Posted 16 Dec 2014 @ 2:03pm


Growing Up 
I guess I have to thank my father. He’s a big music lover and I had the luck of growing up with a lot of good music from Peter Gabriel and Pink Floyd. He took me to a lot of concerts: Phil Collins, Moby etc. It wasn’t a surprise that I became a music lover too. We had a turntable at home and a lot of old vinyl which I could play around with, I treasured my first...

Posted 12 Dec 2014 @ 1:54pm

Za! - two guys and a dozen instruments - are coming to town early next year.


Made up of Spaniards Spazzfrica Ehd and Papa duPau, the duo have become known for their multi-layered, genre-defying sounds. January's tour will mark their first trip to our shores and will include appearances at Sydney Festival and MONA FOMA. 

Posted 12 Dec 2014 @ 11:27am


Growing Up 
My key childhood memory was a car ride where my mom, my dad and me sang together a song and I can hardly remember which song it was, but I guess it was a Michael Jackson Song. We always listened to a lot of different stuff, which reflects my kind of musical taste. I like it almost no matter what genre it is. My dad plays the flugelhorn in a music ensemble for over 30...

Posted 12 Dec 2014 @ 11:23am

Thanks chiefly to the Internet, and perhaps even some aesthetic evolution, the divide between music genres is no longer as rigid as it once was. These days, anyone unwilling to embrace various styles is rightly named a conservative. But it’s not that long since meeting a rock dude with a hip hop obsession and a thing for ‘80s synth-pop would’ve been seriously strange.



Posted 10 Dec 2014 @ 3:04pm

Moodymann and DJ Tennis have announced that they'll team up for a joint show next Feburary.


Last on our shores in 2013 for Strawberry Fields, Moodymann is one of the most celebrated names in house music, with gems like Sunday Morning and Shades of Jae. He'll share the bill with DJ Tennis, who released his Local EP earlier this year.

Posted 10 Dec 2014 @ 3:04pm

The legendary Theo Parrish is coming to town.


The venerated Detroit house producer and Sound Signature label boss will hit our shores on the heels of his huge American Intelligence LP. He'll be joined by Toronto's Invsibile City, The Netherlands' Tako and local support Wax O' Paradiso.

Posted 9 Dec 2014 @ 5:06pm

Almost four hours outside of Melbourne, near the border of Victoria and New South Wales, past the giant strawberry, down a winding dirt road, you’ll find Strawberry Fields. But these aren’t the type of fields that cultivate those red, succulent, juicy berries. Nope. These fields harvest thumping bass, towering melodies and a reality that isn’t so real, for just a little while. In its sixth...

Posted 4 Dec 2014 @ 12:25pm


Growing Up
I was lucky, my parents both had a good taste in music and a lot of records on vinyl and music cassettes. Mostly it was rock and pop music from the '70s and '80s. Stuff like Depeche Mode, The Police, The Who, also very cheesy music like Simon & Garfunkel. I still love and listen to this music today.
At the moment I don’t listen to...

Posted 3 Dec 2014 @ 1:12pm

Sasha Grey is a highly intelligent, independent and imaginative woman. Boasting a multi-talented creative mind, in recent years Grey has played a recurring role in HBO's Entourage, penned her first novel The Juliette Society (which was published in 23 languages), mused and collaborated with artists of the ilk of Brody Condon and Richard Phillips, and most recently starred alongside Elijah Wood...

Posted 2 Dec 2014 @ 3:45pm

One of the most promising names currently in dance music, Mad Decent DJ and producer Dillon Francis has amassed a legion of fans touring the world, pioneered moombahton and moombahcore, played Coachella twice, signed to major label Columbia, officially remixed for some of the biggest names in music including Justin Timberlake, all before his debut LP was released. Having just unleashed his...

Posted 29 Nov 2014 @ 2:51pm

Dutch DJ and producer Tom Trago reckons he owes much of his musical inspiration to his mum’s old piano. “I have the piano in my studio. My mum bought it when she had me in her belly,” he says, speaking to Beat from Singapore. “I’ve played it since I was little. It kind of inspires me. When I was 20, 21, the piano was calling me to understand the instrument better so I went to back to jazz...

Posted 27 Nov 2014 @ 3:04pm

1. Growing Up 
I didn't come from an overly musical household, however my older brother was quite upfront with his musical taste and introduced me to all kinds of cool music. The KLF was the group that really resonated with me and started me on the direction id later take. When I was around 20, my grandmother bought me a pair of turntables and a mixer, and I never looked back. I often...

Posted 27 Nov 2014 @ 1:42pm

Already announced as part of Stereosonic, Booka Shade have announced their only festival sideshow will be in Melbourne this December.


The Berlin-based duo have been pioneering the electronic dance scene over the past decade, with the release of five studio albums. They will be returning to Australia in support of their soon-to-be-released EP Line Of Fire as part of Stereosonic...

Posted 26 Nov 2014 @ 11:40am

This weekend, hoards of free-spirited electronic music lovers will make the pilgrimage to Pyalong in central Victoria for the three-day Earthcore spectacular. Earthcore could be described as an assembly of Europe’s finest underground and left-of-centre electronic music practitioners. Of course, the festival lineup isn’t exclusively European (Australian artists dominate in fact), but it’s a...

Posted 25 Nov 2014 @ 2:56pm

After slaying the Queen Victoria Market on the final night of Melbourne Music Week, DJ Spinn will treat fans to a second show before jetting back to the States.


One of the foremost pioneers of Chicago footwork, alongside his late partner-in-crime DJ RASHAD Spinn formed the legendary TEKLIFE label and collective.
He'll be joined by A13, JPS, 2fuddha and DJ Dust.

Posted 25 Nov 2014 @ 12:06pm

The complete lineup for the 2015 incarnation of Rainbow Serpent has been unveiled. 


Among the latest additions for the 2015 include Americans Janover, reSunator, Dov, bioLuMigen, Atmaspheric and Yoga of Bass, German producer Galaxy and Japanese DJ Fumi, who will join the 35 other international acts that have already been revealed.
A strong local contigent rounds...

Posted 24 Nov 2014 @ 3:10pm

After slaying it at Melbourne Music Week alongside Pachanga Boys last Wednesday, Glasgow's finest party starters Optimo have announced an encore performance. 



Optimo, otherwise known as the duo of JD Twitch and JG Wilkes, ran the legendary Sunday night at Sub Club which came to an end in 2010 after 13 years. These days the two are running their own record label...

Posted 20 Nov 2014 @ 5:00pm

Derrick Carter has announced he will return to Melbourne this New Year's Day for a set at New Guernica.


Earlier this year Derrick played a sold out Derrick Does Disco set, now he will return to kick off 2015.
Things will be kicking off early in the evening with DJs in Chuckle Park to warm things up before Derrick Carter takes the stage. The list of Melbourne DJs...

Posted 20 Nov 2014 @ 11:46am

I'm pretty excited, because I reckon if anyone can make me a working lightsaber it's probably Robin Fox. Dr Fox – he holds a PhD from Monash University – is big-time now, having taken his audio-visual shows to over fifty cities around the world. Moment of truth.


But no. It turns out that the lasers Fox is bringing to Melbourne Music Week are a little different. “I'm doing the...

Posted 20 Nov 2014 @ 11:42am


Define your genre in five words or less:
Late night party music.
Describe the best gig you have ever played.
Three hours closing the Pleasure Planet 24 hour birthday party earlier this year, there was such an incredible atmosphere in the room when we closed at 2am Monday morning. I left the club half an hour after my set and there were still 20 or 30 people...

Posted 19 Nov 2014 @ 10:47am


1. Growing Up
One of my earliest music related memories is that whenever I would run, dance or jump around to music, my mother would always tell me she could see I had a natural sense of rhythm. That always stuck with me, and wasn’t a bad thing to have in my back pocket when I took up playing drums at age 15.

2. Inspirations
Most of my favourite musicians I...

Posted 18 Nov 2014 @ 3:46pm

On whatever level of importance you rank family as an institution, for Melbourne duo Klo, honouring this kindred allegiance has paid off. Chloe Kaul, along with her cousin, Simon Lam – already the lead singer of synth-heavy trio I’lls – admit it was their mothers who encouraged the collaboration in the first place.


“Mum always used to drive me over when I did my solo recordings...

Posted 18 Nov 2014 @ 2:32pm


1. Growing Up 
A large part of my childhood was based around playing the piano. I started taking lessons at age 4 and carried them on right through school taking in as much as I could about classical and jazz piano. The only issue was I hated playing to people, my piano teacher was about the only person who could get away with it. My parents would ask me to play and I’d wait for...

Posted 13 Nov 2014 @ 11:29am

Tim Sweeney will return to Melbourne next month.


An Australian favourite and three-time Meredith alumni, the tour will mark the 15-year anniversary of his groundbreaking radio show Beats In Space, for which he's just released a compilation of old and new favourites.

Posted 12 Nov 2014 @ 3:55pm

The esteemed Grandmaster Flash is coming to town.


Flash is known as one of the pioneers of hip hop DJing, cutting and mixing, as well as part of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5. He's currently touring in support of his latest release, The Grandmaster Flash Collection.

Posted 12 Nov 2014 @ 2:54pm

UK disco legend Greg Wilson will bring in 2015 when he headlines Warehaus' New Year's party this December. 


Wilson is set to play an exclusive four hour disco-inspired set. He'll be joined by an assortment of Melbourne's best local disco and house DJs including CC: DISCO!, Edd Fisher and more. 

Posted 12 Nov 2014 @ 11:40am

With January creeping closer, Rainbow Serpent has unveiled the domestic lineup for its 2015 incarnation - and it's pretty huge. 


Opiuo, Sponbill, Staunch, Mr Bill, OKA, Tetrameth Vs Shadow Fx, FREq, Gangsta Girl, Boog$, Tornado Wallace, Jamie Stevens, Steve Law, Interpulse, Otologic and Whitebear are amongst some of the highlights. They'll join the likes of Beats Antique,...

Posted 10 Nov 2014 @ 6:23pm

Two of the most exciting names in electronic music have announced a joint Melbourne show.



Detroit techno powerhouse Omar S will return to our shores for the first time since his performance at the Sydney Opera House as part of the 2013 VIVID Live festival, while Daniel Avery will be making his Australian debut following the release of his debut record Drone...

Posted 10 Nov 2014 @ 11:41am

One of Chicago's finest selectors will stop by Melbourne this NYE. 


The definition of a DJs DJ, Sadar Bahar is a favourite amongst the likes of Theo Parrish and Ron Trent.
A regular fixture on the scene since the birth of Chicago house music, Bahar also regularly throws his infamous Soul In The Hole parties with partner Lee Collins.

Posted 10 Nov 2014 @ 11:15am

One of the hottest electronic acts on the 2015 Laneway lineup has locked in a Melbourne headline show.


The tour follows the release of the enigmatic Glaswegian producer's latest record Green Language. On his 2015 tour he'll also be debuting a brand new and highly-acclaimed live AV show.