Coming up in the techno scene late 2014 saw Machete delve into a new world. Instantly hooked by the music and the environment surrounding he began a new chapter in his production. Techno is such a broad genre meaning there is no limits. This is the same with Machete’s productions. Ranging from distortion and acid to synth stabs and high octave leads has seen him cover a wide range of styles.
One of two of his latest pieces ‘Elusive’ consists of delayed percussion and modulated hats, a deep grungy bass line and atmospheric synths, was released on Melbourne record label Recovery Collective. Following Elusive, Machete has just released a new track; ‘Sense Of Outer Life’, 7 minutes of broken drums and an alien sounding synth with several LFO’s to give it a wavey feel.
Machete has been a resident for Green Fetish Records since late 2014. This has given him the chance to play at great parties across Melbourne and Earthcore 2015, supporting Perc & Truss.
Besides his DJ’ing, Machete is apart of Arteq Productions; a collective of young and determined artists throwing events all across Melbourne. As a collective they have gained a residency at Revolver Upstairs which see’s the crew take over the front room for 7 hours on a Friday night along with a string of events featuring DJ’s and live acts such as Mike Callander, Jamie Stevens, Tercat, Mickey Nox, Handsdown, PWD, Juxtpose, Spacey Space and more.
You’re a part the recent upcoming techno and house event brand Arteq Productions. Can you tell us a bit about how it all got started?
It all started with me and my mates jamming out 24/7 on Ableton and on the decks in my garage. Every day and every weekend we were hunting for tunes, making beats and trying to learn as much off eachother as we could. It got to the point where we wanted people to hear what we were doing. We were constantly buying songs and finishing tracks but could never play anywhere to show anyone. So we started our own parties, booked who we thought were the best DJ’s at the time and told our mates to come. Nearly two years down the track we’ve come along way but havnt forgotten about our roots which is producing music. You’ll see a lot of different shit coming out soon from the lot of us.
What is influencing your sound the most right now in your productions?
Im a big fan of intricate detailing of sounds. Manipulating one sound to a completely different one over a couple of bars or even just designing a sound from an initial preset. Max Cooper and peter Van Hoesen stand out to me. If you listen to their productions youll hear the design they go through on certain sounds. I like producing deep melodic stuff lately. More so broken beat. Its more fun for me.
Your social media pages suggest you have a strong bond with your family. Do you believe this has helped you in your musical aspirations?
It has. My family are supportive of what I do and without them I wouldn’t be where I am today with life itself.
Please delve into this eclectic mini-mix by Machete that delivers emotional techno and deep melodic beats. This is Kontrast Mini-Mix #6.2 – enjoy!
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 sixth series of the KONTRAST mini-mix series will run from November 9th to 30th, and there will be an exclusive podcast from each artist with a short interview to get to know them better.
Mini-Mix Series #6:
#6.1 – November 8 – AUDIO BITS
#6.2 – November 16 – MACHETE
#6.3 – November 23 – ADRIAN BELL
#6.4 – November 30 – MIKE CALLANDER