ITM’s Looking Local: Interview, Melbourne

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For nearly six years, Melbourne’s Interview crew has stuck to the philosophy: ‘Our parties are all about the people’. The people have voted with their feet, too, turning out to rooftops, secluded beaches, clubs and warehouses to revel in the Interview sound. This weekend, the stalwart party-makers will host Kiwi progressive duo Antix. We heard all about it from the main man Ben Evans.

When you established Interview, what was the vision for the party? Was there a gap that needed to be filled in the Melbourne scene?
Interview was born a Capricorn in late 2005 and our vision was to build that house-party vibe in a nightclub environment. You know the ones – those crazy, loose and relentless parties where your house was shaken on its very foundations and your carpet torn to bits. Our formula reincarnates that frenzy. Our vision is purely based on the people: it’s the people’s party where anything goes and often does.

When we formed the Interview crew there was a massive gap in our music scene for our audience. When we formed there was no middle ground between the festivals and the larger club shows. We broke into the scene with a heavy hit and six years later our vision, vibes and overwhelming responses from our crowds have enticed us to keep feeding this monster.

The Interview parties have never settled on one set location. How important is it to keep finding unique venues?
When we throw our events the location makes the party. If you can throw a party in a hard to reach venue or in an environment where you would have never thought possible you have one killer vibe stirring up a frenzy before you even begin. Unique venues are getting harder and harder to find these days: laws, councils, permits and regulations make these things a little more difficult than the average events proposal in your local nightclub.

Some of the best parties I’ve been to have been in locations I never thought a party would ever occur, like DJing on the observation deck of the Rialto with monster lasers flying out the windows, or on top of a mountain embracing a mind-blowing 360 degree sunrise and sunset.

Plenty of international guests have played the party are there any particular standouts you can single out?
Standout performances for us would have been from Andy Moor back in 2006 when we dropped that bad boy into a packed-out club of Melbourne punters around the beginning of September. It was our first big show and it solidified our vision. It was a huge night and the vibe was incredible; everyone tore it a new one. Martin Roth had played for us twice, once at Brown Alley and an intimate show at our birthplace, Tilt Bar. He served up a tasty menu of trance and tech-trance, notably right before his music took the world stage and record sales went through the roof. We have had some amazing and special appearances on our boat parties, fuelling the intimate vibe with Nick Sentience, Beauty and the Beat, Chwen, Kasey Taylor and much more.

What are your thoughts on the Melbourne club scene currently? Is it in a healthy place?
I believe the Melbourne club scene to be a strong one. It’s open-minded and can withstand a lot of change and democracy, no matter what the politicians try to slam down our throats with their propaganda and laws to abolish live music in venues across Melbourne. The massive show of support that Melbourne displayed is a true testament to the crazy culture and the strength of the industry within our community. Luckily in the six years I have been running events we have never had an incident or act of violence, as our crowd is controlled and respectful of each other and are there for each other no matter what.

I believe there to be an amazing power within the Melbourne music and club culture and it’s what people do with this power that really defines their brand or their vision. We need to work together, build a strong community to network, uplift and inspire others to take risks. Concept parties will be the way of the future and I think the more people leading this scene with an open mind the better.

Your philosophy is that Interview is all about the people on the dancefloor. Has it been satisfying to see that loyalty returned?
All we ever wanted from Interview events was to generate happiness within our crew and for our punters. Loyalty is of utmost importance, and we all share a great moment together throughout the night when everything is working and moving together as one giant well-oiled machine. We all know we have succeeded when we look around at all the people with smiles as wide as their faces, getting right into it because we made it happen. It’s a great feeling of achievement that we all share together.

DJ PROFILE – ANTIX

Auckland’s electronic masterminds Antix will play live at this edition of Interview, showcasing songs from new album Cavalier. We caught them for a quick chat ahead of the weekend.

Was the intention on Cavalier to showcase a range of moods and styles?
Most definitely. We make a special point of delivering lots of variation in moods, atmospheres, grooves and styles. It’s what we think sets us apart from the rest. We have to keep our productions constantly evolving, otherwise we get bored and that’s not good.

Did you want Cavalier to stand apart from the three albums before it, or do you see it as a continuation?
We do see a continuation for sure. It is just that. But yeah, we also made a great effort to make music that we wanted to hear. The difference between Cavalier and our previous albums is that we were not so confined to any specific style. In the past we were always quite conscious of this, trying to keep within a certain style. This time around, we threw all that out the window and just went with the flow and we really enjoyed this approach.

Are there any particular producers you admire for the quality of their productions?
Caribou, DFA, Pezzner, Ripperton, Jamie Stevens to name only a few. All these producers we really admire for their original and thinking-outside-the-box productions. We are always inspired by fresh innovative new music, whatever the style and genre.

The new album has inspired some great remixes from artists like Jamie Stevens and Hernan Cattaneo. Do you enjoy listening to the spin that other producers put on your sound?
Yeah it’s great to hear how other producer interpret our music. It’s a buzz to hear our melodies, grooves and samples inside a new tune. It’s always so cool to hear and it’s great to have such talented artists working with us on these projects.

You’re launching the album at Interview in Melbourne this weekend. What’s the plan for the show?
Yep, this will be the third Cavalier release party since its release in May. We don’t have too much of a plan apart from doing what we do usually. We have a pretty cool intro that I’m excited to drop as it really sets the pace and atmosphere of our set. Looking forward to it!

Interview presents a live set from Antix this Saturday 19 June at Miss Libertines, Melbourne.

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