Nina Las Vegas: My Five Local Producers to Watch

Over the weekend, triple j kicked off their 2013 House Party tour. With House Party and Mix-Up Exclusives hostess Nina Las Vegas at the helm, Flight Facilities, Cassian, Wave Racer and Tyler Touche all got busy with two back-to-back Sydney shows in the one day (one was all ages, one 18+). This week, the tour rolls onto Perth, Fremantle and Brisbane before hitting Adelaide and Melbourne next weekend. But the string of shows isn’t the only House Party-themed fun triple j has gone to work on – as of Friday, you can now get your hands on this year’s House Party compilation. Over two discs, the release (mixed by Las Vegas herself, naturally) spans bit hits from the likes of Gesaffelstein through to cuts from local talent like Peking Duk.

So to celebrate another year of House Party going on tour, we got Nina Las Vegas to pick out five of the (many) upcoming local producers she thinks should be on your radar. Because as a weekly radio programmer, regular on the buzzing triple j unearthed site and an ever-busy DJ in her spare time, we reckon that Las Vegas is pretty well positioned to speak on the homegrown talent killing it right now. Over to you, Nina…

Rainbow Chan

“Rainbow Chan has just written, produced and released her Long Vacation EP. Hailing from Sydney, the last year or so has seen the multi-instrumentalist master her sound. Describing her creative process as ‘writing pop songs, deconstruct them and rearrange them for electronics and live instruments’, the result is heavily layered, warm and boundary pushing. You see she’s not afraid to loop unorthodox sounds whilst mixing electronic and acoustic musical elements. I vibe. Doing the live thing in late August, you can also witness Rainbow Chan at Big Sound and OutsideIn.”


“Although he’s been making music for a while now, the second half of 2013 is going to be big for Kyson. Originally from Adelaide, the now Berlin based producer is releasing his first LP The Waters Way on Friends of Friends Music (the home of Tomas Barford, Groundislava and Salva).

Born Jian Kellet Liew, Kyson’s sound is experimental. Layering sounds to create beautiful melodies and (as described on Soundcloud) ‘silky’ vibes, Kyson’s sound is also club friendly. His track Sunnyvale combines intricate instrumentation with a solid, driving percussion line.”


“Out of Sydney, Leaderboy’s Wicked In This Neighbourhood got my attention straight away.

It’s got a driving beat and a synth pattern that kills. The rest of his work available online (his first uploads on Soundcloud being a few months ago) are just as good. You can hear a stack of major electro influences throughout ‘On & On’ (citing Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers on his triple j Unearthed profile) and all the bootlegs? OOF. Can’t wait to hear more!”


“I regularly check Brisbane producer YUMØ’s Soundcloud. Why? Because the dude has a casual 38 tracks already up, including new music, forthcoming releases and free downloads of bootlegs.

Creating music that could sit comfortably alongside producers like Ryan Hemsworth, his productions (and the work ethic) also remind me of Perth producer, Ta-ku. Often trap-y, R&B influences, slow jam-y and untempo, this cat is one to follow.”


“Yahtzel is Ulladulla based bro Max Armata. A young music maker who has spent a shitload of time mastering the art of sampling vocals and producing Hudmo-eske beats, his latest track High With Me being the standout. I played a gig with Yahtzel a few months ago and then witnessed him super hungover slash struggling BIG TIME the next day as we trekked it back to the airport. That has nothing to do with how much hype there is for this guy, however I’m going to love thinking about that when he super popular.”