We are pumped to be releasing the 43rd Arteq podcast, by the wonderful Bec Grenfell.
Bec joined us at a rooftop party in 2016 and she blew it away. Since then, we have watched her progress as both an artist and professional in her work field, seeing her slay a Rainbow Serpent set in 2018, as well as her studies based around sound and the brain.
She has completely over delivered on this set. Banger after banger, that will sure make you want to move. Driving bass, beautiful melodies, wide spread & intricate synth lines. It's a joy to listen too. Thank you Bec. Enjoy the mix fam!
More from Arteq and Bec Grenfell below.
What direction did you take on the podcast?
I went with a somewhat a steady transition from lighter more progressive & percussive melodic sounds, slowly elevate the energy over the course of the set, with a bit of a peak in the middle with some more driving sounds, before lighting things back up in a sort of nicer feel-good moments of reflection. You will notice this set I have thrown in a bit more flexibility within this gentle bell curve of a set I tend to surmise within my sets.
Why did you decide to go this way?
If you have heard my sets, you will notice this is a bit of a theme for me, as I find it’s a nice way to warm up the body & soul of the individual, gather the crowd on a similar journey together, whilst they can also tap into sub-elements of the music depending on the punters vibe – eg the melodies for those wishing to mellow away into the night and the driving baselines for those wanting to get into a bit of a groove, along with the punching percussive & kickdrum sounds for those who wish to channel that inner rhythm. I won’t go into the intricacies, but it is interesting to see how the brain and its neural chemistry accesses these elements of songs & harnesses them rather intriguingly and marvellously, even in the state of disease & disability.
What did you use to record this mix?
2x Pioneer CDJ Nexus, 1x Pioneer Nexus mixer using a zoom recorder– It would have been easier on Ableton, but I like to use my hands, mixes done on DAWs feel too un-natural when it comes to anything other than production to me.
What drives you to DJ?
I would say, like most, getting to play in front of huge crowds at beautiful out in the open festivals/bush doofs. I think that is more so recently due to the lockdowns. Otherwise, musically, the drive is for me to continue to fine tune my sound both artistically in the studio and out on the dancefloor. Playing music, in a way, is a very personal to me, a way for me to get my release and take a break from my day to day job, it’s a fine balance, even if a semi-selfish one.
What is the favourite gig you have played and why?
Playing Rainbow Serpent Festival 2018, as the sun was setting, to s sea of colour and energy, as a rainbow popped out over sunset stage after the rains cleared a fire – was about as surreal and amazing as it gets.
What do you see for yourself in the next 3-5 years? What have you accomplished?
Hopefully continuing to play some of Australia’s best festivals, and if I am lucky even some overseas festivals in Europe. I am very happy with where I am at from a DJ perspective, although I would love to play overseas, it is a challenge enough as it is to fund the balance for me to make interstate gigs whilst also having such passion and drive for my career in healthcare. Production-wise, I hope to have had one or two EPs out that I am happy with and feel well-represents me.
There’s 10 minutes left before the world self destructs, what song do you put on?
Oh wow, heavy question. I would have to say Pachanga Boys – Time.
Is there anything on your mind that you would like to say?
Yes, I am a sucker for a good nostalgic melodic track and if I ever get to the chance to come back to Market stage at Rainbow, expect some full-blown nostalgia for my closing track.
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