NO FIXED SHAPED – Aug 30th @ LOOP

by J-Slyde

No Fixed Shape - August 30th @ Loop

After a brief hiatus the Innercity Rolling Committee gear up for their next No Fixed Shape at Loop. Coming off the back of a series of successful one off events, this NFS marks the beginning of a bi-monthly rotation at Loop. Now locked into Loop’s nationally respected schedule the krew have been hard at work planning a fitting event for such an occasion. Headlining for this event is non other than The Operatives front man, JPS. Joining NFS for an exclusive and much sought after DnB set, the krew are extremely excited to have such a talented and locally respected artist on-board.

JPS, aka Jerry Poon, is known to most as the head honcho of The Operatives, which over the past five years has had an unparalleled commitment to bringing groundbreaking experimental beats artists to Australia and New Zealand. Active in his role as a DJ, tour agent, promoter and producer, JPS has progressed to become one of the leading exponents of the beats community in all respects. Signed to OBSEsessions and Qilin Records, he has ongoing collaborations with Kiat, Johnny Hooves (whom NFS hosted earlier in the year), Fugitive, Shamik and Motive, as well as received play by the likes of Concord Dawn, Asides, Kiat and more. Having played to packed crowds in Singapore, Australia, NZ, UK and the US as well as supporting and impressing some of the top internationals on the touring circuit, JPS is a man in touch with his beats and knows exactly how to lay them down.

Second on the card, and without a doubt on the same legendary level as JPS, we welcome Spinfx. Hailing from cloudy Tasmania and now calling Melbourne home, Spinfx is a seasoned veteran when it comes to bass heavy and funky beats. Running Gutterhype Records, Spinfx’s musical knowledge is rivaled by no other, a trait that shines through in all of his DJ sets. Expect something special when he steps up to the plates on August 30th!

The terrible threesome of FLIP3K, James Brooke and J-Slyde round things off, providing their unique blend of deep liquid drum and bass.

LINEUP:

JPS

SPINFX

FLIP3K

JAMES BROOKE

J-SLYDE

VISUALS:
Manoeuvre.tv

WHEN:
Friday, 30th August

WHERE:
Loop – 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne CBD

PRICE:
100% FREE

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!!

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!

FACEBOOK EVENT

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NO FIXED SHAPE – Dec 21st @ LOOP

by J-Slyde

No Fixed Shape - Dec 21st EFlyer

December 21st, 2012 – a date that according to the Mayans marks the end of the world. Also on that date and clearly just as pivotal, is the second edition of No Fixed Shape. Hoping that the end of the world will hold out until they can finish up at Loop, the Inner City Rolling Committee gear up for an event of biblical proportions.

Keen on out-doing their debut event, which by all accounts was a success with the bar smashed and a sturdy contingent of one-eyed DnB aficionados dancing till well after stumps, the NFS krew knew that something really special had to be pulled out of their bass-hat. Not a rabbit, but clearly a lot more entertaining, Johnny Hooves and Kodiak Kid headline this round of festivities.

Johnny Hooves is the quadruple threat – drummer, beat architect, DJ and live sound-engineer. A household DnB name not only known locally, but also internationally, he currently serves as drummer to the iconic New Zealand live act Shapeshifter. But when Hooves isn’t slamming out hard hitting live breakbeats to crowds across the planet, he can be found in the studio, or on the turntables, contributing his own “vibe” driven take on drum and bass and lower tempo beat music to the global musical discussion. And again, if isn’t in the lab, or in the mix, chances are he’s behind the live mixing desk acting as the front of house engineer to the likes of the legendary Tiki Taane or The Upbeats Live.

Rounding out the headlining spotlight we also welcome local young gun, and all round beat-wizard, Kodiak Kid. A slave to all that is “beat” driven, Kodiak Kid’s style holds no bounds – touching on everything from Glitch-hop, Midtempo, PsyDub, Dubstep, Downtempo, World Beats, Roots/Reggae and of course DnB, his sets are renowned for taking the crowd on a powerful journey. Safe to say once The Kid steps up, that we’ll be in for one genre pushing set.

On support duties we welcome local bass-stalwart, TEECEE – frontman of Dubbish online radio show on Budgie Collective. TEECEE has been pushing his unique blend of deep bass beats to a fantastic response, with his weekly online radio show holding the largest listener base on budgiecollective.com. TEECEE’s ear for detail shines through in every show and DJ set he plays, and we couldn’t think of a better artist to join the ranks.

NFS residents FLIP3K, J-Slyde and James Brooke will also be around to fill in the gaps offering up deep liquid DnB like only they know how. Visual duties will be handled once again by the insanely talented Manoeuvre.tv – fresh off the Stereosonic tour, it’s safe to say he’ll be bringing his A-Game.

LINEUP:

Johnny Hooves
Kodiak Kid
TEECEE
FLIP3K
J-Slyde
James Brooke

VISUALS:

Manoeuvre.tv

WHEN:

Friday, 21st December – 10:00pm til late

WHERE:

Loop – 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne CBD

PRICE:

100% FREE!!

FACEBOOK EVENT

NO FIXED SHAPE – Nov 17th @ LOOP

by J-Slyde

No Fixed Shape - Nov 17th @ Loop

From the minds that brought you Rock Like This, Substance Sounds and Elements comes a new concept in forward thinking nightlife. Aiming to fill a niche in the Melbourne clubbing scene, FLIP3K, James Brooke and J-Slyde have joined forces to form the Inner City Rolling Committee. For their first outing they’re proud to present No Fixed Shape, a night centering on Liquid DnB and the deeper styles of bass music. A night of discerning music for discerning ears!

Featuring an all local lineup of some of the most talented bass-beat conductors the city has seen, great care has been taken in crafting the lineup to align with their vision. For the debut voyage of NFS, two of the city’s finest DnB purveyors have been selected – Altruism and Nam.

Nam has been a stalwart in the local beats community for close to a decade now. Originally beginning playing DnB and now the right hand man of local production krew The Operatives, there’s little Nam hasn’t done. From supporting and hosting some of the biggest names in the world as far as DnB and Beats are concerned, to playing at every club, pub and worthwhile festival this town has to offer. When Nam graces the decks, you know we’ll be in for a sublime treat!

Slowly making his mark on the Melbourne underground, Altruism is a diamond amongst the rough. Intent on taking a back seat and letting his music do the talking, Altruism (or more affectionately known to his friends as Andrew Styli) is without a doubt one of the most talented unsung heroes of the Melbourne underground bass community. Music producer to audio engineer, DJ to sound designer, children’s entertainer to musical therapist… with an equally diverse and expansive list of live performance credits and accomplishments, we couldn’t think of a more suitable artist to help usher in our first event.

We also welcome Cosmic Wolf. A relative newcomer to the scene, this young man has already started to make waves in the electronic community with but a handful of gigs under his belt. With such a small exposure to playing out live, he’s already shown an intuitive ear and musical intelligence well beyond his experience levels.

Support comes in the form of FLIP3K, J-Slyde and James Brooke, whilst visual duties will be handled by the hugely talented Manoeuvre.tv.

LINEUP:

Altruism
Nam
FLIP3K
J-Slyde
James Brooke
Cosmic Wolf

VISUALS:

Manoeuvre.tv

WHERE:

Loop – 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne CBD

WHEN:

Saturday 17th November – 10pm till late!

PRICE:

100% FREE!

FACEBOOK EVENT

James Brooke: In trance we trust

by Taran M

James Brooke - Photo by Thomm BrookeI’m fortunate enough to know a few people who apart from being amazing, have dream jobs in the music industry. The first person to have career envy with was the head of A ‘n” R for Shock Records when I worked there. He was always meeting Millencolin or Pennywise, had an expense account and was a complete wanker. James Brooke is a self made man and very much not a wanker. He pretty much has every wannabe dance music aficionado’s dream job. He runs a label, enjoys coffee, is an uber famous DJ and loves long walks by the oceans and games of table tennis. The big thing is he runs himself. He didn’t fall into these positions, he did his time, worked his ass off and has become one of the most prolific and affluent members of a scene very much back on the way in. So just in time for Prognosis this Saturday we were able to coax this local hero into lending his ears and then even more so, his story and opinions. There are many words you could use to describe James and Pineapple, aloof or pregnant are not applicable. However diligent, honest and driven are definitely more applicable. So set your trance pants to five and enjoy the read as we get our chance to get to know the talented Mr. Brooke.

So James you’re the quiet achiever of the EDM, how did the love for electronic music evolve?

Hahaha yeah I guess you could call me that as a fair bit of my involvement in the scene has mostly been behind the curtain so to speak. Wow my love of electronic music starts back many many years ago to a time when I was just starting high school, when my older sister was buying up loads of CD’s and listening to new music. Some of which was dance music, and for some reason I became hooked, I’ll go into more on the start of my passion later in the interview.

But from there it just slowly grew and grew, to a point where I decided that playing the bass guitar in a band wasn’t the direction I wanted and purchased decks and started spending all my cash and time on records and mixing them. Naturally the love just kept growing and growing to a point now where I am now one of the lucky few who have actually managed to make EDM my full time job. So you could say that the love was love at first listen, and over the years it’s just evolved into being almost 100% of my life…

I didn’t mean it to be a detraction, you kick major goals without  making a ruckus about yourself. How did your spot Element’s start and what first inspired you to get on the air, your secret idol is Pete Tong isn’t it… It’s ok you can tell us?

You could say Elements came together back in July of 2010 when the Midnite Sleaze boys asked me to fill in for their radio show on KissFM whilst they went overseas for a 3 week tour. I had done radio before on JoyFM and Kiss as well but never on a weekly basis and found out that I really enjoyed doing it. The funny thing was the slot after them was completely empty, and being a Saturday night slot I though it was rather odd so I filled that slot during those 3 weeks and after that time I approached Timmy from KissFM with the concept, the show started in August the rest you can say is history. The main reasons I started the show was that firstly I love playing records, secondly I wasn’t getting many gigs around town to fulfill my passion, and lastly I had so many damn good records that needed to be heard, and lastly what DJ wouldn’t want a weekly show?

Hahaha I have actually stolen I few one-liners from Pete Tong, and I have massive respect for the essential mix, but I wouldn’t say he is my idol lol!

You’ve had a swagger of releases on 405 recordings, your own label. Including some big name festival compilations and some sweet Australian talents. What’s it like to be running a record label in the digital sphere? What are the major challenges that affect you? How did you come to mix those CD’S?

Running the label in the current age is great in many ways, the advancements in technology in the last 10 years has made most of what a label does easier and it requires a lot less staff as well. Things like promo systems, digital distribution, Ableton, fast internet connections, anti piracy company’s etc etc.

But that said there are quite a few things that make running a label at the moment quite stressful and downright near impossible at times… Piracy is the age old whinge from labels and artists, but you know what we can try and stop it as much as we like but its not going away until the culture changes. Also the margins are now quite small so contrary to popular belief we don’t make millions of dollars. The declining CD market also makes it hard to secure numbers into retail stores as well, I could sit here and complain or highlight the issues but at the end of the day its heaps of fun and we are actually doing well!

The CD’s I have mixed, well in short I was in the right place at the right time for the first one which was Godskitchen Summer Rush, this was before 405 and when I was working in the same office as the A&R of Central Station Records, he knew I liked trance and progressive music and when it came time to put together that years CD he came to me and asked if I would like to. That is also how the story of 405 starts, but that’s for another interview. The rest of the Gods CD’s that I have done came from how successful that first one was. The others all came about through 405 recordings, and my knowledge and skill in putting together mixes quickly using Ableton (most of the time having to bash out 2cds in only a weekend). Fast forward to 2012 and I’m mixing and putting together a total of 9 releases which totals just over 20 individual mixes/CD’s… so yeah that’s a lot of warping & Ableton screens hahaha

What do you make of the current stocks of the EDM industry as a whole, compared to where it was 10 years ago?

The industry has increased to a size in which its almost impossible to comprehend, there are so many new genres and sub-genres, so many new labels and even more bloody DJ’s . I heard a stat a while ago that decks were out selling guitars 2 to 1, I’m not sure how true it is or where I heard it but it does give you an idea of just how big the EDM beast has become. I mean clearly its cooler to be a DJ than a rock star!!

What it does confirm is how accessible EDM has become, these days anyone can become a DJ or try their hand at production. As long as you have the money to buy the equipment (which by the way is extremely cheap compared to what it cost 10 or even 5 years ago) and given you have enough talent and/or know the right people BAM you could be the next Armin or Guetta in no time… hahaha its nowhere near that simple at all but that’s what’s selling the decks and wav files… the dream.

This is a subject I can talk a lot about, but in short I think its changed in a very good way, and whilst the purists will argue until they are blue in the face that its all gone Pete Tong I completely disagree! There is just so much great music out there, and just as many amazing DJ’s across so many genres that its too hard to see it any other way. I mean just have a look around town at any one time, we are spoilt for choice… The only thing I think that is currently changing which I don’t like is that a lot of smaller clubs and venues are disappearing, and the focus is becoming more and more around festivals… Don’t get me wrong I love a good festival, but not at the cost of being in a dark club with 300 people rocking out to some of the best DJ’s from both overseas and locally… that shit is where its at! And please don’t get me started on the promoter DJ…… fffffff

Do you even have a genre anymore? Explain how you’ve created your style. Where has it come from?

Hahaha no I don’t think I do have the one genre anymore hey! I think it comes from my extremely varied taste in music, and the amount of genres I have explored over the years… I don’t like the idea of being locked down to one style or being put into a box. I go by the motto “if it sounds good I’ll play it”, my genre depends on the gig I’m booked for, the crowd I’m in front of, and of course what I’m feeling at that point in time…

What is the most bizarre thing that has happened/ seen out whilst playing?

Oh god I have seen some pretty whacked things happen whilst playing, the best was probably the girl who fell off the front of the DJ booth mid sentence at Room680 only to reappear 5 seconds later covered in her split drink telling me she loved me. The other I witnessed whilst out, was a punter go running up to the decks, yell something about the music being shit and then proceed to pull every cord out of the mixer.

But probably the worst thing was a DJ (who shall remain nameless) killing the tunes to yell out to his mate to get him a drink, this happened 3 times…

Playing for free, is it good to freelance for the start?

Yes it can be a good idea to kick things off playing for free, but it can become a tricky situation after awhile of doing free gigs. As if there is a cover charge the promoter and the bar are making money from your hard work (well if you’re doing a good job people will be dancing, and buying drinks). I mean think about it, you paid money for those tunes, cds, usb stick, headphones, the time spent practicing, securing the gig, preparing for the gig, promoting it to your mates etc etc. Why shouldn’t you get some of the pie?

It’s a good way to get your foot in the door, but don’t ever sell yourself short, if everyone else is making money then at then end of the day you’re the one getting dicked. That said use your best judgment, a few gigs to show off what you can do and get people talking is great, and there are some gigs I do for free because it’s a mate, it’s a free party or a favour… so in short yes, but be careful…

James playing at Armada Nights in Sydney - Photo by Luke Davids

When you take the DJ out of James Brooke, what’s left, what else does he do?

After you take out the label, the radio show and the DJing, there really isn’t too much left over as I really have made my life all about music… But I really like chilling out on the couch and watching movies and TV series. I’m also a massive fan of long brunches on the weekends, coffee and hanging out with mates. I also like to read (yes I’m old fashioned) and the occasional computer game or laps of the local pool…

Explain your sisters influence on your career…

Is there a word limit? Hahaha. Well to be perfectly honest I’m not sure I would be where I am today without my sisters influence and help over the years. From the point of actually introducing me to EDM many many years ago, to helping me buy my first decks and records, and then to sneaking me into clubs when I was underage and introducing me to all my fav DJ’s (who ended up teaching me so much about the industry and the craft of mixing records and playing to a crowd).

It actually goes further as well, as she introduced me to my first boss Derrick whilst I was underage at Private Function gig, I gave him a few ciggies and that ended up being the reason why he hired me a few years later. And if I didn’t get that job then I would never have met my current boss years after, and 405 Recordings would never have come into being.

And to this day Sara is still involved, quite regularly I will send her my mixes before they go out to the public, and will also seek her advice on certain tracks before a gig. For example she has already approved about 5 tracks for my gig at Prognosis on Saturday night hahaha!

Upcoming gigs?

Yes im playing this Saturday night at Prognosis alongside one of my fav DJ/Producers who was an early influence, PQM. I have just been booked for a massive warm up set in Sydney in September. There is also a national tour in the works for the same time of year, I have my weekly radio show Elements which airs every weekend around Australia and there is also something special planned for the 100th show in November so keep an eye out for that.

Finally you’re a big fan of the photobomb, a hobby we both share. Best photo bomb you have done?

Bahahaha yeah I must admit that is a fav club activity, my god there have been so many over the years! I think I recall un-tagging myself from most of them a year ago, but there was one with Jed that was pretty damn awesome, I think we managed to perfectly get just our eyes showing between peoples arms or something…
Another fav was completely ruining a fans photo with Carl Cox a few years back, was so good, I think the person might have cried when they got home!

You can catch James @ Prognosis this saturday the 16th of June 2012.

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