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    • Nordic-By-Nature
      By Nordic-By-Nature
      Hey Wouter and Sjoerd! Thanks for chatting with OzClubbers. Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer some questions for us.
       
      Happy belated birthday Wouter, did you get a chance to celebrate in style? Any cool presents or special ways you like to mark the occasion?
       
       
      Wouter: Haha thanks, it was just me and my fiancé since we had a weekend off. We went for dinner and enjoyed the fact that we could relax! I am not really into celebrating my birthday to be honest. Just some good food and a bottle is wine is the perfect setting for me.
       
      The SHOWTEK sound is an evolving quest for perfection. Will this evolve as long as you continue to produce, what is it about music that speaks to you? 
       
      In our opinion, music kind of grows with you as you get older. It’s almost the same as the way we eat food, that also changes.
       
      Sjoerd: A good example is that I turned Vegetarian/Vegan a few years ago, but I could have never imaged that when I was a bit younger, I used to eat so much meat. LOL. This is the same with music, it’s an outcome of our creativity. As artists we kind of want to evolve, that’s the reason why we are doing this, to find and re-discover ourselves in music. It is a translation of who we are. We will always look for something new, which doesn’t mean that we we will always keep changing our styles, we just are looking for new elements that can change the perspective on how we produce music.
       
      Music is a way to express our selves, like sport is to people. It’s just inside us and it needs to come out. It’s very important to find out who you are in life and what your talent of gift is. You still need to work hard for it to become successful, hustle like you are broke. But there is nothing more satisfying than to be able what we love to do in life, make music, perform and travel, that’s what music brought us and we are very aware about the fact that we are blessed to do this.
       
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      Aussie fans are crazy excited for your Past to Present show in November, can you give us a sneak peak into what they can look forward to?
       
       
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      Unfortunately, this tour we will not be able to really see our friends! If they want to come and see us they have to come to the show basically because we have 8 shows in 9 days! Australia is one of our favourite countries to tour and this will not be the last time we are here, so next time we will! We have seen a lot in Australia, we have been coming here since 2009 but tbh, it’s never enough! We love this country for it’s people, culture, food and nature. The spiders and snakes scare the shit out of us tho! Haha. Oh; and what the fuck is vegemite?? That stuff is disgusting!
       
       
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      Yes, we are! We worked on our collaboration with Yellowclaw earlier this year and hopefully we will be able to release this in the beginning of 2019! We are also working with another hardstyle DJ to do another collab, but that will be a surpise !!!! We are trying to release another album ep next year and this will be full of new Showtek Music! We are working on 25 songs at the moment! So enough to everybody happy!
       
       
    • 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?
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      Can you tell us a bit, in your opinion, about the scene where you are located? It is conducive to the artistic/creative lifestyle?
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      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?
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      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?
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      MOTi:
       
       
      MOTi
      https://www.instagram.com/motiofficial
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      Kivah
      https://www.facebook.com/kivah/
      https://www.instagram.com/kivahofficial/?hl=en
      https://twitter.com/kivahofficial?lang=en
       
       
    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      Alpha Booking Agency is Australia's first all female and LGBTQI+ inclusive booking agency, run by female agents with the mission to support, empower and navigate a positive and successful career for women in music.  
       
      Founded by Kailei Ginman in 2018, Alpha was the brainchild of a female music industry worker who had not only faced adversity as a woman in music herself, but also saw the struggles her female talent had faced over the years.  
       
      "Our goal is to see social change, not only for women in music, but for women in Australia and globally." – Kailei Ginman
       
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      Kailei’s artist relationships are home grown working with household name including: Havana Brown, The Potbelleez, Stafford Brothers, The Vines, Gang of Youths, Peking Duk and Australia’s leading electronic artists at Ministry of Sound Australia just to name a few.  Spanning across her time in the industry, Kailei has worked on international tours with R&B legends Salt N Pepa, Coolio, Sean Paul, Fatman Scoop and 112.
       
      In 2016, Kailei’s own personal mission, goals and experience as a female in the music industry, ignited the idea of the need for a female-focused agency because her musical roster was filled will an extraordinary tribe of female talent.  It was through this moment in time when Kailei conceptualized and launched ‘Alpha Booking Agency’ with the mission to nurture successful careers with longevity plus to understand and protect the needs of women in touring especially for the female talent Kailei represented.
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    • AdamMadd
      By AdamMadd
      Faithless have sold in excess of 15 million records worldwide and have played live to millions across the globe
       
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      As the musical force behind Faithless, world-renowned DJ and record producer Sister Bliss needs no introduction.  Together with iconic front-man Maxi Jazz and producer Rollo Armstrong (brother of Dido), she formed Faithless: one of the most successful electronic acts with a career spanning 20 years, including 7 albums (two at number 1) and six top 10 singles.  To date, Faithless have sold in excess of 15 million records worldwide and have played live to millions across the world.
       
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      Faithless DJ Set
       
      Saturday 1st December – The Court, Perth
      Buy Tickets: http://bit.ly/OneFineDay2018
       
      Sunday 2nd December - ivy courtyard, Sydney (Rodd Richards presents)
      Buy Tickets: https://bit.ly/2MplyHs
       
      Thursday 6th December – San Fran Bath House, Wellington (SOLD OUT)
       
      Friday 7th December – Studio, Auckland (SOLD OUT)
       
      Saturday 9th December – Revolver, Melbourne
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      https://www.instagram.com/roddrichardspresents
       
      Faithless Facebook:
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      Faithless Instagram:
      https://www.instagram.com/faithlessofficial
       
      Faithless Twitter:
      https://twitter.com/faithless
       
      Sister Bliss Facebook:
      https://www.facebook.com/thesisterbliss
       
      Sister Bliss Instagram:
      https://www.instagram.com/thesisterbliss
       
      Sister Bliss Twitter:
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    • Nordic-By-Nature
      By Nordic-By-Nature
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      YET AGAIN, Brisbane is being spoilt for choice as another great artist is set to return to the garden Capulet this weekend. OzClubbers was lucky enough to have a very candid chat with Jody ahead of this weekend's show brought to you by Lemon & Lime.
      As always with OzClubbers we like to keep it local and ask questions that the fans themselves want to know.  This Q&A was developed in collaboration with our very own Anjuna Brisbane crew!  Big ups to A.B.C Crew Admin Jason Whyte and crew member Riley Keatch.
       
        Artist Name: Jody Wisternoff
      Label: Anjunadeep
      What’ve you got planned for us here in Brisbane on September 16?
       
      Gonna be road testing a lot of new material from Anjunadeep10 which is nearing completion, a few new JW remixes, some classic WOW and just a bunch of hot shit basically! It’s gonna be a day to remember!
      You’ve been to Brisbane a few times – what do you like about?
       
      The parties are always daytime which I’m a huge fan of. This is a concept we’ve really embraced with the Anjunadeep open air events this summer! Capulet is such a fun spot to play, super intimate and a lovely friendly crowd. I usually end up getting kidnapped and going out afterwards too.
      How do you prepare for a set when you’re travelling?
       
      By listening to new music with my ears lol. But seriously, decent noise cancelling headphones are essential (BOSE) and a lot of planning in Rekordbox and Ableton. I generally like to map out my sets beforehand, although things usually change in the heat of the moment…
      Any thoughts on the progressive scene at the moment?
       
      In its broadest sense ie. including deep house/melodic techno/desert music etc, I think the scene is super healthy at the moment, worldwide!  Our Anjunadeep parties are starting to get booked at some of the best venues in the world. Printworks in London coming up for example. The show we did at Mirage in Brooklyn in the summer sold more tickets than a lot of the super trendy hipster parties around at that time.  Asia seems to be an expanding market for our sound right now too. So all in all I feel things are rocking at the moment!
      How is the progressive scene different to other crowds? Eg a techno or EDM crowd.
       
      I don’t really go to many techno parties and I know the EDM crowd is mostly very young. What I can say about the crowds we seem to pull is that people are generally extremely friendly and really care about the music. We get quite a few young ones (recent converts from trance) a few old ravers and everything in between - plus a good female to male ratio!
       
      Our scene here is relatively small - as a DJ do you have any thoughts on keeping the scene alive?
       
      Of course, because the scene is my livelihood pretty much. I can only do my bit really, a small cog in a big wheel.
      You got into music at the early age. What’s around these days that parents could show their kids to get them interested in making electronic music?
       
      I would suggest FL Studio (fruity loops) or garage band as an entry point. However, I did recently install FL Studio on my daughter’s laptop as an attempt to train her up as my young padwan but she only seems interested in playing Simms lol.
      Any work started on Anjunadeep 10?
       
      It’s nearing completion and I’ll be road testing some of it at the Brisbane show.
      Who’s your favourite producer?
       
      Volen Sentir.
      What do you listen to in your downtime?
       
      A lot of oldskool hiphop (1986 - 1990) and Rave (1990 – 1991) eg. before the BPM’s went crazy and it all got corny. Not much country music, although I do love the soundtrack to Crazy Heart!
       
      For more information
      https://www.facebook.com/jodywisternoff
       
      Check out his latest promo mix here:
      https://soundcloud.com/jodywisternoff/jody-wisternoff-august-2018-soundcloud-dj-mix
       
      Tickets are on final release so if haven't got a ticket for the show this Sunday 16th September get in quick!
       
      https://www.facebook.com/events/1082244951931342/

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