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    • Ozclubbers Staff
      By Ozclubbers Staff
      The countdown is on until ULTRA Australia 2019.  With under a week to go, the final star-studded line-up and set times have now been revealed.  Calling on a wide array of international and a selection of distinguished home-grown talent, the inaugural edition of ULTRA Australia will be one not to be missed.
       
      Internationally renowned electronic music talent from around the globe will grace ULTRA Australia’s mainstage from the likes of: The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Illenium and more.  With a captivating jam-packed schedule of music from start to finish, patrons can make their way to the RESISTANCE and Locals Stage to catch an undeniably strong assortment of talent.
       
      ULTRA’s pioneering underground concept, RESISTANCE, welcomes a selection of house and techno royalty to celebrate their brand’s Australian debut.  Joining previously announced artists: Adam Beyer and Dubfire B2B Nicole Moudaber, are Dutch label boss Joris Voorn and Melbourne residents Steve Ward and Brooke Powell.
       
      Showcasing Australia's diverse musical talent, some of the country’s biggest and most respected artists have been added to the final lineup.  Including: Boogs, Brynny, Joel Fletcher, Mashd N Kutcher and many more, are just the latest names promising to deliver a wide variety of top-tier dance music across the weekend.
       
      Kicking off at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on Saturday 23rd, ULTRA Australia will then head North to Paramatta Park in Sydney on Sunday 24th February for the second leg of its journey.  After a SOLD OUT first ever Road to ULTRA Australia, now a fully-fledged festival for 2019, this year’s edition will be one for the books.
       
      Last remaining festival tickets for both events can be found on: https://ultraaustralia.com/tickets 
       
      ULTRA AUSTRALIA SET-TIMES
         

       
      ULTRA Australia (Melbourne) Set Times
       
      Main Stage:
      12:00p.m.-12:50p.m. – Sunset Brothers
      12:55p.m-1:45p.m. – Young Bombs
      1:50p.m.-2:50p.m. – Will Sparks
      2:55p.m.-3:55p.m. – Slushii
      4:00p.m.-5:15p.m. – Illenium
      5:20p.m.-6:35p.m. – Marshmello
      6:40p.m.-8:10p.m. – Martin Garrix
      8:30p.m.-10:00p.m. – The Chainsmokers
       
      RESISTANCE Stage:
      12:00p.m.-12:45p.m. – Mickey Nox b2b John Doe
      12:45p.m-1:30p.m. – Market Memories
      1:30p.m.-2:15p.m. – Christopher Coe LIVE
      2:15p.m.-3:00p.m. – Steve Ward LIVE
      3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. – Boogs
      4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. – Joris Voorn 
      6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. – Dubfire b2b Nicole Moudaber 
      8:00p.m.-10:00p.m. – Adam Beyer
       
      Locals Stage:
      12:00p.m.-12:45p.m. – Vivien b2b N.E.D
      12:45p.m-1:30p.m. – Fluke Chan
      1:30p.m.-2:15p.m. – Tigerlily
      2:15p.m.-3:00p.m. – Lucille Croft
      3:00p.m.-3:45p.m. – Piero b2b Chloe
      3:45p.m.-4:30p.m. – Yaksa
      4:30p.m.-5:15p.m. – Brooklyn
      5:15p.m.-6:00p.m. – Brynny
      6:00p.m.-6:45p.m. – Tyron Hapi
      6:45p.m.-7:30p.m. – Joel Fletcher
      7:30p.m.-8:15p.m. – Mashd N Kutcher
      8:15p.m.-9:00p.m. – Orkestrated b2b Short Round
      9:00p.m.-10:00p.m. – Scott Alert b2b Soul T b2b Dean Dee
       
      ULTRA Australia (Sydney) Set Times:
       
      Main Stage:
      12:00p.m.-12:50p.m. – Tigerlily
      12:55p.m-1:45p.m. – Young Bombs
      1:50p.m.-2:50p.m. – Will Sparks b2b Sunset Bros
      2:55p.m.-3:55p.m. – Slushii
      4:00p.m.-5:15p.m. – Illenium
      5:20p.m.-6:35p.m. – Marshmello
      6:40p.m.-8:10p.m. – Martin Garrix
      8:30p.m.-10:00p.m. – The Chainsmokers
       
      RESISTANCE Stage:
      12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. – Lost Boys
      1:00p.m-2:00p.m. – Wild Fox
      2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. – Nick Reverse b2b Hoten
      3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. – Brooke Powell
      4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. – Joris Voorn
      6:00p.m.-8:00p.m. – Dubfire b2b Nicole Moudaber 
      8:00p.m.-10:00p.m. – Adam Beyer
       
      Locals Stage:
      12:00p.m.-12:45p.m. – Chivers b2b JDP
      12:45p.m-1:30p.m. – Indigo Starlight b2b L.A.M.
      1:30p.m.-2:15p.m. – Lucille Croft b2b Jay Sounds
      2:15p.m.-3:00p.m. – Mike Hyper b2b Fluke Chan
      3:00p.m.-3:45p.m. – Dimatik b2b Krunk
      3:45p.m.-4:30p.m. – Bustarow
      4:30p.m.-5:15p.m. – Rojdar
      5:15p.m.-6:00p.m. – Brynny
      6:00p.m.-6:45p.m. – Tyron Hapi
      6:45p.m.-7:30p.m. – Joel Fletcher
      7:30p.m.-8:15p.m. – Mashd N Kutcher
      8:15p.m.-9:00p.m. – Toneshifterz
      9:00p.m.-10:00p.m. – Hard Dance Alliance
       
       
      ULTRA AUSTRALIA 2019 - LINEUP (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
       
      Headliners (in alphabetical order):
      Adam Beyer
      The Chainsmokers (LIVE)
      Dubfire b2b Nicole Moudaber
      Illenium
      Joris Voorn
      Marshmello
      Martin Garrix
       
      Support:
      Slushii 
      Young Bombs
       
      Additional Support:
      Sunset Brothers
      Tigerlily
      Will Sparks
       
       
      ULTRA AUSTRALIA 2019:
       
      Melbourne – Saturday 23 February 2019 – Flemington Racecourse
       
      Sydney – Sunday 24 February 2019 – Parramatta Park
       
       
      Tickets on Sale Now!
       
      WATCH THE ‘ULTRA AUSTRALIA’ 2019 TRAILER: https://bit.ly/2MmGR8D
       
      For more information, go to:
      http://www.ultraaustralia.com
      https://www.facebook.com/ultraaustralia
      https://twitter.com/ultraaustralia
      https://www.instagram.com/ultraaustralia

    • Adam Madd
      By Adam Madd
      Ultra Australia has announced that Rukes – often referred to as #1 DJ Photographer in the ‘Greatest Music Photographers Right Now’ by Complex – will be coming to Melbourne & Sydney for the festival.
       
      Rukes’ photos have been published by the likes of Rolling Stone, Spin, Vanity Fair, Q, MTV, LA Times, Forbes, Elektro, DJ Mag, US Weekly and USA Today, just to name a few! His worldwide client list includes artists such as Zedd, Above & Beyond, Excision, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia (as well as each member Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello), Calvin Harris, Avicii, Skrillex, Hardwell, Tommy Lee, Alesso, Steve Aoki, REZZ, Tiësto and many more!  Not to mention shooting for some of the biggest festivals & events in the world such as Ultra Music Festival, Coachella, Red Rocks, Holy Ship, EDC and many more!
       
      We here at Ozclubbers don't often get to chat to the photographers, so when we get to chat with someone who is considered #1 in his field, we naturally were pretty excited!
       
      Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you, Drew Ressler - aka Rukes!
       
      As a start, can you tell our readers a couple of brief things about yourself?
      My name is Drew, but most people know me by Rukes. I’m based in Los Angeles and I have been taking photos of dance music for almost 15 years now. I currently photograph DJs and festivals as a full time job, travelling all over the world.
       
      How did you get your start in photography?
      I got a point-and-shoot for my birthday in 2003, and ended up taking it to some club events in New York for fun. When I moved to Los Angeles in 2004, I was a little more interested in photography so I decided to get a basic DSLR setup and see how that worked out.
       
      What was your first camera?
      Technically my first one was a Canon PowerShot G3X point-and-shoot, but my first DSLR was a Canon 20D.
       
      You started in the scene doing club photography, do you remember which club was your first gig and when?
      Of course, it’s still up on my website! Everything is there! My first actual event I went to photograph was BT at Avalon NY in September 2003, but my first actual paid gig was one of the Avalon LA gigs in 2005, I forgot which.
       
      What drove you to change from club photography to focusing mostly on the artists?
      When I started doing club photography in the early 2000’s, 99% of the galleries I saw online were pictures of clubgoers and hot girls, and maybe one blurry pic of the DJ. Since I was a fan of a lot of the DJs that played, I was wondering why nobody focused on the musicians. Of course club owners generally want to show off beautiful people to entice more people to come, but I wanted to give something to fans of the music by providing good quality photos of the actual DJs.
       
      How much balance do you put into a gig of just a photo of the artist vs photos of the artist and the crowd in the background?
      It depends on the DJ really. I generally try to only get 3-5 shots of the DJ up close, unless there is reason otherwise, like they are very active. It’s tough to get unique shots of a person DJing.
       
      What was your “big break” (if you had one)?  I.e., what gig were you at and came to a realisation of something like “holy shit, I’ve made it, this is where I want to be in life”?
      Probably when I started working with Deadmau5 and he started bringing me on tour. When I ended up doing my first international touring gigs, I was just like “Ok, this is amazing”.
       
      You’ve taken some photos of some massive artists over the years.  Can you name a two or three who have left an impact on you and why?
      I would have to say first and foremost is Hybrid. They produce my favorite music, and Mike Truman was one of the first people that recognized I had an eye for photography.
       
      Sasha would be another great one. Back in the early 2000’s, his shows were always EXTREMELY dark and he hated anyone using flash. So I had to develop and learn extreme low-light photography, and even get a low-light lens. That helped push my photography very early on.
       
      A third one might be Swedish House Mafia. Usually when I’m taking pics of a DJ, it’s one or at most two people. Having to photograph three distinct personalities is difficult because in every photo of them, you have to make sure all three look good. If one doesn’t, the photo is trashed no matter how good the rest of it looked. So it really helped me develop my timing and looking at how to recognize what people are doing or are going to do, physically.
       
      How often are you asked to take “private” photos by big name artists backstage doing things their promotions team would frown heavily at?  Can you share some stories on this (without giving away any details that might hint who the artists are or where it took place)?
      I mean there aren’t really any situations where I am asked to take shady photos, it’s more of something that just happens during the course of photography. Usually if it’s extremely bad, the artist will laugh and I’ll just delete the photo immediately. Most of the time they like the pic, but don’t want it public, so I save it in a separate subdirectory and just send the artist the photo themselves. This could be anything from a funny face, to drinking when they shouldn’t be, etc.
       
      What would be the greatest part of your job?
      Travelling the world. I’m at the point where I love long flights without having to deal with social media and can just watch movies and play videogames. Then enjoying long layovers in nice airport lounges. Of course then collecting tons of miles and elite status too (I’m actually on track to be top tier in OneWorld, Star Alliance and SkyTeam by the end of the year).
       
      Then arriving in the country to experience the culture and food almost makes my job like a vacation.
       
      And what would you consider the greatest challenge to doing what you do?
      Probably improving my craft bit by bit. I must balance a fine line of keeping on doing what I’m comfortable with, and pushing my boundaries a little, while keeping working. Stuff such as refining my photography to end up with less photos that are a higher quality is always a goal. I have gone from hundreds of festival pics a day when I started to maybe around a hundred or so, and I keep tightening it.
      You use Canon gear, why do you prefer Canon?
      At the time, the Canon 20D was considered the better camera body than what Nikon had, and Canon had better low-light lenses. Nowadays Nikon is usually considered to have slightly better bodies, but Canon still has better lenses.
       
      What computer hardware and software do you use for processing your photos?
      Right now I have a 2016 MacBook Pro and I edit in Lightroom Classic CC. Since I travel so much, I exclusively must edit my photos on my MacBook Pro and abandoned editing galleries at home, just for conformity sake.
       
      How important do you believe a social media profile (mostly Instagram) is to a photographer’s public profile?
      It’s necessary nowadays as it shows a window into the photographer’s life and doubles as a portfolio. At the same time, it’s always difficult dealing with the horrible reach most social media has nowadays, though.
       
      You’ve travelled the world doing what you love and seeing how wild some parties can be in different cities.  Can you name two or three cities that have stood out to you and why?
      Tokyo is my favorite city in the world by far, I always love going there. The crowd is always fanatical.
       
      Other than that being a personal choice, there are just a lot of cities that have crazy crowds. Ultra Korea last year had one of the craziest crowds I have ever seen at a festival. Mexico, India, Indonesia and more always have active crowds.
       
      Which cities do you believe the electronic music scene is booming?
      That’s a tough one since it’s kind of in a holding pattern right now. Most places are set in their popularity and continuing. Places like South America and China which had a huge boom are starting to lessen events due to government pressure. Australia is a good opposite where for years it’s been without major festivals, and now Ultra Australia and Festival X are poised to bring it back, even though the government might not like that too much.
       
      Still, Asia is still where most electronic music is booming. Bangkok, smaller cities in China, Japan are all still growing very well with more and more events.
       
      Our own Sydney has recently been stripped of much of its electronic music culture due to political interests under the visor of safety.  In your worldly travels, have you seen this in other cities, how did it impact your gig in those cities?
      A few places. China and most of South America are the major places where this has happened. You used to be able to easily do gigs in places like Chile, Argentina and Brazil but it’s a bit difficult. China, especially Beijing, is very difficult. I have done festivals where they only are allowed to sell very few tickets compared to the venue size.
       
      You probably get asked this a lot, but what advice would you give to someone who is in their early stages of photography and are hoping to stand out from the rest?
      Always work on photos the way you want to. Only take inspiration from other photographers. Don’t copy them unless it’s learning how they did it. People want unique work and not work they can get from someone else.
       
      Thanks Rukes for taking the time to chat with us today!
       
       
       
       
      Ultra Australia is touring on Sat 23rd Feb 2019 and Sun 24th Feb 2019 in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.  Tickets are available by visiting https://ultraaustralia.com
        You can see more of Rukes' work by visiting http://www.rukes.com/ or see some of his work from Ultra Australia 2018 below.
       





    • Adam Madd
      By Adam Madd
      South Africa’s prime DJ/producer Das Kapital has remixed Bengali singer Arzeen’s new single on LA based, world influenced label Pinkturban. Titled Prem De, the single is a refreshing serving of Bangladeshi music. Das Kaptial’s intoxicating, bass heavy and club friendly remix offers something completely unique and is sure to set dancefloors alight in South Africa and beyond. 
       
      Das Kapital is a DJ, producer, and radio host with a vision. His music defies boundaries by traversing House, UK Garage, Techno, Acid, Breaks and Bass Music, warping genres with a distinct forward-thinking vibe. The Cape Town based artist has released on a plethora of labels including This Ain’t Bristol, World Famous Headquarters, Punks Music and Saucy Records, while he’s been supported by the likes of A-Trak, Diplo, Oliver Heldens, Anna Lunoe, and many more. The result is a premier national reputation that’s seen Das Kapital nominated for three awards at the 2018 DMASA (Dance Music Awards South Africa) – plus winning Best EDM single in 2017 - not to mention his weekly three-hour national radio show on 5FM called In Das We Trust, which has been running for 4 years. 
       
      It speaks volumes about Das Kapital’s artistic vision that he has teamed with Arzeen for a cosmopolitan remix that glues South African underground dance music with an Eastern musical form. A highly respected singer, songwriter and lyricist, the now LA based Arzeen has written music for film and has been personally invited to the likes of Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, and New York to share his entrancing voice and culture. 
       
      Das Kapital’s remix is as club-driven as it is nuanced. Arzeen’s melodious vocals offer a memorable flip to the usual dance-floor tropes club-goers are used to and is sure to become a regular spun gem by DJs far and wide.
        
      Arzeen – Prem De (Das Kapital Remix) is out now!
       
       
      LINKS
      Pinkturban
      http://pinkturban.com
       
      Das Kapital
      https://www.facebook.com/iamDasKapital
      https://twitter.com/iamdaskapital
      http://soundcloud.com/daskapital        
      http://www.youtube.com/user/DasKapitalDisco     
      http://instagram.com/iamdaskapital          
       
      Arzeen
       
      https://www.facebook.com/arzeenmusic/
      https://www.youtube.com/user/arzeenmohammadkamal
       
      BUY / STREAM
      https://www.beatport.com/track/prem-de-das-kapital-remix/11440415
       
       
       

       
       
       
    • Adam Madd
      By Adam Madd
      SKIY has brought her authentic techy house sound to world-renowned Spinnin’ Deep. Titled Quiggin, the club-focused single sees SKIY flex her deft production abilities, showing the world her credibility not only behind the decks but in the studio as well. Brimming with energy and musicality, Quiggin is SKIY’s first release of 2019, kicking off what is poised to be her biggest year to date.
       
      Since bursting onto the scene in 2017 with a slew of releases, SKIY has kept herself busy both as an international DJ and blossoming producer, crafting a vibrant dancefloor sound. She’s DJed acclaimed shows in Germany alongside the likes of Timmy Trumpet and Tiesto while global superstar Oliver Heldens snapped up her last single, Who Got The Keys, singing it to his Heldeep Records. Strong preferential support has already come from the likes of The Magician, EDX, Chocolate Puma, Dillon Francis, and many more. 
       
      SKIY’s mother was a jazz singer while she herself is a trained pianist. A rich musical upbringing shared between Brazil, Germany and Croatia has enabled SKIY to pour a range of influences into her music, imbuing it with soulful grooves and clever musicality. 
       
      Quiggin makes no exception. Jittering drum patterns give way to bubbling synths and swirling fx while infectious vocal samples crescendo into a minimal hands-in-the-air moment. Underpinned by memorable arpeggios and quirky percussive melodies, Quiggin is sure to find its way into the record collection of the world’s biggest stars, taking SKIY’s own glittering career to new heights in the process. 
        
      SKIY - Quiggin is out now!
       
      LINKS
      https://www.facebook.com/iamskiy/

      https://www.facebook.com/iamskiy/ https://www.instagram.com/itsskiy/
      https://twitter.com/iamskiy
       
      BUY / STREAM:
      https://spinnindeep.release.link/quiggin
       
       
       
    • Adam Madd
      By Adam Madd
      Just weeks after announcing its stacked Phase One Line-up, ULTRA Australia has dropped the next wave of artists set to play in Australia on Saturday February 23 & Sunday February 24, 2019.
       
      International superstars Illenium and Slushii, homegrown talent Sunset Brothers, Tigerlily and Will Sparks are set to join The Chainsmokers (LIVE), Martin Garrix and Marshmello for their inaugural ULTRA Australia Main Stage performances.
       
      Techno stalwarts Dubfire and Nicole Moudaber are playing a special B2B set for the first time ever in Australia, as they join Adam Beyer as headliners on the RESISTANCE stage for what will be another momentous weekend for the pioneering concept.
       
      Ultra Australia will first touch down in Melbourne on: Saturday 23rd February at Flemington Racecourse, before venturing north to Sydney on: Sunday 24th February at Parramatta Park.
       
      Tickets for both events can be found on: https://ultraaustralia.com/tickets/
        
      ULTRA AUSTRALIA 2019 - LINEUP (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
       
      Headliners:
       
      Adam Beyer
      The Chainsmokers (LIVE)
      Dubfire b2b Nicole Moudaber
      Illenium
      Marshmello
      Martin Garrix
       
      Support:
       
      Illenium
      Slushii
       
      Additional Support:
       
      Sunset Brothers
      Tigerlily
      Will Sparks
        
      ULTRA AUSTRALIA 2019:
       
      Melbourne – Saturday 23 February 2019 – Flemington Racecourse
       
      Sydney – Sunday 24 February 2019 – Parramatta Park
       
      Tickets on Sale Now!
       
      For more information, go to:
      http://www.ultraaustralia.com 
      https://www.facebook.com/ultraaustralia 
      https://twitter.com/ultraaustralia 
      https://www.instagram.com/ultraaustralia
       
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