Saturday 11 April – La Vida Doesa Video Launch @ Horse Bazaar

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Rapper and vocalist Muma Doesa is releasing the clip for her track ‘La Vida Doesa’ – produced by Anthony ‘Stay Nice’ Martino (formerly of hip-hop outfit Allganiks), and this track will feature on upcoming album Ms Fortune.

Scheduled for release on Sunday 12 April, you will be granted a sneak peek of this video, which was filmed in New York and features Bronx-based graffiti artist Fever aka Lady-K Fever. After released, you will be able to view the clip ***HERE***

The launch will be held at Horse Bazaar and will of course feature a live performance by Muma Doesa and will be supported by Sensi, Bahdoesa, Bumaye and Cuznmatt.  Dress code is old-school hip-hop.

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Genre: Hip-hop, rnb, funk

Time: 9pm-late

Place: Horse Bazaar,  397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD

Cost: $10 at the door

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Saturday 15 February – Taka and Fumi’s Karaoke Party feat. South Rakkas Crew, Morganics and Monkey Marc @ Horse Bazaar

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Somehow, U-Wish and I have been stooged into doing Karaoke and are set to embarrass ourselves horrifically this Saturday.

Ordinarily, we might leave this one for other superstars, except this is to celebrate our friends and Horse Bazaar directors Taka and Fumi’s combined birthday and wedding anniversary. They will be celebrating two years of happy marriage to date.

Join a host of other Melbourne local singers, MCs, DJs and friends including Elf Tranzporter, Heptune, Quashani, Muma Doesa and Mzrizk (amongst others), as we set sail for many shared laughs and good times in this public celebration of love, birth and partnership.

Hold up, wait, there’s more.

Not only will Australian hip-hop elements star Morganics be rocking some tasty rare global beats and treats (and hosting the Karaoke), but also Combat Wombat and dancehall label Jahtari‘s Monkey Marc will be stepping up some beats.

Oh and by the way, Mad Decent’s South Rakkas Crew will be doing a DJ set. For free. Holy shitballs. Nuff said, let’s tune our vocal cords and get that lyrical blade trained, and also get ready to dance a good one.

8pm-1am. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

February’s Haapy Mondays @ Horse Bazaar – Coming Guests!

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Just in case you don’t know, Haapy Mondays are a weekly non-profit for-the-community event established by Haarp Media last year, in a bid to nurture up-and-coming producers and DJs in Melbourne. We don’t ask for any money for performance, just food and drink, that way it’s a simple exchange of entertainment for hospitality on a slow night of the week which can keep on going without threat of financial downturn.

James “U-Wish” Harris and I (Kayhat) perform as residents every week with a special guest, who is usually a friend or an associate who comes to our events, or someone who approaches us who wishes to express themselves via electronic or hip-hop music performance. We pride outselves on our friendly and relaxed Monday culture of regular patrons, $6 pints, wines and basics, and awesome Japanese cuisine as cooked by soul mama chef and Horse Bazaar co-director (along with husband Fumi),Takako Enomoto.

We invite you to come along to our sessions, and here’s what’s forthcoming for February. Shortest month of the year, still chockas for quality local entertainment and good times.

Episode #14 – Lowkey Lockdown – 10 February

Sebastian Elkner aka Warpa!nt and Sarah Buckley-Jones aka Shuttersound are two northside artists and friends I met during Seb’s Lowkey – Midweek Beats sessions (now finished) – previously held at The Thornbury Local on High Street.

Lowkey was one of the first places to invite me as a DJ to play, and was my first true home in Melbourne as some form of residency.

I got to see both of my new friends evolve at this event as artists too. Both of them came from heavy UK dubstep influence, and both have elevated their own personal brand of beats from this influence.

Warpa!nt released an EP on Hopskotch Records, which combined his love for hip-hop, techno and garage stylings, whilst Shuttersound developed more progressive and house stylings from her work with non-profit humanitarian crew Beat Buffet and a trip to Europe she made in recent times.

Come and hear why I rate my friends not just as friends, but also two of Melbourne’s elite DJs and producers.

Episode #15 – Tiger Style – 17 February

L-Burn Illuminati member Tigermoth is also a mean DJ as DJ Tengu. Tigermoth’s reputation precedes itself from a jazz-infused, back-to-basics approach to hip-hop production and DJing.

Also playing with us to compliment this night’s hip-hop theme is ex-Sydney scratcher Rav, whose affiliation with other Sydney hip-hop element purveyors speaks for itself with Rav’s seemless scratching. His hands do the talking.

Come down and get a piece of hip-hop at its finest, and James and I will be sure to get in on the act of back-to-basics tracks and mixing approaches.

Episode #16 – Elph Debut – 24 February

Peter O’Leary from the Wednesday Experiment has found some new talent in songstress Elissa. Peter’s trip-hop-style of production is inspired by such artists as Lamb, Portishead and Massive Attack.

We’re all very interested as see what kind of Monday experiment Elissa and Peter have lined up, as his last project was received well by Victorian audiences. We expect that this one will be on a similar tip, except influenced and molded into something new by Elissa. They will be playing an hour and a half from 7:30-9pm, make sure you get in early to get some space to sit.

6-10pm. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Monkey Marc’s DIY Sound System to be used at Horse Bazaar this Friday

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Hot off the presses, kids, confirmation has been given that we will be using Monkey Marc’s super awesome happy DIY sound system!

This fantastic system boasts a unique and full sound, and is carefully hand-crafted with love to bring magic to your ears! It’s also run on natural juice from the sun, i.e. solar power.

Monkey Marc and the Combat Wombats have used this system whilst trekking over the country through deserts protesting on human rights and environmental issues, so you can feel the revolution in the basstones.

Something like this is bound to make the Friday night line-up of Aoi, Ghostsoul, Titus12, Kayhat and U-Wish sound even more spectacular.

The Neigh-bours events are a collaboration between Uncomfortable Beats, L-Burn Illuminati and Haarp Media, three of Melbourne’s finest smaller beats crews. The DIY system is now a regular institute at the Neigh-bours events.

The Neigh-bours team will operate on a pay-as-you-please basis, and all donations of five-plus dollars will also recieve a chance to win a double pass to REDSQ at the Royal Melbourne Hotel on Friday 28 February, featuring Berlin techno artist Redshape.

8pm-1am. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Pay-as-you-please!

Written by Kristian Hatton.

Friday 24 January – Neigh-bours feat. Aoi @ Horse Bazaar

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Our next installment of Neigh-bours is a real treat and insight into the insane store of talent fostered locally in our fair city, Melbourne. Neigh-bours is a communal friendship of local beats crews Uncomfortable Beats, L-Burn Ill – and of course – Haarp Media. We also accredit Horse Bazaar as our home for this event, as we see this place as being a place for locals – especially those within hip-hop and bass-oriented music – to network and support each other.

Headliner and L-Burn Ill affiliate Aoi is possibly Melbourne’s most unique and talented producer of instrumental hip-hop beats. Starting from punk origins playing in bands in Cairns, Aoi was drawn to original hip-hop luminaries like Public Enemy and Kool G Rap because of their raw sampling and drum patterns.

He has attempted to emulate this production by utilising a “caveman” approach in digging for old cuts of jazz drum-breaks, and combining this with a dank basement vibe. This is then interpolated with cuts of sci-fi, anime and other rare oddities within his massive record collection.

Aoi’s live performance involves little in the way of digital usage, and has him drumming his arsenal of drum-breaks and other samples in true contemporary hip-hop instrumental fashion through his array of controllers.

Supporting Aoi are trip-hop revolutionary producer Ghostsoul, UK bass music creator Titus12, and Haapy Mondays duo Kayhat and U-Wish.

Make sure you make it down, because Horse Bazaar has been popping big time lately, as exhibited here at the 397 Massive party last Saturday…

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8pm-1am. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Entry by donation!

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PRIZES!!!!!!111!!!

Also Neigh-bours isn’t Neigh-bours without our fantastic and free prize draw. Last time we gave away two tickets to Let Them Eat Cake. This time we will be drawing a double pass to REDSQ (on Friday 28 February), featuring Redshape. All you have to do is show up, donate to our event, and hopefully win!

For more on the RESQ event, read here.

Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 21 December – Mad Bass Ting @ Horse Bazaar

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This Saturday, Melbourne reggae and hip-hop producer Mista Savona presents Mad Bass Ting at Horse Bazaar, a tightly-run ship of reggae roots, dancehall and hip-hop sensibilities boosted through Monkey Marc’s DIY system, which modestly boasts some of our city’s finest sound without being too overbearing.

The line-up is sensational for its niche, and includes Monkey Marc, Mista Savona, JPS and Bass Bin Laden. With a line-up like this, Horse Bazaar is sure to get packed out, so make sure you get in early.

8pm-1am. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 7 December – Citrus Jam + Entropy @ Horse Bazaar

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Normally we’re not in the habit of mentioning bands, but one of our favourite bar guys at Horse Bazaar – Kieran Moran – is playing with his progressive roots metal band Entropy, along with Citrus Jam.

8-11pm. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Sunday 1 December – The Silastic Birthday of Boomstix!

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Let me get this straight, we’re not about clickiness. We’re inclusive of everyone. Haarp Media was created to report on our subjective view of the Melbourne beats scene. Sometimes this means talking about other people who aren’t DJs, but participants or others who keep things moving for us.

Our buddy Silo keeps us safe at Horse Bazaar. Melbourne’s #1 security guard and all-round good guy is also having a kickass birthday, and us Melbourne beats guys are showing love where it’s due.

Come down around 4pm and we’ll be having a lock-in at Horse Bazaar, with the doors shutting and the tunes cranking (on Monkey Marc’s system). Beat playas in it for the love include 2fuddha, Dysphemic, Able8, Ghostsoul, Gingus, U-Wish, Kayhat, Daily and Ravs.

Happy birthday from all your friends, big fella! It’s good to have as part of our little community!

4pm-12am. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Saturday 23 November – Haarp Media, Uncomfortable Beats & L-Burn Illuminati present Neigh-Bours

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Yes, it’s that time again where we join up with our good friends to bring you our very own production! This time around, we form like Voltron with our buddy crews Uncomfortable Beats and L-Burn Illuminati to bring you this one at our home bar Horse Bazaar.

Some of you might be wondering why we chose these crews and this place to work with. It definately was a gourmet selection for us.

We believe that Uncomfortable Beats are one of Melbourne’s leading crews in innovating in both local and other fresh sounds from around Australia such as Ribongia, Aneurythm and Akouo, in a way that is quintessentially Melbourne, functioning as both label and party maker.

To us, L-Burn Illuminati are Australia’s most original hip-hop group, and do something rare in hip-hop by breaking away from the status quo. They let their personalities shine and (to us) are the equivalent to an Aussie fun-time backyard Wu-Tang Clan. They too are quinessentially Melbourne. All of their music is free at Bandcamp.

Horse Bazaar is our choice for a venue because they’ve always been on the local pulse and exemplify (to us) what being a beats-based community is all about. We love the staff, food, cheap Monday drinks and good times to be had there, and they too are quintessentially Melbourne.

We at Haarp Media also like to think that we’re quintessentially Melbourne ourselves as a blog and also as a DJ click too in our support for the various factions of musical communities all across Melbourne.

And so all of us present this proudly to you as a little bit of our heart and soul. Now presenting our playas…

Merc Swazey (L-Burn Illuminati – NZ)

Latest L-Burn Illuminati member Merc Swazey combines complex rhyming sensibilities with a sense of fun in satirising #yoloswag and trap music. This is one of his first public performances in Melbourne.

Mr DNA (L-Burn Illuminati)

DNA’s smoked-out and dirty lyrical flow has steadily been improving since instigating the L-Burn Illuminati crew, and is this is heard in his latest collaboration with grimey analog boom-bap king DOS4GW on free EP Molecules.

DJ Kid Language Barrier (L-Burn Illuminati)

L-Burn trill member KLB is one of the few brave individuals who specialise in footwork/juke beats, and will also be acting DJ for Swazey and DNA.

Able 8 x Ghostsoul (Uncomfortable Beats – Live)

Able8 and Ghostsoul are singularly unique and original producers, and both share no-nonsense hip-hop instrumental styles to highlight their individual flavours. They combine their elements for this rare and live performance.

Shikung (Uncomfortable Beats)

Shikung is a DJ name synonymous with Melbourne city bass beats, having over a decade’s experience in DJing in virtually every poppin’ spot across our fair city, and leads the way in eclectic DJing of various bass music and hip-hop styles. He will shortly be celebrating ten years of DJing at iconic Brunswick Street bar – the Black Cat.

Warpa!nt (Hopskotch Records/Haapy Mondays – Live)

Warpa!nt’s production is set on the rock of garage, dubstep and hip-hop foundations, and succeeds in creating a sound that is familiar yet original in its depth and atmosphere. He released his first EP Burn City Steppa Vol.1 earlier this year on Hopskotch Records and plays as regular guest at Haarp Mondays.

U-Wish x Kayhat (Cymatic Society/Haapy Mondays)

U-Wish and Kayhat reside every Monday night at Horse Bazaar for a B2B three hour set. U-Wish’s hip-hop, glitch and dubstep/dancehall foundations blends perfectly with Kayhat’s psychedelically dark dubstep, IDM and juke track selection. U-Wish produces his own hip-hop beats and Kayhat’s popular ‘WTF is Glitch-Hop’ mix has had over 250 plays.

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SPECIAL LET THEM EAT CAKE TICKET GIVEAWAY!!!

We are giving away two single passes to Let Them Eat Cake, Melbourne’s biggest niche electronic music festival, worth $150 each. We aren’t going to tell you what time we’re giving them away, so you’d best be there for the event in its entirety to avoid missing out. Every donating attendee will have their name put in the draw once.

DIY SOUND!!!

Monkey Marc’s DIY sound system will turn out our sound perfectly, and we encourage you to donate to help fund the cost of running the system.

That’s about it. Come along, have fun, and also note that all attendees will be put on the guestlist for Hopskotch Records’ Unsub event at Roxanne’s (functioning for us as an after-party), meaning you can go to that party for only $10.

8pm-1am. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD. By Donation!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.

Tuesday 19 November – Bazaar Tales: Live Storytelling

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This little event takes place next Tuesday. It’s part of a series of oratory stories presented by a handful of writers/storytellers on the first and third Tuesdays every month at Horse Bazaar.

For full information on what the Cock and Bull storytelling events are about, click here.

This one is on the theme of Misunderstandings, and the Haarp Media editor Kristian Hatton (myself) will be talking on being frequently misunderstood in the electronic music and writing industry to sometimes hilarious, sometimes hilarious, but always entertaining consequences.

Other storytellers are Phil Andrews, Nadine Clarke, Peter Jones, Victoria Healy, Alanta Colley, Kate Dehnert, Remy Coll, James McCann, Glenn Stephens and Zaid Andrew Alasfar. The night is presented by Jonathan Schuster.

Starts 8pm. Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale Street. Free!

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Written by Kristian Hatton.