There seems to be an uncontrollable urge in all of us to place all incoming information into neat little boxes in a hollow attempt to make sense of it all. From splitting music into meaningless genre classifications and sub-classifications to splitting ourselves into closed off social circles dictated by our ideas, faith, tastes and aesthetics. The more we divide and sub-divide, the further we drift from each other. If segregation and loss of individualization is the cost of trying to make sense of ourselves, then why make sense at all?
WHY MAKE SENSE? is a boutique event featuring artists that do not fit into compartments, filled with people that just want to live without the constraints of labels. Set in the lane way made infamous by the works of Bonsai and Twoone, Why Make Sense draws from its surroundings to present a unique set of artist including the Australian Debut performance of Julio Bashmore in a truly unique environment.
One of the freshest talents coming out of Bristol, JULIO BASHMORE is such a master of the ins and outs of American house that he gives the impression that he was born there. His output over the past year or so has flitted around the edges, never quite moving in a straight line, roping new styles and sounds onto house foundations with an always playful, deft touch. The funky strut of Um Bongo’s Revenge, the old school piano on Jack Got Macked, Footsteppin’s rich, elastic, 2-step accented, grooves. His trips back and forth in time have enabled him to present his work as a producer on labels like Dirty Bird, Soul Motive and Ten Thousand Yen (Doc Daneeka’s label) and to lay down his first “Essential Mix” for the BBC and reach success with one of the big hits of 2011, “Battle For Middle You” followed by the instant classic “Au Seve”
There’s something to be said for getting noticed, for standing out from the crowd. Standing out for the right reasons though isn’t always the case. London’s T. WILLIAMS is one of those ‘right’ cases, having accomplished a full sweep of merited recognition over the last couple of years. Emerging onto the house scene in 2010 via Tom Lea’s Local Action imprint, T.Williams instantly marked himself as a breakthrough artist with a difference; his unique take on house music turning heads. Ahead of the game with his productions, T.Williams also defies the conventions of deep house with his DJ sets seen across the UK and Europe as well as his weekly Rinse FM show. T.Williams’ mature and infectious DJing confronts genre limitation whilst never faltering to move the dance floor.
Hailing from Chelmsford, Essex, GOLD PANDA spent the early part of last year building a reputation as remixer du jour for the likes of Little Boots, Telepathe, Bloc Party, Simian Mobile Disco, Health and The Field, before releasing three EPs of his own material in the summer to huge critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, Dazed and Confused, The Guardian, NME and beyond. Live performances soon followed and his invigorated head hunched style quickly won further fans as well as establishing him as an artist who could play live rather than just prod at an expensive laptop.
With his raved-about remixes that quickly found the interested of various labels, blogs and tastemakers interest in his own material was inevitable and Gold Panda began culling his back-archive of material for a series of low key releases. The first was ‘Miyamae’, a 12” on Various, followed by the ‘Quitters Raga’ 7” on Make Mine, and the third, ‘Before’ was released digitally and on 250 limited CDs via Puregroove. The releases were heavily influenced from a year spent living in Japan, as well as B movies on vhs video, minimal techno and hip hop.
Now having essentially cleared the decks (bar the 100+ tracks that may one day creep into the open as he sees fit), 2013 will see Gold Panda releasing his 2nd album and pushing on and consolidating his quickly burgeoning reputation as one of the brightest names in the electronic scene.
It was in 2011 that the pair known as MARIBOU STATE started to seep into the souls of their followers after playing at one of Mixmag’s top 10 clubs nights – WAYF. It continued to be a successful year when a mix created for Hush House caught the attention of TFA and they were soon signed onto the label. The Habitat EP and Got Me Down single were quickly released the same year, although it wasn’t until the dulcet notes of Olivia eased through people’s speakers that the group really started to high tail it. Since then, their remixes of Jagga, 2 Bears, Wretch 32 and Crookers (which soared to number one in The Hype Machine) have earned them an array of followers. The well-respected Eddy Temple Morris of XFM weekly supports the 2 Bears remix and voted Olivia as ‘Tune of the Year’ as well as naming Maribou State his ‘Number one producers’ of 2012.
Friday March 8th – Grand Lane, Perth
Julio Bashmore & T Williams
w/ Boltsy, Clunk and more TBA
Saturday March 9th – Grand Lane, Perth
Gold Panda & Maribou State
w/ Kit Pop and more TBA