Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 11:47am

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the new Beauty And The Beast movie.


One of the most exciting things about it for me is that it marks a Disney first: the inclusion of a gay character and storyline. 


Reading about the film has been interesting, and it’s filled me with anticipation about how Disney is going to handle LeFou as a gay character. In an interview with...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 2:37pm

Melbourne songwriter and producer Lanks is playing a small gig in Darlinghurst on Thursday March 23.


Will Cuming, better known as Lanks, studied jazz guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts, then went on to release two poppy EPs, Thousand Piece Puzzle in 2014 and Banquet in 2015.


Since then, Cuming has seen his song 'Heavy As A Heartbreak' reach one million...

Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 2:26pm

International Women’s Day fell on Wednesday March 8 this year.


Whatever its meaning to you, International Women’s Day is a vehicle for awareness and an opportunity to embrace a necessary and progressive approach to gender equality. It locates the discourse and action in a universal space. Importantly, it engages a variety of voices at both the micro level of the individual, and...

Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 2:31pm

It’s been over two weeks since the BRAG called out Sydney’s Days Like This festival for featuring zero females on its 30-strong artist bill.


“We weren’t the only ones who had picked up on this,” said BRAG reporter Jessica Westcott. “Nina Las Vegas sent out a tweet and got into a dialogue with Alison Wonderland. But within the hour they had taken the tweets down.”


Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 12:27pm

1. Growing Up


My father used to listen to all kinds of music: I think the very first real electronic based music I heard was through him. When I was little I remember hearing these records with all sorts of interesting and experimental sounds I’d never heard before in my life. My father was quite ahead of his time when it came to his musical preference. Unfortunately he isn’t...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 12:14pm

The great thing about the genre known as “dance and electronica” is that it affords an incredible scope.


It’s suitable then – not to mention timely – that we’re slowly but surely catching on to that ambition. 


Do we want to catch on? Do we want to shatter the glorious artifice of labels like “electronic music” into their necessary, idiosyncratic and distinct...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 11:29am

I read a Buzzfeed article last week entitled, ‘Can Lesbian Identity Survive the Gender Revolution?’


There was a particular assertion in it that I disagreed with, and it’s been a topic of discussion among my friends and peers lately. The specific line was: “Some lesbians who don’t go full-out TERF [Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist] are still all too eager to write off dating...

Posted 3 Mar 2017 @ 9:36am

I like to romanticise the thought that necessary limitation is a good thing – that the general effort of spending hours in used record stores thumbing unknown titles amid the endless Kamahl records and rock reissues is always going to be fruitful and rewarding, regardless of whether one finds that dusty groove or discount delight.


Crate digging (and, to a much lesser extent,...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 2:31pm

On the anniversary of Prince's passing, Late Night Tuff Guy will perform a special tribute show honouring the life and career of the enigmatic artist. 


Late Nite Tuff Guy, a big name in Australia's house and disco scene, has always been a huge fan of Prince. After spending the last 30 years collecting Prince's anthology, he has created a show that will combine the works of his...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 11:32am

The weary voice of CL Smooth’s manager melds with a buzz of activity and studio static.


“He’s just wrapping up in the booth and he’s totally into it,” she tells me, slightly frazzled. It’s obvious, though we’re thousands of miles apart and speaking through the impersonal vessel of a mobile phone, that Smooth is not a man to come running when he’s in the zone. “That’s him...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 5:05pm

1. Growing Up


Growing up there were always instruments around the house. My dad played bass in a few bands and Mum played guitar. My brother came up playing mainly piano and bass and I played classical/jazz trumpet and a bit of guitar also. I always wanted to play the drums and when I found producing I fell in love with the rhythmic aspect of beat-making, which I guess has led...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:43pm

French touch (or French disco house) was an important part of my entry into electronic music.


While we’re just about all familiar with Daft Punk, digging even just a tiny bit deeper into labels like Roulé, Disques Solid, Vulture Music and Robsoul unearths an incredible wealth of French talent that has soundtracked the lives of millions of people worldwide for the last 25 years...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:05pm

Legendary electronic duo Underworld are coming to the Sydney Opera House this April for one show only.


The duo of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, who have built a legacy and fan base over the past 30 years, are known for their progressive house and techno sound.


Underworld are perhaps most famous for their 1996 track 'Born Slippy .NUXX', which landed at number 65 in...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 2:33pm

The third and final lineup for the 2017 Summer Dance series has been announced.


Glenn Underground, Anthony Naples, Daydreams and Mira Boru are the names locked in for the third Summer Dance event on Sunday March 26 at The National Art School.


Astral People's two previous Summer Dance events this year have seen Roland Tings, Lauren Hanson and Ben Fester play...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 2:26pm

If you like yoga and ever wanted to meditate to the sounds of Drake or Kanye, here comes your chance.


Tuesday February 28 is when the world of hip hop and zen collide at Bondi's Beach Road Hotel for All Of The Tights (geddit?).


After huge success in Melbourne, DJ Mimi and yogi expert Naya Marie will now bring their event to Sydney. All Of The Tights is organised...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 3:00pm

It’s been a couple of years since Poolclvb unveiled his first single, ‘Here You’re Mine’.


In that time, the Sydney producer has become increasingly renowned around the local club scene for his sunset-tinged tropical electro sets. He’s released a steady stream of remixes and original singles since his debut, and now has finally unveiled his maiden EP, You + Me. The EP features...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 11:34am

Wrapping up the summer in style, Touch Sensitive and a secret special guest will headline The Island Live's final party of the season. 


With five out of five shows selling out so far, The Island Live's final stint of the season will take place this March. Touch Sensitive, Softwar and Zanerobe DJs are all set to play, as well as a very special guest still to be announced. ...

Posted 15 Feb 2017 @ 6:23pm

Discourse and discussion on the many-headed beast that is electronic music* seems infinitely couched in rose-tint, reverence and revisionism.


Even as electronic music continues to seep into our greater cultural consciousness – one way or another – academic representation in this field has, for the most part, barely scratched at its many surfaces. 


One potential...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 4:00pm

Daley Padley, the British house DJ and producer who performs under the moniker Hot Since 82 (no prizes for guessing his birth year) has been earning kudos for his work in the studio, but his true origins are in club DJing.


With his Knee Deep Australian tour launching this month, Padley talks over breakfast about his plans for the year. 


“It’s the story of my...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 3:00pm

In 2002, Norman Jay was welcomed into Buckingham Palace by the Queen, who awarded him an MBE for his services to music.


It was quite something for an artist who, decades earlier, was refused entry to even the grottiest of London nightclubs. The irony is, if it wasn’t for those meat-headed bouncers, Jay might never have gained his royal approval.


“I got tired of...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 2:53pm

By the time you’ve hit record number nine, you’ve probably picked up some fairly decent insight into the creative process.


Sure, everyone is going to approach music differently, but across three solo albums and six releases with Thundamentals, Tuka’s grasp of songwriting sounds pretty slick. As the Aussie hip hop crew unveils its latest effort, Everyone We Know, the straight-...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 2:46pm

1. Growing Up


I grew up in Campbelltown with a single mother and three siblings. Mum was working two jobs and still making sure my brother and I would make it to footy training and games every week so she kept life feeling as normal as possible. I hated high school and abused drugs so music was my escape.


2. Inspirations

In high school, I heard Eminem’s...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 1:14pm

Remember when Gough Whitlam petitioned us to embrace change? To accept, to act, and to acknowledge?


Me neither, though his legacy is starting to look pretty bloody golden when it comes to progressing both as a society and as a species. These are testing, trying times characterised by oppression, aggression and fearmongering. Where once change was promised to take us forward, it...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 12:26pm

The first One Night Stand of 2017 will feature an eight-hour set from the Sydney ONS veteran.


As always, the One Night Stand will be held at a secret BYO location that will be announced closer to the date.


Kali has been playing gigs with Picnic Touring for a while now, with her first One Night Stand being back in 2015. She's also supported acts like Tornado...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 11:54am

News that inspires optimism has been hard to come by of late. The state of politics, though usually abysmal, has become, for me, a quagmire of fatigue and alternative facts. Donald Trump has launched his reign of terror with an anti-abortion executive order, casting darkness and uncertainty across the entire world, while here at home, Mike Baird has unceremoniously fucked off into the sunset...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 11:23am

Women are sorely underrepresented in electronic music.


Of that there is no doubt, and unsurprisingly it’s been a topic of considerable recent interest. If boiled down to percentages, estimates of female DJs appearing on festival bills range anywhere from three to ten per cent, and let’s bear in mind that festivals are generally able to accommodate a much larger scope and wider...

Posted 2 Feb 2017 @ 11:10am

Nowadays, the appeal of any music festival depends just as much on the ethos and environment of the event as it does on the actual lineup.


That, and the ability to evolve year by year without compromising any of the elements that enticed people to attend in the first place. Queensland’s Earth Frequency Festival has...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 3:57pm

1. Growing Up


My key childhood memory of music was definitely coming home from primary school at three in the afternoon to shows like Rage on the ABC playing fresh R&B, hip hop and new jack swing out of the States. I remember TV shows like The Fresh Prince and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper aired so freely on Australian TV. It definitely helped shape my outlook towards the music I...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:29pm

Amsterdam-based electronic duo Yellow Claw have announced their return to Australia, playing at 86 @ Max Watt's.


The hardstyle duo once again hit our shores in May. The Dutch pair released their debut album Blood For Mercy in 2015, and have also worked with Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga.

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 5:42pm

Do you suffer from a prolonged or pronounced sense of inner emptiness or lack of self-worth?


Have you experienced a bankruptcy of the soul? Has life become bereft of meaning? A drawn-out existential crisis brought on by grind of the generic daily modicum? Or has music simply lost its charm and romance?


Then the healing quality of spiritual jazz could be just the...