Melbourne beat-maker Deer, née Tom Hitchcock, is perhaps the most pronounced example of a quiet achiever on the current Austalian electronic music landscape.
Early forays into production saw release on enviably hip labels from Perth’s Pilerats through to NYC’s Mishka off the back of fortuitously timed collaborations with rising stars such as U V b o i and remix prowess such as his take on MssingNo’s single ‘XE2’, which featured in the majority of RL Grime’s 2015 live sets.
Consolidated buzz in quality corners of the electronic community gave way to coveted support slots for the likes of Ryan Hemsworth (whose also been spinning Deer’s tunes live), Shlohmo & Djemba Djemba as well as local legends Alison Wonderland and Nina Las Vegas.
After a standout headline performance at Sydney’s Sidechains, Deer was announced on the final lineup for Paradise Music Festival 2015.
Deer’s output has always exhibited a sophistication that defines him from his compatriots, straddling the intersection of bass, pop, club and more on the frontier of contemporary electronic production.
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They're friendships, an audio/visual 2 piece from Melbourne who play chaotic future sounds, storming drum'n'bass, post-Warp slammers and searing, ear-shearing techno. Their live show projects large scale, dark and brooding visual imagery that explores primal elements of life; animals, the human body, paint, pattern and faces. Their paintings feature drooling, gnashing dogs; an obese man on an invisible crucifix blurting “God Bless America,”; a couple embracing, mouths wide open; blue and brown smeared figures, meshed with each other cathartically.
friendships have racked up their flying hours. They've supported Erykah Badu, Thundercat, Purity Ring, Mark Pritchard, RL Grime and blown crowds away at Bigsound (Brisbane), Volumes Festival (Sydney), Paradise Music Festival (Vic), Golden Plains Festival (Vic), NYE On The Hill (Vic), SXSW (TX, USA) and CMJ (NY, USA).
Their debut album, Nullarbor 1988-1989, is an exploration into contemporary Australian identity and landscape. The 12 tracks journey through quiet piano, rap, spoken word and thwarting electronica. Nullarbor was shortlisted for the The 2016 Australian Music Prize, received album of the week on 3RRR, PBS, FBi Click and Edge FM Radio. In America, it peaked at number 14 on the CMJ RPM chart as well as making the Top 200 on both the CMJ and NACC charts.
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Melbourne trio Huntly have spent the last year building a reputation as one of Australia’s most dynamic and innovative live electronic acts. Formed by three best friends, Huntly make “doof you can cry to”. Celebrating emotional vulnerability and authentic connection to time, place, and their listeners, Huntly have been described to set new standards for dynamic songwriting, meticulous production and moving live performance.
Since the release of their debut EP Feel Better or Stop Trying in 2016, Huntly have garnered profound approval from local and international tastemakers (i-D, Oyster magazine, Thump, Indie Shuffle, The Music and more), and traversed Australian radio with features on Triple J, FBi, PBS and RRR. Huntly’s evocative dance sensibility has signalled a breakthrough in electronic soul music, bridging genres with the plaintive emotion tangible in Scrine’s lead vocals.
After a string of sets at BIGSOUND 2016, Huntly grabbed the attention of Spotify listeners and have demonstrated momentous organic growth with well over 1 million plays from listeners worldwide. For the release of their sophomore EP, Huntly signed to DIY boutique record label, Neat Lawn, run by super-producer Japanese Wallpaper. The first single released through Neat Lawn was the “sad banger” duet, ‘Please’, followed up by the full EP in 2017, Songs in Your Name. After a string of festival sets over summer, a packed out East-coast tour, and a sold out homecoming show in Melbourne, Huntly are well into their biggest year yet.
Marcus Whale is a musician from Sydney. Otherwise known for his leftfield pop duo Collarbones and club-centric electronic group BV, his solo material centres on surrounding his dramatic vocal delivery with an immersive soundworld of body-shaking electronics and chamber orchestral flourishes. His debut album "Inland Sea", a collection of songs accounting for the colonial ghosts in past and present Australia was co-produced by Nigel Yang of HTRK and released on Good Manners and Caroline in 2016. His live performances lead with a confrontational physicality outlined by the mechanical and relentless intensity of the two drummers that accompany him. Highlights include performances at Paradise Festival, Volumes and RBMA Weekender as well as supports for a number of kindred artists in HEALTH, Julia Holter, Julianna Barwick, Mika Vainio, HTRK and My Disco.
Melbourne based producer Null worships mid-to-late ‘90s electronic music through a contemporary lens. His studio works are littered with a mix of sounds that span decades: from ‘70s synthesizer music, ambient noise, ‘90s classics and modern nightbus anthems.
Null’s debut EP ‘Almost’ was released in March 2015 as a co-release between Acéphale and Siberia Records. ‘Almost’ explores the diversity of the mid ‘90s catch-all genre "Electronica", essentially attempting to create a work that can wear the badge earnestly. ‘Almost’ is characterised by dense, saturated synthesizer lines and classic drum machines flirting with dusty breakbeats and ambient sound.
Null’s immersive live set has seen him share stage with the likes of Jamie xx, HEALTH , Hudson Mohawke, QT and Kenton Slash Demon.
Having received acclaim from FACT, Dummy, XLR8R, FADER & Thump, and an upcoming debut album set for release, Null has a promising year ahead.
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Simona Castricum is a musician, architecture academic and writer from Melbourne, Australia.
Simona’s musical, spatial and activist interventions articulate gender non-conforming experiences in architectural and emotional space - their relationships to power, sexuality, violence and the body. Her fluid and multidisciplinary practice across architecture, graphic design and music experiment with vocal, percussion, dance, image and typography as both creative tools and evocative publishing forms.
Simona is an educator and PhD candidate in architecture at the University of Melbourne School of Design. As a musician Simona is represented by Melbourne queer feminist label LISTEN Records. Her culture and music writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, i-D and Archer magazines. She has a contributed short stories and memoirs on sexuality, gender and architecture.
An outspoken advocate on safer space and inclusivity of queer and gender diverse artists, she has featured at BIGSOUND, Women of The World and Melbourne Design Week in Australia and AHRA’s Architecture and Feminisms in Sweden. She is currently a tutor and PhD candidate in architecture at the University of Melbourne, writing on ‘What if Safety became Permanent? Gender Nonconforming Experiences of Architecture - Space and Practice’.