When it comes to promoting in Australia, there has been a tendency to look overseas for influence and inspiration. The majority of nights you’ll find are focused on international guests rather than locals. Bigger names from foreign shores may attract more attention but there are risks in taking the view that the grass is always greener on the other side. You can find people out there who are doing it another way, choosing to cultivate homegrown talents rather than rely only on imports – Melbourne’s Cubist (AKA Eden Krumins) is one.
The DJ, producer and promoter of the popular Wobble at Night Owl started his monthly event to prove that there is much happening in his own city worthy of attention. “The whole intention of the party has always been to showcase the talent in Melbourne and Australia,” he reveals. “Just to show people in this country can mix it up with the best in the world. That’s been our focus, to create a culture within Melbourne of dnb and dubstep and not have to rely on touring artists to create an interest in this type of music. Other people will disagree but you know, that’s fair enough.”
His support of the local scene isn’t confined to just the club night, Krumins is launching a new label called Colours, “I’ve been thinking abut it for a few years and I think it’s time to do it. It will be the first ever drum and bass label to be out of Melbourne, which will be pretty exciting.”
Krumins’ own productions have been signed to number of established labels and have been supported by the likes of Andy C, Hype and Grooverider “I started writing drum and bass at the end of high school when I sort of find out about computers. I had my proper first release on a UK label in 2006 and have released on 5 or 6 labels since then. I’ve always been on a bit of a funky tip when it comes to my own sound and definitely on the jump-up vibe.”
Recently appearing in Knowledge Magazine’s Top 10 to look out for in 2010, Krumins says that there are similarities between his style and the UK jump-up sound, but does he think that Australia has had enough time to develop its own take on drum and bass? “Well there is over in Perth with the whole Pendulum thing,” he says. “People like Pendulum and Shock One and another guy called Phesta; they’ve got that real rocky sound, kind of like rock rave or something. I don’t know why that is. I don’t think the east coast and Melbourne have a specific sound but over in Perth – it’s like they all use the same drums and it always sounds very similar.”
Krumins also works hard at getting the music at Wobble sounding as good as it possibly can. He gets in Hertical Hi-Fi, Australia’s biggest and only custom built reggae sound system to ensure the crowd get a real listening experience with lots of bass. “It’s totally built in that Jamaican, West Indian tradition of sound system culture,” he explains. “People don’t understand, it’s like 12 hours of set up and 12 hours of pack down just to get the sound system into the club, set it up and tune it. It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.”
You can safely say that the levels will be set to maximum impact for the next event, which is going to be a send off for Krumins before he leaves for a 2 month DJ tour of the UK. “The going away party is all about me!” he jokes. “I’ll be doing a 3 hour set with all the tunes that have been the Wobble tunes of the last 3 years as well as the present and the future and what it’s all about.”