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EMPTY SLEEVE PRESENTS: DJ HMC [ADELAIDE]
// FRI 30 NOVEMBER 2012 @ MERCAT BASEMENT
// SUPPORT: Salvador & Biscuit
// TICKETS: $10 (presale) @ MOSHTIX | DOOR AVAIL (slightly > $10)
// FB EVENT
// ADDITIONAL MAIN ACT LINKS: DISCOGS | ITM | RA

One night in a disco…the resident jockey didn’t show. The manager asked one of the regulars if he could grab some records from the office and fill in. That set was the beginning of a DJ career that has spanned three decades and shows no signs of slowing down.

The tale may sound like the kind of DJ folklore usually associated with the Levans, Mancusos and Grassos of the world but that’s fitting. Sure, it was a bar, not strictly a disco in Adelaide in the 80s and not a Hell’s Kitchen dive in the 70s but the influence Carmelo Bianchetti – aka HMC – had on those who came along for the ride as house and techno first made their presence felt downunder is easily on a par with the legacy of any disco luminary.

HMC’s pioneering cuts “Dirty Acid Trax”; “Life Support System” and “187″ on Juice Records saw his hometown of Adelaide dubbed ‘Australia’s Detroit’ in the 1990s. Subsequent releases “LSD”; “Marauder” and the notorious “Phreakin’” propelled Antipodean techno and house into the world’s clubs via the record boxes of many a big name.

Recently, HMC has been industriously punching out edits under his Late Nite Tuff Guy (LNTG) alias and has a debut HMC album “City Rhythm” due for imminent release.

HMC’s DJ sets bespeak a man in the grip of a powerful romance with dance music. Each one is a genre-spanning message of love that transforms a bunch of records into a singular whole which somehow becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

30 years of DJing is a milestone to be celebrated.

Also check out some well thought-out and beautifully constructed words on the Empty Sleeve domain (bookmark the website as well – essential reading to all those who like to dig deep for gold).

Richard (Empty Sleeve) also provided a brilliant very early 90s cassette mix to Noise in My Head, which can be listened here.

“One of the forgotten pioneers of techno. Before most of the world even knew what techno was, he was making records that sounded better than anything else, and in Australia to boot.” – JD Twitch, Optimo.

Essential gig ; witness a pure hero and Godfather of Australia’s techno roots.

MP3: Vitamin HMC – Life Support System

One Comment
  1. Can’t get enough of this guy; his edits are unmistakable and fantastic. If only he released more of them! (Still waiting for that edit of Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody… Or the brilliant edit of the S.O.S. Band) I heard that he doesn’t like to fly, which explains the lack of shows outside Australia. Still, it’s only a 6 hour flight to Hong Kong, maybe we’ll get him up here some time.

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