FBi Click Launch: June 2014
Photos by Erik Bergan
A new digital station from FBi Radio dedicated to electronic music.
On June 25 we launch FBi Click, a new digital station that will showcase the best new dance and electronic music – broadcasting 24/7 on digital radio (replacing the current simulcast of FBi 94.5 on DAB+) and online at fbiradio.com/click.
Dance music has always been an integral part of the FBi sound, and we’re stoked to be bringing together the scenes and communities we’ve been collaborating with for 10 years. The new station will feature twelve brand new flagship programs representing the very best crews in the country. FBi Click will collaborate with the most active and influential partners in the dance music sphere:
Astral People | Sweat It Out | Purple Sneakers | Motorik | Halfway Crooks | THUMP (by VICE) | Goodgod Small Club | Picnic | Body Promise (Mealo & Amelia Jenner) | Repercussions (Stuart Buchanan) | Lazy Radio (Tony Chill) | Bare Necessities (Klue)
(Scroll down for details on each show)
FBi Click will also feature exclusive mixes from the best DJs in the world, carefully curated new music, and the much-loved legends from FBi Sunset’s existing roster: Simon Caldwell, Low Motion with Max Gosford, Preacha and Moriarty, Stolen Records with Shantan Wantan Ichiban and Mike Who, Kato & Bad Ezzy, James Taylor & Murat Kilic and Future Classic DJs, as well as FBi’s specialist electronic shows.
ON AIR LAUNCH PROGRAMME // Wednesday 25 June
>> STREAM MIXES HERE <<
Launch day kicks off at 1pm with a two-hour radio party simulcast on FBi 94.5FM. Hosted by FBi’s outgoing General Manager of Music, Dan Zilber, this will be an appropriately massive introduction to the new station – beginning with a very special launch song produced by FBi favourites.
Offering a taste of what’s to come, the launch will feature exclusive mixes from some of the international dance community’s heaviest hitters, including:
Zed Bias (UK)
Describing Zed Bias (aka: Maddslinky) as “seminal” is just the beginning. One of the forefathers of UK Garage, Broken Beat and 2-step, this versatile DJ and producer turns in an exclusive mix for FBi Click. A DJ in high demand since the mid-90s, this mix is made all the more special with the news that Zed Bias will stop DJing altogether at the end of 2014, in order to focus on production. Probably the last time you’ll hear this legend of the scene in Australia is on FBi Click.
Anna Lunoe (AUS)
Former FBi broadcaster and now based in LA, it’s been a big year (or 3) for our Anna Lunoe. Pulling massive crowds at festivals like Coachella and Sasquatch, and releasing music on influential labels such as Nest HQ (Skrillex) and Fools Gold (A-Trak), Anna comes home via an exclusive mix for FBi Click.
Tasker is a DJ, label head of Whities, Boiler Room music programmer, Phonica Records employee and NTS Radio host. He wears many hats in the dance music scene and he recorded this exclusive mix at his flat in London for FBi Click. Whities launched in February 2014 with a record from German / Italian duo Terron. The 2nd release will be out soon and is from another previously unknown artist. The purpose of the label is to bring attention to exciting new artists and provide them with a platform to develop their talent.
Listeners will also be introduced to the crews behind FBi Click’s new flagship programs. The first of these shows to debut on FBi Click comes from one of Australia’s most loved dance labels. Sweat It Out will deliver their debut radio show on launch day from 4pm, featuring a very special guest mix from none other than UK selector SINDEN. The eclectic and versatile DJ, producer (and radio host on London’s Kiss FM) has turned in an hour of moody basslines, vocal snatches and skippy drums recorded live from his new LA-based studio.
FBi CLICK’S FIRST WEEK
Following the launch, FBi Click will keep the beats rolling 24/7 – with new shows debuting their wares and an impressive lineup of guests to look forward to…
Purveyors of the finest dance bombs, Picnic have an exclusive live recording from the undisputed King of Electronic Music. Producer and remixer of some of your favourite tunes (Primal Scream, Bjork, New Order, My Bloody Valentine and many more), Ultimate Selector, ANDREW WEATHERALL (UK). [Hear it first: Picnic / Thursday 4pm]
To welcome you to Goodgod Country: a live mix from wonderkid JAY DANIEL (US), who unleashed mayhem on the Club recently and they’re bringing it home to you. With Detroit house royalty running in his blood and releases on Sound Signature and Wild Oats, he’s one to keep a close eye on. [Hear it first: Goodgod / Thursday 8am & 8pm]
Motorik will gather the Vibe Council to deliver techno and electronica superstars in their debut show with an exclusive live recording from THE HACKER (FR). [Hear it first: Motorik / Friday 4pm]
You want dance music heroes? In the house game for over twenty years with his recently-reformed group Phuture, Chicago acid don DJ PIERRE (US) joins Astral People for their debut guest mix. [Hear it first: Astral People / Saturday 4pm]
THUMP (Vice’s electronic website) will see their first ever show guest hosted by cosmic adventurers MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS (AUS) and Nigel Yang from slo-mo electronic wunderkinds HTRK (AUS). [Hear it first: THUMP / Sunday 4pm]
Collating emerging club music sourced from both our Australian backyard and over the waters, Purple Sneakers whet your appetite with a 30 minute mix exclusively carved by Moombahton pioneering powerhouse duo NADASTROM (US). [Hear it first: Purple Sneakers / Sunday 6pm]
Body Promise has secured an exclusive mix from party machine and bass obsessive, SWICK (AUS). The talented young dance music protege has previously teamed up with Diplo & Major Lazer to release tracks and remixes through Mad Decent. [Hear it first: Body Promise / Sunday 8am & 8pm]
Of course, nothing at FBi is ever official until it’s been celebrated in the form of a big ‘ol party…
Official Launch Party // Friday 27 June
Goodgod Small Club, Liverpool St (across both rooms)
9pm – 3am (free entry before 10pm)
$15 on the door after 10pm // $10 for FBi Supporters
Special FBi Clicktail by Goodgod and FBi Clickdawgs by The Dip
DJ sets from ALL new FBi Click broadcasters (see poster)
+ FREE RIDES +
We’ve teamed up with UBER to give new users a free ride (up to $40) to or from the party. It’s valid from 5pm Friday until 9am Saturday morning – late night transport woes be gone! Works for UberBLACK, uberTAXI or uberX.
How do I even UBER?
1. Download the UBER app on an iPhone or Android device, and create an account.
2. Enter the promo code “FBICLICK” when prompted.
3. Check the ETA, ‘REQUEST’ when you need a car, and enjoy the ride!
Meet our new programs – exclusive to FBi Click:
Presented by Ben Fester & Chris Barker
Yet to celebrate their 3rd birthday, Astral People have already proved a guiding force in the proliferation of Australian electronic sounds. Through touring and representing some of the world’s most exciting artists, their arm has extended from national tours and sell-out Sydney nights to stages at the Sydney Opera House and Strawberry Fields, plus their very own boutique festival – the FBi SMAC Award-winning OutsideIn. With a bourgeoning management roster including Wave Racer, Jonti, Basenji, Black Vanilla and Cassius Select, the Astral crew are paving an iconic path in Australia’s ever-shifting landscape, and will continue to do so on FBi Click.
With a programmed vision and weekly special guest mixes, expect everything from ice-cold techno, full-bodied house, expansive beatwork and all the in-betweens from artists both celebrated and undiscovered.
Presented by Pat & Andrew Santamaria, Vivi & Francis Xavier
From the warehouse to the airwaves, Motorik brings the best in cutting-edge dance music from around the globe. They’re focused on providing you, loyal listener, with the tools to be a self-contained legend of dance. Expect partytechnorave, next-wave and acid anthems. The Motorik crew’s nascent record label has released hits from local boys gone good The Finger Prince, Jensen Interceptor, Light Year, CSMNT61 and K.I.M of The Presets, plus hits from international legends of dance like Louisahhh!!!, Harvard Bass and Sinden. Meanwhile, the Motorik Vibe Council continues to throw parties everywhere from basements to Sydney’s largest venues, with legends like Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Maelstrom, Tiga, Thomas Von Party, and Guy Gerber in tow.
Needless to say, anything that makes you reach for the lasers is in the bag, and heading your way on the airwaves.
Presented by Kali & Andy Webb
For those who know exactly what they want, Picnic is renowned as one of the best ‘really good music’ parties in Sydney. Their carefully curated events centre around that that forever-burning beacon of dancefloor culture – house music, as well as exploring disco and the stranger, more experimental sounds of the world. Picnic’s One Night Stand parties have become a regular full-house experience, where the talents of some of the world’s most extraordinary music people are showcased via all night DJ sets. Simon Caldwell, Tornado Wallace, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Andrew Weatherall, Dreems and more have all shown Sydney exactly what’s up.
Now they welcome you to Picnic radio with Kali and Andy Webb – the sound, without leaving your comfortable surrounds!
Presented by Martin Novosel & Gabe Gleeson
Purple Sneakers is one of Australia’s most prominent niche music blogs. The site’s founders – Martin Novosel and Gabe Gleeson – set out to feature emerging club music from around the world that they’re passionate about. They’re doing this very successfully too, as the blog is consistently rated in Nielsen’s top 20 Australian music sites – a position which mean they reach a far broader audience than they used to find throwing weekly parties under the same name.
While Gabe and Martin are nationally touring DJs who often find themselves on huge festival stages, their nation-wide team of young and enthusiastic contributors provide the grounding to form a truly forward-thinking music and club community. It’s this cocktail of passionate musical minds that will ensure the creation of some very exciting radio.
GOODGOD SMALL CLUB
Presented by Jimmy Sing
Welcome to Goodgod country. A land where tropical disco, UK garage, hip-hop, acid house, afrobeat and bashment dancehall live joyously with one another.
Goodgod Small Club is a subterranean tropical oasis right in the middle of Sydney CBD. Your one-stop late night funhouse hosts a collection of resident parties, reliably known as being some of the city’s most loose-limbed affairs. The intimate danceteria venue is well regarded internationally with global dandies such as Diplo, Thom Yorke, Four Tet, Jamie XX, Erykah Badu, 2 Many DJs and Oneman, who’ve all dropped by to play surprise sets. Goodgod has hosted parties and stages at the Sydney Opera House, Splendour in the Grass, Laneway and OutsideIn, as well as collaborating on events with Boiler Room, Red Bull Music Academy, Sofrito, Young Turks, Numbers, Cutters, Siberia and Mad Decent.
The club’s raucous clash of genres, talented musical friends and propensity for surprises makes the thought of a Goodgod radio show very enticing indeed.
SWEAT IT OUT
Presented by Frames and guests
Nominated for best Australian indie label of 2012 & 2013 and now complete with a publishing and agency wing, Sweat It Out is home to platinum selling artist Yolanda Be Cool and gold selling artist RÜFÜS. Releases from What So Not, Motez, Indian Summer, AC Slater, Sinden, Todd Edwards, Ajax, Frames, Go Freek, Playmode, Caseno and Silversix have also found a home on Sweat, which has grown from its original focus as a dance label into a genre-free zone. Sub-label Club Sweat offers an outlet for our more club-focused records.
Tune in to hear exclusive mixes from Sweat’s varied roster of artists & friends, plus forthcoming releases from the label & a slew of exciting new tunes they’re loving – all direct from Sweat It Out HQ.
Presented by THUMP Australia
Bringing you the world’s best over- and underground electronic music and culture, THUMP is VICE’s electronic music channel. They have partnered with major artists, festivals and industry around the world including Disclosure, Cut Copy, Factory Floor, Mount Kimbie, Warp Records and more. Locally, events are held in Sydney and Melbourne having hosted acts including Black Vanilla, Retiree, Kangaroo Skull and Air Max ’97.
Presented by Levins & Captain Franco
From the DJs behind Sydney’s long running rap party Halfway Crooks comes a new all-rap radio show: Halfway Crooks Radio! Tune in each week to hear Levins and Captain Franco play the latest and greatest rap hits mixed with a nice amount of classics, forgotten gems and exclusive rap content. Halfway Crooks is a rap party for party people.
Started in 2009 by rap-obsessed DJs Levins, Captain Franco and Elston, Halfway Crooks was a breath of fresh air for Sydney rap fans who didn’t want to hear the same tired classics at hip hop parties. Levins and Captain Franco have shared the stage with an impressive list of touring rappers, including Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown and Flatbush Zombies.
Halfway Crooks Radio is the perfect taste of a Halfway Crooks club night: a party on your radio that keeps you up to date with the best new rap!
Presented by Stuart Buchanan
Repercussions investigates the infinite connections in electronic music, past, present and future. Each 60 minute show follows an artist, genre, producer, subject, location or label and explores the influential tracks that exist in their orbit – before, during and after. Neither retro nor futurist, Repercussions celebrates the timelessness of electronic music, in all its forms. Repercussions is presented by Stuart Buchanan, founder of the experimental record labels, New Weird Australia and Wood And Wire.
Buchanan was one of the first broadcasters on FBi in 2003, presenting Fat Planet for five years, and the New Weird Australia radio show for three years. Prior to arriving in Australia in the early 2000s, Buchanan worked as a DJ and producer in the UK, influenced and inspired by pioneering artists such as Cabaret Voltaire, Einstürzende Neubauten, Aphex Twin and Throbbing Gristle. Stuart’s depth of knowledge and passion for electronic music will make Repercussions a surprising and intriguing experience each week.
Presented by Mealo & Amelia Jenner
Body Promise will deliver a textural collage of house, electronica, hip hop, afrobeat and techno from all corners of the globe. Body Promise brings you smooth basslines, deep 808s and eclectic beats, spanning Romania to Nigeria and all the way back to Sydney. Wherever they’re from, these tunes will move your body.
Presented by Tony Chill
Lazy Radio explores the slower, deeper, more nuanced end of the electronic spectrum. You’ll hear material from the DJ’s warm-up set, the headphone album, the after-party, the instrumental b-side, the producer’s “change of hat”, or the clubber’s night in on the couch. A wide swathe of genres, scenes, styles, labels and artists feed 60 minutes of esoteric, soulful, lush, diverse and discriminating radio. Presented by journalist, blogger, DJ and music lover, Tony Edwards.
Presented by Klue with Huwston, Sam Z, Ribongia & Iron Gate Sound (co-hosting on rotation)
Bare Necessities is all about broken beats and rhythms of the world, beyond the standard four-to-the floor. And bass. Lots of that! Bare Necessities combines the more familiar styles of bass music from the UK, US and Australia’s thriving Beats scene with traditional and contemporary electronic sounds from Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Klue is joined each week by a different member of the Bare Necessities family taking on co-host duties, including Huwston, Sam Z, Iron Gate Sound, Ribongia, and other guests all bringing different flavours to the mix.