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    • Adam Madd
      By Adam Madd
      Australia's biggest DJ export, Timmy Trumpet, is excited to reach brand new horizons this March. The Sydney born trumpeter, DJ and producer is getting ready to make history by becoming the first live instrumentalist to DJ from space! To celebrate this momentous occasion, Timmy is releasing a brand-new track, High. The enthusiastic effort is a collaboration with Aussie hip hop legends Bliss n Eso and US soul singer Lee Fields.   

      Timmy Trumpet is the acclaimed Australian jazz musician turned dance music extraordinaire. Always respectfully nodding to his classical roots, Timmy is a live instrumentalist with multiple Club Chart and Beatport number ones, not to mention over half a billion streams for his massive hit Freaks featuring Savage. 
       
      Since bursting onto the scene, Australian hip hop project Bliss N Eso have racked up millions of Spotify streams for an array of pop and urban infused hits with integral messages of positivity. Their informal and sincere approach to hip hop has translated into multiple ARIA number one albums and gold and platinum records. 

      As the track will inevitably sky rocket, we look forward to Timmy’s space premiere at the World Club Dome ‘Zero Gravity’ event, made possible by Big City Beats and the European Space Agency. As the part of the project Timmy joins fellow dance music pioneers Armin Van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, and Steve Aoki.  On the heavily anticipated March 25, Timmy will lift off from France, undertaking 16 parabolic flights each lasting 22 seconds as the vessel bounces off our atmosphere. 

      “Getting the opportunity to play my music up there is an honour and something that I've dreamed of since I was a kid. I've loved Bliss n Eso's work for years and when we started working together I knew this track was something special. I feel like I'm taking a part of Australian music culture on an unforgettable journey, sharing what we have created with the rest of the world." - TIMMY TRUMPET

      New single High sees Timmy Trumpet and Bliss N Eso come together to deliver an upbeat, feel-good anthem. Meeting backstage at a festival in their homeland, the two artists from different sides of the musical spectrum now converge to deliver a slice of pop euphoria. Ready for an extra-terrestrial journey, Timmy continues to push the boundaries of just how far his music can go with this optimistic audio celebration. Ultimately reaching for the skies, Timmy & Bliss n Eso have created an important message that’s encouraging freedom to find confidence to find your own high.
       
      Timmy Trumpet – High (feat Bliss n Eso feat. Lee Fields) is out now.
       
      Find out more information from this historic message on the project, sent from the International Space Station.  
       
       
      LINKS
       
       
      BUY / STREAM
      http://timmytrumpet.lnk.to/high
       

       
    • Adam Madd
      By Adam Madd
      Ultra Australia has announced that Rukes – often referred to as #1 DJ Photographer in the ‘Greatest Music Photographers Right Now’ by Complex – will be coming to Melbourne & Sydney for the festival.
       
      Rukes’ photos have been published by the likes of 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 artists such as 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!
       
      We here at Ozclubbers don't often get to chat to the photographers, so when we get to chat with someone who is considered #1 in his field, we naturally were pretty excited!
       
      Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you, Drew Ressler - aka Rukes!
       
      As a start, can you tell our readers a couple of brief things about yourself?
      My name is Drew, but most people know me by Rukes. I’m based in Los Angeles and I have been taking photos of dance music for almost 15 years now. I currently photograph DJs and festivals as a full time job, travelling all over the world.
       
      How did you get your start in photography?
      I got a point-and-shoot for my birthday in 2003, and ended up taking it to some club events in New York for fun. When I moved to Los Angeles in 2004, I was a little more interested in photography so I decided to get a basic DSLR setup and see how that worked out.
       
      What was your first camera?
      Technically my first one was a Canon PowerShot G3X point-and-shoot, but my first DSLR was a Canon 20D.
       
      You started in the scene doing club photography, do you remember which club was your first gig and when?
      Of course, it’s still up on my website! Everything is there! My first actual event I went to photograph was BT at Avalon NY in September 2003, but my first actual paid gig was one of the Avalon LA gigs in 2005, I forgot which.
       
      What drove you to change from club photography to focusing mostly on the artists?
      When I started doing club photography in the early 2000’s, 99% of the galleries I saw online were pictures of clubgoers and hot girls, and maybe one blurry pic of the DJ. Since I was a fan of a lot of the DJs that played, I was wondering why nobody focused on the musicians. Of course club owners generally want to show off beautiful people to entice more people to come, but I wanted to give something to fans of the music by providing good quality photos of the actual DJs.
       
      How much balance do you put into a gig of just a photo of the artist vs photos of the artist and the crowd in the background?
      It depends on the DJ really. I generally try to only get 3-5 shots of the DJ up close, unless there is reason otherwise, like they are very active. It’s tough to get unique shots of a person DJing.
       
      What was your “big break” (if you had one)?  I.e., what gig were you at and came to a realisation of something like “holy shit, I’ve made it, this is where I want to be in life”?
      Probably when I started working with Deadmau5 and he started bringing me on tour. When I ended up doing my first international touring gigs, I was just like “Ok, this is amazing”.
       
      You’ve taken some photos of some massive artists over the years.  Can you name a two or three who have left an impact on you and why?
      I would have to say first and foremost is Hybrid. They produce my favorite music, and Mike Truman was one of the first people that recognized I had an eye for photography.
       
      Sasha would be another great one. Back in the early 2000’s, his shows were always EXTREMELY dark and he hated anyone using flash. So I had to develop and learn extreme low-light photography, and even get a low-light lens. That helped push my photography very early on.
       
      A third one might be Swedish House Mafia. Usually when I’m taking pics of a DJ, it’s one or at most two people. Having to photograph three distinct personalities is difficult because in every photo of them, you have to make sure all three look good. If one doesn’t, the photo is trashed no matter how good the rest of it looked. So it really helped me develop my timing and looking at how to recognize what people are doing or are going to do, physically.
       
      How often are you asked to take “private” photos by big name artists backstage doing things their promotions team would frown heavily at?  Can you share some stories on this (without giving away any details that might hint who the artists are or where it took place)?
      I mean there aren’t really any situations where I am asked to take shady photos, it’s more of something that just happens during the course of photography. Usually if it’s extremely bad, the artist will laugh and I’ll just delete the photo immediately. Most of the time they like the pic, but don’t want it public, so I save it in a separate subdirectory and just send the artist the photo themselves. This could be anything from a funny face, to drinking when they shouldn’t be, etc.
       
      What would be the greatest part of your job?
      Travelling the world. I’m at the point where I love long flights without having to deal with social media and can just watch movies and play videogames. Then enjoying long layovers in nice airport lounges. Of course then collecting tons of miles and elite status too (I’m actually on track to be top tier in OneWorld, Star Alliance and SkyTeam by the end of the year).
       
      Then arriving in the country to experience the culture and food almost makes my job like a vacation.
       
      And what would you consider the greatest challenge to doing what you do?
      Probably improving my craft bit by bit. I must balance a fine line of keeping on doing what I’m comfortable with, and pushing my boundaries a little, while keeping working. Stuff such as refining my photography to end up with less photos that are a higher quality is always a goal. I have gone from hundreds of festival pics a day when I started to maybe around a hundred or so, and I keep tightening it.
      You use Canon gear, why do you prefer Canon?
      At the time, the Canon 20D was considered the better camera body than what Nikon had, and Canon had better low-light lenses. Nowadays Nikon is usually considered to have slightly better bodies, but Canon still has better lenses.
       
      What computer hardware and software do you use for processing your photos?
      Right now I have a 2016 MacBook Pro and I edit in Lightroom Classic CC. Since I travel so much, I exclusively must edit my photos on my MacBook Pro and abandoned editing galleries at home, just for conformity sake.
       
      How important do you believe a social media profile (mostly Instagram) is to a photographer’s public profile?
      It’s necessary nowadays as it shows a window into the photographer’s life and doubles as a portfolio. At the same time, it’s always difficult dealing with the horrible reach most social media has nowadays, though.
       
      You’ve travelled the world doing what you love and seeing how wild some parties can be in different cities.  Can you name two or three cities that have stood out to you and why?
      Tokyo is my favorite city in the world by far, I always love going there. The crowd is always fanatical.
       
      Other than that being a personal choice, there are just a lot of cities that have crazy crowds. Ultra Korea last year had one of the craziest crowds I have ever seen at a festival. Mexico, India, Indonesia and more always have active crowds.
       
      Which cities do you believe the electronic music scene is booming?
      That’s a tough one since it’s kind of in a holding pattern right now. Most places are set in their popularity and continuing. Places like South America and China which had a huge boom are starting to lessen events due to government pressure. Australia is a good opposite where for years it’s been without major festivals, and now Ultra Australia and Festival X are poised to bring it back, even though the government might not like that too much.
       
      Still, Asia is still where most electronic music is booming. Bangkok, smaller cities in China, Japan are all still growing very well with more and more events.
       
      Our own Sydney has recently been stripped of much of its electronic music culture due to political interests under the visor of safety.  In your worldly travels, have you seen this in other cities, how did it impact your gig in those cities?
      A few places. China and most of South America are the major places where this has happened. You used to be able to easily do gigs in places like Chile, Argentina and Brazil but it’s a bit difficult. China, especially Beijing, is very difficult. I have done festivals where they only are allowed to sell very few tickets compared to the venue size.
       
      You probably get asked this a lot, but what advice would you give to someone who is in their early stages of photography and are hoping to stand out from the rest?
      Always work on photos the way you want to. Only take inspiration from other photographers. Don’t copy them unless it’s learning how they did it. People want unique work and not work they can get from someone else.
       
      Thanks Rukes for taking the time to chat with us today!
       
       
       
       
      Ultra Australia is touring on Sat 23rd Feb 2019 and Sun 24th Feb 2019 in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.  Tickets are available by visiting https://ultraaustralia.com
        You can see more of Rukes' work by visiting http://www.rukes.com/ or see some of his work from Ultra Australia 2018 below.
       





    • Nordic-By-Nature
      By Nordic-By-Nature
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      YET AGAIN, Brisbane is being spoilt for choice as another great artist is set to return to the garden Capulet this weekend. OzClubbers was lucky enough to have a very candid chat with Jody ahead of this weekend's show brought to you by Lemon & Lime.
      As always with OzClubbers we like to keep it local and ask questions that the fans themselves want to know.  This Q&A was developed in collaboration with our very own Anjuna Brisbane crew!  Big ups to A.B.C Crew Admin Jason Whyte and crew member Riley Keatch.
       
        Artist Name: Jody Wisternoff
      Label: Anjunadeep
      What’ve you got planned for us here in Brisbane on September 16?
       
      Gonna be road testing a lot of new material from Anjunadeep10 which is nearing completion, a few new JW remixes, some classic WOW and just a bunch of hot shit basically! It’s gonna be a day to remember!
      You’ve been to Brisbane a few times – what do you like about?
       
      The parties are always daytime which I’m a huge fan of. This is a concept we’ve really embraced with the Anjunadeep open air events this summer! Capulet is such a fun spot to play, super intimate and a lovely friendly crowd. I usually end up getting kidnapped and going out afterwards too.
      How do you prepare for a set when you’re travelling?
       
      By listening to new music with my ears lol. But seriously, decent noise cancelling headphones are essential (BOSE) and a lot of planning in Rekordbox and Ableton. I generally like to map out my sets beforehand, although things usually change in the heat of the moment…
      Any thoughts on the progressive scene at the moment?
       
      In its broadest sense ie. including deep house/melodic techno/desert music etc, I think the scene is super healthy at the moment, worldwide!  Our Anjunadeep parties are starting to get booked at some of the best venues in the world. Printworks in London coming up for example. The show we did at Mirage in Brooklyn in the summer sold more tickets than a lot of the super trendy hipster parties around at that time.  Asia seems to be an expanding market for our sound right now too. So all in all I feel things are rocking at the moment!
      How is the progressive scene different to other crowds? Eg a techno or EDM crowd.
       
      I don’t really go to many techno parties and I know the EDM crowd is mostly very young. What I can say about the crowds we seem to pull is that people are generally extremely friendly and really care about the music. We get quite a few young ones (recent converts from trance) a few old ravers and everything in between - plus a good female to male ratio!
       
      Our scene here is relatively small - as a DJ do you have any thoughts on keeping the scene alive?
       
      Of course, because the scene is my livelihood pretty much. I can only do my bit really, a small cog in a big wheel.
      You got into music at the early age. What’s around these days that parents could show their kids to get them interested in making electronic music?
       
      I would suggest FL Studio (fruity loops) or garage band as an entry point. However, I did recently install FL Studio on my daughter’s laptop as an attempt to train her up as my young padwan but she only seems interested in playing Simms lol.
      Any work started on Anjunadeep 10?
       
      It’s nearing completion and I’ll be road testing some of it at the Brisbane show.
      Who’s your favourite producer?
       
      Volen Sentir.
      What do you listen to in your downtime?
       
      A lot of oldskool hiphop (1986 - 1990) and Rave (1990 – 1991) eg. before the BPM’s went crazy and it all got corny. Not much country music, although I do love the soundtrack to Crazy Heart!
       
      For more information
      https://www.facebook.com/jodywisternoff
       
      Check out his latest promo mix here:
      https://soundcloud.com/jodywisternoff/jody-wisternoff-august-2018-soundcloud-dj-mix
       
      Tickets are on final release so if haven't got a ticket for the show this Sunday 16th September get in quick!
       
      https://www.facebook.com/events/1082244951931342/

    • Nordic-By-Nature
      By Nordic-By-Nature
      Following unprecedented demand and the subsequent success of the first ever Road To ULTRA Australia in February of 2018, ULTRA Worldwide has announced the massive expansion of the globally renowned festival to two cities across the Australian continent.  The inaugural edition’s colossal splash at Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl, prompted the expansion of the event to two full-scale festivals for the sophomore instalment in 2019.  ULTRA Worldwide will return to Melbourne with world-class talent on 23rd February and will head to Sydney for the first time on the 24th.  Details on tickets, line-up and venue will be revealed in the coming weeks.           ULTRA AUSTRALIA 2019 DATES:   Melbourne – 23 February, 2019   Sydney – 24 February, 2019   For more information, go to: http://www.ultraaustralia.com https://www.facebook.com/ultraaustralia https://twitter.com/ultraaustralia https://www.instagram.com/ultraaustralia
    • Elektropanda
      By Elektropanda
      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.


       
      The European Outlook festival is on the bucket list of most diehard DNB fans so to be offered an aussie installment was an absolute treat. Hosted by The Brightside in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, the venue really suited the event.


       
      As I arrived I walked into a energetic vibe and the DNB was in full swing.  With a line up featuring artists from the UK and interstate I was spoiled for choice. One of my personal favourites De La Haye played b2b with Kosha D and played some really funky liquid drum and bass.


       
      The pair are always a treat to watch and they really set the mood for the event for me. Followed up by Static Structures featuring Baptiste and Dub Phizix feat Chunky who played some really nice deep DNB the artists were quality.

       

      The space was large enough for the crowd and drinks are actually really cheap at this venue with the option for food at the little food canteen out the front. The venue has a number of toilets inside which is awesome because generally there is never enough toilets for everyone. The only downfall to this event was the sound quality with the venue clearly due for an upgrade to their speakers.


       
      The after party kicked on at Capulet, which for me is one of my favourite venues in Brisbane. If you haven’t been to this bar make sure you go check it out. The after party filled the venue. There was many smiling faces, people were dancing and the music was perfect with Tech House playing. My personal favourite was 8Man & Walrii in the main bar and then the DNB in the side area at Montague. There is not much more you can really ask for with a combined event like this.


       
      Overall, I really enjoyed this event - the music, the performers, the punters, the venues were an excellent choice and the security at both events were actually pretty friendly. I saw some familiar faces at both events but also a few new faces, so it was nice to see this event drew out some new people.


       
      I can’t wait to see what else Quality Street brings to us in the future.

       
       
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