Tag: World Bar
The DMC Championships, an institution dating back to the ‘80s, is a breeding ground for the DJ talent of the future. A young James Dela Cruz had his first experience of the contest in the late ‘90s – psyching himself up to spin records in front of others (and be judged for it no less), the experience opened his eyes, and set him on a career path that would eventually lead to his joining The Avalanches as a live DJ. “The DMC is important to me because it’s where I came from,” Dela Cruz tells me. “I entered back in ‘98 and ‘99 and placed second both times. The first year I entered, I watched every competition on video and then I tried to put on my own spin on it!”
Most breaks fans know Rennie Pilgrem for his work with the UK hardcore breakbeat producer act Rhythm Section and their ‘91 hit ‘Feel The Rhythm (Comin’ On Strong)’, and for running Thursday Club Recordings, a label he founded two years later. His breaks tracks – particularly ‘Like No Other’ and ‘Hey Funky People’ – dominated sound systems in clubs around the world and he’s been at the forefront of the breaks scene ever since, oft-cited as the Godfather of the nu-breaks genre. Twenty years into his career, Pilgrem is releasing a milestone anthology: The Best Of Rennie Pilgrem. Including some of his best work and some genuine classics from the breakbeat scene, he says the time felt right to release the anthology.
The first time I heard ‘Can’t Get Better Than This’ was early one rainy morning on triple j. There was something strange and a bit magical about the track, with its spooky, repeated vocal hook and propulsive house beat; it was one of those rare moments in which you find yourself jolted to full attention, turning the car stereo right up in the hopes that you’ll catch the artist’s name. The single turned out to be the first – and at the time of writing, still the only – official release from Parachute Youth. The duo, comprising friends Matt K Von and Jonny Castro, are one of the hottest prospects in Aussie electronic music right now. Presently in the midst of a national tour, they are contemplating a debut album, but would prefer to just get the next single out first.
Posted: May 30th, 2012 under Brag 464 (May 28), Feature Music, Music, Music - Interview, New.
Tags: Alasdair Duncan, Dance, Jonny Castro, Madi Zwelli, Matt K Von, Nate Perry, Parachute Youth, Soup Kitchen DJS, Speak Easy DJs, World Bar