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ONTOUR ANDY C [UK], MC GQ [UK], CAMO & KROOKED [AUT], FIERCE [UK] Friday January 20, Prince Bandroom BARE NOIZE [UK] Saturday January 21, Geddes Lounge HEATWAVE: KID CUDI [USA], D12 [USA], OBIE TRICE [USA] + MORE Sunday January 22, Sidney Myer Music Bowl CUT CHEMIST [USA] Friday February 24, The Corner Hotel BASSNECTAR [USA], ZEDS DEAD [CAN], DOV [USA] Wednesday January 25, The Hi-Fi MATTHEW DEAR [USA] Wednesday January 25, Prince Bandroom ITAL [CHI] Wednesday January 25, Buffalo Club FREEMASONS [UK] Wednesday January 25, The Palace HARBOURSIDE: LAIDBACK LUKE [NED], DERRICK CARTER [USA] + MORE Thursday January 26, Shed 14 MARCEL WOODS [NED], KYAU AND ALBERT [GER] Thursday January 26, Prince Bandroom RAINBOW SERPENT: OTT [UK], ILL.GATES [CAN], JAMES MUNRO [UK], TALPA [SRB] + MORE Friday January 27 - 31, near Lexton (Western VIC) PLUMP DJS [UK] Friday January 27, Brown Alley PRINS THOMAS [NOR] Friday January 27, Mercat Basement NADASTROM [USA] Saturday January 28, TBA MISS KITTIN [FRA] Saturday January 28, Pretty Please BIG DAY OUT: ROYKSOPP [NOR], GIRL TALK [USA], OFWGKTA [USA] + MORE Sunday January 29, Flemington Racecourse DAS RACIST [USA] Monday January 30, The Corner Hotel KANYE WEST [USA] Tuesday January 31, Sidney Myer Music Bowl GIRL TALK [USA] Tuesday January 31, The Palace OFWGKTA [USA] Wednesday February 1, The Hi-Fi ROYKSOPP [NOR] Thursday February 2, The Palace JOHN TALABOT [ESP] Saturday February 4, Mercat Basement ROGERSEVENTYTWO [NED] Saturday February 4, Brown Alley HUNEE [GER] Friday February 10, Mercat Basement SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER [IRL] Friday February 10, Buffalo Club JOHN DIGWEED [UK] Friday February 10, Billboard RONSKI SPEED [GER] Friday February 10, Prince Bandroom DELTA HEAVY [UK] Saturday February 11, Miss Libertine BUTCH [GER] Sunday February 12, Revolver INFECTED MUSHROOM [ISR] Friday February 17, Palace Theatre DJ QBERT [USA] Friday February 17, Brown Alley ERYKAH BADU [USA] Wednesday February 22, The Palais GAPPY RANKS [UK] Friday February 24, Laundry SOUL II SOUL [UK] Friday February 24, Trak Lounge Bar THE ORB [UK], BOMB THE BASS [UK] Friday February 24, Roxanne Parlour HUDSON MOHAWKE [UK], RUSTIE [UK], BALAM ACAB [USA] Friday February 24, Roxanne Parlour NEW ORDER [UK] Thursday March 1, Festival Hall STEVE BUG [GER] Friday March 2, Brown Alley PLAYGROUND WEEKENDER: THE ORB [UK], BONOBO [UK], UNKLE [UK] + MORE Friday March 2 – 4, Del Rio Riverside Resort, Wisemans Ferry LEE BURRIDGE [UK] Friday March 2, TBA JESSIE J [UK], PROFESSOR GREEN [UK] Wednesday March 7, Festival Hall BONOBO [UK] Thursday March 8, Corner Hotel ROOTS MANUVA [UK] Saturday March 10, Prince Bandroom GOLDEN PLAINS: CHIC [USA], ROOTS MANUVA [UK] + MORE Saturday March 10 – 12, Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL: SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA [SWE], FATBOY SLIM [UK], PAUL VAN DYK [GER] Sunday March 11, Flemington Racecourse RICK WILHITE [USA] Thursday April 5, Mercat Basement CREAMFIELDS: DAVID GUETTA [USA], ABOVE & BEYOND [UK] + MORE Saturday April 28, Melbourne Showgrounds


I’m On A Boat: KRS-One

Is it worth dropping $10k to visit The Gathering Of The Juggalos? Obviously not. But goddamn, imagine the kind of shit you would see. Do Juggalos or their female companions Juggalettes exist in Melbourne? I’ve got friends who claim to have spotted the facepainted creatures in the outer suburbs, but I’ve got my doubts. I might fund a Juggalo search party. Most likely not, though. Whoop whoop! Tyson Wray

Bwomp: QBert

We love ourselves some fresh parties here at 100%, and Bwomp! is no exception – the latest series of nights dedicated to pushing the most cutting-edge, futuristic sounds in hip hop and dance. Lineup number one sets what we think is a pretty excellent precedent for what’s to come, with acclaimed turntablist DJ QBert leading the charge. Winning the title of DMC World Champion no less than four times before being asked to judge it instead of participating, QBert is a magician on the decks – often referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of turntables, with an undeniable talent for reappropriating all manner of musical sources into something fresh and exciting, he is also credited with being the man to invent the first musical annotation system for scratching. He’ll be bringing his mad skills down to Melbourne alongside K-Lab and Sticky Buds to Brown Alley on Friday February 17.

Infected Mushroom: Freaky Fungi

Last sighted at Stereosonic 2010, Israeli trance duo Infected Mushroom have an impressive track record. Looks like this is the summer to be a trance fan with fellow Israelis Kyau and Albert on their way as well as the ridiculous lineup that Creamfields has at the ready, and a just-announced tour of Australia from Infected Mushroom set to go down next month. With a new album in the works, the boys will be giving you a taste of their old school vicious, delicious sounds alongside previews of their newer stuff in a truly epic set that sees them both rocking out their regular live set as well as taking to the CDJs for a seriously eardrumpounding session. Supported by Ben Evans, Terrafractyl and Ozzy, this is going to be one immense night. Catch Infected Mushroom at The Palace Theatre on Friday February 17.

Boogie: Bug At Brown Alley

Rainbow Serpent: Final Touches

Less than two weeks to go until the magic that is Rainbow Serpent Festival is unleashed across the Australia Day weekend – who’s excited? And with a lineup that already boasts the likes of Henry Saiz, Ott, and Ill.Gates among others, we were pretty damn excited to check it out. The hardworking crew behind the annual festivities are still busy adding the final touches to what promises to be one of the most incredible weekends in the year, with the final run of acts just announced including Swedish master of techno, acid breaks and everything-in-between Petter taking a break from his hectic touring schedule to play a magical set along with Kanye West’s violinist Laura Escudé showing off her talents as an acclaimed violinist, composer, sound designer and music technologist. This is going to one magical weekend – Rainbow Serpent takes place from Friday January 27 near Lexton (Western Victoria).

Jessie J Support: At Our Convenience

Fiery English singer-songwriter Jessie J is on her way, both for Future Music Festival and a series of sideshows to follow – and now we’re especially keen with news that she’ll have fellow Brit and Future Music act Professor Green in tow. The Hackney wild child’s debut album Alive ‘til I’m Dead was a surefire chart-stormer, featuring appearances from the likes of Lily Allen, Example, and The Streets, and last year’s follow-up effort At Your Inconvenience was a similar success – championed on mainstream radio by the likes of Zane Lowe in England, before rapidly finding its way into the international consciousness. Nice! Jessie J and Professor Green play Festival Hall on Wednesday March 7.

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Steve Bug will be bringing his deliciously deep techhouse sounds down to Australia soon, it seems. With releases that date all the way back to 1993 and a DJing career that goes back even further, it would be fair to say hat Steve Bug is one of the scene’s elders, with a refined, disciplined approach to production and an instinct for sophisticated sounds that guaranteed the enduring success of his label Poker Flat Recordings and his approach to mixing. We love it. Steve Bug hits Brown Alley on Friday March 2.

DJ Profile: D.Trak

What was the first ever tune you bought? It was a mix cassette hit machine or something like that. What’s the most played tune in ya’ box? It’s dead even with Wippenberg - Pong and Alex Bartlet – Amnesia. Which toy or game best describes you and why? Monopoly as I like to live my life at the roll of the dice. What’s the biggest myth about DJs? That to be a DJ all you need is some CDJs a mixer and CDs. It takes many years to become even a good DJ and a lot of dedication. What do you dislike the most about DJing? Requests to play R&B! ...and like the most? The vibe when you get a entire set perfect. When and where was your first gig? My first nightclub gig was actually an event I ran at Eurotrash. Your ultimate DJing gig would be? Opening for Tiesto or Armin. Favourite DJs and influences? Wippenberg, Tiesto, Liam Melly, Stuart Miller and Orlese. In your opinion, what is the worst dance track ever produced and why? There are way too many tracks for me to choose from. I’m very picky with my music so the list may go on and on. Two years from now, where do you wanna be? Playing internationally although I almost achieved this goal last year when I broke my leg. I also aim to have the tracks I have been producing to be signed to a record label. What’s your favourite saying? We are what we play. We play who we are. Upcoming gigs: Trancemosphere at The Royal Melbourne Hotel on Friday January 20.

Free Shit: Heatwave

Butch: Revolving Around The Sun



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

No Blue Mondays: New Order Sideshow

There were more than a few jaws hitting the floor when UK icons New Order were announced on the freaking huge Future Music Festival lineup, and now fans have another chance to catch the legendary synth-purveyors in a live setting. Following on from original bassist Peter Hook’s messy departure from the group, founding members Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris have been touring triumphantly under the New Order banner, with their defining legacy holding up as relevant as ever. New Order perform at Festival Hall on Thursday March 1.

CitiBeatz Entertainment is back for 2012. The highly anticipated Australia Day CitiBeatz Boat Cruise is a day out for old school R&B and hip hop lovers with headline DJs such as Bobby Love, DJ SANii, Ryan Katzen, DJ Alex J and others. And afterwards, if you aren’t tired, kick on to LQ’s re-launch party with DJ Wacho, DJ George and DJ A-Gee Ortiz for free with your CitiBeatz Boat Cruise all for love ticket. The cruise sets sail on Saturday January 28 from 7.30pm.

After a series of serious-business nights of partying in 2011, Summer Series is back for another round, with familiar participant in shenanigans Revolver in tow. The much-respected experimental house and techno artist spent his early days as a graffiti artist before breaking both of his arms in an attempt to paint a train and decided to make his way into the music industry instead. Never been one to stick with the mainstream, his work has always had a distinctive and unique feel to it – as founder of Bouq Records, a remixer whose talents have been recruited by everyone from Hot Chip and Carl Cox, as well as his own production credentials, which include last year’s stellar effort Eyes Wide Open…not to mention the last time he was down at Revolver – good times. Butch is back, and you can catch him at Revolver on Sunday February 12.

Australia’s hot new national hip hop festival, both in name and lineup, is almost here. 2012 sees Heatwave Festival turn national, and headlining this year’s festival will be Kid Cudi, joined by Tech N9ne, D12, Obie Trice, Chamillionaire and for something left of centre, CrazyTown. Local acts include W’ Mastacraft, DJ JFunk, DJ Kayzm MidNight Militia and more. Heatwave passes through Melbourne at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Sunday January 22. We’ve got a few double passes to give away.

rnb superclub 10th Anniversary The popular rnb superclub series is approaching its 10 year anniversary and the team behind it are celebrating by releasing a triple CD compilation packed with some ballin’ club hits from the past decade featuring some of the world’s leading R&B stars. Mixed by DJs Def Rok, G-Wizard, Kevin Watts, Lilo and Troy T along with special guest hypeman MC Jayson, the compilation features artists LMFAO, Flo Rida, Chris Brown and Rihanna and many more (this compilation is huuuuge). We’ve got a bunch of copies to give away alongside tickets to the launch party. Clickity-clack onto to win.


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“I always work alone for production – I’m too weird and random for others to put up with, I think. I really don’t understand this thing of getting someone else to ‘engineer’ tracks for you.”

CALLING: THE SERPENT Just how significant is Beatport in the scheme of electronic music? Pretty life-changing, actually, according to DJ/producer James Harcourt, who’s experienced its impact first-hand. Reflecting back on the mass success of his 2008 Call And Response EP, which happened to be one of the biggest-selling releases on Beatport at the time, Harcourt claims the

website has changed the game completely. “Honestly, I feel that once a track has made it into the Beatport Top 10, and if it is strong, then it will continue to sell big. I think a lot of tracks don’t make that Top 10, but if you put them there for just one day, they will stay there for an entire month! Call And Response was the headline track of the EP and was really polished, but






it is far from my favourite track of mine – although it would make it onto a ‘best of’ compilation of mine, if I were to ever do one. The popularity of it was great because previous tracks had been making a lot of waves with big name DJs not but really selling so much, yet getting on CD compilations – so it was nice to finally get noticed more widely. Call And Response was influenced by the emerging progressive techno sound of the time – and it just flowed when I made it. The sound was very current and exciting at the time and it had a lot of impact in the clubs, particularly the slightly bigger arenas. But to be honest, the second track from the EP, The Trinity, was actually my favourite one but I rushed this out a bit when I could have toned down parts to make a less noisy version which would have made more waves on the techno scene.” While Harcourt still plans to do this in the near future – claiming the track causes “serious damage” in techno clubs when used properly – he is just as proud of his more recent efforts such as the new single A Beautiful Surprise and the remix Bells And Whistles. “Well, just prior to the New Year, I released my single A Beautiful Surprise, and that has been doing pretty well. It actually hit number two on DJ Download on Christmas Day, so that was nice. Also, I released a remix of Canadian techno duo Aerodroemme who I just signed to my label [Twisted Frequency Recordings]. This is one of my favourite remixes that I have done, it’s called Bells And Whistles and that just got released. Prior to that, I made my EP Dankeshoen/Bitteschoen quite early in 2011 and I tested the tracks on my Canadian tour last April. Dankeshoen was the headline track and that took about a day to get the groove and sounds right – and a few hours here and there over the course of a week to arrange it properly. The second track Bitteschoen took longer. Dankeshoen started off as a bouncy groove with a large, round bassline and a carefully carved Moog patch. Once all the components are right, quite often the arrangement tends to suggest itself.” Although a self-confessed ‘lone wolf’ when it comes to his approach in the studio, Harcourt reveals that lately he’s been considering collaborating with vocalists. It’s an experiment he is ever so excited to try out in the New Year. “I always work alone for production – I’m too weird and random for others to put up with, I think. I really don’t understand this thing of getting someone else to ‘engineer’ tracks for you, I believe it has to be personal – and that means doing it yourself. I find the presence of other people in the studio environment can interfere with the kind of process needed to get inspired. I’ve always done my own production. Between 2005 and 2006 I used a guy I knew to mix down and master the tracks, but no creative input. I started to do the mix down myself from late 2007 and now only the mastering is done externally – mostly because it’s better to have fresh ears on that job, plus my monitoring speakers and room aren’t really very good for mastering.” While Harcourt isn’t keen to reveal any vocalist names with whom he plans to record this year, he does claim that the new tracks will see him taking a bit of a trip in time circa 1996-1998 when he first felt the impact of techno, trance and house. “I would love to work with a really strong vocalist right

now and it’s something I plan to do in 2012. I have someone in mind, but I won’t reveal them just now. Influences on my dance work are almost too numerous to mention – but subconsciously a lot of the first techno, trance, progressive and house tracks I heard from midto-late ‘90s still have an impact on me because I was so dramatically affected when I first discovered this music around that time. My life was a bit of a mess back then and I didn’t really have much direction, but the music and clubbing from those years and those summers changed me forever. I was also entirely selftaught in production, which is why it took me so long to get things right. I would have really benefitted from spending time with some other producers, I think, but as I said, I wasn’t so focused in those days and I spent a lot of time in the kind of state where sensible thinking wasn’t really happening…” These days, Harcourt is a father of two and takes his music career very seriously, indeed. And while his influences remain the same, he claims he’s been taking a bit of a different direction lately. “Well, there has always been a common theme of tech in my productions and sets – it started quite progressive and there have been moments infused with minimal, techno, house and electro along the way. But I think there is a common vibe. Recently I have been toning down the basslines in my productions and doing more sophisticated percussive lines and grooves and this has been really working in the underground parties I’ve been playing. I’ve been leaning a bit towards organic sounds but just in the last month I’ve been reaching for my Moog and Nord synths and getting more into the electronic sounds again.” Well, that’s just a short description of what you get with Harcourt for those unfamiliar with his tracks, but we’re about to find out a lot more about this UK DJ when he makes his first visit to Australia this month. “From my hard-partying days and UK DJ gigs, I know that the Aussies – or certainly the Aussies in the UK clubs – are great party people! If they’re all like that over there, it’s obviously happy days! Productionwise, I have always been a fan of Infusion and Jamie Stevens – and from my baptism of clubbing, Anthony Pappa I think qualifies as an Aussie, though I think he lived in London mostly. Of course, there are other progressive stalwarts such as the Quench/Vapour guy Kasey Taylor who has made a massive contribution to the progressive scene worldwide. But no, I’ve never been to Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands before. I’ve had a few sporadic offers and in 2009 there was a tour offer which didn’t happen in the end. Most of my activity has been in Europe and India, with a few visits to the U.S. and Canada, so I’m really excited going into 2012.” Birdie James Harcourt [UK] plays alongside DJ Koze [GER], Henry Saiz [SPA], Beckers [GER] and more at Rainbow Serpent Festival which takes place near Lexton, Western Victoria from Friday January 27 – Monday January 30.

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WEDNESDAY18TH COQ ROQ Rocking Wednesdays at Lucky Coq are rotating DJs Lady Noir, Agent 86, Kiti, Mr Thom, Joybot and guests giving you nothing but the best new wave, punk, brit pop, bong rap and hair metal. Coq Roq takes place every Wednesday from 8pm with free pool downstairs from 9pm as well as drink specials. Roq out! Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor

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

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

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


CONGA-LIPZ-OH! Summer never came but that don’t mean you can’t stay hot! With Conga-Lipz-Oh! This week the likes of Ms Butt and Lewis CanCut will be Saturating you with the hottest sounds straight out of Africa and Latin America. From afrobeat and kuduro to baile funk and reggaeton. This night is packed with tropical beats for all you tropical freaks. The Workshop. Lvl 1 413 Elizabeth Street, CBD.

THURSDAY14TH BIMBO THURSDAYS Sailing sax, veracious vocals and beats for bonking, sound familiar? Tigerfunk brings with him his full band of travelling gypsies, hipsters and middle class executives,

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




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

FUNHOUSE Melbourne’s hottest Thursday night Funhouse at Co.! Playing all of your favourite Top 40 tunes from the 1990’s and 2000’s featuring DJ Finlo White and MC Kitty Kat. Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

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





So like, we get it. And we’ve shuffled around our weekly Friday party here at Guerns basically trying to institutionalize the fact that people just love pulling the old arriving fashionably late trick; at least the people generally pulling on something that is. Door entry now applies from when the clock strikes midnight (hint hint rock up before?). New Guernica, 322 Little Collins St, Level 2, Melbourne CBD


WEDNESDAYS AT CO. Melbourne’s biggest mid-week party! Premier DJ Petar Tolich spins all your favourite 80s & 90s anthems plus a special live set from Australia’s biggest 80s tribute band Stand & Deliver. Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

What a way to start your weekend! Guest DJs every second week! DJ Big Mack and DJ John K get things happening from 8pm, with tunes from here, there and everywhere. Something old, something new, something funky, something cool! Happy hour from 4-7 with $5 wine, sparkling and pure blonde. Other great drink specials all night! Libation, 302 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

An erotic play party for open-minded individuals. NTI is a night of sophisticated, intelligent erotic play and sensual freedom. Resident DJ Lady J plays deep house. Abode, Cnr, St Kilda Rd & Martin St, St Kilda

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

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

Don’t miss Phil Ross bringing an electric style and big house sounds to the dance floor. Whether its belting out fist pumping anthems to a massive crowd or bringing the house vibe to a room full of rockstars, you can count on him getting the job done. Fusion, Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

SATURDAY16TH BOOTAY DJs on the night will be Mike Hunt and C:1 playing all your favourite ghetto tech, booty house, juke, crunk, hip hop, Miami bass and everything in-between. Entry is FREE, so get down early it’s going to be a big one! The Workshop, Lvl 1 413 Elizabeth Street, CBD,


Re-Re-Wind and the crowd say Bo-Selecta! Guest DJs Duchesz, Billy Hoyle and Genetix hit rewind this Friday night only to pause on all your old skool ‘80s & ‘90s R&B and funk favourites! Doors open 10pm! Free entry and $5 basics before midnight! First Floor, 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Resident DJs Matty G, Dean T & Kitty Kat bringing you all your biggest anthems & club classics all night long. Co., Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

Loaded Dice Productions presents Heavyweight Soundz featuring Andy C + MC GQ, Camo & Krooked and Fierce. This national tour will showcase three heavy hitting acts each with their unique style of drum and bass. Prince Bandroom, 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

ANYTIME 5 years deep and we’ve been all been through a lot. Old faces have come and gone, but the shining beacon of pale blue light still flickers on. Residents, Joe “4 Pint” Seven & Sean “Rothchild” Deans tip one to the curb and play some damn good music for the Workshop people. Disco to Dubstep, hip hop to house, electro and everything. Just that good stuff. Special guests on regular rotation. 8pm until 2am. Free entry. Anytime! Indeed. The Workshop. Lvl 1 413 Elizabeth Street, CBD.

CANT SAY Gloves ‘The Synth Shaman’, bike slut and occasional tennis enthusiast better known to some of us as Yama Indra, holds a list of dance-til-you-drop-dead accolades that would make any “been-there-done-that” globetrotting journo with a chip on their shoulder envious. In recent times you might have heard him holding down the November residency on Triple J or seen him bouncing around the club scene or some of the most exclusive parties the country has to offer. And now he is making a one night stop over at Cant Say. Miss Libertine, 34 Franklin St, Melbourne CBD

EUROTRASH HOUSE PARTY Put your hands in the air with some of Melbourne’s best party DJs, including 1928, Supreme, Tranter and more. Eurotrash Bar, 18 Corrs Lane, Off Chinatown, Melbourne CBD

FIRST FLOOR SATURDAYS House, electro, dub, anthems, funk, disco and retro. Saturday night guest DJs Genetix, Ooh EE and Moonshine will make the bass line nice and deep for all you freaks with disco beats First Floor, 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

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

MOTEL SATURDAYS The newly renovated Motel is fronted by well-known A-list entertainer, Paul Laver on Saturday nights. Being a prominent figure in the city’s nightlife Paulie is shaping this venue to be the hotspot for a top quality party atmosphere usually found in exclusive international social scenes. The Motel, 172 York St, South Melbourne


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Friday. Not only a horrible song by a manufactured poptart by the name of Rebecca Black, but a gateway to fun and good times that we know as the weekend. So if you want to forget the 9 to 5, forget the grind, let loose and shake thy rump, it’s time to get Juicy at Bimbo Deluxe! With one of the juiciest DJ lineups Melbourne has ever seen dropping all killer no filler ever Friday night, if you want to party and throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care, we got you covered. Agent 86, DJ Flagrant, M Phazes, Jesse I, Mike Hunt, Tom Booze, Tom Showtime, Ayna, Kuya, Japeye and guests from 8pm. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy


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

SECRET ROOM Enter the sophisticated world of alternative underground culture. The Secret Room. The space you can’t explain, you can only experience. Indulge your body, mind and ears to sexy dirty progressive tech and deep bass by Jon Montes & Syme Tollens. Abode, Cnr St Kilda Rd & Martin St, St Kilda

STAR SATURDAYS Star Saturdays - smashing it every Saturday! 3 Rooms and 20 of your favourite DJs. Top 40 Dance, House, Electro, Tech House & Progressive & R&B. Phil Ross, Scotty Erdos, DJ Ontime, LC, Nick James, Dane Gains, Ryan Hamill, Deja, Phil Isa, Nixon, Azza M, Scotty Nix, DJ Ryza, C Dubb, Alex-J, G-Funk, Dylisco, Achos, Az, Shaggz & guests. Star Bar, 160 Clarendon St, South Melbourne

SWEAT If hip hop, funk, bootlegs and beats are your thing, then weekly jumpoff Sweat Saturdays is your spot! Bringing you Melbourne’s best DJs week in week out, residents include Flagrant, Kuya, Agent 86, Eddie Mac, PQM and Huw Joseph plus guests spots from the likes of M Phazes, DJ Who, Jase, Mr Moonshine and more. Believe the hype: there is a reason why this little night has such a big reputation! hip hop, funk, nusoul, dub, disco, bootlegs and beats every week from 9pm til 3am. George Basement, 127-129 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

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





The unemployment rates about to increase because no one’s making it to work Mondays after smashing our Saturday evenings here at New Guernica; it’s that good. A flow of Melbourne’s truly finest such as Tom Pollard, Cheapdate, and the promising youngster, Simon TK reside in our Brothers Grimm inspired hall whilst a culinary introduction class on the art of twisted fun in our backroom kitchenette is served up by Mike Hunt. You’ll have such a good night you’ll finally have a legitimate reason to pull your iphone out of your handbag and update your, “status”. Conductors On Rotation, Tom Pollard, Cheapdate, Simon TK, Mike Hunt, Kate Miller and guests. New Guernica, 322 Little Collins St, Level 2, Melbourne CBD

SUNDAY17TH LA FIESTA La Fiesta at the Workshop presents some of Melbourne’s finest DJs. Manchild, Ennio Styles, Chris Gill and Jumps will be reaching deep into their crates bringing the best of afro, Latin, tropical and funk rhythms. The Workshop, Lvl 1 413 Elizabeth Street, CBD

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

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

REVOLVER SUNDAYS Revolver’s all day electric disco party is one of the world’s most unique clubbing experiences - tight like family, welcoming like long lost friends and moved by a ceaselessly throbbing beat provided by five of Melbourne’s best DJs: Boogs, Spacey Space, T-Rek, Radiator and Silversix. Revolver Upstairs, 229 Chapel St, Prahran

MONDAY18TH IBIMBO Have you always wanted to be a DJ but been cruelly cursed with tone deafness and a general inability to version excursion? Well Bimbo Deluxe saves the day once again.. All you need is an iPhone and you’re set. Just download the free ‘remote’ application from the app store, log into the Bimbo DJ wireless network and you choose which song plays next. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

TUESDAY19TH BIMBO TUESDAYS Bimbo Tuesday’s have long been the discerning DJs midweek breath of fresh air. An opportunity to indulge in, and to each parade their individual takes on music. A night where by the weird and wonderful is not frowned upon but rather celebrated. Resident selectors Matt Radovich, Andras Fox and Henry Who draw from a colourful array of sounds that warm your midweek blues. From 8pm, free. Bimbo Deluxe, 376 Brunswick St (Cnr Rose St), Fitzroy

COSMIC PIZZA NHJ & friends host every Tuesday night upstairs at Lucky Coq. Playing uneasy listening, freaked out bass jams, romantic comedy disco, tropi-jazz, soundtracks and shit you won’t hear on the other nights. 8pm-3am. Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel St, Windsor



BASSNECTAR VIOLATION: CONDUCTING THE CHAOS You know you’re a true party animal when the rave you throw along with your mates racks up more than $100,000 in fines for violating noise and city ordinances. Bassnectar – the alias of dubstep and electronica producer Lorin Ashton – has, sadly, experienced this. To be fair, though, if you’ve ever been subjected to the Bassnectar live experience, you’d probably agree it was worth it, as did the thousands of punters and fellow producers and DJs in attendance who all contributed financially to Ashton to try and ease the pain of a city council trying to ruin the party. And if you haven’t? Well, luckily enough for you, Ashton will be bringing the Basshunter experience down to Melbourne over the Australia Day weekend – and has the advantage of being entirely legal, too. We managed to catch the elusive man for a brief interview to get caught up on his dealings over the past few years and figure out what it is we should be expecting when he’s down. Ashton’s musical beginnings lie in his teenage years spent listening to a colourful spectrum of music, which has certainly shaped the way in which he creates music today, as he explains. “I was obsessed with black metal and death metal back in the early ‘90s, and of course early rave music, and all the subsequent micro-genres of techno, electro, trip hop, jungle, and so on,” he lists. “I think every human is a reflection of their influences, so of course there is a very heavy, thick, fierceness to my sound which was affected by death metal, gangster rap, and punk rock.” These influences are some of the things that characterise his musical output – not dissimilar to the crossover success of other artists with similar backgrounds to him, such as Pendulum or Skrillex, and I ask him for his thoughts on the influence of rock and metal creeping into dubstep and EDM. “I don’t think it is anything new,” he points out. “I remember when I was obsessed with psychedelic trance back in 1997 and all the producers had a background in metal or industrial. It’s the same thing with the early drum and bass scene. Those two are great examples of top-notch producers with a background in heavier forms of rock and metal.” I’m curious as to whether this attempt to push his take on dance music into less traditional territory is a deliberate exercise in pushing boundaries in order to keep his music sounding as fresh and engaging as it does, or just a natural evolution, and Ashton points to both. “I experiment, of course, but really I just like to let go and allow the sickest, grooviest, most emotionally honest sound emerge,” he says. “The word ‘experimentation’ implies some specific intention, and I prefer a more freestyle approach than just experimenting. But yes, you hit the nail on the head. The goal is to create something wild in terms of style, tempo, everything. That’s a great summary.” And with the extensive back catalogue of releases to his name, including almost an album per year since 2001 all snapped up readily by fellow DJs and clubbers, the ease with which Ashton manages to push out releases with such a consistent level of quality is one many would envy. “I am consumed with a need to reflect creativity and productivity, it is just a natural impulse. I work nonstop, 24-7. I also work with a lot of other people (including a full-time dedicated studio in California and tons of collaborators) because I see all aspects of my life as a team effort. It is more fun that way.” Asked about other artists within the scene he admires, his answer is unsurprising given the little free time he has. “I am pretty buried in Bassnectar, so I don’t get to explore other shows much,” he says apologetically. “Musically, I like bits of everything, but what really drives me wild is blending things together; mixing up scenes, mixing up sounds, mixing up styles. That seems to be how new ideas emerge: refining what exists and blending it with other things.” Not only notorious for his work as a producer, his track record as curator of various music festivals, including the huge Bass Centre in North Carolina, is similarly gleaming – previous rosters have included the likes of Dan Deacon, Brother Ali Ott, Nosaj Thing and more. Ashton describes it as another project he finds extreme amounts of satisfaction from working on. “It is less about the lineup or the lights and lasers, and more about a big group experiment,” he replies. “That’s really my favourite part of this whole thing: bringing people together, and stimulating their nervous systems. Letting everyone kind of merge into one massive, churning mega-organism.” I’m curious as to what extent his work behind the scenes to curate events like those differs to his work as a producer or DJ, and he explains them as being disparate, but similarly fulfilling tasks. “I am 100 percent addicted to both, and they are very different jobs. One is event-creator, the other is music-creator. Then there is performer, and there is a bit of businessman in there too. But one of the most important jobs for me is giving back: making a positive social impact in the lives of other humans. Not out of political leanings, but just out of a fascination for human culture, and an unstoppable appreciation for how magical life really is.” Sounds like a nice kinda guy, right? It doesn’t stop there – a lesser-known fact about Bassnectar is his support of non-profit organisation Conscious Alliance, whose aim is to raise money for the distribution of muchneeded food to impoverished communities across the US with a focus on art and music-related events. “The whole Bassnectar team is dedicated to giving back – we all feel really lucky to be here. We collect $1 for every ticket sold (last year that was almost 250,000!) and let the fanbase decide how to spend it, on various charities or community organisations that promote strong communities, and healthier lives for individuals. Conscious Alliance is one of those organisations. So is Reachout, who started in Australia, actually!” Speaking of Australia, Ashton’s last excursion down here was alongside the likes of Digital Mystikz, State of Mind, Triage and Consequence – now that’s one seriously heavy-duty lineup. I ask whether he had fun the last time he was down here, and the enthusiasm of his response bodes well for the upcoming Melbourne gigs. “Hell yes! It was incredible,” he says. “What was really fun for me is that all the shows were sold out but the venues were small – like, you could touch the ceiling, and all the humans could not even fit inside the room. Impossibly hot, and totally off the hook.” I wrap up our interview by asking what he has planned for 2012, and he offers the very simple answer of: “vava voom.” Sounds promising, hey? Bassnectar [USA] plays the City of Lost Children alongside Dov [USA] and Zeds Dead [CAN] on Wednesday January 25 at The Hi-Fi. He also plays the Big Day Out alongside Kanye West [USA], Das Racist [USA], Nero [UK] and many more at Flemington Racecourse on Sunday January 29.



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Reinhard ‘Camo’ Rietsch and Markus ‘Krooked’ Wagner aren’t fans of growing moustaches. But, the rising Austrian drum and bass duo put their opinions aside for the creation of Make The Call featuring Bristol drum and bass producer and DJ Tom Casswell (TC) which was included on the Defected compilation Mo Grooves, released in conjunction with Movember last year. “We are not too big fans of moustaches and when you grow them in Austria where they don’t know about that tradition, you get nothing but some weird looks,” Rietsch says, having just woken up in his hometown Vienna. “But, we’ve been happy to help the charity with one of our tunes.” Since starting out back in 2007, Rietsch and Wagner have been hailed as “one of the biggest talents in drum and bass” by Grooverider and have smashed out dancefloor anthems Turn Up The Music, Climax and All Fall Down. They’ve released tracks on Breakbeat Kaos, AudioPorn, Viper Recordings, Renegade Hardware and more as well as releasing their 2010 debut record Above & Beyond and taking out Best Newcomer DJ at the 2010 Drum & Bass Arena Awards. “We met at a party in Krooked’s hometown on New Year’s Eve ‘06/’07 and came into talk about production and found out we are using both the same setups which made it easy to work together and share the experience and knowledge we had so far,” Rietsch says. “So we decided to make a tune together which ended up getting signed and been played on BBC Radio1. We always have a lot of fun producing together so we kept making tunes until we decided to stop our solo careers and proceed as Camo & Krooked only.” The duo were then signed to Hospital Records in late 2010, joining the likes of London Elektricity, High Contrast, Netsky and other respected drum and bass artists on the label. “What we like most about working with Hospital is that they are leaving us all the freedom in our creative writing process, they don’t really tell us what to do, it’s all coming from us,” he says. “The Hospital crew feels like a second family, it’s a very good working atmosphere. And beside that, the Hospitality parties are just the best parties around; [we] love to play a lot of them. Tony [Coleman, CEO of Hospital Records] is a really nice guy as well and we are always happy to have meeting with them and talk about the next steps we will take.” Since been signed to Hospital, the lads have played countless festivals and released their sophomore record Cross The Line which took out the Best EP/Album at the 2011 Drum & Bass Arena Awards. “Last summer was our first intense festival summer and all of them [shows] have been amazing, loving the vibes and the 100 percent motivated crowds,” Rietsch exclaims. “There have been too much and too long crazy stories!” Aside from taking out the Best EP/Album at the Drum & Bass Arena Awards and Best Video for their game show themed clip for Breeze Block, the pair took out Best Producer as well and Rietsch says it was massive honour to receive the award. “That’s the most important category and we have been nominated with the likes of Noisia, Netsky and more,” he says. “The event was really nice, the whole drum and bass scene came

Toronto-based duo Zeds Dead – made up of the high energy duo DC and Hooks – have been making beats together since 2004, but a massive year has seen their international profile skyrocket. Zeds Dead’s numerous productions have garnered millions of views on YouTube, topped the charts on Beatport, and earned them the support of the world’s top DJs, all in a very short time. “I think it was that wish I made when I lost that eyelash in ‘09,” Hooks says, when asked what the catalyst was for their phenomenal run. “Dropping out of school, quitting my job and putting everything I had into it,” DC adds. The boys might love a joke, but music is one thing they take very seriously. Formerly producing as the hip hop influenced Mass Productions, the boys did an about-turn and launched Zeds Dead in 2009, a dubstep hybrid that Kissy Sellout has called “the future of genres...Flipping genius.” While DC and Hooks don’t believe there was any catalyst for the genre jump and name change in 2009, a gig did change their perception of what dubstep could be. “I remember when I saw Stenchman play a show, and it was the first time I realised that dubstep could be party music,” DC says. “He had the place going crazy! Before then I thought it was more just to chill and burn one to.” Zeds Dead played their first live set at The Social in Toronto on June 11, 2009. In September 2010, they launched a weekly party called Bassmentality – alongside The Killabits – which is renowned for hosting top international talents such as Nero, Skrillex, Borgore and Plastician as well as weekly performances from Zeds Dead and The Killabits. Despite an increasingly hectic touring schedule, the boys still have time to involve themselves with the popular club night. “We just played our party for the first time in maybe half a year and it was amazing! That rowdy atmosphere hasn’t changed at all,” Hooks says. “I Love Bassmentality, it will always feel like home for me,” adds DC. “It is hard to stay really involved with the party while on the road but we always have an eye on it in some way or another.” In November 2010, Kissy Sellout’s taste-making label, San City High, released the duo’s first official single, Rudeboy, which included vocals from Omar LinX, a Toronto-based rapper who has worked on several of Zeds Dead’s releases and has been working on an EP with the duo. Zeds Dead have been working simultaneously on Adrenaline, a heavily dubstep-oriented EP, as well as a free mixtape and EP featuring Omar. “Yeah, Omar’s family. We’ve all been making music together for years,” says Hooks. “I’m really excited about the work we’re doing together right now,” says DC. “We’ve been in the studio pretty much 24/7 since we got back from our last tour and I think it will really show in the material we release over the next few months.” The guys don’t seem to have problems balancing their status as producers with the demands of touring. The Graveyard


together and every label had his own round table with a lot of drinks. It was a good community and between the award givings was always some entertainment on the stage for example by Ayah Marar, a really talented beat-boxer or a DJ afterwards.” The lads have been improving their live show since kicking it off last September and are currently working on a remix album of Cross The Line. “Our next project is the remix album called Between The Lines,” he says. “We are more than happy with it and it contains remixes by friends of ours in the scene as remixes we have done for our own tunes. We can’t wait until it gets released! “After that we will start working on our next album and make some more remixes and works for computer games or trailers…We have made some tunes for the soundtrack of SSX, Forza Motorsport 4 and a couple more games and [have] been included on the trailer for the forthcoming James Bond GoldenEye game.” Excited to be heading Down Under for Heavyweight Soundz alongside drum and bass legend Andy C, DJ Fierce and MC GQ, the lads anticipate spending Australia Day “on the beach having a barbeque.” “Our DJ set differs a lot from other DJ sets,” he says. “We always play out together. So we can use the magic of four hands on three or sometimes even four CDJs. We try to squeeze in as many tunes as possible without sounding too busy. “We spend a lot of time trying to find the right mixes in the studio. We are bringing a lot of unreleased material with us, the whole remix album and a couple more forthcoming bits. We can’t wait to come to Australia as it’s winter here and summer there, have to catch up some sun…can’t wait for the party, we have looked up videos about it and it looks sick!” Annabel Maclean Camo & Krooked [AUT] play alongside Andy C [UK], MC GQ [UK] and more at the Prince Bandroom on Friday January 20.


Tour, which launched September 2011, boasted over 70 dates throughout Canada and the US. “Making music for us is not an option but a necessity. We’ll find a way wherever we are, be it on a plane, hotel, whatever,” comments Hooks. “I fiend for it like a crack pipe.” DC is quick to agree. Their first Australian tour as Zeds Dead is impending, and the lads are excited for the visit. “I’m looking forward to the shows and the weather,” says Hooks. “The 24 hour flight there, not so much.” He also comments that the worst thing about touring is the travel and the lack of sleep, but that the euphoric felling of losing himself on stage is incomparable. Punters should prepare themselves for some crazy, bassy, sweaty fun. “One time I told the tech guy I needed a power bar or I couldn’t play (for plugging in my computer) and ten minutes later he came running in with a bag of power bars from the grocery store (the food kind),” Hooks laughs. “[Another time] two guys got into a brawl in front the DJ booth, pulled out the audio cables and got tossed out of the club with the cables wrapped around their arms,” he says. When asked where they would like Zeds Dead to be this time next year, it’s clear that these guys aren’t the types to stagnate. “I would like to see us do a cool film score like Drive,” says Hooks. “Yeah, “agrees DC. “I definitely see us producing music for all types of people and projects. Whether it is an awesome singer or a video game, I’m down for whatever.” Reuben Adams Zeds Dead [CAN] play the City Of Lost Children alongside Bassnectar [USA] and DOV [USA] at The HiFi on Wednesday January 25.

















WEDNESDAY18TH COMPRESSION SESSION Reggae at E55 every Wednesday night. Resident selectors play strictly vinyl. Free entry. 8pm. E55, 55 Elizabeth St, Melbourne CBD

THURSDAY19TH RHYTHM-AL-ISM Start the weekend early with Fusion’s Resident DJs. Music for your funkin’ soul. Special guests every week! Fusion, Crown Entertainment Complex, Lvl 3, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank


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

LIKE FRIDAYS Like Fridays at La Di Da serves up RnB and Electro House across two rooms giving you a fun filled end to your week. DJs Dinesh, Dir-X, Sef, NYD, Shaun D, Shaggz, Broz and more. 10pm-5am La Di Da, 577 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

UPCOMING RNB SUPERCLUB 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY & LAUNCH PARTY The massive 10 Year Anniversary and CD Launch party takes place on Australia Day Eve, featuring Marvin Priest, DJ G Wizard, MC Jayson and many more. Wednesday January 25, Level 3 Crown Entertainment Complex, Melbourne CBD



Enigmatic, straight-talking 360 is taking his contentious live show to the masses come February and March 2012 on the back of his addictive new single Boys Like You. And not a moment too soon. The Boys Like You Tour picks up where the sold out national Falling & Flying album tour left off, boasting twelve big shows to give fans another tasty dose of the pumped up 360 party. Six’s crew will join him in these live conquests and wingman Mat Cant will control the vibe as Six mans the mic with his trademark authority. And there is no telling which other guests might venture onto Six’s stage. 360 has changed the game and you can expect the 360 army to mobilise once more and help Six deliver something monumental on his Boys Like You Tour. Friday February 10, Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully Saturday February 11, Chelsea Heights Hotel, Chelsea Saturday March 10, Corner Hotel, Melbourne

DJ Marcus Knight and DJ Xander James spin Hip Hop, R&B and House tunes all night from 8pm. Free entry and early drink specials. Temperance Hotel, 426 Chapel St, South Yarra

SATURDAY21ST KHOKOLAT KOATED All new experience, same great location with a fresh koat of Khokolat. Restless Entertainment reloads your favourite Saturday night party. Damion De Silva, K Dee, Jay Sin and weekly guests playing RnB & Ol’Skool sounds strictly for the urban elite. Khokolat Bar, Basement, 43 Hardware La, Melbourne


SUNDAY22ND GET WET SUNDAY SESSIONS Free entry every Sunday, 4pm til 10pm. Rotating DJs playing chillaxing down tempo beats plus happy hour & cheap cocktails. Word Lounge, 14 Goldie Place, Melbourne CBD

RASPECT RECORDS NIGHT Hold onto your hats, folks, the New Year is just getting started with the first fine offering from Raspect Records. Friday January 20 sees the Empress Hotel shake to the sounds of MoneyKat, New Dub City, Saki and Apex - this is going to be a night of hip hop meets dub styles with some of the best new talent Melbourne has to offer .With a very reasonable cover charge of $7 and some album giveaways, this is a night not to be missed! The Empress, 714 Nicholson St, Fitzroy North


One of the most controversial and prolific names in contemporary music, Kanye West has announced a Melbourne sideshow to follow his appearance at the 2012 Big Day Out. Victorian fans have been holding their breath for a headline visit from Mr. West. Following a one-off appearance at this year’s Splendour In The Grass. Tuesday January 31, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, 21 Linlithgow Avenue CBD

Australia’s hottest new national hip hop festival, both in nomenclature and lineup, is here. Heatwave began in South Australia last year with Xzibit headlining the debut event, and 2012 will bring Heatwave Festival national. Headlining this year’s festival will be Kid Cudi, joined by Tech N9ne, D12, Obie Trice, Chamillionaire and for something left of centre, CrazyTown. Local acts include W’ Mastacraft, DJ JFunk, DJ Kayzm MidNight Militia and more. Sunday January 22, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, 21 Linlithgow Avenue CBD

SOUL II SOUL Grammy Award winning pioneers Soul II Soul are returning to Australian shores in what will be only their second visit to Australia. Original members Jazzie B and Caron Wheeler will be performing their greatest hits in an exclusive show at Melbourne’s Trak Lounge Bar. Soul II Soul rose to fame with 1989’s worldwide chart-topping hit Back To Life (However Do You Want Me). In addition to their subsequent platinum albums, Jazzie B has since continued a legendary career as producer, DJ and remixer, working with the likes of James Brown, Public Enemy, Isaac Hayes, Nas and Destiny’s Child to name a few. In 2008, Jazzie B received an OBE from the Prince of Wales for services to music, which is okay I guess. Friday February 24, Trak Lounge Bar, 445 Toorak Rd, Toorak

DAS RACIST Das Racist is a hip hop group, formed in 2008 and based in Brooklyn, New York, comprised of Queensborn Himanshu Suri, San Francisco-born Victor Vazquez and hype man Ashok Kondabolu. Known for their use of humour, obscure references, and unconventional style, Das Racist has been both dismissed as joke rap and hailed as an urgent new voice in rap. Spin magazine picked Das Racist as one of 50 acts to watch at the 2010 SXSW festival, and in April 2010, MTV’s Iggy selected Das Racist as one of the “25 Best New Bands in the World”. Monday January 30, Corner Hotel, 57 Swan St, Richmond

ROOTS MANUVA After announcing that Golden Plains Sixxx will be witnessing the fitness, highly influential British rapper Roots Manuva will be bringing his proto-grime style to a Melbourne sideshow. Roots will be bringing his full live band for the Australian tour, and is set to perform landmark dubstep-preceding hits such as Witness (One Hope), as well as a serving of recent critically acclaimed material - much of which has yet to be performed in the live setting. Support on the night comes from Polo Club, Dizz1 and more. Saturday March 10, Prince Bandroom, 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

CUT CHEMIST He’s a founding member of the legendary west coast hip hop crew Jurassic 5 and the hugely successful world/Latin/beats posse Ozomatli. Cut Chemist also collaborated with DJ Shadow on two of the most in-demand remix CDs ever and is regarded by all as a virtuoso of decks, cuts and loops. Now the turntable extraordinaire brings his envelopepushing live show to Australia for his cut n’ scratch audio-visual blowout. This is Cut Chemist at the peak of his powers, a master craftsman, creating some of the wildest slabs of music you have ever heard using turntables, a mixer, a loop pedal and all original vinyl pressings. Accompanying Cut Chemist is a long-time visual collaborator, Tom Fitzgerald, the virtual founding father of LA’s Cinefamily and king of disintegrating digital video deconstructions; a guy who is able to manipulate, warp and destroy clips in ways like no other. Friday February 24, Corner Hotel, 57 Swan St, Richmond



SUPAFEST Australia’s biggest R&B festival is returning in 2012 with undoubtedly their biggest line up yet. After a gargantuan 2011 with Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Taio Cruz, Bow Wow and more, Supafest has once again raised the bar. Headlining the 2012 proceedings will be none other than Mr. P. Diddy, who will be joined on stage by the likes of Ice Cube, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Kelly Rowland and Lupe Fiasco. Saturday April 21, TBA



OBIE TRICE HUNGRY: RIDING THE HEATWAVE “Real name, no gimmicks,” he said in one of hip hop’s great opening salvos. With that, Obie Trice announced himself to the world. The fact that this introduction was being facilitated by a titan, in the form of Eminem, didn’t hurt either. Add to that the fact that his emergence on Shady Records coincided with the release of the blockbuster 8 Mile and the unleashing of 50 Cent. Whether that helped or hurt his cause in the fickle landscape of the music industry is up for debate. Bolstered by the megastar associations and featuring the catchy hits Got Some Teeth and The Set Up, 2003’s Cheers went gold on the Billboard chart in the US, debuting at number five. “I’m very family oriented,” Obie says from chilly Detroit as we talked holiday plans. “There’s a little something missing with the passing of my mother recently but we’re trying to stay in the spirit around here.” Some artists wait to get introspective; since Cheers Obie Trice has been an open book. On album cut Don’t Come Down he talked of his sometimes rocky relationship with his recently departed mother during formative days. For him, though, the sharing is part of who he is. “It’s something I don’t even really think about it. It just comes to me. If the music moves me in that direction I’m gonna express myself in that way. I don’t mind sharing that stuff with the public. I’m a sociable kind of guy anyway.” Obie’s penchant for mischief is clearly reflected in the liquor-soaked titles of his studio albums. Heading to Oz for the upcoming HeatWave Festival, he is part of what is becoming an increasingly loaded lineup of performers. The stage at Sidney Myer Music Bowl will be blazed by a brigade of hip hop luminaries, many of whom haven’t been here for some time. Obie Trice will be sharing the stage with Mr. Day N’ Nite himself Kid Cudi, along with indie hip hop god Tech N9ne, fellow Detroit natives and labelmates D12 and the king of Ridin’ Dirty, Chamillionaire. Also joining the party are CrazyTown, the hip hopinspired rockers behind the smash hit Butterfly. During the glory days of Shady, Obie made his first memorable visit to our shores. “They gave us this ritual thing at the hotel. The Aborigines did


this ritual dance where they kind of had spears, they were chucking the spears at our crew. It was real cool, I got my first taste of Australia.” Picturing Obie, D12, G-Unit and co. being greeted by spear-wielding Aboriginals is twisted comedy gold. Australia was also the site of another milestone for him. “I got a gold plaque [for the single Got Some Teeth], I went gold over there. I really enjoyed Australia.” Following what in hindsight is quite a landmark release in Cheers and its 2006 sequel, Second Round’s On Me, Obie took an apparent self-imposed exit from the spotlight. While it’s no longer heavily publicised, he actually has a bullet still lodged in his skull from a 2005 shooting incident. Obie’s name was brought back to prominence in 2009 with the release of Special Reserves, a collection of unreleased pre-Shady recordings. A city with rich musical history, you could think of no better breeding ground than Detroit. In the macho hip hop world it has become an emblem for both authenticity and lyrical skills. “Being in Detroit, being in the hip hop scene around the city, being able to be a local and then being able to take my talents international, that was a blessing for me.” After the success and hit singles it would be understandable if the kid lost his hunger, but not so for Obie. “I’ve calmed down a lot over the years. A lot of different things have changed for me personally and career-wise but I still have that determination to create music and a talent to create good music...great music, actually. It’s still there, I don’t think I’ll ever lose that.” Now his (still hungry) eyes are set on Bottoms Up, his third studio effort, led by the single Battle Cry. While he’s no longer with Shady, the album will still be released under the Universal Music umbrella, on his own Black Market Entertainment imprint. “I just turned the album in actually. It’s scheduled for release February 28.” In addition to the major backing Obie has kept ties with his heavyweight mentors. “I’ve got Dr. Dre doing production on the album; Eminem is doing production on the album and performing also. We’ve got a song together on the record.


I’ve got the late, great MC Breed on my album. Luckily before he passed we did a record together, I decided to keep that for the record.” He sounds equally passionate about his work with some newcomers. “I’ve also got a lot of up and coming producers that I’m working with like No Speakers, you’ll hear a lot about them in the future. It’s a real solid album; I’m proud of it. Being able to work with Dr. Dre and Eminem – it’s still family, even though I’m not on Shady anymore, it’s a great, great feeling.” While record label politics threaten to always intervene, the bond between Obie and his former label bosses is still tight. “Shady, Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, G-Unit, these guys will forever be friends of mine.” In addition to the lifelong relationships, the major deal has also afforded him the opportunity to start his own movement

independently, building on the name recognition he already established. “It’s definitely been an experience and a help also to have been on Shady and to get my music distributed internationally in stores on my own, that’s a great feeling.” It all comes full circle as ten years after signing with Shady he will be joined by D12 on the same stage at HeatWave. “I can’t wait to get there and touch the people and reach the people, it’s exciting to be able to come there, I can’t wait.” Andrew ‘Hazard’ Hickey Obie Trice [USA] plays alongside Kid Cudi [USA], D12 [USA] and more at the HeatWave Festival at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Sunday January 22.




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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

Revolt Elizabeth St, Kensington, 03 9376 2115

CQ 113 Queen St, Melb, 8601 2738

Revolver Upstairs 229 Chapel St, Prahran, 9521 5985

Croft Institute 21 Croft Alley, Melb, 9671 4399

Rochester Castle Hotel 202 Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9415 7555

Cruzao Arepa Bar 365 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 7871

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

Cushion 99 Fitzroy St, St.Kilda, 9534 7575

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

Damask 1/347 Burnswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 4578

Roxanne Parlour Lvl 3, 2 Coverlid Pl, Melb

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

Royal Derby 446 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9417 2321

Der Raum 438 Church St, Richmond, 9428 0055

Roal Melbourne Hotel 629 Bourke St, 9629 2400

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

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

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

Saint Hotel 54 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9593 8333

Double Happiness 21 Liverpool St, Melb, 9650 4488

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

E:55 55 Elizabeth St, Melb, 9620 3899

Scarlett Lounge 174 Burnley St, Richmond, 9428 0230

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

Seven Nightclub 52 Albert Rd, South Melb, 9690 7877

Edinburgh Castle 681 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Spensers Live 419 Spencer St, West Melb, 03 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

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

Evelyn 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 5500

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

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

Temperance Hotel 426 Chapel St, South Yarra, 9827 7401

Festival Hall 300 Dudley St, West Melbourne, 9329 9699

Thornbury Theatre 859 High St, Thornbury, 9484 9813

First Floor 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 6380

Tiki Lounge 327 Swan St, Richmond, 9428 4336

Forum Theatre 154 Flinders St, Melb, 9299 9800

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

The Fox Hotel 351 Wellington Street, Collingwood, 9416 4957

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

Fusion Lvl 3, Crown Complex, Southbank, 9292 5750

The Tote Hotel 67 Johnson St, Collingwood, 9419 5320

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

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

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

Trak Lounge 445 Toorak Rd, Toorak, 9826 9000

George Basement, 127 Fitzroy St, 9534 8822

Tramp 20 King St, Melb

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

Transport Hotel Federation Square, Melb, 9654 8808

Grace Darling Hotel 114 Smith St, Collingwood, 9416 0055

Trunk 275 Exhibition St, Melbourne, 9663 7994

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

Tyranny Of Distance 147 Union St, Windsor, 9525 1005

Great Britain Hotel 447 Church St, Richmond, 9429 5066

Two of Hearts 149 Commercial Road, Prahran

Grind N Groove 274 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville

Union Hotel Brunswick 109 Union St, Brunswick, 9388 2235

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

Veludo 175 Acland St, St Kilda, 9534 4456

Gypsy Bar 334 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9419 0548

Victoria Hotel 380 Victoria St, Brunswick, 9388 0830

HiFi 125 Swanston St, Melb, 1300 843 4434

Wah Wah Lounge Lvl 1, 185 Lonsdale St, Melb

Highlander 11a Highlander Lane, Melb, 9620 2227

Wesley Anne 250 High St, Northcote, 9482 1333

Hoo Haa 105 Chapel St, Windsor, 9529 6900

Westernport Hotel 161 Marine Pde, San Remo, 5678 5205

Horse Bazaar 397 Little Lonsdale St, Melb, 9670 2329

Willow Bar 222 High Street, Northcote, 9481 1222

Iddy Biddy 47 Blessington St, St Kilda, 9534 4484

Windsor Castle 89 Albert St, Windsor, 9525 0239

Jett Black 177 Greville St, Prahran

Workers Club 51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 9415 8889

John Curtin Hotel 29 Lygon St, Melb, 9663 6350

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

Khokolat Bar 43 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, 039642 1142

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

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

The Vine 59 Wellington St, Collingwood, 9417 2434

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




29th Apartment 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 9078 8922 303 303 High Street, Northcote


Lomond Hotel 225 Nicholson St, East Brunswick Longroom 162 Collins St, Melbourne, 9663 9226 Loop 23 Meyers Pl, Melb, 9654 0500

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