Fiction Lab’s top artists to catch at Pitch Music & Arts Festival 2018

by Clare Blakebrough & Isabel Thomson-Officer

Only in its second year, Pitch Music and Arts Festival has already proven to be a game changer on the Australian festival scene. After an incredibly successful inaugural edition in 2017 which saw them bring out huge names like Dixon and Mind Against, Pitch is back with a ton of industry heavyweights in tow. Held over four days and nights March 9-12 in Mafeking Victoria southeast of the Grampians National Park, Pitch is no doubt going to be a highlight on the 2018 doof calendar, giving more established events like Rainbow Serpent a run for their money. A perfect ending to what was an incredible Australian summer, Pitch is the place to be next weekend. 

Here are a list of our picks of artists to check out at Pitch alongside some excellent listening material to get you in the festive mood!
 

BICEP (live)

Headline act Bicep comprises Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar, founders and owners of the Feel My Bicep label. The duo have enjoyed huge success and are returning to Australia to debut their highly acclaimed live set. 
Check out this epic Boiler Room set on their home turf in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
 

DJ TENNIS

With over two decades of experience, Life & Death co-founder Manfredi Romano is one to keep an eye out for. While not quite peak-time club music, his style is better defined as moody, meditative and elegant.  
We've had this set from Into The Valley Festival on repeat.
 

HVOB (live)

With regular releases on Stil Vor Talent, Austrian duo Anna Müller and Paul Wallner AKA HVOB are not to be missed. The duo have established themselves on the electronic music scene with numerous releases and also as a live act. Performing with a drummer, their moody and vocal laced techno is nothing short of amazing.
Listen to their playa vibes from Burning Man to get you primed.
 

MANO LE TOUGH

Niall Mannion (Mano Le Tough) is a well known DJ and producer born in Ireland, now based in Berlin. In between running the record label Maeve he has released on Permanent Vacation and Pampa and is one of the worlds most sought after DJs in the electronic music scene. His sets are deep, emotive and melodic and this one is no exception.

RODRIGUEZ JR. (live)

One of our all time favourites, Olivier Mateu AKA Rodriguez Jr. will be gracing the stage of Pitch with his melodic, deep and progressive grooves. After recently releasing his second album Baobab on Mobilee Records, the French producer will be sure to impress. We are loving this set from Pleinvrees Festival, have a listen!

TORNADO WALLACE

No doubt one of Melbourne’s finest, Tornado Wallace has been making waves over the last couple of years. His EP For Animals Dancing was one of our top releases of 2017 as it marked the return of his label after a two year hiatus. Hanging on his home turf of late, catch him at Pitch alongside some of the world’s finest DJ talent as he gets stuck into (we hope!) hypnotic, and tribal beats. 

MARVIN & GUY

This Italian duo make music that crosses between house, disco and new wave techno. As one of our writers, Jelena  put it “drawing from homegrown disco sound influenced by cult DJs such as Larry Levan, Ron Hardy, and Tee Scott the duo’s shared knowledge of how to make people dance has come in handy for both cherry-picking and distributing obscure Italian Techno tunes from early 90s via Life Of Marvin – a label they co-run with Manfredi Romano aka DJ Tennis”.

Our show with them earlier this year here in NYC was an incredible way to start 2018 - have a listen and don’t miss out on checking these two out Down Under!
 

MIKE CALLANDER

One of the most talented Aussie producers and DJs on the scene, we really can’t write about Mike Callander enough. A stalwart of Revolver Friday’s, Callander keeps the back room deep alllll night long.

We were fortunate enough to have a good chat with him last year about what keeps him inspired, his European tours and who’s coming in hot on the Melbourne scene. Have a listen to the exclusive mix he made for us too, it’s a great one to get you in the mood to catch this Melbourne legend!
 

RETZA

Taking the Australian dance music scene by storm, Retza is one of the most solid up and coming acts going Down Under. Already charting releases on Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream and the infamous Watergate imprint, there’s no telling where this producer maestro will go next.
Lucky for us Retza has put together a list of his top five tracks of the moment and we’re digging his selection. Catch him on Sunday night at Pitch!

Rick Wade - Insensitive (Liem & Eddie Ness Remix) [Moody Records]

I’m not sure it gets any groovier than this. Pushing the pace at 130, that change at 3:40 never felt so right.

Sedqwick - Digitale Djungle [Potatoheadz records]

Australian heat! This tripped out spacey number is quite the journey. Whatever genre it is I’m super into it. Recommended listening for the outdoors.

Lee Burton - Ndn [DisDat]

Lee Burton is King! This track gives me some deep Inspector Gadget vibes. I wish this track followed me around everywhere, narrating my life. 

Disk - The Spirit [White Loops]

Just got this one in the mail. I’m not exactly educated in the the world of breaks but tracks like this make me want to be. All of my 90s break beat dreams coming true. 

Takuya Matsumoto - Time [BM]

Beyond epic. This is my closing track every night, in the club and at home. Throw this on just before bed for full effect and contemplate your daily accomplishments.