Ant J Steep
Now into his second decade as a true innovator in the electronic music scene, Charles Webster is one of the few real mould-breakers in an increasingly stale & predictable dance music world (though whether a man whose favourite artist is Rickie Lee Jones, and whose records ooze such soul and depth should really ever be pigeonholed as dance is another debate).Charles has sold over 100,000 albums without ever being considered ‘mainstream’ or having a major hit single. He has toured the world with a full (genuinely) live band,he has also dj’ed worldwide, playing regularly in every continent, without ever having had the need to be feted by the dance media as a flavour of the month. He had the nous to have been running his own labels for years, frequently laying them to rest before they get tired and switching to other projects…he is comfortable making music at any tempo, straddles numerous genres (both real and imagined) with ease…bloody hell, he even writes songs. After his blisteringly soulful set at Ffour in 2008 it is with absolute pleasure we welcome back the UK don of house music Mr Charles Webster. New Guernica, 2/322 Little Collins St, Melb. $20.