Over her DJ career, Chiara Kickdrum has performed at a range of venues across Melbourne, supporting international DJs such as Robert Hood, Ben Sims, DVS1 and Underground Resistance, as well as appearing at White Night, Melbourne Music Week, L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and Dark Mofo in Hobart. This girl has a broad music knowledge with a great ear for composing a DJ set as well as a live set. Her ability to read the dance floor and take the listener on a journey is one of her strengths as a DJ and performer.
Chiara was classically trained in piano in Italy and later exposed to electronic music after moving to Melbourne in 2004, and has since moved into a well respected position in the Melbourne Techno movement through her dedication to a refined DJing technique and production of electronic music. This eventually led to extra studies in sound art and design at RMIT University, extending her interests into composition and sound design for screen.
Chiara’s work now ranges across composing and producing music and sound design for film and commercials, creating electronic music for live performance, composing soundscapes for immersive environments and art installations, and the experimental use of field recordings with analogue and digital synthesis.
In the past year, Chiara has continued her interest in musical composition, performing and DJing while also gaining practical audio engineering experience at GASinc, one of Melbourne’s leading sound design and music companies, as well as producing music for picture at the Electric Dreams studios.
As a DJ and artist you’ve had a pretty amazing couple of years in Melbourne, and your success has been swift. What do you believe has been the key to your achievements?
Hard to say, but definitely my passion and commitment are a big part of it. I put in a lot of energy and thought during my dj sets. I always rock up to a gig with a big diversity of music, cause you never know what the vibe of the night is going to be or what the crowd is going to respond to. I believe that my job as a DJ is to read and connect with the crowd, and not just play whatever I like or what I have pre-prepared at home. This is something I always try my best to achieve. I improvise all my sets and although it can be stressful at times, it’s highly rewarding in the end. I think this comes across and gets recognised.
Is there a track that was the key influence for your direction into electronic music?
Too many to mention! I’m going to say Acid Eiffel by Laurent Garnier.
Originating from Italy but now based in Melbourne for many years; what was the biggest challenge in moving to so far away from your home country?
As you probably know, being far from family and friend it’s the biggest challenge, as well as the language barrier. When I moved to Melbourne in 2004 I knew a little bit of english but I wasn’t fluent and had a few problems understanding. It took me a while to integrate, but once I did.. I never left. I love this country.
From a tranquil, ambient, vinyl scratching start, this mix slowly turns into a darker mode of tantalising sounds and machine-made beats with tracks from artists such as DVS1, Function and Benedikt Frey and more. Let me present this highly pleasurable mix with great a tracks selection and execution to continue our 2nd mini-mix series made by Chiara Kickdrum.
Joey Anderson – Invisible Switch
D5 – Run
Helium Robots – Jarza (Theo Parrish Translation 2)
Sian – Oubliette
DVS1 – [Ecks]
Function – Variance (Function Reduced Edit)
L’Estasi dell’Oro – Sky Unknown
Tobias – Like A Drug
Benedikt Frey – Fairytale
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