Friday 15 March – Triple Threat: Haarp Media’s Third Birthday!

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I never really saw this thing going for this long. I don’t think it’s really gone that far, but I guess it’s gotten a bit of a rep around Melbourne. It’d be nice to think we have gotten a bit of a rep as a media outlet that does things with integrity, honesty and from a place of community and grass roots.

It’s our third birthday now, so we’re chucking a party. 2fuddha, Lady Banton and I (Kayhat) will be playing some beats at Horse Bazaar.

We’ve got a lot more to come in the next year, and things should see us finally getting this blog into a proper online magazine format (as I’ve been procrastinating about for more than a year), maybe some print, maybe some new writers we can rely on, maybe some great new parties with bigger names.

In another three years, we’ll still be doing exactly what we’ve always attempted to do, support local arts and culture, present an eclectic range of electronic and hip-hop music, put on some great small parties, and provide a good grade of music journalism without being lazy or resorting to cheap tactics to get your attention.

Thank you to all our readers and supporters, I love you all and it’s an honour to be a part of it all. Come celebrate with us this Saturday and let the good times roll.

8pm-1am. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Entry by Donation (suggested $5).

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Note: please support us by donating at this event, any extra money we get will go towards paying our website guy to get things up and running in an awesome new format to support the beats community with.

Need more reasons why? Here, take a look at our output and list of support given…

INTERVIEWS/SONG PICKS WITH AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS

Ghostsoul, Lewis Smart (Asylum Seeker), Morganics, Abe Ape, Mote, Lilly Pilly Photography, Aoi, DJ CTOAFN, Aneurythm, Lysdexic, Sam I Am, Srialdabaoth, Bevin Campbell, Kymaera, Juxtpose, Chiara Kickdrum, Sailax, Stryka D, Titus 12, DJ Lame, Dubfonik, Wednesday Experiment, DJ Lickweed, Syncretia, Decksi, Rory McPike, Baddums.

INTERVIEWS WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

Haltya, Pole, Netsky, Filastine, Kode9, Max Cooper, Unsub

REVIEWS OF ALTERNATIVE ECLECTIC BEATS (Labels and Artists)

Christchurch Quake Relief Album, Retort Records, Hopskotch Records, Bedroom Research, Lodsb, Ribongia, Mike Berkley, Beats Home, Uncomfortable Beats, Dempefka, Aneurythm, Warpa!nt, Homme, Aoi, Lukey Cage, The Hermit, Broque, Modular Expansion, Sarantis, Senseless Records, Anodyne Industries, Erika, Interdimensional Transmissions, Mind Muncher, Namine, PANTyRAiD, Ryan Hemsworth, Wedidit, Magic Panda, Tigerbeat6, Zomby, Monkey Marc, Able8, Flako, Project Mooncircle, DeeP MedI Records, Dan Lagadere, Vanina Hanin, Syncretia, KL, RaRaKIN Collective, Slugabed, Activia Benz, Bass Art, George Issakidis, Swindle, Juxtpose, Shortcircles, Defunkt Dialekt, Irrational Media Society, G3D9, Azured Vault, Plug Research, Kingdom, Vertical XL, Techno Allah, Robot Elephant Records, Bulldozer Rituals, LiL jABBA, Teklife, Sleeper, Chestplate Records, Styles Upon Styles, Egadz, Local Action, Geomatic and Lagowski, Strange Place Records, Inkstain Pro, Sanys, Downfall Theory, Digital Puppy, ABR Records, Silkie, Jonny Faith, Virtual Proximity, Benny Diction, Ghostek, Reeko/Architectural, 96wrld, Druid Cloak, Ghostsoul, Burial, Tigermoth, Titus 12, Reef Relief Vol.1.

(some of the) ARTICLES ON MELBOURNE EVENTS

City Of Lost Children, Somatica Festival, Epic Concoction, Prehistoric Treats, No Parlay Boat Party, Wobble vs Riot, Earthcore, Wax Museum Ladies Night, Doshy @Uncomfy, Soundwave, Let Them Eat Cake, Daylesford Chill-Out Festival, Bojangles, Baauer, Crack – Hard Electronic Core, Fundraiser for ‘Coach for Tibet’, Moving Forward, BBA, Jeff Mills, Fundamental Frequencies, Espionage, Wobble, Haze @ Loop, Machine, Beat Buffet II – Lentil As Anything Charity, Basement Sessions, Winter Beats Sound System, Wordsmiths, Red Bull Academy events, The Kiwi Invasion, Culprate @ RMH, Ruckus, Deepchild, Outlook Festival Launch Party, Terrobang, CCR present Decade, Unsub @ Roxannes, Mungo’s Hi-Fi @ Night Owl, Homo Mixtape Launch, Phunk!, Global Bass Music, Electric Universe Collective, Tonic, Lilly Pilly’s Birthday Bashes, Soundbytes, Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Brookes Brothers, Dispatch Recordings Label Night, James Blake Afterparty, Dub FX Christmas Party, Forward Ever, Braindance feat. Daisuke Tanabe, Arthouse, Enter:Outer, Alt Future, Speedy J, Invictus, Enclave, Animator – Future Beats EP Launch, Fireflies, Spring Break, Shapeshifter, Forward Ever, Earth, Opiuo, Render, Bizarro Hip-hop and Experimental Noise, Election Day w/ L-Burn, Alpha Steppa, Are you Mad?, Raise It up Charity Event, JamCube Open Jam, Trust, Melbourne Fresh Industry Showcase, Bort, Bringing It Back To The Elements, Repeat Offender: Robert Hood, Decksi Launch, Help A Brother Out events, Doesn’t Matter events, Disco Bizarre, Autobahn, D-Files, Bananas, Wax On Wax Off, Urban Fervour, Subfetish, MIDI Pipe Organ Project, Bass Cartel Extravaganza, Get The Curse, Rumble in da Jungle Fundraiser, Miles Cosmo Album Launch, Hologram City, Bazaar Stories Storytelling, Slamalamadingdong, Fragmented Sounds, Hip-Hop Stand-Up, USC, Luka Lesson Book Launch, Steppin Out, Awfully Nice, Phillipines Fundraiser, Projections Open Air Day Party, Laneway Safari, Paradisco, Back to Life, The Silastic Party of Boomstix, Radio Residency, Discover Melbourne Beats and Bass, Transmission, Code: Media Lab Melbourne Fundraiser, Shiriken + Minimum Chips, Entropy, Mad Bass Ting, Streetfighter II Tournament, Tastemakers, BUMP, Mellow Dias Thump, Network of Lines Album Launch, Taka and Fumi’s Karaoke Party, Ferdydurke’s Friday Sessions, Rizky’s Block Parties, Gravitate, Midweek Beats.

CREWS SUPPORTED

Hopskotch Records, L-Burn Illuminati, The Operatives, Epic Concoction, Uncomfortable Beats, Motio Productions, Twisted Audio, Retort Records, Beats Home, All-City Bass, Whomp!, Adapted Records, Scarlett Vogue Productions, RTIST, Wobble, Riot, Earthcore, Heartical Hi-Fi, Adrian’s Wall, Wax Museum, Beat Buffet, Lowkey, Bojangles, Rats, Machine, BBA, Hoodratz, Xandepic, Culture Jam, Combat Wombat, Rogue Magnetic Sound, We Built This Pyramid, Caribbean Cook-out, Heavy Innit, Spacewalk, Electric Owl, Psy-Harmonics, BBA, Enig’Matik Records, Funf Touring, Darkbeat, Rock Like This, Black Market, Foolproof, Kinematic Records, Pullproxy, Resident Assistant, Time Out Magazine, Cyclic Defrost, Pitchfork Media, XLR8R, Village Voice, Movement, Blend Corp, 50-50, Onepuf, RaRaKIN, Bass Art, Ruckus, Terrobang, CCR, Trabeadelic, Electric Universe Collective, Dubstep Australia, Soundbytes, Dispatch Recordings, Youth In Revolt, The Frequecy Lab, Space is the Place, Mokumo, Virtual Proximity, Factory, Tekstep, Castle Music, Instinct, New Dub City, Stable, Doesn’t Matter, Baker Street, Melbourne Techno Collective, Melbourne DnB Movement, Daftwho?, KISSFM, PBSFM, TRNSMT, Triple R, Brothers Hand Mirror, This Thing, Sinister Jazz, OPM Design, School of Thought, DIY Hi-Fi, Dance Technique, Rubix Funhouse Fridays, Mellow Dias Thump, Novel, 303, Too Much, All Good, Ethno Tekh.

VENUES SUPPORTED

Miss Libertines (RIP), Horse Bazaar, The Laundry, Black Cat, Liberty Social Club, Brown Alley, MyAeon, Loop, The Dojo, The Night Owl, Boney, Howler Melbourne, Noise Bar, Cape Lounge, Level 2 Danceclub, Rubix Warehouse, Ferdydurke, eFiftyFive, Thornbury Local, RMH – The Venue, Roxannes, The Lounge, Evelyn Hotel, Hi-Fi Bar, The Forum, Mercat, New Guernica, Section 8, Tote, Revolver, 161 Rooftop, Prince Bandroom, The Espy, Workshop, Dsico Beans, Revolt Artspace, Forgotten Worlds, Bar Open, The Malthouse, USC, The Bottom End, I Know A Place, CERES Environmental Park, The Loch and Key, Shirley Burke Theatre, Wrangler Studios, Melbourne Recital Centre.

HAARP MEDIA PARTIES

Indoor Sessions, Superstitious, Freaky People’s Lounge, Marc of Respect – Monkey Marc Charity Event, Haarp Media Sunday Styles – Juke, Haapy Mondays @ Horse Bazaar (15 events for free), Hi-Jak, Neigh-Bours (x3), Trans Melbourne Xprss (x2), Lowdown Hoedown, Permanent Press, Submersive:Subversive.

Written by Kristian Hatton.

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Thursday 27 February – Hi-Jak feat. Kayhat + U-Wish + Able8 @e55

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Come along this Thursday evening to catch Able8, U-Wish and myself (Kayhat) play at eFiftyFive for a session of beats that are right on the pulse of where it’s at right now.

I have to say that it’s always fun playing with two guys that have become very close to me as workmates and friends over the last couple of years, and all of us are really passionate about our scene in Melbourne. It’s something we believe in enough to be out night after night as three guys who are out all the time.

Why is this night different to other nights? Why would you want to see us play yet again? I’ll tell you why plain and simple without embellishment.

When us three get together, some magic happens. We all come from similar places, yet we still contrast each other in a really positive blend. Last time we got together at eFIftyFive, we had everyone engaged to our sound platter from start to finish.

Do you detect a little bit of bias in this article? Of course. Can any journalist who does things on a voluntary basis be impartial? I love what I do, and it’s what I am in essence. We’re all about love for our beats community, and we’ll show you this love when we combine like Voltron for you.

Hope to see you there, kids, much love. We fucking represent.

8pm-1am. eFiftyFive, Basement Level, 55 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 22 February – The Lowdown Hoedown

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So we assume you’d like to know where the location of this event is?

First, allow us to tell you a little about why we decided to do an outdoor event. Or just scroll through the rant and check out the location at the bottom.

I was raised in northern NSW, which had a very strong outdoor electronic music scene. Unfortunately, this scene was extremely one-dimensional. You could only play certain kinds of psytrance, or at best, certain kinds of “glitch-hop”.

Note I place inverted commas there, as the majority of Australian content produced tends to be downtempo melodic electronic funk, based around similar melody structures to psytrance. This deviates from the originators like Prefuse 73, and has absolutely nothing to do with actual hip-hop.

Anyway, where were we?

There was very little chance of any other form of electronica getting on the program of NNSW, but this never stopped my notion there were plenty of other ways to create synergy with an outdoor atmosphere through electronic music.

Now I live in Melbourne, where a lot of possibilities have been generated in recent times from such festivals as Let Them Eat Cake and Earth.

Together with my fellow conspirators Warpa!nt (of Lowkey) and Rolex Bifta (of Rogue Magnetic Sound), we aim to present a showcase that is more in touch with contemporary urban sounds and representative of Melbourne’s electronic music scene, except conducted in a way that has a better feel on the outdoor tip.

How do we intend to do this, you say?

We are going to focus on drum and bass, hip-hop instrumental off-shoots, ghetto tek and house, and deep dubstep, of which we think are more valid electronically in Melbourne’s urban climate of who we are and what kind of sounds really drive us.

To get this job done the way we envision it, we’ve gathered a 100% local line-up of people you hear playing around the city on a weekly basis, representative of all those different sounds you hear laced through all your favourite town bars.

We’ll also be playing this through the very awesome full Rogue Magnetic Sound rig, which packs a whopping 10k of soundwaves. There’s no residencies for miles around, so I doubt the cops will have reason to complain and will let us have our right to play. We’ll also be shutting down before midnight in consideration of native fauna.

We’ll be placing all of this in Warrigal Park in Heidelberg, close to the Heidelberg Cricket Club. We’ll let you work out how to get there, or you can figure out how to contact me if you have any further questions about the party.

Bring fun stuff to do (hoops, juggling balls, frisbees, etc), your own grog (no glass if you can help it), cushions to place your bum on, and an open and positive mind to electronic music possibilities. There’s also a river nearby, so bring some togs and a towel, and we should hopefully have some BBQ food on site too, and also face painting being done.

See you there! Let’s recreate the term “doof” 😀

2-11pm, Outdoor Location TBA, By Donation (suggested $10 to cover our costs).

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Sunday 15 September – Haarp Media presents Submersive:Subversive feat Inkstain Pro, Steve Law + more

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Pre-drinks, networking, chilling, A dinner, and then a dance party on a Sunday at Horse Bazaar.

PROGRAM!!!!

5-6pm:
Hair of the Dog network hour with chill vibes.
A chance to check out our zine, and talk with the very cool, creative and casual mix of genius we inevitably attract to gatherings like ours. Haarp Media editor Kayhat will show you what tunes we’ve been digging lately.

6-8pm:
An exclusive buffet-style dinner for 25 participants. The menu and price will shortly be announced, but you can expect the dumplings and bites to keep flowing. Syncretia and Memphis poet laureate IQ will perform their electronic jazz and vocals, before Steve Law defines electronic ambiance with his live modular analog set.

8-11pm:
Inkstain Pro and friends will be keeping the party hot with live hip-hop, scratching DJs with the latest in fresh spring beats to getcha tail poppin’ like it’s NYE. Other DJs include Sensi and Jonny Faith, professionals in contemporary beats and scratch flow dominance.

Musicians Featured…

STEVE LAW (live analog soundscape)
https://soundcloud.com/zenparadox

SYNCRETIA (feat. jazz poet IQ)
http://syncretia.com/

INKSTAIN PRO (+ friends)
http://inkstainpro.bandcamp.com/

JONNY FAITH (recently launched The Europa EP)
https://soundcloud.com/jonnyfaith

SENSI (DJ of Allganiks and Sensi Warriors)
https://soundcloud.com/sensiwarriors

KAYHAT (editor of Haarp Media)
http://haarpmedia.tumblr.com/
https://soundcloud.com/kayhat

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<rant>Haarp Media is now into its third year of inception as a concept that embraces Melbourne electronic and roots people as a community of artists outside of commerce.

These first two years have seen Haarp Media grow as a irregularly-posted blog into a functional weekly events site, featuring a wide variety of crews and sounds around Melbourne, both big and small.

Our music and event reviews have been seen at such institutes as Cyclic Defrost, and now we are coming to our own, with our articles existing in a solid format for a multimedia audience taking inspiration from global media practitioners like Pitchfork and XLR8R.

We are also looking at launching a small run of print to commemorate our efforts thus far. We encourage you to support us by donating at the event.

Thanks to all who have shown love so far, and we’re always happy to speak with musicians and artists about their ideas, especially if they can be of assistance to our voluntary community project.

Peace
K</rant>

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Buffet japanese-style, all-you-can-eat tapas dinner – bookings requested and limited: $25

Tickets: DONATION! (5-10 after dinner, not nessecery but preferable)

5-11pm. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD.

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Sunday 1 September: Haarp Media Sunday Styles #1 – Juke/Footwork

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Haarp Media launches a new session of events at the iconic Black Cat Bar in Fitzroy as a chilled-out option for the end of the weekend.

The aim for our events is communally-focused and family oriented. We want people to feel comfortable and at home at our events in a nice and relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people before getting on with the week’s chore ahead. It’s actually possible to find warm and friendly local company even here in the city.

Every session we will play new and exotic electronic music for listeners based on genre as a guideline, but not exclusively. We are attempting to encapsulate different vibes of movements with this series, and we encourage more diversity within the greater pool of humanity and creativity.

Chicago Juke is a variant of Ghetto or Booty House that utilises rapid and sparse pacing of 150-160bpm, and is known for its lo-fi sound and complex drum machine programming and patterns. It represents a new direction and sound for producers to find inspiration from.

Juke evolved to match the energy of footwork, a dance style born in the disparate ghettos, house parties and underground dance competitions of Chicago. Living hand in hand with juke music, footwork is one of the last untapped (and resultantly, unfiltered) hood dance music styles in the world.

Expect tunes by DJ Rashad, Lil Jabba, Om Unit, DJ Spinn and many more, mixed to perfection by some of the most forward thinking DJs in Melbourne in 2Fuddha, Kayhat, Tom Mac and U-Wish. The event is free for the community.

8-1am, Black Cat, 252 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Free!

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Examples of Footwork/Juke Music