Mon 1st Nov, 2010 Lists and Guidesin
Our ongoing feature series, Looking Local, is where inthemix gives kudos to those events on the local dance scene that consistently follow the beat of their own drum and run their regular nights for the music and the people who love that music alone.
Times are good for Sydney’s house and disco fiends. One of the crews consistently doing good things around town is Picnic. Moving between clubs and warehouses, the party is dedicated to bringing good vibes to the dancefloor. Its mission has been assisted by true legends like Greg Wilson, Maurice Fulton and Derrick May.
Making its brash arrival in 2006, this loose collective of party people soon became fixtures of the Sydney scene. Early on, they hosted soon-to-be mega-stars The Bloody Beetroots, Huoratron and Gtronic and launched Tuff Em Up Records with a solid stable of homegrown producers. Not bad for a party that some wrote off as flash-in-the-pan!
Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated network of promoters, Canberra’s club scene is in fighting form. Effigy and LollyGag – two of the capital’s stalwart crews – have earned a dedicated following by championing the music that they love. It’s a testament to Canberra’s healthy dance music community that these alliances flourish.
Cross-country throwdown Destination? was born in Perth, with a no-fuss, good-times formula that was later exported to Sydney. Repping hometown talent alongside hand-picked international headliners, Destination? is steadily building a reputation for championing the breakbeat sound in all its guises.
The passion project of Brisbane DJs Scott Walker and Magoo, Drop’s illustrious run has hosted the cream of the international crop – Nathan Fake, Stephan Bodzin, Danny Howells and Jody Wisternoff to skim the surface – while championing home-grown purveyors of deepness. Drop’s standing in the Brisbane scene is something well worth celebrating.
Espionage is a labour of love from Melbourne collective The Operatives, which has grown over the years to cover event promotion, artist management and touring. If you’re a lover of underground sounds on the dub, hip hop or drum & bass tip, these guys have brought the good times to M-Town; think Klute, Gaslamp Killer, Dam-Funk, Maurice Fulton, Marky and Scuba to name but a few.
Adelaide’s Subconscious crew has been pivotal in the blossoming trance scene in the city of churches, hosting local and international stars including Eddie Halliwell, Sean Tyas, Signum, Solarstone, Roger Shah and Matt Hardwick.
Spilling out of the successful Void events, Index has set up shop at Oxford Street’s Phoenix Bar and doled out the love to its dedicated following in the form of shows featuring the likes of Kode 9, Appleblim, Untold, Deadbeat and Gaslamp Killer.
Perth may be the world’s farthest-flung capital, but the multi-taskers behind Democracy haven’t let geography hinder them. The party has so far hosted some of the most revered names in house and techno – among them Audion, Hernan Cattaneo, DJ Pierre, Robert Hood and Carl Craig – while nurturing “the next generation of 4/4 producers and DJs” within state borders.
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.
Breaks is booming in Brisbane, and it has a lot to do with ADICTS. The local promotions team has all bases covered, from its long-running party Breaks & Enter to the Blah Agency for burgeoning breakbeat talent. All this has been achieved through grassroots means, and the ADICTS founders are seeing their efforts pay off.
For 12 months now, CO-OP has been – in their own words – “forcibly entering some of Sydney’s more intimate dancing spaces armed with our take on deep disco and deeper house”. The first edition saw The Revenge and Motorcitysoul pack out the dancefloor at inner-city Spanish haunt La Campana, and things have ramped up ever since.