Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 3:20pm

There are only a few things in this life that feel as liberating as going commando. I recommend it for anybody.


I worry that there are people afraid to let it all hang out, to feel the breeze, so to speak. 


On the subject of going commando, actually, I’m sitting here reflecting on the night my life suddenly veered into gaytopia, courtesy of my urban hero, the...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 12:28pm

Among stubborn hip hop heads, there seems to be a growing consensus that the genre has gone soft.


Constant radio saturation and heavy incorporation of R&B hooks are the basis for such an argument, with sultry, radio-ready tunes sending fans screaming for the glory days of the underground. 


But while the days of g-funk are well and truly gone, hip hop is...

Posted 27 Sep 2016 @ 2:27pm

Growing Up:


As I child I was constantly surrounded by music: my grandparents played instruments and my mum always had music playing in the house. That really shaped me into who I am today. My mum was definitely the biggest influence in my musical tastes: I was raised in a primarily goth household. When I was young my mum would dance me around the house to bands like Iron Maiden...

Posted 27 Sep 2016 @ 1:13pm

1. Growing Up


Elle: I always remember waking up on a Saturday morning to find my dad laying on the lounge blasting Pink Floyd in the living room. I grew up in a household that was full of old-school music.


Adin: My folks were never musos but they loved music and had great taste. I always sang around the house for fun and so did my parents: they both have good...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 4:18pm

Welcome back, concerned citizens! The most useless and expensive straw poll ever conceived has made a triumphant return!


The Cabinet has approved a plan to provide funding to the tune of seven and a half million dollars to each side of the marriage equality debate in the lead up to the Saturday February 11 plebiscite.


That’s right. The government is going to...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 3:16pm

Sad news to start this week: Don Buchla, the American engineer and synthesiser pioneer, has died at 79.



A man who began his career in 1963 with the release of the modular synth Buchla Series 100 (commissioned by Morton Subotnick and Ramon Sender), his legacy within electronic music in undeniable, with his machines...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 2:18pm

Over the last six years, journalists have never failed to mention that How To Dress Well mastermind Tom Krell is working towards a PhD in continental philosophy.


It’s an intriguing biographical detail – and he is indeed still working on that PhD – but he’s not planning on making a full-time shift into academia any time soon. 


“[Music] is 100 per cent my real...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 1:32pm

While striding across the Los Angeles sands way back in 1990, David Hasselhoff unexpectedly stepped into one of the most successful television shows in the world.


Though Baywatch ended back in 2001, there will forever be salt water in the man’s veins: for proof, look no further than his role in cult favourite Sharknado 4, or his cameo in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie....

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 1:15pm

1. Growing Up


Music has always been a big part of my life. I listen to music that suits my mood, so it’s almost like I have had a soundtrack to my whole life. When I psyched myself up for soccer I listened to a lot of Foo Fighters and Metallica, when I was doing chores it was something fun like the Spice Girls, and when I got older and needed to study it was Craig David. That...

Posted 15 Sep 2016 @ 1:18pm

Well, there you have it. London has gone and taken a page out of Mike Baird’s book and shut down one of the greatest clubs in the world, fabric.


There’s been a huge outpouring of grief from the global electronic music community, but perhaps it was best put by drum and bass royalty Goldie: “I’m wondering whether or not the likes of me, the likes of Jazzie B, Norman Jay, Pete...

Posted 15 Sep 2016 @ 12:20pm

Sydney electronic music label and event promoter Deeper Than House is bringing the party to four separate locations around New South Wales this month.


Having already kicked things off on the Central Coast, this weekend it’s Sydney’s turn. The label’s seven-act roster will take over the Civic Underground, a venue they’ve become rather familiar over the past couple of years....

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 12:27pm

1. Growing Up


I was an extremely lucky child, and was surrounded by a family who loved dancing and music. That meant I picked up those exact passions from a young age. I remember getting my first CD player at the age of five and listening to George Michael and Michael Jackson on repeat while dancing in front of the mirror. Playing violin since the age of four also allowed me to...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 12:08pm

1. Growing Up


Sally: When I was growing up I asked my neighbour what he wanted to be and he told me he wanted to be a dog. I was like, ‘Right on’. I live my life by that moment. They’ll try tell you that you can’t be a dog. But you just gotta live your dreams. 


Erica: I grew up playing the violin and the trumpet. I remember throwing my violin on the ground one...

Posted 11 Sep 2016 @ 11:00am

For fans of Northeast Party House, the agonising wait for the band’s new record has been epic.


But now the time is nigh: the group is all set to drop Dare. We’ve already been treated to a taster of the record – lead single ‘For You’ made a massive splash on triple j recently – and if you haven’t heard the tune yet, we recommend hitting the old internet (or just flicking on the...

Posted 9 Sep 2016 @ 9:00am

Safia aren’t the next big thing in music, they’re already a big thing.


With their host of awards and sales milestones, the band are already one of Australia’s most exciting and profitable acts, and they’ve got an APRA award and a two times platinum-selling single to prove it. Now, with a mere week until their debut album Internal lands and a month until they embark on another...

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 6:08pm

1. Growing Up


I grew up in a musical melting pot of a household. My mum, who is Puerto Rican, and my dad, who is Filipino, were always jamming to the likes of the Bee Gees, Donna Summer and Otis Redding. My sister was a straight-up hip hop head: she introduced me to OutKast, Big L and Gang Starr. I’ll never forget attending her local hip hop club meetings and watching the b-...

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 6:08pm

1. Growing Up


I grew up in a small town in southern Germany called Ulm: it’s between Stuttgart and Munich. My father is a jazz record collector and he’s got 5,000 or more records at home, so I got in touch with music very early. My hobby as a young kid was smashing those old shellac vinyls against the wall and watching them break. I am really glad that my dad was and still is...

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 1:05pm

1. Growing Up


Watching my mother clean the house while she was blasting salsa music has always stayed with me. I definitely feel like that had an effect on me musically.


2. Inspirations

Led Zeppelin, Héctor Lavoe, John Coltrane, Prince… The list goes on an on.


3. Your Crew

At the moment I’m rolling solo, but it all started for me...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 12:17pm

1. Growing Up


For me growing up involved several powerful ghetto blasters almost always on full, with me pinning my head in-between, soaking up every sound. 


2. Inspirations

Such a big question with so little space to answer in! OK, so I’ll name five: I love Bono, Freddie Mercury, Sia, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. All of those singers have super...

Posted 30 Aug 2016 @ 5:01pm

Parramatta rapper D. Minor has gained a number of coveted accolades over the last few years.


He’s won a gold medal at the World Championship of Performing Arts, a Sony Foundation National Scholarship, a Vodafone Foundation Australia sponsorship and he’s been appointed ambassador for Parramatta City and...

Posted 30 Aug 2016 @ 4:50pm

1. Growing Up


Listening to my grandpa playing his sweet sax every afternoon was a big musical moment in my childhood. He was the only remotely musical person in our family. I dug it. I also dug the tapes my sister brought back from her school trip to Malaysia. I loved Guns N’ Roses’ Lies, The Bangles’ Best Of and New Kids On The Block. Lies in particular was bad arse – it had a...

Posted 30 Aug 2016 @ 4:23pm

Despite the fact that its logo looks like it was made by a ten-year-old in Microsoft Paint, Circoloco throws some pretty damn good parties.


Based in Ibiza, the internationally touring brand tends to swing by Australia as the summer heats up, and this year is no different. One of its strongest Aussie lineups thus far, the 2016 incarnation will be headlined by one of the co-...

Posted 24 Aug 2016 @ 5:00pm

It feels like Rio has just had the gayest Olympics of all time, with 44 out and proud Olympians competing this year.


In Beijing, 2008, only 12 openly gay athletes competed, among them our very own Matthew Mitcham (who went on to win gold).


But despite Rio’s competition, in reality the 2000 Sydney Olympics was actually the gayest ever, with 53 out LGBT athletes...

Posted 24 Aug 2016 @ 11:45am

Well hello there. Meet the newest festival on the Australian summer calendar: Tell No Tales.


Run by the Hardware crew, the event is “inspired by the European summer” – whatever that means. Marketing/promo bullshit aside, the lineup speaks for itself. Headlining will be minimal techno maverick [above] Ricardo...

Posted 23 Aug 2016 @ 4:00pm

1. Growing Up


From a young age I loved turning my back to the world, spending hours playing records, making compilations and dancing to music on my own. My dad had an epic record collection and was a massive hi-fi head, so everything sounded sweet, though I did get in trouble for trying to scratch on his turntable. Before smoking and all that stuff, that was the first thing I...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 5:45pm

You can pick a trick or your next date using an app, so do we still need gay bars? Out & About’s new columnist Arca Bayburt investigates.


I often hear people argue that apps like Grindr and Tinder have eliminated the need for exclusively gay spaces. “But Arcaaaa,” they whine with pinched faces, tut-tutting at my depraved suggestion of real-time flesh-and-blood social...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 1:54pm

So how about that Lost Paradise lineup, hey. My picks?


I’m well bloody excited to spend some time with one of the finest names in house and techno, Leon Vynehall. You really can never go wrong with Glasgow’s finest party-starters Optimo, while Lunice and Heidi should also provide some highlights. Pretty keen to see local...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 1:51pm

The legendary Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti will be the theme of this year's Sounds Of Afrobeats Festival in Sydney.


The festival's third edition will celebrate the life and music of the pioneering Nigerian multi-instrumentalist.


A bunch of DJs will take over the Greenwood Hotel for the occasion, including DJ Faswa, Ronnie OMuga, Dante Rivera, K2THAC and the Soul...

Posted 17 Aug 2016 @ 1:21pm

1. Growing Up


I grew up in a pretty musical household. My dad has always worked in music, so there was a small studio in our family home and we all grew up trying out a few instruments. Plus there was always loud music playing around the house every morning and afternoon. One super early memory was maybe at the age of four being able to leave kindergarten to go to a recording...

Posted 16 Aug 2016 @ 1:57pm

MTV is back with its eve-of-summer festival, Beats & Eats, and now the 2016 lineup has landed.


Stuart Park in North Wollongong will host the beachfront event in November, with up to 10,000 festivalgoers expected to take in the music, food stalls and bars.


Gold Coast producer Paces is joined on the first lineup announcement by a couple of our mates from...