Friday, August 30
CASSIAN (DJ Set) + Durante
Audio welcomes one of Australia's hottest acts, Cassian, for a DJ set on 8/30 with support from Durante.
Cassian has become one of Australia’s busiest young exports, clocking up serious miles performing all over the world at clubs & festivals from New York to Rome, Sao Paulo to Shanghai and Warsaw to Singapore. He’s supported DJs such as Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, Guy Gerber, MK, Solomun, H.O.S.H, Hot Since 82 and played B2B with Maxxi Soundsystem, Mickey, Aeroplane and Motez to name a few.
Cassian has been keeping busy inside the studio as well, producing his own music as well as mixing & engineering for the likes of Banks, Classixx, Rufus, Miami Horror & Bag Raiders.
The last few years have seen Cassian release club EPs with New York City’s Nurvous Records (legendary dance label Nervous Record’s sister label), Andy George & Jaymo’s Moda Music, Club Sweat & be commissioned for remixes by the likes of Rufus, Alex Metric, Elliphant, Anna Lunoe & Touch Sensitive, Kraak & Smaak, RAC and Owl Eyes. Collectively these tunes have topped The Hype Machine & Beatport Charts multiple times, been played on radio worldwide & racked up over 2 million plays on Soundcloud alone. They’ve been supported by DJs as diverse as MK, Damian Lazarus, Bondax, Danny Tenaglia, Bag Raiders, Oliver Koletzki, Aeroplane, A-Trak & Zombie Disco Squad.
In the latter half of 2014 Cassian signed to Sydney’s Sweat It Out Music! which will see the release of his debut single Running ft. Cleopold. The track was produced, mixed & mastered across studios in Sydney, London, LA & early DJ feedback already has support from Oliver Heldens, The Magician, Motez, Bag Raiders, The Aston Shuffle, Rufus, Nina Las Vegas, Sinden and looks set to be a summer weapon (in Aus) and a winter warmer for those in the northern hemisphere.
Passion is the artist's calling card, no matter the medium, and that's a truth Kevin Durante recognizes above all else. Perhaps his Italian roots push the producer/DJ to seek a higher beauty, but with more than a decade of creation, experimentation, and discovery behind him, his personal journey has taught him not to fear honesty. He's put all his cards on the table and thrown caution to the wind more than once for his work. He knows to embrace his perspective and bare himself openly and honestly in his music and his mixes, because audiences can tell real from fake, and he didn't come all this way to paint by numbers.
Durante learned to work with soul in his father's kitchen. A chef and restaurant owner in South Florida. Durante saw first-hand how experience, tradition, and a willingness to experiment can transform raw ingredients into sublime manifestations.
As a producer and DJ, he's drawn to the edge and intersections of house and techno. Raw rhythm and bass under tonal melodies resonates with his version of musical honesty. His style isn't built on contrived pop formulas or lyrics about eternal youth. Instead, he starts with time-honored four on the floor, elaborates with thumping bass, builds mood with melodic chords, and garnishes with tribal percussive textures. Equally inspired by the compositions of Duke Ellington, synth-heavy Italo-disco, and mid-2000s Cocoon records, Durante strives to create a body of work as versatile as his experiences.
It's a worldly sound, a fusion of his travels and global past. It's rich and romantic, like his early childhood spent in his birth country of Italy. It's tropical and vibrant, full of Latin color like his formative years in Florida. It's daring and adventurous, like when he moved to Los Angeles without ever having seen the Pacific coast, but it's also mature, refined through the past five years as he's learned from missteps and opportunities alike how to synthesize his influences and surroundings into something both personal and relatable, danceable but poignant, comfortably familiar but distinct from the pack.