They say a bass guitarist is the foundation of any band so playing a good bass groove can make or break a song. Caine puts to use those same taught skills to every performance. Born in Auckland New Zealand, Caine Sinclair has spent most of his child and adult years growing up in what he considers his hometown Melbourne Australia. Safe to say his Polynesian roots had much influence in the style of music he listened to, with a love in particular for Hip hop and Reggae.
His passion for music extended into mastering the strings of the bass guitar whilst playing in a band throughout his adolescent years. His first set of Technics turntables were given as a birthday present not long after he finished high school. Equipped with decks and a Pioneer mixer, Caine began to develop his DJ skills. He educated himself by watching performances by local and international DJs circulating the Melbourne scene at the time. A defining moment where Caine’s flavour in music shifted was when he first heard a track playing on repeat in a friend’s car. He distinctly remembers being enticed by the sound. Curious, he asked for the tracks name, to which his friend replied “Pannik by Speedy-J”, and from that moment on he was hooked.
At the pinnacle of Melbourne’s Techno scene, Caine intently pursued this new sound, intrigued by those he and many considered to be at the core of Techno at the time – Ben Sims, Speedy-J, Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer, Joel Mull, Marco Carola, and Carl Cox, just to name a few. Caine’s first gig was for Melbourne Techno Collective in the early 2000’s and MTC was a regular techno haven for up and coming local talent.
Having played at most of Melbourne’s most established festivals and clubs, Caine soon established a name in the market and his credentials were substantiated by an ongoing list of support to iconic international DJs that toured Melbourne such as; Carl Cox, Amelie Lens, Enrico Sangiuliano, Ben Sims, Luigi Madanno, Chris Leibing, Surgeon, Sandwell District, 2000&One, Carlo Lio, Stacey Pullen, Steve Mulder, Redshape, Marcel Dettman, Ben Klock, Alex Smoke, Kenny Larkin, Robert Hood, Derrick May, Robert Babiz, Stephan Bodzin, and Slam. Although it is hard to deny and conform to the world of advanced technology, Caine remains loyal to the traditional art of DJing, he utilises a combination of turntables and CDJs to remain truthful of the old school methods.
You play techno and tougher tunes out in the night clubs, but what music do you listen to at home?
I’ve grown up listening to a lot of R&B, Motown & Reggae music, but these days I generally listen to Techno most of the time. There’s so much variety to listen to depending on what mood you’re in. I guess that’s why I’ve been a techno enthusiast for so long. But in saying that, I have 3 kids that are hip hop dancers so there’s always some sort of hip hop or r&b music blasting at home.
You’ve had a pretty amazing couple of years in Melbourne as a DJ; what do you think has contributed most to your success so far?
It’s funny because a lot of new comers to the scene think I’ve had this quick rise in the last couple years. but in actual fact, I’ve been Djing for nearly 18 years and been around in the scene for even longer as a patron. It’s been a long hard road of playing in side rooms, opening slots, & empty rooms to get where I am now, but I wouldn’t change anything because I think I appreciate it a lot more now. I think the constant belief I’ve had In my abilities and support from people in the scene who have backed me from day one have lead to my success in the last couple years. Guys like Kev Karlberg, Matt Radovich & Dan Banko have been booking me since I started all those years ago and continue to today. Definitely wouldn’t be anywhere without the help of these guys.
You clearly love your family and friends and they seem to support you a lot. How much do you attribute your personal success to that support?
Yeah it’s pretty common knowledge these days, probably because of all the Facebook bombarding I do about my family, that they mean the absolute world to me. None more so than my beautiful wife Divina. We’ve been together 23 years now and she’s always been the driving force behind me doing what I love. Always supportive, but even gives me a kick up the bum when I need it most. But also having a group of friends and Djs that always come and watch me play, makes it all worthwhile.
1. Annex – Steve Bleas
2. ID – Slyfaux
3. Black box – Mha Iri
4. Bahaaria – Brooke Powell
5. Blacklight – William Kiss
6. Masquerade (Brooke Powell Remix) – Roman Weber
7. Television (Hector Oaks remix) – Mickey Nox
8. 4000 Miles – Townsend
9. Key to the City (Chiara Kickdrum remix) – Dj Seoul
10. Beyond the Nebula – Louay
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.
Mini-Mix Series #13: