Pitch 2019: Preview
In just under two weeks’ time, Pitch Music & Arts Festival will be kicking off the 2019 edition of their already highly regarded programme. Previous incarnations have welcomed a host of fantastic performers to a stellar location right alongside the Grampians National Park. Highly regarded international entertainers such as Ben Klock, Fatima Yamaha, Gerd Janson, Motor City Drum Ensemble & The Black Madonna; as well as numerous esteemed local acts like CC:DISCO, Otologic, Millú, and Wax’o Paradiso have been among the festival’s previous highlights. Expect a weekend featuring dust, and some of the most outrageous names in the global music community. Here are five of the acts we’re most looking forward to over the upcoming weekend.
Optimo is the moniker of the joint sonic taskforce that is JD Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes, Glaswegian heroes responsible for the legendary club night Optimo (Espacio) at the famed Sub Club. Twitch and Wilkes are both highly regarded in their own right, each with around 30 years of experience jockeying disks - their regular appearances at globally renowned festivals such as Dekmantel, Love International and Berlin Atonal are the stuff of legend. Well known the world over for their uncanny ability to create a delightful sonic experience out of an unpredictable and eclectic collection of records, often traversing various styles and genres in a matter of minutes – with Optimo always expect the unexpected.
In the electronic music realm, you can’t speak of legends without mentioning Harvey Bassett, better known as the DJ Harvey. The Englishman has been playing records to crowds since your parents were in school, beginning as an avid electro/hip-hop DJ in the ‘80s and becoming one of the earliest exponents of the disco/house/garage scene in the UK in the early ‘90s. Nowadays Harvey trots the globe catching waves and playing an outrageous selection of the most laid back balearic, the most uplifting disco, the most banging techno, and the most jacking house you’ve ever laid ears on. His previous Australian festival credentials include Freedom Time, and Meredith Music Festival where he famously lived up to the rock-star comparisons as “the Keith Richards of the crossfader”
Local lord Merve laid down her roots in Melbourne in booking and management before bouncing over to her rightful place in the booth. Having played alongside such talent as Objekt, Honey Dijon, and previous Pitch headline acts The Black Madonna and Motor City Drum Ensemble, it is fair to say Merve is a seasoned veteran of her craft. She has also deployed her diverse arsenal of acid, tribal, techno and leftfield sounds to peak time slots at local festivals such as Golden Plains, Let Them Eat Cake, Hopkins Creek and Strawberry Fields. Ever on the up, Merve will be making her Boiler Room debut on the opening night of the festival alongside two other stunning locals: Toni Yotzi, and Andy Garvey.
The techno sensation that is Avalon Emerson has been steadily making a name for herself over the past few years, since redirecting her energy from her previous career as a software engineer. Emerson cut her teeth in the storied San Francisco warehouse scene, where she developed a ruthless style that reflects a passion for new wave, techno, house and rave. Having spent the last 12 months appearing at festivals like Mutek, Gottwood and Dimensions alongside regular appearances at highly regarded clubs such as De School, Berghain and the slightly more elevated Panorama Bar – it’s fair to say that Avalon Emerson’s appearance at Pitch Music & Arts 2019 is expected to be a highlight.
If you find yourself looking for some respite from the thumping 4/4 of electronic dance music, look no further than the hazy vibe machine known as 30/70. Garnering some well deserved international attention since being released on Bradley Zero’s respected Rhythm Section imprint two years ago, 30/70 have been consistently throwing down incredible performances across local institutions like Freedom Time and Strawberry Fields. Their style meanders around the dankest flavours of jazz, hip-hop and R&B, often drawing comparisons to artists like Erykah Badu, J Dilla, and Hiatus Kaiyote.
Words: Brenton Lowes