Aram cut his teeth as a Saturday night resident at eminent Melbourne nightclub Honkytonks alongside longtime pal Mike Callander in the glory days of Melbourne’s boutique club-drug scene. Together with Mike they mixed the nationally toured “Honkytonks: The Last Dance”, a double CD mix that remains one of the great dance compilations.
He is a regular player at Spice in Sydney and the Spice Afloat parties on Sydney Harbour, as well as his epic residency at Survivor! at home in Melbourne, Likes of You parties and of course, the legendary Revolver.
Aram continues to move onto bigger and better projects, with Steve Bug signing Aram’s first collaboration with Vincenzo titled ‘The Backyard’ for the Best Kept Secrets Vol 3 on German label Dessous Recordings, and along with another upcoming E.P. from the duo, to be released on UK label Winding Road this summer.
Recorded live at The Spice Cellar – Saturday 9th November 2013
Robbie Lowe, undeniably one of Australia’s finest and most influential DJ’s for the past two decades, has an ideal; play good quality house music. Staying true to what he loves, Robbie’s consistency as a selector of superior, non commercial electronic sounds see’s him at the top of his game, and has pegged him as the ‘go to’ guy for the most important of jobs. He has toured the world and played warm up sets for some of the world’s most respected underground artists. He holds a residency at the mighty Spice, Sydney’s premier after-hours party.
Considered world class by fans and peers, Robbie Lowe maintains his presence amongst Australia’s electronic music artists as one of the best. His sets speak for themselves, and as a DJ, Robbie has garnered praise of the highest form from some of the biggest names in the business.
Robbie Lowe is a gentleman, a special DJ with a deep understanding of music. His fans and friends alike love him.
Recorded live at The Spice Cellar – Saturday 9th November 2013
Marco Niemerski AKA Tensnake is a German DJ and producer from Hamburg best known for the biggest underground crossover dance tune of 2010 in ‘Coma Cat’, a killer DJ compilation and a string of critically acclaimed remixes for Aloe Blacc, Hercules And Love Affair and Azari & III.
Born in 1975 and raised on a diet of disco, soul, boogie and funk, Marco Niemerski started his musical journey listening to pop stars like Simple Minds and Duran Duran on the radio. “When I was 16, I would drive my Vespa and listening to stuff like The Who and The Small Faces, the UK sound. But then I came back to electronic music…”
Marco started producing himself while working at a music promotion company called Public Propaganda. His first purchases were a Yamaha SY85 and a Roland Juno 106. Since then he’s never looked back and thanks to ‘Coma Cat’ and a killer live show that showcases his distinctive sound, 2010 was a major turning point career-wise for Tensnake and in 2011 he took the next step, working with The Vinyl Factory to release a limited editions live show called Tensnake Live+, including 2 brand new 12” tracks, plus 3 specially commissioned edits, a 60 minute Tensnake live mix and artwork designed Dutch collective Droog.
Recorded live at The Spice Cellar – Saturday 9th June 2013
DJ …. producer …. remixer …. label owner …. radio broadcaster …. venue licensee ……. entertainment booker…….. club owner …… SPICE founder ……. A&R ……. proud father …….. Bondi Beach bum …… generally speaking a pretty busy guy, but a happy one doing something he genuinely loves.
Murat is a key part of the Australian Dance Music scene for all of the above reasons and continues to lead the way in his home town Sydney in the house & techno scene. He plays at all major festivals and continues his 10 year residency at Sydney clubbing institution SPICE playing the 4am slot week in week out. It gives us great pleasure to release this recording as testament for the longevity Murat has proven by being consistently good week in week out…..for 10 years!!!! Hats off to PAPPA SPICE!!!!
Watch out for forthcoming releases on OFF Recordings, Stil Vor Talent, Reckless Republic and Circle Music.
Recorded live at The Spice Cellar Saturday 3rd August 2013 circa 5am !
It sounds like a fairy tale: In 2005, 29-year old OLIVER KOLETZKI presses 500 copies of his underground hit ʻDer Mückenschwarmʼ onto vinyl. One of those white labels lands in Sven Väth’s record bag and whenever he plays the track, the people go wild. Shortly thereafter techno-king Väth signs the track on his empire Cocoon Recordings. ʻDer Mückenschwarmʼ – already considered a classic – becomes the best sold techno record of 2005, the best ever selling record on Cocoon and OLIVER KOLETZKI gets voted newcomer of the year in the prestigious Groove magazine.
But one would be fooled to think that this was the start of Oliver’s musical career. Since the tender age of 12 OLIVER KOLETZKI has been deeply infected with the production virus. He starts out by programming hip-hop beats on the C64, but quickly falls in love with more electronic sounds like breakdance and synth-pop, which he produces on the first Amiga computers. When he turns 18, he also starts to DJ in his hometown of Braunschweig and quickly becomes a regular in the local clubs. In 2000 he decides to move to Berlin to study music, as well as the cityʼs excessive nightlife. He promptly lands himself DJ gigs in smaller clubs and bars, but with the release of his first record things change for the better. In the summer of 2005 he starts to play festivals, gets booked by the most prestigious clubs all over the world and remixes the likes of Rockers Hi-Fi, Client or Cassius. However, while superstardom is lurking around every corner, Oliver stays down to earth: “I have been making music for nearly twenty years now. That provides me with a stable base against going nuts. Basically, I am still doing the same thing Iʼve been doing for years now: making music during the week and playing out on the weekends, even if it is on a slightly different scale now.”
In October 2005, while still riding on the success of his debut single, Oliver realises one of his biggest dreams: to start his own label. He founds Stil vor Talent, a label dedicated to pushing new artists and creating a platform for a huge variation of quality electronic dance music – from minimal techno over groovy house to pop music. “From the beginning I wanted to give people the same chance that I’ve had and offer them a platform to release their music. However: the quality of the music is the priority above everything else. Firstly, I have to like it”, Oliver comments on the philosophy of his label. And he is a workaholic. He still spends countless hours listening to demo tracks and goes out to see newcomers play live in small clubs. Up until now, Stil vor Talent can look back on over 65 releases that include Oliverʼs first artist album ʻGet Wastedʼ, the über-hit ʻ3 Tage Wachʼ or Oliver’s latest electronically influenced pop albums ʻGroßstadtmärchenʼ and ʻLovestonedʼ.
OLIVER KOLETZKI proves that it is possible to achieve commercial success through an underground sensibility, of which Lützenkirchenʼs ironic afterhour manifesto ʻ3 Tage Wachʼ is the best example: the song turns into the best-sold techno track of 2008. In 2009 Oliver continues this success story with the release of his debut LP ʻGroßstadtmärchenʼ – an electro-pop album featuring national and international big names such as Mieze Katz (MIA), Axel Bosse or Die Raketen as well as many newcomers such as singers Juli Holz, Pyur and Fran. With ʻGroßstadtmärchenʼ Oliver has achieved what only few techno producers manage to do: he made a record that marries pop aesthetics with club credibility. In 2010 Oliver seamlessly continued in collaboration with singer Fran and thus showed his tender side with the album ʻLovestonedʼ. While 2011 primarily revolved around Stil vor Talentʼs sixth anniversary as well as a number of high-caliber remixes, the spring of 2012 is going to witness the release of a new LP: ʻGroßstadtmärchen IIʼ. Here, Oliver remains true to his extremely musical style and thus combines melodic house with vocals by renowned artists like Jake the Rapper, Axel Bosse and Fran, and younger vocalists such as Jan Blomqvist, Björn Störig or Juli Holz.
In the summer of 2009, Oliver moreover founded his live band The Koletzkis with a few of his good mates as well as his wife, Fran. The Koletzkis have been touring through Europe for the past two years, filling concert venues and festival tents alike.
Label manager, producer, DJ, bandleader: above all, Oliver still manages to fill clubs around the world and makes people smile to his energetic DJ sets. Be it in the best clubs of Europe such as London’s Fabric or Berlin’s Watergate or major festivals like MELT!, Oliver knows how to perform and connect with his audience.
Recorded live at The Spice Cellar – Saturday 27th January 2013
“I always get the feeling that I’m not fashionable at all. And that’s not the point of it anyway. All I can say about my music is this is me and hope other people share the same ideas.”
As the world of electronic music continues to move away from the dry, minimal sound, Move D’s warm, deep past looks prescient. But while deep house and ambient music may once again fall out of favor, David Moufang, the man behind the Move D name, will most likely keep plugging away until the whole thing comes around again. (After all, he’s already been at it for more than 20 years.) He has been churning out the hits with a string of incredible releases for labels like Smallville, Warp, Source Records, Bine, Plug Research, Workshop and Modern Love.
David Moufang is a German ambient techno musician. He records with his partner, Jonas Grossmann as Deep Space Network project and his solo releases as Move D. His other projects include Earth to Infinity, Reagenz, Koolfang, and Conjoint
Moufang’s early influences were space, technology, and, of course, music. After becoming proficient in percussion and guitar, he ventured into the world of early electronic music. In 1989, he was introduced to techno; he spent time in clubs that played ambient techno, and before too long ventured out into production and mixing. Moufang has continued making music into the present day, releasing a number of albums, EPs, and singles, both under the Deep Space Network Moniker as well as his solo name, Move D.
In 1992, he founded Source Records with Grossman, and the pair released their first material together that same year, as Earth to Infinity. One year later, Moufang and Grossman released their first Deep Space Network LP, Big Rooms, and the album received American distribution through Instinct. Moufang branched out in a big way during 1994-95: he released the solo album Solitaire on Fax, the Move D debut Kunststoff on Source, and collaborated with Spacetime Continuum’s Jonah Sharp as Reagenz for a self-titled album on Reflective.
Moufang’s often confusing timeline continued in 1996 with another Move D release (Exploring the Psychedelic Landscape) and two more DSN works, Deep Space Network Meets Higher Intelligence Agency and Traffic: Live at the Love Parade. In 1997, he inaugurated yet another project, an ambient-jazz unit known as Conjoint.
Since then Move D has been releasing music on quality labels like Workshop, Electric Minds & Running Back to name but a few whilst also curating DJ mixes for Resident Adviser, Louche, FACT Magazine – all this has been fitted in with extensive touring playing the some of the best venues around the world!
Recorded live at The Spice Cellar – Saturday 13th April 2013
Local legend Simon Caldwell coming through with the next instalment for SpiceCast, a live recording of his warm up set for Move D in The Spice Cellar back in March this year.
The man needs no introduction, he simply is.. “The Man.” His impeccable musical taste and inspiring DJ skills is why he is widely considered to be the best in the business.
There’s a certain sense of anticipation that fills the room when Simon Caldwell steps up.. You know your in for an amazing experience, you know your about to be treated to something special and you know you’re about to get locked into a groove that you won’t wanna come out of..
He has managed to avoid the stifling ‘style’ classification so many other DJ’s trap themselves into, keeping himself free to draw on his varied loves of deep, soulful house, techno, funk, jazz, electro, booty, hip hop and anything else which catches his ear. He currently holds down Monday Sunset on FBI Radio, and is resident/co-promoter of Mad Racket, a Sydney underground party institution.
To list the internationals that Simon regularly plays with would require another few pages but to name a few, simon has played alongside- Moodymann, Derrick Carter, Derrick May, Andy Weatherall, Pepe Bradock, Mark Farina, Theo Parrish, Q-Bert, DJ Godfather, Richie Hawtin, Kelli Hand, Frankie Knuckles, Gilles Peterson. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
As a DJ, Simon Caldwell continues to push new ideas and influences while still being able to draw on the history of his expansive and discriminating record collection. Whether he’s playing deep house, techno, ambient, soul, hip hop, bangin’ Chicago house, Detroit electro or jazz, you can expect to hear the old alongside the new, but in the hands of Simon Caldwell, music is timeless.
Every weekend DJ Katie Drover sits comfortably at the controls in one of Melbourne’s thriving clubbing spots with the dancefloor hanging on her every move. Not bad for a player who spends her days working as a mathematician.
Such is the depth of her experience that, since cutting her teeth at Room680 in 2002, Drover has played just about everywhere you can imagine in a city known for its long-standing commitment to electronic music: from Tramp, in the basement of a strip club underneath the notorious King Street, to closing sets on an enormous stage at internationally acclaimed Falls Festival on New Year’s Eve, to her regular appearances at infamous Melbourne nightspots such as Revolver and OneSixOne, at Sydney’s Mardi Gras, and at countless other music festivals such as Summadayze and Future Music Festival, not to mention in the back of a ute for the opening of the AFL Grand Final, the launch of the Honda Jazz, and as an ambassador for Pioneer Pro DJ.
Then, when you consider her ongoing commitment to her Speaker Syrup program on Proton Radio, plus previous radio work on Kiss FM and a monthly residency on Triple J, it becomes clear that Drover’s commitment to the craft of DJing is all-encompassing.
Few would disagree that the sky’s the limit for Katie Drover. With production being next on her list of things to conquer, her determination to succeed will no doubt see her continue to break boundaries on and off the dance floor.
Its been quite a while between drinks for the SpiceCast and for that, we’re sorry. But rest assured we will be making it up to you with what we have coming up and to show that we aren’t just talking baloney, we’ve come out with a heavy hitter.
SPICE had the pleasure of hosting Sebastian Doering in March this year for the Sydney leg of his first Australian tour under the guise of Lovebirds. Following 3 excellent singles on the much-respected Winding Road Records label, Lovebirds is big news right now with labels Freerange and Buzzin Fly hot on his heels, eager to sign his tracks.
The Lovebirds sound is like a blast from the past with house steroids packing serious production muscle. Listening to Lovebirds is like taking trip back to the 70s and 80s – but riding in a gleaming futuristic spaceship…
If you were there on the night you will be as excited as we were to re-visit this stellar night for the Spice Cellar.
SpiceCast 013 – HOT TODDY & DANIELLE MOORE (Crazy P DJ Set – UK)
Hot Toddy (the brains behind one of the best live dance acts on the planet in Crazy P) and vocalist Danielle Moore have been leaving their mark on the landscape of dance music for the last 14 years and counting.
Since 1998 they have released SIX superb disco fuelled albums as Crazy P(enis), and numerous albums/EPs,/Singles and remixes as solo artists. The thing about these guys is that quality is always guaranteed when they put out a release. It’s that undeniable sound of soul, funk and electronica that just ooozes class. Their latest Crazy P album- ’When We On’ was voted ‘Best Dance Album of 2011′ by iTunes.
In amongst all the band touring and solo artist work, the duo have also been working with some of the most influential electronic artists going around like Jamie Jones, Soul Clap, Wolf+Lamb, KiNK, Morgan Geist, Empire of the Sun, Reboot, Joey Negro, Mousse T, PBR Streetgang and Sam Sparro.
Recorded live at The Spice Cellar – Saturday 16h November 2012