BONEFLIP Interview: Pilerat’s Ones To Watch Competition Winner

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Boneflip Interview: Pilerat’s One To Watch

By Ellie Buchanan

In just a few short days the people of Perth will get to experience an exclusive trilogy of Arcadia shows in all their glory, with the inclusion of two community open days inviting people of all ages to view the spectacle. Composed purely of recycled materials including military equipment, Arcadia provides a 360-degree spider shaped structure that has developed a series of mechanical landscapes and performance-based shows since 2007 to present. Glastonbury and Ultra Music Festival Miami are some of the incredible shows to have featured the spider and now Perth will showcase Arcadia’s debut Australian show.

The event will not only include performances from an array of very talented artists, a traditional Wadjuk Nyoongar dance will be performed, it will be complete with audience abductions, aerial performances and interactive segments. During the day, the community will be invited to a sneak peak of the spider at two free open days on the 23rd and 24th of November. These two days will include educating younger students in workshop based activities regarding behind the scenes work that goes into the show. The rest of the community is also encouraged to view the 50-tonne beast from the pop-up bar that overlooks the entirety of Elizabeth Quay.

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The opening night features talent from Leftfield, Shy Fx, Loston, Black & Blunt, Kovaxx, and Boneflip; winner of Pilerat’s ‘Ones to Watch’ competition and former member of EMAS UWA. The following nights will be a sick lineup of Alison Wonderland, Carmada, Perth’s very own Elk Road, Zeke Beats, Luude and an array of up and coming DJ’s from Pilerats ‘Ones to Watch’ competition.


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We’re very proud of one of our very own winning the Pilerat’s ‘Ones to Watch’ competition, so in light of this we’ve been lucky enough to ask him a couple of questions about the night and here’s what he has to say:

Ellie:
First of all massive congratulations on winning the Pilerat’s Ones to Watch comp, what a huge achievement! When you started producing music is this where you saw yourself?

Boneflip:
Cheers! I always wanted a career in music, but it’s only been this year that I’ve had the time to up the ante, it’s been a great time. Starting out I was definitely keen to do this kind of stuff, and it’s awesome to see the work paying off.

Ellie:
OK so you’ve gotta tell us.. how did the name Boneflip come about?!

Boneflip:
I get asked this a lot, and the answer is that I don’t know. I’ve had a bunch of other aliases, but one day at work I decided I needed a new one. Boneflip had a nice ring to it I suppose!

Ellie:
Your songs dig into some deep underground genres, how did you discover these sounds, and do you like to classify your work as falling into a specific genre?

Boneflip:
I’ll happily name names and say that the music people have been pushing at Ambar over the last couple of years has really opened up my passion for deeper house and breakbeat.I suppose most people know me as a house or breaks guy. Finding new sounds is a combination of a lot of digging and a lot of talking with other producers and DJs.

Ellie:
Your sound is really eclectic and very clean, how long does it usually take you to produce a track?

Boneflip:
It varies, but generally around 3-4 months. I’m not a huge believer of churning out tunes, but it’s kind of what people have to do these days. Mixdowns sap up most of the time for me, it’s where I’m still learning the most, and my studio sucks.

Ellie:
Any tips for those young producers out there?

Boneflip:
Take your time to perfect your art and to think about the profile you want to establish as an artist. I often feel like I dived in a little too early. Also, head to the nights that you want to get booked at – networking is super important these days.

Ellie:
How do you feel about playing alongside the legends who are Leftfield; described by MixMag as the most influential production team in England in the mid 90’s?

Boneflip:
These guys are wicked. They blend so many cool sounds, and keep their music super accessible and underground at the same time. I love the reggae influence, really excited to see them play!

Ellie:
If you got a chance to ask them one question, what would it be?

Boneflip:
I’d ask them about how their album Leftism came together – it’s an incredible piece of work. A must listen front to back.

Ellie:
Now just as impressive as playing alongside huge names such as Leftfield and Shy FX, is the actual structure you will be playing in. The Arcadia Spider has been an icon of both Glastonbury and Ultra Miami Music Festival. I get chills just watching videos about it, how do you feel knowing you will get the opportunity to play from inside such an incredible structure?!

Boneflip:
I’m so psyched about it. Actually, my housemate’s been working with the Arcadia team helping to put it all together, and he reckons it’s one of the coolest things he’s ever seen. Funnily enough, I’m afraid of heights so that’ll be adding to the nerves. We’ll see!

Ellie:
Fast forward 1 year, where do you see Boneflip?

Boneflip:
Hopefully starting to get some breakthrough action via the likes of more mainstream platforms and producing full time. That’s the dream!

Ellie:
And finally, being completely honest here, what is the best song to finish the perfect night out on?

Boneflip:
The 8 minute club edit of You Don’t Know Me by Armand Van Helden. You can’t help but feel happy after listening to that tune!

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