Darius Bassiray, Jon Beta, Lister Cooray
Formed through a shared passion for both similar and divergent artists, labels & genres, The Associates is a triumvirate consisting of Jon Beta, Lister Cooray & Nikko. The Associates’ mutual understanding of intelligent dance music is reflected by their unanimous vision to establish a bold new event on the Melbourne underground calendar:
Stemming from The Associates’ collaborative & creative roots within the Melbourne community, ebb&flo is a unique and exciting opportunity for high profile local DJs to create an experience based on the music that has influenced them on a more profound and personal level. Both our resident & guest DJs will receive extended set lengths to allow them the creative licence to showcase the deeper and groovier records they truly love and seek inspiration from.
While the lines of the underground scene have become increasingly ambiguous, and as mature & educated clubbers become more selective in their hopes of escaping the masses,a less intimidating and more inspiring event beckons. Through the innovative concept of ebb&flo, the Associates seek a route down a new path, driven by our talented & diverse array of quality local artists. To kick off 2011 in style we have a very special guest at ebb&flo in February and he is none other than Darius Bassiray (Textbook Music, Darkbeat, Dieb Audio, Further Recordings)
In just five short years Darius Bassiray has managed to amass an illustrious list of achievements in both his DJing and Producing.
Just 12 months after coming together, Darius and Daniel Banko set up their own night “Darkbeat,” a name which in the last seven and a half years has become synonymous with providing only the best local and international DJs.
On the production front Darius Bassiray has made a name for himself producing fresh, unique beats which have turned heads on the dance floor and enjoying releases on Jamie Steven's, Stel and John Delagelis' imprint 'Dieb Audio" out of Athens, Greece as well as on Chloe Harris’ “Further Recordings” with his single Redline, as well as “Arabica,” “Proton” and “Composure,” Darius' releases have been played and charted by the likes of Laurent Garnier, Slam, Richie Hawtin, Peace Division, Terry Francis, Ivan Smagghe, Mistress Barbara, Hernan Cattaneo, Habersham, Deepchild, D.Diggler, Nils Nurnberg, Erphun, John Selway, Chus & Cebellos, Maetrik, Hybrid, Chris Fortier, Dubfire, Maetrik, Anthony Pappa and James Zabiela featured “Lorenzo” in his “Four” compilation.
As DJ's - Darius & Daniel are often trusted with the most crucial DJ sets in Melbourne. Danny Howells has been quoted as saying Rollin Connection's warmup set for his recent Australian tour "was the top 10 % of any warm up i have had - THE fuckin warm up to end it all".
Since his DJ appearance at “Sunny,” as one of the youngest DJs to play the main room, at only 21, Rollin Connection have come to support an endless list of the worlds most talented and revered DJs including Lee Burridge, Mathew Jonson, James Holden, James Zabiela, Clive Henry, Michael Mayer, Funk D’Void, Francois Dubois, Laurent Garnier, Slam, Silicone Soul, Layo & Bushwacka, Danny Howells, Marc Romboy, John Tejada, Samuel L Session, Alex Smoke, Superpitcher, Lucca Bachetti, Timo Maas, Ben Watt, DJ Three, Petter, Ame, DJ Three, Christian Smith, Chris Fortier, Kazu Kamura, Paco Osuna,
Ashley Beedle, Joris Voorn, Audiojack, Tiefschwarz, Nic Fanciulli, Oliver Koletzki, Thomas Shumacher, Habersham, Steve Lawler, Boris Brechja, Satoshi Tomiie, and countless others.
He has a relentless tour schedule around Australia and around the world including DJ spots at Proton Sessions at the 2010 Miami WMC, Ministry Of Sound (Kuala Lumpur), Love International (Kaula Lumpur), Q Bar (Bankok), Club 97 (Shanghai) as well as holding a residency at Darkbeat & Sunny in Melbourne, and has played almost every single major club night and festival in Australia including Renaissance, Creamfields, Stereosonic, Summadayze, We Love Sounds, Kiss My Grass, Earthcore, Hot BBQ Festival, Shine On, and club nights Chinese Laundry (Sydney), Spice (Sydney), The Civic Theatre(Sydney), Lost Baggage(Sydney), Drop (Brisbane), Subservice (Sydney), Loose Kaboose (Sydney), Bar Open (Perth), Habitat (Perth) just to name but a few.
At the end of the day it all seems to be adding up right, with 2011 looking tidy as ever with a commissioned Robert Babicz remix for Kindred Sounds, as well as his new label Text Book Music launching with the likes of local Melbourne producers Paul Beynon, Stuart Mckeown, and US counterparts Chris Fortier, Habersham, Rob Dowell and Abcense of Essence – as well as a US tour incorporating the Miami WMC (Balance Party, and Shelbourne Hotel), Los Angeles, Costa Rica, and a date in the main room at Pacha , Buenos Aries, Argentina in April - the future looks bright.