Juan Tellez is a local Melbournian who originated from the 90’s rave scene in Nelson, New Zealand. Up until a few years ago, Juan was predominantly involved in producing and DJ’ing Jungle and Drum & Bass.
It was upon a few experimentations with 4/4 techno style productions that he made the transition to the current position he holds in techno, the sound of which is exemplified by his mix for Bomphcast.
You can catch Juan playing this Saturday (22nd April) at My Aeon: https://www.facebook.com/events/213469072470979/
Stay in touch and listen to his beats via his links below.
Jim Z (real name James Hilan) is a tributary to the Brisbane underground music scene. His sortie into the world of electronic music begun in 2012, playing a blend of underground 90’s hits and modern house. Since then, Jim’s range of influences has broadened out to include funk & jazz, electro, techno on more recently, breakbeat music. We can say hand on heart that James has crafted his own DJ style which is very evident in his mixer work. He has a fantastic fader and filter control which brings the mix alive. Quickly and effortlessly switching between vinyl selections, it becomes quite clear that Jim Z is a skillful turntablist, someone who’s committed time to his craft, so much so that he’s supported the likes of Terry Farley, Mr. G, Mall Grab, Tama Sumo, Marcellus Pittman, Smallpeople, Francis Inferno Orchestra and others.
Aside from DJ’ing, Jim Z has his own rave-inspired event series called Higher State which focuses on “…providing harder, faster, and more challenging dance sounds to Brisbane’s underground scene”. He also produces house, jungle & down tempo music under different aliases, notably contributing a track to the heavyweight Garage label SNAZZY TRAXX [UK] in 2015.
Just En lives in Göteberg, Sweden and like many music makers from that far north region, has a taste for the bleak and mystical. His Sputnik EP was a treat to listen to and was a strong contributing factor to inviting him on for a Bomphcast. After listening to some of his mixes and hearing that the aesthetic of his production style was maintained in his mixes, we got excited about presenting his sounds to you.
His mix contains only music made by Swedes (except for a Rødhåd) remix and “definitely has a dark and winter vibe, something that is understandable when the daylight hours are so short, and people rarely see the actual sun”.
So ahead of you and including some of Just En’s own productions, is a truely authentic sound from the far north and the embodiment of a polar opposite state of climate.
Just En’s latest EP titled ‘Folds’ is out and can be heard via his soundcloud page.
Fjäder // Nordanvind
Andra Akten / Dasha Rush
Korridor // Northern Electronics
Birds Ov Paradise // Jens Records
Skymn // Hypnus
Evigt Mörker / Array Access
Abdulla Rashim //
offworldcolonies // Under Molnet
Acronym / Irazu
Petter B // Bond
just en // Svårmod Records
Patrick Siech // Parabel
Svreca / Rødhåd
just en // unreleased
Jonsson & Alter / Donato Dozzy // Kontra Musik
Jana Sleep //
Ground Loop, real name Ben Mill, has been ensconced in Melbourne underground music scene for around two decades. The early 90’s saw Ben sneaking into Melbourne’s nightclubs to immerse himself in the rave music of the day. Seeking out more from electronic music, his attention was drawn to techno. The attraction of electronic sounds was enough to grow a keen interest in production, leading Ben to study music at the Victorian University of Technology.
Since the inception of his Ground Loop project, Ben has an impressive catalogue of releases under his belt, with tracks on local labels Gynoid Audio and Southern Lights amongst other. With his tracks being played by the likes of Ben Sims, Truncate, Inigo Kennedy and Dasha Rush, Ground Loop is putting Melbourne on the map as a hot spot for brooding techno.
Gestalt is a budding Melbourne DJ who sounds very promising.
Having had our bush doof senses revitalized last weekend, we think it’s easy to notice it’s influence on Gestalt’s mixes. We’ve always wondered if there’s a Melbourne techno sound, maybe out of ego or a desire to give our city some importance, and maybe the presence of bush doofs are it? There’s definitely something infections about the Australian bush with its eucalyptus trees, fine dirts and shitty beers that demands a certain type of vibe. Perhaps it’s starting to filter into our techno?
In any case, Gestalt’s personal description of his mix is that “it’s a narrative of the dichotomy experienced in the internal world – the ebb and flow between the voices that inform the self”.
I speak for myself when I say that that’s happened to me at mainstage.
Reminder: Bomphcast’s first club event featuring Bomphcaster  Jake McDonald for an extended 3+hour set is on the 9th of Dec. Facebook event here.
Fergus Sweetland commands multiple stations in techno. He produces, DJ’s, plays live techno without checking emails (no computer) in Back Burners and also runs Bomphcast along with Catalyst OP1, the other member of Back Burners.
His lust for introspection in techno music means that his approach to DJ’ing is bent on surgical precision in order to access the deep dark spaces in psychology.
He’s regularly in support of well known acts, playing between Melbourne and Sydney as well as Strawberry Fields and is signed to Stoney Roads.
This mix is his offering to the pool of music we’ve so far requested from the techno-verse, we both hope you enjoy.
Harold is one alias of this local Melbourne DJ. His sound, as you will hear, is quite unique sporting inflections of 80’s synth lines, Detroit techno and modern house flavours all meeting in a satisfying and quirky way.
He’s currently out of town for the Cutting Room Ep tour, so keep posted via the Steeplejack Facebook page below for their gigs in various cities. When in Melbourne, he runs the club night, ¿Club D’érange? and also heads Steeplejack, essentially a label, but should also be considered a resource as that crew are putting out some very interesting and genre developing sounds.
So if you’re in Melbourne and wanting to hear these kinds of sounds, often with support of solid modular performances and straight up techno, keep a look out for the next ¿Club D’érange? night because that’s where it’s happening.
Hydergine, real name Roberto Corizzo, is an Italian DJ and producer who’s name takes cues from a “smart drug used to improve the metabolism of brain cells and cognitive abilities”. He takes interest in the cognitive functions of the brain and with his music aims to ensnare the listener into a comfortable state of meditative immersion. The choices of spectral content, tempo, groove and progression are therefore selected in line with this goal. As a result, Hydergine offers up soft, squishy and dubby atmospheres that reinvigorate our appreciation that Techno does not always need to be aggressive and confrontational.
Other than his Hydergine project, Roberto is owner of the Ranges label and co-owner of the Subosc Label in part with another Bomphcastian, Kaelan.
Breaking into the double digits of Bomphcast’s hall of techno is the vinyl junkie, Jordan Peters.
Initially Jordan began with DJing, finding an affinity with vinyl, but he now indulges producing as well. This upbringing behind the decks has inset a strong sense of what makes a great track and this influence can be heard in his productions.
As a DJ, he’s supported Marcel Dettmann, Truncate, Jonas Kopp and Ø [Phase] as well as playing at the Subsonic Music Festival. He also hosts parties in Sydney via his event organization called Anomaly Events.
You run a series of parties in Sydney called Anomaly. What’s the concept behind Anomaly and what do you think these parties bring to the table that is unique in Sydney?
Anomaly was started with my mate Gareth Psaltis originally as a space for our friends to play, and evolved into a series of parties touring some of our favourite artists. I guess a unique element of Anomaly could be the sound you can hear at our parties – the main musical style is deep and trippy, where you can get lost in the music on the dancefloor. I’ve definitely found myself completely lost in the music at our parties seeing artists such as Rabih Beaini blending Gregorian chants, middle eastern vibes and pounding techno, or seeing Dino Sabatini transport a whole warehouse to somewhere deep in space with his multi-layered psychedelic techno.
What made you decide it was the right time to start running parties around the city? What have you learnt from putting these parties on?
Our first parties were illegal raves in forests on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, the logistics were crazy and after a big party got shut down early into the night we transitioned into predominantly club gigs in the city. After putting on parties in a number of different venues and spaces, you learn how all of the different elements of a night combine to make the party – location, sound, lights, visuals, artists running order, they’re all important elements to consider in creating the right flow and vibe for a night.
Where do you see Anomaly in a few years time and what have you got planned for the immediate future?
Anomaly will keep touring artists we love and bringing new faces to Australia. We’re working on some parties for the remainder of the year, nothing has been announced yet so keep your ears to the ground (aka www.facebook.com/AnomalyEvents).
What is your take on the techno scene in Sydney and how have the lock out laws affected it? Is there something that gets under your skin about the music scene in the city?
The lock out laws have affected not just techno, but every music scene in Sydney. The positive from this is there are enough passionate promoters / DJs / producers / punters that will continue bringing the music. I think whatever government restrictions are imposed there will always be a way around it to keep the music going; start parties earlier, move outside the lockout zones, find new spaces… We can hope the lockout laws will be abolished, but for now there are still great techno parties week in and out.