NO FIXED SHAPE – May 24th @ LOOP

by J-Slyde

No Fixed Shape May 24th Eflyer

As the days draw shorter and the weather cools down, the Inner City Rolling Committee prepare to warm things up by embarking on their first No Fixed Shape for 2013. Clearly in the mind that dancing to liquid and deep DnB is the best cure for the cold weather, the krew have locked in Friday, May 24th to unleash their unique blend of audio-visual bass-heavy mayhem.

Headlining duties for this round comes in the form of Too Much! front man, David Bass. A key figure in the Melbourne bass music scene, Mr Bass has been seminal in bringing underground bass music to the Melbourne massive for quite some time. Co-running the Too Much! collective the man has hosted and supported acts such as: Lunice, Ramadanman, N-Type, Untold, Ikonika, Oneman, Egyptrixx, Mosca plus many more. Hand-picked for his intuitive ear and vast musical knowledge in all things bass related, we have no doubt that school will be in session the moment David steps up to the decks.

First in line for support we welcome Danny Dobs. Once known as a Pany Snort, Danny has covered more musical ground (and monikers) than most DJs can shake a stick at. Involved in every aspect of the dance music scene from avid punter, to of course DJ, through to event organizer running the Robo-Tech events, the man has shown to be the whole package – a triple threat of awesome musical knowledge, talent and grassroots know-how. With a spirit and love for the scene and music that can only be described as contagious, we welcome Danny with open arms and look forward to hearing him flex his bass-muscles.

Rounding the guest slots off we have young-gun Switchstate. An obsessed DnB fanatic Switchstate has shown with but a handful of gigs a talented ear to bass-driven music well beyond his years. Recently showcased on Elements Radio, the minute we heard him play we knew we had to have him down.

Our rascally team of NFS residents FLIP3K, James Brooke and J-Slyde will also be in attendance doing what they do best – rocking speakers and drinking the bar clean.

Visual duties will be handled once again by the insanely talented Manoeuvre.tv. If you’ve been at any of the last NFS events we’ve thrown you’ll know how mind-bending the visuals have been and understand why we’re so excited to have him back onboard.

LINEUP:

David Bass
Danny Dobs
FLIP3K
J-Slyde
James Brooke
Switchstate

VISUALS:

Manoeuvre.tv

WHEN:

Friday, 24th May – 10:00pm til late

WHERE:

Loop – 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne CBD

PRICE: 100% FREE!!

Prognosis April Promo – Mixed by Verve

by J-Slyde

Prognosis-Promo-Mix-April-2013

In the lead up to our April edition of Prognosis our headlining guest, Verve, has offered up his skills to mix the next installment in our Prognosis Promo Mix series. Delivering a storming 1 hour mix full of prog and tech sounds this is a taster of what you can expect come April 20th @ Loop. The mix is now available to download for free! Enjoy! 🙂

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TRACK LIST:
01. Reflection Soul – Nova (Original Mix) [Stereo Paradise]
02. PROFF – Countdown (Original Mix) [Intricate Records]
03. Poison Pro – Alien (Kobana’s Darkside Dub) [Proton]
04. Kastis Torrau & Arnas D – Atlantic (Original Mix) [Perspectives Digital]
05. Quivver – The Fog (Kassey Voorn Vintage Mix) [FutureForm Music]
06. Dousk – Hammer (Jamie Stevens & Steve Ward Remix) [Vapour]
07. Dapple Apple – Hubble Sphere (Verve Remix) [Particles]
08. Guy J – Lost n Found (Sahar Z & Guy Mantzur Remix) [Lost & Found]
09. Hells Kitchen – Nothing But Fire (Original Mix) [Stereo Paradise]
10. Thank You City – Ten Thousand Hours (Original Mix) [Chameleon Recordings]

Artist Interview: VERVE

by Simon Murphy

Ahead of the monster April Edition of Prognosis we are lucky enough to get the chance to interview the talented producer and DJ, Brisbane’s own Verve, who will be making his highly anticipated Prognosis debut.

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Thanks Kieran for taking the time for us to pick your brain.

No dramas, thanks for having me.

For those unfamiliar with your music (i.e. those living under a rock), can you describe your sound?

I’d say my Verve productions could be summed up as: emotive and melodic, groovy with a dash of techiness. I try to avoid repeating the exact same sound twice, as certain producers do thanks to their templates, so my tunes can be quite varied – in saying that I do often place emphasis on the melodic content of a tune, as I try to capture a snapshot of a particular feeling or emotion which may come through on the day of production.

The last few years have seen your tunes signed to some amazing labels and you play some big shows. Do you have any personal highlights you’d like to share?

I’ve been lucky enough to be signed to some of my favourite labels, of those I think having my tune ‘Fusion’ signed to Particles (sister label of Proton) was one of those ‘cross that off the list’ kinda moments, as I’d been sending them originals for some time with no success up until last year. Fusion sold well so they decided to pull together a remixed EP, which should be out soon, along with a remix from a long time hero of mine, Danny Bonnici. I recently signed a 2 track EP to DAR Digital, which will see the launch of my new techno moniker ‘KC Roma’ – couldn’t ask for a better way to launch this new project!

Gigs wise, spinning at clubs in London was pretty cool, though I have to say the gig which I had the most fun at was a bush doof in SEQ, where I got to crank out a handful of my own tunes, full pelt on an epic system.

You’re originally from Brisbane but have also spent time in Europe. What is the Brisbane scene like? Can you tell us about your travels and how this experience has contributed to your music and the development of your career?

I grew up in Brisvegas but have made the voyage over to Euroland twice in the past few years, first in 08/09 and more recently in 11/12, I returned back down under in Dec last year.

One of the reasons I jetted overseas was to get away from the stagnation of Brisbane’s scene – as most big cities there’s no shortage of DJs playing cheesy tunes, but in the last few years there’s been some amazing gigs go down in Brisbane, thanks to a few local promoters like Rich Curtis and the Auditree boys – these guys have been known to throw a mean boat party. Rob Babicz played at one. Sun setting with skyscrapers in the background is a memory that has stuck with me.

Whilst in Europe I lived between Sweden and London. I embraced the clubbing culture to the max on my first visit to London, and was pretty overwhelmed with the amount of choice you have, often we had to sacrifice one gig for another – some heartbreaking decisions were made. I got over to mainland Europe as much as possible, rocked a few road trips with my mates and experienced some amazing places. The most influential city for me, as a producer and lover of dance music was Berlin without a shadow of doubt! Before moving to Europe I had no particular affinity with techno or minimal, but Berlin has a way of getting deep inside your brain.

There’s way to many clubs/festivals/street-parties to list here, but all I can say to peeps out there is if you haven’t done Berlin and you’re a fiend for dance music like me, you should have been there yesterday.

You’ve had the chance to remix a whole swag of quality tunes and added your own special touch. If you had the chance to remix any tune from the past or present, which tune would it be?

Touch question! Tunes from the past that come to mind are the classics of the golden era, like Underworld – Born Slippy or Orbital – Chime. For present stuff, being given the chance to remix anything by Stephan Bodzin, King Unique or Guy J would make me happy in the pants.

Can you offer your opinion on the current state of the electronic music scene, both locally and abroad? Do you think that the scene is still strong or has the global commercialisation had a negative impact?

Locally it seems like the scene in Sydney is quite healthy, since I moved hear 2 months ago, there have been gigs catching my eye more or less every weekend. I feel spoilt for choice moving from Brisbane. Like all places there are people who want to be part of the scene for the wrong reasons, but that’s unavoidable. Like Dosem mentioned recently, despite the negative aspects of the booming EDM scene in the US there are positives coming out of it like the gateway effect, and as time passes people with decent taste will dig deeper to find music with more meaning and complexity. The underground is stronger than ever though, so I’m happy to stay here for a while and keep doing my thing.

Your productions are turning heads around Australia and across the globe with support from some of the biggest names in the business (Hernan, Jaytech, Above & Beyond to name a few). For the budding producers out there, can you offer any insight into how to get your tunes heard and recognised on a global scale in such a competitive industry?

Focus on your own sound and identity; this is key for success in such a saturated market. Buy a couple soft synths after doing some research and get right into them and their architecture, know them like the back of your hand, so you can pull the sounds that you want quickly rather than digging through thousands of presets. Once you get your head around the technical aspect of production, and you’re able to develop unique ideas – you’re already half way there, and people will start to notice you.

Make sure you research labels and their prior releases before sending demos to make sure your sound fits, this is a big must.

In the studio, are you a software guy, a hardware guy or a combination of the two? What couldn’t you live without in your studio?

Used to be a big hardware guy a few years ago when my mate and I had our studios joined together in one huge downstairs rumpus room, but relocating to Europe, and the limited space most people have to live in forced me to cut down and condense the studio. That being said I’m still a sucker for analog synths. Love the warmth and imperfections in sound.

Still have my Roland SH2 and MKS70, but software has largely been able to replace my hardware, as I’ve multi sampled most of my synths and made custom Kontakt banks from them. I’ll take this opportunity to plug my Sound Design outlet, where I’m releasing these banks for Kontakt and EXS24.

Can you tell us about your current project ‘FutureForm’ music? What else is in the pipeworks for you?

This is my first label project, kicked off recently with my partner in crime, Pete Helskanki. We have our first release scheduled for 10 April, featuring an original from Quivver, titled ‘The Fog’ and remixes from Cid Inc and DNYO. The 002 sees Kassey Voorn deliver a remixed EP of Quivver’s original. We have some big tunes coming through from some really talented producers, so you can expect one release per month from us, to ensure consistency, quality and longevity of the label.

The label is actually one facet of the wider FutureForm Collective, an overarching brand that will also encompass other outlets such as a sound design department and touring services later down the track. It’s a life-long project that will hopefully grow and evolve organically with the assistance of a multi-faceted team of passionate and talented minds.

What can the Prognosis faithful expect when you hit Melbourne next month? Are there any artists, labels or tunes that are rocking your world right now?

They should prepare themselves for some serious fun! I’ll be dropping plenty of bouncy, melodic, driving tunes. A stockpile of my own productions as well as stuff acquired whilst overseas is sure to be unleashed. At the moment, I’m really feeling tunes from Bodzin, Romboy, Max Cooper, Cid Inc, Andre Sobota, Ryan Davis, Dousk, Kobana and Maceo Plex to name a few.

To settle an age old quandary, who would win in a fight; a toasted cheese sandwich or a taco?

Cheese toasty fo sho! It’d melt all over, crush and suffocate its weak and helpless victim.

And finally, no Prognosis would be complete without a wee tipple and a healthy dose of shenanigans, what’s your drink of choice?

It ain’t a real party without some shenanigans right? I’ve been known to get stuck into a few Zubrowka and apple mixes (the most deliciously dangerous vodka I came across in Poland), and I can’t say no to an icy Deustch Weisbier.

Thanks again for your time and we look forward to your set at Prognosis.

Cheers! Really pumped for this one.

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You can catch Verve headlining our next Prognosis – April 20th @ LOOP

Interview by Simon Murphy

PROGNOSIS – April 20th @ LOOP

by J-Slyde

Prognosis - April 20th EFlyer

The Prognosis crew is back in April to once again turn Loop on its head with a shenanigan packed night loaded with audio and visual treats.

Brisbane’s own Verve will be making the trip down to unleash some of his emotive, melodic, groovy progressive. Taking the world by storm with his productions and his DJ sets, Verve has been hand picked to share his take on the sound that the Prognosis massive love. An honor to have such a talented young artist join the Prognosis ranks, this will be special.

Melbourne’s own Trent McDermott will be making his Prognosis debut in a set that will no doubt confirm why he is so highly regarded both in Australia and across the globe. Trent’s eclectic music taste has seen his career last over a decade and his dedication to the scene is clear to see. This set will see Trent delve into an enormous collection of tunes and wind the BPM’s back and deliver some gems that he has been hanging to play.

Rounding out this epic lineup, regulars Herc Kass and Alex David will be digging deep to show why they continue to turn heads with their take on all things techno, house and progressive. Residents J-Slyde and Aaron Static will hold down the fort with their blends of musical madness and Vdmo Kstati will provide the visual delights in what is set to be another HUGE night.

LINEUP

Verve (BRIS / FutureForm / Particles / Lowbit)

Trent McDermott (Prog Set)

Herc Kass

Alex David

Aaron Static

J-Slyde

VISUALS

vdmo Kstati

WHEN

Saturday, 20th April – 10:00pm til late

WHERE

Loop – 23 Meyers Place

PRICE

100% FREE!!

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Slyppery Sessions – March 16th @ LOOP

by J-Slyde

Slyppery Sessions

Substance Sounds and J-Slyde present a Slyppery evening of beats of varying flavours, colors and textures. From techno to prog, hip-hop to dnb there’ll be something for even the most astute of electronic music lovers. Chin-stroke to the tunes, crack some eggs, break-dance like its the 80s, or just vomit rainbows – quality tunes will be on the menu, and shenanigans are forecast. Plus, with FREE entry all night, your wallet will be happy.

Assembled to provide the auditory treats for the evening’s proceedings are a variable selection of highly-talented human juke-boxes that’ll no doubt have you boogying ya’ asses till the cows come home… check dis:

J-Slyde
Aaron Static
FLIP3K
James Brooke
Trademark
TEECEE
Cosmic Wolf

With visuals from vdmo Kstati

So we’ll see you there, yeh?

WHERE:

LOOP – 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne CBD

WHEN:

Saturday, 16th March
9pm till LATE

PRICE:

FREE!

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Prognosis February Promo – Mixed by Herc Kass & Chris Meehan

by J-Slyde

Prognosis Feb Promo Cover

In the lead up to our February edition of Prognosis, upcoming guests Herc Kass and Chris Meehan have put together a fantastic promo mix. Brilliantly executed with a selection of some of the finest progressive and tech-tinged club bangers, this is a perfect taster of what you can expect from the boys set come February 16th @ Loop. The mix, in its 1 hour entirety, is now available to download for free.

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