LEWIE DAY (TORNADO WALLACE)
Chicago has house, Detroit techno, Berlin minimal and London a long history of rave culture. But Melbourne's dance producers are chameleons, mashing up a multitude of Trans-Atlantic sounds with an irreverence peculiar to them. Lewie Day subscribes to this very individualism but, even within his hometown, he's considered an anomaly.
In childhood he learnt to play piano, saxophone, guitar and the drums – and performed in a high school jazz band. He took up electronic music production at fifteen-years-old, teaching himself the basics on some outdated computer software. Knowing straight away that it was for him, he passionately continues down this path nine years on without looking back and has had releases with 8 Bit, Murmur and Dirt Crew amongst others.
After collecting records throughout his teen years, he was thrown into the DJing world at 18-years-old, as a favour to a friend that needed a spot filled.
Since, he has established himself the go-to-DJ and has become a regular on Melbourne's circuit. He now has residencies at Melbourne’s longest running clubs Revolver and One Six One, and co-runs the monthly C Grade parties at the Mercat Basement, where his eight-hour sets with good friends Otologic have inspired a neo-underground scene sweeping through his hometown.
Not only this, but Lewie moonlights as the enigmatic Tornado Wallace. The elusive and enigmatic DJ/producer is discreetly taking on the world with his hybrid of house, techno and deep groove with the slinky disco playa responsible for three standout releases in 2010, all supported by contemporaries such as Jimpster, Mr Scruff, The Revenge, Eric Duncan, Horse Meat Disco, Greg Wilson, Matthew Dear, Mark E, Eddie C, DJ T and more. First was the Tornado Never Dies EP on Sleazy Beats followed by the triumphant Paddlin' EP on Jimpster's Delusions Of Grandeur which topped Juno's charts for a number of weeks and was listed in their top 50 tracks for 2010. His love affair with Delusions of Grandeur continued with ‘Always Twirling’, which reached similar heights, resonating with music lovers from all corners of the globe. Tornado has also lent his creative spin to other artist’s with remixes for Cut Copy, Eddie C, Alex Agore, Mike Callander, Loin Brothers and Nile Delta.
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Mike Callander is one of Australia’s most dynamic DJs, resident of Melbourne’s infamous Revolver, and founder (alongside Christian Vance and Craig McWhinney) of the exciting Australian record label, Haul Music.
Mike’s productions and remixes for his Haul Music imprint have enjoyed incredible feedback and support from a truly diverse range of DJs including Konrad Black, Agoria, Len Faki, Brothers Vibe, Deetron, Tim Paris, Hernan Cattaneo, Danny Tenaglia, Nick Warren, Deepchild and Gel Abril, while Mike’s upcoming releases include remixes by Alex Smoke, Tornado Wallace and Alexkid.
As a DJ it was at his own techno club, Fokus, in Melbourne in 2001, that Mike achieved instant infamy for his genre-bending musical selections and an approach to DJing that was both versatile and unique. A decade later, Mike has performed and toured alongside just about every techno DJ to visit Australia, while in Melbourne holding long term residencies at a range of sought-after clubbing institutions such as Revolver, Sunny, Nano, Ffour, and the renowned Honkytonks.
His mix CD for Honkytonks, entitled “The Last Dance” made its way into record stores across the world in 2006. Since then Mike has toured all across Australia and New Zealand, and as far afield as Berlin (where he is a regular at Watergate), Cologne, Prague, Warsaw, Los Angeles, Madrid and Malaysia, playing alongside artists as diverse as Mathew Jonson, Michael Mayer, Radioslave, Luciano, Trentemoeller, Locodice, Matthew Dear, Stacey Pullen, Agoria and Sven Vaeth.
Mike’s DJing has also earned accolades from countless touring international artists, with many labelling him one of Australia's finest - most notably Get Physical’s DJ T., who invited Mike to play at Cookies in Berlin at his anniversary event to celebrate 20 years of DJing.
Back in Melbourne, Mike plays weekly at Revolver, where he also hosts the “Haul Music Haus Party”, and at events such as Sneakerpeeps and The Likes Of You, as well as Festivals such as Rainbow Serpent, Stereosonic, Creamfields, Future Music and Summadayze.
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Tronic TV (Germany) interview and event footage
Mike Callander at Watergate, Berlin 2007
Mike Callander at Stereosonic Festival 2009
Mike Callander at Haul Music label night #1
Mike Callander vs Dave Pham at Rainbow Serpent Festival 2010
Pt 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-GACxhmYJ8
Pt 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_wts1JfZlg
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Mike Callander on Beatport:
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Melbourne Deepcast (2011)
Nano 3 Deck Mix (2008)
Beef Podcast (2009)
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