Sundae 29/6/14 :: Big Jeff

The first few weeks of winter in Brisbane see us here at Sundae without a care, for we have warm friends and hot tunes, and plenty of delicious drinks with which to toast each other. We find ourselves this week welcoming back to the turntables an old friend of the familia in local hero Big Jeff, a professional and expressional DJ with bags of tunes to share and likely a few stories of our own misbehaviour in our younger years.

Coming to the fore in Brisbane’s clubbing heyday, Big Jeff monitored moods and selected tunes at prime locations around our little city, with a confident swagger and an archive of the finest to back his play. Often seen at the controls across the midnight hours, and occasionally sighted in daylight at the city’s record emporiums, Jeff took crowd management seriously and was responsible for some of the finest dancefloors across the nightlife of the time. Now selective of his outlets, we are pleased he chooses Sundae when he likes to put a needle to a record.

Arriving at the party with a bag of people movers on each arm, Big Jeff joins Chantal and Cool Hand Luke to revisit some of that funky business that set him in such good stead with clubbers here and overseas. A warm and generous party director, Jeff will bring a warm and fun atmosphere while at the same time celebrating his own birthday, so please join us so we can all share in the good cheer. Wish you were here. Come and see us this Sundae, we’ll see you by the riverside.

More info :: HERE
Watt Bar + Restaurant
New Farm Park
119 Lamington St

Big Jeff @ Sundae

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Sundae 22/6/14 :: Chris Wilson

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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 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 Chantal and Cool Hand Luke this Sundae.

Now, while we have many nice things to say about Chris here, of course behind every great man is a greater woman too and this week we celebrate the birthday of the lovely Tracy who has been along for much of the rollercoaster ride described above. Birthdays amongst our family are very important to us, so we will be taking time to properly celebrate both of the beautiful people comprising this couple. Join us as we pick out a suitably appropriate song for these two to dance to, we’ll be trying out tunes all afternoon long! See you by the riverside.

More info :: HERE
Watt Bar + Restaurant
New Farm Park
119 Lamington St

Chris Wilson @ Sundae

Sundae 15/6/14 :: Hakan Henry

We’ve been fortunate here at Sundae to have made so many great international friends, and this week we are checking in with our Turkish correspondent Hakan Henry to see what’s bumping in his studio. Hakan is a recent addition to the Sundae Brisbane family, however his report card is impressive, and he’s been dishing up great stuff at every appearance here at the party so let’s take a look inside Hakan’s record bag.

Telling a story all the way back to 1994 of huge developments taking place in the the Turkish dance music scene. Hakan has seen it first hand from his initial upbringing in his youth playing parties in his local community centre to managing the gyrations of thousands at clubs like Crystal, 11:11 and Maslak 2019. His list of known associates too shows some names we’ve come into contact with before. Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Fred Everything, Jt Donaldson, Raoul from Swirl People and Roy Ayers all took on parties set up by Hakan. Not content to manage proceedings in Istanbul, Hakan has had his passport stamped in clubs in New York, Chicago, London, Ibiza, Lucerne and Sofia.

In Brisbane, Hakan has been very selective about the parties he plays, sticking to the underground house events with quality guests, including helping bring Jimpster and Terrance Parker to the floor at our Sundae International parties. Totally down with the house sound, of course Hakan has a few flavours and flourishes to distinguish himself, though those that who know, know that he is fairly adept at making the human body twist and turn, or in our case here in the park, to chill and be chilled.

Of course our ever-effervescent hosts Chantal and Cool Hand Luke will be about to guide the afternoon all the way to it’s destination- getting you in the right place to unwind with your friends! Winter is just around the corner so come past and let’s turn the heat up as we welcome back Hakan Henry. We’ll see you by the riverside.

More info :: HERE
Watt Bar + Restaurant
New Farm Park
119 Lamington St

Hakan Henry @ Sundae

Sundae 8/6/14 :: Danny Cool

Our Vinyl Throwdown parties have become an institution here at Sundae, giving some of Brisbane’s favourite DJs a chance to dig through their collections, and a chance for our party people to check out some of the best recorded music around. This week we continue the theme with one of the funky finest record collections in Brisbane, along with the studious DJ in control of this unreal library, Danny Cool.

Danny has been for a long time a regarded record spinner, often pulling out classic tunes and sleeper hits that drag people from the dancefloor to the booth to snipe the track title and try to make it back to the floor before the break ends. Found about town at venues like X + Y, Laruche, Rumpus, Birdees and more, Danny has a built a strong following, both young and old, drawn to his party approach, and although recently making the digital conversion, vinyl records are still a big part of his performances.

Down here at Sundae we’re setting out the turntables for Danny’s imminent arrival, and we can expect an afternoon of hip hop, funk, soul, boogie and a dash of house and disco to be pumping out of the speakers. Perfect. Great afternoon tunes delivered straight from the needle in the groove to you, so join us in by the river soaking up some of that Danny Cool party vibe. We’ll see you in the sunshine.

More info :: HERE
Watt Bar + Restaurant
New Farm Park
119 Lamington St

Danny Cool Vinyl Throwdown @ Watt