DONKEY ROLLERS have made their share of hardstyle studio bombs, but it’s their live show which is about to make its mark on Sydney once more
14 Tour announcements, Epic/Fail and other tasty morsels in NEWS
On album number six, Berlin techno siren ELLEN ALLIEN feels she’s finally arrived as a woman
German duo KAMUI ponder dance music’s tendency to go to extremes
Calvin Harris is a reference point for the long-awaited debut MICHAEL GRAY long-player
Rob Swire doesn’t show, but MC Verse fills the gaps on the latest album from PENDULUM
CROOKERS talk about getting by with a little help from a lot of friends on their debut album
With two singles already out, MIAMI HORROR main man Ben Plant reveals what to expect from their album
LUKIE D and his “lover’s rock” will make you feel like dancing
JUSTICE & KAOS are warming up for an album release with the Theme Music EP
Expect the next batch of material from ERIC LAU to be a little more dancefloor
SKOOL OF THOUGHT is fighting the cause for quality breakbeat in the face of “anthem culture”
UNDERTOW trades his drum n bassface for rhymes on his debut hip hop release
The latest albums and singles get put under the microscope in CD REVIEWS
SOCIAL CLUB doesn’t discuss constitutional monarchy with Royalston
Dig a little deeper with our specialist genre COLUMNS
Social snaps galore in SUSHI. Don’t let your mother see this!
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Sixteen-year-old dancing sensation GEORGE SAMPSON talks about his role in the film StreetDance 3D
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FILM REVIEWS: A Nightmare On Elm Street, City Island, Food, Inc., and Harry Brown
Artist Todd Hunter and musician/event organiser Jenny Morris discuss this weekend’s Art Of Music fundraiser
JAMES PENDER dropped being a UN lawyer to return to Jesus on the Ronnie Johns Half Hour live show
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AUTECHRE – Friday 28, The Forum SKOOL OF THOUGHT – Friday 28, Chinese Laundry DEXTER XX TOUR – Friday 28, Oxford Art Factory NOCTURNAL: OXIA – Friday 28, Civic THE PUBLIC OPINION AFRO ORCHESTRA – Friday 28, The Basement ERIC LAU – Friday 28, MELT MAGIC CITY: ZANY, DONKEY ROLLERS VS NOISE CONTROLLERS, ALEX KIDD VS KIDD KAOS, THE PITCHER, JOWAN VS DR WILLIS, DV8 & MORE – Saturday 29, Olympic Park Sports Centre MICHAEL GRAY, DEBORAH COX – Saturday 29, ivy JAMROCK!: LUKE D – Saturday 29, 202 Broadway DEXTER XX TOUR – Saturday 29, Cambridge Hotel SOUND PELLEGRINO THERMAL TEAM – Saturday 29, The CBD Hotel MICHAEL GRAY – Sunday 30, The Roxy
THE RED EYES – Thursday 3, Transit Bar DJ LORD – Friday 4, Chinese Laundry THE RED EYES – Friday 4, Manning Bar PACHA CD LAUNCH – Saturday 5, ivy BASS DROP: LONDON ELEKTRICITY – Saturday 5, The Arthouse
If you too like to be a little flamboyant from time to time chances are you’ve heard of and appreciate the Scissor Sisters. Even those who don’t need little introduction to their music – from their brilliant cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb to the tongue in cheek Take Your Mama, the Sisters have comfortably (no pun intended) occupied many an iPod/stereo for quite some time. Such popularity usually justfies a tour and that’s just what will be happening in July with the band performing at the Luna Park Big Top on Tuesday 27 July. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster and Big Top Sydney from Friday 28 May and are guaranteed to sell out mighty fast.
CO-OP FIRST BIRTHDAY: HARRI – Saturday 5, Secret Venue ALL OUR FRIENDS FESTIVAL: LAIDBACK LUKE, TIGA, CONCORD DAWN, KLUTE & MORE – Saturday 5, University Of Canberra COMMON, KID CAPRI – Friday 11, The Forum KLUTE – Friday 11, Chinese Laundry GIFT OF GAB – Friday 11, Oxford Art Factory REMEDY: TOTAL SCIENCE – Friday 11, The Loft UTS GENERIC COLLECTIVE FIRST BIRTHDAY: RENAISSANCE MAN – Friday 11, Civic MIAMI HORROR – Friday 11, Waves WE LOVE SOUNDS: UNDERWORLD, TIGA, THE PROXY, CROOKERS, ELLEN ALLIEN, MANDY & MORE – Saturday 12, Hordern Pavilion and Surrounds RON CARROLL – Saturday 12, ivy LEE MORTIMER – Saturday 12, Chinese Laundry DJ SPUN – Saturday 12, Civic MIAMI HORROR – Saturday 12, Manning Bar MAD RACKET: TOM TRAGO – Saturday 12, Marrickville Bowling & Recreation Club SHAPESHIFTER, ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE SOUND SYSTEM – Sunday 13, Metro SHE: MR V, DJ JORJ – Sunday 13, ivy RAP CITY: DJ PREMIER, THE BEATNUTS, MASTA ACE & EDO G – Sunday 13, The Forum FIERCE ANGEL: MARK DOYLE, LADY V, SORAYA VIVIAN – Sunday 13, Trademark RENAISSANCE MAN – Sunday 13, QWB NOUVELLE VAGUE, BERRY – Wednesday 16, Factory Theatre NOUVELLE VAGUE, BERRY – Thursday 17, Factory Theatre CASSETTE KIDS – Friday 18, Oxford Art Factory MOBIN MASTER – Saturday 19, ivy TOM NEVILLE – Saturday 19, Chinese Laundry DANCE CLUB: NADASTROM – Saturday 19, Oxford Art Factory URTHBOY – Saturday 19, Sandringham Hotel ALIX PEREZ – Friday 25, Chinese Laundry ERPHUN – Saturday 26, Chinese Laundry OPERATOR PLEASE – Saturday 26, Metro Theatre ROBERT HOOD – Saturday 26, Civic Underground OZI BATLA ALBUM LAUNCH– Saturday 26, Annandale Hotel
THE LIKES OF YOU: STEPHAN BODZIN, HUGO – Saturday 3, Arthouse Hotel AIRPORT: SIMON PATTERSON, SIED VAN RIEL – Saturday 3, Gaelic Theatre DROP THE LIME – Saturday 3, Chinese Laundry GODSPEED: NEOPHYTE, TOMMYKNOCKER, BEHOLDER – Saturday 10, Metro Theatre KEVIN RUDOLF, SHONTELLE – Sunday 18, Enmore Theatre LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, HOT CHIP – Monday 26, Hordern Pavilion SCISSOR SISTERS – Tuesday 27, Big Top at Luna Park YEASAYER – Wednesday 28, Metro Theatre FOALS – Wednesday 28, Manning Bar GOLDFRAPP – Thursday 29, Big Top at Luna Park
JÓNSI – Monday 2, Enmore Theatre PASSION PIT – Monday 2, The Forum K-OS – Wednesday 4, Oxford Art Factory LOWRIDER – Friday 13, Annandale Hotel MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS – Friday 20, The Forum THE CAT EMPIRE – Saturday 28, Hordern Pavilion
LEE BURRIDGE – Saturday 25, Chinese Laundry
MORE SOULFUL HOUSE
The last time Sydney clubbing brand SHE opened the doors of a club it was to let in Basement Jaxx vocalist Vula for a stellar guest appearance and at it’s new ivy and The Den home you can expect plenty more like it in the future. In fact, they’ve wrangled Mr V and Defected regular DJ Jorj for the Sunday 13 June long weekend edition with support from a huge array of locals that includes Graham Cordery, Liam Sampras, Nick Vidal, Adam Jacob (Percussion), Angelina (Vocals), Yogi, Dave 54, Robbie Santiago, Danny De Sousa and Kocho. Pre-sale tickets are available for $25 + b/f from Moshtix, otherwise you’re looking at $30 on the door.
DROPPING SEXY SAX
One of the few artists to truly shine at Stereosonic 2009, NYC based DJ/producer Drop The Lime went one step further and thoroughly annihilated the crowds in a
EPIC & FAIL EPIC FABRIC FIRST
It’s been a while since we’ve blown smoke in the London clubbing institution’s general direction, so we’ve lit up the pipe and are exhaling their way thanks to another couple of cracking compilations that have turned up on promo – Zero T’s journey from techy dnb through to halfstep styles on Fabriclive 52, and techno juggernaut Surgeon’s typically relentless assault with delicious dubstep interludes on Fabric 53.
The recent tour Shapeshifter tour announcement likely had many a drum n bass fan salivating in anticipation, the NZ band’s recent album release The System Is A Vampire providing the only relief. On Sunday 13 June they’ll be joined by Electric Wire Hustle Sound System and DJs Jonny Faith & Monkfly at the Metro Theatre for what will prove to be another bright chapter in their illustrious career. Tickets on sale now.
BETTER RED AND DEAD
After a long wait, Rockstar Games’ epic post-western video game Red Dead Redemption is finally in our hands, and boy has it been worth the wait. Whether you’re engaging in gunfire or simply cruising the terrain on your noble steed, this game is a visual and technical masterpiece. See y’all at the saloon, we’ll be at the bar discussing bug fixes.
flurry of beats and occasionally tongue in cheek programming selections. His soon to be released single Sex Sax – available though his Trouble & Bass label – fits the mould in appearance alone but if getting your mitts on it isn’t quite enough, you’ll be able to catch him at Chinese Laundry on Saturday 3 July. Satisfied?
POISON RUNNING THROUGH YOUR BRAIN
You can’t take the cock out of an old cock rocker, and Poison frontman Bret Michaels has proved it by revealing he suffered a brain haemorrhage while channel surfing between skin flick Busty Cops 3 and the sports channel. He must have been in heaven when he woke up in the middle of a game of Doctors & Nurses…
While Fabric goes from strength to strength, its cross-town cousin Matter is struggling so hard its shut its doors for the northern summer, perhaps permanently. Has the ship finally sailed forever on superclub culture?
LIVING IN A 3D WORLD
We’ve got a soft spot for the Rogue Traders at 3D HQ, but we have to raise an eyebrow at A) the FFA’s decision to let them pen the Socceroos’ world cup theme song Hearts Beat As One, and B) Sony deciding to honour it with the first ever purpose-shot 3D film clip in Australian music history. But we’re happy for the Rogues to prove it’s not madness on all fronts...
You can always count on Jason Akermanis to put his foot in it, and his comments that an AFL player coming out as gay could destroy the fabric of their club are right up there with his finest. The fact he was moved on from the Brisbane Lions a few years back suggests that opinionated oafs probably have more of a destabilising influence…
Hot on the heels of Supafest, Winterbeatz 2010 plugs the seemingly ever present hip hop/urban festival gap felt in the chillier months. Held at the Acer Arena on Wednesday 28 July and featuring international superstars T-Pain and Ne-Yo, Winterbeatz 2010 should easily draw huge numbers and satisfy those hungry for a dose of auto-tuned vocal performances and macho posturing. Local duo Phinesse and lauded local jock Nino Brown provide support. Tickets on sale through Ticketek from 9am Thursday 27 May for Visa Premium customers and available to the general public from 9am Wednesday 2 June.
HOW WE’VE MISSED YOU
As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder and that’s certainly true of fans’ feelings towards Mad Racket; one of Sydney’s most popular underground events. Never ones to back down from an opportunity to push a good party to become a great one, they’ve got Dutch techno-house-disco artist Tom Trago headlining their Queen’s Birthday return to glory on Saturday 12 June at the place which knows it best, the Marrickville Bowling & Recreation Club … or Bowlo if you prefer. Zootie, Simon Caldwell, Ken Cloud and Jimmi James join in support and tickets will set you back $30 + b/f from Spank Records, So Music, Redeye Records, In The Mix or Resident Advisor. Dress regal for the full effect.
Should the usual large compliment of electro locals not satisfy your urge for the musically aggressive, there’s likely an international not far from the corner who will. In this case it’s the Sound Pellegrino artists Renaissance Man who’ll be filling the void… and yes there really are two people behind the singular name! They’ll be performing at the Civic Underground as part of the Generic Collective First Birthday Celebrations Friday 11 June, bringing the Sound Pellegrino and Made To Play releases that have made them so popular along for the party. If Claude VonStroke and Jesse Rose like them the lads must be doing something right.
FOR THE PURISTS
AFTER YEARS OF BRINGING THE PURE HOUSE SOUND TO SYDNEY, GRAHAM CORDERY LIFTS THE LID ON EXPERIENCE ENTERTAINMENT’S NEW FLAGSHIP SATURDAY NIGHT AT IVY WITH LIZ GALINOVIC. For the last six years, from roof tops and harbour cruises to some of the city’s most luxurious clubs, the team at Experience Entertainment have been delivering Sydneysiders a soulful house experience known as SHE.
Future Entertainment and Reckless Republic’s next The Likes Of You event is locked in for Saturday 3 July at the Arthouse hotel and features German techno lord Stephan Bodzin, pictured, and Italian tribal-tech groover Hugo alongside a raft of local supports too numerous to mention here. You never would have thought that someone could control music by licking an instrument before Bodzin would you? In related Reckless news, the crew’s after-hours clubbing institution Spice took punters by surprise when it moved to Home Nightclub and will be doing the same again with the mysterious Black Box – a room purpose built for the event which features no windows, a low ceiling and DJ booth and a whopping great sound system aimed to give keen clubbers a reprieve from the sunshine.
FIERCE ANGEL 6
Mark Doyle’s Fierce Angel brand will be taking over the Trademark Hotel Bar & Piano Room for its sixth Sydney event, bringing its customary blend of accessible funky house tunes with it. The founder himself will be joined by club saxophonist Lady V, vocal diva Soraya Vivian and guest local DJs Alex Taylor and the Oxford Hustlers. As it usually goes, you can expect high quality production and decadent décor to complete the Fierce Angel image. Better yet it takes place on the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, Sunday 13 June. Tickets available now and will set you back $40 for the first release round, $50 after.
Adelaide and hot are two words rarely used in the same sentence when referring to anything musical yet Lowrider certainly justify an attempt. The allegedly irresistible quartet have forged their reputation with dusty jazz tones and support gigs for everyone from Alicia Keys to Christina Aguilera. The Friday 9 July release of their new album Round The World and the Friday 28 May digital release of its lead single Here We Go should no doubt sate fans and punters alike, having been mixed by the formidable Jason Goldstein. Releases available through Illusive Music, and you can catch Lowrider on tour at the Annandale Hotel on Friday 13 August.
SECRECY IS KEY
Everybody loves a good warehouse party if for no other reason than for being a little risque. Though Funkdafied have a more legal air to their planned Saturday 24 July event they’ve still kept things interesting by holding it at a secret location to be revealed on the day. Tickets will be available from Moshtix, Doctor Pong, The Bondi FM Cafe or email@example.com and once you’re hooked up all you have to remember is to head along to the Alexandria Hotel on the day to catch a shuttle bus to the party! Simon Caldwell, Peter Glass, Frenzie, Thomas Crown, Klevakutz, JC, Mickey Morphingaz and special guests will be bringing you funk, soul, rare groove, latin, boogie, US house and more on the day.
KEEPIN’ IT REAL
Hip hop fans can hardly claim a shortage of events to keep them busy yet more is always welcome and foreign acts even more so. Lauded London based producer Eric Lau guest stars for Return Of The Real on Friday 28 May at Melt and brings a considerable catalog of interesting music with him. Local supports from 13th Son featuring DJ Sandro, 5 Coffees, Huwston, Trey and JC. A sample of the UK’s finest beats will set you back a paltry $15 on the door or $8 + b/f through Moshtix.
UNITY THROUGH BEATS
It’s a tough job getting a career behind the mic off the ground but local events such as Unite go someway toward giving keen aspirants a leg up. The next event takes place on Tuesday 1 June at its regular home, the Newtown RSL, with the assistance of Wollongong powerhouse Crymziko, Sydney heavy weights Sceptic & Dseeva, Tavern Slander and Kade MC. With free entry there’s little excuse not to get along. Doors open at 7pm.
COOL TO BE UNCOOL
You’d be dead wrong if you thought that local music was all about aspiring to mass market consumption and New Weird Australia are all about staying as far away from that chum bucket as possible. As it happens, the label has a taste for philanthropy as well; at least that’s what the FBi Radio benefit album Unpopular Music 2009 would indicate. Featuring music from Scissor Lock, Anna Chase, Nick Wishart (Toydeath), kyü, Anon and Pimmon, 100% of earnings from the album go directly to the radio station and as it’s a $10 download from newwierdaustralia.bandcamp.com you don’t have to shell out much to lend a hand.
Having gotten in bed with Bang Gang 12inches for a remix competition last year, venerable local record store Spank Records is gearing up for another throw of the dice. Overwhelming response to the last attempt has seen them collaborate with yet another high profile local label, this time choosing to work with Ajax and Matt Handley’s Sweat It Out! Entrants will have the opportunity to retouch DCUP and Yolanda Be Cool’s club smasher We No Speak Americano for the chance to win an enormous amount of prizes and have their work released digitally on the label. Download the remix parts from spankrecords.com.au, entries close Thursday 10 June.
Local house/techno label Beef Records are seizing the provebial farm animal by the horns with their latest release – a two track EP from the Cosmic Cowboys titled Amor Vincit Omnia. The Italian DJ/production duo have been eating up deeper record bags, CD wallets and hard drives for some time with previous efforts for Ostwind, Trenton, Resopal and Musik Gewinnt Freunde providing more relaxed beats than anyone could ask for and Amor Vincit Omnia is no exception. The included remixes from West Park Unit member Herb Lf and French expat YokoO are arguably better still. Available from Thursday 17 June.
JAZZ FOR AIRPORTS BASS FOR FREE
Seeing as the news has us believe the world is on the verge of imminent economic collapse it seems a smart idea to help folks dance the pain away for free, right? Well the Foreigndub crew seem to think so as their latest event, Remedy, is going from strength to strength on the second Friday of every month. On Friday 11 June you’ll be getting exceptionally good value for moths in the wallet with UK drum n bass duo Total Science paying a visit with support from Vice Versa, Foreigndub, Fire & Whitey and ALF.
Thought you’d have to head to Switzerland to attend the Montreux Jazz Café? Think again; Sydney Airport of all places is going to be opening the very first sister venue outside of Switzerland as part of a $500 million refurbishment. The main aim, apart from giving travellers something worthy to kill time on, seems to be giving people a glimpse of the Montreux Jazz Festival thanks to the café “play box” which features exclusive video footage from the Festival’s archives. Expect amazing food and amazing music when it opens at an as yet undisclosed date during June.
REPHRASE THE STYLE
Again on the hip hop tip, we have Sydney native Rephrase lining up for his third studio release Taking On An Army. Judging by the amount of genres covered – hip hop, drum’n’bass, go-go, breakbeat and blue eyed soul – we’re thinking that the army may well be host to many a varied idea. Never the less, he brings in guest appearances from James Morrison, former collaborators Merenia, MCs Vandal and Shabaka as well as new comers Mitchell Anderson and Paula Baxter to get it all working. Available now courtesy through iTunes.
This year, to prove just how experienced they are at entertainment, Grahame Cordery and his team have teamed up with nightclub heavy weights Merivale culminating in what will no doubt lead to big red crosses on the Saturday tile of calendars all over the city. Launching this Saturday 29 May and running every Saturday into the foreseeable future, pure ivy will be the term on every house lover’s lips. “Its always been in the back of my mind as one of the top venues in the city. Just in terms of the way the venue is set up is bloody spectacular and on a world class scale really,” says Cordery who, as a successful DJ himself, has worked in some of the world’s best venues such as Pacha Ibiza and Turnmills in London. “Ivy is up there with the best of them. It’s an international standard venue so it’s a fantastic opportunity that we’re really looking forward to.” It’s a partnership that “came out of the blue” as far as Cordery could see it. In recent history the ivy has hosted some fairly large club nights from Pacha to Ministry Of Sound branded events. “I think it displayed to them how the venue can be used for club events,” he says, and having found their footing with this they sought out Cordery and Experience Entertainment. “We are going to be launching, initially, a flagship Saturday night for ivy in the main room and the den. With pure ivy it’s pretty much straight up main room house. I mean we’ve got two rooms to work with, and in the main room it’s like accessible house music really. So think big room house, kind of Defected style, or Hed Kandi.” If SHE parties are anything to go by pure ivy will no doubt deliver the cream of the house music crop, so it’s no surprise when Cordery announces the launch night line-up. “The first week we have Michael Gray, producer of The Weekend and one of the names behind the production duo Full Intention. So a pretty legendary name in house of course and he’s an awesome DJ, I’ve seen him play before so he’s going to be smashing out an awesome set. And we’ve got Deborah Cox who is the vocalist on Leave The World Behind with the Swedish House Mafia. So she’s going to be singing that live on the night.” You would expect them to impress the punters with what they propose on the launch night, but what of the Saturday nights to come? “This is an exclusive for you, we haven’t released this yet. We’re doing a Pacha branded event. So the launch is the 29th and then we’ve got 5th of June the Pacha event and then the 12th of June, Ron Carroll from Chicago, and we’ve got many many more to come.” With all this excitement going on at the ivy, it’s important to note that SHE will continue to rock worlds as Sydney’s monthly Soulful House Experience. And now “the association with the ivy gives us the opportunity to make that bigger and better”. “Pure ivy should really be thought of as Experience Entertainment events on steroids. The resources we’ve got are just ridiculous. You’ll come into the club and it will be an international clubbing experience of club décor, banners, mobiles, international standard projections. By combining forces with Merivale, I think in the club world it’s going to enable us to perform even better and it’s just a great thing for Sydney.”
WHAT: PURE IVY AT IVY WHEN: EVERY SATURDAY
Local genre benders MM9 have been drafted to support Karnivool for three shows at the Metro Theatre on their New Day Tour; the first on Wednesday 30 June is completely sold out while tickets are still available to the Thursday 1 July all ages show and the final Friday 2 July appearance. Combining elements of heavy rock and electro is all in a days work for the strong live performers whose recent full length album The Air Between debuted in the Top 10 of the AIR Chart. Claiming that their live show is their true strength, MM9 ought to be worth the asking price alone.
LEAVING TRANCE BEHIND
Sydney trance jock Archie recently announced that he was hanging up the arpeggios to move onto greener pastures and in signing up with Trouble Artists Agency, he seems to be keeping his word. A new side project – Punk Ninja – has already provided the goods in debut single Free, which recently debuted at number twelve on the ARIA club charts and has jumped up three places in a week to number nine. With an eye to the future we can expect more big things from Archie. SOMETHING TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD? EMAIL NEWS@3DWORLD.COM.AU
ENTER THE DRAGONS
DANIEL SANDERS FINDS DJ ZANY AND JOWAN OF DUTCH HARDSTYLE ROCKERS DONKEY ROLLERS IN AN ENTERTAINING MOOD AS THEY CONTEMPLATE ANOTHER ASSAULT ON SYDNEY FOR THIS WEEKEND’S MAGIC CITY EXTRAVAGANZA.
THE DUMMIES’ GUIDE DONKEY ROLLERS LIVE MEMBERS:
Raoul van Grinsven aka DJ Zany, Johan van Korven aka Jowan and Peter Aldenzee aka MC DV8
Raoul van Grinsven aka DJ Zany, Michel Pollen aka The Pitcher
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
* The iconic lyrics of their act’s unofficial anthem Hardstyle Rockers were actually penned by compatriot Jordy van Oostveen
“Michel and Raoul came up with the name, putting their love for rollercoasters and the game Donkey Kong together in the single name – Donkey Rollers. In American slang a ‘donkey roll’ means a big penis. This is merely a funny coincidence.” Donkey Rollers interview on InTheMix, March 2008
SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY You’d hardly recognise that the Donkey Rollers ascribe to a much maligned musical convention but then again, their indifference to potentially negative opinions and moods is perhaps what makes them so brilliant. As any fan of hardstyle worth their salt will tell you, it’s the members of the Donkey Rollers who effectively stamped out the template for this often misunderstood genre. Lauded for their skill in the studio and on stage, Raoul van Grinsven (DJ Zany), Michel Pollen (Nexus/the Pitcher), Johan van Korven (Jowan) and Peter Aldenzee (MC DV8) are at the very forefront of hard dance music thanks to the Donkey Rollers’ bone-crushingly brutalist beats. It was in 2001 that van Grinsven and Pollen first teamed up under the pseudonym and soon punched out the hardstyle classic Motherf*ck, subsequently drafting van Korven and Aldenzee to join van Grinsven in taking their nascent project to the stage, leaving Pollen free to plod away in the studio with an increasingly hybridised set-up. As van Korven righly points out, “nowadays you can do a lot with only a computer, back in the times we were always looking for new synths to get our sounds better and these synths are still used a lot, so in our opinion it still sounds better then the software synths, although they get better and better – like the reFX Nexus for example or plug-ins from Native Instruments, they always come in handy when fine-tuning our masters.” The Donkey Rollers’ headlining slot at this years Magic City is testament to the faith of Australian fans likely to expect more crowd-surfing-in-an-inflatable-boat action from the mischievous Chuck Norris obsessed trio. Speaking from the office/studio on a Dutch bank holiday, van Korven and van Grinsven are affable as ever and in the mood for a good chuckle – when asked what’s changed in hardstyle over the years van Korven jokes, “it’s still hard so that didn’t change a lot! Everything evolves in some sort of way. Hardstyle split up a bit in the early harder sounds and the more melodic kind of hardstyle, with trancey melodies… that’s the biggest difference nowadays, hardstyle gets its own sub-styles.” In fact, van Korven is especially well positioned to comment being the label manager for the Donkey Rollers home label Fusion which he says was established because, “we were one of the first start producing this kind of stuff, we didn’t get much demos we of course had the Silicon Recordings label for the trance/hardtrance music, and we didn’t want to mix everything up, so we started Fusion as a brand new label”. Van Grinsven on the other hand carries cachet in consideration of his hardcore background as a member of the Shadowlands Terrorists. Whatever the background, by contrast to other iconoclastic artists, they’ve both set out with a very clear cut idea of what they wanted to achieve. “When we started with it, hard trance was really popular… we had to go over this in beats and speed,” van Korven reveals. “Zany has his roots in the hardcore scene,
so for him it wasn’t hard to do it and after the first Fusion [release], Donkey Rollers – Motherf*ck, we felt it was time for more of these tracks and even make it harder and develop our own sounds and style.” Without their collective experience the end results of each Donkey Rollers production would be considerably less palatable and indeed, it’s the template oriented composition of each which wins them fans. Although popular beyond anticipation, the group doesn’t hold aspirations to sell out for the chance to boost their bank balances. “Like almost every song, predictability is a good thing,” van Korven admits. “People always shout to hear something else or different, but when you do it, they complain, ‘cause it doesn’t fit in their idea of how it should be. A good example is the normal pop charts. It’s always the same, but with a different twist of course, but once you have the winning set-up, you don’t want to change it too easily. “Personally we hope that we stay underground. All things that reach the commercial charts are on their way back too fast – at the moment we are already doing our thing since 2001, so that’s almost 10 years. We’re having lots of fun with it, are not restricted by any big record companies or such things, so we like it how it is now. [We] think if we go into the pop charts, more people are getting involved in what we do, trying to steer us in a kind of direction to get even more cash out of it. That’s not how we want it; it started as love for this kind of music and a hobby and it evolved in doing what we do now, playing around the globe and having fun.” When it comes to fun, the Donkey Rollers certainly have things wrapped up. While releases such as Motherf*ck and tracks such as Silver Bullet earned them interest from DJs and trainspotters, it’s the Donkey Rollers live show and the spontaneity of it all which seals the deal for the average punter. Van Korven says, “Of course the crazy stuff happening on stage, just goes as it comes – like the rubber boat on Defqon Sydney, it just happened and we got a lot of good reactions to it. Of course new edits and tracks are created in the studio and on stage we see the reactions which we take back into the studio again to develop more. On stage it’s all about the action – not like The Chemical Brothers who arrange a full truck of analog sounds and just disappear behind their own synths and cables. Think people want to be more entertained.” Despite being kept exceedingly busy with his Donkey Rollers commitments, van Korven has also been putting considerable effort into hunting fresh talent for Fusion and is gearing up to put more time into the popular Freaky sub-label Silicon Recordings which fellow Dutchman Tiësto was once a fan of. “We’re trying to get it back on track again now Fusion is running as a well-oiled machine,” van Korven says. “At the moment [we’re] too busy with Fusion. We’ve
Motherf*ck (Fusion Records, 2002) Strike Again (Fusion Records, 2002) The Sound Of The Beast (Fusion Records, 2003) Evil / Ruff (Fusion Records, 2004) Hardstyle Rockers EP (Fusion Records, 2004) Immeasurably / Revolutions (Fusion Records, 2005) No One Can Stop Us / Followers (Fusion Records, 2005) Silver Bullet / We Are 1 (Fusion Records, 2006) Atrocity / Chopper (Fusion Records, 2007) The Fusion Of Sound / No One Can Stop Us (Showtek Kwartjes Mix) (Fusion Records, 2007) The Last City On Earth (In Qontrol Anthem 2008) (Q-Dance, 2008) Voice Of Conscience / LMPSJNK (Fusion Records, 2008) Innocent / Metro / Justice For All / Overcome (Fusion Records, 2009)
found lots of new artists over the last few years and we’re a strong player in this market – Silicon just slipped away a little. We still sometimes do digital releases, like a few months ago with an upcoming Danish producer, Thomas Ulstrup, but those things are not high priority at the moment. “Talented guys are hard to find, but sometimes a few pop up suddenly, like [Sydney duo] Toneshifterz for example; they sent us a demo and we immediately heard the potential in these guys… fresh new sounds, think they’re gonna be really big. Of course it’s also good if they already play as a DJ ‘cause that’s what they eventually need to do. Same thing happened three years ago with Noisecontrollers, we found a song on a forum and we contacted them and at the moment they are growing so freakin’ big. We’re really happy to have these guys on board and we see a great future for them.”
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RETURN TO EARTH LEAVING THE CLAUSTROPHOBIC SOUNDS OF HER LAST STUDIO OUTING SOOL BEHIND, BERLINER ELLEN ALLIEN HAS RETURNED TO HER ENERGETIC LEFTFIELD ROOTS ON DUST – A RECORD ON WHICH SHE FEELS SHE HAS COME INTO HER OWN AS A WOMAN, AS SHE TELLS DANIEL SANDERS. The genuinely effervescent Ellen Fraatz – aka Ellen Allien – has been, and seemingly always will be, one of Berlin’s finest musical exports. Though she has explored the strengths of branding with her Bpitch Control collective, each of her many projects can hardly been daubed with the commercial brush. In fact this is precisely the type of thing she avoids – not consciously but because it’s within her personality to do so. For someone who juggles promoting the occasional party, two record labels, a fashion line, a DJ career and a production career she’s remarkably relaxed and at ease with the world, finding time to stop for admittedly over the top indulgences in wine and cheese with her boyfriend. A ceaselessly social creature, it’s the support of friends which helps keep Fraatz balanced – a theme she consciously and humbly incorporated into her recently released sixth studio album Dust. “I’m talking about climbing up the hill when I’m feeling overworked or that something is going on in the business,” Fraatz reveals. “Or I’m singing about when you’ve had a hard day and you walk down the street with a friend and they take your hand then you feel like ‘okay, life is easy’ – it passes through your body and through the floor and everything is easy. I think it’s about life and how it can be; standing up,
falling, feeling love and not hate to make your day. It’s about night life and day life; meeting a person in the club, talking about after hours.” In terms of its overall composition Dust is streets away from her last album, the claustrophobic yet captivating SOOL. It feels like a genuine return to Fraatz’s roots – inclusive of all her energy, eclecticism and left thinking. Guitars, clavinet, strong vocals, buzzing techno synths… it’s all there and it’s good. Despite the moments which are reminiscent of Berlinette or even Thrills at a stretch, Fraatz has this time turned to the production talents of Tobias Freund rather than Holger Zilske, who worked with her on several early albums. “I did it in winter time in Berlin when the snow was coming back, this winter was really hard in Berlin; we had non-stop snow, like two metres every day,” Fraatz recalls. “I recorded some vocals in my house and then I was going to my producer Tobias Freund and we recorded the rest. The girl from Bpitch accounting, Katrin, she told me about him that he’s searching for musicians and stuff and that he’s cool so I started working with him on some projects, some little projects. “Then he told me he’d like to do an album – it was very practical because his
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studio was next to my house so it was really cool being in the same street. I really like his productions – he’s making minimal techno normally… not so poppy stuff [but] in the past he did some stuff with vocals. At the end I think it’s a nice mix of everything, electronica, dance tracks and some rock/indie tracks. “I would say my last album was really minimal [whereas] the other albums also had elements like this one – rock, some guitars [and] many vocals. This time I let my voice… if I’m over guitars it becomes very poppy. In the last albums I pitched my voice down more than the guitars so it sounds not so clear. On this album on two tracks my voice sounds clear like you can hear more pop. With this album I feel as a person inside as I’ve arrived somewhere; maybe it’s my age or that I feel like a woman, what I was coming through in the last years… I think this album sounds like I’ve landed somewhere.” Though Dust could be seen a deliberate attempt to rekindle a sense of the familiar in fans, it was made with the same buzzing energy and open-ended emphasis on expression that has always possessed Fraatz. It’s unfortunately not going to result in a live show as was the case with earlier album tours, but the idea is certainly on Fraatz’s radar.
MAYBE IT’S MY AGE OR THAT I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN, WHAT I WAS COMING THROUGH IN THE LAST YEARS… I THINK THIS ALBUM SOUNDS LIKE I’VE LANDED SOMEWHERE.”
“I mean on many albums I was going in this direction. If I’m making albums I’m crossing some musical genres because I’m listening to a lot of different music and I know a lot of people who play instruments and I want to let them play. Of course when I would play live it would be like this – more mixed. My DJ sets are very house and techno based, I mean there can be a guitar track in between but let’s see what’s coming when I play live again! For this album I make a DJ tour but of course I want to play live again – maybe for my next album. I think it’s time, maybe next year.” By contrast to some of her peers Fraatz finds the rigours of live performance far easier than those endured as a DJ, insinuating that the certainty involved is actually quite liberating. “It’s tougher making DJ sets because playing live you just play one hour and it’s not so intense,” she admits. “I learned DJ sets are tougher because I play longer and later – sometimes I’m playing for four hours. I have a lot of new tracks, I don’t know them so well and have to mix them which takes a lot of concentration. Playing live is not so hard for me because I don’t have two different records on my ear trying to mix them – it’s much easier because you know your tracks.” Once a staunch advocate for vinyl as a medium, Fraatz has recently succumbed to the pressure of lost record bags and poorly set up turntables; opting for the reliability and convenience of working with CDs. It comes as little surprise as Fraatz has regularly blogged about such difficulties via MySpace for the better part of the past two years. Were it not for a chance occurrence in Barcelona she could well have stuck to enduring the same frustrations. Convenience too is always a factor. “I’m getting a lot of things sent via mail so before my gigs I download my favourite tracks and I play them directly in my set. It’s a lot of promos or I go to websites to download – it’s a mix between that, Bpitch Control demos and some music I like,” she enthuses. “I hated CDs a lot before but sometimes my record bags didn’t arrive and there was one time they didn’t before gig at a club in Barcelona. I was waiting in the airport for four hours by myself for it to arrive so I bought some blank CDs and I had my computer with me so I burned them all and had one of the best DJ sets I’ve had. I decided to start using CDs because I can take them on every aeroplane because they’re not so heavy and then I have everything with me in the plane. Also with needles jumping, every time there’s problems with turntables – especially at festivals – there’s a lot of bass and they don’t know how to set them up to prevent feedback and now I never have problems. It’s the safest way to play your set.”
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KAMUI MIGHT BE LUMPED IN WITH THE HARD DANCE MOVEMENT, BUT DOMINIK FELSMANN AND PATRICK SCHEIDT LET CYCLONE KNOW THEY’RE JUST AS PARTIAL TO CONVERSATION AND COCKTAIL HOUR. Germany’s Kamui are leaders in hard dance, but could they soon be sidelined by the increasingly influential Dutch contingent? Not likely. Kamui’s Dominik Felsmann and Patrick Scheidt just headlined the Trance Energy mega-party in Utrecht, evidence of their pan-European ascendancy. “It was a great experience,” Felsmann raves. “The crowd was quite mixed so we had the chance to build up our set nicely. We don’t consider ourselves to be hardstyle or UK hard dance DJs, so this was the ideal event for our sound.” Kamui identify their genre as “hardfunk”, but this integrates trance, techno and even electro. Many DJ/producers resist tagging their music – it limits them if they decide to change direction. What was Kamui’s rationale? “We wanted to separate [ourselves] from the old school hard trance but, in the end, we don’t really mind what you call it,” Scheidt responds. Regardless, the duo have created their own niche. “We still try to represent the missing link between house/electro/trance and the hard dance scene, since there is not a lot going on in between at the moment,” Scheidt claims. And Kamui are unorthodox. Ask them which producers they rate and Scheidt cites the likes of Diplo. “I listen to everything that electronic music has to offer because this is how I get inspired for new tracks – and, beside that, you catch whatever is playing on the radio, what’s big on YouTube, WHO: KAMUI and so on.” WHAT: PLAY MAGIC CITY Since 2004, and their airing of Ghosts on the now defunct WHEN: SATURDAY 29 MAY
Overdose, Kamui have amassed an impressive back catalogue with signature tunes such as Thrill Kill. This year they launched a digital concern, Approved By Jesus, with Gaga Culture. They have more to follow. “We have just done a remix for Thilo & Evanti and Organ Donors and [we] are doing a new single at the moment,” Scheidt shares. “Beside that, Dom is doing sound design for reFX’s Nexus right now and I started my solo career as ‘Patrick Plaice’ where I just had a release on Sander van Doorn’s label, a remix for Ferry Corsten [Life], etcetera.” Nevertheless, fans shouldn’t worry that the Kamui members are drifting apart. Theirs is a very balanced union. “I’m responsible for the beats and Dom’s doing the synth sounds,” Scheidt says. “When we have something that sounds cool, we meet and arrange the track.” The spotlight has been on Germany in recent years, yet we hear mostly about its house, techno and electro. Felsmann admits that little is happening by way of hard dance. “Since we don’t play much in Germany, we’re not 100 percent up-to-date with the latest news in the harder scene over here. With the Internet you have more of a global perspective, anyway.” Scheidt concurs. “About five or six years ago the harder scene shifted towards hardstyle and stayed there. A lot of German harder music producers stopped doing music altogether, too, because they didn’t like hardstyle – or they went from super hard (‘schranz’) to super slow and soft, like Chris Liebing, for example.” Kamui rarely DJ in their Stuttgart hometown and, when they do, it’s usually at a friend’s underground party. “We don’t really go out clubbing over here if our friends don’t force us,” Felsmann confesses. “When I go out, I prefer to hang out in calm lounges where you can actually have a conversation while drinking some cocktails.”
UNDER THE WATER HUWSTON TALKS TO BEN MOUNT – AKA PENDULUM’S MC VERSE – ABOUT THE PERTH EXPATS’ THIRD STUDIO ALBUM WHILE THEY WAIT FOR MAIN MAN ROB SWIRE TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION.
A million miles from the sweaty drum n bass clubs of Perth and the muddy pits of Glastonbury, Pendulum MC Ben Verse aka Ben Mount sits comfortably in a room on the 24th floor of Sydney’s Intercontinental Hotel overlooking the Opera House on a magnificent Autumn day. Casually chatting about the band’s new album Immersion and their credit card sponsored Home gig later that night, we wait patiently for producer/ vocalist/keyboardist Rob Swire to join us. Mount is very relaxed but incredibly serious about both the band’s direction with the new album and live show, yet won’t discuss label politics or any of the issues that mired the band’s debut Warner release In Silico – which was, for dnb fans, one of the most confusing releases of 2008. Insisting that Pendulum are an electronic band like The Prodigy, Immersion and Mount set the record straight for anyone still not convinced by the band’s post-Tarantula direction. “This album has taken some of the vibe of the first album and some of the rock vibe of the second album, so it’s the perfect tonic,” Mount says, adding that “it groups the two fans, those that like electronic edginess with the those who enjoy the weight of the live element.” Indeed, delivering a much clearer creative statement, Immersion has it all. “There’s a couple of melodic tunes, that you might be able to listen to with your
TWO YEARS IS A LONG TIME IN DANCE MUSIC, BUT MICHEAL GRAY TELLS NINA BERTOK THE DEBUT ALBUM HE’S HAD IN THE BANK ALL THAT TIME WON’T BE DATED WHEN IT FINALLY DROPS.
Only the most exotic of places make it on Michael Gray’s touring schedule these days – though more due to recording commitments than snobbery, as the DJ explains. And, more than anything, because of one pesky, wayoverdue debut album that’s expected to hit the global shelves in a couple of months if all goes to plan. “I try to keep the DJing down to just two shows a month, or sometimes maybe even just one,” Gray says. “I try to pick the ones that I really want to do, the gigs that seem really exciting and far away, like Australia. I’ve been there three times before, even if my first trip was a nightmare! I got a weird ear infection and was in severe pain while I was DJing. I ended up going home because you can’t just play a quiet set or tell the people to keep it down, can you?” Sadly, it’s going to be yet another short trip to Australia for Gray this month, with only two shows in Sydney before flying back to Europe to continue work on his first ever artist album. “I should have had this album out two years ago,”Gray admits. “My record company has just sat on it, unfortunately, and sometimes the trouble can be that the tracks can date quite badly, but a lot of people have told me the songs sound like Calvin Harris, which is always a good sign. I’ve also been working with a lot of singers, not just the straight-up divas, I’m actually
trying to work with alternative artists who would normally be part of a band.” Mostly this is a direct result of Gray’s previous work with vocalists Luciana and Portobello, which came about after he and production partner Jon Pearn decided to call it a day as remix duo Full Intention. Ever since then, Gray claims it has been a dream of his to not only work with more vocalists, but to collaborate with bands too. “Jon and I spent a long 10 years in Full Intention, which was pretty much a marriage in many ways!” he recalls. “But we spent so much time and energy working for everybody else and turning other people’s music into hits, then watching them grow as artists on television, that we realised we didn’t want to remix anymore. Enough was enough and we wanted to focus on doing the same for ourselves. “Luciana has been the most pleasure to work with, for me. Working with her and Portobello was probably one of my happiest times. I want to produce more for bands now after I finish my album. I love a lot of indie stuff and I started doing a bit of this with Portobello, but I didn’t have a large enough live room to record as the whole band so it cost a lot of money and I stopped. Now I’ve bought a new house that has an annex which I can turn into a full blown studio.” As for his debut album in the meantime, Gray aims to come up with a collection of house tracks that will continue to keep the people dancing even 10 years from now. “There’s a resurgence back to house music, so the timing is good,” he offers. “We went through the more electro and tech house stuff a few years ago, but now people just want to hear more straight-up house, or sometimes even with a more techny twist. I started DJing when I was 12 years old, and I feel I’m at a stage where I’ve completed my apprenticeship, and there is no time like now to get this album out there.”
WHO: MICHEAL GRAY WHAT: PLAYS PURE IVY LAUNCH AT IVY / THE ROXY HOTEL WHEN: SATURDAY 29 MAY / SUNDAY 30 The abandon that the outfit appears to operate amidst has delivered them attention from names such as Will.i.am, Róisín Murphy, Kanye West and The Chemical Brothers, yet while Bot admits he’s delighted with the artists he’s collaborated with thus far, he agrees that this high profile recognition has in turn, brought new hurdles.
girlfriend,” he says. “Vultures is straight up chaos, then there’s the Pendulum dnb tune at the beginning – we’ve touched on all of the barriers.” Spending something like two months on each song, Mount admires the way in which the as yet unseen Swire goes about making music. “Rob is an intense guy,” he says. “There’s no half measures on any level. He’s brilliant to work with and pushes me lyrically.” The only half measure that’s noticeable is Swire’s efforts in the promotions and publicity department as it becomes obvious 20 minutes into our chit-chat that Swire is not going to make it to the interview. Explained as “working on Ableton” either for that night’s show or a new tune, it’s somewhat of a relief to not have to go one-on-one with “an intense guy” but nonetheless disappointing that some of the more serious questions will go unanswered. Travelling with 2.5 tonnes of gear, a touring party of 12 for the live show plus managers and entourage, Mount insists that the live show has never made any money but is an integral part of the band’s manifesto. “The technology we use on stage, Rob is on to the next level up, he is on the pulse with everything that’s going on, like, he’s on the beta testing teams of software companies and makes presets for Steinberg and stuff.” As Noisia recently confessed in these pages, production outfits often struggle with genre-hopping and that is Pendulum’s ultimate achievement with this record. Joining the likes of The Prodigy (whose Liam Howlett appears on the album), Pendulum’s clearer state of mind going in to album number three has resulted in one of 2010’s most carefully considered LPs. “There were comparisons between us and The Prodigy and people were asking ‘is there beef?’,’’ Mount says when asked if Pendulum fans’ imaginations run a little wild. “That collaboration has completely squashed that notion. We go through Romania and you’ll have father and son teams with the dad wearing The Prodigy shirt and the son wearing Pendulum.”
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THE LATEST RELEASE FROM CROOKERS HAS GENERATED ALL KINDS OF SUCCESS FOR THE DJ DUO. JUST AS LONG AS FUN IS IN THE MIX, THE TWO ARE HAPPY, AS CARLIN BEATTIE DISCOVERS.
“The success is really weird. I’m not used to it when someone says they heard our song on the radio, or they like or don’t like our music. I’m still really surprised that the whole thing has happened. I try not to think about it. Once you start to think too much, it begins to distract you. You just have to go with it... our music is all about the way we approach it – we make sure we’re always having fun.” Their process has indeed churned out a mass of unique dance sounds, sometimes coming as unexpected to the pair. “We’re horrible singers, so we usually ask people we’re fans of to come on our tracks. It’s super random. Most of the time we’ll let people choose what they do. We send a lot of beats, maybe 10 to 15: slow, crazy, deep… more slow and more crazy. We try to get them to feel close to the beat themselves. When they’re done they’ll send something back with their parts on top. Kelis sent us back something and we didn’t know what it was. We don’t know how she got the beat she chose – I don’t think we sent it. We were like, ‘Woah! How’d she get that?’ We probably slipped it in by accident.”
From his London apartment, an approximate four-hour train trek separates Crookers’ Bot (aka Francesco Barbaglia) from his musical offsider’s (Phra, or Andrea Fratangelo) Swiss residence. The geographical partition between them is something the Italian duo has confronted with apparent ease, embracing the challenge to maintain a creative partnership with open arms. “We pass a lot of our tracks back and forth online,” Barbaglia says. “We’ll take turns making changes and adding bits and pieces to a mix.” The success the pair has discovered within their technologically dependent, long distance working environment is an impressive feat, “We’re really happy with the album especially given the reception that’s followed the release of this year’s now. There’s always going to be things debut album Tons Of Friends. that you have to work around – we just A handful of pals, both old and new scatter the 20 album tracks, however make sure we’re enjoying ourselves as Barbaglia’s comments reveal, it’s likely that the Crookers matchup when they come up. Now that it’s themselves are the vital ingredient. finished it means we can have fun “It may sound stupid, but I think travelling and touring with our friends.” the thing that characterises us is that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re always making WHO: CROOKERS crazy decisions and not thinking WHAT: TONS OF FRIENDS THROUGH LIBERATOR / PLAY about things too much. Sometimes [tracks] turn out crap, but it can WE LOVE SOUNDS also take us to places that other WHEN: OUT NOW / SATURDAY 12 JUNE people may not have thought of.”
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BENJAMIN PLANT ASSURES CYCLONE THE DEBUT MIAMI HORROR ALBUM WILL BE WORTH THE WAIT, PROMISING AN ECLECTIC AND ORIGINAL LONG-PLAYER WHEN THE TIME COMES.
Miami Horror premiered with 2008’s Bravado, the EP providing a missing link between ELO, Prince and Daft Punk. It encompassed their first ‘hit’, the Pitchfork-approved – and very cult – Don’t Be On With Her. As Miami Horror’s founder, Plant was determined not to be connected to nu-rave, admiring those ‘risktakers’ the Midnight Juggernauts, who defied expectations that they’d sign to the hipster Modular to go their own route. Still, that didn’t stop Plant, who previously produced Gameboy/Gamegirl, from mixing a Sweat It Out! CD with Ajax. Nevertheless, the sometime DJ is versatile. Early on, Plant remixed Tegan And Sara’s Walking With A Ghost, about which he’s now (needlessly) ambivalent. And Miami Horror landed their distribution deal with EMI following an even unlikelier commission. “I did that remix for Faker [This Heart Attack], which was through EMI. Apparently, the Faker record wasn’t doing too well and that remix got heaps of play and helped push it up quite a bit. So then they had some interest and faith in what I would do next.” Plant admits that Miami Horror’s album has taken ages (EMI has it scheduled for “sometime after July”). The official lead single, Sometimes, surfaced late last year. Though there was talk of a guest spot by French electro chick Yelle, Plant has favoured unknown vocalists, such as Moon Theory’s Sam Lawrence. Above all, he promises an eclectic (and original) record spanning “’70s pop and more synthy psychedelic stuff”. “There’s a lot of really dreamy sounds – and a lot of interesting guitar sounds,” Plant reveals. “This album is full of guitar, whereas a lot of the other [Miami Horror] stuff didn’t really have any. There’s no real genre that we can call it at the moment. We’re waiting for someone to come up with a really dumb name for it!”
Miami Horror were supposed to present their debut in 2009, but it never appeared. Now Melbourne’s quirky electro-disco groovers are plugging yet another hot single in Moon Theory. But, assures producer Benjamin Plant confidently, fans shouldn’t have to wait much longer for the album. The band – Plant is joined by Daniel Whitechurch and former Peacock members Josh Moriarty and Aaron Shanahan – have so far resisted the temptation to perform exclusively new material, their concern being that audiences won’t be familiar with it. This summer saw them gig at the Big Day Out, but they also played their most incongruous support – opening for postmodern brat Lily Allen. “We didn’t meet her – we probably could have, but no one in the band could be bothered,” Plant says offhandedly. “She just walked in and dressed up and then went on stage every show. It was pretty bad, to be honest! We took the opportunity because the label really wanted us to, and management wanted us to, but I think there were two or three of us in the band who were just like, ‘We probably shouldn’t do this’. We played our stuff in front of 16-year-old girls who thought it was crap.” Miami Horror actually read Twitter comments to that effect that today Plant laughs off. Allen, he says, is a bona-fide pop idol. “We’re not as over-the-top as her. We’re not dressed up in skimpy clothing. She puts on this big theatrical thing – and we don’t.” Mind, the uber-cool Miami Horror don’t totally shirk showmanship. “A while ago Josh was doing a lot of dancing and I kept asking him, ‘Why are you doing this dancing? It’s a bit... (cringes) showy’. [He said it’s] just WHO: MIAMI HORROR because it makes the show more WHAT: MOON THEORY THROUGH EMI / PLAY WAVES interesting while people don’t know the songs, people get into it MANNING BAR a lot more – and it’s true, despite WHEN: OUT NOW / FRIDAY 11 JUNE / SATURDAY 12 how embarrassed I was!”
STRIKE A MINOR CHORD
WITH A LITTLE MORE EXPERIENCE BEHIND THEM, JUSTICE & KAOS INFORM CYCLONE THEY’RE WARMING UP FOR THE ALBUM DROP THEIR FANS HAVE WANTED FOR SO LONG. Melbourne’s Justice & Kaos were meant to drop an album through Warner, but instead they disappeared. Now, following what even they acknowledge as a “hiatus”, the hip hoppers are starting afresh with the Theme Music EP. And, according to Justice (aka Christian Ng), they’re premiering a band complete with drummer and bassist. “Ever since we started out, that was always the dream – that was always the eventual goal,” a confident Ng enthuses of the band, speaking from their rehearsal studio. “Because, when we go and see shows, the one where it’s just a rapper on stage with a DJ, it’s not as exciting to us. It’s just like listening to the CD almost... So this is a small step in the direction that we wanna head in.” Ng might have been a major label MC like Phrase. Ng is similarly a credible battler – he won top freestyler at 2005’s Scribble Jam, becoming the first non-American to do so – but he also showed his potential as an ‘album’ artist on Justice & Kaos’ Turn It On EP. Ng met Kaos (Rohit Mukerjea) in high school. He was wowed by his mate competing in an MC battle – and soon began rapping himself. Over time Mukerjea developed an interest in production. The two also recruited DJ
Simon Sez. Justice & Kaos signed to Warner through Weapon X’s Solid State, releasing that aforementioned ARIA-nominated EP of 2007. Yet they then mysteriously withdrew. “We figured that we weren’t really ready, both personally and musically, to put something out – but we kind of felt that we had to,” Ng explains. “So we put something out, and we liked all the songs on there at the time, [but] then we looked back and thought, ‘We need to get out there and we need to live life a little bit more and then come back and see what happens’.” Justice & Kaos decided, too, that being on a major wasn’t for them. “We probably weren’t a huge priority as opposed to The Veronicas or something,” Ng laughs. At the same time, Solid State had limited resources, especially with X & Hell already on its books. Thus Justice & Kaos elected to go indie, doing everything themselves – and utilising Mukerjea’s marketing studies. They remain on friendly terms with Solid State. And Ng isn’t critical of Warner or other majors wanting to join the Oz hip hop revolution after the Hilltop Hoods’ success – without understanding the market. “The culture of the hip hop scene is very independent in itself so, when the music is coming from an independent source, it’s more respected.” Justice & Kaos haven’t been invisible. They were featured in a TV documentary, Fresh Off The Boat, which aired on SBS. It went on to screen at international film festivals. “It was awesome,” Ng says of the doco experience. “It was a bit daunting at first having cameras following you around with your family and stuff but, in the end, it was real good. They did a real good job.” Last year Justice & Kaos rematerialised with a mixtape. They’re currently touting Theme Music as an album “prelude”. “The premise for the EP was songs that we’d written that we didn’t quite think fit the mould of what we wanted for the album, but we wanted people to hear, anyway. “We’ve written a fair few songs, and we have an idea of exactly how we want the album to sound – there’s a few more songs to record and there’s a few behind-the-scenes things to take care of...”
WHO: JUSTICE & KAOS WHAT: THEME MUSIC THROUGH RED GIANT MUSIC WHEN: OUT NOW
PLAY SOME D
MICHAEL KENNEDY INFORMS LIZ GALINOVIC THAT THE MUSIC HE CREATES AS LUKIE D IS MORE “LOVER’S ROCK” THAN DANCEHALL.
Jamaican born and raised, Michael Kennedy has for 20 years now been doubling as reggae star Lukie D. It’s been a steady career as he’s moved in and out of popular bands, worked with prominent dancehall producers and finally cemented himself as a solo artist who churns out albums at a steady annual pace. Born for the stage, he came from a very musical family, where to refuse musical training was not an option. “My mum sings, my uncles and others, we all play music. My grandfather was in the Sugar Belly band which is a long time reggae band so I was always surrounded buy music.” This kind of upbringing meant that from a young age Kennedy aspired to a career in music. His grandfather was incredibly influential within the family, which made the pursuit of such a career more tangible. “It is what I always wanted to do. Growing up with my grandfather we had to learn to play instruments so I can play the bass guitar and the keyboard and I also play the guitar which is an important part of any singer’s career. When you can play it helps you to write, to sing, to stay in key and stuff like that.” In the ‘90s Kennedy was one of several family members who formed Firehouse Crew, a band known for launching the likes of Luciano and Sizzla. While a part of Firehouse Crew Kennedy released his hit track Centre Of Attraction and all of a sudden doors were swinging open. “After working for so long, that song really brought me to the forefront,”he
says. “That’s when I really gained recognition at that time.” As Lukie D, Kennedy is often hailed as a dancehall singer – a moniker which can be somewhat confusing when listening to the slow jamming reggae grooves over which he croons about love. It’s not exactly the banging fast tempo of dancehall. Kennedy agrees but explains he is a malleable singer. “I am not a dancehall singer because dancehall is a faster moving beat. I’m more of a lover’s rock artist because I’m more on the slower side of stuff. The thing with Lukie D is that I sing anything; I can sing on a dancehall rhythm, I can sing lover’s rock, I can sing on a cultural rhythm, I can sing on which ever one I choose. I do dancehall because it comes naturally to me. Dancehall is a bit faster but you don’t have to sing fast on the music – you can sing slow on a dancehall beat and it’s still okay. But that said, I’m more of a lover’s rock singer.” Kennedy calls it lover’s rock, but lover’s reggae would be a better description – a melange of love songs with soulful vocals that he delivers over reggae/ roots/RNB infused rhythms. Perhaps there’s a touch of rock. He writes all his own material including some of the production although he prefers not to “get deep into producing” and workswith a variety of producers. That said, reggae lovers and lovers of music in general would be fools if they found all this talk about “love songs” to be a put off – Kennedy intends to deliver some very enjoyable grooves on his first trip to Australia. “I’m not a mad man but I am a little crazy. I’m the type of person who likes to build the audience’s vibe. I am not a snail pace; I don’t stand and go from left to right. I sing, that’s my job, I get the people involved if they want to get involved. I might jump into the crowd. Who knows what might happen? Look forward to an energetic show with good songs and good vibes from me.”
WHO: LUKIE D WHAT: PLAYS 202 BROADWAY WHEN: SATURDAY 29 MAY
IN THE RAW
ERIC LAU ADMITS TO HUWSTON THAT HIS DEBUT ALBUM WAS A RAW AFFAIR, AND HIS HIP HOP/SOUL FUSION IS NOW HEADED IN A MORE DANCEABLE DIRECTION. Eric Lau is a British hip hop and soul producer who burst on to the scene amidst a flurry of excitement with his debut New Territories on Ubiquity in 2008, satisfying fans across the Atlantic looking for some post-Ummah sub bass soul. Since then Lau has kept a fairly low profile until recently releasing the underground Kilawatt V2 EP ahead of his debut Australian tour. Speaking over the phone after a very late night mixing session, Lau namechecks recent visitor Dâm-Funk and looks forward to reaching our shores after busily preparing brand new material. “I saw the tweets that Dâm was writing about, Dâm is an ambassador of funk you know?” he says. “I have a lot of respect for Dâm because he always gives.” With a somewhat more withdrawn demeanour than his Californian friend, Lau discusses how his new EP came about. “Kilawatt is a new label run by a guy who did some work experience for me a few years ago,” he explains. “He’s a music lover who was very ambitious and I kinda guided him in the right direction and he asked me if I wanted to do an EP and he saved up the money to do it.” The EP features vocalists Muhsinah and Oddisee, who, like Lau, have both been teasing the underground for years now with the promise of artists poised to take over. Also featured on the mini album is multi-instrumentalist Kaidi Tatham whose appearance gives the release another level of musicality and puts Lau in a new realm. “This is an extension [of New Territories]. I think as producer you’re always learning and whilst it WHO: ERIC LAU might not sound it from a listener’s perspective, New Territories was WHAT: PLAYS RETURN OF THE very raw,” he says in relation to WHEN: FRIDAY 28 MAY the new EP’s lush instrumentation.
“I didn’t really have much knowledge of engineering back then… even composition,” he says, suggesting that his collaborative family was both a step up and in the right direction for him. “Oddisee and I have a very similar journey as far as our upbringing is concerned. The song that he wrote really reflected how I felt about our journey.” At the time his debut LP was released, Lau also dropped the Guilty Simpson collaboration For The D, which somewhat split fans of his smooth soul whilst at the same time as gaining him a lot of respect from the hip hop community. Lau is not vexed by where he sits in the marketplace. “I’m happy to have a ‘fanbase’ on both sides,” he says. “I haven’t even ventured into the dance music side of things that I want to go into yet. Most of the stuff everyone has heard has been downtempo or mid-tempo but I wanna make people dance as well.” Overall, Lau is very relaxed about his situation in a grim marketplace. “Music is an art form. I’m lucky enough to be able to do it and I think hip hop and soul go hand in hand, so I don’t see it as a problem – I see it as a blessing to be able to do both types of music and reach both types of people.” Currently preparing a two track single for the Save The Children charity where all proceeds go directly to the cause, Lau says this will be people’s first opportunity to hear the more dancefloor-based gear, with Aussies possibly hearing it before anyone else. “There’s a lot of things going on in the world and I thought ‘why not come together with some people and let’s make music with a purpose?’,” he says. “One track is vocal with Rahel and Fatima and a couple of guests all singing on it and the other is a live version of Understanding which I am really enjoying at the moment.”
REAL AT MELT
THINKING MAN’S BREAKS
WITH HIS NEW FREE DJ MIX UNDER THE SKOOL OF THOUGHT MONIKER, LLOYD SEYMOUR TELLS NIC TOUPEE HE’S TRYING TO BATTLE A GROWING “ANTHEM CULTURE”.
“I think it’s like supporting your favourite football team: you get behind it and believe in it with a passion and it becomes your way of life – which is good when it’s doing well – but when your team doesn’t do so well you don’t just jump ship. “It has difficult over the past year, ” he acknowledges. “The rules have become tighter around what is or isn’t breaks. For example if Cockney Thug by Rusko had come out four years ago, it would have been called a breakbeat record but because it came out more recently it’s labelled dubstep.” In order to resuscitate a genre you need fresh ideas and new blood – Natural Selection profiles some new names amongst the familiar to do just that. “Natural Selection profiles underdog styles – like the track by Stenchman Computer Expert, and some of the Superstar Deluxe tunes. They are the kind of tracks that should fall into the breaks category but you listen and you’re not not sure what it is. You find yourself listening to it and struggling if you had to pigeonhole it. The album essentially ties these different styles together with an essense of breakbeat.” With his track selection, Seymour is also throwing down the gauntlet to what he sees as an increasingly shallow “anthem culture” in clubs. “I think ‘heads’ are going to be into it more – there aren’t many huge obvious tracks. You need the big tunes, but it becomes tiring and less effective when there’s a whole set of them – and that’s where we are at the moment. At the start of breaks it wasn’t like that – the tunes were very deep and sets were more of a ‘journey’ kind of vibe. Now anthems are the only records that are selling. Ultimately I’d like to see it go back to a more educated approach and I think most DJs would too.“
Breaks DJ/Producer Lloyd Seymour, aka Skool of Thought, is not so much running a group of record labels as steering a movement. Seymour has just released a new – free – DJ mix called Natural Selection through the website of his Against The Grain Records imprint. The name implies a certain survivalist attitude and certainly it seems the implication is deliberate. With dubstep faddism, download culture and a club scene built around one dimensional anthem jocks dominating the scene, Seymour and his swag of high profile acts on Against The Grain (including Freestylers and Krafty Kuts) are fighting fire with innovation and underground tunes. Relocating to Australia as Seymour did a couple of years ago seems like a strange choice for one of the UK’s most reputed label-runners – to come from Breaks Central to the other side of the world where the scene was nearly toetagged. Yet he sees it in a very positive light. “Australia is a nice country to live in, people really appreciate our music,” Seymour offers. “Really what brought us here was the appreciation for breaks. In some respects it has been good to be detached from the UK scene, less caught up perhaps in passing trends and politics. Breaks has taken a downturn in the last couple of years and people have been more focused on dubstep over there. Being detached from that has focused me to push breaks.” WHO: SKOOL OF THOUGHT He has put effort into establishing WHAT: NATURAL SELECTION THROUGH AGAINST THE events and nights around Australia when breaks seemed about to fade GRAIN / PLAYS CHINESE LAUNDRY into obscurity, and has seen the WHEN: OUT NOW / FRIDAY 28 MAY scene begin to grow again.
NO TIME WASTERS
DRUM N BASS OR HIP HOP? BEST KNOWN FOR THE FORMER, SCOTT MIDDLETON IS REPPING THE LATTER WITH HIS DEBUT ALBUM DROP AS UNDERTOW, AS LIZ GALINOVIC REPORTS. Scott Middleton is no stranger to live performance. For years now he has been called upon by big name drum n bass artists to front their sets with live MCing, a feat he has been conducting under the moniker DTech MC, under which he’s also joint frontperson for Triple J Unearthed winners and the dnb/grime/electronic band Kobra Kai.
culture, “and a whole lot of different things. There’s everything from tunes where I’m at my lowest points and then there’s tunes where I’m at my highest points and then there’s tunes saying even if you’re at your lowest points, it can always be better.”
Now, in 2010, Middleton reintroduces himself as Undertow, releasing his debut album Minds Believing to become the latest ambassador for our burgeoning local hip hop scene. But what came first, the dnb or the hip hop?
Rather than pandering to current trends, Middleton and Dazed have created an album that could be accessible to a wider audience. Given his dnb background and the fact that the album is released through Foreigndub, this makes sense.
“Like the chicken or the egg?” Middleton counters. “I reckon they both came together if that’s possible. I’ve always been involved with both. I’ve probably had a lot more success in drum n bass. But at the same time I probably haven’t pushed hip hop in some ways.” For Middleton, MCing for a drum n bass or breaks act is somewhat easier than MCing as a hip hop artist. As he puts it, “with drum n bass you can get up there and say what you want to say and shout around and people will sort of like it – it’s the same with breaks and shit like that, but hip hop is an art form. It’s a way to express and you need to be on point.” Middleton’s point with Minds Believing is to be inspiring. “It’s all about positive energy and a positive approach to life.” The album deals with topics from mental illness to love songs to youth
Most of the production lies at the hands of Melbourne MC/producer Dazed from Dazed and Flawlezz, who exhibits a varied taste in music so that the sound of the album shifts from “a tune that sounds like Lyrical Commission stuff to a love song, and then there might be an upbeat dancey sort of number with a female on the hook followed by straight up east coast boom bap sort of shit.”
“What I’m trying to do with this debut is actually make an album for all listeners. And all listeners of hip hop could possibly like this. A lot of people who don’t even like hip hop could possibly like this. I’m not here to follows trends in any way. I don’t really care if gangsters don’t like what I do and I don’t really care if the core of Australian hip hop don’t really get what I’m going on about because I’m just trying to do an album the way I want to do an album. Primarily it’s a record for listeners but at the same time it means a lot to me.” Minds Believing features vocals from talented local MCs such as Fame, Swarmy and Rinse from Bingethinkers as well as vocals from fellow Kobra Kai member Spex, who features on the first single Use Your Time. Although the album could also be seen as Dazed’s little baby, he shares the production arena with Flawlezz and Rob Hectic. In the spirit of Use Your Time, Middleton is certainly using his. He’s already finished all the lyrics for his next album and accumulated half of the beats, because, as he says, “Yeah, we don’t muck around mate.”
WHO: UNDERTOW WHAT: MINDS BELIEVING THROUGH FOREIGNDUB/ VITAMIN / PLAYS SECRET WAREHOUSE LOCATION WHEN: OUT NOW / SATURDAY 29 MAY
ALBUM OF THE WEEK
COSMOGRAMMA Flying Lotus
ONE TRACK MIND WITH TIM FINNEY
Warp/Inertia Los Angeles-based Steven Ellison (aka Flying Lotus) has finally lifted the lid on what has been the most anticipated electronic album of the year, and Cosmogramma is the fulfillment of Ellison’s unique musical vision – which in turn pushes the boundaries of his kaleidoscopic sonic palette even further. It is no longer adequate to describe FlyLo beats as post-Dilla or wonky. The amazing tones on the album owe as much to the likes of Madlib as they do Four Tet, Aphex Twin, Kode9, Motown, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis or Ornette Coleman, and while Ellison often plays down his family lineage (his aunt was the great Alice Coltrane, wife of legendary saxophonist John) the composition and experimentation feels like a futuristic take on the spirit of ‘60s free jazz. It’s a challenging listen and the individual compositions make most sense in the context of the overall album. As such, it’s difficult to pick obvious highlights. …And The World Laughs With You features the vocals of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke tweaked in such a way to provide just another layer to the track as opposed to the feature of it. Live instrumentation and string arrangements also feature heavily, with relative Ravi Coltrane lending sax to Arkestry and Dorian Concept adding keys on Satelllliiiiiiiteee. Also worthy of mention is the gorgeous sleeve artwork, incorporating the theme of old-meets-new with hieroglyphic-like symbols and sketches of planets. As a package, Cosmogramma looks and feels timeless – a work that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Safari Music/Central Station
A warmly confounding album, Swim represents Dan Snaith’s least accessible and most intriguing release as an artist. The Canadian producer’s third album under his Caribou moniker, Swim was constructed with the intention of creating a fluid variety of dance music – the resulting album, unsurprisingly, proves somewhat difficult to comprehend. On one level, Swim is an absolutely delightful record. If nothing else, Snaith has again succeeded in creating a wondrous and fantastical world for listeners to explore with hazy house anthems like Sun and understated disco-pop gems like opener Odessa but, from another perspective, Swim is something of a non-event. Snaith’s fluid dance music isn’t actually all that removed from standard dance music and one gets the definite sense that the Canadian iconoclast isn’t tremendously familiar with the form he is attempting to subvert. This is the album’s most defining experience. Swim is most definitely enjoyable but, in many ways, it feels quite underwhelming. Bowls is a prime example – a deeply engaging production alive with deep bass swells, cycling percussive loops and fluid synthesiser melodies, the piece’s chief chord progression nevertheless feels like it was ripped from a Dr Alban B-side. But while one cannot help but feel somewhat let down by Snaith, Swim will still probably prove to be one of the most beloved albums of 2010.
One internet forum descried this album as “progressive house”, which is a little ambitious to say the least, but the general feel about Mobin Master is he’s a good remixer – which isn’t strictly true. Master, who was nominated for an ARIA in 2008, has made his mainstream reputation (after beginning life in the tribal house underground) on the back of re-making a few classic ‘90s anthems, including the ubiquitous Show Me Love. That his debut album Get Lucky is in part a tribute to ‘90s house music is hardly surprising – what is surprising is that the album shows real talent and diversity. Feel The Rush has Stephen Pickup on vocals and has a much darker, harder edge than previous sounds. Be Yourself moves away from ‘90s electro and delves into a catchy Latino vibe, and he surprises again with the more downtempo and soulful Nympho, which also features Australia’s own Ron E. Master has also been smart with his recruitment choices, roping in Toolroom’s Mark Knight and also progressing his harmonious relationship with vocalist Karina Chavez. Maybe Master has “got lucky” with his success to date. Or maybe luck hasn’t got much to do with it at all? Overall, Master proves that with a splash of fortune and a fair degree of talent you can make an album that’s distinguishable from others and stands on its own.
SINGLE OF THE WEEK
The Chemical Brothers EMI
I suppose what is nice about still having The Chemical Brothers around is that they remind of a time when dance acts could be all about brash, “big statement” maximalism and still have a chance of commercial success. There’s few acts today who feel as unconcerned with style as The Chemical Brothers (perhaps ironically) were. The issue is that most of their more recent material works on a nostalgic level too well to do anything else. Escape Velocity is a self-consciously psychedelic analogue synth work-out riding a surprisingly brisk house beat, like the DFA’s remix of Tiga’s Far From Home on amphetamines. As you’d expect the central keyboard vamp gets passed through what sounds like a number of lovedup processing machines. Rather charming really, but – even though it’s not obviously recreating any prior Chemical Brothers classic – the tune seems to be better at suggesting the effortless soar of tunes like The Private Psychedelic Reel and Star Guitar than it is at recreating it.
NOT MYSELF TONIGHT Christina Aguilera RCA/Sony
Poor Christina – you can feel her floundering around for an appropriate sound like a fish on dry land. I’m glad she’s drifting back towards RNB after the glam-stomp anonymity of Keeps Getting Better, but Not Myself Tonight just sounds a lot like Britney’s Gimme More, an ignominious situation for Christina I would have thought. Also, the sultry spoken word bits? So Britney as to be egregious. Though I like “I’m feelin’ brand new/ and if you don’t like it fuck you”. In its favour, Not Myself Tonight has excellently squelchy synth-disco production from RNB producer Polow Da Don (including surprisingly housey off-beat snare patterns that lift the production to a level of near-awesomeness). What counts against it is that, despite Christina flashing her vocal chops, the chorus just isn’t terribly earwormy – for her sake I hope the familiar shininess of the whole package will mean radio plays it anyway.
WOULD YOU RAISE YOUR HANDS Rogue Traders Peppermint Blue/Sony
It’s a sign of the times that I thought this new Rogue Traders single was actually some new pop starlet trying to get on some kind of post-Ke$ha wave of electro-pop “rebellion” – which in this case just means liberally quoting from Adam Ant’s Ant Music, via both the housed-up stadiumstomp groove and the vocals (is the new girl’s British accent also affected?). Look, I really wanted to hate this, but to be honest I think I prefer it to the pouty rock-angst of the group’s Natalie Bassingthwaiteassisted efforts, maybe because it mostly just focuses on deploying its borrowed hooks in as efficient a manner as possible. That just makes it “okay” though. The Chew Fu remix is standard dying-computer-bleepy electro house but is odd enough in its construction to be diverting. The more rigorous synth-riffin’ of the Chris Fraser remix might work if I was drunk and catching a taxi home at 3am in the morning, but otherwise not so much.
NEED YOU TONIGHT Professor Green EMI
ONELOVE SOUND MACHINE
Various Artists (Mixed by Grant Smillie, Bingo Players and Tommie Sunshine) Onelove/Sony It’s been a while in-between beats for the crew at the Love, so right on cue here comes the first Onelove compilation of 2010. The cats at Onelove have had their fingers on the electronic music button for so long no one knows if they can ever be removed. This time round Grant Smillie kicks off with a grimy selection of tracks that’ll make most Onelove regulars damp. Of course there are a couple of TV Rock workings, including Technero’s One World, alongside their own Elevated. And there are plenty of good tribal moments coming from Dirty South and Mark Knight’s Stopover and Riva Starr’s I Was Drunk. Naturally Smillie’s selection is quite listener-friendly, but the disappointing portion of Sound Machine arrives quickly, and the blame sits with the Bingo Players’ mix. It starts badly with their sparse remix of Tom’s Diner and only really picks up towards the end of the disc with Armand Van Helden and friends’ Anyway – just avoid the first seven or so songs and you’ll be right. Finally up pops Tommie Sunshine to ram home the mix in style. Highlights include Bart B More’s Roman, DJ Zinc’s Killa Sound and UDACHI’s P-Funk Skank. The New Yorker also includes some exquisite a capellas, particularly Sharam Jey and his own The Things. So there you have it – Onelove Sound Machine is a pretty freaking good mix CD that’s only let down by the Bingo Players contribution.
UNCOVERED VOL 2 Various Artists Ministry Of Sound Ministry of Sound has done it again with Uncovered Vol 2, a cool collection of covers from several genres re-recorded by some of today’s most recognised musicians including Air, Florence + The Machince, Sarah Blasko and Gabriella Cilmi. Each rendition is a breath of fresh air to classics and current hits alike. Most of the tracks may have been fine as they were, but once you get halfway through disc one and tap into the likes of You’re The One That I Want by Angus & Julia Stone (originally by John Travolta & Olivia Newton John) your eyes will be glued to the track list with excitement to hear how each and every song has been covered. Don’t be fooled though, this isn’t a mix of poorly arranged covers against the original instrumentals – each is simplistic relying on vocals with a base of either piano or acoustic guitar for the most part. Disc two opener Electric Feel (originally by MGMT) has been relaxed into almost a ballad by Wild At Heart, while Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me A River is reconstructed with strong vocals from Gabriella Cilmi, and Britney’s Womanizer gets worked over by Lily Allen – if this doesn’t pique any interest, then it’s probably not for you. The lure of Ministry of Sound forces the compilation upon you, but surprising twists to the original compositions keep Uncovered Vol 2 in the CD player for longer than you’ll expect.
Speaking of over-reliance on hits from the past. I guess one measure of how obnoxious and obvious the use of a sample will seem is how much distance is generated from the original article. The problem with using that now stabbing, now ringing guitar riff from INXS’ Need You Tonight is that it already sounded like an awesome sample on the original song. For his part, weedy Brit rapper Professor Green evidently feels that the distinctiveness of his voice will be enough to stamp Need You Tonight as his own, but his tale of a one night stand turned toxic unofficial relationship never breaks past the music to gasp any air, and the whole thing ends up sounding like a minor novelty single. Plus, it’s hard not to compare Green unfavourably against The Streets’ more compelling, involving work circa Original Pirate Material.
ISSUE # 1012
TUESDAY 25 MAY
ROYALSTON WHERE AND WHEN WAS YOUR FIRST SET? A warehouse party in Campbell St, 2001.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ALL TIME 12”? Konflict – Gene Sequence.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DJS?
Total Science, Hook N Sling, Noisia.
WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST THING YOU’VE SEEN FROM BEHIND THE DECKS?
I saw my cousin dance his way into a concrete pylon at the last No Frills party. He had to be carried out.
WHAT’S THE WORST REQUEST YOU’VE GOT? “Can you make it go slower?”
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF WHAT YOU DO? Supportive dissaproval.
WHAT DOES THE SYDNEY CLUB SCENE NEED MOST? More lasers.
FAVOURITE CLUB TO PLAY?
No Frills at the Phoenix was good – great sound. I’m looking forward to Bass Drop at the Arthouse too.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST ALL TIME GIG?
This Is Not Art Festival, 2002, Newcastle.
WHAT GIGS HAVE YOU GOT COMING UP?
Everyone at 202 Broadway Friday 28 May, Bass Drop with London Electricity at Arthouse 5 June, Pysfari 11 June. LISTEN TO ROYALSTON MIX ON HODGIE’S ‘THE MIX-A-NATION RADIO SHOW’ SATURDAY NIGHT BETWEEN 6-8PM ON BONDI FM 88.0 OR ONLINE AT BONDIFM.COM.
• PIC BY CARINE THEVENAU
STARS GENERAL OUTLOOK
The key is to get the edge over everyone else this week. Look after your own. Take care of your family and be prepared to do it Sopranos style. The winner will be the one with the most blood on their hands.
20 JANUARY TO 18 FEBRUARY Strip clubs on a Wednesday morning? The dog track on a Thursday afternoon? Making meth in the bathtub on a Sunday morning? Yes indeed, it’s another busy week for you. Get your rest!
19 FEBRUARY TO 20 MARCH Cool it on the shoplifting for a week or so, that store keeper is getting suspicious. Next time you’re in there, watch how he looks at you. If he makes a move for the phone, bat him with a broom handle.
21 MARCH TO 20 APRIL Make a mental note of every appointment you have for the next seven months, then eat your day planner. Nothing can save you now, but eating any residual evidence is a great source of protein.
21 APRIL TO 20 MAY Someone must have reported you missing by now, but the question is, will the police find you before that maniac comes back down to the basement and carves himself a nice juicy steak? Hold on!
21 MAY TO 20 JUNE Is this your card? No? Well fuck me I guess I messed up the magic trick. Fortunately I have a loaded gun in my car and I can guarantee I won’t miss at any distance. So start running you piece of shit.
21 JUNE TO 21 JULY The problem with people like you is that you think you know better than everyone else. Fact is, you’re the dumbest one in the group. If I were you I’d learn how to sit back and take instructions.
TECHNOSCAPE DSLR 101ISM Joined the old Digital Single Lens Reflex camera club recently (hello video capable Canon 7D), which has meant learning about photography, and then about technologies that bridge the old and the new. And haunting Ebay a bit more than usual...
TO DSLR OR NOT TO DSLR? The benefits of digital image recording combined with the advanced light controls of an SLR camera make DSLR cameras great for photographers, and now that they’re often capable of good quality video DSLRs are luring in a lot of film-makers too. It’s not all win though – video makers expecting DSLRs to have the same ease of shooting will be disappointed. Weighing it up for those interested in video, David Torcivia has summarised the pros and cons over at Poetzerofilm.com.
22 JULY TO 21 AUGUST Mix me a drink, will you? A shot of Gin, a shot of soy milk, a single ice cube. Then spit in it. Then use a swizzle stick to kind of slosh it around. That’s it. Now pour it over my head. Now get out.
22 AUGUST TO 21 SEPTEMBER Your lack of personal growth is starting to cause problems in your professional life. You need to stop wearing the diapers to work every day. It just looks bad. Can’t you just try to get to the bathroom?
22 SEPTEMBER TO 22 OCTOBER If you bring a knife to a gun fight, be prepared to get shot in the groin. These people you stole from are not fucking around. They are very serious people and they don’t like being made fools of.
23 OCTOBER TO 21 NOVEMBER You fought for your country. Not in any actual way of course, but surely you still deserve some respect, right? Well, no actually. Respect has to be earned, or beaten out of people. Get tough.
22 NOVEMBER TO 20 DECEMBER You should stop acting like you live in a hotel. Demanding room service at 3am is really starting to piss your flatmates off. And they don’t offer valet parking either, you arsehole.
21 DECEMBER TO 19 JANUARY You have to start accounting for every penny you earn. Make it count. No more drugs, no more prostitutes. That’s just a waste of money. Unless the hookers are absolute freaks of course.
NAY Ergonomics – too light/small/ awkward screen and controls. Moiré and Aliasing – skipped lines in video, during process to shrink large image down to video size. Shutter Rolling – fast moving objects can be in different places in the same frame. Resolution – they don’t actually shoot as well as advertised. Compression – Canon records to lossy H264 format (which needs processing before editing). Audio – terrible on DSLR, need to record externally (with Zoom H4n for example) + sync (pro-tip: singularsoftware.com/ pluraleyes.html).
YAY Ergonomics – The small size can also mean shooting easily in cramped spaces, and more discreet filming. Depth of Field – Hey look, it’s blurry in the background! Beautiful, but as the web fills with it, David helpfully notes: “Don’t wear out the effectiveness of a shallow shot by making an entire ‘test’ film filled with nothing but micro DOF. Shallow depth of field is just another tool in the cinematographer’s box to better tell a story. It is not a crutch or a gimmick to sell a shot or a product, an idea which cheapens the art.” Low light – Zowie! For the price, DSLRs can shoot in hearts of darkness that video cameras cannot even see. Believe. Price – Fantastic quality and value. Photos – Oh yeah, they do those too... 10 stops of dynamic range, full RAW files, 18 or 21 Megapixels
3D PLAYLIST 1. SCRIBBLE
UNDERWORLD/HIGH CONTRAST 2. REMASTER OF THE UNIVERSE
Last month, South Park aired their 200th episode and bravo to them. That’s 6000 minutes of my life spent in an impenetrable bubble of joy. After days of Tiger Woods drenched media there is nothing better than sitting back to watch Trey Parker and Matt Stone explore some of the inherently stupid elements of our world. In this episode Tom Cruise and his band of merry celebrities have launched a lawsuit on the entire town of South Park for all the ridicule and mockery they’ve dished out, unfairly, to the celebrity realm. The only thing that will convince Cruise to drop the suit is if the town gives him the Prophet Mohammed. You can imagine the town’s horror at this request. They’ve been here before and they know they can’t show Mohammed, because for many Muslims it is unlawful to produce images of the prophet. This is the reason Cruise has made such a request. It’s not because he knows they can’t do it for fear of retribution, but because he believes the Prophet Mohammed is the only celebrity above ridicule and mockery. If they can take his powers, no one will ever be able to make fun of them again. The town agonises about how they can produce Mohammed without showing him and settle on a sports mascot – a bear suit. Not long after this episode aired, an obscure website named revolutionmuslim.com issued an ominous warning – “We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show.” The irony! I think I did a little wee in my pants from laughing so hard at the blatant irony of this situation. These characters agonised over the best way to show him without showing him and still, some random pompous religio-crazy twists his knickers. Even Tom Cruise queried as to why he should believe it was actually the prophet inside the suit. At Comedy Central HQ a censorship insurgence ensued
– all great for timelapse. Lenses – The variety of glass available for DSLRs vastly outweighs that possible for video cameras (hello eBay, or hello renta-lens for important occasions) . Media – Tapeless workflows. Drag n drop, rather than slowly capturing footage.
WHICH LENSES TO GET? If you want, you can actually mount cinema lenses to a DSLR, using add-ons from hotrodcameras.com. For most people though, the existing range of photography lenses will be a vast jump in quality from handheld video. Things to note? 50mm – a lens this size renders perspective in a way similar to a scene is perceived by the human eye. Wide Angle Lenses (below 35mm) – allow you to fit more in frame from closer range (think fish eye), but exaggerate distance between objects and can distort. Telephoto Zoom Lenses (above 50mm) – allow magnification of distant objects/skateboarders/ small furry animals etc (though tends to compress distance between objects).
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS 4. LOOSE CHANGE so that speeches in the follow-up episode were bleeped! A media furore about playing into the hands of bullies followed. And fair enough – Salmon Rushdie’s still kicking so I think Parker and Stone have a fair chance of making it into old age without needing to be bleeped. A spokesperson for the Council on American-Islamic Relations called Revolution Muslim “an extreme fringe group” and stated they had no credibility within the Muslim community. But the best part was when he went on to say that they wouldn’t comment on the episode because ‘’People are pretty tired of this whole ‘let’s insult the prophet Mohammed’ thing”. WTF? He was in a bear suit!
That’s not insulting, that was South Park respecting Muslim sensitivities because you couldn’t see him. Why would Tom Cruise want Mohammed’s power for being above ridicule if this was a world where he was ridiculed like everyone else? The reasonable and progressive thing to do here would be to introduce the Prophet Mohammed Disclaimer. You know, like the one SBS and the ABC use when they’re showing deceased indigenous people. “The following programme feature images of the Prophet Mohammed. Some viewers may find it offensive enough to commit murder and other terrorist activities.”
5. FABRIC 53
FROMAGE DISCO 7. HOME IS WHERE YOUR HEART IS (YOKOO REMIX)
8. FABULOUS DIAMONDS II
9. ALL ABOUT THE MONEY
10. PLEASE DON’T PANIC
BOOKA SHADE CDS
If the taste of new material Booka Shade gave us at Future Music Festival a couple of months back got you all in a lather, than you’ve no doubt already got your hands on a copy of More! and are all over the sounds of bombs like Regenerate, Teenage Spaceman and Bad Love. But if you’re not, we’ve got five copies of the German duo’s fourth long-player to give away! For your chance to win email firstname.lastname@example.org. au with ‘BOOKA SHADE’ in the subject line.
Macro lenses – So you want to shoot close-ups? This is the lens for you – or – seek out extension tubes or adjustable bellows (both of which are placed between another lens and the camera, changing the dynamics so that close-up is possible), or get an auxiliary close-up lens to attach to the front of a lens, or get a reversing ring (an adaptor that allows the lens to be attached to the camera backwards, which creates extreme close-up vision). Complicating things – the Canon 7D doesn’t have a full frame sensor, which means you have to multiply the above numbers by 1.6. In other words, a 50mm lense on the Canon 7D is the equivalent of a (50x1.6=) 80mm lense (and the perspective it brings). There are also a wide range of cheap adaptors that can be fitted to any DLSR, which will enable lenses from other manufacturers to be used (functions like autofocusing can be lost with some of these though). And it has to be noted, the Wikipedia page on photography is incredibly useful for getting to know the terms and principles...
MC BOOTH CRYMZIKO
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR MC NAME? When I was about 15 or 16, I simply used the name Crymz (‘crims’) – a play on the word ‘crimson’. But after a while, I got over it. I hated how it sounded like it was associated to the word ‘criminal’ – that’s not what it means at all – I didn’t want a full change, but I did want to adjust it, so I added an ‘iko’ at the end of it so it stood out as original and catchy. Crymziko – crim-zeeko.
WHAT CAN YOU REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR FIRST GIG?
I guess you could say my first proper ‘gig’ would have to be when I performed at my school music/drama festival when I was in Year 10 ha ha. In all honesty it was a sick little show and we rocked the house. It was awesome because at that time it provided a good dose of something different for the massive audience of school kids and their parents. It also introduced me to the art of performing so it definitely kicked off something special.
EVER EXCRETED ANY UNUSUAL FLUIDS BEFORE ROCKING A SHOW?
Man, I wish I did – just so I could say I have. But contrary to a lot of people, I don’t actually feel nervous prior to performing. I actually feel pumped up and ready to go.
YOUR BEST SHOW AND WHY?
Definately Reverb ‘09 at Waves in Wollongong. I supported the likes of Drapht, Downsyde, Pez/360, Mind Over Matter, Phatchance
and more (all in the one show). So I guess that line-up speaks for itself.
JAY-Z OR NAS?
Nas. I love Jay-Z, but Nas is my favourite MC of all time. For me, he is just a much more potent lyricist; and back when they had beef, Nas destroyed Jay-Z on his track, Ether.
WHAT’S THAT ON YOUR SHIRT THERE?
I don’t want to look down to check because I’m scared you will flick me in the nose.
FAVOURITE COMEBACK LINE?
“If I wanted any sort of comeback, I’d ask your sister to kindly return it.”
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT THE LOCAL HIP HOP SCENE?
Besides the culture itself, I feel that Australian hip hop has reached a great level of appreciation in the music industry. The best thing is that we’ve managed to bridge the gap of the stereotypes that go along with rap music. We’ve managed to formulate a sound which is home-bred and true and that which is pleasing to the ears of a diverse range of people regardless of their taste in music. Hip hop in Australia is definitely getting big now and is finally getting the respect it deserves.
WHO: CRYMZIKO WHAT: PLAYS NEWTOWN RSL / DUST TONES AT BEACH ROAD HOTEL WHEN: TUESDAY 1 JUNE / FRIDAY 16 JULY
ARIA CLUB CHART 1. WE NO SPEAK AMERICANO
YOLANDA BE COOL & DCUP
2. I BELIEVE (JONO FERNANDEZ/ BASSJACKERS/ORIGINAL MIX)
NICK GALEA FEAT AMBA SHEPHERD
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR DJ NAME?
It’s my name with the surname said really fast then spelt as it sounds – McKirdy becomes McD!
3. HEY HEY (DF’S ATTENTION VOCAL/DIM CHRIS/RIVA STARR/TOM DE NEEF MIX)
IN A NUTSHELL, DESCRIBE WHAT YOU PLAY.
I have never played inside a nutshell but if I did it would probably be some pretty nutty music. My club sets can include disco, house and techno if given the right audience and the right place.
4. DANCE THE WAY I FEEL (ARMAND VAN HELDEN MIX)
OU EST LE SWIMMING POOL
WHAT MADE YOU START DJING?
5. ROCKSTAR (DANNY T/CHRISTIAN LUKE & CHARDY/ANGGER DIMAS/ DCUP/STEVIE HART MIX)
My brother! He did it as a hobby and I picked it up very quickly so when I found myself in between jobs it suddenly became my means of income and eventually my career.
PIPER & FERNANDEZ FEAT MARVIN PRIEST
WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST THING YOU’VE SEEN IN A NIGHTCLUB?
6. GETTING OVER YOU (THOMAS GOLD MIX)
Two girls punching on or me in a polar bear outfit at a white party in 34 degree heat!
DAVID GUETTA FEAT CHRIS WILLIS, FERGIE & LMFAO
7. EVERYDAY (DIGITAL LAB/ CLUB MIX)
8. CASSIUS 99 (ORIGINAL/ TIM GREEN/RESET! MIX)
9. FREE (ORIGINAL/ CHRISTIAN LUKE/NICK GALEA MIX)
10. R.E.F.R.E.S.H. (ORIGINAL/12-INCH/ TOM PIPER/SANTIAGO & BUSHIDO MIX)
ITCH-E & SCRATCH-E FEAT SCRIBE
JAMES ZABIELA CHINESE LAUNDRY: 22.05.10 As the crowd gradually filtered in during the late afternoon to a smooth tech house warm-up from Tom Budden (to the point where the courtyard of the Chinese Laundry was very nearly bursting at the seams), the right kind of vibe was present. The wet weather was holding out for the moment, and some of the very best of the Sydney scene were gathered for dance music’s eternally enthusiastic maestro James
Zabiela performing for three hours under the stars, with the added bonus of his latest Renaissance compilation handed to you for free when you walked in the door. Nice. Zabs stepped up to the decks shortly after 7pm and dove into things with some bouncy techno (forgoing the thoughtful downtempo of his new compilation), and over the next three hours he projected the musical tastes of a performer who is genuinely, and deeply, in love with electronic music – far from just a collection of the latest tech house bangers, it truly was an eclectic assortment. Plenty of deeper melodic techno was smattered amongst the more driving stuff, the odd joyous singalong like Depeche Mode’s Enjoy The Silence to lift spirits even higher, along with the occasional curveball – when he smoothly dropped into a soulful drum n bass tune he drew a gasp, and then a cheer, from the rammed courtyard. With that much diversity, it’s always tough to draw all the different threads together – so it wasn’t surprising the set meandered occasionally. This was forgivable though, especially with the exhilarating pay-off of pumping progressive through the last half hour, letting loose with his trademark scratching and FX. As the heavens opened up again, the awnings drawing down to keep at least some dry, the energy captured was something special. Wrapping up with a euphoric encore of Underworld’s new drum n bass belter Scribble, Zabiela proved he’s indeed a DJ who just keeps getting better each visit.
IN THE STUDIO WITH...
WHAT’S THE WORST BOOTLEG YOU’VE EVER HEARD?
Anything Elvis should be outlawed!
THE MOST IDIOTIC REQUEST YOU’VE HAD AS A DJ?
Bourbon and Coke please... It’s handy for me to get drinks when the DJ booth is attached to the bar but some people take it too far.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT SYDNEY CLUBS?
Being from Melbourne it’s hard to judge Sydney clubs in general but the ones I have played in seem to be full of people looking for something special, not just the run of the mill. I have been to some great house nights and some pretty special techno nights in Sydney, there may not be as many of them as down in Melbourne but I think that’s a benefit for punters. Quality not quantity.
WHO: LUKE MCD WHAT: SPICE AT HOME TERRACE WHEN: SUNDAY 30 MAY
have had solid vocal tracks before, particularly with Gumaroy .
IS IT HARD TO TRANSLATE YOUR MUSIC INTO THE LIVE ARENA? OR CONVERSELY ARE YOUR TRACKS SO CUSTOM-BUILT FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE THAT IT’S DIFFICULT TO CAPTURE THAT ENERGY ON RECORD?
WHAT’S ON THE GANGA GIRI AGENDA UNTIL THE ALBUM DROPS, AND WHAT’S THE LONG-TERM PLAN FROM THERE?
YOUR MUSIC HAS ALWAYS HAD A STRONG INDIGENOUS HEARTBEAT, BUT IS IT YOUR OWN CULTURAL HERITAGE WHICH HAS INSPIRED YOU TO FOLLOW THIS DIRECTION OR ANOTHER MUSICAL EXPERIENCE WHICH LED YOU DOWN THIS PATH?
My motivation and inspiration has come from bringing together multicultural Australia certainly with strong Indigenous roots and band members fusing with contemporary beats and production – this has enabled us to reach a wide audience and community and to share our interpretation of Australia now. There have been many strong influential moments such as having grown up around Yothu Yindi as my father was a photographer and sound engineer for Indigenous acts from the top end, these experiences have been influential for me as band leader...
IT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE YOUR MUSIC HAS CONNECTED MORE WITH INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES
THAN AUSTRALIAN ONES GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF TIME YOU SPEND TOURING OVERSEAS – WHAT DO YOU THINK IT IS ABOUT YOUR SOUND THAT TRANSLATES SO WELL ACROSS CULTURES?
Audiences overseas are very interested about what is happening musically and culturally here in Australia and the Didjeridu is way more popular overseas than it is here, there are 26,000 Didj players in Germany alone apparently and travelling definitely makes me appreciate what we have here in Australia.
BAYAMI IS THE FIRST TASTE OF THE GOOD VOODOO ALBUM – WHERE IS THIS TRACK COMING FROM AND WILL ITS SOUND COME AS A SURPRISE TO LONG TIME GANGA GIRI FANS?
It is a strong release with more vocal content as there is more we want to share with our audiences. Bayami is sung by our main Indigenous song man Gumaroy Newman who is of Kamilaroi/Wakka Wakka heritage and is all about giving thanks to our creator Bayami. I think fans will love the track as we
I THINK MY PENIS GREW 3 INCHES SINCE I ATE THESE PRENATALS.... WILL IT GO BACK TO NORMAL LATER?” MALES THE WORLD OVER ARE NOW CALLING THEIR WAITER OVER, POINTING AT DIPLO, AND SAYING “I’LL HAVE WHAT HE’S HAVING...”
CHARICE FEAT IYAZ 2. IMMA BE
BLACK EYED PEAS 3. DUST IN GRAVITY
DELERIUM FEAT KREESHA TURNER 4. FREEZE
BIMBO JONES 5. RUDE BOY
6. SOMETHING LIKE A PARTY
7. BEAUTY IN THE WORLD
9. GETTIN’ OVER YOU
DAVID GUETTA & CHRIS WILLIS FEAT FERGIE & LMFAO
It is always more amazing live! Our music is all about celebration so when we play live we are bouncing off the crowd. Bayami captures some of this live spirit.
BILLBOARD CLUB CHART
We are off around Australia for a month promoting the release of Bayami then it is off to Europe, USA and Canada for a two month
UNDERSIDE MAKE MONEY FROM HOME!
I’m constantly keeping my ears open for get rich quick schemes, because it has always been a dream of mine to get rich. Quick. By scheming. And the best get rich quick schemes are always the ones you steal off other people, because then you don’t even have to bother thinking up one of your own. Take my next door neighbour, Brett, for example. I never knew what he did for a living and I don’t usually make judgements based on how people look. But I was raised to believe that if you see a thin man in his mid-40s, riding a BMX bike with no shirt on, at midday on a Wednesday, you can safely assume that man is a junkie. Well it turns out I was wrong. Brett isn’t just a junkie. He is also a meth manufacturer and dealer. I only found out about the drug dealing because a number of his clients began mistakenly knocking on my door at all hours of the day. There’d be a frantic banging at my door at 4am and I’d answer it to find these sweaty fellows twitching away on my porch, all of them “wondering if Brett’s around?” I’d send them next door, but then different ones would show up. It seemed Brett’s clients were savvy about drugs and ignorant about addresses. Later I was witness to the sight of my neighbour, shirtless and attempting to ride his BMX home while holding a large bag of foul smelling chemicals. This was another piece of the puzzle, along with the noxious steam pouring out of his bathroom window a few
10. TAKE CONTROL
tour then back to release Good Voodoo nationally, all very exciting really and we all feel very fortunate to be able to travel and share the magic of music and what we have in this beautiful country of ours!
WHO: GANGA GIRI WHAT: BAYAMI IS OUT INDEPENDENTLY / PLAYS PHOTOSYNTHESIS AT METRO THEATRE WHEN: SATURDAY 29 MAY / FRIDAY 28
hours later. He was certainly up to something in there. I started to realise that my neighbour Brett had a lot more get up and go than I thought. Hell, he was more dynamic than me. He was running his own business, from home. I decided that if Brett’s customers were going to keep knocking on my door, then I’d make sure I had something to sell them. I’d steal Brett’s business and clean up. First I had to mix up the bath tub meth. I got a recipe but unfortunately my place doesn’t actually have a bath, so I just poured all the chemicals on to the floor of my shower and turned the shower on full bore. I watched in horror as hundreds of dollars of illegally purchased chemicals washed down my shower drain. OK, so that wasn’t going to work. But there was always plan B. Plan B involved selling bundles of self raising flour to every unsuspecting drug user who knocked on my door looking for Brett. “Brett’s not here,” I’d smile, “but maybe I can help you?” On my first night I made over $85. As far as get rich quick schemes go, this was ticking all the boxes. Until dissatisfied customers started coming back looking for refunds and revenge. I didn’t answer the door, obviously, but they saw me through the window. They’re still outside my house screaming as I write this. One of them has a knife. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do now. Having half a dozen furious junkies outside waiting to kill you is a bad situation. But I have a right to earn a living don’t I? At least I’m not selling drugs for a living. I wish Brett was here. He’d know what to do.
MAIN ARENA 10:00pm - 10:45pm XDream vs Amber Savage 10:45pm - 11:30pm Arbor vs Cantosis 11:30pm - 12:30am Jowan vs Dr Willis Hosted by 12:30am - 01:40am Kamui MC DV8 01:40am - 02:40am Alex Kidd vs Kidd Kaos & MC D 02:40am - 03:15am Toneshifterz (LIVE) 03:15am - 04:15am Zany 04:15am - 05:00am Donkey Rollers vs Noisecontrollers (LIVE) 05:00am - 06:00am The Pitcher 06:00am - 06:45am NitrouZ 06:45am - 07:30am Suae vs Pulsar vs Arbee Live Show By Chromatic
HARDSTYLE ARENA Doors open: 10:00pm - 7:30am
M Uplifting Trance / Chill-Out Arena (Outdoor)
VIP Meet & Greet 11:30pm 12:30am
Hard Trance Arena
Transmission Anthems T Arena Entry
This is an 18+ event. Please ensure to bring valid photo ID – so your entry won’t be refused. (Over 18’s RTA photo ID / drivers license, current photo Passport)
Ofﬁcial Magic City 2CD Album Available At The Party Special CD signing session with DJ Zany on Wednesday May 26 from 6PM-7PM @ Store DJ, 168 Parramatta Rd. (visit www.magiccity.net.au for the details) The Pitcher and Toneshifterz will be present on the night of the party at the Merchandise stand from 1:00AM – 1:30AM for a CD signing session. CD also available at JB Hi-Fi, selected Sanity Stores, HMV, HUM (Darlinghurst) & Fish Records (Newtown).
10:00pm - 11:00pm 11:00pm - 12:00am 12:00am - 01:00am 01:00am - 02:00am 02:00am - 03:00am 03:00am - 04:00am 04:00am - 05:00am 05:00am - 06:00am 06:00am - 07:00am
Biscut vs Simon Buse Germ vs Import Luke Spellbound vs Audio Damage Soul-T vs Karpe DM Sytrax vs Hektic S DEE vs Tox!c Kid Finley vs The Horror Nemesis vs Nasty HSB vs Raven
HARDTRANCE ARENA 10:00pm - 11:00pm 11:00pm - 12:00am 12:00am - 01:00am 01:00am - 02:00am 02:00am - 03:00am 03:00am - 04:00am 04:00am - 05:00am 05:00am - 06:00am 06:00am - 07:00am
Just Corz vs Decknician Bennett vs N-Tensify Matrix vs Shadower Tempa vs Nomad Hardforze Micky D vs Yoshi Scotty G vs Spinout Wheelah vs Roch Keely vs Tahndee
TRANSMISSION ANTHEMS ARENA 10:00pm - 11:00pm 11:00pm - 12:00am 12:00am - 01:00am 01:00am - 02:00am 02:00am - 03:00am 03:00am - 04:00am 04:00am - 05:00am 05:00am - 06:00am
Archie Nik Fish John Ferris Andrew James Paul Holden Sasha Vatoff Tom E Aladdin
UPLIFTING TRANCE / CHILL-OUT AREA (OUTDOOR) 10:00pm - 11:00pm 11:00pm - 12:00am 12:00am - 01:00am 01:00am - 02:00am 02:00am - 03:00am 03:00am - 04:00am
Brendan Metric vs Nick Watts Zac Slade Nathan Cryptic Andre Jay Slim Pato
JUNO DOWNLOAD CHART 1. MOON JOCKS N PROG ROCKS (TODD TERJE’S EVEN STIV-EN DUB VERSION)
2. JAM HOT (TENSNAKE REMIX)
3. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON (ORIGINAL MIX)
CHOPSTICK & JOHNJON FEAT FRITZ KALKBRENNER 4. ALL THAT SHE WANTS
5. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON (FRITZ ZANDER DRUNK DISCO JAM)
CHOPSTICK & JOHNJON FEAT FRITZ KALKBRENNER 6. REDLINES
TOTAL SCIENCE FEAT RIYA 7. TIMPA (LEO F*** HOUSE MIX)
8. 99 (TIM GREEN REMIX)
9. TEMPLE OF THE MOON
10. FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE (ASHLEY BEEDLE V YAM WHO? REMIX)
WILL SOMEONE PUT REV FRED NILE IN F**KN NURSING HOME ALREADY? IT’S A DUTY OF CARE ISSUE (FOR THE REST OF US)”
THANKS URTHBOY, WE’RE NOT MUCH FOR THIS “BAN THE BURQA” NONSENSE EITHER.
2. LOSE CONTROL
3. WIZZLE (MOTEK REMIX)
4. COME ON LET’S GO (PH ELECTRO REMIX)
SIDNEY SAMSON FEAT LADY BEE AND BIZZEY
HOW DID THE TOASTERS COME TOGETHER AND WHAT DOES EACH MEMBER BRING TO THE TABLE? Mars E Pan (MC/Beats): Originally me and P came together to run hip hop workshops. I had the skill, He had the brilliant idea and the organisation and he suggested we import this guy from Japan as tech wiz. That was JJ and turns out he was a genius! We ended up on crazy tours around Oz teaching and recording kids rapping and soon we just started jammin’ and writing our own stuff.
SOUNDS LIKE YOU GUYS ARE BRINGING THE ‘PROPER’ ELECTRO INFLUENCE INTO YOUR SOUND – WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE ELECTRO-HOP HYBRID CURRENTLY GETTING SOME MAINSTREAM CHART CURRENCY? M: We’re not about cheesy hooks or auto-tune, so we dont fit in. We like proper dirty and raw, bashed out beats on broken MPCs in our bedroom you know? Pop music... I wanna rip my ears off when I hear Ke$ha, aaaagh! Mainstream music all over the world is mostly crap... look to the underground children! It’s like buying your food genetically modified at the
3D WORLD SOCIAL CLUB ASKS LOCAL DJS WHICH TIMELESS MEGA-BOMBS STILL BLOW THEIR MINDS…
THIS WEEK: DJ DEF ROK TRIUMPH
LET’S GET IT ON (DA PRODUCER’S MPG GROOVE MIX) MARVIN GAYE
(Motown), 2005. The original track was released in 1973, but this remix was released on the Motown Remixed album. I reckon this track would get any crowd in the mood for some sugar.
(Sony BMG), 1995. Another track from my high school days, I lost my Vs to this song. I think the experience lasted the length of this song as well – 3min 21sec. So I will never forget this track that’s for sure. Every time I get to play an OL’Skool gig I usually pull it out for the ladies, and sometimes I play the track as well hahahaha...
(Island Records), 1977. An absolute classic, one of the greatest tracks ever made. This is the anthem for the human race. I usually play this as my last track at many of my gigs and you get the off cut alcoholics singing along. Bob Marley is the reason why I love music so much.
6. MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU (MINISTRY OF FUNK WMC EXTENDED)
so we don’t forget our hip hop roots, semi conscious vibes, solid structures with his iron robe and heavy fists. Mars brings fly multilinguals and mad syncopation. When most rappers walk like troops in the army, Mars is the mo’fo General.
(Rotating Records), 1998. I was only 16 when this track came out, it opened my eyes to UK RNB which I became a big fan of when I started DJing. Many tracks have sampled Get Down Saturday Night by Oliver Cheatham but this does it to perfection. Real RNB club banger.
YOLANDA BE COOL & DCUP
FATBOY SLIM FEAT LAZY RICH
IN THE STUDIO WITH...
Jimme Jay (MPC/Samples/ Scratch): Mac keeps it on the level
1. WE NO SPEAK AMERICANO
5. WEAPON OF CHOICE 2010 (LAZY RICH REMIX)
P.Mac (Bass/Keys/MPC): JJ is tech wiz kid and finds the dopest samples. He brings a mind that forever expands, fueled by sound and samples fresher than undies out of a vending machine.
IF YOU NEED A MAN
DANCE MUSIC HUB CHART
(Loud Records), 1997. This track represents my hip hop side. It always gets my head nodding so hard, my neck hurts, absolutely massive. This is my favourite beat of all time, the RZA killed this beat.
WHO: DJ DEF ROK WHAT: RNB SUPERCLUB VOL 10 THROUGH PLATINUM ONE ENTERTAINMENT/SONY / PLAYS RNB SUPERCLUB AT TANK WHEN: OUT NOW / EVERY FRIDAY
DELGARDO FEAT. GIGAHERZZ 8. KIDS (ORIGINAL EXTENDED)
9. REWIND (FRAKFUNK REMIX) supermarket or going down to the buyer’s market on a Saturday and hand picking fresh local grown deliciousness.
YOU CAN HEAR THE INFLUENCE OF ETHNIC MUSIC IN YOUR SOUND – ARE THEIR PARTICULAR ARTISTS OR SOUNDS WORKING ON THE FRINGES OF HIP HOP THAT INSPIRE YOU?
P: The UN did a study and found that Brunswick (the home of Toasters Boutique) has the highest mix of cultures within any single suburb in the world! Is that enough? Individually we’ve travelled the whole freaking planet, combined the three of us have been travelling everywhere – Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Northern Territory even! M: Dancehall, reggaeton, baile funk, kuduro are all rap, and they inspire me musically to come up with different flows. Real hip hop inspires me lyrically, you just have to fuse your influences.
HOW WAS THE RESPONSE TO YOUR 2009 MIXTAPE, AND IS IT THE FIRST TASTE OF A BIGGER RECORDING PROJECT?
P: The response was sweet, we got a lot of love. M: Next release will be Toasters Boutique presents “Mars E Pan”. I’m working with a world class selection of beatmakers from
Australia, and also will feature some amazing guest vocalists. I’m heading to Brazil also to pick up some first hand baile funk spice and bring it back to Oz.
TALK US THROUGH THE TRACK THAT’S APPEARING ON THE CIRCUIT BREAKER COMPILATION.
P: I wanted to write Mars something on the MPC – dirty ass, all cut up, funky Brazillian favela style... something to appease her, coz she’s a hard ass. JJ then sprinkled it with magic, and we sent it off to Mars. M: The lyrics were a bit off an inspiration from a chorus we worked on in a hip hop workshop we ran in rural NSW. The kids were about eight years old, but I kinda cut and pasted it for adult listening. This track is about being careful when you sleep around with people you don’t really care for. It’s people giving you advice, but they’re like a referree giving you a yellow card and blowing in your ear you know, you don’t want to hear it...
WHO: TOASTERS BOUTIQUE WHAT: CIRCUIT BREAKER 2 THROUGH LIGHTSOUNDS/ MGM / PLAY SOSUEME AT QBAR WHEN: MONDAY 7 JUNE / FRIDAY 28 MAY
10. SHE’S A NYMPHO (MAX FARENTHIDE CLUB MIX)
BERNASCONI &F ARENTHIDE
GIVEAWAYS CIRCUIT BREAKER LAUNCH DOUBLE PASSES
When Lightsounds dropped their first Circuit Breaker compilation in 2006, it gave acts like Bluejuice and Bitrok exposure which has resulted in much bigger and better things as the years have passed. Now Circuit Breaker 2 is set to drop through MGM on 7 June, with a launch party starring Toasters Boutique, Sceptic & Dseeva, A-Drone, Rip Lee and FIXD hitting Qbar this Friday 28 May – and we’ve got three double passes to the launch up for grabs. For your chance to win email giveaways@3dworld. com.au with ‘CIRCUIT BREAKER’ in the subject line.
BUDDHA BAR XII CDS
Thanks to One World Music we have two copies to give away of Buddha Bar XII mixed by Ravin. The twelfth CD in the series takes it back to where it all started: Paris! For your chance to win email email@example.com. au with ‘BUDDHA BAR’ in the subject line.
HIP HOP HAPPENINGS WITH BLAZE
Books. Not e-books, but the tangible kind that smell dank after a thunderstorm if you left the window open, with pages that curl up and edges that get worn from use. The kind that retain a provenance that means something. Everything is getting digitised. All of our art is becoming 1s and 0s. First it was music, then film, now the printed word is being replaced by pixels. Hot damn! What is left? Transportation will be next with teleporters built into houses, but hopefully food will be the last bastion to spoil. It’s all well and good to glance through a slideshow on the computer, but 72dpi will always get kicked to the curb by 300dpi. Not everything should be viewed on the net. Keep the paper mills active with renewable forests. Soon we’ll be visiting our friend’s houses and sitting like an idiot on the lounge wondering what our friends are really like because their won’t be any shelving holding books, DVDs, CDs or vinyl. It will all be encased with a few terabyte hard drives under the desk. Pooh to that. I like scanning shelves and correlating my friend’s personalities with their accoutrements and possessions. I learn stuff. The latest book to give me a high would be the extraordinary work contained within Sam Stephenson’s The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs And Tapes Of W. Eugene Smith From 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Imagine a dude who only took photos out of his window and in his upstairs located neighbour’s rooms in which jazz musos would go to play. Eugene shot more than 1000 roles of film so it apparently took the writer 13 years to organise not only the images, but 5,079 CDs worth of audio as well. A momentus achievement and easily contender for ‘coffee table’ book of the year. UK label Soul Jazz came correct with their New York Noise Book – Art And Music From The New York Underground 1978-88 then the memorable Dancehall Book — The Rise Of Jamaican Dancehall Culture which focused on the Jamaican scene in
URBAN NEWS WITH CYCLONE
REBELS ON PAUSE Time has named Lady GaGa as one of its most influential figures. The ‘80s icon Cyndi Lauper penned the accompanying text, praising GaGa – who, let’s not forget, is on Akon’s label – for her “incredible pop sensibility”. Certainly, GaGa has ushered in a new theatricality, yet her urban-pop is hardly bold. Strip away the costumes and make-up and David Bowie’s seminal music is still riveting – but GaGa’s? Not really, no. Interestingly, GaGa’s ex-factor, Paparazzi producer Rob Fusari, is suing her, claiming that he came up with that alias. (Previously Fusari produced the Stevie Nicks-sampling Bootylicious for Destiny’s Child.) MIA is among GaGa’s critics, the Born Free renegade arguing that she’s been co-opted by the corporates. “People say we’re similar, that we both mix all these things in the pot and spit them out differently, but she spits it out exactly the same,” MIA told NME lately. “None of her music’s reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is. She models herself on Grace Jones and Madonna, but the music sounds like 20-year-old Ibiza disco. She’s not progressive, but she’s a good mimic.” Even Beyonce is no great musical experimenter (that’s her sister Solange’s bag, the younger Knowles vibing with Devonte Hynes, aka Lightspeed Champion, and our own Midnight Juggernauts). At any rate, urban music is a fickle environment for ‘It’ girls (and, in the case of Pharrell Williams, ‘It’ boys). After 2009’s Jigsaw failed to ignite, Lady Sovereign went on Celebrity Big Brother – with Sisqo, Dane Bowers (formerly of the Brit swingbeat group Another Level) and, bizarrely, ‘Hollywood Madam’ Heidi Fleiss. It’s a sorry comedown for the Jay-Z protege. Let’s hope that Sov doesn’t disappear, as did Roc-A-Fella’s Amil. The femcee has just ‘come out’ in the lesbian mag Diva, so perhaps she feels emancipated from the image-obsessed pop machine. Last year Amerie’s first album for Def Jam sank, the label evidently prioritising Rihanna. On In Love & War Amerie attempted to recreate the hybrid she’d developed with early mentor Rich Harrison: luxe soul merging into go-go funk and trad RNB.
the ‘80s. They outdid themselves with last year’s Freedom Rhythm And Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Original Cover Art 1965-83 which was partnered with a CD release of some of the artists featured within the book. Their next tome will be the very timely Kanaval Vodou, Politics And Revolution On The Streets Of Haiti and it’s supposedly quite a slaughter on the eyeballs. I also like the fact that record labels are seeing fit to reproduce worthy booklets into their releases. The one to compete against will most likely be the brilliant Numero Uno edition of Light On The South Side, but hopefully there will be more to come from them. Occasionally I need something to look at while I listen. Something rather obscure comes via the Swedish label Mellotronen who also got into the act with their Sabu Martinez release Dalecarlia Recordings 1971 to 1972 in which the vinyl release came with a gorgeous 32 page booklet. Stones Throw sister label Now Again provided a tasty 24 page booklet for their 4 x 10” disc cover version compilation Black Man’s Cry: The Inspiration Of Fela Kuti, while the CD version of World Psychedelic Funk Classics’ Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas: Tropicalia Psychedelic Masterpieces 1967-1976 comes with a lavish 48 page booklet, but the gatefold vinyl version went with a 12” sized booklet and a pair of 3D glasses. Not the Avatar kind, but the classic red and green specs. As for the album, well it was all unreleased fuzz-funk-psych 45s. It also gets props on the CD included doco from Cut Chemist, Egon and that celebrity vinyl collector Elijah Wood. The book I’m most eagerly awaiting in the mail would have to be How To Wreck A Nice Beach – The Vocoder From World War II To Hip Hop – The Machine Speaks. It’s from the great hip hop scribe Dave Tompkins and looks to be an amazingly researched look into something quite esoteric but essential for those of us who grew up with electro.
Amerie worked with Teddy Riley and lesser-known beatmakers (including Aussie M-Phazes!), but the album was patchy. She’s currently cutting another, leaking the song Who’s Gonna Love You?. One ‘It’ girl determined not to be sidelined is Kelis. The Harlem, New York starlet – originally signed to The Neptunes’ Star Trak – has always been too eccentric for mainstream R&B. Kelis debuted with 1999’s Kaleidoscope – home to the ‘alternative’ Caught Out There – but it was mainly fans of countercultural pop who appreciated her. Kelis’ biggest crossover hit would be Milkshake off Tasty. She last ventured out with 2006’s overlooked Kelis Was Here. Along the way, Kelis has collaborated with credible dance artists. She sang on Richard X’s mash-up Finest Dreams, teamed up twice with German house DJ Timo Maas’, and bolstered Diddy’s techno Let’s Get Ill (so ahead of its time!). With hip hop fully embracing electro, it should be Kelis’ time – that is, if she’s recognised for seeking out house DJs prior to anyone else. Indeed, Kelis is on the comeback, joining will.i.am’s stable. Married to Nas, she took time out to have their child – the couple then separating very publicly. Kelis’ single Acapella, produced by David Guetta, is a tastemaker’s smash, the divette channelling Donna Summer – and her fifth album, Flesh Tone, is full-on dance. But it’s absurd that some media types are now accusing Kelis of copying GaGa. The outlandish Kelis was a fashion muse to the late Alexander McQueen long before her. If anything, Kelis is a successor to that ‘70s soul rebel Nona Hendryx. Nevertheless, Kelis’ new rival could be, not GaGa, but the arty Janelle Monáe, who’s also paid her dues. Monae is affiliated with Atlanta’s OutKast (Big Boi cameos on the fab Tightrope) in addition to Diddy’s Bad Boy, but she exists in her own dimension. Imagine if Dali were reborn as an RNB producer and you’d have her surreal cabaret The ArchAndroid.
SERIOUS UNDERGROUND BUSINESS WITH PAZ
FREEZINGERS A-Trak – Trizzy Turnt Up. A great Fool’s Gold freezinger. All The Way Turnt Up by Soulja Boy affiliated Roscoe Dash is thrown over Claude VonStroke’s Vocal Chords. Somehow this seems seamless Shamus! Coincides with part two of Dirty South Dance, Trizzy’s tribute to mashing southern hip hop with macho dance tracks. All artwork and paraphernalia by Shephard Fairey if you want to purchase copies in real time, find the freezinger at Fool’s Gold. Also found at FG headquarters, Shooting Star by Bag Raiders (Oz) and Starlito (Lil Wayne’s Young Money Click). Somehow this has come together. It’s billed as Starlito – Shooting Star, but it could be him remixing it or Bag Raiders putting it together??? Tight. Top Billin’ (The blog/label/act) have dropped a five track EP of straight up Polish/ UK Funky –confusing?. The Funky styled project is introduced with a DJ mix titled PL Funky. One name that reaches out is Phantom who received hype via the Curb Crawlers blog (RIP). If you look hard enough the freezinger is the unreleased Teezy & Zeppy – MTP Riddim. For any coulrophobes, relax... Teezy and Zeppy are not world famous clowns.
QUICK FREEZINGERS Lucid EP on Scatterblog (Club Sheezy), Expendable Youth – Cannibalistic (Comes with many great remixes), MIA – XXXO (Get a Job - Diplo Remix) sounds like a dis track to bludgers, Midnight Juggernauts – Vital Signs (Like MGMT... all psychedelic), Lady Chann’s - Dun Dem Season Vol 1 (Mixtape via South Rakkas Crew), MAP – The Music Blogger Mixtape (World of blogger taste), Nguzunguzu EP (try and find the DL past all the freakish fonts), Mark Ronson – Short Circuit (Fuse Nu School Mark with Old School Mark).
BEBOP AND ROCKSTEADY
Soundcloud vs Bandcamp. Both sound fluffy and rainbow friendly, and Business Music is v much a friend of Soundcloud’s user activity statements, so why are so many artists using Bandcamp? It’s like Blogger vs Tumblr or Michael vs Jermaine or Facebook vs MySpace. Soundcloud kids uploaded a tonne of Newark/Philly/Chicago club remix’ from DJ Addiction, Koolest and the TSE crew. Business Music was heavy on the download although most only post 1:30 of a track, but thats that Philly frantic style. Ke$ha vs Uffie is one battle that has a new chapter. Although there is no official beef on the table, everyone knows that Ke$ha is a STRAIGHT UP BITER. We also know that Uffie has many cool affiliates (who would no doubt jump ship to get some Ke$ha $) from Ed Banger to Pharrel Williams. The Uff’s new album Sex, Dreams and Denim Jeans is about to drop, and you can check the collab with Pharrel himself on the first single ADD SUV.
SWEET SOUL AND GROOVES WITH
Sydneysiders have a bit of gig hopping to do this Friday night as Melbourne’s Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Britain’s Eric Lau and Dexter (also from Melbourne) all head-up pretty impressive gig line-ups across town (check the pages of 3D for supports and phwoar factor). Whilst each show will be styles apart, it’s still a step in the right direction for interesting and soulful styles in this city, which certainly seem to be on the up and up! Quick mention too, to Sydney duo Flatwound who are at the Sandringham this Thursday night with a range of great guests (needs more Huwston) and have their debut 12” out very, very shortly on SWAT Records with remixes from Jamie Lloyd, Diesler and Tal M Klein. Last year, producers like Joy Orbison and Floating Points set the standard for interesting, boundary-pushing yet danceable beats for the post-dubstep generation and this year, it looks like the mantle has been left to Actress and James Blake. With the former recording his or her album for Damon Albarn’s Honest Jon’s, you can probably guess it’s not such a cut and dried affair, but it is a logical progression for a generation of punters who pioneered artists like Autechre. If this sounds like you, seek this one. The influences (like Prince and 8-bit video games) are easy to pick, but the methods with which this person goes about making their music are anything but! In the past I have been critical of artists who shy from the limelight because I feel that now more than ever, artists need a relationship with their fans – otherwise there’s no emotional onus on supporting them with a purchase. That said, this one might give a few EDM fans the jollies enough to want to go out there and make a not-so-unreasonable demand to their local shop keep. James Blake on the other hand is a (very) young lad from Britain who chops up
Business Music acknowledges the new era of USB/MIDI hardware that is taking over DJing as we know it. The Otus Digital DJ Controller looks like it could get a second look, not that it has been sighted in a club yet. On review it resembles DJ Hero hardware for real DJ work, however the one controller enables two tracks (the end of doubles as we know it), but who says you aren’t rich enough to buy two? Comes with Traktor, but is easily mapped to most MIDI driven software. Makes you look professional without the mouse and keyboard and Sony instruction kit.
LOCAL CLUB TROP KILLERS New works from Pablo Calamari after selling his wife in the Port Au Prince prostitution rings Riddim Killers via Sweat It Out ramps up some classic old school house with no lack of tongue in cheek from Pablo. Copped a preview of Mat Cant’s Funky remix of Break The Rules from KillaQueenz. Im sure this will ramp up any UK bashment party.
some very recognisable vocals (think Kelis, D’Angelo) and puts them in between some dope synths and bottletapping style percussive beats, all with a very deep edge to it. I’ve never been as stumped on describing a sound as much as I am with this CMYK EP (R&S Records) and that can only be a good thing! If I have to, it’s like an uptempo version of Prefuse 73’s Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives. Seek it out post-haste, this could be 2010’s Hyph Mngo. And shout out to Kyle Hall for you-know-who. Gilles Peterson has called on Brownswood cohort Alex Stephenson aka Alex Patchwork to compile the Brownswood Electric album, which showcases a range of contemporary beat producers, mostly on an uptempo tip and just a few notches down from Fabric’s appallingly titled Elevator Music effort last year. It’s not due out till June but already the project is gaining momentum by a YouTube mix clip that’s out there. Mostly unknown producers are in the mix, although you get a feeling that this comp will help get their names out a bit, and piggy-backing off cats like Mosca, Pearson Sound, Hypno, Mount Kimbie and Rockwell won’t hurt their chances either. Overall, it’s a thoughtful and very listenable snapshot of where club culture is right now, rather than just being a slew of bangers for DJs to get their mitts on. Can’t wait for this! I don’t know if it really is a losing fight but some labels are getting the vinyl thing right, after all. Seeing labels like Swamp 81 and Eglo really go for the “vinyl lives” ethos is commendable but sad when you see their tracks all over the internet before release and the illegal download figures skyrocketing by way of either impatient wankers or frustrated punters whose record stores (remember those?) don’t or won’t stock it. Sure it raises demand and that will eventually lead to an increase in numbers people can afford to press but I still feel like we’re a long way out of the mist before independent labels can have a clearer direction of how to get their music out there.
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FRIDAYS @ CANDYS APARTMENT
SATURDAYS @ CANDYS APARTMENT
SATURDAYS @ CANDYS APARTMENT
SATURDAYS @ CANDYS APARTMENT
FRIDAYS @ CANDYS APARTMENT
RNB SUPERCLUB @ TANK
GOSSIP @ TUNNEL
GOSSIP @ TUNNEL GOSSIP @ TUNNEL
SATURDAYS @ CARMENS
SATURDAYS @ CARMENS
RNB SUPERCLUB @ TANK
RNB SUPERCLUB @ TANK RNB SUPERCLUB @ TANK
GOSSIP @ TUNNEL
SATURDAYS @ CARMENS
SATURDAYS @ CARMENS
SATURDAYS @ CARMENS
SHIMMY @ CITY HOTEL SHIMMY @ CITY HOTEL
CHERRY @ SHELBOURNE HOTEL
CHERRY @ SHELBOURNE HOTEL
SHIMMY @ CITY HOTEL
WHAM @ WORLD BAR
WHAM @ WORLD BAR
WHAM @ WORLD BAR
WHAM @ WORLD BAR
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CLUB CLUB @ CHINESE LAUNDRY
CLUB CLUB @ CHINESE LAUNDRY
CLUB CLUB @ CHINESE LAUNDRY
CLUB CLUB @ CHINESE LAUNDRY
SATURDAYS @ SOHO SATURDAYS @ SOHO
MUSIC MATTERS @ FAVELA
MUSIC MATTERS @ FAVELA MUSIC MATTERS @ FAVELA
SATURDAYS @ THE ORIENT
SATURDAYS @ THE ORIENT
SATURDAYS @ SOHO
SATURDAYS @ SOHO
SATURDAYS @ SOHO
MUSIC MATTERS @ FAVELA
GARDEN PARTY FEAT. JAMES ZABIELA @ CHINESE LAUNDRY SATURDAYS @ THE ORIENT
SATURDAYS @ BAR 333
GARDEN PARTY FEAT. JAMES ZABIELA @ CHINESE LAUNDRY
SATURDAYS @ BAR 333
PURPLE SNEAKERS @ THE GLADSTONE
PURPLE SNEAKERS @ THE GLADSTONE
SUSHI PHOTOS BY:
WEDNESDAYS @ THE EASTERN WEDNESDAYS @ THE EASTERN
• Corey B of juicedphotography.com • Ashley Mar • Ignacio Garcia • Anthony Yong • • Timmy Johnston of The (REMIX) Group • Judd Hingerty of XF Empire • • Thomas Walk • Nathan Bonnici • Dani • Ivana • Nathan Wong of XF Empire • • Erik Madden • Uri Auerbach • Kelly Jenkins • The Music People • Isy V • • Megan Emma • Daniel Munns • Andy Vermeulen • Kathy Spears • • Catherine Alcorn • Renee Rudolph • Kristen Barling • Marko Farac • Norman Ko • • Nathan B • Brock Terry • Michael Restuccia • Byron Carceller • Jacquie Manning • • Patrick Stevenson • Miky2rude • Anne D’Antimi • Jeffske • James Algie • • Liam Campbell • Leah Band • Phrisk • Corey Brand • Yael • Michael Smith • • Anthony Ponzo for XF Empire • Mike Cooper • Jeremy Bowring •
WWW.3D WORLD.COM.AU Cunningpants Lasttoleave, D.U.I, Neonhearts Djs, Lonewolf and Nat Noiz after with a broader blend of blog house, indie and electro jams. $15 cover.
MUM AT WORLD BAR
The super sound onslaught carries on for yet another week at World Bar with Mum. This week’s line-up includes live acts Scul Hazzards, Lions At Your Door, Canopy Choirs, Carnation and Radio National in the main bar, while Hira Hira, Dead China Doll and Yes I’m Leaving mix it upstairs. Doors open at 8pm, $10 cover.
PURPLE SNEAKERS – BOYS VS. GIRLS AT THE GLADSTONE
GIG OF THE WEEK AUTECHRE AT THE FORUM (FRIDAY)
Equalled only by AFX in their sonic artistry, Autechre are one of the world’s most recognised experimentalist electronic dance music duos. Presented by Civil Society, whose ticket allocation is completely sold out, this is one of the most highly anticipated and rare gigs of the year. Though the latest Autechre album ‘Oversteps’ is as expectedly challenging as the last, Rob Brown and Sean Booth truly let it shine in the live arena where it becomes equal parts head-fucking and enrapturing. $59.80 tickets are still available through Moshtix, doors open at 8pm.
THE WALL AT WORLD BAR
Sounds from 16 Tacos, Adam Bozzetto, Bently and Alaistair Erskine from 8pm onward. Free entry and the usual art installations!
YELLOW BRICK ROAD AT OXFORD ART FACTORY
Pregnancy and Khamsim Rifles wheel out the live sounds for an especially cool Wednesday night program at the Oxford Art Factory gallery, free entry. Though it’ll set you back $12.80 for tickets you can also catch Sircle Pit, Songs, Lost Animal and Dead Farmers in the main room. Doors open at 8pm.
SOULGANIC AT THE BEACH PALACE HOTEL
Soulganic knock out the acoustic treats for some relaxing hump day entertainment. Doors open at 8pm, free entry. $5 off steaks!
FUNKDAFIED AT DR PONG
Get a strong dose of re-edits, funk and remixes from DJ Frenzie and while playing more ping pong than is reasonable. Dr Pong also has a restaurant, so you can do more than feed yr ears.
SALSA LOUNGE AT GOLDFISH
The Afro Cuban Jazz Quartet treat outgoing folks to the perfect hump day remedy alongside Dante Rivera, Armando Garcia, Daniel Pliner, Giorgio Rojas and Danuo Martinez. Free entry.
WEDNESDAYS AT THE MEAN FIDDLER
Head along to The Mean Fiddler where Mats Lieborg will be taking you on a jazz journey from 6pm onward. Free entry.
WEDNESDAYS AT THE EASTERN
Diverse beats from John Glover, Tenzin, Here’s Trouble, Cassian, U-Go-B, Steve Frank, Mistah Cee, Naiki and Kavi-R; free until 9pm $10 there after!
SINGHA BEER FULL MOON PARTY AT SLIP INN Thai food, beer and more from one of the regions favourite brands. Doors open at 6pm, free entry,
Purple Sneakers brings the indie mash up sounds of Chaingang DJs, M.I.T, Nick Findlay vs Banshee, Nic Yorke, Elwizzbomb and The Double Adaptors (Mush, Seabas, Jang) to the Gladstone, providing you all the groove necessary to keep partying well into the wee hours. Give away copies of Parades’ fresh album ‘Foreign Tapes’ will be floating around thanks to Remote Control. $12 cover, doors open at 7pm.
SOSUEME CIRCUIT BREAKER 2 LAUNCH AT QBAR + 34B
RESIDENTS AT GASWORKS, THE ALBION
RNB, neo soul, and hip hop from DJ Nobby Grooves and DJ Karey from 9pm ‘till late. $10 cover.
DJ CRUCIAL D AT HOTEL CHAMBERS
Keen for after work drinks? Early starters can head to the Hotel Chambers from 5pm onward to catch DJ Crucial D dishing out soulful house to the desk wearied.
FRIDAY AT THE EASTERN
John Glover, Tenzin, Here’s Trouble, Cassian, U-Go-B, Steve Frank, Mistah Cee, Naiki and Kavi-R rock out The Eastern for the second time in a week with their eclectic beats. Free until 9pm $10 there after!
MINISTRY OF SOUND TOUR AT THE MEAN FIDDLER
Queensland’s Stafford Brothers hit the Fiddler with Clubbers Guide To 2009 compilation mate Tommy Trash in support of their not so recent Ministry Of Sound compilation release Clubbers Guide to 2009. Support from Joel Granger, Tom Piper,Wax Motif , DJ Cookie plus Ta$k and J-Smoove. Doors open at 9pm, $10 cover.
J-ROC AT BANK HOTEL
Singha beer and canapes until 8pm – Chandon for the ladies.
Playing host to Lightsounds Circuit Breaker 2 compilation launch will do little to change the awesome music policy at Sosueme this Friday with residents Joyride, Alison Wonderland and Elaine Benes joined by Toasters boutique, Sceptic Dseeva, A-Drone, Rip Lee, FIXD, Sammy K, Latch and Johnny Mac for a solid night of locally produced music and more. $10 entry, doors open at 8pm.
THE HOLIDAYS AT OXFORD ART FACTORY
DEXTER XX TOUR AT OXFORD ART FACTORY
Proving that once is never enough John Glover, Tenzin, Here’s Trouble, Cassian, U-Go-B, Steve Frank, Mistah Cee, Naiki and Kavi-R rock the Eastern for second night of eclectic beats for the week; free until 9pm $10 there after!
The Holidays are joined by Ernest Ellis and The Joysticks in the Live Art Space, $12.80 tickets from Moshtix. Arkestra, Virgo Rising and Piano Is Drunk cover the free entertainment angle in the Gallery. Doors open at 8pm.
NIGHT FALL AT THE GAFF
House and minimalist grooves from Hannah Gibbs, Nic Mclean, Nic Scali and Marc Jarvin from 8pm onward. Free entry.
BASIC AT 202 BROADWAY
Local bass crews Void, Headroom, Foreign Dub and Space Is The Place gather all their might for a brand spanking weekly dubstep, jungle, drum’n’bass, wonk, hip hop, glitch and future beats event that will put 202 Broadway’s new Funktion One sound system to the ultimate test. DJ tag teams Pappa Boom vs. B.Hopps, Jonny Faith vs. Monkfly, Prize vs. Sofie Loizou and Victim vs. Paul Frazer will be keep the beats rolling from 8pm to 1am. Free entry, relaxed dress code.
TEENAGE KICKS AT WORLD BAR
Multifaceted pop, electro and mash-up sounds from The Vines DJs, Vivienne Kingswood, Tom Libertine, Sugar Ape and El Mariachi . Doors open at 8pm, free entry.
KING TIDE AT THE BEACH ROAD HOTEL
Vitamin Records present dub reggae band King Tide for a pleasant change of programming. Free entry, doors open at 8pm.
DA BOMB AT GASWORKS, THE ALBION
RNB, neo soul, house and hip hop with DJ Fresh from 9pm ‘till late. Free entry.
FUNK QUARTER AT GOLDFISH
Funk, soul and jazz from Tom Kelly. Free entry.
BEL AIR MIAMI AT CANDY’S APARTMENT
Original 80’s style electro disco from live acts Janny Casanova, Jukebox Zombies and Robert Portman from 8pm, then DJs Kyro, TNT vs. Xerox,
Legendary Oz turntablist Dexter celebrates twenty years in the game with guests Mark Pritchard, Josh Price, Kuya, Grrilla Step, Bboy Lama Roc, Royal Fam krumpers, Albert David and Dizz1, tickets $33.80 from Moshtix. $10 entry to the Gallery where you can catch Funktrust jocks Frenzie, Jack Prest, Will Styles, Temnein, James Devery and VJ Spook. Doors open at 8pm.
FRIDAYS AT BANK HOTEL
DJs Alex Taylor, Jimi Polar and Paul Master rock the Bank Hotel from 6pm onward with a broad and eclectic blend of beats from across genres.
GAMEBOY AT KIT & KABOODLE
Resident jocks The Gameboys get set to blow out the speakers with guest spinners Nad and Boonie – knowing this lot you may want to strap on those dancing shoes and settle in for some Friday night boogie. Doors open at 10pm, $10 cover.
ROBBIE SANTIAGO AT THE BEACH PALACE HOTEL
Local house jock Robbie Santiago kicks in the funky jams in the midPalace nightclub to usher in your weekend in style.
DUST TONES AT THE BEACH ROAD HOTEL
A selection of Australia and New Zealand’s best DJs and MCs kick things into over drive at The Beach Hotel. Koolism headlines with support from 1nfo, Bentley, Mike Who and Lou Lou. Doors open at 8pm, free entry.
RNB SUPERCLUB AT TANK
Australia’s leading urban club brand presents Sydney’s biggest weekly RNB event, featuring the leaders of the RNB pack, DJs Def Rok, G-Wizard, Eko, Troy-T, Lilo and MC Jayson .
FUEGO AT COLLINGWOOD HOTEL Cuban independence Day special featuring Latin, reggaeton, funk, hip hop and R&B sounds from Pace, Asado and Dennis Tha Menace; hosted by MC C-Major and Empress MC. Doors open at 9pm, $10 cover.
Souled Out DJ J-Roc features at the Bank this Friday alongside Abel ElToro and Eddie Coulter. Doors open at 6pm.
FUNK TANK AT GOLDFISH
What is says on the box from resident jock Mike O’Connor ‘till late.
FRIDAYS AT THE EASTERN
SATURDAYS AT PURE IVY
Sydney’s latest house club launches with a bang this Saturday, hosting UK commercial stand out Michael Gray, US vocal talent Deborah Cox plus local jocks Matt Nugent and Alex Taylor who’ll be joining forces to launch global clubbing brand Pacha’s latest compilation. Doors open at 6pm, $20 cover.
MAGIC CITY AT SYDNEY OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTRE
You’ve already read the Donkey Rollers and Kamui stories and looked at our map and timetable, but in case you somehow missed it... Zany, Donkey Rollers, Noise Controllers, Alex Kidd, Kidd Kas, The Pitcher and a cast of hundreds will be bringing the rave all night long tonight. Get involved!
LIQUID SKY AT CANDY’S APARTMENT
GHETTO DISCO ‘NAKED EP LAUNCH’ AT QBAR + 34B
Launches seem to be par for the course at Qbar + 34B this week with Naked Paradetaking the hot seat with support from Escape, Frames, Last Dinosaurs (DJ set), Leroy, The Sleepyheads, OMX lay, 3 Hundreds, Jamie Von party vs Paul Done and Detnum. Doors open at 8pm, $10 cover.
LUKIE D AT 202 BROADWAY
Jamaican reggae star Lukie D joins Shotta Paul, Admiral Kilosh and Gina for a soundsystem pounding at 202 Broadway with local support from Joe, Prince Andrew, Fasmwa and Nick Toth. Doors open at 9pm.
TRINITY AT SADDLEBAR
State of the art lasers, crystal clear sound and pure trance from DJs Colin Jowell, Man Lie and Scott Anderson. Need more convincing? Doors open at 10pm and entry will set you back a mere $15. There you go.
WHAM AT WORLD BAR
An all star line-up of local DJs including James Taylor + MC Losty, Wax Motif, Discopunx, Venuto, Foundation, Will Styles, Moneyshot, Lennox n Oakes, Saez, Mike Rukus, Mehow, Harry Cotton, Wedding Ring Fingers and Joseph Gadget rock the World Bar this evening from 8pm onward. $15 cover.
CRAYON FIELDS AT OXFORD ART FACTORY
Melburnian guests Crayon Fields feature in the Live Art Space alongside Parades and Step Panther – tickets for which will set you back $14.80 – while The Vaudeville Smash and Elle Kennard give you a free option out in the Gallery.
KITTY KITTY BANG BANG AT KIT & KABOODLE
BACK TO FUNK AT THE MEAN FIDDLER
Sydney four piece Back To Funk live up to their name with some sleek cuts but don’t take our word for it, as they’ll be carving it up in the Woolshed from 9pm onward. Meanwhile, Wild FM and Edge 96.1 presenter Rob Brizzi continues his Saturday night residency in the Sub Bar with a blend of party friendly commercial dance tunes and top forty hits. Support from Dave Montgomery and Mats Lieborg. Doors open at 6pm, free entry.
MERENIA & THE WAY AT OPERA BAR
With a positively gorgeous voice and an ability to sing in five languages, Merenia will wow alongside her band The Way in swinging upbeat latin grooves from 2pm onward. Free entry.
SPICE AT HOME TERRACE
Melbourne based jock Luke McD joins Spice regulars Matt Weir and Beef records boss Schwa yet another episode in the life of Sydneys premier after hours club. Doors open at 5am.
ALEX MAC AT THE BEACH PALACE HOTEL
Thought the weekend was over did you? Alex Mac will be proving otherwise on the Beach Palace Rooftop from 2pm onward.
RED ROOM AT HOTEL CHAMBERS
DJ JACK SH*T AT OPERA BAR
Residents Troy-T, Trey and C-Bu spin old school RNB, soul, and hip hop while MC C-Major takes on mic duties. Winner Best Club Night 2008 Urban Music Awards. $20 on door.
SIENNA AT ESTABLISHMENT
Sienna hosts one of the most luxurious venues with beautiful people and great times. Australia’s premium DJs present the greatest in top 40 classic RNB, sexy house and ol’skool grooves every Saturday. DJs on rotation: DJ Def Rok, Troy-T, Lilo, G-Wizard, Eko, Zoo Rok, Elektroy and MC Jayson. Doors open at 9pm.
HOUSE PARTY AT GROUND FLOOR, KINSELAS
SATURDAY AT THE BEACH PALACE HOTEL
RESIDENTS AT GASWORKS, THE ALBION
Eagle and the Worm hit Spectrum with Dan Kelly in celebration of his latest musing ‘Bindi Irwin Apocalypse Jam’. EATW support their own recent release ‘Futureman/Goodtimes’.
Slinky sounds for Saturday crowds with Johnny Gleeson, Tom Kelly and Ross Middleton on sax. Free entry before 10pm.
SUPERJAMM AT ESTABLISHMENT
Soulful house from rotating residents Beth Yen, Shaun Keble, Matt Hoare, Brynstar, Marc Us and BC. A bevvy of guest vocalists including Michael Wheatley, Paula Baxter, Betty Vale, Maz, Cavan Te and Rebekah Jensen round out the entertainment on offer. Free entry.
EAGLE AND THE WORM AT SPECTRUM
SUGAR & SOUL AT GOLDFISH
Kit & Kaboodle Supper Club wheels out the all girl line up this Saturday with all star locals Elaine Benes, Gabby, Cassette and Alison Wonderland. $10 cocktails and share plates before midnight ought to cover the thirst/appetite as well as the DJs sate the ears.
Nu-rave, to fidget to dutch banging electro house from all star locals Bloody Disco, Whitecat, Fngrlckn, Toddy Trix, JPL, Tony Why, Excuse My French, WizzFizzKidz and Fiends. Doors open at 8pm, $20 cover.
A huge array of local talent joins the Saturday night fray at the Beach Palace Hotel this week; Adam Katz & Benny V, Hoodlemz, BassTheifs, Bomber, Danny Simms, and Acoustic Cam all ensuring a solid night of varied musical entertainment.
Bassline Brothers, 10:87 and MattRaD all join in the madness. Head along and we promise to stop the puns; doors open at 9pm, entry $15.
Sexy house, remixes and commercial dance from DJs Matt Hoare and Andy Marc from 9pm until 3am. $10 cover.
RED ROOM AT HOTEL CHAMBERS
That’s Red Room, not Red Rum you Shining fans … Tekkaman, Mac, Trey and C-Major are on duties spinning up some old school soul, R&B and hip hop gems from 8pm onward. $20 cover.
MENTAL AT MELT
Melt goes a little Mental this Saturday with plenty of guests wielding the strait jackets. Micheal Jay, Matt Plant & Andrew Myers,
R&B, sexy house and old school hits from DJ Def Rock, Troy-T, Lilo, G-Wizard, Eko, Zoo Rok, Elektroy and MC Jayson. Doors open at 9pm. FBi presenter and all round dope selectah DJ Jack Sh*t brings the noise with funky treats and soulful beats for a perfect Sunday wind down, or up if you like. Free entry.
SUNDAYZE AT GASWORKS, ALBION
DJs Fresh, Adrian Allan, Jorgie Jay and guests end the weekend on a commercial house high with a dash of R&B to keep it real. Free entry, doors open at 6pm.
THE DEEP DISKO AT COLOMBIAN HOTEL
House obsessive Phil Hudson rounds up an impressive collection of locals for fresh weekly event, The Deep Disko. Join the crew from 9pm onward. Free entry.
MARTINI CLUB AT GOLDFISH
Top notch five piece The Martini Club inject your Sunday with a shot of syrupy funk and more at Goldfish.
EASY SUNDAYS AT KIT & KABOODLE
Up front dance tunes from Miss T, Murray Lake and Charlie Chux. Doors open at 6pm, standard serve drinks and pizzas $5.
RADIO SOCIAL AT WORLD BAR
Civilised sounds from a stellar roster of guest artists at the World Bar this afternoon from 5pm onward. $5 entry.
MATS LIEBORG AT THE MEAN FIDDLER
For a solid chill out session head along to The Mean Fiddler where Mats Lieborg will be taking you on an early afternoon jazz journey from 1.30pm onward. Free entry.
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THIS WEEK IN 25 MAY 2010
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
ARTS GROOVE IS INTHE HEART
“People ask, How do I sleep at night? Very well, actually. Because I’m an alcoholic.”
Stencil artist Banksy, whose film Exit Through The Gift Shop screens at the upcoming Sydney Film Festival, speaking candidly to Time Out New York.
DVD OF THE WEEK
True Blood: The Complete Second Season. The first season of True Blood was good, but a little on the guilty pleasure side due to its incessant melodrama. Season two, however, ups the gore and sex (often at the same time), making for a titilating watch. Australian actor Ryan Kwanten cements his star status in this season, too.
7UP BY JOHN EAGLE
MOVING PICTURES: FILMS INFORMED BY FINE WORKS OF ART
1. Nightwatching (2007) - Rembrandt van Rijn’s The Nightwatch 2. Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003) - Johannes Vermeer’s painting of the same name. 3. Red Dragon (2004) - William Blake’s The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun 4. Days Of Heaven (1978) - Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World 5. The Gospel According To St. Matthew (1964) the oeuvre of Peter Breugel. 6. The Insider (1999) - Grant Wood’s The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere 7. Heat (1995) - Alex Colville’s Pacific
When his best mate is killed by a local gang, almost immediately following the death of his wife, Harry Brown seeks vengence. Billed as the British response to Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino, Harry Brown stars Michael Caine (who else?) at his best. Thanks to Icon FIlm Distribution we’ve got a double in-season pass to the film with a copy of Plan B’s Strickland Banks album to giveaway (Plan B - AKA Ben Drew - stars in the film). For your chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘HARRY BROWN’ in the subject line.
THE BUZZ OF 3D CINEMA IS IN FULL FORCE. THE LATEST FILM TO ADD THAT EXTRA DIMENSION IS STREETDANCE TDANCE 3D, 3D THE FIRST DEDICATED DANCE FILM TO DO SO. ALICE TYNAN TALKS TO ITS TEENAGE STAR, GEORGE SAMPSON. Dance may have been part of cinema since its very inception, but now it’s in 3D. What’s more, the Brits have beaten Hollywood to the punch, pitting ballerinas against street dancers on the cobbled lanes of London. Well, not quite. Co-star George Sampson elucidates the finer points of street dance and the irony that the whole film revolves around finding a proper rehearsal space. “There was no street part to it!” he exclaims. “I mean, there was for me, I started in the street when I used to busk, and I was the only one doing it. “You can do it anywhere but it is important to get rehearsal down because everyone wants to be the best crew, [and] to be that you need a rehearsal space with mirrors and you all need to be in synch, make sure it’s looking the best it can, or flawless. And the best place to practice is a big rehearsal space similar to the one in the film.” Sampson would know, the 16-year-old has been dancing since he was six, busked for two years (“When I was a kid.”) and won Britain’s Got Talent at the tender age of 14. “My Mum worked a lot and so a lot of days she put us into singing camps and different performing arts camps,” he says, “and I got used to that being a natural hobby: singing, dancing, and acting. I think my dancing was always a bit further ahead of everything and people spotted me and said, ‘you were born to dance.’” After his reality show win, Sampson brought out a DVD, Get Up On The Dance Floor/Headz Up (“It was a biographical music album, it had about four or five songs on it and an interview and a day in the life.”) directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini, who then created a character for him in StreetDance 3D. As Eddie, the cheeky coworker desperate to join Carly’s (Nichola Burley) crew, Sampson ends up sharing a few scenes with the trailblazing head of the ballet school, played by the divine Charlotte Rampling. “She was amazing,” he says. “She was just a nice person to get along with; she’s just one of them
people, she knows she can act, she’s there to just do her thing and make new friends. She was a very inspiring person to work with.” Having such a consummate actor grounding the film, Sampson and his costars are freed up to do what they do best, dance. And Eddie even gets a solo in the film’s climactic event. “That was the best bit! Because that’s what I’m used to, a big strong audience. Going from just being a busker on the street with a big crowd, then going to live shows then Britain’s Got Talent was kind of my first camera event, but even then they had a live audience so I’d never not danced in front of a live crowd before. So that for me was the best bit because I knew that’s what I bounce off, that’s what makes me best.” On set, the film’s dancers made for an energetic shoot, “It flew by, absolutely flew by!” he says. “I guess it’s hard because you have to keep doing things over and over again, but I think with other dancers there, the adrenaline of the day, [and] they had a live crowd to help out, it was very good.” One of the most striking elements of street dance is its theatricality and iconography, with crews all kitted out in identical label clothing and dancing under specially designed logos. “It’s a showcase,” Sampson says. “If you’re going to do it, you’ve got to do it properly. Your clothing, you all have to match what you’re doing. If people came on in their everyday clothes and started dancing you’d just think, ‘well, do they even know each other?’ Whereas if five guys walk on and they’ve all got the same hats on, they’ve all got the same thing, you can tell they’ve rehearsed this and they’ve gone to extra lengths to make this real for everyone. So I think you get more street cred for what you wear.” Sampson now has his own crew, “Access 2 All Areas, there are four or five of us and I love it.” And he takes his training very seriously: “It’s deadly important. You always need to be improving; once people have seen you, they’ve seen every move you
can do and the only way to show them something a bit better than you were last time is to do something new. And to do something new you’re going to have to train a hell of a lot.” He describes street dance is an amalgam, “You could easily fit about 30 styles around street dance. I guess I’ve got seven or eight mastered, and I do more, but I’ve got seven or eight locked down. “I’m proficient in street dance as a typical routine: quick, get in there, get your message across kind of dance form. Then break dance, which is all your head spinning, your flips, the gymnastics, which is obviously more flips, popping, locking, which is kind of waving, but there are so many!” Indeed StreetDance 3D pivots around this eclectic mix of styles compared with the more straight laced classical ballerinas, but Sampson thinks everyone can get along. “There’s a competitive little thing to it because ballet dancers think their dance should be the more stereotypical kind of dance to learn, and street dancers are very [motivated by] street cred and are very rebellious to that. But people will see that they can do it together.” As a rising star on the UK dance scene, Sampson is abundently enthusiastic about being part of the first ever 3D dance film. “I think it’s going to add life,” he concludes. “You can watch a film and you know it’s a film [but] I think dance is such an interactive kind of sport, where people want to see it live, they want to see a backflip in their face and I think the best way to get that across is obviously in 3D. I think it can only add to the tension of the dance.” WHAT: StreetDance 3D WHERE & WHEN: Screening in cinemas from 27 May
CULTURAL CRINGE WITH JAMELLE WELLS
FRONT ROW your guide to what's on in arts
SBW Stables Theatre
Local playwright Tommy Murphy’s adaptation of Holding The Man by Tim Conigrave has had mixed reviews on London’s West End. Melbourne actor Conigrave wrote the book in 1994 after his longtime partner John Caleo died of AIDS. Conigrave also died before his book was published and turned into a play that played four seasons in Sydney. The London production is once again directed by David Berthold, starring Guy Edmonds as Conigrave and Matt Zeremes as Caleo from the original cast. Jane Turner, who has built a profile in Britain since Kath & Kim became a hit on BBC digital stations, plays various roles in the production. Some UK reviews say it skirts around the real horrors of homophobia in 1970s Australia. Others describe it as moving. A photo of a beaming Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi in The Daily Telegraph last Tuesday carried the caption that he was ‘overjoyed to secure the conviction of wife killer Des Campbell’. Tedeschi was in fact followed from court by a media pack after the guilty verdict and refused to comment on the case. He only cracked a smile when the group stopped at a pedestrian crossing and ABC reporter David Spicer shouted ‘Mark - how’s your photography going’. The prosecutor has been a photographer since 1988 with ten solo exhibitions and 20 joint exhibitions in Australia, Italy, France and the US. He’s also a member of the Board of Directors of Sydney’s National Art School and represented by the Josef Lebovic Gallery. After a season at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, soapie star Hugh Sheridan makes his Sydney Opera House debut next month with Newley Discovered, a musical tribute to showbiz legend Anthony Newley. Best known from Channel 7’s Packed To The Rafters, Sheridan’s Opera House show tells the story of Newley’s miserable East End childhood to his high life success in the US. Newley banked an amazing body of work and has been described as a male Edith Piaf for his heart-on-the-sleeve delivery. His songs were hits for Sammy Davis, Jr., Shirley Bassey, and Tony Bennett. While he’s best remembered as ‘Mr Joan Collins’, he also starred in Doctor Doolittle and co-wrote hit musicals such as Stop The World - I Want To Get Off and The Roar Of The Greasepaint. Producers have told an industry lunch at the Museum Of Contemporary Art that Channel Nine is finalising plans for another two seasons of Underbelly. Nine has also confirmed a fifth series of Sea Patrol will be filmed this year, as part of a $60 million package of Australian drama. Rehearsals are in full swing for a new production of Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas’ great love letter to the Welsh countryside that he wrote and left behind in a pub. Bambina Borracha Production’s new tilt on the play for voices promises to ‘rebuild the village in Sydney with the same curiosity and ratbag humour’. It opens next month at Sidetrack Theatre.
From the very moment fortysomething Agnes bounces onto her bed to mid-’90s tunes blaring from her radio sucking blissfully on the end of a cigarette, you know something is not quite cricket - trouble is just busting to break out. Maybe it’s the half empty bottle of vodka on the floor, or perhaps the phonecalls with no one on the other end, the fact that her bed is in a dingy Oklahoma motel room, or the ever-present crack pipe that set the tone for disaster? Whatever it is, from go to woe Bug is an unsettling expedition into loneliness, regret, mental illness and the shattered human condition. Anthony Skuse has done a stellar job of directing Tracy Letts’ skincrawlingly raw drama. Not only exposing the soul shattering sadness within the writing, he’s also given his cast the freedom to run wild with the golden moments of humour and tenderness. Jeanette Cronin is devastatingly good as Agnes and literally transforms before your eyes from a cluey smart-arse who knows a thing or two about the world into a crumbling, paranoid shadow of a soul. The hysteria that two individuals can create within their own bubble is truly scary and a speedy escalation into drug-induced insanity is revealed with intense precision by both Cronin and Matthew Walker. This play, like its title, is as layered as a geological dig and can really only be appreciated in the flesh. Until 5 June LAUREN DILLON
REDEMPTION Old Fitzroy Theatre
SUPER, SEXY CIRCA ARE COMING Brisbane-based Circa is a circus, albeit a sexy, stilettos-down-the-spine, Sigur Rós-and-Aphex Twin-and-Lou Reed-listening one that’s remixing the dance and dangerous tricks they’ve taken
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4 TRAILER RELEASED The trailer to Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 has arrived, and it looks super-fantastique. To recap, SEGA is currently developing a new Sonic The Hedgehog title as a classic side-scrolling, so for those of you over the whole 3D-environment thing, this is really exciting. And let’s face it – name a single good 3D Sonic title. You can’t can you? While there’s still no release date at this stage – except for an elusive ‘latter half of 2010’ – there’s plenty to be explored on SEGA’s Sonic 4 website, including the trailer, music, pics, and… well, that’s all at this stage. But hey, you can just watch the trailer on repeat. Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 will be a download-only release, available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iPad/ iPhone, and Nintendo Wii. Head to youtube.com/ user/SegaAmerica to view the trailer.
MILKY WOODNESS Welsh people in history: Oliver Cromwell, Tom Jones, the characters of Under Milk Wood, etc. Dylan Thomas picked up on a bunch of the great things about his nation in writing a play for voices, and Bambina Borracha continue their experimentation with one-person shows by having Zoe Norton-Lodge do a whole melodic country village (in this case Llareggub) at the Sidetrack Theatre. Season runs Wednesday 30 June to Thursday 8 July; head to sidetrack.com.au for further info and tickets.
VILAH AT THE VANGUARD Alex Sideratos plays the title character in The Book Of Vilah as part of this year’s Greek Festival of
around the world into a three-in-one show, that may bring new meaning to the words “big top”. It runs (and does flips) Tuesday 8 June to Sunday 13 at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. Tickets and info from sydneyoperahouse.com.
Sydney. With classic themes of having a lover and maybe having murdered them but not really, the icon painter’s backstory from prison is brought into being by a culturally-diverse ensemble cast in a one-off performance that’s being recorded live at the Vanguard Thursday 27 May. Head to thevanguard.com.au for tickets.
IN THUNDER, LIGHTNING OR IN PAIN Good old timeless bloody murdering contemporary MacBeth. The Riverside Lyric Ensemble’s take on the tragedy is played out as a mental breakdown in an industrial wasteland. People just don’t have castles to become ghosts and witches in anymore, so it’s lucky that ambition is still destructive when people do bad stuff at the behest of some sexy bully. MacBeth plays the Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres Tuesday 1 June to Saturday 5. Head to rle. org.au for more info; riversideparramatta.com.au for tickets.
FIVE NEW FOR FIRSTDRAFT Not a group show so much as a group of shows, Firstdraft has Sara Givins (In Search Of Percival Redwood), Tanya Dyhin (Prelude (The 8th Chimney)), Llawella Lewis (Curtain Place), and Pia van Gelder (Signauxß) in a gallery each. There are scultpural forms through a peephole, which play with representations and perceptions of constructed human environments and how they look when you’re not looking, and something called a ‘Video Harp’. Contemporary, huh? The parallel exhibitions run from Wednesday 26 May to Sunday 13 June. Firstdraft is located in Chalmers St, Surry Hills. (Just like us.)
This was a slightly weird one. Good weird. Bloody weird. Engaging weird. It was slightly unsettling. It was darkly atmospheric. It was not as darkly sexy as we might have promised in the preview interview. Did I say engaging? Yeah. It grabs you, it unnerves you, it does what it sets out to do. Karl, Sasha, and Piscui are a tight family unit, the remnants of an olde worlde family commune and possibly the only remaining remnants of the human race which they believe has been devoured by a deathly disease. The daughter, Piscui, is blind and infected but in her dreams of the stranger Quill, she sees. But Quill dreams too. He dreams of Piscui and of the mother Sasha, and in the real world outside of dreams he enters the family’s world as angel or devil as the heavens open with an apocalyptic downpour of blood. Sins must be committed before redemption is granted, and there is a lot going on in this family that is not at first apparent. Whole lotta lust, not a whole lotta love. That’s the nature of families, isn’t it? History? Dark secrets? Sometimes birth and murder go hand-in-hand. The production is atmospheric right from the start. Can’t remember when I last enjoyed a story quite like this. Maybe the last time I read a Clive Barker novel or watched something like The Wickerman (’73 version). And the performances ranged from solid to moments of bit-bloody-creepy. So yeah, slightly weird one. Good weird. Worthchecking-out-weird. Until 12 June LEE BEMROSE
UTE LEMPER: ANGELS OVER BERLIN State Theatre, 19/05/10
To call yourself a cabaret artist, it isn’t enough to merely sing old songs; you have to connect with the songwriters of the past and use their words to tell a story. German cabaret star Ute Lemper has never lost sight of the most important thing about her craft - a song that is almost 100 years old can be as relevant to today’s world as one written yesterday. Traveling across time and continents, Lemper and band gave new life to Brecht and Weill, Piazzolla and even Kander and Ebb as she transformed into Pirate Jenny, Maria of Buenos Aires and Naughty Lola. Though Jacques Brel isn’t strictly Berlin and didn’t really fit into Lemper’s storyline, she finished the night with a songcycle that included Amsterdam and the stunning Ne Me Quitte Pas. But it was an extended medley beginning with Mack The Knife and included Moon Over Alabama, Cabaret and All That Jazz that was the definitive highlight. DANIELLE O’DONOHUE
A Nightmare On Elm Street
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
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One, two, Freddy’s coming for you... and he’s sure to leave you fairly unimpressed. The latest classic horror remake from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes company delves into the world of dreams where Jackie Earl Haley’s knife-fingered Freddy Krueger ravages the REM of some innocent and squealy teens. As with the other Dunes remakes, this looks very nice but it’s sadly bereft of any soul. Where schlocky ’80s effects made Robert Englund’s Freddy truly scary, state of the art make-up manages to just make Haley’s ghoul look less like a burned man, more like a Close Encounters alien with really bad acne. He struggles manfully to act his way out from under the mess – and fails. Sad, really, because Haley can do freakishly scary with no make-up on, as he proved in Little Children. He’s also hampered by a workmanlike script with no inspired dialogue that however does manage to include most of the iconic scenes from the original. As for the screaming blood-bags Freddy bothers, Rooney Mara acquits herself well in the Nancy role, a real ’80s ‘good girl’ horror heroine look about her that just works well. Other than that, this is horror by numbers and proof positive a beefed-up budget and some dabbling with CG are poor substitutes for raw creativity.
It’s not hard to see why City Island took out the Audience Award at the 2009 Tribeca film festival. Writer/director Raymond De Felitta’s film has a distinctly New York, ‘indie’ sensibility, set in the Bronx, featuring a dysfunctional family headed by Andy Garcia’s Vince Rizzo as a prison guard with secret aspirations to be an actor. In fact, the whole family has secrets, from smoking to stripping and food fetishes; there’s conflict, there’s quirk, and there’s definitely home ground advantage. De Felitta’s slightly overwritten script proves to be a fun twist on the prodigal son parable when, unbeknownst to Tony (Steven Strait) Vince, the father who ran out on him, springs him from jail and brings him home to meet a similarly clueless family. The strength of the film lies in the great ensemble casting. Garcia and Julianna Margulies make for a great married couple, while Emily Mortimer brings depth to her kooky wannabe star and the singular Alan Arkin lends his charm as Vince’s acting coach. The film’s highlight is a scene in which Vince botches an open call audition for a Scorsese movie, only to impress with his prison guard improv. It’s this delightful, self-aware tone that brings an element to what could easily have been just a run-of-the-mill family dramedy where, surprise surprise, the petty crim turns out to be the most together of them all.
If we are what we eat, then we sure as hell should know where our food comes from. So sayeth director Robert Kenner and his two journalist talking heads Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan (authors of Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma respectively) in the illuminating documentary Food, Inc. Though it’s a bit laboured, Kenner’s main thesis centres on ‘lifting the veil’ on multinationalcontrolled food production, and challenging the ‘pastoral fantasy’ bewitching American consumers. The reality is indeed shocking. From battery chickens, allowed no skerrick of daylight, to hectares of cattle ‘farms’ with nary a blade of grass in sight. These aren’t farms, they are factories. Divided into a series of revealing vignettes, Food, Inc. hammers home the frightening power multinational corporations hold over consumers, ‘from seed to supermarket’. Pressured farmers, exploited workers, staggering politics, E-coli fatalities and the obesitydriven diabetes epidemic are all elucidated in a well-paced film provocative enough to capture your attention, but not so gory as to sour the experience of watching the documentary. It may well be a case of preaching to the organic-eating converted, but it’s nonetheless an important and well-produced addition to contemporary debates about education, health care and corporate responsibility.
Whether it’s on purpose or not, it’s hard not to draw parallels between Daniel Barber’s Harry Brown and last year’s Gran Torino. That American vigilante film for the blue rinse set starred Clint Eastwood busting caps with the local juvenile delinquents and turning a small corner in his racism. Harry Brown is a Brit version of this story and who better to replicate Clint than the guy who can stare down any punk crim, Michael Caine. He plays pensioner Harry, holed up in a godforsaken council estate we know well from Ken Loach films and The Bill. Harry’s life is now reduced to a static routine of meeting his mate Len for chess games and visits to his sick wife in hospital. But then when he is hit with a double loss – his wife dies and Len is killed by the local drug gang – he turns all Incredible Hulk. It’s about at this point in the film that screenwriter Gary Young really could have gone for a more socially-conscious look at poverty and the underclasses in Britain. But no, he and Barber have probably been reared on too many Charles Bronson movies where elders get to outsmart and outshoot the young guns who have no respect for old school ways. So it is then that the former Marine gets out his weaponry and decides to become judge, jury and executioner. See this one for Caine’s stone cold killer turn, not for any surprises in the story department.
WHEN: Screening in cinemas now
WHEN: Screening in cinemas from 27 May
WHEN: Screening in cinemas now
WHEN: Screening in cinemas now
REIMAGINING MUSIC HANGING WITH THE JOHNS THE PREMISE OF ART OF MUSIC IS SIMPLE: TEN VISUAL ARTISTS TAKE INSPIRATION FROM TEN SONGS. THE RESULTING ARTWORKS ARE THEN AUCTIONED FOR CHARITY. DARRYN KING SPEAKS TO FOUNDER JENNY MORRIS AND ARTIST TODD HUNTER.
Todd Hunter is an artist very much in tune with the power of music over his art. “I don’t walk into the studio without music playing,” he says. “It plays a part in every single aspect of the process of painting. Even cleaning the brushes has its own music. As the tempos of the picture build, the tempo of the music changes – you change the music to fit that tempo. There’s a certain inspiration that comes from the passion and energy of the music as well. Plus you’ve got the lyrics that can take you on a visual journey.” Art Of Music, a charity event masterminded by Australian rock icon Jenny Morris in 2006, explores the dynamic relationship between popular music and visual arts. Hunter is just one of several highprofile Australian artists who have created new works based on songs by Australian/New Zealand performers. For example, the sunny chords and immaculate harmonies of Crowded House’s Distant Sun inspired Nicholas Harding to render a colourful beach scene with luscious impasto textures, while the nautical poetry of The Waifs’ Lighthouse led Euan Macleod to conjure up an eerie, dreamlike seascape. There’s also a glorious portrait capturing the essence of AC/DC’s Angus Young by Ben Quilty. And it’s all for a great cause – the pieces will be auctioned off Saturday at the Art Gallery Of NSW, with all proceeds going to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia. “I wanted the artists to be taken on a journey they may not have gone on otherwise,” Morris explains. “The idea was that something special would come out of it… that people would want to pay lots of money for.” Hunter’s own music collection is broad, but regards punk, especially the hard-edged tones of The Saints, the Stooges and Eddy Current Suppression Ring, as the biggest inspiration for his
THE RONNIE JOHNS HALF HOUR WAS ONE OF THOSE TV SHOWS THAT ENDED TOO SOON. THANKFULLY IT’S NOW COMING TO A STAGE NEAR YOU. LIZ GIUFFRE TALKS TO JAMES ‘JESUS’ PENDER.
abstract landscapes. “There is something about that simplicity, yet phenomenal power, that I am inspired by in the studio.” For Art Of Music, Hunter chose Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue’s murder ballad, Where The Wild Roses Grow. The result is vibrant, violent, erotic – and dominated by dashes of dark blood red. “The song itself is about a murder and told in two voices, one innocent and one knowing. Him, reminiscing in a kind of sensual stupor and she not understanding yet why they call her the Wild Rose – because of her murder. It’s haunting. It’s light and dark – both voices are sensual. Hopefully the painting, like the song, is an amalgamation of landscape, sensuality, light and dark.” There’s a fascinating alchemy to Hunter’s process – which mainly requires him to allow the magic to happen, and seize it. “You discover an image. It’s out of your hands sometimes. You’ve set up a framework but the painting has its own momentum. The songwriters that I am influenced by often use the landscape as a metaphorical space for their characters to inhabit. So, when painting, and listening, these characters and landscape begin to take on a form in my head which can then be interpreted in paint and hence influence the marks being made. Like music, the paintings evolve from the successful pulling together of disparate elements – speed, chance, memory and sensibility – that need to be harnessed to create a cohesive whole.” WHAT: Art Of Music charity auction WHERE & WHEN: Art Gallery Of NSW Saturday 29 May
As one of the players in the Ronnie Johns comedy spectacular, James Pender has become a bit of a legend. His time with Johns was spent impersonating Jesus (as you do), but since the show he’s been off in Paris to be a lawyer (again, as you do). What brought him back was the bright lights of the Australian stage and the promise of more funny business. “I went overseas for four years working as a lawyer, but about a year ago our producer said let’s get it all back together, which suited me really well,” he says. “I’d had just enough time in that world to realise that stuff wasn’t for me.” Along with Pender, the Ronnie Johns show was also the first home of Health Franklin’s Chopper, a nursery for the Axis Of Awesome (Jordan Raskopoulos), and starter for rising standup Felicity Ward, who played the curious and slightly unhinged little girl, Poppy. “We’re getting the band back together, and it wasn’t too hard to convince us,” Pender explains. While it might be a gear change from an office job and steady income, it’s one he’s looking forward to. “I was talking to Health Franklin and he was saying he was working with a Canadian comedian about going into a show and asked, ‘should I wear my suit’?, which was funny because, well, as a comedian we’ve mostly only got the one. So I guess it’s not a normal thing to go from a proper job to comedy, but then again there’s lots of lawyers who’ve gone into comedy, maybe just about of boredom!” Getting the Ronnie Johns stage show happening was a nice chance for the cast to regroup, relive
some old moments and characters as well as develop some new material. “I think we’ll have a lot of the old characters in new situations. So Felicity’s Poppy will have a bit about footballer’s behaviour, while Jordon will be back as the gnocchi guy, you know, ‘It’s potatoes not pastas’, he’ll be singing about that; Jesus is in a new scenario and Chopper’s got some new stuff. So it’s the characters that people really liked to see but not doing the stuff that they hated watching on TV. “There’ll also be some new characters, some that we had in the TV show that were on the bench, they just didn’t quite make it to the screen but they have stuff that we all loved. It’s probably a bit naughtier, if that’s possible, but that stuff’s now making it onto the stage, and it’s a good opportunity to get that stuff out there.” In putting the show together Pender and the group had a writing workshop (“well, it was really a holiday at the beach to come up with some new ideas”), but he’s confident with what they’ve got to show existing and soon-to-be Ronnie Johns fans. “A lot of the show is new but then there’s a couple of the sketches that worked really well in the show will get a go, so there is the odd old favourite in there as well.” WHAT: The Ronnie Johns Half Hour Live On Stage WHERE & WHEN: Laycock St Theatre, Gosford Tuesday 25 May and IPAC, Wollongong Wednesday 26
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