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GROOVIN’ THE MOO 2016 @ HAY PARK, BUNBURY

Odesza

by Naomi Alban

Odesza are fast making their way up the ranks, drawing more and more people into the scene with their chilled indie electronic vibe that no one can refuse. For the second time I’d seen them live, Odesza lived up to high expectations, absolutely packing out the Moolin Rouge stage at GTM, where the marquee, front to back, was occupied by a swarm of punters dancing to their killer set whilst the sun descended. With production that was on point, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight performed a strong live set, where a variety of tunes-old and new built a surreal atmosphere within the crowd. I was absolutely ecstatic to hear songs from their 2012 album Summer’s Gone, specifically How Did I Get Here, a personal favourite that was created from a sample of Lily Allen’s song 22.

It’s safe to say that Odesza had the crowd vibing from when they first opened, surely working up a sweat hammering their bass drums, showing more skill, in my opinion, than any other electronic act of the day, hence making up for the lack of MCing. Working the crowd up into a frenzy for a solid one hour set, they closed with two of my particularly favourite songs. The first, a euphoric remix of Hayden James’ Something About You, shaped around an original piano riff delving into the song’s signature vocal line, although sang by a different vocalist, that builds up so smoothly, leaving the crowd wanting more. They then proceeded to likewise smash their most well-known tune Say My Name, replacing the cold weather with warm summery feels, ending their GTM set with what could only be described as a wave of dreamlike vibes.

From this experience, I’ve recognised that Odesza will always surprise you with a different selection of tunes but will never fail to disappoint, always leaving you in a state of pure ecstasy. I wouldn’t hesitate to pay to see this unique electronic duo again and again. If you haven’t heard of Odesza, I would highly recommend you give them a listen, and definitely see them live if you get the chance!

Vallis Alps, What So Not and Alison Wonderland 

by Jasmine Cookson

Despite the artic temperatures, the unpredictable rain and the 2-hour drive down to Bunbury at 7am on a Saturday morning, Grovin The Moo proved to be worth all the shenanigans for its final show of the 2016 tour.

I was lucky enough to score a free ticket with my mate, who won a competition to be Spotify’s GTM Snapchat guru for the day (such a dope gig). One of our first perks of the day was being able to see the duo Vallis Alps side stage at the Moolin Rogue tent. We met the pair, who were so down-to-earth and warm, giving us both a heartwarming smile and hug before they went on to perform their captivating set. Their performance was an extremely beautiful juxtaposition. Parissa Tosif was calm, collected and had an aura of elegance about her. David Ansari was ecstatic, bold and equally as endearing to watch. Together, they made for a mesmerizing peformance.

As the sun went down What So Not took to the Rogue stage, ready to turn slay levels up to 10 to get audiences warmed up for the rest of the nights main acts. He did not fail to impress. His mixing was impeccable and his bangerz like Lone, Tell Me and Jaguar lit the whole tent as the rain poured down outside. If you weren’t bursting people’s personal bubble, you weren’t going hard enough. The mosh was insane, all-consuming and an absolute spectacle. It definitely got me pumped for the rest of the evening, which I seriously needed given the falling temperature.

But the highlight for me, by far, was closing act Alison Wonderland. You can call me a feminist or someone channeling the girl-power agenda but quite frankly, Alison Wonderland killed it and I will give credit where credit is due. She gave one of the best performances I’ve seen so far; energetic, loud and shameless. She debuted remixes of Duke Dumont and even Justin Bieber. She made note of her ex-boyfriend who cheated on her, and her set was the ultimate “look at me now” payback. A momentary disappearance from the main stage was soon justified when she quickly returned with tear-jerking news (for her) that her album Run had just gone Gold.  Any inhibitions she had before- were certainly gone upon her return. Finding another fire within her (How? I don’t know), Alison Wonderland pushed herself to turn up the heat to 120%. She took a brief moment to discuss her philanthropic views; she’s become an ambassador for depression and anxiety. As someone that can somewhat relate to these issues, her words meant a lot, and her brutal honesty and sassiness was something we all need to hear, “If you can’t go to your friends and talk to them…they aren’t your real friends…so fuck them!” Her energy didn’t die and she performed overtime, but in the spirit of Alison Wonderland, ‘fuck it’.

And that really was the vibe of GTM, to say screw it, and embrace the madness that was last weekend.

Ratatat

by Jerry Dibble

Groovin’ the Moo is the type of music festival I love going to because I get to discover and experience new genres of music which I usually wouldn’t listen to. Its great because it’s what a musical festival should be about, not about seeing everyone you know but also discovering new music. Ratatat closed the Moolin Rouge stage which was my favourite stage of the event. The warmness of the tent and the crazy well-setup light show was a definite highlight.

Before I went to see the Ratatat duo, I had only heard their song ‘Wildcat’ a few years back from watching skate videos which gives me that nostalgic feeling of chilling out, hanging with mates and shredding the gnar. Heh. I decided to see Ratatat because I had already seen Alison Wonderland a bunch of times and felt like checking out the famous duo. I didn’t know they were just two guitarists who jammed out on stage! Their music incorporates a visually stimulating performance as they shred their guitars, play the keys and smash drums like a bunch of lunatics. Bloody awesome.

Tracks like Abrasive, Loud Pipes and Drugs are their most popular and iconic songs from them. They encompass a rock vibe with elements of electronica with minimal to no vocals which is a cool style. Its different. I was impressed at how two dudes could jam out on their guitars without a drummer or singer and package themselves so successfully. They did something different and captivating which paid off. Their light show was weird. At one point I saw a baby with 8 arms running. Yeah. Thats right. But never mind, you’ll have to see them live yourselves to believe it.

Overall, Ratatat closed the festival with an interesting and captivating performance with their iconic electronic rock style. A great act to see live and a great act to close the festival as it fit the vibe perfectly. Good to see GTM still bringing in talented and great musicians who are also unique. I will definitely be going back next year.

Golden Features & Illy

by Courtney Elliott

After catching a glimpse of Golden Features set at Listen Out in 2014, I wasn’t too impressed with what I saw. I thought his mask broke that interaction element between him and the crowd and that his music was too mellow for me to go hard to, as I usually prefer the heavier electronic acts. But his performance at GTM blew my expectations out of the water. Maybe it was the insane production at that stage, or the confinement of the marquee, or the fact that this time he played at night instead of in the afternoon, but it was vibing thats for sure. He played some favourite tracks of mine including his own track “Tell Me”, featuring vocals by Nicole Millar, and throwback Daft Punk’s “Television Rules the Nation”. Other highlights include a version of Eat Sleep Rave Repeat that seemed to have a 10 minute build up, and his unreleased edit of Cirez D – On Off and Green Velvet & Harvad Bass – Lazer Beams, which unfortunately I am yet to get my hands on. Was overall a very creative set and would definitely pay good money to see him when he comes back.

So I accidentally stumbled across Illy’s set whilst taking a break from the mainstage where Of Monsters and Men were playing. I couldn’t help but notice how electric the crowd was and insisted to my friend that we go check out what all the fuss was about. I wouldn’t usually take time to see an Australian hip-hop act as the genre doesn’t really take my fancy but this live performance made me wish it wasn’t the first I’d seen. His covers of Hilltop Hoods’ Nosebleed Section and Flume’s The Top were just fantastic, it was great how he embraced tracks by other Australian artists and made them his own. He also rapped over Peking Duck’s High which had the crowd going crazy. The most engaging part was when he performed his song “Swear Jar” which was accompanied by it’s lyric video. Everyone in the crowd was chanting along. After that performance I can understand how Illy had one of the headline slots. It definitely opened my eyes to the world of Aussie hip hop.

Artists Experience

Sam Rosser – Salt Jam

Last Saturday EMAS were fortunate enough to be invited to DJ at Groovin the Moo in Bunbury. EMAS took over the Party Channel of the silent disco from 2 until 8:30. I had never DJ’d at such a large event, so besides being a nervous wreck, was unsure about the crowds the silent disco would attract, especially considering the massive artists that were playing on stage throughout the day. I needn’t have worried, as there was a line to get into the silent disco all night. The crowds inside where amazing, singing and dancing to every tune, happy to escape the cold outside wether. I speak on behalf of all the EMAS DJ’s on the day when I say I am so grateful for getting the chance to play, and that we hope we here all able to add a little bit more to what was an amazing festival. Thank You Groovin’ the Moo Bunbury!!!

Chantelle D’Souza – Bad Habits

Djing at GTM was probably one of the best experiences of my whole DJ career. Playing at many festivals and parties before, there was something different about the GTM Silent Disco of 2016, the vibes were going all night long. After a long drive down I walked into the festival to the sounds of Emma Louise and I knew it was going to be a great day. Anxiously waiting for my set at 4pm, I had a couple of drinks and then as soon as the clock hit 4:00 I was ready to play with the one and only Naudica. We started of our set pretty easy with some old school hip hop, but once we got into the bangers there was no going back. For me, there is no better feeling than when you play a song, look out into the crowd and see a sea of your channel’s colour. When I dropped Oasis’ hit Wonderwall, I watched as the crowd formed into circles and belted out the entire song. Another highlight would be playing get low by DJ snake, and watching everyone on the crowd dropping down to the floor and then bouncing up with energy as soon as the song dropped. I can honestly say that i’ve never had so much fun Djing before, every single person in that tent was having a good time and loving what we played. Having such an amazing opportunity like this has definitely increased my drive and passion to keep DJing, because it is times like these that makes all the practicing and hard work worth it. 


ODESZA @ Metro City

by Dom Blanke

Odesza are by far my favourite electronic duo and so even though I was attending GTM the next day, I knew I didn’t want to miss even a second of their set and forked out the extra dosh to catch them at Metro City on Friday night. Supported by Elk Road and Yahtzel and with the production quality at Metros it was definitely worth it for me!

I first fell in love with Odesza when my best friend and I were driving around Subi in 2014 and she played me their track Sun Models ft. Madelyn Grant. I was instantly hooked and went home and downloaded the whole album. Their music makes me feel instantly calm and happy no matter how bad of a day I’ve been having and seeing them live just completely adds on to that whole vibe. I would definitely call seeing Odesza live an “experience” because it’s not just music, it’s a whole lights and visuals show as well that all contributes to an amazing night. The boys played live using drum pads and drums and for some songs brought out guitars, trumpets and trombones creating an amazing energy as they jumped around and hyped everyone up completely!

The vibe of the crowd was absolutely immense with everyone totally into the experience and not distracted by phones or anything else. When they played crowd favourite Say My Name ft. Zyra I felt like it was a real community of everyone dancing together and not just with their friends. Everyone was just completely immersed in the moment and the summery vibes were making everyone feel amazing even though it was super cold and wintery outside!

This was the fourth time I’ve seen Odesza live and I had no regrets about it at all. If I could watch their live set everyday for the rest of my life I don’t think I would ever get sad or be bored. Would definitely recommend checking out their music if you’re into anything like Rüfüs or Flume as their downtempo/future bass vibes are completely entrancing!


MONARCH ft. KRIMER & SIPPY @ Ambar Nightclub

by Keegan Savran

My feelings were mixed going into this event. The headliners were Krimer and Sippy, who were supported by a stellar line up of local acts; Ghost Face Triller, Wolv, Rivers, Maker, Stranger, JD4D. I nearly lost my jaw when I listened to Krimer’s Blow up EP which he coincidentally released the week of the event. I do not remember seeing him play at Father Vs Syndicate event the week before and so I was super hyped to not only see him but be on support duties for him as well. Sippy was a fresh face that I had never seen or heard of before and after checking some of her mix’s out on Soundcloud I was intrigued to see what she would throw down at the home of the underground, Ambar. Yet I didn’t want to get my hopes up. After all this event landed on the same weekend Groovin the Moo was in town which in the past has shown to have a huge negative influence on club nights in the city. The stage was set and the night really did have a lot of potential to be a big one.  The weather sure was not lending a helping hand, it was the first proper cold night that I have experienced since the summer time and the rain poured down at unpredictable intervals, all I could think about on the way to Ambar was why I had left the comfort and warmth of my bed at home.

The closer I got to Ambar the more my excitement grew and the less I thought about drinking hot chocolate while tucked up in bed at home. I played opening set, 10 – 11, and it really did seem like GTM had taken its toll. There was barely a soul to be seen when I left the DJ booth, but I was not disappointed as I didn’t have any high expectations playing opening set. Ambar is notorious for being quiet until later stages in the night. Slowly but surely people seemed to start filling up down stairs, Wolv played to the crowd well, raising and lowering the energy level, enticing people to dance by the end of his set there was a noticeable buzz to the room. My favourite set among the local boys had to be Rivers and Maker going back to back. I haven’t had much experience with drum and bass acts but up to this point whenever I have seen people play drum and bass I find it to be quite repetitive and after about 20 minutes the initial fast pace, high energy appeal that it has at the start has faded and I usually head upstairs to try clear my mind or perhaps for a halal snack pack. There was something about the “Rivmak” duo that managed to grasp my attention and it never let it go. They had me bouncing and bobbing to the music from the moment I focussed on their set. All this bouncing and bobbing around had got me very hot, I needed some cool air and a durry.

By the time I got back downstairs Sippy had started her set and the dance floor was pretty much full. She excited the crowd, hiding some drops creatively in some of her edits that she was playing. It seemed out of place seeing such a cheerful bubbly girl DJ dropping such filthy tunes, but it was quite welcome. She played a lot of the current flavour of the month Dubstep, the wobbly getter sounding stuff, but didn’t really delve down into that kind of dubstep that makes you want sell your soul to the devil. I was pretty hyped by her set but it wasn’t anything that made me go, oh my goodness. Never the less it was a good set and I look forward to seeing what she pulls out of her bag of tricks next time.

I was interested to see how Krimer would keep the crowd’s interest going as they seemed keen for a change from dubstep to something else. Krimer just seemed to bring the next level of dubstep that night, his stuff was so dark the sounds were so weird and intricate. I would kill 100 puppies to listen to the dubstep this monster was playing. That’s how I felt. He then progressed into more of the flavour of the month type stuff but kept the crowd going till the end of his set.

After Krimer was the last act that I saw that night, JD4D. He played some very weird sounding dubstep that was welcomed by the crowd. Who seemed like they were still rolling along. The night ended there for me and I headed to the alleyway for some durries and a chat with a seemingly over energetic stranger. I really would have liked to see a changeup as I thought that 3 hours of dubstep was a bit too much for me, even though I have been enjoying my dubstep a lot as of recent. But I do think that the event was a success. Numbers seemed a bit lower than usual for Monarch on a normal night but it wasn’t noticeable to the extent of the events atmosphere suffering. That is understandable considering they were on during the GTM weekend, and did very well compared to some other nights who seemed to suffer. I ended up having a pretty big night and managed to make it home by 5am. If there is no clash, I think the next Monarch has potential to turn 1 big night into a 2 day bender.


Safia  @ The J Shed (Fremantle)

by Alastair Punler

I can’t claim to be a huge Safia fan, or one that knows all the words but I caught their set at Wonderland late last year without much of an idea what I was in for and just loved riding the vibes that they provided. So its around 9am on Friday and I come across a Facebook event saying Safia were playing in Freo, ended up saying well why not, a couple mates were going and I managed to get a last minute ticket (big ups to the bloke who sorted that out). The first half hour was a nightmare, missed lower spectrum trying to find some cheap parking nearby and then waiting in line to get into a venue. Only to find out the venue was outdoors and it was pissing with rain and I was in a T-shirt. Sounds like a disaster right, but the performance that followed made up for it, and Safia rewarded us with a refreshing set of brand new unreleased tunes and favorites such as ‘Make them wheels roll’ and ‘Embracing me’. Again, Safia just delivered a stellar live performance with awesome visuals that created some awesome vibes regardless of the weather.


Residence @ Monastery

by Mic Hubert

In the heart of Freo, on a Saturday night I decided to go to for something different. I went to Fremantle just to see how it is. A friend of mine was due to play at Monastery and I was keen to see how it is. I arrived just before midnight and this week’s theme was battle of the genres. After getting in, I saw the handover from the set before to the midnight set. The music changed from trap to bass house and was very smooth and somewhat playful. The boys on the decks went by the name “Bokchoi Bois and man did they kill their set. Switching from real underground tunes to some real heavy anthems. They played for a killer set and switched it up many times from higher energy to lower energy songs. They played a hard edit of DJ SNAKE’S Propaganda. Next came a dubstep act who tore up the dance floor and played some of the best and hardest dubstep sets ever. People were cutting shapes. All in all, it was a good night and I had fun.

 

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