In the tropics of North Queensland there are some kids who are cooking up a storm of tropical trap bangers. Proudly introducing Major Minor! Hailing from the white sandy beaches and lush rainforests of tropical North Queensland, the exciting pair of producers have been honing down on their own brand of club bangers with a hint of inspiration from tropical North Queensland in the mix. Delivering their striking debut single in Riptide, the duo have received national support from Spotify, after being featured in their highly regarded New Music Friday playlist in Australia. Opening with delicate synth chords & soothing vocals from Tate Lauren Cole, Riptide builds towards a captivating chorus and melodic bass drop with an intriguing twist! Calling it now, Major Minor are ones to watch in 2018, and this tropicool anthem has Summer written all over it! We sat down with the boys to ask them a few questions ahead of the release of their new single 'Riptide'.
A groove wrapped around a melody wrapped around a memory. A voice that makes you feel something real. Light, swirling textures grounded by bass lines with power and purpose—bass lines that push you forward. Deutsch Duke's free-range take on electronica is the soundtrack to the moments that matter.The first release from new Australian indie label Risqué Music lands this Friday, with the new single from acclaimed Australian singer, songwriter and producer Deutsch Duke (Dennis Dowlut). With his soulful voice familiar to audiences from his work with Set Mo (White Dress), MUTO (Wildfire) and Flight Facilities (Down To Earth), Deutsch Duke has now channelled his evocative and atmospheric electronica into his solo work. An expression of cathartic release, first single 'So Real' is delivered with the vocal prowess and lightness of touch that is fast becoming Deutsch Duke's calling card and this will be followed up by a mixtape dropping in mid-2018.From old school soul through to hip hop, pop, funk and rock, Dennis Dowlut has traversed genres as a producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Full of unexpected trials, unlooked for success and sharp left turns, Dennis learned to follow his instincts on a trajectory through the industry which has been anything but typical.Back in 2005, having landed a record deal with his brother Darren, Dennis was on the ground in LA and primed to launch a career in the States when Darren was diagnosed with a virulent cancer, which would soon claim his life. Both the devastating loss and cherished memory of his brother have had a profound impact on Dennis' music and decision making ever since."I wrote 'So Real' about Darren—it's about loss. When my son was born, I went through this whole grieving process again, realising that Darren would never know him.""Remember me, remember me" - the warped vocal refrain loops into infinity, threatening to hold us in the moment forever before the chorus - full, free and more than a little wild - releases us. Lifts us. We join the forward march of synth and bass and look up into the sky, look forward into the future.Aesthetic forms an important aspect of Dennis' creative output, and the music video for 'So Real', directed by Jonathan Vassallo, features his son Bastien in the ultimate freedom of nature—a creative way to forever connect two of the people he loves most.The power to heal, to travel back in time, the power to hope, to escape, to communicate, to love… it's all in there, in between the chords. Deutsch Duke's music may be a smooth cruise to the ears, but its impact runs deep.
Multi-platinum selling DJ and producer Joel Fletcher continues his journey to fully-fledged artist and songwriter with his new single 'Where's The Love', out February 23rd via Hussle. Showcasing his depth as a writer and producer, the heartfelt song marks an important artistic milestone for the young Melbournian and yet another exciting progression from his roots in the Melbourne Bounce genre. Joel describes how the song came together: "When I was touring in Europe recently I did a writing session with Glen Faria who is a super talented singer/songwriter from Amsterdam. I played him a couple of different ideas to work on and we both caught a vibe on this song. We basically wrote the whole song in a couple of hours which was crazy! Believe it or not this was the first time I had actually jammed in the studio with a singer/songwriter; it was an insane experience and something I'll definitely be doing more of. I'm super stoked on how the record evolved and turned out and I can't wait for everyone to get their ears around it! " Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, the prodigal son of Melbourne's underground dance music scene began DJing at the age of 14 and achieved his first club residency by the age of 16. Having landed in the top 3 of the inthemix Australia DJ awards in 2014, the rise to the top for Joel Fletcher has occurred at lightning speed, with the home-grown talent now playing over 200+ shows around the globe each year, gracing the world's most prestigious venues and biggest festivals. With a discography that strikes a balance between both underground and commercial hits, Joel broke onto the airwaves in 2013 with his collaboration with fellow Melbourne producer Will Sparks, 'Bring It Back'. The track reached platinum sales in Australia and made commercial radio stand up and take notice of the burgeoning Melbourne Bounce scene, paving the way for many artists to follow. Joel Fletcher then became a house-hold name with his ARIA Award-nominated, 4 x platinum smash-hit 'Swing' featuring Savage that proved to be an inescapable track – reaching #2 on the ARIA charts, getting added to every radio network in the country and coming in as one of the most played tracks on Australian commercial radio for that year. Joel's impact can be felt in the productions of many of his peers including Will Sparks, TJR and Deorro, as well as in the sound of a huge selection of aspiring producers both within Australia and beyond. Fletcher has also attracted the ears of the dance music world with his originals and huge remixes, leading him to collaborate with and remix some of the world's biggest acts - Deorro, 360, Halsey, Henry Fong, R3HAB and Vinai to name a few. His 2017 collaboration with Tyron Hapi, 'Smooth Operator', has had over a million streams on Spotify and his 2016 track 'Obsessed' featuring Bianca has amassed over 2 million streams on Spotify alone.
Gold Coast producer Mikey Perry, better known as Paces, kicked off 2015 in typical swag-lord style, waltzing into triple j's Hottest 100 at number 100 with his Tkay Maidza collab, 'Switch Lanes'. This was quickly followed up by his hit single 'Nothing's Forever', which featured vocals from Perth artist Kučka. 'Nothing's Forever' hit the top 30 of the iTunes Dance chart after being added to full rotation on triple j. Off the back of this success, Paces hit the road with a sold out tour across the country and was tapped for official remixes for Years & Years, Tinashe and Hermitude.Now Paces has unveiled his debut album Vacation, with the album already hitting the top 20 on the iTunes albums chart and #2 on the Electronic chart. The album features the tropical jam '1993 (No Chill)' featuring Jess Kent, which hit the #1 most played spot on triple j in January. Watch the video here. Vacation is a 13-track journey through Paces' world of tropical beats and forward thinking pop. Paces has worked with a plethora of Australian and international talent on his debut LP, with vocals coming from as far as Brazil ('Cafuçu' featuring Bonde do Rolê), Baltimore ('Work Me Out' featuring Rye Rye) and Canada ('Payday' featuring Maurice Moore). Closer to home, Paces has tapped local vocalists such as Reija Lee, Esther Sparkes, Oliver Tank and a somewhat unexpected appearance by Guy Sebastian to make Vacation a showcase of some of Australia's brightest talent.Vacation has already been receiving rave reviews with Stoney Roads calling it “a journey through happy vocals and tropical infused beats" and “an essential for those wanting to live in an endless summer". Music Feeds also gives Vacation huge props calling it “a bold statement by an artist who it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore."
In less than a decade, Timmy Trumpet has successfully transgressed from the international stage as an acclaimed Jazz musician to the realm of global dance music. Now as a combined DJ/Instrumentalist, he's ranked in the top 10 DJ's in Australia (ITM Poll), performed at Ibiza's Pacha and Miami's WMC, and mixed both Ministry of Sound and Pacha CD's featuring his own Aria Chart smash hit 'Sassafras'. Rightfully dubbed "the busiest DJ in Australia" Timmy averages 7 flights a week, juggling over 200 shows per year, including all the major festivals, owns his own clothing label, runs a club night, and is a regular co-star on the FOX8 reality TV show The Stafford Brothers.No stranger to the limelight, Timmy Trumpet won 'Young Musician of the Year' at age 13 before being granted a full scholarship by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Anthony Heinrich tutored him. Within two years he secured a position as the leading solo trumpet player in the Australian All-Star Stage Band, taking part in an extensive tour through Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Holland covering some of the world's biggest Jazz Festivals including Montreux and the North Sea Jazz Festivals. After developing perfect pitch at a young age, Timmy's progression into dance music has been propelled by his ability to effortlessly mix in-key, mastering the art of improvisation."After discovering Jazz I began to jam over everything and anything, mainly stuff on the radio. It wasn't long until I discovered house music, met a DJ, then played my first gig. I drove home that night knowing this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life." The Live DJ/trumpeter cross-over experiment proved a great success, providing the launching pad for a career in dance music. After landing a contract with legendary house label HedKandi, he jumped on board the next flight to the UK, which lead to touring & performing to record crowds at South Korea's Mass, Thailand's Full Moon Party, and playing alongside Erick Morillo at Pacha Ibiza. Armed with a pocketful of contacts, Timmy was determined to create a name for himself in Australia…Enter his next big break- The Stafford Brothers- who heard of his talents while touring in Ibiza. "They introduced me to the Australian market outside of Sydney, and I've learnt so much from them about music, business and life," Timmy says, attributing the brothers as good role models. Establishing a strong bond with the DJ duo he became their "brother from another mother" and their main supporting act while touring throughout the country.Timmy would soon find himself a co-star on The Stafford Brothers FOX8 reality TV series. Timmy Trumpet's rise to the top of the DJ world showed no signs of slowing down, with the dynamite instrumentalist securing himself main support act of Mo-town legend Stevie Wonder on his only Australian show in 2011. After a whopping 70,000 votes, he was ranked Australia's #7 DJ (#2 in NSW) in the 2011 ITM Music Awards.FAST FORWARD TO THE NOW; Taking over mainstages across Australia with the king-size Future Music Festival National Tour, filming 'The Stafford Brothers' Season 3 in L.A, as well as mixing this years much anticipated and renowned 'Ministry of Sound Sessions 9 CD' featuring 2 of his own tracks, Timmy Trumpet is proving he is a force to be reckoned with.
Held in the highest esteem by his peers and the masses, Ember is without question one of Australia's most in demand genre hopping beatsmiths. Crossing the country on a weekly basis, leaving jaws dropped upon sweat drenched dance floors; this star student of the Sydney club scene has definitely earned his stripes. Sharing stages with the worlds dance music elite, he has held his own at Stereosonic, Field Day, Splendour In The Grass, Shore Thing, Big Day Out, Parklife and Future Music Festival amongst other iconic party spots. Warming the faders and ransacking riders with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Skrillex, Duck Sauce to Diplo, building a resume along the way that any mother would be more than proud of. Keeping his ear to the ground and head out of the clouds, Ember has been asked on board national tours with Ministry of Sound three times in the past two years, recently mixing the renowned 'Annual for 2015', after touring the country with Joel Fletcher for 'Clubbers Guide to 2014', and Chardy for 'Electro House Sessions 6'. His first official release, Blur, hit #1 on the Australian ARIA Club Chart, with Triple J premieres from Peking Duk and mixes from Go Freek, Spenda C, Jay Karama and Combo gaining support from dance aficionados the world over.True to his groundwork in ass droppin' party tunes, the young man has been hitting home of late, voted as one of Australia's Top 50 DJs 7 years in a row by inthemix and listed as one of DJ City's Australian producers to watch in 2014. Hell bent on throwing down wherever there's a spot to get down, Ember continues to turn heads and taste make with his booty-bouncing sets. Bridging the gap between his own brands of busted up tech funk and main room ghetto bangers; the future's looking strong for this young party maestro.
If time has taught us one thing, it is that Melbourne duo SCNDL deals in consistent dance floor destruction – no apologies or vowels required.The creative union of Tom Grant and Adam Amuso, SCNDL's bouncy yet highly-tuned peak time tendencies have made them a breakout force to be reckoned with on the global dance music radar in 2014. By the time their sophomore hit Gypsy had scaled the Beatport electro house top 15 and put them in the good books with the likes of Porter Robinson and Dada Life, SCNDL were one of the definitive stories of ascension to emerge from Melbourne, Australia, ground zero for the eponymous Melbourne Bounce contagion that's caused a revolution in Australian clubland and is now legitimately airbourne and spreading virus-like on a planetary level.A remix for breakout US star MAKJ's Hold Up saw the duo infect the Beatport Electro House top 20 once again, immediately leading to them being placed on watch lists with some of EDM's sharpest tastemakers.Bleed with fellow Aussie Timmy Trumpet emerged on North American imprint Monstercat in 2013, scaling the heights of the Beatport main chart (where it peaked at 12), and conclusively establishing their scientifically-engineered bass lines at world best practice level. With support accumulating from the likes of Tommy Trash, Chuckie, TJR, Tocadisco, Lazy Rich, Henry Fong and MAKJ, the duo ended 2013 with DJs and dance junkies alike craving their refined club getup amid a sustained international bounce blitzkrieg that's becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.So much so, gargantuan pop name Flo Rida came knocking, the result a re-imagining of his single How I Feel as a driving Melbourne Bounce juggernaut which is bound to signal their arrival on the world stage with a definitive sonic boom.Meanwhile back on home soil the duo simultaneously held down three spots in the ARIA club chart top 10, confirming their ability to dominate the club landscape on the home front while engaged in expeditionary assaults further afield offshore. In 2014, the word at camp SCNDL remains affirmative action on a global scale, with iconic club mega brand Pacha inviting them to curate their own regular night at their burgeoning Sydney outpost and designing a large-scale mega production uniquely around them. There'll also be an incoming single release with Robbie Rivera's Juicy Music imprint, new single 40 Thieves, an appearance at the Juicy Beach Party for WMC 2014 and a rumoured European and UK release for Bleed.This is the unapologetic face of low-end favoring dance music. Hold the vowels, take the plunge and prepare for the hell-borne sound of Melbourne.
Head banging, unmistakable locks at large and fist in the air, Tommy Trash is not your stereotypical dance music icon. Armed with an arsenal of his own carefully created anthems, he has rejected the clean-shaven no-nonsense image of many a peer. Tommy's work hard play hard antics have carved him a unique position in a scene in desperate need of rebels. Outside his party-hard stage presence, the Grammy and VMA nominated producer's approach to mind-blowing music remains as heartfelt as they come. With Platinum records around the world, singles on labels ranging from Axtone to Fool's Gold, from Refune to Mau5trap, and from Spinnin' to Owsla and Boys Noize, every new installment of his diverse, floor-filling productions lay testament to the pride the Aussie takes in his blazing, musical legacy. It's no wonder that the likes of Rolling Stone and MTV have marked him out as 'One To Watch'.From the most prestigious nightspots around the globe and the ever-expanding global festivals that he so seamlessly conquers to the grimiest warehouse parties, there's no stage too grand or miniscule for him to tailor his adrenaline-fueled sets to. In line with his successive industry triumphs, the road ahead looks set to comfortably accommodate the rare energy and characteristics that Tommy continues to bring to dance music.
Yep this really happened! After wrapping up the Hot Dub Wine Machine Tour in Perth's Houghton Winery, PNAU and 'Chameleon' singer Kira Devine made their way to the 'burbs for an impromptu house party DJ set for a random 21st Birthday party. To be fair the team at etcetc (PNAU's label and our office pals) were a bit nervous seeing the following post go out on PNAU's network, praying this wasn't going to turn into a Corey Worthington like-situation.
Sydney producer and local legend Kilter has teased us with his latest single 'I Hear You', the first look at his upcoming album 'Through The Distortion' which is due for release June 9. Off the back of this release, Kilter has announced his national Through the Distortion Tour which will kick off mid-June. The tour will make its way through seven cities before hitting up Byron Bay's Splendour in the Grass festival for a big finale. Life on tour is nothing new for the artist; last year Kilter maintained a manic touring schedule, hitting the UK and European festival season before returning home for a string of national headline shows and festival appearances at Falls Festival, Southbound and Bay Dreams. Kilter is currently in the US on his first ever North American headline tour.
Doing anything on Boxing Day? Well we've got your day covered, as Sydney just got a whole lot more fun, with Sydney electronic music label etcetc set to host their maiden event at ivy Pool featuring a very special DJ set by PNAU. Bringing the sound of summer to the event will be Sydney duo Set Mo, and no party is truly complete without the good times melange of Bang Gang DJs. Kicking off at 2pm on Monday, 26th December and with a host of DJs taking over both the ivy Pool and Change Room, etcetc Poolside will continue the party vibes until midnight, making this the ultimate Boxing Day party. PNAU have blasted back onto the scene in the past month with their new single ' Chameleon' racing up the charts both locally and internationally. With its big tribal-vibe vocal and banging bassline it's already being hailed a summer anthem and we're excited to hear it on a rooftop, by a pool, with the band themselves on Boxing Day.
Last week Sydney producer Klue dropped his latest single 'Lifted' and saw it debut at #1 on the World Music chart on iTunes, proving his ascendancy in the emerging world electronic music scene in Australia. Today Klue announces that he will be hitting the road again in support of 'Lifted' including performing at etcetc's Vivid party at the famous Sydney Tower Eye alongside fellow label mates Luke Million, Airwolf and POOCLVB. Klue will then take his must-see live show to Melbourne, Adelaide, Wollongong, Bondi and the Central Coast. Having been tipped as a One To Watch by tastemakers including Hermitude, inthemix and Purple Sneakers, Klue's single 'Hiding', from his debut EP 'Daybreak', surpassed half a million streams online, reached #3 on the Triple J Unearthed charts and was added to Double J. Klue has also been busy remixing artist such as Paces, PNAU and Polographia. Klue's remix of PNAU's ubiquitous track 'Chameleon' will be released worldwide on the 26th May. Klue has been playing 'Lifted' in his numerous summer festival appearances including Field Day, Southbound, Subsonic and the Royal Croquet Club and getting a great response from fans. A multi-instrumentalist, Klue's amazing live show sees Klue on vocals, saxophone, SPD sample pads and turntables. Check out a taste of what to expect here and be sure to catch Klue on tour around the country from May through to July.
Luke Million is known for bringing the funk in a big way. His synth-laden grooves have ingrained him as a masterful producer and talented composer, as well as keeping dancers busy with his floor-filling repertoire. His latest release 'Back To The Rhythm' featuring Sam Sparro is a fresh take on feel-good funk, with the combination of soaring synths, guitar licks and percussion alongside Sam's smooth vocals combining to create the ultimate jam. Surely his skills on the synthesizer reflect his music taste, right? Well we set him on a mission to find out. With just 50 dollars in his pocket, Luke Million embarked on a musical journey through the record stores of the CBD. Check out the video below to see what he bought.