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!
Nintendo could be about to release a Game Boy Classic Mini
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
On the release of Celestal's hot new record Old School Romance and the accompanying remix package, we had a quick chat to Celestal about his journey so far including the making of Old School Romance.
GALLEON: So, what inspired you to start making music and at what age.
CELESTAL: It’s my father who gave my twin brother and I our artistic side. He’s an amazing chef and has always encouraged us from a very young age to pursue our musical dreams. Growing up listening to Funk, Brazilian and French it was a nice mix. I started getting into music at 7 years old. I was always a very good trombone player and my brother played the trumpet. You get the point, but it’s what got us where we are today, ambition, playing with our friends at school as well as playing sports. It was great.
G: Tell us about Old School Romance and how it came about.
C: It’s a song that fits me so well - a mix of dance pop, melancholy, a gimmick of guitar and a simple melody that can touch anybody for it is filled with all kinds of emotions. The title comes from Nashville influences, the city of Rachel Pearl, the singers hometown. Moscow is also an influence, being the guitarist’ hometown. Of course, Paris was a huge influence, being where I produced the song. Each of us brought our own emotions and our own experiences to create this song. The song is unique being filled with a mix of influences and a soft touch.
G: How did you choose the remix package (including Funkstar De Lux and Matthieu Koss) or was this chosen by your record label?
C: Funkstar de Luke well that came about my label and I can tell you I was pleased because it went all kinds of places and I loved every bit from the start. Bravo. Regarding Matthieu Koss, what can I say I love the guy. Not only is he from my hometown (I had no idea before I met him), but he has his own universe, a little malicious side to him and a lot of personality that make me want to dance and go somewhere. He’s so talented. His remix is amazing.
G: What is in the works for Celestal in the next 12 months? Is there an album in the pipeline, and will you be touring?
C: Lots of work, I’m working on a bunch of new songs. Two are almost finished, very different styles. I’m also going to be working on getting together with Rachel in the days to come and I have plans with this male vocal as well. I’m always thinking about new melodies and ideas so an EP is definitely the next step for me. I’m also working a lot on promo, productions for other artists, remixes… my agenda is pretty booked. But I promise you lots of new things will be coming in a near future !
G: What are your three biggest records right now?
C: If there is one song that I have stuck in my head at the moment it’s most deff “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa. Finally some good house pop is back on the airwaves. Someone that I’ve always admired over the years is David Guetta, I know it’s not original but this guy has me feeling all kinds of ways with his collab with Sia on “Flames”. It’s a beautiful song, it works and has so much energy and tenderness. And lastly I think I’ll choose Jonas Blue with his latest song “Rise” that is following the footsteps of his song prior to that “Mama”. The guy is so talented, as well as kind hearted with so much talent.
TITLE: BE ALIVE
ARTIST: BONKA & LUCIANA
RELEASE DATE: THURSDAY 7 JUNE, 2018
•Bonka aka The Kings of Mash-Ups
•Bonka produce a monthly show called: ‘Let’s Go Bonkas’ #1 iTunes Dance Podcast (Peak Position) in Australia
•Artist’s supporting Bonka’s tunes include: Tiësto, The Chainsmokers, Timmy Trumpet, Deorro, Tujamo, Tommy Trash, TJR and more
•Luciana the Hit making British singer / songwriter has featured on tracks such as: Yeah Yeah – Bodyrox, Come on Girl – Taio Cruz, I Like That – Static Revenger & Richard Vission, Cupid Boy – Kylie Minogue (co-writer), I’m Still Hot – Luciana, Gorilla – Will Sparks & Tyron Hapi, to name a few
•Bonka’s debut single: ‘Can’t Stop’ with Whiskey Pete reached Top 10 on iTunes & the ARIA Club Chart
•Second single: ‘Like This’ with David Puentez reached #3 on the ARIA Club Chart & #6 Beatport Big Room Chart
•Third single: ‘Killa’ feat J-Trick reached #2 on the ARIA Club Chart
•Bonka kick off their Australian ‘Be Alive’ Tour this June (see dates below), with Europe & Asia to follow
Queensland’s Bonka are a dynamic duo made up of Lachlan and Connor, two flamingly excited DJ/Producers who have been known to tear down walls in clubs, upon the delivery of their slick main room and mash-up mixes on the frequent. Notably one of Australia’s most sought-after lords of mash-up, Bonka has it nailed with paragons like: The Chainsmokers, Timmy Trumpet, Deorro, Tujamo, Tommy Trash, TJR and more sprinkling their sets with a well infused Bonka lead, whilst also owning their explosive live shows across the country.
Signed to Catch Management and the aligned record label, Bonka haven’t taken the stale ol’ road through electronic music. They have instead aggressively taken their sound with notorious mash-ups right to where they need to be, on dance floors and in the playlists of fellow electronic icons. Their debut original ‘Can’t Stop’ featuring American top liner Whiskey Pete partied its way straight into the iTunes top 10 and #9 on the ARIA club chart, whilst their follow up ‘Like This’ reached an epic #5 on the ARIA Club Chart and stormed its way to #6 on the Beatport Big Room Charts. Following up, their single 'Killa' with heavyweight J-Trick reached #2 in the ARIA Club Charts. Blazing the full musical empire for their fans, Bonka also blast out a monthly show ‘Let’s Go Bonkas’ (Reaching #1 iTunes Dance Podcast) featuring their own recipes alongside guest spots by ‘A-List’ DJ’s from around the globe.
On the road with a fully loaded tour schedule, the aficionados set fire to venues across the globe! From stages Australia wide to clubs and festivals across the deep, it’s safe to say the Bonka party travels on no sleep, but the drinks best be on ice and the party at the ready.
ON THE ROAD WITH BONKA - VIDEO
EATON’S HILL HOTEL NYD FESTIVAL RECAP: https://www.facebook.com/bonkaofficial/videos/1602280686522625
AUSTRALIA Part 1: https://www.facebook.com/bonkaofficial/videos/1618137214936972
AUSTRALIA Part 2: https://www.facebook.com/bonkaofficial/videos/1488050567945638
AUSTRALIA Part 3: https://www.facebook.com/bonkaofficial/videos/1537236466360381
‘Be Alive’ Australian Tour Dates:
09TH JUNE - CANDYS APARTMENT, SYDNEY
15TH JUNE - SANDSTONE POINT HOTEL, BRIBIE ISLAND
16TH JUNE - IPSWICH CUP FESTIVAL, IPSWICH
16TH JUNE - COFFS HOTEL, COFFS HARBOUR
22ND JUNE - CRITERION, SINGLETON
23RD JUNE - CANDYS TAKEOVER, BELMORE
30TH JUNE - WHO SAID FESTIVAL, CAIRNS
30TH JUNE - SECRET SHOW, CAIRNS
06TH JULY - EATONS HILL HOTEL, BRISBANE
07TH JULY - WHO SAID FESTIVAL, TOWNSVILLE
14TH JULY - WHO SAID FESTIVAL, ROCKHAMPTON
20TH JULY - KING ST, NEWCASTLE
21ST JULY - RIVAZ HOTEL, RENMARK
27TH JULY - GOULBURN WORKERS CLUB, GOULBURN
28TH JULY - CRITERION HOTEL, MARYBOROUGH
04TH AUGUST - HQ COMPLEX, ADELAIDE
11TH AUGUST - SHOOTERS NIGHTCLUB, GOLD COAST
+ EUROPE DATES TO BE ANNOUCED
There's nothing simple about Dashiki's colourful new effort "Forget You"
Dashiki is an unusual artistic movement that mixes a blend European and African cultures with music, visuals and people. After the success of their first single, Forget You, Dashiki has released an equally vibrant visual accompaniment.
Dashiki is the anagram of the three members in the collective… David, Shif and Kimbo. Aptly, Dashiki also refers to a traditional type African dress. Staying true to their roots, this mixture of African and European cultures is at the core of this project.
Dashiki is a collective where singers, dancers, designers and video makers, of both European and African origins, collaborate with the DJ producer who masterminded the whole idea. Their energy has been well directed to create Forget You, in 2017, and now their equally exhilarating video.
Brought to life by the Dashiki movement, this video is an uplifting exploration that doesn’t shy away from a very relatable situation. Sewn together by three creative forces, the video is underpinned heavily by each of their skills, backgrounds and individual stories. This track has an eclectic and erratic slant, but in some way, has the sense of utter certainty that youth holds. Deleting his ex-girl in a video game like twist, no one can’t decide whether this is a good or bad move. Passionate and powerful, this loudly asks us whether forgetting is better than heartbreak? Either way, we can’t wait for more celebrations of life from the skilled musicians that have brought us Dashiki.
GALLEON: So guys, thanks so much for sitting down with me to talk about all things Musika! Tell us about how you began working with each other and the name Yolanda Be Cool?
YBC: Sure no worries, our pleasure. Matty used to DJ at a bar I used to bartend at. I used to take him tequila shots and talk his ear off about music and djaying. Before long I was buying records and we started playing back to back at clubs all over Sydney then Australia. Then naturally we started making mix tapes and bootlegs together, then before long we ended up doing official remixes then finally releasing our own original singles.
The name comes from one of our favourite scenes from one of our favourite movies.. Pulp Fiction… “Be Cool Honey Bunny” “Tell that bitch to be cool”.. YOLANDA BE COOL...
GALLEON: On your new jam Musika, you feature the vocals of Kwanzaa Posse. Who are they and how did you get to colaborate with them.
YBC: We are always on the hunt for killer tracks to sample. On one of our sample hunts we came across Kwanzaa Posse out of Africa and their tune Musika had an amazing vocal part that really stood out to us. So we got to work on a version and sent it to their publisher to approve. They loved it so much they were happy to be featured artists on the single. We were stoked.
GALLEON: Looking to the hot remix package for Musika, you have chosen some wicked artists such as Babert, GotSome, Flash89 & Dateless to put their touch to the record. How did you choose these artists?
YBC: We were so lucky with this remix package, it was a combination of the legends at Sweat It Out calling in a lot of favours and I think the track being unique and appealing to remix which allowed us to get such dope names on the package.
GALLEON: You guys are heavily involved with the running of Sweat It Out. How did you become associated with one of the late Ajax's biggest ventures?
YBC: We both idolised Ajax, and still think he is the best DJ ever. When Sydney didn’t have the lock out laws we used to finish work at 2:00am in the bar above then run down and watch Ajax and the Bang Gang play till 6:00am at their weekly party…. We did this for years and then Matt was woking at a record label helping Ajax put together his legendary mashed DJ mix compilations, they got chatting about starting their own label and after a few hot and sweaty laksa’s on hung over Mondays.. 'Sweat It Out’ was born.
GALLEON: Your music has often featured vibes from Africa and Latin America, giving your records a great uplifting carnival feel. Are world music and other cultures a big influence for you?
YBC: Most definitely and we don’t discriminate. We have sampled tunes from Africa, Columbia, Italy, England and Camaroon to name a few countries. We love combing elements and sounds from exotic places and re-contextualising them in a way that makes sense for us and the dance floors we play to.
GALLEON: What are your biggest 3 records right now.
YBC: ahhh Our friend did an edit of Raingurl by Yaeji which is so dope… Fisher’s tune STOP IT always kills it. and of course Musika feat Kwanzaa Posse by us:)
GALLEON: Tell us about the biggest gig you have ever played and why?
YBC: The biggest number of people was a free party for the King of Morocco. There was over 100,000 people there. But one of our personal favourite biggest gigs for us was the MTV party @ Amnesia in Ibiza with A-Trak and Armand Van Helden. That was sick
Monolink releases "Swallow", the second single off his forthcoming debut album due 20th April. Multi-instrumentalist, singer, producer and performer from Berlin, Monolink, mixes genres into a hypnotic hybrid on his new single, ‘Swallow’. After releasing ‘Sirens’ late last year, this will be the second single off his debut album due in April. The single entangles house rhythms, electronic synths, organic basslines with his own haunting vocals, showcasing his astounding ability of music producing and songwriting.
‘Swallow’ tells of a painful encounter and the subsequent loss occurring in that place between dreams, thoughts and reality. The process is almost intuitive. "Sitting down and writing a song on a specific topic is foreign to me," explains Monolink. "I want to be surprised by my lyrics, to find an idea that appeals to me and is not just coming from the logical part of my brain."
Monolink has been making waves throughout Europe and the US with his first single ‘Sirens’, reaching #6 on Beatport Techno Charts, #4 on the iTunes Electronic Charts and #30 on Spotify Viral Charts in Germany. This has resulted in a prestigious slot on Coachella’s Do-LaB lineup for this year’s festival, in the lead up to his debut album ‘Amniotic’.
‘Swallow’ out now via Sweat It Out, along with the pre-order for ‘Amniotic', Monolink's debut album. Release Date: 30th March 2018 Added into NMF in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey & Switzerland resulting in over 35k streams on Spotify over the weekend
Recently played a round of shows in Aus including Strawberry Fields where he debuted 'Swallow'
The album Amniotic is set to be released on the 20th April. Pre-Order HERE
Monolink is set to play on Coachella's Do-LaB lineup this April
The first single off the album 'Sirens' has received over 1.2 million streams online and reached #6 on Beatport Techno Charts, #4 iTunes Electronic (Germany) and #30 on Germany's Spotify Viral Charts
Released a collaborative EP with Acid Pauli that reached over 5.2 million collective streams online