Bang Gang – LSD Minimix
One night whilst hanging out in Kings Cross’s watering hole World Bar I bumped into an old housemate Rashida who told me she was on her way to the Bang Gang party (not the Icelandic band) up in the Moulin Rouge, just around the corner from where I was. The venue was an old strip joint turned nightclub and access inside was strictly for the overly fashionable so I didn’t go that night. I did however get a ticket for a show for the very popular (back then) Mylo who was riding high on his Destroy Rock n Roll album was in the country to tour said album doing DJ gigs. He was quite ordinary as a record spinner, but I clearly remembered the vibe of the night, of what became the beginnings of the electro movement in Australia’s clubbing scene.
It was a good year or two before I went out to another Bang Gang night, this time at the venereal Club 77 on William St. This time the scene has fully exploded, punters were decked out in very expensive Tsubi (now Ksubi) jeans and apparel, hell bent on getting wasted on whatever rainbow mix was available at 78 that night. The Bang Gang DJ collective was now familiar names in raves, clubs and festivals around the country. Led by Ajax, the night also made names out of the younger djs Jaime Doom, Gus Da Hoodrat, DJ Damage and Dangerous Dan, also known as Dan Single, founder of the Tsubi label. When Ajax won some DJ of the year awards last year, he said in an interview that in the beginning only he was making a living as a professional DJ, but now all these guys are in the same category. The night and the culture turned these partyheads into a significant player in the dance music scene in Australia.
Many might scoff at the suggestion of calling Bang Gang DJs musicians, some still think DJs are like cover bands, they’re just replaying someone else’s art. I used to think the same way but the more I go to these nights the more I realized that for a lot of the punters, these are the only chance they get to hear new music, a lot of them original Australian productions. Kind of like how music videos are the only chance many young people get to see abstract art, clubs are very often the only place where they get to hear music very often not available on commercial radio playlists or even on CDs. The music that gets played here are also the ones that gets noticed in parallel scenes overseas in the Europe and America. Regardless of intent, Bang Gang and their fellow electro artists in the scene are getting heard on dance floors of clubs to thousands overseas.
Of course the natural step for Bang Gang, just like UK’s Ministry of Sound, is to start a label and put out dance compilations. So now they are releasing the Light Sound Dance double disc out through Modular. This ten minute minimix is a sample of what headspin you can expect from this release when played in the right party. Rainbows optional.