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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
Following on from epic originals and impeccable remixes earlier this year, you’d think Benson had already reached the pinnacle of 2018. Yet as we move into the latter part, his next release featuring Stace Cadet and Yeah Boy continues to see Benson rise above the ranks. Releasing on his own esteemed Medium Rare label, check out heavenly collaboration – Faith.
Glorious chords and an impelling vocal graces the track with ethereal touches whilst the euphoric bass line ascends this psalm into clubbers paradise, making Faith a moving piece of house music fortified with saintly credibility. A club ready anthem as well as a peak time track, Benson is set to reach listeners of biblical proportion.
Having already had an exceptional year, Benson’s career continues to skyrocket. The Australian producer has accumulated millions of streams with the likes of originals including Hold Out and a remix of Stace Cadet’s High. Not stopping there, Benson is also dominating our airwaves with national airplay whilst securing an in demand residency slot with triple J. Gig-wise, Benson impressively launched a sold-out headline tour, clearly demonstrating himself as an artist of prominence we can’t wait to see where Benson takes us next on his musical journey.
Benson – Faith ft. Stace Cadet and Yeah Boy is out now via Medium Rare Recordings.
By Adam Madd
Tujamo is the internationally renowned DJ and producer that quickly became one of the most in demand DJ’s in the world. His new house effort, Say What You Wanna, is an effortlessly motivational track released through dance music specialists, Spinnin Records.
In his career, so far, Tujamo has racked up an impressive range of collaborations with the likes of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Laidback Luke, Martin Solveig and Showtek. Tujamo refined his unique sound that went onto thrive at world-wide events such as TomorrowWorld in America, Tomorrowland in Belgium, Creamfields in the UK and Untold in Romania, through to legendary venues such as the prestigious Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. Known for living the non-stop DJ life full of jet setting adventures, Tujamo is always sure to carefully cultivate music that transcends naturally from house party staple, to the iconic white isles themselves.
After an epic Summer of 2018 Tujamo saw his single, With U, handpicked for Untold Festival’s anthem, as well as a more sensual slice of Body Language and equally festival enthused anthems Funk You and now iconic Riverside (reloaded). Tujamo keeps building on a solid reputation to lay out sophisticated tunes with the prowess of a producer continuing to develop his craft.
Say What You Wanna is an honest, melodic heavy song brimming with plunging drops and ultimately feel good sing along vocals. Hoping to encourage individual expression, this is a new a single primed ready for the smallest of gym headphones, and the most prolific of club speakers.
Tujamo – Say What You Wanna is out now.
ICARUS - Man of the Land (feat. Real Lies)
Release date: Friday 2nd November
Their last track ‘Echoes’ hit #3 on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart Annie Mac has been a long-term admirer, not only picking four consecutive singles as her Hottest Record but also booking them for her Lost & Found Festival. Currently the duo are on tour Rüfüs Du Sol for North American shows which culminates with three nights at New York’s Terminal 5, and then are also special guests at various UK shows. “The Bristol-based brotherly duo have established themselves as out of the box thinkers.” – Mixmag “Clearly illustrates why the duo is being heralded as one of the UK's most promising talents at the moment.” – Earmilk
Fresh from releasing their latest track ‘Echoes’ which hit #3 on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Chart, Bristol’s innovative crossover production duo Icarus have teamed up with London trio Real Lies for their new single ‘Man of the Land’.
Both ‘Man of the Land’ and ‘Echoes’ feature on Icarus’s new EP ‘This Must Be The Place’ which follows on November 30th. The EP represents Icarus’s latest longer form conceptual project after releasing the ‘In The Dark’ EP earlier this year.
‘Man of the Land’ represents the darker, cinematic extreme of Icarus’s sonic spectrum. The hypnotic beat captures the feeling of pounding the city streets late at night before the drop accentuates its dramatic feel. It’s a track which finds Icarus strengthening the evocative atmospheric qualities of past tracks such as ‘No Sleep’ and ‘Hiding’.
Real Lies’ lyrics delve into the experiences of a transient character whose solitary life on the capital’s empty streets is set against the contrast of its hectic late night bars. It captures a feeling of urban anxiety that could only be nocturnal London. As the song’s narrator notes, “I come from Cally Road, not California.”
Widely praised for their self-titled debut album, Noisey summarised Real Lies’ approach by stating, “Although an echo chamber of past influences mixed with the contemporary ambience of Burial or Jamie xx, their defining factor is the thoroughly modern ennui that infects their lyrics.”
Icarus explain the EP’s concept: “The theme of this EP is based around always moving from one place to the next, or running away – as well as the thoughts, feelings and emotions which come from living this way. There are moments of feeling free from being tied down and having endless possibilities. But there’s also a loneliness and anxiety that comes from simply moving on rather than addressing your problems. It’s not about making a judgment on people who are in that situation, it’s just an exploration of a yin-and-yang lifestyle.”
Since debuting in 2015 with the ‘Don’t Cry Wolf’ EP, ICARUS have progressed from being a hotly-tipped name to become a regular fixture on daytime radio. Annie Mac has been a long-term admirer, not only picking four consecutive singles as her Hottest Record (‘Love Has Come Around’,‘King Kong’, ‘Trouble’ and ‘No Sleep’) but also booking them for her Lost & Found Festival.
ICARUS’s other radio highlights include a sun-scorched set at Radio 1 Live in Ibiza and contributing an Essential Mix for Pete Tong. In addition to Annie Mac, their other supporters at radio have included Pete Tong, Phil Taggart, Danny Howard, MistaJam, Monki and Alice Levine. Their wide-ranging list of fans also includes Pendulum, who invited them to remix their classic track ‘Tarantula’ from their all-star collabs album ‘The Reworks’.
Earlier this year, ICARUS debuted their full live band show which they then took on a headline tour and then to the South West Four Weekender. They’re now poised to hit the road with Australia's own Rüfüs Du Sol on their ‘Solace’ tour: first with a run of North American shows which culminates with three nights at New York’s Terminal 5, and then as special guests at various UK shows.
By Adam Madd
Monolink, also known as Steffen Linck, is set to release a charming new single titled ‘Father Ocean’ on Sweat It Out. Opening with his fascinating cosmos of musicality and Linck’s tender voice, the track builds throughout, as does the emotional depth of the lyrics. Linck’s warm voice and touching song lines make this the perfect musical accompaniment to Spring.
The Berlin based multi-instrumentalist Monolink, has had an impressive career to date, amassing over 21 million streams across platforms in his short career. Releasing his debut album ‘Amniotic’ in April this year, Monlink has seen support across international airwaves, with radio plays in Australia, Asia, Europe and the UK. The lead single ‘Sirens’ garnering over 2 million online streams with the support of Mr Deep Sense, Earmilk & I House U to name but a few.
Having played numerous festivals around the globe, this year Steffen returned for his 2nd appearance at Burning Man, and has already sold out all the November shows for his upcoming tour in Germany, where he will be debuting his live show with a three piece band. Having just been announced for Pitch Music and Arts festival, being held from 8th to 11th of March in Victoria, Monolink will be taking the stage with his live show, announcing more Australian dates later in the year.
‘Father Ocean’ is out now on Sweat It Out.