BLOG: NYC Disco Pioneer DJ NICKY SIANO (Studio 54, The Gallery) at TIVA feat. BOOGIE MONSTER, JAMES LOCKSMITH, CASSETTE & more. | Sat Feb 4 2023

Sydney is getter a heavy dose of DISCO legends this month, we just heard that our good friends at GROOVE SCOOTER & ELECTRONIC MUSIC LIFE are hosting pioneering NYC DJ NICKY SIANO at a free gig this Saturday night at TIVA (68 King St Sydney CBD) with local support from BOOGIE MONSTER, JAMES LOCKSMITH, PARIS GROOVE SCOOTER & more.

We still have some very fond memories of seeing him at a SHE PARTY many years ago playing a very special NYE Disco set to bring in the new year over 10 years ago.

We will be down there enjoying the music, taking DJ notes & having a boogie, we highly recommend this night out for anyone who is into proper disco heat that hardly gets played here. Nicky Siano is one our main DJ influences & he is one of the reasons we are into disco.

Check out their page for info HERE |



As the founder of Manhattan’s legendary club The Gallery and an original resident DJ of the notorious Studio 54 (where he was playing when Bianca Jagger entered on a white horse), Nicky Siano is a bonafide queer disco legend. Together with David Mancuso‘s Loft and Paradise Garage, Nicky Siano’s Gallery was one of the three most influential underground disco clubs in New York during the ’70s. The Gallery is also where Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles learnt their craft watching and listening to Nicky Siano’s every move in the DJ booth. Sometimes Siano would step outside the DJ booth to put on drag-not-drag performances, channelling everyone from Diana Ross to the Statue Of Liberty. The Gallery was also an important launchpad for future stars, including Grace Jones who made her debut at the club. After The Gallery closed in 1977, Siano turned his hand to producing music, most famously forming Dinosaur – along with a young Arthur Russell – and releasing the groundbreaking Kiss Me Again on Sire Records featuring David Byrne on guitar shortly before Byrne launched the group that would make him a household name, Talking Heads. Later Siano would spend 15 years working in the queer community helping people with AIDS, before returning to his music career where he continued to produce music, DJ around the globe and direct the documentary Nicky Siano: Love Is The Message: A Night At The Gallery which Groovescooter premiered in Sydney back in 2012. Saturday Feb 4th is a rare chance for Sydneysiders to experience the disco / house pioneer for one night only.


NYC DISCO LEGEND – JOHN MORALES (BBE Records, M+M Mixes) at SOUL OF SYDNEY | Sun Feb 19 [sold out]


We welcome NYC DISCO LEGEND JOHN MORALES (M+M MIxes, BBE Records) to SOUL OF SYDNEY for an afternoon of feel-good FUNK< SOUL, & DISCO goodness on Feb 19 for his final Australia show.

Update 18/2/22 –


2:00 – 4:00 PM – PHIL TOKE

4:00 – 5:00 – DJ MK1

5:00 – 7:00 – DJ JOHN MORALES

7:00 – CLOSE – SPARE

Hosted by Sam Hunter & SOUL PATROL dancers.

The venue has been emailed to ticket holders (please check your spam, or junk folder, and email us at with your order number if you have not got it).

Note we have SOLD OUT no DOOR SALES on the day (please don’t hassle us on email and socials). There is a WAITING LIST set up, if we do have capacity &/or tix an email will be sent to people on that.

See link below:

Join us and get down to an afternoon of feel-good FUNK, SOUL & a heavy dose of DISCO goodness hosted by one of the undisputed disco dons who brings a lifetime of musical knowledge.

SOUL OF SYDNEY ★ Feat. NYC Disco legend ★ John Morales ★ (M+M Mix Productions, BBE Records)

Sun Feb 19 | 2pm – 8:30 pm

Venue / 18+ Fully Licensed Party Space | Strictly for the LOVE

Happening at a secret DISCO DANCE-FLOOR which will be emailed to ticket holders the day before the event.


We take remixes for granted these days, but in the ’70s, a handful of DJs and engineers were literally putting the form together with their own hands. The Bronx-born DJ John Morales was one of these early splicers, making extended edits and medleys at a time when he found most tracks too short to work well in his sets. Cutting his teeth at Bob Blank’s Blank Tapes studio and gaining fans like disco über-producer Patrick Adams, Morales embedded himself in New York’s music world, and as the ’70s rolled into the ’80s, Morales grew ever more in-demand for his eminently club-ready tweaks of everyone from Hall & Oates to The Rolling Stones. Along with his partner Sergio Munzibai, he established one of the top remix brands of the era: the M&M mix. Morales spent some time out of the game over the last few decades, but in 2009, BBE released the first of three compilations of M&M mixes, which turned the spotlight back on his considerable contribution to dance music.

★ Socials –

Tix from $25.00 + (+ booking fees)


– This is a strictly LIMITED CAPACITY throw-down & an INVITE ONLY situation for our SOUL FAMILY & friend, much smaller than previous years, we wanted to take things back and do a more personal party limited.

– Once registered, a PRIVATE TICKET LINK will be EMAILED once tickets become available with all information on how to purchase tickets. Please check SPAM, JUNK & PROMOTION folders in your email client as the invite may be in there. When you get the email you will need to click through & click ‘attending’ and then click through and purchase tickets.

18+ Event | Strictly for the LOVE | Feel-Good Funk & Old School Party Jams

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REVIEW: Kon and The Transatlantics at The Basement [21.8.2010]

Thanks to Niche Productions, The Basement hosted a night of great live soul music from Adelaide band The Transatlantics on the 21st of August, later to boogie down to the disco sounds of Kon, one half of Brooklyn based highly esteemed internationally renowned vinyl connoisseurs Kon and Amir.

Adelaide 8 piece The Transatlantics

The night began with live music from the 10 piece band The Transatlantics who are essentially an 8 piece band. Visually, you would expect a thunderous sound with two guitarists, bass player, drummer, trumpeter, trombonist, a baritone saxophonist, vocalist and two backup singers. To my surprise, their sound was incredibly tight  and powerful in a self contained manner.  It wasn’t about ostentatious solo’s or belting out tunes, rather the finer details, accents and the subtle call-and-responses that could have easily  been dismissed as repetitive nuances. I couldn’t help but be transported into a different epoch – the late 50’s and 60’s.  Their sound not only transported me to a different era, but it was like soaking in southern American heat (I used to live in Texas), waiting for the cool change of breeze, when all you could do was play by the river till late in the evening without a damn care – youthful bliss . In other words, their dynamic sound makes you feel carefree!

No doubt you’ll be hearing more of this band leading into summer festivals. Keep a good ear out for them!

And then there was Kon…

The night follwed by a DJ set from Kon of  legendary duo Kon and Amir. Kon’s musical background is deep, knowledgable in multiple genres, with vast expertise in the world of vinyl ‘diggin’ and production. Some claim his DJ sets are an historical musical journey from beginning to present, seamless and rare. It was good to see a crowd had remained to hear Kon’s set albiet increasingly drunk the crowd came to be and not what I had expected Kon’s crowd to attract.  Kon started on shakey ground that evening playing tracks to a room full of music lovers set to hear the DJ play rare disco boogie/soul tracks, instead with difficulty mixing one track into the other, he started off with electro hip hop, to radio disco bangers, dropping tracks that you wouldn’t expect a man with such musical depth and knowledge to drop.

My eyebrows were slightly raised at his musical selection, nonetheless as the night advanced, so did his musical crate and skills. Let’s just say it was a smart move on my part to espouse patience and stay past 1am. It did take him a while to warm up to the crowd, dropping classic tracks like “Candy Girl” by New Edition,  De La Soul’s ‘Me, Myself and I’, Michael Jackson, Four Tops’ “Reach Out”, then flawlessly beat juggling a number of times throughout his set, scratching in between tracks, then finally sticking to rare ghetto disco, to soul and african boogie.

He eased into his role as the boucing musical conductor, orchestrating an unrivalled disco boogie set with a dash of rare soul. This was what I had been waiting for – the commanding conductor. His known reputation as a fierce crate diggin’ aficionado was well put to the test with grooves that took us all to –  yet again, another era. That evening proved that music can make you travel through time. I felt I had traveled through  4 decades of music to come back on the other end in of the present time scale, only wanting more of the nostalgia.

Music was better back then. With the help of DJ’s and producers such as Kon, it’s longevity will remain in the hands of those who have an insatiable hunger to protect it’s genre from becoming extinct, protecting it by means of playing the genre out to the masses, travelling oceans, hand-to-hand, fibre optics and cables to keep the genre alive.

Definitely worth the wait….

Off Track Vol III ” by Kon and Amir is out now through BBE records.

Click play below to give it a listen or find it on mixcloud.

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Kon interview press image.