Ministry of Sound Australia's A&R/head honcho Jeff Drake took to Reddit to offer a behind the scenes look into the role of an A&R, as well as providing secrets, tips and feedback to aspiring producers. As the head of Artists & Repertoire (A&R) for Ministry of Sound Australia, Jeff has been heavily involved with the releases of over 10 Gold, Platinum, or multi-platinum selling records in the last 18 months, including Timmy Trumpet & Savage's 5x Platinum hit Freaks. Founder and director of Canberra's Foreshore festival, Jeff has toured some of the biggest artists in the world from Above & Beyond, Calvin Harris and Major Lazer, to The Temper Trap, Empire of The Sun and Gotye. Here's what we learnt:
It can very easily be said of Baltimore-born but globally-influential hip-house rapper Spank Rock that he inspired a generation to free their minds so their asses could follow.Produced by Boys Noize and Kid Kamillion, Spank's latest single Gully, is a massive ghetto house stomper.One of underground music's most beloved MCs is back at it again, same as he ever was, just as explosive as ever before. The "electro and dirty rap auteur" (New York Times) has been building buzz this past year for an intense dose of club and festival-ready rap. Gully is the result of Spank Rock's faced paced rap with a combination of techno firepower. Spank Rock has a reputation as a connoisseur of the most cutting-edge trends in hip hop and dance and 'Gully' is no different.'Gully' is OUT NOW on iTunes
From the Melbourne underground to the world – Ministry of Sound presents Bounce Sessions 2, a two-disc compilation mixed by masters of the genre, Chardy & JDG. The compilation is all killer - no filler, and features the likes of Uberjak'd, Joel Fletcher, Will Sparks, Timmy Trumpet and Firebeatz. The mammoth Bounce Sessions compilation returns bigger and better for it's second instalment and offered nothing but the biggest bounce tracks that the world has to offer. As picked by the staff at MoS HQ, follow along as we tease you with '5 Tracks to Prepare Yourself For Bounce Sessions 2'.5. Uberjak'd & Reece Low – BLTRHot off the press. Uberjak'd and Reece Low's collaboration is nothing short of a BLTR. Just in time for their North American tour, Bounce Sessions 2 is the first chance to grab one of the biggest bounce tracks of the year. The track combines Reece's bold drums and Uber's gargantuan synthwork, the end product is a hurricane of energy that'll devastate dance floors & festivals stages all over.
Bounce Sessions is back, locked and loaded with some of the biggest bounce tunes of the year. Mixed by Chardy & JDG, the 2-disc compilation features the biggest tracks from Showtek, Will Sparks, Timmy Trumpet, Uberjak'd, SCNDL and Mashd N Kutcher. Bounce Sessions Vol. 2 is out this Friday! In celebration of the release of Bounce Sessions Vol. 2 mixed by Chardy & JDG, we have 10 copies to give away. Simply fill out the form below. Best of luck. Entries close midnight Sunday March 29, 2015.
The newly established, camping festival Marmalade Skies is back and rescheduled to hit Goulburn on April 10th - 12th. The boutique festival is the result of a successful crowd-funder campaign that raised $5,000 on top of its initial goal of $15,000. Backed by supporters and the local council, Marmalade Skies will be kicking off with a bunch of our friends on the lineup. Acaddamy, Flamingo, Kilter, Luke Million and Godwolf will all be hitting the stage amongst some of the hottest rising talent that Australia has to offer. Add the incredible landscape of Goulburn, good vibes and a crowd that's up for a good time and you have one of the best boutique festivals that Australia has to offer.
Mixing influences from Jersey Club, Future Beats and Garage, Mikey Perry crafted a style which is undeniably his own but could sit at home amongst any of his musical idols like Cashmere Cat and Ta-Ku, and gained awareness through his Hottest 100 single with Tkay Maidza, Switch Lanes. With the added valour of Perth-based singer Kuĉka, Nothing's Forever is an electronic power ballad catapulted onto the dancefloor by Paces' truly unique production. If you're not yet across the work of Kuĉka, you're in for a treat. Praised by Rolling Stone and flagged as an Artist to Watch in 2015 by triple j Unearthed Music Director Dave Ruby Howe, Kuĉka (pronounced Coo-ch-ka) brings perfect complements to Nothing's Forever.
Showtek is back and they've brought with them the days of fluro unitards and Jelly Bandz. Their new track 90s by Nature (feat. MC. Ambush) combines everything we love about the 90s, including that high energy dance beat that will make you wish it was the good-old days again.
This installment of On The Download is mixed by up-and-comer, Jesabel, featuring the best EDM tracks so far this year from Joel Fletcher, Tiga, Peking Duk, Yolanda Be Cool + LOADS more!This is 18 tracks of pure, unadulterated dance music, concluded with an hour long mix for non-stop party vibes.
Borgeous & Shaun Frank team up with vocalist Delaney Jane to bring you This Could Be Love. A masterful house effort boasting awesome melodies, wonderful production and smashing layered vocals. This makes you wanna dance 'til sunrise.US DJ and producer Borgeous had a massive worldwide hit last year with Tsunami (Jump) – a collaboration with DVBBS and Tinie Tempah that reached platinum sales in Australia and went to #1 in 15 countries. This Could Be Love has already been supported by A-List DJs such as Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens and Dillon Francis.
Born and raised in Melbourne - the prodigal son of the underground dance music has come to earn widespread praise and an impressive reputation for his work in the music industry as DJ and producer alike.From beginning to DJ at the age of 14, achieving his first club residency by the age of 16 to hitting 100k fans on Facebook and being voted #3 in the inthemix Australia Top 50 awards in 2014 coming from #19 in 2013 - the rise to the top has been quick and occurred early.Through his large library of releases through labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Ones To Watch and many more, the Melbourne Bounce Superstar, Joel Fletcher has been hard at work in recent times, releasing some of his best yet.In 2014 alone, Joel released the triple platinum, chart topping record with Savage - Swing - a tune that was added to the airwaves of every major radio network around the country and achieved him a nomination for the 2014 ARIA’s ‘Song of the Year.’In conjunction with the success of Swing, Bring It Back, a collaboration with Will Sparks reached double platinum sales in Australia and his original Loco with Seany B hit gold selling status and additional commercial radio success.His infamous remix of Latch - a track still to be released has received the most support yet – having been played on the Tomorrowland mainstage by Hardwell and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, as well as receiving added support from Will Sparks, R3HAB, DVBBS, Bingo Players, Tommie Sunshine, Laidback Luke, Ubjerak’d and Danny Avila – just to name a few.Amidst his hectic touring schedule and studio time working with a range of internationally renowned artists, Joel has spent the thick of the last twelve months touring North America, Canada, Asia and Europe - spreading his trademark sound across the globe.Joel's career looks promising as his discography of releases continues to rapidly expand and his weeks continue being filled with bookings from the world’s biggest nightclubs and most prestigious festivals.
Mikey Perry, aka Paces, stormed through 2014 with two massive Australian and New Zealand tours in support of singles 'Julian' and 'Can't Touch Me' including a performance on the main stage at Splendour In The Grass Festival in Byron Bay. His year culminated in his first official release through new label etcetc for his 'On My Mind' EP with a comprehensive twelve date national tour.This year couldn't have started any better for Paces, having a track he worked on with Adelaide rapper Tkay Maidza, 'Switch Lanes' making it into triple j's Hottest 100 at the coveted number 100 spot. Now Paces is quick to follow it up with his new single 'Nothing's Forever' which features vocals from Perth singer Kučka who was triple j's unearthed feature artist in July last year. Having already received solid support from radio with a triple j premiere on 2015 with Richard Kingsmill and being named single of the week on New Zealand's George FM 'Nothing's Forever' is set to take Paces profile to the ultimate swag level.
Riding at the forefront of the new wave of electronic producers coming out of Australia is Kilter. The young Sydney-based producer's tropically-infused, percussion-laden beats have seen a loyal fan base build among punters, peers and industry types alike.Kilter's infectious and atmospheric sounds have been driving people to the dance floor, but it is his live show that keeps them dancing and sets the electronic whiz kid apart. With an MPC, synths, microKorg and drum pad in tow, his show is a live manifestation that speaks volumes for Kilter as not just a skilled producer, but also as a talented musician. Be it engaging small sweaty clubs or sprawling festival fields, Ned has become a seasoned performer in his short career. His percussion-infused pulse is perfectly mirrored by his kinetic energy and enthusiasm, pushing him to the front of the pack of new artists creating and developing the Australian movement.2014 has already seen Kilter hit the road supporting RÜFÜS, The Kite String Tangle and Art vs Science, plus coveted festival appearances at Splendour in the Grass, the national tour for Listen Out, Field Day and the Big Day Out, and he followed this up with a national 28 date headline tour around his upcoming 'Shades' EP this July.With his latest single They Say getting love across the board at triple j, Kilter's sophomore EP 'Shades' is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated releases this year. With feature artists like Citizen Kay, Ev Jones and Ngaiire on board, 'Shades' is set to cement Kilter's place as one of the most exciting electronic producers coming out of Australia. The EP is also an all-Australian affair, from the feature artists to the specially created artwork from Melbourne artist, Kate Shaw.Constructing rich soundscapes and crafting remixes for Duke Dumont, London Grammar, Ben Pearce, RÜFÜS, Andy Bull, Shapeshifter, Snakadaktal and MØ, Kilter infuses each track with deft precision; be it summer vibes courtesy of bouncing steel drums, nods to his hip-hop influences or pounding militaristic drumbeats. These remixes, and his debut EP 'Hold Me', have seen Kilter gain traction from the blogosphere and industry, nailing top spots on Hypemachine (two #1s and a #3), while also securing positions on Spotify's 'Spotlight on 2014', Hillydilly's 'Best Remixes of 2013' and inthemix's 'New Breed of Producers To Watch' lists. He has also garnered attention from the likes of BBC Radio 1's B. Traits, Toddla T, and EDM stalwarts like M.A.N.D.Y and X-Press 2. With his 6-track 'Shades' EP dropping via etcetc this July, plus a constant string of live shows around Australia, Kilter is one name that's reverberating across the country for good reason.
If time has taught us one thing, it is that Melbourne duo SCNDL deals in consistent dance floor destruction – no apologies or vowels required.The creative union of Tom Grant and Adam Amuso, SCNDL’s bouncy yet highly-tuned peak time tendencies have made them a breakout force to be reckoned with on the global dance music radar in 2014. By the time their sophomore hit Gypsy had scaled the Beatport electro house top 15 and put them in the good books with the likes of Porter Robinson and Dada Life, SCNDL were one of the definitive stories of ascension to emerge from Melbourne, Australia, ground zero for the eponymous Melbourne Bounce contagion that’s caused a revolution in Australian clubland and is now legitimately airbourne and spreading virus-like on a planetary level.A remix for breakout US star MAKJ’s Hold Up saw the duo infect the Beatport Electro House top 20 once again, immediately leading to them being placed on watch lists with some of EDM’s sharpest tastemakers.Bleed with fellow Aussie Timmy Trumpet emerged on North American imprint Monstercat in 2013, scaling the heights of the Beatport main chart (where it peaked at 12), and conclusively establishing their scientifically-engineered bass lines at world best practice level. With support accumulating from the likes of Tommy Trash, Chuckie, TJR, Tocadisco, Lazy Rich, Henry Fong and MAKJ, the duo ended 2013 with DJs and dance junkies alike craving their refined club getup amid a sustained international bounce blitzkrieg that’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.So much so, gargantuan pop name Flo Rida came knocking, the result a re-imagining of his single How I Feel as a driving Melbourne Bounce juggernaut which is bound to signal their arrival on the world stage with a definitive sonic boom.Meanwhile back on home soil the duo simultaneously held down three spots in the ARIA club chart top 10, confirming their ability to dominate the club landscape on the home front while engaged in expeditionary assaults further afield offshore. In 2014, the word at camp SCNDL remains affirmative action on a global scale, with iconic club mega brand Pacha inviting them to curate their own regular night at their burgeoning Sydney outpost and designing a large-scale mega production uniquely around them. There’ll also be an incoming single release with Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Music imprint, new single 40 Thieves, an appearance at the Juicy Beach Party for WMC 2014 and a rumoured European and UK release for Bleed.This is the unapologetic face of low-end favoring dance music. Hold the vowels, take the plunge and prepare for the hell-borne sound of Melbourne.
Adam Dyment, aka Duke Dumont, surfaced in 2006 with a buzzing, whip-cracking remix of Mekon's Yes Yes Y'All. The London, England-based producer and DJ, inspired by "fidget house" figure Switch (M.I.A., Major Lazer), continued to increase his exposure through remixes for the likes of Late of the Pier (Bathroom Gurgle), Bat for Lashes (Daniel), and Lily Allen (The Fear) prior to releasing his first DJ mix album, Fabriclive 51, in 2010. Dyment continued to be in demand as a remix producer — in 2012 alone, he handled tracks by Bonobo, Santigold, and AlunaGeorge, among others — but he also produced a hit of his own in March 2013 with Need U (100%). Co-produced by Futtize and featuring vocals from A*M*E, the track, reminiscent of early-'90s crossover house, topped the U.K. pop chart. One year on, in March 2014, Dyment hit the U.K. number one spot once again, this time with the Whitney Houston-sampling track, I Got U.
The Clubbers Guide To 2015 tour has kicked off in style with Glover and Krunk! currently powering through a massive tour around Australia. Locked and loaded with some of the biggest tracks in the world, the guys are half way through playing an incredible 21 shows over the 3 month period. From Sydney to Perth, via Alice Springs and Launceston, you can expect nothing less than a wild party right across Australia. Glover and Krunk! are two of the most in demand Australian DJs who have had an incredible year in 2014 and are successfully placed at the forefront of Australian dance music. Glover unleashes his upfront cut of international dance music through an ever-mutating synthesis of big room, electro, tech and progressive house infused with grooves that can only be defined by himself. His debut single Faces has been a charting success both on Beatport and the ARIA Charts.
Representing the freshness and solidifying himself as a generator of vibes, Tom Piper continues to make the best kind of trouble in dance music. No stranger to chilling at the top of the charts, remixing dance music royalty and causing united dance floor freak outs; this young man is the real deal. Having recently toured Asia and Europe, Tom is back with a bang. Not only releasing his latest track You Don't Know, but also announcing the Vibe Machine Tour, featuring some crazy pyrotechnics from his Robot Overlord. If you don't know what we mean, watch the video below. Taking on a over 11 tour dates into the new year, you can say Piper's live show is about to get heated.
After the release of one of the most talked about songs in 2014, legendary techno hitmaker Tiga is back on Australian shores with his Bugatti Down Under tour. Motorik & Soapbox Events have teamed up to throw the day rave of all day rave's at Sydney's Chinese Laundry.Tiga topped the ARIA Club Charts, received stacks of airplay on triple j and even received the mesmerizing music video treatment. Bugatti is the result of a staccato kick-snare rhythm, a robo-funk synth line, a futuristic pad, a detuned ride, a cheeky vocal hook and a one-note acid line that brings it all together.
Melbourne dance duo SCNDL are set to take over a club near you on the national Club MTV tour. Kicking off in January 2015, Tom and Adam, will take to the decks to play at clubs in the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Cairns. The pair have successfully held three spots in the ARIA Club Chart Top 10 and are not only excited to be one of the biggest Aussie dance breakout artists, but to be teaming up with MTV to bring you your EDM fix."The fact that MTV are willing to put faith in us and believe in us as a brand to help launch something as prestigious as Club MTV is really, really exciting," Tom told MTV. "We're really humbled by it."I think Australia needs something like this and I think it's going to do really well," he continued. Fans can expect a bunch of new material from the boys as well as some old faithfuls to keep the crowds entertained. SCNDL aren't about just playing "a straight top ten Beatport set" either, instead they're all about experimenting with genres.
Italian mash-up duo DJs From Mars are invading Australia for a national club tour. DJs From Mars have gained astronomical attention due to their mash-ups and bootlegs that have made its way into the festival circuits and onto the regularly played tracks by festival headliners.Having been making remixes and mash-ups since 2004, they gained a reputation rapidly after working with artists such as Sean Paul, Pitbull, Yves Larock, Fragma, Ciara and Coolio. Currently holding a DJ residency at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Café, the box –headed aliens can bring a party wherever they land. Hitting all corners of Australia, DJs From Mars will be taking on 6 massive shows across the country in February.