By Adam Madd
One of the Pioneers of the dance music world: Sister Bliss from Faithless, will be touching down in Sydney this December for the first time in 10 years. Currently playing in some of the world’s hottest clubs, Sister Bliss will excite her Aussie fans with an exclusive Faithless DJ set, but she's taken time out of her busy tour planning to chat with Ozclubbers' @GALLEON and @Adam Madd.
You’ve been around music since you were 5, but what first drew you into the electronic music scene and what inspired you to start DJing?
I think the otherworldly sounds of synthesisers and drum machines grabbed me in the 80's, and that morphed into what became acid house.
The whole scene inspired me - I was collecting records, listening to pirate radio, going to warehouse parties and clubs, and couldn't get enough of this incredible new sound.
I used to make mixtapes with my friend - all my 12's on one side, and all hers on the other -so I guess the natural progression was to start DJing.
What can we expect from your sets in Australia this year? Will you be getting out some of the classics, focusing on new content or both?
I'll be playing a mixture of pretty upfront music as well as some of the classics, and special edits of Faithless material - I have a weekly global radio show " Sister Bliss in Session " - and that really keeps me on top of new releases - I like to look forward musically, as there is so much great music out there, as well as bringing the crowd pleasers!
You’ve been referred to as the “musical engine” of Faithless. What can you tell us about the process you go through when creating new tracks?
Its never just one process - for me it could be anything from playing around with a chord sequence, to a melody, or vocal, to how the drums inspire me… every day is different - but I can't write without a good bass sound! Once the rough ideas are down, then its always a process of refining it, maybe working with a vocalist if it feels like it needs a vocal, sometimes playing with it for months! - and then eventually road testing it in my DJ sets.
What's happening on the production front for you currently?
We are working on a new Faithless album due to be released in 2019 so thats keeping me busy!
How do you feel becoming a mother affected your music career?
I think its mainly affected the amount of touring I've been able to do - I've been very lucky in that my son was able to travel with me on some DJ tours and with Faithless until he started school. Now, I've had to be more selective about when I can tour - if they are longer and don't work with school holidays it can be a logistic nightmare with childcare!
i have to be very organised with my time which can be tough- for example having spent years in studios until 4am - which is sometimes when the creative juices flow - is just not feasible now.
I think working mothers have a tough gig - especially when you're self employed - if you don't work there is no safety net whatsoever.
I don't think people realise that within dance music or DJing as a career, there is no maternity pay, no sick pay, no pension - it can be pretty precarious, especially for those just starting out.
If you had the power to change one thing in the electronic music scene, what would that be and why?
I think awareness of the things I mentioned above is important - and recently there has been a bit more of a discussion around mental health which is helpful.
This scene has become a way of life for so many people - and as an industry happens to generate a huge amount of money globally - so respect and support is needed for those in our industry - not just the superstar DJ's and artists but all those who make their job possible.
What would be your most memorable gig to date?
I've been very lucky to have had so many memorable gigs - most recently playing a festival in Sarajevo was very emotional for me - I'd never played there before - but before the show I was speaking to people about their experiences during the war when they were under siege - which was very powerful and humbling.
There were also bullet holes in many buildings - a stark reminder of the snipers that lined the streets so recently -I dont think we can't begin to imagine how terrifying it was being shot at on a daily basis, and how normal life was just impossible.
Its very rare I tear up during a DJ set - but the lyrics - especially of the Faithless music I played that night felt extra resonant - and extra urgent as many parts of the world seem to be plunging into a very hateful place!
What are your current top 3 records right now?
Like most of the world top Oz boy Fisher's "Losing It" is a dance floor weapon, The Chemical Borthers are back on form with " Free Yourself" and a lovely sunrise number called "Together" from R&D
Are there any artists that you would recommend our readers check out?
Really liking Circle Sky, also a rapper called Gaika, and on the pop side loving Christine & the Queens.
Lastly, can you tell us some interesting or unusual story from your (over) 20 years of touring? (Our readers are pretty open minded, so no need to hold back)
There are plenty I could tell you but what goes on tour, stays on tour!
Faithless DJ Set - Tickets available below
Saturday 1st December: http://bit.ly/OneFineDay2018
Sydney: (Rodd Richards Presents)
Sunday 2nd December: https://bit.ly/2MplyHs
Thursday 6th December: Sold Out
Friday 7th December: Sold Out
Saturday 9th December: http://revolverupstairs.com.au
By Adam Madd
Tokyo based future house bass music producer VIVID has released a euphoric new single on Hardwell’s brand new label Gemstone Records. Titled Black & Blue, the single is a dream-like explosion of intoxicating beats with a euphoric vibe that is sure to further cement VIVID’s reputation as Japan’s most successful foreign DJ.
A Mainstay in Tokyo’s club scene for over a decade now, VIVID’s peerless abilities behind the decks have seen him open for some of the world’s most respected DJs like Marshmello, Don Diablo and Nervo, among others, and earn residencies in Tokyo’s finest clubs. VIVID’s future house bass sound has been taking the scene by storm too. Amongst his other releases, previous singles like Higher and This Love (via Enhanced Music) have been heavily supported by the likes of Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Don Diablo and many more. Add to this VIVID’s extensive tours of ASIA playing the likes of SPACE Chengdu, Al Taipei, Octagon Seoul and Tomorrowland UNITE Japan, and it’s clear that the future is very bright for the Tokyo DJ/producer talent.
Black & Blue showcases VIVID’s deft production skills in slick, dance-inducing style. A change of pace for the beat-smith and featuring the up and coming singer Babet, Black & Blue layers hypnotic synths with emotionally rich vocals for an ecstasy-laden single perfect for the radio waves as well as downtempo DJ sets. Expect to be hearing a lot more about VIVID in the future.
VIVID – Black & Blue is out now.
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Purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/melt-featuring-dousk-bedrockvapourmovement-greece-at-capulet-tickets-52513924562?aff=utm_source=eb_email%26utm_medium=email%26utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text Music Genre: Deep,House,Minimal,Progressive,Tech,Techno Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/313690949360558/?ti=as Take a Melty journey through the sands of time with Greek progressive legend Dousk (Bedrock/Vapour/Movement), supported by Melt OGs Butterz, Christian Kerr, Apró and Jesse Kuch, plus Eureka supremo MiDium.
Date: December 16, 2018
Theme: Ancient Origins
By Adam Madd
Following on from epic originals and impeccable remixes earlier this year, you’d think Benson had already reached the pinnacle of 2018. Yet as we move into the latter part, his next release featuring Stace Cadet and Yeah Boy continues to see Benson rise above the ranks. Releasing on his own esteemed Medium Rare label, check out heavenly collaboration – Faith.
Glorious chords and an impelling vocal graces the track with ethereal touches whilst the euphoric bass line ascends this psalm into clubbers paradise, making Faith a moving piece of house music fortified with saintly credibility. A club ready anthem as well as a peak time track, Benson is set to reach listeners of biblical proportion.
Having already had an exceptional year, Benson’s career continues to skyrocket. The Australian producer has accumulated millions of streams with the likes of originals including Hold Out and a remix of Stace Cadet’s High. Not stopping there, Benson is also dominating our airwaves with national airplay whilst securing an in demand residency slot with triple J. Gig-wise, Benson impressively launched a sold-out headline tour, clearly demonstrating himself as an artist of prominence we can’t wait to see where Benson takes us next on his musical journey.
Benson – Faith ft. Stace Cadet and Yeah Boy is out now via Medium Rare Recordings.
By Adam Madd
Tujamo is the internationally renowned DJ and producer that quickly became one of the most in demand DJ’s in the world. His new house effort, Say What You Wanna, is an effortlessly motivational track released through dance music specialists, Spinnin Records.
In his career, so far, Tujamo has racked up an impressive range of collaborations with the likes of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Laidback Luke, Martin Solveig and Showtek. Tujamo refined his unique sound that went onto thrive at world-wide events such as TomorrowWorld in America, Tomorrowland in Belgium, Creamfields in the UK and Untold in Romania, through to legendary venues such as the prestigious Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. Known for living the non-stop DJ life full of jet setting adventures, Tujamo is always sure to carefully cultivate music that transcends naturally from house party staple, to the iconic white isles themselves.
After an epic Summer of 2018 Tujamo saw his single, With U, handpicked for Untold Festival’s anthem, as well as a more sensual slice of Body Language and equally festival enthused anthems Funk You and now iconic Riverside (reloaded). Tujamo keeps building on a solid reputation to lay out sophisticated tunes with the prowess of a producer continuing to develop his craft.
Say What You Wanna is an honest, melodic heavy song brimming with plunging drops and ultimately feel good sing along vocals. Hoping to encourage individual expression, this is a new a single primed ready for the smallest of gym headphones, and the most prolific of club speakers.
Tujamo – Say What You Wanna is out now.
Dastardlyd posted an article in Magazine,At first glance, Brisbane DJ DefWill appears to be going from strength to strength, balancing university studies, events management roles for festivals like Splendour in the Grass, Rabbits Eat Lettuce and Live Large, DJing some of the deepest techno rhythms at some of the primest techno parties on the east coast of Oz and also that he has never let the fact that he is deaf hold him back. Though if one takes the time to look (and talk) a little deeper it becomes clear that he, like many of us, carries burdens that are well beyond his control and the weight of which has been known to bring even the strongest of us down.
New OzClubbers writer Dastardly Kuts gets deep with DefWill.
NathanJones posted an article in Magazine,From the DJ’s perspective; since Larry Levan’s early days at the Paradise Garage, the remix – or playing different versions of songs – was one of the first notable aspects of what we now know as DJ Culture. His ethic of refreshing successful dancefloor movers in the late seventies passed down generations of DJ has been long-established as almost a perfunctory task, almost a must-do to be undertaken by the disk jockey.
BrendanClay posted a topic in Sydney,Here is a fresh new mix from us—and one that definitely gives us the warm and fuzzies!
So, our 'Attic' brand as a whole, the music we push—and, indeed, Andrew and I as individual DJs—is often centred around music on the lower, slower, deeper, warm-up tip. That is a label we've always worn with pride.
Elektropanda posted an article in Magazine,Recently I got to go check out the official Outlook Festival Queensland launch party in Brisbane. Presented by Quality Street Byron Bay, the event concept paid tribute to one of Europe’s most exciting Drum and Bass festivals and is a celebration of sound system culture.
Nobody has received reputation this week.