Music is a life-long love and an endless journey of discovery. And as a music maker this also means a journey waymarked by the satisfaction of the personal firsts, personal bests and private or public triumphs.
For our students and graduates we see all their achievements: their first completed songs, first releases, first shows, first award nominations… the firsts keep on coming. So to celebrate this, and to recognise those personal moments, here’s some recent milestones our fam have hit…
FIRST RELEASE: Aroha – No More Jenga
Aroha is one of the biggest names in the New Zealand dance music scene, as a DJ she has supported the biggest artists on the planet and hosts prime time radio shows. Recently Aroha has spent more time focussing on her production skills and the result is her debut EP No More Jenga, a heady mix of bass, breaks and house grooves for the dancefloor and you can read more about her first release here.
LIVESCHOOL’S FIRST TWITCH STREAM:
Recently, two of our favourite artists Touch Sensitive and Setwun took over our Sydney for our first ever Liveschool Twitch stream. In an event we called “Whose Bassline Is It Anyway” the two producers got down and dirty with our collection of vintage synths and outboard gear, combining hardware and software with Ableton Live as the control centre – all while taking input and feedback from the viewers to help steer the direction. Watch the session here and follow our Twitch channel for future events.
FIRST RELEASE: Ten Brains
Liveschool trainer Doug Wright wears a few musical hats, but it’s his new Ten Brains project that has our attention as a Liveschool First. In partnership with longtime collaborator Russel, Doug’s new project is pushing out further into deep dance territory. With nods to dub technique and techno minimalism Ten Brains is a step further into the wormhole for one of Sydney’s finest producers.
FIRST VINYL: Barney In The Tunnel
Barney In The Tunnel is a collaboration between Sydneys most iconic DJ Barney aka Kato and prolific producer Tunnel Signs. Their debut release has hit all the right notes, with their tune Classic Kickon gaining support from tastemaker DJ Gerd Janson and getting a 12″ release on the German label Cashminus.
FIRST AWARD NOMINATIONS: Logic 1000 and Setwun
It’s been a huge year for both Logic 1000 and trainer Josh aka Setwun which has been reflected in them both receiving nominations in the annual FBI Radio SMAC Awards. Setwun got the well deserved nod in the “Best Album” category for his Our World LP – a record packed with slick grooves and authentic disco/boogie/funk production. Logic 1000 has rightly received the nomination for Next Big Thing in a year which saw her follow up her massive debut Please Believe Me with several notable releases and the announcement of her own record label!
FIRST RELEASE: Gabriel Espinosa – Lovin n Holdin / Silk
Gabriel Espinosa first popped up on our Alumni radar when he won the Your Shot DJ competition in 2019. Since then we have kept a close eye on his progress and were thrilled when we came across his debut release. Lovin n Holdin / Silk is a two track release loaded with crunchy UK influenced drum production and an absolutely amazing sound for a producer on debut.
FIRST CASSETTE: DJ Plead – Relentless Trills
DJ Plead is the moniker of Jared Beeler and a name familiar to fans of underground dance music around the world. The online distributor Boomkat has tapped Plead for an instalment in their Documenting Sound series, a collection of cassette tape mixes by artists at the top of the game in electronic music. Click through for a listen on the Boomkat site.
FIRST VOCALS: Ninajirachi – Blumiere
Former student, and now Liveschool trainer, Nina needs no introduction on this blog. Her Ninajirachi project continues to go from strength to strength with millions of streams and a full touring schedule, but recently Nina has taken a big first step. Her Blumiere EP was the first to feature Nina’s own vocals. The result of her evolution speak for themselves, with Blumiere containing some of her most personal and fully realised work to date.
FIRST SELF PRODUCED TRACK: Ella Pho – Alive
Liveschool graduate Isabel Stewart has recently released her first self produced track under the name Ella Pho. After generating huge numbers of streams on her debut co-produced tune Fences, we are stoked to see Isabel turning her production skills into a fully realised and self produced track!