One of Brisbane’s more colourful characters, Rikki Newton is a familiar face in many of our favourite haunts. Well schooled in the trade, Rikki came up through Press Club, in the early years of this decade, following an inspiring trip to London that flicked his switch after he found himself recovering at Lazy Dog.
Over the next few seasons Rikki worked out of the Uncle rooom as part of the ‘dream team’ lineup that dominated Brisbane’s Saturdays from 2006-09. Always keen to do his own thing though, Rikki moved himself, and a little party idea that he was incubating, to Barsoma. Rikki’s Subtrakt parties have now become something of record in Brisbane. Always keen to test the limits of dancers, and Liquor Licensing’s tolerance of his post-sunrise antics, Subtrakt has seen some key names in deep house roll through, including Steve Bug, Charles Webster, Vincenzo, Dixon and more. Now in it’s seventh year, Subtrakt has taken a number of venues to a new level, including Bowler Bar, Capulet, and of course their spiritual home at Barsoma, amongst a number of boat parties, bowls sessions, and other outdoor activities.
In more recent times, Rikki has been reaching further afield, with appearances in Sydney, in particular, Sash, the Sunday morning party, and an involved interest in the upcoming Andromeda festival mean Rikki’s keeping his schedule full. In between all these engagements, Rikki finds time to put his head down in the studio and process some of the great music he uncovers each week. Once we locked in our little date with the man, away he went to start selecting some tunes, so we know there are some sublime sounds coming our way.
Rikki’s enthusiasm for the sport can be seen everytime he takes to the decks, and his deep house style will make you bounce too. Rikki’s tunes cross electronica, disco, instrumental hip hop and deep house, moving from mood to mood in an effortless slide across the landscape of the afternoon, so do yourself a favour, and get involved. Chantal and Cool Hand Luke will be in effect, setting the scene for the return to the controls for Rikki Newton. A regular figure in the Sundae crowd, don’t miss him when he takes to the Sundae control room this week. See you in the sunshine.