Julian Castle‘s eclectic style of DJing is a long-term result of playing at a wide variety of events and spending many years soaking up Melbourne’s club scene. Playing a central role in guiding punters through late hours of Melbourne night life, Julian is a member of both the Mokumo and Pelican Villa crews and frequently plays his take on club music at institutions such as Revolver and New Guernica. However, Julian’s musical interests are developed far beyond the constraints of Melbourne’s dance floors. Having played at both this year’s Rainbow Serpent and Earthcore as well as last year’s Burning seed, Julian’s musical skills have been developed through the aesthetics and sensibilities of Victoria’s wildest Festivals.

Citing the brooding rhythms of Mark Henning, Levon Vincent’s atmospheric dance floor experimentation and the soulful techno of Harvey McKay as key influences, Julian creates a captivating experience for listener through his selections drawing from driving techno, acid house and the more textural side of tech house. The culmination of this a sound conversely measured and punchy, percussive and melodic, a sound which reflects a keen ear for sounds equal parts dark and warped without losing dance floor sensibilities. With a musical ear well developed through incredibly varied and informed influences and experiences, Julian is delivering something special to us in this first part of our Mini-Mix Series #2 in conjunction with our second instalment of KONTRAST coming up on January 15th at Sub Club in Melbourne CBD.

How important do you think looks and age factor in the DJ scene and why?

Unfortunately I think looks and age have more of an influence on female DJs success, but it is an over all factor in the scene . I wish it was based on talent and skill rather than swallow marketing. Although I think a massive part of current dance music culture is influenced by marketing which by its very nature goes against the original cultural perspective of inclusiveness in the early rave scene.

What’s your best party trick?

My best party trick is probably my long back catalogue of weird stories.

If you were a pelican in a business suit, what genre of dance music would you get down to?

Mark Henning for the business side of things, Juicy J for the fishy side of things.

For the first episode of our second Mini-Mix series Julian is not letting the listener go without pushing their heart beat up the roof. Taking us straight into a techno set that would have suited well during early morning hours in a dark, dirty club, he creates an intense, driving journey through some very well selected tracks. Try to sit still to this one ladies and gentlemen! 

KONTRAST is a collective of creative spirits who loves to combine raw sounds, dark, thumping beats and intense, edgy musical experiences with extraordinary visual elements in an experimental and innovative way. We want to build something new, colourful and unforgettable and to explore how sounds, shapes and visual imprints together can create something bigger than ourselves, and a different state of mind. The second instalment of KONTRAST will happen on January 15 at Sub Club, and running up to the event there will be a mini mix series featuring each artist with a mini interview to get to know them better.

MINI-MIX Series #2

#2.1 – December 23rd – Julian Castles
#2.2 – December 30th – Caspian
#2.3 – January 6th – Chiara Kickdrum
#2.4 – January 13th – Dave Pham

For more information about the KONTRAST party on January 15 go to the Facebook event page.




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