ARAM CHAPERS (MELBOURNE)
Aram has avoided the spotlight in the years gone by. He’s not one to talk about his music, but has instead decided to focus entirely on the craft of creating something special from the records he finds and plays.
Aram’s style is hard to pin down, but those around him say it sits somewhere between deep house and techno. In his own words he sums it up as "music with emotion."
Over the years, Aram has held residencies at Australia’s most important clubs and parties. In Melbourne he has played all over including Honkytonks, Revolver, Clandestine, Blow Your Own Way, Pretty Simple and festivals like Hot BBQ, Summerdayze and Sunshine People. In Sydney at Lost Baggage, Bread & Butter at Ladylux and Spice. On the Gold Coast at Elsewhere, Empire in Brisbane and Sugar in Adelaide. He has also made it as far a field as Europe, to play at the Nouveau Casino in Paris.
Aram’s residency at Honkytonks, the now extinct Melbourne nightspot voted Top 5 clubs in the world by New York's V Magazine, has been his greatest accolade so far. The club’s open-minded attitude allowed him to explore and refine his hypnotic sound and play many of his individual support sets with guest including Damian Lazarus, Joris Voorn, Mathew Jonson, Matthew Dear, Tim Paris, Aril Brikha, Claude Von Stroke, Jef K, Oliver Hunterman and Rex the Dog to name a few. He also compiled and mixed the Honkytonks compilation titled ‘Honkytonks: The Last Dance’, which made its way into all good record stores.
And yet Aram still feels this is all just the beginning, as his working on productions, just started a new weekly residency at Sorry Grandma! in Melbourne and planning another tour through Europe.
ROBBIE LOWE (Proton, SYDNEY)
Over his 15 year career behind the decks Robbie Lowe is undeniably one of Australia’s most talented and respected Deep & Tech-House to Progressive & Techno DJ’s.
If an international artist has come through Sydney over the past decade, Robbie has supported them at least once, and if a young DJ has made an impact on the Sydney’s underground house scene over the same time, Robbie may well have given them their start.
Robbie has been given props by some of the biggest names in dance music today, that include John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, James Zabiela & Danny Howells.
Overseas a two month stint in New York in 2004 seeing him play The Sullivan Room, Le-Souk and Dumboluna Festival under the Brooklyn Bridge, while a 2006 trip to London was highlighted with playing alongside Umek at the Turnmills.
In 2008 Robbie was the chosen warm-up DJ for Tiesto’s Sydney Elements Of Life Tour shows. Each show he played to a crowd of over 5000 people at Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion.
Also in 2008 he also took up the reins as part Label Manager & A&R for the UK-based Beat Code & Low Pressings record company’s, the latter of which has over twelve years history and lengthy back catalogue.
These new roles go hand in hand with Robbie’s new production focus – His union with Sydney progressive house producer gun Matt Rowan bore fruit through 2007/08 with releases on Hussle, Outta Limits and Rococo, and he’s recently tuned in another release with Rowan for Proton Music titled ‘Ground Swell’.
2009 so far has seen Robbie continuing is high profile supports including the recent ‘We Love Sounds’ festival, where Robbie played Armin Van Burren’s sold out Hordern Arena. Robbie also makes regular appearances at Spice, Shrug, Chinese Laundy, Deep As Funk & Colour events.
Add to this a forthcoming solo EP and remix work with fellow Sydney DJ Tim Culbert (with who he also compiles the highly acclaimed ‘Colour Mix’ series), showcasing the deeper side of house music.
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