Posted 20 Dec 2016 @ 4:42pm

1. Growing Up


My parents were mods so we grew up with a lot of soul and Northern soul music. On Sundays in our house TV was not allowed; we would move the couch into the middle of the room and play balloon volleyball for hours while my parents would play their records and eight-track cartridges. I was quite a rebellious child according to my parents and I guess solace was found...

Posted 15 Dec 2016 @ 12:17pm

It’s been an unquestionably awful year for countless reasons, not least the news that Steve Aoki has recently been nominated for a Grammy (while both are essentially devoid of any and all romance, it’s still appalling).


Communally we have grieved for the loss of mentors, of poets, of visionaries, and of peers and fellow human beings. The recent tragedy in Oakland, California,...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 6:16pm

My girlfriend and I spent the past week in the hot, damp armpit of Australia: Queensland.


I’ve always had a curious disdain for Queensland. I’ve spent countless summers there, frolicking on its pristine, deadly beaches, flouncing around Movie World, snorkelling on the reef, hanging out at Airlie’s famed lagoon, et cetera. I’ve had a good time, so it shouldn’t follow that all of...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 4:33pm

1. Growing Up


I actually don’t have any musical background and neither does most of my family. It wasn’t until about 2006-2008 when I really discovered electronic music through Ministry Of Sound/One Love/Bang Gang compilations where I fell in love with it all and started to go deeper into it through the internet. I’ve always had a yearning to find new music and uncover stuff...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 2:50pm

Ring in the New Year at Marquee with an epic electropunk experience brought to you by up-and-coming sister duo Krewella. 


Hailing all the way from Chicago, Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf have quickly built up a reputation as one of the world's most dynamic female electronic acts, even scoring a spot at the Democratic National Convention earlier this year. With a heavy rock and dance...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:20pm

There are some who believe art is but a whim, a passing fancy to be indulged whenever the mood takes you.


But more often than not, those are the people who don’t make a cent via creative means. If you want to earn a living from putting work out into the world, you have to approach it as you would a nine-to-five, gruelling away at drafts for hours and sometimes wasting time to...

Posted 13 Dec 2016 @ 12:22pm

It's days like these that'll make us happy.


Days Like This is the brand new dance festival coming to Sydney in 2017 off the back of Victoria's Pitch Music festival, with which the new event shares some massive names in the electronic world.


Global dance star Dixon leads the program, spearheading a big-name German contingent also including Ben Klock, Recondite,...

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 10:55am

Reviewed on Friday December 9


Less than five years ago, Flume was a music industry outsider. Half a decade on, the Sydney producer was playing to over 18,000 fans at Qudos Bank Arena, the culmination of his influence and career on display in this spectacular hometown show.


Much like Flume, Sophie has come to define a subgenre of electronica: PC Music. The UK...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 5:34pm

Let’s face it, 2016 has been a slog. But 2017 is around the corner, and we can’t bloody wait. 


Sydney will be one of the first cities in the world to welcome in the New Year, and whether you’re a dancefloor diva, a rock’n’roller or a beach fanatic, there’s something for you.



Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 4:39pm

The offices of ACON (formerly the AIDS Council of NSW) are adorned with an endless parade of posters depicting sad-looking young (and sometimes older) men with their heads in their hands, with some scaremongering “Are You Being Safe?” messaging underscoring the images. 


In contrast, there is also an endless parade of posters depicting guys of all types having a grand old time,...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 4:14pm

The demise of Vestax in 2014 due to bankruptcy was an especially sad day for DJs and the wider music community.


First established in Tokyo in the late ’70s selling electric guitars and multi-track recorders, Vestax morphed into an audio and DJ equipment firm, changing the face of DJing with the release of its VCI-100 all-in-one DJ controller. It incorporated some of the most...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 4:11pm

After a transformative year, Hudson Ballroom (FKA Plan B, FKA Goodgod) is hosting a party packed with DJs to get you dancing.


The event will take over the entire venue and will feature DJs from all your favourite Hudson Ballroom events like Rhythm of the Night, Slime Saturdays, Halfway Crooks and Sidechains.


Along with the special birthday announcement, Hudson...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 1:14pm

After moving to Berlin and touring the Northern Hemisphere, Tornado Wallace is back to show off his new EP.


Picnic HQ is hosting the event to wrap up a big year with shows from Soichi Terada, Simon Caldwell and many more.


For their final One Night Stand of the year, it's bringing in the big guns.


Wallace has recently played at some huge...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 6:00pm

2016 has seen Sydney’s Bag Raiders rise into the spotlight again.


Following the release of their latest EP, Waterfalls, they are currently touring in the US. Soon, the electro duo will head back Down Under for a club tour over summer. Plus, they’ve just released a brand new single, ‘Beat Me To The Punch’, featuring Mayer Hawthorne.


Typically unafraid to test out...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 3:54pm

1. Growing Up


My parents played music, which like any teenager I took for granted at the time. Then I discovered electronic and sample-based music and was instantly obsessed. All I had was one record player and a tape recorder so I’d make funny little tape collages. 


2.  Inspirations

At the moment, it’s Ryuichi Sakamoto and Haruomi Hosono. Their music is...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:18pm

Goat Island Sounds is back for Australia Day 2017, complete with rad live music, spectacular harbour views and, of course, triple j's Hottest 100.


This summer's lineup includes some of the hottest names in electronic music right now, featuring Ngaiire, Nina Las Vegas, Basenji, Kuren, Adi Toohey and Ariane.


If that's (somehow) not your thing, you can hang out at ...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:15pm

Sky Terrace and Roller Jam are back in 2017 for Sydney Festival, and they're bringing a jam-packed lineup of DJs with them. 


Funkdafied, Nick Toth, Stephen Allkins, Misbehaviour, Simon Caldwell, CC:Disco, Adi Toohey and Paris Groovescooter are set to heat up the dancefloor at The Star's Sky Terrace and Hyde Park in January, providing a soundtrack for Sydney's weekly roller...

Posted 6 Dec 2016 @ 12:08pm

After the success of his debut Australian tour in 2015, Miami-based trap lord Ricky Remedy will return in January with a run of shows.


In the run-up to the release of his second EP, featuring collaborations with Diplo, Remedy will bring his cross-breeding of multiple styles...

Posted 6 Dec 2016 @ 12:07pm

Just as they did last year, Sistas With Soul will be taking over another unknown warehouse-style venue, transforming it into a Miami-esque outdoor/indoor party this Boxing Day.


With Sydney local MXXWLL headlining the event, the lineup will be boosted by...

Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 10:47am

Reviewed on Friday December 2 (photo by Benjamin Potter)


Majestic Casual has had a massive couple of years. Going from a YouTube channel with obscure remixes and original music from artists that were almost unheard of at the time to selling out events all around the world is a highly respectable feat. While also considering that the label has been responsible for the...

Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 9:47am

The hip hop heavyweight will be playing an intimate show at the Soda Factory in January.


Grandmaster Flash, a pioneer of US hip hop, will help revellers extend their New Year celebrations further into 2017 by playing a sweet set at the Surry Hills venue. 


He was the first hip hop act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and invented techniques...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 6:03pm

The dance legend will play Darling Harbour locations Bungalow 8 and The Loft.


Three-time Grammy-nominated Paul Oakenfold will top the lineup for a massive New Year's Day party in Darling Harbour. 


The Englishman has become a stalwart of the dance scene, and has earned residenices at super-clubs Amnesia and Pacha. He has worked in collaboration with and remixed...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 3:59pm

Etcetc has organised a super lineup to help you dance off all that Christmas ham.


The electronic music label is hosting a party with PNAU, Set Mo and Bang Gang DJs all on the bill. The event is taking place at Ivy's Pool venue to ensure the summer vibes.


PNAU have just returned with new single 'Chameleon', an addictively catchy anthem with summer written all...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 1:07pm

Sunday November 20 was the Transgender Day of Remembrance.


Trans Sydney Pride (TSP) held Sydney’s first candlelight vigil to remember and honour transgender people from communities all over the world. The march drew around 250-300 people, and I suspect – and hope – that in the coming years, this number will grow. 


The Transgender Day of Remembrance honours the...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 12:49pm

While she's in the country for Victoria's Pitch Music & Arts Festival, Abra will bring the cadabra for Sydney fans.


Due to her missionary parents, Abra moved around a fair bit growing up. Between New York, South London and Atlanta, her music has taken on components from all over the place to create a unique blend of Miami freestyle, electro-funk and R&B sounds.

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 6:19pm

There’s been much ado lately about a Melbourne set by Russian DJ and producer Nina Kraviz.


Throughout the course of the night, Kraviz inflected her mix with a variety of genres and sounds, as well we might expect her to.


The event, which saw a number of patrons loudly and unsubtly complain about ‘not getting what they paid for’ (blithering, relentless lines of...

Posted 30 Nov 2016 @ 2:21pm

1. Growing Up


I grew up learning and playing music with my sister, Lou, who now manages me. As kids we had The Beatles slamming on the stereo, and we started learning to play jazz and improvise at a pretty young age. At ten and 11 we were playing small jazz gigs and that continued through our high school days until we both went and did a degree in music at the Victorian College...

Posted 25 Nov 2016 @ 3:08pm

The dance festival has dropped some big names for Australia Day weekend 2017.


Australia Day weekend dance festival Electric Gardens has announced an expanded lineup. 


Joining the already announced Eric Prydz on the Mixmag mainstage will be UK house heavyweight Mark Knight, who can not only boast of being a Grammy nominee, but has also played residencies in...

Posted 24 Nov 2016 @ 3:03pm

We’re all familiar with certain artisans in popular culture – our cultural discourse is very much dominated by these figures.


David Bowie and Prince are but two examples of those who’ve recently gone out as legends. These were innovators: iconic, radical symbols who subverted norms of sex, gender, appearance and creative expression, and are rightly held in high esteem. Their...

Posted 24 Nov 2016 @ 1:06pm

MLIVE, the live series from Majestic Casual, is coming to Sydney next week with an exciting lineup.


Joining previously announced French producer FKJ are Sydney twins Cosmo's Midnight, Kilter, Buoy and Cabu.


The show is part of a series of events that have previously taken place in Paris, Berlin, London, Los Angeles and New York. 


Majestic Casual...