Symphony (Independent) Synthetic Symphony sees the unlikely combination of producer/MC Dysphemic paired with the Filipino violinist Miss Eliza, creating what has previous been touted as the “pioneers of classical dubstep’, and as descriptions go this one is spot on. In essence, this is dubstep, drum and bass and more bassline induced madness mashed with precise, classical violin, taking on Bach, Vivaldi and Pagannini before flipping them on their collective heads. The clean cut, precise electronic beats acts as a thumping backdrop to the strong wailing string element, together combining to form one hell of a sound, starting with a slamming retake on the Hungarian Dance and moving into the aptly named Drum ‘n’ Bach. Each track is split by random ‘skits’, basically a few rappers spitting lyrics in double time, before jumping back into the tunes. The release does not feel like a fully fledged album, more like an EP in length, cutting short just when you are ready for more. Kelvin Colling

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Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? Kananook Describe yourself using the title of a song. Saved By The Photo - Kastil What was the weirdest thing you believed as a child? I’m still a child. The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? Watching a light fall and explode on a friend’s head, or anytime I get a request. What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? Insepctor Norse - Todd Terje or Storm Queen – Morgan Geist What’s the most played record in your bag? Face Of Smoke / Continued Care – Peter Van Hoesen What question would you like to ask an omniscient, allknowing being before you die? Can I have some more? If you hadn’t made it as a DJ, what job would you choose to work in instead? I’m not Kanye just yet! I volunteer at Gutterhype records and sell rollerblades on the side. When and where is your next gig? Gutterhype Fridays with Public Works Department at The Cape Lounge on Friday March 8 and Steeplejack and the Huff’n’Puff Chimney: Now Soy Free at New Guernica on Friday March 22. soundcloud.com/harrisongreig-hurtig

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drapht words / jo campbell

After going to ground after last year’s Big Day Out tour and the success of his fourth album, Perth hip hop purveyor Drapht (AKA Paul Ridge), has resurfaced with some new tracks and the announcement of an Australian tour that will see him performing 20 gigs in one month. You won’t catch him big-noting himself in interviews any time soon, though – he does an actual spit-take at the idea that he’s even a little bit famous. “I always try to be as humble and down-to-Earth as possible. I don’t like to put myself up on a pedestal and I feel when people do, it’s a little bit uncomfortable for me; I shy away from that a little bit,” he explains.

“Obviously, I appreciate and want to broaden my listenership as much as possible but I want to take all the wank away from that.” His fourth studio album, The Life of Riley, hit number one in the ARIA charts, taking out Best Urban Album for 2011. It was also the debut release on his own imprint, The Ayems, and solidified his position on the national stage, showing he could back up the success garnered with 2008’s Brothers Grimm LP, from which the smash hit Jimmy Recard was born. Since then, the now 31-year-old Ridge has undergone a period of personal reflection, witnessed in The Life of Riley track R.I.P J.R, in which his Jimmy Recard alter ego of the previous LP was revisited. These days, he manages himself, has set up his own label, and has led a life of sobriety for the last two years. “It’s been a journey; it’s been my biggest period of growth, personally, during the last three or four years,” he acknowledges. “There were a lot of things that I had to learn, on a personal level. I was just so dependent on alcohol for my career, and for about four or five years that would just knock the edge off before I played a big festival or my own show. I got to a point where I’d partied hard – as hard as anyone – using booze and other substances, and I’d just reached a point in my life where I realised my body just couldn’t deal with it anymore. It was time to grow up a little bit and put my life in perspective.” Ridge still resides in his hometown of Perth, choosing to stay in the two-bedroom place he’s lived in for some years – although he’s now turned one room into The Ayems Studio headquarters. Surprisingly, he has plans to open an holistic café called Solomon on Mount Lawley’s café strip, which he says will open in April after the tour. “It was an idea I came up with in Bali,” he explains. “I suffer from food intolerances and just thought it would be a great idea to open up a place in Perth that catered for people with the same problems as me.” Ridge will be as hands-on as possible in the venture, which will cater for vegetarian and vegan diets. Ridge has just recently released two tracks, Tasty and 1990s, with close hometown friends N’fa Jones and Ta-ku – his first offerings since the hype from The Life of Riley finally died down. Some might call that a long time between drinks.

“The industry is just so fickle at the moment in regards to social media and the internet in general,” says Ridge. “You have to watch how long you are away for, and a year is a long time. That’s why I’m sort of playing with these couple of new songs – just testing the waters. I’m going back to taking all the pressure off having to produce a whole album. “You’ve got these young artists and even older ones spending a whole year or even two on an album, and putting their blood, sweat and tears into the project – and then, when they release it, it gets some love for a week and then a week later, it’s all over. That’s absolutely soul-crushing, and not something that I want to be a part of. So I went with the approach of not writing for anyone but myself and releasing songs when I felt the need.” Of Tasty, Ridge says he was trying to separate himself from what he sees as being a currently all-too comfortable hip hop scene. “I feel that everyone is writing to the same fucking formula within our genre, and it’s turning into some cross-genre where no-one has the intention to do anything different and push themselves as artists, because they’re comfortable within this one particular formula that’s getting radio play.” 1990s, which rides a soul vibe helped along by producer Ta-ku, originally sounded very different to the final product. “Ta-ku had this beat that had been sitting there for a while and it was actually the Back To The Future theme track, and he made this crazy beat from it,” says Ridge. “That was the original beat that we wrote. We recorded it and were set to release it and then Seth [Sentry] came out with his record and he had a hoverboard on it! It was such an incredible track that I couldn’t have people take anything away from the song, so I had to start from scratch again and marry it up to another beat and rework it.”

Drapht plays at the Chelsea Heights Hotel on Sunday March 24. facebook.com/draphto

chaise lounge

faktory at khokolat bar

Didier Cohen no diggity at red love

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urban club guide snaps khokolat koated

wednesday march 6 Compression Session - Feat: Cassawarrior + Dd + Ricka E55, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. Soul Ensemble Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.

thursday march 7 Pennies Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. $6.

friday march 8 Chaise Fridays - Feat: Soulclap + DJ Claz + DJ Dirx + DJ Peril + DJ Sef Chaise Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 4:30pm. Crew Love - Feat: DJ Tony Sunshine Sub Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. $15. DJ Thaddeus Doe The B.east, Brunswick East. 9:00pm. Faktory Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 2:55pm. Faktory - Feat: DJ Damion De Silva + DJ Durmy + DJ K Dee + DJ Yaths

Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 9:30pm. Get Lit Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. Like Fridays - Feat: Broz + Dir-X + DJs Dinesh + Nyd + Sef + Shaggz + Shaun D La Di Da, Melbourne. 8:00pm. Rnb Superclub - Feat: Young Men Society Rnb Superclub, Southbank. 8:00pm. Studio Chasers, South Yarra. 8:00pm. $20. Sweet Nothing Fridays - Feat: DJ Marcus Knight + DJ Xander James Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 9:00pm.

saturday march 9 Chaise Lounge Saturdays - Feat: DJ Andy Pala + DJ Kah Lua Chaise Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. Cheap Sober + Maggot Mouf & Gutz + Pete Mc + Planz The Hi-fi, Melbourne. 8:00pm. $26. Laundry Saturdays Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 9:30pm. Saturday Nights - Feat: DJ Damion De Silva + Dj Jay Sin + DJ K Dee

behind the decks with:

Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 9:30pm. The Dojo Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. The High Society Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm.

sunday march 10 Joelistics + DJ Mu-Gen + Manchild + Polo Club Espy, St Kilda. 9:00pm.

monday march 11 Freedom Pass - Feat: Phil Ross + B-Boogie + Chris Mac + Dozza Co., Southbank. 10:30pm. Hip Hop Open Mic First Floor, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.

tuesday march 12 Can I Kick It? Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.

behind the decks with:

rhythm-al-ism at fusion

dj def rok What was the first ever tune you bought? Summertime In The LBC - The Dove Shack

be. at co.

Which toy or game best describes you and why? Twister. My life is like a game of Twister. Always trying to get from one spot to another, but always looking an idiot trying to get there. But I always win. What’s the cheekiest thing you’ve done behind a console? Once I was playing at a club on the Gold Coast and a girl kept coming up to the DJ box requesting a track, but I didn’t play it. So after about an hour she came up to the DJ box again and flashed her massive fake boobies at me and said here have a feel and play my track now. I pretty much chucked her track on straight away. What’s the biggest myth ABOUT DJs? The biggest myth is that we like everything that we play. That is so untrue. Sometimes we play tracks for the crowd we don’t necessarily like. What do you dislike about DJing? The lack of sleep and bad requests. And like the most? I love controlling a crowd of people with music. It’s such a powerful thing. Music makes people feel so many emotions and it evokes awesome memories when you hear certain tracks. I love my job so much and wouldn’t swap it for anything in the world. I love music. Your ultimate DJing gig would be? To play at the Playboy mansion and have Hugh Hefner MC my set.

Didier Cohen

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Where’s the strangest place you’ve woken up? Vegas is a pretty strange place. Describe yourself using the title of a song. Somethin’ Else - Cannonball Adderley. What was the weirdest thing you believed as a child? That I had the mind power to change traffic lights. The most awkward moment you’ve had as a DJ? Perhaps when a random told me he was a DJ and asked if he could jump on… “sorry mate.” What would be the worst dance track in the world to be tortured with on repeat? Anything on commercial radio is pretty hideous. What’s the most played record in your bag? Not a clue. For the sake of naming a track The Sun Can’t Compare - Larry Heard. That song takes me to a happy place. What question would you like to ask an omniscient, all-knowing being before you die? This is just the beginning, right? If you hadn’t made it as a DJ, what job would you choose to work in instead? Hand model. I have very pretty hands. When and where is your next gig? Tuesday’s at Bimbo Deluxe, Thursday’s at Lucky Coq, Friday’s at Revolver Upstairs, Saturday’s at Lounge, plus Future Music Festival & Best Of Both Sides Festival. facebook.com/henry.who.melb

When’s your next gig? Rnb Superclub Volume 13 Launch Party at Level 3, Crown, Melbourne on Friday March 22.

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

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

303 303 High Street, Northcote

Lucky Coq 179 Chapel St, Windsor, 9525 1288

Abode 374 St.Kilda Rd, St.Kilda

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

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

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

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

Mink 2 Acland St, St Kilda, 9536 1199

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

Miss Libertine 34 Franklin St, Melb, 9663 6855

Back Bar 67 Green St, Windsor, 9529 7899

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

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

Bertha Brown 562 Flinders Street, 9629 1207

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

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

Night Cat 141 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 0090

Billboard 170 Russell St, Melb, 9639 4000

Night Cat 279 Flinders Ln, Melb, 9654 0444

Bimbo Deluxe 376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 8600

Noise Bar 291 Albert St, Brunswick, 9380 1493

Birmingham Hotel Cnr Smith & Johnston St, Fitzroy

Northcote Social Club 301 High St, Northcote, 9489 3917

Black Cat 252 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 6230

Old Bar 74 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9417 4155

Blue Bar 330 Chapel St, Prahran, 9529 6499

One Twenty Bar 120 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Blue Tile Lounge 95 Smith St, Fitzroy

Onesixone 161 High St, Prahran, 9533 8433

Boutique 134 Greville St, Prahran, 9525 2322

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

Brown Alley King Street, Melb,9670 8599

Palace Hotel 893 Burke Rd, Camberwell

Brunswick Hotel 140 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9387 6637

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

Builders Arms 211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Palais 111 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs, 5348 4849

Cabinet Bar 11 Rainbow Alley, Melbourne, 9654 0915

Palais Theatre Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, 9525 3240

Caravan Music Club 95 Drummond St, Oakleigh

Papa Goose 91 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, 9663 2800

Caseys Nightclub 660A Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn, 9810 0030

Penny Black 420 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9380 8667

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

Pier Live Hotel 508 Nepean Hwy, Frankston, 9783 9800

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

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

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

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

Chandelier Room 91 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin, 9532 2288

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

Chelsea Heights Hotel Cnr Springvale & Wells Rd,

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

Chelsea Heights, 9773 4453

Prince Bandroom 29 Fitztory St, St Kilda, 9536 1168

Cherry Bar AC/DC Ln, Melb, 9639 8122

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

Chi Lounge 195 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne, 9662 2688

Public Bar 238 Victoria St, North Melb, 9329 6522

Co. Lvl 3, Crown Complex, 9292 5750

Railway Hotel 280 Ferrars St, South Melb, 9690 5092

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

Red Bennies 371 Chapel St, South Yarra, 9826 2689

Commercial Club Hotel 344 Nicholson St, Fitzroy, 9419 1522

Red Love 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

The Reverence Hotel 28 Napier St, Footscray, 03 9687 2111

CQ 113 Queen St, Melb, 8601 2738

Revolt Elizabeth St, Kensington, 03 9376 2115

Croft Institute 21 Croft Alley, Melb, 9671 4399

Revolver Upstairs 229 Chapel St, Prahran, 9521 5985

Cruzao Arepa Bar 365 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 7871

Rochester Castle Hotel 202 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9415 7555

Cushion 99 Fitzroy St, St.Kilda, 9534 7575

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

Damask 1/347 Burnswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 4578

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

The Dancing Dog 42A Albert St, Footscray, Footscray, 9687 2566

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

Spensers Live 419 Spencer St, West Melb, 9329 8821

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

Spot 133 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, 9388 0222

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

Standard Hotel 293 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy, 9419 4793

Empress 714 Nicholson St, Nth Fitzroy, 9489 8605

Star Bar 160 Clarendon St, South Melb, 9810 0054

Espy 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, 9534 0211

Station 59 59 Church St, Richmond, 9427 8797

Eurotrash 18 Corrs Ln, Melb, 9654 4411

Stolberg Beer Café 197 Plenty Rd, Preston, 9495 1444

Eve 334 City Rd, Southbank, 9696 7388

Strange Wolf 71 Collins Street (enter via Strachan Lane), Melb, 9662 4914

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

Lomond Hotel 225 Nicholson St, East Brunswick Longroom 162 Collins St, Melbourne, 9663 9226 Loop 23 Meyers Pl, Melb, 9654 0500 Lounge 243 Swanston St, Melb, 9663 2916 The Lounge Pit 386-388 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 9415 6142

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