Adrian Bell‘s distinctive sound is one that moves further and deeper into the heavier side of spectrum. His sets are comprised of wall-to-wall techno: the darker, the harder; the better. But by no means does it make for a boring listen; he manages to enrich his sets with elements of avant-garde hovers and hums, and driving and buoyant soundscapes.
Despite this proclivity for a sound palette full of intense, all consuming techno, Adrian’s approach to DJing is not one-dimensional, and uses his interest in unorthodox styles of music to inspire his sets. This approach had helped Adrian command any dance-floor he plays to and assume an authoritative position in the scene.
Consequently, Adrian has played at some of Australia’s biggest electronic music festivals such as earthcore, Let Them Eat Cake, and Rainbow Serpent Festival. He has even had the opportunity to play overseas in Berlin and Tokyo in 2014, as well as at the Techno behemoth Tresor in 2015.
Can you tell us about your musical background – what influences did you grow uup with, and how come you got into techno and started DJing?
I was first introduced to music by my older sister who has been singing since the age of 9, I would hear her sing in her room and at a young age I would bang along to whatever she was singing. In Year 7 I took on music as a subject and chose the drums, I started getting lessons out of school and then started playing in the school band as well as various other rock/punk bands with some of my other high school buddies.
My first real exposure to electronic music was Daft Punk and a real turning point for me was seeing them play at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in 2007 – that was an incredible experience. From there I started going out to clubs like Honky Tonks, 3rd Class and Sorry Grandma! that helped shape and educate me musically – I still have fond memories of Mike Callander playing downstairs at Sorry Grandma! every Sunday morning.
The party that became an integral part of the Melbourne techno landscape all started in a tiny little unventilated unused fridge. At what point did you know Bunker was about to be the regarded event it was to become?
I still don’t, I mean, I know the brand is successful, we have a loyal following and it has certainly helped to re-inject life into Melbourne’s techno scene but I don’t see Bunker the same way others do, I guess because I’m on the inside looking out.
There are also a number of other promoters & DJ’s who are working hard to keep our scene healthy so I really think it’s a collective effort. Melbourne’s techno scene is in a really good place at the moment and I’m happy that I can be apart of it.
What is your next big goal right now in your DJ and music career?
As a DJ I want to keep growing musically with the aim of my sets becoming as fluent as possible by having transitions being harder to pinpoint – I think by achieving this you can really lock into your audience, put them in a trancelike state and take them for a ride!
As a promoter my goal is to continue bringing out artists that I really like, offer patrons a premium experience and most importantly, to continue to help facilitate techno in Melbourne.
As per usual, Adrian Bell delivers what he knows best – a dark, deep and hard techno journey that keeps you mesmerised from the start. Get ready, buckle up and press play for Mini-Mix #6.4, mastered by D-REX.
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.
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