Hijak Special Bios #7 – Able8

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Last but never least on our showcase list (although of course there’s no such thing as least w/ Hijak) is one Able8.  Melbourne niche beats’ nicest fella and overachiever with a ridiculous amount of qualifications to boot. The pies/fingers ratio is off the hook right here.

Top shelf future beats production with a couple of albums out, label king at Uncomfortable Beats, a zillion tracks on small label compilations all over the shop, and sure-fire collaboration with such talent as Melody Myla, Benny Diction and U-Wish.  His dedication to beats in Australia is truely remarkable, as will be his DJ performance at Hijak.

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Uncomfortable Beats/Able8 Bandcamp:  uncomfortablebeats.bandcamp.com
Able8 Soundcloud:
 soundcloud.com/able8
Able8 Facebook:  facebook.com/able8

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Hijak Special Bios #6 – U-Wish

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Originally hailing from Perth, James Harris aka U-Wish has solidly been carving a niche out for himself for the last couple of years.  At this upcoming Hijak special, you can expect him to be right on point as usual with his unique blend of hip-hop, future beats and bass music.

One of Melbourne’s most in-demand DJs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights around small niche venues, U-Wish also keeps himself flat-out organising events for his project Cymatic Society, producing and releasing his own beats, and assisting with getting other artists’ tracks together for Uncomfortable Beats.

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U-Wish Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/u-wish
U-Wish Facebook:  facebook.com/u-wish

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Hijak Special Bios #5 – Ghostsoul

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Rob Healey aka Ghostsoul is a producer’s producer.

You probably wouldn’t have seen him for a while because of the work he does in live sound engineering and also currently video game soundtrack development.

He’ll be coming back exclusively for this episode of Hijak for a rare showcase of his brand new sounds.  Noted for his live performances, Ghostsoul has released three extremely realised and polished albums on Hopskotch Records and Uncomfortable Beats, and is also noted for his work doing what he does best – making sound sound good.

Healey’s dub and trip-hop sounds are influenced by the world around him and his love of science and space, in making recordings he likes to view as “artifacts in the middle of nowhere”, which rather than a nihilistic view is more one recognising the beauty of all that stuff in between the gaps.

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Ghostsoul Bandcamp:  ghostsoul.bandcamp.com
Ghostsoul Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/ghostsoul
Ghostsoul Facebook:  facebook.com/ghostsoul

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Hijak Special Bios #3 – Merc Swazey

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Merc Swazey is an exciting and hilarious live hip-hop MC headlining the show, with brand new material debuting exclusively at Hijak!  This new work utilises his new alibi highlighting the undeniable swag of Andre Agassi.

Formely a rap-battling heavyweight in New Zealand known as Hash, Merc Swazey was created on a whim to satirise and have fun with current rap trends in an on-point and engaging manner, but still as formidable as a real hip-hop MC from his rap battle days.

Swazey has worked with trap producer NettSmoney to create a tropical and catchy rap flavour that’s humourous and catchy as fuck, yet grounded in solid and talented lyricism and rhyming patterns second to none.

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Merc Swazey/Nett$money Bandcamp:  nettsmoney.com/album/loud
Merc Swazey Soundcloud:  soundcloud.com/merc_swazey
Merc Swazey Facebook: facebook.com/merc.swazey/

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Hijak Special Bios #2 – Kayhat

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Controversial director of Haarp Media and Hijak, and also up to speed on the decks.  As a DJ, Kayhat has an eclectic history starting from 1995 at the age of 15 as a community radio announcer at Byron Bay’s BAYFM. Since organising his first electronic music event series in 2006, he has organised nearly 100 events in both northern NSW and Melbourne.

He DJ’s an eclectic blend of sounds from techno to footwork to UK bass to trap to hip-hop.  To celebrate his last set in Melbourne for quite a time, he’ll be playing an extended afternoon set, focusing on his impressive mid-2000s minimal house collection of vinyl, but also making forays into up-to-date sounds of UK bass, future beats and house music.

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Kayhat DJ sets:  mixcloud.com/kayhat
Kayhat Facebook:  facebook.com/kayhat

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Thursday 24 September – Haarp Media VIP Sessions #1 feat. Ollie Olsen @ Grumpy’s

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Who Is Ollie Olsen??

Olsen is now active again as member of three-piece noise and soundscape band Taipan Tiger Girls, who have launched their first full-length album – 1 – in a live show at the Old Bar on 31 July.

As so far as history goes, Norwegian-bron, Melbourne-raised Ollie Olsen developed interest in electronic music in the mid 70s and studied under German composer Felix Werder. He went on to work on a range of experimental work, sound installations and dance music, as well as creating film and television soundtracks.

He was an important part of Melbourne’s punk/post-punk scene in the late 70s/early 80s as leader and vocalist, and with others formed punk bands like The Reals and The Young Charlatans. Post-punk work includes such confrontational bands as Whirlywirld, Hugo Klang, Orchestra of Skin and Bone and industrial techno outfit NO.

In 1984, Olsen was asked to appear with band Whirlywirld in cult classic feature film on the Melbourne underground punk scene – Dogs In Space. He also directed the soundtrack, which featured such artists as Iggy Pop, Boys Next Door, Brian Eno and INXS vocalist Michael Hutchence.

Hutchence was lead actor in the movie, and made friends with Olsen. They afterwards collaborated (along with band members John Murphy and Gus Till) in music project Max Q, a classic Australian electronic album with a theme of political paranoia. They mixed the album in New York City, which was remixed by DJ Todd Terry.

Olsen came back to Australia and was a part of the early techno scene in Melbourne. He played in cities across the country and co-managed label Psy-Harmonics with Andrew Till (Gus Till’s brother and current label manager of Machine). His various projects and collaborations at that time included Third Eye, Antediluvian Rocking Horse and Shaolin Wooden Men.

However, as his music was always uncompromising, he became less interested in generic dance music, and went back to the underground to refocus on his personal projects. After release of album Emptiness in 1999, Olsen re-embraced his noise roots with collaborations on electro-acoustic projects like I Am The Server, and worked with many artists from Australia, Japan (notably The Boredoms) and South Africa.

In 2008, Olsen collaborated with Melbourne electronic composer Steve Law on their drone-based project Mutagen Server. This led to a showcase at Melbourne’s planetarium, along with Robert Henke (Monolake/Ableton designer), who was showcasing his Laying Buddha album.

So as you see, Ollie Olsen has an incredibly diverse and rich history, of which he will be sharing with us all for this most rare of DJ sets. He will also be showcasing other more contemporary experiments into newer genres like witch house.

Please come join us for this very special occasion to celebrate a true Aussie legend of our scene.

Haarp Media VIP Sessions debuts this Thursday at Grumpy’s (125 Smith St, Collingwood). Support DJ Kristian Hatton will be playing his unique blend of contemporary niche genres and old-school know-how from 8-10pm, and Ollie will set it on fire from 10am-12am.  Entry is free.