Hijak Special Bios #1 – Warpa!nt

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Sebastian Elkner aka Warpa!nt has been gaining more notoriety as a performer in the last year in Melbourne’s bass music scene. He has played support for international heavy-hitting bass acts such as Thelem, P-Money, Royal T and Grouch. He has previously released an EP of originals on Hopskotch Records with more slated for release soon, and is currently involved with bass music crews Dark Riddims and The Wall.

His current project with partner-in-crime Sarah “Shuttersound” Buckley-Jones – Strutcity – is more focused on techno, house and breaks styles built for a strutting dancefloor of ravers, as recently showcased at the Rainbow Serpent Festival.  His set will likely focus on this newer flavour of sound, generally of the UK bass field in autonomic and housey style.

This one will set the tempo and groove for HIJAK – LABOR DAY SPECIAL, and let you all know that this is going to be a party not to miss out on!

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Warpa!nt DJ sets: mixcloud.com/warpaint/
Warpa!nt EP: hopskotch.bandcamp.com/album/
Facebook page: facebook.com/warpaintbeats/

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HIJAK – LABOR DAY SPECIAL – SUNDAY 15 MARCH @ GRUMPY’S

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.

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 2

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Selector #6: Wyldcard

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Wyldcard is Sean Bradney-George, an MC and producer originally hailing from Bellingen, a small town located near Coffs Harbour on the north coast of NSW. The Bellingen area was a popular stomping ground for outdoor doof and experimental jazzed-up psy-glitch music in the fashion of artists like Staunch, Opiuo and Spoonbill.

Sean has spent three years in Melbourne, and has assisted the pioneering of the latter form of music with his series of shows at MyAeon entitled Epic Conconction. He records regularly for labels like Rexette and Hopskotch Records, and also still favours the outdoor festival to perform as an MC. He also does this on a regular basis with partner Bellz as duo Elemental Mesh.

Track Selection: Ripple – Pariedolia (Rexette/Hopskotch)

“Unique combination of bass samples, synthesis and quirky abstract sound design.”

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Selector #7 – Warpa!nt (Hopskotch Records/Lowkey)

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Warpa!nt is Sebastian Elkner, a dub-based producer who operates in atmospheric basstones and dubs. 

He releases on Hopskotch Records at this time, and is set to release some more deep gear this year. His performances are dark, smooth and clean sets, and energetically conducted.

Track Selection: Akkord – Navigate (Houndstooth Records)

“I really dig these guys sound design, they have the right mix of ambiance and drive for me.”

Selector #8 – Chris Vik (Ethno Tekh)

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Chris Vik is in a one-of-a-kind technological act called Ethno Tekh, who perform and create elaborate audio/visual spectaculars, utilising the latest in sound and sight technologies.

He performs this art through a 3D Kinect arena which detects his loop-based beats through camera, and translates the movement into sound. The result is mind-blowing, and seen regularly at technological showcases and electronic music events like Culture Jam and Enig’Matik Records shows.

Track Selection: Culprate – Black (Left) (Gradient Audio)

“Diversity, crisp production and a story are things I love in music. To me there’s little more inspiring than the way Culprate uses some amazing production skills to seemlessly fold so many styles together in his Colours album.”

Selector #9 – Peter O’Leary (Wednesday Experiment)

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Peter O’Leary is an experimental and prolific producer, whose downtempo trip-hop project The Wednesday Experiment has recieved acclaim around Australia. They (Peter and singer Emily) have been invited to perform at such platforms as Rainbow Serpent Festival, Bojangles, Wide Open Spaces and Culture Jam.

Peter will be shortly launching a new project Elph on Monday 24 February at Horse Bazaar for the Haapy Monday Sessions – presented by Haarp Media.

Track Selection: Alien – Lamb (Fear of Fours)

“Someone gave me the entire back catalogue of lamb recently, its like discovering a whole new world!! Cant get enough of the glitchy hi-hat percussion drum sound in the middle of this track!”

Selector #10 – Rintrah Blake

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Rintrah Blake is well-known across Melbourne as a beats enthusiast, booker  and DJ/producer for acclaimed back-alley venue Section 8. If you’re in Melbourne for any length of time, you’re bound to see him play a multitude of eclectic styles at least once during your visit.

Track Selection: Fatima – Black Dough (Esto Recordings – prod. fLako)

“Perfect meeting of fLako’s heavily digitised dancefloor friendly beats and the RnB/soul vocals of Fatima. Finding a great flow from light to heavy, soul to grit is always difficult to achieve, but this tune is so on point it’s impossible not to feel it.”

Part 3 of 5 of 25 of ‘Melbourne’s Favourite DJs/Producers and their Current Favourite Tracks’ will be coming along shortly, introducing a fine array of Melbourne’s talent and their current favourite tracks, for those who don’t know!

Compiled by Kristian Hatton.