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    • Nordic-By-Nature
      By Nordic-By-Nature
      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. 
       
       
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      https://twitter.com/marcussantorodj?lang=en
       
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      Instagram:
      https://www.instagram.com/marcussantorodj/?hl=en
       
       
    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      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:
       
      MOTi:
       
       
      MOTi
      https://www.instagram.com/motiofficial
      https://m.facebook.com/motiofficial/
       
      Kivah
      https://www.facebook.com/kivah/
      https://www.instagram.com/kivahofficial/?hl=en
      https://twitter.com/kivahofficial?lang=en
       
       
    • Nordic-By-Nature
      By Nordic-By-Nature
      CARL COX’S FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN AUSTRALIA & NZ
       
      Carl Cox & Eric Powell’s Mobile Disco’ feat Cece Peniston & Robin S – taking place at a few wineries around Australia & New Zealand this November (Music: Disco/Funk/Soul).
       

       
      Cece Peniston chatted with TODAY (Sonia & David yesterday), watch here: https://www.9now.com.au/today/2018/extras/clips/clip-cjmsdkrgp000b0ho31nrfbe32.
       
      CARL COX & ERIC POWELL ANNOUNCE ‘MOBILE DISCO’ 2018
       
       
      After the success of the very first overseas ‘Mobile Disco’ in Bali recently, Carl and Eric are excited toannounce the Australian & New Zealand tour dates for November 2018:
       
      Carl Cox and Eric Powell's Mobile Disco 2018! Featuring special guests: Cece Peniston (Finally) & Robin S (Show Me Love)
        Mobile Disco Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates:  
      17 November 2018 – Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane
      Tickets: https://bit.ly/2LnVIyw
      18 November 2018 – Waitiri Creek Winery, Gibbston Highway, NZ
      Tickets: https://bit.ly/2HmQpx4
      24 November 2018 – Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra
      Tickets: https://bit.ly/2vE3kr4
      25 November 2018 – Seppeltsfield Winery, Barossa Valley
      Tickets: https://bit.ly/2JoQ2na
        
      Music Policy: Funk, Disco, Soul Grooves
       
      About event: Carl & Eric will be doing what they do best! Digging deep through their extensive record collections and picking out their favourite soul, funk and disco tracks that they were brought up with and tracks that have influenced them over the years.  It’s a known fact that they have many gems in the archives!
       
      ‘Mobile Disco’ began in Melbourne, Australia with 150 of Carl & Eric’s closest friends.  It’s gotten bigger each year with more friends & jazz, funk and disco loving fans coming along for the ride.  ‘Mobile Disco’ is now a ‘Must Attend’ national tour playing to sold out boutique shows at some of the most picturesque locations across Australia.  They embarked overseas for the first time, grooving Bali in fine form only a couple of weeks ago and will be also heading to New Zealand this November.
       
      Both Carl & Eric will be entertaining the crowd from the start of the day til the end and are also excited to announce that special guests: Cece Peniston & Robin S will be performing live on stage.  Cece Peniston and Robin S come from that amazing house music sweet spot of the 90s.  These diva vocalists arguably have the two most iconic / classic genre defining vocal house tracks ever written.
       
      So get those disco shoes ready, this is one Mobile Disco you won’t want to miss!!
       
      Cece Peniston:
       
      Cece Peniston is an international icon having won numerous awards across her 25 year history in the Music Industry, including: ‘Best Artist,’ ‘Songwriter of the Year,’ & ‘Urban Award of Achievement’ to name a few.  As an Artist, Performer & Songwriter, she is considered one of the most successful dance/club artists in the history of U.S Billboard Dance / Club charts.  Her hit single ‘Finally’ is one of the biggest dance records in history, selling over 3 million copies worldwide.  Cece also has a very special connection to Australia with ‘Finally’ heavily featured in Australia’s most loved musical ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert.’
      For more info, go to:
      Twitter: @CeCe_Peniston
      Facebook: @therealccp
      Instagram: @cecepeniston
      Robin S:
       
      Robin S is a chart-topping successful Singer & Songwriter behind the hit singles: ‘Show Me Love’ & ‘Luv 4 Love.’ ‘Show Me Love’ is one of the most recognized dance records of the 90s, Robin S went on to achieve ‘Best Dance Artist’ and ‘Best Dance Single’ at the Billboard Awards.  Having worked with some of the biggest producers including Todd Terry and Dave Morales, Robin S is sure to get the crowd dancing once that keyboard riff from ‘Show Me Love’ kicks off!
      For more info, go to:
      Twitter: @TheReal_Robin_S
      Facebook: @RobinS
      Instagram: @therealrobin_s
       
      For more info, go to:
      Facebook: @carlandericsmobiledisco
      Instagram: @carlandericsmobiledisco
      Website: carlcox.com
      Twitter: @Carl_Cox
      Facebook: @carlcox247

    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      Sydney’s global dance export, Go Freek, have just produced their catchiest tune to date. ‘Love Is The Weapon’, steps in an exciting new direction for the electronic heavyweights as they blend their signature offensive bass lines and tech-house percussion with a truly addictive topline. After spending quite some time in the U.S. smashing stages at the likes of EDC and Nocturnal Wonderland and playing European boat parties with artists such Detlef and Latmun, they’ve finally managed to find some time between drinks to get in the studio and deliver this sure hit, out today on Sweat It Out.
       
      "When you work on something long enough you become emotionally attached and your art becomes a part of you. In the case of ‘Love Is The Weapon’, it was in the works for over 8 months. It grew from an idea that was almost thrown away, and has now become our most unique and exciting record to date. I remember having a moment of hysterical laughter and tears when we wrapped up the final mixdown. My mum complained that after first listen she had an earworm for days to follow. We are so proud of this record." Go Freek.
       
      And proud as punch they should be after the career successes these boys have achieved over the years. With multiple ARIA Club Chart Top 10s, including their record breaking #1 collaboration with Dom Dolla on ‘Define’ and #2 on ‘Call Out’ and ‘Put It Down’ in 2016 and 2017 respectively. It comes as no surprise then that Go Freek have been given the nod of approval from some of the biggest names in dance, including Claude VonStroke, Camelphat, A-Trak, Don Diablo, Anna Lunoe, Claptone and most recently support from arguably the most popular DJ of 2018, FISHER, on their previous single, ‘Time’.
       
      With a 12 date national tour around the corner, there is no doubt ‘Love Is The Weapon’ will earworm it’s way into every aspect of your life. Be sure to send this one to your mum.
       
      ‘Love Is The Weapon’ is out now via Sweat It Out. 


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