ATQPOD042 || The Journey

Updated: Feb 15

We are super excited to be releasing the 42nd Arteq podcast brought to you by the extremely talented, producer & DJ duo The Journey.


Comprised of Tom Evans and Jacob Malmo, two mainstays in the Australian electronic music scene, the duet have been consistently releasing world class music on high quality labels-- Oliver Koletzki’s 'Stil Vor Talent', Nil’s Hoffman’s 'Poesie Musik', UGENIUS Music & Dear Deer to name a few.


The Journey takes us on our 42nd journey (the pun was definitely intended), and it's an absolutely beautiful mix. It starts relaxed, ethereal. It goes bright, chugging low and wide, and The Journey ends the journey with a driving force. This is a journey. Enjoy the beats, speakers UP!


Thank you so much Jacob & Tom. We appreciate your work greatly. Keep crushing it, and see you at an Arteq event in the near future!


CLICK to open mix in SoundCloud.


More from Arteq and The Journey below.

 

What direction did you take on the podcast?

J. We started it fairly deep and percussive and built it up from there. If you have ever seen us play one of our longer sets you would know that we like to play a wide range of music so this mix reflects that in a shorter amount of time.


Why did you decide to go this way?

J. I think it keeps the listener engaged with fresh sounds throughout. Personally we like listening to mixes that take you places you probably didn’t expect when you first started listening to it, plus we enjoy many genres so from a DJ perspective that’s what you would get if you come and see us play live.


What did you use to record this mix?

J. This was a studio mix done in Ableton. We feel that mixes of this nature showcase a different mindset in comparison to a recorded DJ mix, it's great fun doing both though.



Where did the name The Journey come from?

J. The Journey was coined one day on the road trip back from Geelong. Back then we played b2b under our original names but has the idea in mind to start a duo. There were a few names thrown back and forth but nothing was really decided. Literally we looked at the computer dashboard on the car we were riding in and it said “The Journey Computer”. From that day on we were called The Journey…… Little did we know or realise at the time that the first letter of each word is the first letter of each of our names.


The two of you have released some incredible music on well-established, world renowned record labels. What release are you most proud of?

J. My favourite release of ours is probably our last one on Stil Vor Talent. It was signed about a year prior to it’s release so the anticipation is high and it included a remix from one our favourites artists and absolute gem of a human “Bebetta”.


T. It's hard for me to pinpoint one here. If i was to ask 18 year old Tom then i'd say being asked to remix Luke Chable - Melburn on John Digweed's label Bedrock, in a collaboration with Ivan Gough is pretty up there. Our last single 'Secrets' had a good run at #1 on the ARIA - Club Chart last year which was pretty awesome too.


What drives you to create, and to DJ?

J. I’m constantly getting inspired by my peers around me. Australia and especially Melbourne has so much crazy talent coming out of it, it’s really hard not to be inspired. There’s a level of freshness in the music coming out our country that really stands on it’s own.


T. There's a few things I use to drive inspiration, Getting out for some early exercise and putting on a good mix really helps get the juices going. I find shopping for music or going through promos really drives me to fire up the studio as well.


What is the favourite gig you have played and why?

J. I’d say it’s a tie between playing Saturday early evening on the Market Stage at Rainbow or closing the outdoor stage at Sisyphos on one of the busiest weekends of the year. There was a few tears on both occasions.

 

THE JOURNEY - SPOTIFY

 

What’s in the pipeline for 2022?

T. Music wise have a few different records coming out that have been written throughout the extended break we all received. We have a another record on the same tip as our last release Hollow and a collab with our dear friend north of the border Pantheon. We are also setting off for a lengthy stint in Europe from mid-June with a heap of great shows to announce shortly.


What do you see for yourself in the next 3-5 years? What have you accomplished?

J. I'm a sucker for travelling and visiting new places, so ideally it would be amazing to be touring consistently around the world playing music. I’d like to believe in that time I would also be the best version of myself I can be.


T. In addition to Jacobs comments, We have had some great opportunities over the years and I'd love to use those to continue to expand our labels portfolio and use that to bring up other Aussie artists with us. There is so much talent here and I feel we struggle to get the attention it deserves.


There’s 10 minutes left before the world self destructs, what song do you put on?

J. Heavy question haha. Its hard to say. Do you go Melancholic, Party or Nostaglic. Maybe Aerosmith - I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing haha.


T. Frank Sinatra - New York New York.... That needs no explanation.


Is there anything on your mind that you would like to say?

J. I know we have copped an absolute flogging in our industry in the past couple of years, with so many promises broken and expectations crushed. It’s extremely deflating, but as a music community I know we are extremely resilient and there will be better times ahead. We just need to continue to support one another and find avenues to create and share our art. Peace x


T: Onwards and upwards!

 
 

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