Dysphemic & Miss Eliza – Review from Beat MagazinePosted: Monday, June 27th, 2011
The evolution of the shadowy, nebulous genre of dubstep over the past few years has been a curious thing to watch. The deep rumblings of bass and slamming drums that characterise its sound have had a deep pull on dance music in 2011 –at the same time, giving birth to a chaotic movement coloured by all manner of sonic influences. Melbourne’s powerhouse duo of Dysphemic and Miss Eliza are at the forefront of the action – having supported the likes of Chasing Shadows, Andy C, Foreign Beggars and Plastician on tour, with an EP and website launch party at Roxanne this week and a full album set to drop later this year. I spoke to both to find out a little more about what they’re up to.
We open up talking about the whack things coming out of the scene at the moment – “Listening to all the kinds of music that ends in ‘step’”, Eliza says of her day, with a giggle. “How is that even possible, Burial-step! An artist-name and step! What is ‘step’ anymore? It could be anything!” This aversion to the confines of genre becomes evident in their music – borne from a partnership between two talented musicians from vastly different worlds.
Dysphemic, known to his parents as Julian Treweeke, has a well-established career in electronica, with a number of fiercely good releases to his name, and cites a wild variety of scenes in his successful career as a producer. “I’ve done a lot of experimental electronic music – hardcore techno, a lot of jungle, DnB – I had a big break from that and did a lot of hip hop and vocal stuff, and kind of moved back to DnB and dubstep,” he says, of his past. “The stuff I’m doing at the moment with Miss Eliza and MC Hines – merging all of those styles into one project.”
The other half of the couple is Miss Eliza aka Eliza Quirit. A classically-trained violinist since five, Quirit grew up in the concert halls of Australia performing and winning over forty awards as a soloist with Australia’s symphony orchestras, as well as performing abroad in China and the Phillipines, and is a graduate of both the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University. “I did that for a long time! I’ve always loved performing as a soloist for orchestras,” she says. These days she’s known for her riotous, individualistic stage presence in an altogether different scene – asked about it, she laughs, and says of her past in classical music: “I was never really a team player, I never really wanted to sit – I wanted to be up the front with the big dress, taking bows!”
How did she find her way into the dark and mysterious realms of electronica, then? “I grew up on classical music, of course, and nineties RnB but my second eldest brother Christian was really into it – the rave scene, the mid-nineties!” They both become rather animated when it comes to the topic of nineties dance, mentioning rave culture and hanging out in London, ’92 when drum and bass was huge. It’s also where they first met. “We met behind the decks at a party,” Treweeke explains. “Eliza played me some of her IDM/experimental stuff, and a lot of her stuff was very melodic – I think we just really clicked.” It’s a collaborative process that has impacted more than just their careers in music – the two are boyfriend and girlfriend who live together. They love it: “We get to spend all this time together doing things!” Quirit says, happily. “And a lot of opportunity to practise with each other to get it really tight.”
The results are off the chain, as the monstrous recordings of the duo’s onstage antics that have surfaced on YouTube reinforce. With Treweeke blasting out broken beats as Quirit wields her violin like a weapon, ripping out melodies with fearsome precision – juxtaposing her delicate compositions with the murky depths of electronica. It’s a dream come true for Quirit. “I get to live my classical violin dreams – I reckon it’s like a violin making love to a subwoofer!” Treweeke agrees – “I think collaborating with Eliza and other people has really opened up my mind to different things.”
Their website and Sloth EP launch party is at Roxanne Parlour this week. “We’ve got some special plans for next Friday!” Eliza says excitedly. “We’ve got a few new tracks that no-one has heard yet, and MC Hines is going to be rapping with us, too – he’s on the new album.” Treweeke describes the gig as a chance to showcase the new direction their music has taken – a teaser for audiences waiting to hear their work together on record.
Their album Classical Remix, will hopefully drop by the end of the year. “We’ve got some mixing down to do, but it’s gone so fast!” says Quirit, of the album’s birth. So, what to expect? “Some crazy violin action,” she begins. “And triple-time violin shredding,” Treweeke interjects, and they both laugh. Quirit continues: “Triple-time rap, and some really beautiful melodic luscious landscapes”. Exciting.
Twisted Audio Podcast #1 (June 2011) – PsimocybinPosted: Sunday, June 26th, 2011
Regularly getting Twisted since its formation, Psimocybin has played at anumber of parties alongside both Local and International DJs, supporting the likes of Chris SU, B-Complex & Kenny Ken.
He placed second in Twisted Audio’s Nation Mix Competition with a slamming half hour trek across six genres.
Aiming to introduce a slew of brutal beats and other pieces, he promises to bring the bigness.
Camo & Krooked – Feel Your Pulse
>>Body & Soul – Monster Walk VIP
Blokhe4d & Dieselboy – Get Back
Spor – Aztec
Zinc feat. Miss Dynamite – Wile Out (Marky & S.P.Y. Remix)
Shockone Feat Reija Lee – Polygon (Dirtyphonics Remix)
Tantrum Desire – Just Can’t Wait
Noisia – Friendly Intentions
>>Break – Submerged (Calyx & Teebee Remix)
Hazard – Proteus
Futurebound vs Metrik – Sabotage
Xample & Lomax – Remember
>>DC Breaks – Take That
Nero – Me And You (Dirtyphonics Remix)
>>Blokhe4d – Beyond the Void
Phace & Misanthrop – Desert Orgy
Prolix – Freeze Frame
Apex – Entrapment
Camo & Krooked – Vampires
Mattix & Futile – Where We Are
Ed Rush & Optical – Chubrub
>>Spor – Kingdom
Dirtyphonics – Lottery
Marky & S.P.Y – Riff Raff
Spectrasoul – Penninsula
Fresh – Fantazia
Serum & Bladerunner – Who Jah Bless
Cyantific feat. Logistics – Flashback
Spor – Powder Monkey
Billain – Probes
Camo & Krooked – Cliffhanger
Shimon – Vengeance
>>Shimon & Andy C – Body Rock
>>Dirtyphonics – French Fuck
Dysphemic & Miss Eliza Website & Sloth EP LaunchPosted: Monday, June 13th, 2011
Dysphemic & Miss Eliza’s New Website is set to GO LIVE next month! To celebrate, our very own gremlin-child Dys will be launching his new 3 track EP “Sloth” and it’s a FREEBIE! With guest appearances from the luscious violin extraordinaire Miss Eliza and MC Heinz of Cyclones fame, it’s an EP not to be missed.
Launch Party in effect on the 1st of July at Roxanne Parlour.
Supported by Melbourne’s illest bass heavy producers with a huge stack of free sh!t to give away on the night, this is going to be epic.
The legendary Doug-step on visuals!
Twisted residents C:1, Spinfx & ctoafn feature at Wobble B2B SessionsPosted: Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
WOBBLE presents The first Back 2 Back Sessions. With 13 DJ’s and 4 MC’s this is The BIGGEST WOBBLE lineup to date! Featuring DJ Magma (UK) – Representing G13 Records. One of the Leading up and coming Jump UP Labels out of the UK. Plus, Lady Erica (UK) your WOBBLE Residents and 11 handpicked DJ’s. All powered by Heartical Hi FI Soundsystem. It’s going to be a BIG ONE!
WOBBLE // BACK TO BACK SESSIONS // SAT 18TH JUNE
Magma (UK) b2b Cubist
Lady Erica (UK) b2b AC23
Spinfx b2b C:1
Woz b2b Jaisac
Johnny Hooves (NZ) b2b Meltdown (NZ)
Ctoafn b2b Ouch
Sameo b2b Cammo
Sat 18th June
Powered by Heartical Hi Fi
Decor by Lava of the Butterflies
The Night Owl 33 Elizabeth St CBD
Enter off Flinders Crt
10pm till 7am
National Mix Comp – The Rewind ShowPosted: Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
So with this year’s national mix comp approaching we’ve decided to take a moment and let the 2010 contestants a chance to shine.
This June we will be bringing you a selection of the DJs who entered last year’s national mixing comp that you didn’t get to hear:
The Rewind Show featuring 2010 finalists:
Psimocybin (2nd place, VIC)
Linken (3rd place, NSW)
With support from:
Hosted by: DtechMC (NSW)
Visuals by: Dougstep
June 11th at Miss Libs (34 Franklin st. Melbourne CBD) – Free Entry before 12,
Twisted Residents BVR & Monkee Support Phetsta (Technique Recordings)Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2011
This Saturday (28th of May) @ All City Bass!!
PHETSTA – ‘The Prism EP Launch Tour’
The perth madman is back this Saturday @ All City Bass! With His new EP “Prism” just released and ready to be dropped on our killer sound system!! The Ep has reached the top 10 of the Beatport top 100 and was also Drumsound and Bassline Smith’s Technique recordings top selling EP in the past 6 months. With all the Decor, lighting and dope vibes you come to expect at All City Bass, you wont want to be anywhere else!
Tickets: $15 guestlist / $20 general
PHETSTA burst onto the Drum & Bass scene in 2005 when he signed exclusively to the legendary Simon Bassline Smith’s imprint Technique Recordings. The Australian producer quickly carved his own sound within the genre with early releases such as Intergalactic and Blur (Mixmag’s tune of the month – May 2006).
In 2007 Phetsta released the acclaimed Congo EP, Knowledge Magazine calling it a “production masterpiece”. The four track extended player cracked the top ten on BBC Radio 1′s Drum & Bass charts.
In 2008 he released From My Eyes, which received significant Radio 1 support from Annie Mac, and held onto a top ten position on Drum ‘n’ Bass Arena for eight weeks straight. Phetsta also teamed up with fellow Perth based producer Shock One to unleash the award winning (PDMA Track of the Year 2008) single The Sun.
2009 proved successful again with Phetsta & Shock One’s, Cyclones gaining day time rotation on Australia’s Triple J, including a top three placing on Super Request.
Phetsta is back in 2011 with The Prism EP from Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s Technique camp. With tracks from it being picked up by the likes of Radio 1′s Mistajam and Zane Lowe it looks like being his biggest release yet!!