Dutch cult hero Dave Huismans will be making his Australian debut at Soft Centre. As A Made Up Sound he's been responsible for some of the most gloriously strange peak-time bangers in recent years, such as the notorious "Ahead/Endgame" whitelabel and the rattling stutterfest "Take The Plunge" on the self-titled label series that's been his homebase since 2008. Along the way he's released with an impressive range of seminal labels, such as Holland's techno strongholds Delsin and Clone, Shed's shortlived Subsolo imprint and London's ever surprising The Trilogy Tapes. As a DJ he is no less versatile, drawing from over twenty years of passion for electronic music to join the dots between past, present and future. Dave’s off-kilter, often wildly idiosyncratic approach to rhythm and composition have earned him regular appearances at key underground festivals like Unsound, CTM and Freerotation.
Anastasia Zaravinos AKA ‘Adonis’ proudly stems from Western Sydney. Her earliest movement vocabulary began with Greek dancing and the Lambada (the forbidden dance). Adonis was born in the filth of the underground queer scene. She rose up as a provocative performance, video and photo artist, working with themes such as cultural identity, gender, sex and sexuality. She is interested in the abject and pushing the voyeurs’ boundaries. Obsessed with the complexities of religion and discipline, she continues to develop a ritualistic practice. She is one half of electro punk band Ghetto Pussy and was once referred to in a SMH review as an “over zealous stripper”. Chances are she has been there and done that.
Under the VJ moniker, ASTERISM, Carla Zimbler has toured internationally to create live visuals and projection map pools of saturated colour to surfaces and screens across Europe. ASTERISM disconnects from reality by stitching multiple ecosystems together. Particles and shapes are twisted and warped between glitchy synapses and living organisms are deconstructed to a cellular level. Fragments of imaginings exist inside microcosms that reflect changing moods, environmental feedback and neural activity. As an installation, ASTERISM will bend time, collage and shape-shift content to abstraction, coaxing audiences inside an alternate universe.
Cassius Select lives in the undefined sonic boroughs of the hardcore continuum. The Toronto native and Sydney-based artist is hell bent on inciting movement in the most unorthodox ways. Sonics crush genre-defining sounds into a pastiche of cryptic one liners and side eyes. Drums that invoke an impossible sense of swing and momentum. Most importantly Select’s sound defines itself on the mission to deconstruct the world around him,to level out the playing field so everyone can have a bite.
DIN is the debut collaboration of Rainbow Chan (also Chunyin) and Alex Ward (Moon Holiday). Loosely thought of as 'dance music', DIN was born from a weariness of having to represent oneself as 'the face' of a musical endeavour. Brash, irreverent, and completely immune to gear fetishism, DIN is driven by a DIY ethic - against barriers in the producing, performing and consuming of sound.
Divide & Dissolve is the most intense Neo-classical heavy doom live act you will ever experience. Designed to abolish white supremacy,Takiaya Reed (guitar, saxophone) & Sylvie Nehill (drums) create a colossal wall of sound that takes over your body. Their music is designed to decolonize and dismantle white supremacy and empower Black & Indigenous people over the world. " The duo is a transformative rite of passage best experienced live and with a desire to be chewed, spat out and restored. You'll feel overpowered by the thickness of their vibrations, the size of their resonance. It will make you realize how in comparison to the size of their wall of amps you are just a speck of dust in the universe.” --- Noisey
Half High is the project of Sydney based artists Lucy Phelan and MP Hopkins. Half High create a slightly damaged form of ambience through meditative synth lines, various electronics, and atmospheric tape manipulation. Half High map a sonic terrain that is in parts alien and industrial, and in certain locations, tranquil and mesmerising.
Harold is a wunderkind. His compulsive digging habit and otherworldly knack for blending existential trance with vintage techno and avantgarde punk have earnt him closing slots at some of Melbourne’s premium parties: Prana, Paradise and most recently Golden Plains 2017 .When he’s not wielding his wizardry behind the decks Harold focuses on curating his ever excellent Steeplejack label and planning notorious inner city parties Pleasure Planet, Club D’erange and Dance Technique.
Hossein Ghaemi (b. 1985, Tehran) presents surreal scenarios via real and imaginary characters. Secrecy and the unconscious, theatricality and mysticism operate as veiling elements in his paintings, sculptures, installations and performances. Ghaemi employs colour and materials intensely, elevating non-standard signifiers as vivid symbols in a hierarchy that emerges from his native Persian and Turkish cultures. The voice as a conduit for expression is an ongoing theme for both object-based and performance works. An elaborate working-out of divas.
Melbourne’s waterhouse will team up with House of Vnholy, an experimental theatre and production house led by designer Matthew Adey. HOV’s multi-disciplinary practice is informed by themes embodied in 19th century gothic literature, and the subversion of contemporary spectacle. Contorted limbs and ominous light design will intersect with waterhouse’s ethereal synth compositions inside the cavernous Turbine Hall.
HOT WAVS is a musical partnership between Ryan Macdonald and Will Rigney, known more generally for their music as Sonderr/Cranioid and DJ Riggles respectively. Moving away from the house leanings of their other projects, HOTWAVS belligerent mixing style can jump anywhere between well aged electro, lascivious acid, crunchy breaks and pure, unadulterated noise.
Jobe Williams, otherwise known by his intermedia moniker HYPER REELIST, is an audio visionary, multimedia creative and technologist, based in Melbourne. Primarily working with light, sound, synchronicity and interactivity, he manipulates a wide range of technological devices to generate immersive experiences and majestic illusions. His focus is on making technology tactile. This is achieved through experimenting with cross modal methods of communication that allow once separate sensory experiences to modulate one another using digital processes. He aims for his work to be immediately accessible and engaging through the concept of phenomenology.
Jannah creates perplexing noise techno using DIY live instrumentation. Her solo work and WDK side project has consistently terrorized some of Sydney’s best rave settings and been exhibited by MCA, Underbelly Arts Festival and Liquid Architecture to name a few. At Soft Centre Jannah will be composing Hossein Ghaemi’s Persina-pop meets metal-dub choral extravaganza.
Through the sonification of data Jasmine addresses the potential of sound to engage with contemporary political questions. She has recently released critically acclaimed records on Dual Plover, Sigma Editions, Staubgold, Monika Enterprise and Sonic Pieces. In 2016 Jasmine received the ‘Working Grant for New Music and Sound Art’ from the Berlin Senate.
Over the past decade, English’s sonic investigations have traversed a divergent path within which musical languages and environmental sources are granted equal value. English utilises a variety of approaches including visceral live performance and installation to create works that ask participants to consider their relationship to place and embodiment. His recent albums Cruel Optimism and Wilderness Of Mirrors revel in extreme dynamics and densities and resolve into an overriding aesthetic of harmonic distortion. Room40, English’s multi-arts organisation and imprint, was dubbed “the foremost purveyor of experimental music in the southern hemisphere” by Pitchfork. Expect roaring waves of low vibration and dissonance.
Melbourne’s Louis McCoy is a founding father of Australia’s finest electronic weekender, Inner Varnika. His fabled sets can traverse anywhere from tripped out kosmische to rude junglist rarities. His eclectic catalogue of hot, shirtless anthems has seen him booked for all key fire twirling events on the party calendar: Strawberry Fields, Rainbow Serpent and the mecca of spiritual hedonism, Burning Man. Predict the unpredictable.
Makeda is interested in creating utopian realities. As a performer, artist and DJ, she is energized through creating sonic dualities: the oddity of hyper masculine 180-bpm jungle and footwork dancefloors, alongside dub, ambient and the new left club sound, all of which inform the atonality and asexuality of her own music. Makeda sketches a svelte aural palette and corporeal experience which treads a line between ominous and euphoric.
Spending most of his life in the unforgiving Tasmanian wilderness has equipped Matthew with the delicate skills necessary to produce deep, earthy acid. His wisdom has been shared with the brilliant minds of Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, ZOND and The Necks and been released by cult German labels Public Possession and FTP.
Meagan Streader is a Brisbane artist currently based in Melbourne. Her work pushes the limits of light within sculpture and installation. Reflecting the Minimalist art of the Light and Space movement, Streader manipulates, reinterprets and extends upon the boundaries of constructed spaces. Through site-specific interventions, her multidimensional use of light re-orientates the viewer’s relationship to the pre-existing architecture and scale of a given space. In this way, Streader’s work reveals the pervasive role of light in governing physical and social navigations of fabricated spaces.
Nite Fleit is the queen of chugging balearic, acid and industrial beat. Regularly headlining Melbourne and Sydney’s most prominent parties such as Cool Room, Club D’érange, Daydreams, Pelvis, Lucid and Dial Up, Fleitsy also works closely with the Vibe Positive crew in Sydney throwing the wildly popular Full Bloom parties.
Based in Sydney, phile is the collaborative project of Hannah Lockwood and Gareth Psaltis. Since forming in 2013, phile have been at the forefront of the Australian underground scene. Experimenting within the constructs of dance music; the results are a hyper emotional, super heavy take on contemporary club music. phile formed Deep Seeded Records in 2017 and presented their debut self-titled EP as the inaugural release.
Sydney based Ptwiggs explores extreme cathartic emotional states through her expansive and challenging deconstructed bass productions. Working with software and innovative recording techniques, she continues to develop her sound while cementing her place in the experimental club music scene.
Sam Whiteside is a Sydney based visual artist and photographer. Through his artworks, Sam explores the relationship between light, space and perception. Recently he exhibited three large light installations at Vivid Sydney 2017.
SIMONA’s beat driven and emotionally textured techno-pop expresses the borderline space between euphoria, desolation and aggression - tied together by narratives of nonconformity, queer cities, gender and relationships. Her performances are cardio-electronic percussive events of shared catharsis and self-confrontation; a one-woman industrial rave delivered through drums, smoke haze and laser beams.
Thick’s eclectic selections and innovative approach to curation has recently been spotlighted by Thump, i-D and V-Movement. At the tender age of 23 he’s already supported international hot shots: Intergalactic Gary, Steve Bicknell, Sleeparchive and Voiski. Expect the Soft Centre boss man to dish out some twitchy IDM rarities and combustive industrial gems.
Various Asse is a master at creating powerful, drop-it-low and delicious dancefloors. Fusing together high sheen bass, bent trap rolls and percussive rhythms, her high octane style is enticingly groundbreaking. She will be joined on stage by two bad ass butt shakers, dripping in silk and diamantes. Prepare to crump.
Via App sits at the centre of a new wave of young tech heads shaping New York’s experimental underground. Her furious live hardware sets have been praised for their often stark mode of sample manipulation and collage, their dynamic narrative compositions, and their refusal to adhere to any one genre. She works samples and her synthesized sounds into polyrhythmic infectious grooves which threaten to break at any moment, unpredictably giving way to manic frenzy, or complete pause. Her studio recordings exist, in part, as documentation of her performances and are all recorded live.
waterhouse is a Melbourne-based producer, performer and DJ of experimental electronic music. With no formal musical training, waterhouse produces soundtracks to her life guided by feeling rather than thought, meditating on string instruments and choral arrangements as innately human sounds. She processes and braids raw sonic material (recorded directly into her computer microphone or synthesized digitally) into succinct yet immeasurably deep tracks, each one unique in temperament and intensity.
Her music belies a richly idiosyncratic and playfully experimental production practice that evolves beyond established boundaries of electronica, noise and pop.