Vic Zee is often referred to as one of the original pioneers of the Sydney techno scene.
Vic Zee’s involvement with electronic dance music had its genesis during the 1990s, where Vic performed regularly within the Sydney underground scene, it was here that Vic first cut his teeth on the beloved ‘wheels of steel’ – always meticulously perfecting and fine-tuning his turntablist/mixing skills.
Vic Zee has attributed his lifelong passion towards electronic music performance and production, specifically the heavy kick laden, highly percussive bass driven techno sound, directly to his childhood obsession with 8bit computing and electronic gaming in the mid to late 1980s. This intense addiction to computer-generated sound synthesis led directly to his immersion into the world of early electronic music performance and production.
By the early 90s Vic began hosting and producing a weekly radio show called TRIP2SPACE on Radio Skid Row 88.9fm, TRIP2SPACE soon established a cult following, disseminating a mix of psytrance/goa, acid, techno and rave. The TRIP2SPACE radio show also gave rise to the production crew of the same name which as responsible for classic psy/techno events such as Trip2Space, Remain Insane, Tripnosis and Hypnopotamust.
After five years of TRIP2SPACE, Vic Zee migrated to one of Sydney’s largest full band community radio stations; 2SER 107.3fm where he hosted one of Sydney’s most popular weekly techno programs; KAOSCILLATION. The show ran for over five years.
In the midst of all this techno radio action Vic Zee also had a stink at hosting ‘Back 2 Earth’ for over three seasons on Radio DEX 96.9fm during its test transmission stages; this show also received massive listener support.
Vic Zee’s musical mission has always been firmly framed around the dissemination of the global TECHNO SOUND, for better or worse he has always stayed true to the socially unifying movement which he has always passionate about; underground techno with a slightly tougher twist.
Vic plus co-founder DJ Mookie have always held the attitude that their mission is to set the trend rather than follow it. It is directly because of this belief that the harder techno sound of SWARM (also a techno label) was launched in 1999.
The SWARM series of events were established as a haven for a genuine cutting edge, tougher, uncompromisingly underground techno-oriented dance floor experience that thankfully still exists to this day.
Vic Zee has played locally and internationally alongside the likes of:
Alex Bau, Speedy J, Chris Liberator, D.a.v.e the Drummer, Guy the Geezer, Space Djz, Pounding Grooves, Julian Liberator, Zebedee, Misjah, Ignition Technician, Mike Humphries, Chris Liebing, Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin, Luke Slater, Green Velvet, Dave Clark, Umek, Valentino, Dj Pinch, Ben Simms and many others.
Vic Zee has also been busy producing his signature brand of chunky underground techno in his Sydney studio, with releases out on the SWARM SOUND SYSTEM label, London’s Stayup Forever label, the US-based Banging Grooves label plus Woody McBride’s Communiqué Label.
As far as the classic DJ set goes, Vic Zee now primarily uses VIRTUAL VINYL technology such as Traktor, allowing him to still maintain his complete interaction between the turntables and mixer, as well as delving into some of the more live/experimental elements within his sets, this combined with his own custom studio material and a 20 year vinyl collection have taken his sets into a whole new infinite direction.