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Wednesday, 27 May 2009 01:19

Bingo Players Interview

Bingo PlayersLEGS ELEVEN?

Over the last 12 months or so, Dutch house duo Bingo Players have been crafting themselves a pretty comfy niche within the dance scene. With a string of remixes for the likes of Kid Cudi ('Day & Night'), Oliver Twizts and Chocolate Puma, the Bingo Players - aka Paul Bäumer and Maarten Hoogstraten - are now headed to Brisbane to help the Monastery celebrate their seventh birthday.

For Australian peeps who are yet to discover the delight that is the Bingo Players, how would you describe your style/sound?
Energetic, melodic house music!

2008 was bigger than Ben Hur for you two. Have you had an opportunity to assess the success you've achieved so far?
It's been amazing. We are really fortunate that a lot of people like our music. We hope that we can make people enjoy our music for a very long time.

Dealing with the spotlight that has followed you over the last 12 months, has there been an increase in the level of recognition you now encounter when you are out in public?

Yes, and it's something that's very strange for us. That people come up to you to say how much they like your music and stuff. But it's also a very good feeling. That's the reason why we make music.

Is there an added pressure level you now attach to your work?
No, we really always try to create things that we're very happy about. And then you just hope that a lot of other people do to. That's always been the way we work.

As a duo, how do you work the creative elements of the outfit - is it shared equally or do you each have your assigned roles?
When we DJ we are equal. In the studio we both have our own strong points. We both can create beats and melodies. But one is more technical and the other thinks more conceptual.

What is the Bingo Players opinion on the state of dance music circa 2009?
There's lots of good, original music coming out nowadays and it's more popular than ever. So dance music is very much alive in 2009!

So when it comes to playing bingo, what's your game plan - stealing marker pens from the old ladies?
Ha ha! No, we play straight!

You're upcoming tour of Australia - how much dancefloor madness are you bringing out?
We are doing everything in our power to make the Australian people go wild. We have lots of new tracks that we're dying to let the Australian people hear!

Who were the artists that first attracted you to the world of dance?
The Prodigy for sure! The album 'Experience' is a huge influence.

So, when you're in the DJ booth are there rules in how you progress through your set? Or do you prefer to let the night naturally play out?
Every night is different, so we never know what kind of DJ set we're going to play. But of course we have had some club hits that people expect us to play. And of course we do!

Is music a 24/7 job for you? Do you live it, work it, promote it constantly or do you require time away from the scene to re-boot yourself, both mentally and physically?
It's definitely a 24/7 job. During the week we are always in the studio and on the weekends we are DJing. Besides that, we're always thinking about new ideas to take our career to the next level and watch what's happening in the scene.

The next six months for Bingo Players - what's on the menu? Are there plans for an artist album or maybe a compilation/mixtape release?

We are planning to have an artist album ready in the second half of 2010 containing different styles of music, but with the Bingo touch. Also we have lots of productions coming out in the next few months, like a new vocal track called 'I Will Follow' and a new collaboration with Chocolate Puma. Besides that, we're also remixing Martin Solveig and a track for Defected/Strictly Rhythm.

Bingo Players will be joined by Riva Starr for Monastery's Seventh Birthday celebrations Friday May 5.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 14:53

Jimmy Vegas

The Smiling DJ

A regular on Brisbane’s clubbing and festival circuit for a number of years now, Jimmy Vegas will be packing not only his music, but also his pyjamas when he heads to Bedroom this Saturday night.

The Jimmy Vegas clubbing experience - here's your chance to pigeonhole yourself; what can peeps expect from you when you're in the DJ booth?
I really enjoy playing to people whether it’s a few or a packed room. So when I’m in the booth it’s with a smile on my face, having fun and hopefully getting the same response from the crowd!

What are cooking for your upcoming set at Bedroom? Any exclusives re-edits, new productions you're going to drop on the night?
It’s great playing at Bedroom because I get to play a broad range of music and the crowd seems to love it! I've got some edits by my mates Jeremy Iliev and Habebe and of course some stomping remixes from Baby Gee, Reekay Garcia and Danny T! My new stomper would have to be Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden - ‘Bonkers’ (Original Mix). It’s going to be one of those massive tunes for sure! Check it out!

With the onset of new technologies, there are a glut of new DJs getting about these days - but honestly, how many pretenders are out there who think they're good DJs and who are getting regular work?
Look, from my point of view there are too many DJs getting about, but it’s a competitive industry these days and I think the ones who are any good will eventually find regular work and the rest will get weeded out slowly. Everyone has to start out somewhere, so it’s not for me to decide who's good and who's a 'pretender'.

So how did the Vegas portion of your DJing moniker arise?
It's one of those things that just kind of stuck and the origin has kind of been forgotten over time (and many drinks!). I went for a coast trip with Habebe and Baby Gee a couple of years ago and we made it up for some reason and then that was that! Jimmy from Vegas ... Jimmy Vegas!

Dancefloor etiquette - are there really rules punters should follow when they're losing their shit to the music?

I don't think there are too many rules I can suggest except mind your personal space, be careful of others around you and don't break anything! Other than that, enjoy the music and let loose!

The normal week for Jimmy Vegas - is it all fancy parties and hanging out with uber-cool peeps? Or is there a large slice of reality thrown your way that keeps you grounded?
Ha ha, that would be sweet but no there's definitely a few slices of reality eaten by myself during the week! I have another job to tend to and it usually takes me about three days to recover from the weekend so that's never fun either! If you hear of any 'fancy parties' though, let me know ... I'm down!

Have you ever had a set where, no matter what you tried, everything’s gone to shit?
It's like the bumper sticker, ‘shit happens’, and stuff goes wrong sometimes, but you just have to keep your head up and try make up for it next time. CDs will skip, people will ask for tunes you might not have, you may spill a drink all over the mixer (oops!) but life goes on. I think, like anything, the more practice you have with DJing, you'll gain confidence and you can learn to adapt to a crowd and then, hopefully, you won't end up in the shit so often!

How confidence sapping are bad sets; does it take a few shows to get your groove back?

At first, when things didn't work out or I messed up it was very confidence sapping but as you play more and more you get better and the confidence comes back. Things inevitably will go wrong at some point just like with anything else but you learn from your mistakes.

As we head into the cooler months, what's going to be the must-have accessory for clubbing this winter?
A wicked smile and some comfy dancing shoes!

You can catch Jimmy Vegas with the early set at GPO, before he heads south to Bedroom, Surfers Paradise, on Saturday May 23.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 14:44


Easy does it

Farj is an Englishman who has settled in Australia and taken on the personal mission of bringing dubstep to Australian audiences - and the co-founder of Aquatic Lab Records is starting to see some real progress.

There's seems to have been a real movement of support for dubstep artists and events in Australia over the last year. Have you felt this groundswel?
Absolutely, we feel privileged to be there from the beginning and pushing a sound that is now growing up. Dubstep can truly be called a genre in its own right and people from various musical backgrounds have adopted the style and its musical ethics. International dubstep artists are coming to Australia regularly, packing out clubs and crowds are being educated to a new style of dance music.

You're headed north for the Davy Jones' Morass night - what sort of treats are you stockpiling to unleash on the bass bins at the Step Inn?
The Step Inn has some great sound dynamics and the bass can really rattle your chest, so I plan to bring tunes that can make use of the venue and sound system. There will be plenty of new music to play, a lot of exclusive material and tracks incoming on our label - Aquatic Lab Records – not to forget dubplates from artist tracks that will be hitting the stores soon.

Do you have your eye on any young Australian dubstep producers?
There some really wicked local producers that have both made an impact here and abroad. Our boy Moving Ninja first and foremost is leading the path. He moved over to Bristol UK in 2007 and works fulltime for Tectonic records, which is one the biggest labels in the scene. He has a track coming on our inaugural album. Another to keep an eye out for is Spherix, who is a phenomenal producer and engineer - he has a track called Hollandia incoming on our album also. Others to note include Flash, Flippo, AC23, Distro (from KMGT), Kito, Boot & Sook and ShockOne to just name a few. We have also signed NZ artists P-Vans and aforementioned Truth.

Is there any major difference between dubstep productions from Britain and Australia?
The British producers set a very high benchmark, which the best producers, no matter where they are from are able to achieve and sometimes exceed. The most successful local producers will be the ones that have a global vision. Being Aussie might get you plays on JJJ, but the rest of the world doesn’t care where you are from, they only care how good your music is.

Farj will perform at Dank Morass on May 23 at the Step Inn.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 10:05



When you’re talking the hottest band of the last 12 months, there are few vying for the title with better credentials than Brooklyn natives MGMT. The duo of Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser have not only stormed the charts and saturated the music networks with their outstanding ‘Oracular Spectacular’ LP, they’ve also provided a soundtrack for millions of fans.

Currently in Malibu recording the next chapter of the MGMT story, Goldwasser is enthused about the new work Vanwyngarden and he are currently producing. “We’re feeling good about this stuff, it’s going to be really nice to have some new music to play. It’s just going to be a lot more fun (recording) this time because the band is more evolved and the recording process - we’re thinking more about how it’s going to translate live. There’ll also be time to go back and re-work some of the older songs in a different style.”

Residing in a house just a lazy walk away from the beach, the American duo have set up a recording studio and are looking to capture something “different” than the vibe that was showcased on ‘Oracular Spectacular’. “I’d say there’s more influence from classic 60s pop music,” muses Goldwasser. “Like The Beach Boys and The Beatles; a lot more basic arrangements so far as, I don’t know - it’s a lot less bombastic and a little more stripped down but it’s still going to be weird. It’ll be a little different but it sounds like the same band. “We’re trying really hard to get it out by the end of the year, hopefully in the Fall. We’re scheduled to mix it at the end of June and we’ll be definitely playing a lot of the new stuff on the road and when we play at Splendour in the Grass we’ll be playing a lot of new stuff.”

Different and weird are two words easily associated with MGMT. Blazing onto the scene in the later half of 2007, the New York City outfit were tagged by Rolling Stone as a Top 10 “artist to watch in 2008”.
It wasn’t long before their hallucinatory brand of underground pop and psychedelic musings had them rubbing shoulders with the likes of Radiohead and Conan O’Brien as well as playing on stages at Glastonbury, Reading Festival, T in the Park and the Roskilde Festival. As Goldwasser admits, it has taken a little while for Vanwyngarden and himself to adjust to the spoils of success. “It’s been really crazy. I think we were, I don’t know; we weren’t prepared for any level of success. Like we didn’t think too many people were going to hear our album and we didn’t expect to be touring that much and then things kinda took off in a crazy way.

“We’ve had some time to take it all in and assess the last year; we’ll be a lot more prepared this time around for all the craziness of (releasing and touring an album). I think we’re really trying to push ahead and try new things. We don’t want to stick to a formula or anything like that.

“(But) we’re getting really excited to go back on the road; we are a little bit nervous about it because the last year was the hardest year of our lives; just adjusting to a new life and travelling all the time.”
Another element of their success has been the contact they’ve had with fans; both sane and freaky.

“In general we really enjoy meeting fans, I don’t know, they tend to be really cool people. But sometimes they get a little freaked out by it, especially fans who assume we’re not normal people and treat us like something else. I don’t know how to say it, it’s great to interact with fans on the level of just hanging out and talking, like normal people do. But I think it makes us a little uncomfortable when people elevate us to some level of fame.”

MGMT will be joined by The Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction, Bloc Party, Hilltop Hoods, The Specials, The Gutter Twins and many more at Splendour in the Grass, Belongil Fields, July 25-26. For more details, take a peek at ‘Oracular Spectacular’ is out now thru Sony Music.

Thursday, 26 March 2009 10:47

Adam Bozzetto

Potty Beats
He’s supported The Nextmen, Bugz In The Attic, Midnight Juggernauts, Bang Gang Deejays and many more. Now he’s headed north to Brisbane for our listening pleasure. Let us introduce you to Adam Bozzetto.

The Adam Bozzetto sound - describe your style as if it was a nursery rhyme?
Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock, the clock struck one, Adam Bozzetto came on, and everyone dropped a ding dong.

When it comes to the tracks making your hips shake, or that make you stroke your chin - what's cooking your turntables?
‘What's Your Name’, Favretto (Treasure Fingers remix); ‘Grateful Days’, Ayumi (Para One remix);
‘Bounce’, Santiago & Bushido.
Plus anything by Congorock.

The best gig you've ever played - did it involve groupies and circus-themed midgets going berserk on the dancefloor?
Well what does Monastery have to offer? Maybe that will be the one!!!

You know the old saying "never meet your idols cause you'll only be let down". Have you ever had one of these moments?
Not exactly but I have had a similar moment. It was more along the lines of ‘your music sounds too much like ours’. Lucky I didn't encounter this moment face to face.

Receiving play on Triple J - how has that propelled your career to the next level?
I had one person contact me after hearing my mix on Triple J saying she loved my mix and now she is a radio presenter! So that definitely helped ... haha! I really think that it has helped me a lot more now than it did then. A couple of plays of my music and DJ mixes I guess wasn't enough to gain much momentum; like my mum told all her friends but they don't really get my MySpace views up. I guess on Triple J you are amongst a lot of awesome music. But doing something in your specific genre, people are there to hear specifically what you do.

When it comes to an ailing dancefloor, what's your magical remedy?
Remedy one: One rock song, then one R&B song, then one electro house song and then one

Presets song in quick succession. Repeat. Remedy two: Take my shirt off. Remedy three: Get DJ Wongo to start break-dancing in his underwear.

Lastly, what qualities do you look for in a potty mouth - is it all about the vulgarity?
I think it’s about flow, correct placement and articulation of dirty words.

Adam Bozzetto helps launch Potty Mouth Records at Monastery April 3.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 15:09

Ping Pong DJs Interview 13.05.2009


Sydney-based connoisseurs of all things house, the Ping Pong DJ’s are headed to Monastery this weekend. You’d better strap on your best party face, ‘cause it’s likely you’ll be dancing into the wee small hours. One half of the duo, Brenden Fing, tells us why.

So your Facebook profile says you "rock more clubs than Tiger Woods" - how do you approach your club sets in terms of track selection?
Ultimately it’s about finding a large amount of tunes that you know will move any dancefloor and choosing the right tracks at the right time on any night. If you go into any set that’s been planned too much, you can find yourself cornered in. You have to read and understand the crowd that you are playing to.

The definition of house has been mutated over the years and now it has many different guises - but to the Ping Pong DJ’s, what is house and what does it sound like?
House is a very broad term, it’s an umbrella for what is a large genre. House is a 4/4 beat, it’s as simple as that. Anything can happen. Progressive, electro, disco, tech etc. In its purest form you would say house music is all about the synths and stabs and big rolling basslines.

What are your thoughts on electro - although it's saturated clubland to the point it's stifling the scene, is there good electro out there?
There is still some awesome electro out there. Again, electro is a massive genre. It’s hard to say how it’s stifling the scene, when there is still good electro being produced. Electro just became the most popular sub-genre of house music and now people seem to hate it. It is here to stay whether we like it or not. I tend to think it brought a lot of strength to the dance scene within Australia.

How did the Ping Pong DJ’s come into being - was it a meeting of great minds or did you cross paths at a house party?
Matt (Nukewood, other half of the Ping Pong DJ’s) and Raye Antonelli had arranged to tour Stupid Fresh from UK. We wanted to do our own party with them in Sydney, so the party Ping Pong was born. So that we could jampack the line-up we decided to play together. It went down really well and we immediately started getting booked together a lot more often. Sometimes it’s hard to be right next to each other all the time ‘cause we both fart so much, ha ha!

When it comes to jackin' the dancefloor with hundreds of sweaty young folks dancing like their lives depended on it, what's your secret formula to keeping the party happening?
We are entertainers. It’s essential that you understand what level the crowd is on to be able to connect with them through your music. You also need to look like you are enjoying yourself. If you just play music - then you are not doing your job properly. If you know your music you can take the crowd up and down and throughout the tunes.

Have you ever been requested to play Operator Please's 'Just A Song About Ping Pong'?
Never. We pity the person who asks. We will point them in the direction of the nearest exit.

So don't be shy here, who has the better ping pong game - Matt or yourself?
Matt has stressed to me that he’s the better player, so my answer should say so. However, if you ask him who is better at golf, tennis, rugby league, kayaking, squash, basketball, and pretty much any other sport - he will probably tell you he is better at that too, ha ha!

If we gave you a bag of oranges, four deck chairs, a highly strung poodle, 20 metres of rope and enough Bacardi to get the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man drunk - what sort of mischief could you two create?
Can you smoke orange peels? First things first, we would probably attach the oranges as wheels to one of the chairs and then make the poodle drag us down to the local bottle store so we could exchange the Bacardi for vodka, and then the party would get started.

The Ping Pong DJ’s play Monastery Saturday May 16.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007 02:28

DJ Ajax: Interview


For the first three years of the inthemix50 DJ poll Kid Kenobi ruled the land, securing back-to-back victories. With Bang Gang DJs and the rise of electro at his back, Ajax has now stepped up to claim top honours in the national contests. The Sydneysider recently scoring his second successive victory.

"It was good, but I wasn't expecting it cause I've been overseas so much this year. And I thought I hadn't been in the public's eye as much because I have been concentrating on my production and working towards the release of my new EP. I'm not DJing as much, but I guess it's the quality of gigs I'm getting at the moment. I also think the Bang Gang influence had a great bearing on my placing, because the Bang Gang DJs got ranked number eight. So I kinda win on two fronts really."

The cut and paste DJ says he never campaigned for votes this year, preferring to let his reputation do the talking.
"I never ask people to vote for me because even though I have a big ego I wouldn't do that. I never even put an inthemix link up on my Myspace site.

"It will be interesting to see how I poll next year considering how much international touring I will be doing. But you never know, maybe my international profile might rise and I may get votes that way. It'd be good to crack the top 100 in the international voting though."

With two titles under his belt, Ajax says upon reflection the 2006 victory holds just a little more meaning.
"I think last year was really great because I had been DJing for a long time. And last year I wasn't expecting the win. I had no idea at all. This year I'd already been number one so it was a matter of retaining it or dropping down. So last year was a far more special moment for me. As far as the ego thing, even when I accepted the award this year I was a lot more humble than I was last year. Last year I made a bit of a joke about it and had a bit of a gag. Whereas this year I was more humble and gave more of a genuine speech. Because I think winning it for a second time I might come under attack from certain people because now they're bored with me because I've won it twice in a row. I'm sure a lot of people would like to see someone else win it. Because it's basically only been Kid Kenobi and myself who have won it."

When it comes to the perks of being Australia's number one DJ, Ajax doesn't shy away from the freebies.
"I get free phones and lots of free records, free promo stuff. It has changed quite a lot. Like say two years ago when I was DJing, even a year ago, when I played at a party I might get a couple of drink cards thrown my way. But it has been quite interesting over the last year, and not that I asked for it but it's fucking great, I get a bottle of champagne in a ice cooler or I might get a six-pack of imported beer. So everywhere I play now I get a rider. Look I won't lie and say it's not nice because it is nice. But it's one of those things that if I wasn't number one I would hope I'd still get the ice bucket.”

While he can affix two-time Australian number one DJ to his resume, Ajax isn't getting carried away with the success. Especially when it comes to the commerce of his trade.
"The number one title with inthemix is great but you can't charge international prices. I'd have to charge something that I think is fair. But I also have to think that only four or five years ago when I was playing bars I was only charging $50 an hour. To say my fees have gone up a lot would be a truism, but saying that, I'm very careful with my manager not to price myself out of the market. Because there are so many good young acts that are coming through at the moment."

The inthemix party hits Family on September 21 with Nik Fish, Amber Savage, Harry K, Habebe and lots more.You can catch Ajax at Parklife September 29, Elsewhere November 25 and supporting Daft Punk at the Brisbane Riverstage December 20.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:50

Spit Syndicate Vs The Tongue

The Wildside Tour

Life on the road for any musician is a mixture of late, boozy nights, waking up in strange hotel rooms and too many hours crammed together in the tight conveys of the tour bus.

But what about all the other ‘stuff’ that goes on? Well Scene asked The Tongue and Spit Syndicate to forget the honour of ‘what happens on tour, stays on tour’ and feed us a few tasty morsels of tour gossip about the other act. Over to you lads.

1. Tonguey spends at least 45 minutes before and after each show sculpting his famed moustache/ goatee - hard work pays off.
2. We have been amazed at how quickly The Tongue can locate the local community's finest herbs every time we reach a new town - he has a nose like a beagle and loves to cook.
3. We had always secretly thought that Tonguey was pre-writing his freestyles. Matey is THAT killer with the off the top stuff, it's wild.
4. Also surprising/ alarming was learning that Tongue's DJ Skoob, staunchly refuses to eat anything with any flavour or colour to it; we're talking bowls of plain steamed rice for dinner!!
5. Despite seeing the footage of him assaulting a journo and being locked up for assault, we've learnt that The Tongue is really a big tree-hugging softie - big heart, big smile, big dreams.

1. MC Nick Lupi has a serious sleeping disorder. The only cure for his insomnia is to undergo special 'healing sessions' with highly experienced (and yet rather young) female masseuses in each town we play.
2. Spit Syndicate's DJ Joyride requires no sleep or water to survive.
3. Their approach to accounting and manning the merch desk is best described as 'non-committal'.
4. Jimmy Nice is hard to the core. He confronted several angry cab-drivers in Western Australia with a menacing demeanor. He had them cowering - Jimmy Nice don't play that shit.
5. They will make no money from the Wildside Tour.

The Tongue and Spit Syndicate play the Step Inn November 26.

Wednesday, 07 July 2010 10:48

Fatman Scoop Interview

Can I Get A 'What, What'?

In the world of hip hop and beats, there is no greater hype man than Fatman Scoop. The larger-than-life figure is almost ubiquitous on the urban landscape, lending his booming vocals to countless chart toppers. Now Scoop is headed across the Pacific for the Winterbeatz 2010 tour.

You’re known for being one of the best hype men in the business; but how does Fatman Scoop hype himself up prior to going on stage?

Really nothing! Before I go on, I pray at the hotel and meditate. Silence or spa music; total calm to get my body, mind and spirit into what I’m doing and ask to have a good show. Really! Am I too zen for you now?

Have you ever pumped yourself up so much, you’ve gone into a state of hyperventilation?

Never, I repeat NEVER! I do the hyping, people hyperventilate.

What excites you the most about being onstage?

The feeling of the people, the ENERGY! To know you control the hearts and minds of so many. It’s the most addictive thing in the world! I get high off that. I don’t take drugs or alcohol, but I do get high on a capacity crowd!

You have your own sex and relationship show/ podcast on Man and Wife TV that you host with your wife Shanda; is the show equal parts seriousness and lightheartedness?

That’s what makes it work! She's the ‘serious’, I’m the ‘lighthearted’. The mantra of the show is ‘anything about sex and relationships is open for discussion’, so we hit pretty much everything!

It’s well known that your stage name derives from your appearance in the Fugees ‘Killing Me Softly’ clip as a cinema work serving popcorn and ice-cream, where Lauryn Hill would shout ‘scoop, scoop, fatman scoop!’ Does it bring back fond memories those early years?

Wikipedia is CRAZY! Somebody put that up there and now EVERYONE believes it. I was Fatman Scoop since my days of being a rapper! I got the name from my uncle Jack (RIP); the name scoop from eating so much ice-cream! The fatman was just a given because of my weight!

You have one of the most distinctive voices in the industry; have you always had such a loud, booming tone? Or have you had to work on it over the years?

Nah, I was born with it! I didn’t even know it was there or how to use it until I was confronted with finding a way to put my brother through college. That’s what started me making the songs; if that wouldn’t have happened, I would have been the loudest man you never heard about!

Fatman Scoop circa 2010; what does the future hold for you - are you looking to branch out into other areas of the entertainment, reality TV industry?

Yes. I do. I am working another show for TV where we will be giving more advice, and helping and improving peoples lives in the process.

Right now, as you sit down to respond to this interview, do you have a $100 bill on you? And if so, are you willing to put your hands up?

I have about $65 on me - at this point, I use credit cards more than cash.

Over the years, what has been the most surreal moment in your entertaining life?

I was at the video shoot for ‘21 Questions’ 50 invited me. There was a corner that was really dark and no one could see in there. A voice kept saying: ‘Fatman Scoop/ Crooklyn Clan’. I was like: ‘who is this?’ Out of the darkness came Dr Dre. I didn’t know him at the time;  I was like ‘wow, he knows me?’ Surreal.

If you could endorse any product in the world, what are you getting behind? And what would your slogan be?

Heinz Ketchup or NY Supreme Pizza or Pappas Pizza. My slogan: ‘I could eat this all day’.

Being a native New Yorker are you a Yankees or The Mets fan?

Yankees! I’m a REAL Yankees fan. From Chris Chambliss, Craig Nettles, Mickey Rivers, Thurman Munson days. Google those names and you'll see how long I been down.

While we're on the subject of the American sport, LeBron James is arguably the most sought after free agent in the history of the NBA; if you had the opportunity to sell the Knicks to James, what are you saying to him to get him to New York?

Nothing. I WANT HIM HERE! But I wouldn’t make a fool of myself to get him here. Only one I’m getting on my knees like that and asking for is Jesus, and he ain’t a ball player (He's too old).

Lastly, can I get a ‘what what’?

Of course you can! Look for it at the tour! Fatman Scoopâ„¢ The Undisputed Voice Of The Club. Period.

Fatman Scoop touches down in Australia for the WinterBeatz 2010 tour, alongside Ne-Yo, T-Pain and Phinesse, at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre Saturday July 24.

Love Wax

A decade into the 21st Century and the music industry is but a shade of what it was when the Millennium Bug had us all scurrying around like ants caught in the glare of a five year-old’s magnifying glass.

Dwindling CD sales, the gargantuan growth of digital downloads and a glut of bedroom producers releasing all manner of indie music has re-defined the industry in so many ways. One area that remains unchanged, and has done so through so many evolutions of the music world, is the vinyl record.

Around for more than a century, when 78s were sold in plain brown paper sleeves, the vinyl record has been a mainstay on the music landscape, outliving such dinosaurs as the cassette tape, 8-track, and you could even argue the CD, if you look at current sales charts.

As Gen Y revels in the convenience of one-click song shopping, others are still out there promoting the merits of the old school and the analogue richness of records. One such crew is Weird Gear, who’s monthly night of strange and exotic beats has led to the inaugural Brisbane Crate Diggaz Co-Op Record Fair, to be held this coming ANZAC Day at West End’s Rumpus Room.

“The Brisbane Crate Diggaz Co-Op is a bunch of likeminded individuals who share a passion for records and digging,” begins DJ Sheep, one of the masterminds behind Weird Gear. “As a product of that, we’re able to sell directly, the music that we’re interested in, which is like soundtracks, funk, soul, psych, hip hop, the beathead stuff. I get up at 7am and go to (record) fairs, but with this sale, we’re starting it late, we’re going to put deodorant on; if you come to this record fair, you have to wear deodorant because it generally stinks at the record fairs usually. It’s like dudes who haven’t showered for a week diggng through records; buy some shampoo, some Palmolive.”

Whilst it would seem personal hygiene isn’t a prerequisite of other record fairs, Sheep says the launch of the Weird Gear fair is not in reaction to a dirth of quality local record fairs.

“There are a lot of good record fairs in this town y’know. I’ve been going to them for years. It started off with a record fair in Mt Gravatt that became my favourite fair forever, which Sully used to run, but it’s gone now. But I still go to all the fairs in Brisbane. They’re all great, but the difference with our fair is we’re targeting a niche audience, which is like DJs, diggers, hip hop heads.

“And the fair is also a product of Weird Gear; it just came about that we had this great venue, Rumpus Room. It’s the same crew involved with Weird Gear who are now sellers. We’ll continue inviting sellers along. This time we have Blunted Stylus aka Jigsaw Geoff; everyone has different kind of stuff, I’m certainly saving my cash.”

And so should you, with Blunted Stylus to be joined by regular sellers: Sheep, DJ Damage, Bruce Highway and Milesago spruiking an array of records covering every genre; from exotic beats to outright strange pressings.

“I’ve been travelling the world for the best part of the last decade digging for records and I have a lot of Japanese soundtracks, a lot of Russian psychedelic music, stuff that you’re not generally going to see turn up at your local Lifeline.”

And the fair will also be a point of call for local producers looking for a particular drum or break loop.

“We’re going to have the crates situated in the back area of the Rumpus, the raised level. So the records will be there and people can peruse at their leisure. There is no rush, you don’t have to get up early. We don’t want 50 birds frantically digging through the records. We just want people to have fun and talk to us and ask us what they want or ask for advice ... There may be kids out there who may be like ‘I need some drums for my beats’ and we’ll be able to point them in the direction of some nice drum breaks.”

Held at West End’s Rumpus Room, Sheep says the venue was a perfect location for the mood they wanted to create for their record fair.

“Those guys are great. I was playing at all these mega superclubs and I just decided that really wasn’t my scene and Rumpus Room is pretty much family and they had a home for me. And also the Weird Gear blokes because they’re both open - and it’s refreshing to see - to new ideas and open to people who are genuinely passionate about music; not passionate about DJing, not passionate about... they’re generally passionate about people who have a passion for music and that’s why you won’t catch me anywhere else than Rumpus Room pretty much these days.”

Brisbane Crate Diggaz Co-Op presents ‘The First BC/DC Record Fair’ at the Rumpus Room on April 25; 3-7pm. Free entry.


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