Sundae 21/8/11 :: Brett J + Zach Salar

Out and about in our fair city, we find ourselves amongst good company all about the place. There is a strong group of musicians and DJs, all very friendly, and all great at what they do. Through the month of August weโ€™re opening up the decks to some renowned Brisbane partnerships, friends and musical co-conspirators who are particular close, in sound and sensibility, who compliment and challenge each other, and if nothing else, can keep each other line. This week we sit down with Zach Salar and Brett J.

Both Zach and Brett are no stranger to the late night party, each arriving by a different route but both have built on a genuine love for house music, technical proficiency at the mixer, and a dedication to the wellbeing of the dancer. Together they share a drive to deliver maximum effect to the party, and encouraging the associated big smiles, arms in the air and lost marbles that are the hallmarks of a well trained deck technician in their element. Between the two of them, they have brought this effervescence to GPO, Ahlambra, Monastery, Barsoma, and indeed each have turned out a soulful afternoon session for us here at Sundae.

Not enough to find themselves at all the cityโ€™s hotspots over the weekend, the boys put together a broadcast during the week to keep in touch with their fans, at the time the first of its kind in Brisbane. Each week, the Nightvision podcast attracted thousands of listeners, eager to hear Brett and Zachโ€™s particular slice of Brisbane dance music flavour, and keep up to date with their fresh and forthright take on the state of the house sound in our little city.

This week at Sundae finds us in the company of another pair of skilled spinners that shared a house at some point, or at the very least spend enough time hanging out that they are comfortable taking noise complaints from the neighbours. Zach Salar and Brett J drop by to drop in some funk filled afterhours sound crossing deep house, disco and other good vibes. So come and get amongst the usual good cheer of a lazy afternoon with the sublime Sundae sound. See you by the riverside.

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Sundae 13/3/11 :: Brett J

When we select our special guests to spin at Sundae, we look for genuine enthusiasm, musical pedigree and just good natured party people. It helps to have a solid knowledge of the history, but most of all, we like to see a big grin from ear to ear whenever a fat tune comes on the speakers.

Our guest this week ticks all the boxes and then some. Brett J joins us at the tables this week for his first Sundae session, but it would seem like he’s been preparing for it all his life. Brett is a classic Brisbane house head: well versed in the different flavours, a solid resume in the downtown area, at all the hot places like GPO and Barsoma in Brisbane, and Moulin Rouge, Home and Candy’s Apartment in Sydney. But best of all, he is just a fun DJ to get down to.

With so much experience at the peak time, and so much dance music history behind him, it is easy to see why his performances are, well, easy. It’s so simple- step in the club, take a breath, catch your friends, and dive right in. See? Easy.

Sundae is all about the easygoing vibe too, so of course we’re going to get along and get down. Join us as we welcome Brett J to the outdoor party that gets down the best. See you in the sunshine.

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Sundae 16/1/11 :: Andy Ward [UK/Soul Central]

As summer is only just arriving in Brisbane this will surely see the release of pent up holiday tension while also providing a cracking start to the new year for the Sundae faithful. Get down early to reserve your real estate. We’ll see you in the sunshine.

From an early start in the Birmingham rave scene in the early 90’s, Andy Ward has established himself as one of the keenest vinyl pushers on the planet. His early years found him traipsing all over the English countryside, with record bag in tow, turning up on the doorstep of seminal clubs Cream, Back to Basics, and Miss Moneypennys, before finding his home at Ministry of Sound’s Soul Heaven night.

From the very epicentre of the dance music world, Andy carved a six year residency pushing funky soulful business week in week out, both ensuring his credentials as an expert dj, and endearing him to thousands of fans. Drawing on a variety of influences, from early Chicago house to banging rave anthems, Andy helped define a sound that was both refreshing and timeless. Rare grooves were bouncing off mechanical tones, while lush vocals brought the sexy, and solid basslines brought the oomph. Over time, the sound became more refined, and before long Ibiza and Europe took up his unique perspective on the dancefloor dynamics.

In between all this airport hopping, Andy found time to get down in the studio with Timmy Vegas as ‘Soul Central’ further cementing his position as an expert soul provider whilst also punching out releases under his own name.

Andy’s visit to Brisbane this time around, while short, will see him take to both club and afterparty, first visiting our friends at Alhambra, before joining us this Sundae for a special sunset selection at Brisbane’s home of laidback. Joining Andy Ward, are Brett J and Zach Salar of Nightvision, and of course Cool Hand Luke.

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