Chris Fortier, Darius Bassiray, Kasey Taylor, Paul Beynon, Altruism, Jon Beta, Nikko, Lister Cooray, Remedy
We are thrilled to announce the Text Book Music 006 launch party for 'If You’re Lost I’ll Be your Shadow' is almost here. This record was never intended for a wider audience nor a release, however a message received from Caroline Beynon, after a conversation with her siblings Paul and Melanie, changed all that. Used with permission, this extract provides some background on the record and its meaning in her words.
“Darius Bassiray is one of my closest friends, and I am one of the people for whom 'If You’re Lost I’ll Be Your Shadow' was written. The record was was sent to me with a simple message, 'this is for you.' The original intention was a profoundly personal one, commemorating the passing of my youngest brother Benny, putting sounds to a sadness for which there are no words. It expresses the loss, and the mending of a heart broken. Upon first listen, I knew it had to be shared.
Artists are the true keepers of time, and their work allows an experience that can help us to forget, and more importantly, to remember. That sentiment is the very essence of this tune. It is with these feelings in mind that we now send this music out into the world. What started as a private moment between close friends has grown into something far greater than any of us could have imagined. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do, whether you’re smiling on a dance floor at 3am, or sipping an Earl Grey home alone, just listening.”
Text Book Music 006 was created without compromise. Every remix was carefully selected, and many involved have a personal connection to one, or all of us. In the midst of our sadness, we were overwhelmed by friends, acquaintances, and strangers, all eager to get to work on the project, expressing their compassion through the universal medium of sound. Benny would love the result, as it features some of his favourite artists - Chris Fortier, Habersham, Jay Tripwire, Deepchild, Kasey Taylor, Altruism, Darius Bassiray, and his brother, Paul Beynon.
To all those who have shown love, shared pain, held our hands and looked up on a dance floor, friends and strangers alike, we need you to do all of that and more on May 31st at New Guernica. It’s time to celebrate existence, friendship, and the music that inspires. One of the contributors to Text Book 006 headlines the event, very special guest, and a Melbourne favourite - Chris Fortier!
It is artists such as Chris Fortier who are inextricably linked to the underground dance music scene that are the genuinely pushing the sound forward. Chris’ determination to continue to push the envelope can be seen in all aspects of his career. Proof of this can be found on his now classic triple CD compilation Balance and his recent solo productions including his stellar debut artist album As Long As The Moment Exits.
Under his 40oz production guise Chris has released the several EPs and remixes that musically spreads comfortably across labels such as Bedrock, Wave Music, Cocoon, Kompakt or Get Physical. Recent remixes of Jim Rivers, Pfirter, Alexi Delano, Adultnapper, Derek Marin, Alland Byallo and John Selway, show Chris’ genre defying sound at it’s underground best. Not satisfied with status quo,, Chris looks for the boundaries to continue to be pressed and pushed with each coming musical excursion
Chris has been a consistent figure on the world tour circuit with a professional DJ career spanning 19 plus years. He has continually been a crowd favorite, confirmed by his very first residency at the legendary “Aahz” in Orlando through to residencies at The Cross in London and at Twilo in his adopted home of New York. Behind numerous singles, remixes, artist albums and no less than 9 commercially released mix albums, you can catch him as easily in Tokyo as in Buenos Aires and all points in between on any given weekend
The wait has been long, and we’ve greatly appreciated the patience from all involved in allowing us the time to give this release the attention it deserves. From its very inception, this record has had far greater meaning than just another tune to add to your collection. We’re very excited for you to hear it, and on the night we will have a signed CD available for purchase, containing all remixes and a bonus mix that are exclusive to the disc.