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FBi Throws 10th Birthday Mini Festival

No not FBi as in Federal Bureau of Investigation but as in the FBi radio station.

To celebrate their 10th birthday, FBi is throwing a mini festival at Carriageworks on the with an awesome lineup including The Presets, Hermitude, Urthboy, Seekae, Decoder Ring, Spit Syndicate, The Laurels, Thundamentals, The Preatures, Sampology (AV Show), World’s End Press, Straight Arrows, Collarbones, Naysayer & Gilsun (AV Show), Zeahorse, Movement, Citizen Kay, HOOPS, Ro Sham Bo, Joyride, Simon Caldwell, Kato, Shantan Wantan Ichiban, Mike Who, Mealo & Space Junk, FBi DJs, Secret Guests and more FBi favourites to be announced.

Tickets are already on sale on Ticketmaster and you can get the first release tickets for a steal at $49 or $39 if you’re a FBi supporter. All ticket purchases go towards keeping the radio station up and running as it is not-for-profit station.

Source: www.pedestrian.tv

Top 10 Sydney’s DJ’s to Watch



Levins (pictured) is an amazing all-rounder who plays old-skool party favourites, does awesome “photo bombs”, opened the much-loved DIPeatery and has even hosted the main stage at Parklife. We urge you to party with him hip-hop night Halfway Crooks at Phoenix.




He’s hardly a newcomer – he’s been spinning vinyl for the last two decades but if you see this Mad Racket founder’s name on a club night flyer, it’s certainly not going to be a dud. He hovers around soulful house and techno, but tarts it up with all manner of unexpected genre kicks.




Andy Webb helps run Picnic, keeps the posts rolling over at awesome music blog Disco Delicious and runs Death Strobe Records with Ash Moses, who also spins under the moniker Tunnel Signs. Catch the boys at their label showcase at the Spice Cellar on Fri Jun 15.




Anna Lunoe, Nina Las Vegas and Bad Ezzy are three babes that like to drop Baltimore club, smooth r’n’b and hip hop with serious swagger. You’ll find them regularly heating up the GoodGod Danceteria.




Parri and George are the boys behind the always-colourful monthly Slow Blow parties at GoodGod. They also regularly roll their disco and house heavy record bags over to the roving Motorik! parties.




You may know him as Harmonic 313 or one half of Afrika Hitech, he’s put out releases through Warp and Hyperdub, and he’s our pick for left-field hip hop, wonky future beat and interesting dubstep.




Scali has been on the scene for a few years now, spinning banging house, techno and minimal sounds at the Spice Cellar, on the Spice Cruises and at Bare Essentials and Seasoned Music’s weird and wonderful parties.




They’ve just released their This Time Around EP through Future Classic and it’s shoulder-shimmy dancefloor disco at its best. We expect them to be on stages and behind decks all over the city soon.




Julien Beltzung is one of the city’s best house men and is a key player down at Reckless Republic HQ. Catch him at any time of the night down at Spice.




These lads play really ineteresting jams, like Dancehall, soul, cheesy ’90s r’n’b and the like. They also make sweet mixtapes to post on their Stolen Records blog and host the city’s best hip-hop show on FBi. Catch them at GoodGod or theHollywood Hotel.


EMC: Asia-Pacific’s first Electronic Music Conference!

As an official part of ARIA week Sydney hosted its first inaugural Electronic Music Conference (EMC).

Taking place at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Nov 27-28 the conference saw some of the most influential names in electronic music gather to discuss numerous issues and topics relating to the Electronic Dance Music industry today.

Australia has been one of the leading markets in dance music for more than a decade.

Taking in over $75 million dollars annually from over 750,000 people attending dance music festivals and with Australians starting to make their mark on the international industry, its about time Australia hosted its own conference to bring the scene together and cement its place in the global market.

Hosted by Sound Alliance (inthemix, Fasterlouder and The Hype Machine)

EMC hosted Masterclasses, keynotes, round table discussions and of course some amazing showcases of emerging and established artists.

Day one opened with Australia’s own Grant Smillie leading a keynote discussion with industry heavyweight Tiesto.

The legendary DJ revealed it takes 35 people to run ‘Team Tiesto’ but he only works with people who are ‘hungry and eager to work with him.”

When asked about this transition from trance to playing the likes of Avicii and Porter Robinson, ” it was a very organic process, I just started liking other music more then trance music. Some fans stuck with it others left, but new fans came.” Although he insisted there was no possibility of an RnB collaboration “that’s up to David Guetta and Calvin Harris.”

Laidback Luke was joined by Nina Las Vegas, Goodwill, & Sam La More for the round table discussion “Beyond Button-pushing: What makes a DJ?” which sparked some interesting comments towards Deadmau5 with Goodwill calling him a “legend manipulator. He probably doesn’t even know what real djing is”

You can watch the entire discussion here…

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Other topics up for discussion included: Underground music, Social media, legal agreements, Surviving as a label, EDM explosion in America, Does EDM need its own industry body? Selling out and the future of Festivals.

These topics were discussed in depth by industry heavyweights such as: Jack Tregoning (inthemix) Scott Commens (Subsonic) Simon Caldwell (Mad Racket) Dan Rosen (ARIA) Stephan Pavolvic (Modular) Tim Mcgee (Ministry of sound) Tommy Trash, Mike Brown (Twitter) Ken West (Big Day Out) and many more…

Moshtix presented the Emerging Artists Showcase at Marquee to close the first day with the line up chosen from hundreds of applications to find the best up-coming EDM artists.

The Chosen six were: The Kite String Tangle, Arcane Revolver, Blunt B, Big Dumb Kid, Laancelot and the Rodskeez.

Day 2 Opened with a controversial discussion on the role of DJ’S with Tommy Trash, Diplo, Nina Kraviz, Matt Stafford and Marlo, moderated by inthemix’s Jack Tregoning.

With comments such as “A lot of DJ’s don’t write their own records but they are still their records”-Diplo if you were not there you definitely want to keep an eye out for the video, uploaded soon to the EMC website.


Other interesting panels of the day included: How to make it in Australia, Avicii case study, Organising Festivals, How to break radio, The future of nightclubs, and the team behind successful artists.

Amazing speakers such as: Dave Ruby Howe (Triple J) Scott Horscroft (EMI) Ash Penury (Manager-Avicii) Timmy Bryne (Kiss FM) amongst others led these discussions.

The conclusion of EMC was Celebrated at The IVY Pool, artists included: Nina Kraviz, The Knocks, Ivan Gough, Feenixpawl, The Only, Peking Duk, Tom Piper and Walden.

EMC was an all round success from the organisation to the calibre of speakers, and is a necessity on your calendar next year for those in the dance music industry!

You can see photos, videos and get more information from EMC at their official website: www.electronicmusicconference.com




Basement, 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst SydneyAustralia 


Doors Open 8:00 PM / Ages 18 and over

Tickets are on sale now from Moshtix:

Picnic are taking things to the next level this November: We’ll be presenting the debut Australian performance of PILLOWTALK!

The San Francisco trio are seriously one of our favourite acts right now. Their sound hints at a million different influences rolled into one – smooth disco and R&B meets underground house and techno, from Frankie Valli to Theo Parrish, Beach Boys to Larry Heard – their sound is both classic and cutting edge. Whether bringing the sun on Visionquest, cruising between charming pop and deep house with Wolf + Lamb (their Far From Heaven EP is still constantly on repeat) or going deeper still on their Life and Death release, the band are completely infectious from the stunning vocals down to the perfect production.

On the road, the PillowTalk experience show is one mad party. All performed live, the band bring limitless energy to the crowd, engaging with their wit, charm and bucketloads of talent. They’ve been invited to play at some of the world’s biggest and best events like Croatia’s Garden Festival, BPM Festival in Mexico and the 2012 WMC in Miami, and they’ve always left the crowd beaming. Behind the decks they’re no less superb, billed alongside acts like Nicolas Jaar, Soul Clap, Simian Mobile Disco and Tale Of Us, and at the OAF they’ll be DJing both before and after their live set: a 3 hour total performance!

Support acts to be announced. Doors open at 10pm. Presale tickets to this monster gig are $40 through Resident Advisor and Moshtix. Get in quick because this will be off the charts!

Supports are Simon Caldwell (Mad Racket) and Kali (Picnic)