Over the last decade Andy Garvey has cemented herself as a true force in the Australian music landscape.
From music producer, to esteemed radio host, label boss of her own imprint Pure Space, co-founder of events and artist agency NECTAR - Andy’s passion for and influence on her local scene is clear.
Her 2019 debut EP ‘Eternal Recurrence’ was praised by Resident Advisor as ‘a confident blend of techno and electro’. She’s continued to release two more EPs on Lobster Theremin and X-Kalay.
In August 2021 Andy wrapped up half a decade on air hosting triple j’s Mix Up. As a dance music authority, her discerning taste and effortless on-air presenting style captivated the country every Saturday night.
In 2017 Andy launched her own creative platform Pure Space. Since it’s inception Pure Space has transmitted weekly on beloved community radio station FBi Radio, hosted semi-regular parties and released a steady stream of some of Australia’s most exciting electronic artists. The label has garnered critical success and has featured the likes of Reptant, Jennifer Loveles, Rings Around Saturn and Pugilist.
Her name may derive from the Turkish word for ‘different’, but its energy translates into every aspect of BASHKKA’s self-expression. From slaying the dancefloor with sensually acerbic sets to her ardent advocation of the cultural, political and de-colonial advancement of electronic music, BASHKKA is breathing fresh air into the scene with everything she sets her mind to.
Irreversibly shaped by a decade living in New York and the Black & Brown trans women who inspired her truest incarnation, BASHKKA brings the flavour and authenticity of The Big Apple’s Ballroom scene to every party she plays. From her hometown residency at Munich’s Blitz Club to Berghain’s Panorama Bar, where she’s quickly become a regular, her sets channel an intoxicating energy that’s self-professedly “CUNT!”
And on the other side of the booth, BASHKKA’s unapologetic integrity is echoed in her unwavering activism and commitment to her community. Through her vocal politics and dedication to SWANA and queer representation in the scene, BASHKKA is reimagining the counter-cultural potential of electronic music’s origins for the contemporary club sphere. Her debut EP, forthcoming in 2023, will see BASHKKA’s brazen attitude blended with a highly underrated technical prowess.
Australian born and raised in the tropics of Laos, Thailand and Bali, Sophie McAlister has been a regular fixture in various music scenes since 2016. As a DJ, Sophie McAlister sports a fearlessness and confidence that seems to know no bounds.
A deep selector, and seemingly immune to passing trends, McAlister remains attentive to the cutting edge, while still sporting that all too familiar seamlessness that Naarm/Melbourne dancers have come to revere. As a loyal paragon of vinyl mixing, McAlister demonstrates an unwavering respect for the old school in her swift, ears-only technical ability. One only needs to watch her to notice: in the mix, she puts the work in.
Equally comfortable in the realms of house and disco as she is in the sounds of jungle, bass and techno, McAlister is an ambassador for stylistic pluralism. It’s said often, but she really does it all.Exiting the shackles of lockdown, McAlister took 2022 by storm, with her Boiler Room debut at Potatohead Bali, as well as an EU tour de force (We Out Here Festival, Bordeaux Open Air). In addition to a rapidly growing ouvre of groundbreaking appearances at local festivals (Pitch Music and Arts, Tabula Rasa), McAlister amasses admiration from peers and dancers alike.
With a musical mind that’s both innovative and artistic, Thilini’s infectious appreciation for sound has catapulted her on an incredible journey through underground circles. Drawn to Sydney’s eclectic underground scene from her hometown of Brisbane, her passion and creativity immediately opened doors. Rising swiftly to become one of Sydney's in-demand DJs, she performed at reputed venues across Australia’s East Coast including Killing Time, Club 77, Breakfast Club, SASH and Subsonic Music Festival. Not one to shy away from the challenges of touring and promoting, she soon began to draw iconic artists such as Archie Hamilton, Dana Ruh, Julian Perez & Cristi Cons to Brisbane dancefloors for the very first time.
Now based in Berlin’s cultural melting pot, the seasoned DJ is constantly evolving as both an artist and an industry contributor and balances her disarming smile with a tenacious love for underground culture. Having found her feet in her new home city, she’s begun to make her mark at storied institutions such as Club der Visionaere, Renate and Sisyphos. Always in search of intelligent music that still retains a dancefloor sensibility, the seasoned crate-digger continues to bring a diverse style to her sets that walks the fine line between stripped back minimal, breakbeat and groove laden four-to-the-floor house music.
Although now widely considered to be among the top tier of European DJs, capable of working big rooms, intimate spaces and wild festival crowds, Trago’s rise was built on years honing his craft.
As a DJ, he first earned his stripes barely eking a living playing in Amsterdam’s coffee shops as an enthusiastic teenager. While waiting for the evening to roll around, he would pour his heart and soul into making music, first blending elements of experimental hip-hop, jazz, Latin, Afrobeat, disco, boogie, and soul-flecked broken beat, before slowly developing a distinctively colourful, emotion-rich, synthesizer-fired style of music that also draws influence from house and techno.
Trago’s first big break came in 2006, when hometown label Rush Hour released his debut single, “Live With The BBQ”. In the years since, Tom has continued to turn out much-played, club-ready cuts, including such timeless jams as “Use Me Again (And Again)”, “Hidden Heart of Gold” and his 2015 hook-up with Seth Troxler as T&T Music Factory, “De Natte Cell.”
It’s on his acclaimed albums, though, that Tom showcases the full breadth and depth of his unique musical vision. This was first evident on 2009 debut full-length Voyage Direct (his record label of the same name followed in 2010), with the two sets that followed – Iris (2011) and The Light Fantastic (2013) – showing further signs of open-minded musical development, along with a penchant for collaboration with like-minded musicians, vocalists and producers. In the spring of 2018, Tom will release his fourth studio album, Bergen, on Dekmantel, before heading out on tour with a brand new live show.
As time moves on, Tom will continue to pour his heart and soul into music, whether DJing, performing live or making new tracks. If you bump into him in the corner of some dark, sweaty club, you’re likely to find him excitedly talking about ideas for new projects or waxing lyrical about hitherto unknown producers he’s discovered.
First blowing a gale as a forerunner of the new wave of Melbourne dance producers, Tornado Wallace’s distinct and perceptive electronics now find him in a constant rotation of both hemispheres, spending most of the year based in Berlin.
From formative house beginnings, the ESP Institute initiation Thinking Allowed proved Tornado Wallace as a force to be reckoned with - the driving groove and Will Powers stargazing quickly matched by an EP of eco-electro burners on Beats In Space. This two timing continued for another round with ESP issuing the elegant Circadia, while Beats In Space got their churning acid two-tracker Kangaroo Ground/Ferntree Gully.
In tandem, krautback duo Coober Pedy University Band was formed with Otologic’s Tom Moore, who he’d previously stirred up trouble with as fractions of C Grade and Animals Dancing - two long standing parties of undeniable impact on their hometown. Their trance inducing debut on Soft Rocks' imprint Kinfolk recruited vocals from a lesser known Chet Faker, followed by the bonkers 2014 anthem Kookabura.
After some time in between releases due to an increasingly busy DJ schedule, 2016 sees the release of a Tornado Wallace 12” on Second Circle, sister label to cult Amsterdam archivists Music From Memory, as well as a long overdue and eagerly awaited album Lonely Planet, on Gerd Janson's Running Back.
Zed Bias is the main musical alter-ego of the Manchester based producer Dave Jones. One of the founders of breakbeat garage, the prolific and innovative Jones is also well known under his Maddslinky moniker as a forefather of dubstep. Bringing soul and dancefloor heat to everything he touches, his unmistakable productions have made him a lynchpin of the UK club sound for over a decade. His many other pseudonyms include Phuturistix, Henchmen, Daluq, Talissman, Ruffcut Bias, Nu Design, 7 Wonders, Dekata Project and Strontium Dog – just some of the names under which he has recorded over the years, as himself or in collaboration with others.
This many aliases have enabled Jones to experiment, collaborate, and duck and weave through different scenes; but the twin constants throughout his career have been the Maddslinky and Zed Bias projects, which are ever-developing entities, Maddslinky exploring deeper underground territory and Zed Bias delivering the out-and-out club bangers every time.