You recently put out your first track “The hook” how did the tune come about and how has the response been online and in clubs?

It’s a short story - I worked on the track through the winter last year and it was really only supposed to be a DJ tool for my playlist when playing at Revolver Upstairs. When I put it up for free download I was really surprised with the positive feedback from SoundCloud, personal messages and dance floor reactions. After a little bit of time my label [Suckmusic] and I decided to give it a full release and see what happens. The really nice feedback from all kinds of other DJs around Melbourne has probably been the most unexpected part.

Any plans for further releases this year?

Nothing locked in at the moment, but I’m in the process of testing out a lot of new music in my sets recently so looking forward to seeing what comes of that.

 

Tell us about your affiliation with Suckmusic and how beneficial it has been working with such an experienced producer such as Nicholas Coleman. 

Well basically I started out listening to the mixes on their SoundCloud as an 18 year old trying to hear different music, which then led to me going to the parties as a punter and meeting Nick. I eventually started DJ'ing at some of their parties a few years back. Nowadays I play all Suckmusic parties/events [our residencies are at Revolver Upstairs & Bimbo Deluxe] and have been working more closely with the label as a producer in recent times. Working closely with Nick has been awesome. He’s widely known as a legend of the scene in Melbourne as both an established DJ and producer so over the last couple of years I’ve been fortunate to be able draw on a lot of the experience & knowledge he has in the studio and I always really value his perspectives / guidance when I make music.

 

 

What’s your favourite venue to play at and why?

Definitely Revolver Upstairs, mainly because it is so unique & quirky in so many different ways and I always feel like I get a new experience each and every time I play.

 

What labels are you digging the most at the moment?

One of the good things about music at the moment is that there are so many great labels doing really cool things so it’s hard to name them all. But definitely Suara, Young Turks, Mother Recordings, Aus Music & Truesoul are amongst my favourites at the moment.

 

We’ve been enjoying your mixes for some time, what vibe did you go for with your podcast and how has your taste changed over the past few years?

I went with some music that I wouldn’t normally play in a club but have been really enjoying this summer. I wouldn’t say my taste has necessarily changed but it has definitely been refined over the last few years, which I’d say is natural because there’s so much interesting music at the moment and I take a lot of influence from different genres, artists and clubs I play at. I still enjoy a lot of music I used to listen to/play out when I first started DJing so I think that means what I really value in music has stayed consistent.
 

Where are your upcoming gigs?

Revolver Upstairs, Bimbo Deluxe, Circus & The Deep End to name a few.

 

TRACK LIST

HNNY - Solsidan
Jazzanova, Paul Randolph - Now There Is We feat. Paul Randolph (Kuniyuki Deep Remix)
Percussions - Digital Arpeggios
Parra for Cuva - Borneo
Retza - Projections
WhoMadeWho - Heads Above (Robag Wruhme Remix)
HNNY - Kitigai
Round - Glass
Martin Waslewski - Kwaeit
Jamie XX, Romy - Loud Places (Barnt E-Mix)
Cubicolor - Falling feat. Tim Digby-Bell (Robag's Uppa Baash Remix)
Four Tet, Jamie XX, Romy - SeeSaw (Club Version)
Daniel Steinberg - Peace
Pitto - Fly Like A Bird (Till von Sein & Tigerskin Remix)
Mr. Raoul K - No Food No Groove

 

 

 

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