Sundae 6/3/11 :: Vinyl Throwdown

As summer officially gives way to autumn, we could be forgiven for being a little confused – it’s only recently begun to heat up. One thing you can rely on though is the quality heat thrown down by our Sundae DJs.

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen some of Brisbane’s finest break out the big black discs at their Sundae session. Of course if you want to see records played in Brisbane, Sundae is the place. Every now and then we confirm our musical pedigree with our Vinyl Throwdown, which this season caps off a whole month of great DJ sets dominated by records.

In the past, our Throwdown sessions have focused on House music history, though we are aware of some discontent amongst the breakbeat contingent of our crew, so this week we break out the boogie! Brazen, Mr Gaunt, Katch and more are on board. Plus the classic Sundae cast of the most colourful characters you will chill with in this fair city. See you in the sunshine!

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Sundae 27/2/11 :: Scott Walker

One of the hardest working DJs in Brisbane, Scott Walker is a club specialist and one of the most reliable party players in the city. Each set is a skilled display of dancefloor mechanics, rolling through vintage to modern sounds to bring about entangled throes of barely behaved dancers. From the Uncle or Mainroom at Family, Therapy and Subtrakt, to the intimate surrounds of Ahlambra, Moonbar or Sundae, and specialist roles at many of the city’s quality underground nights Scott is simply in touch with how club’s should work. He should know: as his highly respected night Drop approaches passes it’s seventh birthday, it becomes evident that the dude has some skills in this department.

His adaptability is regarded too, regularly taking his one man club heaving show on the road, with appearances around the country and now dipping his toe in the Asian club circuit; always sure to return home in time for the festival season, where he is called upon by everyone from Big Day Out, Global Gathering, and Gatecrasher to Summafieldayze, Global Underground, and Slinky.It would be ridiculous of us to list all of Scott’s high profile supports, the list runs over several pages. So let us summarize: Scott does the big jobs and does them right. Some of the biggest names in dance music have all stepped into a club expertly simmered by Mr Walker.

What more can we say? It is a real treat to have Scott back at the controls, his last visit to Sundae was our Summer Vinyl Throwdown, a great day by all accounts. This time around Scott has free reign on the proceedings of the afternoon, and no doubt will have a bag of super sweet audio confectionery to please everyone’s tastes. See you in the sunshine..

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Sundae 20/2/11 :: DJ Freestyle

DJ Freestyle arrives at Sundae with a resume as long as his lanky arms, which seem to have been cut from the grand design for the specific purpose of warping, folding, and manipulating musical instruments and audio console equipment to elicit a physical human response.

Completely and deeply involved in music, in every possible corner of him, Freestyle has explored hip hop, funk, disco, soul, garage and house music, treading a path in the outer frontiers of the modern club sound that many, many other DJs and producers would later follow.

From his hometown of Brisbane, Freestyle is regarded an experienced hand, from laying out the foundations in the city’s earliest clubs, multiple state DMC titles, to multi genre adaptability across a long list of residencies including Alhambra, Family’s lounge, Press Club, Jade Buddha, appearances at Sundae and Therapy, international set up duties such as his famed Miguel Migs support at Monastery, and his ‘jack-the-tripper’esque warmup for James Curd in Uncle amongst numerous others.

Internationally, Freestyle is regarded a leading player in the house scene, with 40 vinyl releases on forward thinking labels Guesthouse/ Guess Who, Icon Recordings, Brique Rouge, Grab Recordings, Om Records, Shifted Music and so on and so on. His prolific and quality output regularly catches the attention of house luminaries Mark Farina, DJ Mes, JayJ, Chuck Love et al. On both the production front and behind the wheels in the club, Freestyle is respected worldwide for his skilled and genuine people moving abilities.

Don’t miss one of Brisbane’s favourite sons and his famed vinyl bag of musical whoop ass laying it out all afternoon. See you in the sunshine..

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Sundae 13/2/11 :: Chris Wilson

It is not often we come across a DJ so fervent in his approach, and so enthusiastic about the delivery that he has influenced the tastes of tens of thousands of clubbers, inspired and developed many young DJs, and presented so professionally that thousands of people can attribute their most memorable parties in some way to him. Many of Brisbane’s club insiders will recognize him immediately as the man behind the Katarzyna kurtain. For those not yet acquainted, let us introduce Chris Wilson.

In the nineties, Brisbane nightlife was a dark and desolate mix of meagre offerings. A young expat Brit sought to install some sense of decency to the nocturnal offerings, least of all, so he and his friends would have a place to play. His first offering, Empire Hotel’s Corner Bar, would become the goto point for incoming dance music for more than a decade . Super Deluxe followed, and sought to bring some of the house and big beat craziness that had been blowing up in Europe and the UK. It was a huge success, and became a precursor to his professional involvement with the venue’s owners that would last many years. Soon after, the reborn Empire hotel complex arrived. Press Club soon followed and in due time the team would launch the game-changing superclub experience to Brisbane, in the form of the Family.

Over the next decade Chris would define himself as an adaptable, experienced DJ, able to drop deep house cocktail grooves to big room funky tech house bombs, any time, any day, anywhere. His work in bringing international sounds to Brisbane saw him become one of the most successful, and most awarded, promoters in the country. A second superclub, Cloudland soon followed, focusing more on the evening soiree, dinner and drinks, and allowed him an outlet for his more mature, sophisticated sounds.

Over the past decade and a half, Brisbane has undergone a massive amount of change, from small country town, to the more cosmopolitan city we recognize today. The club scene too has seen a massive transformation, from seedy beginnings in the underground, to the opulent superclubs that we play in today. Our guest this week is a DJ that has seen that transformation first hand. indeed he was party to most of the exciting developments of recent times and we are pleased this week to welcome back such an experienced hand to our party when Chris Wilson joins us this Sundae. See you in the sunshine..

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