Dave Stuart explains himself as a “simple person with simple pleasures”. “I DJ because I love electronic music and love sharing tracks from producers I absolutely adore to people on the dance floor.” Those dark small rooms with hefty sound systems is what he lives for, for those moments when his DJ sets connects with the crowd, which is partly the reason he also run events, touring and also a club.
Pure and simple from the heart – Dave Stuart plays the music he loves. He strives to find the most beautiful deep melodic house and techno for his DJ sets; sometimes driving, sometimes deep and dubby and always not limiting himself to one style or genre. Within Sydney he has built a reputation of always playing on point and reading the crowd perfectly, this is shown in the journey he tries to achieve in his DJ sets and podcasts.
As well as DJing, Dave is responsible for the music policy and international artist bookings at the weekly club night Something Else at the Burdekin in Sydney. Acts that have played for them have included Vril (Delsin / Giegling) Patrice Scott (Sistrum), DJ DEEP (Deeply Rooted / Fr), Norman Nodge (Ostgut Ton), Answer Code Request, Nick HÖPPNER, Ø [Phase], Kölsch (Kompkt), Jerome Sydenham (Ibadam Records / US), Marcus Worgull (Innervisions), Jacob Korn (Uncanny Valley). He was also booker at the now closed One22 where they hosted Alex Smoke, Dino Sabatini, Peter Van Hoesen, Efdemin (Dial/Berlin), Aril Brikha (Art of Vengence), Petter (Border Community), Kirk Degiorgio (UK), Gabriel Ananda (Treibstoff) to name a few.
Over the past years Dave have regularly DJed around Europe which includes gigs at Tresor/Globus, Salon Zur Wilden Renate, Secktor – Dresden, Echogarden – Austria, MOXXOM Festival, Golden Gate, Chalet and underground hot spot Griessmuehle.
As a busy person, DJ, promoter, touring agent and human getting through the big bad world – how do you balance all the different parts of your life?
Currently I am working with the boffins at Sydney uni’s science department on their human cloning program… you can also add to those jobs that you listed that I work a full time job during the week as well. Unfortunately I don’t have a great balance as such as pretty much all of my waking hours are taken up by work of some kind, but I like it it like that my brain is always spinning around thinking of what i need to next, who I need to book, what tracks I want to play this weekend and if its time for a sandwich.
Tell us about your love for dub techno please.
I LOVE and play what i think is a pretty broad range of music… but there’s something about dub techno that really draws me in. I think as I’ve got older and slower I’ve gravitated towards the slower deep stuff. Maybes it’s my mind trying to tell me to slow down perhaps? I love playing a banging techno set, just as much as I love digging out a fun set of house. But nothing makes me close my eyes and lose myself in the music as a well put together set of dub.
With all your music projects on the go, where have you set your focus on for 2017?
2017 is going to be an interesting year I think. I’ve got a whole heap of projects to keep me busy, I’ve just taken over managing bookings for a venue in Sydney called “The Bunk3r” which is a special project for me as the original bunker’s heyday was back in 2005 to 2008 and was the event venue in Sydney that I worked at putting events for, so to rekindle the venue’s name in 2017 is pretty special. It’s a dope 150 person basement room with a nice big F1 rig in there. We’ll also being running our Something Else parties as always, we’ve changed things up there and doing monthly parties or when we feel like it instead of weekly which means we can concentrate on doing exactly what we want rather than just trying to fill a venue weekly.
I also just started planning my annual tour to Europe, got a few dates to play gigs in Berlin and working on some new places to play over there this year in some new cities. And then there’s hunting and digging for more records to buy and put all my spare energy into my DJing and trying to play the best sets I can possibly play every opportunity I can.
Starting off deep and moody with seductive beats, Dave Stuart takes you on a dubby house and techno journey that truly sits well in the Kontrast mixes when you need a moment to dream away into mesmerizing soundscapes and deeper thinking. Please enjoy Mini-Mix #7.3:
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 seventh series of the KONTRAST mini-mix series will run from January 4th to 25th, and there will be an exclusive podcast from each artist with a short interview to get to know them better.
Mini-Mix Series #7: