Pounding reverberating beats in the darkness to last you until your next SPICE fix. If only we could just keep going and going and going...
RIFRAF (deep as fuck, SYD)
Rafael Gimelstein, aka DJ RifRaf, is one of the most recognized figures in Sydney's underground scene. As the co-founder of the revered club brand Deep As Fu*k and the co-director of the international music festival, Sydney Earthdance, RifRaf's influence and contributions to the dance community extend well beyond his DJing and production prowess.
With Earthdance growing exponentially each year, attracting over 40, 000 people in 2008, and Deep As Fu*k regularly touring cuttingedge international talent like Gui Boratto, Minilogue, Radioslave, Phonique and Mathew Jonson, RifRaf has continued to introduce music lovers to forward-thinking sounds right throughout the past decade.
A classically trained musician in his youth, RifRaf's DJing style melds micro house and futuristic electronica with minimal, electrofunk, techno and bigbeat influences.
From his beginnings playing at Israel's DnB and techno institutions such as Srita & Bassground, RifRaf has played alongside some of the biggest international acts,including The Chemical Brothers, Loco Dice, Nick Warren, Satoshi Tommi, OliverHuntemann and Michael Mayer to name a few, and is renowned globally, having toured across Europe and the rest of the world spinning everywhere from Indian superclub Elevate, Zenzi Bar in Bombay, Maxim in Tel-Avi, Mecca & Bukanir in Prague, Ultralounge in Tokyo and the Techno Valentino Festival in Lithuania to go with headline slots at the Earthdance Festival mainstage since 2000, both at Sydney Park and at Melbourne's Federation Square.
He has also played at many of Australia's largest music festivals,including The Future Music Festival, The Newtown Festival, The Outback Eclipse 2002 and The Rainbow Serpent Festival in Victoria + many more..
RifRaf currently holds residencies at The Bunker, Lady Lux in Sydney, while regularly playing at interstate venues such as Revolver, FFour and Wah Wah Lounge in Melbourne.
A classically trained violinist and audio engineer, RifRaf has recently completed and released his track 'Audio Chip', which has been remixed by Get Physical's Hertenfellner and Shades of Gray and will come out on Beef Records summer 2009.
Long known in Sydney's underground scene as one of our cities most precocious music talents, with the popularity of Earthdance and Deep As Fu*k continuing to soar RifRaf is now an essential part of Sydney's wider clubbing community as well.
ANT J STEEP (music for freaks, MELB)
First up. I am not going to write this bio myself and pretend it was written by someone important. You will not find quotes such as "after discovering his dads Kraftwerk records at age two, Ant began playing at the local blue light disco" Bios like that are crap and mostly full of it. So here is a real bio written by myself.
I have been a dj for 10 years. My first gig was at the seminal Melbourne club nigh Purveyors at Lounge. Purveyors was all about playing a diverse blend of house, breaks, electro, hip hop, drum and bass and what ever else you could creatively present to a dance floor. I loosely stick to this ideal in my dj sets today.
Over the years I have been the resident dj at a few successful and respected clubs such as Lounge, Revolver and most importantly Honkytonks (where I was the Saturday resident for 5 years). I have played in all Australian cities and even played in South America.
Many djs like to put a list of international artist that they have played on the same bill as in their bios. I don't want to subscribe to being a cliché, but here is a list of the internationally known acts that I have ACTUALLY PLAYED ON THE MAIN STAGE WITH, not in some side room to two people because I told the promoter I would bring some mates. I am sure I have forgotten some
Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Steve Bug, Tom Clark, Damian Lazarus, 2 Many Djs, Felix Da Housecat, Scissor Sisters, Herbert, Layo and Bushwacka, Stacey Pullen, Maurice Fulton, Justin Harris, Luke Solomon, Spektrum, Jacob London, Miles Maeda, Martin Bros, DMX Crew, Chris Duckenfield, Jamie Liddel, DJ Garth, Charles Webster, Chatau Flight, Adam Freeland, Tom Middleton, Kaskade, Q Burns Abstract Message, Jacques Lu Cont, Swayzak, Ricardo Villalobos, Rasoul, Jason Hodges, Diz, James Curd, Jamie Thines, Dizzy, Midas, Inland Knights, Hippie, Halo, Lil' Mark, DJ Bailey, Storm, Peshay, Carl Cox, Ectomorph, Recloose, Dj Sneak, Les Rhythm Digitales, Junior Sanchez, Roger Sanchez, Chez Damier. Super Discount.
Besides this, my records have been charted and played by such djs as Pete Tong ( Essential Tune of the week) Tiefschwarz, Damian Lararus, Tiga, Derrick Carter, Andrew Weatherall, Mark Farina and Steve Bug
These days you can catch me play at Tramp on Fridays from 12 am til 2am. You can also catch my radio 'Beastie Bitz' show on kiss FM every Thursday from 11pm til 1230am (www.kissfm.com.au)
Hide Out. Future Classic Exclusives 2007
Beast EP. Music for Freaks 2004
Plastic Head Band. Juice (little beasties remix) Odori 2004
Tim Pairs. Sofitel Palm Beach (little beasties remix) Tom Bone 2005
Justin Harris. Blow Fly Killers (little beasties blow job) Tom Bone 2005
Jackmate. Air raid (indigo children remix) Morris Audio 2002
Love You Long Time
Reckless Republic - a higher state