TIM SWEENEY (Beats in Space/DFA Records)
Inkswel (Firecracker/Boogiebash/Superior Elevation) Melbourne
Long John Saliva (Future Classic)
Friday 16th December
Marrickville Bowling Club
91 Sydenham Rd (cnr Fitzroy St) Marrickville
Tickets $20 – on sale here
Tim Sweeney and Beats in Space
The story of the man is synonymous with that of the radio show. Over the course of a decade, Sweeney has built Beats in Space into an iconic brand. In return, BIS has launched Sweeney’s career as one of New York’s most sought-after DJs.
It’s hard to believe that, ten years ago, Sweeney was an 18-year-old student at New York University, helming a little-known radio show on WNYU’s AM dial. The show started small, airing on an obscure frequency during the wee hours of the night. However, Sweeney understood the huge potential for a dance-music radio show broadcast from the heart of New York City. He envisioned a genre-breaking format, showcasing the best dance music—whether disco, new wave, Chicago house, minimal techno, Krautrock, funk and soul, or post-punk—found anywhere in the world, anytime in history. He took cues from groundbreaking disc jockeys like Detroit’s Electrifying Mojo, who thought nothing of following up Prince with a Kraftwerk or Depeche Mode record. Armed with this vision, Sweeney began pulling in heavy-hitting guest DJs on BIS, prompting WNYU’s producers to move him to the FM dial with increasingly prime timeslots. Sweeney quickly attracted a strong international following for the diverse range of artists and styles on his playlists. Guest artists who’ve appeared alongside him on the show range from avant-techno stylists Carl Craig and Superpitcher, to Australian turntablists the Avalanches, to Nordic disco producers Lindstrom and Prins Thomas.
Since launching BIS, Sweeney has dug deep into New York music circles. In the early days of BIS, he worked in the studio of hip-hop legend Steinski (of Double Dee & Steinski’s Lessons fame), absorbing as much as possible from the producer’s vast record collection. Later, Sweeney came aboard DFA Records, touring with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and pairing up with Tim Goldsworthy as the DJ duo T&T. His work with DFA led him to play the saxophone on the DFA remix of Radio 4′s “Dance to the Underground,” and to mix a DFA set for a 2003 Muzik magazine promo CD. He has released DFA Records’ Compilation # 2 (2004), the DFA Holiday Mix 2005, and A DFA Compilation for the Chanel Mobile Art New York Party (2008). Sweeney also collaborates with the Philadelphia-based RVNG label, recording the CD mix Purple Pills for Sleepless Nights in 2008. Until 2006, Sweeney worked as a soundtrack supervisor for Rockstar Games, scoring music for such mega-hit games as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
In recent years, Sweeney has become an accomplished producer in his own right. He self-released the 7-inch “Sing a Little Song” in 2001, which was co-produced with Alex Epton, aka XXXChange (best known for his work with Spank Rock). He co-wrote and scratched on two tracks for the Rammellzee album, Bi-Conicals of the Rammellzee, on Gomma Records (2004), and scratched on the Hercules & Love Affair b-side “I’m Telling You” (2008). Most recently, Sweeney worked under the moniker the Flying Squad to release “Trip 1″ (a re-edit of Munich Machine’s “Get on the Funk Train”) and “Trip 2″ (a re-edit of Boney M’s “Nightflight to Venus”) on RVNG.
In conjunction with the show’s 10th anniversary, Sweeney is taking Beats in Space into new territories. During fall 2009, BIS will showcase anniversary events in Los Angeles, New York, Glasgow, London, Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco, with the latter kicking off a new monthly residency on the West Coast. Most exciting of all: 2009 marks the launch of a brand-new label, Beats in Space Records. Like the radio show, BIS Records represents an opportunity for Sweeney to showcase artists who’re pushing the boundaries of dance music. The label’s first release is a 12-inch by an artist whose work has blown up past BIS playlists, the much-hyped German house producer Tensnake.
Today, tens of thousands of listeners tune in to the Beats in Space broadcast in the Tri-State area, with thousands more all over the world listening in via live online streams, every Tuesday from 10:30pm to 1am. Fans download 175,000 archived shows from the BIS website (Beatsinspace.net) every month. Beats in Space remains the only dance-music radio show of its kind in New York, and one of the most instantly recognized in the world. And though Sweeney finds himself on an international flight nearly every weekend, he hasn’t lost sight of his initial passion. “Week in and week out, I’m still back in New York on Tuesday to record the show,” says Sweeney. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
Inkswel (Firecracker/Boogiebash/Superior Elevation) Melbourne
With a heavy grounding in hip hop, early house, 80s soul and boogie and deep techno sounds. Inkswel is hard to fit into one label, a lover of all soulful music, this shines through in his productions and dj sets.
His ‘Get To My Party’ release on BOOGIEBASH RECORDS bubbled under the surface with the well recieved ‘She Likes Techno’ causing ripples in the current stream of future music.
Touring Europe recently on the back of only a handful of releases, Inkswel has played the Soup Kitchen in Manchester alongside the Phonica Records/Wet Play team, moved the dancefloor at the big chill bar in London with Discreet Unit and Ruf Dug, guested on Living Room.Fm in Switzerland, played the BOOGIEBASH parties in Holland alongside Funkineven and KC The Funkaholic and held down the dancefloor at Canvas nightclub in Amsterdam alongside Kez Ym from Tokyo and Pablo Valentino of MCDE.
Approached by Disco Tom aka Tom Noble (PPU) to remix forgotten 70′s disco soul group Darwin Theory on his new Superior Elevation label in 2011, this limited release 7 inch single sold out worldwide. Recieving steady radio support from Recloose’s “Hit It And Quit It” Radio show and the legendary “Future Vintage” on Red Light Radio in Amsterdam.
His latest offering once again on the BOOGIEBASH imprint, distributed by RUSH HOUR, features the illustrious Zackey Force Funk and a remix from Tom Noble, already making quite a stir in the current over saturated world of slo mo abelton rubbish and proto cliches. The EP has received heavy radio and club support from Bronswood Burner’s Leftoo and UK future soul legend SIMBAD.
Redefining what he does with each output, expect upcoming releases on french based label FACES & MCDE and a 10″ ep on Unthank/Firecracker for early 2012.
Outside of the studio Inkswel is also throwing the monthly 808 til late parties with Koolism beat legend DJ Danielsan, a spontaenous jam session consisting of vinyl and live tr 808 drum machine, an ode to the past, that at the end of the night is purerly for the sake of a good party.
Inkswel / “Get To My Party” / Boogiebash Records / Rush Hour 12″
Tom Noble/ Darwin’s Theory/ Inkswel / “Accept the Truth” / Superior Elevation Records 7″
Inkswel / “Glass Tear Groove” / Boogiebash Records / Rush Hour 12″