Wednesday, 20 November 2013 15:35

Red Bull Roller Disco VIP Packages

Everybody’s favourite part of Valley Fiesta is back!

The Red Bull Music Academy Rooftop Roller Disco returns to the top of Wilson Car Park (Chinatown) this Saturday November 23 with DJs Kon, Alex Dimitriades and Cutloose on the decks.

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For your chance to win one of three VIP packages — including early access to the venue, a Meet And Greet with one of the DJs, and a bar tab! — email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 'Red Bull Roller Disco' in the subject line! This competition has closed.

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Published in Competition
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:41

Cutloose: Cutthroat Creativity

Despite the rapid, unavoidable rise of the digital age, Brisbane DJ Cutloose believes in the immortality of vinyl, and though the demand for records may “dwindle”, the industry will never truly die.

“You will forever have DJs buying vinyl, as well as purists, hipsters and quirky people who want to stay true to that nostalgia by buying vinyl. Vinyl will continue to sell, even though the numbers will dwindle, it will never die completely because they have a nostalgic value,” Cutloose asserts.

Music lovers were exposed to the brutal effect of these dwindling sales figures last year with the near-closure of Rocking Horse Records, Queensland’s oldest and largest independently owned and operated record store.

“As you've seen already, sales are dwindling, record stores are closing. But I think records will always be there. For example, Sampology just had his latest 7-inch come out, ‘Eagle Theme’. I bought that because I'm a DJ and I want to support local artists, but also it's a piece of history. It's something tactile that you can have and you put it in the record player and you put the needle on it and there's a sound. Records can be a novelty, whereas CDs are just full of data. You can put pictures and movies on a CD, whereas records are purely just music and that's the beauty of it. It was the first way that people could mass produce music and it will stick around.”

Cutloose has toured both nationally and internationally, sharing the stage with notable artists such as M.I.A., Lyrics Born and MSTRKFT. While the combination of his unique, self-taught mixing style, versatility, and sensitivity to the crowd’s mood has earned him the reputation as a highly sought-after DJ.

“If I'm doing a mix I go off the crowd first and foremost, then I think about what song can I give them that will make them react in a certain way, then have the next song keep that emotion going or complement it. I don't do juxtapositioning emotions, I don't go from happy to sad, I'll more go from happy to love, then maybe from love to dance. There is a lot of thought process that does go into it when I am mixing.”

It is clear from his impassioned tone that Cutloose takes DJing very seriously. “I treat my DJing as a profession and as a professional artform. Just like an artist, I see the turntable and speakers as my canvas. The audience is like a canvas really, and I'm painting them with music. If people go out to a nightclub, they want to hear a professional DJ mixing songs live.

They've chosen to go to a club with a DJ; I feel the DJ should have a certain level of quality and professionalism.”

Over the past five years, Cutloose has peppered Brisbane’s nightlife with memorable performances, such as his Cut n Cook show — a fusion of DJing and cooking demonstrations. His high-energy sets have earned him a summer residency at The Mustang Bar, where his unconventional music choice constantly keeps the crowd on their toes.

“They [the crowd] can expect fun, up-tempo party tunes mixed with a lot of old school party songs, done in a way that they've probably never seen before. I try to keep it exciting. They'll hear some tracks that they've never heard before. I want them to approach my set with an open mind, knowing that they are going to hear all the popular R&B and dance hits, but they're also going to get a couple of songs they might not have heard before.”

The future is bright and ever expanding for Cutloose, with a plethora of projects in the pipeline. “TV is a possibility, and a book. They're just things I'm working towards that haven’t been set in stone. That's what's taking up a lot of my time. I've got a few singles that I'm working on and a new mixtape. There are some really big things in the works and I'm very excited about displaying my new Cut n Cook show to the masses.”

Catch Cutloose Saturday nights at The Mustang Bar.

Published in Urban
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 13:08

Blah Blah Blah Review

South Bank Dec. 28

For a bit of history, it was the third annual running of the boutique music festival, but the first time they had decided to hold it in the beautiful confines of the Southbank Cultural Forecourt. Guests included crew like Borgore, Scratch Perverts, LTJ Bukem, A. Skillz, Elite Force and plenty more.

Upon arrival, we nabbed a little handbook and set out to check the venue. My eyes were immediately drawn to just how well picked the local line-up was, perfectly complementing the stellar national and international acts the Adicts Crew had sourced. This was the first of many indications that this really was a music festival run for music fans, by music fans. In what was one of the coolest locations for a festival seen in a long time, the stages sprawled across perfectly maintained grass fields, hugging the Brisbane River in a super cool fashion.

After the early afternoon of previewing a few acts, Cutloose was about to start a ‘Cut N Cook‘ DJ set. I rolled over to main stage just in time to see him whipping up a storm, shaking and tossing ingredients and laying down the ever-popular vibes he’s so well known for. It was enjoyable to watch, and despite feeling a little hungry by the end of it, I couldn’t have picked anything the always cool local could have done better.

As always, local kid Alex Terrell managed to rustle up more people than a notable national could manage and to no surprise, Antiheros (despite only playing a DJ set) were catchy as hell. In regards to the big names, Mowgli was super impressive and managed to dish up a super cool set. Borgore was clearly one of the crowd favourites, however, with his heavy dubstep wowing certain punters into a weird state of standing unconsciousness.

Preferring an underground culture, Blah Blah Blah in 2011 dished up everything I had hoped for and more. If that’s what a boutique festival is about, bring on more of them I say. Big ups to the Adicts Crew!

Published in Events Music
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 10:17

Kaliber Movember

Every Dance Counts

It’s not unusual to wander through the Brunswick St Mall late on a Friday or Saturday night and find Kaliber overflowing with revellers dancing off the concerns of their working week.

But on the last Sunday of this month, the boutique lounge and dining destination will be bumping to a different beat.

Movember seems to grab people’s attention like no other charity can. Throughout the last days of spring a wave of audacious facial hair spreads throughout the community as gentlemen, young and old, attempt to raise money and awareness for men’s health issues. “That participation of the people is so important,” explains Kaliber proprietor, Claudia Bordini. “For Movember, you have about 80 percent of men walking around for a month looking less than their best. So we feel for the cause, but we also feel for the poor men who have to do that!”

Despite the jest Bordini takes Movember seriously, and this Sunday is turning Kaliber into one big Movember celebration, where every dollar taken is being donated to the cause. “It’s not just a great charity; it’s one more chance for us to a) give back to the community, and b) show that venues can do more than just provide a good night out. We can provide an actual service to the community that’s not just entertainment.”

Not that there won’t be any entertainment going down on Sunday night. The Kaliber team are running a free barbecue from 4pm, before unleashing DJs Radaza, Cutloose and Popshelf to take the party into the early hours of the morning. “It was very easy to get these guys involved,” Bordini explains. “Besides the fact that Radaza and Cutloose have been working together for half a decade, it took less than a phone call – it took a text message – and they were in.

“There’s a big slogan on the artwork that says ‘every dance counts’. Instead of trying to get a cheque out of people, all they’ve got to do is have a good time and by enjoying and embracing Valley culture they’re helping the cause at the same time.”

‘MOVEMBER: EVERY DANCE COUNTS’ TAKES OVER KALIBER THIS SUNDAY FROM 4PM.

Published in Events Music
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 10:15

Cutloose Interview 28.09.2011

Wheel Of Genres

It’s been hard keeping tabs on Cutloose over the last few years.

There have been frequent trips to America and two new shows in the works, as well as the long promised Cutloose album, which has been delayed so many times now that he’s loath to talk about it.

“I get a lot of people frustrated about it and I have to say to them, ‘Mate, you think you’re frustrated? Quadruple that by a thousand million,’” he laughs. “Basically I’ve shut my mouth about it in the last eight months and let the proof be in the final pudding, when it does come out. The most important things for me are the two new shows that I’ve been working on, which are really unique and different.”

The first is Cut n Cook, Cutloose’s crossbreeding of DJ set with cooking demonstration, which has already featured at Blah Blah Blah festival, where a pumpkin risotto was dished up for anyone willing to give it a try. Now comes Wheel of Genres, Cutloose’s response to the music fan who claims to like everything.

“I’ve got this Vegas gaming wheel, but instead of prizes I have about 20 genres of music. I get somebody from the audience to spin the wheel and whatever genre of music it lands on, I perform a ten-minute mega mix of that genre. So you’re going to hear the big hits all rolled into that ten minutes. Then I’ll have someone else come up and spin the next genre. There are so many genres: they can be played together or they can be played separately – but it’s all music, and that’s the point behind the show.”

But before Cutloose can roll out either show, he’s first got to tackle both Valley Fiesta as well as Parklife. “I’ve got two Valley Fiesta performances,” he explains. “One for Infusion, which will just be a straight-up Cutloose party set, so I’ll be mashing instrumentals from rock & roll to hip hop with a cappellas from electro and fast and slow hip hop. The Roller Disco show will probably be a little more disco and I’m going to get on the mic and have some fun with it.

“Parklife’s going to be the same, but with a little more classic party: dub step, drum & bass and some electro and indie rock thrown in there as well. It’s going to be really in your face, but fun!”

CUTLOOSE PLAYS PARKLIFE OCTOBER 1 AND INFUSION AT KALIBER AS PART OF VALLEY FIESTA OCTOBER 7.

Published in Electronic
Wednesday, 23 September 2009 16:30

Cutloose Interview 23.09.2009

Vampire Wookie

With a close resemblance to ‘The Muppets’ Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Cutloose is finally back in town and staying for good this time. Aboding in Los Angeles and Chicago for the majority of the last year, Brisbane’s king of the mash-up set is hankering to show off his baby - a debut album.

So Mr Cutloose, you're back in Brisbane after a sojourn in America. How was the trip; productive?
Very productive thanks Scene. I got to work with some great producers and DJ at some fun places.

Favourite US moment?
It would be catching up with Z-Trip and Gaslamp Killer and then going to ‘the Do Over’ (a Sunday Session in Hollywood that has surprise guest DJs every week. But you don't know till you go). A-Trak was playing and I got to meet Chromeo. Then bumping into a bunch of DJ friends from Santa Monica and DJ Plus One. All in the one afternoon... I hope I didn't hurt anyone after all the name drops. Ha ha!

We've been hearing about the Cutloose album for a little while now - is it finished? Sound, style-wise what can we expect from it?
I have completely finished it now. But it's in the distribution process now and other office mumbo jumbo. So I’m expecting it should be very soon. The album itself is a glitch hop, electronica, groove infused funk-a-thon that I hope provokes a lot of body parts moving in different directions, as well as a mental explosion. BAM !

As a first time album making, how did you find the process? Was it a laborious affair?
It was exactly that. By the time it gets released, it will be two years old. It has been through many changes of course, but the core tracks all started some time ago - and it's been a love, hate relationship since then.

You must be looking forward to showcasing the new material to your home town?
I am so on edge about it. It's my personal project that has a lot behind it and I am very pleased to be able to share it with my friends, family and Brisbane's massive.

So, you're playing Parklife and Afterlife this weekend - planning hard for the sets?
Parklife, yes! For those that make it over to the Jager Tent at 4.30pm they’ll have a sneak preview of the whole album. As for the Afterlife party, I have just put together a massive playlist of new and old indie, rock, elektro party jams and hip hop.

You're mash-up style is renowned city-wide; how have your skills improved over the last year or so?
Enormously. I have been able to really concentrate on the finer points of blending and chopping mixes live and I have tightened it all up. Practice makes almost perfect as I say. There are a lot of DJs now that have digital software. This makes for less practice, as they just sit in front of the computer and listen to the tracks and go "yeah” or “nah". Get on the decks and try out some mixes guys. Get creative.

A bird also told us that you have a couple of other projects on the simmer; are details still classified or can you let the cat outta the bag?
Classified! But I can say they involve some well known Brisbane DJs and some very well known international artists. Also a Cutloose concept album on the way. Hush!

The Surecut Kids have affectionately labelled you the 'Vampire Wookie'. What sort of hobbies does a Vampire Wookie indulge in?
Late night cook ups, which can include steak, pasta, stir-fry, burrito, left over salad followed by a ‘Star Wars’ marathon. I love my food, I have a part-time food blog on my website were everyone can go into the archives and see what I ate for my whole USA tour.

Catch Cutloose at Parklife then Afterlife at Empire September 26, Uber October 3 and Alhambra October 9. Keep your ears peeled for word on his debut album.

Published in Electronic
Wednesday, 20 May 2009 14:28

Cutloose Interview 20.05.2009

Funk'n'scratch

With a slew of local shows upcoming and a debut album to promote, before he returns to the US next month, Cutloose is one busy man. Catching up with the icon of Brisbane’s hip hop, funk and soul scene, you soon learn that his musical career isn’t the only thing keeping him busy. “I just had great sex, that's why I was late for the interview. I’m walking around the house doing this interview in my undies,” Cutloose admits, his voice sporting the rich baritone of post coital confidence.

Brisbane local who moved to Los Angeles last year, Cutloose quickly carved a name for himself in California, impressing with his innovating mash-ups and some of his favourite old school dubstep.

His debut album, 'Cut', is now complete and ready to release, but first he’ll be showcasing the record to his home town, with a listening party this weekend. "I have always been a fan of hip hop, that sort of speed. So naturally having a love for the electronic side of things and the speed of hip hop, I wanted to push those two together, and this album is what has evolved out of it.”

With assistance from his record label, Cutloose has produced the album himself. "I am new to producing, I've only been doing heavy production for the last two years and there are sounds that I have in my head that I was having difficulty recreating, I've been listening to other artists and thinking 'that's a similar sound that I was going for' that it makes me go back and open up the file of the song I was producing, listen to them again with new ears, and that's when I started developing a little more, the intricate sounds of the song. These songs as a whole have developed over time.”

‘Cut’ came together in pieces, some produced in Brisbane, some in LA. “There are about four songs on the album that I made really quickly when I first got to LA. I made that in LA, I was really excited about everything, everything is new and fresh and I just had this idea and I was inspired and I made that song.”

Cutloose will be behind the decks this weekend, giving his home crowd a taste of his original productions. It will be a little bit more of the harder electro that I've been getting into and been playing out and about and the dubstep that I've really been enjoying at the moment as well. I've been a fan of dubstep for quite a few years, back in the late 90s early 2000s I was really enjoying a lot of UK dubstep and what not.

“Now that it has become a lot more popular commercially in some of the bigger clubs, I have a chance to be able to play some of the big tunes that I really like. It gives me that chance to play to a larger audience and little bit of schooling and little bit of check out this new sound if you haven't heard it yet.”

Cutloose has drawn on a long and diverse love of music for the creative process on ‘Cut’. “I want to make music like NWA made music. I want (to make) music like Wu Tang. I want to make music even like Quincy Jones did, I want to make stuff like The Cars did and Talking Heads. If I tied myself to one style, I would just break out again.”

Having played gigs internationally as well as taking in what the rest of the world has to offer, Cutloose is optimistic about the plight of the Australian DJ. We have the best of both worlds. We are able to draw from America's more hip hop, rock influences, and we get to draw from the more dance techno side of things from Europe.”

Catch Cutloose at Whatever Wednesdays at Uber May 20, Monastery May 22 and 'Homegrown' at Barsoma May 23. 'Cut' will be out soon on D-Fault Records.

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