Amin PaYnE has built a serious reputation as both prolific producer and unmissable live performer since moving to Australia to further his music career from New Zealand. After first making beats on ‘a real slow desktop computer, guitar and karaoke mike’, Amin spent years experimenting with sampling what ever he could find, including cassette tapes and DVDs, whilst his music was shaped by his love for dusty milk-crate records and his ever growing collection. Having defined his own unique sound, Amin now mixes the soulful influences of his hometown in Auckland and the experimental beats of Melbourne’s electronic scene that he has found himself a prominent part of. With his blend of soulful music with forward-thinking sensibilities, Amin’s talent has not gone unnoticed, and after his first release 2012’s ‘Cosmic Disfunktions’, he was asked to perform as part of Red Bull Music Academy’s Beat Suite, alongside a fifteen-piece orchestra, notable local beat makers, turntablists and Aloe Blacc and Ladi 6 to a sold-out crowd in Melbourne’s Recital Hall.
Having studied Sound and Audio Engineering at SAE College, Amin’s inspiration comes from a life-time spent as a constant crate digger with influences as varied as J-Dilla, Pete Rock, Kashiff, Isley Brothers, and Marvin Gaye. “Because my music is mostly instrumental I have the freedom to explore and infuse different genres and add a modern feel to it. My current sound is very hip-hop, future funk and future beat, but I’ve even made a deep house track and used a Brazilian sample for my new album. I mean, why not? I’m trying everything I can to challenge myself and keep things fresh but consistent at the same time,” says Amin.
A vital member of the Operatives, Amin is also the co-founder of Condensed Milk, a collective that is renown for drawing a crowd for it’s parties, talent showcases and DJ sets across Melbourne and releasing several acclaimed compilations of local and International artists. His own music has appeared on many mix tapes – from NZ’s ‘Cosmic Compilations Avant Guard Series’ to Paris’s Laruche Records mixtapes – and his unique re-flips of James Blake’s ‘Limit To Your Love’ and Hiatus Kaiyote’s ‘The World It Softly Lulls’ – are out through Darker Than Wax and promoted through esteemed music magazine Wax Poetics. His first LP ‘Cosmic Disfunktions’ was released through France’s Cascade Records and this year has seen him release his first vinyl 12” – ‘Collision’ with Ben Bada Boom. His latest project, ‘George Benson Tribute’ hit over 10,000 plays on Soundcloud in the first week it was online.
With a sound that has drawn fans from across the globe, his live set’s are unmatched by few Australian producers. Incorporating live beats, his distinguished record collection and remixes; he uses drum machines and turntables as well as live instrumentation, which has furthered his reputation as an exceptional performer as well as a talented producer.
Thanks to the success of his live shows and unstoppable music, Amin has shared stages with Aloe Blacc, Ladi6, Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Peanut Butter Wolf, Eric Lau, Hudson Mohawke, Oddisee, Suff Daddy, Ras G, Melo-X, Julien Dyne, Hiatus Kaiyote,@ Peace, and Katchafire.
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