30 Mar Australian Music & Artists Abroad – An Interview with Daze

Words by Blake Creighton // Photos by Mathew Jones

Australian music today is not only enjoyed within our borders – it’s internationally recognised and well received. For many Australian artists, this means the opportunity to play and perform in many places across the world is not as far-fetched as once thought (even though standalone tours can be a difficult, strenuous effort). However, once greeted with open arms in such places like Europe and the UK, the idea of moving yourself and your music to a new permanent location is tempting.

In a series of interviews with touring Australian artists who have made (or are thinking about) this move, we’ll be discussing the difference between club cultures, making the decision to leave and how to tour. Our first interview is with Melbourne based, Ballarat-born DJ/producer Daze (Lobster Theremin) who was on tour in London when we sat down and had a chat with him.

Blake Creighton: Being your third time playing in Europe, how does the club culture here differ from Australia’s?

Daze: I try not to make sweeping statements, but in the places that I have played there is perhaps a level of ‘openness’ to new experiences and music that I find is a little ‘weirder’ – they push the boundaries just that little bit further. I think that at times in Australia you need to be more mindful of what you are going to play, and perhaps cater to the crowd a little bit more. I can only speak from my own experiences but when I play over here, I truly feel that I can play whatever I desire, and can follow whatever narrative I want. As a general rule as well, the crowd are happy to follow, so that is a major difference and allows me to play a lot more techno and a lot quicker.

Have you ever thought about making the move to Europe?

Definitely. It’s been on my mind since the first tour, which was largely about seeing what it is like over here. I had only been to Europe as a tourist once, so I was largely uninitiated as to what it would be like. Ever since the first tour, where I played some big shows in some big clubs, it certainly opened my eyes to the possibilities over here as an artist.

I’ve tried to just make a living as a DJ in Australia and it’s notoriously difficult. You might play Sydney once then you can’t play there for another six months. There is also not a whole lot of shows in Melbourne that perhaps suit what I do, so that becomes the major difference. I feel like over here I could probably play a couple of times a week, which would be very comfortable, whereas at home it is more of a slow grind.

I do question whether I would live in London. I feel like Amsterdam is more aligned to how I feel. I come from a fairly small town, and Amsterdam has a small town vibe… Although gentrification has certainly taken over and I have heard it is fairly hard to get an apartment in the city. So that is something that is ever present at the moment, and I’m getting very close to the point where I want to make the move. Perhaps try it out for six months and see how it goes.


How do you think it will improve you as a producer?

I think primarily it would give me more time to explore myself. At the moment I’m still working a full-time job back home, so finding the time around work to be able to make music is where a lot of artists find issues, like me. Whereas if I’m over here, I would try and work a part-time job and dedicate a lot more of my time and effort to being in the studio. I think it would give me the ability to explore many more ideas of what I want to make, and it isn’t strictly club music. It would give me time to let these ideas ferment, which I just don’t have at the moment back home.

How do you think it will improve you as a DJ?

The greatest benefit would come from being able to play more regular shows to crowds that are perhaps a little more open. It would allow me to play through more records, buy more records and hopefully speed up the process in regards to me becoming a more rounded DJ. I still feel that I am in the infancy of what I can do as a DJ. I have only been doing this seriously since 2014 so I feel that I have only seen a snippet of what I am able to do.

How do you think it will improve you as a person?

I have only ever lived in Victoria, Australia, so I have never made a wider move. I think it would be a process of finding out about what I’m capable of and a little bit more about who I am as a person as well. It would be interesting to see who I might become. I want to get over here and do it at some stage soon.


Has touring had any effects on your life in Melbourne as a DJ/Producer?

I don’t think at this point it has changed me as a producer. I’m doing what I want to do in the studio and that’s what I’ve always done. I do however bring back a lot of records from tours, so there is an overflow of music. Although, I do sometimes feel quite constrained in the shows that I play, being unable to present that weirder music – weirder techno, faster techno – but I don’t think it has made a significant change to what I’m doing.

Has touring had any effects on your life as a person?

No, I don’t think it’s changed me as a person. I am who I am, and that won’t change that much. I haven’t had any epiphanies or any grandiose plans like that at this point. Apart from now knowing that I enjoy coming over here and playing shows to crowds that are excited to see me, I tend to get home from a tour and start thinking about the next one – forever hassling my agent, “When’s the next one?!”

To other aspiring artists, what is some advice you would give on how to tour Europe?

Plan your travel well – when you do get here put some thought into it. I feel like particularly for the uninitiated, the travel can be really taxing the first time around. That was the problem I faced on my first tour. I got four weeks in and thought “Fuck, how am I going to do this!” I think the first tour was eleven weeks, it was fairly ballsy and ambitious for the first time. If you do have the luxury of having the input into what you do and how you travel, then I would do that and try to lay out space in between flights, and where possible don’t go from the club straight to the airport.


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09 Nov INTERVIEW: Beni

There’s an insane amount of momentum behind Sydney based producer/DJ Beni. While busy touring for  the likes of Splendour in The GrassStereosonic and the Tripel J House Party Tour, the hardworking artist has recently found time to drop recent remixes for the likes of Temper TrapYuksek and Gotye. It’s all adding to the un-deniable momentum behind him.

I caught up with Beni for a chat about his House Of Beni albumrecent shows, collaborations and upcoming set for Pyramid music festival over New Years Eve.


Matt Bladin: Beni, thanks for taking some time to chat to us!
Let’s start with the massive album House of Beni. It was released just over a year ago and has done some crazy things in that time, how’s the journey been over the last year or so?

Beni: Man, it’s been good. It’s been really fun. It’s been quite rewarding, which is a nice feeling after the amount of hard work that went into the album. I got to travel, lots of touring, lots of studio work, lots of collaborations. It’s been good.

Yeah cool. Speaking of those shows, we got to catch a video of the recent live shows complete with live dancers and everything. It looked like a massive production, how did that all come about?

We just kinda wanted to make a show that was more than just DJing, but I didn’t think it really justified a full live performance show yet. And that’s something I’d like to do in the future and do that really properly, and really concentrate on that.

So we wanted to do something else, and I thought that whole dancing element suited the music and whole vibe of the album. So we started with a lot of rehearsals and had all the visuals done by this artist in Brisbane, then got all the dancers and put it all together.

Speaking of the album, you’ve had some great vocalists feature on the album, names like Sam Sparro and Mattie Safer from The Rapture. How did these come about in your travels?

Just kind of traveling and touring, touring with people. Some stuff my manager teed up while we were in America, like meeting up with Sam Sparro. It’s all pretty much just touring and meeting people through people.

Haha so just good old fashioned networking basically?

Yeah! It all came about pretty naturally.

Yeah is that one of the great things about working with a massive Australian label like Modular?

Yeah, yeah it’s really good. Definitely.

Do you find that the Aussie labels do things a little differently to labels you’ve worked with in the past, like Kitsune?

Haha, um, it’s different, too hard to say!

Your music can go to a lot of cool places, but lately we’ve noticed you’re getting a lot more techno and house sounds in some of your sets at Survivor and a few mixes floating around. Is this something you’re looking to get into more in the future with upcoming releases?

Yeah I’m working on my new album and it’s definitely more club based. It’s more club based and definitely doesn’t have as much as pop element as the last one did

Do you think there’s a growing fanbase in Australia for these kinds of sounds?

Yeah I think dance music in general is growing. The whole EDM explosion which is basically promoting dubstep and trance is… well it just kind of makes every element of dance music accessible to a wider audience.

Yeah so with this whole explosion of dance music being forced down people throats in the mainstream, where do you think Australian dance music is going to head in the future?

Haha well everyone is going to move to Los Angeles probably. Within Australian dance music, the producers will just end up moving to America.

I mean it’s cheaper to live there; every thing is happening there, you know, so why not? It’s easier to tour Europe from there and there are fifty-two states to tour there as opposed to six here.

So you can see a migration of people aiming to do more forward thinking things with in their genres, like yourself, heading overseas where all the action is?

Yeah well it just kinda makes sense, you know? I mean apart from obvious things like living in your own country with friends and family etc. If you think about it in a work element I dunno, I think it’s very obvious. I was there for five months earlier this year and it was just work non-stop. There’s so much going on, you can go out, there’s ways to be inspired every night of the week and there’s so many places to tour.

You said in an interview a while ago that you see your self as a DJ first and a producer second. After this last year of touring and the live show and everything do you still think that’s the case?

I think when I did that interview I was in the middle of a big kind of tour, so I didn’t spend much time in the studio. But it varies. I started DJing before I started producing, so maybe?

Right now I’m spending more time in the studio than I am DJing so I look at it the other way.

Yeah speaking of shows and stuff, you’ve got some big ones coming up. You’ve obviously got Pyramid Festival soon, which is very exciting. What have you got planned for the crowds that are going to head down to Phillip Island?

Everything and everything else!

It’ll be fun. I’ve played it once before about three or four years ago with Digitalism. It was really fun, I actually threw a bottle of water into the crowd and broke a girls nose!

Haha so no live projectiles in this year’s show?

Haha no! It was just like a nice little throw but it got her right in the nose. It was a full bottle because the kids in the crowd wanted some water so I threw some out there.

So you tried to do the right thing and ended up busting her face up!

Yeah pretty much.

So besides Pyramid what else in store for Beni in the near future?

Well I’ve got Stereosonic in a few weeks, then just a couple of shows around Australia. Then studio stuff for the new album, then I’m going to New York to record the vocals, and by then the year will be over, hopefully.

Any hints of a vague release date we can expect it?

I wish I could! First half of next year, hopefully, if all goes to plan. But you never know.

Yeah well we’re definitely looking forward to it! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Beni, we look forward to catching you next time you’re in Melbourne!



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16 Apr The Ripe Guest Mix With Marco Polo

Just in time for the new week, Marco Polo has dropped his new ‘Ripe Guest Mix’ off to us. The one hour long mix gives us a taste of some of the smooth sounds Marco Polo has been playing as of late around Melbourne, his favorite house and techno songs, as well as a few classics thrown into the mix.

The track list is as impressive as always, and features songs from names like NICHOLAS, Andy Ash and Fantastic Man. It makes for an hour of easy listening and gives you an idea of what you can expect from Marco on his new Beatport chart series, and at his gigs around town. You can find him twisting knobs and playing delicious music every Saturday night at Survivor, at the Bottom End.

Tracklist :

  • No More – NICHOLAS
  • From start to finish – Fantastic Man
  • Way back home – Daniel Solar
  • Tell her you know – Andy Hart
  • Come on now – Francis Inferno Orchestra
  • Freak – Andy Ash
  • Fake it – Daniel Solar
  • Dancing in outer space – Atmosfear ( The Revenge rework 2 )
  • That’s the thing – Lewie Day
  • Just be good to Mario (Original mix) – The Revenge


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21 Mar RIPE TV – Can’t Say

The mysterious dudes from ‘Can’t Say‘ chat to Tom Pitney about their new venue, launch party, and toilets that just won’t cooperate.

Can’t Say is relaunching this Friday night (23.03.12) at Platform One in Melbourne, featuring some massive DJs, Live acts …and plenty of other things that make your jeans that little bit tighter.

To give it some scope, Midnight Juggernauts will be DJing alongside party crew, Dune Rats performing live… it’s going to melt your socks off.

In the words of the guys from Can’t Say:

We could give you the usual bullshit speech with any club that opens, saying something retarded like “ZOMG CUM 2 OUR CLUBZ ITZ GON B OFF TITZ N DA B3ST N1GHT U EVA HAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!” … but really, the proof is in the pudding. Come down and check it out for yourself.

Other acts on the night include:

  • Swick & Tranter
  • Airwolf
  • J Heasy
  • James Fava
  • Mat Cant
  • Indian Summer DJ’s
  • Dollars
  • Jasper
  • Marco Polo
  • BootyQuest DJ’s
  • Glass Mirrors
  • Backyard DJ’s
  • Ok-Nar
  • Kolors
  • Wednesday the Rat
  • Marquee Moon
  • Angus Munday
  • It’s a Trap!


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