Fade Up :: Dugong Jr
May 20th 2014
Every week, Fade Up sets you up on a hot date with an emerging Australian producer who Sandro Dallarmi thinks are worth getting to know. You can hear the new Fade Up mixtape before it hits the Flog by tuning into Sandro’s show on FBi, The Mixing Bowl.
Like many young Australian producers in 2014, Dylan Tainsh has discovered a melodic, colourful world outside of heads-down club music. The Melbournite is still polishing off his approach to this sound, but the various remixes and edits on his Soundcloud page show a lot of promise. Oh and his mixtape is A+.
Meet Dugong Jr
Sandro Dallarmi :: Firstly I have to ask about the name – Dugong Jr. It is so much fun to say out loud. Where did it come from?
Dugong Jr :: Haha yeah I’ve noticed people seem to like saying it out loud. The name is pretty much stolen from Dinosaur Jr, but I wanted to replace the dinosaur with a native Australian animal, and given the kind of nautical influence in my sound I guess I just naturally landed on Dugong.
You started up a Facebook page for this project in late July last year. What had you done as a musician before that point?
Before Dugong Jr I was (and still am) working under another alias called Wednesday The Rat. I’ve done a few EP’s under that moniker on Sweat It Out, Vicious Bitch and Scattermusic. But I guess the idea for Dugong Jr came after I found myself slowly listening to less clubby music, and more stuff with a hip hop and funk base.
How does your melodic, colourful music go down in a city like Melbourne which seems consumed by one stagnant sound?
Ha yeah, I’m pretty sure every producer from Melbourne that isn’t a part of the ‘Melbourne Sound/Bounce’ movement hates that the genre has a specific association with this city. But there are places that do support good up-and-coming Australian artists, and I try to create a bit of a sense of nostalgia in my music that replicates late 90’s / early 00’s RnB stuff so I guess audiences so far have generally reacted pretty well. Except one time a girl did throw $5 at me with a note asking me to play some J-Lo.
- Dugong Jr :: Fade Up Mixtape #35
Miami Horror :: ‘Real Slow (Dugong Jr Remix)’
Benzel :: ‘Fallin’ Love (King Henry Remix)’
Seiho :: ‘Double Bed’
DJ Yolo Bear :: ‘Don’t Stop’
Lazerpiff :: ‘Lose My Breath’
Sevyn Streeter feat. Chris Brown :: ‘It Won’t Stop (Manila Killa & Hunt For The Breeze Remix)’
Future :: ‘Honest (Ryan Hemsworth‘s Post-Rock Tears Version)’
Parkgolf :: ‘瞬間最大風速(feat. さくらゆら)’
Lido :: ‘Money’
Recluse :: ‘Chidori’
Kilter :: ‘They Say (Dugong Jr Remix)’
Ba-Kuura & Objectives :: ‘Make Out’