Well happy New Year to you too! Our beautiful Sundae family made our 2014, and we can’t stop/won’t stop for you as we break open a fresh 2015. It’s summer in the city so we’re bringing our Kombi Van ‘Ruby’ to take you on a journey outside yourselves for the afternoon. We welcome back to the party our international friend Chikashi from Japan and have assembled a rag tag roadtrip crew to provide your summer vibes taking over from the golden afternoon late into the simmering evening.
Our Gasometer party is held in stylish surroundings in the Gasworks complex, and all the family are welcome to this free event. With live sax and some of Brisbane’s best DJ’s we look forward to seeing you in the sun.
Sundae 11th January
From 2pm – 9pm
Skyring Terrace, Newstead, Brisbane, Australia
Chikashi Nishikawa ::
Chikashi Nishiwaki’s musical adventure began all the way back in 1987, and for over quarter of a century he has delivered only the finest audio to discerning ears. Hailing from the Fukui region right on the coast near the centre of Japan, Chikashi has based his operations there while maintaining an international presence. In his home country, he is renowned for sophisticated dancefloor jazz, boogie, Afro, Latin, and Brazilian soulful beats, always presented on vinyl. He developed his own sound alongside Japanese luminaries DJ Krush, Kyoto Jazz Massive and Toshio Matsuura and continues to this day with deep vinyl explorations seeking out the right tunes to “for people to dance and be happy.” Indeed, his own club, “Tree Cafe” in Tsuruga is now approaching it’s 8th year, and is regarded by audiophiles and serious record collectors as a fine example of a club where music comes first. Our very own Peter G is set to appear at the club’s 8th Anniversary party, no doubt attracted to the attention to detail found in every stage of the party process, from atmosphere to speaker design to music policy.
Some of our older Brisbane clubbers may remember Chikashi’s first visits to Australia about a decade ago, where he joined the Good Vibrations tour. Basing himself in Brisbane at the time, he was a favourite at some of our little city’s eclectic independent parties and held his own across many different party situations. Internationally too, Chikashi has toured extensively and often attracted the attention of artists such as Gilles Petersen, Jazztronik and Nicola Conte who have subsequently visited him at his club in Japan. As a producer too, Chikashi has provided remix talent for a number of artists from deep dub sounds to jazzy breakbeats, boogie and more on respected Japanese labels such as Mighty Highness, Ak47 and Audiosutra, among others.
Thomas Prime ::
Thomas Prime is the split personality of club promoter Thomas Gazal who some of us will have found ourselves in shades of trouble on the dancefloor with before. Bringing an enthusiastic approach to Brisbane’s nocturnal venues, Thomas quickly settled in to dual roles as presenter and selecter. Across numerous nightspots and local festivals Thomas has now punched tickets at Future Music, Stereosonic, Parklife, Listen Out and more.
Arriving out our soiree with a funky, chilled but infectiously bouncy vibe, Thomas Prime is joining the ranks of Brisbane DJs as a mature party operator, and brings with him a bumping playlist for the roadtrip across the afternoon in the kombi.
Rapidly rising amongst the ranks of Brisbane’s nocturnal selectors, Cliftonia brings a boogie mix of house, disco and party beats. An impressive schedule including Family, Alfred & Constance, Limes, Capulet, Laruche, The Fox, Woolly Mammoth, Soleil Bar and more has kept him from the party, but arrives for his debut at Sundae with bags of the good stuff: enthusiasm for the party, and sweet groovy tunes.
Now that we’ve finally got him on the ground here, Cliftonia will be taking over driving duties in the bus on his first day out so get ready to buck and swerve once he gets behind the wheels.
Mr Sparkle ::
One of Brisbane’s hardest working party starters, engineering all manner of social interaction in rooms big and small, DJ Mr Sparkle seeks to create a convivial atmosphere through funky, soulful goodness and big beats to tease out big smiles and feed sweaty dance floors. Taking on any party situation, Sparkles’ backs himself with a lifetime of interaction with music, calling on influences such as a music teaching mum, early years of soul and funk immersion and roller skating discos, through to the Manchester sounds of the 90’s, acid jazz and old school hip hop. All the while incubating an interest in the emerging rave, house and club sounds of the time.
For over ten years, Sparkles has been a mainstay at the best of Brisbane’s club rotations, taking on The Met, The Family, Press Club, The Wickham, Uber, GPO, Main Squeeze, Monastery and Jorge amongst many others. In the warmer months, Sparkles fills his days with outings such as Summerfieldayze, BBQ Breaks, Future Music Festival, Parklife and the like and performs under various guises, including Dubs… Down Under Beatmasters- his live collective, performing at Byblos Portside.
Russian on Percussion ::
Russian, also known about these parts as Peter G. has long been a close member of the Sundae family, bringing both dj sets and live instrumentation to the party. Also known about town for his many activities, not least of course his long relationship with Cloudland, Press Club and Family.
Peter is a versatile musician across many instruments and disciplines and we imagine that he will be weaving this golden goodness in amongst the party people bringing the boom bap to the party in his usual swinging style.
Cool Hand Luke ::
Cool Hand Luke has been a central fixture of Brisbane’s nightlife, and some daytime activities too, for nearly a decade and a half now. In that time he has racked up an incredible list of residencies including Family, Zuri, Cloudland, Alhambra, Alloneword, Therapy, and many, many more. His enthusiastic approach to the party, smooth, effortless mixing and solid selection have endeared him to thousands of fans in this little city, and more than a few around the world.
Called upon to support a list of visiting international artists far too numerous to list here, though many of you will remember warm ups for Terrence Parker, Jimpster, DJ Spinna and Nile Rogers in recent times, and indeed just the other day with Terry Farley. Luke is the man behind the van so once he gets her revving, you lot better get on board.
Chantal first came to attention thumping funky house out of the park at Therapy and just kept on keeping on from there, taking on Limes, Zuri, Press Club and all sorts of other parties too. Originally a dancer, Chantal brought a unique perspective to dance music, and brought a technical prowess to support her groovy tunes. Brisbane clubbers quickly came about, and Chantal too has amassed a significant number of people that have wobbled to her music.
Last week saw Chantal at the wheels fronting Derrick Carter and taking the crowd for a ride there, so getting behind the wheel of the kombi should be no problem for her. Sundae is Chantal’s wheelhouse so no doubt we are in for a treat.
Benn Hopkins ::
Benn has been organising, promoting and DJing for well over a decade, Benn has supported the likes of Sonny Fodera, Derrick Carter, Kinky Movement, Kenny Dope, Random Soul, Joshua Heath, DJ Spinna, Ron Carroll, Jay-J, and Seth Troxler, all while maintaining the back end production needs of the venue and of course, his involvement here with us at Sundae.
On the festival circuit Benn has played at Future Music, Soaked, Listen Out, Valley Fiesta and Creamfields, as well as this Benn has held down spots at numerous Brisbane venues such as Laruche, Zuri, Press Club, Black Bird and Bacchus. Wider than this Benn has played interstate as well internationally at the Miami Music Conference and Philadelphia beside some of the biggest names in house music. Benn is also one of a select few artists to have been chosen to appear on Hed Kandi’s Australian DJ roster, most recently alongside Alton Miller a few days ago. Hope he’s ready to be the designated driver though, as he’ll be driving Ruby later in the day.
Sharif D ::
Sharif has become renowned around the Brisbane club circuit as the ‘sax man’, jamming and adlibbing with a large host of Brisbane’s top DJ’s and musicians. Throughout his performance career he’s played at a range of high profile festivals and clubs, including: Future Music,Good Vibrations, Summerfieldayz, Global Gathering, Valley Fiesta and Stereosonic, alongside Sydney clubs: Goldfish, Tank, Chinese Laundry and Yu. On the Brisbane scene he held down residencies at every quality club you can think of.
Sharif has had releases from labels Onelove, Hi Tech , Integrity, Diventa Music (Germany) and Summer Rain Recordings (UK). Through these releases his music has varied from downtempo, chillout, acid jazz, deep house, tech House, breakbeat, electro, trip hop and funk. More recently collaborating on releases and remixes from folk and world music, todisco to drum’n’bass. Sharif’s been hanging out here with us at Sundae a couple times now so it will be great to see him back in the wagon.