We you what’s up everyone.
Thought I’d update you on what’s been happening in the Spec-osphere.
Wedding season is well and truly over and I’ve enjoyed a couple of months of relaxation. Been booking a few weddings for this winter, Spring and a couple in 2017 which will take me from Margaret River to Coral Bay, as well as my home town in Mandurah.
In the meantime I started a new project during my residency at my favourite seedy live music venue ‘The Monkey Bar.’ I’ve been playing tunes and getting local musicians down while I record them live. Slowly becoming a better videographer and learning new tricks with some new equipment and editing software. Check out a few of my videos at the Dog’s Brunch youtube channel.
Thought I’d go back into my music library and give you something from about eight years ago. The main piano chords were written on guitar and reworked on my midi piano – hence the working title Kinky Piano.
This was a pretty simple ditty, never one of my favourite, but I like the bass and kick connection. Figure I’ll never do anything with it, keep it umastered and let you have a listen to some old Spec-electro.
Well Coral Bay wedding season has kicked off with a bang. After being off the road for such a long time I headed out for three weeks on the road to play and DJ two weddings in Coral Bay in late March/early April.
We were incredibly fortunate to miss the final cyclone of the season and had beautiful weather for both weddings.
The first was a small wedding of thirty guests with an Irish flavour. Nice people who were very welcoming to me. The small wedding party started slow but I was stoked to have enough Irish material (as well as my usual tunes and their requests) to finish the night with some manic highland flinging. The Father of the Bride also sang two Frank Sinatra songs a cappella which were a definite highlight and floored the whole wedding party.
Thanks and good luck to Dave and Elaine, I’m sure I’ll bump into you again if I ever head back through Newman and the WA interior or, more likely, you’ll see me trying not to look like the palest guy in Coral Bay.
A week later after a round trip to Geraldton began the second wedding. The immaculate decoration of the beachfront marquee was bewildering, especially the effort and forethought to create the atmosphere in such an out-of-the-way place as Coral Bay. This was more of a contemporary country theme with an abundance of white decorations set off with the most beautiful native floral centerpieces I have ever seen.
You can check out the florist and decorators’ site at
The wedding party of about 85 had come from all over WA (and further) and embraced the combination of wheatbelt Aussie fair with some specially chosen Afrikaans moments to celebrate the bride’s heritage. It turned out to be a really fun night with some epic African/Aussie dancing and singalongs. Again, thanks to Lauren and Clint for a spectacular night.
I’ve had this zany scheme of recording and videoing some of my favourite local musicians for a while now and managed to rope in a good friend, Benj Bernal, as my guinea pig.
Benj plays around Perth and the south-west of Western Australia and has always impressed me with his beautiful voice and ability to perform cruisey acoustic music with his magnetic ease. I have a great respect for how he plays and love his varied selection of cover songs. The fact that his performance style is so different to mine excites me even more and I feel like I’ve learnt a couple of things from him over the last year or two.
So I got him around my house along with talented videographer Amanda Oliver from Highlight Life Video (link below), set up a couple of microphones and cameras and told him to do his thing.
I was particularly stoked that he chose a song from one of my favourite bands to cover. Amanda did a great job on the project, filming and editing as a favour for me. She’s building her portfolio and is already an accomplished photographer and videographer – an excellent choice for your weddings as she has a stack of experience, a terrific
eye for photos, and is great with people.
So enough waffle. Here’s Ben playing Radiohead’s ‘House of Cards.’ Check him out live if you get the chance and feel free to swoon. He’s available for weddings and private shows – get in touch with him on facebook or contact me and I’ll put you in the right direction.
As another year slips through our fingers I thought I’d give a little retrospective musical summation of my own.
Often people who see my live show or hear me at a wedding will ask what kind of music I’m into. Usually it’s a very long-winded answer that I can’t be bothered getting into. The music I play or DJ is often a far cry from what I choose to listen to. So to address those who are constantly trying to delve into the Spectacle musical psyche I’ve decided to give you a little tasting platter of my 2014. My tastes are pretty mainstream and I consider myself a lover of pop music albeit a little perverted.
You may discover something new that you like and, more likely, may find some of these choices rather distasteful. Both reactions are great, feel free to let me know some of your favourite new music. With a busy schedule I have finite time to be listening to as much as I’d like but love hearing fresh sounds and finding out what has been twisting your nipples!
Oh and there are some naughty words and themes below to be avoided if you’re squeamish. They are just words though – take a chance.
FKA Twigs: With her first LP entitled ‘LP’ Twigsy has allowed us into her mesmerising and twitchy world. Every element of music is considered with a voice that is obscenely sensual. ‘Papi Pacify’ is off a 2013 EP but this hit me very hard as the first song I’d heard and is complimented by a brutal yet fascinating filmclip.
Had heard this song numerous times before seeing the performance on Letterman. It truly is a great moment in music and leaves me speechless everytime. Make of it what you will.
With his work as part of Major Lazer piquing my interest, Diplo has hurled himself into my mindset as the man at the forefront of electronic musical culture. Dependent on my mood, this music can exhilerate me no end…or exhaust me and make me want to put on a Norah Jones best of album. He seems to have an overabundance of creative energy and a awe inspiring sonic presence. Crank this.
Meg’s first song ‘Every Lie’ came to prominence through Triple J’s unearthed and within a year she has proven herself as a noteworthy addition to the Australian musical scene. This Bill Withers cover cemented it for me, with a great electro underpinning for her towering soul voice. She has a true ‘x -factor’ and I find her deeply interesting – she is going to be a huge star in Australia and I can’t wait to see where she goes next.
Skrillex was hurtled into prominence as the archetype of the Dubstep scene a few years ago. Thankfully the genre devoured itself and fizzled out at about the same time that most of the public had discovered the rather confronting style of music. I thought it was a real sign of our times that the first Skrillex album, from the dude who was the face of one of the most defined new sub-genres of music of the last decades, came out after the genre that he was spearheading was already dead. Are our attention spans that short or was it a flash-in-the-pan? Anyway I love this song that steers away from dubstep and shows him off as an amazing producer with a good head for melody and songwriting.
Lana Del Ray
Love her or hate her, Lana is back to make you smoulder. I love this song with the erratic drum fill, sleazy alt-rock production, multilayered vocal melodies and chorus(?) tempo change. Lana is arrogant and sexy – my kind of pop diva.
Aphex Twin’s new album was always going to be overhyped after waiting a decade or so for release. He is one of the most influential musicians of the electronic generation and was making enviable sounds twenty years ago without the ease of a macbook pro and ubiquitous DAWs available to every man and his dog. He may no longer be the game changer he once was but I’ve enjoyed my moments with this rather subtle offering – great before bed or while you’re doing some facebooking or other such nonsense.
What’s to say? I love singing along to this song even though I only know about ten words. Makes me smile, makes me sing, makes me dance – what more do you want?
Lyrically my favourite song of the year. So punky, so heartfelt. Some lines are so specific and honest, others poignant in their metaphoricalness. A searing inner-monologue from the jilted. I like to think everyone has their own mental picture of this coarse 3-way relationship
DJ and super-producer Mark Ronson is back with his horns and featuring Bruno Mars effortlessly inhabiting the funk. If the slap-bass doesn’t make you move we simply simply can’t be friends.
Run The Jewels
I’ve just scratched the surface of this new album by Run The Jewels but was immediately impacted by the heavy-handed production and gravity of the lyrics. With Aussie hip-hop trending towards juvenilistic bubblegum, it’s great to hear some American hip-hop with unmitigated aggression, unexpected musical scapes and going beyond the vapid reverence for $$$s and hoes.
….the greatest pop song of the past twelve months. Finally I can sing this at people and it will be appropriate in the Southern Hemisphere.
I’ve got a few days off over Xmas in which I’m looking forward to immersing myself in some Caribou and Flying Lotus. Have a great Xmas and New Year everybody.
xxx = S p ectacLe
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Hi everyone. Football season is over and it’s time to get ready for summer and the festive season.
Spectacle is booking up very quickly so if you’re considering your office Xmas party I insist you contact me asap. Make your function memorable with premium live music and DJing through Spectacle Enterprises.
if you scroll back right to the beginning of this blog you will see mention of one of my best friends and favourite visual artists ‘Luke Watson.’
In a huge milestone he’s celebrating the 300th episode of his web-comic ‘Confabulation,’ based on the random interpersonal conversational happenings between he and his wife.
To aid the celebrations I’ve composed a theme-song for the comic which you can check out here.
It has been a fun little project and I am stoked to have a finished product for him just in time. Check out his web-comic as well as some of the other collaborators who have joined the party by contributing their own spin for #300.
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I think the title explains it pretty well. Having performed and DJd at five weddings in the last few months, still without advertising, I’ve decided to offer my services for weddings in the regional areas I once trekked. I’m going to need to give a few calls to let wedding planners and venues know but I’ve decided that I may as well bring my honed skills and wealth of equipment to the people that supported me for so many years.
Now I’m sure there are already wedding musicians and DJs in this area but I like to think I have an excellent product that I can take on the road, and I believe that people should be given an option on who they hire for their big day. I’ve often found in my travels that regional people don’t always get the best of entertainment and I’d like to offer something fresh and special, professional and reliable, instead of what may be sold to potential clients or simply what they are led to believe is available for that area.
So, Spectacle Wedding Services is throwing down; love to hear from folk if they are interested in what I have to offer for their big day.
0422 182 807
Just received a bit of feedback after my first wedding of the season.
Beautiful spot down at The Redcliffe on the Murray near Pinjarra – perfect for events and functions and tops in the warmer months to see some quality original music. One of the best wedding dances I’ve seen as well as a surreal drunken garter removal made for a very entertaining night.
Hi Brad! Just wanted to say a HUGE thankyou!! You were amazing! Matt and I are so stoked you were apart of our dream day! So many people are saying how awesome you were :) Thanks again! Ash & Matt Spicer ;) Sent from my iPhone
Nice to be loved haha. My wedding equipment is still expanding with additional lights and my new macbook pushing my DJing set into new territory Still some availability for Xmas functions but get in quick as I’m filling up rather quickly.
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