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).

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/588610204552707/

Written by Kristian Hatton.

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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!

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1377169122546653/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Written by Kristian Hatton.

Hi-Five: Melbourne’s Producers/DJs and Their Current Favourite Track – Part 4

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Selector #16 – 2fuddha

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That man in the bushes – 2fuddha – is a secret ninja and a real sneak with music, he plays a range of classic UK and US house and techno, garage, dubstep, trap and footwork. You can catch him playing regularly around joints like efiftyfive, The Lounge and Black Cat, and he’s involved in production with the likes of Able8 and friendships.

He’s watching you right now as you read this.

Track Selection: Dj Phil (feat. Sat P.M.) – Access (Booty Call Records)

“It is effective in its simplicity, but has a unique take on the footwork and Chicago house sound. I also respect the way Phil creates a lush, soulful sound in his tracks using very few instruments and no vox.”

Selector #17 – Bevin Campbell

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Bevin Campbell is special force co-ops DJ captain for PBS’s The Blend, member of Uncomfortable Beats, as well as audio/visual crew Movement, who host a special every year at the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Finally, he also is part of the Haarp Media core techno/electro unit Trans Melbourne Xprss, along with fellow soldiers Baby-T, Kayhat, VJ Slippery Jim and Sarah Quill.

Track Selection: Special Request – Deranged (Houndstooth)

“While it’s been around for a few months now this album is still on repeat. Old school jungle revivalist sound at its best, big warehouse rave techno and the warmth of analogue production. Paul Woolford showing his long honed talents.

It’s to hard to pick a track but either Deranged or Hackney Parrot (Special Request VIP) are amongst the best. Keep one eye firmly on Houndstooth, one to watch in 2014. With Rob Booth at the helm of A&R for the label you know its good. xx”

Selector #18 – Mike Gurrieri

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Known as one of Melbourne’s more eclectic selectors, Mike Gurrieri’s sets take in elements of jazz, soul, hip hop, electronica & worldly fusions. A regular on Melbourne’s club & bar circuit, he can also be heard on his weekly radio show Sunny Side Up on Kiss FM (Thursday mornings at 9am), and his label Equinox Recordings has released local music from the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, Kirkis, Demian, and The Raah Project.

Track Selection: Amp Fiddler – Take It (self-released)

“Amp Fiddler returns from a six-year hiatus after dealing with some personal tragedies, and proves why he is still the real deal. Teaming up on this track with the always-sublime Raphael Saadiq, Amp lays down some serious Motor City Soul. It feels good to have him back releasing music.”

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Selector #19 – DJ Mzrizk

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DJ Mzrizk is one of Melbourne hip-hop’s brightest DJs, and her love for the hip-hop elements has seen her playing her cuts at local and international festivals like Glastonbury, supporting acclaimed rap stars like Mos Def, and working youth work shops for places like Vibe Australia and Darebin City Council.

You can hear her play at her weekly radio showat KISSFM – Urban Fervour (Wednesday 9-10:30am) and hosting regular shows at venues like The Lounge and Section 8.

Track Selection: Remi – Saggin (House of Beige)

“…currently my favorite MC from Australia, great flow and lyrical content.”

Selector #20 – ShutterSound

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ShutterSound aka Sarah Buckley-Jones is an up-and-coming DJ who varies between 4-4 garage and house sounds, grounded in dubby sensibilities. She currently hosts a monthly show every second Tuesday (from 8-9pm) at trnsmt.tv called Bass Regime, and also hosts a sound session on Thursday evening at the Thornbury Local on a regular basis.

Track Selection: Paleman – The Day (Swamp 81)

“(This is) my newest record, caught between garage and house with a dark twist. Loefah has been hitting with the Swamp 81 releases and this one is from Paleman is the right amount of off-kilter yet spot-on.”

Compiled by Kristian Hatton.