Pat Woodley-Davis aka PWD is the head of The Public Works Department, an organisation established to promote techno, house and other forms of electronic music in Melbourne and beyond. PWD himself has been a big player in the underground techno scene for a while now, playing regularly at the biggest venues around the city.
Since its inception in 2010, The Public Works Department has organised events and tours with techno heavyweights such as Rrose, Chris Liebing, Truncate, Kr!z, Inigo Kennedy, Milton Bradley, Delta Funktionen, Dasha Rush, Marcel Fengler and more, as well as organising numerous locally based parties, including Pleasure Planet.
PWD has also played in support of artists including Jeff Mills, Underground Resistance, Marcel Dettmann, Developer, Ø [Phase], Monolake and more, and at various festivals in Melbourne and surrounds, including Strawberry Fields, Inner Varnika, Rainbow Serpent Festival and Melbourne Music Week. In 2013 PWD spent 6 months on a fact-finding mission to Europe, where he played shows in Portugal, Poland, and at the techno institution Tresor, in Berlin.
The beard, it is almost your signature move; the Bruce Lee of your face. Do you think you would still be PWD without it?
Haha, the beard was here a long time before I was PWD, it’s not in any danger of going anywhere.
Tell us about your love for vinyl. What element is it that makes you play it?
It’s the physicality of it. I love the feel of the record on the platter, the smell of the new records when you take them out of the shrink wrap, the visual aspect of the artwork that hits when you’re desperately searching for that one tune in your bag and you can’t remember what it’s called but you know it’s the B2 on that single with the red sticker. I don’t want to get into the dull mp3 vs vinyl thing but I do personally find I forget so much digital stuff that I’ve bought, but I’ll always remember the records that I’ve bought.
What do you like the most about Melbourne’s underground music scene?
Right now my favourite thing is the depth of the scene. There are so many people doing so many great things, and I think that pushes everyone to be a little better. Healthy competition is great, when one person or company starts to monopolise things parties can suffer and people can get complacent. At the moment Melbourne can go toe to toe with most places in the world for it’s nightlife, and that’s a pretty amazing thing.
Have a listen to the final mix of our 5th series where PWD shows how to pack some proper heavy techno into just 30 short minutes.
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 fifth series of the KONTRAST mini-mix series will run from September 7th to 28th, and there will be an exclusive podcast from each artist with a short interview to get to know them better.
Mini-Mix Series #5: