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By Adam Madd
Alongside the likes of Paces, Lastlings and CVIRO, Jake Carmody is leading the Gold Coast's musical renaissance and now delivers a crisp new track ‘Alone feat. Savoi’, for his debut release on Tinted Records. For this release, Jake has teamed up with Brisbane singer-songwriter Savoi, who has worked with the likes of Enschway, Yahtzel and most notably LDRU, on his hit track ‘Next To You’. The producers new track uses layers of ethereal and atmospheric sounds to pair with Savoi’s vocals which together build to what Jake does best, a futuristic, stuttering drop.
Jake discusses how the track came together "Alone is the mark I've been aiming at since I started making music. Savoi's vocals inspire me to be as daring and creative with as the production as possible. I'm attracted to textures and melodies more than structure and formulas. I wanted Alone to feel like an art house film, with twists and turns that break champion curiosity over convention."
Jake’s inspiration comes from an eclectic variety of influences, ranging from Lana Del Ray and Lorde all the way to What So Not and Hudson Mowhake, which has inspired the producer to construct something that is truly unique. The Gold Coast based artist has made a name for himself since producing an epic remix of Vance Joy’s cover of ‘Georgia On My Mind’. Dabbling in various other projects, Jake has garnered support from the likes of triple j, Pilerats and EDM Sauce.
‘Alone feat. Savoi’ is out now on Tinted Records.
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By Adam Madd
Up and coming house producer, SKIY, returns to the world renowned Spinnin’ Deep with a heady new club-single. Titled Flawless, the track offers everything the name suggests: intoxicating beats, anthemic melodies and an authentic club vibe. Marking SKIY’s second release this year already, 2019 is set to be SKIY’s most prolific to date.
SKIY has been turning heads all over the world with her hard-hitting, riff-heavy, rugged house sound. Since her groove-laden hit Who Got The Keys was picked up and signed to Oliver Heldens’ Heldeep records in 2018, SKIY’s output has jumped from strength to strength. She’s shared the stage with Tiesto and Timmy Trumpet, she’s seen her music supported by The Magician, EDX, Chocolate Puma, and Dillion Francis, and now she has penned her second single to Spinnin’ Records. With a rich musical upbringing shared across Brazil, Germany and Croatia that saw her exposed to Jazz, soul and the piano from a young age, SKIY’s music beams with musicality and finesse.
It’s no wonder global tastemakers are sitting up and paying attention.
Flawless evolves SKIY’s sound into booming club territory but doesn’t lose sight of the infectious melodies, jumping basslines and catchy vocals that make a SKIY tune unique. Swells of dancefloor energy rise then give way to energetic four to the floor beats and textured layers of FX for a high-octane club cut that is sure to become a favourite among DJs and fans in 2019.
SKIY - Flawless is out 4th March
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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 Adam Madd
With a slew of releases under his belt, including the 2016 release ‘Tail Lights’ on Central Station Records, Wasteland has proven that he’s not just a DJ/producer, but a gifted songwriter - taking a small sidestep into the world of pop. Teaming up with Australian/Norwegian talent Mileo, Wasteland has produced a powerful and uplifting single ‘Paper Towns’.
Releasing his favourite track to date, Wasteland explains “‘Paper Towns’ has been such a journey through it’s creation, and I’m so excited it gets to see the light of day. It’s a track about heartbreak in a big city, and wanting to return the past. Getting Mileo to sing it was like finding a diamond in a rough, he absolutely crushed the vocal and tells the story amazingly. It’s my favourite I’ve ever written, and can’t wait for the world to hear it"
The moniker of Western Australian producer Matt Riley, Wasteland has established himself as a unique and versatile producer, releasing on various labels including Cr2 Records, Fuze Records, One Love, and Central Station Records. Refining his musical production over the years, Wasteland has re-focussed to extend his creative vision to songwriting, and further to that, self-directing the film clip for his 2016 single ‘Tail Lights’. Expertly filmed in the streets of Perth, and featuring the fabulous Scarlet Adams, the video became a viral sensation across Facebook, amassing over half a million views in just a few short weeks. Wasteland follows this up, with another sensational video for 'Paper Towns', featuring Scarlet Adams, and this time with three more drag queens Veronica Jean Jones, Alexas Armstrong and Katya Kokov.
Released in tandem with the original composition, is a remix from none other than acclaimed producer Ryan Riback. With over a billion streams to his name, Riback shot to fame with his take on Starley’s ‘Call On Me’, which went 4x platinum in Australia and hugely successful worldwide. With an ability to deliver amazing reworks time and time again, Riback lifts ‘Paper Towns’ into a whole new realm - building the energy and intensity with his signature clicks and piano chord progressions to create another dance floor stunner.
Wasteland’s ‘Paper Towns feat. Mileo’ along with the Ryan Riback remix is out now on Central Station Records.
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By Adam Madd
Continuing to rise above the ranks, Gil Glaze has been demonstrating his flair for a finely tuned production over the past year. Back with more versatile tunes for 2019, Gil Glaze releases summer anthem How We Do on Sirup Music.
Infused with warming tones and fiery percussion, How We Do is a track set to resonate well with listeners who enjoy basking in the summer glow and dancefloors alike. Drawing on pop tinged melodies whilst radiating positive vibes with uplifting piano keys and a captivating vocal, How We Do is destined to bring crossover grooves globally.
Swiss rising talent Gil Glaze sits firmly in his own lane. Having focused on house and club music in 2018, the producer now looks to provide radio friendly dance tunes with pop leaning elements. Exhibiting diverse skills fused with his own widely varied taste, Gil Glaze has demonstrated a passion for crowd enjoyment and interaction unlike no other in on the show circuit. At the age of just 25, he’s already performed alongside Tiësto, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Diplo, Robin Schultz, Axwell Ingrosso and Marshmello to name a few. Now on his own world tour from Amsterdam to Miami, be sure to check out Gil’s clear global appeal. He also joined the Chainsmokers on their headline Australian tour back in 2017 after his remix of Honest received and impressive three million streams. More recently he has also been providing his remix skills for Robin Schulz and Boiler. With the ability to crossover on to the mainstream dancefloor and back again, Gil Glaze is becoming an artist in demand with his unique musicality.
Gil Glaze – How We Do is out now via Sirup Music.