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Lish: Breaking the Sydney mould

Rain, hail or shine, Lishan Ang will be spinning Pitt St into a hot-bed of storm activity. Fat Tony got the full (weather) report – Thursdays; Innc Bar; heating up.

Spotting a hole in the Sydney club-scape, Lish and his crew are making like Selly’s All Clear and filling it with a fresh, flexible, elastic product. This Thursday The Weather Report (TWR) opens at Innc Bar, a night of deep tech breaks, with tech-house, electro and drum n bass to taste. Is this the answer to the Sydney breaks fan’s massive over-exposure of funk?

“We’re really excited about The Weather Report,” the new-wave Sydney dj explains. “It’s definitely going to be a concept that hasn’t been tried in Sydney on a regular basis. Although the emphasis is on breaks, we’re not limited to it. We’ve all got quite a wide musical taste, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.”

The “we” Lish refers to is the TWR team consisting of Matt Aubusson, Dave Gordon, and himself. “Matt is our tech-house freak, Dave our resident drum n bass head, and I’m the breaks nerd,” explains Lish. The night will also feature Sydney breaks stalwarts Q45 and Mark Walton. “Mark has informed me that he’s keen to play some techier breaks, since he gets his funky fix at Funktrust.”

Which raises an interesting point. Is Sydney big enough for the two breaks-based Thursdays to co-exist? Lish thinks so, and Innc Bar must think so too. “The only thing TWR and Funktrust have in common is a loose musical association with the term ‘breaks’. To be honest, we didn’t even think of the potential contest. We saw the venue, it was offered to us, and we jumped at the chance. They [Funktrust] have done well promoting the block party breaks they’re famous for. TWR, however, will offer Sydney’s breaks scene an opportunity to hear music they’re probably not too familiar with, along with some old classics.”

A typical Lish set goes something like this. “I play around 80% breaks, but breaks is such a wide genre these days it encompasses so many sounds that find their roots in techno, progressive, and drum n bass. I was never into hip hop or much party music in my younger days (he’s 22). I came to breakbeat through house and techno, so naturally my breaks sound reflects this. The other 20% of my sets include a mish-mash of stuff like techno, house and drum n bass.”

Lish is playing the eleven-thirty till one pm set, warming up for the peak-time slot. His sets consist of “little bits of different records in a jigsaw puzzle arrangement.” He uses the sections of tracks he needs, and he discards the rest. This way if he drops a dud track, he doesn’t have to wait six odd minutes to win the dancefloor back.

Originally from the Hills Northwestern part of Sydney, Lish now calls Glebe home. Spending three years at the Conservatorium, with thirteen combined years of classical/jazz piano and violin training locked away in his hands, it’s no wonder the way he weilds the wax attracted him some attention. He cut his teeth at the Altitude (Halcyon) parties at the Dendy, getting some good reactions from the sets he played there. The Repertoire parties at the Off Broadway, co-promoted with Dave Choe, also provided him some experience.

He’s confident that there’s a silent massive of Sydney fans out there who love their deeper, techier breaks. No doubt part of the music policy at TWP is based around this theory. “What astounds me is the sheer volume of breaks records imported into Sydney at the moment which nobody plays out. Which means people are buying these records. There’s always been nothing but positive feedback [for the style] when I’ve been flyering for TWP.”

The answers to all remaining questions can be bought for $10 on the door this Thursday. Lish is forecasting shit-hot nights throughout the summer. Dj’s posing as weathermen.. what will they think of next?

The Weather Report launches Thursday September 18th, for more info head HERE.

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