73 til’ Infinity [FRIDAY – 02.05.2014]
Our May 2014 edition features the formidable collections of two of Sydney’s most eclectic selectors.
DJ’s Huwston and Clark Nova. Expect rare heat from the early 70′s to unreleased newness. Joined by Lioness resident Edseven and play bar’s Benny Hinn. Free entry.
EDSEVEN (Lioness Presents) //
Armed with a unique ear, deep collection and a skill for combining diverse sounds, Sydney’s edseven has built a solid reputation as a dj over the last decade as well as a producer/remixer and more recently as a promoter.
A collector of many styles, a typical Edseven dj set could include anything from Detroit Hip Hop to Nigerian Funk, Broken beat to Chicago House, Classic Soul to Future Beat and beyond.
This musical range and the technical ability to hold it all together has seen edseven called upon to support international acts including Funkineven, IG Culture, Recloose, Grooveman Spot, Nickodemus, Suff Daddy, Linkwood, Samiyam, EL-P, Dj Food, Frank Booker, Mark de Clive Lowe, Raf Daddy, Peanut Butter Wolf, Pablo Valentino, Mark Pritchard, Jose James, Waajeed, James Pants, Domu, Dj Spooky etc.. Edseven has also held regular local guest spots and residencies across Australia including Soul of Sydney, The Croft Institute (Melb), Space is the Place, Rootdown (Melb), Dust Tones, Future Classic, Tonic Lounge, Playground Weekender, Adelaide Festival, Sugar, Vibes on a Summer Day and Headroom…
Edseven’s production work draws upon the varied influences with releases including the dusty Off Kilter Hip Hop of his first two EPs on Straightup Recordings to his future focused ‘Pigeon Clap’ released via Frequency Lab on their Headroom compilation. Remix work for artists including Cookin’ on 3 Burners, Dj Regal, Onur Engin and Rephrase..
In 2012 with the help of Melbourne stalwart Inkswel, edseven started a series of warehouse parties under the name “Lioness Presents’. The aim of this venture was to showcase top shelf international producers/djs in intimate Sydney warehouse spots. Delivering the initial goal in spades Lioness brought out West London artist Funkineven (Eglo Records), prolific master musician/producer Mark de Clive Lowe (Tru Thoughts), French House/Beats don Pablo Valentino (MCDE/Faces Records), cult label Firecracker’s Linkwood, Steve Spacek (Africa Hitech /WARP) and Recloose (Planet E).. Lioness Presents has gone from strength to strength with good friends Henry Compton and Fred Tectonic joining the crew soon after it’s inception.
Late 2012 also saw edseven start a weekly Hip Hop, Funk, Beats, Soul and Afrobeat night ’73 ’til Infinity’ in his home suburb of Newtown co presented by Sydney institution Soul of Sydney.. this monthly event has evolved to now call Surry Hills’ Play Bar home.
Huwston is Melbourne born, Sydney based Huw Ellis; a journalist, radio presenter and club DJ who also runs the label and music consultancy business Knowfool Music. In 1999, Huwston began learning the craft of tune-spotting due to an extraordinary amount of music coming his way without a lot of avenues to communicate it. Working for the now sadly inactive music distributor Creative Vibes at the time, Huwston was able to build a profile as a proficient selector.
Styles: Funk, Rare Groove, Hip Hop, Broken Beats, Dubstep, House & Jazz
Since those humble beginnings Huwston has gone on to develop experience in Promo and Marketing, Event Management, A & R and beyond for and with companies like Jam (Good Vibrations Festival and Chine Laundry nightclub), Inertia (Quannum), Universal Music Australia (Hemmesphere compilation series), Vinyl Factory Australia and Emstream (leading background music and sound design service), where he currently is employed as Music and Licensing manager. These experiences have seen him DJ interstate, at festivals, for corporate clients (Chanel, David Jones, Lenovo, World Cocktail Day 2008, Biennale of Sydney Artists Party 2008) and secure residencies at some of Sydney’s best known hip-hubs. Drawing on a range of influences from Jazz and Hip Hop, to Rock, Disco Boogie, Funk, Latin and many many more, the term best used to describe one of Huwston’s sets would be ‘freestyle’. In 2008 he wrapped up his membership as member of the band eon Beats. He is currently tinkering with musicians Gerard Masters (Keyboars – Missy Higgins) and Tim Rollinson (Guitar – D.I.G, The Modern Congress) on sound system work under the loose collaborative header ‘Tight Pants.’
In 2005 Huwston established his own record label Knowfoowl Music to further his personal tastes and exploit the know-how he obtained since six years in the music business. Knowfoowl Music debuted late 2005 with the internationally released 12” vinyl single ‘Cressy St Breakdown’ by Melbourne Deep Funk act Cookin’ On Three Burners. The single was charted and playlisted by Djs across the globe including Russ Dewbury, Mr Scruff, Quantic, Nik Weston, and Ennio Styles and even found itself in the top 20 of DMC’s Leftfield chart in January 2006. Knowfoowl Music’s first two 12”s were distributed by Chicago based Groove Distribution (www.groovedis.com) and whilst putting that format on hold, has since released albums and EPs by Rephrase, 2UP, Cookin On 3 Burners, Thief, Woozy Woo, Bennson, Exile, Jackson Conti (featuring Madlib), Johnson&Jonson (featuring LA MC Blu) and Watussi, who were nominated for Best World Music album in the 2008 ARIA Awards and have since inked a deal with Japan’s P-Vine.
Furthering his musical exploits by taking in journalism along the way, Huwston writes a fortnightly column in Sydney-Melbourne streetpress 3D World (www.threedworld.com.au) called Bebop & Rocksteady, which is now in its sixth year of print. In 2008, Huwston took the reigns of a new program on 2SER Radio 107.3fm (www.2ser.com) called ‘Soul Glow.’
Event Highlights: Vibes On A Summers Day, Sydney Festival Becks Bar 2005 & 2008, Mr Scruff support, Kyoto Jazz Massive support, Jazzanova support, Jori Hulkkonen support., The Bamboos support, Fat Freddy’s Drop support.
BENNY HINN //
Benny Hinn (Daniel Robertson) began spinnin’ vinyl back in 01′ playing a range of phat funky house and some chunky big assed broken beatz for the masses… Although now only 33, the Hinns has played at some of the finer establishments, parties and festivals around Sydney, Wollongong and the Southcoast, gaining a rep az a bit of a party starter and one with some def skillz, finess and sheer artistry on a pair of 1200′s.
In 01/02′ the House & Breakz movement exploded in his hometown of Wollongong and the Hinn emerged as one Da Gongs leading DJs in this new exciting scene. Largly due to while studying at University, a small collective formed, with a desire to bring decent music to the local area, hence the weekly event night Bustin’ was born. It began as the official uni after-garden party, held in the backroom of the Illawarra hotel, then quickly expanded into a weekly night at the famous Cooneys Tavern, where the guys & a certain little monkey, hosted some of the finest local, national and international talent for some of the best parties the area had ever seen. The night was a 7 year success and those lucky enough to have experienced a Bustin’ party will remember some good shit went down.
The Hinn has also toured with the MOS Label for an Anunal release and has supported many artists such as, The Stanton Warriors, Freq Nasty, Krafty Kuts, A Skillz, Jay Jay, Sneaky Sound System, The Resin Dogs, Katalyst, Koolism, [love] Tattoo, Mark Dynamix, Ajax [RIP], Bang Gang, Goodwill, Alex Taylor, Funktrust, Purple Sneaker DJs + many many more…
The Hinn has also been dipping into a little production here and there with a few little mashes and beats all up on his soundcloud page.
His latest venture has been PLAY BAR. After drawing inspiration from his last stint in Melbourne and meeting his partner & co-owner Sarah, the two worked hard to build, what they hope to be for many years to come, an institution in Surry Hills Sydney.
WHEN AND WHERE
FRIDAY 02 MAY 2014
PLAY BAR SYDNEY
BASEMENT 72 Campbell Street,
Surry Hills NSW 2010
DOORS OPEN AT 4PM
FREE ENTRY ALL EVENING