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Underground in Brisvegas: can an electronic dance music artist thrive outside the city?

 Heidi Mellington, performing here with 
Anthony Smith  in Dizzygothica in 2007, has spoken about the importance of a  
supportive local music scene for emerging artists.

Electronic dance music (EDM) is an increasingly popular music genre. Electronic music can be defined as a sound dominated by electronic instruments and digitally generated sounds and also by digital samples of vocals and conventional instruments.

Despite the emergence of new communication technologies for music production and dissemination, it is still essential for EDM artists to be part of a local music scene.

Emerging artists typically depend heavily on the contacts and resources that they can find in their local city. The nature and scale of the truly global music industry appear not to have changed this relationship between EDM artists and their local music scene.

And the global electronic music industry is big. According to the latest IMS business report, the industry’s annual value has reached US$7.4 billion. NME reports that the three wealthiest DJs are Tiesto (Netherlands), Daft Punk (France) and Paul Okenfoald (England).

DJ Tiesto is asking for US$250,000 per DJ set. Daft Punk, the duo who pioneered French house in the 1990s, are worth US$120 million in licensing deals, royalties, music sales and merchandise. Their value increased after the success of their fourth album, Random Memories, which has sold more than 3.2 million copies worldwide.

EDM artists, unlike the most famous DJs, belong to local alternative scenes as is the case in Brisbane. Those scenes can be labelled as underground. According to the semi-structured interviews performed for my research, the electronic scene in Brisbane started as a DIY alternative scene.

In Brisbane, the rock and punk scenes have been documented in books like Pig City. In contrast, the electronic scene in Brisbane is rather unknown, yet it gathered more than 200 artists between 1979 and 2014. This has been documented in BNE: The Definitive Archive, released by Dennis Bremmer, founder of independent music label Trans:Com.

If music is global, why does local still matter?

Emerging artists need to engage with the technology and to have access to mentoring and technical advice. It’s a point made by Heidi Mellington, who joined the scene in the early 2000s:

Being in a city gives you access to mentors that have been trained and know how to use the latest sofwares.

She was part of Lady Electronica, a collective of female artists, and of darkwave electronica duo Dizzygotheca with Anthony Smith (2005-2010).

Most musicians interviewed for my research were interested in creating experimental edgy music. The aim was not necessarily to become successful, but to remain underground.

Brisbane’s electronic sound can be labelled as “electronic fusion”. It’s a blend of hip-hop, funk, drum and bass and sometimes goth music, according to Porl Deville, who was part of successful acts such as My Ninja Lover, who opened for Ben HarperJamiroquai and Mobyin the mid-1990s.

Local radio stations such 4ZZZ or Triple J helped artists to have their electronic dance music tracks played. In Brisbane, venues like The ZooRic’s Cafe Bar and The Lofly Hangar – a meeting place for the independent music community; it no longer exists – welcomed EDM artists.

These artists still need to be engaged in the economic and social networks that are found in metropolitan areas. This helps them to access technical advice, mentoring and grants (to fund music videos).

Even if Facebook and Soundcloud are fantastic tools for self-promotion, location is important. It remains an asset for a young EDM artist to be located in a city. It’s there that they have access to the best equipment and can learn about software tricks and production, mixing and mastering tips from experienced mentors.


This article was written by:
Image of Sebastien DarchenSebastien Darchen [Lecturer in Planning, The University of Queensland]

 

 

 

 

 

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Limerick Arms starts JAZZ again this Thursday, OCT 5, when BRIDGET ALLEN features with JMQ Jazz Ensemble 7PM

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Dear Jazz Lovers,
We hope you are excited. We are!
We have moved to Limerick Arms which was the premier Jazz venue in South Melbourne for many years'; and
now Jazz is back! Thursdays 7PM at 364 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne (corner Park St).
This Thursday, OCT 5, JMQ Jazz Ensemble is delighted to welcome back veteran New Zealand born, Australian 
jazz singer and all-round performer, BRIDGET ALLEN, to Jazz Thursdays.

With a Maori Princess lineage, Bridget has made a name for herself as a widely admired Jazz singer – with many 
media and jazz club appearances, engagements overseas as well as  as a Vocal teacher. She is part of the 
echelon of Australia's great jazz singers, and we are pleased she can join JMQ, opening the Jazz Thursdays 
at the Limerick Arms on October 5.

She will be backed by a stylish JMQ Jazz Ensemble: 
Michael Harding (piano), 
Carlo Alberto Canevali (drums) ,
Barney Loveland (guest double bass), 
David Rex (alto sax).
John Montesante( trumpet & flugelhorn)

Delicious Meals and Drinks are available all evening.
*There is  $10 off the usual steak prices on Thursdays.

Free on-street parking is nearby from 6pm
Doors 6.30pm. Live Jazz 7pm-9.30pm
Reserve your table early to avoid disappointment:
Phone: 03 9645 8666
Online : admin@limerickarmshotel.com.au

ALL ARE WELCOME 🙂 🎶🎤🎺🎻🎷
 

Listen To Older Voices : Life & Times of Lynn Thorpe – Part 1

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices [A Baby Boomers Edition], which is a 
program produced by Rob Greaves for Wesley Connect and podcast through
the Toorak Times and Tagg.

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

Lynn’s story is another story from the Baby Boomer generation, those born in the decade post WWII and who are now entering their senior years. As we listen to Lynn and her story we might reflect on other Baby Boomers stories and realise, that while their age is now generally between 65 and 70+ years of age they are still very much active and leaving quite a legacy.

Born in the Melbourne bayside town of Portsea Lynn’s early years consisted of sun, sand and a one-room classroom and she experienced a freedom that previous generations didn’t have, and today’s generation is unable to have.

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Lynn loved music from an early stage of life but was utterly taken by the music of the Beatles and similar groups during that period when Australia was caught in a wave of music coming out of Britain, and as a result enjoyed life in the 60’s to its fullest. By the end of the 1960’s she was working in the music industry, where she met one of Australia’s true Rock & Roll stars – Billy Thorpe. Now as we listen, we understand that at first it was more of a case of Billy being smitten by Lynn than vice versa.


Click to hear Lynn Thorpe – Part 1


Previous LTOV Programs can be accessed clicking on this icon – 

[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]

Hi Jazz-Lovers : JMQ Jazz Thursdays has moved to South Melbourne – starting this Thursday , OCT 5 at 7PM

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Dear Jazz Lovers,

JMQ has moved, starting Thursday, OCT 5.
After a hiatus of many years, the Limerick Arms Hotel  is bringing back JAZZ EVERY THURSDAY at 7PM, 

with delicious meals and drinks all evening too. The John Montesante Quintet will continue its long Thursday tradition of presenting 
the finest Jazz artists from Australia and abroad, for your pleasure. And meat-lovers on Thursdays, Limerick Arms also has a special 
$10 off the steaks. Free onstreet parking after 6pm is an added bonus. 🚗 And Trams 1 and 12 stop at the door too.🚋
All Welcome. Reservations🎶🍷 9645 8666

Limerick Arms Hotel,
364 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne.3205 ( corner Park St)
Phone: 03 9645 8666
Online : admin@limerickarmshotel.com.au
Love to see you there,
John & The Team  🎶🎤🙌

Featured Artist: Oct 5
The JMQ Jazz Ensemble is delighted to welcome back veteran New Zealand born, Australian jazz singer and all-round performer, 
BRIDGET ALLEN, to Jazz Thursdays.With a Maori Princess lineage, Bridget has made a name for herself as a widely admired Jazz singer – 
with many media and jazz club appearances, engagements overseas as well as a vocal coach.. She is part of the echelon of Australia's 
great jazz singers, and we are delighted that she is joining JMQ, opening the Jazz Thursdays at the Limerick Arms on October 5.
She will be backed by a stylish JMQ Jazz Ensemble: Michael Harding (piano), Carlo Alberto Canevali (drums), Barney Loveland (double bass)
 John Montesante( trumpet & flugelhorn) and David Rex (alto sax).

JMQ JAZZ at PHAMISH: This Thursday, SEPT 28, Rod Gilbert – Kings of Swing” – Songs of the Swing Era. 7PM. ALL WELCOME … and then…

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Dear Jazz Lovers,


The JMQ Jazz Ensemble is delighted to welcome back one of Australia’s most talented jazz artists,
ROD GILBERT, to perform 'Kings of Swing' Songs of the Swing Era at Phamish on SEPT 28.
He has previously had sell-out shows at many venues, and is well known is the percussive
world as well.

Known for his percussive and vocal skills, Rod has always been fascinated by the popular jazz
crooners of times past, and this evening will treat you to the tunes of the great Swing artists,
including Dean Martin, Vic Damone, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Mel Tormé, Nat King Cole et al.
If you are a fan of the era, this evening is for YOU. Doors 6.30pm and Showtime 7pm.

Appearing with Rod will be an outstanding line up, including, Ben Robertson, Carlo Alberto Canevali,

Eric Budd, David Allardice and John Montesante.

Doors 6.30pm. Live Jazz 7pm. Delicious Meals and Drinks throughout the evening.

Bookings: 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au   You can dance too!

We look forward to your company for this special night, so come on down!!!!


John & The Guys  🙂

ALL WELCOME!🎤🙌🎺🎹🎶🎻🎷


PS.

This will be the band's last hurrah at Phamish for the time being, so we'd love you to come along
and make it a stellar night! We are very grateful to Phamish Management and Staff for presenting
the band in a marvellous location, which we have loved – and hope you will continue to enjoy the

delicious breakfasts, lunches & dinners, wines and coffee available at Phamish, opposite Luna Park.🍷🍒


JMQ has been offered another venue  closer to town – starting in October – and you will receive an
email this Friday, with all those details .Stay Tuned…

Listen To Older Voices : Ellice Hatfull – Part 3

Ellice Hatfull - Part 3
Ellice Hatfull Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program  
produced by Rob Greaves for Wesley Connect and podcast through the Toorak Times

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

In the final program on the Life & Times of Ellice Hatfull, Ellice reflects over her 98 years and shares the story of the gradual loss of her sight and openly discusses the whole ageing process. She continues to share stories that will make you smile as well as leave you in amazement.

Ellice is a woman totally at peace with herself and as a parting gesture shares with us some of her life’s philosophies, which will sit very comfortably with many listeners.


Click to hear Ellice Hatfull – Part 3

Previous LTOV Programs can be accessed clicking on this icon – 

[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]

THURSDAY JAZZ : Marvellous REBECCA BARNARD at Phamish, SEPT 21 at 7PM with JMQ : And don’t miss ROD GILBERT’s ‘Kings of Swing’ – Songs of the Swing Era on SEPT 28

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Dear Jazz Lovers,

Spring is in the air, and what better artist to delight you at Phamish St Kilda on September 21, than REBECCA BARNARD 
– one of Australia's best!

Do you know this outstanding and versatile, award-winning vocalist and musician, who excels in all genres? Whenever

she performs with JMQ Jazz Ensemble, it is a real treat for the musicians and audience alike.

The name 'Barnard' is well-known in the Australian Music & Jazz scene, as Rebecca's father Len was a jazz drummer and
band-leader, and uncle,  Bob is a highly regarded jazz trumpet stylist. She grew up listening to an eclectic mix of music 
and was exposed to the best. While Rebecca is best know for her stunning versatility as a songwriter and singer, she 
also went back to her Jazz roots with her show, 'Songs My Father Taught Me' and it is those great jazz standards that 
were a soundtrack to her youth.


A marvellous singer, she will share the stage at Phamish with John Montesante (Trumpet & Flugelhorn), 
Steve Paix (piano), Barney Loveland ( double bass) & Carlo Alberto Canevali (drums).


Book your table early on (03) 9534 3800 or info@phamish.com.au
Doors 6:30pm.    Jazz 7pm.
Delicious Meals, Wine, Cocktails and Coffee served all evening.

Listen To Older Voices : Ellice Hatfull – Part 2

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves
for Wesley Mission Victoria and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg.

 

Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principal of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

In the second part of the story of 98-year-old Ellice Hatfull, we follow her story through the years of WWII. These stories include her recall of the buzz bombs and of family air raid shelters. We also learn of the somewhat humorous situation that led to her writing to a young British sailor – Stan Hatfull and how despite her initial reticence to even meet him, she ends up happily marrying him.

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Stan and Ellice on their wedding day


She shares the story of how she and Stan come to migrate to Australia and provides a fascinating insight into life in those migrant camps set up in Melbourne in the early 1950’s. We often talk of living history and Ellice is a prime example.



Click to hear Ellice Hatfull – Part 2


Previous LTOV Programs can be accessed clicking on this icon – 

 

[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]

St Kilda Rocks The Bowlo for SKAC

St Kilda Rocks

Friday 22 September

St Kilda Bowls Club

Doors 7PM

St Kilda has long been a stomping ground for dirty, take no prisoners rock n roll. Long considered the home of underground rock and the place with some of Melbourne’s most iconic venues, St Kilda Rocks continues the legacy of St Kilda’s claim to DIY, grassroots approach to putting on live gigs and getting things done.

Local live music champions Suzi Q Dhol and Mark Entwistle in association with St Kilda Arts Crawl have put together a bill, featuring musicians from St Kilda’s past and present, to showcase what St Kilda sounds like in 2017. It will take place at the St Kilda Bowls Club, a massive supporter of live music in this town. For naysayers that say St Kilda is dead, have a look at this line up.

On the bill are new comers Ghetto Blaster & the Finger Bangers and the Dead Amigos proving rock is still alive and well in St Kilda, punk tribute legends the Peptides featuring iconic names from St Kilda musical past and present, Stackhouse with their cigar box blue collar anthem’s, and internationally recognised The Mercy Kills. This line up as well as the other events as part of the St Kilda Arts Crawl show that live music is still alive in St Kilda and how important the arts and artists are in the community.

St Kilda Rocks is part of the inaugural St Kilda Arts Crawl, a local event promoting the wonderful art of St Kilda and its artists over three days. Lay claim to being a part of history by getting down to the Bolwo or one of the other venues showcasing this incredible event.

Catch St Kilda Rock at the St Kilda Bowls Club on Friday 22 September. Doors 7pm, $10 at the door

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http://stkildaartcrawl.com

Espy Comedy Gala Pop UP Presented By StKilda Comedy Club & SKAC

ST Kilda Comedy Club at Gershwin Room

MC Brad Oakes

Pommy Johnson, Dave O’Neil, Bob Franklin, Elliot Goblet

Chris Wainhouse, Christine Basil, .C J Fortuna, Wayne Deakin and More

Music By
Mark Hugh’s and temple of blues as the St Kilda Comedy House Band


Back in the day

Remember back in the day when the Espy hotel was in full swing?
Back when stand up comedy ruled the Gershwin room every Sunday afternoon.

A glorious mix of new and seasoned comics would strut their stuff in front of a packed enthusiastic crowd.

Back in the day when Hughsey was on the dole, Rove was in a double act with his old mate Duff and Pommy Johnson’s song
Psycho Chicken could be heard bellowing through the sacred hall to an eruption of applause ,the punters getting drunk off laughter alone.

Those were the days. It was a comedy show with a rock’n roll vibe.Espy comedy was the best thing in town.

Imagine if ‘back in the day’ was back tomorrow or more specifically back on Sunday the 24th of September at 3pm.

That’s right the Esplanade Hotel along with the St Kilda Arts Crawl and St Kilda Comedy Club are opening the doors to the Gershwin room For a one off special POP UP event bringing back the glory days of comedy in Melbourne.

Book Now and don’t miss out.

Doors 2PM Show 2.30

Neat Casual Dress

Tickets $25 general admission,
limited seats , first in best seated

24 September at 14:00–18:30

Find Tickets

Ticket information

www.trybooking.com


11 The Esplanade, St KIlda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3182