Category: Music

D J – M I T S U – T H E – B E A T S

 

The Red Bull Music Academy (RMBA) takes its Club Night series around the country once again this September with Japan’s DJ Mitsu The Beats kicking off the event. Repped by the Jazzy Sport crew out of Tokyo, the host city for this year’s RBMA takeover, DJ Mitsu brings over a decade of experience and a command of hip-hop and house grooves down under. We had the privilege of chatting to him about all things beats, collaborations and the RBMA.

 

You’ve probably been asked this question a million times, but for your Australian fans can you tell us where the name DJ Mitsu the Beats comes from?

It was inspired by another DJ that I liked that went by the name ‘DJ Mitsu’ and I thought my mission was making good beats so I added ‘the Beats’.

 

Where in Japan are you from and how long have you been DJing?

I’m originally from the city called Asahikawa in Hokkaido Pref. And I’ve been DJing for 20 years or so.

 

What was it about DJing and beat making that sparked your interest?

I saw a DJ battle on TV and from there I started practicing scratch and tricks everyday. I just love experimenting with different beats and pushing music in new and exiting directions.

 

How would you describe your music?

Some people describe my music as kinda ‘jazzy’ but my style and flavours keep changing and evolving so I find it hard to describe as one genre or even a mixed genre.

 

Prior to getting involved with the Red Bull Music Academy did you know much about it?

Yeah, I knew some pretty amazing artists globally were involved. I’d been checking various artists doing lectures with RBMA…and Red Bull did basecamp with young local beat-makers in my hood (in Sendai city) where I performed at the after party. Also, I did an interview with RBMA UK (London) when I was there for tour and did some live DJ stream programs for RBMA New Zealand (Auckland)… so other than being aware of other artists who have been involved – I’ve come in contact with RBMA personally a fair bit.

 

What is the most exciting part about touring with the Red Bull Music Academy?

Connecting and communicating with various artists. I’m especially excited to meet COIN BANKS and HAZEL this time.

 

Is this your first time in Australia?

Yes this is my first time.

 

What are you most excited to see and do whilst you’re in Australia

The great nature and Uluru!

 

What kind of beats have you been working on at the moment?

At the moment I’m making beats that are techno-influenced with a downtempo. which means I spin a lot when I’m DJing.

 

Who would you love to collaborate within the next year?

HAZEL!

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As always the RBMA is a free event but RSVPs are essential. Head online to RSVP your spot now.

RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY presents DJ MITSU THE BEATS

Wednesday 24th September: Sugar, Adelaide, 9pm

Wassupski (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Ross McHenry + Ferris Mular + Big Bubba

Thursday 25th September: Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, 8pm

Wassupski (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Suburban Dark (Live)
Shantan Wantan Ichiban + Mako

Friday 26th September: Boney, Melbourne, 9pm

Wassupski (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Keito (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Cazeaux Oslo (Live)
Hazel (Live) + Kano + Aux-One

Saturday 27th September: The Bird, Perth, 7pm

Wassupski (Jazzy Sport/Japan)
Ben Taffe & Ben M (Move)
Henry Sims & Henry Maxwell
(Untitled Sound Alliance).

S B T R K T

Electronic muso, SBTRKT has collaborated with director Fons Schiedon to create a unique animated video for the track NEW DORP. NEW YORK. (feat. Ezra Koenig). The video sees the creature that graces the cover of Wonder Where We Land come to life, and roam through the surreal, shadow filled streets of an imagined American metropolis.

In addition, SBTRKT follows a run of new material with the release of The Light feat. Denai Moore, ahead of his much-anticipated second album Wonder Where We Land, which is set to be released this Friday 26th September on Young Turks / Remote Control. Listen to the latest track below.

SBTRKT will be in Australia later this Summer for the Falls Music & Arts Festival and Southbound.

T H E – 1 9 7 5

Rdio Australia is excited to announce the first instalment of Rdio Sessions – a new series of live and intimate recordings available exclusively on Rdio. Championing both up-and-coming and established artists, Rdio Sessions will showcase the hottest acts across various genres in ways that fans have never heard before. The first act to be launched as part of Australia’s Rdio Sessions is UK indie-rock quartet, The 1975.

Already dubbed one of 2014’s biggest break out groups, The 1975 have taken music fans by storm this year, playing 400 shows globally in 2014 including powerful performances at Splendour In The Grass and various side shows. As part of their live Rdio Sessions recorded in Sydney earlier this year, the Brit-rockers have performed three stunning acoustic renditions of fan favourites “Chocolate”, “Sex” and “Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You”.

Throughout the recording, the group’s signature sound was stripped back to produce a raw, yet beautifully honest and unadulterated recording, unheard by fans – until now. Lead singer, Matt Healy’s haunting vocals are sure to impress new and existing fans who will be pleased to know that the band will be returning to Australian shores in 2015 for a national tour.

The 1975’s exclusive Rdio Sessions & 30 million other tracks are available to listen now on www.rdio.com

S O U N D S – I N – T H E – S N O W

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Rekorderlig Secret Gig

Electro band Panama have just been announced as headliners of the Rekorderlig Cider Sounds in the Snow, an exclusive alpine music experience held in Thredbo from 2pm on Saturday September 13th, 2014.

Set to bring the party vibe to the Alps, Panama is one of Australia’s finest indie music groups earning global success with their distinguishing synth pop sound. Reigning from Sydney, the boys will arrive on the slopes following an international tour throughout Europe and the USA.

Highlighting an exhilarating snow season filled with Beautifully Swedish festivities, Sounds in the Snow will be a free gig presented by Rekorderlig Cider for all ski and snowboard enthusiasts to enjoy, before kicking back and relaxing at the Rekorderlig hot pools for a European Après experience.

“We are thrilled to announce Panama at Sounds of The Snow. With their electro pop sound, the group are sure to shake up the mountains for an afternoon of great tunes with warm winter cider. Having created the ultimate après-ski environment in Thredbo for the Australian snow season, what better way to close out the winter months than with such a unique experience at Sounds in the Snow” – Nikki Langford, Marketing Manager.

Held during the annual Toyota One Hit Wonder weekend, the music gig will take place by the Rekorderlig Hot Pools at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel.

Rekorderlig Cider has embraced the Australian winter with open arms and infused our snow season with a true Scandinavian touch. With amazing afternoon chill sessions at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel every Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon from 3pm- 6pm, deliciously warm spiced Winter Cider and Swedish treats, live entertainment, fire pits and a heated outdoor Rekorderlig Hot Pool, the scene is one that rivals the best après-ski that Europe has on offer.

S L E E P Y – D R E A M E R S – S I N G L E – L A U N C H

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Melbourne’s Sleepy Dreamers launched their single Hunk at last Wednesday’s edition of Shady Lane at The Evelyn in Fitzroy. Despite the single not being  available as a hard copy on the night, the four dreamers, Ed, Shannon, Callam and Matt, were enjoying the buzz of their supportive crowd.

Playing their smooth melodic tracks, the live show reflected just how proud and excited the guys were to be playing at The Evelyn. With the official launch of their new single Hunk, the dreamers played an intimate show with their trademark enthusiasm, which we have come to know of this local Melbourne band.

The tracks played throughout the night included the likes of Bike Song, Long Way Down and Stockholm. Favourites amongst the crowd, these tracks soothed the crowd into a feeling of bliss and euphoria. The Sleepy Dreamers quartet are a Melbourne made band definitely worth appreciating.

 

B A N K S

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Electro songstress Banks today released her debut album Goddess, and while it’s been a fast rise for the artist musically, she’s also making waves on the high fashion scene.

Scoring photo-shoots in illustrious titles such as Harper’s Bazaar and Miss Vogue, the star has also been spotted sitting front row at some of the biggest fashion shows of the year. It’s safe to say, Banks has arrived.

So while we’ve been fawning over her tunes,  designers such as Karl Lagerfeld have been sending Banks some fine Chanel attire, not to mention an invitation to sit front row at the label’s Paris show earlier this year.

The 14-track album is full of the smooth beats and gorgeous vocals we expect of Banks. It’s funny to think this is her first album, not just because we’ve been listening to her for yonks, but because her music is remarkably seasoned.

Words sourced from Pages Digital.