Interview: Sleep D
Few artists have made a greater contribution to the local Victorian scene than Sleep D. Staunch favourites of the underground scene, the luminary boys from Frankston have proved dozens of times over their pedigree as both selectors and producers. For many years now they’ve been captivating Melbourne dancefloors, as curators and label honchos they’ve shone a light on local talents such as Cale Sexton, Tuff Sherm and Boomshank on their remarkably consistent imprint, Butter Sessions.
Equally, Inner Varnika’s donation to the underground dance fabric of Victoria has been significant. Consistently it’s been a cornucopia of dance floor moments and has a clairvoyant ability to schedule local artists before their meteoric rise - it’s where selectors become local headliners. Ahead of Inner Varnika we exchanged some words with the Sleep D boys about their favourite memories at the festival and why it’s so important for both artists and dancers alike.
Q: Inner Varnika has quietly cultivated a strong reputation amongst the Australian underground community. What is it for you that makes the three days over Easter particularly special?
We started going to IV in some of our more "mature" musical formative years and it has been good education to us on the wide spectrum of electronic and other music. It's special for us because we can go there and hear new things and get excited about music in a deep way. We've also been going there since the first one, seen it grow and change so we feel quite connected to it in ways.
Q: You've played your part in the festival's history, how does it compare now to when you first played?
The actual site and scale of it has changed, that's the most obvious thing. Apart from that, the feeling is much the same. There's always been broad-range of sounds and artists there.
We've also played many different times and styles there. Like DJing late at night to playing live on the Sunday morning or playing live at night.
Q: What about Inner Varnika is most appealing to you as a festival to be booked for?
The people, the sound and the place!
Q: And as punters, what about the festival do you enjoy the most?
Same as above :)
Q: What are some of your most memorable Inner Varnika moments from over the years?
Our biggest memory was playing in 2015 as the blood moon was peaking. Before we started our live set the night sky was clear with maybe a few clouds about and by the time we finished you could hardly see a few meters in front of you. the fog had come down over the site very thick and eerie and this was only heightened by Moopie and Donato Dozzy who followed. I think the atmosphere really bumped the vibe into another gear that night. Another recent memory was hearing Dresvn play live last year (2018). What a set! Also 2016 Sex Tags closing was a memorable moment. Hearing them play Space Call by Furious Frank & DJ Dogg made me think about that record in a whole different way.
Q: How important is Inner Varnika as a platform for emerging artists in Australia and as a spotlight for whats currently happening?
Its super important in highlighting all the different dj or live styles Aussie locals have to offer and giving these artists a large enough platform for people to get fully immersed in their sound. It's also exciting for locals to play alongside big dogs and sometimes out do them !