Australia has been churning out world-class dance music since the dawn of time and in the last few years, the rest of the world has really started to take notice, with many influential names looking down under for inspiration.
While artist such as Golden Features, Nina Las Vegas, Peking Duk, SCNDL and Hayden James all deserve a mention, there’s just too many quality Australian artists to write an exhaustive list. So here’s five of the acts that have taken over the world in 2015
Alison Wonderland is well known to Australian audiences. A classically trained cellist and once a bassist in an indie band, her willingness to incorporate just about anything into her sets has earned her a reputation for eclecticism.
Alison has been DJing in her hometown of Sydney for quite a while, but 2015 has really been the year that the rest of the world sat up and took notice.
Her debut album ‘Run’, which features guest spots from Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Lido, Slumberjack and SAFIA, was released in March to much critical acclaim.
Alison made her USA debut this year at one of the world’s most famous festivals, Coachella, before setting off on a headline tour of the States that saw her cement her name as one of bass music’s baddest bitches and be called one of Australia’s best DJs by Diplo
Back in June she did a live mix for Mixmag’s DJ Lab and the video from the set has racked up over a million views, by far the most that the series has ever seen.
Australian by way of Baghdad, Motez recently won Best Music Producer at the South Australian Music Awards in his hometown of Adelaide. But in 2015 it hasn’t been just his South Australian home that has been paying attention.
The May release of his two track EP, Vancouver saw Motez lauded by tastemakers and influencers around the world and his track ‘Tryna Shake It’ received a worldwide premiere and ample airtime on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show.
When he’s not busy chalking up Hype Machine #1’s, Motez is touted as one of the first and finest of future house music by international music blogs and can count names like Eats Everything, What So Not, Claude VonStroke, Shadow Child and Tchami as fans of his music.
The Adelaide beat-smith took on the main stage at 2015’s Electric Daisy Carnival, playing to a sea of appreciative new fans and went on to see his name an equal billing with acts like Disclosure, Sasha and Dusky.
Taking their name from the Australian lingo for crazy ‘mad as a cut snake’, this duo is comprised of quintessential Aussie boys Paul ‘Fish’ Fisher and Leigh ‘Sedz’ Sedley.
They went from touring the world as professional surfers to taking the world by storm with their groovy deep house and tech house cuts that are just as suitable for a club at 4am as they are on an afternoon road trip to the beach.
The pair transplanted to California several years ago but have maintained such an air of Aussie bloke-ness that it’s hard to believe they’ve ever left the land down under.
Growing up in suburban Sydney, a trip to Ibiza solidified Bella Sarris’ devotion to house and techno music. She landed a PR job for Richie Hawtin’s ENTER at Space Ibiza and it wasn’t long before she was noticed for her talents behind the decks.
Now splitting her time between Berlin and Ibiza, where she holds a residency at ENTER and makes regular appearances at tINI and The Gang events, Bella has been on a steady rise to stardom and her name is frequently featured on the bill for festivals and clubs all over Europe.
Lately Bella has been trying her hand at production, and with her stellar ear for excellent music we’re anticipating great things.
L D R U and Yahtzel, two of Australia’s most talked about young producers, decided to go beyond their famous party-starting B2B sets and previous collaborative efforts by merging their mad production skills and sheer talent to officially form Carmada.
Their debut release ‘Maybe’ quickly caught the attention of Skrillex, who said it was his favourite track of the summer and promptly signed Carmada to his OWSLA label to produce their ‘Realise’ EP.
They guys spent much of 2015 on the road, making appearances around North America including slots at major festivals such as HARD Summer.