In the heart of Brisbane nightlife, Family Nightclub has been operating for 15 years. Preparing to share the journey with everyone involved, they are taking a trip down memory lane with a new series of events of Family Classics. From the first artists who have ever played to ex-resident DJ’s, each event is going deliver an experience like no other. Go along to be immersed in a true clubbing experience surrounded by all the elements that have created a history that is undeniable.
Ahead of the launch of Family Classics Sat Oct 8, we caught up with returning artist Simon Lewicki aka Groove Terminator. Originally a hip-hop DJ, GT developed his sounds to become a well-known electronic/house artist. His solo tracks have been featured in the Australian Ministry of Sound album as well as several other Ministry of Sound compilations. Simon is also known as being the second half of Tonite Only alongside Sam La More who became leading proponents in the Australian electronic music scene. As we look forward to his set this next Saturday, we chat with GT about his favourite Family memory and his Top 5 Old School Tracks.
Groove Terminator My favourite Family memory is when we first started Tonite Only and were touring for the first time. All the remixes like This Love and Pictures as well as our own Where The Parties At and Danger (The Bomb) were all DJ staples. We had THE most amazing gig at the Family. I think it was the first time they had the DJ booth set-up on the stage. The line-up was us and Riot in Belgium as well as the incredible residents at the time. It was SO amazing watching the crowd going OFF like I had never experience before while we played all our original songs. It was so incredible and the phone footage I look back on, on YouTube sometimes still gives me goose bumps to see the crowd reacting like that to music we had made in our studio weeks beforehand. God bless you Family!
1. Mylo – Drop The Pressure First time I heard this record was when Erol Alkan played this at Trash in London. Such a brilliant baseline and a build which is even more epic. The pressure is so intense that by the time the drums finally kick back in, everyone ALWAYS loses their sh**!
2. Sneaky Sound System – Pictures (Tonite Only remix) This is probably my favourite remix of ours as Tonite Only. I feel we really nailed the glory of Connie’s incredible vocals backed by a killer electro bassline and the then controversial but no ubiquitous introduction of guitars into the mix. The formula we created here paved the way for many cross over electro hits.
3. Gus Gus – David (Tim Deluxe remix) Tim took a cool underground record and made the best updated version of handbag house you could imagine. This glorious riff is one that I still reference today when writing music.
4. Evermore – Its Too Late (Dirty South remix) The bootleg that put Dirty on the international road to fame and fortune. This is a super tasty electro track which resulting in a really successful formula predating EDM by many years with the emotional male vocals breakdown and bassline drop.
5. Junior Jack – Thrill Me One of those records I wished I made. With a great bassline that’s so funky and relentless, it’s still a track that sounds amazing today.