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    • Adam Madd
      By Adam Madd
      Dr Packer, aka Greg Packer, is well known amongst the music scene for his remixes & edits of classic tunes from 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s Soul, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop & Reggae.  Dr Packer has quickly become a mainstay in the sets of some of the biggest names in the disco world, with this support helping him to be voted #1 in the Traxsource Top 20 NuDisco Artists for two consecutive years running.
      Dr Packer is one of the four main headliners playing at Sunset Safari at Albert Park Greenfields on New Year’s Day, alongside DJ Spen and local Melbourne heavyweight, Boogs.  Leading up to his New Years Day set, he takes a moment to have a chat with Ozclubbers' founder @Adam Madd.
       

      AM: Hi Greg, thanks for taking the time to chat with us here at Ozclubbers! First up, something that I’ve personally been curious about.  How did the “Dr” part of your name come about?
      DP: My real name is Greg Packer which makes my initials 'GP', also an old friend years ago used to call me 'the disco doctor' cos he also knew about my obsession with collecting disco & soul records.
       
      AM: You’ve got a well-known name amongst the Jungle and D&B scene in WA as Greg Packer, but what inspired you to start playing soul, disco, funk, and reggae as Dr Packer?
      DP: A lot of people didn't realise but I was already doing it on the side, just not producing it under the name 'Dr Packer'. I had a residency at a night here called 'The Funk Club' and did events under the name 'Boogaloo', this was me playing strictly all disco vinyl sets. I kept it on the down low as the diehard DnB fans would have started to think I was jumping ship, it was only when I decided to start producing it that I felt I needed to change my name, I wanted to keep my surname and just change the first part and start fresh under a new name.
       
      AM: How dramatically the Perth scene changed since you first started playing in 1990?  Would you say it’s for good or bad, and why?
      DP: I think there are pros and cons, for e.g. back in 1990 people would be clubbing without mobile phones or any type of social media distractions therefore all attention was on the DJ, but then the technology these days is amazing playing off USB sticks and the music production sound quality is a lot better than back in 1990. Plus, in those days you'd rarely get the big festivals like we get now. There are probably loads of good and bad points if you really think about it, but I think for me I prefer now.
       
      AM: Your disco remixes have been referred to as beefier, fatter version of the original. While it’s probably hard to select just a couple from the vast remix repertoire you have, can you list a couple of remixes you’ve done that stand out to you as favourites, and tell us briefly what inspired you to remix them?
      DP: The ones that really stand out for me is my version of Donna Summer 'I feel love', which I did back in 2015. It was the one mix that was nailed straight away, and I still play it most sets now. It was a request from my mother, so I had to do it, but I am so glad I did as it ended up being one of my fave edits really beefed up and sounds amazing on a good system. Also, my version of 'Grandmaster Melle Mel - white lines' seems to be very popular and I get lots of love and requests for it. Just one day I thought about doing something other than straight up disco, and a lot of those early hip hop tunes were heavily disco influenced to begin with. I wasn't sure if it would get accepted on the dancefloor to begin with but now it’s often one of the biggest moments in my sets.
       
      AM: You’ve been compared to the likes of Hot Toddy, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Joey Negro, Greg Wilson, Norman Jay, and Fingerman.  What does it feel like to be in the same spectrum as these musical masterminds?
      DP: Amazing !!!!!  I mean I looked up to these guys when I first started out doing this and now, I'm often on the bill with them. I still feel like a teenage groupie around them, but I try to hold it together and remind myself I’m a 46 year old man !!!! haha 
       
      AM: You’ve just recently reached the no.1 spot on Traxsource’s top100 NuDisco artists, for the second year running!  (Congratulations!)  How did you feel when you heard of that achievement?
      DP: Total shock !!! Last year they requested a high res pic of me the day before so it kind of gave the game away that I won it, and this year I didn't get that email, so I convinced myself I didn't get it, so when I saw that I had again I got a massive buzz.
       
      AM: Where did your musical journey actually start?  What inspired you to start DJing?
      DP: I saw the band 'Technotronic' play at a concert in 1989 and they had a half time break, and they said there DJ will play for half n hr, so I watched him from a balcony above as he was cutting, scratching and mixing old hip hop, funk & house tunes. He was amazing, and that moment I had that thought in my head 'I need to do this', so by October '89 I'd saved enough money to get my first pair of decks, which means by Oct 2019 it will be 30 years for me as a DJ. Sounds like an excuse for a party !!!! 
       
      AM: What was your first record?
      DP: Grandmaster Flash - The Message. It was in the charts at the time (1982) and my older brother bought it for me as a birthday present, the vinyl collection (or should I say addiction) grew from that moment.
       
      AM: Can you list your top 5 records at the moment and maybe something about each that attracts you to them?
      DP:
      Qwestlife - Hit It Off (Glitter Box)
      Sometimes I think cover versions can ruin a track, but in this case I like it as much if not a tad more than the original, fantastic update !!!
      Spencer Morales ft Tasha LaRae - I Need Your Lovin (Opolopo Remix) (Quantize Recordings) 
      Pretty Much for the same reasons as the above tune, a cover version done extremely well and Opolopo nailed the new baseline  
      Patrice Rushen - Never Gonna Give You Up 'Joey Negro Mix' (Z Records)
      I’ve been playing this for a little while now and I can’t leave it alone, love the new chords Joey added and a great production update to an already classic tune 
      Lenny Fontana & Shirley Lites - Fire 'Dr Packer Remix' (Midnight Riot) 
      I felt so privileged to be asked to remix a tune by 2 people that I admire very much 'Lenny Fontana' and 'Shirley Lites' who delivered a real authentic sounding disco number that sounded like it could have been released in 1979, I put my usual Dr Packer stamp on it
      Slam Dunk'd , Chromeo  - No Price 'Art Of Tones Remix' (Glitterbox) 
      I only just found out this was an 'Arthur Baker' production which surprised me, but a great nice chuck of modern disco smoothed out a tad by 'Art Of Tones' love it !!!! 
        AM: What is in the production pipeline for Dr Packer?  What can we expect to hear from you in 2019 and onwards?
      DP: As we speak I am working on forthcoming material for 'Glitterbox, Big Love Records, Masterworks' and hoping to get a rework album released for next year done officially, which is a lot of hard work but I’m up for the challenge. The tracks are ready to go, its more about the licensing side of things as I no longer wish to be looking over my shoulder.
       
      AM: Can you recommend a couple of artists that our readers should be keeping an eye on?
      DP: Nobody brand new has jumped out at me this year, but one artist 'Michael Gray' who is one half of 'Full Intention' has been sending me some stuff this year that has really impressed me, and I have supported everything he has sent thru. I look forward to the next inbox each time. Also the great Joey Negro has been killing me this year to the point where I have to force myself to not play too many of his tunes in my set. I could easily play a whole set of his stuff and I don't think I am alone in saying that.
       
       
      AM: And finally, tell us something that we don’t know about Dr Packer?
      DP: I used to be a brickies labourer. I was often referred to as 'The Dog' or 'The Beast' by my fellow tradesmen which was general building site banter. The supervisors and bosses would walk on site and say hello to all the tradesmen, and just walk past me (the labourer) as you wasn't even worthy of a 'Hello'. But now I’m often picked up from the airport in a limousine with a personal driver holding a sign saying 'Dr Packer', and then driven to a fancy hotel and sign autographs and take photos after my set. Complete madness !!!! 
       
      Thanks again for taking the time to speak with us, Greg!
       
       
       

      Dr Packer appears on the headline bill alongside DJ Spen and Boogs at Sunset Safari NYD, as well as a solid array of local support acts!
      Tickets are still available via link below:
      https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/new-years-day-at-greenfields-albert-park-sunset-safari-tickets-52515211411
       
      Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/269052340624628/
       
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    • Adam Madd
      By Adam Madd
      Basement Jaxx LIVE on stage, magically re-imagined with a full Orchestra & their legendary singers
      TEG Dainty and Nice Events are excited to announce that esteemed electronic music duo Basement Jaxx will bring their orchestral live show to Australia in April 2019.
       
      The tour opens up in Melbourne on Saturday 13 April and moves on to Sydney on Sunday 14 April before winding up in Brisbane on Thursday 18 April.
      Tickets go on sale at 10am local time on Friday 14 December for the three-city tour.
       
       
      Felix Buxton & Simon Ratcliffe (better known as Basement Jaxx) are double BRIT and GRAMMY award winning artists who have graced the biggest stages across the world, including: headlining the main stage at Glastonbury Festival, Hyde Park in London and The Hollywood Bowl.
       
      Following on from their ground-breaking 2011 album collaboration with The Metropole Orkest and the now seminal LIVE shows that accompanied it in London & the Netherlands, Basement Jaxx will unveil a new and updated version of the project as they creatively collide LIVE on stage with Sydney’s The Metropolitan Orchestra at the iconic Sydney Opera House, as well as stops in Melbourne & Brisbane.
       
      Comprising magical re-interpretations of all the Basement Jaxx floor-fillers, as well as specially commissioned new work and a few surprises along the way, the show will also feature legendary Jaxx singers Vula & Sharlene Hector on powerhouse vocal duties.
       
      Basement Jaxx are no strangers to Aussie shores and have thrilled audiences over the years with their massive hit records including: ‘Red Alert,’ ‘Rendez-Vu,’ ‘Jump N Shout,’ ‘Bingo Bango,’ ‘Romeo,’ ‘Where’s Your Head At,’ ‘Do Your Thing,’ ‘Good Luck,’ ‘Oh My Gosh,’ ‘Hush Boy’ & many more! They’ve collaborated with the likes of: Robyn, Sam Sparro, Dizzee Rascal and have remixed for the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Mary J Blige and more.
       
      Landing in Australia in 2019, these shows promise to be a remarkable re-imagining of one of dance music’s most influential recording artists, in an extraordinary classical & contemporary re-boot of their original LIVE show.
       
      Catch Basement Jaxx Vs. The Metropolitan Orchestra LIVE on stage in Australia this coming April.
       
       “A meeting of expertly crafted pop songs, dynamic arrangements and an orchestra that fizzes with vigour, this might just be the best thing Basement Jaxx have put their minds to” - London Evening Standard
       “Sparkling, rich, witty & fun” – The Daily Telegraph, UK
       “This isn’t the simple orchestration of a few old hits, but their transformation into a theatrical revue of cinematic sweep that leaves everyone grinning.
      What a show.” – The Independent, UK
       
      TOUR DATES:
      MELBOURNE - Saturday 13 April – Margaret Court Arena
      SYDNEY - Sunday 14 April – Sydney Opera House
      BRISBANE - Thursday 18 April – QPAC
       
      General public tickets on-sale date:
      10am local time on Friday 14 December from: www.tegdainty.com 
       
       

    • NathanJones
      By NathanJones
      In a few weeks at Elrow, Australia will be graced once again with the appearance of one of the world’s most astute and creative DJs; as well as being a long-serving servant of the industry, John Digweed. This year, his and studio partner, Nick Muir’s label, Bedrock celebrated its twentieth year of releases, John was also voted at number 35 in this week’s DJ Magazine Top 100 Alternative DJs (non-EDM), powered by Beatport’s findings over the past few years. He is one of dance music’s more celebrated and influential DJs and this week he found the time for a quick Q and A with Ozclubbers’ reporters Nathan Jones and Jamie Drew.
       
      John, thanks for answering our questions and speaking with Nathan and Jamie from ozclubbers.com.au
        
      N: Of course, Bedrock – yours and your studio comrade Nick Muir’s label – reached its own milestone this year and a big birthday, turning 20 years of releases. For anyone considering starting their own record label in 2018 or onwards – is there any advice you could give, or pointers for releasing your own tracks today?
      JD: It’s not an easy world in the music industry - so always prepare yourself for setbacks and disappointments and take every element of success as a stepping stone to build your label’s profile, always try and release music you love and are passionate about as you will find you will work harder to make them succeed.

       
       
      J: Pete Tong is celebrating 25 years of Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1 having begun in 1993 of which you have featured on it many times. With your radio show "Transitions" reaching 13 years next year do you hope you will reach the 25-year milestone as well?
      JD: I try and take each year as it comes as I am incredibly happy with the success of the show, but I am not looking at certain years to celebrate to be honest.
       

       
      J: Speaking of 25-year celebrations, the relationship between you and Sasha is enduring and actually began in 1993. It is one of the longest DJing relationships in the scene with a loyal fan base that is spread over generations. The fresh progressive sounds you both present to the punters keeps pushing the boundaries and is testament to your dedication and longevity in the scene. Is there any chance of another "Northern Exposure" release or any studio collaboration for that matter between you both?
      JD: Never say never, but we are both so busy with our solo projects - I can’t see anything happening anytime soon.
       
       
       
      N: Thinking about the future of electronic music, nightclubs and festivals, do you think that in years to come, we can look forward to plenty of events and a healthy following of dance music and clubbing? If so, where in the world are the important places to influence electronic music?
      JD: The beauty of electronic music is that it constantly changes and evolves with new sounds, DJs and artists coming through all the time, along with new promoters providing their vision on how they would like to create a party. I think with the Internet there is no main important place of influence, it’s down to the organisers and the crowd to be in sync and create those memorable nights that you never forget.

       
       
      J: Going back to the era when you played tunes on vinyl at clubs, I am sure you do not miss carting crates of records around - but do you miss the hands on feel and sound that vinyl produced when playing at big club nights? I know that Technics turntables were the industry standard at the time and am wondering (to decide a personal DJ disagreement!) if you spent much time playing on Vestax turntables and which turntable you preferred. Vestax or Technics? 
      JD: Always Technics 
       
       
       
      N: With another holiday season forthcoming, you’ll be playing New Year’s Eve at Output in Brooklyn (where one of your Live In… series was recorded), is there a plan for another multi-CD recording from there (or anywhere else)?
      JD: There are no plans in the pipeline for the next “Live in” Album as I never ever plan them it’s always been chosen after I have played.
       
      John, thanks again for answering our questions - we hope you enjoy your time in Australia and wish you a happy new year.
       
       
      Elrow is touring Australia at the end of December.  Read more about it here:
       
       
      Tickets are still available for each city. 
       
       
      Melbourne: https://www.facebook.com/events/1521588627942714/?ti=as  
      Sydney: https://www.facebook.com/events/549753348790649/?ti=as
       
       
    • Adam Madd
      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
       
      Perth:
      Saturday 1st December:  http://bit.ly/OneFineDay2018
       
      Sydney: (Rodd Richards Presents)
      Sunday 2nd December: https://bit.ly/2MplyHs
       
      Wellington:
      Thursday 6th December:  Sold Out
       
      Auckland:
      Friday 7th December: Sold Out
       
      Melbourne:
      Saturday 9th December: http://revolverupstairs.com.au 
       
       
       
       
       
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