HOWIE LEE makes his Australian debut with his newly created live A/V set. Playing at Howler on the 12th of January, as a side show to his MOFO and Sydney Festival dates, with supports by CORIN, NICO NIQUO, JALE, WA?STE and Makeda.
Howie’s sound has been described as the future music of cyberpunk Beijing, his tracks contain clattering percussion, skittering rhythms and the sound of traditional China, dragged kicking and screaming into the digital age. With a uniquely “Made in China” aesthetic, Howie is an electronic music visionary – creating a hybrid club sound rooted in the Middle Kingdom, but built for our interconnected globe.
His Sinofuturism set will include visual from Veeeky and Thoiid, with a specially built RPG computer game being played and mixed into visuals.with support from
CORIN is a gathering knot of permutations—the sound of something meticulously ruined and renewed. Composed and performed principally with just two synthesizers, Corin Ileto establishes a dialogue of mimicry with her machines that becomes near-cybernetic—an anomalous approach that has led to her sharing stages with luminaries like Fatima Al Qadiri. Her fascination with the nebulous region between machine and human is most potently visible in her release Virtuality.
In CORIN’s live shows, sparse automated elements provide a frame around which she furnishes the rest of her imagined world— classically trained fingers sweeping between guttural rhythm and stratospheric melody. Again song mutates into contemplation: Is the human affecting the machine or is the machine affecting the human?
NICO NIQUO is the solo project of Nico Callaghan. Emerging in 2015 with a curious approach at the unlikely crossroads of Grime, Footwork and New Age on the Epitaph album on US label Orange Milk Records, Nico consolidated his sound on 2017′s In A Silent Way LP, a not-quiet Ambient meandering through a more realised landscape of his previous work. With the album earning praise and acclaim from the likes of FACT and Exclaim, Rolling Stone pinpointed Nico as one of “10 New Artists You Need To Know”.
Nico’s new work (slated for release in 2018) moves away from predominantly clinical, digital synthesis toward a more tactile and “Australian”-influenced sound.
WA?STE is the moniker of Felix Idle–producer, artist & Valley Spirit Recordings label head, based out of Melbourne, Australia. He makes music that characterizes both the curiosity and content fatigue stemming from long hours online. He rips the euphoric guts from trance, gabba & other hard dance genres, re-integrating it into slower but no less ambitious instrumentals. This aggressive eclecticism forms a bed for his saccharine vocal melodies & gently blurred-out lyricism. He has supported M.E.S.H., Air Max 97, Lone, Holly Herndon and Eternal Dragonz’ V Kim, as well as having collaborated with Mya Gomez and Ptwiggs on newer productions.
JALE is a DJ and irrepressible energy-source from Melbourne. Beginning in 2014, her DJ career has been a rapid upward spiral that’s taken her from underground dance circuit events like EVE, Club Sync, Paradise Music Festival, to support slots for international icons Lotic, Venus X, and Asmara. She has cemented her place as an alt-club queen, creating sets that feature new sounds from around the world intended to disrupt and reimagine the idea of contemporary club music.
JALE avoids strict loyalty to any subgenre – mixing up moods and tempos to subvert the overly familiar clubbing soundscape.
MAKEDA is interested in creating utopic realities. Her sound, text, DJ and artistic work involves actions – and stony-faced demands – for a post-capitalist world.
Sketching a svelte aural palette, Makeda has performed locally and internationally in destinations as diverse as the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), London’s illustrious Rye Wax Records, and festivals including Dark Mofo, Vivid and Soft Centre.
She has performed alongside Elysia Crampton, My Disco, Asmara (Fade to Mind / Future Brown), David Chesworth of Essendon Airport and Air Max ’97.
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Taungurong, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation as the custodians of the land in which this event takes place, and we recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.project partners
Curated by Mathew Spisbah, and presented by Files and Folders and Liquid Architecture, in association with MONA FOMA.