Posted 13 Aug 2016 @ 11:00am

If there’s one thing Facebook is good for, it’s provoking a very acute sense of envy.


After all, if you want any evidence that there are people out there having a much, much better time than you, simply scroll through the public profile of Chris Pillot, AKA Colour Castle. The young producer’s social media presence is a never-ending barrage of excellent encounters – videos of...

Posted 11 Aug 2016 @ 12:10pm

MoVement Sydney is returning to Sydney this October with a five-day fiesta of dance, live performance and exclusive events across the city.


The full lineup has landed for the 2016 edition of MoVement Sydney, which last year hosted over 25 live events ranging from secret warehouse parties to club nights, attended by thousands of dance fans across the city.



Posted 11 Aug 2016 @ 10:00am

Celebrating the massive community of young and emerging musicians they've helped foster, those lovely folks at Astral People are throwing a party for their fifth birthday.


Five years ago, whilst gorging on some late-night pizza, Tom Huggett, Leron Danilewitz and Vichara Edirisinghe had a vision to represent...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 12:44pm

If you were one of the lucky few who managed to fill out the census before it crashed, it probably felt much like last time, only this time it’s online, there’s less privacy around it as the ABS is collecting more data about you, et cetera. 


However, since the last census, there has been one pretty massive change for some people. In 2011, about one month after the census,...

Posted 9 Aug 2016 @ 7:00pm

Marcel Dettmann [above] makes techno. Heavy-hitting techno.


The kind of heavy-hitting techno that makes you want to lock yourself away in a smoky basement until you’re dehydrated from a night of endless perspiration. Alongside Ben Klock, the other most highly regarded drawcard at Berghain, there’s arguably no bigger name...

Posted 9 Aug 2016 @ 4:51pm

1. Growing Up


I grew up in a very musical household – electronic music played a big role from early on. My grandfather was a musician at his time too. He gave me a very early version of Cakewalk as a kid. It’s a MIDI sequencer, basically, and came on several floppy discs. It took me a while, though, to get a single sound out of it. I also remember constantly recording stuff on...

Posted 8 Aug 2016 @ 1:22pm

Sosueme is turning nine, so party it up from 7pm at the Beach Road Hotel this Wednesday August 24. 


All your musical needs will be more than accomodated to, with Sosueme's moral code to abide by its 99% genre free motto. The ecletic lineups over the past nine years have included musical legends such as Hermitude, Alison Wonderland, Flume, Hayden James, Regurgitator and Roland...

Posted 4 Aug 2016 @ 10:52am

There’s a lot of discussion around the fact that at the ripe old age of 31, Brisbane electro-soul singer Jarryd James has only just achieved success.


The fact is, 31 is hardly old – and as reflected in his releases to date, having a few extra years of wisdom over his 20-something contemporaries gives James an edge. 


The sum of his maturity and experiences is...

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 5:48pm

Last week, I went to see The Kills at the Enmore Theatre.


The last time I’d seen them was five years earlier at the Metro. That show was the fifth time I’d attended one of their gigs in the space of four months, and I’d basically been listening to their four albums on repeat for about a year. 


Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 3:50pm

Sweet merciful Jesus – praise the house, techno and disco gods.


Resident Advisor has outdone itself with the 530th incarnation of its podcast series, serving up nine freakin’ hours of Motor City Drum Ensemble [above] going back-to-back with Jeremy Underground [below], recorded live from Offenbach’s seminal club Robert Johnson. It’s 638MB of pure bliss. If you thought the...

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 12:53pm

From the party people at Bacardi this month comes Fuego Revolutions, a series of club events and secret in-store DJ sets celebrating the skill and history of analogue music culture. 


Throughout August, Darlinghurst's 77 welcomes international headliners ...

Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 12:51pm

1. Your Profile


I am a massive fan of tattoos, horror films and all things hip hop. I try to write and produce music that I would listen to myself. I am also heavily influenced by Earl Sweatshirt, MF Doom and Wu-Tang Clan, so I like to think my music resembles some characteristics of all those artists. Most of my beats are primarily sample-based, so you may hear that odd yet...

Posted 2 Aug 2016 @ 11:15am

There's a new festival in town, and it's ready to make its mark.


Mystery Mark is the name of the latest dance music festival for ages 15 and up, coming to Sydney on the eve of this summer, and the lineup features some of the hottest young things on the Aussie scene.


While the festival may appear to have emerged out of nowhere, it's got some proven pedigree...

Posted 1 Aug 2016 @ 12:00am

The Sydney-based trendsetting record label Surveillance Party is set to take over Oxford Art Factory for a second time with an event appropriately titled Lockout. 


Organised in response to the ongoing lockout laws that have hamstrung Sydney’s nightlife and entertainment industry, Lockout will see both rooms at the mighty OAF filled with live music and forward-thinking dance...

Posted 29 Jul 2016 @ 10:55am

Diss tracks are back in the house world? You better believe it.


Earlier this month, contributing editor for Pitchfork Philip Sherburne penned a piece that discussed the motives of electronic labels that solely release records on vinyl – rhetorically asking if it’s elitist and perhaps promotes exclusivity...

Posted 28 Jul 2016 @ 5:46pm

Last week, the ABC published a story about the transgender sister girls of the Tiwi Islands.


I’d read stories about these women before, but this one took my interest because they have expressed their desire to one day attend the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. 


Since coming out, I’ve taken Mardi Gras for granted – it’s there, every year, in my home city....

Posted 26 Jul 2016 @ 4:51pm

1. Growing Up


I mainly listened to the radio and my father’s record collection growing up. Stevie Wonder, Motown, Diana Ross, The Temptations and Michael Jackson. That was the kind of stuff I would listen to, sitting in front of the record player for hours, reading the lyrics from the record sleeves and singing along. We also had a rule in our household that every child had to...

Posted 22 Jul 2016 @ 11:39am

1. Growing Up


My mum Lisa is a vocalist who does a show in memory of The Carpenters. She brought me into music at an early age. My father was always listening to earlier, more experimental types of electronic music like Kraftwerk, Focus and Massive Attack. These artists interested me a lot as a kid – my childhood has definitely inspired my passion for music production and DJing...

Posted 22 Jul 2016 @ 11:00am

English expat producer Third Floor has a penchant for theatrics.


His most recent musical offerings are performed behind a humanoid backlit mask that changes colour depending on the emotion and BPM of the tracks he’s playing. The reasoning behind the masked anonymity lies in his desire to champion a more romantic, emotional and uninhibited version of himself than his daytime...

Posted 21 Jul 2016 @ 2:51pm

Berlin DJ Diego Krause (Unison Wax/Beste Modus) will be heading Down Under for the next collaboration between Mantra Collective and C.U Saturday. 


The talented producer will be bringing his signature house sounds, influenced by genres like funk and soul, garage and deep house. In his storied career, he's played at clubs like Watergate and About Blank. 



Posted 21 Jul 2016 @ 2:47pm

In Sydney, being gay is fairly safe. Also, being my hometown, I know where it isn’t.


Out on a Friday night in the CBD? Probably not so fine to hold your partner’s hand. In the Shire, ever? Would also avoid. 


Travelling makes everything confusing. I’m in Europe at the moment – and sure, most of Europe is pretty damn tolerant. I had no problem holding my partner’s...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 4:00pm

The old adage “where there’s a will, there’s a way” might well be the hoariest in a very hoary book.


And yet in the case of internationally renowned DJ and producer Pirupa, it has particular relevance. Though his upcoming dates in this country mark the maverick’s first time spinning tunes Down Under, he has been trying to make it our way for a while. “I was looking to come to...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 3:37pm

First up, if you haven’t already, you need to jump onto Theo Parrish’s Facebook page and read his statement following the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling and the role that the dance community needs to play when confronted by racism-fuelled violence.


“How do you dance when we still swing from trees, when we still are murdered in front of our loved ones, murdered...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 12:51pm

MoVement Sydney has locked in its return to town, bringing the best local electronic dance crews together and giving you the chance to dance like no-one's watching. 


Back this October, MoVement Sydney will create another epic series you won't want to miss, with full news and announcements to come - keep an eye on thebrag...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 10:22am

Harbourlife is ready to light up the Sydney shoreline once again on the eve of summer this year.


Fuzzy has announced the 2016 lineup for its famous harbourside festival, surely the finest location for an outdoor party that Australia sees each year. And with a lineup like this, the celebration of all things house and electronic in the sunshine is sure to be a hot ticket.

Posted 19 Jul 2016 @ 2:11pm

Motez is bringing the vibe to Sydney's Northern Beaches at an epic throwdown this August.


In 2014, Inthemix named Motez the 'next big thing' in Australian electronic music, and the Adelaide producer is well on his way to delivering on that promise thanks to his EP The Vibe, released earlier this year.


The set includes Motez's big single 'Down Like This'...

Posted 13 Jul 2016 @ 4:51pm

For lesbians, there is a certain pull to the music of Tegan And Sara. Their songs seem to cut through all the bullshit and hit you right at the centre of your sapphic soul. 


You’re not really a lesbian if you haven’t had at least one Tegan And Sara phase. I remember my own: newly 18, singing along to ‘Nineteen’ as though as I was old enough to reminisce about an age I hadn’t...

Posted 12 Jul 2016 @ 5:48pm

Last week, Return To Rio announced its 2016 lineup. To celebrate (and get’cha into the mood) it’s hosting a launch party next month.


Headlining proceedings will be childhood friends Philipp Jung and Patrick Bodmer, otherwise known as M.A.N.D.Y. [above]. The duo, who back in 2002 founded the Get Physical imprint with DJ T (Thomas Koch) and Booka Shade (Walter Merziger, Arno...

Posted 12 Jul 2016 @ 5:22pm

1. Growing Up


Growing up in Byron Bay, I used to play bass guitar in a few bands and that’s really what got me started. I have a young, faint memory of my father owning a guitar but I never saw him play anything on it. I was kind of the only one who had any real musical ability in my family. But I will give some credit to them, as all of the records they listened to while I was...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 11:42am

The coming week at Beach Road Hotel sees GG Magree and Surfdisco perform after the third State of Origin game, plus producers Hounded and Spaces bringing in the weekend. 


Whether New South Wales is celebrating or not, the Beach Road Hotel is providing hump day performances from Sydney's own GG Magree with support from Surfdisco, Bernie Dingo and Sports for the weekly Sosueme...