This is Episode 010 of Music For Small Audiences. Here in Australia, we are in the middle of a long weekend, thanks to a statutory holiday called Australia Day. It is a long-running tradition that the radio station triple j counts down its “hottest 100” every Australia Day counting down the hundred biggest tunes of the year. With that in mind, to celebrate having made it to ten podcasts, I thought I would pull together a bit of a hit parade of my own. It’s not really a countdown, but a trip through some of the songs that have been putting a spring in my step over the past twelve months.
The inspiration for this mix can be traced to four events: a long week in Denmark for my good friend Dan’s 40th birthday in June, a Stampede week set at Habitat in Calgary in July, a marathon mix-up with superstar DJ Andrew Campbell (aka Soups) in early December, and a house party on New Years Eve celebrating Luke Porter’s return to Melbourne. Many of the songs in this mix featured in those sets, and it has been good fun putting them all into one place. Unlike my previous podcasts this mix has been crafted in Ableton Live, with some parts played live and others arranged by hand and tweaked until they sit just right. There is a lot going on, so if you have a good pair of headphones or quality speakers, dial it up, kick back and enjoy.
Happy Australia Day!