The Operatives have teamed up with Monteith’s Cider and Howler Melbourne to bring you some of the most original, interesting and all out bangin’ electronica artists from the furthest reaches of the Australia. Renown for not only bringing you the most ground-breaking international artists, Espionage events always have one foot in the community and this gig will be showcasing some of the very best sounds we’ve found in the local scene. From the Gold Coast to our own backyard, we’re proud to present Espionage With Our Friend that will be the home of not one, but two EP launches – Pace’s Julian and Dizz1’s Every Day Grind!
Mikey Perry, aka Paces, has been a busy guy. Whether he’s being named a ‘Top New Producer to Watch’ by inthemix; receiving national airplay love on Triple J; producing tracks for Tkay Maidza’s upcoming EP; remixing the likes of Kilter, Danny T, Rattraps, Parachute Youth, YesYou and Sampology;
Paces sound is truly unique. Mixing influences as wide as Jersey Club, the future-beat movement and with a nod to UK Garage, he’s crafted a style which is undeniably his own and could sit at home amongst any of his musical idols the likes of Cashmere Cat, Ta-Ku and Branchez. With his latest release JULIAN released through DIEHIGH records taking over blogs and radio alike, we can’t wait to see what 2014 brings for this determined producer, whose last spot at an Espionage gigs saw him playing an MPC so hard his finger’s bled!
Known for his “feel”… Whether it’s scratching, drumming or programming those sideways beats… Dizz1 has a keen ear for that pocket sound. Melbourne based turntablist, producer, drummer and teacher, Dave Norris – DIZZ1 – has been involved in the music industry for over 10 years, both at home and abroad, including two years in Japan and a graduate of the esteemed Red Bull Music Academy.
With releases on Dutch label Kindred Spirits, a 12″ on Black Acre Records and forth coming EP that has already been previewed by the likes of FACT Magazine and Vice’s electronic channel THUMP, on Tru Thoughts that features no short of Aloe Blacc, Om’Mas Keith (Sun-Ra) and Warrior Queen – we’re looking forward to that one dropping on the 17th of Feb, just in time to see this prolific producer spin it live at Howler.
Whether its 3am warehouse vibes or tripped-out visuals your after, Melbourne-based friendships have got you covered. Behind the audiovisual duo are ‘ships’, also know as Nicholas Brown on the production and Mischa Grace on projections. As for releases, they have a split EP with fellow Melburnians Audego and the debut EP, the brightly titled ‘I’m an impressionist, you’re dumb: a compilation of bass tracks’, which they say is a light-hearted reflection on internet culture and sounds like a combination of UK bass, twisted RnB and with the energy of a sweaty party house party.
Alongside our guest’s we’ve got Operatives stalwarts ABLE8 – joined by vocalist MELODY MYA – SEAN DEANS, JPS and NAM live on the night as well as a DJ set by the recently Elgo Records signed KIRKIS. The avenues of art and expression are ever expanding – and we’re lucky enough to have an incredible musical community here in Australia – celebrate what’s going to be an incredible year for these artists with us, in the ten-year anniversary of The Operatives.
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