Can you help us?
If you have some serious passion for your local scene, and are interested in helping us build Australia's newest electronic music community, hit on the Apply Now button below to become an Ozclubbers contributor!
Beatport taps Anjunabeats for the next round of Beats In School
We source our news and reviews from a number of sources. From our local volunteer contributors (writers and reviewers) around Australia, to syndicated news sources including Your EDM, Dancing Astronaut, MixMag, By The Wavs, MNML, No Dough Music, Techno Kittens, Drum and Bass News, BBC, Junkee, and Trance Family. Where the article has been sourced via syndication, you will find a link at the bottom of the article to the original source.
Our local volunteer contributors are creative people who are passionate about the dance music and club scene in Australia and want to share their passion with others. If you feel you fit into this category, we would love to hear from you! Send us an application to become a contributor (writer / reviewer) by visiting https://ozclubbers.com.au/application
In the lead up to their Australian tour and the release of their new album, Cut The Strings, Ozclubbers' @GALLEON chats with Booka Shade about their music, the album, and just life in general!
We warmly welcome you both Arno & Walter back to Australia for your run of dates in March. You have frequented our shores regularly in the last 10 years. What is it that keeps bringing you back down under?
Ever since we first came in 2007, we have found an enthusiastic and loyal fanbase who not only cherishes the classic tracks, but also embraces more recent songs such as LOVE INC .
We played some of the biggest festivals such as big day out, future fest etc, but also enjoy the headline club shows, like Melbourne last weekend and the ones coming up in Brisbane, Auckland and Adelaide (during fringe festival) .
As the new album is only coming out in a couple of weeks, we play a lot of unreleased album songs in Australia, and it´s great to see the reaction of the crowd.
Your previous live shows have never disappointed and always left the listener wanting more. Can you let us in on a few secrets as to what we might experience this time around?
I guess it´s not really a secret when I say that we simply LOVE performing on a stage. that´s what we are really good at (together with producing music I hope) .
And on this tour, also because the sound of the album is more ´back to the club´, our setup is very condensed , we have all channels for synthesizers, effects, drums under control on stage, we can react quickly and can interact more spontaneously , which gives the set great energy .
With your last album Galvany Street, you took a different approach to your previous albums, which included the use of more hardware and featured various collaborations. Does Cut The Strings have any similarities to Galvany Street or have you gone back to a predominantly club approach?
After our 2013 album EVE we had the feeling that we had said everything in terms of bass lines and riffs. we had the feeling we would only repeat ourselves if we continued in our ´usual´ way, and as artists, we definitely always want to progress, evolve, not repeat.
Which sounds risky, because we have a career we could perhaps simply continue for years and years.
But that would be too easy …. :-)
So on GALVANY STREET, we made an unusual step and produced an album outside of the techno box, no techno 4/4 beats , no ´booka synth riffs´ , a lot of vocals, even pop song writing.
Most of the vocal tracks are together with Craig Walker, former member of the UK band ARCHIVE. btw he´s got a new project coming up called THEM THERE.
We also collaborated with Fritz Hilpert from KRAFTWERK on a Dolby atmos mix of the entire album which was released as Blu-ray disc and is part of the Box Set we released.
We needed this time out to recharge our club batteries and indeed, we found new inspiration for club music !
And now, with this new enthusiasm for the club, comes CUT THE STRINGS .
After the galvany street the only guideline we had was that we wanna go back to more clubbier music and that we don‘t wanna work so crazy long on tracks as we did in the past.it should be more spontaneous and open minded.
You have worked with Troels Abrahamsen (vocalist on Kolsch 'All That Matters') on your latest single and title track, Cut The Strings. How did you get to know Troels?
We actually contacted him years ago, shortly after ´all that matters´, and recorded a first version of what would later become CUT THE STRINGS.
But then the GALVANY STREET project came in between and we put the song aside for a while, and picked up work in the autumn of last year.
One of the novelties of the album CUT THE STRINGS is that we worked much more spontaneous and finished the production process quicker.
On previous albums we easily worked for 2, even 3 years on an album. Again, that´s something we wanted to change in 2018.
With your latest live show, do you individually have specific functions within the show or do you collaborate on all aspects?
The work spaces are clearly defined since we first started: Walter plays keyboards, vocoder, sequences, Arno plays the drums and whenever we play longer sets, he does a DJ part in the middle of the set.
When writing Cut The Strings, did you find any tried and tested production techniques useful?
We used some instruments that we didn‘t use for a long time , for example an old EMS vocoder which we bought from Ian Stanley a former member of the 80‘s group tears for fears.
You can hear it on tyrell and of course EMS love.this little box has a very special sound.
How much do you find your methods of producing music evolve with the vast amount of software and plugins available?
Even if it is so easy nowadays to do a good sound with all the plug inns which are out there ,we‘re always looking for new sounds with a character which can help to improve the trademark sound of Booka Shade.
Not easy but it‘s worth it.
It‘s all about challenging yourself and not be stuck in a formula.
How do you both remain resilient and at the top of your game while touring given the long hours and continual amount of work needing to be done to make your performances so memorable?
We have a pretty good time management, considering we both have families and a lot of obligations aside of music. also, we live a rather healthy lifestyle lately, and it´s incredible how much you can get done in a day and how much more energy you can have even with little sleep.
Looking into your back catalogue, you both have an extensive history as producers under various aliases and in several groups stretching back to the better part of 30 years. Would you ever consider reviving any of the older projects you both worked on together (for example Superstring)?
Ha ha, you´re digging deep …… well not everything was gold , but having said that, most of the rights from the 90´s should have long fallen back to us, so you never know…. go listen to old demos and releases every now and then and then look for sounds and sequences on old hard drives. you can imagine, there are dozens of old computers and hard drives ...
In the last few years you have set up Blaufield Music. Tell us a little about your label and its functions.
We had founded the label Get Physical together with our friends M.A.N.D.Y. , DJ T. and Peter Hayo in the early 2000´s and left in 2008, so we needed a new outlet for our music. and every now and then we release songs from friends of ours, for example fellow berliner CHI THANH, who has produced a magnificent remix for Body Language btw).
Could be that after the summer we´ll release a project of friends of ours from Melbourne.
Within the music industry, you as individuals and collectively as Booka Shade are known for having a great reputation and being highly professional while always remaining humble. Are these qualities you would recommend any DJ, producer or musician should withhold in order to maintain longevity in the scene?
Absolutely. most people who have been successful over a longer period of time (not just two summers) are very professional, work hard and stay grounded.
Who would you say has inspired you the most musically over the last 30 years?
Depeche mode, The Cure, New Order, Sven Vath
Do you have any tips as to who is about to blow up in the next couple of years?
ARTBAT from Ukraine are having a good run atm, look out for them.
Finally, feel free to tell us a fun fact that we wouldn't know about Booka Shade.
We love gardening in our free time.
Album Pre-order: https://sweatitout.lnk.to/CutTheStrings
Booka Shade – Australian Tour Dates
Friday 9th March: Pitch Music & Arts Festival, Mafeking Victoria
Saturday 10th March: Days Like This, Victoria Park, Sydney
Sunday 11th March: Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
Friday 16th March: The Met, Brisbane
Saturday 17th March: Powerstation, Auckland NZ
Sunday 18th March: Royal Croquet Club, Adelaide Fringe Festival
Australia’s favourite LIVE duo MASHD N KUTCHER Release NEW Video for their hit new single: ‘Need Me’By AdamMadd
TITLE: NEED ME (FEAT SAMMI CONSTANTINE)
ARTIST: MASHD N KUTCHER
LABEL: CASABLANCA RECORDS AUSTRALIA
WATCH VIDEO: http://bit.ly/2CuWHIi
‘Mashd N Kutcher’ have kicked off the year with the release of their brand new single ‘Need Me’ (feat. Sammi Constantine). With its infectious chorus and summer laden beat, ‘Need Me’ pays homage to The Cardigans’ international hit ‘Lovefool,’ a “song that stuck with us as kids growing up,” says the duo. The NEW video has just dropped & meshes Art, Dance & Music.
The boys play ‘Road to Ultra’ this Saturday in Melbourne – the First time the Mega brand ‘Ultra Music Festival’ hits Australia!!
#1 LIVE Electronic DJ Duo in Australia Writing & Performing Pop / Electronic / Dance Records for 6 years 2x Gold Certified Records in 18 Months: ‘Do It Now’ & ‘My Sunshine’ ‘Do It Now’ Top 10 Track on iTunes, #1 Shazam Chart, reached over 3 million+ streams and added to every major commercial radio station across the country ‘My Sunshine’ Top 5 on iTunes - #1 Most Played track on Australian Radio and reached #5 on iTunes In 2017 the duo completed a 5-month World Tour including: Asia, North America, Europe and Australia Mashd N Kutcher on Socials: 250 million video views in all, 1.2 million followers Facebook, 65,000 Instagrammers, 100,000 viewers on Snapchat and over 350,000 YouTube subscribers Mashd N Kutcher join AFROJACK, AXWELL /\ INGROSSO, KSHMR and more at ROAD TO ULTRA AUSTRALIA next month
The fresh pop track ‘Need Me’ is destined to be one of the early hits of 2018, which is not unfamiliar for the Brisbane grown classically trained pianist and drummer aka ‘Mashd N Kutcher.’ While their live-shows keep the dance floors jam-packed, their two Gold Records: ‘Do It Now’ and ‘My Sunshine’ have achieved chart-topping radio activity and video streams. ‘My Sunshine’ was a #1 Most Played track on Australian Radio and reached #5 on iTunes while ‘Do It Now’ has now reached over 3 million streams to date and was added to every major commercial radio station across the country.
Mashd N Kutcher have progressed from local DJs, to one of the most prominent electronic acts to grace the music scene in recent years. 2017 saw the pair complete a 5-month World Tour taking them across Asia, North America, Europe and Australia. With an ever-growing list of successes including being voted Australia’s #1 DJ duo (inthemix 2015), producing multiple Gold selling records, achieving viral video success for their infamous ‘mashups,’ making waves across the globe with their exhilarating live-electronic performances, MNK have one of Australia’s biggest social reaches online in music. With a growing 250 million video views in all, 1.2 million followers on Facebook, 65,000 Instagrammers, a whopping 100,000 viewers on Snapchat and over 350,000 YouTube subscribers, there is no slowing down for these two.
Mashd N Kutcher join AFROJACK, AXWELL /\ INGROSSO, KSHMR and more at ROAD TO ULTRA AUSTRALIA next month.
MASHD N KUTCHER LIVE SHOWS:
FRI 23rd FEB – PlayGround, WAGGA WAGGA
SAT 24th FEB – ROAD TO ULTRA AUSTRALIA – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, MELBOURNE
TUE 27th FEB – Club Co Crown, MELBOURNE
SAT 10th MAR – Platinum, BROADBEACH
SAT 17th MAR – Cartel Nightclub, MACKAY
SAT 24th MAR – Flinders HQ, TOWNSVILLE
THU 29th MAR – Carmen’s Nightclub, MIRANDA
SAT 31st MAR – Gilligan’s Nightclub, CAIRNS
‘Road to Ultra’ Australia is excited to announce that Rukes – named #1 DJ Photographer in the ‘Greatest Music Photographers Right Now’ by Complex – will be coming to Melbourne for the inaugural event.
Rukes’ Photos have been published by: Rolling Stone, Spin, Vanity Fair, Q, MTV, LA Times, Forbes, Elektro, DJ Mag, US Weekly and USA Today, just to name a few! His worldwide client list includes: Zedd, Above & Beyond, Excision, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia (as well as each member Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello), Calvin Harris, Avicii, Skrillex, Hardwell, Tommy Lee, Alesso, Steve Aoki, REZZ, Tiësto and many more! Not to mention shooting for some of the biggest festivals & events in the world such as: Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, Red Rocks, Holy Ship, EDC and many more!
The event will be held in Melbourne: Saturday 24th February 2018, at Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
ROAD TO ULTRA AUSTRALIA LINE-UP:
AFROJACK AND AXWELL /\ INGROSSO
CARNAGE, KSHMR AND ANDREW RAYEL
WILL SPARKS, TIMMY TRUMPET, TIGERLILY B2B MASHD N KUTCHER ALSO TO PERFORM
For Tickets to Road to ULTRA Australia, go to: http://ultraaustralia.com
Drew Ressler aka Rukes is considered the #1 DJ photographer in the world (named #1 in the ‘Greatest Music Photographers Right Now’ by Complex). With natural talent and a lot of practice, he's been lucky enough to photograph the biggest Dance Music artists, events and festivals around the globe!
He's come a long way since his first foray into DJ and event photography in late 2003. After moving to LA and tagging along with DJs for gigs at Avalon Hollywood, he began honing his skills and upgrading his equipment throughout 2004-2005. In 2006 he quit his "real job" in the gaming industry to focus on photography full time, working for Avalon, Giant and Insomniac for the next few years in Los Angeles. All that hard work paid off when he landed his first tour with Deadmau5 in 2009, traveling all over the globe with him. From that point on, Rukes hasn't slowed down and can now be found jetting around the world on any given day with DJs such as Zedd or music festivals like Ultra!
With a huge social media following on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, his adventures around the world are followed by many!
Ruke’s Photos have been published by: Rolling Stone, Spin, Vanity Fair, Q, MTV, LA Times, Forbes, Elektro, DJ Mag, US Weekly and USA Today, just to name a few! His worldwide client list includes: Zedd, Above & Beyond, Excision, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia (as well as each member Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello), Calvin Harris, Avicii, Skrillex, Hardwell, Tommy Lee, Alesso, Steve Aoki, REZZ, Tiësto and many more!
For more info go to: http://www.rukes.com
It took a while, but Headhunterz finally has 'a new place where the magic happens'. His studio is actually finished and he is proud to show his social media. He even calls it a dream that has become reality. And we can imagine that, because mister Heady is pretty much planning in the brand new Music From Within Studio.
Right from the moment Headhunterz returned to hardstyle, the Veenendaler threw the door of his old studio behind him. There had to be a new one, in which he could raise Hard With Style to a higher level besides his own productions. This place is now finally realized after a months-long renovation. Headhunterz explained a bit of the veil here, but one of the companies that actually built the studio shows much more. According to the website of one of the builders, the company has "installed an extension in January that allows podcast recordings with multiple participants". View the footage from Headhunterz 'studio here, here, here and here.
The new Headhunterz studio is finally ready
Now that the new musical breeding ground is finished, we can secretly look forward to new enjoyment for Headhunterz's ear. In addition to the new mini-album, which will be released this year, he said earlier that he wants to bring his Hard With Style podcast to a 2.0 version. The studio would offer a solution. The last broadcast of HWS was thus even suspended to 2 February. Headhunterz apologized for this, but said that the delay for a good cause is: "It will all make sense very soon."
The post Dit is de nieuwe studio van Headhunterz is visible on Hard News.
Source: Hard News
Congratulations to DJ/Producer Dennis White aka Latroit. Dennis won a Grammy for his remix of Depeche Mode’s track ‘You Move’ at yesterday’s 60th Grammy Awards, at Madison Square Gardens, New York.
Dennis’ current release ‘Feather’ with Lliam Taylor & Aussie vocalist Charlz is currently being played on radio across the country.
Listen to Dennis’ incredible Grammy speech here: https://www.grammy.com/grammys/videos/latroit-wins-best-remixed-recording-2018-grammys
ARTIST: LLIAM + LATROIT FEAT CHARLZ OUT NOW
LABEL: HOUSE OF LATROIT / AWAL
CHARLZ: AUSSIE ARTIST
‘FEATHER’ ADDED TO SPOTIFY: ‘NEW MUSIC FRIDAY’
COLLABORATED WITH: M-PHAZES, ATTLAS, MATHS TIME JOY, LLIAM + LATROIT (GRAMMY NOMINEE)
SUPPORTED KHALID ON HIS RECENT AUSTRALIAN TOUR (WITH RUEL)
PREVIOUS SINGLE ‘ABOUT LAST NIGHT’ WENT TOP 5 IN THE SPOTIFY ‘GLOBAL VIRAL 50 CHART’
ALMOST 7 MILLION STREAMS OF ALL CHARLZ TRACKS PRODUCED TO DATE
NEXT SINGLE OUT IN 2018 IS A COLLAB WITH M-PHAZES
For a track titled Feather, Melbourne-based Charlz’s latest single packs a distinctive punch. With Charlz's intriguing, delicate vocal performance, supported by the understated production of Grammy nominated producer Latroit and frequent collaborator Lliam Taylor, Feather feels like the Annie Lennox and Flume collaboration that never was.
In early November, Charlz debuted Feather to a sold out Melbourne audience, opening for US R&B disruptor Khalid at the 5000 seat Festival Hall. Just seven days later, Feather would find itself climbing the Spotify Viral Charts, alongside a starting position on the streaming service’s flagship playlist, New Music Friday.
Fresh from topping the Spotify ‘Global Viral Charts’ with her previous release About Last Night and collecting 5 million+ digital streams on a year's worth of releases along the way, Charlz is discretely preparing for her debut project in 2018. Recently returned home from a 6 month creative stint in California, Charlz is adding the finishing touches to her next solo single 'Colors,' produced by Grammy award winning producer M-Phazes, hot off of his success with recent ARIA award winner Amy Shark.
About Lliam + Latroit:
Los Angles based Latroit is having an extraordinarily curious year. After providing music for several conspicuous movie trailer campaigns (Spiderman 3 and Tom Cruise's 'American Made' among them) the Detroit native is closing out 2017 with a Grammy Nomination for his critically acclaimed remix of Depeche Mode's 'You Move.' Having spent the proceeding twelve months dominating blogs, DJ sets, Playlists & Charts globally, Latroit has been rapidly raising the right eyebrows with releases like: Loving Every Minute and the UK top 5: ‘Need You Tonight.’
A relative newcomer, Lliam Taylor is hastily becoming dance music’s best kept secret. Having been hand picked by none other than Kaskade to open for the dates on the music icon's North American tour, Lliam is no stranger to A-List DJ sets and influential playlists with releases and remixes on venerable labels such as: Armada, Atlantic, Be Rich and Insomniac.
For more information, go to: