You can’t have a discussion about the world’s biggest dance music producer/DJs without spending some time talking about Maceo Plex.
For the last five-plus years the American has been producing dancefloor classic after dancefloor classic, garnering an impressive discography that is impossible to imitate. His skill behind the decks is equally as impressive, and he is adept at closing out a festival, as he is headlining a 10,000 plus capacity techno warehouse. Whether it be Printworks, Dimensions Festival, Circoloco or Boiler Room, there aren’t many events or festivals that hasn’t invited Maceo Plex to their DJ booth.
To complement his set at Pitch Music & Arts Festival, the American will play a headline show in Melbourne at 170 Russell on Friday 6th March. After a seven-year absence, local demand for Maceo Plex is extremely high, so expect this event to sell out in record time.
Located deep within the circuitry of a mechanical alien host known as Maetrik you will find a complex web of synaptic disbursements resembling what could be called a soul. And this soul which drives its host and manipulates it’s every move is finally beginning to emerge. Its name is Maceo Plex. The emergence of such an entity has been the result of a need for feeling, a need for interplanetary funk. We as humans consider this need a feeling, a feeling rooted in emotion, and emotion being the very basis of humanity. Maceo Plex is on a quest to fulfil his need to inject feeling and funk into the world, and he’s already proving to be quite productive. With deep and funky works of audible engineering for the label Crosstown Rebels in the form of a full-length album titled “Life Index”, a night with Maceo Plex will be one of galactic proportions.
To explain the evolutionary process behind Maceo’s existence we must travel back to 1993, to the beginning of his creativity. At the start…Maceo was intrigued by a pair of circular shaped objects designed for holding discs created from vinyl that produced vibrations resulting in sound and music. Soon he began conjuring up mixes of techno, electro, and house music that quickly gained him popularity within the early 90s rave culture.
But in 1997, while heavily influenced by the sounds of other modern funk theorists such as Model 500, Kenny Larkin, Idjut Boyz, Convextion and many more. Maceo began experimenting with hardware modules containing knobs and keys to form his early musical compositions. Seduced by the sounds of techno & electro, Maceo grew into a technologically advanced being later to be known by various names such as Mariel Ito or Maetrik. After many years of prolific works on such labels as Treibstoff, Dumb Unit, Cocoon, Audiomatique, Modern Love, Mothership, to name a few, Maceo aka Maetrik travelled the world playing in some of the best clubs such as Rex, Cocoon, Fabric, Womb, and many more…
Australia tour dates:
Friday 6th March: 170 Russell, Melbourne
Friday 6th March: Pitch Music & Arts, Moyston, Victoria
Saturday 7th March: Days Like This Festival, Sydney