DJ Robot Citizen - Index of Club & Band Nights.
Robot Citizen has (co-)organised and/or DJ'd at over 400 Club & Band Events and hosted 100s of Alternative Music Radio Shows.
This page lists dates and some of the promo images for many of the club and band nights.
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2017 March 03 - Enlighten Festival at the Royal Australian Mint.
A night of Darkwave Post-Punk Dark Alternative Gothic Rock with 4 Live Bands: IKON, Sounds Like Winter, Death Church, The Blue Eyed Ravens; and numerous DJs including: Robot Citizen, S.H.E., Lobotomy, Xerstorkitte, Action Ant, Miss Kate, Cernunnos, Morbid Florist ...
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In Reverse Chronological Order ...
2016 November 11 "VAMP" Featuring live shows by 1: Amelia Arsenic (formerly known as 'destroyx', from Angelspit) and 2: SNUFF - plus DJs Robot Citizen and Lady K.
2016 October 01 "VAMP" with DJs Robot Citizen, Mircalla & Altercate
2016 September 03 -
Sydney: "End of The Winter Ball"
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Presented by 2 clubs - Asylum and No Rest for the Wicked - featuring 14 alternative music DJs (including Robot Citizen) plus 2 bands (Sounds Like Winter and Skull and Dagger) plus burlesque and other performances.
2016 May 07 "VAMP" 9th Anniversary event @ Transit Bar featuring live band "[SNUFF]" with DJs Robot Citizen, Tormentor, Mircalla & Black Temple.
2016 February 27 "VAMP" @ Transit Bar featuring live band "Sounds Like Winter" with DJ Robot Citizen, Mircalla & Action Ant.
2016 February 13 "Bowie Ball" @ Ainslie Arts Centre; featuring DJ Robot Citizen plus live music (Tim Hansen, Alice Cottee, No Hausfrau), spoken word (Hannah McCann, Duncan Driver) and drag performance (Venus Mantrap).
2016 January 23 "Bowie Tribute Night" @ Transit Bar with DJ Robot Citizen, Evil Chris & Krusty Toast.
2015 December 31 "New Year's Eve RETRO Request" @ The RUC, Canberra.
2015 October 31 "Halloween RETRO Invasion" with live band "Back to the Eighties" @ The RUC.
2015 April 18 "VAMP" featuring band "The Dark Shadows" @ Magpies City Club, Canberra.
2015 March 21 "VAMP" featuring 2 bands "Kollaps" and "Sounds Like Winter" @ Magpies City Club, Canberra.
2015 February 28 "RETRO Request" @ Magpies City Club, Canberra.
2015 January 21 "RETRO Request" @ Magpies City Club, Canberra.
2014 December 20 "Rock the Night Away" a night of classic, heavy & glam rock @ Magpies City Club. DJs Black Temple, Grant Robertson and Robot Citizen.
2014 November 22 "VAMP" - a fundraiser event for the "S.I.N.G.E.D." alternative music radio show on Community Radio 2XX 98.3 FM - featuring live acts "Orbis Tertius" and "Second Sun" plus DJs Robot Citizen, Nat, deaDJoke, Mircalla and Action Ant.
2014 September 26 "VAMP" with David Bowie special with DJs Robot Citizen, Mircalla, Black Temple, Jay A & Fahrenheit.
2014 August 23 "VAMP" featuring band "The Dark Shadows" with DJs Robot Citizen, Xerstorkitte (Sydney), DunkleSchatten (Brigitte Handley of Sydney/Germany) & Black Temple.
2014 July 26 "VAMP" featuring live acts "AR12" & "Marc David Myles Robertson" with DJs Robot Citizen, Black Temple & Requiem.
2014 June 27 "VAMP" Soviet Winter theme with DJs Robot Citizen, Black Temple & Mircalla.
2014 May 23 "VAMP" Party Monster theme with DJs Robot Citizen, Black Temple, Lily Dubois & Fahrenheit.
2014 April 17 "VAMP" (7th Birthday) Easter theme with DJs Robot Citizen, Xerstorkitte (Sydney), Evil Chris & Black Temple.
2014 March 29 "VAMP" featuring live band "Shiv-R" @ Magpies City Club.
2014 January 26 "VAMP" @ Magpies City Club.
2013 December 21 "VAMP" featuring band "Second Sun" @ Magpies City Club.
2013 November 29 "ALT" featuring live acts "Orbis Tertius" & "Cris Clucas" @ Magpies City Club.
2013 November 15 "RETRO Request" @ Magpies City Club.
2013 November 2 Halloween "Zombie Invasion" @ City Hellenic Club with live bands @ The Phoenix.
2013 June 21 "Dark Star Fire" also featuring several bands (Orbis Tertius, Reign of Terror, Lazy Harry's) & live performances (by Madame M. Gorillabrant, The Deepest Darkest Secret) at the Ivy Cafe in Old Canberra House.
Several hundred events in earlier years include:
While I had (again temporarily) retired from club-DJing at the end of 2009 I assisted an old friend with these events in 2010:
2010-July-04 Sydney: "Worn Wild: The Alternative Designers Market". I assisted with transporting, setting up and packing down the market props and decorations and also DJ'd for part of the night including during the fashion show. Venue: The Gaff Hotel, Oxford St, Darlinghurst, Sydney.
2010-June-05 Melbourne: "Blut Royale" a fashion show for the Geomythik fashion label. I helped with transporting, setting up and packing down the large stage props and decorations and also DJ'd for part of the night including during the fashion show. Venue: Mercat X Hotel, Queen St Melbourne, adjacent to the Victoria markets.
In addition to around a dozen VAMP DJ events in Canberra (see notes below) I also did these dates in other cities:
2009-Dec-31 Perth (Western Australia) New Year's Eve: I DJ'd in the 2 rooms at "Club SIN" - a club for goths, industrial "rivetheads", new romantics, (post-)punks and fans of related alternative music genres. Around 200-300 people attended. It was one of my favourite gigs ever - one of the best scenes I've come across with great music knowledge and taste in what is known as being the world's most isolated city! I am eternally grateful to Nathan Sin for inviting me along and for the air fare. Venue: Gilkisons Dance Studio, Murray St, Perth.
2009-Jan-30 Friday: DJ set in Melbourne at "Enzyme 8"; Venue: Blue Velvet, Collingwood, Victoria.
2009-Jan-31 Saturday: DJ set in Melbourne at event titled "Geisha". Venue: Vedette, Footscray, Victoria.
2009-Feb-01 Sunday: DJ set in Melbourne at a fetish night. Venue: Club Vedette, Footscray, Victoria.
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Between early 2007 and the end of 2009 I organised and DJ'd around 80-90 club nights in Canberra. The most frequent events were VAMP and RETRO Request:
~ "VAMP" for dark alternative music genres like industrial, alt rock, goth, indietronica, emo, post-punk, new wave, nu metal, electro pop, electronic rock, dance punk and related genres. There were around 30 VAMP events in that 3-year "season". It commenced in April 2007 at the BAR 32 venue. It was initially once-a-month on Thursdays, during early-mid 2007. Due to popularity it went to being twice-per-month towards the end of 2007 and continued like that until mid-2008 with, each month, an event on a Saturday night alternated fortnightly with a Thursday. The peak event was Easter Thursday 2008 which attracted a crowd of around 350 people. VAMP left Bar 32 in mid-2008 and ran through 'til the end of 2009 at 3 other venues: Holy Grail in mid-2008; Kremlin Bar from November 2008 to August 2009; The Monkey Bar for October-November 2009.
Along with DJ Robot Citizen the guest DJs at VAMP during 2007-2009 included: Evil Chris, The Modern Rage (Emma), Terrorgore (Bridget), DeadKitty / Lingerie Panic (Patricia), Morgan Mortician, F.O.A.D. (Michael), Stealth Elf (Callan), Salem (Chris), MetaVirus (Shayne), Jay, Nick Simons & Ant Storm.
2008-07-21: One of the highlights of VAMP during this time was the concert I organised for the renowned Melbourne-based band
(electro-industrial dark electronica) along with support group Sobriquet (darkwave-electronica). I hosted this concert at the Civic Holy Grail venue (where I had run numerous RETRO events during 2003-2004). I also included the DJs from the Chrome club night (who were then Salem, MetaVirus, Stealth Elf) and regular VAMP guest DJ Evil Chris. The night was a great success attendance-wise.
However, as usually happens when including live band(s) I personally lost significant $ on the costs of organising, promotion and accommodation; particularly on flying (at their insistence) band members from Melbourne. I was also let down by a colleague who said he would accommodate band members but he bailed out during the night; leading to a last minute scramble to find and book in to a hotel at 4am in the freezing Winter! This all put me off hosting any more bands for a long time. And moreso I have avoided having any from the (distant) city of Melbourne unless they are happy to come by road - which greatly helps to make an event less risky and more viable for a promoter!
I paused VAMP at the end of 2009 and revived it at the end of 2013 - see notes above. VAMP was, for me, a continuation of the clubs I ran &/or DJ'd at under numerous club names and at several venues between 1992 and 2000 - most particularly "NEXUS" at Heaven nightclub - see notes further below.
~ "RETRO Request" was the first event I ran at Bar 32. The music scope was for Top 40 hits and party anthems from the '70s, '80s, '90s and early '00s - pop, rock, disco/dance hits. The event occurred on every Saturday for 7 months from February 2007; around 30 events overall.
For me it was a continuation of the Retro music night clubs I ran during previous years at venues like the Civic Holy Grail & Heaven - see notes further below.
As with those earlier events the 2007 season of events at Bar 32 were a great success; soon attracted a regular following; a diverse group of people ranging from age 18 through their 40s. As the months went on there was increasing demand for alternative genre classics.
Although it became very popular and was often a full house until late - even during the Winter months when other venues closed early - the venue terminated the event in Spring 2008. It was due in large part to a competing promoter who persuaded them that his electro-house-dance-music nights would be trendier and might do better. After a lot of hype those electronic-dance nights failed within a few months. They could not compete with the big venues who already catered to that. And so the Bar 32 venue went from being regularly full at my Retro nights (even in the cold season) to being empty (in the warm seasons) for those electro-dance nights. The venue owner lost a lot of money that he could have made over the Summer months with my weekly Retro night.
He eventually gave some Saturday nights back to me to run nights like "CRUNCH", "VAMP", "HEAVY" and "ALT" - see notes below. Until, that is, he once again undermined my hard work. So I moved the events to other venues. Unsurprisingly that Bar 32 venue eventually went out of business. He should have stuck with what was already working - my RETRO night - and shown loyalty to a promoter who worked very hard over 18 months to attract lots of people to a venue that they initially did not want to go to.
Guest DJs at RETRO Request included: DeadKitty / Lingerie Panic (Patricia), Stealth Elf (Callan) and Kommissar / DVAd9 (Kerry).
I also ran shorter seasons of these events at Bar 32:
"CRUNCH" for some varieties of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) like: Electro, Glitch, PsyTrance, Drum N Bass (DnB), Hard House, Nu-Rave, Nu-Disco, Dance-Punk & Intelligent Dance Music (IDM); 4 Saturday night events during early 2008. Along with DJ Robot Citizen guest DJs at Crunch included: Walski (Chris Wallis), Evil Chris & MetaVirus.
"POPCORN" for cheesey top 40 pop hits, past and present; several events were held during early 2008.
"HEAVY" for hard (punk) rock and metal; 8 or so events during mid-2008; mostly on Thursdays with one on a Saturday night. As well as DJ Robot Citizen regular guest DJs included F.O.A.D. (Michael) and Evil Chris. I ceased this event when I moved away from Bar 32.
"ALT" for general alternative indie & electro pop, punk & rock; around 6 Saturday events during May, June, July and August 2008. The ALT nights at Bar 32 were very successful. In particular I really enjoyed DJing the entire 6 hour nights. Moreover, in doing that it was: i) less stressful and ii) a far more successful strategy at building and retaining a big crowd than when I had guest DJs who lacked knowledge and experience with that scene.
However, because of the event's great success it was undermined by someone else who sought to claim the profits from my hard work. I was tired of being stuffed around by the venue so I terminated all association with it and moved to other venues.
In mid-2008 I relocated VAMP & ALT to the Holy Grail Civic and then to the cosier Kremlin Bar. It lasted there for around 10 (once-a-month) dates from late 2008 through to late 2009. I moved VAMP to The Monkey Bar for 2 dates in late 2009. The management there were great to deal with. However, I had to mourn several deaths, I lost interest in running events and so I retired ... explored living in other cities and nations for several years... until recommencing with Canberra events in 2013.
During 2007-2008 I Guest-DJ'd at several other events. These include:
2008-June-13 Friday 13th "International Zombie Awareness Day" (IZAD) - a multi-band and DJ event at the ANU Bar & Refectory (Canberra, Australia); organised by Bryn Cummins; featuring 3 bands (Mz Ann Thropik, Mo Van Wah, FrankenPop) & 4 DJs (MetaVirus, The Modern Rage, Dead DJ Joke & Robot Citizen).
2008-June-07 "Chrome" at the Holy Grail Civic venue.
2007-July-27 at "Chrome" at the Toast venue.
For almost 18 months during 2007-2008 I organised and/or DJ'd at 3-to-6 club nights per month. Around half of the events were on Thursday nights and the others were on Saturday nights.
Although I felt I had "retired" in 2000 from running regular clubs and also from DJing I was involved with (co-)organising and performing music (either on instruments or DJing) at several dozen club and live music dates during those years. These included:
A) 2003-2004: Organising and DJ'ing/VJ'ing around 15 once-a-month weekend dates for the club "RETRO Request" held at the Holy Grail Civic venue. It was a continuation of the "RETRO" club that I hosted and DJ'd at for several years at the Heaven venue circa '97-'00. The HGC venue had a large video screen (around 5mX5m) and a computer system with thousands of song videos on it. Hence most songs were accompanied with a video - hence "VJing" meaning video jockeying. ;-) There are more notes on this event further below.
B) A major focus during this time was doing live electronica gigs for the "ELF" or "E.L.F." project; a name for the dancier instrumental electronic music made by EYE. Details for many events are lost-in-time however we have details for these:
- 2001-December-01 in Canberra at "XXL - Community Radio 2XX's 25th Birthday" featuring ELF live among 9 other bands/live-music-acts and numerous DJs. Venue: several rooms in the old (now demolished) Griffin Centre building, Canberra City.
- 2002-March-08 in Canberra at "Fuzzbox". Presented by "I am Media" and featuring live electronic music by E.L.F. and Ninja Project with DJs Evil Chris, Mr Biscuit, Gourmand & Recalcitrant Sound. Venue: The Green Room, Altree Crt, Phillip ACT.
- 2002-August-02 in Canberra at "I am Science". Presented by "I am Media" and featuring live electronic music by ELF and Spinaron plus DJs Evil Chris, Gourmand, Mr Biscuit and the Space Bass Sound System. Venue: The Aree Bar, Akuna St, Civic, ACT.
- 2002-August-09 in Canberra at "The 2XX-FM Birthday Bash & Benefit". Featuring live electronic dance music by E.L.F. plus live music by Nick Maher, Jedi's Flow on Crack, Dark Violence of Beauty plus DJs Mexi, Wepon, Dial, C-Star, Fatt Freddy along with live poetry and spoken word. Venue: The Aree Bar, Akuna St, Civic, ACT.
- 2002-October-07 in Newcastle: as part of the "Mutant Electronica Closing Party" of the "This Is Not Art" & "Electrofringe" Festivals.
- 2002-October-19 in Canberra at "The Art School Ball" theme "Pornstars and prudes" featuring ELF live along with bands (Mamma Funka, Officer Down, Bloody Mary, Agency Dub Collective, Penguin, DKM) and other electronic acts (Stalker, Meem, Know1) plus DJs Nathan, Tone Def, Ken Worthy... Venue: Canberra School of Art, Acton, ACT.
- 2003-September-11: in Sydney at "Club Kooky" held at the Imperial Hotel... ELF live along with several DJs including Gemma and Seymour Butz.
- 2003-May-31 in Canberra at "eXXentricity - a celebration of electronic music by current and ex-residents of the Nation's Capital..." E.L.F. live along with several other projects plus numerous DJs. See further notes below. Venue: Babylon Night Club, Alinga St Civic.
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- 2004-March-27 Saturday: "E.L.F." performed live music as part of "Indyfest" among numerous other live bands. Venue: Club Mombasa, Bunda St. Canberra City.
- 2004-April-11 Sunday: "ELF" performed live music as support act to the UK music project "The Orb" at the venue Toast, Canberra City. Alas The Orb did not make it to the venue and so ELF were the highlight.
Unfortunately just as ELF were achieving significant national radio airplay (eg. on radio station Triple J aka. JJJ) and being sent offers for more interstate gigs I suffered a serious injury which caused great financial stress and so I had to put the ELF project on "ice"; and never really picked it up again.
C) While working as the Promotions Manager and later as the Station Manager at Community Radio 2XX 98.3fm I was involved in (co-)organising numerous benefit fundraising events which included:
- 2001-December-01 Saturday: I co-organised the multi-stage live music event called "XXL" which featured around 20 live acts (including ELF) and DJs. It was held at the (old) Griffin Centre (Canberra City) in December 2001. The main logistics person was a fellow called Richard who had helped with similar events for radio 4ZZZ in Brisbane.
- 2002: I co-organised the "24 Hour Party People" club night held at the venue called Toast. This was to launch the screening of the movie of that name; both of which were 2XX fundraiser events.
- 2002-August-09 Saturday: I co-organised the "2XX Birthday Benefit" music night held at the Aree Bar (on Akuna St Canberra City). My "E.L.F." (or "ELF") music project performed live electronic dance music at this. (* In other years this venue was known as Church Bar and Transit Bar)
- 2002-May-11 Saturday: I organised the Canberra launch event for the "A.S.I.N.G.E.D." compilation CD that I had produced; and used as an exercise to help raise awareness about radio 2XX. The event was held at The Rockape venue in Dickson and featured 3 live acts - TDM (aka. Tedium) from Melbourne, SysX and my E.L.F. project - plus several DJs. The CD title stands for Australian Synthpop Industrial Noise Goth Electronica Darkwave. I also co-ordinated for the CD to be launched at club and live band events in 7 other Australian cities. That was a lot of work!
- 2003: I co-organised "Splash Out 2003" - a celebration of International Women's Day - which was held at Civic swimming pool and featured a variety of female singers, bands and spoken word performers. This daytime event was followed by an evening after-party of female songwriter's doing original live-acoustic music; at the Toast venue.
- 2003-July-19 Saturday: I organised and DJ'd the whole night for a '70s retro club titled "Funky Disco Yeah" (a precursor of the "Cheese on Toast" retro night) at the Toast venue. The popularity of this FDY night inspired me to resurrect the "RETRO" night (from Heaven) at the City Holy Grail venue (see notes above). I chose the HG venue as it had a large video screen and a computer system with 1000s of video-songs on it. And no-one was using it.
- 2003-May-31 Saturday: I co-organised the multi-room event "eXXentricity" which had 10+ DJs and half-a-dozen live electronic dance music acts. This was held at the Babylon* nightclub (Canberra city centre). The purpose of the event was to launch the "Electricity" 2CD compilation album I had produced of Canberra electronic music artists. (*The venue was known in other years as Sultan's, Krave and Mr Wolf).
- 2004-July-30 Saturday: I co-organised another radio 2XX fundraiser club night at the Toast venue. It was named "S.I.N.G.E.D." being the name of my dark alternative music radio show - standing for "Synthpop Industrial Noise Gothic Electro Darkwave". The night featured those genres. The core DJs were my co-hosts on the radioshow. The profits were donated to Community Radio 2XX 98.3fm. This was the first club night for these genres in Canberra for several years; also being the first at Toast. The success of it led to the venue's wish to have a similar monthly night. However, I was too busy with other projects and recovering from an injury. Hence other people took up that opportunity with an event titled "Eclipse" which changed name to "Chrome" after several months. That event occurred once a month on a Thursday night during 2005-2006. For several years it was quite a small gathering of 30-60 people although it was my favourite time there because the people were genuinely in to the subcultures/genres; was a good crowd. I preferred Thursday events because it meant only the most interested people - those really in to the music and scene - would attend. Then in 2007 - with VAMP & RETRO occurring also - the multiple clubs at separate venues, 6+ dates per month, including numerous weekend dates, that built a very big scene. Eventually all clubs were often attracting 150 to 300+ people on weekend nights. It was both wonderful and bizarre to me - with the goth-industrial club scene having been dead, for lengthy periods, numerous times before - to revive in such a grand manner. Although, to be honest, many of those people weren't really in to the music; it was more like they were spectating, having heard it seems that there were clubs with weird freaky people to look at. ;) Chrome lost their venue in November 2007 (when Toast closed) and re-opened at another in April 2008. During the 4-5 month gap I allocated numerous extra guest DJ slots to those Chrome DJs at my events titled VAMP & CRUNCH; also at the mid-2008 SNOG & Sobriquet band concert that I hosted at the City Holy Grail venue (see notes above). Chrome continued on very successfully (at several venues over the years) until retiring in December 2016.
2001-November-24: I guest-DJ'd as "Citizen" at a club called "Corrosion" at the Rockape venue in Dickson, ACT. It was part of a night that featured a live performance by the Melbourne Band Tankt.
Some time in 2001 I DJ'd at a one-off event for heavy electronic dance music (re: "electro industrial dance" or "power noise", later called things like "aggrotech", "hellectro" or "cybergoth") at a venue in Belconnen that was later known as "The Basement". I can't recall who organised it.
DJ'd around a dozen times for the first year of the monthly gothic industrial music club "Narcissus" which was held at The Gypsy Bar in Canberra city. I retired from it as I was too busy working and running other events. That club went on and off for a few more years at several venues; was handed from one person to another to co-ordinate.
I (co-)organised and DJ'd around 150 nights (usually twice per month) at the Heaven Nightclub (Garema Place Civic). The longest-running events I ran there that kept the same club name were:
- "RETRO" 1997-2000 - once a month, around 30 events - which was geared for the alternative subculture scenes; covering 80s & 70s (mostly "cheesy" Top 40) electro, disco, funk, pop & rock. On peak nights this event could attract 100-200 people.
- "NEXUS" 1997-2000 - once a month, around 30 events - covering general alternative music genres like indie rock, electronica, britpop, goth, industrial, punk, new wave, darkwave, ska, grunge, post punk, electronic body music and so on. DJs included: (Robot) J. Citizen & Jo Cramer (who moved city in '98); then J Citizen and Lisa Kewley (who moved city in '99); then J Citizen with Annette 'Nettie' Grey. On peak nights NEXUS attracted 200 or so people. NEXUS arose to fill the space left by the cessation of our earlier club names - described below - as colleagues retired from DJing or emigrated to other cities or nations. NEXUS evolved out of the goth-industrial-focused clubs Millenium and Oblivion though I sought it to be more like the general alternative music clubs (of '94-'97) that are listed further below.
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I also DJ'd at (and played less of the admin roles) at these regular club nights:
- During 1995-97: "Oblivion" which morphed in to being known as "Millenium". These each lasted about a year, once a month, around 12 clubs each. They covered darkwave, goth, gothic, electro industrial, elektro goth, synth pop, cyberpunk, electronic body music (EBM), euro pop, future pop and similar genres. DJs included: Robot (J Citizen), Jo Cramer, Valentina Maxwell and Emma Lea. (The club changed names when Valentina & Emma emigrated; eventually it became known as 'NEXUS'.)
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- During these years there were several bands who played live at one of my (Heaven venue) events that catered to industrial gothic music genres (ie. at the clubs named Millenium, Oblivion or Nexus). These artists include: Discordia, Dogmachine, Ragewar, Sterile, Dying Embers and The Dark Violence of Beauty.
Also during 1994-1997 ...
I DJ'd at a series of large and popular general alternative music clubs at HEAVEN with titles like "Parklife", "Petrol", "Planet Pumpkin", "Petrol" & "Cloud 9"... Most of those nights were on once-a-month and lasted from a few months to a year; until a name change.
At their peak these events attracted crowds of 150-250 people on a Thursday night and could go to 4-5am. We'd often get home after dawn on Fridays...
In contrast to the other clubs I was involved with (at the Heaven venue during these years) these events had more of an emphasis on poppier genres like '80s-'90s indie pop-punk-rock, britpop, electronica and '80s new wave. My main role as a DJ at these events though was to play for the goths and "rivetheads" (industral music fans) ie. the people who were there to hear some electro industrial, darkwave, goth, EBM (electronic body music), shoegazer, grunge, post punk and similar.
As to why we kept changing club names I recall it was due to a mixture of: i) a different line-up of DJs; ii) a different person co-ordinating; or iii) we got bored of a name and wanted to try a new one.
DJs at the events included: Robot (as 'J Citizen', among other names), Blake 7, Red Sonja, Nic Toupee, Alex and Bluehawken Mel...
With these nights and the more goth-industrial-focused nights (Oblivion and Millenium) it meant the alternative music scene usually had at least 2 alternative-scene club nights per month at the Heaven venue. And also 1-2 similar clubs per month at The Asylum venue (which I recall closed in early-mid '96). The period of 1994-96 was a particularly peak time for the alternative music clubbing scene. I DJ'd at nearly all of these events. For several years I was DJing once a week.
By 1997 other DJs had moved away or lost interest and so Jo (my partner in the goth-industrial nights for many years) and I named the continuing event "NEXUS". After she permanently moved to Melbourne I angled the music away from the goth-darkwave-electro-industrial focus (of Oblivion and Millenium) to the more general alternative genres, like the events named at the start of this section. That was in order to attract a larger scene of people and keep it all going. I kept NEXUS going for several years until I "retired" in 2000 from DJing & running regular club events; for a while at least ;-) ...
I recall it took several years, in the early '00s, before some other people started up similar club events (with names like 'Lithium' at Toast and then later on there was 'Rev' at Bar 32, in the mid-late '00s); that were in the same vein as NEXUS and these aforementioned predecessor '90s alternative scene club events.
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- During the mid '90s I also assisted with several events for the "Clan Analogue" collective at Heaven nightclub..
- I was also occasionally called in to fill spaces on nights when other DJs were ill or had otherwise not shown up.
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I recall I "retired" from the regular club DJing in mid-late 2000. It was due to having a more demanding job that meant I could no longer afford the time and lack of sleep. That's why my 6-years of DJing at Heaven nightclub ended. I recall that the Heaven venue closed during 2001.
1996-January: Sydney BIG DAY OUT - I performed synthesizers and percussion as part of a one-off electronica group called "STOAT" aka "CLANBERRA" which was the headlining sunset act on the outdoor Clan Analogue stage.
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1996 or 1997: I performed live electronica music at the Canberra Art School Ball.
Sometime during 1996 I also DJ'd several times at a club event for alternative music that was held at The Terminus Bar, in Civic, Canberra. The club only ran a few times and I can't recall the name of it; only that it was co-ordinated by the initial editor of BMA magazine, Lisa H.
1994-August-06: Performed original live electronic industrial rock music at the "Indyfest" event which was held at the ANU Refectory. My project was billed as "Aphazia"; as part of the Clan Analogue section. The after party was held at The Asylum Civic venue as part of the "Smile" club event where I performed live percussion for "Dark Network" (a "stoner acid" analogue-synths electronica project).
1994 around November: I performed live electro industrial music at the "Yakfest" event held at the ANU refectory; as part of the Clan Analogue section.
1994 mid-year: I composed and performed twice the live soundtrack for the "D.I.G.I.T. Theatre" experimental production of "3DTV" at Gorman House Arts Centre.
1995 March: I composed part of the score and performed (DJ'd) the whole soundtrack for the Pure Theatre production of "The Second Scream" at the Street Theatre; directed I recall by David Branson & Patrick Troy.
Both of those theatre outfits were side-projects by the core people who were involved with the larger Splinters Theatre company. Splinters put on numerous large and spectacular experimental theatre events from the late '80s through to the early '00s.
1995 mid-year: I played live synths as part of a one-off band to back the performance of a touring Croatian poet at the Deakin Croatian Club. I also DJ'd the after party at Gorman House Arts Centre.
DJ'd dozens of times at several monthly (ongoing) alternative music night clubs that were held at The Asylum venue (in Civic). The event names included "Cactoblastis", "Fudge" & "Boiinngg!!" ... These covered styles of alternative music such as: indie rock, gothic, electro pop, industrial (rock & metal), electronica, EBM, shoegazer, post punk, new wave and cyberpunk. DJs: Robot (J Citizen) and Nic Toupee and sometimes Alex, Bluehawken Mel, Ben and/or Carly.
DJ'd about a dozen times at The Base nightclub (Manuka) - our weekly event name was "Cactoblastis". It covered a wide range of alternative music genres with a focus on electro, industrial, electronica, goth, techno, EBM, shoegazer, acid house, post punk, new wave and cyberpunk. DJs: Robot (J Citizen), Bluehawken Mel and Carly. Cactoblastis evolved out of "Mudclub" (see notes below). Thank-you to Ken Jensen of The Base for giving us the opportunity to continue DJing after Mudclub ceased. Sadly The Base club closed in later 1993.
Mid year (Winter) I DJ'd at the "Mentasm" big 2-room Rave dance party event held at the (old) Griffin centre building (which was demolished around 2005). That event was organised by a fellow called Chris Fraser otherwise known as DJ Fresh.
I also DJ'd at the ANU Bar & Refectory as part of "Indyfest" or "Yakfest" (can't recall the name) which was a large multi-band rock concert event.
DJ'd around 6 times at "Mudclub" - a great and eclectic club featuring live bands, (controversial) performance art, spoken word, art displays and DJs - which occurred initially at The Zone nightclub (Braddon, A.C.T.) and then at The Base (Manuka, A.C.T.). Music I DJ'd included post punk, new wave, industrial, electronica, goth, cyberpunk, techno, EBM, acid house... DJs: Robot, Bluehawken Mel and Clint Hurrell (who organised it).
I extend a BIG "Thank-You" to Mel and Clint who talked me in to and giving me the opportunity to DJ when I previously had never had any thought nor intention of ever doing it!
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