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By Adam Madd
In a most welcome manifestation of the gradual societal and industry change regarding equality, this morning ARIA released the weekly club chart, topped by Sydney producer Beth Yen; the first solo female artist to achieve #1 since 2012. Also making her the fourth solo female artist to achieve this in ARIA chart history, following on from Helena with ‘Girl From The Sky’ - topping the chart for two consecutive weeks, and two other Australian females, Zoe Badwi with ‘Release Me’, and Sarah McCleod with ‘He Doesn’t Love You'.
Not only competing with local producers for the top position, Beth Yen knocked an international artist off the top spot - arguably the most prolific producer of the last few years, Scottish superstar Calvin Harris with his hit single ‘Giant feat. Rag'n'Bone Man’. Only a few weeks out from the original release, Beth Yen’s single ‘Ocean’ debuted at #25, jumping up the chart with a stellar remix pack from Friendless, Buried King, Marcus Knight, Scott Diaz, and Ozclubbers' own @Adam Madd, reaching #1 today, and in turn making the history books.
In one of the most serendipitous of occasions, the single was released by Hot Sunday Records just four weeks ago, on International Women’s Day. A shining example of the renowned Sydney’s DJ catalogue, Beth has taken inspiration from her years spent living and working as a DJ in Ibiza. For the release of ‘Ocean’, collaborating with Australian lyricist The Baroness, a regular vocalist of live shows with Peking Duk, and previously Flight Facilities. The song itself is about the ups and downs and life, and how people can draw you in and out much like the ocean. It is a rare find for dance music to be written with so much meaning and purpose, which has evidently resonated with her peers all across the country.
In what is hopefully a sign of the changing times, Beth shared a message of encouragement to her peers, “This is not just a win for me but a win for LGBTIQ+ women and men in the dance music industry. I hope that this inspires anyone, especially women contemplating getting involved in electronic dance music to get out there and find a way just to do it. The music industry is listening and ready for you all.”
Having grown up in the UK, Beth Yen cut her teeth rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s most influential DJs, from the likes of Masters at Work, Dennis Ferrer and Eric Prydz. From the humble underground clubs, and later progressing to big room shows for Pacha Ibiza, London’s Egg, Sunset Music Festival alongside Avicii, and Sydney’s most prestigious Mardi Gras festival. Always with a finger on the pulse, Beth has produced originals across facets of house, funky, tech and nu-disco, with a genuine passion that is guaranteed to bring her more success stories such as this in the years to come.
Sunshine is her real name. We're not shitting you - Sunshine Rosie Trott. Her parents were hippies. Her father lives off-grid in northern New South Wales somewhere. But the well known Melbourne DJ started in Perth. Everyone has story – a past, a present and an imagined future. But Sunshine’s happens to be like a Hollywood script, except of course no-one has made this up - it’s all real and it spans triumph and tragedy and back again. It’s quite a thing, and she is quite something.
Sunshine has been heating up the Melbourne scene for almost two decades already! If you ask her, Sunshine will say her sets are all about "fun". Earning her stripes in a myriad of different spaces around town, she’s created a sound that is truly her own. What gives her the edge is sheer versatility – you’re just as likely to hear bleeding-edge techno alongside tech house, house and disco all in the space of one beer. Hapno is the sound and it sure ain’t coming from anyone else.
Ozclubbers' Galleon managed to get some one-on-one time with this amazing and yet still very friendly artist who has established herself as a staple in the Melbourne scene, well known these days for her Rise & Shine at Revolver Upstairs every saturday morning from 7am.
So what or who inspired you to start DJing in the late 90's? Were there any influencial dj's or records that gave you the bug?
Growing up I always had a passion for music. When it came to DJing there were a few things that sparked my interest and I had a moment where I knew thats what i wanted to do with my life. I was 14 yrs on a dance floor at a rave in the out skirts of Perth dancing to a DJ and I was so blown away with the energy he created mixing two records together and the effect that it had on the dance floor that I knew I wanted to learn how to do that and set off on a mission to DJ. I starting collecting records after that rave, moved to Melbourne when I was 16yrs because of the thriving music scene and finally was able to purchase my own set of Technics 1200's when I was 17yrs (Thanks to a loan form my mum which i'm forever grateful for). From the day I got my decks I practised everyday learning and perfecting my skills and I haven't looked back since. I still love DJing and couldn't imagine doing anything else.
Other things that have influenced me are these two mix cds, I use to listen to them flat out when I was a teenager - Ritchie Hawtin - Mix Mag CD and Derrick Carter - Many Shades of Cajual CD.
Also these were favs of mine when I was a teenager and still are today - Green Velvet - The Stalker, Moodyman - Shades of Jae, Kings Of Tomorrow - Fade To Black
You have been playing at Revolver for upwards of 18 years. How did you get your first gig at Revolver and what keeps you coming back each Saturday for Rise & Shine?
Yeh I have. Its gone so fast. Revolver is definitely my musical home. When I first moved to Melbourne at 16yrs. I would buy records at Hardware and Rhythm and Soul record stores in Prahran and one time I went past revolver during the day and the guy working behind the bar said I could jump on the decks for practice. I was so stoked! Back then I was struggling to save enough cash to buy a pair of my own decks. From that point on I started going to revs all the time which lead to a few guest spots on Friday early evening and then turned into a Wednesday night midnight residency which i held down for 2years. It was that set where I first learnt about how to build a dance floor playing different genres of music - funk, soul, hip hop, disco, house. Then at the end of that residency a DJ friend of mine Viva L'Amour, who at that time was the Saturday morning resident, invited me down to play and I feel in love with that set. It turned out she was ready to move on so I ended up taking over the spot which is now Rise & Shine. It's my 16th year of playing every Saturday morning 7am-12pm and I still love playing to the regulars new and old and seeing the enjoyment they get dancing to my favourite music.
You have a style of playing that you loosely call "Hapno" (happy techno). Tell us a bit about this and why you infuse your techno with gospel vibes?
Yeh thats a name I came up with years ago to explain the overall sound of what I play. Hapno ends up sounding like a fun, energetic, sometimes dark, sometimes joyus experience. I love to play at mixture of techno, soulful house and everything in between but put it together in a way of having no rules, as long as the feeling is the same with both records it doesn't matter what genre they are. My favourite type of vocals are gospel inspired ones and putting techno underneath just takes the energy on the dance floor to the next level.
You recently formed the Disco Faith Choir who accompany you in live performances and sing gospel vocals over instrumentals (and some original productions). How did this come together and how do you guys work together, select tracks to perform and prepare?
It came about when I was searching for a choir to sing on a track I was writing and I also wanted them to perform at the record release party. It turned out that it was harder than I thought to get a choir to want to perform at 2am so ended up starting my own and teamed up with gun choir leader Shobana Sebastian. After the first performance we did at the record release party I knew this is what I wanted to focus my creative energy on. It felt like a natural progression of my DJ sets adding the live element and bought the DJ sound i'm know for to life in 3D. For each show I put a set together of the perfect music and vocals that I think will have great energy on the dance floor and then Shobana helps bring my vision to life with the choir. Its a lot of fun and hard work leading up to each show.
You have the new performance coming up in March called Angel Heart. What can we expect to hear from both yourself and Disco Faith choir at this event?
I'm so pumped for this. It set to be our biggest show yet. There will be a few favourite tracks in there with a bunch of new stuff two. We will also be performing for the first time our cover of Dreams and another new original called Fighting.
You consistently push out flawless productions be that originals and remixes. When making records in the studio, how do you work? Where do you start and do you always have the gospel techno vibe in mind?
Thanks. When I start making any piece of music I make an 8 bar loop that has the guts of the track in it and then develop the arrangement from there. I find i'm way more inspired if i can imagine how the end result will sound. For Sunshine and Disco Faith Choir I do keep the gospel techno vibe in mind although sometimes it turns out more like gospel house with a tech edge depending on the music idea. For Sunshine originals and remixes I work on something until ive come up with a piece of music I'd love to play in my sets which could be anything from house to techno.
You aren't far off releasing a cover of Fleetwood Mac's seminal classic Dreams. Why did you select this one to release with the choir and who is on remix duties?
I'm so excited for this to come out. The finished track is better than I could have ever imagined and it was a great experience going in the studio to record it with Jan Skubiszewski. I've always been a big fan of Fleetwood Mac and in the Sunshine and Disco Faith Choir performances we have been doing a cover of it which works so well with the crowd and inspired us to give our own spin to it. Ive been testing it out in the club at the moment and it goes offff :)...The original will be released first then I'll start looking at the right fit for remixes.
Have you looked to overseas performances (Berlin or the like) for your gospel techno excursions?
That is definitely a dream of mine to get myself as a DJ and also the Sunshine and Disco Faith Choir performances on the world stage especially Europe. For now i'm focusing on Australia and Melbourne which has always been so supportive of my music.
So what's in store for the next 12 months for Sunshine?
This years all about new music. A few new Sunshine and Disco Faith Choir singles will be out soon, followed by a couple of Sunshine originals.
What would be your top 5 records right now?
Dreams by Sunshine and Disco Faith Choir
Labyrinth by Moonwalk
My Lita (Mark Broom Remix 1) by P.leone
Dance With The Devil By Reinier Zonneveld
37000 FEET (Sunshine Remix) By Holmes John and Sante
Finally, what is something we may not know about you?
I love dogs..
Thanks Sunshine for chatting with us!
Sunshine can be seen at every saturday morning at Revolver Upstairs from 7am!
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/sunshinethedj
Sunshine and the Disco Faith Choir will appear at their new event "Angel Heart" at 170 Russell on Sunday 10th March 2019
Info and tickets available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/341055826687978/ Watch:
By Ozclubbers Staff
Those heading out this weekend have a special opportunity to enjoy a part of the city lockout free since their inception five years ago that put some pretty heavy restrictions on Kings Cross and Oxford Street.
Anyone who finds themselves heading along and checking out this years Mardi Gras will be excited to know that for the second year running it’ll be lockout free along Oxford Street and surrounding areas including bars and venues such as the Burdekin Hotel, Oxford Arts Factory, Cliff Dive, The Flinders and Stonewall.
That means you’ll be able to get into a couple of your faves past 1:30am but unfortunately won’t be able to grab a drink past the usual time of 3:00pm (can’t have it all right?)
Pic below of where you can get your party on till the early morning.
At such an important crossroads in NSWs nightlife with restrictions on how late we can go out, unreasonable crack-down on festivals, likely implementation of 1000+ CCTVs cameras and more we’d encourage everyone to get out there and have a good time safely!
In short… call out any dickheads, look after your friends, smile, be happy and dance your butt off.
Source: Concrete Playground
By Adam Madd
Culture Club front-man & POP icon Boy George is one of the most recognised and in demand House Music DJs of all time. DJing in more than 70 countries around the world, Boy George has headlined super-brands such as: Godskitchen, Cream and Manumission.
Alongside Radio 1 veteran Pete Tong, Boy George launched Ministry of Sound’s flagship compilation brand: ‘The Annual,’ which has gone on to sell over 1 million copies around the globe.
Following on from 6 consecutive sold out Sydney shows, Rodd Richards Presents are now thrilled to announce this exclusive, first time national Australian DJ tour.
All previous shows have sold out within 48 hours, so don’t miss your chance to party with Boy George. The man knows how to entertain a crowd. If you’ve seen him DJ before, you’ll know it’s always a momentous occasion.
For early access to tickets, plus the chance to win an ultimate VIP experience, including 2 tickets and a meet and greet, please register for pre-registration here!
BOY GEORGE – AUSTRALIAN DJ TOUR DATES:
ADELAIDE - Friday 15th March 2019 - Fat Controller
Doors: 9pm - 5am
PERTH - Sunday 17th March 2019 - The Court Hotel
Doors: 2pm - 10pm
MELBOURNE - Friday 21st June 2019 - Chasers Nightclub
Doors: 9pm - 4am
SYDNEY - Saturday 29th June 2019 - Ivy Courtyard
Doors: 1pm - 9pm
(Message from Rodd Richards Presents: We apologise for any inconvenience however we very much look forward to seeing you on the dance floor in June! If you have any questions regarding the rescheduled tour dates, please contact us at: email@example.com. Thank you for your understanding)
PRE-SALE: Tuesday 5th February 2019 – 9am AEDT
GENERAL ON SALE: Tuesday 5 February 2019 – 12pm AEDT
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BOY GEORGE BIO:
For the past 25 years Boy George has been at the forefront of an ever-changing multi-faceted entertainment business.
Boy George is universally recognised as one of the music scenes biggest artists and for the past 30 years has maintained a strong position at the forefront of this ever-changing, multi-faceted industry. Attracting high praise from the likes of Mixmag, DJ Magazine and MTV as having gained truly global recognition, the Grammy-nominated singer has created a worldwide presence that transcends age, race, nationality and even religion.
From the millions of records he sold as performer and songwriter with 80’s super group Culture Club to maintaining his position as one of the worlds most successful and in-demand international DJs, George proves he has it. George’s list of achievements is unparalleled in dance circles, having to-date been a national newspaper columnist for the Daily Express, author of two bestselling autobiographies, been the co-producer, songwriter and on-stage star of the award-winning musical Taboo on both New York’s Broadway and London’s West End.
He is the creator of his own B-Rude fashion label with outlets in New York, Los Angeles and London, as well as still maintaining an elite membership to the worlds designer fashion hierarchy – DJ-ing regularly at post catwalk shows such as Versace, Phillip Treacy and more recently Hugo Boss.
A professional DJ since the late 70’s, Boy George has had a long and successful career associated with house music stemming from early acid house and Chicago grooves in the 80’s, through to electro and tech house in the 90’s and 00’s. Maintaining a constant tour schedule, he’s notched up hundreds of thousands of air miles and taken in destinations from the snow capped mountains of Vancouver to the golden sun-kissed sands of Bondi beach.
Ever the skilled superstar, his travels have seen him pack out events in over 70 countries around the world, from super-brands in Godskitchen, Cream, Manumission and Spundae to global powerhouse venues like Ministry of Sound (London), Zouk (Singapore) and Guvernment (Toronto). Additionally his name has been a prominent figure at many of the world’s leading festivals including Homelands, Big Gay Out and V Festival.
A standout producer in his own right with tracks such as Generations of Love and When Will You Learn, his productions over the years have been released under imprints such as Ministry of Sound, Sony, Hed Kandi, Universal and featured on compilations as varied as Global Underground, Bedrock and Chill Out Ibiza. His impressive list of collaborations stands equally tall with George having worked with dance heavyweights such as Erick Morillo, Jeremy Healy, Deep Dish, Rui Da Silva, Afrika Bambaataa and Faithless.
Alongside Radio 1 veteran Pete Tong, he helped launch Ministry of Sound’s flagship compilation album The Annual. The album went on to sell over 200,000 copies and was the catalyst to the now-global label. Other compilations to his name include Galaxy Weekender, Dance Nation as well as another two The Annual albums followed, this time with another longstanding Radio 1 jock – Judge Jules.
With a long list of guest slots on radio stations such as Radio 1, Kiss FM, Sirius and Galaxy; where he hosted his own radio show for two years, George has also featured heavily on TV shows around the world with appearances on programmes like BBC 1 Jonathan Ross, MTV Cribs, Brit Awards, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, CNN and VH1.
Although in recent years (in the UK at least), the media spotlight has fallen too much on George’s iconic media status and not enough on an ever-expanding and prolific musical output, his presence in the music industry still remains a series of headline-making stories with notable publications such as Rolling Stones, Q Magazine, The Guardian and New York Times all following his career with great zeal.