Saturday, December 27, 2008
New Years Eve in Sydney is one of the largest events of thee year and arguably the most spectacular! If your visiting Sydney then its a must to be at one of the many vantage points on harbour to take in the boats parade & the fireworks. It takes 15months of pre-planing for the mid-night fireworks where literally the worlds largest TV networks tune in for the 30min light, fireworks and music display! Its seriously cool stuff but for many Sydney siders its either something you love or something you hate as our shores are crowded with over a million people as the city is basically cut off from transport and it can be hard to get anywhere quickly!
This year the theme is creation, if your around the harbour here's the low-down;
But enough of the official stuff lets get back to the techno, so the parties on;
More info here at www.sydneynewyearseve.com
- 3pm-6pm - Aerial planes display
- 8:30pm - Acknowledgement of Country ceremony with projections on the harbour bridge & dancing fire flames on the harbour
- 9pm - 'family fireworks'
- 9:08pm - Creation theme kicks in with 'storm effect' on the Harbour Bridge
- 9:15pm - Harbour of Light parade, where Syd's best boats/yachts dress up in lights
- 12:00pm - midnight fireworks
- 12 - 6am - Parties, concerts, clubs every venue pretty much as something on
- NYD - FIELD DAY
Shore Thing - Underworld, Eric Prydz, The Presets at Bondi Beach - sold out but theres tickets available
Viva La Techno - Jets Sports Club with an awesome lineup of local and interstate artists ft. Defined By Rhythm, Null Object (Live) + many more
Mad Racket NYE 08 - Marickville Bowling Club the mad racket brings you the best and latest in house with local resdients. awesome NYE shindig
Technique Party - Somewhere in the inner city warehouse ft. Dane Austin live, John Ferris, Mark Craven + many more big locals
Club Club at Chinese Laundry - Carl Craig headlines, this will be SPECIAL! A sure thing with tickets still available
Pacha NYE 2008 - Eric Morillo headlines with his infamous extended set along with Carl Kennedy and Pacha girls
Harbour Party NYE at Luna Park - unlimited rides + a lot of big pop/electro internationals and prime position for fireworks
Spice Afloat - Radioslave & Simon Baker! Welcome in the first sunrise of 08 in style
Field Day - SOLD OUT - with Eric Prydz, Oliver Huntemann, Jamie Liddel (Live), Digitalism, Adam Freeland + Many more
Field Day Afterparty with surprise international guest at Oxford Arts Factory
Nevermind NYD Night athems - The classics played out by residents
Sounds on NYD - always a killer party if the weather is good, headlining Carl kennedy & Martini Club - Greenwood Hotel
2nd January - Ferry Corsten at Home Nightclub
3rd JANUARY - POST NYE WAREHOUSE PARTY ft. Tony Trash, Living Room DJs, Duplex - Cost: $10 to cover costs. More Info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=41628321618
4th of January - Sunday School! Cap of the NYE with this awesome chilled out party
Friday, December 26, 2008
Christmas in Australia is very much an out doors affair, with nice weather yesterday on Christmas and Boxing today being a scorcher its safe to say that its being 'perfect' xmas Australian conditions.
So to give you that last kick of 'receiving' pleasure here is a link to the latest mix by Richie Hawtin for DJ Mag - Sounds of Can Elles. In true underground style the mix is a electic mix of the kind of 'best of' unsigned producers Richie has being hammering in his sets this past year! Its a great mix of unheard of artists which may be the next 'big-thing'!
Download Zip file HERE (140MB/320kbps MP3s)
01. Gernot Lance - Lesistance
02. Ryoh Mitomi - Watch Your Step
03. Oliver Dodd - Nervous Part 2
04. Psyk - Clown
05. Octave - Past Flash
06. Jobdoy - Spades For Minds
07. Gary Beck - Consumed
08. Marco Dassi - Varese Ist Leer (Minicoolboyz Remix)
09. Luciano Le Biham & Exequiel Brandan - Flying
10. Antonio Pocas - 14-12
11. Jorge Savoretti - You Taste Better Than Danger
12. Larsson - Sbility To Jump
13. Ken Kenichiro - 4AM
14. Joel Alter - Spektrolit
15. Sebastian Russel - You Freak
Enjoy and Merry Christmas
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
future classic have gone from strength to strength recently hosting their awesome monthly night at the Civic Underground. But what many dont know is there sneaky Sunday arvo chill sessions which host international artists + Syds finest. Sounds gold! So much in fact their releasing a whole series dedicated to it!
Have a listen to the awesome new-disco/chill tracks by downloading it HERE or better yet buy the vinyl for the special artwork
Officially; For the last year and a half Future Classic has been hosting a laidback Sunday afternoon event at the Tilbury. A BBQ, friendly bar staff and turntables on the balcony in the sunshine have set the scene for these under-the-radar sessions that give our local and international guests (often performing under alias) the chance to play more diverse sets than they would in the club.
“With a little more time to chill and converse than is usually the case in a busy nightclub the idea was hatched to create a series of Aprés 12-inch releases with contributions from our local and international guests” says Future Classic’s Nathan McLay, who is also resident DJ at the weekly event. “Having played host to artists such as Brennan Green, Joakim, Mock & Toof, Lovefingers, Aeroplane, Canyons, Jamie Lloyd and Padded Cell to name a few the sound of this series presented itself naturally.”
The first installment comes from a duo that has been causing a stir on the Sydney disco circuit of late. Brendan ‘Long John Saliva’ King and Colin ‘DJ Silvio’ Prout of Paradise Lost fame collaborate as the Loin Brothers. Their tongue-in-cheek debut Heavy Helmet is a slice of nu disco glory with fluid funk and epic power-chord guitars. On the flip London’s Mock & Toof, signed to LCD Soundsystem’s legendary DFA imprint from New York, add their playful flavour which has worked its magic at the Tilbury on more than a few occasions of late.
Being both a music and design team, artwork has always been an integral part of all Future Classic projects, Aprés being no exception. To complement the series Future Classic commissioned original works by visual artist Gemma Smith, whose geometric abstraction sits perfectly with the cosmic sounds of the records. Gemma has exhibited in curated and solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas. She is currently in Primavera at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney as well as Contemporary Australia: Optimism, at the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, in Brisbane.
The Aprés 12 inch series was made possible with support of Becks and The Tilbury Hotel.
Aprés is a free event every Sunday from 3-9pm at The Tilbury. 12-18 Nicholson St, Woolloomooloo
I wouldn't say it was the most energetic of crowds but it was definitely in that 'zone' with everyone just dancing away to the music...
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
As mentioned below SSXmas went down a treat. Nearly everyone ever involved with the night showed up + some local big gun DJs, Defined By Rhythm & Murat Kilic + a ton of newbies to make the night run until 2:30 in the morn! (I believe this is the 2nd latest close time, 1st was 3:00am!)
But this was no slap the night 'xmas special' and rock up with nothing but a santa hat, Bunker Bar was seriously decked out with lights, blow up raindeer and Santas climbing a lader amongst other things. The new DJs all played solid sets with a little B2B action at the end.
Chris Rawlins - Opened the night up, luckly everything was ready to go on time and people were rocking up from the start! Funky tech-house prevailed and got everyone into the groove
Sam Naill - Jumped on to take us through some deeper styles, house, techno? a little prog but if anything it was chilled enough to get talking but still tap that foot with a beat. I reckon Sams set captured the mood of the crowd at that point in the night really well!
Leah Thomas - Our first lady DJ to have spin ( I blieve) and it was great! Couple popular techno tracks mixed in with some housier songs put enough edge on to get people to start filling the dance floor. From here on in it does not empty! Leah kept the flow going, an awesome first set
Young Money - I want their effects unit!!!! argh! Pioneer 500 one I bleive, these guys blasted it with some solid stomping techno tracks. Big build-ups, big effects = dancefloor fun
Chris Combe - Our resident S.S. techno main-man. Slams the techno down in Chris unique style, as allways the dance floor was throbbing. Like you could thought this was friday night with amount of people dancing around!
Dave Stuart - Taking us into the next day Dave played a loooose set (in terms of genre) but nevertheless outstanding! Great songs, but not too serious.
B2B - wooot we all jumped on, couple songs each proved a treat as the bunker just kept on receiving more people! Night finished up around 2:30 but probably could kept on going till 3! oh well next time!
NEXT SUNDAY SCHOOL IS ON 4TH OF JANUARY! COME CONTINUE THE NY SYDNEY MADNESS AND CAP OFF YOUR MASSIVE WEEKEND! BE SURE TO COME DOWN AND SAY HI IF YOU HAVEN'T BEING BEFORE!
Also looking for DJs for your new night!? Come and see the talent, you wont be disappointed.
A word of advice, before you go and check out this infamous after hours party, make sure you look the part. That is, to every guy, theres one girl, not tooo trendy (couple people got turned away in suits) but not too shabby (however they did make some exceptions...hmmm) BUT WAIT! This is spice!? Its Techno! Its all about the mmusic mannn Right!? IT STARTS AT 5 IN THE FUCKING MORNING! I wouldn't think there would even BE a door policy but alas my nieve little mind proved me wrong and I was rejected with 3 other mates from Spice becuase we were all guys (only 4 of us including myself!!)
Yeah to top it of my first time trecking it down there, just to see Sammy Gee punch out some minimal and the door wanker/doorman rejects me...:(
Anyway, managing a night that is official and starts at 5 is another ball game then normal club nights but then again when was Spice ever a normal club night?
Monday, December 22, 2008
Photos + Videos to come, I'll do a little post on everyone that played as well and link up with a promo demo! Stay tuned...
Saturday, December 20, 2008
An eclectic mixture of images and elements abstracted in this film especially created to open the large procession of Fashion Week in Sydney! Interested? Here's their official site. Someone let thess guys loose in a club please!!
Headlining this ridiculously under publicised night is Deepchild, Glitch DJs Jim Polar and Trinity! Awesome!
Friday, December 19, 2008
- Loosekaboose - ft. Dave Basek (live) & Phil Smart - The Cross - Awesome lineup, Dave Basek live will be ineteresting, espiecally after hearing his recent prog anthem on Long Distance Recordings!
- DeepAsF*ck presents Pirates of the Underground 2! ft. secret international! - Harbour Cruise - This will be mahooosive! A ton of underground party outfits have combined forces to bring what could one of the best local line-ups in one location all year!
- DAF ft Alex Kid - Bunker Bar - Alex Kid plays a speical 3hour+ set!! This will be epicly cool. It will pack out + half price if you come from the cruise above
- KINK ft. Club Junque - nevermind club - Club Junque is a rising star on the Sydney scene, destroying the Laundry with his sets its time to spread the love and see what he can bring to KINK!
- Pilooski @ Slide Nightclub - King of New disco & his first Australian perfromance!
- Late Night Schuffly pres. Sammy Dee - Macquaire Hotel - 1st time I've heard of these guys, but not the 1st time Ive heard of Sammy! Should be well worth getting down too
- SPICE [5am] ft. SAMMY DEE [Berlin]+Garry Todd+Murat Kilic - Bunker Bar
- Sunday School Xmas Special! - Bunker Bar - expect dress-ups, silly lights & of course some fresh new blood on the decks for Sydneys premier 'up-and-comer' DJ night in Prog, tech, minimal & techno! Come check it out if your looking for new DJs for your night or just want to relax in the chilled atmosphere of the night!
- Slipp Inn Rooftop Xmas Party - Slipp Inn (Chinese Laundry) - This apprently famous party goes down this sunday.
GET IN IT!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Found this on a article describing 51 sites blurred on Google Maps, check it here
Also have you ever seen Sydneys Oxford street from the air?...its quite..arty?!
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Friday, December 12, 2008
Anyway so for the half gig guide;
- Color Christmas ft. Robbie Lowe & Tim Culbert - Bunker Bar - For those craving the deep house and progressive sounds of the experts at mixing it! Seriously, color is alway a good night
- Lost Baggage ft. Audiofly & Paco Osuna - The Cross - HUGE this will sell out so get down early for tickets on the door!
- KINK ft. Goodfella - nevermind club - local resident Goodfella chucks a special set this Kink
- Club Club ft. Pepperpot - Chines Laundry
- DJ Assult @ Oxford ArtsFactory
- Nevereverland - Modular's Label party, the ubersick aussie electronic/indie label always chuck on a good show with all locals as headliners it should be a good festival...also their advertisments are soo cool...dam cool indie labels...
- Smut - club nevermind - the newly re-running sunday nights were a hit before and now there back but its on quite the low low.
- Little Miss Sunday - Lady Lux - Solid house and tech-house on Sunday nights
If you never heard the man DJ before then definitely come along to COLOR tomorrow night at the bunker. Color was a night spawned by the successfull 'underground' mix releases a couple of which have being done by Robbie Lowe, and let me tell for a FREE download mix these are quality, easily good enough to be sold on CD! I cant stop listening to them to be honest!
Check out the facebook COLOR GROUP here for all the latest releases...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
What can I say, the party is well and truly over and everyone has recovered but the vibe keeps on going, kinda like an aftershock of an earthquake. I cant not stop thinking of the epic break downs Luciano pulls and the awesome retro (never though I would say that) Greg Wilson so seemly effortlessly played out.
Here's a little Video of it
Greg Wilson played on the top deck and was a favourite for many as we all waited until Luciano arrived. He played a perfect new disco/retro set as well as playing with his reel to reel player!! The man has a lot of experience and this showed in this amazing set. I have never heard anyone mix in songs like these in such a way in all my comparatively short life!
KEEP IT REEL (Back of Greg Wilson Laptop sticker ;)
Luciano stepped up on the decks to literally destroy the dance floor. His unique take on DJing is very South American to me with driving tribal rhythms that are overlaid with with technoy sounds. Everyone went a bit loco in DC10 style with loads of jumping up action check it out below;
and one of my fav songs of the boat set;
Of course those that didnt know, Luciano played a second gig that same night at Sydneys newest club NEVERMIND. Those that got there early were in for a treat as Luciano rocked up at 10 and decided to jump on!! He than went on to tear the place down with a definitely darker vibe taking us on till 2am where he had to call it quits. The man did look fair tired at the end of it!
Some of my favourite pics from BOTH the Yacht party and the KINK nevermind club gig. Be sure to check out the gallery for more ;) they're all high resolution pics in the gallery so feel free to make them desktop pics or whatever just nothing on posters with out emailing me first!!!
|From LUCIANO @ Pulse Radio Yacht Party & KINK|
|From LUCIANO @ Pulse Radio Yacht Party & KINK|
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Murat and Shades of Grey both do great remixes, sure to hear them over the coming weeks! So support your local artist! Buy below
BEEF records is happy to present young English talents Zade and Kayne Cross in this extraordinary tech house/minimal EP. Euphonious is real dance floor filler with a powerful house oriented groove that is truly simple but totally effective. Murat Kilic remix has been creating buzz in the techno scene for quite some time now. It is state of the art peak time rework that will mess up every dance floor. Murat Kilic remix got already signed by Oliver Koletzki for his upcoming compilation on Stil Von Talent. That is truly impressive start for up and coming producer from Sydney. Shades of Gray remix is inspired by the latest sound of Freerange and Strictly Rhytmn. Perfect tool for Deep house DJs - atmospheric and groove oriented house filler. This combination makes this EP a must tool for any Dj.
Monday, December 8, 2008
LUCKLY fbi saves the day with a new broadcast to add it its electronic music selection
[THE BOX] broadcast.
It's the first edition of a regular monthly show, showcasing the sounds and guests we feature at [THE BOX] on a monthly basis.
The show will be on the first friday of every month, we start tonight @ 11.30 p.m. Sydney time. If you want to tune in go to fbiradio.com or if you're still in the dark ages 94.5fm.
If you havent yet heard Luciano was AMAZING! At both the yacht party and nevermind! One of the best days of the year for me..
Here some track IDs courtesy of ITMers
Catz 'n Dogz - SF
Michel De Hey Vs Grooveyard - Compound
M83 - In Church & Kenlou - Bangin (Bangin' Beats)
SIS - Trompeta
Kevin Saunderson - "Good Love" (Feat Inner City - Luciano's Good Love Remix)
Nima Gorji - Jungle Boogie
Marco Carola - Bloody Cash
Sebo K - Diva
Octave One - Blackwater
Robbie Rivera - Feel This (Tribal Sessions Mix)
The Asphalt - 8 Mile Road (Sascha Dive Mix)
Capricorn - 20Hz (Optimo Edit)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
- SHRUG @ civic underground - ft. Tim Culbert, Life DJs, Dave Stuart & Alex Marsh
- ITMXMAS Party @ nevermind ft. Ben Morris, Mo'Funk &more - Its the offical ITM Xmas bash and it should be lots of fun. RSVP at inthemix.com.au for free entry
- VIOD ft. Joker @ Phoenix Bar (Oxford Street) - Sydneys monthly dubstep night and apprently its something very special, so get on down for something a little different.
- Faction Fridays @ Bunker Bar, Kings Cross ft. Mark Craven & Dane Austin (beef) - Faction offers a free friday alternative with some of the best in the underground....did i mention its FREE!
- Yum Cha & BEEF Prime Cuts vol.2 CD LAUNCH - awesome, one of the best SYD labels right now!
- PULSE RADIO Yacht Party ft. Luciano & Greg Wilson @ Sydney Harbour - SOLD OUT!
- KINK presents Luciano (2nd gig) @ nevermind (oxford street) - Tickets avaliable at www.inthemix.com.au & on the door for more...
- Civic Sat presents Rene Amesz @ Civic underground - this should be a kicker, with supports from Sweetchille residents
- Paradise Lost @ innercity warehouse - think one of the best underground house parties around...
- Club Club presents Robert Babicz @ Chines Laundry - this producer has a solid fan base for his consistenly good productions. Should be a good night
- Sunday School @ Bunker Bar - As usual the place for up-n-comer DJs with free entry all night, with the talent on this one coming up, it will be one not to forget..
- Pulse & Better Days ft. Greg Wilson @ Cream Tangerine Terrace
Get in it!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The promoters have also announced that anyone going to please be at King Street Wharf for around 10am (ouch!) as to load the 500 odd people onto the boat!
IF YOU MISSED OUT ON A TICKET, LIKE MANY OTHER PEOPLE, HE IS ALSO PLAYING AT KINK @ NEVERMIND THAT SAME NIGHT!
Luciano is headlining KINK with first release tickets already sold out and 2nd release %50 sold out! But not to worry if you are unsure of going, there will be a limited amount of tickets on the door going for $30 each! You can buy tickets from www.inthemix.com.au
Also I will be filming the epic breakdown moments from both the Yacht and club parties and uploading them on the Sunday so check back here if you were unable to secure a ticket!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Opening this Friday Shrug features ; Tim Culbert, Life DJ's, Alex Marsh(Sunday School resident), Dave Stuart (Sunday School resident)
The crew who’ve brought you the best of local up coming talent in deep tech, prog and techno at their Sunday School nights at the Bunker proudly present SHRUG!!!
As always we’re putting together a night of quality music that you wont find in the majority of clubs around Sydney. You’ll be treated to what we’d consider a perfect flow of music throughout the night starting with some deep techy grooves to get you on the dance floor.
Friday 5th December
10:00pm - 4:00am
Cnr Pitt & Goulburn sts, Sydney
$15 / $10 before 11pm or on Guest list
Tim first stepped behind the decks in 2001 under the watchful eye of his funky house spinning DJ mate Mo’Funk. But Culbert quickly found himself craving something deeper, eventually discovering the progressive tribal sound of Steve Lawler and Danny Howells - from here his musical journey has twisted through deep house, tech house, progressive and techno, although Culbert says “I prefer to just call it house music.”
Culbert is regularly called upon for warm-up duties for Sweetchilli-sponsored events – most notably opening the main room at Home for the 2008 Livewire event featuring Paolo Mojo and Supermayer.
His union with Robbie Lowe has also borne fruit, with Culbert recently playing before Lowe and Tiesto for the Dutch trancer’s performance at the Hordern Paviliion in May 2008. Now Tim and Robbie have joined forces – their uncannily similar sound has become the cornerstone of their new Colour parties, launched with a special 4-disc promo mix and has expanded to include fellow Sydney progressive house production whiz Matt Rowan in the future.
Culbert has also stretched his wings beyond the DJ Booth, having been on board as a resident DJ alongside Grant Taplin on internet portal Proton Radio’s .AUdio show since September 2005. And a production career is also on his agenda, although for now any output will remain secret until his inner perfectionist is ready to share them with the rest of the world. He also recently co-found Thug Records which showcases cutting edge underground music from both locally and abroad.
Tim’s latest colour mix;
The Life DJs are Rod Lee and Ken Knott. Meeting fortuitously through a friends sisters boyfriend the two quickly realised they had much more in common than a few degrees of separation. Forming a studio partnership in early 2005 saw the boys spending unnatural amounts of time together working on their studio tans… recently resulting in an EP released on the boys own label – Life Music.
Life, undeniably the most successful night at uber club Favela, proved that the boys were not alone in their passion for quality, forward thinking music and a damn good time. Disregarding genre barriers and refusing to be yet more trend followers worked and gave the boys a unique opportunity to develop unhampered by the 'pop' culture of the time. Fast forward 20 months and the boys are reaping the rewards equally as much as the lucky people on the dance floors who get to share in what is quickly becoming contagious… a Life DJs set
Taking the life ethos of pushing boundaries into the DJ booth requires constant attention and innovation. Spending countless hours in the studio and investing serious time honing their stage craft, the boys are consistently embracing new technologies to make their sets fresh, exciting and unique.
Rod and Ken have now developed a hybrid live/DJ setup that incorporates Ableton Live, 3 CDJs, 2 midi controllers, EFX and Soft Synths to put the full gamut of their DJing and production skills to use in every single one of their sets. Pooling their creative resources together including original tunes, remixes and specially made FX together with the skills and knowledge gained from years of Djing means that during every life DJ set you are guaranteed to witness 2 performers leaving nothing on stage or in the booth.
Life DJs live mix recorded October 3rd in The Cave at the Chinese Laundry.
Hailing from the UK, Sydney DJ Alex Marsh was heavily influenced by legendary London nights such as: Renaissance, Bedrock and The Gallery.
Having secured a residency at the successful Sunday School Alex likes to push his own unique sound refusing to be pigeon holed by one genre. With this passion and enthusiasm for all styles of music and a real understanding of building a set Alex is a welcome addition to the Sydney scene. He has quickly become a well respected proponent of using Abelton during his DJ sets drawing comparisons to another famous “Alex” from the UK. Having recently set his sights on production and refusing to be "just another DJ" there is still much more to come from this Londoner.
The perennial late bloomer……Dave has always been passionate about listening to music and has been hanging around the Sydney scene for what seems like forever but keeping a low profile as being an always modest individual. Only starting to learn to DJ about 18 months ago Dave’s already played at several of Sydney well known clubs and has been running his own night specifically for up & comers, Sunday School, since July 2008.
• Sunday School @ The Bunker (resident)
• Homeskooled @ The Burdekin
• Deadly Domingos @ Favela
• Knocked up @ ARQ
• DSS Warehouse Party – September
• Midi In The City – November
• Civic Underground – Saturdays
Dave’s style could be summed up in one word…DEEP…whether it be House, Tech-House, Progressive or Techno, you’ll find his sets incorporating a deep groove throughout.
Also on the cards is Sydney favourite Bjorn Wilke gracing the decks at KINK for this weekend and this weekend only after recently relocating to Germany.
Remember say "Sydney Loves Techno" at the door for KINK for reduced entry...
I was looking through photos of the past events and came across these pictures of the last TECHnique party which plays hosts to some of Sydneys best underground DJs and VJs..
Take a look here and tell me that is not one cool looking venue, have to get along to the next Technique party thats for sure...
Friday, November 28, 2008
Promo Vid here;
technique - 07/08 from bleep on Vimeo.
Today at 9am the NSW Government decided to impose the 2am lockout that so brilliantly failed in Melbourne but for some reason they believe will be a success in Sydney. What this means is that between the hours of 2am-5am
- No one can leave and re-enter or enter the club
- drinks must be served in non breakable plastic! - I mean what the fuck does that have to do with orderly behaviour, if some one is stupid enough to get into a fight and smash a glass, they'll use what ever other objects that are near by. Chair, stool, pool que should we ban these as well!
- No double shot drinks or drinks with too much alcohol - because unfortunately here in Sydney we can decided when he have had enough to drink. We just have to be told by our oh so helpful government
- 10min NO-SERVE periode in each hour between 2-5am, that is for 10min no alcahol can be served for every hour
Alot of the bigger clubs have being excempted with speical condiditons but to be honest this is going to hurt all the boutique night clubs, the underground clubs and our music and art culture of the city which thrives on a all night open policy.
Will the law last? My prediction FUCK NO! Too many clubs will apply for excemption, and it will in all lickly hood increase violence as clubs, unable to make enough money with the tough restrictions proably wanting to close at 2 now anyway and avoid the hassel.
NSW becomes more and more akin to a police state, as the government and police decide when, where and now at what time we are able to have fun...
Feel free to download the offical Government Gazzette here for full information on all restrictions.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
(Queue corny crowd cheers typical of those used in 1930s radio broadcasts....lol)
Yes, so as Summer starts to take hold (well take hold then leave us with rain, then take hold again fuck the weather has being bizarre lately) this weekend has something in store for you no matter what genre of music your into. However we just care about the electronic & techno side of things ja!..and anything obscenely cool...
- Minimal Fuss presents Pepperpot @ Civic Underground
- Eat Musikk ft. Mattt & Sari - 2 risings stars in the Sydney scene, Mattt at only 22 being one of the best minimal DJs at that age and Sari a rising deep house star. Without a doubt a good night out
- Dirty South @ nevermind - Aussie star although more affliated with electro however his sets dont sit in that genre. 3hr set drop "Sydney Loves Techo' at the door for discounted entry
- Paul Van Dyke @ Home - again, his sets are lendgendary and his skills as a DJ are at the top of his game. Dont just expect trance, espiecally these days where most of these superstar DJs make there hypnotic sets with the help or Prog and techno ahum...
- KINK @ nevermind presents Bjorn Wilke - Yes his back in Sydney for one weekend for a very speical set at the new club on the block nevermind! Will be off the hook. Drop 'Sydney Loves Techno' at the door for discounted entry
- Earth Festival @ Centinal park; this sounds like just plain fun and hippiness;A giant indoor 360 cinema Orb, live music, the biggest drum circle in the Southern Hemisphere, Chai tent grooves, trapeze classes, thousands of yoga legs stretched out and the best food ever all come together in a major celebration of planet earth.
- Society - Boutique Sydney - NEVER heard of this or the organisers before; Society presents a night of progressive house with tribal infusions, bringing Sydney the sounds of the Ibiza summer --> sound good though
- Robert Babicz @ Chinese Laundry
- Simone Caldwell @ Civic Underground
- GLOBAL GATHERING! RAAAAHHH! - yes, the time has come for entertainment quater madness. My whish to see list Sasha, Kraftwerk and Gorrillaz
- Faction @ Bunker Bar - underground tech, prog and minimal goodness
- SMUT @ nevermind - unoffical global gathering afterparty, people from the festival get in for free however!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Well another Sunday School past and it was no quiet one that's for sure with one first timer and the rest all showing us how much they have progressed over the past few months!
PHOTOS HERE: and on InTheMix Gallery section for Sydney
7-8pm - Jamie Tek; The new starting time for Sunday School even the staff were shocked to see me down there so early but all was good and we started around 7pm with people rocking up all through that hour. I played a pretty chilled out set with some trippy DJ Koze remix of Apologies and some Ricardo Villalobos 4WD remix slowed right down and chucked in for good measure (For those wondering Its one of my favourite tracks of year!). I think everyone enjoyed it and thanks for the great feedback to everyone!
8-9pm; Dave Stuart; Chucked it up a notch or better yet down a tone with DEEP being the order of the hour. Although Dave does play Deep most of the time this was a quite the groovy deep set that didnt overpower but didn't put you to sleep either! His set picked up the pace so for first time Johann Mentz to take over, promo below
9-10pm Johann Mentz; Johann played his first set at Sunday School and I believe first club set and by no means did it exhibit any signs of a first timer. His mixing was tight, tracks flowed and it was a very funky tech house style set. As I said to him later its always difficult (in my opinion) playing a funky techy set with out playing heavier style tracks to keep up the intensity. But he did it and did it well, promo below
10-11pm; Alex M; Alex M always has a unique take on Progressive styles and it really shined in his set last Sunday. With heavy influences on UK Prog stars (such as Sasha) his sets always seem to build and build even though he has only an hour to play with! Would love to seem over 2 hours? Either way every felt the intensity raise with hands-in-the-air action towards the end of his set!
11-12pm; Element; Well Element followed on nicely from Alex's set taking a risk by starting heavy (his words not mine!) and it paid off! It was progressive house at its heaviest and biggest sounding. His beatmatching was spot on and I liked a lot of his transitions too even though the music did cut out for a couple of seconds near the end of his set (note to Element; NEVER try moving a turntable when a record is playing...CDJs are infinitely superior muhaha) . But at Sunday School we're none to fussy of things like that so check out his promo mix below;
12-1am; Chris Combe; Yes Chris the techno head who seems to be able to ID every track I play haha. Combe put on his techno shoes and was unrelenting with some great techno songs that had everyone going, I found it hard to leave half way through his set as it just kept building in intensity, so much so that some fellow Sunday Schoolers just felt the need to keep on partying in Cross returning home in the daylight hours of Monday...
Be sure check out his new mix below;
IF YOU HAVEN'T BEENG TO SUNDAY SCHOOL BEFORE, BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT NEXT TIME 7TH OF DECEMBER @ BUNKER BAR
Also on a side note Dave Stuart and Alex M are moving up to play/host next week event SHRUG at Civic Underground, 5th December but more on that soon!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Yeah I know, sounds like too much fun for one night! right!? Well I did it, I did that danced all night and came back albeit during morning hours of the next day.
(refer to gig guide) but they pretty much blew away the half-full Enmore theatre with their live performance, which involves 2 guys on a laptop and 1 dude on keyboards banging out uh...proggy, techy, almost electro type house/techno. That's my best description, if anything imagine 10 distorted sythns all chucked in one pot and mixed around. While they finished the DJ (who I HAVE to find the name of as I really enjoyed his warm up set) got the crowd moving as the Enmore packed all the way to the back while the Booka crew set up on stage. Bookashade are duo with Arno Kammermeier on electronic drum kit and Walter Merziger playing sythns and melodies while also arranging things live through midi controllers.
As Booka Shade finally graced the stage to an enormous roar (while I was still stuck in line waiting for some bar chick to take 30min to give everyone a can of beer!!!) I raced down to be blasted by some heavy drum beats and typical Booka sounding synths and sounds (havn't heard the new album yet so no track IDs but they did play Charlotte & In White Rooms). There live stage set-up is quite surreal, theatrical and cinematic. They had all the lights responding differently to every track and LED panels on their gear cases was a nice addition to what otherwise would of being boring looking case to store the mountain of gear they tour with!
They also had lights on their faces that would flash different colors depending on the track with smoke that would blast out from behind them so you can start to see why I say its quite a theatrical live show. None the less the crowd LOVED IT! I mean when I was at the back the ENTIRE FLOOR WAS BOUNCING UP AND DOWN because everyone was going nuts...it was like being on trampoline but on a dancefloor.
Anyway as their time was coming to the end what did I hear slowing rising through the layers of instruments they had going???? Thats right IN WHITE ROOMS! I seriously doubted them playing that but they did...and boy did it fucking go off!! Overall I found Booka a tad more poppy than what I had anticipated by never the less still an amazing live show. The duo have being travelling the world with this show and its one of the most surreal thing to see a whole crowd going crazy to such a mellow song like In White Rooms...
|From Booka & Carl (for blog)|
So I left around midnight with exactly AN HOUR to get to the Arthouse (In the city), sell my ticket, get through the door and catch Carl Cox stepping up to the decks at 1 do-able!? Yer but alas it was not meant to be.
I have one peice of advice when leaving Enmore Theatre DONT WALK TOWARDS THE CITY! If you want to catch a cab asap! It was ridiculous trying to get a cab anywhere on King St (Newtown's main strip) on a Saturday night. So anyway 20minutes later I manage to hop in cab with some photographer who wanted to go to surry hills first! Argh! So while I'm in this cab with a way to chatty Cab driver, who was basically cross examining this photographer I was counting the minutes away as he leisurely drove to Surry Hills to drop of the other passenger. When I finally make it to the Arthouse, which by the way the Cab driver had no idea of its location!, I got slapped with a double fair bill! I know! WTF!! 'Apparently if your in the cab at the time they can charge you for that as well even though the other guy paid...maybe this was just crap the cabby made up but in the midst of it all and with like 20min left until Carl Cox comes on I just paid the bastard and ran down to the Arthouse to be greeted by a nice line of patrons trying to get in...
So with 2 tickets in hand, one of which I had to sell (due to mates pulling out but that's another story) I managed to sell one of my tickets instantly as there were a lot of people looking to get in and not pay the door price for a ticket! GREAT! Tickets sold waiting in line 15min until Carl steps up and I'll be in for sure by then right! WRONG! SO FUCKING WRONG!!!
As I started to look around I realised two things, one the line I was in wasnt moving and was just getting longer and 2 the other line with people who had Moshtix was just as long and not moving as well. I thought this was just a 'organisational' hold up, you know maybe they were waiting for..something that would hold up a qeue for a concert like a computer error but after 10min and with 5min until Carl came on I started to worry and the line, that was building by the minute, also started to get a little on edge. However I was still positive we would be in just in time...again WRONG!
First thing I noticed people leaving the event that ALREADY HAVE A WRIST BAND were being refused entry and had the line up at the back. I thought that was little odd but nothing to worry about. Then come midnight, I havent moved an inch the line was double the size and the line on the other side of the entrance also had not moved an inch. NOW I was starting to worry! Another 5min nothing, then another 10 nothing, another 15min and the only respone we got from overly charged security was basically SHUT THE HELL UP and stop asking questions about when we could possilby be let in. 30min and this was getting, really unacceptable and the guys in front of me had already being there for 40 so understandably we were starting to all get a little rowdy. So the question was and still is WHY DID WE HAVE TO WAIT OUTSIDE FOR A HOUR BEFORE BEING LET IN!!!??? By that point we had all guessed that it was too full inside but if thats the case then just turn us away (it was around 70 waiting outside) and refund our money but dont let us wait in the cold AND miss the headliner for no good reason!!!!! As till now there is still official response I suspect as we were in the minority they never will be so lets just speculate and say the organisers were all dickwads for making us wait by overselling!...
Carl Cox gig causing a riot!
I'll stop whining now as what where here for is to hear how Carl Cox went down and let me tell you, it was something special. Ignoring the fact that there was no space to move (only mosh) and the bar was pretty inaccessible Carl Cox still managed to bring the house down with hands-in-the-air action at every breakdown. I seriously had trouble identifying ANY of the songs he played. It was fast, hard, banging techno. No wussy shit here. It grooved and flowed like only Carl can make it and he was as enthusiastic about it as if this was one of the few nights he got to play this hard and fast to such a small crowd. I mean this is just pure speculation but his set was COMPLETELY different to the many a recorded Space set I have of him, or when he played at WMC or some other festivals but then again this was Carl Cox at the most intimate and well everyone seemed to have loved it, especially the man himself! To put in his own words
"Sydney, your looking marverlous tonight..."
I do believe however that the crowd response and atmosphere could of being far better if just a couple of elements were different. For one thing the venue was bursting at its seems it made a hippo in school-girl tights look loose...But hey in the end I had fun and so did everyone else (except those ticket-holding few that actually did get turned away..OUCH!) . I cant wait to see this guy back in action. Next year some time, I'm sure.
That's right, Dirty South will be playing as headliner for this Friday @ Sydney's newest and one of the best night clubs, nevermind...
Will try and get something special for all you blog readers! Stay tuned
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Massive weekend this Saturday as part of Stereosonic Festival we see Booka Shade and Carl Cox grace our fine city in what will be 2 very special shows. One because Carl is a legend and universally considered to be one of the best DJs on earth and he is also something of a DJ idol to me (and many haha) but also because he is playing an intimate gig in the beauty of the Arthouse with some of Sydney's Finest! Apparently with seriously vamped up production the night may verywell become as sort of mini-space-ibiza party!
But before that I'm also seeing (like many) Booka Shade performing live in what I have heard is one of the most amazing live electronica shows you can ever see!! With support from Japanese Popstars who, I have never heard of, this should be a great gig none the less!
Then we have Harbourlife which sold out in like 10mins but with Felix and DJ Sneak I'm sure it will be mayhem.
Not to forget KINK ft. Sydneys rising start Defined By Rhythm and Sunday School ft. up-coming DJs in vast city..oh and Smut, the infamous Sydney Sunday night....
So GET IN IT!
- Booka Shade Live - Enmore Theatre
- Carl Cox & Friends - Arthouse
- KINK ft. Defined By Rythm - nevermind
- Club Club ft. Kazu Kimura - Chines Laundry
- HARBOUR LIFE ft. Felix Da Housecat & DJ Sneak - Sydney Harbour
- Sunday School - Bunker Bar - Upcoming DJs check post below!
- Pacha Sunset Sessions - Cargo - should be interesting, just local talent playing I bleieve + oh and Pacha Girls ;)
- Smut - nevermind - Over the years there has been a night that has played host to scores of the worlds best local and international djs as well as providing a haven for the kids who wouldnt stay home on a sunday night and now one of Sydneys best kept secrets returns..
Friday, November 21, 2008
Catch him 2nite playing at THE BOX ft. Telefunken & and headlining KINK tomorrow at nevermind!
Defined By Rhythm - Reflections - Nov. 2008 - LINK HERE
Rather than recording a mix of the freshest new tunes, I've decided to show case some of the tunes that have been making their way into my sets on a regular basis over the last few months. Enjoy
1. Stephan Bodzin – Bremen Ost
2. Gregor Tresher – Black Rain
3. Collins & Behnam – Palinka
4. Einmusik & Stimming – Magdalena
5. Paul Ritch – Crazy Madness (Luca Bachetti Remix)
6. Tim Green – Creature
7. Super Flu Rattleschneck
8. Johannes Heil – E
9. Len Faki – My Black Sheep
10. Bloody Mary – Daylight (Paul Ritch Remix)
11. Nicolas Masseyeff – Deva
12. Minniow – Where's My Pill (Florian Meindl Remix)
13. Rex The Dog – I Can See You, Can You See Me? (Oliver Huntemann Remix)
Interestingly Paul Ritch makes it twice in the demo which, to be honest, isnt surprising the guy has being gaining a lot of attention these past few months with some kicker remixes and productions. Check him out below destroying the dancefloor of Lost Baggage last time Paul was playing live in Sydney!
Also Oliver Huntemann for those of you not in the loop will be playing a Field Day 2009! He is replacing Trentmoller which couldnt make it due to "serious personal reasons"....yer I'm wondering what how serious is serious too.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Well its another Sunday coming up and you all know what that means! its SUNDAY SCHOOL TIME! For those who don't know, NO its not religious electronic music its a night for up and coming Sydney DJs playing Prog, Tech and techno.
Basically new DJs on the scene showing off what they can do behind the decks. Its very relaxed night so I encourage every one to drop by and have drink, have a dance and/or chill out in one of the big seats and enjoy the quality tunes in the comfort of the Bunker with its kicking sound system as well.
Or if your a new DJ wanting gigs or looking for new DJs for your night, definitely come and check it out...
Sunday School is at Bunker Bar (underneath The Bourbon, Kings X) with $3 drinks until 9! Free entry all night as usual.
So this weekend we have
7-8pm - Jamie Tek 8-9pm - Dave Stuart 9-10pm - Johann Mentz 10-11pm - Alex Marsh 11-12am - Element 12-close - Chris Combe
7-8pm - JAMIE TEK (ME!) opening the place out I'll be playing a very chilled out warm up set. Who knows what styles and genres this may cross...come find out ;)
My last Promo Mix: http://rapidshare.com/files/147409420/Jamie_Tek_September_Promo__320kpb_.mp3
8-9pm - DAVE STUART - The Sunday School fajer (think Austin powers) will be uping it a notch and preparing the floor for the new guys to strut their stuff. Expect nothing but excellent prog house from this guy. Here's a live recording of him from another Sunday School and its one of my favourite live mixes right now...
check it here http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AQROUWEZ
Droid Musak – Deepchild
Safari – Andre Kroml (james holden mix)
The Black Sniper – Dan Welton
Who Two – Marek Hemmann
Bummelzug – Daso (HOSH mix)
Womanizer – Peter Dildo
Muzak Express – Xpress 2 (Skylark mix)
Blackroom Entertainment – Tiger Stripes
Control – Dataworx
Scoville – Oliver Klien
A Fine Balance – Ned Shepard (Quiver mix)
Harddrive – Montero
Snorkel – Ido Ophir
9-10pm - JOHANN MENTZ - First time set for Johann and probably not his last. I believe there will be some great deep tech and house but take a listen here as this is the vibe his going to be setting;
also Johann has MORE mixes so if you liked that one be sure to check out http://www.facebook.com/gr
Subterranean Tales – Johann Mentz - September 2008 (Deep Set)
1. Jaguar Shoes (Ripperton’s Lonely Predator Reshape) – Kevin Griffiths
2. 8 Mile Road – The Asphalt
3. Back seat – Robert Dietz
4. Swim (Peter Dildo Mix) – Matthias Tanzmann
5. Pillow Head – Bear Weasel
6. Super 8 Motel – Jacksonville
7. Puta – Nikola Gala
8. Laugh Lines - Gruber
9. Keep On – Dan Berkson featuring Robert Owens
10. Noala – Nikola Gala
11. Moonraker (Magik J Remix) – Foremost Poets
10-11pm - ALEX M - Alex "must make mix" according to him and I second that! He is a Sunday School resident but being its more of a peak time set I'm sure he will get the dance floor moving :P
11-12pm - ELEMENT - Not his first time at Sunday School element will be bringing out the techno and peak time prog plus possibly playing some of his own tracks as well!
Check his latest promo here:
12-1am - CHRIS COMBE - This Sunday School resident he is currently making a new mix, but if its going to be like anything before expect nothing but quality, unheard of, up-front tech-house and techno!
UPDATE Chris has a new mix out check it below!
Mix name: time to move out
"see you soon and am pretty sure this one doesn't sound like crickets.. its more lady beetles making love.."
Monday, November 17, 2008
According to his myspace his release will be;
• Red Phobia (Original Mix) - Murat Kilic
3 track EP inculding Red Phobia recently to be released December 2008 on Oliver Koletzki's Stil Vor Talent label from Berlin, Germany
Haven't heard it yet but will definitely keep an ear out. He last remix of Solead's Serpent is a great remix have a listen below:
and some of the latest stuff to his Sti Vor Talent (which translated means still for talent....as if you could'nt guess lol)
Friday, November 14, 2008
The guys at SPICE have done it again with perhaps one of the coolest little shin-digs on NYD running and NYE period in general. Radio Slave, Simone Baker, Murat Kilic all ushering 2009 on the harbour. Loose Goose thats for sure! Anyone up for Field Day afterwards too!? :P
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Everyone here at S.L.T are as much about DJs are we as VJs (and by everyone, I mean me! :P) so when I learnt another fellow Sydney-VJ-blogster, VJ Darko, also did the poster and visuals I had to post up his videos from the night!
Seriously slick visuals for a slick night, by many accounts Midi In the City was a great success showing off the great underground talent...pity I couldn't make it but I'll definitely be at the next one...
Also some of the guys who run Midi also run TECHnique THIS SAT @ Sly Fox
Marshall, live @ MIDI IN THE CITY from Ando on Vimeo.
Dane Austin live @ MIDI IN THE CITY from Ando on Vimeo.
Marshall, live @ MIDI IN THE CITY from Ando on Vimeo.
and just a general crowd shot, with Oli G dropping some phattt break beat tunage;
Oli G mixing into the end of Royalston's set @ MIDI IN THE CITY from Ando on Vimeo.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Originally from Beatportal there some great tracks that I think define the sound internationally right now have listen at the original link.
Wrapping up our Viva Tour live blog coverage is the man himself, Steve Lawler, who reveals exclusively to Beatportal five tracks that have dominated his club sets during this mammoth North American tour.
Here are the big five tracks of the Viva tour. Get set.