Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 11:00am

“If I go quiet or weird, it’s ’cause I’m literally cleaning blood out of my ear,” Seth Sentry says as our call is connected.


“I went and got these moulds done for my ears so I could get these in-ear monitors, but the chick when she was doing it cut the inside of my ear, so I’ve been literally bleeding from the ear as I’m doing these interviews. That’s added a new element to the...

Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 4:00pm

Believe it or not, but for their fifth album, Metronomy have turned their focus away from touring.


For now, at least. Even after the release of easily their most danceable record – filled with ’70s disco vibes, ’80s pop synths, intimate vocals and that unmistakable Metronomy feel – Summer 08 won’t actually see fans dancing to it live for some time to come. 



Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 2:27pm

Red Bull continues to give us wings and uncover new musical talent as round four of the Red Bull Sound Select night hits the Civic Underground.


Laneway's Travis Banko is back in the driving seat with a lineup he's hand-picked with...

Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 12:53pm

When I go travelling, it usually ends up being a world tour of all the gay bars. Having just left Amsterdam after spending a few days there for work, I can’t tell you all that much about the museums or the sights, but I can tell you about the five different gay bars I visited.


Time Out describes Amsterdam as the city where everyone is gay, and that feels pretty true – there is...

Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 12:25pm

An unmistakable sense of drama has emerged in George Maple’s sound over the past couple of years, as she has forged a formidable name for herself in the electronic music scene internationally.


But it hasn’t always been this way. For the Australian-born artist otherwise known as Jess Higgs, listening to Jamie xx and Gil Scott-Heron’s 2011 remix album We’re New Here was an...

Posted 6 Jul 2016 @ 9:56am

The Night Mayor of Amsterdam, Mirik Milan, has been announced as the first keynote speaker for Sydney's Electronic Music Conference 2016.


EMC is back for its fifth annual program of speakers, showcases, masterclasses, performances and parties, taking over the Ivy complex in late November. And the timing of Milan's visit couldn't be more ideal.


Since 2012, Milan'...

Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 5:24pm

For those following the Ibiza circuit, disgraced producer/DJ Ten Walls [above] was removed from a Circoloco lineup following intense backlash after his inclusion.


In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Lithuanian went on a vitriolic rant about homosexuals last year (’cause, y’know, it’s not like the house and techno scene was formed from queer communities, you absolute...

Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 4:18pm

1. Growing Up


Mum was a bit of a local singer back in her day, need I say more? Growing up there was plenty of dancing and singing along with her to Elvis Presley, ABBA’s golden hits, Disney Sing-Alongs, and pretty much anything ’90s. I didn’t quiet inherit the same vocal finesse as Mum, but I did grow a very keen eye on musical instruments. My favourite toy electric guitar...

Posted 5 Jul 2016 @ 2:29pm

Since being premiered by Danny Howard on BBC Radio 1, Colour Castle’s hit single has dominated the ARIA Club Chart, holding the top spot for six consecutive weeks. Now, the Sydney house prodigy has locked in a national tour. 


'Walk Right In' samples Loleatta Holloway’s classic soul anthem 'Love Sensation', chopping and reprogramming to dazzling effect. The track has proved to...

Posted 30 Jun 2016 @ 2:03pm

Snowtunes Music Festival is set to return to Lake Jindabyne this September. 


The festival takes place at the base of the alpine resorts Thredbo and Perisher in the Snowy Mountains. 


This year's lineup includes What So Not, Hot Dub Time Machine, Ball Park Music, Kilter, Asta, DJ Hydraulix and triple j Unearthed artists Savilian, One Day Apart, Soul Benefits, Ivy...

Posted 30 Jun 2016 @ 9:26am

Two pioneering acts in the dance and hip hop genres lead the mammoth lineup for this year's edition of Return To Rio.


The three-day festival, which takes over Wisemans Ferry (an hour and a half north of Sydney) each November, has locked in its biggest lineup yet, headlined by a ten-hour set from Cox and Eric Powell's Mobile Disco.


Joining them are Grammy Award-...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 1:04pm

You might have heard there’s an election this weekend (if you haven’t heard, congratulations). And shaping up to be one of the big election issues is marriage equality.


If elected, the Labor Party is promising to bring a parliamentary vote on the issue within 100 days of being elected. It sounds nice, and is a real reason to vote that way. But there’s one catch: Labor hasn’t ‘...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 11:43am

Following the massive success of its launch party, BPM Originals' Bookclub returns for a second week with local boy Basenji headlining festivities.


Sydney's own Basenji is set to kill it with his unique wave of electronic Aussie...

Posted 28 Jun 2016 @ 4:01pm

1. Growing Up


My father was also a DJ and a club owner; I have a strong memory of going with him record shopping when I was just ten years old. We used to stay the entire day listening to all kinds of music in the stores, trying to find good records. When I was 14 I started going to his club and I fell in love with underground music.


2. Inspirations


Posted 28 Jun 2016 @ 3:32pm

We’re neck-deep in the European summer, which means almost no electronic acts want to even consider coming to Australia due to our godawful weather and the fact that they can make ten times the cash over there (but really who knows after Brexit?).


Even if they did fancy coming Down Under, the promoters that have the contacts are too busy focusing on their food-based venues now...

Posted 28 Jun 2016 @ 12:41pm

Oxjam, the month-long music festival raising money to help Oxfam fight poverty around the world, is back in Australia for 2016 - and now the details of the Sydney launch event are here.


The party people behind UNDR Ctrl will celebrate their second birthday with a full venue Oxford Art Factory takeover in July, doubling as the official Sydney launch for Oxjam 2016.


Posted 28 Jun 2016 @ 12:16pm

Sydney will be transformed into a hotbed of dance and live performances this September, as the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender makes its debut in our fine city.


The Red Bull Music Academy's dedicated festival event has taken over a number of cities around the world previously, from Tokyo to Vienna, Warsaw and Stockholm, and now it's Sydney's turn. With the festival spanning...

Posted 23 Jun 2016 @ 11:00am

It was two decades ago that the creative forces behind Danish-born Sannie Carlson – AKA Whigfield – decided to send off her debut self-titled album with one final single, after a shelf life of two years.


Little did they know the song itself – the kitschy dancefloor-filler ‘Sexy Eyes’ – would end up exploding on a global level, including a top ten position and platinum sales...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 3:58pm

Oooh mumma.


It’s been way too long in between drinks, but the house and techno dons Dense & Pika [above] are coming back to town. They’re regulars at the likes of Trouw, Panorama Bar, Fabric and BPM, and have a fan base including George Fitzgerald, Adam Beyer, Dubfire and Jackmaster. Their Colt EP from 2013 is still all-time, and the title track is one of the best piano-...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 2:56pm

With more than a week having passed since Orlando, the mainstream press is slowly forgetting about it.


Sure, as new information comes out, the media will duly report on it, but our day-to-day lives have more or less returned. The Australian media has turned its focus back to the election; the circus goes on.


Some of us won’t forget so easily. Of course, those...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 10:17am

Earthcore, the outdoor dance festival that takes place each year in regional Victoria, is bringing its seed to Sydney for a one-off 'friendly day doof' this November.


Photo: Ari Adar


As part of the Earthcore In The Park initiative, which will also see the party extend to Perth, some of the festival's biggest names will make their way to a to-be-announced...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 9:30am

It’s been a busy year or so for Chris Emerson, who at the back end of 2015 stepped up to become the sole member of What So Not, following the departure of good mate Flume from the project.


“It’s been very intense,” Emerson says. “I had a show in Red Rock in Colorado with Jamie xx and Chromeo, and then in the morning we had to leave on a direct flight to Frankfurt. Then I had to...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 3:46pm

1. Growing Up


My main childhood memory is being misunderstood at school and having a really hard time communicating my vision. At the same time I was a popular guy, a rather prominent figure. I think I owe my very eclectic discography and unpredictable musical output to this personality contradiction, this glitch in the matrix.


2. Inspirations

Apart from...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 10:24am

Now in its fourth year, dance music festival Listen Out is back with a handpicked selection of artists for 2016.  


Taking to the stage for this year will be the likes of A$AP Ferg, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Baaur, Claptone, Cosmo's Midnight, Gorgon City (DJ Set), Jauz, Joy., L D R U, Ngaiire, RUFUS in their last Australian shows for this year, Stormzy, Sui Zhen (...

Posted 17 Jun 2016 @ 1:58pm

BPM Originals, the team that's worked on dance events at Home Nightclub and Stereosonic, is launching a new Thursday night party at North Sydney's Greenwood Hotel - and Client Liaison will be there to christen it.


Those purveyors of style and stylish tunes, Client Liaison, will perform a DJ set at the inaugural edition of Bookclub. These events will celebrate some of the...

Posted 17 Jun 2016 @ 12:24pm

Bondi's Beach Road Hotel will host Discovery, Nes and more next week.


The Valley at the Beach Road Hotel is hosting numerous parties over the next few weeks, including its regular hump day events and a post-Origin celebration (or consolatory boogie). 


Melbourne boys Discovery will take to The Valley on Wednesday June 22 as part of their Tron Tour - a tribute to...

Posted 17 Jun 2016 @ 12:22pm

Sydney's Cargo Bar and Red Bull have teamed up for a new Saturday night party, Precious Cargo. 


The weekly Saturday party will boast new production and special guest DJs including Fingers, Trent Rackus, DJ Ocky, Morgan Harper, Nukewood, Kormak and Danny Simms. 


The first event kicks off this weekend with Fingers, Trent Rackus and DJ Ocky. 

Posted 17 Jun 2016 @ 11:34am

The Sydney crew is expanding its tenth birthday lineup and bringing the event foward into the afternoon. 


As previously announced, the Purple Sneakers DJ crew is celebrating its tenth birthday with a huge party at the Lord Gladstone Hotel. The party is also a part of the Sydney Vivid lineup. 


Added to the Ten Years Of Taste bill are Wordlife, FlexMami, Nes, Kato...

Posted 16 Jun 2016 @ 10:00am

Jack Garratt is evidently a morning person.


Despite the fact he has woken up a mere 30 minutes before his interview with the BRAG, the rising talent proves unbelievably chipper. This is a man who handles his press while blasting around Europe on a tour bus – a man who can juggle promo work and performing, all with the sleep still stuck in his eyes. 


“It is...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 6:13pm

I’m not sure about you, but domain.com.au is going HAM on my Facebook feed with sponsored posts, desperately trying to get my attention. Every day, a new post from Domain appears at the top of my feed, vying for my clicks.


The other day, a story appeared about share houses that share more than just living space: they share ideas, communities, beliefs. No shit, I thought. Anyone...