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OzClubbers Feature Article - Alpha Agency
In this weeks Feature Article, OzClubbers is proud to introduce Alpha Agency - Australia's first all female & LGBTQI+ Booking Agency.
Alpha is 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. During the recent Bigsound Festival in Brisbane I spent an evening with Kailei to find out more about her new venture. We ate tempura eggplant and between sake shots chatted candidly about being a woman in the music industry and her mission to support, empower and navigate a positive and successful career for women in music.
Tell us a little about yourself, Kailei?
I’m a booking agent originally from Sydney who quit her job and moved to Melbourne on a whim in May, then started a business three months later. And here we are!
How’d you get into the music industry?
I decided I was going to work in music when I was fifteen years old, so I studied Music Industry Business as soon as I finished my HSC. From there it was a lot of internships, free work, ‘blood, sweat and tears’ until I finally got my first full time job in the industry and kept on growing from there. It’s been a long journey and a lot of hard work, so it’s nice to be here doing something I really believe in which will hopefully help a lot of people along the way.
What experience do you have?
I’ve been an agent, promoter, artist manager, merchandise manager, event manager and publicist; so it’s shaped me into an allrounder which put me in a great position to start the business. I used to think I needed to be a specialist in one area of the industry but soon realised the value in having really solid experience in a number of sectors.
Why'd you decide to make Alpha all female and LGBTQI+?
Alpha stemmed from my personal experiences as a woman in music and also from seeing first-hand the constant challenges and feelings of defeat my female talent encountered over the years. I want to be able to navigate safe, positive and successful careers for people in music who don’t feel properly represented because of their gender, sexuality or ethnicity.
Can someone that doesn’t identify within these areas sign with you?
Yes of course. I’m currently speaking with a band who are fronted by a female vocalist with the other band members being straight, cis-males; however their music is about gender, sexuality and other ideologies that align with Alpha’s. We’re here to support anyone fighting the good fight with us through their music and influence!
Other than the fact that you’ll be all female and LGBTQI+ inclusive, what sets you apart as a agency/booking agent?
As an agent, I really understand the needs of female talent and form solid bonds with my artists which in turn brings out the most creative, successful and collaborative work. I also specialise and focus heavily in the corporate events and the brand sponsorship space which is a really important nut to crack for an artist.
When are you launching and have you got anything special planned?
Alpha is officially launched but we’re looking at throwing a party in summer to showcase our amazing talent roster and wet the agency’s head. It would be wrong not to!
Are their any collaborators you’d like to mention (that'll be involved with Alpha)?
I’ve collaborated with some wonderful, creative women for the launch of Alpha. A core ethos of the business is to outsource female freelancers for services such as web development, design, photography, publicity and marketing to open up more jobs for women in creative industries. So far I’ve worked with Angie Young, Xposed Media (publicity); Annie Walter, Annie Walter Design (logo); Kate Carmen, Rabble Rouse Creative (website and branding), Renee Peterson (copywriting) and Alex Drewniak (photography).
Can you tell us about who you have signed? What sort or artists/genres can we expect to see coming out of Alpha?
So far the roster includes (in alphabetical order) Ayebatonye, Feline, Rosie Kate, Sara T, Stacie Fields and Stara spanning in genres from Techno, to UK Garage, Drum & Bass, House, R&B and Dancehall.
Tell us about you plan to work with charities?
Working as an agent has an immediate impact on your artists but I sat scratching my head a few months ago wondering what other contribution I was making not only to music but the community. Alpha will continuously work with a number of charities and associations for a range of social issues in Australia, as well as those that our roster of talent hold dear to them and would like to support.
Any thoughts on the state of the music scene in Melbourne or Australia that you’d like to add?
Melbourne’s music scene is as strong as ever which is a big part of why I moved here from Sydney earlier this year. There are gigs on every night of the week, in all genres, all venues, all parts of Melbourne; it’s great and there’s such a solid music community down here. Needless to say, the lockout laws have really affected Sydney nightlife and it’s sad to watch so many iconic venues in Kings Cross and on Oxford Street shut down over the last few years when those places were my home and where my love of electronic music really solidified.
What’s your No 1 piece of advice for an artist that’s tossing up signing with an agent or going it alone?
Make sure that if you’re signing to an agency you’re signing because of the agent and not because of the status of the agency. You could sign to the best agency in the world but if your agent isn’t on the same page with your vision and the dedication to your act, it could potentially set you back further than when you were representing yourself. In terms of time to find an agent; you’ll know. Your bookings will be too much to manage solo and you’ll need someone to be repping you so that you can focus on making and/or playing music!
How can people get in contact with you?
You can contact us here (https://alphabookingagency.com/contact) or join the conversation on our socials!
Want a taste of Alpha talent? Check out Ayebatonye's Yours & Owls set from the weekend: https://soundcloud.com/ayebatonyedjs/round-the-twist-minimix-yours-and-owls-festival
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.
Rodd Richards presents the anticipated return of one of the world's biggest dance music artists: Faithless (DJ set)By AdamMadd
Faithless have sold in excess of 15 million records worldwide and have played live to millions across the globe
Hits include: Insomnia // God is a DJ // Salva Mea // We Come 1
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.
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.
Inspired by her love for discovering new music, Sister Bliss launched her own label: Junkdog Records. An outlet for signing new music she believes in, Junkdog has been championing the freshest of alternative music. Between her label duties and a busy schedule of upcoming releases, she continues to DJ & play to fans across the world. She also broadcasts a weekly radio show, 'Sister Bliss in Session' currently syndicated to 40 countries globally.
2015 marked the 20-year milestone in Faithless’ illustrious career and to celebrate the band curated a special remix album, ‘Faithless 2.0’, calling on the great and the good of electronic music to remix their catalogue; Avicii, Tiësto, Flux Pavilion, Above & Beyond, Booka Shade, Claptone, High Contrast, Eric Prydz, Purple Disco Machine and Armin Van Buuren. An artistic retrospective and testament to one of the most influential bands of a generation and as revered today as when their journey began two decades ago, 'Faithless 2.0’ was released in October and went straight in at No. 1. Following this success, the band will continue to tour their iconic show, as well as working on brand new material with more to come!!
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
Buy Tickets: http://revolverupstairs.com.au
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The entertainment stakes continue to rise for the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival, with one of the world’s biggest dance music festival brands, Ultra Australia, to join Flemington’s iconic Birdcage Enclosure.
The Ultra Australia marquee will feature on the front row of the Birdcage on both AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Saturday 3 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day, Saturday 10 November.
Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said the Club was pleased to welcome Ultra Australia to its impressive stable of invitation-only marquees: “This is the first time a music and festival brand has featured in the Birdcage and we’re delighted to have Ultra Australia add to the party atmosphere at Australia’s biggest party, Cup Week.”
The marquee, themed by Ultra, will feature some of the hottest Australian and international DJs, celebrities, fashionistas and music lovers. Travis Grech from Ultra Australia said it will be a taste of the Ultra Australia Music Festival to be held at Flemington Racecourse in February next year: “Ultra Australia is very excited about having our very own facility inside the Birdcage during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. We will be launching the Ultra Australia Music Festival in style with our own decor, theming and entertainment to create a dance music festival atmosphere trackside,” Mr Grech said.
The VRC lifts the Melbourne Cup Carnival curtain on AAMI Victoria Derby Day on 3 November, followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 6 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 8 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 10 November.
Tickets and hospitality packages can be purchased from flemington.com.au. @FlemingtonVRC @UltraAustralia #MelbCupCarnival #UltraAustralia
The full-scale Ultra Australia event will take place in Melbourne at Flemington Racecourse – 23rd February 2019 and Sydney at Parramatta – 24 February 2019 - http://www.ultraaustralia.com.
About Ultra Music Festival:
Ultra Music Festival is an annual outdoor electronic music festival that takes place during March in the city of Miami, Florida. The festival was founded in 1999 by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes and is named after the 1997 Depeche Mode album, Ultra. Ultra Music Festival is held in Downtown Miami at Bayfront Park. It was a one-day festival from 1999 to 2006, then grew into a two-day weekend event from 2007 to 2010. Since 2011, Ultra has taken place across three days (Friday through Sunday) during the month of March. In 2012, a record attendance of 155,000 people attended the festival. In 2013, for the first time in Ultra’s history, the festival took place across two consecutive weekends welcoming a combined attendance of 330,000 people. In 2014, the festival returned to its original one weekend format, selling out pre-sale tickets in under five minutes. The most recent edition of Ultra, in 2017, welcomed 165,000 people to the festival. As of 2016, Ultra Music Festival is home to seven stages that span the picturesque Bayfront Park which include the Main Stage, the Live stage, the MegaStructure, the Worldwide stage, the UMF Radio stage, the Resistance stage, and the Oasis stage. Other Ultra Worldwide festivals and events take place across the world in locations like: Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa; Seoul, Korea; Singapore, Singapore; Tokyo, Japan; Hvar and Split, Croatia; Mexico City, Mexico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Bogotá, Colombia; and many other destinations. At the end of Ultra Music Festival 2017, it added two more countries: India and Australia. The twentieth edition of Ultra Music Festival took place March 23–25, 2018.
About the Victoria Racing Club and Melbourne Cup Carnival
Host of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Victoria Racing Club at Flemington was founded in 1864 and is the world’s largest member-based racing club, with more than 30,000 members. Regarded as the world’s most vibrant racing event, the Melbourne Cup Carnival is a uniquely Australian celebration of sport, fashion, food and wine and culture, attracting more than 310,000 racegoers to Flemington Racecourse over four magical racedays each year and injecting more than $444 million into the Victorian economy. The jewel in the Melbourne Cup Carnival crown is the Lexus Melbourne Cup, a 3200m Group 1 staying race, one of the world’s richest, offering $7.3 million in prize money and held on the first Tuesday in November.
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Continuing our artist of the week series, we would like to introduce you to Frisson Records' artist Lifestream
Artist Name: Lifestream
Tell us about yourself
Solar-powered house enthusiast passionate about bringing underground and emotive sounds to scene.
What genre/styles do you play?
Your specific genre of music?
Where are you from?
Where are you now?
What got you into the scene/dj’ing/producing?
I really fell in love with the house/deep house sound when I first started hearing it out in clubs around 2012 and just began clubbing regularly since that time. I remember purchasing a dj controller online and playing around with it in my bedroom several years ago now. Ever sicne that time my interest in DJing began. I eventually downloaded Ableton and did a little bit of producing at home but nothing too serious. Things really began to take form when I entered the YOURSHOT international DJ competition in 2017 and placed as runner up on my stage. Shortly after the competition I had my first club set at one of the biggest clubs in Brisbane “The Met” and supported Bag Raiders amongst other international artists.
Who has influenced you musically?
After attending the infamous nightclub Revolver in Melbourne it really influenced and changed the direction of my sound. I have had a massive influence from many Melbourne DJ’s including Brian Fantana, Boogs, Spacey Space and Jordan Brando to name a few.
What are you currently working on?
Was very happy to put out my debut single “I Gotta Know” last month which had a fantastic response. I am currently working on several projects which will be seeing the light of day very soon.
What can we expect in the future from Lifestream?
Strive to provide listeners with the best experience possible by creating memorable sets, tunes and moments.
Who have you enjoyed working with/hated the most?
I have had the pleasure with working with the guys at Frisson Records/Eden. They put on absolutely fantastic events and I have been able to play at their last 2 label parties in Brisbane which have both blown away my expectations.
What’s your day job?
I work on the clinical team at headspace (National Youth Mental Health Foundation), primarily doing assessments, screening and case management. I’m also doing some Postgraduate studies which keeps me busy.
What do you listen to in your downtime?
I listen to such a variety of music in my spare time; a lot of metal, house, triple J amongst others.
What do you think of the Brisbane scene?
I think the Brisbane House and Techno music scene has gone from strength to strength over the past 2 years. Venues like Capulet and events like Syndrome, Eden, Dragonfruit have all blown up in popularity over the past several months which has really shown the appetite for more underground house and techno sounds in the Brisbane music scene and how popular it is becoming. Very excited for the future of the Brisbane house and techno music scene.
To book Lifestream contact him via facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lifestreammusicofficial/