Indeed we are particularly lucky this week to have two of Brisbane’s deftest hands in Brian Damms and Scott Walker, returning to the Therapy controls for another banging, clanging, boompty evening in tech house land.
Brian Damms comes to us this week with bags of issues. Thousands of hours behind the decks, playing to packed clubs have left him in need of some time on the couch. Sit down Brian, you’d better start from the beginning..
Brian is another of Brisbane’s British imports, smuggling in with him a dark tech house flavour that is amply suitable for long overnight journeys, with the destination far off in the early hours of the following morning.
Uncle at Family, Sundae, Empire’s Middle Bar, Subtrakt have all had the Brian Damms workover, expertly shaken with innovative track selection and tight mixer control, honed over many years doing the nightshift. Operating at the bumpy, twisted end of proper house, and crossing into progressive and tech house for full impact, Brian prefers the sessions later in the evening when the party gets a little less orderly to go to work on flipping bodies around.
Previous appearances at Therapy and Subtrakt have seen Brian become more and more comfortable in the Barsoma DJ bunker, each time bringing a deep and subtle thump and grind to the workout. Tonight sees him take on the late session for an expert display of sound system psychiatry.
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One of the hardest working DJs in Brisbane, Scott Walker is a club specialist. Operating like a surgeon on big rooms, small rooms and everything in between, Scott is one of the most reliable party players in the city. Each set a skilled display of dancefloor mechanics, rolling through techno, progressive, deep and tribal sounds to bring about entangled throes of barely behaved dancers. From the Uncle or Mainroom at Family, to the intimate surrounds of Ahlambra, Moonbar or Sundae, specialist roles at many of the city’s quality underground nights including Sunday Roast, Birdee’s Saturday Sessions, and Candee Flip, to his now regular showings at Barsoma for Subtrakt and Therapy, Scott is simply in touch with how club’s should work. He should know: as his highly respected night Drop approaches its sixth birthday, it becomes evident that the dude has some skills in this department.
His adaptability is regarded too, regularly taking his one man club heaving show on the road, with appearances around the country and now dipping his toe in the Asian club circuit; always sure to return home in time for the festival season, where he is called upon by everyone from Big Day Out, Global Gathering, and Gatecrasher to Summafieldayze, Global Underground, and Slinky.
It would be ridiculous of us to list all of Scott’s high profile supports, the list runs over several pages of the upper echelon of techno, progressive, minimal and house. So let us summarize: Scott does the big jobs and does them right. Sasha, Digweed, Underworld, Trentemoller, Lolitas, Lawler, Babicz amongst many, many others have all stepped into a club expertly simmered by Mr Walker.
What more can we say? It is a real treat to have Scott back at the controls tonight; his last visit to Therapy was one of 2008’s most memorable displays of musical trippery and nightclub yoga. We are excited, and preparing for a solid gym session with one of the finest beats to step to in Brisbane.
Stretching us out this evening are of course Adam Swain and Dan Abbott, just doing great things at the moment, and preparing for the workout with an easygoing, deep disco bounce. Chris Peart and Nat Monaghan will be warming things up with deep and boompty tribal and progressive before we take in tonight’s tech house cardio session from Scott Walker and Brian Damms, and Adrian Matyear will follow with the late night deep tech pilates. Therapy makes you sweat this Friday 29th May.