FACIENDO ~ Desyn Masiello & Tom Morgan ~ June 1st @ OneSixOne

by J-Slyde

Prognosis steez occurring at the next Fluidlife party on June 1st! We’ll be handling the basement with a strong contingent of Prognosis DJs – that of which the one and only PQM will be headlining with a 2 hour feature set. Hit us up for guestlist prices. This is going to be one hellova evening!

Fluidlife Faciendo June 1st

“Faciendo’s core sound is the universal language of dance music. At our core, we play any genre of house music that speaks to and comes from the heart, be it labelled minimal, techno, garage, funky, progressive or breaks. Music that speaks to the heart can be found in many genres of music though, and so on the right occasion we showcase our eclectic, downbeat, dubstep or drum & bass sounds. No matter what the style or tempo though, you will always recognise the Faciendo heartbeat.”


A teenager at the time the rave scene exploded in the UK over twenty years ago, Desyn Masiello has been part of the house music and rave scene since the start. Desyn was a dedicated vinyl junkie from day one, and has a tireless passion to create DJ sets that lift the soul, move the body and open the mind. A full time professional touring DJ for the past 10 years, he has played almost every mega club and every major festival in the world, from a career he started from one mix cd that he sent out in 1999, which earned the respect of various promoters around the world who started to book him. Career highlights have seen him appear on the front cover of DJ magazine (Jan 2010, with SOS) and release over 5 DJ mix CD compilations into the stores worldwide on labels such as Balance, Ministry of Sound, Bedrock and Yoshitoshi. Desyn has also appeared in the DJ magazine “Top 100 DJs” three times, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Once introduced by John Digweed on his radio show as “the man that never sleeps”, this was really recognition from one of the legends of the scene of just how much passion and work is required to craft his sound and stand out as a DJ. Desyn is a self confessed vynil addict, admitting that he spent most of his youth in dusty second hand record stores, amassing a musical knowledge and taste that stretches across many genres.

Desyn’s career was built almost purely on his DJing ability, having only released a handful of low key underground co-productions in his career, it was instead word of mouth and reports from the dancefloor of his DJ sets that sparked his rise and recognition. He has a work ethic that is focused almost entirely on the production of DJ sets. Desyn states “I really focus all my work time on preparing and editing tracks and dj tools for my DJ sets that take you on a special ride and open your mind to new feelings.”

In 2006, having been voted at that time no. 54 DJ in the world, Desyn and his fellow SOS’ers (Omid 16b and Demi) took a U-turn and decided to focus their work away from a solo direction, and instead team up and create the musical DJ-trio of SOS. SOS was a project born out of three like minded friends who lived in London and all grew up with similar musical tastes and passions. Their journey together saw two CD compilation releases into the stores and took them on a four year tour around the world playing together as a back to back DJ-trio. “Working in a team and trying something totally new with two very talented other music heads was an invaluable experience for me as a DJ, we all shared knowledge and skills and helped each other grow as people and artists.”

2011, Desyn is now fully focused on DJing individually again, a new weekly radio show and forthcoming new album release are all lined up, and the non stop world tour continues. Watch this space.


Slowly but surely, Tom Morgan is establishing himself as one of the next generation of household names, with an ever-increasing fan base and a growing amount of support from the industry’s biggest DJs. From Bogota to Bangkok, Budapest to Dubai, Tom has forged a reputation as one of the most diligent and versatile artists on the circuit; a view also shared by Desyn Masiello, who tipped him as ‘a DJ who’ll break through in 2006’ in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll. Tom’s tireless devotion to the craft is there for all to hear in each and every set, with his sound possessing a maturity that defies his years.

“I’ve known Tom for a long time since he used to come and see me at one of my first residencies up in Scotland. He’s got a spot on ear for a hot tune and I’ve always supported him – the man has a solid DJ career ahead of him.” – Desyn Masiello

Born in 1985, Tom has been immersed in music ever since he can remember. However, since being bitten by the house music bug at the age of fourteen, he hasn’t looked back. A regular at seminal Scottish house night Progression, where regular guests included Desyn, Danny Howells, Luke Fair and Lee Burridge, Tom’s teenage years were spent practically living in clubs. Seeing DJs of that calibre on a regular basis helped feed his passion and provided the basis of an education on what moves a dancefloor.

“I have many ‘where the $%*& did he get that?’ moments when listening to Tom’s sets. He plays some of the best music out there and has a great ear for tunes.” – Luke Fair

Tom is renowned for playing a wide range of music that traverses many genres, with his sound becoming increasingly difficult to pin down; anything from 115 BPM downtempo and deep house all the way through to peak time progressive and banging techno. His sets possess a trademark personal touch; packed with unknown gems that have passed beneath the radar of most, with many tracks edited in line with his musical vision. This reputation was cemented further by Desyn’s decision to hire him in an A&R capacity for his prestigious Alternative Route label; giving him access to a vast number of tracks and ensuring that practically his every waking minute is spent listening to music.

“Tom is undoubtedly a true music lover who is set for great things to come.” – Omid 16B

With Tom’s profile on the rise and his sound creating more demand, a global tour was sparked in 2006, encompassing a host of South American countries as well as all over Europe, Asia and America. This gave him the chance to hone his skills in a variety of environments, both headlining and sharing the booth with DJs like Nick Warren, Jimmy Van M, Desyn Masiello, Omid 16B, Jody Wisternoff, Luke Fair and Spirit Catcher.

Fluidlife Lunar – FRI JUNE 1 – OneSixOne




PROGNOSIS (Virginal Appearance At Fluidlife Lunar)
PQM / Kultrun / J-Slyde / Dave Juric / Simon Murphy

Guest list:

$20 – email names to: tickets[at]substancesounds[dot]net


PIG & Dan ~ April 27th @ Brown Alley

by J-Slyde

Pig & Dan - April 27th @ Brown Alley

UNDER ONE ROOF & SUBSTANCE PRESENT PIG & DAN (Bulletdodge, Cocoon recordings / ESP)

Looking back, the meeting of minds during a chance encounter of Igor Tchkotoua (Pig) and Dan Duncan on a flight to Spain in 1999, sounds like the opening scene of a Hollywood movie, certainly neither musician could have the written the script of what happened next. Recognizing a mutual philosophy, and using their own musical background that dated back to the start of the dance scene, they combined to create a slick production outfit that would entrance clubbers and soon win compilation support from the likes of Sander Kleinenberg, Felix Da Housecat, John Digweed and Nic Fanciulli.

Most significantly though, their tech tour de force ʻOh Yeahʼ (2005) signaled the start of their ongoing relationship with Cocoon Recordings, which has seen their status as DJs and producers soar on a global level.

From humble beginnings in late 80s, playing the tea boy and exploring the workings of a recording studio, both Igorʼs & Danʼs experiences stem from an era of primitive technology and old fashioned production techniques. Danʼs own history saw him as part of the hugely successful drum ʻnʼ bass act ʻIntenseʼ, during which time he also played alongside luminaries such as LTJ Bukem and Fabio & Grooverider.

When Pig&Dan decided to join forces, they began a truly prolific production schedule – with 18 releases in just over year – establishing their reputation as producers of pulsating electronic music that straddled dark house and high energy techno whilst creating their signature of twisted and experimental breakdowns. These releases on their label Submission would prove to be merely a stepping stone though.

In 2005, they commenced Sonic Society and focused more toward the edgy minimal that would attract Cocoon Recordings, as well as all the leading jocks such as Sven Vath, Loco Dice and Tiefschwarz. As testament to their continued master production skills, the disturbingly dark ʻOh Yeahʼ has been followed by 8 more releases on the seminal Frankfurt imprint, including their own artist album, ʻImagineʼ. During this time, their profile as in-demand remixers has reached the point where such electronic pioneers as Underworld were coming back for more!

Stand still too long and youʼll be knocked down, so the latest twist in the Pig&Dan story sees Igor (aka Pig) coming back to the wheels of steel and joining Dan after a long break in rehab. The Duo are stronger than ever and have recently brought their new label “ONOLOG” to the Techno stage.

Pig&Dan are currently involved with collaborations with techno masters such as Sephan Bodzin, Mark Reeve, Samuel L Sessions, Gustavo Bravetti, MiniCoolBoyz, Mihalis Safras and Butch to mention a few. The new leaf has been turned with their ONOLOG upbringing plus their big move to DJ management masterminds Plantage13. Now theyʼre set for yet another rocket around the globes club and festival venues projecting their positive sounds.

It is clear that After opening Cocoon club for 2011 with a capacity venue rocking, their schedule is going to be yet another year of good times shared by the masses. Pig&Dan ́s favorite labels Cocoon and Terminal M are at the ready for yet another landslide of monster releases so watch and of course listen out, there is a party in the air.

Supported By

Darius Bassiray | Muska | Simon Murphy | J-Slyde | Mish’chief | Dave Juric | Quinn Masters | Remedy | Louis McCoy | Toby Mackisack | Luke Coleman | Ben Padula | Alex Thomas | Ben Ryan


Online: $25 + BF – http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=55971

Cheaper $20 industry tickets available through promoters – email us to secure!
These will sell fast!

PROGNOSIS ~ April 21st @ LOOP

by J-Slyde


Prognosis April Flyer

Prognosis is back for yet another delicious dose of audio visual delights at the hands of some of the finest purveyors of progressive propaganda this fine town has to offer.

After a monumental set on the Substance rooftop back in ’10, Danny Bonnici returns to give the Prognosis massive a glimpse into his enviable array of auditory weapons. An amazing musical talent, his huge contribution to the global music scene, both individually and as a member of Nubreed, has cemented him as one of the most highly regarded producers and DJs this country has ever seen.

Dave Juric is also back to turn Loop on its head with another mammoth journey into the progressive core of his immense record collection. This Melbourne stalwart always pulls out some special treats on his Prognosis visits, so get down and witness it whilst you can before he jets off overseas.

And of course, no Prognosis would be complete without the input of residents J-Slyde, Simon Murphy and Aaron Static whose delicious beat-trickery has seen them in high demand across Melbourne. Loaded up with bucketloads of tasty tunes, the madness will no doubt ensue as the boys ensure the party kicks on till the wee hours. The visual aspect of the night will be curated by VJ Pied Piper who will bring his unique brand of visual wizardry to Loop’s two 20ft screens.

Danny Bonnici (Nubreed / Mesmeric Recordings)
Dave Juric (Darkbeat)
Simon Murphy
Aaron Static
VJ Pied Piper

WHEN: Saturday, April 21st. 10pm – Late

WHERE: Loop – 23 Meyers Lane, Melbourne CBD


FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/273507752726669/



J-Slyde & Simon Murphy on Elements Radio

by J-Slyde

Our boys J-Slyde and Simon Murphy joined James Brooke on his Elements Radio show for a Prognosis takeover. Taking over the entire segment, the boys offered up a mix each covering the type of sounds they’ve been pushing at their Prognosis events.

Both are available to download in mp3 format via their respective Soundcloud pages.
Thanks to those who tuned in on the night!



OXFAM AID 2012 ~ 23rd March @ Wah Wah Lounge

by J-Slyde

Oxfam Trailwalker is one of the world’s leading team endurance challenges, with 16 events in 13 countries and growing. Oxfam Australia now holds three events each year: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Globally, Trailwalker has raised more than $100 million since 1981 for Oxfam’s valuable work around the world.

To coincide with this year’s Oxfam Trailwalker, we’re putting together a fundraising gig at Wah Wah Lounge. Assembling an all-star lineup of some of Melbourne’s finest beat conductors, we’ll be providing a night full of quality tunes to raise funds for the cause. Covering everything from Breaks, Techno, Prog and House, the night will be a journey through all that is quality in dance music.

All the DJs involved are offering up their services for free, with all door sales going straight to the fund. Adding to that, 10% of bar profits will be going straight towards Oxfam – SO THE MORE YOU DRINK, THE MORE MONEY WE RAISE! There’s never been a better excuse to party!!


Dave Pham
Simon Murphy
Alex Butler
Steve Dixon
Cosmic Wolf


$5 entry (goes straight to Oxfam)


Wah Wah Lounge (in the Bubble Bar)
Level 1 / 185 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne CBD


Friday 23 March
9pm til late







They turned the Punters Club into a Bimbo’s and you expect Miss Libs to Survive!

by Taran M

Miss LibertineI really feel for the youth and future youth of Melbourne today. For this week marks I feel, the point where Melbourne essentially turned the corner into being the next Sydney. For a cultural epicenter hell bent on being the epitaph of all things live music, we should be ringing the alarm bells, just as long as these bells don’t disturb the neighbors or compromise some form of the liquor licensing act. With the closing of Miss Libertines in the city as we see not just another EDM venue dead, but another consistent outlet for quality music, be it dance, rock or Sudanese hip hop gone.

The writing was on the wall the moment the pokies boom crashed through Melbourne’s pub scene in the late 1990’s. Suddenly the licenses of traditional music venues and suburban pubs were bought through strong arming and deep pursed conglomerates hell bent on ensuring that rows upon rows of poker machines spread through the floor space of alcohol spilt floors. Suddenly the abundant crash of a high hat, tear of a C chord or wail of a post punk singer was replaced by the lounge instrumental of Kylie’s “Better the devil you know”. The reeking of high grade formica fake plants, with the standard resolute carpeting and the chirping of electronic machines replaced the crowd, the sweat and now more so then ever, the tears. Music not just in Melbourne but round Australia is being left with nowhere to run.

It isn’t so much this historical threat that is such an issue now. It is the demand of the general public to move into the inner city and embrace the “Most liveable” city, by literally jamming into the CBD, Richmond, Collingwood. The next time you are in the CBD have a good look at the number of gantry cranes littering the skyline,  consider all of these are primarily residential developments.  Live music and electronic music is a beautiful loud, sweaty, seething, almost apocalyptic  heathen playground. “Joe the lawyer” who lives on the 20th floor does not want to hear Simon Murphy and J-Slyde bang out a 2 hour prog set at 3am….. unfortunately. In the venues I have dealt with when running Substance, we have always had problem surrounding noise complaints.  Now the powers that be, local Councils, VCAT, Liquor Licensing and to a lesser extent the police (remember, the boys in blue enforce policy, not create it) offer no protection towards venue operators once people move in and around the venue. Noise complaints for licensed venues are registered and held by Liquor Licensing, much to dismay of some venues it becomes clear that when a license is up for renewal, and it’s a venue with numerous complaints for noise, you’re going to have a hard time renewing it.

Miss LibertineThe other factor is what expenses a phone call for a noise complaint actually costs, especially if it is put through the police or through a council complaint line. After a complaint for noise a minimum of two police officers are sent to investigate (while somebody is beaten to a fucking pulp on King St), after investigating they file their incident report. That has cost the government an hours wage, choked a public resource and created a threat for the public because it has diverted the attention of the police. Now the council gets involved, because both Liquor licensing and the council have permits and licenses hooked into the venue. The Council issues a $2000 fine for consistent noise complaints, venue owner hires lawyer  to contest…. You see where i am going with this hopefully??? All because some fuckwit has moved into a flat next door to a live music venue……. This was made by one phone call. No wonder the live music scene in Melbourne “Ain’t what it used to be”.

This is where Adelaide has it right, and fuck me it’s not often that happens (the mantra of “But when it does it’s priceless” comes to mind). In Adelaide if you move in or around an existing music premises, by law you have no reasonable right to complain regarding “Acceptable” noise.  As it is seen:  “You moved there, the venue was there before you,  why do you think you’re paying $200 a week for a five bedroom apartment above a nightclub? “Dear Melbourne…. Investigate this….It will work…”

If it isn’t the Punters club (where Bimbo Deluxe now stands, used to be one of the best live music venues in Australia) QBH, Viper and now Miss Libertines. We’re losing our cultural flare. In years gone by it was just the promoters that vanished into the night, now the very venues that once carried them are joining them.