LIVE FEED: RED BULL BEAT-SUITE MELBOURNE – STREAMING LIVE ! FEAT. Aloe Blacc, Ladi6, Australian Youth Orchestra, Galapagoose Monome, Amin Payne, DJ Perplex, Scratch22

RED BULL BEAT SUITE MELBOURNE – STREAMING ! FEAT. Aloe Blacc (US)  vocals Ladi6 (NZ)  vocals / MC Tamil Rogeon  composer  Members of The Australian Youth Orchestra  strings Galapagoose  Monome, sampling drum machine Amin Payne  sampler, drum machine DJ Perplex (3 x Aus DMC Champion)  turntables, effects Scratch22 (NZ)  turntables, samplers, effects

Red Bull Beat Suite is set to smash every conceived musical boundary – creating an entirely original, never-before-heard musical exploration, mixing together the nation’s best beat makers, musicians from the Australian Youth Orchestra as well as special guest vocalists including US soul singer, Aloe Blacc who will all feature on the same stage for two shows only on Saturday 12th May, at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

This very special event will be an orchestral exploration of the last 20 years of electronic and beat music combining two diverse musical worlds, setting a musical precedent by bringing the contemporary and classical worlds together on the one stage for the very first time in Australia.

Fans can expect to hear Australia’s best beat makers including two turntablists, a 15 piece orchestra, bass player, percussionist plus the hottest guest vocalists to produce a show like never before. The show will feature the talent of Ladi6, DJ Perplex, Amin Payne, Scratch 22 and Galapagoose. This innovative musical mash up will be cast under the intrepid direction of Australia’s own maestro and composer, Tamil Rogeon, who is charged with conducting a bunch of people who quite frankly, don’t belong in the same room – let alone the same stage! Red Bull Beat Suite is the creation of curator and creative director of the event, Kano Hollamby.

Red Bull Beat Suite is a rare opportunity to push the envelope and drive forth innovation by fusing together cultures that would normally play in very different playgrounds. The event will provide opportunities for the young guns of classical music to work with those from a hip hop and electronic music background – an unexpected collaboration with mind-blowing results.

Utilising their own award winning 3d projection mapping technologies, Melbourne’s own and world renown ENESS studios will create a never before seen interactive visual display to accompany this cutting edge performance.

Red Bull Beat Suite will debut at the stunning and musically paramount Melbourne Recital Centre, which is excited to be part of this exciting fusion – be the first to witness this cutting edge musical experiment.


Aloe Blacc (US)  vocals
Ladi6 (NZ)  vocals / MC
Tamil Rogeon  composer

Members of The Australian Youth Orchestra  strings
Galapagoose  Monome, sampling drum machine
Amin Payne  sampler, drum machine
DJ Perplex (3 x Aus DMC Champion)  turntables, effects
Scratch22 (NZ)  turntables, samplers, effects

Javier Fredes  percussion
Ryan Richie  vocals

Lance Ferguson  guitar

Kano Hollamby  creative director / music co-director
eness  video mapping & visuals


Red Bull Beat Suite is a drawing together of cultures which is as ambitious as it is thrilling. Take the nation’s best beat makers, put them on stage with the Australian Youth Orchestra, throw in US soul singer and hip hop luminary Aloe Blacc plus special guest singers and musicians, and cast them under the intrepid direction of The Raah Project’s Tamil Rogeon.

Red Bull Beat Suite is homage to the last 20 years of urban beats and electronic music genres, told by Australia’s and the world’s most cutting edge musicians, producers and vocalists through a ‘mix tape’ of orchestra, turntables and live beats.

Adding to the experience, Melbourne’s own and world renown ENESS will create a never before seen interactive visual display, utilising their own award winning 3D projection mapping technologies.

Click here for more information on Red Bull Beat Suite.

Concert Review: Aloe Blacc, Enmore Theatre

Seeing Aloe Blacc at the Enmore Theatre on January 4 was the meat in a musical sandwich of a week which started with Guy Sebastian, Pet Shop Boys, Jamiroquai and Culture Club on New Year’s Eve and concluded with Gurrumul, Washington and Manu Chao at the Domain. I’m here to tell you that Aloe Blacc can certainly hold his own with those other musical superstars.

I must offer my apologies to Maya Jupiter as we arrived midway through the Electric Empire set and missed her performance. But judging by her duet during the encore with Aloe, I’m sure she was great.

Locals Electric Empire were a fitting support act for Aloe Blacc. They played their “funked-up out-n-out feel good soul” to an appreciative audience. It felt like a time warp back to the golden era of soul as the crowd got down and funky on the dancefloor. They finished off with an impressive set of harmonies. The Aloe Blacc tour has raised Electric Empire’s profile they are currently sitting at number 3 in
the iTunes RnB Soul charts, which is great to see.

Aloe Blacc in concertThe lights went down and Aloe Blacc’s band, The Grand Scheme started to play the opening riff from Stevie Wonder’s Living for the City to excited applause from the crowd. The tension built and finally Aloe
came out, busting out a track and showing us why he has become a worldwide sensation.  He  introduced the band members which included a saxophone and trumpet player, who each played a solo. The keyboard
player gave us a sample of the theme song from Beverly Hills Cop, Axel F, adding to the sense of American pop culture nostalgia.

The Enmore Theatre was the perfect venue to witness Aloe’s smooth crooning. His powerful voice is even better live, and he effortlessly crosses different genres. He added to the entertainment value with
some funky soul dance moves to complement a vintage suit and waistcoat.

The band played many of the songs from the Good Things album, including Green Lights, Femme Fatale, Hey There Brother and Mama Hold My Hand. On Miss Fortune, which I had on high rotation on my iPod during a recent US holiday, a harpist joined the stage, adding to the atmospheric sound.

Aloe informed us that he got his start in hip hop, and rapped to one of his hip hop tracks, which was well received. For You Make Me Smile, he urged us to “hug the person next to you if they make you smile.”

When I Need a Dollar came on, the crowd went wild, singing and dancing along like there was no tomorrow. I happened to have a dollar note with me from my trip to the States, which my friend urged me to throw onstage. Aloe picked it up and showed it to the crowd, who laughed and cheered while simultaneously dancing.

For the encore, Aloe sang a soulful version of Billie Jean. I was wracking my brains wondering which song he hadn’t played yet, when
Loving You is Killing Me came on. The  catchy soul pop song was the perfect end to a great gig, and we all left on a high.

All in all a good time was had by all. I’d recommend anyone to catch Aloe Blacc when you get a chance.

Natalie Jane Cumming