Rob Zile’s first EP was released in September 2009 on Artefekz Muzik. Following this EP many doors were opened; from being asked to remix other artists to forging great relationships with other DJs, producers and record labels from around the world. It also gave him the opportunity to play his first international gig at the WMC Techno Marathon in Miami in 2010, sharing the bill with artists such as Perc, Spektre, Oliver Giacomotto and many more.
Rob hosts a radio show called ‘Brain Food Radio’ on Kiss FM Dance Music Australia every Thursday night from 11.30pm to 1am. ‘Brain Food Radio’ showcases thought-provoking electronic music and is curated for people who want more than just the hits and the big names.
After more than 5 years of ‘Brain Food Radio,’ Rob has taken the next logical step and launched his own label ‘Brain Food Records’ in April 2018. Expect to hear quality underground electronic music from names like HoneyLab (Honeysmack & Dylab), Plural, Manny Cuevas, Polpette and many more. Rob’s productions have been supported by The Black Dog and Mike Humphries and they have received positive feedback by Hybrid, DJ 3000, David Meiser, DJ Pierre, Lucien Foort, DJ Hyperactive, King Unique and Colin Dale among others.
Rob has also supported a list of international artists such as DJ Hell, James Zabiela, Dave Seaman, Guy J, Skream, Artwork, DJ T, Guy Mantzur, Eelke Kleijn, Joe Brunning, DJ W!ld, Drumcomplex, Sebo K, Tim Engelhardt and more. He has also completed three seasons as the house DJ, musical director and occasional actor on TV show ‘Planet UnEarth’ and his remix of Tony Kanwischer – Moonhalo appeared in an episode of ’60 Minutes’ on Channel Nine on prime-time Australian TV in April 2015.
What made you start Brain Food Radio on Kiss FM?
I have been making compilations and mix-tapes (actual tapes) and mix-CDs since I was about seven years old. When my older brother showed me how to record the radio and CDs onto a tape, I was hooked for life. I saved up 600 big ones to buy a CD burner when I was about 13 years old and proceeded to burn about 3-4 mix CDs a week for all my friends for many many years, containing techno, trance and anything electronic.
I have always enjoyed sharing the music I believe in to anybody that will listen! It has pretty much been the same for the last 25 years now. So when the opportunity came up to start Brain Food Radio on KissFM over 5 years ago, I jumped at the chance and it’s been a labour of love ever since. Big thanks to Eric Lee for getting me onto his KissFM show as a regular guest back in the day and extra big thanks to Timmy and Kate Byrne for all their hard work on their their great radio station each and every week. KissFM is basically my second home!
Apart from being a radio host, you also run a label, write music and DJ regularly. Do you find it easy to focus on each task, or do they conflict?
They are all connected and each as important as the other. All the hours going through promos and listening to DJ mixes and artist albums etc each week helps with the radio show and DJ gigs as well as keeps the ideas flowing with my own productions. So to answer the question; I find it quite easy as it’s just my routine now… But in saying that, if I don’t keep on top of things each week I go a little crazy and feel overwhelmed!
What release on your label are you most proud of, and have you got a release coming up that you are extra stoked about?
I love all the releases on Brain Food Records equally as they are all my babies! I suppose the first release by HoneyLab (Honeysmack and Dylab) – The Pot was a big milestone as I had been working on starting the label for about a year and a half before anything was released and I thought maybe no one would want to release any tunes on a brand new label. After I spoke with my contacts though, I soon realised that I was wrong and it was all good… and no need to worry! Game on! Starting the label with killer tracks by Melbourne legends Honeysmack and Dylab really helped launch the label (it was an honour to remix them as well!).
It has been quite a few years since I have released an original track as I have been focusing on remixes, DJ gigs and the radio show and I just kept getting sidetracked. But I have a new original techno track coming out early next year with some big remixes, so I am pretty stoked to get it out there finally! I am also excited about about upcoming releases by Kinko, Sam Hopgood, Type 303, Emky Rolack… actually, I am excited about every release!
01 – Kill Ref – Nitzer Huntes Disco-Milf (Original Mix) – (KR/LF)
02 – Kinko – Daydreaming (Original Mix) – (forthcoming on Brain Food Records)
03 – NoizyKnobs – Neon (Original Mix) – (Motech Records)
04 – Assuc – Continious (Original Mix) – (CANCELLED)
05 – Kinko – Minuto Net (Blase Bandit Remix) – (forthcoming on Brain Food Records)
06 – The Engineer – Telekinesis (Ronan Teague Remix) – (Skynet)
07 – Darad – Switched (Rob Zile Remix) – (SystemUK Digital)
KONTRAST COLLECTIVE is a group 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. Apart from organising events we love to shine light on Australia’s best upcoming and veteran DJ’s. The thirteenth round of the KONTRAST Mini-Mix Series will run from October 3rd to 24th, with an exclusive podcast from each artist along with a short interview to get to know them better.
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