For this week’s episode of our mixtape series, we’re happy to have the Australian DJ and producer Willem at the dials. As usual, we asked a bit about his selection & what’s he’s been up to lately…

With lockdown still in full swing and no club nights or festivals currently allowed in Melbourne, recently I’ve been focusing most of my energy into studio time and working on as much new music as I can, in preparation for what will hopefully be a full summer of parties. It’d be great to have a nice little catalogue of tracks for dance floor testing and hopefully can lead to some releases in the new year. 

This mix was cooked up in the lab at my house via Ableton. Both CDJs and Ableton has their place in my heart, but I do love using a DAW for mixes and having the flexibility of layering multiple tracks down, enhancing different layers and creating different vibes in the process.

The idea of the mix was to create an engaging journey for the listener with energetic breaks, euphoric trance sounds and plenty of dance floor heat. I love putting together a selection of music that builds, ebbs and flows, and tells a bit of a story… and alwaaaays finishes strong. Most of the selections are by artists that heavily influence my sound, including Oz artists like Escape Artist and Roza Terenzi. You’ll also hear my love for classic trance sounds, with homage paid to scene icons like Paragliders, Spicelab and Binary Finary. 

Up next…

Alongside studio time, I’ve got a bunch of upcoming gigs that I’m super keen for and can hopefully go ahead. Smalltown Street Rave in December with the Novel crew and Let them Eat Cake NYD will be highlights. I’m also working on a bunch of shows with my event imprint Gold Haus which I run with my dear friend Austin. We’ve got a cool warehouse party and some club nights lined up as well as some sick public spaces we’ve been investigating for a summer rave series. There’s light at the end of the tunnel! 

Thanks so much for having me on!!


Who Opened the Door to Nowhere – Jam & Spoon

Exposure to Winds – 214

Love and or Hate Trigger – Client_03

Sorace – Morphology

Splash Girl – Hank LW

Reaffirming Eternity – Voiski

1538 – 3KZ

Come Wid it – Mani Festo

Digital Natives – Escape Artist

Lithium – Paragliders

Feathers (Terry Brown Jr. Remix) – Spicelab

Intergalactic Espionage – Adam Pits

Dream Portal – Ronan

Warpgate – Phazma

Weltschmerz (Willem’s Speedy Breaks Edit) – Klangkuenstler

NFT Acid – Pixelord

Deep Learning – Lisene

Wasp Of A Woman – Tapestry of Sound (Roza Terenzi & D.Tiffany)

Hypnotic (Binary Finary Remix) – UKW

Bull of Heavens – Fruit

Astral Talk – KAS:ST

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Next up on the FMB Mixtape series is a mix from 9th House, a new project by Firas Waez (AKA Waze), apparently born after many nights in Berlin playing at Panorama Bar & inspired by the zodiac. As usual, we fired some questions over to find out a bit about the mix & what he’s been up to recently…

I’ve been busy in the studio and still getting to travel a little bit. Most recently went to Cappadocia to do the balloons with some friends – it was amazing and definitely up there as one of the best things I’ve ever experienced. It’s hard to put it all into words but you turn up in the pitch black to a large dusty field to the sight and sound of hot air balloons coming to life – as the day breaks you head up into the sky. The views are surreal, and an amazing mood takes hold of you. Would highly recommend. 

I’ve been in Ibiza working from here for the week so I’ve been collecting ideas, records and thoughts over the last week. It’s a happy place for me here, I worked a season here in 2003 and I’ve never looked back. It’s got a certain reputation but that’s definitely shifting and people are seeing the fabric of the island, particularly the North – there’s definitely a feeling to Ibiza. 

I mix live in the club but on this occasion, I’ve been working off Ableton to put the mix together – some people say it has a certain sound which is a bit of a misstatement. It’s literally an 8 track that you can record on and in the same vein as writing music, you can have some fun with mixes on there and re-create a different vibe. It’s a different mix, much like CDJs are different to Vinyl. I don’t get overly twisted on the ins and outs. I started on decks back in 2003, I did that! I still love mixing records but also love the capabilities of CDJ’s – you have to move with the times sometimes and each to their own. 

I wanted to get the mix right and showcase a few influences and sounds – there are some exclusive 9th House numbers in there that I’ve been testing out and are coming out soon. There’s a few classics thrown in there too but lots of producers I’m loving right now. I played recently at Wilderness, and then more recently with Gerd Jansen in Montenegro – so I’ve been getting back out there again and road testing some energies and moods. This mix is very much the last month or so, in one piece. 

Up next…

Flying home back to the UK; I’ve got a release coming up on Running Back, something on DJ Haus’ Hot Haus label and I’m back in the studio soon to work on some new materials. 9th House started a bit more EMO but since we’ve been coming out of the abyss of lockdown etc, the music’s definitely just outright happy vibes at the minute. 

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Next up on the FMB Mixtape Series is a mix from Melbourne-based DJ & producer, Gumm. As usual, we fired some questions over to find out a bit about the selection & what he’s been up to recently…

Recently Melbourne has been in some pretty heavy lockdowns, so I’ve been spending them completing my first EP, starting another, plus a few singles. It’s a bummer not having gigs but I’m feeling positive about the upcoming summer.

The mix was recorded in the comfort of my home, via my good pal Ableton.

The idea behind the mix was to blend an hour of high-energy, rolling indie dance and electronica. A lot of the artists on the tracklist are incredible talents, in what is still a somewhat niche genre. I resonated with this style after the first sniff I got of it, and it’s been a wonderful relationship ever since. 

Up next…

If things work out the way we’re hoping in Melbourne, I’ll be playing at some great events including smalltown Bridge Rave (Sat 4th Dec), Let Them Eat Cake NYD, smalltown Street Rave (Sun 6th Mar), and some club shows.

Thanks a bunch for having me <3


Cooper Saver – Reflection (Sunrise Version) (Gumm’s Airport Edit)

Dreems – An Ancient Eddiitt

Museum Of Love – Marching Orders (Red Axes Remix)

Chinaski – Energy 1 (Original Mix)

Hanzo & Yaman – Die Neue Welt (The Juan Maclean Remix)

Madonna – Vogue (Younger Than Me Edit)

Luke Alessi – ID [Unreleased]

Leo af Ekenstam – Stanford Torus (Original Mix) [Unreleased]

Dance Station – PopFizz (Benjamin Fröhlich Remix)

Gumm – ID [Unreleased]

Black Spuma – Miracoli (Original Mix)

REES – Enter The Realm (Curses Remix)

Echonomist – Death Goes To Disco feat. Phunkadelica (Phunkadelica Acid I Love You Mix)

Damon Jee, Darlyn Vlys – Apocalypsis (Original Mix)

Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin’ On (Gumm ft Sassafrass Edit)

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For this week’s episode of the FMB mixtape series, we’re happy to have to invited Hodge to take the reigns! As usual we fired some questions over to him:

I’ve just released a track on then new livity sound comp “ Molten Mirrors “ and other than that  ive been focused on getting into the headspace of Djing again. I had a really productive time in the studio just before clubs opened up and now loving the chance to test those tracks on a system before releasing them. 

Recorded it at home in my loft with CDJs and then fixed a couple of dodgy mixes after with Ableton. 

It’s kinda where my heads at from the last few shows I’ve played, everything feels really great atm, crowds really up for it and everyone really moving. I’m just having loads of fun with it, especially after so long off and this mix is just a reflection of that.

Up next…

Playing love saves the day this weekend, and then a triple day next weekend with the 10th at livity sound in Bristol, 11th at Corsica studios with Laurel halo and then my first trip back to Berlin on the for mother’s finest at Renate on the Sunday with a stacked line up. Can’t wait.

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This week on the FMB Mixtape Series, we welcome the Glasgow-based DJ & producer, Nightwave. As always, we first caught up with her to find out a bit about the mix & what she’s been up to lately…

The clubs officially reopened in Scotland a week ago after nearly 18 months so I was absolutely ecstatic to be back behind the decks at La Cheetah Club in Glasgow where I’ve had a residency for the last 8 years. I’ve also been recording a lot of mixes, a bunch of remixes and trying to finish up my next couple releases in my spare time. I opened a holistic therapy studio during lockdown so I’m pretty busy with the new business and music industry restarting.

Classic CDJ2000 and Pioneer mixed setup in my house but I sent it over from the hills of Slovenia as I managed to finally fly home last minute after more than a year.

This mix contains a lot of Chicago energy and quite a few Paul Johnson tracks – like everyone in our community I’m heartbroken that he’s gone and wanted to show some gratitude for all the incredible music he left us with. I’ve also included some other Chicago classics, some ravey banger and a VIP mix of mine and DJ Deeon’s tune ‘Hit It’. It’s raw and pumpkin and sometimes that’s all you need!

Up next…

Got a bunch of gigs lined up that I’m soooo excited to play – including Riverside, Lindisfarne and Playground festival and the reboot of Nightrave on the 21st of August. I’ll need to finish that record soon as well now I can finally play it out!! :)

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