Happy first birthday sidechain!
Words by Dave Kameniar
One year on from the beginning of Sidechain, an incentive of Tom Gaffney and Patrick Lang of Futuresounds, the local electronic showcase lives on, having developed a small but dedicated following. The success of their birthday celebration showed that the duo has well and truly recognised its vision in providing a launching platform for young local electronic musicians, creating their own cult scene.
Primed and ready with 2 stages, 8 acts and novelty sized games, the Producer’s Bar was sure to be a great setting to celebrate all the hard work and success over the last year.
Animal Shadows (DJ set) maintained the vibes in the beer garden throughout the evening, giving an insight into his refined musical tastes whilst showcasing his ear for mixing.
Freeze Dream kicked off the live sets on the beer garden stage, launching his rolling, dreamy, downbeat electronica album to a sadly near empty beer garden. Those who braved the ever-risky early arrival were blessed with some fantastic vibes that set the tone for the evening.
Holographic Charizard then took to the stage one last time to launch his album and close a Pokemon inspired musical chapter. After a short homily on the sacred Charizard, he began what was an interesting set, filled with his signature analog techno and wailing cries to his lord and savior.
Pop duo Kimonono opened the warehouse stage, launching their EP in style with a smoky soundscape and charismatic stage presence. The two-piece unleashed their dark mysterious pop to a small but well receptive crowd. With Dan Linke’s synth lines and Caitlin Feagen’s heavenly pipes, these two have great potential. Keep your eyes and ears out for more from these cats.
The much-hyped PNKFME was up next and ready to showcase his talents. His colourful stage presence and raw energy was captivating as he kept the audience wanting more. Plenty more to come from this young talent.
Live debutant synth-poppers Only Objects showcased their versatility, bringing back an 80’s vibe giving everything from a synth infused ballad to an acid house groover. Highlights included glow-rings, keytar, and glitter, lots of glitter.
Tim Whitt (you may know Whitt as DJ Bottle Rockets) brought his hammer mashup record Heartache and Drum Breaks to the live stage for the first time, living entirely up to expectations. Tim’s ability to pair seemingly unfitting songs to create his own unique creations rivals some of the mashup heavyweights. Keep doing what you’re doing mate!
RayGun joined the party with their videogame infused indietronica set to a fitting projection installation backdrop by local artist Chunky Swiss. The addition of vocals to his originally instrumental jams was the best thing Jesse Miles did for the project. No doubt this talented duo will continue making waves around the Adelaide scene.
Credit must go to the Sidechain boys and all artists involved. As Sidechain begins its second year showcasing emerging local electronic talent, let’s hope they can continue to build their following and continue to showcase Adelaide’s talent. To the bedroom producers out there: get in touch with these boys. To Sidechain: please don’t stop doing what you’re doing. And finally, to the people of Adelaide: jump out of your comfort zones, support local music and local incentives, and allow something with the potential to be great to flourish.