Elle Young is the presenter of Headhunters on PBS 106.7FM at 5pm on Mondays. She’s also the lead singer of the neo-soul three piece Cool Explosions. [8:23] Elle recaps falling in love with South American music. [12:50] Where she finds all her music. [12:27] The time Cool Explosions played in a Sydney Karaoke bar. [33:20] How does a band reach the audience they want in 2019. [46:41] Explains what happens during the Work Your Magic Radio Festival at PBS, [56:45] The forthcoming PBS move to the new Collingwood Arts Precinct (CAP). [1:02:11] How PBS shows have diversified over this decade.
The legends over at PBS 106.7 FM are in the midst of their annual two-week Radio Festival. While it’s not a music festival in the traditional sense of live bands and punters, it’s the most important two weeks of the year for PBS. They’re entirely non-for-profit, so to stay afloat they rely on support from subscribers — that is, anyone inclined to support great local music.
That’s obviously what we’re all about here at Ripe, so we assume if you’re reading this you’ll be inclined to become a member by clicking here.
Clare aka Press Gang from the program Zan Arcade is brilliant when it comes to pushing local music and pushing the boundaries. She’s kindly sent us some songs that remind her of personal break through life moments for this edition of Trading Tunes.
Press Gang: “As PBS FM’s 2017 Radio Festival is all about taking one small step towards being part of community radio, I thought about all [of the] small break through moments that happen in one’s listening life. The times that music kinda catches you a little unawares and gives you a little slap around the face. Not too hard, just enough to make you sit up and take notice. Now, life is taken up with quite a few of these moments (especially if you listen to a lot of music) so here are some that have had lasting repercussions for me.”
Delia Derbyshire – ‘Pot Au Feu’
“Delia Derbyshire was a pioneer and an inspiration. Not only was Delia instrumental in constructing a whole new sound palate, but their work defined significant forms for experimental music that people still follow today. Delia is awesome.”
Laurie Anderson- ‘O, Superman’
“This track was featured on Rage extensively when I was growing up. I am not going to lie, it scared the hell out of me. Nothing about it was inherently terrifying as such, but the disembodied voice and robotic nature was seemly so dispassionate, and so contrary to the lyrics, that I found it deeply unsettling. The tune, defying all immediate reason, is really catchy and it pops back into your head when you least expect it. Ultimately, it’s a bit of a masterpiece.”
The Mo-Dettes – ‘White Mice’
“The Mo-Dettes are one of those well placed, underrated bands that only released one album and disappeared into moderate obscurity. The band was formed by Kate Korris (The Slits, The Raincoats kinda sorta) and Jane Crockford (who wrote this particular track). The Mo-Dettes Drummer, June Miles-Kingston, played drums in Everything But the Girl and did backing vocals for Fun Boy Three. And yet, I only really know about them because they were on a weirdly expansive compilation that I found on the internet.”
Bikini Kill – ‘Suck My Left One’
“Pretty much every single Riot Grrrl band of the 90’s covered ‘Suck My Left One‘. It is entirely possible that I heard it 100 times before I heard the original. And it sounded like a giant, empowerment filled fuck you every single time. Being a youngster I didn’t realise how important having that kinda of energy would be, but it’s still an inspiring source of gumption.”
Peaches – ‘Fuck The Pain Away’
“Nobody was doing anything like Peaches when Teaches for Peaches was released. It’s like someone dropped a lit match into a petrol can of electro/punk music. People used it as their ring tone much more than you would ever have expected (due to lyrical content, rather than general tuneage). Still floods the goddamn dance floor. Not too bad for a collection of farting bass noises, over-enthusiastic hit hats and ribald lyrical content.”
Frank Booker may be from New Zealand, but he’s heading to Melbourne this weekend for a whirlwind Friday with shows on two radio stations and a set at Copacabana. When someone as respected as CC:DISCO! tells you that he’s great, then you know Frank Booker is worth marking down on your calendar. A perfect afternoon-to-sunset DJ who can make you want to keep buying Mojitos until you’re out of cash. He has traces of disco and funk, combined with the ability to comfortably beef up the BPMs late into the warm night — and this Friday is looking warm (knowing Melbourne it’ll probably snow).
To get a sense of Frank’s style and influence, he sent us a Trading Tunes of his favourite ‘duets’ for everyone to enjoy before the coming weekend.
Vitamin E – ‘Kiss Away’
“I’m a sucker for Norman Connors tunes, and he produced this disco soul gem alongside Mtume and Reggie Lucas. Give me a soulful female and male duet any day, and the vibe is smouldering on this jam. Your love is just a kiss away!”
Ashford & Simpson – ‘Love Don’t Always Make It Right’
“The King & Queen, the original soul power couple: Nick Ashford & Val Simpson! They are behind so many fantastic tunes (as writers as well as artists). I could have chosen any number of Ashford & Simpson tunes, but I’m feeling this at the moment.”
Minnie Riperton feat. Peabo Bryson – ‘Here We Go’
“Minnie is one those singers who I can listen to anytime (like Marvin), but there is a slight melancholy vibe as well if you know her life story (she passed away very young, in the late 70s). Peabo Bryson turns up around the two minute mark and takes this song to another level. Wonderful!”
Stephanie Mills feat. Teddy Pendergrass – ‘Two Hearts’
“There is so much to love about this tune. Stephanie Mills on her own is great anyway, but once you add in the almighty Teddy Pendergrass, things go to another level altogether. An ultimate end of night jam for the lovers!”
Donny Hathaway & Robert Flack – ‘Back Together Again’
“Oh Donny! In the same way as Minnie gives you that melancholy, soulful vibe continues with Donny Hathaway. Tragic life story, but an amazing body of work, including his best dance floor moment: this collaboration with Roberta Flack.”
|3rd March – Stylin’ with Ennio Styles – Triple R Radio, Melbourne (12pm-2pm)||3rd March – Smoke and Mirrors with CC:DISCO! – PBS Radio, Melbourne (8pm-10pm)|
|3rd March – Club Coco w/ Rahaan, Rich Medina & CC:DISCO! – Copacabana International, Melbourne||4th March – Late Night session, River Bank Palais – Adelaide Festival|
Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska
Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.
|Thursday, 8th December||~Free Entry~|
Dorsal Fins are celebrating the release of Digital Zodiac on wax with a free all-ages show tonight from 6pm.
They’ll be playing a set of the new material at Vinyl. on Nicholson Street in Fitzroy, where you can incidentally also pick up a copy of the record.
|Thursday, 8th December||Buy Tickets|
Willow Beats are kicking off their national Flowers Will Crown The Tower tour tonight at The Worker’s Club in Fitzroy.
Playing support are the incredibly talented VS and Golden Vessel, so head down before 8 to catch what are sure to be excellent sets from both of them.
|Friday, 9th December||Buy Tickets|
PBS 106.7FM Melbourne have put together an amazing event on Friday night, co-headlined by CC:DISCO!, Edd Fisher and DJ JNETT.
It’s on at Hugs&Kisses from 10pm, with the tunes and vibe set to continue well into the early hours of Saturday morning.
|Friday, 9th December||~Free Entry~|
Following an incredible performance last week at Boney for their LP launch, Lossless have been announced as Yah Yah’s 2am act this week.
Yes, 2am – so yes, technically Saturday morning – but head down before midnight (on Friday!) and stick around for free entry.
|Sunday, 11th December||Donate here|
Section 8 are hosting the 7th Remedy party on Sunday, this time to get funds to people in Haiti after the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew in early October.
The line-up includes Edseven, Jarrah, N’fa Jones (live), Manchild, and a whole host more all getting down for a good cause. Entry is a suggested donation of $10-$15 on the door, but if you can’t make it and want to help out you can follow the link above.
The weekend is fast approaching, and right on cue another Ripe Guest Mix has come along to get you in the mood to put on those dancing shoes. This week we are delighted to present another exclusive 30 minute mix from a personal favourite of ours. You may recognise his voice from the radio, or more specifically the tunes he plays; this months guest mix is brought to you by triple j Mix Up presenter/DJ Deacon Rose.
First gracing our ear drums with his broad range of musical tastes on PBS’ show ‘Shake ‘n’ Bake’, Deacon’s talent and ear for good music didn’t go unnoticed, resulting in triple j placing him as the host of their forefront dance music show; ‘Mix Up’.
Every week Deacon presents to a national audience the latest in dance music, locally and from around the world. With no genre or sound safe, his mixes for the late night show have quickly gained a reputation as the go to place for great new music, both largely celebrated and relatively unknown.
When he’s not trawling through a bandwidth crunching amount of demos, mixes and music at triple j, he’s out on the decks, keeping club dance floors sweaty around Australia. We got the chance to witness this first hand at the recent Melbourne stint of the triple J House Party tour. A massive line up featuring Flume, What So Not, Nina Las Vegas and of course Deacon tore through 5 huge dates around the country in what has been described by the man himself as “epic”.
While always ready to play what ever the party may call for, Deacon’s exclusive mix for The Ripe showcase the types of sounds and music that he’s been loving and playing lately in his djs sets. Smooth, grooving techno and deep house fill the impressive track list throughout its 28 minutes of music. Tracks from Light Year, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Justin Martin as well as an exclusive unreleased track from Mr Rose himself effortlessly slide together in this very cool mix that has got us up and about and very excited for summer.
- Duke Dumont – No Money Blues [Turbo Recordings]
- Dusky – Flo Jam [Dogmatik Records]
- Deacon Rose – Know You [Unreleased]
- Justin Martin – Ruff Stuff [dirtybird]
- Disclosure – Latch ft Sam Smith [PMR Records]
- Eats Everything – Jagged Edge [Pets Recordings]
- Light Year – Moderation (Jori Hulkonnen Remix) [Motorik]
- Bobby Womack – Love Is Gonna Lift You Up (Julio Bashmore Remix) [XL Recordings]
- Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Your Love [Nice Age]
Q & A WITH DEACON ROSE
Matt Bladin: Deacon, you’ve long been involved with covering dance music, we first became familiar with your work on “Shake ‘n’ Bake” on PBS, now obviously your hosting the great Mix Up show on triple j. How was this step up and what is the most rewarding part of working with such an amazing music network that triple j is a part of?
Deacon Rose: Working for triple j’s been amazing. It’s a real honour and a privilege. So many doors have opened for me that may not have otherwise. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of the most talented producers in the world. Some of them I’d even call friends. I’ve been to countless shows and festivals. I’ve done cool stuff like broadcasted from backstage at Parklife and toured with a bunch of legends for the House Party Tour. I’m not sure I’ll ever have another job as cool as this one. I’m forever grateful to triple j.
M.B: We managed to catch your set just before our interview with flume recently at Triple J House Party show in Melbourne. Hanging around afterwards its fair to say the show was defiantly a very loose sweaty affair, how did the rest of the tour go down?
D.R: Well… this was my first proper tour, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. Saying that I’m pretty sure this tour was freaking epic compared to most. It was 5 cities, some clubs big, some clubs small and the lineup was bonkers. Like… when do you ever see 4 genuine club headliners all playing in the same club? I don’t include myself in that 4 because well, I’m not on the same level as those dudes (and ladydudes, sup Nina). Say 4.5. I haven’t partied that hard in a while. It was epic. And the best part was everybody on that tour played properly good music. And we all play different stuff. It was just the best. I hope I’m involved in something like that again.
M.B: Mix Up on triple j is highly regarded as a hotbed for exciting new dance and electronic music, As its host how do you go about finding and deciding what goes in each weeks show?
D.R: Thanks! I really pride myself on bringing the newest/bestest records I possibly can each week. Someone else asked me this a while ago and I had to really think about it. There’s a tonne of different ways I come across new music. Obviously I get sent ALOT of promos. But I also spend ALOT of time each week hitting up blogs, charts, social media, triple j Unearthed and other online sites. Also, lots of DJs share music which is great. At triple j everyone’s putting everyone on to new music when they come across it. It’s just music geeks geeking out over music, you know.
M.B: Where do you think Australian dance music is headed in the next 12 months? And in a broader sense, how do you feel the rise of “EDM” in the mainstream is affecting producers looking to create more forward thinking music?
D.R: As for the Australian scene, what people tend to forget is that we’re a relatively small country. Also we’re not steeped in club culture. If you look at somewhere like the UK, or most of Europe for that matter, they’ve been really into dance music for a long time. They have amazing clubs, big clubs and the people get out and support the scene. That in turn feeds kids desire to start producing and thus the next generation is born. We’re a little behind our friends in Europe in that regard but we’re catching up quick. For a country of our size we go alright. If you look at the top end of EDM right now, Australia’s being represented nicely. Knife Party, Tommy Trash, Dirty South etc. Lightyear’s kicking ass right now. As is Anna Lunoe, Beni, Flume, Finger Prince, Shockone, Phetsta, Kito, Yolanda Be Cool etc etc.
It’s an exciting time for dance music in this country. The festival market is huge, club nights, particularly here in Melbourne, are killing it right now. Night’s like Survivor and Can’t Say are really pushing the envelope and booking DJs who play really great music. Not just hip hop and party styles but good electronic/dance music. They’re trying to really build something and it’s working.
As for the rise of “EDM”, I see it as a good thing. Underground culture can’t exist without the mainstream. The bigger the mainstream, the bigger the underground. The underground is where producers are pushing boundaries and creating forward thinking music. It’s win win for everybody. Kids who are 18/19 and into mainstream EDM, chances are in 2 or 3 years they’ll be banging on about how amazing Dirtybird Records are or loving minimal techno. It’s the way it goes.
M.B: When you go from hosting a show, where you showcase so much going on in dance music, to playing a more personal dj set for maybe 1-2 hours how to you determine what kind of sounds and music your going to play with?
D.R: It really depends on the party I’m playing. I like to try and keep people happy and match up with the vibe of the party/other DJs on the bill. If I play at Survivor I play deep house and techno, If I play at Capital in Perth I play electro, dubstep and drum and bass. However what I most prefer to play and is really “my sound” is what I’ve put in this mix.
M.B: What Acts, Producers or Australian music scenes are getting you excited at the moment?
D.R: As far as acts/producers go… on the home-front Flume/What So Not are uber-exciting, Lightyear is finally getting the credit he deserves and The Motorik crew in Sydney are doing good things on the techno front. Guys like The Mane Thing, Spenda C and Hermitude are killing it on the moombah/trap front. Perth’s got a wealth of bass music talent lead by Phetsta. Melbourne’s killing it on the deep/acid house front. Guys like Kris Baha, Harris Robotis, Mic Newman and co. Country Club (Cassian & Shazam) are doing great things. Beni’s got new stuff coming.
Internationally… the house music sound coming from the UK is my thing at the moment. It draws influence from 90s house, garage and bass music and it’s just great club music. Dudes like Julio Bashmore, Duke Dumont, Disclosure, Dusky and co. Killing it! Guys like Justin Martin and Claude Vonstroke are smashing it. TNGHT, Baauer and co are breaking down walls between club music and hip hop. A dude I’m really vibing is Bobby Tank. Then festival faves like TEED. It’s a good time to be into electronic music.
REVIEW AND Q&A BY MATT BLADIN