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This week at SPICE
We welcome DAVE MASLEN from the Upfunk collective in Melbourne. Well known for his funked up tech infused sound and just before he moves to London, we squeeze him in for a final SPICE doozy......
Alongside Dave, some familiar local names:
BEN MORRIS, formerly of Kink fame, now doing a solid weekly show on FBi every Friday nite and still pushing forward thinking sounds and good solid underground grooves.....looking forward to hearing Ben play his latest selections.
MATT AUBUSSON, one of Sydney's quiet achievers, so reliable and just plain good.
MURAT KILIC, SPICE resident back again for more........
Read below for more info about this week's artists.......
MATT AUBUSSON Glitch)
As a DJ with a career spanning almost a decade, promoter, touring agent and radio show host, Matt Aubusson has become a firm fixture of Sydney’s electronic music community.
Working with long-time collaborator Dave Choe, Matt has been responsible for seminal Sydney techno party ‘Glitch’, the occasionally brilliant ‘Minimal Fuss’, the wildly optimistic foray into running a weekly night, ‘Yellow’ and can safely say that they are at least partially to blame for the recent resurgence of techno and underground house in Sydney.
In 2004, Matt and Dave started ‘Glitch’ at Sydney’s ‘Club 77’. In a short space of time, Glitch gained a reputation for pushing musical boundaries with a growing list of international guests including Kompakt’s Michael Mayer and Superpitcher, Spectral Sound’s Matthew Dear, Minus’ Magda, Tresor’s Stewart Walker, Tyler Stadius and Fabrice Lig. More recently, Matt and Dave revived the party in 2009 when Glitch hosted Minus artist Konrad Black.
The Glitch parties were followed by two extended stints on Sydney’s FBI Radio from mid 2005 – 2006, including presenting the high-profile show ‘FBI Sunsets’ on Thursday evenings, which went on to win 3d World's 'Radio Show of the Year' award.
Clearly drunk on the success of the radio show, Matt & Dave undertook the wildly optimistic endeavour of a weekly techno party in Sydney and kicked-off ‘Yellow’ in the summer of 2006. Yellow had a strong focus on local talent, with guests including Mike Callander, Angela Maison & Ant J Steep (The Little Beasties) and Claire Morgan, as well as residents Motech and the mystery-man, Gus da Hoodrat.
2007 saw Matt and Dave join with the Sounds and Spy'n'Smash crews to promote and DJ at the very loose 'Minimal Fuss' parties at various homes including the Civic Hotel, The Metro & Oxford Art Factory. Appearances from UK's Clive Henry (Peace Division), Ewan Pearson (Kompakt), Akfuen (Fabric), Inxec (Contexterior), Mike Monday (UK), Ame (Innervisions), Justin Martin (Dirtybird) and Dixon (Innervisions) put Minimal Fuss on the map as one of Sydney’s ‘must attend’ techno parties.
Until recently, Matt had taken a break from promotion and touring to focus on his DJing. Working from a wide selection of music – tech house to electro, minimal to techno and a healthy dose German tech – over nearly ten years as DJ, Matt has developed the ability to play at any hour of the day or night and still rock the dance floor.
In addition to a residency at the Deep as Funk parties, Matt has DJed at every major nightclub in Sydney as well as numerous festivals and special events locally, interstate and abroad. This has included Fuzzy Field Day, We Love Sounds, Earthdance, the Cockatoo Island Festival and Tahiti’s ‘Good Life’ Electronic Music festival. Interstate, Matt has played as a guest of the legendary club Honkytonks in Melbourne, as well as Sorry Grandma, Ffour and Killing Time.
Finally, for his single production credit, under the guise Free*load, Will Styles and Matt Aubusson released the bootleg ‘We Want the Dole’, which debuted at No.2 on the National Radio Station ‘JJJ Net 50’ as well as receiving regular airplay. Adam even asked for an autograph copy…
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International Supports Include:
Michael Mayer / Matthew Dear (Audion) / Superpitcher / Konrad Black / Daniel Dreier / SCSI-9 / Carl Cox / Miss Kittin / Oxia / Alexkid / Ewan Pearson / Clive Henry / Mike Monday / Inxec / Alex Smoke / Fabric Lig / Darshan Jeshrani (Metro Area) / Akufen / Magik Johnson / Nic Fanciulli / Tiga / Ame / Justin Martin / Trickski /Dixon / Marc Houle / Gaiser / Marc Romboy / Minilogue Tyler Stadius / James Zabiela / Stewart Walker
BEN MORRIS (Beat Code, SYDNEY)
Born in the UK and migrating to Australia at a young age, Ben soon found his love for music growing, as well as his vinyl collection of Jackson five Records. At the age of twenty Ben took to the turntables and he soon found himself playing at some of Sydney’s hottest clubs like The Globe, Soho and Sounds on Sunday. It was at sounds on Sunday where Ben was unearthed by legendary Moneypennies promoter Scott Robertson, the man behind KINK and now Sydney’s famed Nevermind Night Club.
Having carved out such a huge name in the local scene in such a short period of time Ben was then made resident at KINK and started to really define his infectious sound while still drawing on his house roots. There is no denying that Ben was the musical driving force behind the success of KINK at the Arthouse in Sydney. It was during his residency here that Ben won the NSW leg of the first ever Heineken Found At Thirst competition and was narrowly beaten in the Final in Melbourne later that year that was judged by non other than Pete Tong and Tiesto.
The success of KINK translated into the release of two mix compilations through Ministry Of Sound, both of which were mixed by Ben as well as KINK International favourites Moguai and Sharam Jey. This lead to Ben hitting the road on constant interstate tour nights around the country at places like Ambar in Perth, Famous in Melbourne, Platinum on the Gold Coast as well as Empire in Brisbane, many of which Ben still holds regular guest spots at today.
In 2005 Ben was given his first Big Day Out Boiler Room set which is one of the most sought after festival gigs in the country. He followed this up playing the next 2 consecutive years each time playing to bigger and bigger crowds and supporting some of the biggest acts in the country. His festival sets were not just limited to the Big Day Out; Ben has been a regular at Good Vibrations Festival, We Love Sounds and Future Music Festival. 2006 saw Ben take out eighth place in the In The Mix Top 50 competition, and also ranked him at number five in NSW, which was testament to his constants fresh approach to new music, choosing to set musical trends rather than follow them. That year Ben embarked on a tour of Asia incorporating gigs in China and Thailand, and was extremely well received.
This was backed up by two consecutive yearly tours of Europe including gigs in Ibiza, London, Edinburgh and Manchester. Hosting local dance radio show Sunset on FBI was next on the agenda for Ben. Along side fellow DJ James Taylor, the pair has been one of the highlights of many a listeners Friday night with a variety of guests and cutting edge new music.
Late 2008 and Ben was given a record breaking gig, playing the opening set at Australia’s first ever Sensation White Party on New Years Eve in Melbourne. The party broke the world record for the largest crowd at and indoor dance event. Ben has since turned his hand to production and has been working in the studio with Tim Jirgenson.
The pair has released tunes on Beatcode and Brown Eyed Boyz and still has an arsenal of unreleased material set for release this year. Their sound is very diverse incorporating minimal, tech house and techno but still keeping a solid groove. Their latest release Phone grabbing the attention of Hernan Catteneo, whom Ben was warming up for just recently at Sydney’s Likes of you party.
Proving his Diversity as a DJ also Ben has supported the follwining over the years: Sasha, Danny Howells, James Zabiela, Eric Morillo, Felix Da Housecat, UNKLE, Carl Cox, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tocadisco, Justice, Soulwax, DJ T, Pig and Dan, MANDY, Freestylers, King Unique, Funkagenda, Desyn Masiello, Paolo Mojo, Joris Voorn, Oliver Hunteman, Stephan Bodzin, Jona, Lee Burridge, Chris Lake, Sebasten Leger, Laidback Luke, Tom Novy, DJ Hyper, Joey Negro, Sharam Jey, Moguai, Spencer Parker, Mark Knight, David Duriez , Kiko, Paul Woolford, Audio Fly, Dirt Crew, Mike Monday, Clive Henry, Kevin Griffiths, Zoo Brazil, Heidi, Ivan Smagge, Martijn TenVelden, Boyz Noise, Gene Farris, Paul Harris, MYNC Project, Cassius, Bob Sinclar, DJ Falcon, David Guetta, Joachim Gerraud, and Dimitri from Paris. B
Ben has now grown into one of the most respected Dj..s currently frequenting the Australian dance scene, both by his peers and the expecting crowd. He currently holds down residencies at leading nights such as Lost Baggage and Locodisco, and top clubs Soho, Moulin Rouge, World Bar and the world famous Home nightclub.. Ben is indeed one to keep an eye on this summer
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