Posted 6 Nov 2014 @ 2:46pm

Musical nostalgia – intense feelings for music from your youth – is not just a cultural phenomenon, but also a scientific one. It’s the reason that music from past decades sounds so much better (objectively speaking, of course), and probably also explains the entire karaoke industry. It’s so powerful that it often warps an otherwise discerning critical ear so the listener might lose their...

Posted 6 Nov 2014 @ 2:18pm

This summer Lounge has your Sundays sorted.


The beloved city institution will be opening up their doors (and balcony) to Body Contact - a series of Sunday gigs featuring a host of international and local talent. 
Kicking off with Rush Hour luminary Tom Trago, over the summer the parties will feature performances from the likes of Florian Kupfer, Space Dimension...

Posted 6 Nov 2014 @ 9:51am

Modeselektor will bring their live show to Australia for the first time ever next February.


The German duo were slated to hit our shores with their live show back in 2011, but were forced to cancel due to unforseen circumstances. Self-described as more of a live act than studio musicians, the pair are expected to treat fans to selections from their highly acclaimed 2011 album,...

Posted 5 Nov 2014 @ 12:54pm

Back in November 1997, fearless Glaswegian DJs JD Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes launched the Optimo club night. Optimo proceeded to take over Glasgow’s Sub Club every Sunday evening up until April, 2010. Not long after introducing club Optimo, Twitch and Wilkes were in demand all over the world. “It’s a pretty great job,” Wilkes says. “We have seen so much of the world through it and met and been...

Posted 5 Nov 2014 @ 11:05am

One of the biggest drawcards on the 2015 Laneway bill has locked in a headline show in Melbourne. 



Flying Lotus, aka Steven Ellison, will be returning to our shores following the release of his latest studio record You're Dead!


His 2015 tour will see him return with his ever-evolving Layer 3 stageshow, of which when he last toured...

Posted 28 Oct 2014 @ 4:28pm


1. Growing Up
Friso: I grew up in between Cologne and Frankfurt. Two house and techno capitals during this time. That inspires me a lot, because you had different clubs, labels, record stores, etc around. I would also say being in my mum’s car going to the shops listening to Fleetwood Mac or Paul Simon with the sun beating down through the car sunroof.  My mum and dad would...

Posted 28 Oct 2014 @ 4:26pm


The expression ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ has deflating resonance if you happen to know a lot, but don’t have any friends in high places. This adage is explicitly applicable to the music world, but it’s not a black and white condition for success. Simply put, if ‘what you know’ is impressive enough, than you’re better positioned to get the attention of someone you...

Posted 28 Oct 2014 @ 3:17pm

Already announced for Golden Plains, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist will bring their vinyl-only Renegades of Rhythm tour to Melbourne next March.


The incredible show, which debuted in the USA  last month, sees the two going head-to-head and playing cuts that are exclusively taken from Afrika Bambaataa’s epic record collection (we're talking 40,000+) on six turntables. 

Posted 27 Oct 2014 @ 6:06pm

It has taken quite some time to pin down the busy duo for an interview, but anything worth waiting for, is well, worth waiting for – and we are chuffed to have been able to pin down the Growling Mad Scientists (G.M.S for short) for a quick chat before their return to Australia for the Earthcore festival. “Sorry for the massive delay,” explains Bansi, one-half of the group. “It has been a mad...

Posted 23 Oct 2014 @ 4:13pm

Sasha Grey will hit Australia for a series of DJ performances later this year.


Best known for her former work in the film industry, Grey moved on and has since taken on a DJ career, with sets spanning from industrial techno and deep house.

Posted 22 Oct 2014 @ 3:15pm

Stereosonic 2014 has gotten even bigger with the announcement that Zhu has been added to the lineup.


The mysterious producer burst onto the scene in mid-2014 with the release of his debut EP The Nightday, featuring his huge first single Faded. Although he may wish to remain anonymous, Zhu is no stranger to our shores, having toured the country as part of Listen Out.

Posted 20 Oct 2014 @ 7:15pm

Electronic music certainly isn’t a new phenomenon, but it’s becoming an increasingly saturated field of creative exploration. The wide distribution of digital recording tools in recent years has made dabbling with electronic production a more approachable option than ever before. Due to the new technology’s immense usability, technical know-how is no longer imperative. And just like...

Posted 17 Oct 2014 @ 1:13pm

Animals Dancing will once again ring in the new year with a hand-picked lineup of underground electronic talent.


Their fourth foray into NYD celebrations, this year the local party purveyors will be hosting Ibiza legend and Balearic beat father DJ Alfredo, the don behind DC-based label Future Times Maxmillion Dunbar, Vancouver's finest Pender Street Steppers and Glasgow native ...

Posted 17 Oct 2014 @ 11:58am

1. Growing Up 
Andy: For me it would be listening to both my grandfather and auntie playing the piano.  Both were excellent players and early exposure to this really gave me a fascination with instruments and music in general.
Pete: My mum and dad's old record collection was frankly embarrassing. Meat Loaf for days. But I had some piano lessons when I was younger and I used to...

Posted 16 Oct 2014 @ 1:23pm

While here for Strawberry Fields, Nightmares On Wax has announced he will play a DJ set in Melbourne this November.


The English DJ, aka George Evelyn, is celebrating 25 years with Warp Records this year. He will play a two hour DJ set when he takes over Howler.
Support on the night comes from Lower Spectrum and A13.

Posted 15 Oct 2014 @ 2:23pm

Rainbow Serpent are now accepting applications to volunteer at next year's event. 


For those looking to save some cash and lend a helping hand, head over to the Rainbow website and fill out the application for your chance to work for a ticket. The festival's 18th incarnation is set to feature the likes of Marcel Dettmann, Beats Antique, Petar Dundov and many more.

Posted 10 Oct 2014 @ 5:07pm

Fernando Cerantola is kicking back in his studio in Lübeck, Germany where he currently lives since moving from Switzerland some two years ago – and sometime before that, from São Paulo. “I’m working on my album which I started on about three years ago,” chimes the Brazilian with a giggle. “Already half of it is written but there is still a little more to go,” he says.


As a...

Posted 9 Oct 2014 @ 3:29pm

Heading into its third year at Sea Lake in Victoria's Malee Region, Maitreya Festival have announced the first six acts on their international music lineup.


The four day camping festival which encourages creativity to turn the camp area into a circus of colour and tarpaulin, positive energy and making friends, have dropped their first international music lineup.

Posted 3 Oct 2014 @ 4:07pm


1. Growing Up
I grew up listening to groups like Earth, Wind & Fire, The OJays, basically ‘70s R&B/soul music. My dad was a member of the Motown group called the Capitals, my uncle was a session drummer and my aunt dated Smokey Robinson in high school. The very first album I bought was when I was seven was a Ramsey Lewis jazz album.
2. Inspirations

Posted 3 Oct 2014 @ 3:32pm

Argentine house maestro Hernan Cattaneo has taken the long road to the top, but has retained his credibility and unique style, and gained respect and a dedicated fanbase along the way. Currently in the midst of his Australian tour ahead of the upcoming release of his new Balance 026 mix, he spoke to Beats.


Many DJs strive for the limelight, aiming to be famous overnight,...

Posted 3 Oct 2014 @ 3:30pm


When is it? Friday October 3, 10pm - late.
Where is it? The Mercat Basement, 456 Queen Street, CBD.
Who's playing? Mary Velo (four hours), Matt Radovich (Stable/Melbourne Techno Collective), Adrian Bell and Jake McDonald.
What sort of shit will they be playing? Techno....

Posted 3 Oct 2014 @ 11:53am

Rainbow Serpent have locked in a massive second round of artists for their 2015 lineup.



Today the festival have added a slew of artists to their lineup, including Perfect Stranger, LOUD, Rinkadink, Talpa, Super Flu, Thugfucker, 16 Bit Lolitas, Son Kite, Gaudium, Pole Folder, Egbert, Sebastian Mullaert, Nobody Home, Kaya Project, Pragmatix, The Riddler and...

Posted 2 Oct 2014 @ 12:51pm

Growing Up 
I think I was lucky enough to grow up in the '80s and '90s when there was so much good music all around. All of my family kept up to date on everything in the charts back when I was 5 - 13,  then as I got to 14 - 16 I just loved the sound of the electronic side of music and started to explore it.
It can vary from world music, to dance, to the...

Posted 1 Oct 2014 @ 3:23pm

Fourcolours is a special event designed to present a new dimension of colour, art, music as well as installation and generally mind-blowing performances. An intimate gathering, the event is designed to provide a new and unique insight into the minds of the talented Fourcolours crew. Held within the vast, winding, maze-like world that is Revolt Warehouse, each nook will reveal fantastic...

Posted 1 Oct 2014 @ 3:21pm

There are a lot of negative stereotypes associated with dance music promoters: in it for the money/chicks/drugs and not the music or culture. Melbourne dance promoter and visionary behind the upcoming Fourcolours event at Revolt Arts Warehouse Peter Suwara is the antithesis of the aforementioned clichés.


“The concept of Fourcolours is this: you go in and you get your coloured...

Posted 1 Oct 2014 @ 2:32pm

After a year of touring all over the world with their racuous brand of EDM, Knife Party have announced that they'll return home for a string of shows this December.


The tour will come on the back of their debut album Abandon Ship, which is due out on Monday October 27. Even though it''ll be their first official LP, the duo have already amassed fans the world over with hits like...

Posted 30 Sep 2014 @ 2:26pm

A successful Sunday night in Melbourne’s club scene have always been a rarified commodity but for those DJs, promoters and venues that do get it right create one of the best parties of the week because the crowd is a mix of hospitality workers and club professionals – DJs, venue owners and door bitches – who are enjoying a night off from the main game. Circus Sundays is one such night that...

Posted 25 Sep 2014 @ 4:32pm

Shpongle are arguably the most famous and successful psychedelic trance act to have existed since the genre’s conception in the late '80s. Consisting of Simon Posford and Raja Ram the two-piece marry the uplifting and introspective tones of trance music with the mysticism and introspection of psychedelia that includes the use of complex light displays and stage props. At the end of November...

Posted 23 Sep 2014 @ 4:44pm

New York house legend Todd Terry has announced he will be returning to Australia this October and November.


Off the back of his sold out 2012 Australian tour, Terry returned in 2013 to support Chic’s Melbourne and Brisbane shows, with more sold out sideshows of his own. This time he will hit our shores for a four-show, three-day run - stopping in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and...

Posted 23 Sep 2014 @ 1:10pm


1. Growing Up
My mother used to teach piano at primary schools around Mackay where I grew up. I used to tag along and play the claves. My parents were always very supportive, they bought me a Pearl drum kit when I started high school. I have no idea how they put up with me practicing everyday for hours on end!  
2. Inspirations
I love American punk music,...