Sydney house and techno institution Loosekaboose will celebrate its fifth birthday next month with Deepchild set to headline.
Since its arrival in 2006, the night's mission has been to promote homegrown electronic talent on a regular basis. In Sydney this can often be hard task to accomplish, but the Loosekaboose crew have managed to strike a happy balance between consistent crowd numbers and their dedication to showcasing local artists. Fittingly, the next party will feature a live set from one of the Loosekaboose's most high-profile guests, Australian-born Berlin-based producer Deepchild. A familiar cast of supports will also get behind the decks on the night, including Haul Records co-founder Christian Vance, Jimi Polar and Claire Morgan.
To find out a little bit more about the Loosekaboose story, we had a brief chat with promoter Renae Treak, AKA Trinity, over email earlier this week.
Why did you start Loosekaboose?
I was initially inspired by a party I used to play at called Deep as Fu*k, put on by DJs RifRaf and Marcotix. The party was purely music focused, and I was able to hear and meet some very talented DJs including Claire Morgan and Schwa. The only problem was that, apart from DAF, there was a shortage of parties in Sydney that played similar kind of quality underground music. So I decided to start my own night at my local bar, and booked some of my favorite local artists from Sydney and Melbourne. I also made Claire my first Loosekaboose resident.
Why is it important to give local artists headlining slots on a regular basis?
I truly believe that some of the best electronic music producers and DJs in the world are from our own shores. Artists such as Deepchild, Jimi Polar, Simon Caldwell, Ben Korbel, Phil Smart, Michelle Owen and Jamie Lloyd, some of which seem to be quite popular overseas, but when it comes to getting booked locally, the support is sometimes lacking. Our party likes to place these very talented artists in the limelight that they deserve, instead of in the shadow of an international artist by giving them the chance to play a headline set opposed to a warm up, for example, so they are able to spread their wings and express themselves musically.
You obviously enjoy using warehouse spaces - what is it about those kinds of venues that keeps you coming back?
Firstly, most of the warehouse spaces seem to be out in the Inner West, which I love because that's where I live. There's nothing better than a stroll home from a party. I also love that they sometimes attract a different type of punter than the typical club gigs we hold, usually people that are a bit over clubbing in the city and a bit more educated music-wise. The BYO and relaxed security are also a bonus.
What do you think Sydney electronic music needs most, or more of?
Definitely more small, underground type venues with good sound systems. More live acts, more female DJs. Oh, and less politics.
Are there any young DJs or producers we should be keeping an eye on?
Definitely Shrug's favorite up and coming DJ duo Mesan, made up of George Conomos and Sammy T. They are lovely boys who are enthusiastic, talented and have great taste in music.
Finally, tell as about some of the Loosekaboose highlights over the past five years.
Definite highlights of Loosekaboose were some of the first parties at The Flinders Hotel. We had some great acts including Dean Millson, Mad Racketeers, Deep as Fu*k DJs, Ben Korbel, Dean Dixon, Jimi Polar, Robbie Lowe, Noel Boogie and Rollin Connection. Our first birthday with Phil Smart was pretty special. He played one of the best sets I have ever seen, and I became his biggest fan. When we stepped up to some bigger venues my favourite parties would have to be Dave Basek at the Cross, Forty6&Two at an Inner West warehouse and Christian Vance and Deepchild at the Civic Hotel. Our next fifth birthday party however, is shaping up to be one to remember also.