We’re just about wrapping things up for the year at Liveschool, and we’ve got to send out a huge congratulations to all of our students and graduates for their achievements over the past 12 months!
Scroll down to check out this year’s highlights from the Liveschool community, and we’ve put together a monster playlist of all the tracks mentioned right here for your listening pleasure.
FIRST UP, WE’VE HAD SOME EXCELLENT SINGLE RELEASES
Jack D’arcy, who tripped up to Sydney from Melbourne to study with us has put out some amazing tracks under Aybner. ‘Wherever You Go (You’ll Never See Me)’ was picked up by Spotify for their ‘Australian Sound’ playlist, alongside Cosmo’s Midnight, Pnau, Peking Duk, and Kllo.
It has been a big year for Adam Dormand and James Keneally (PINES). Their blissed-out single ‘Tell Me feat. Water Park’ blew up on Spotify, clocking over 2 million plays.
Ebony Morrison released her debut single ‘Skin and Bones’ under her production moniker Ebony. It was met with some high praise from our friends over at Stoney Roads.
Carl Louis Fitzsimons (Scars Alive) made his vocal debut on his track ‘All It Takes’ and racked up a tidy 30k plays on SoundCloud.
Doug Simmons (Donatachi) released a bunch of tight singles in 2017, our fave is his shuffling bubblegum pop ode to Marissa Cooper, ‘Take Me feat Kady Rain’.
WE’VE SEEN SOME GRACEFUL MOVES FROM STUDIO TO STAGE
Graduates Sam Litchefield and Anna Milat joined forces for their new group Luunes, and won the Triple J Unearthed competition to play This That festival in Newcastle alongside Alison Wonderland, Luude, Winston Surfshirt and The Presets.
Paul Suares has been touring as Bass To Pain Converter and Victor Y, with a 13 date tour in Australia / New Zealand including slots at Subsonic, and Dragon Dreaming, as well as club and festival dates throughout Europe.
OUR GRADUATES JUMPED ON AIR
Alex Hollis (Seduna) joined the ranks at FBi Radio to co-present the show Glitches. Tune in on Thurdsays for instrumental hip hop, lo-fi beats, downtempo, Future Garage, Trap & Bass Music – FBi 94.5fm, 11pm-1am.
Create + Destroy graduate Andy Garvey took on the role of producer/presenter for Triple J’s Mix Up and the Friday Mix, curating a diverse program of mixes from the likes of Prequel, Shiba San, Anna Lunoe, Pearson Sound, and D. Tiffany.
Andy made her production debut this year as well, with her track ‘Club Music (Tool)’ out on the Fantastic Effects compilation from local label Body Promise. A couple of her tunes are popping up in mixes from Newcastle’s finest, Mall Grab.
THERE’S BEEN SOME IMPRESSIVE ALBUM AND EP RELEASES
Recent graduate Val York dropped two solid EPs this year. La Chambre and Berlin, both explore a brooding, minimal breed of techno. In DJ mode Val’s going from strength to strength, with an appearance at Subsonic 2017 and a support set on the horizon for Jon Hopkins this New Year’s Eve.
Korky Buchek put electronic and hip hop influences in the blender with their Enter the Kork EP out on Full Flavoured Records. Stoney Roads certified party material right here.
Brad Mullins (snilluM) made some minimal bliss with his Detour EP, out on Recovery Collective. Brad also had a slot at Subsonic 2017, check the set via SoundCloud.
Fresh out of our Produce Music course this year, Guillaume Saussay (GOHS) describes his music as ‘deep acid dub sound for dancing and dreaming’. His latest EP Future Pacific blends organic and electronic elements wonderfully. It’s out now on Mexico City based label Akasha mx.
Repping the Liveschool community from London, Garry Todd released his new EP ‘Mind’s Eye’ out on Ellen Allien’s BPitch Control label.
AND A HUGE SHOUTOUT TO OLYMPIA HENSHAW FOR ABSOLUTELY KILLING THE GAME THIS YEAR
Mookhi‘s beautiful EP, Lost and Found kicked off one serious 2017. The EP was premiered by Rolling Stone, she was Triple J Unearthed’s 5th most played artist this year.
Olympia launched into the festival circuit, appearing at Splendour In The Grass, Listen Out, Strawberry Fields, Wave Rock Weekender and Last Frost.
Showing no signs of slowing down, she jumped on main support duties for Tora, and Bishop Briggs, and toured nationally with Luke Million and Lastlings, and will be supporting Shigeto early next year.
THE MOST UNEXPECTED MASHUP WAS DEFINITELY DELIVERED BY DEEZL
Joel Marriott dropped a Migos verse over a hefty psytrance jam and it never felt so right. Check this one out, seriously.
SOME HUGE TRACKS HAD US WONDERING IF WE SHOULD START A ‘DROP OF THE YEAR’ AWARD
Sami Tauber (VNCCII) probably would have taken the podium, nailing the buildup-breakdown on her single ‘Wasteland.
This one went global, Sami copped a premiere on This Song Slaps.
PROPS TO JACOB FOR BEING A PART OF WHAT COULD BE THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ONGOING PRODUCTION COLLAB
Jacob Fitzgibbon took part in the Team Supreme Beat Cypher, with his jam ‘Sneaky’. You can hear it drop at 54’35”
THE COMMUNITY MADE SOME HOMEMADE DYNAMITE
The Triple J Unearthed competition to rework Lorde’s tune, Homemade Dynamite prompted a bunch of new remixes from students and graduates.
AND TO CAP IT OFF HERE ARE SOME BIG TUNES WE JUST HAVE TO SHARE
Here’s Ben Rourke digging into a a deep and percussive tip, this one got some heavy circulation around the Liveschool studios.
Jason Vuong (Pokari) entered this tune to the Co-Producer Sprint competition, we really love this brilliantly woozy and intricate cut of brainfeeder-style bliss.
And this sunny one from Seb Priou (POINT CLARE) is snappy, intricate, and as classy as it gets.
So there we have it! It definitely feels like Christmas came early for us this year. 2017, you’ve been an absolute ripper.
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