Andy Clark aka Andre Le Vogue is a universal DJ, producer and musician who crosses many different boundaries of musical flavours. Part of Scarlett Vogue Productions and now co-running the successful Doesn’t Matter nights at New Guernica after hosting weekly events at Fitzroy Beer Gardens for nearly a decade, Andy always has a music project running and is as much behind the scenes as he is in front of the decks in Melbourne.
Andre Le Vogue’s passion lies within the deep realms of techno and house music. Being influenced by all things music and also playing drums in many bands, it wasn’t until the summer of ’97 where he started delving more into electronic music, DJing and holding residencies in bars and clubs throughout Melbourne, experimenting with different mediums and sounds right across the electronic spectrum, and has continued doing so ever since. Andy truly believes that “music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind and flight to the imagination”.
You have been DJing and working with music for a long time now. But what is your earliest music memory?
I’m delving into the memory bank here but my earliest music memory would be when I was about 3 or 4 years old – my dad used to take me over to our neighbours’ house across the road. The family that lived there at the time played in a Santana cover band and the whole band would rehearse and jam in the front living room. I remember looking up at what seemed to me these huge, very tall red congas being played by these very cool Mauritian men with dreads. Lots of percussion, bass, keys and of course guitar would fill the room and I could quite literally feel the music come up through the floor.
What are you addicted to?
I am addicted to the feeling and the emotions experienced when listening to music of any genre. How one can be taken away, almost transcended by sounds and melodies. I think anyone who loves music has this addiction. There’s nothing quite like it.
So dance music isn’t your only foray into this sound adventure. What is it about dance music keeps you so passionate?
Dance music certainly isn’t my only foray into this sound adventure but what I do love about dance music and what keeps me so passionate about it is the evolution of it. Technologies change and I think that it’s clearly evident in today’s electronic music production. There is so much amazing music on offer (and some not so great) and all easily accessible in this day and age. I like to search for new and interesting music and theres nothing quite like putting the headphones on in a dark room and getting lost in the cosmos of music exploration.
What also keeps me so passionate about dance music is that it brings people together. There is nothing I love more be it from behind the decks or in the middle of a dance floor than feeling a sense togetherness with friends and complete strangers, indoor or outdoor.
Whono’s Music and KONTRAST Collective are very happy to present the third Mini-Mix Series! This first episode by Andre Le Vogue is a lush and mesmerizing journey through melodic forests and tech house beats. Delve in and enjoy.
1. 12 Tones – Apeiron (Original Mix)
2. Lake People – Night Drive
3. Adriatique – Space Knights
4.Martin Eyerer & Bjan – In my House
5. Maceo Plex & Maars – Going Back
6. Afftk – Now feat. Forest
7. Guy J & Henry Saiz – Meridian (Pryda Remix)
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 third series of the KONTRAST mini-mix series will run from March 16 to April 6th, and there will be an exclusive podcast from each artist with a short interview to get to know them better.
Mini-Mix Series #3:
To learn more about KONTRAST Collective check out their Facebook Page. Listen to their previous mini-mix series on their Soundcloud.