The influence of Amp Fiddler runs through the last three decades of Motor City music. He is Detroit Funk Royalty - who has shared a stage with Prince and Parliament-Funkadelic, and records with Moodymann, Sly and Robbie, Omar-S, Theo Parrish & Tony Allen. He also introduced J Dilla to the MPC, and ultimately, Slum Village to the world. This live performance will be his first in New Zealand for ten years.
Borrowed CS is one of the most sound figures in New Zealand electronic music right now. Cory has played drums with Grayson Gilmour and Electric Wire Hustle, released dancefloor bombs through Max Graef’s Money $ex Records, and is currently the artist in residence at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, where he is exploring augmented percussion. Expect a set that is a vibrant and inspired exploration of rhythm.
A DJ for nearly five decades and a record collector for even longer, Danny Krivit is a New York institution. He has made invaluable contributions to dance culture through his infamous Body & Soul and 718 Sessions events, which are still going strong today. And he is just as skilled behind the boards, with over 400 records to his name. To quote Melbourne DJ legend DJ JNETT - “there’s no one on the planet with his experience, skills, and credentials!”
Eclair Fifi is a Scottish polymath whose creativity exists at the intersection of music and visual art. Clair is one of the founding figures behind LuckyMe, and has designed a swathe of cover art and reissued a run of Latin freestyle records for the label. She is also a fearless, peerless DJ, with sets that are as joyful as they are flawlessly sophisticated.
Job Jobse is one of those rare talents who has built a career simply by being a genius behind the decks. He says his time as a resident at Trouw (RIP) taught him “everything he knows”. Now, he puts that knowledge into play at his residency at the nebulous De School in Amsterdam, as label manager for the seminal Life and Death, and as a hallowed performer in the global underground circuit. Simply put, Job Jobse will save your life.
We love Optimo Espacio. If we could, we’d have them play every weekend, like they did at the legendary Sub Club every Sunday night for thirteen years. The Glaswegian heroes, comprising JD Twitch and JG Wilkes, combine a passionate love of music with a forthright attitude to the dance that makes them one of the most enigmatic DJ duos ever. Anyone who witnessed them throw down the last two times we brought them will know what to expect - a perfect storm of unforgettable music.
Over the past five years, Palms Trax has been putting in work. His Equation EP in 2013 became a contemporary classic, launching the now seminal Lobster Theremin imprint and seeing him play across the globe. Since then, he has become one of the world’s most sought-after and saucy DJs, propelled by releases on the Dekmantel label and legendary appearances at their festival. We can’t wait to welcome him back to NZ, to see him bring a whole room to boiling point.
Saxony-via-Berlin producer Perel has been having a wild year. After her idiosyncratic music caught the ear of Tim Sweeney, things started to snowball - she released her debut LP on DFA, a stream of tunes on Permanent Vacation and Correspondant, guested on Innervisions nights, and was an alumnus at Red Bull Music Academy. It’s no surprise - Perel is a truly captivating performer, whose playfully irreverent sets are a refreshing challenge to the current sonic landscape. And this is just the beginning.