review for inthemix here
21 June 2012
Coniston Lane is certainly establishing its merit as a venue of worth, particularly with the recent performance of Remix : Live by jazz fusion artist Mark de Clive Lowe
review on inthemix here
8 June, 2012
The greatest Dutch electronica fleet in the world raided The Family on Friday night and whilst most armed forces are rarely welcomed, this Armada crew featuring tyDi, Tenishia, Dynasty and Myon & Shane54 at the helm was greeted with open arms. Just the name of tyDi – a local star now firmly lodged in the international ranks – was enough to bring the kids out in force on a Friday night; while a sniff at Armin van Buuren’s label suited the trance devotees to once more join ranks and revisit days seemingly long gone.
Published on page 14 of Scene Magazine, Issue 946
May 16, 2012
image courtesy of quiet chaos
Wayne “Wahoo” Wakefield is a battler. As a DJ and a nightclub owner, many would think he has the ultimate life, but few actually see the guts he has and risks he’s taken, or the sheer tenacity he’s needed to survive as a business owner in the The Valley. 10 years in business: and he’s still going strong. From the days of Boom, through to Planet and now Electric Playground, we reflect on the journey of Wayne and his new bride Hollie daring to dream a dream
Published in Scene Magazine Issue 940
April 4 2012
Photo Credit: Quiet Chaos
Those who knew Betty way back when, knew Betty as Brisbane’s first audiophile. Those who didn’t know Betty, would come to know Betty as Brisbane’s queenly version of David Mancuso. Those “private parties” when someone asked you to “go round “with them while you sipped at your West Coast Cooler; when Graham Hutchinson lined the booking side of entertainment, The Bellini’s owned The Golden Triangle and Wickety Wak ruled the RSL stage. Bob Hawke was Prime Minister while Paul Keating – a former band manager from his teen years (they all did that) – was Bob’s old boy at the HP-27S calculator. Kerry Packer was a God amongst men and Boonie was Jesus – flowing moustache and all. The tail end of the Love Revolution was still running rampant.
These are the names and times that have gone down in history; too many, lying forgotten in the minds of those who once partied in that time. And who ever actually remembers the partying? Yes, we’re talking about South East Queensland in the 1980s. Betty was at the top of the lot: The Terminus, Patches, The Beat, The Wickham. Betty was Brisbane’s first Queen of The Decks.
Some 20 years down the track, it took a lot for Betty to come out of retirement. It took John Morales coming to Brisbane for Betty to dust off the wings and gather the disco dust for something quiet special. And it was just as special for me to sit down with Betty and chat about the days when Brisbane was a heck of a hard hole to penetrate. But conquer Brisbane, Betty did – DJ crown intact. Those were the sexy times.
Published on page 15 in Scene Magazine Issue 937 March 14, 2012
With his trademark blonde locks, Simon Lewicki is a national electronic dance icon. Powering the moniker of Groove Terminator and the other half of dance phenom Tonite Only alongside Sam La More, it is The GT who first propelled Australian EDM into the limelight more than a decade ago. It was the track ‘One More Time (The Sunshine Song)’ that first thrust his name into Australian popular culture, but it has been his tidy mixing, beguiling productions and remixes, incredible energy and charismatic stage presence that has kept him at the top for almost twenty years. Talking to Groove Terminator is the same as watching him perform: driven, energetic and overwhelming. Delving into Simon’s thoughts, he reflects on the 90s to now, what makes a great set, and imparts one of the best tips any DJ wannabe/ can-be should take on board within the ADHD inclined industry of Australian dance music.
So named for the 1940s Louisiana blues singer: a “goofy name that suited my goofy personality“, Fatboy Slim was the very first Superstar DJ. He would go on to live the superstar DJ life, end up with a Superstar DJ woman, and spectacularly end up in rehab in a Superstar DJ way to then accomplish peace in the ultimate Superstar DJ dream. It’s so Superstar, it’s almost like Sting. When we’re surrounded by guys like Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia and all the other newbies of now, it’s easy to forget these guys were first inspired by such personalities as Fatboy Slim. Go back to 1998 and recall, that as Fatboy Slim bombed the world, being a DJ was merely an itch at the back of people’s minds. I certainly won’t forget the uproar of my prediction at time to the professors of the academic world that DJs would be the rockstars of the 21st century. Was I wrong Dr Truman?
This is the article of articles where I had the privilege to go indepth with Quentin Norman Cook: the first Superstar DJ who dared to dream a Superstar DJ dream
Published on junior here
February 14, 2011
I remember Roxette. Or I at least remember Marie. Slim, blonde, beautiful – and she played keyboards! At a time when all I did was practice, practice, practice, Marie was an inspiration that girls really could do it. And how could any hopeful 14 year old burgeoning on the cusp of womanhood ignore the sexy guitarist Per by her side? Not to mention Pretty Woman assaulting our emotions and hearts that year. I knew they were great, but when I saw them live, I came to understand exactly how talented Roxette really were. Seeing them perform at Brisbane Entertainment Centre was a definite thrill and I am blessed to have witnessed such grand talents.
So named for the 1940s Louisiana blues singer: a “goofy name that suited my goofy personality“, Fatboy Slim was the very first Superstar DJ. He would go on to live the superstar DJ life, end up with a Superstar DJ woman, and spectacularly end up in rehab in a Superstar DJ way to then accomplish peace in the ultimate Superstar DJ dream. It’s so Superstar, it’s almost like Sting.
This is the first article featuring the first of my many questions to Quentin Norman Cook: the first Superstar DJ who dared to dream a Superstar DJ dream
2011 was a truly special year for me: every DJ I have ever loved and adored, I somehow managed to find my way into their world… how was this so? Roger Sanchez, Desyn Marciello, Jodie Wisternoff, Nick Warren, Gareth Emery, Markus Schulz, Michael Woods, Tommy Trash, Fat Boy Slim, The Stafford Brothers, Dj tyDi, Bliss & Esso, Carl Craig, Scissor Sisters, Sebastien leger, Richard Durand, Roger Shah, J00F, Robert Babicz, Danny Howells, Cosmic Gate and Armand Van Helden. My top albums and track for 2011 is all over the shop – but it represents to me the beautiful year that was. I look back at the #1 track and top 10 albums that made 2011.