Biz is one of Australia’s pioneer techno DJs and producers, having worked with musicians such as Juan Atkins, Richie Hawtin, Aphex Twin and Sven Vath.
As a producer Biz has released over 20 records worldwide thru UK and European distributors, and has remixed Green Velvet’s La La Land for Ministry of Sound.
Currently Biz is concentrating intently on production and has a vinyl distribution deal with Crosstalk in Chicago.
He also has an album coming out on Orlando Voorn’s Night Vision label, with remixes by Orlando himself.
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 //
Craig McWhinney (Alias: Vohkinne) brings to you the direct taste that he’s pushing in Melbourne at the moment in the form of a recording from a Bunker Music event in October.
He’s a seasoned Melbournian techno DJ and producer with releases on Brendon Moeller’s Steadfast label, Melbourne’s Haul Music and his own Atrophic Society label.
Our last reminder for tomorrow night’s first Bomphcast party. $5 entry – Free shot upon arrival – $3 pots till 12 and extended 3-4 hour set by Jake McDonald . Get around it.
Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/249928612076357/
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.
Svarog hails from Ukraine and brings with him hypnotic and dark sound. His latest release, the Hypnotic Eye EP, is a presentation of dark ambiances with inflections of trance styled etherial harmonies and resonant delayed percussive synths. This vibe is in keeping with his love of ancient mythology, from which is name spawned. If the Ents from Lord Of The Rings had to stomp around to one flavour of techno, it would probably be this.
His mix for Bomphcast continues in this vein. It incorporates spacial soundscapes and atmospheres coupled with thumping low end grooves. This kind of music is the type that puts your in an introspective trance.
Dave Stuart is a humble man who has fallen into a professional DJ and booking agent life through sheer enjoyment of electronic music. This quote from his RA profile is all the info you need for his Bomphcast: “The music I play is the music I love, pure & simple, I play from the heart…I strive to find the most beautiful deep melodic house & techno for my DJ sets, sometimes driving, sometimes deep & dubby”.
As well as being very well known in the Australian scene, Dave has also played the European MOXXOM festival in Dresden and in multiple Berlin haunts such as Tresor, Golden Gate and Chalet.
His booking agent side sees him curating the regular club night Something Else at the Burdekin in Sydney where many prolific DJ’s have made appearances thanks to him.
Tomo Hachiga calls himself a “dark minimalist” and focuses his sound on the dark side of industrial dance music, something that is less heard of from Japanese producers.
Based in Tokyo, Hachiga’s been involved with music since 1997. He learn’t his skill set in a music studio environment and since his DJ debut in 1998, he has pleased large crowds all around the nation of Japan. The natural progression following this for Hachiga was to start organising events around Tokyo, the results being the birth of Fusion in 2003 and in 2008, No Borders, which was held in one of Tokyo’s legendary clubs, Warehouse 702.
Aside from DJ’ing and event promotion, Hachiga has been active in the studio, having released a vast catalogue of music since 2011 on labels such as Darknet, Hypnotic Room, Mental Records and more.
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.
PWD (Public Works Department) is a regular name in Melbourne and for good reason. His surgical approach to blending tracks along with a very calm demeanor allow for his mixes to flow very nicely as you will bare witness to with his Bompchast.
If you’re wanting to catch PWD in a proper aural environment, you can him at Tresor’s 25th Anniversary show in Melbourne (if you can get a resale ticket) or at Technoir’s Queens Birthday Eve event.
We’re always proud to present hand selected techno music. But this is a double whammy. Not only is ACM a local Melbourne musician, but he also plays live using analogue hardware and no computer.
He originally begun as a DJ (and still does when booked to do so), but transitioned to a hybrid DJ/Live setup after seeing the way Jeff Mills performed in 2013. Since then, he’s gone down the full analogue path for his live sets.
We normally request mixes/recordings to be done exclusively for this podcast, but with the amount of recent articles downplaying the effectiveness of live techno, we are compelled to offer a solid counter argument.
As alluded to above, this is a recording of ACM’s set at Revolver Upstairs on the 13th of March.
If you like what you hear ACM has upcoming gigs at Revolver Upstairs, The Mercat Basement and The Substation.
A run down of his setup is quoted here from his interview on whonosmusic.com:
“The heart of my live show at the moment is the Arturia Beatstep Pro – this is the main sequencer for everything. For drums I use a Vermona DRM1 and an MFB 522. The majority of my bass lines come from the Moog Slim Phatty but I like to take the Korg Volca Bass and Mochika as back up. For arpeggios, pads, leads and all sorts of other whacky stuff I use my Roland System 1 and Korg MS2000r. I’ve also got a Kaosspad in my setup for its variety of delays and reverbs. That’s everything at the moment.”
Mix mastered by D-REX.
Trinity is a Sydney local who performs as a live act as well as DJ’s. She runs her own night called 4our and is a regular in the circuit of Berlin and greater Germany playing at venues such as Harry Klein, Studio R and Tresor.
Her style resides primarily within a circle made up of Detroit techno, minimal, house and ambient music. This mix is a blend between ambient and down tempo techno, a tasty combination. Make sure to hit up her website to check out her latest news such as her upcoming vinyl release on Coincidence Records, titled Orchard.
Chiara Kickdrum is a composer and DJ from Torino, Italy – now residing in Melbourne, Australia – who begun her musical life with classical piano lessons. After moving to Melbourne, her musical tastes shifted more towards electronic music, which has in turn brought her to the Techno shores and to your ears today by means of this Bomphcast.
While it could be said she’s most musically active in the techno realm at the moment, Chiara has also made music of art installation’s, TV advertisements and film through her work at Electric Dreams in Melbourne. These can all be heard as well as information of upcoming gigs and past/future techno releases on her website below.
For more insight into Chiara, you can read her Q&A with Thump from 2014 here.
Hidden identities and non-existent internet presence will either aid or hinder a producer. This is because the music becomes the one offering that’s relied upon to bring audiences back, instead of being assisted by overactive social media feeds pluging gig and mix announcements. Don Blaster is an example of someone who’s from the anonymity path and doing it well.
He comes from the Melbourne based duo, Back Burners, who are predominantly a live act and production team. However, he also has a lust for spinning tunes. If you were to only know Don Blaster from the Back Burners operation, you wouldn’t pick that he’s not only a slayer of the TR-8, but also a heat bringer behind the decks as you will hear with this two hour mix.
Don Blaster can only be reached through Back Burners.
Auster – Cosmin TRG
Don’t Stop No Sleep – Radio Slave
Track 2 – Kaelan
Trow (Sterac Remix) – Maan
Sc1 – Rumah & Progression
Silenced Part 2 – Mark Broom
Chicken Understood (Truncate Remix) – Heiko Laux & Diego Hostettler
Contrane – Emmanuel
Presence – Tadeo
Untitled – Back Burners
Untitled – Back Burners
Untitled – Back Burners
Untitled – Back Burners
Untitled – Back Burners
Motion The Dance – Untold
Pad Mode – Truncate
Camberwell – Elyas
Discharge – S100
Untitled – Back Burners
Matrix 1.1 – IXM
Plain – Marcel Dettmann
Vultura – DNGLS
Phloem – Back Burners
Untitled – Back Burners
No Exit – Planetary Assault Systems
Pericycle – Back Burners
SCTR – Regal
Mentally Induced Action – Oscar Mulero
Lidya Birkett – Ryan James Ford
Odeon – Function
Untitled – Back Burners
Primary Xylem – Back Burners
MR2 – NX1
The pace slows down a little this fortnight, but the vibe remains high with a selection of premium tracks expertly stitched together.
Advanced Human began his career in the early 90’s during the rave era in Australia under the name of DJ Hi-Shock. Now, he focuses more on producing and running his label, Elektrax.
Head to the artists page of the Elektrax website and feast on the massive amount of names. It’s an immediate beginning to discovering many new sounds from all over the world.
Reminds me a lot of ubu.com, essentially a data base for weird stuff (and sometimes not so weird).
This is a definite mix to download for car trips where you don’t want to be going 100km/hour. So maybe flick over to it when you’re driving through school zones.
Jordan Louis – Binkie’s Jam
Tarbeat – Synoptic
Coeter – 98
SERi – Unknown Pressure 1
Mattias Fridell – Bengal
Advanced Human – Charisma
Tarbeat – Winter Noise
Pjotr G & Dubiosity – Closure
Antonio De Angelis – Singular Dream
Coeter – 148
Tarbeat – Synoptic (JC Laurent Remix)
Salvador Roibon – Master of Distraction
Micol Danieli – Disclosure
Pjotr G & Dubiosity – Anxiety
JC Laurent – Mighty Wind
Pjotr G & Dubiosity – The Fixer (Mary Velo Remix)
Lateral is a Melbourne local who steps away from the rhythmic conventions of straight 4/4 kick drums. Something which is heard less and less as Techno evolves.
On top of producing top quality tracks, he is a proficient DJ and has many mixes online to treat your ears to.
Make sure to check out his latest EP here named Piece By Piece. He’s very active on Facebook and Twitter, uploading little snippets and video’s of work in progress.
As well as this, his label’s website is also a great place to go for news, releases as well as more quality techno. D-REX our 9th Bomphcaster is also represented there.
Do you feel like there’s a trend in any particular direction in terms of the sound of Techno
coming out of Melbourne?
Melbourne seems to have a few varied sections of the techno sound within different
groups of people pushing and promoting their style of techno. I have been to many
events that range from the more house based techno all the way to the crazy, “sizzled”
sounds as ranked on the “Bomph meter.”
In terms of “direction” I cannot be too sure myself. It definitely seems to be dependent on
which style of techno you are into. People see techno as an expression. So the guys and
girls that throw these parties usually have a direction that they want to go down, which
isn’t necessarily the same direction another crew would go with. I guess what I’m trying
to say is that there are so many different branches and subgenres of Techno that there
can’t really be a “trend.” I tend to think that techno lovers see themselves as more
individualist rather than trend follower… but hey… I could be wrong 😉
What are a few favorite tools of yours for production?
Lately it has been some steady use of parallel distortion/compression through
send/returns. But not just using it as a clean method to make tracks shine… instead, i
push the distortion plugs or compressors to their limits and dial small amounts back into
the original track. I don’t think i’ve created a track without it in the last year or so. Many
articles on the web will give readers an insight on the particulars of said method.
Other than that, the tools are just a few new synths and drum machines. The new analog
Rytm by Elektron is beautiful. The same goes for the Sub 37 by Moog. These two
machines can push some crazy sounds. I think I will be using them a lot in upcoming
Do you have any favorite venues?
My Aeon for the “Machine” nights which run once a month (usually last weekend of the
month). Andrew TIll and Simon Slieker are the nicest guys in my world of techno. They
are not only good blokes, but are extremely professional and always keep the quality of
their events as high as possible. I don’t think i’ve ever been let down there with the
The Italian peninsula is known for its output of powerful, atmospheric and emotive techno, and Luigi Tozzi is just one supreme example of this type of sound. Hailing from Rome, Tozzi is a young producer and DJ who’s influenced by the deep and atmospheric sounds that are coming from the capital city and whose contributions to techno have piqued the interests of Edit Select, Claudio PRC and Deepbass; producers who Tozzi has featured with on the Outis Music imprint. Tozzi has also released on Dynamic Reflection and swedish label Hypnus Records.
We really enjoy the vibe of this mix, as it takes you on a deeply introspective journey of the mind while allowing yourself to feel like you’re floating out in the cosmos.
There is no Q&A this round as Tozzie would like “the music to do the talking”. And it does it well.
Kris Wadsworth is a name synonymous with original sounding techno, in both meanings of the word. Growing up and absorbing the electronic music culture in Detroit set Kris on a path that would lead him to becoming one of the Techno Titans of our generation, a stature consolidated by his recent signing to Jimmy Edgar’s Ultramajic label.
Kris is strictly a vinyl only DJ because, as he says in his interview with Bomphcast (below), he sees “vinyl as the cornerstone of [techno] music’s identity”. We at Bomphcast couldn’t agree more. Vinyl DJ’s will by default consistently bring a party with deeper dimensions, as the skill involved in mixing records commemorates the DJ’s appreciation for the music and therefore the appreciation of a heaving crowd. His sets are no different.
Read more of the insightful and wide spanning interview below the mix.
I first heard your record Uranus 333b from an Andy Hart podcast for Heist Recordings and it blew me away. Immediately after I had a listen to the other works of URANUS and began to wonder if there was an overarching direction/concept that the tracks were following and are to follow? Is this label a constant stream of consciousness and the tracks resulting from it? Or do you selectively produce and pick tracks to be on this label?
If you look into the astrological meaning of the planet Uranus, you may notice similarities in some of the things I have done with the label. Uranus inflicted a generational influence on human beings here on Earth. While my little label is not remotely as significant, the planet’s influence is without question. URANUS tracks are places I travel inwardly, where I really touch a nerve, which hopefully translates to others through the music outwardly. That is the feeling. It feels right or it does not. Only I know and I cannot describe it.
Also, it is strictly vinyl-only because I am still a vinyl-only DJ. Culturally, as a DJ and producer of electronic music for over 16 years, I see vinyl as the cornerstone of this music’s identity. Without vinyl records, there would be no model for CDJs, there would be no USB technology, and the acronym “DJ,” by definition, would not exist. It is the master medium for this music and always will be.
Aside from URANUS, you have a second record label called BREED. What differentiates the two labels from one another?
I think it’s important to release other people’s music. So after releasing my own music on URANUS without any association with nearly any other label for a period of years, I wanted to perhaps “give back,” and take on the responsibility many others have with my music in the past. URANUS is me. BREED is where I release stuff from people I know and will more than likely release specific things of my own.
Also, I recently signed with one of my oldest friends, Jimmy Edgar, for his label Ultramajic.
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.
Bulaklak is a producer/DJ from Naples, Italy sporting the most labels to his name than we’ve ever seen. Comade Music, Consumed Records, Deepperfect Records, DTD Records, Frequenza Records, Hypnotic Frames Records, Hysterical, Kinetika Records, Little Helpers, Monique Musique, Moveubabe Records, Natura Viva, SUB Records and Theatre Records = 14.
He specializes in dark minimal techno with a natural focus on simplicity and quality. His mix is just this, but with a lingering sense of darkness being provided via spoken word samples.
His recent ventures include his Curly EP, a 21’st spot on Beatport’s Top 100 minimal tracks as well as heaps of remixes and original releases.
Sly Faux is a hybrid DJ/live sleuth. Using MIDI controllers, samplers and Live, Sly Faux develops interesting and effective progressions with an element of groove that is quite tasty.
His Soundcloud is very active with his own releases, reposts and has recently seen the revitalization of his very own fortnightly podcast titled ‘On The Sly’.
Sly Faux is currently signed to Gain Records, Rhythm Converted and One4SevenOne Records with forthcoming releases to be anticipated.
His ‘Doves’ EP charted in the top 20 of Beatport’s Techno Chart and ‘Dancing Wasps’ hit number 4 on DJTunes Techno Top 100, so these new releases will be something to look out for.
To keep updated on his operation head to these places:
The second edition of Bomphcast is garnished with the delectable sounds of Kaelan.
The Italian describes his sound as “functional techno with hits of soul”, a focus that clearly presents itself in this mix. The mix itself is a testament to his ability in laying out quality rhythms, effective progressions and moments of pure destruction.
Kaelan takes influence from Detroit techno artists, and by adding his own flavours and colours creates a top notch journey through the corridors of Techno.
The Italian influence in Techno is something we’re very fond of, so its our pleasure to be able to represent that sound through Kaelan’s podcast. He has embodied his own unique style and mixing ability into his podcast, confirming that Italy has much to offer by the way of Techno music.
Check out Kaelan’s Soundcloud for more.
• Tim Baker – New Life Form
• James Ruskin – Solex (jet mix)
• Marco Zenker – Splifer
• Echoplex – Invasion
• Lee Holman – The Outsider
• Silent Servant – El Salvaje
• 2000 And One – Ethics
• G-Man – Zippy
• Pacou – Dx
• Substance & Vainqueur – Emerge (British Murder Boys Remix 1)
• Kalon – Man Is The Superior Animal (Function Edit)
• Marcelus – Enlightenment
• Gas – Pop #3