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Issue 1675

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s note

Electronic music can often be underrepresented when it comes to mainstream exposure but that doesn’t faze its pioneers. The underground is a playground for the tireless industrialists at the top of the game and as the appetite for the genre persists, the field for creativity widens.

When Mike Toner founded Thick As Thieves in 2009 with local club dynamo, Boogs at his side he was running his own record store. As record sales began to ail, Toner turned his attention to events but became dissatisfied with the treatment of international touring artists. This would form the bedrock of an organisation that has since become the backbone of Melbourne’s lively electronic music scene.

In 2019, Thick As Thieves celebrate ten years of vibrations with four nights of epic parties. Electronic general Boogs, who also adorns our Beat 1675 cover, will kick off proceedings with a five-hour retrospective set at The Timber Yard in Port Melbourne on Saturday June 8. The party then continues with the likes of Michael Bibi, Patrick Topping, Patrice Baumel and Phil Kieran performing special celebratory sets.

Outside of that, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival is about to get underway this Friday decorating this fine music city with all the world’s finest brass and woodwind. We give you a rundown of the eight reasons you have to head along. To cap things off we also got time with Alex Lahey, Sharon Van Etten, L7 and more. Prepare your engines, this one’s red hot.