Line-up /Gavin Keitel, Lister Cooray, Nikko, Jon Beta + visuals by Netzair
ebb&flo 2nd Birthday ft. Gavin Keitel â€“ Saturday August 11 @ Loop
2 years in the business, 2 years of deep eclectic groove.
Itâ€™s been an amazing journey that has ebbed & flowed with the likes of Chris Fortier, Darius Bassiray, Phil K, Kasey Taylor & countless other world class artists, giving us their take on the ebb&flo concept. We would like to thank each and every guest who has embraced the opportunity to get creative behind the controls, and we look forward to more of the same in the years ahead.
Formed through a shared passion for both similar and divergent artists, labels & genres, ebb&flo is a triumvirate consisting of Jon Beta, Lister Cooray & Nikko. Their mutual understanding of intelligent dance music is reflected by their unanimous vision to establish a bold new event on the Melbourne underground calendar:
Stemming from their collaborative & creative roots within the Melbourne community, ebb&flo is a unique and exciting opportunity for high profile DJs to create an experience based on the music that has influenced them on a personal level and doesn't always have the opportunity to feature in their sets. Both our resident & guest DJs will receive extended set lengths to allow them the creative licence to showcase the deeper and groovier sounds in their record bags, and exhibit their own unique approach to DJ'ing.
After successful events to date, ebb&flo has proven it has the calibre to be a long-term quality addition to the electronic music calendar in Melbourne. The recognition of the finer details that help create a positive and comfortable atmosphere sits on top of their list of priorities when it comes to events. Bridging the gap between music that fits in between the bedroom and the dancefloor is at the forefront of ebb&floâ€™s unique course to groove based electronic music. Within this, ebb&flo provides high profile local DJâ€™s the creative licence to showcase a different side to their approach to DJâ€™ing, and this concept is one ebb&flo aims to stand true by.
For our 2nd Birthday we had to choose someone who has played a huge part in where the Melbourne scene is today. He has personally had an influence on the ebb&flo sound and fits the model like a glove. From his memorable warm up sets for A-Grade internationals, to his legendary Sunny & 161 residency:
ebb&flo is proud to present our 2nd Birthday with Gavin Keitel!
Amongst the Melbourne electronic dance music community, Gavin Keitel is the quiet achiever to have made the biggest impact.
With 18 years of professional DJing behind him, starting out at age 16 in Darwin, and culminating in his outstanding performances at his residencies at Melbourne's Sunny, 161 and other important underground clubs, Gavin continues to hold some of Melbourne's longest standing and influential residencies. He has kept his eye not on the prize, but on the movement.
Keitel is more interested in blowing someone's mind with an intelligent selection of records rather than trying to be a superstar. As such, he has avoided becoming a product of any big promotion machine and has aligned himself with good music, rather than brands, labels and crews.
Instead of being the pin-up boy, Gavin is the DJ that any crew might call to get the job done right, and to add credibility to the event. Whether it be the local house club, the 8000 person event, or the national tour, he is often entrusted with the most delicate set times for the most important events. Why? Because he is focused on the moment, the movement, and the sound.
"If you've got a cutting edge record that you want to use to take a club to the next level, but you get the timing wrong, you've wasted the moment. My approach to key mixing and knowing my records inside out means that I never miss that opportunity."
The result for Gavin is a style of DJing that is described by his peers as simply brilliant. Perfect, even. But for Gavin, it's not a big deal, it's just how it should be done. He is amongst the hardest working and most respected DJs in the country.
Gavin is not concerned about which bill he's playing on next, or which big names he has supported in the past. Instead, he is preoccupied with the flow of emotion and energy in each record, and in perfecting the craft of controlling the relationship between those records for the benefit of the dancefloor. His frame of reference is between education and entertainment, but, in his own words,
"You've got to give the dancefloor a bit of credit, instead of slamming out hit after hit".
Whether Gavin is exploring the depths of a Sunny set, maintaining a house groove or pushing the German minimal tip, he lets the music do the talking. A DJ set at the hands of Gavin Keitel is a pleasure in any music lover's books. He brings with him the highest level of professionalism, coupled with a raw passion for what he does. That is why he has been, and will continue to be one of Australia's premier league DJs.