Buzzy Lee began as an outlet for Sasha Spielberg to peel back her persona and exercise her vulnerabilities. Known for acting, screenwriting, and performing in her previous band Wardell, entertaining has often been Sasha’s best defense — an effort to keep people from pecking at Buzzy Lee’s pain.
Buzzy Lee has spent most of her life lost in her head, poring over the past, awash in nostalgia. Sasha thrives on being seen. Buzzy Lee hides in her dreams.
But she’s over that, now. “Copy/paste the child inside/You used to smile but now you are staged/I hate to watch you walk away,” she laments on “Walk Away.”
Her lyrics are fraught with restlessness and self-doubt, wistful indulgences, gentle jealousies, interactions reenacted and reexamined.
“Is this how you’re gonna grow old?” she wonders aloud.
Buzzy Lee’s debut EP Facepaint is produced by Nicolas Jaar, and will be released on Future Classic in April 2018.
Eric J Dubowsky also known as Eric J, is a mixer, songwriter and record producer. After attending Syracuse University he worked at Greene St. Recording in New York City, the legendary home of early hip-hop artists Run-DMC, and Public Enemy. It was here Eric assisted engineer/producer Rod Hui. That led to a job working with Atlantic Records producer Arif Mardin in 1998.
Eric has worked with artists such as Flume, Weezer, ODESZA, Chet Faker, Flight Facilities, Tove Lo, St. Vincent, The Chemical Brothers, Demi Lovato, Angus & Julia Stone, Dua Lipa, Meg Mac , Freeform Five, Kimbra, Panama, Kylie Minogue, Yuka Honda, Joss Stone, The Rubens, Marc Kinchen, Lisa Mitchell, Carolina Liar, and actress Emmy Rossum.
Eric received the 2014 ARIA award for Best Engineer for his work mixing the Chet Faker album, Built on Glass. He received the 2016 ARIA award for Best Engineer, alongside Flume, for his work on Skin, for this he also won a Grammy Award.
Erthlings are a band a lifetime in the making. Issy Lowe, Jessame Stepto, Taylor Shutes and Lissa Evans came together at a music school in inner-city Sydney at age 8, started writing songs by the time they were 9 and now, aged 16, they’re ready to share their sound.
Their bond has made their music an innately collaborative process. Issy and Taylor are cousins; Jess, Taylor and Lissa attended primary school together. All four are intimately involved in every track, from perfecting each guitar riff through to the lyrics they pen together.
Erthlings’ indie-pop songs are built from both electronic and live sounds, with Lissa on drums, Jess on guitar, Taylor on bass and Issy both singing and playing piano. Everything they write draws from personal experience, vignettes of the things they’ve seen and those they’ve lived through. Some tracks are full of attitude, strength, empowerment and sass. Others delve into frustration, disappointment, failed friendships and bridges burned — experiences given voice by four young women who won’t be boxed in.
“It’s never been a weird thing for us that we’re a young, all-female band. We’ve never thought about it twice,” says Issy. The themes Erthlings write about, she thinks, are universal. “I think we’re doing what most people in music are doing. We’re just trying to write about what we know.” It’s early days for Erthlings, but they’ve already found their voice.
Flume is at the forefront of a new generation of artist slash producer. Winning a Grammy Award in 2017 for Best Dance/Electronica album, platinum records, praise from Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone and 8 ARIA Awards, the future continues to look bright for this 25-year-old Australian.
Whilst helping pioneering the sound of ‘future bass’, his self-titled debut studio album, Flume, was released to positive reviews, topping the ARIA Albums Chart and reaching double-platinum in Australia.
Following this impressive debut, his following grew rapidly with each remix released of diverse artists such as Lorde, Sam Smith, Arcade Fire, Hermitude and Disclosure.
His second studio album, ‘Skin‘, was released again to positive reviews and topped international recognition with the album’s first single, “Never Be like You feat. Kai”. Flume’s 2016 World Tour sold over 300,000 headline tickets.
Melbourne singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist G Flip, born Georgia Flipo, fell in love with the drums as a kid and travelled the US as a touring drummer in her early 20s. Never one to sit still, Georgia then locked herself in her bedroom studio for all of 2017 and taught herself how to write and produce her own songs.
While incubating her new project, Georgia created a round LCD screen for the front of her hand-made kick drum which can display any imagery, video or content that Georgia can dream up. This is Je Ro Mo, G Flip’s animated “talking drum kit” – named for Jenny Rose Morrish, her late drum teacher.
Her self-produced debut single ‘About You’ is an addictive, bittersweet shard of shimmering pop, inspired by her “hectic, toxic, cinematic” on-off relationship. It builds from a dreamy murmur into a cathartic tumble of layered synths and syllables, with her clean, spacious drumming taking front and centre. It was the very first track Georgia pieced together, recorded in a day in her bedroom studio into “a shitty mic from Cash Converters”.
G Flip is the real thing: unfiltered, driven and bursting out of her bedroom with ideas to burn.
The electronic pop world is about to learn a whole lot more about Hi Life. This month sees the production team of Tom Spira and Harry Patrick release their new single, ‘Slide’, on Future Classic.
‘Slide’ signals a bold new phase for the Canberra-formed, Sydney-based duo. Anchored by the open-hearted vocals of collaborator Harvie, the single balances Hi Life’s technicolour club production with real pop polish. “We wanted to make a universal track with a relatable message,” Harry says. “There’s a sweetness to it, but it’s also vulnerable.” ‘Slide’ is the first in a series of planned releases for the duo over the next 12 months. While Tom describes their works in progress as crossing different moods and genres, they’re all linked by “that feeling of vulnerability”.
With mutual friends in The Aston Shuffle, Tom and Harry first connected via Canberra’s Strangeways parties. When Tom moved to Melbourne, the like-minded DJ/producers stayed in touch by sharing projects back-and-forth on the internet. “Whenever we were in the same city, we’d go together into our bedroom studio,” Harry recalls. Both inspired by the bubbling sounds of Jersey Club and PC Music, the pair set out to put their spin on what Harry calls “the future-leaning clubby stuff we were excited about.”
Hi Life hit the ground in 2016 with ‘So Good’, a trap-tinged sugar rush featured by tastemaking Sydney collective Sidechains on its second compilation. After ‘So Good’ came ‘When I Get To The Club’, the duo’s debut single on Sidechains. Its bright, fizzing energy caught the attention of triple j, who named Hi Life an Unearthed feature artist and handed them the reins for a Mix-Up set. The breakout success of ‘When I Get To The Club’ also propelled Hi Life to a coveted support slot for SOPHIE in December 2016.
With the next evolution of their sound coming on Future Classic, Hi Life are eager to step up the DJing. “We’re into lots of different genres – reggaeton, house, techno, pop – and want to bring those together within our DJ sets,” Tom says. Then, once the new music has had time to sink in, the duo are launching a live show. Like all things Hi Life, you can expect it to be done just right.
Ta-ku, is an incredibly talented Australian musician, producer, photographer and entrepreneur.
In the three years since his first formal release, ‘Songs To Break Up To’, he become an in-demand producer; a remixer to the likes of Flume, Justin Timberlake, Childish Gambino and Chet Faker; saw his #teamcozy Instagram account bloom into a bona fide fashion label and creative agency; helped his co-run design community Create+Explore expand the limits of travel visuals and storytelling; co-founded Weston’s Barbershop in Perth; and signed with Future Classic to release the ‘Songs To Make Up To’ EP, a companion piece to his debut. When he finally debuted his live show in late 2015, it was at no less than MoMA PS1 in New York, followed by two sold out shows at the Sydney Opera House.
(m)edian is Ta-ku’s collaborative EP with rising Brisbane musician and vocalist,Wafia – aka Wafia Al-Rikabi. What began as a chance meeting between the two on a Melbourne basketball court, has blossomed into a work that ruefully examines a painful parallel in each artists’ own lives.
Attracted to a familiar vulnerability in each other’s music, the pair began sending each other ideas over email soon after meeting. By late-2015 Ta-ku had produced ‘Heartburn’ from Wafia’s XXIX EP; Wafia took lead vocals on Ta-ku’s single of the same time, ‘American Girl’. But it wasn’t until they agreed to work together on a co-release that an unexpected commonality was uncovered.
Touch Sensitive is the ultimate triple-threat; as a producer, in-demand live performer and DJ, he’s a treasured slashie for artists and audiences alike. Whether it’s remixing Rufus, collaborating with Flume or touring internationally with Flight Facilities, he’s become renowned as the man with an ear for hooks and impeccable taste.
Touch Sensitive is affectionately considered Future Classic’s spirit animal. His affiliation with the label runs deep; ‘Body Stop’ was one of Future Classic’s first releases and he has played on hits for a sizeable contingent his labelmates, including Hayden James, Flight Facilities, Anna Lunoe, Charles Murdoch and Flume, his blue bass is now recognisable across many of their live shows.
With his new album ‘Visions‘, Touch Sensitive finally steps fully into the limelight, dancing shoes at the ready.
Sydney two piece World Champion are Julian Sudek and Will Campion. Julian was a founding member of Mercy Arms and has since played with Canyons, FLRL (Jono Ma, Kirin J Cillinan), and George Maple. Will, a bedroom producer, has also played in Sydney bands Cut Silk and The Chevaliers.
Their debut single, ‘Avocado Galaxy’ was co-produced with Jono Ma and the video for Avocado Galaxy was directed by Elliot Shields of cult Sydney design collective Pelvis.