Last year The Living Room Festival took over The Paddock at Federation Square for one of the city’s most talked-about events. With more creature comforts than home, the Living Room Festival felt more like the best kick-on ever than a festival. It was inevitable that the event would return.
Novel and Happen is excited to join forces for the sophomore outing of the Living Room Festival. This time around the event expands with more artists, more couches and more comforts of home that any party enthusiast could ever dream of. The festival will move to The Timber Yard in Port Melbourne which will be transformed into an armchair enthusiast’s most comfortable party dreams. As with all Novel events you can expect state-of-the-art production, Funktion-One sound and hand-selected food and market stalls.
In what will be a Victorian exclusive, Motor City Drum Ensemble will headline the impressive lineup of four internationals alongside a host of local acts. Also announced is a purveyor of soul and funk, Jeremy Underground, who in another Victorian exclusive will return for the first time in over 3 years. Germany’s Acid Pauli will be returning to Australia for the first time in four years, and finally, a pioneer of the chill and downbeat genre, Nightmares on Wax, will round out the international program.
Motor City Drum Ensemble (GER) 3-hour set || Exclusive Victorian show
As a purveyor of inventive yet deeply familiar music, Danilo Plessow has continuously brought new pearls to electronic music. Whether an energetic soul riff he has composed or a rough yet enlightening deep house track he has remixed, the texture in the MCDE sound is distinctive and dynamic. An ensemble of foundational and contemporary musical understandings kissing jazz, soul, house and hip-hop. Exceeding many of his contemporaries Plessow’s name rest within RA’s top 10 of all time. In a true display of this artist’s breadth, Supermild is handing over the stage to Plessow for all of Sunday. The rich and varied community MCDE has become known for will now play alongside him, uninterrupted. Soundcloud
Nightmares On Wax
Sun-drenched, dubbed-out soul. Hazy memories of teenage halcyon days alongside smoky snapshots of days spent on the couch: No doubt the nineties chill out extraordinaire Nightmares on Wax springs to mind. He is the man behind the seminal classic album, Smoker’s Delight, a cultural moment that captured the nineties zeitgeist and sparked the explosion of the chill/downtempo genre. Today he is as relevant as ever – and it doesn’t take a musicologist to unpack why: his rhythms are infectious in their simplicity, blues-infused time signatures overlaid by Quincy Jones-esque synth lines, and the inherent fusion of relaxed dub, hallucinogenic hip-hop and Balearic melodies all coalesce to form the trademark Nightmares on Wax sound. Soundcloud
Jeremy Underground (FRA) Exclusive Victorian show
Jeremy is a passionate record collector and music lover whose collection and knowledge of house, disco, soul, and funk is encyclopedic. An honest and dedicated international DJ who focuses solely on selection, not production. One look at either of his Boiler Room performances shows exceptional ability and connection with the dance floor, and his now-classic b2b set with Motor City Drum Ensemble from Robert Johnson is considered a “DJing master class” (RA). Jeremy will reunite with Motor City Drum Ensemble at Supermild as part of MCDE’s curated Sunday selections. Soundcloud
Acid Pauli (GER)
Over the last 20 years, Martin Gretschmann has been exploring periphery fields of music. Psychedelic, adventurous and full of musicality. As solo act ‘Acid Pauli’, his music has soundtracked both Burning Man and the silver screen. In 2016 Pauli released ’Nana’, on Dj Koze’s Pampa Records, a highly melancholic composition and future classic. It’s been over four years since Acid Pauli visited Australia, and Supermild is pleased to be the host for his shamanic club sounds.Soundcloud
Late Nite Tuff Guy (AUS)
Not many Australian DJs can stand prouder on a global scale than our very own Late Nite Tuff Guy. A superhero of soul, memorably tough on idle dance floors. LNTG is synonymous with the sexiest of sets and the most credible of disco edits. Playing everywhere from Berghain to Bestival, and with influences ranging from Mancuso to Toto, Late Nite Tuff Guy is a new breed of disco vigilante, paying his respects to the past while thrilling the clubbers of today. Soundcloud
DJ JNETT (AUS)
Inarguably the don of house music in Australia, Janette Pitruzzello aka DJ JNETT has brought the heat to Melbourne’s music culture since the early 90s, with an inimitable underground sound that truly defies any categorization. Her supreme turntable technique aside her boundless crates of house, techno, funk, soul, disco, dub, reggae, afro, Brasilian and hip hop consistently secure her place at the top. She’s warmed up crowds for the likes of Frankie Knuckles, Larry Heard AKA Mr Fingers, Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Danny Krivit, Peven Everett, Sadar Bahar, St Germain & Floating Points – and boy, will they tell you about the time they got to kick it with DJ JNETT. Soundcloud
No other DJ duos have been better reared to steer Melbourne in the right direction than Otologic. Whether they’re growing their own local residencies, bringing international talent to Melbourne or being called upon to warm up for such legends as DJ Harvey and Andrew Weatherall or close the coveted Saturday night Meredith Music Festival slot, Otologic is cult figures of Melbourne’s underground. They co-founded the Animals Dancing brand as a way of presenting their favourite international talent to Melbourne. On their backs rode in the likes of Marcellus Pittman and Rick Wilhite, New York party-starters such as Eric Duncan and Justin Vandervolgen as well as European essentials like Prosumer and Hunee. Soundcloud