Brand Spank'd feat. Tom Piper @ The Empire, Brisbane (20/02/09)

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An intimate and youthful crowd converged on the Empire Hotel’s Middle Bar to see Brand Spank’d deliver Sydney-sider, ARIA Club Chart topper, bambamMuzik co-founder and all round nice-guy Tom Piper. Tom’s sound is one that’s difficult to describe concisely. His own bio confesses ”some people call it house, some people Baltimore, some fidget, some bassline, some tech, some garage, some electro, some disco. They are all right in some way.” I would personally say it’s a fidgety style of electro house with the occasional Baltimore flavour – although it is easy to see why people may get confused trying to put a tag on Tom’s style. Either way, when he steps behind the decks, the energy in the room instantly raises and he has the attention of the crowd from his first track. It doesn’t matter what the name of this music is – it’s making people dance, and that’s the only concern!

A technical master behind the decks, Piper utilised all available technology in Friday’s energetic and fast moving set. Moving across three CDJs, he showed he’s no stranger to the effects section on the mixer, and Tom accompanied his impressive skill-set with samples cued from his laptop, using KueIt software and impressive scratching on the decks. The result was a dynamic set kept punters constantly guessing what was coming next. Piper’s confidence in the booth was impressive, his mixes were tight and fast, and his track selection a successful combination of underground bombs with the right amount of commercial staples. Remixes of Daft Punk, MGMT, Tag Team, Fake Blood and Federico Franchi were featured – each fitting in with Piper’s individual style. I have a feeling that many were Tom’s own edits, and also featured abundantly throughout were releases from Tom’s own label bambamMuzik, which he co-founded with fellow Sydney-sider and DJ friend Elroy. I even heard Tom eagerly informing one of the inthemix photographers that the current track was his ‘new single’, complete with a proud look on his face.

The crowd started to grow as Piper’s set progressed, and half-way through the dancefloor had decent coverage from the young, stylish and dedicated punters who had decided to venture out in spite of the dismal weather. The mood of the night was light-hearted and fun with people enjoying themselves throughout the venue. The night continued to rampage into the wee hours with Piper consistently delivering music that made you want to gyrate – and that’s exactly what the punters were doing. Brand Spank’d once again proved their reputation for delivering top artists to Brisbane for their electro-poppin’ and indie-rocking crowd. On this night especially, Tom Piper definitely lived up to the hype.

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