Selections For All Occasions—DJ Mixes by Brendan Clay

Selections For All Occasions—DJ Mixes by Brendan Clay

Sydney-based DJ, specialising in deep house and disco—I take delight in playing a solid warm-up set and revel in the success of watching a room build around it. Artists/labels you'll likely hear: Folamour, Laurence Guy, Fouk, Ethyène, Jesse Bru, Nachtbraker, Frits Wentink, SlothBoogie, Black Loops, Better Listen Records, Cody Currie, House Of Disco Records, Bellaire, Adryiano, Demuja, Joe Corti, Franck Roger, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Moonrise Hill Material, Pontchartrain, Schenkelspreizer, Honey Butter Records, Luvless, Editorial Records, Coeo, etc.

Episodes

December 22, 2023 97 mins
Attic returned for a summer soirée at the iconic Café del Mar Sydney earlier this month—the balmy weekend was embraced by the sun-drenched ambience of Cockle Bay. As I like to do, I kicked off the afternoon's proceedings, offering a selection of Balearic-inspired flavours to set the mood and tone, in preparation for the more house-centric flavours to follow. (And they certainly did.) I really enjoyed packing and preparing this p...
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Following recent sombre developments that our beloved Stanley Street Block Parties are no longer—cheers for that, local council!—we thought it appropriate to pay homage to the fantastic times enjoyed by all, by making available our recorded mix from last month. (We failed to realise it at the time, but it may be the very last Block Party gracing the sacred bitumen known at Stanley Street... at least, for the foreseeable future.) ...
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Analogue Discogue is an esteemed hi-fi, vinyl-only event hosted by house and disco aficionado, Norm De Plume. We were invited to join the line-up for its July event: a sun-kissed Sunday afternoon affair hosted at the exquisite, Japanese-inspired Rekōdo Restaurant & Vinyl Bar at Sydney's Barangaroo. Rekōdo's crystal-clear Klipsch sound system sounded expectedly immaculate right throughout the afternoon's proceedings: the clarity a...
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The big dog, Andrew Fazzolari @andrewfazzolari, blew out an undisclosed number of candles in March and decided to celebrate the occasion with a good ol' fashioned Saturday shindig at Stanley's. The Fazz curated a hand-picked line-up of selectors for the special occasion and generously gifted me the first two hours of the balmy Autumn evening! I entered the venue at the tail-end of, shall we say, a "colourful" daytime takeover tha...
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I'm throwing this one up from earlier in the year—a mix I compiled and delivered for 'The D&M', a weekly Friday morning radio show on (the now, sadly departed) Orbital Radio. So, as much as I set out to put together and promised a proper sub-100 BPM slow jam mix for Darcy, this one ended up very differently! I, admittedly, hadn't played too many sweaty, peak-time dance floor sets during 2022, yet, I continue to buy music to suit ...
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The Fazz and I returned to one of our favourite haunts—and a hidden local pleasure!—Stanley's on Stanley for an all-afternoon/all-night pre-Christmas affair. The entire venue was booked for an EOY shindig by the fine folk at Desk Space—a nearby co-working hub—who, I don't mind mentioning, had personally requested our services, having heard one of our @atticsydney mixes playing during a venue inspection. (Humble brag, sure, but he...
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We played our first club set under our Attic @atticsydney guise for a little over two years! (Hey, a pandemic might just do that.) For the occasion, we partnered with the fine folk at No Place Like House @noplacelikehouseaus, welcoming seasoned French house stalwart, Art of Tones @llorca, as part of his very first Australian tour. A great booking and an even better bloke! (And, geez, we'd missed the Civic Underground—our home a...
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While it's one of the more dramatic titles I've associated with a new mix, it's not without good reason. The process of compiling and delivering this mix has worked wonders for my mental health over the last little while. For the last 20 years, music has served as my primary creative outlet, however; recent opportunities to indulge in the craft or completely immerse myself in a creative project haven't been as abundantly availabl...
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Watch the entire four-hour effort here: vimeo.com/459221923 --- Over the years, there are very few phone calls that we've enjoyed receiving more than those from Cris at @sashsundays. A large, red, circled calendar date typically follows the conversation, accompanied with resulting excitement in preparation for our next S.A.S.H date. Whether demanding a sweaty, pumping late-night/early-morning shift in The Den, the lower, slower...
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As the dreaded pandemic rolls on—and we quickly near the two-year point—we're due for another entry: Despite believing we had probably delivered the final chapter of our 'Lockdown Sessions' series back in December 2020; 2021 had a bit to say about that! Accordingly, with no real end in sight, the series continues—now, the seventh entry. (The James Bond edition, if you will.) Normally, we'd collectively circle a date and eagerl...
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Here's one from the archives—a live mix that, for some reason, I've never made public. It was recorded during one of our Attic @atticsydney events for which we toured German house and disco maestro, Tilman @tilman. In contrast to our earlier events that stretched long into the early morning hours at the Civic Underground or Harpoon Harry; this event was a far more intimate, Sunday afternoon affair hosted at Cake Wines' Cellar Doo...
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Most DJ dads—particularly newer ones—will likely confirm that stealing an uninterrupted hour to yourself to throw a few tunes together becomes a bit of a rare treat. The wife and I have spent most of 2021 handling significant life changes: selling an apartment, buying another one, moving into said abode, bringing a brand new life into the world, settling into our new roles as (human) parents, and all the fun and challenge associat...
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So, we're not totally out of the woods on the pandemic front—perhaps soon, though?! In any case, despite believing we had probably delivered the final chapter of our 'Lockdown Sessions' series back in December; 2021 has since had a bit to say about that! Accordingly, with no real end in sight—and hot on the trail of the fifth!—we decided to keep the dust off this format and serve up what is now the sixth entry. Normally, we'd co...
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Promo Video: https://www.facebook.com/atticsydney/videos/564920698291514 It's that age-old, well-worn cliché: "music is the essence that brings us together". Well, cliché or not, it couldn't be more accurate in considering this offering. The last little period has not been without challenge: the dreaded lockdown—the second coming, as it were. We have been apart, away from the DJ booth, away from the dance floor, prevented from ...
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So, we're not totally out of the woods on the pandemic front—not even close, it would seem. Despite believing we had probably delivered the final chapter of our 'Lockdown Sessions' series back in December; 2021 has since had a bit to say about that! With no real end in sight, we decided to blow the dust off this format and serve up the fifth entry. Normally, we'd collectively circle a date and eagerly await our next opportunity ...
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We made a big return to Harpoon Harry last Thursday night, waving our Attic flag once more for its 'Altar Danceteria' series—a part of the Sydney Solstice winter celebration. It's probably without saying, but the ol' Harpoon holds a very special place in our hearts as we've created some pretty special memories over the years—during which we've welcomed the likes of Cody Currie, Bellaire and Ethyène to our fine shores!—as is eviden...
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It's been a long minute since we've published a mix—that isn't to say that we have spent the last year in hibernation, however. Indeed, we spent most of 2020 plying our trade at a toasty, over-the-bridge establishment called 'The Foxtrot', playing warming selections for a thirsty, seated crowd. When playing gigs at the ol' Fox, and of a similar dynamic in recent time, we've been promoting more slow-mo, lo-fi and hip-hop-oriented ...
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Here it is: the final chapter... probably. With a few months delay between the second and third effort; we challenged ourselves to finish the final edition before the end of the year, which meant completing two in a month—and hey, we made it! So, for (perhaps) the final time; here is the write-up and context of this little project, completed during a particularly challenging year for most: Normally, we'd collectively circle a da...
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Normally, we'd collectively circle a date and eagerly await our next opportunity to catch up—beers, banter, laughs, and of course, the tunes. In this current climate/during this challenging period; said opportunities haven't afforded themselves, so we've been forced to get a little creative with regard to a platform for sharing and consuming music together... and flexing our creative muscles in the process. Enter 'The Lockdown Se...
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Watch the entire four-hour effort here: https://vimeo.com/459221923 --- There are few phone calls we enjoy receiving more than those from Cris at @sashsundays. A large, red, circled calendar date typically follows the conversation, accompanied with resulting excitement in preparation for our next S.A.S.H date. Whether demanding a sweaty, pumping late-night/early-morning shift in The Den, the lower, slower, disco vibes in The Ma...
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