by J-Slyde

Prognosis December Eflyer

As the weather heats up and the silly season kicks into gear, Melbourne is alive with quite literally, the sound of music. Stepping in line the only way they know how the Prognosis krew gears up for an edition of truly epic proportions. December in Melbourne means two things – hot weather and even hotter parties, and come Dec 15th the latter is set to be well and truly covered! – We’d comment on the former, but knowing Melbourne weather, anything is possible. Anyway, intent on making this edition of Prognosis as hot as possible, two of Melbourne’s finest have been hand picked to headline the festivities; Sean Quinn and Steve Ward.

Having been involved with the Melbourne music scene for well over a decade in every way shape and form possible; from DJing at every worthwhile club, festival and event possible throughout Australia and Europe, to hosting one of the most successful shows on local radio station KISS FM, through to producing some of the biggest dance tracks to come out of Melbourne, if not Australia – Sean Quinn is a legend amongst the Melbourne EDM scene. A born performer, his DJ set’s are carefully crafted masterpieces executed to perfect brilliance. Those who have not experienced one for themselves, have no doubt heard others speak in revered tones of their awesomeness. To say we’re honored to have him grace the stage at Prognosis would be a heavy understatement.

Ramping things up, the enigma that is Steve Ward also gets set to share the headlining spotlight. Frontman of local record label Chameleon Recordings, Steve has been at the forefront of Australia’s new revolution of underground dance music for well over a decade. A globally recognised techno and house artist who has collaborated with a bevvy of A-list artists such as: Carl Cox, Dj Pierre, Tim Taylor, Technasia, Psycatron, Peter Horrevorts & Jamie Stevens, Steve has performed at some of the most forward thinking dance events throughout the southern hemisphere of up to crowds of 20,000. A performer at heart, Steve is as at home behind the decks as he is his keyboard, a quality that shines through with every live performance. Needless to say, we’re set for one electrifying display when Mr Ward takes the stage.

On support duties we welcome Mr Alex David, the Techno incarnation of our beloved Alex Butler, along with our Prognosis trio – J-Slyde, Aaron Static and Simon Murphy. Visual duties will be handled by the extremely versatile VJ PiedPiper, whom will be dishing up delectable next-level imagery onto Loop’s two massive 30ft screens.


Sean Quinn (Retrospective Set)
Steve Ward (Chameleon Recs)
Alex David
Aaron Static
Simon Murphy


VJ PiedPiper


Saturday, 15th December – 10:00pm til late


Loop – 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne CBD


100% FREE!!



by J-Slyde

Prognosis - October 20th @ LOOP

Time flies when you’re having fun and there is no doubt this year has been flying by at warp speeds. As the weather gets warmer, the electronic music scene is starting to heat up with a whole truckload of quality tuneage on the horizon! The next edition of the Prognosis shenanigan onslaught is one to look forward to with possibly our most stacked lineup to date.

Joining our Prognosis residents this October are three of Melbourne’s most revered and trusted musical purveyors. Jamie Stevens needs little introduction being one of Australia’s most successful electronic artists with a back catalogue and tour schedule envied by some of the biggest names in the business. A 2 hour set jam packed with carefully crafted musical masterpieces will be an absolute treat for electronic music lovers and the most astute of chin-strokers alike! Instinct’s Mish’Chief will be down to show us why her beats are in such high demand both locally and globally. Also down for the night will be Volta who has a solid reputation for delivering the finest in techno and minimal. The combined efforts of all three electronic-maestros will make for a fool proof combination of technical brilliance and top-tier music. Needless to say, you will not want to miss a minute of the action come October 20th!

Support duties will be handled by residents J-Slyde and Simon Murphy, whilst Aaron Static gets set to partake in his first completely live progressive outing – the cherry on top of the Prognosis-cake, no doubt! Not forgetting the visual aspect of the night our crazy in-house Russian, vdmo Kstati, will wield his optical wizardry on Loop’s two massively huge 20ft screens.


Jamie Stevens (Infusion / Chameleon Recs)
Mish’Chief (Instinct)
Aaron Static (LIVE)
Simon Murphy


vdmo Kstati


LOOP – 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne CBD


Saturday, October 20th
10pm – LATE




Prognosis August Promo Mixes!

by J-Slyde

Prognosis - August 18th @ LOOP

In the lead up to our August edition of Prognosis, Soulfire and Andrew Slattery have offered up a promo mix each. Delving deep into the sounds they’ll be bringing to the table come August 18th @ Loop, they’re a perfect taster of what you can expect from them on the night. Both available as free downloads via their respective soundcloud pages, they’re sure to keep your ears occupied in the lead up!


Andrew Slattery


PROGNOSIS – August 18th @ LOOP

by J-Slyde

Prognosis August EFlyer

Coming off our most successful event to date, with bar records smashed and a rocking crowd dancing and drinking way past stumps, we’re gearing up to do it all over again come August 18th!

Intent on continually pushing the bar, we knew something special had to be done to top our last edition. As such, we’re very excited to welcome our first international to the decks, SOULFIRE. A liverpool-born producer, Soulfire has been on the production front since early 2003. With runaway success, the man shortly thereafter launched his own label, Soulfire Downloads. The label’s releases, which have boasted hard-hitting remixes from the likes of Hernan Cattaneo, Stan Kolev, Soundexile, Spirit Catcher, Jet Project, Juan Deminicis, Deepfunk and Marcelo Vasami have been supported by many of the world’s leading DJs including: Sasha, John Digweed, Pryda, Hernan Cattaneo and Pete Tong – to name but a select few. To say we’re in safe hands, would be an understatement!

We also welcome back Prognosis favourites, The Chunky Fuckers and Jules Plees, whom on their previous Prognosis-outings, did nothing short of blow the roof off of Loop. Not content in letting things slide, we also welcome Darkbeat faithful, Andrew Slattery, for his first set at Loop under the Prognosis banner! Visual duties for the evening will be handled by the extremely talented VJ Pied Piper, who’s been on a month long pilgrimage for some next-level-imagery! Rounding things off, the dynamic Prognosis duo that is J-Slyde and Simon Murphy will also dish up their unique blend of progressive house and melodic techno.

Come join us as we offer up the next chapter in forward thinking night-life! Free entry as always, first beat drops at 10pm.


Soulfire (UK)
The Chunky Fuckers (Herc Kass & Jayson Holden)
Jules Plees
Andrew Slattery
Simon Murphy


VJ Pied Piper


LOOP – 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne CBD


Saturday, August 18th
10pm – LATE




J-Slyde: He’s a DJ… not Spiderman

by Taran M

J-SlydeI was initially shocked to find out during my interviewing of J-Slyde that he was not Spiderman. Especially since he is basically my non biological brother. I thought I knew everything about the man, but as it is, is indeed how it happened, he is not Spiderman nor is he Elvis. I’ve watched both from the booth to the dancefloor, worked side by side for many years and then stepped out of the way as the musical progression of one “J-Slyde” has taken shape. Very much an avid punter, turned DJ, come promoter. J-Slyde’s astute musical assertion is coupled only with a desire to progress not only his career, but his sound, whatever it is. Having ascended the ranks of the Melboune “Monopoly” infused club scene, he has landed on community chest, come second price in a beauty contest, but never never ever landed himself in jail.  So from the confines of Melbourne’s Hard Kandy, to running Substance and now pavementing the Australian progressive movement from the decks, we catch up with J-Slyde and find out exactly what makes him tick, tock and bodyrock.

So let’s pretend I don’t know anything about you, tell me where”J-Slyde’s” sound has evolved from? What genres has the good ship J-Slyde sailed through?

It’s definitely been a natural progression. I’d always been a heavy listener of all things electronic – from back in my early teenage years when I used to frequent underage dance parties, through to moving on to overage clubbing and going on my Trance-honeymoon to all the usual festivals and weekly club nights… *cough*hardkandy*cough*. Being introduced to breaks was a big turning point in terms of deciding I wanted to actually become a DJ. Trance and all of it’s sub genre’s were beginning to sound really bland and around 2003 I got swept up in the breaks boom that Melbourne was experiencing. Seeing locals like Nubreed, Phil K, Jono Fernandez and Sean Quinn (to name a few) really inspired me. It wasn’t long after that I begun to build up my record collection, shortly thereafter, decks were purchased.

Since those early days I’ve played around with a lot of different genres. When you’re starting out, it’s really hard to push your own sound, so a lot of my earlier gigs were spent adjusting to whatever sound was big, playing things like commercial house and electro-house. I think those gigs really taught me a lot about being a DJ – not just playing the music you want to hear, rather performing for a crowd and adjusting your sound to suit them… playing for them, not at them. With my taste in music being so broad, I was never really interested in pigeonholing myself with the one genre – when I was at home, I just played whatever got my ear. Prog, house, breaks and DnB played big parts in those early bedroom-raves I used to have.

What is your sound all about at the moment?

It’s still pretty broad! I feel there’s quality in almost all electronic genres, and love being given the chance to play a variety of different genres. But if I had to pick one main sound, lately I’ve been all about progressive house and techno, or as some are starting to categorize the type of stuff we’ve been pushing at Prognosis as, “melodic techno”. Genre’s are getting harder and harder to classify nowadays, and I try to play unique sounding stuff that draws on a lot of different elements.

What attracts you to this genre?

Production value, creativity, uniqueness, groove, emotion. The stuff that’s coming out at the moment is absolutely mind blowing. It really strikes a cord with me! Sure there’s a big saturation, but I think that’s apparent in all genre’s, and definitely a sign of the times. Any nub can download a cracked copy of fruity loops and make a tune – its the producers that put that extra effort forth to offer up something unique and different that interests me. It’s the tunes that bridge the gap between a variety of genre’s, stuff that i feel has longevity – not just music that follows a defined set of rules that safely slips into the one category. Genre bending shit, yo!

Who are your influences? If I was to get you three “Gig wishes” who would you choose to support?

I try to draw influences from everything I listen to, not just EDM. I’m a big hip-hop and beats head, along with ambient and chilled-out stuff, trip-hop and the like. I definitely find that broadening what I listen to helps breathe new life into the way i approach my DJing. Even though I might not play those genre’s they still spark ideas and help inspire me to try different things.

As far as “gig wishes” go…. Sasha, Hybrid and James Zabiela, would be the three! Simon Murphy and I had the opportunity to support Hybrid late last year, which was a dream come true. We also came close to supporting James Z when he was down earlier this year, but doors closed early and our set was cancelled. So yeh, let’s hope we get booked again when he comes back! Sasha – not much needs to be said on this one. I’d be so bloody nervous, im not sure id be in any fit state to play! haha

Is it true you are actually Spiderman?

Ssssssshhhhhhhh. I wear a mask for a reason! 😉

Let’s talk all things Prognosis and Substance. From a promoters/ Event organizers point of view what is the current state of Melbourne’s EDM?

That’s a hard one! As you well know, we’ve worked pretty hard on getting Substance to where it is now, let alone building up Prognosis. I definitely think running events is a hard area to break into – the Melbourne crowd can be quite fickle at times and very loyal towards certain brands, and night clubs. It’s great to see a lot of smaller type krews breaking onto the scene – specializing in boutique nights dedicated to specific sounds. There’s definitely a market for these type of smaller events – less risk for the promoters, and a good opportunity for newer DJ’s to break onto the scene and play music they feel passionate about.

Aside from that, in regards to larger events, I think it’s fantastic to see larger promoters collaborating with smaller krews doing side-room features and what not. I think this needs to happen more often, especially when the scene is so heavily dominated by “McFestivals”.

We’re seriously spoilt for choice at the moment. Honestly, I find it hard to keep track of it all. You can happily go out every weekend to a new event or club night and saturate yourself in whatever genre tickles your fancy. And as much as people complain about there being too much on, I think it can work in a positive way – there’s more competition, and as a result, more of a push for promoters to stand out from the crowd and offer up unique events. Promoters cant really just “get by” anymore – you need to smash shit up and blow people’s expectations out the window!

What are problems that you foresee in the current climate?

The current influx of celebrity DJs! What the faaark is up with that? Guys like us spend years and years behind the decks honing our craft, yet we’re seeing celebrities jumping up on the decks thinking that all it takes is a gem studded USB stick and the latest pair of Pioneer headphones? Granted, there might be a few that do have skills, but I think its clear that the majority need to learn to leave it to the professionals!

Honestly though, I don’t like concentrating on the negatives of the scene. It can really start make you jaded. Sure there’s always going to be negatives, that happens with everything in life, but instead of harping on about them and complaining, I prefer to just step to the side and do my own thing.

J-Slyde @ Prognosis

We hear you are quite an avid fan of Paris Hilton taking to the turntables, is it true you’ve booked her for December Prognosis?

Yeh mate. 3 minute b2b set with Pauly from Jersey Shore. Get ya glow stix and Ed Hardy get-ups ready!

I think one of the best things you have going with Prognosis is that it’s free. Do you think this makes it a bigger draw card than your guests or has the scene contracted so much you need this to maintain a loyal following.

Having it as a free event definitely helps BUT, I wouldn’t say its our main draw-card. I think our lineups and the music we play are what sets us apart – along with being at such an awesome venue… Loop is a very cool space! And, can’t forget the mind-bending visuals that vdmo Kstati and VJ Pied Piper provide for us. I think all of these factors go into making Prognosis what it is – they all contribute in their own way to make our vision come alive, if you dropped one of them out of the equation, I think it’d fall to pieces.

On the music side of things, we’re pretty pedantic with who we book and the way we structure the nights. It’s not just a free-for-all event where each DJ plays whatever they feel – we’re pretty strict with how we like to have the nights progress, and definitely strive to have a nice progression (lolpun) throughout.

I think I’m pretty bloody lucky to work with such an awesome krew, too! I definitely owe a lot to my partner in crime, Simon, who’s played a huge part of making the night as successful as it is. Add in our third wheel, Static, and you’ve got one sturdy residential team of beat-machines!

Do you think the economic restraint on people is going to impact on crowd numbers on big ticketed venues?

Honestly, i don’t think it will. If anything, I think over saturation of festivals will have a larger impact. As I’ve already mentioned, there’s just so much going on at the moment – and people can’t really afford to be going to three different $150+ events in a month. Sure it still ties in with the economy, but I think it would still be apparent with or without the restraint.

What is your whole feeling regarding the recent influx of psy events hitting the city. It seems that its the new Beiberin the Melbourne EDM?

Definitely not a bad thing! I’ve been scoring a few side-room gigs at some psy events lately and can safely say that their crowds sure know how to party! They’re also really open-minded with the music they listen to, so it’s great to be able to broaden some musical horizons.

Gig situation. You’re about to play to a massive crowd at a big venue. The mixer is down, but there is power, you can see the levels, the cdj is spinning. You have a photo of Steven Segal and Scott Alert, a musical triangle and a copy of “Whats crack got to do with it, The Whitney Houston story.” How are you going to get yourself out of this one?

I’d wear each photo as a mask, one on either side of my head, then bust out with the triangle like a boss, whilst reciting from Houston’s story. It’d go down well. DVD release would follow shortly thereafter, with a sold-out world-wide tour. Id call it “Triangle out with ya Houston out”.

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Interview by Taran M

Prognosis ~ June 16th @ LOOP

by J-Slyde

Prognosis June Eflyer

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But Loop Bar’s so delightful
Since Prognosis is the place to go
Let’s smash it out to listening to tasty tunes!

Ok, so if horrible rhyming was a crime, we’d be doing time buuuut whatcha gonna do?!

The mildly crazy crew down at Prognosis are back for their June soirée and have assembled another stellar lineup of musical maestros to perform for you. After obliterating Loop on his last Prognosis visit, the Prince himself, PQM, is back to treat us to a journey through his musical musings. Joining him, Elements Radio and 405 Recordings head honcho James Brooke makes his long overdue Prognosis debut with a whole stack of auditory weapons. Next up we have dusty dance-floor expert Fabel whose immense music knowledge shines through in every delicately crafted set. And back once again to kick off the ruckus is beat-master Taran M who’ll be opening up proceedings from 9pm, with his unique blend of spaced out glitch.

Fresh off their global broadcast on Frisky Radio, Prognosis residents J-Slyde, Simon Murphy & Aaron Static will also be bringing their blend of beats to the table. The trio have been known to whip the crowd into a frenzy with their genre-bending explorations of all things melodic and progressive. And of course no Prognosis would be complete without the inspiring visual wizardry of vdmo Kstati and his transfixing artistic displays.

And because we can’t possibly cram all these shenanigans into our usual time slot, we will be opening an HOUR EARLIER at 9PM – so get down early and stay till late. You’re not going to want to miss a beat!


– PQM (Abducted Recordings / Yoshitoshi)
– James Brooke (Elements / 405 Recordings)
– Fabel
– Aaron Static
– Simon Murphy
– J-Slyde
– Taran M


vdmo Kstati


Loop – 23 Meyers Lane, Melbourne CBD


Saturday, 16th June. 9PM – LATE.


F R E E  E N T R Y !