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!
Dubai to host Micro MUTEK Festival with Jeff Mills
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 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.
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
Saturday 1st December: http://bit.ly/OneFineDay2018
Sydney: (Rodd Richards Presents)
Sunday 2nd December: https://bit.ly/2MplyHs
Thursday 6th December: Sold Out
Friday 7th December: Sold Out
Saturday 9th December: http://revolverupstairs.com.au
By Adam Madd
Scandinavian sensation Tungevaag & Raaban return with an anthemic new single on Warner, released 26th October. Titled Hey Baby, the single sees the pair show off their peerless ability to create chart-topping hits. Bubbling with an infectious groove and feel good vibe, Hey Baby is poised to find its way into the hearts of fans around the globe.
The Tungevaag & Raaban project arose from two Scandinavian producers whose respective music had already been causing waves throughout the industry. Norwegian Tunevaag, otherwise known as Martin Tungevag, rose to international fame with Wicked Wonderland which landed in the top 10 charts in 7 countries, picking up the #1 spot in Austria while racking up over 100 million streams in the process. Raaban, real name Robbin Soderlund and from Sweden, is equally as accomplished having worked on countless chart-topping projects including singer Yuka Masaki and Swedish house duo Stockholm Syndrome.
Tungevaag & Raaban’s debut single, Samsara, started life as a student party track in Norway but quickly rocketed to the top with millions of global streams and an eventual Grammy Nomination. Ever since, the duo has been touring the globe, bringing their hands-in-the-air dance sound to Europe, SE Asia, and Japan. Tungevaag & Raaban have had a string of highly successful single releases such as Russian Roulette, Beast, and Wolf which climbed to top 10 positions all over Scandinavia. Add to this the success of recent singles All For Love which landed in the top 10 in Scandinavia with 50 Million Spotify streams and Bad Boy which blew up in China as well and it is only a matter of time before Tungevaag & Raaban become staple names on the international dance music scene.
With big melodies, infectious hooks and ecstatic vocals that are impossible not to sing along and dance to, Hey Baby is bound to be Tungevaag & Raaban’s biggest single yet.
Tungevaag & Raaban – Hey Baby is out now ++
BUY & STREAM LINK / EMBED
Hey Marcus. Thanks for chatting with OzClubbers. Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer some questions for us.
Most welcome, thank you guys for reaching out!
You’ve been referred to as one of the fastest rising stars in Australia’s dance music scene. What’s it like hearing things like this?
It is beyond surreal to hear things like that because you just never expect it. For me, I’ve always just done my thing and worked on my music because it’s my passion, I never thought it’d turn into something that people from all around the world are appreciating and listening to and it is definitely inspiring hearing people say nothing but great things! It certainly keeps me grounded and keeps me motivated and hungry for more.
How would you describe your sound to someone that hadn’t heard your music?
My sound is quite simply full of melodies. What drives me to produce the music I make is having a sense of feeling and connection rather than just a bunch of random sounds being glued together. It’s progressive, groovy, euphoric, uplifting and full of good vibes. Genre-wise, you can find it along of the lines of Progressive House, Big Room and Trance.
Tell us about how you got into electronic music. Do you remember your first couple of gigs in the early days?
Music was always a big part of my upbringing as a kid, more specifically, dance music. My father was a DJ back in the late 70s and early 80s so disco-funk was always played at home. As time went by, I discovered artists like Daft Punk and around 2003-2004 I discovered artists such as Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Axwell, Above & Beyond, Dirty South and I guess you could say the rest is history!
I still remember my first gig like it was yesterday. It was on April 13, 2011 at the Sydney Olympic Park for an under 18 music festival called ‘ID’. It was a surreal feeling flying to Sydney to play a gig (for free by the way) for the first time since I am from Melbourne, but it’s still a memory I hold most close to me throughout my musical career.
What are your thoughts on the Melbourne electronic scene at the moment? Melbourne sees all the large scale events but is it keeping it underground too? What about Sydney?
I think right now, the electronic music scene in Melbourne has gone back underground and I personally think that’s where it works best. Obviously for artists who play a bit more ‘main-room’ such as myself, it does get a bit hard to showcase but that’s where the larger shows come into play and I’m absolutely grateful for that! Sydney is where I feel most comfortable on a music front. I think going back to the previous question about my first show, I do feel I have a strong connection with the Sydney scene and the fans there but yes, there is a vast comparison with Melbourne & Sydney in terms of the scene.
What are your thoughts on the revival of trance that seems to be happening now?
I think it’s great! Trance was one of the first styles of electronic music that I heard and was apart of, I guess you could say it was my “inception into dance music”. I really love what I am hearing out there from artists not only around the world, but in Australia too. It’s creating a lot more opportunities now for the next generation of artists who are keeping it alive.
We’re chatting to you from Brisbane and while we don’t see as many of the bigger events like Melbourne and Sydney do, we still get quality artists coming here but just in smaller more intimate venues. We have a strong trance following here. Do you have any thoughts on keeping the scene going and growing it for smaller cities such a Brisbane?
I certainly miss playing in Brisbane, it’s always going to be one of my favourite cities in Australia! I haven’t been in a while, but from what I’ve seen it’s definitely growing. You have the team over at Eden really making a difference bringing in some of the hottest acts right now and I think that’s incredibly healthy for the scene to grow and become a super strong community.
What was it like being invited as a guest mixer on Above & Beyond’s ‘Group Therapy’ radio show including doing the ‘Push The Button’ feature??
Unbelievable! I remember receiving the email at around 4am saying how urgently it needed to be done so I quickly got up in the early hours of the morning and got straight to work. Above & Beyond were the first artists in the Trance scene to pick up my new direction and having their support has been nothing short of amazing, especially since I never thought they’d be such big supporters along the way. And to all the fans who listen to ABGT and voted for me on Push The Button…that’s another surreal feeling knowing my music has connected with them on some level.
Who’s your favourite artist or producer right now?
This year has certainly been full of nothing but amazing music, so it is definitely hard to pick a favourite but I’d say right now ARTY has been doing the rounds for me. I love melodic music as I mentioned and he always delivers, especially with his alias ALPHA 9 which always works well in my DJ sets. Coming out of Australia though I’d say WILL K, he’s currently living in the UK but he’s working on some incredible music and making tremendous waves and as one of my best friends I could not be more proud than to see that happening.
Finally, what do you listen to in your downtime?
I think as a producer, you don’t want to over-do your ears with the same vibes 24/7 so in my ‘downtime’ I like to listen to more Indie/Folk vibes. Artists such as London Grammar, Coldplay, Jon Hopkins for example and recently I discovered an artist under the name of SHAED.
More Marcus Santoro
By Adam Madd
Hi Kivah, thanks for taking the time to chat! Where are you right now and what you been up to this month?
After travelling for the last couple of months non stop, taking the plane literally ten times in one month, I finally am settled back in London and this month I am completely focused on my single release and preparing new songs.
Can you tell us a bit, in your opinion, about the scene where you are located? It is conducive to the artistic/creative lifestyle?
I think London is one of the best places in the world to be especially for the music and artistic/creative lifestyle. London is so diverse - you can be in Shoreditch or Camden Town, which are so alternative, and then take a cab to Mayfair and in half an hour you are in a posh private members clubs with quite a mainstream scene. I just love the diversity of London!
How does it compare to Mallorca?
Well there are definitely more opportunities in a big city rather than on a small island. Lots of chances to make great contacts, attend events nonstop, network with industry and non- industry people and most importantly the major artists will be surely playing in London whereas there is no chance to see your favourite artists playing in Mallorca.
What inspired you to get into music?
I always loved singing. I can’t even remember when it started. Funny enough my dad reminded me a couple of years ago that when I was like 7 years old I already put my hand in a fist pretending that it was a mike and was singing and dancing like crazy. I didn’t remember that I just though it all started when I formed my band when I was 15 but seems like it comes from much earlier.
You got in early, being the lead singer and co-founder of “The New Flesh” in your teens, can you tell us a bit about how that came about?
My first boyfriend was a musician, he played the bass in another band. Then the band disbanded and he suggested that I was the lead singer, so we formed The New Flesh (we were a bit gothic back then) and that’s how I became singer-songwriter.
We heard you have even recorded tracks for Café Del Mar. Is this true, and if so, can you tell us more?
Yes I have been doing some chill out music in the past. I have co-written a song called “Nobody” with the DJ/Producer Luis Junior and recorded “Now We Are Free” the original soundtrack of the movie Gladiator in chill out version. These tracks have been featured in albums like Space Café, Cinema Lounge, Dome Ibiza as well as Luis Juniors album “Neibum” both distributed by Café del Mar.
Do you remember what it felt to sing for the first time in front of a crowd? How did you feel, and how well did it go?
I was excited and nervous at the same time but with the experience and professionalism of my fellow musicians I felt sheltered and everything went great and I ended up having a lot of fun!
You’ve just released a massive tune with MOTi. How did that come about?
MOTi heard my song and loved it! He said he wanted to do the remix! We thought this was a collaboration we couldn’t turn down and let him add his magic to the track and the rest was history as they say!
I’m sure working with MOTi is probably up there, but what would be your biggest achievement in your music career so far?
My biggest achievement at the moment is with “All You Sexy Ladies” I think it’s the best record so far as well as setting up my own record label. I am a businesswoman and have set up various businesses in the past so when the opportunity arrived I thought let’s go for it!
What do you personally consider to be the perceptive moments of your artistic career?
When I decided to be brave and moved firstly to Madrid to continue my musical career on my own as all the other band members were too comfortable in Mallorca but I was always quite ambitious and wanted to achieve more. A whole new experience started there for me in a big city and then later on I have repeated the same change by moving to London chasing the same dream.
You’ve done a lot of modelling and acting in your time, starting from a very young age. Can you tell us any particular memorable moments in your modelling and acting career that will stick with you for the rest of your life?
I have many memorable moments especially when shooting commercials but I think one of the proudest is an eight page reportage in a very popular magazine in Spain called MAN not only because it was a great achievement but also because I have shot this with a dear photographer friend of mine who has passed away suddenly couple of years ago in his hotel room in Mexico. He was such a great photographer and that photo shoot session will be in my heart and memory forever.
What do you listen to in your downtime?
My taste in music is very eclectic but the last couple of years I have been listening a lot to The Weeknd, his voice just draws me in.
And lastly, what words of wisdom would you pass on to those who are just starting out in the music industry?
Always believe in yourself, don’t be put off what some people in the industry tell you, you’re too fat, you’re too thin, you’re too young, you’re too old, your voice is not good enough and so on. When you are passionate about what you do with work, determination and focus you can achieve anything in life!
Listen to Kivah's track here: