Power Station: A New Clubbing Destination

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A new club fraternity has appeared in the bustling city of Melbourne that looks to re-calibrate the minds and excite the real dance heads with its focus on forward-thinking music and . It’s not about short dresses (although welcome) and snapping the most selfies ever (OMG!), instead ‘Power Station’ is about the “best music, best party, best magic” and of course… mingers.

Taking time out from building, running and promoting the most badass club and best thing since the discovery of amyl, we chatted with the three brains behind Power Station – Michael, Kris and Dan about all kinds of things go, be it their respective histories in the industry, the nostalgia behind the ‘Power Station’, the magic, that one time Michael smoked snow cones with Mick Jagger and of course, once again, mingers (we’ll start to get it shortly).

SR: What is your collective background in creating clubs and bars?
Michael – I started and ran Honkytonks, Third Class, Sorry Grandma!, Superdisco, Survivor! and Poof Doof and a few pubs in Sydney.
Kris – DJ booker/ programmer for People, After Dark Social Club , Survivor and now Power Station.
Dan – I started and created Any Excuse running one off parties with international artist, moved on to running After Dark Social Club, followed by becoming one of the creators and head promoter of Survivor with my brother (Kris) and Michael Delaney and now it is time to flick the switch with Power Station.

SR: You are currently putting the final touches together for the newly renovated Brown Alley. Tell us a bit more about the idea behind the re-design?
Michael -The redesign for us has been more about creating a ‘club’ in a venue so famous for great dance party ‘events’. We have ramped up the freaky lights and production in the venue for all to share as well as adding in some serious elements for the mingers.

SR: Where did the name ‘Power Station’ derive from?
Michael – We had a few choice names to pick from but POWER STATION was something we all freaked out about. Kraftwerk, in German, means power station and they as a band pretty much were the start of this electronic culture we are now a part of. We like the history. The parties we create have always been about energy, magic, the power of the night time experience. Power Station ended up being the perfect name for what we are about to do.

SR: Clubbing is becoming a serious institution in Melbourne, was this one catalyst for the creation of Power Station?
Michael – Clubbing in Melbourne has been serious for MANY YEARS. It is one of the best clubbing cities on earth. The good thing about the scene in Melbourne is that the scene is big enough for good clubs, weird clubs, underground clubs, mainstream clubs etc. We needed no catalyst to make a new club – this is what we do… we would always want to be running the best club in the city : best music, best party, best magic.

SR: Is there a skew towards local Melbourne artists or Australia wide?
Kris – There are great artists Australia wide but Melbourne is where we reside so it will naturally have an outweighed skew.

SR: What sort of music can we expect to be played weekly at Power Station?
Kris – Something we have not favoured, most notably at Survivor! was trying to label the club to one sort of ‘genre’ or ‘sound’. So this policy will continue on. With any open minded DJ/ Willing crowd , great music gets played! This i can say, expect ENERGY, POWER & RELEASE.

SR: What do you think 2014 holds for dance and electronic music?
Dan – less Melbourne sound and more mingers dancing

SR: What has been a highlight of your careers?
Michael – smoking snow cones with mick jagger at honky-tonks in 2004
Kris – dj-ing at top shop
Dan – Survivor! Club of Legends… the vibe in the room each night was out of this world, you really had to be there…

Continuing a steady roll the lads will be hosting the official Melbourne Dimensions launch party that tote Mike Callander, Kris Baha, The Tortoise, Emmanuel and Love Hotel District. Tickets and details here while you cop a live recording of the launch night below!

Hayden James – No Time (Tobiahs edit)

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When Future Classics’ Hayden James big-ups you, you must be doing something right. As it was for 15-year old Australian producer Tobiahs, who along with a handful of originals has churned out a luscious edit of Haydens love song “No Time” that the big man thought was a bit of alright sharing on Facey;

So this 15 YEAR OLD kid sent me this edit of ‘No Time’ the other day.. AND IT’S DOPEEEEE!!

Getting gooey he’s rubbed the original right, getting extra sensual and deep with playful chords while chopping the vocals his own way – as it should be when approaching an edit or remix (check out our Kilter remix competition here). Although an edit he’s added almost an additional minute, proving that maybe longer is better!

Those still fanning from Hayden James’ “Permission To Love” EP can catch him as her tours around Australia with Stoney favourites Rufus this May.

ZHU – ‘Paradise Awaits’ Nails it (Again), Solidifying Spot in Pop Landscape.

Been hyped on ZHU for ages.  Been offered up my co-sign.  Breakthrough Artist of 2014.  The latest from him just solidifies his mastery of the elusive and fickle form of a deep groove in pop music’s sonic landscape.

As Jonah put it on NEST HQ:

“Once again, ZHU’s flawless vocals steal the show in the new single, but the House/Garage crossover groove lying underneath is also nothing short of spectacular.  It’s artists like ZHU that are following just steps behind the Disclosure lads, manufacturing productions that live as perfectly on the dance floor as they do on mainstream radio.”

Debut EP Presale here, available 4/20 (lol sick).

In an ever-shifting digital landscape of fluid identities, long distance discoveries and a music community that is more global than ever, ZHU is a unique new voice who has been quick to make name for himself – without even ever having mentioned it.

Based solely and sonically on the music, the accolades continue to accumulate. An unknown artist merely two months ago, ZHU has achieved critical acclaim from the biggest names and influencers in dance music - Pete Tong, MistaJam and Danny Howard on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. ‘Faded’ has surged to become the Triple J’s #1 most played track of the week, further demonstrating that enthusiasm with this elusive new artist knows no geographical boundaries. “This one’s going to be massive”, says Mistajam.

Across six tracks filled with cascading liquid synths, propulsive beats and slinky vocal hooks, ‘THE NIGHDAY’ EP showcases the unbridled creativity and enticing allure at the core of ZHU‘s craft. Drawing from a range of dance music genres from house to disco to garage to hip-hop and synth-pop, coupled with his distinctly captivating voice, ZHU spins these elements into a potent concoction entirely of his own, perhaps best summed up by his self-penned moniker for the genre - ¯\_()_/¯ . His DEBUT EP, titled “THE NIGHTDAY,” slated for release worldwide on April 20th. 

THE NIGHTDAY EP is available for pre-order now ahead of its release April 20th, via ZHU’s very own Los Angeles based label Mind Of A Genius, with first single ‘Paradise Awaits’ available for instant download with any pre-order. 

More from ZHU:

• ZHU – “FADED” REVEALS THE IDENTITY OF THE ENIGMATIC PRODUCER Z, AND IS GREAT.

• Z – SUPERFRIENDS.

• ARTIST KNOWN AS “Z” TAKES OVER INTERNET FOR A DAY WITH “MOVES LIKE MS JACKSON”

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Coachella 2014 Live Stream: Weekend 1

Nearly a hundred thousand people are attending Coachella this weekend, and unfortunately you’re not one of them. But that’s ok! You can watch most of the festival’s awesome sets on the official webcast, thanks to YouTube and T-Mobile (and, in a less important way, us. Heh.).

You may not be able to catch sure-to-be-life-changing sets from The Knife or Neutral Milk Hotel, but the Coachella organizers managed to get the rights to live stream sets from Arcade Fire, Nas (playing motherfuckin Illmatic!!) Disclosure, Beck, Pharrell Williams, Queens of the Stone Age, The Pixies, The Afghan Whigs, Lorde, CHVRCHES, MGMT, Sleigh Bells, Little Dragon, Future Islands and several other of our favorite bands.

You can find the streaming players and full schedule below. (Note: all times are PST.)

UPDATE: Youtube made the players private, but you can watch the stream here.

COACHELLA LIVE STREAM :: CHANNEL 1

CHANNEL 1 SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, APRIL 11 (DAY 1)

03:30 pm – ZZ Ward
04:15 pm – Grouplove
05:15 pm – MS MR
06:00 pm – Bastille
07:50 pm – Neko Case
08:40 pm – Ellie Goulding
09:30 pm – Broken Bells
10:30 pm – Girl Talk
11:30 pm – OutKast

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 (DAY 2)

03:30 pm – Bear Hands
04:10 pm – CHVRCHES
05:20 pm – The Head and The Heart
06:10 pm – Cage the Elephant
07:00 pm – Capital Cities
07:55 pm – Lorde
08:45 pm – Foster the People
09:40 pm – Queens of the Stone Age
10:35 pm – Pharrell Williams
11:35 pm – Muse

SUNDAY, APRIL 13 (DAY 3)

03:30 pm – J. Roddy Walston & The Business
04:15 pm – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
05:10 pm – Fishbone
06:00 pm – Blood Orange
07:40 pm – The Naked and Famous
08:30 pm – Calvin Harris
09:25 pm – Beck
10:20 pm – Arcade Fire

COACHELLA LIVE STREAM :: CHANNEL 2

CHANNEL 2 SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, APRIL 11 (DAY 1)

03:30 pm – Flatbush Zombies
05:20 pm – AFI
06:10 pm – GOAT
07:00 pm – The Afghan Whigs
08:15 pm – Woodkid
09:05 pm – Chromeo
09:55 pm – Bryan Ferry
11:00 pm – The Cult
12:00 am – Anti-Flag

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 (DAY 2)

03:30 pm – White Lies
04:15 pm – Temples
06:10 pm – City and Colour
07:05 pm – Future Islands
08:00 pm – Warpaint
09:00 pm – Pixies
09:50 pm – MGMT
10:45 pm – Sleigh Bells
11:35 pm – Pet Shop Boys

SUNDAY, APRIL 13 (DAY 3)

03:30 pm – Preservation Hall Jazz Band
04:30 pm – Frank Turner
05:30 pm – Superchunk
06:30 pm – The 1975
07:15 pm – Little Dragon
08:30 pm – Daughter
10:10 pm – Nas
11:10 pm – Disclosure

COACHELLA LIVE STREAM :: CHANNEL 3

CHANNEL 3 SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, APRIL 11 (DAY 1)

03:30 pm – Jagwar Ma
04:20 pm – Wye Oak
05:15 pm – Dum Dum Girls
06:05 pm – A$AP Ferg
07:00 pm – Kate Nash
08:00 pm – Zedd Hangout (Backstage Meet & Greet)
09:30 pm – Carnage
10:25 pm – The Glitch Mob
11:20 pm – Martin Garrix
12:20 am – Zedd

SATURDAY, APRIL 12 (DAY 2)

03:30 pm – Foxygen
04:30 pm – Ty Segall
05:20 pm – Bombay Bicycle Club
06:10 pm – CHVRCHES Hangout (Backstage Meet & Greet)
06:30 pm – Washed Out
08:25 pm – Dillon Francis
09:25 pm – Fatboy Slim
10:25 pm – Empire of the Sun
11:25 pm – Skrillex

SUNDAY, APRIL 13 (DAY 3)

03:30 pm – Surfer Blood
06:00 pm – Flosstradamus
06:50 pm – Darkside
07:50 pm – Alesso
09:00 pm – Big Gigantic
09:55 pm – Adventure Club
10:45 pm – Duck Sauce


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Motions – All Gone EP

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Brendan Neal, formerly one half of duo Grown Folks, is set to release a solo EP under the name of Motions come April 29.

The four-piece EP ‘All Gone’ is the first solo venture for the Canadian based, British beat-maker, who will be releasing it as digital and vinyl with funky LA label Body High.

Preview Motions’ title track ‘All Gone’ featured below, as well as the EP track list.

1. All Gone
2. Never Seen
3. Orion
4. Again Lost Soon Found

(There seems to be some serious connotations getting made in these track titles)

Kilter On Remixing: ‘Don’t Be Afraid To Fuck With Everything’

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In celebration of Kilter’s latest EP ‘Shades’ and the Track Sift “They Say,” remix competition presented by AIM, we sat down to chat with the Sydney based etcetc signed producer and talked about the new direction of his latest EP, tips for upcoming producers and what gets his creative juices flowing.

Having received advice from Paul Kalkbrenner, Dada Life, Chuckie, Gorgon City and more as shown here, we were very excited to finally get the chance to chat to Kilter himself!

Can you tell us a bit about the direction you are taking with the SHADES EP?

This EP covers a lot of ground stylistically. Instead of trying to pick one vibe and follow that through as a consistent release every song is very unique and can hold it’s own. There is everything from a tropical rap track to a ballad and a pop song to a progressive dance burner. While there is a lot of variation in genre I think my style can be felt throughout.

Is the music your making being influenced by any style of dance music at the moment?

More than ever. I used to never really listen to dance music but now I would say my biggest influence is some of the stuff coming out of the UK. People like Bondax, Clean Bandit, Jonas LR, Karma Kid, Lxury are all making really interesting soulful dance music which I can’t get enough of.

Where do you see the Australian trap sound that you, Wave Racer, Basenji, Cosmo’s do going in 2014?

Hopefully innovating a bit more. So many people seem to be falling into the trap of making whatever sound is popular (bed squeaks, pitched vocals, hyperactive synth riffs, knock-off Flume beats). I think Aussie electronic music has had such a strong year it would be shame to see it go stagnant.

For people who haven’t seen your live set, could you describe it?

Live haha. I’m playing a 100% hardware based live show at the moment using a Roland SP404sx, a Roland SPDs and a MicroKorg as well as some live percussion- a set of roto toms and two cymbals. It basically looks like a whole lot of things to hit. I’ve been playing drums since I was little and have so much fun smashing away at everything.

How do you approach remixing a song?

My remixes tend to stray quite far from the original song stylistically. When I first get the stems I like to listen to the track a couple of times and then literally strip everything off it except for a few key elements. If its a vocal heavy song I will often just use the vocals. Sometimes if there is a rhythmic or melodic element I really like I’ll keep it in or even try reference it using my own sounds later down the track. The next thing I would do is pull up a piano and just jam along to the elements I have kept until I come up with a different chord progression.

One of my favourite things at the moment is playing around in the relative key to a song, meaning if a melody is written in a minor key there are a set of major chords that correspond to the original key and will sit nicely under the notes. This is an interesting way to flip the vibe of a track right on its head. From there it’s just like writing an original production!

Any tips for producers when it comes to remixing your single ‘They Say’?

I actually think this is a really hard song to remix! I would freak out if I had to do it haha. I think my remixes are often very vocal heavy so the challenge of remixing an instrumental is definitely a tough one.

My main advice is don’t be afraid to fuck with everything. I will absolutely mangle the original BPM, key or even time signature of a track if I have a creative spark and want to take it to a certain space.

My favourite remix at the moment is… Wet – Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl (Branchez Remix)

My biggest musical influence has been… Experiencing music live at clubs/festivals/parties.

My guilty music pleasure is… Outkast – Hey Ya… haha no that is a tune. I would say early 2000s hip hop, the sort that would start a dance crew battle in a club.


When I sit down to produce music, i drink and eat copious amounts of… I drink Ribena by the bucket load and will eat anything in my house that doesn’t require any effort to put together.

When in doubt, drink Ribena and listen to Outkast. You can listen to Kilter’s new single ‘They Say’ and download the free stems at www.tracksift.com/remixcompetition

[DOWNLOAD] Brillstein – Luke Whose Stocking

Friend of GDD  (actually who am I kidding, friend of near every music person ever to do anything in Los Angeles) Mike Brillstein, known to many as Thee Mike B, has been making house music. And it’s f**king good. Over the past year we’ve seen him foray into a new moniker as Brillstein, collabing with Play It Down boss and house champion Jesse Rose on tracks like “Shuffle The Paper” and “Good Wife”. I was hearing big dudes like Loco Dice slamming Shuffle The Paper in sets for months. As Brillstein, Mike B is a heavy-hitter, keeping elements in his tracks that punch you right in the stomach and leave a mark. This year he announced his debut LP on Jesse’s label, which gets released at the end of the month. For now, he’s dropped off a new original for free download. Should be a clear indicator of the smashing direction that the LP will head in – the first track of which just premiered over on Pulse Radio.

Get the download above, and be sure to nab your copy of Brillstein’s Back To Bed LP, which comes out on Play It Down on April 29.