As of March 2014, SWARM has permanently ceased all event promotion. After over two decades of dedicated commitment to the propagation of the underground techno sound and the associated cultural ethos of the techno party movement we have decided to continue our ongoing commitment to the scene through new and exciting projects.
You can still catch the SWARM founders Vic Zee and Mookie mixing it up and playing live at your local techno event from time to time.
Keep it real people, keep it underground.
SOME PREVIOUS SWARM EVENTS HAVE INCLUDED:
The SWARM & TRENCH crews combine forces to bring you a proper two room underground techno event showcasing a diverse pool of talented local techno misfits.
Come and support the wondrous local talent as they spontaneously enter a state of mystical metamorphism, that is permeated by love and tranquility. A state of being where all is magic and beauty, highlighting the unique bond that is human kind.... wait actually....
Fuck that!! Downstairs we have the BASS BUNKER... a bunker dedicated to bass worship in the context of thumpin' 4 to the floor sound, visual mayhem and a no holds barred music policy that encourages proper underground techno toughness at every level.
Upstairs you will find the Tech Trench, no less thumpin' but with a slightly different take on the situation, guaranteed to get every part of your body moving.
So, all in all, no we don't have an international artist for this one, but the question that begs to be answered is this:
Must every event in Sydney be graced by some type of international artist to warrant it legitimacy?
Don't get us wrong we are happy to host international performers when ever possible, indeed in April Swarm will be host to the insane sounds of Industrialyzer (Portugal).
All we are saying is that there clearly needs to a balance and rather than shun or view local only events as something inferior the opposite should occur, where the locals are embraced and supported to the fullest at every given opportunity. In lieu of the impending legal changes to Sydney night life/culture, support of the local scene is not merely important, it is imperative if anything is survive and flourish in the coming months and years.
That is all.
TO MUTATE IS YOUR ONLY FATE!
Orion (Byron Bay).
10pm - 4am
Venue: Valve Bar (871 GEORGE ST SYDNEY - Corner Harris St & George St).
VISUALS AND DECOR...YOU KNOW THE SCORE!
Swarm Returns with a proper little underground techno event on Saturday the 1st of June.
We have no need for self indulgent fuss and over exaggerated rhetoric, our aim is simple: proper underground techno with a tougher twist!
You know our past, you know what we do and why we do it.
For this event we have secured a cool little underground bunker (and we mean this in the literal sense) within the heart of the Sydney C.B.D - yet the location will be kept secret until the night of the event.
This is a *FREE SWARM-INDUSTRIES SITE MEMBERS* event.
Only the fist 150 registrations/members will be granted access.
** ALL MEMBERSHIP PASSES ARE NOW ALLOCATED **
Techno troublemakers on the night include:
>> Vic Zee.
>> Scott Kilpatrick.
IMPORTANT! -THIS IS A LIMITED CAPACITY PRIVATE EVENT (FIRST 150 MEMBERS ONLY).
EACH MEMBERSHIP EMAIL ADDRESS WILL BE CHECKED
AGAINST A MASTER LIST ON THE NIGHT. LOCATION INFO WILL ALSO ONLY BE SENT TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS USED FOR MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION.
Over 18's ONLY - Full Bar facilities will be available.
Expect phat sound, demented unintelligent lights, twisted visuals & a laser with with behavioural issues, and no doubt some glittery mirror ball magnificence.
** PROPER UNDERGROUND MEMBERS ONLY TECHNO EVENT **
Just like grandma used to make, only better!
SWARM PRESENTS ALEX BAU:
Due to circumstances beyond out control, the venue for this event has now changed.
Alex Bau will now be getting up close and personal with all you techno freaks at another grand hub of underground goodness, the Gladstone Hotel on Regent Street (a few doors down from the hallowed 61 Regent Street location of SWARM techno yester year).
This now means:
1. The sound and line up stay exactly the same only louder!
2. The capacity is now smaller and that means we will only be selling 150!! pre-sale tickets to this event, with 50 reserved for the door.
3. We know this event WILL SELL OUT! so don't waste your time and secure a ticket right now! non bullshit hype, just plain mathematics here... Repeat there will only be 150 pre-sales available all up, including the ones that have already been sold, get 'em while they are hot boys and girls!
4. Get ready for a seriously awesome night of dark, deep, seriously intense underground techno from Alex Bau (live) and the rest of the wicked local line up across 2 rooms.
SWARM is extremely excited to bring you German underground techno supremo Alex Bau on Friday the 7th of September!
This is Alex’s maiden performance in Australia… so in his own immortal words Alex is totally psyched to deliver nothing but “loads of bass for the people!”
BRING IT ON WE SAY!
The self-proclaimed “German Techno Machine”, Alex Bau is a name which has been synonymous with quality underground techno for many years, focusing on the deep, dark and gritty side of audio alchemy.
For those that are already familiar with the name, thoughts of bass heavy, deep, dark, hypnotic brooding techno undoubtedly ensue, whether on a minimal tip or on the harder edge, Alex Bau’s sound is unique and unrelenting.
Often though, Alex Bau’s techno sound can be hard to succinctly categorise – yet it can be argued that this is indeed one of the true hallmarks of great cutting edge underground electronic music. For it electronic music such as this that has the profound and innate ability to easily surpass generic genres and can therefore be appreciated simply for what it is, perfect dance floor/party music.
SWARM has also always taken pride in being able to facilitate the perfect environment for losing oneself within an audio vortex of rhythmic bliss. Most of us are already well aware of the fact, that when all the many variables align, there is actually very little else that can compare to the experience of a profoundly moving musical moment.
This has always been our sincere and genuine motivation, and we therefore always take great care in associating ourselves with electronic music artists, both domestic and international that unambiguously exemplify exactly what it is that SWARM stands for; proper underground techno!
Alex Bau is most definitely no exception.
For those of you that aren’t too familiar with Alex Bau’s sound as yet, you need only visit www.alexbau.de - www.clr.net in order to listen to the plethora of material he has written or remixed since 1992.
Alex has also worked and collaborated with pivotal techno artists such as Chris Leibing, Pfirter, Florian Meindl, Mark Broom, Brian Sanhaji just to name a few. Alex has multiple releases on such labels as CLR, Zenit, Sino, Toneman as well as his own label Credo.
However talk is often cheap…
The proof is always in the pudding so to speak, so on Friday the 7th of September, come and experience a genuine dose of proper underground electronic music, served up warm, delicious and with plenty of custard at the relaxed and perfectly suited confines of the Valve Bar & Venue in Tempe.
>>> TICKET SALES:
FIRST RELEASE ($20.00) TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW FOR 1 WEEK ONLY (UNTIL SUNDAY THE 6th of AUG).
SECURE YOUR ALEX BAU TICKETS DIRECTLY HERE!
FIRST RELEASE TICKETS: $20.00 (SOLD OUT).
SECOND RELEASE TICKETS: $25.00.
DOOR SALES: $30.00
9PM till 3AM - GLADSTONE HOTEL - REGENT STREET - CENTRAL.
>>>>>>>MASSIVE SOUND ACROSS 2 SYSTEMS.
>>>>>>>VISUAL AND LIGHTING MAYHEM BY RUMBLE.
>>>>>>>PUB PRICED DRINKS ALL NIGHT!
>>>>>>>CHILLED WAREHOUSE STYLE ATMOSPHERE.
>>>>>>>FARM YARD PETTING ZOO (maybe not).
SATURDAY - 5 MAY 2012.
Get ready for a night of absolutely thumping proper underground techno debauchery served up SWARM SYDNEY STYLE on Saturday the 5th of May!
Greetings underground techno folk of Sydney (and beyond),
Get ready for what is destined to be one of the most insane, out of control, genuinely underground techno events of this year!
SWARM is proud of the fact that we can unashamedly lay claim to having consistently waved the ‘underground techno’ flag for over fifteen years in Sydney, regardless of whether harder edged techno was perceived as popular or unpopular we have always defiantly stayed true to our initial ethic, keep it underground, keep it real, expect nothing, give everything, make it loud!
Our genre of choice therefore, the harder edged percussive 4/4 based underground techno sound, be it acid, funky, tribal, straight, slamming or whatever way you wish to describe it, is something that needs to be understood as precious and worth protecting. Regardless of whether this sound is ‘massive’ overseas or not, if the extinction of the sound in Sydney occurs, then path to reigniting the scene will become almost impenetrably blocked.
Naturally therefore we have aligned ourselves with likeminded individuals, punters and performers alike that have gravitated towards our sound throughout the years, one of those individuals is Chris Liberator, an artist whose personal contribution to the global under techno scene often defies convenient description. Chris Liberator is nothing short of a techno ambassador par excellence, and we are immensely proud to have had him becoming such an intrinsic part of SWARM throughout the years.
A Chris Liberator vinyl crate is essentially nothing less than a treasure-trove of insane, fresh, extra funky, ultra-stompin’ mostly unreleased PROPER UNDERGROUND TECHNO!
So what’s the deal this time?
Well the time has come to experience Chris Liberator in a totally different light. In celebration of the StayUp Forever collective reaching vinyl release number 100… on Saturday the 5th of May 2012, Chris Liberator will be joined by partner in crime Sterling Moss for a totally original 100% live set at the Valve Bar in Tempe (one of the best underground live music venues in Sydney).
Never before heard or performed in Australia, this proper old school, acid infused live set is guaranteed to be an absolute onslaught of all that is funky, slamming, screaming, thumping bass heavy, stomping, tribal, percussive and fundamentally underground! Experience it and be part of Sydney underground techno history.
Miss it at your own risk!
This is a serious one off opportunity that no self-respecting purveyor of the techno sound can afford to ignore.
Add some local flavour and you get one of the tastiest local, interstate and international artist SWARM line ups to date.
TECHNO CHAMBER OF MAYHEM:
>> CHRIS LIBERATOR & STERLING MOSS – 100% LIVE SET <<
> DJ ORION (Byron Bay – Acid Faction). DJ SET <
> DIGITAL WHAX (DVS & SYNDROME – Tekno Mulish Crew, Melbourne) HYBRID DJ/LIVE SET <
> THE HONEYMAKERS (VIC ZEE & MOOKIE – Swarm-Industries, Sydney) HYBRID DJ/LIVE SET <
POOL ROOM OF ALTERNATE BEATS:
>> EYE CANDY by DISLA SYSTEM & RUMBLE.
SATURDAY - 3 DEC 2012.
FERVENT & SWARM team up to bring you INIGO KENNEDY - UK.
Get ready for a seriously massive night of deep, dark underground techno action across two huge
sound systems featuring Inigo Kennedy; a true pioneer of the underground global techno movement.
Local main room lineup includes:
Vic Zee (Swarm), Allan Nonamaka (Fervent, Subsist, Labrynth), SchadenFruede (Fervent) and Mookie (Swarm).
The second area will feature a mashup of dupstep, drum & bass and tech-house.
Tickets are $20 (plus booking fee). $30 on the door (if still available) and are available here via MOSHTIX:
So stay tuned for full information! You have been warned... get ready for the mayhem!
>>>INIGO KENNEDY :
Inigo Kennedy is a pioneering and respected techno and electronic music producer and DJ. He is well known for always bringing technical and creative originality and skill to his work.
He is the owner of the innovative and genre defying label Asymmetric. He has also been responsible for a large and diverse back catalogue of releases on a wide variety of labels and projects around the World.
His discography stretches to almost 100 releases on vinyl, CD and as MP3. His DJ schedule has taken him to all corners of the World.
>>>Asymmetric Records :
Inigo is now heavily committed to his own label, Asymmetric. Formed in January 1999 as a label specifically to output his material it is the home to his most personal music. High on the agenda for Asymmetric is to challenge and introduce ideas whilst maintaining a distinctive and coherent techno foundation. Releases to date have been met with both critical and dance floor acclaim.
>>>Worldwide DJ Assault :
Alongside this pioneering release schedule has grown an increasingly hectic worldwide DJ schedule - including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, USA, etc.
These performances almost always pushing three turntables and one or two CDs to their limits to provide a truly energetic, atmospheric, innovative and, dare I say, inspirational and challenging experience. High on the agenda at these performances is that classic tracks are as important and relevant as the most recent releases.
Well on the way to 100 releases, a number of major projects upcoming in the next few months and a packed DJing schedule. Things are looking bright on planet Asymmetric...
SWARM featuring: CHRIS LIBERATOR - SAT 28th of MAY.
Get ready for a massive night of underground techno mayhem across 2 SOUND SYSTEMS at the VALVE BAR in Tempe on Saturday the 28th of May with special guest CHRIS LIBERATOR!
Added to this we also have 6 Head Slug from Melbourne doing his techno thing... what does all this mean? NOTHING BUT PROPER UNDERGROUND TECHNO ALL NIGHT LONG!
Chris Liberator is perhaps one of the most prolific underground techno DJs on the planet today, with a ...career now spanning over two decades, a Chris Liberator VINYL set is something not to be missed!
Chris has probably played more squat parties, underground raves, technivals, festivals, clubnights, and parties worldwide in his 18 years as a D.J. than any other person alive, and is still completely dedicated to the music and the scene he got involved with when he started doing parties with the other two Liberators, Julian and Aaron back in 1991.
STYLE : plays FUNKY TECHNO, HARD TECHNO, and ACID TECHNO. Also plays occasional Punk sets, and party sets of old 80’s dance, Hip-Hop and Reggae.
HAS PLAYED : all over U.K. and Ireland, all over Europe, Japan, U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, South Korea, South Africa, Colombia and many other places. Was the first Acid Techno D.J. to play in Brazil, Venezuela and Poland and was instrumental in starting the movement in these countries which he still visits regularly..
PRODUCTIONS : Hundreds of releases and remixes on several labels under his own name or in collaborations with Lawrie Immersion, D.A.V.E. The Drummer, D.D.R., Geezer(Guy Mcaffer), Ant and many, many others on a range of labels old and new including Noom, Prolekult, Polymeric, Eukatech, Routemaster,Choci’s Chewns, Solid, Highland Beats, S.U.F.,Cluster, Smitten, TEC and many more . Is currently working hard on a whole range of new releases with Sterling Moss for release on a range of labels within the SUF collective and beyond, as well as occasional projects with Lawrie Immersion, D.A.V.E. The Drummer, Guy “Geezer” Mcaffer, Darcmarc and Lenny Dee amongst others.
SWARM events in Sydney and Chris Liberator go hand-in-hand, having performed exclusively at SWARM throughout the years, those that have been lucky enough to experience the mayhem know exactly how intense and fun one of Chris Liberator's sets can be.
Added to all this is the fact that this is the last SWARM for 2011, yes that's right...the last SWARM for 2011.
No we are not retiring, the powers that be behind SWARM have simply decided to limit SWARM events to twice a year only.
LOCAL & INTERSTATE LINE UP (ACROSS 2 SOUND SYSTEMS) INCLUDES:
6 HEAD SLUG (MELBOURNE)
LINKEN & VERTIGO
- FIRST ROUND TICKETS: ($15.00) SOLD OUT!
- SECOND ROUND TICKETS: $20.00 (AVAILABLE UNTIL APRIL 30th or until sold out)
- FINAL ROUND TICKETS: $25.00 (UNTIL MIDDAY SATURDAY 28th of MAY or until sold out)
DOOR SALES: $30.00 (If available).
19-03-2011 ARE YOU IN?
Do you love that underground vibe?
We do! And we would like you to join us on the 19th of March to see just how much tomfoolery we can create.
We have been handcrafting specialist underground electronic events since 1996!
At the core of our manifesto is the importance of bringing to life and sharing the vibe of the early 90’s warehouse parties. Of course, our music is constantly changing and evolving, but on a basic level, it’s all about losing oneself in underground electronic music. When was your last good dance?
Our point is simple: If you want good underground electronica and a friendly 'up for it' crowd, get your ass to this!. Underground vibe. Loads of tomfoolery and above all actual vinyl & Turntablism galore, old skool style.
TECHNO::DRUM & BASS::DUBSTEP
ACROSS 2 SOUND SYSTEMS::IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER::WE HAVE IT ALL COVERED:
>> Abel - Techno & old school beats.
>> Vic Zee - Percussive party/club techno to driving tough tech.
>> SubBassSnarl - Live breakage and old school squelchiness.
>> Mookie - Wonk tech to tough percussive tech.
>> Andrew Wowk - Minimal to progressive techno.
>> HPS? (live) - Hypnotic pounding live techno goodness.
>> Sakura - Drum & Bass attack.
>> Lord von Zipstor - Dark Breakcore.
>> Kate Doherty - Drum & Bass with a twist-O-tech.
>> Linken & Vertigo - Bassdropping Drum & Bass mayhem.
>> Protogon - Dub Steppin Drum & Bassness.
<< Custom Eye-Candy madness throughout by rUmbLe.
$10 gets you in!
The Valve Bar, 900 Princess Highway, Tempe.
A word on the venue:
Fucken' awesome! proper underground multi-room venue, with easily accessible outdoor smoking area. Cheap-as-chips pub priced drinks.
Perhaps one of the best genuinely underground spots in this entire town in terms of vibe, atmosphere, aesthetics and location. Don't mess about, support what we have left before it all disappears down the abyss of complacency.