Earth Frequency Festival is all but upon us, with thousands descending on Ivory’s Rock this weekend for Queensland’s favourite weekend of the year.
This year, Open Records has the pleasure of hosting the Sunday techno and house session on the Subterran Stage to help celebrate 10 years of the label. After guiding you through the entire weekend’s fun in the Open Records Guide To Earth Frequency Festival 2017, we’re now giving you a taste of the tunes you should expect when you hit the d-floor on Sunday. We hope to see you all down there getting crazy with us on the Subterran and make sure you bring your snorkel – things are going to get deep!
CINII (SEQ) 8AM
A pioneering member of the South-East Queensland festival scene, Cinii kicks off the session with his unique fusion of deep dub vibes and techno sounds. Expect the unexpected as the legend of the local scene delivers the perfect opener to the day on the Subterran.
JESSE KUCH (BRISBANE) 9.15AM
Open Records label manager Jesse Kuch has been DJing at Earth Frequency since the label’s inception 10 years ago. After recently relaunching Open after a period in hiatus, the label is back at full steam and regularly smashing the Beatport charts and attracting he support of the world’s biggest DJs. Celebrate the decade milestone with his genre-bending brand of deep grooves, taking in house, techno and progressive, and loads of fresh sounds from Australia.
With the label from the start, Richie was the first Open DJ from outside of Cairns and released Prime Groover on our first compilation Slow-Release. A little quiet in recent years but respected far and wide as one of Australia’s original festival DJs, Eegor is known for his epic journeys into progressive, techno, tribal, house and groove. No stranger to the Earth Frequency stage, we can’t wait to see him back in Queensland for the first time in a long time!
DOPPEL (CANBERRA) NOON
Fast-rising Canberra talent Doppel will no doubt be one of the highlights of not only the day, but the festival. Soaked in melodic lushness but underpinned by intricate percussive rhythms, twisted effects and solid bass grooves, his new release Melt on Open Records was a Top.5 hit on Beatport and garnered the support of some of the biggest in the business including Sasha, Guy J, Jamie Stevens, Nick Warren, Silicone Soul, Lost Desert, Eelke Kleijn, Moosefly and many more. No longer Australia’s best kept secret, Doppel is becoming a regular face in the Australian festival calendar, with sets at Subsonic Music Festival, Dragon Dreaming, Rabbits Eat Lettuce, Manifest and now, Earth Frequency.
D-SENS (FRANCE/MELBOURNE) 1.30PM
Another one of the original players on Open Records, D-Sens had two tunes on Slow-Release and has been a great friend and collaborator with the label ever since. The French master is one of the country’s favourite touring DJs and producers and now calls Melbourne home. With decades of experience in the studio and on the stage, every D-Sens set is nothing short of epic – don’t miss one of the artists that inspired Open Records in the first place!
JAY BERRY (BRISBANE) 3PM
Jay Berry brings the sound of the Brisbane underground club culture to the bush for his Earth Frequency debut. As a resident and music director of Dragonfruit at Capulet, Brisbane’s premiere house and techno brand, Jay Berry is one of Queensland’s busiest DJs.
He supports the world’s finest talent on an almost weekly basis at Brisbane’s only dedicated house and techno club, plus is finding his way onto the festival stage as well with sets at Manifest, Rabbits Eat Lettuce and Electric Gardens.
BEN JAMIN (BRISBANE) 4.30PM
Ben Jamin is one of the pioneers of the outdoor party scene in Australia, throwing events in and around Sydney since the mid nineties until the early naughties. After spending the last 12 years living overseas, he has returned to our shores with a new sound and a fresh outlook on the outdoor music culture. He is interested in all things electronic, from dirty crunchy beats and breaks, tech house to techno, progressive to psychedelic trance, as well as chill and dub, with just one rule; it’s got to be deep and take you on a journey. We like the sound of that!
DYLAN GRIFFIN (MELBOURNE) 6PM
AU Underground founder Dylan Griffin is one of Australia’s most consummate DJs and tastemakers. His popular podcast series and radio show has grown into Australia’s premiere showcase of innovative homegrown electronic music talent from the techno and house spectrum, with weekly airtime of Kiss FM in Melbourne and a strong following across the globe. His own sets are always bang on on as well, ensuring he’s a regular face at Australia’s premiere club and festival events on a regular basis.
ALEX STEIN (BRAZIL) 7.30PM
Brazilian techno superstar Alex Stein needs no introduction to Queensland dancefloors, with his set at Brisbane’s Capulet nightclub last year going down as one of the best from a touring DJ all year. One of the South America’s biggest techno exports, Alex Stein’s music is released on Recovery Tech, Sprout, Noise Music, Deer Deer and many more, and regularly features in the playlists of international luminaries such as Richie Hawtin, Umek, Mark Knight, Victor Ruiz and Oliver Klein. Returning to Australia as part of another massive world tour, expect upfront party techno like only the Brazilians know how.
DEAN BENSON (MELBOURNE) 9PM
Dean Benson is at the forefront of the Australian techno scene. From driving hypnotic grooves to melodic atmospheres, Dean’s ability to transverse the audience has taken him from festival main stages to the most intimate of club shows across Australia, Asia, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Holland. He also runs his own popular event Wildwood in his native Melbourne.
TREAVOR MOONTRIBE (USA) 10.30PM-CLOSE
Treavor Moontribe is one of the founders of the Los Angeles based “Moontribe Collective” and its legendary full moon desert gatherings. Since 1993, these events have been at the core of Southern California’s underground electronic music scene and set the stage for Treavor’s long and successful career in the electronic music scene. Alongside Amani Friend, Treavor is one-half of Earth Freqency headliners Desert Dwellers – however his set to close the Open Records session on the Subterran will be anything but downtempo!
PAUL ABAD (BRISBANE) 4.30PM ON THE MAIN STAGE
We couldn’t finish this guide without mentioning Paul Abad’s set on the Main Stage on Sunday afternoon from 4.30pm, too. The Earth Frequency founder and longtime Open Records DJ is back in the techno game after an 18-month break. We give you permission to leave for this!
For the full weekend’s program schedule, including set times, site maps, workshops and everything else you need to know, visit earthfrequency.com.au