I was invited to collaborate on a work for wind symphony with one of Australia’s most prolific composers Matthew Hindson. After a stroll up Oxford St, passed all the empty shops and nightclubs of my once vibrant community space and playground, I decided to call it “Requiem for a City”.
The first movement of that is on this CD “CELEBRARE: Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony” – and it’s out now! Super proud of this one. Check it out here.
I’ve made it. In today’s Herald!
and yet another release out today from Stereogamous! “Where Can We Find Love Again?” feat. Shaun J. Wright and Hard Ton is out now.
Traxsource featured release on both the Deep House and Soulful House pages today for stereogamous’ new track, “Where Can We Find Love Again? (feat. Shaun…
There’s also a cute video for “Deep Train of Thought” – the b-side to “Where Can We Find Love Again?”. Enjoy!
Here’s a snippet off the B-Side of our next single “Where Can We Find Love Again” out on Get Up Recordings Sept 6th. This track “Deep Train of Thought” is an Orb-like actual journey from through Sydney’s Western suburbs via trippy electronic soundscapes and vocoded vocals.
This is super hilarious. I recently did a collaboration with Amanda Palmer and Brendan Maclean which has cameos from Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Ben Folds, Craig Ferguson, Mike Posner, Neil Gaiman and more.
It is next level silly, and even after working on it for months, it still cracks me up.
Check it out below!
It’s been an amazing musical trip this April as Double J’s Artist in Residence, but this Sunday is the final program. To wrap up the “Time” concept, the final instalment is “Good Times”. I’ll be playing some super sweet tracks and telling funny stories of raving with Itch-E & Scratch-E, neighbouring with Faker, falling in love to Kasey Chambers, driving in tourbusses listening to the Midnight Juggernaughts and heaps of other stuff to make you laugh. Good Times indeed.
If you missed last weeks “Sign of the Times” it’s up on the Double J website now: http://doublej.net.au/programs/artist-in-residence/paul-mac-sign-o-the-times
There I am, sitting in my studio, doing some work when my phone and Facebook suddenly explode with messages. Itch-E & Scratch-E’s “Sweetness & Light” voted No.1 Australian dance song of all time.
I’m smiling tears of joy. Thank you everyone for your love and kind words. Thank you Andy, Miriam, and Justin who made it with me, and thank you for the honour InTheMix. I am truly humbled. Cheers!
Check out InTheMix’s full list of the 100 greatest Australian dance tracks of all time here.
Woot woot! Just announced I’ll be heading to Byron Bay in July for Splendour in the Grass 2015!
So many great bands on the line up… can’t wait to be there! General Public Tickets go on sale at 9am EST on Thursday April 23. Click here for further details
After 10 years I have finally given birth to a new album which is out today! I hired a whole fucking train earlier in the week and we secretly travelled to The Old Library in Cronulla and got our party to celebrate.
What started off as a funny idea for friends kinda turned into a full on gig where I played the album in full with a bunch of my singer friends showing up to do live vocals, including my amazing soul sister Ngaiire, Brendan Maclean, Nathan Hudson (Faker), Tim Derricourt (Dappled Cities) and my fave aussie soul/hero/inspiration Dave Mason from The Reels. I can’t tell you how much of a dream come true it was.
Seriously, when I was 16 and working out what I wanted to do with my life, it was literally two choices, musician or train driver! On the night, I felt like I realised both dreams.
Thank you everyone for making it happen.
This album ‘Holiday From Me‘ has meant so fucking much to me. So many songs, so much love, so much pain, so many false starts and premature endings… but now it feels complete.
Love you all more than you’ll ever know.
NEW ALBUM ‘HOLIDAY FROM ME’
WATCH THE NEXT INSTALMENT FROM THE VIDEO DIARY SERIES
My third episode from the video series is up where I finally break out of the studio, get illegal and jump on the train tracks like a fucked up Attenborough explaining joy/trance and spiritualism or something…
Would you like to join me for a train ride to a mystery destination while we drink free beer/wine on a heritage train, arrive at a beautiful venue to hear my first album in ten years before it gets released to the world?
Food and drinks will be provided as I guide you through the new choo-choo-choons
(see what I did there?).
WEDNESDAY APRIL 8 – CENTRAL STATION, 7PM SHARP
There will live performances and general mayhem hopefully.
You will back at central station before pumpkin hour.
Tickets via Resident Advisor
(Meet at Central Station, Country section, Platform 1 at 7pm sharp)
Hope to see you there!
Love youse all
Gay Xmas is officially here! It’s Mardi Gras and the streets of Sydney suddenly come back to life (until they are locked out but that’s another rant).
In celebration of all things GLBTQIA, my good friend Mike Kelly (who is also gonna blow you away at Mardi Gras) and his music partner Voltaxx have done a sweet remix of ‘State of War (ft. Kira Puru & Goodwill)’. We’re offering it here as a free download, ready for you to enjoy in preparation for the weekend!
Hope you are all loving the new single. I’ve been loving the feedback on Facebook, so thank you for your kind words and good vibes.
I’m super excited to share the rest of the new album ‘Holiday From Me’. it’s out on April 10 but you can pre-order it today. The artwork is all about trains and the future. It’s all about new horizons and escaping yourself. Big love to my mate Marty Bell who actually took the photo on a Japanese holiday and David Rennick at Spectraland for his amazing design work.
To give you a little motivation, if you pre-order the album on iTunes, you’ll get a brand new track ‘My Friend’ featuring the vocals of Shaun J Wright who you might know from his work Steregamous and Hercules and the Love Affair.
If you can’t get to Mardi Gras in Sydney, and you live in Brisbane, you are in luck because I’m coming up with me friends for Big Gay Day on Sun March 15 at The Wickham. Brisbane always goes nuts, so it should be a super fun one.
That’s it for now.
Love youse all
PRE-ORDER ‘HOLIDAY FROM ME’ ALBUM AND GET A SONG NOW!
NEW ALBUM HOLIDAY FROM ME. PRE-ORDER NOW. OUT APRIL 10.
I’ve been doing a little video diary series to share with you, talking about tracks on the new album ‘Holiday From Me’ and the process behind making them.
They are meant to be informative and kinda fun. They also gave me and Brendan Maclean an excuse to get drunk and make crazy videos.
Here’s the first one. Stay tuned for more. Love to you
I know you are supposed to love all your children equally but I don’t. I have a new one that I think is way better than the rest. It’s called ‘State of War (ft. Kira Puru & Goodwill)‘ AND IT’S RELEASED TODAY PEOPLE.
It’s only been 10 years, several beers, a million queers and a couple of tears to get this far. I’ve been waiting to share this with you all for so long. I hope you dig!
I have the most beautiful fans/connections/and a mutual love and respect that I can feel through your comments and hugs on the street when I bump into you.
Here it is, enjoy. There is more to come. The album ‘Holiday from Me’ drops April 10.
Birth complete. Love you all.
Sooooo … as you might be aware, I’ve been doing a bit of late night drunken face booking with posts like:
- THE ALBUM IS NEARLY FINISHED,
- now I’m at mastering here’s a picture,
- now I’m writing thank you’s etc.
Yes, i take my time, I’m a virgo and we fully reserve the right to take forever on the minutest of details that only some will recognise, but that’s just the way it is.
But now, it’s official. My new album ‘Holiday From Me’ (kinda apt title after being away for ten years huh?) is coming out in April.
Over the last ten years I’ve been up to heaps of stuff. Theatre music with Frank Woodley, a film score with Kath & Kim, co-wrote the score for Bangarra’s BLAK, collaborated with heaps of people such as George Michael, Troye Sivan, and followed my heart making abstract techno with my partner in crime Stereogamous, who also remixed Sia, LCD Soundsystem, Kylie…….. so steady on, I haven’t been laying on the lounge smoking bongs, i’ve been out there pounding away, but at the back of my mind were these songs, ‘Holiday From Me’.
I can’t wait to share it with you. It features a bunch of killer vocalists including Kira Puru, Megan Washington, Ngaiire, Dave Mason (The Reels), Shaun J Wright (Stereogamous, Hercules & Love Affair), Brendan Maclean, Nathan Hudson (Faker), Benjamin Fraser and Tim Derricourt (Dappled Cities). It’s classic Mac melancholy but a tad more pumping this time round.
If you can’t wait til April, come to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras where I’ll be showcasing a few of the songs during my DJ set with special guest vocalists.
There will be heaps more news coming up over the next few months so stay tuned for further details. Thanks for your patience and support. I’ll be seeing you real soon
Lots of love, Mac!
NEW SINGLE STATE OF WAR (FT. KIRA PURU & GOODWILL)
OUT FEBRUARY 9.
NEW ALBUM HOLIDAY FROM ME. PRE-ORDER MARCH 6. OUT APRIL 10.
hey people, I know I’ve been occasionally late night drunk texting how the “album is coming!, the album is coming!”, and it’s been slower to arrive than a Cityrail Express, but I can assure you it is mastered and it is sounding beyond my wildest expectations of beautiful.
I’m currently arranging the order, making the gaps and listening to what has been a 10 year project. World Wars go quicker than that.
Anyways, stand by for updates, and come to the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras for a sneak peak! Thank you so much for your love and patience. cheers, mac!
20 years ago, Sydney duo Andy Rantzen and Paul Mac aka Itch-E & Scratch-E released their ambient trance classic ‘Sweetness and Light.’
Thanks for the write up inthemix. Read more here
Last year Paul Mac and David Page collaborated to write the score for the Bangarra Dance Theatre production ‘Blak,’ which has been nominated for Best Original Score at the 2014 Helpmann Awards!
Check out the full list of nominations and congrats to all.
Finally it’s official. stereogamous (featuring Shaun J. Wright) are doing a live set at the legendary Berghain / Panorama Bar Berlin on Saturday July 26. This is an honour of a lifetime. Will keep you updated as it flows. Lots and lots of love Mac! http://berghain.de/event/1025
Very excited to announce the release of our new video for Stereogamous
(featuring Shaun j Wright) “Sweat”.
We shot this clip at our weekly club residency at Tokyo Sing Song, “Voguey Bear,” where Paul Mac and Jonny Seymour have been DJing for the last blissful 7 months.
For the remix options available go to Beatport
For the new clip check out
More tunes to come!
Stereogamous just got Sweatier, as Tribal have released 3 more remixes of “Sweat”.
Taking it in several multi dimensions, from London we have The Cucarachas going beautifully warehouse (this mix is seriously stonking, I can’t stop playing it), Suspect from Berlin goes darkly acidic (nice!), and from San Francisco Doc Sleep’s Acid Rub does exactly that. (Vortex, here we come.)
Check them out here
- Paul Mac
Stereogamous (featuring Shaun J Wright) release their second single ‘Sweat’ on prestigious NYC House label Tribal this week.
It’s out exclusively through Beatport. Check out the original mix here
Here’s the first of many amazing remixes of ‘Sweat,’ this one by Brooklyn’s Carry Nation. Check it out here
Recently I was granted a Fellowship of Music from the Australia Council which has allowed me to do a diverse bunch of arty projects. This is so exciting on every level. It means I’ll be able follow my creative heart a bit more for the next 2 years. Yay, and thank you muchly Australia Council.
The first project I am undertaking, is a collaboration I am doing with my music partner Jonny Seymour as Stereogamous. It is called “Day for Night” and is a performance art exhibition and dance party that Stereogamous is curating the music for.
Day for Night presents durational performance works from a range of queer artists to a soundtrack composed and performed key project collaborators Stereogamous (Paul Mac and Johnny Seymour).
On Saturday 15 Feb, as the sun goes down, Day for Night will transform into a large-scale dance party where the audience will experience the same performances in an electric new context with Stereogamous at the helm.
13 – 15 FEB 10AM – 6PM FREE
15 FEB 8PM – 11PM $35 – tickets
Further details here
Check it out at https://soundcloud.com/the-paul-mac
Want to hear what it would sound like if Paul Mac had his own radio show?
Paul Mac will perform on Sunday night at the Corroboree Club, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay.Tix $20 + bf and will sell out!
Further details here
Tickets available via Moshtix.
FINAL NIGHT FEATURING PAUL MAC PLUS DAVE DOW & FRIENDS
New Guernica is a gorgeous-looking nightclub, second to none in terms of chic decor and art. They’re having their fourth birthday this Thursday and Friday, and are having a smorgasboard of Melbourne’s finest DJs, including Itch-E and Scratch-E!
Here is a list of acts playing on the night:
Friday 1 November
Starts 9pm. New Guernica, Level 2/322 Little Collins St, Melbourne.
Itch-E & Scratch-E, Post Percy, Safari, Luke Coleman V Toby MacKisack, Donald’s House, Lindsay Tuc, Richard Harrison, Harold, Bootclap, Juxtpose (live), Superchang, North Pollard, Disrute (Mokumo), E.Koh, Alex Hall, Paul Lewis, Alex Cummings
The annual rally will be held in Brunswick Street, between Ann and McLachlan Streets, before the festival procession heads straight down Brunswick Street, ending up at New Farm Park where Paul will play a set from 6:30pm.
The free event boats an extensive lineup of performers including Stephen Carmichael, Paige Elliot Phoenix, The Gay & Lesbian Choir, ZIA, Sarah Booker, Amali Ward, Transvall Diamond, Kristy Apps, Jessie Lewis and a stack more.
For further details visit www.brisbanepridefestival.com.au
Paul Mac wrote the score for the new Big Day Out Announcement video released last night. It’s spacey, delicious and epic.
Check it out here
It’s nearly Sydney’s turn for BLAK. Pretty excited about this and to celebrate I’ve put a couple of tracks up on https://soundcloud.com/the-paul-mac to give you a taste. Enjoy!
The dates are Melbourne 3-11 May, Wollongong 17/18 May, Sydney Opera House 7-22 June, Canberra 11-13 July, and Brisbane 18-27.
For more info go to www.bangarra.com.au/performance/blak
Voting has started for triple j’s Hottest 100 songs of the last 20 years.
Paul Mac has featured frequently in triple j polls over the years with ‘Just the Thing’ ranking top 50 in the Hottest 100 poll of 2001.
If you’re casting a vote for Paul Mac, we suggest putting in a vote for ‘Just the Thing’ … ‘Sweetness & Light’ by Itch-E & Scratch-E … or any of your other favourites as well of course.
You can do it now @ http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest100/alltime/20years/
Getting excited for Stereogamous’s Euro tour. To celebrate we’ve put up our latest remix for you to download. Love you Rodeo. It’s waiting for you at https://soundcloud.com/stereogamous/rodeo-way-back-home
Finally, it’s here. Check out the clip for “Face Love Anew” by Stereogamous (featuring Shaun J. Wright). Thank you soooooo much Wearestudio Stillandmoving and Leo Herrera. Out now on iTunes thru Honey Soundsystem. Beautiful!
It’s opening night tonight in melbourne. Super excited to see, hear and feel this one.
Here’s a taste for ya!
I’ve been invited back to read at “People of Letters”. This time with my friend, accomplice and antidote Brendan Maclean. Check it out, it’s a top lineup.
I recently discovered Twitter Genius/Great Gatsby actor/Queer about town/Gen Y Slashie Brendan Maclean (on twitter as it turns out), and we became mates and I started writing with him. The first released fruits of this fruity union was Youtube hit “Stupid”. Now here comes the disco remix by Stereogamous. It’s like “Never Ending Story” meets Guru Josh “Infinity”. Check it out on Bandcamp now.
Stereogamous perform at the Mardi Gras After Party this Saturday with special guest all the way from Chicago, Shaun J Wright. We’ll be performing our modern day house classic “Face Love Anew” and also a sneak preview of an extremely exciting new track. Get your glitter on!
Here’s a version of “Build Me Up Buttercup” me and Ngaiire did for an upcoming Channel 9 show. It’s pretty insanely catchy!
Itch-E & Scratch-E announce John Farnham style, yet another “it could be the last” gig. We are doing the next and actually final Reclaim The Lanes. I’ve loved attending all of these events, so it’s nice to get involved in the final one. Check it
After appearing at both the Sydney and Gold Coast shows last weekend, Paul Mac will be performing at the Adelaide Big Day Out this Friday 25th Jan.
Check out Paul’s set at the Lilypad, kicking off at 7pm. For further details visit http://www.bigdayout.com/adelaide/
Paul Mac is out on the road taking part in Rock ‘N’ Ride, riding his motorbike from the Big Day Out at the Gold Coast to the Adelaide Big Day Out, a race through 4 states over 5 gruelling days all in the name of raising awareness for headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
Grinspoon frontman, Phil Jamieson will be leading ‘Rock ‘N’ Ride which is presented by the Big Day Out. Paul and Phil will be joined by up to10 musician and media personalities, including co-founder of Rock ‘N’ Ride CEO of Big Day Out, Adam Zammit, Jamieson’s wife, Julie, and mates Chris Joannou (Silverchair), Jake Stone (Bluejuice), Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels and Australian Rugby League legend), Kate Peck (MTV Presenter) and Steve Andrews (Black Dog Ride) in a mammoth 5 days of music and motor biking largess.
headspace provides young people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, bullying, drug and alcohol problems with support and services across Australia. The Rock ‘N’ Ride group will be stopping into headspace centres in QLD, NSW, VIC and SA regional towns.
During the town stops the Rock ‘N’ Ride riders will meet and greet the local community, media and youths of headspace joining them for lunch, autograph signing, photo opportunities, acoustic performances from Phil Jamieson, Paul and Chris Joannou plus other giveaways. The riders will also be talking to the local community and media about headspace and how important their centres are to the local youth and their families.
“Every year we get involved with Big Day Out festivals across the country and this year we’re excited to take this partnership to another level. Rock ‘N’ Ride gives us the chance to engage regional young people in their communities and at headspace centres to create awareness of the mental health issues young people face and where they can go to get support.” – headspace CEO, Chris Tanti.
Sunday 20th January: Gold Coast Big Day Out ~ Rock ‘N’ Ride departure
Monday 21st January: headspace centre, Warwick ~ Connabarabran-live performance
Tuesday 22nd January: headspace centre, Bathurst ~ Headspace centre, Wagga Wagga
Wednesday 23rd January: headspace centre, Bendigo ~ Swan Hill – live performance
Thursday 24th January: headspace centre, Berri ~ Headspace centre, Murray Bridge
Friday 25th January: Adelaide Big Day Out ~ arrival into show grounds
For further information on headspace or Rock ‘N’ Ride visit http://www.headspace.org.au/
Hey peeps, Stereogamous (my music project with Jonny Seymour) has up until now done some pretty fucking cool remixes (LCD Soundsystem, Kylie, George Michael, Sia, Sam Sparro, etc) and I can proudly announce our first original release. It’s a collaboration with Shaun J Wright (ex Hercules and the Love Affair). It’s out on vinyl and iTunes. So excited about this one. For details, check the press release. Love, and beautiful summer vibes to you all.
World’s Most Revered Counterculture Queer DJ’s, Producers, and Club Promoters Collaborate on an Industry First
New Maxi-Single emanates hope, love and optimism from the global underground dance scene nearly destroyed by the AIDS Holocaust
//Presented by CockTail d’Amore (Berlin) and Honey Soundsystem’s HNYTRX (SF) Produced by Stereogamous (Sydney) featuring vocals by Shaun J. Wright//
//including remixes by Horse Meat Disco (London), Kim Ann Foxman (LA), The Miracles Club (Portland), The Carry Nation (NYC)//
San Francisco, December 11, 2012 —For each of the collectives, DJs, and producers involved with the new singleFace Love Anew, it’s not about being the biggest party or topping the charts. Their endeavors are next generation artistic projects with a focus on community, culture, activism, and queer history. While each are very successful in their own right, coming together in this way for Face Love Anew is not only a show of support for the single, it’s the first time this global gay underground music scene and community have been linked together with a single focus.
In the face of AIDS, survival was the first and only priority of the queer community for many years. While still a major threat the world over, we are able to once again regain our focus on the art and influence that was nearly wiped out in the 1980s. An entire artistic generation and their potential creative and vibrant contributions to the world, from Keith Haring, to Freddy Mercury toSylvester, were lost during the AIDS Holocaust. In 2012, we are truly “facing love anew.”
With a renewed faith, optimism, and polysexual vision the next generation of queer counterculture is channeling the past while catapulting dance culture into the future. Whether it’s hosting hottest dance destinations in the world, or DJing the intimate parties where DJs go to dance, the talent working on Face Love Anew are sought out the world over for their deviant sound, style, and production techniques. From thePanaroma Bar at the Berghain in Berlin, to Club Kooky in Sydney, to Honey Soundsystem in San Francisco, thesepromoters and musicians are influencing the influencers in music.
For this industry first single, presented by Honey Soundsystem HNYTRX andCocktail d’Amore; produced by Stereogamous (Paul Mac and Jonny Seymor); featuring vocals by Shaun J. Wright, this is the debut collaboration of the biggest names in the counterculture queer music scene.
Inspired by the amazing live vocals from the birth of disco (reminiscent of Sylvester and Patrick Cowley dance tracks) combined with Chicago House,Face Love Anew is an ode to the musical past and with an arrow pointed into the future.
“The collaboration has been a longtime coming as everyone involved in the release has a lot in common over the past five years and we have been collaborating in all sorts of ways with the core goal of forwarding the underground house/techno sound and reputation of queer nightlife,” said Jacob Sperber of HNYTRX. “We decided to come together on this single because not only do we love the song, but we also saw an opportunity for this to be an anthem for a movement in club culture / dance music that has been highly invisible to the mainstream since the 70s and 80s.”
For Face Love Anew, Stereogamous recruited the vocal talents of Shaun J. Wright (Chicago)–most notable for his moving live vocal sets, contributions to Hercules and Love Affair, and his own solo releases on Mr. INTL records–to give us a peak dance track that slowly envelops you, building from classic four-to-the-floor house into a spectacular psychedelic headrush where optimism prevails.
Vinyl, Available NOW: Remembering early dance culture was bound by the grooves in a record and live performances, the initial release andpreview of Face Love Anew was initially launched on a limited pressing DJ vinyl November 27. Only 500 copies were pressed. You can order, and [LISTEN HERE]
Digital, Maxi-Single Available Dec. 11: The digital release, will include exclusive remixes by Horse Meat Disco, Kim Ann Foxman (Needwant, Hour House is Your Rush), The Miracle’s Club (Ecstacy), and The Carry Nation (NYC). You can order, and [LISTEN HERE] or iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/face-love-anew-feat.-shaun/id580449547
The release has garnered support from The Magician, Terry Farley, Claude Young, DJ Kaos, Robert Owens, Doc Martin, Tatu V and Dirt Crew and is making it onto many #1 top ten lists for December.
Building on a string of homosexually charged remixes with a polysexual club appeal, including LCD Soundsystem’s “I Can Change” and Light Asylum’s “A Certain Person,” Stereogamous is regularly commissioned by George Michael, Kylie Minogue, and Sia, as well as breaking independent acts MEN (JD Samson) and We Have Band. Having given live acts like the Presets their start, Stereogamous’s auditory experience, appeal, and influence goes beyond the realm of digital/club-only musical experiences. With this track, future live performances will punctuate the gravity of this track around the world, giving it another dimension of interaction, touching down wherever inspiration prevails in dance culture.
Honey Soundsystem’s HNYTRX
HNYTRX is the offshoot record label of Honey Soundsystem. Established in 2010 after the release of the Brotherhood Compilation – where artists from around the globe were selected for submission of recorded works – members of HNY set forth a mission in curating new, underground and gay artists with forward thinking sounds and help expose their music to create a better, more tasteful world. Later releases by HNYTRX includes a remix for Street Hero’s track “End of World”, a collaboration with Butt Magazine for the Butt Bias cassette only mixtape and most recently a seven inch of the highly acclaimed track by Alexis Blair Penney “Lonely Sea”.
About CockTail d’Amore
CockTail d’Amore is a Monthly Berlin Party & Record Label. CockTail d’Amore has rightfully earned its place as one of Berlin’s top alternative gay parties. While all genders and orientations are welcome, the monthly event’s populace leans heavily toward the unfair sex, with masculine pheromones and booming soundwaves wrestling in midair. The night is hosted by DJs Boris & Discodromo, whose prime motivation is their passion for music, a passion they’re sharing with open-minded friends and strangers in a carefree atmosphere.
Super excited to announce the first original release with my project Stereogamous (witih Jonny Seymour). Up until now we have been blessed to remix LCD Soundsystem, Kylie Minogue, Sam Sparro, George Michael, Light Asylum. The list goes on, but this is the first tune we have written with Shaun J Wright (ex-Hercules and the Love Affair).
Limited vinyl is about to be released.
Digital release coming Dec 11 which also happens to be the disco legend, Sylvester’s birthday.
Hope you dig
Itch-E & Scratch-E have been announced to perform at Meredith Music Festival, Dec 2012 For further details visit http://2012.mmf.com.au/ – I&S HQ
Today is the day. Check out my new film score for “Kath and Kimderella” in cinemas today. There’s a few cracking covers featuring such singers as Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers, and Ngaiire, plus I get to get my orchestral on. Hope you like. Noice!
New collaboration/remix with my rocking mates from NZ, Six60 called “In The Clear” up on soundcloud and coming to itunes soon. Check it and turn it up fucking loud pretty please.
The Stereogamous remix of George Michaels’ new track is up for a listen. Check it out on youtube here !
If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been laying low since Itch-E & Scratch-E, I’ve been hanging out with the Foxy Ladies of Fountain Lakes doing the score for their new film “Kath & Kimderella”. Check out the trailer here !
Here’s something to make you smile as you start out on a new week!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeujZtBvMFY&feature=share my good stereogamous mate jonny seymour found this link and it just makes me want to smile.
Other news that is making me smile is the stereogamous remix of Sam Sparro is sitting in the UK Club chart Top 10. Respect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you want to check it go to http://soundcloud.com/samsparro/i-wish-i-never-met-you-stereo
After hosting a number of successful underground parties in 1994 and dj’ing at each others events, James (Jim Jams), Rodd (Aladdin) and Wayn (Chester) joined forces and pioneered Sydney’s rave culture.
Dubbed as Sydney’s most controversial and talked about event, eckythump was born!
The boys worked together on a number of ‘untitled’ events before the name ‘eckythump’ was decided upon. The official ‘eckythump’ launch was held in the Glebe Island Wheat Silo’s on Saturday the 17th June 1995.
Over the following 10 years ‘eckythump’ became Sydney’s # 1 rave series. Always in unique, original and never before used venues
People travelled from near and far, sometimes with only 24 hours notice to be apart of the ever growing ‘eckythump’ cult phenomenon.
After 33 parties and 11 years of mayhem Aladdin & Jim Jams closed the doors and hosted the final eckythump on NYE 2006.
Now, another 6 years on, the boys are joining forces to create one last very special event – eckythump THE REUNION.
We are super excited to invite you to join us once again as we burrow deep underground where it is warm and safe…
We have specifically chosen the date as it commemorates the 17th anniversary almost to the day since the very first eckythump party.
The venue we have secured not only represents eckythump’s always unique venues from the past, but also the suburb that played host to Sydney’s most memorable early 90′s rave events. And to top it off, it is situated directly opposite the one and only Alexandria Basketball Stadium.
This needs no explanation! We have secured the cream of the eckthump crop. The DJ’s & artists that played & made the eckythump series into to supersonic sound that it was.
Striving to be bigger & better than ever your ticket will not only gain you access to this ultimate celebration, it comes all inclusive of complimentary drinks for the first hour (1st 350 tickets ONLY) and your choice of either:
A brand new 12″ VINYL copy of RYTHYM & DRUMS by GENERAL BASS or a brand new 12″ VINYL copy of ANNIHILATING RHYTHM by ULTRASONIC.
RYTHYM & DRUMS and ANNIHILATING RHYTHM vinyls are only available to the first 300 tickets purchased through MOSHTIX.
Drinks package only available for FIRST RELEASE tickets ONLY.
DATE: Saturday 30th June 2012
VENUE: Please be aware the venue has had a last minute change to the bigger THE FACTORY THEATRE – 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville for the show on Saturday night.
$50 + BF exclusive through MOSHTIX
(Includes: Complimentary drinks from 7pm – 8pm, limited edition lanyard & poster as well as your choice of either 12″ VINYL copy of RYTHYM & DRUMS by GENERAL BASS or ANNIHILATING RHYTHM by ULTRASONIC.
$60 + BF exclusive through MOSHTIX
(DOES NOT INCLUDE COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS PACKAGE)
TIMES: 7pm – 3am
DJ’s & Artists:
EXCLUSIVE: The kings & pioneers of the 90′s underground rave culture
ITCH-E & SCRATCH-E
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TEAM ROCKET featuring DJ’s: QT, DAVE PSI & DESTINY.
Hosted by MC Destiny & MC Obi
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I am doing this fun project next week called The Living Room which is Sydney’s newest pop-up music venue in which undiscovered artists will perform an intimate gig to the public as well as have their performances streamed live via Facebook to a global audience on the interwebs.
During the day the Living Room will be a hive of musical activity providing free performances, free music seminars for upcoming bands from industry types, free instrument workshops for the public and free music downloads.
To book a seminar call 02 8333 0010 between 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.
Seminar Running Order
Wednesday 28th September
12:30 – 1:30pm – Sonar (David McCormack) TV/Cinema composition
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Ben Richards Song Writing seminar
Thursday 29th September
12:30 – 1:30pm – Paul Mac – Electronic Production & songwriting
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Ben Richards – How to get a good record deal
Friday 30th September
12:30 – 1:30pm – Studio 301 Recording
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Ben Richards Social media marketing
After 6pm the Living Room will turn into a somewhat cramped but amazing venue featuring Sarah McLeod, Dappled Cities, and Tim Freedman.
Pop in for a beer with me and my new BFF Dee Dimmick whose idea it was in the first place.
hey guys, i’ve been invited to be a part of an amazing opportunity for someone to get access to me as a mentor, and the resources from american express, to realise a music, fashion, or community idea of theirs. check out the “room for thought” campaign HERE
In celebration of CHINESE LAUNDRY’S 15th BIRTHDAY on Saturday June 18, we have created a competition to get all you budding producers spinning! Australian pioneers of Dance and electronics ITCH-E & SCRATCH-E are on the hunt to remix YOUR track for free! And better yet you get to HANG IN THE STUDIO with them on mix night!
Simply send the track you are most proud of to email@example.com and if it stands out from the crowd you take home this epic prize!
Ten runners up will each score a signed copy of ITCH-E & SCRATCH-E’s new album HOORAY FOR EVERYTHING!!!
Competition closes June 30 & winners will be notified by July 11.
For full terms & conditions please see https://www.jammusic.com.au/#/home/win-a-night-in-the-studio-with-itch-e-&-scratch-e!
Better late than never … here’s some sweet photos from my Itch-e & Scratch-E new years gig up at Peats Ridge taken by samantha burns. Check them out HERE
FRI 17 JUNE 2011
King St Hotel, Newcastle
Tickets available on the door
Ticket price $15
For more info call 02 8295 9950
SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2011
Chinese Laundry, Sydney
Tickets available on the door
Ticket price $15 prior to 10pm / $25 after 10pm
For more info call 02 4927 8855
FRIDAY 24 JUNE 2011
New Guernica, Melbourne
Tickets available from moshtix.com.au or phone 1300 438 849 Ticket price $20 + bf
Okay all you female bedroom bangers, um … That’s lady DJ’s not um, whatever your dirty minds are inserting. There’s auditions for a thang called “she can DJ”.
There are 3 days left for demo auditions. It’ll be on Channel [v] and it’s an initiative of EMI. Any of you girls interested? Get your shit together and enter here
Check out the new Wonderlance interview with Paul here.
“Hooray for Everything!!!” has been named runner up Best Electronic Album of the year in today’s SMH Metro section.
triple j’s Hottest 100 voting has now opened. You can show the love for Itch-E & Scratch-E and vote for Electric (feat. Kiss Reid) HERE.
It’s that time of year again where you have to face up to your genetic roots. So whether it’s with your biological or logical family (thanks armistead!) I wish you all a merry Xmas full of smiles and things that make you feel warm and gooey!
Hope you give what you what you get, and get what you want.
Make it feel like the first and count like the last.
Be free, be happy……….repeat!
Love you all
You can catch Itch-E & Scratch-E play this NYE at the Peats Ridge Festival and also on Australia Day 2011 at Green Beats in Sydney.
Peats Ridge Festival
Glenworth Valley, NSW
29 Dec – 1 Jan
Green Beats 2011
Camperdown Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
26 Jan, 2011
Tickets: $22+bf available at Moshtix, 1300 GET TIX (438 849), on your mobile www.moshtix.mobi and all moshtix outlets including Red Eye Records, Fish Records, Resist Records and also Eventbrite.
my old mates at Good News Week asked me on again to be musical director for the last episode of the year. check it out if you are a fan. it’s coming up on monday 22nd nov, at 9.40.
some fun guests including josh from “My generation” who has to one of my fave comedians. a special rendition of fleetwood mac’s “tusk” is especially hilarious.
okay kidz. here’s a weird slice of my history. haze & dover have remixed an old happy hardcore thing i did a million years ago, in fact so long ago i forgot about it. anyways, it was mine and sally sound’s attempt at a happy hardcore song. what do ya know, 15 years later somebody comes along, tells me it was “an australian rave anthem”, remixes it, and releases it on vinyl. check it out! too funny. i love it. (the high girly vocal is me….. not sally!)
ngaiire just sent me a link of when we performed “never been before” at one of her gigs. last year.
i love it. check it out on youtube here.
Paul Mac will be playing The Court Street Party in Perth, WA on Sat October 30th. Presale tix are available from Moshtix and more info can be found at www.thecourt.com.au
Itch-E & Scratch-E’s album ‘Hooray For Everything!!!’ has been reviewed and named Album of the Week by dance publication 3D World. Read the review in the ‘extras’ section of this site.
only one week to go peeps. a special underground live performance for fans in sydney. choose your own level of involvement. we are in!
and in breaking news, it’s looking pretty likely that Kissy is going to get up and do “electric” live. Woohoo, let’s go! See ya there
August 28 at 9:00pm – August 29 at 3:00am
facebook event page
Itch-E & Scratch-E are taking it back to the underground with a special gig at their spiritual home, club kooky. For those who have just joined the party, club kooky is a seminal/queer/legendary underground experience that has been going for 15 years. We used to play there back in the day etc. Put it in the diary kids. August 28th, 9pm at The Manning Bar, Sydney Uni. Check it out HERE.
Check out the latest press on Paul Mac HERE.
To celebrate the release of Hooray For Everything!!! NovaNation are giving Ten Itch-E & Scratch-E fans the chance to win a signed copy of the album as well as a signed poster from the band. Try your luck at NovaNation.
It’s been a long wait but finally the new Itch-E and Scratch-E album ‘Hooray For Everything!!!’ is out. Yay! The album is available on CD and by download. You can buy a copy from iTunes HERE.
Listen to Itch-E & Scratch-E’s amazing new album HOORAY FOR EVERYTHING!!! right now, exclusively on MySpace!
All ten tracks are in the Itch-E & Scratch-E MySpace player for you to stream and LOVE before the album comes out this Friday…
It’s not long until our new album HOORAY FOR EVERYTHING!!! hits stores on Friday July 23. It took us 15 years to make it, but we made it with love.
Incase you can’t wait, you can now get your hands on our new single r.E.f.r.E.s.h. (feat SCRIBE) which has been digitally released.
There’s an exclusive iTunes single which includes the unbelievably fat remixes from Santiago & Bushido and the master of freshness, Tom Piper.
NEW SINGLE ‘R.E.F.R.E.S.H (FEAT. SCRIBE)’ BUY HERE
And because we’re nice fellas, here’s a FREE DOWNLOAD of the Santiago & Bushido remix.
Be on the lookout for the new video for r.E.f.r.E.s.h. (feat SCRIBE) by James Boyce which premieres on VIDEO HITS this weekend. James also worked on the award winning Art vs Science clip ‘Parlez Vous Francais’.
Lastly, to celebrate the release of our new album HOORAY FOR EVERYTHING!!! , we’re pleased to announced that we’ll be doing a special guest DJ night at the CHINESE LAUNDRY (111 Sussex St, Sydney – Tel 8295 9999) on Friday July 16th.
Tickets can can only be bought on the night ($15.00 before 11.00pm, $20.00 bucks after), so make sure you rock up early as it’s only limited to around 300 people. Let’s party.
Until then stay in school and don’t do drugs!
Itch-E & Scratch-E
How ya all doing?
I’ve been way busy in the Panic Room of late working on a bunch of stuff that will all hear the light of day soon now.
The first batch that you might have heard mumblings of is the long awaited return to form of my previous incarnation, as one half of Itch-e & Scratch-e.
Me and Itch-e have been bunkered down in the Panic Room for a year and a bit. And it’s about to come out to the world.
The first single was kinda banned by radio for it’s, ahem…… somewhat controversial lyrics.
To get involved in all the hoo haa, I reckon you should join the Itch-e & Scratch-e mailing list.
If you do this you receive a free set of steak knives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How cool is that?
Actually… I was lying but what you do get is a FREE DOWNLOAD of the, what I think is a rather cool collaboration we did with NZ’s finest, Scribe called “r.E.f.r.E.s.h”. This is the Santiago and Bushido remix that literally rocks like geology!
Stay tuned, more cool shit coming!!!!
Love for now!
Hey everyone. I wanted to introduce you to another project I have that is called Stereogamous (think monogamous and change it to stereo). It’s a remix team of me and my best buddy Seymour Butz. We’ve been doing weirdo remixes for Wolfmother, Presets, We Have Band and there’s some exciting ones coming up. Check out myspace.com/stereogamous for a quick history. Anyway, the latest one we did was for MEN which is the new project for JD Samson (from Le Tigre). They liked it so much that they made it their single and made a video for it. Check it out here.
Inspired by the remnants of the post punk/electronic/noise scene of the 80′s, and coinciding with the rise of “techno” and rave culture in the early 90’s, Itch-E & Scratch-E were born.
During the years that followed Itch-E & Scratch-E, aka Andy Rantzen and Paul Mac, were at the forefront of a movement quickly gathering momentum. When The Boiler Room was added to the Big Day Out, Itch-E & Scratch-E were there, preaching their beats to the ravers, but importantly, also to the rock kids in Nirvana T-shirts. A cross-pollination had begun.
The album “Itch-E Kitch-E Koo” (1992) spawned the single “Sweetness and Light” which became a crossover hit breaking down barriers between the underground and the overground. Then came an ARIA Award for Best Dance Release in 1994, and Paul fulfilled every parent’s nightmare when he thanked the ecstasy dealers in his speech. The song’s deep connection was recently confirmed when it appeared in JMag’s peer-voted Greatest Australian Songs of All Time.
Fast-forward 15 years from Itch-E and Scratch-E’s first beats, and, over several beers, the duo re-discovered their creative friendship. More beers followed, and they found themselves in Scratch-E’s home studio making music. The guys were having a ball, so a weekly date followed where they jammed together into the wee hours of the morning. Those sessions can now be heard on their new album, HOORAY FOR EVERYTHING!!!
HOORAY FOR EVERYTHING!!! includes the mental “Stretch-E” which is a banging collection of elastic sounds and classic Itch-E & Scratch-E melody. The cheeky mash-up with SCRIBE’s “F.r.e.s.h” has been imaginatively titled “r.e.f.r.e.s.h”.
But the first taste from the new album will be the boundary crushing “Other Planets” featuring vocals from New Yorker, MDNA, who Paul met years ago as a Dissociatives fan on tour in Paris. When Paul bumped into him five years later in New York, a collaboration was spawned around a new Itch-E and Scratch-E backing track that blew all involved away.
Itch-E & Scratch-E also returned to the stage earlier this year for their first live shows in over a decade. The electro-duo bounced their way across the national Big Day Out delivering their new beats to enthusiastic crowds of old and new fans in the Boiler Room. More shows will follow later this year.
HOORAY FOR EVERTHING will be released this May through Ministry Of Sound.
Lastly, for any fans who are keen to explore the early years, two Itch-E & Scratch-E albums, “Itch-e Kitch-e Koo” and “It Is What It Isn’t” are now available at iTunes.
“Other Planets” is the first single from the forthcoming album “Hooray for Everything!!!”
Paul: It had a twisted journey getting to where it is now. We used a couple of fun techniques to get it to there. As an experiment, I started writing a quick Eno-esque ambient painting with Andy outside of the room. We then traded places. I told Andy what key it was in, and what tempo it was but he couldn’t hear what I had done. He did his funky bass thing.
Andy: The bassline you hear is the kind of thing that I get from knowing the notes I want and being really clumsy with my timing. Then we quantize it - i.e., use the computer to make it really tight – and it sounds funky – in theory! But there was a twist to this one. Once I’d played in that one bar bassline, Paul suddenly heard the track in 3/4 instead of 4/4 – so he quantized it that way. It’s the first track we’ve ever written in 3/4. That is, it has three beats to the bar, which gives it a galloping feel.
Paul: We then listened to the two parts together and were surprised at the result. It felt very other worldly. Andy suggested the lyric.
Andy: Because it was so spacey sounding I was reminded of a phrase from a German 20th century poet, Stefan George. I know very little about his poems, but I do know from reading the book ‘The Rest Is Noise’ by Alex Ross that this one phrase ‘I breathe the air of other planets’ is a significant one for 20th century orchestral music. The reason is that the composer Schoenberg set the poem to music and, at the precise moment that line comes in, makes the music lose its tonal centre. So that line signifies the point at which Western music went atonal – and lost much of its audience, ahaha! (although it’s the kind of music that everyone is familiar with from horror and suspense movies, so maybe that’s not really true) . It’s a very beautiful and frightening line, in my opinion. The line had a lot of resonance for me. It suggested someone who was both alien and fully at home, fully adapted. Obviously, Schoenberg picked up on that. I had an idea to put that line down with a particularly weird, angular vocal melody, so I sang it into the microphone and Paul recorded. Obviously I couldn’t sing well so Paul had to treat it.
Paul: I had just discovered a new vocal/pitch technique and applied it. Awesome, we had a cool instrumental.
Andy: Yes, we had our space track, with the Enoesque chords, and my voice repitched by Paul so it sounds ghostly and inhuman. We even added a few shooting stars and particulate ‘space-cloud’ sounds. We were heading in a Pink Floyd direction.
Paul: So how did the rap get in there? About five years ago when I was touring Europe with The Dissociatives, I bumped into a 17-year-old fan of the band and had a crazy night out in Paris with him. Fast forward five years and I bumped into the same fan in New York. We struck up a friendship. On the final night, Fred (who goes by the recording name MDNA) played me some of his raps. I have an aversion to white rapping, but I loved his style and originality. On my return to Australia, I told Andy about this amazing crossing of paths. We emailed some instrumentals to New York and you are hearing the fruits of this collaboration.
Andy: When he mailed back his rap our jaws dropped to the floor. It was amazing. He’s added a whole screwed up lifestyle dimension to it. Even though he’d gone off on a tangent, it still somehow worked lyrically with the ‘other planets’ concept. The lost-in-space thing becomes a metaphor for a personal journey into isolation. Yet this narrator also seems perfectly at home and comfortable with his direction. It’s a track I find exciting and disturbing at the same time. The chorus in particular gets me, because he really puts his fists up there. You don’t expect a sexual freak to be ready to stand up and fight like that. The narrator is a freak with teeth, sharp teeth. You wouldn’t mess with him. Awesome.
Listen to ‘Other Planets’ at myspace.com/itcheandscratcheband
Hey out there,
Sooooo Itch-E & Scratch-E now have an official MySpace profile too. Woo Hoo!
If you are so inclined be our friend, be our friend!!! Send us a friend request….
Keep an eye on the page as we will send reports from the road….and maybe some pics too!
Love ya/See ya
Yep the news is true Itch-E & Scratch-E are playing the one and only Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras party in Sydney on March 6 at The Forum in the early hours of the morn!
For all ticket & venue info hit the official Mardi Gras site mardigras.org.au
After heaps of requests for the old albums from fans (ok, well a few) we have made “Itch-e Kitch-e Koo” and “It is what it isn’t” available via iTunes. Hope you enjoy it, and stop hassling us for old vinyl of “Sweetness and Light”. We don’t even own that ourselves but we do have new music coming soon! Enjoy.
it’s been a while between drinks (or whatever) since my last site went up (or down), so you may ask…how did i get here, what are we doing, how are you going? well, in the years since panic room, i’ve been behind the scenes making some shit that i love. it just hasn’t comeunder the [paul mac] logo. i’ve just been creating some stuff that makes me love the future.
i did some stuff with the chair for “young modern”…, toured the world with them, got lost and went mad in a tourbus, blogged about it, wrote some crazy theatrical shit for frank woodley (legendary oz performance comic), did my first film score “beautiful”(if you are looking at the DVD store/torrent sites), remixed faker “are you magnetic”, lenka “trouble is a friend”, shelley harland “wonder” amongst others. kept doing crazy remixes and DJ sets with my alter ego and partner in crime… stereogamous, wrote some songs with the cassettekids (i love those guys!!!!), done some way experimental tech with my previous partner in crime, itch-e (stay tuned folks….. some really nice tech is coming!), been working on whatever the next paul mac album will be (but you have to trust me here. i’m pretty slow as the quality control is pretty fucken high, that’s why i’m taking so long, but trust me. when we get there it will be worth it!!!) and some cool new mixes to come outta new york etc.
anyways, i’m boring myself with what might be, and waiting to just shut up and put it out, but just want you to know that what you love is what you get, and what you get you give back, and i’ll see ya real soon with some nu tunes you are gonna love.
here is part 2 of the ‘beautiful’ film score. these are my other fave tracks that i would like to share with you.
it’s all a little dark with these tracks but i’m sure some of you will like that part the most!
‘Beautiful Darkness’ The Scare feat. Paul Mac
This was used for the closing titles. I got The Scare to do a fucked up rendition of the theme with me joining them on keys. Too much fun. Love these guys.
The most melodramatic part where it all goes pearshaped. Full dramatic opera baby!
You Don’t Have the Balls (or do you?)
The first real part of the film that will scare you! I love this one – Got the string section to bend with my moods. Good, good times.
enjoy – let me know what ya think.
I’ve just finished my first movie score which I am super proud of, so I wanted to share a bit of it to those that are interested. I don’t think I’ll release it but I’m putting my fave bits up on my myspace player for you to listen to.
“Beautiful” is a low budget aussie movie portraying the darker side of suburbia. It’s in cinemas now so be sure to check it out.
Today I’ve put these tracks up:
1. Beautiful. This is the opening title sequence. It’s kind of a fractured fucked up fairytale piece that came to me as I was riding my motorbike.
2. The Backyard of Earthy Delights. This is for when one of the characters Danny goes wandering through the neighbours garden looking for evidence of nastiness.
3. On A Mission. Danny goes to confront the killer – a mash of string and electronics.
4. Sherrie’s Lament – This piece is for when Sherrie goes to have an abortion. The pictures moved me so much I wrote possibly the saddest peice of music I’ve ever written. When I first played this to the producer and director they were both crying. I used the opportunity to ask for more budget so I could have real strings and they ended up saying yes. yaaaaaaay!
So that’s it for now, stay posted and I’ll chuck up some more music from the film soon.
Feel free to write and tell me what you think.
I hope you enjoy it.
Check it out here: www.myspace.com/paulmac
From time to time i get some bizarre requests for production stuff, but this latest one is worth sharing.
Vivacity asked me to remix “Greensleeves” (the classic Mr Whippy van theme) for a promotion of outdoor events they’ve been doing.
At first i thought it was a kind of a strange idea, but when I did it, I ended up loving it! Everyone that’s heard it is into it too.
Anyway, they made a short, cool clip for it which is now up on youtube. Check it outHERE.
Also i’ve added some photos to Myspace of me and DJ Seymour Butz doing our thing around town and most recently at the Sydney Big Day Out in the Silent Disco (Ooh and there’s one with this hot chick I met too).
More soon, love ya.
Paul Mac accompanied by Ngaiire (vocals) will make a long awaited, exclusive appearance in Perth at Cuban Club 2009. This years Cuban Club will take place at the Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club on Thursday, 1st January 2009. Tickets are avaiable from www.lloydevents.com.
Paul Mac has written the music for a new show that’s just about to open in good ol’ Sydney town! Frank Woodley one half of much loved duo, Lano and Woodley stars in POSSESSED. The show has been described as ‘a wildly physical feast of comic imagination’ a love story set in a basement featuring all original music by Paul Mac.
The show opens at the Sydney Opera House on June 10 and tickets are available from Sydneyoperahouse.com or Ticketek.
Paul Mac has been as busy as ever of late with POSSESSED, writing the title music for Australian film “Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger” and mixing Mr G’s radio and club smash “Naughty Girl”, he is also the host for BigPond Music’s concert series, Monday Night Live.
Every Monday night for the next 10 weeks Paul Mac is hosting the special Big Pond “Monday Night Live” concert series.
Take your virtual front row seat at live performances of some of Australia’s hottest acts including Kisschasy, The Presets, Faker, Cut Copy, The Panics and heaps more! Plus Paul’s exclusive interviews with all the artists.
You can watch these gigs online or on your Telstra Next G mobile.
Head to Monday Night Live for more details.
The soundtrack to the new Australian movie Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger is in store now, with the film starring Keisha Castle-Hughes and Toni Collette, opening nationally on March 20.
Paul Mac’s lead track “The Only One” sits rather nicely alongside a host of other cool Australian artists including label mate Missy Higgins with her track “The Wrong Girl”.
“The Only One” was written by Paul Mac specifically for the film, and features stunning vocals from Sydney songstress Bertie Blackman and the Sydney Children’s Choir.
Have you checked out the ‘making of’ the song and the video clip on Paul’s MySpace page yet? Go here!
Soundtrack instore now!
Paul Mac recently collaborated with Sydney songstress Bertie Blackman to create the fantastic new track ‘The Only One’. The song was written specifically for the upcoming Australian film ‘Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger’ which opens in theatres on March 20. Hear ‘The Only One’ on the radio now and watch the official video onYouTube.
Yep it’s that time again, Volume #9 of the legendary “Tales from the Tour Bus” is here! Catch up on all the goss as Paul Mac hits the road with Silverchair in America. As the trusty tour bus winds it’s way around the American highways and byways so to do the tales from the back, front and roof of the tour bus.
Check out Paul’s blog here www.myspace.com/paulmac
Have you checked out Paul’s MySpace blog yet? Tales from the road have been coming in thick and fast in the past week! To keep up to date on all the overseas adventures as Paul tours with Silverchair check out www.myspace.com/paulmac
Paul Mac is currently on the road with Silverchair playing keys for their “Young Modern” world tour. To keep in touch with all of you loyal peeps out there Paul has taken to writing his very own MySpace blog.
For Part 1 of “Tales Of The Tour Bus” head to www.myspace.com/paulmac for stories of faraway places, lost luggage and much more.
Don’t forget to hit the offical Paul Mac Store as well to satisfy that thirst for some good ol’ fashioned merch.
Till next time, thanks for stopping by the Panic Room!
In addition to Paul’s ARIA nomination for Best Dance Release he is one of the 50 artists in the first round of voting for the Channel [V] Oz Artist of the Year Award which is the only publicly voted award. You can vote for for Paul:
1. by using the red button on your Foxtel remote
2. by sending a SMS to 199 55 444 with your name, postcode & and ‘Paul Mac’
3. online at the Channel [V] website
Paul's recent album 'Panic Room' has been nominated for Best Dance Release at this years ARIA Awards. Paul previously won this award in 2002 with his debut album '3000 Feet High' and in 1995 as one half of Itch-E and Scratch-E who received the first ever Best Dance Release in 1995 for 'Sweetness and Light'. For a full list of this year nominees check out www.ariaawards.com.au
Paul Mac will be performing a free show on the 23rd of September at the Groove and Grape Festival in Brisbane. The festival is held at Queens Park in the city and Paul will be onstage with his band from 9pm.
Paul Mac's track 'Sunshine Eyes' has been nominated in the Most Performed Dance Work category at this year's APRA Awards. Other artists in the category include Infusion, Mr Timothy and The Rogue Traders. For a full rundown on nominees go to www.apra.com.au
The first line up for Splendour In The Grass 2006 has been made and Paul Mac is one of the artists in the first announcement along with Brian Wilson, Sonic Youth, DJ Shadow, Scissor Sisters, Wolfmother, The Presets and heaps more. The Paul Mac Experience will be playing on Saturday 22nd July. For more details check out the Splendour Website
This Easter long weekend sees Paul head out to the Newington Armory in Sydney for the Great Escape Festival. Paul will be performing with his band and vocalists on the Saturday night and will be joining his mates Silverchair on the Friday night. This will be the fourth show Paul will have played with the 'Chair in the last couple of months after joining them for their very special warm up gig at the Gaelic Club, Perth's Rock-It Festival and Adelaide's Clipsal 5000. In other news Paul's remix of the Gorillaz track 'Dirty Harry' has been embraced by radio across the country as has his own third single from PANIC ROOM, the soulful "Love Declaration". Check out the clip on the Media Page and read the reviews on the Press page.
The third single from Mac's album, "Love Declaration" is in stores now. Featuring the vocals of New Zealand soul sensation Aaradhna, the single includes the top 10 club hit "It's Not Me, It's You" plus remixes by Melbourne's Mr Timothy, The Presets and The Rogue Traders. Also look out for the sexy video for "Love Declaration", which was directed by long-term collaborator James Hackett.
Share the love by requesting "Love Declaration" at radio and at video here
The Rolling Stone Readers' Poll results are in and Paul Mac has been voted as the #1 Best Dance/DJ Artist! Thanks heaps to everyone who took the time to vote. To see who else Australia loves check out the full results in the April Rolling Stone mag.
Having just arrived home from touring the country with his band, Mac is joining his great mates Silverchair in the rehearsal studio as they make final preparations for three big outdoor shows they will perform at in the next two months.
The band has announced that Mac will perform with them as special guest keyboardist on their upcoming shows to temporarily fill the shoes of regular sideman Julian Hamilton who is currently touring Europe with his group, The Presets.
Mr Mac has been busy of late touring and promoting his new solo album "Panic Room". He has worked with Silverchair in the studio on their last two albums and did one song with them once at the ARIA's but this is the first time he will have played a full concert with the group.
Silverchair will perform at the following events:
March 19: Rockit, Perth
March 24: Clipsal 500, Adelaide
April 14: Great Escape, Sydney
April 15: Great Escape, Sydney (Paul and his band are also doing their own set)
Tickets are on sale for now for each of these shows.
In other news, the third single from Mac's album, "Love Declaration" is in stores Sunday March 12. Featuring the vocals of New Zealand soul sensation Aaradhna, the single includes the top 10 club hit "It's Not Me, It's You" plus remixes by Melbourne's Mr Timothy, The Presets and The Rogue Traders. Also look out for the sexy video for "Love Declaration", which was directed by long-term collaborator James Hackett.
Share the love by requesting "Love Declaration" at radio and at video here
Mac is the feature artist in Sessions 04 of the brand new In The Mix Podcasts. Sessions 04 includes a whole host of brand new tunes, interviews and reviews including the awesome Mr Timothy remix of Paul's new single "Love Declaration".
The Podcast is free to download and will be available here from 10pm, Friday 23rd February.
While you were at the beach Paul Mac was busy.
Studio stints for The Gorillaz and Silverchair kicked off his Christmas.
Over the new year he enjoyed another top 10 club hit with "It's Not Me, It's You" - the second track to be lifted from his acclaimed album "Panic Room".
Last week, following his standout Homebake set, he was added to the bill for Sydney's Good Vibrations Festival alongside groove luminaries like James Brown and Shaun Ryder. That all happens in the harbour city on February 18.
Following this Mr Mac is cooking up a string of special gigs at Universities around the country as well as a few other dates to help spread the "Panic Room" word.
This touring will climax with an appearance at The Great Escape Festival in Sydney over Easter.
Dates, venues and booking information for upcoming shows are:
Thursday Feb 16 - ANU Bar, Canberra
Tickets from the venue (02) 6125 3660 or www.ticketek.com.au 132 849
Saturday Feb 18 - Good Vibrations, Sydney
Tickets from www.ticketek.com.au 132 849
Thursday Feb 23 - Wollongong University
Tickets from the Uni Shop (02) 4221 8065
Friday Feb 24 - Queensland University
Tickets from the Uni Shop (07) 3377 2200
Saturday Feb 25 - Southport RSL, Gold Coast
Tickets from the venue (07) 5531 2289 or Sun Flower Music (07) 5538 1850
Thursday Mar 2 - RMIT University, Melbourne
Tickets from RMIT Student Union Office (03) 9925 3084
Saturday Apr 15 - Great Escape Festival, Sydney
Tickets from www.ticketek.com.au (02) 9266 4800 & www.moshtix.com.au (02) 9209 4614
All of this touring activity will coincide with the third single from Mr Mac's album ... a made-for-Valentines-Day anthem called "Love Declaration".
Featuring the vocals of New Zealand soul sensation Aaradhna, and with remixes by Melbourne's Mr Timothy, Rouge Traders and the man himself, "Love Declaration" will be heading out to radio and clubland this week.
Not one to sit back and relax for even a mere moment, Paul Mac recently remixed the latest single ('Dirty Harry') from two-dimensional superstars Gorillaz. The song's original version can be found on the Gorillaz critically acclaimed album 'Demon Days'. Mixed in Mac's Panic Room studio and featuring his trademark sound Mac had a heap of fun working on the track. Seems radio love it too with a number of stations across the country already playing it!
To celebrate the New Year and PANIC ROOM's second top 10 club track, the break up song with attitude ("It's Not Me, It's You"), Paul is heading out on the road for his first shows of 2006. Just announced is his inclusion in the stellar line-up for the Good Vibrations Festival in Sydney on the 18th February. Paul will be joined by his band, multi vocalists including Peta Morris, Abby Dobson, Ngaiire and the temple of ecstasy choir. There may even be additional surprise guests on the day! Head over to the Good Vibrations website to see who else is playing and how to get your tickets.
The Paul Mac Store is now open and you can grab copies of Paul's albums, the recent single and T-shirts for Girls and Guys. And for fans overseas we also deliver to countries other than Australia. To browse through at your leisure click on the STORE link on the menu above.
Voting has begun for the annual Triple J Hottest 100 and you can vote for your favourite 10 songs from 2005. If you would like to make Panic Room one of them head over to the online voting page and cast your votes now. You can also vote by SMS. Voting closes Jan 20th.
Rolling Stone are also taking votes in their annual Readers Poll which can now be done online or through the magazine.
hey folks. just wishing you all a merry xmas, and hope you spend some beautiful time with your family (be it your relatives or self made).
had sooo much fun on the first round of gigs (sorry if you weren't on the east coast, but i'll get to ya... i promise). keep an eye on the website as there are more gigs to come early next year.
anyways, stay safe, happy, cuddly, smiley, hugging, loving, and don't over do it..... share!
love to yas and speak soon
Paul Mac has been announced as one of the many fantastic artists playing at 'The Great Escape' over the 2006 Easter Long Weekend in Sydney. For April 14, 15, 16 'The Great Escape' will be delivering non-stop music, arts, markets, comedy and loads of camping at the character-rich location of The Newington Armory a former armarments depot in a little-known pocket of Sydney Olympic Park. Other artists confirmed to play include Paul's mates Silverchair as well as Decoder Ring, Wolf & Cub, The Bird & Josh Pyke to name a few. Full line up and ticketing info is available from The Great Escape Website or by calling 1300 369 227.
Recently The Paul Mac Experience recorded a fantastic live performance for Live At The Chapel. The show will be aired next Tuesday 13th on Channel 10 at 11.30pm and Wednesday 14th on MTV at 7pm. Check out some photos from the show in the MEDIA section of this site.
It's that time of the year again when JJJ take your votes for your favourite albums of the year. You can vote for your favourite 10 albums including Panic Room at the JJJ site. JJJ will be counting down the top 10 albums of 2005 as voted by you on December 18 from 6pm.
If you pick up this weeks Drum Media you will find a pensive looking Paul Mac on the cover and a great feature story inside. Check out the cover HERE and read the feature story in the PRESS section of this site or download it as a PDF
The second single from Paul's acclaimed sophomore album PANIC ROOM is the breakup song with attitude "It's Not Me, It's You". Full of angular rhythms, it features Papua New Guinean powerhouse, Ngaiire and Paul's own temple of ecstasy choir.
You can support the new single "It's Not Me, It's You" by requesting it at radio or video on the REQUEST link below or at any of the following links:
Nova 96.9 or SMS to 199 11 969 (55c)
Nova 106.9 or SMS to 1998 1069 (55c)
Nova 100 or SMS to 199 99 100 (55c)
Nova 91.9 or SMS to 19 919 919 (55c)
Nova 93.7 or SMS to 19 937 937 (55c)
Triple J Net 50
Triple J Super Request or SMS to 1975 7 555 or call 1300 0555 36
Channel V & Nova's What U Wanted or SMS to 1999 69 69 (25c)
MTV or SMS to 199 11 969 (55c)
Also listen out for remixes designed for the club speakers by Mac, electronic enfant terribles The Presets and the venerable reclusive duo itchee and scratchee hot off the presses and in clubs from this weekend.
In case you haven't caught any recent press here's what they're saying about PANIC ROOM:
'Gorgeous, melodic and uplifting' (Rolling Stone)
'Paul Mac crafts irresistible melodies which resurface in your head time and time again' (The Daily Telegraph)
'a fresh collection of deliciously catchy songs about love, laughter and tears' (inthemix.com.au)
And last but definitely not least don't miss THE PAUL MAC EXPERIENCE playing live at the following venues in the coming days.
Wednesday 23 - A&I Hall, Bangalow
Thursday 24 - Tivoli Theare, Brisbane
Friday 25 - Metro Theatre, Sydney
Sunday 27 - Prince of Wales, Melbourne
It's been four years since Mac's ARIA award winning solo debut "3000 Feet High" was released. During that time he paired up with Daniel Johns for the acclaimed Dissociatives album and tour. He also relocated from the Blue Mountains to Sydney's inner west where he created a home studio and a forthcoming album that are both called "Panic Room".
Musichead has scored 10 DOUBLE passes to see PAUL MAC perform LIVE AT THE CHAPEL on Monday 28th November.
Note: Winners must be based in Melbourne and must be over 18. This is a licensed venue / event. You also must provide us with a mobile number / contact number so we can contact you with details about the show.
Prize (x10) 1x DOUBLE PASS to see PAUL MAC perform LIVE AT THE CHAPEL on Monday 28th November.
Question: In 25 words or less, tell us the last time you used the "its not me, its you" excuse and why (the most creative answers will win) Click here to enter.
Duration: 18th November till 27th November - GET IN QUICK!
Paul recently shot a new clip for the track 'It's Not Me It's You' which will be previewed on Channel [V]'s What U Want today and shown on Video Hits and Rage this weekend. The clip which is again directed by James Hackett see's Paul being a judge and also features hot new vocalist Ngaiire.
Paul Mac will be showcasing songs from his new album PANIC ROOM at select live performances this month. Special guests on all shows will be his good mates The Presets and Hermitude and now completing the tour's stellar lineup is DJ Seymour. Best known for his long running residency at "Club Kooky" in Sydney, he's also been kept busy by the fashionistas spinning numerous Fashion Weeks in Sydney, New York, Milan, London and Melbourne. Seymour has also remixed a host of artists including The Dissociatives, Wolfmother, and The Presets and he is the man behind the now legendary Sauna Sessions compilations.
Dates and venues for The Paul Mac Experience are on the tour page.
To be in the running to win a double pass to the show of your choice send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the city you would like to win tickets to in the subject line eg. (Bangalow, Brisbane etc.) and in the body of the email tell us your 5 essential items for a Panic Room. Be creative, as Paul Mac himself will be choosing a winner for each show. Entries close Monday 21 November and winners will be notified by email.
Congratulations to Mary-Kaye Inkerman who is the winner of the Panic Room prize pack containing the signed limited edition copy of Panic Room and signed Panic Room poster. Keep an eye on the site to see how you can win tix to Paul's upcoming shows.
Panic Room has already been receiving some great reviews and was named Album Of The Week by the Daily Telegraph. Click Here to read the review.
To celebrate the release of Paul's new album 'Panic Room' and the launch of this sexy online panic room we are going to be giving away a prize pack consisting of a signed copy of the limited edition double CD of 'Panic Room' which includes a bonus remix disc along with a signed Panic Room poster.
To be in the running you just need to join the mailing list and then email email@example.com with the name of your favourite track from 'Panic Room' in the subject heading.
The competition will close on the 31st October. We will be running more competitions on the site and mailing list so keep an eye out.
MTV Subscribers will be able to catch Paul performing this Friday arvo at 5pm on TRL. For information on being part of the audience visit www.mtv.com.au/trl
Tune in to Channel [V]'s What U Want at 5.30pm this afternoon to see Paul perform two songs from his new album, PANIC ROOM, with his sexy new band. You can also catch Paul performing on Rove next Tuesday October 18.
Paul's new album Panic Room will be released this Sunday. If you can't wait until Sunday to have a listen, check it out now along with the clip for 'Sunshine Eyes' by clicking HERE
Be sure to watch VIDEO HITS this Saturday when Paul will be co-hosting the show with Axle.
Paul Mac has announced some select live performances next month which will be his first solo dates in over three years and each will feature the extravagant band and multi vocalists lineup he's dubbed "The Paul Mac Experience".
Dates, venues and booking information are as follows:
Wednesday November 23 - A&I Hall, Bangalow
Thursday November 24 - Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane
Friday November 25 - Metro Theatre, Sydney
Sunday November 27 - Prince of Wales, Melbourne
All tickets will go onsale on Monday, October 17. Ticketing info is on the LIVE SHOWS page.
Paul is also performing at Sydney's Homebake Festival which sold out in record time this year.
These live dates will help to launch Paul's forthcoming album, "Panic Room". The disc's lead single, "Sunshine Eyes", debuted in the national top 30 this week and the highly anticipated album will hit the streets on October 16th.
Its predecessor - 2001's "3000 Feet High" - was conceived in the Blue Mountains and this was reflected in many of its more chilled out moments. However, the new CD was spawned in Sydney's inner west and reflects the more intense energy and emotions of the big city. It was actually all recorded in Paul's new home studio - the Panic Room - so it's only fitting that this creative haven has given the new album both its name and its introspective title track.
Like "3000 Feet High", the disc features vocalists Abby Dobson and Peta Morris. Other high profile guest singers this time around include Luke Steele from the Sleepy Jackson, Lenka from Decoder Ring and former Superjesus front person, Sarah McLeod. "Panic Room" also features exciting new voices like Papua New Guinea's Ngaiire and NZ soul sensation Aaradhna.
"I've been working on my new album for the past couple of years and I'm really excited it's finally about to released", says Mac. "I can't wait to bring this album alive on stage with the singers, the choir and my band".
The Paul Mac Experience will feature multiple vocalists from both of his albums plus a few other surprises.
Clubland legend Paul Mac finally returns to the CD racks on Sunday September 25 with his new single "Sunshine Eyes".
The song was inspired by a New York affair - and particularly by that special moment when you see yourself reflected in your lover's eyes.
It's been four years since Mac's ARIA award winning solo debut "3000 Feet High" was released. During that time he paired up with Daniel Johns for the acclaimed Dissociatives album and tour. He also relocated from the Blue Mountains to Sydney's inner west where he created a home studio and a forthcoming album that are both called 'Panic Room'.
The first taste of this new disc and new outlook is 'Sunshine Eyes' - an irresistible slice of melantronica. It's all over the radio right now and its striking video is simultaneously Channel V's "Ripe Clip" and has the coverted "Buzz" rotation on MTV. Like Paul's previous hits "Just The Thing" and "The Sound Of Breaking Up", the song features the unmistakable vocals of Peta Morris.
The "Sunshine Eyes" single will also feature the title track from "Panic Room". This heavier, groove based piece has already made the top 10 on the ARIA club chart as well as receiving loads of JJJ support.
Paul will return to live touring later this year with an appearance on the already sold-out "Homebake" Festival. He is expected to announce a handful of other dates over coming weeks.
Paul Mac fans who are familiar with his work as part of The Dissociatives will remember the fantastic award winning clips that were created for the band by director James Hackett. Now James has worked his magic on Paul's new single 'Sunshine Eyes' creating a stunning clip which has been chosen as next weeks Ripe Clip of the Week on Channel [V]. You can also tune in to Rage, Video Hits, Max and Club [V] from this weekend to see the video. If you would to request the clip on your favourite music programs VOTE here:
Stay tuned for further details on Paul's forthcoming album, PANIC ROOM, and tour details to be announced here over the coming weeks.
Triple J are giving away the track Panic Room as a free MP3 Download. To get your copy head over to Triple J
It's been a while between drinks I must say, but as you may have heard on the radio or in the clubs I'm perilously close to being back with a new album "Panic Room" (also the name of my studio). I've been working on it for about 4 years (in between Dissociative stuff) and it's all very thunderbolt of lightening... very, very frightening!! and exciting being about to give birth to my new musical baby.
The first single is a bit of a double A side, with the track "Panic Room" featuring Lenka (you may know her from such bands as Decoder Ring) and "Sunshine Eyes" featuring my soul sister peta morris. There are some cool remixes including my own Stereogamous extension, a pumping workout byMelbourne faves Ivan Gough and Grant Smillie, and a collaboration with Nick Littlemore from pnau. Hope you like it!
Stay tuned for website rebuild with cool new features, and I'll try to keep you posted as info comes to hand, feet and lips!
Love to youse, and thanks for coming
p.s. see ya at Homebake if not before.