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on tour FRANK OCEAN [USA] Thursday July 25 - Friday July 26, Festival Hall BROOKE BROTHERS [UK] Friday July 26, Brown Alley RICK WILHITE [USA] Saturday July 27, New Guernica MAURICE FULTON [USA] Saturday July 27, Revolver Upstairs JAMES BLAKE [UK] Wednesday July 31, Palais Theatre & Howler SALVA [USA] Friday August 2, The Liberty Social JAMES PANTS [USA] Saturday August 3, Revolver Upstairs CHVRCHES [UK] Monday August 5, Corner Hotel PANGAEA [UK], FUNCTION [USA] Friday August 9, Brown Alley SPEEDY J [NED] Friday August 16, Mercat Basement D-BLOCK & S-TE-FAN [NED] Friday August 16, Chaser’s Nightclub DJ SPRINKLES [USA] Friday August 16, First Floor BRO SAFARI [USA] Saturday August 17, Brown Alley BIG CHOCOLATE [USA] Saturday August 17, Brown Alley THE GAME [USA] Thursday August 22, The Espy DANNY KRIVIT [USA] Friday August 23, New Guernica KAYTRANADA [CAN], RYAN HEMSWORTH [CAN] Saturday August 24, Brown Alley GHOSTPOET [UK] Saturday September 14, Corner Hotel HERNAN CATTANEO [ARG] Friday September 20, Prince Bandroom RUDIMENTAL [UK] Saturday September 21, Festival Hall ROBERT HOOD [USA] Saturday September 21, The Liberty Social LISTEN OUT: DISCLOSURE [UK], TNGHT [UK], AZEALIA BANKS [USA] + MORE Saturday October 5, Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens MICKEY AVALON [USA] Friday October 18, Corner Hotel PORTER ROBINSON [USA] Sunday October 20, Billboard SALT N PEPA [USA] Saturday November 16, Palais Theatre STRAWBERRY FIELDS: CARL CRAIG [USA], MOODYMANN [USA] Friday November 22 - Sunday November 24 , TBA EARTHCORE: ANGY KORE [ITA], PERFECT STRANGER [ISR] + MORE Friday November 29 - Sunday December 2, TBA STEREOSONIC: DAVID GUETTA [FRA], ARMIN VAN BUUREN [NED], CALVIN HARRIS [UK] + MORE Saturday December 7 - Sunday December 8, Royal Melbourne Showgrounds RAINBOW SERPENT: DONATO DOZZY [ITA], MICHAEL MAYER [GER] + MORE Friday January 24 - Monday January 27, Lexton BRUNO MARS [USA], MIGUEL [USA] Tuesday March 4 & Wednesday March 5, Rod Laver Arena
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New Zealand’s Shapeshifter have been cranking out deep, soulful drum and bass tunes for more than a decade now, and their fifth studio album, Delta, builds on their signature sound in new and surprising ways. “The album entered the charts at number one in New Zealand, which really blew us away,” says keys and horn player Nick Robinson. “You really get nervous when releasing an album, spending so much time locked away in the studio not thinking about what people are going to like, just working away at songs in private, then suddenly it’s exposed to the world! It’s daunting, so to hear all the positive comments, to hear people say that they are taking something they value from this album is a real buzz.” If there’s one thing that unites many of Shapeshifter’s tracks, it’s a sense of euphoria – a hands-in-the-air abandon that’s infectious. Delta is full of tracks like this, and I ask Robinson whether or not the upbeat nature of the music reflects the personalities of the band’s individual members. “Well, I wouldn’t say I’m any happier than the next guy,” he tells me. “I think we just all like music that ramps up, and we like music that is uplifting, so that would actually have an influence. I think some of our music is quite dark and deep – kinda thought-provoking – although it probably depends on the track. If there’s one thing that unites us, it’s that we’re all lovers of nice synthesizers and making beautiful pad sounds.” Shapeshifter gained a new drummer late last year in Darren Mathiassen, following the departure of long-time member Johnny Hooves, but according to Robinson, the transition has been fairly seamless. “We’ve always known Darren as a quality drummer,” he says, “so after Johnny left, he was our man. He has actually fit in better than we expected, and has the ability to really feel the Shifter feels, but then add even more of his own personality in there.” His ability to breathe life into the music, Robinson says, has made the live show even stronger. “Darren just fits in,” he says. “We all have similar backgrounds and he’s played in bands with our singer Paora before so he just adds to the dynamic.” A formidable live band, Shapeshifter spend a good deal of time on the road, although Robinson assures me that their tours are not glamorous in the slightest. Their days typically start at 7am with an annoying hotel wake up
Europe, the itinerary gets a little more cosmopolitan, with car park soccer games and Tesco microwave bangers and mash to keep the lads busy. I ask Robinson if he and the rest of Shapeshifter have enjoyed any especially memorable touring experiences in recent times. “We played a show in Poland last year,” he begins warily, “having just arrived in Europe on no sleep. Sam the guitarist and I went out into Warsaw and accidentally
stayed out until the morning – it was the friendly locals’ fault – and we then had to drive to Plock in the middle of nowhere, while hung over as fuck, with 41-degree heat and no air con.” It was the most hideous journey they had ever taken, and they fully expected the gig to be a disaster, but when they arrived at the Audioriver festival a crowd of 25,000 was waiting, and they somehow rallied and pulled off what Robinson insists was the gig of their lives. Given the level of debauchery in Europe, I ask Robinson if he and the lads plan to get into any similar mischief when they return to Australia this month, for a tour that includes a stop-in at Billboard. He assures me that professionalism is the order of the day this time. “We’re in the studio at the moment, rehearsing a bunch of new material off the new album,” he explains. “We’ve got some new big tunes that we can’t wait to play, mixed in with a bit of old stuff and a bit of jamming. There may be some mistakes in there,” he says, “but that’s on purpose of course.” It seems the secret to Shapeshifter’s longevity is their ability to muck around as friends, and not take themselves too seriously. I ask Robinson why, in his view, the band has stuck together for so long. “Money!” he says with a laugh. “No, I’m definitely kidding – the money’s pretty terrible in the music game. I’d say we’re all doing our dream job. As a kid, I would play bands with my friends – rocking on stage with tennis racquets, stuff like that. Now we get to play gigs and make music, and we all know that we make better music when we’re together than when we’re by ourselves. So we make sure we work through any shit we might have because what we do is worth it, and it’s a fucking buzz doing it too.”
Shapeshifter play at Billboard on Friday August 16. Delta is out now through Truetone Recordings/Ministry of Sound Australia. facebook.com/shapeshifterlivenz soundcloud.com/shapeshifterlivenz
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call. “After that, it’s throw hotel telephone across the room and go back to sleep,” Robinson says, “then wake up 30 minutes later, and shower and pack bags in three minutes.” From there, it only gets more arduous. “Leave favourite t-shirt in hotel room and run down to the van,” he continues. “Race to airport, fly plane to next destination, land and drive to sound check.” In
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One of the biggest names in American West Coast rap, The Game, will be heading back to Australian shores this August. The Game co-founded Black Wall Street Records with his brother Big Fase 100, releasing records from the likes of Vita, Glasses Malone and Nu Jerzey Devil. His debut album, Untold Story, was released on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment label and sold more than 300,000 copies. His latest album and fifth studio release, Jesus Piece, features Lil Wayne, Big Sean, J. Cole, Jamie Foxx, Wiz Khalifa, Tyga and Chris Brown among others. Catch The Game on Thursday August 22 at The Espy.
Starting his rap career at the tender age of 16 as Furious, Leva made a name for himself performing live shows weekly in Melbourne. The release of his debut mixtape The Shakedown however was what allowed him to cause waves throughout the scene being recongised by fans and peers as an artist to look out for. His undeniable ability to rap at a world class level is something not to miss. He is now moving on to integrate his talent with trap beats and looking to make his mark on the world this way. Check him out at the Prince on Saturday July 27.
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James Blake will perform an exclusive DJ set after his soldout Melbourne show. Best known for his delicate vocals and soaring electronic tracks, James Blake is also an acclaimed DJ. Supporting Blake will be fellow producer and band mate Rob McAndrews aka Airhead, Spoonbill and A13. It all goes down on Wednesday July 31 at Howler.
Danny Krivit will embark on his first ever Australian tour next month. Growing up in New York in the ‘60s, Krivit was surrounded by music with his mother an accomplished jazz singer and his father the manager of legendary jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. It was thanks to his father that he was able to meet some of the most influential musicians of our time, including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Mingus, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Make sure to head down to New Guernica to catch the disco legend on Friday August 23.
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Sydney hip hop duo Spit Syndicate have announced The Money Over Bullshit Tour to celebrate the release of their new single Amazing. The track is the third single from the group’s third LP Sunday Gentleman, which was released earlier this year. As with the first two singles Amazing was added straight to full rotation on triple j. DJ and life coach, Joyride, will be joining them on the road. Spit Syndicate will be playing at The Evelyn on Saturday September 21 and the Phoenix Youth Club on Sunday September 22.
James Pants isn’t your average producer. With his resume filled with rock, hip hop, boogie soul to everything in between, the same breadth is reflected in his fans. Flying Lotus, Zane Lowe, Tyler, The Creator and Erol Alkan are all admirers of James Pants and it’s his unique ability to attract such a wide crowd with a high level of respect that sets him apart. He is the backbone of Stones Throw Records, has released three full-length albums amongst a long list of other releases. Having built a reputation for being unpredictable, eclectic and knowing how to get a crowd dancing his live performance will be one not to miss. Catch Pants at Revolver Upstairs on Saturday August 3
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lektrk #10am music video launch and wrap party When is it? Friday July 26. Where is it? Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. Who’s playing? DJ Rellik, Intalink, LEKTRK, MDC Deejays. What sort of shit will they be playing? Playing the best deep house, funk and hip hop, dirty electro, party beats and everything in between. What’s the crowd going to be like? Cast and crew from the music video, fans of a good warehouse party. What will we remember in the AM? Half pipe skaters and podium dancers, the warehouse/arts space and banging tunes. What’s the wallet damage? Free. Give us one final reason why we should party here. Wicked venue, sick tunes and you might get on the music video!
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club guide Wednesday July 24
COQ ROQ - FEAT: AGENT 86 + DJS LADY NOIR + JOYBOT + KITI + MR THOM Lucky Coq, Windsor. 7:00pm. HOODRAPZ - FEAT: WEDNESDAY Workshop, Melbourne. 7:00pm. MO’ SOUL - FEAT: DJ VINCE PEACH Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. NEW GUERNICA WEDNESDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. THE DINNER SET Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm.
Thursday July 25
district presents rick wilhite When is it? Saturday July 27. Where is it? New Guernica. Who’s playing? Rick Wilhite, Weekend Express, Simon TK, River & Phoenix, Sleep D, Dylan B and 12” Phildo. What sort of shit will they be playing? House, disco and techno. What’s the crowd going to be like? Fans of quality music who like to party. What will we remember in the AM? Rick Wilhite is a Detroit house legend and one of the best at working a party. The last record of his extra long set will sure to be etched in your mind long after the lights go on. What’s the wallet damage? $25. Give us one final reason why we should party here. One of the rare chances to catch this Detroit legend down under. Rick lives and breathes records and music, and anyone who caught him last time he was here will agree his DJ sets are truly unforgettable.
3181 THURSDAYS - FEAT: HANS DC + JAKE JUDD + NIKKI SARAFIAN + HEY SAM + JESSE YOUNG + JOHN DOE + SEAN RAULT Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 5:00pm. BANG N MASH Word Events Warehouse & Lounge, Melbourne. 8:00pm. BILLBOARD THURSDAYS - FEAT: MATT DEAN + MATTY GRANT + PHIL ROSS Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $10. CHI BEATS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. CQ SESSIONS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Cq, Melbourne. 8:00pm. DO DROP IN - FEAT: DJ KITI + DJ LADY NOIR The Carlton Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. FREE RANGE FUNK - FEAT: AGENT 86 + LEWIS CANCUT + WHO Lucky Coq, Windsor. 6:00pm. GOOD EVENING - FEAT: DJ PEOPLE Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. GRAD PARTY THURSDAYS - FEAT: DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 5:00pm. LE DISCO TECH Pretty Please, St Kilda. 8:00pm. LOVE STORY Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:30pm. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - FEAT: DJS PREQUEL & EDD FISHER Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. MOOD - FEAT: NUBODY Loop, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. RADIONICA Workshop, Melbourne. 7:00pm. RARE CANDY The Carlton Hotel, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. THE RITZ THURSDAYS - FEAT: CAUC-ASIAN DJ’S + JOSHUA GILILAND + KEN WALKER + LUCILLE CROFT + CARRICK DALTON & SAM COHEN + ED WILKS + MAX KRUSE + TIM LIGHT + ZACK ROSE Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. $20. TIGER FUNK LIVE - FEAT: DJ MOONSHINE Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. VARSITY Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm.
Friday July 26
ANYTIME Workshop, Melbourne. 8:30pm. BADABOOM FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm. CANT SAY Platform One, Melbourne Cbd. 7:30pm. $10. CHI FRIDAYS Chi Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. CQ FRIDAYS Cq, Melbourne. 8:00pm.
DEE VUKI The Wharf Hotel, Melbourne. 6:30pm. DISCOTHEQUE - FEAT: ELANA MUSTO + GREG SARA + SCOTT T Match Bar & Grill, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS - FEAT: BOBBY LOVE + CARGO + DJ REG-E + ESG + JAYSIN + PUPPET + RAJ K + SANKA + SHAGGZ The Motel, South Melbourne. 7:00pm. FUSION FRIDAY Fusion, Southbank. 10:00pm. I LOVE OLD SCHOOL - FEAT: SHAGGZ & PUPPET + DJ TEY + MERV MAC Red Bennies, South Yarra. 10:00pm. $10. KIDDFECTIOUS - FEAT: DJ ALEX KIDD + BANGERZ & MASHERZ + DJ YOJI + HELLRAISER + LCK + SCOTT ALERT + TRENT MCDERMOTT Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $45. LA DANSE MACABRE - FEAT: DJ TROPHY WIVES Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. LATIN QUARTER Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. MASHTAG - FEAT: MALPRACTICE / AGENT 86 / BENZO / MU-GEN / LEWIS CANCUT AND OLLIE Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. MEET YOUR MATES FRIDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. PANORAMA - FEAT: DJS MATT RAD + MR GEORGE + PHATO A MANO Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. POPROCKS - FEAT: DR PHIL SMITH Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. REVOLVER FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ LEWIE DAY + DJ MIKE CALLANDER + DJ ALEX THOMAS + DJ KATIE DROVER + DJ WHO Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm. SHUFFLE FRIDAY NIGHTS Bridie O’reilly’s Brunswick, Brunswick. 10:00pm. THE FOX FRIDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm.
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Saturday July 27
BILLBOARD SATURDAYS - FEAT: FRAZER ADNAM SCOTT MCMAHON + JAMIE VLAHOS + MR MAGOO + ZIGGY Billboard, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. $15. BO PEEP’S FUN HOUSE - FEAT: BTWO + IMPACT + KITI + MOONSHINE + OOHEE + PAZ + SMILE ON + ZANNA First Floor, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. CLUB FICTION - FEAT: KITTY ROCK & THE BAD LADIES Red Bennies, South Yarra. 10:00pm. DJ YMCMR The Wharf Hotel, Melbourne. 8:30pm. FIRST FLOOR SATURDAYS - FEAT: BILLY HOYLE + DJS DUCHESZ + MZRIZK + WASABI First Floor, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. GLITCH THIS - FEAT: SATURDAY Workshop, Melbourne. 7:00pm. HOT STEP Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. LAB 22 Palace Theatre, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. MIXED DRINKS SATURDAYS Libation, Fitzroy. 9:00pm. MOTEL SATURDAYS The Motel, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. NEW GUERNICA SATURDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. POISON APPLE - FEAT: DJ MATT WATKINS Prince Bandroom, St Kilda. 7:00pm. SATURDAYS - FEAT: ACTION SAM + DJ ROWIE European Bier Cafe, Melbourne Cbd. 7:00pm. SATURDAYS AT ONE TWENTY BAR - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS One Twenty Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. SOUND EMPIRE - FEAT: DJ TATE STRAUSS + DJ JOE SOFO + DJ MATTY + DJ MISS SARAH + DJ PHIL ROSS Fusion, Southbank. 9:30pm. $25. STAR SATURDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Star Bar, South Melbourne. 8:00pm. STRUT SATURDAYS PRESENTS - FEAT: TIMOMATIC + COLLECTIVE Trak Lounge Bar, Toorak. 8:00pm. $22. SUNDAY NIGHTS - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ JAY J + DJ KEN WALKER + DJ LIGHTING Co., Southbank. 8:30pm. SUPER GRANDE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. TEMPERANCE SATURDAYS - FEAT: DJ MARCUS KNIGHT + DJ XANDER JAMES Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 8:00pm. TEXTILE Lucky Coq, Windsor. 6:00pm. THE FOX SATURDAYS Fox Hotel, Collingwood. 7:00pm. THE HOUSE DEFROST - FEAT: DJ ANDEE FROST Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 11:00pm. THE LATE SHOW - FEAT: MAT CANT + RANSOM + TOO MUCH + BOOGS + CONGO TARDIS #1 + DANIELSAN + MR MOONSHINE Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:00pm.
Sunday July 28
EARLY BIRD - FEAT: AWESOME WALES + DYLAN B + GEZADIN + SLEEP D + TIMMY G Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 2:00am. MASHTAG - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 7:30pm. NEW GUERNICA SUNDAYS New Guernica, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm. REHAB RECOVERY - FEAT: ANGUS GREEN + FA + HYDRAULIX + KURK KOKANE + LASER FERRARI + LICKWEED + MONKEE + SNAREOPHOBE + WYLDCARD Rubix Warehouse, Brunswick. 12:00pm. REVOLVER SUNDAYS - FEAT: DJ BOOGS + DJ SPACEY SPACE + DJ RADIATOR + DJ SILVERSIX + DJ T-REK Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 6:30pm. SOUTH SIDE HUSTLE - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:30pm. THE SUNDAE SHAKE - FEAT: AGENT 86 + TIGERFUNK Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. THE SUNDAY SET - FEAT: DJS ANDYBLACK + HAGGIS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 4:00pm.
Monday July 29
IBIMBO - FEAT: LADY NOIR & KITI Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. KOOL AID - FEAT: DJ MU-GEN Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. STIFF DRINK - FEAT: DJ MICHAEL KUCYK + DJ MICHAEL OZONE + DJ ROMAN WAFERS Toff In Town, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. TWERKERS CLUB - FEAT: DJ FLETCH Workers Club, Fitzroy. 7:00pm.
Tuesday July 30
COSMIC PIZZA Lucky Coq, Windsor. 8:00pm. CURIOUS TALES Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 8:00pm. DJ JAGUAR E55, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. IBIMBO - FEAT: LADY NOIR & KITI Bimbo Deluxe, Fitzroy. 6:00pm. NEVER CHEER BEFORE YOU KNOW WHO’S WINNING - FEAT: REPETER FONDA Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 7:00pm.
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Wednesday July 24
COMPRESSION SESSION - FEAT: CASSAWARRIOR + DD + RICKA E55, Melbourne Cbd. 8:00pm. SOUL ENSEMBLE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm.
Thursday July 25
HAARLO + AINSLIE WILLS + ELIZA HULL Northcote Social Club, Northcote. 7:30pm. $12. PENNIES Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. $6. RHYTHM-AL-ISM - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ K-DEE + DJ SIMON SEZ Eden, Melbourne. 10:00pm. $15.
Friday July 26
CREW LOVE - FEAT: DJ TONY SUNSHINE Sub Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. $15. D.Y.E + DEFRON & RUDY V + NEWDUB CITY SOUND + THE FOURFRONT
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word s / aug u st u s we lby Melbourne based MC Tom Gaynor, better known as Allday, is about to launch his latest mixtape Soon I’ll Be in Cali 2. Gaynor has dropped a sequence of EPs and mixtapes since gathering attention for the first Allday single Girls In Jeans in early 2011, but hasn’t yet committed himself to a full-length album. However, he reveals that he’s busy cooking up something at present. “I’ve got a full-length album coming towards the end of the year. So this is my last release before then.” Allday’s prolific release pattern over the past few years indicates Gaynor has no trouble rolling out rhymes. He discusses why he’s chosen to opt for more casual release formats thus far rather than diving into album production. “I think it’s just less of a commitment with an EP. Because I’m moving so fast at the moment, with music and growing up, I don’t want to put something out that I hate, especially if it’s a full length. I put out EPs and I hate them after a couple of months so I wanted to wait to do a full album,” he says.
303, Northcote. 8:00pm. FAKTORY - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ DURMY + DJ K DEE + DJ YATHS Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. HUSTLE JUNGLE - FEAT: KT & CHUCK + SAMMY THE BULLET + THADDEOUS DOE Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm. LIKE FRIDAYS - FEAT: BROZ + DIR-X + DJS DINESH + NYD + SEF + SHAGGZ + SHAUN D La Di Da, Melbourne. 7:00pm. REMI (FREE SANGRIA TOUR) + JPS + N’FA + NAM + SENSIBLE J Revolver Upstairs, Prahran. 9:00pm. $10. SWEET NOTHING FRIDAYS - FEAT: DJ MARCUS KNIGHT + DJ XANDER JAMES Temperance Hotel, South Yarra. 8:00pm.
Saturday July 27
DJ OAKLEY GRENELL Birmingham Hotel, Fitzroy. 7:00pm. LAUNDRY SATURDAYS - FEAT: VARIOUS DJS
Laundry Bar, Fitzroy. 8:30pm. SATURDAY NIGHTS - FEAT: DJ DAMION DE SILVA + DJ JAY SIN + DJ K DEE Khokolat Bar, Melbourne. 8:30pm. THE DOJO Order Of Melbourne, Melbourne Cbd. 10:00pm.
Sunday July 28
OPEN DECKS Thornbury Local, Thornbury. 6:30pm.
Monday July 29
FREEDOM PASS - FEAT: PHIL ROSS + B-BOOGIE + CHRIS MAC + DOZZA Co., Southbank. 9:30pm.
Tuesday July 30
CAN I KICK Lounge, Melbourne Cbd. 9:00pm.
So Good, taken from A Skateboard Soiree (Allday’s collaborative EP with producer C1), commanded major buzz and came in at #91 in 2012’s triple j hottest 100. However, the song’s lush, soulful production isn’t necessarily paradigmatic of Allday’s oeuvre. He’s also matched his easy going flow with dry acoustic instrumentation and heavier dance-oriented beats. Gaynor suggests that the album will continue to encompass a variety of sounds, but will ultimately be more cohesive. “I think this one’s going to be a lot more focused, hopefully, just because I want it to have some continuity. It’s going to be a lot more hip hop sounding and a lot more dark.” Allday’s wide musical experimentation has been accompanied by plenty of youthful lyrical exploration. He explains that he’s now reached the point where he can confidently apply himself to an overarching concept. “It’s a loose concept album and then the second one will probably follow on from that. I don’t really want to go into it now because things might change, but there’s definitely a concept. I feel like I’ve grown into being able to do that now.” Gaynor has been fooling around with rapping since a young age, which made hip hop the obvious outlet to sublimate his musical inclinations. However, even though it has long been a hobby, it seems hip hop hasn’t always been his dream vocation. “When I was a kid I wanted to be a professional basketball player, but I always thought I was going to be like Shaq and release an album on the side, sort of thing,” he sincerely quips. Evidently the proposed basketball career has since been shelved and his focus consolidated on music. The acclaim given to Girls In Jeans was the catalyst for Gaynor’s determined application to rapping, but he reveals that the single’s release was hardly even planned. “That was a song that I just made because my friend made a beat and I thought ‘I’ll take that’ and then my other friend said ‘we’ll do a video clip for you’ and I was like, ‘oh I guess so.’ It all just kind of happened without any particular goal in mind.” Composing rap music entails arranging voluminous lyrics into rhythmic rhyming schemes and apt vocal phrasing. Gaynor describes how he critically edits his lyrics in order to give his delivery the strongest impact. “I’ve noticed that on a lot of the songs that are really popular - even
Girl in the Sun or So Good, any of my songs that have been popular - even if the lyrics are simple, I spent time making them simple but with a message or in a way that can connect with people. That’s something that I’m slowly learning, that it does take a lot of time.” Reaching a level of simplicity without sacrificing any substance is of paramount importance for Allday. Fine-tuning lyrics is a delicate craft and Gaynor indicates that he has to be careful not to simplify something to the point that it sounds inane while also preventing the lyrics from becoming too abstract. “I want to do it in a smart way but I don’t want to make my music inaccessible. It’s definitely a line to walk and I haven’t always got it right. Some of my most simple lyrics are the ones that I’m most proud of because I know what it takes to write something that is simple that’s also good.” Soon I’ll Be In Cali 2 will be available for free download as of Sunday July 28 and Gaynor speaks enthusiastically about the quality of material on the mixtape. “Anyone that’s liked any of my prior music I’ve released, they’ll probably be happy with it, because it’s got a little bit of everything but perfected and just better. I’m pretty happy with it I think it’s my most solid release so far,” he states. Gaynor’s positive self-appraisal seems partly informed by the fun he had compiling the mixtape and he admits the process offered some respite from the ongoing rigors associated with album construction. “I can just go, ‘oh that’s just what I want to say,’ I don’t care what the track means, I don’t care what this line means or this line means specifically, I’m just going to say it. That sometimes means things aren’t as good but it sometimes means they’re better.”
Tamati begins by talking about the massive tour of her home country that she has just completed. “The shows were fantastic; we had such great audiences and played mostly all new material,” she details, before revealing that although being exciting, playing new material isn’t all it is cracked-up to be, “It’s quite a nerve wracking thing to approach a tour of that magnitude in a small country like New Zealand, and to be playing mostly new material. But, thankfully the response to the new music was incredibly well received.” Having garnered a huge fan-base off the back of Time Is Not Much and her sophomore album Liberation Of… , with both records cleaning up at the NZ Music Awards, it’s refreshing that Tamati now reflects on the tour so modestly. “I came away from this tour feeling very grateful and humbled.” On the topic of Tamati’s back catalogue a feature of her sound is stylistic shifts. A contrasting example is the difference between the two previous singles in the super smooth lounge of Walk Right Up and the ghetto-centric ’98 Til Now. “I have the ability to both sing and rap, and I love to move between the two while making both tunes feel like they belong with one another. I like the challenge of it, and I like the variety it brings to our live shows being able to do a few different things, creating more dynamic and being able to build a show around a few key changes in tempo and delivery.” One could argue that the current popular music allows an artist like Ladi6 to shift styles so profoundly within an album and live performance because the proliferation of Internet has empowered
listeners to be stylistic chameleons. Tamati thoughtfully explores this theory, politely disagreeing with it. “I have always been an artist who has mixed and matched my styles depending upon my own taste at any particular time. I think it comes down to the artist and their own personal creative approach to their music,” she explains. Tamati’s disagreement with the above theory is put ever so politely, “I personally don’t feel like it has anything to do with the internet - but I think that may just be due to my own lack of internet savvy and online presence. “I feel like I built my audience the old school way, over time and dedication to touring and making songs,” surmises Tamati on her success, before concluding on why audiences should venture to her upcoming show. “They can expect to hear some bumping ass shit.” Word.
Allday will play at the Sprung hip hop festival alongside 360, Drapht, Seth Sentry, Diafrix, Urthboy and many more at the Kevin Bartlett Sports Complex on Saturday October 19. facebook.com/alldaytunes
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word s / d enve r m a xx Ladi6 aka Karoline Tamati is an anomaly in the music scene, musically she has the ability to shift from in your face ghetto rap to the smoothest lounge vocal stylings imaginable. In 2008 Ladi6 took her place amongst world renowned artists when her debut record Time Is Not Much was released on renowned British label Barley Breaking Even Records. Now on the eve of releasing her third LP Automatic, Ladi6 is returning to Melbourne.
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Ladi6 plays at Revolver Upstairs this Thursday August 25 and is joined by Detroit’s Waajeed aka Jeedo.
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