Not an Englishman in New York but a Frenchman in Sydney, Julien Beltzung aka YokoO is no stranger to house music in all its deepest forms. A studio head in the true sense of the word, Julien spends much of his time pondering basslines and warm synth riffs that heat up dancefloors the world over. With recent releases on highly regarded labels such as Musik Gewinnt Freunde, BEEF, Affin and Kina Music, Julien has marked out a spot for himself in the global house music scene with talent being sought after from every corner of the world.
His musical intuition drives his production and his full, groove based approach to seductive house music turns heads of many a label boss from Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Shades of Gray and the Cosmic Cowboys no less. As well racking up plays from the likes of John Digweed, Anthony Pappa, Gorge, Brothers Vibe and Valentino Kanzyani, Julien’s music has proven time and time again it can reach the record bags of the DJing elite in every continent.
As a DJ, Julien embraces the dancefloor with a dynamic and honest approach sparking it up with fresh music every time. When you see him play, you can see a genuine love for what he is doing and that naturally feeds back to his audience, fuelling energy and the fever of the dancefloor. The warm melodies work with the heavy basslines to create a unique sound that is deep but still pumping enough to get a party started. . . . and going til sunrise.
With a prolific and impressive discography, Julien has made his mark on noteworthy labels to date with both original releases and a back catalogue of strong remixes. His latest batch of unreleased productions are an intense gathering of melodies, working with a defined sense of groove and depth designed for the dancefloor and beyond. With upcoming releases for Affin, Kina Limited, Hertzlich, Reckless Republic amongst others, YokoO will undoubtedly hit the radar of many music lovers across the globe.
Through his ongoing residency at Sydney’s most respected undergound nights such as the legendary SPICE after hour club and PLUS + 1 Fridays, Julien is fast becoming one of Australia’s hottest exports in house music. 2010 has seen him complete a debut tour of Europe, which will no doubt ignite the next stage of his career as someone to watch on the electronic scene worldwide.
Over his 15 year career behind the decks Robbie Lowe has proven himself to be one of Australia’s most talented and respected Deep & Tech-House to Progressive & Techno DJ’s.
If an international artist has come through Sydney over the past decade, there’s a good chance Robbie has supported them at least once. In 2008, Robbie warmed up the crowd for Tiesto’s Sydney Elements Of Life Tour shows in Sydney. At the same time he took up the reins as part Label Manager & A&R for the UK-based Beat Code & Low Pressing record company.
These new roles go hand in hand with Robbie’s new production focus – His union with Sydney progressive house producer gun Matt Rowan bore fruit through 2007/08 with releases on Hussle, Outta Limits and Rococo, and he’s recently tuned in another release with Rowan for Proton Music titled ‘Ground Swell’.
Through 2009 Robbie continued is high profile supports including the ‘We Love Sounds’ festival and warming up for Danny Howell’s New Years Eve Renaissance show at The Chinese Laundry.
Already in 2010, Robbie has played the Sydney leg of the Big Day Out festival, and with Steve Lawler, John Digweed, Way Out West and Hernan Cattanoe. Alongside residencies at Musica, Shrug, Spice and Sunday Sessions.
Add to this a forthcoming solo EP and remix work with fellow Sydney DJ Tim Culbert, showcasing the deeper side of house music.
“Robbie has been a great warm up DJ for me in Sydney, always top stuff!"
Joey Kaz & Joey Tupaea (KONTRAST DJ'S)
"Joey Kaz and Joey Tupaea (KONTRAST Dj’s) have come together to develop a brand in Sydney like no other - The “KONTRAST” underground house sound is unrivalled and is one which is yet to be heard in Sydney.
KONTRAST have developed a successful following every Saturday night @ Melt Bar which has transformed the Sydney music scene. The KONTRAST Djs have supported some of Australia’s biggest Dj’s which include Robbie Lowe, Murat Kilic, Simon Caldwell, DJ Schwa (BEEF Records) & JML (Vibrating Balance Records) and international star Peter Horrevorts (BEEF Records, Global Underground) from Holland
The KONTRAST set is a spellbinding journey into musical euphoria, KONTRAST Djs bring an unrivalled sound which penetrates the mind and shakes the inner soul with upbeat melodies and rhythmic tunes.
As you strap yourself tight for the KONTRAST journey, one thing is for certain, this thrill ride will not be easily forgotten, the iconic sounds of KONTRAST Djs will forever resonate in your mind, body and soul…
Welcome to KONTRAST…we hope you enjoy the ride….”
From a young age Matt had a diverse, almost eclectic taste in music, from reggae to rock, hip-hop to house, which turned into an eventual love of electronic music in all its forms. This love was cultivated in the late 90’s and turn of the century when Breaks and House, with rhythmic bass lines and epic vocals would keep the dance floors of The Underground, Globe and Yu filled, what seemed like every night of the week with parties like Funk Trust, Kink and Sounds on Sunday growing Matt’s desire to no longer sit on the sidelines. So in 2005/2006 with good mate Dave, Matt decided it would be a good time to start mixing himself. They bought themselves a set of Technics 1200’s, a shitty 2-channel mixer, started amassing a collection of vinyl and thumping out whatever they could to wake the neighbours.
Matt then went out on his own and moved into a different deeper, tech house sound, honing his DJing skills whilst being influenced by producers such as Vincenzo, Simon Baker, Lauhaus, Shur-I-Kan, Shonky and Phonique. Inspiration also came from local DJ’s such as Telefunken, Ben Morris, Murat Kilic, Shamus, Baz and Pete Nouveau for the way they consistently and enthusiastically approach music. Eventually Matt would love to concentrate solely on writing and producing music, but until then, he can be found showcasing his unique sound at Sydney’s best underground nights including, Spice and at his residency at one of Sydney’s leading weekly parties WHAM! at The World Bar.
DeeFloy is the affiliation of two musically minded Dj's and Promoters. Rees Hellmers and Steven Dee have been pushing there phresh sound of Deep Jackin and Tech House for two years. Starting out as a pair of bedroom banging Dj's doing local house partys but struggling to step into the nightclub scene. After hitting the clubs week in week out listening to the same commercial mixes they decided it was there time to make a mark on the Sydney underground society. They started playing on the Northern Beaches at Shore Club and Henry Afrikas doing regular gigs trying to promote the Deep/Tech sound, in an attempt to spread their sound into the Sydney city region. After getting noticed by the JACKIN' Crew they were then inducted into the city life of underground music scoring several gigs at Melt Nightclub playing along side Sydneys top locals including Matt Roberts, Illya Cooper and regular U.S jackin Locals. They are now ready to push their tech sound further.....KONTRAST.
Saturday 4th December
Melt 12 Kellett St, Kings Cross, NSW, 2011
Joey Kaz ( KONTRAST DJ / Resident)
Joey Tupaea (KONTRAST DJ / Resident)
Doors open 9pm - 5am
$10 before 12 / $15 after
Drink specials between 9pm – 11pm which include $9 cocktails, $25 cocktail jugs & $6.50 tap beer.
All booking inquiries e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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