With only a couple of weeks to go until the fourth instalment of Pitch Music & Arts, we take a look at what’s in store, at what is fast becoming one of the finest homages to electronic music in the Southern Hemisphere.
The listing is littered with the leading names in house, techno and disco, from an international cohort with a notable U.S. contingent, which segues us nicely into our first couple of picks…
We could hardly get away without mentioning the one and only Maceo Plex, who returns down under for his first Australian show in seven years. Plex’s long-awaited return is much to the delight of fans, who have been anticipating a visit for some time after a series of cancelled shows last year. However, if you think old Eric has been taking it easy during his Aus hiatus, then think again. The end of 2019 saw the drop of Plex’s first EP on Drumcode in five years, Destination Mars, released alongside two remixes from Raxon and Shall Ocin. The futurist single sounds as space-age as the title would suggest, truly cementing his title as the techno king. In addition to producing and touring, the tech powerhouse has also been busy orchestrating the opening of a studio in Barcelona, as well as planning the debut of his new M³ live show, a “three-part multidimensional sensory experience” which sees the unification of his three aliases; Maceo Plex, Maetrik and Mariel Ito. Here’s to hoping we get a sneak peak of this production at Pitch.
Fellow American and former Mixmag DJ of the year, the Black Madonna, is another one to watch, famed for her highly charged, up-tempo performances. Madge never fails to put on a show and if her recent stint at Creamfields is anything to go by – we’re in for a wild ride. With a penchant for disco, expect an eclectic and fun performance which unites and connects the crowd.
London-based, Harry Agius, better known as Midland is set to put us through our paces delivering a blend of house, tech and even a little dub. After the unprecedented success of track ‘Final Credits’ in 2016, Midland’s career has gone from strength to strength, with his tour schedule taking him all over the world from the UK, to Tokyo, Germany and Australia – and that’s just this year so far. In addition to touring, the ambitious producer manages his own label, Graded and has recently been leveraging his platform to support social causes, driven by in light of the current political landscape in the UK. The recent re-release of 2017 track ‘Beyond This’ saw Midland donate all proceeds to charities affected by the electoral outcome, including Help Refugees, The Trussell Trust and the Albert Kennedy Trust. With so much on his plate, we couldn’t be happier that Midland is taking the time to pay us a visit down under.
It wouldn’t be a line-up without some German influence and genre-defying track hound, Hunee, adds to the quota nicely. Expect to be kept on your toes, with a notoriously unpredictable performance with an underpinning mission to ‘enrich the lives of listeners as much as possible’. Listen out for ‘Rare Happiness’, a track which never fails to get a crowd grooving.
Holding it down for the local talent is up and comer Cassettes For Kids, who burst onto the scene in 2018 with his alias appearing on listings all across Australia. Come 2019, CFK aka Zak Degenhardt was touring in Europe and was dubbed one to watch by music critics who cited “we’re tipping him for Australia’s electronic breakthrough artist of 2019.” Now in 2020, and with no signs of slowing – we cannot wait to check out CFK’s high-energy house set firsthand. For a taster of what to expect, listen to recent EP, Dreams. (A certified banger, FYI.)
Head here for the full programme listing and to snap up one of the final few tickets ($5 of which will go direct to the Bushfire relief).
Written by Charlotte Horn