Fat Magpie returns with our Winter edition of Mercury!!
Xenoscapes is Benny McGrigors deep brooding minimal techno project, designed from dark yet groovy rhythms, gondwanan atmospheres, and growling hypnotic bass lines, set within the futuristic, prehistoric soundscape of Terra Australis. Benny has been playing his music at gigs and festival throughout Australia and releases on labels throughout the world including Divided records, Nulabel, Stoffwechsel Records, Uroboros Rec and has his first two albums on Glitchy Tonic Rec.
JAY BERRY (DRAGONFRUIT, QLD)
Having played in some of Queensland’s best bars and night clubs such as Alhambra, The Met, Zuri, Elixir, TBC Club and Barsoma, Jay sets aim to put smiles and intensity to the dance floor, enticing music lovers with a mix of house, techno and tribal rhythms, giving him the versatility to warm up a room with house vibes, to shaking the walls with banging techno or bringing everyone together with a rolling tribal groove.
Jay teamed up with fellow music enthusiast Jason Haskell to create Delight Events. Seeking to bring the un-pretentious ‘Ibiza’ vibe to his hometown. The Delight team has hosted some epically loose parties at Barsoma, The MET and The Bowler Bar.
In late 2014 Jay combined forces with Sosha Merckelbach, to form the ‘DragonFruit Beats’ brand that has been extremely successful, so far hosting the likes of Egbert, Jay Lumen, and Rampa in various entertainment venues around Brisbane.
MATT GUY (DRAGONFRUIT, QLD)
10 Years ago Matthew Guy purchased a pair of the legendary Technics 1200’s and started digging around his local record stores in Melbourne – searching for a sound that resonated with him. Fast-forward to now and those Technics still sit proudly in his studio, and a unique collection of house and techno grooves have found their place amongst his music collection.
He began his journey as a DJ at Korova Milk Bar in Melbourne. Learning from some of Melbourne’s current mainstays he embarked on a journey that continues to this day. Seeking sunshine he left the cold winters and headed to Queensland.
Reappearing after a long hiatus from most things electronic music, the decision was made to have a serious shot at sharing his musical journey at great parties, on big systems and with some well and truly up for it crowds. Subtrakt forefathers Adam Swain & Rikki Newton gave Matthew his first big chance to play after Kenny Larkin at one of their Subtrakt parties
The opportunity to open the room for Hernan Cattaneo fuelled Matts drive to share his music with a crowd, and it wasn’t long until he elevated the dance floors of Brisbane’s best clubs including The Family, Coco at The MET and the iconic Empire Hotel. Matthews’s progression as an artist manifested in an intense and rewarding outdoor set at Andromeda festival in 2014.
Matthew currently hold residencies at Dragonfruit, playing their Friday night parties, Rattle Snake Motel on the Gold Coast and at Centre Source Label nights in Brisbane.
Head honcho of Drumatix/Tribal Theory Events and legend of the Techno community, Robert Anthony began DJ’ing in 1995 at the age of 12. By 17 he’d won several DJ competitions & performed at almost every major event in Melbourne. At 20 he released his first 12inch record titled “The Machine” on MTM Records and was a major resident at Xsive, @mosphere, Code Red & Clinik. He co-ran the legendary Frantic Freeland & Forbidden Freeland events whilst also hosting MATERIALZ for WET MUSIK. After achieving personal goals in Melbourne & wanting a change of scenery, Robert Anthony went on to tour North England and performed at some exciting events in the UK including CHROME, XLR8, NEXT LEVEL & NEON FIST.
After some time, Robert Anthony veered off from Techno/Tech-House and experimented with other styles, forming part of electronic rock bands “CHIRON” & “CRYSTAL GUNS” which made top ten on Triple JJJ unearthed. Robert Anthony returned to the Melbourne Techno circuit in 2012 hosting DRUMATIX & releasing a double EP called “Above All” on Australia’s largest dance label “405 Recordings”. The release led to gigs with Melbourne’s best event organises including DARKBEAT, FUNF, SOLAR EMPIRE & STABLE MUSIC supporting the likes of D-NOX, BECKERS, ANGY KORE, GUY J, SIGHA, SHIFTED, & OLIVER LIEB. You can catch Robert Anthony perform at many clubs/raves around Melbourne and major events such as “EARTHCORE” & DARK FOREST FESTIVAL (Main Stage)
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