There's always something fresh in the waters of Australian dance music and eyes from all over the globe are firmly focused here, looking for exciting young talent. Right on cue for 2019 Choomba comes out of the gate with a debut EP that ROCKETS to #4 on the overall Beatport Chart and #2 on the hyper competitive Tech-House Chart, being piped out by none other than the legendary Patrick Topping and coming in above the latest signing from Jamie Jone's Hot Creations label. An absolutely MASSIVE feat for two Aussie's who self released their debut EP.
"This absolutely went off in my set!" - (The Magician) was the first of many rave review supports from - Claude Von Stroke, Richie Hawtin, Claptone, Riva Starr, Erick Morillo and multiple others. All this came in the opening weekend since sending exclusively to DJ's and the support hasn't stopped flowing in since.
This all continued off the dance floor too -
"This EP is HARD" (Dave Ruby Howe - JJJ)
"OOOOF massive debut" (Sammy Porter - RinseFM)
"These guys show so much promise" - (Mixmag)
"Powerful" - (Thissongissick)
"Full Support" - (DJtimes)
With this much hype around the project, a debut tour across some of the countries best clubs and international interest already beginning to bubble up - the foundations for an exciting 12 months have undoubtedly been set.
Get to know Choomba! They are our Feature Artist all this week on triple j Unearthed.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
Well we have always loved techno, house and tech house music to some extent, just never really felt the inspiration to jump in - our sound pulls a lot of inspiration from all those genres but brings in the production approach from the heavier side of Luude, using synths and drums that maybe don't get used as much in house and techno.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
The intial trigger is always being out on the rinse, and seeing how people react to a tune - there's nothing better than a crowd of people losing their shit - we try to take that energy and build something that's unique to us.
What can punters expect from a Choomba live show?
The longer term plan is for us to play a live show of all original music, with a really engaging production setup - but until then we want our shows to feel like insane house parties run by two idiots, even when we do build up to a bigger live show - we want to always be able to go back and DJ and just have mad fun. So yeah people can expect to see two different styles of show in the future hopefully.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Probably from my old footy coach Wazza, he told me "Tim you need to grow the f*ck up".
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Smoko' by The Chats. If that doesn't lift your mood you might possibly have no soul.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
I still call 'Australia Home' by Peter Alan.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
A hell cheeky edit of 'Home Among the Gum Trees' would get people fizzing like a bag of sherbert in a coke can. Can hear the big dusty open hi-hat on that already working a treat.
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
We went and saw a local band on the gold coast called Ivy, they are sick.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast / Tas (you decide) music community that inspire you?
M-phazes is originally from the Gold Coast, which is a pretty big inspiration. Seeing someone coming from here, going all the way up the chain to producing music for some of the best in the world and being a proper professional about it all.
What are your plans for 2019?
We're writing heaps of music and just seeing where that takes us right now. Having a good time playing shows and traveling.View Profile Hide Interview