Feb. 19th, 2009 | 03:03 pm
When a person thinks of drum’n'bass, they don’t necessarily make the connection between the genre and a bastion of cultural temptation such as France. To make the judgment that the genre is not alive and well in the back alleys and clubs of the nation, would, however, be a mistake, and one group is showing the world the French scene’s vibrancy.
Forming over five years ago, the five lads from Dirtyphonics, Playte, Capskod, Pho, Pitch In and MC Youthstar have captured the soul of d’n'b in a way that once again helps to invigorate the genre. Combining production techniques with an innovative and exhilarating live performance, and having been signed to the salubrious RAM record, their sound has managed to grab attention world round.
Feb. 6th, 2009 | 03:09 pm
Lead singer for Lychee Martini, Nicole Shenko, seemed in a vibrant mood when we arrived at Billboard, looking quite fetching in a black and red ensemble, her hair swept at the sides. The lyrics coming through felt a little laden in cheese, however most people seemed to be lapping it up as a smooth start to the night. Martini had quite a cabaret feel, and yet the funk and cross-genre rhythms made it for a nice, if a little somber introduction to the night. All in all, Lychee were a good warm up, yet as much as they were tight, there was somwething very hotel-bar feel about them, with little movement on the stage.
Jan. 21st, 2009 | 03:14 pm
One of the most successful, well known, and respected names in the drum’n’bass scene, both today and over the past decade, is Andy C. From his position founding RAM Records, to his solo and group production work with the RAM Trilogy and Origin Unknown - not to mention his often explosive and sometimes unbeatable DJ sets, Andy C has been riding the high roads of d’n’b for some time. Reaping the rewards of his talents and, by all accounts, loving every minute of it, Andy C is a man both happy with his place in life, and passionately optimistic about the music that he loves.
Nov. 27th, 2008 | 12:08 pm
The word veteran brings connotations of age, and yet with such a status, Oakley “O.G” Grenell is anything but a wisened patriarch - instead, this youthful “veteran” is so full of vim and vigor that in his thirty years short he has already cut a wide swath, intent as he is in putting as much of his creativity in the hands of his listeners as often as he is able – whether by performing, DJing or releasing records on his label Central Records.
“This is my sixth release in New Zealand, so it’s kind of what I’m here to do, release music and put it out there as much as I can,” he responds sincerely. “I’m hoping to do an album a year. When i first started out I knew my stuff wasn’t really going to be commercially viable to get signed so I decided to throw it down on my own label. I’ve had six releases in seven years, I think.”
Nov. 27th, 2008 | 11:43 am
When a familiar face from a successful group goes solo, there is always slight trepidation that the strength of their work may diminish, however, for drum’n’bass performer and producer Audio, undoubtedly one of the top notches in the tech-heavy d’n’b echelons, going solo after several years with the popular Resonant Evil has proven to be a boon, as his success continues on an upwards spiral of popularity amongst lovers of the genre.
“I always worked solo, and, obviously, I started solo when I was sending tunes to the guys from Resonant Evil (Mackie and Risk),” Audio explains. “I’d send Mackie a little material to sign, and he said come to the studio and we’ll see how it goes. So I did and we wrote a few tracks, and the rest is history. So it wasn’t really a conscious decision or something new for me, but it was more convincing myself that yeah I could do it on my own and that I could be successful, and that people wanted to hear what I do on my own. I’ve think I’ve got something different to offer, so, it wasn’t too hard.”
Nov. 26th, 2008 | 11:00 am
Amy Sol, a definite favourite of mine, has a new interview posted up online for her watercolor exhibition at Mondo Bizarro Gallery.
“there is a lot of water and unpredictability.. alot of popping and flowing and semi-destruction. just like in a dream, you eventually wake up…”
Nov. 22nd, 2008 | 05:45 am
Welcome to my new website, I’m still fairly well just testing a lot of functionality on this site so far, but its at the very least up and running!
Bare with me whilst I get it all sorted. I’ll be starting to post up a large amount o back-dated articles and such online as well as getting the gallery working properly, so hopefully there will be a lot more to see here soon
I’m hoping to keep this blog as a general news feed on all the work I am doing, as well as a repository for all the articles that I write, and a few other things like projects I am working on and a store, as well as all the relevant contact information etc etc … I’ll also be posting up news on other artists and exhibitions that are coming up in both Perth, Melbourne and around the world … and maybe a few little tirades here and there hahaha
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Mar. 31st, 2008 | 11:38 am
Amongst the drift and tide of the musical realm, it is a rarity for an electronic music group to have mass market appeal, and yet several years ago, three guys from Perth embarked upon a journey that would take them not only to the top of the drum and bass charts, but also into the living rooms of anyone with an interest in cutting edge music. No stranger to fans since breaking out with their seminal album, Hold Your Colour, Pendulum are now poised on the verge of being one of the few bands who have been able to escape their niche, as their upcoming new album, In Silico, is sure to prove.
Mar. 25th, 2008 | 01:52 pm
After their rousing performance here in Perth a few weeks back, Crazy Penis have certainly made their mark amongst their fans over the years. Yet emerging from the CP story are the murmurings of a new sound, as more and more people become aware of the Bionics side project that members Danielle Moore and Tim Davies have joined in recent times.
“Ben Davis is the founder of the group,” explains Danielle, talking about the project. “Myself and Tim joined him. He produced and came up with the majority of ideas for the Bionics, which helps differentiate the sound from CP. We are all very close friends and Ben used to be one of the team that ran Paper Recordings, who CP were first signed to.”
Mar. 24th, 2008 | 01:54 pm
It was another Easter weekend of mayhem, and it was great to see everyone down at Rollers Easter special, and even better to see d’n’b on a Thursday night again - the after parties at both Capitol and Mekka were amazing as well. With a weekend followed by the nuts-oid shenanigans of Craze dropping some d’n’b at Ambar amongst his other tunes, and Bukem and Conrads performance at Shape, well, if anyone had a doubt as to the state of play for d’n’b in Perth over and Easter weekend, then this one just gone should put to rest any rumours of us being dullsville.