<:span>:IWTFA Returns in Brisbane Friday 24th May at Wall Street
Back in 2017 we hosted Machine with Simon Slieker &:amp: Lateral at the Milton Warehouse which was one of ours and your favourite events so we have decided to bring two of the most respected machine producers and DJs
Juan Tellez &:amp: return of Lateral
If you're keen fan of Melbourne techno, there is a strong chance that you've heard the name 'Lateral' in the last couple of years. Lateral, the creation Melbourne-based DJ and Producer Matthew Drape, is the alternate alias for Matthew's darker and more experimental techno releases: with his previous, more melodic productions having been released under his first alias of 'Backroom Reality'.
There is not a whole lot to say when it comes down to him explaining the musical background behind his work or what his sources of inspiration are. Instead, he prefers to remain quite modest and relatively humble about his productions. Spending a significant portion of his downtime locked away in his studio – he sits there crafting dark, thunderous and high quality techno for the aural pleasure of his listeners and fans alike.
Lateral has a handful of remarkable releases under his belt so far, most of them residing on Melbourne-based record label 'Machine': the label he proudly calls his home. Recently, he was happy to be brought on board to help with dealings with the label by fellow crew, Andrew Till and Simon Sleiker.
Over the last couple of years, Matt has released several EP's on Machine – Including not only original compositions and remixes, but also a couple of collaborative works with fellow Melbourne producer and local techno heavyweight: D-Rex.
His latest EP on Machine, “Fermion”, is a hypnotic and deep combination of busy chugging techno full of atmosphere and depth. It features remixes by The Black Moy and Ground Loop.
In addition to his Machine releases: Lateral has released a standout EP on Melbourne/Glasgow based record label, One4SevenOne Records, called “Altitude” (released back in 2014) and his track “Fractal” was featured on One4SevenOne's “Melbourne Sampler A” compilation in 2015.
Matt has supported the likes of DVS1, Enrico Sangiuliano, Tripeo, Knobs, Luis Flores and many others – but he always enjoys performing alongside his fellow Melbourne techno artists and DJ's, and often his favourite gigs to play are the nights held by Machine. Previous events that Lateral has Djed at include Machine Halloween, Unfold 002, Machine 26 &:amp: Billion Underground Presents Tripeo [Live]. His latest set was at the highly esteemed Rainbow Serpent Festival, where he helped celebrate Rainbow's 20 year celebration. Bringing in the sunrise on the sunset stage Saturday morning.
Growing up in the mid 90’s rave scene in Nelson, New Zealand, Juan became hooked on the sounds of Hardcore, and then found his soul in the form of Jungle. He then amassed a formidable vinyl collection and subsequently DJ’d around NZ in clubs such as Bath St in Dunedin, and the infamous Fu Bar in Auckland.
His subsequent move into production saw several D&:amp:B/170bpm tunes released under the ‘Tellez’ moniker, yet it was an experiment into the techno genre six years ago which prompted an entire musical shift into the current 4/4 output of ‘Juan Tellez’. His versatility as a DJ and producer sees him playing and producing across the spectrum of techno (and occasionally minimal/tech), usually leaning towards a darker yet uplifting, atmospheric and grittier sound.
Now based in Melbourne, Juan consistently releases music on labels such as Machine, One4SevenOne, and Bosom. He plays out regularly in clubs and festivals around Australia, New Zealand and overseas. Select events he has performed at include Rainbow Serpent Festival, Dragon Dreaming Festival, Luminate Festival, End of the Line, and Off the Radar, as well as numerous club nights in Melbourne for outfits such as Machine, Bunker, and stranger. Strong support for his releases can be seen from the likes of Richie Hawtin, DJ Hell, Thomas Schumacher, and many more...
TERRA aka Terrence Tedja