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Productive Sydney based duo Matt Van Schie (Van She/Du Tonc) and Michael Di Francesco (Touch Sensitive) are Tear Council, their debut track “Anywhere” was well received when it arrived back in February with its 80s influenced new waveish sound.

Now they unleash the brand new mixtape aptly titled “Mixtape For The Heart”, this is on that 80s throwback vibe with a funky yet romantic sound for those long summer drives.

Be on the lookout for their second single release “My Car” which will be released in June.

Described as ‘an outlet for his more emotional outpourings,’ Sydney based mainstays, Matt Van Schie (Van She/Du Tonc) and Michael Di Francesco (Touch Sensitive) unleash a tidal wave of ocular juice as Tear Council via their debut cut,’Anywhere.’ Taking you back to the rhythm of the 80s and “Drive”-esque memories from summer days past, “Anywhere” will make you relive those throwback-thrills – an experience that is guaranteed to get you on your feet. With a video for “Anywhere” scheduled for March, and their music credentials and fashion game already strong, Tear Council are ready to take 2015 by storm.

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The brain child of Matt Van Schie and Mighty Mouse, Du Tonc has been making some serious waves in 2013 with their previous releases Darkness, Surging Memories and Rise. We’ve been anxiously awaiting their next single “Island”, and just as we thought these two did not disappoint. This lovely and romantic disco infused tune features Matt Van Schie’s enchanting vocals, and will be released October 18th on Du Tonc’s very own label Nightfilm.

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Make sure to catch them live at one of the upcoming tour dates below.

7th October 2013 – Sfuzzi Uptown, Dallas (USA)
10th October 2013 – Foro Masaryk, Mexico City (Mexico)
11th October 2013 – Lure, Hollywood (USA)
12th October 2013 – Moustache, Tijuana (Mexico)
29th November 2013 – XOYO, London (UK) w/ The Magician

Last month Future Classic’s Touch Sensitive forever changed the way we feel about pizza with his single “Pizza Guy”. As if my love for the honorary food group (here code name: records) couldn’t be more intense, Touch Sensitive has gone ahead and taken it into outer space and churned out a truly intergalactic space jam (Michael Jordan reference intended). The track first appeared at the beginning of Goldroom’s Saguaro Mix 2013 and everyone was clamoring over the mp3 like it was the last slice. To continue the pizza-related enthusiasm, we’re happy to premiere today the official video for “Pizza Guy.” The video features cameos from Flume, Jagwar Ma, Chet Faker and Van She. Mikey (Touch Sensitive) himself is the pizza guy, delivering hot slices of vinyl in a faded blue 1985 400i Ferrari. Yum.

The Van She electropop dynasty continues to unfold its synthy goodness, following up their 2012 album Idea of Happiness with formidable side project releases from Du Tonc (ft. the band’s bassist and singer Matt Van Schie) and Touch Sensitive (keyboardist Michael Di Francesco). The latter’s debut single “Body Stop” was one of the first releases on stellar Sydney label Future Classic, and helped to define the leisurely disco-house sound of the imprint.

Now, after collaborating with Anna Lunoe on the Beatport-topping 2012 single “Real Talk,” Touch Sensitive has finally released a couple of new singles under his own name, including the excellent slow-burner “Pizza Guy.” Surrender to a decadent melange of glittery arpeggios, fat funky basslines and chopped up vocals in this gorgeously produced track, described by a friend as “optimized for play when the sun is no greater than 10 degrees above the horizon.”

Du Tonc (1/2 Mighty Mouse and 1/2 Matt Van Shie of Van She) released the official video for their first single “Darkness”, which is without a doubt one of my top tracks of 2013 so far. The two are set to perform their first show as Du Tonc at XOYO in London on June 14th. Keep your eyes on these guys.

Du Tonc are the two words that should be on your lips right now. Made up of super duo Mighty Mouse and Matt Van Schie (Van She), Du Tonc has been deep in the studio cave for the last year but are breaking out in a big way. Their first single “Darkness” is a disco-funk melancholy tinged track that’s claimed over 60,000 plays in just two weeks. The two are expected to hit the road in April after the release of their second single on Cheap Thrills.

We wanted to know a little more about the guys behind Du Tonc so we asked them a few questions. Apparently crossing dressing and costumes are going to be a thing. Read on.

Nancy: Where did the name Du Tonc come from and what does it mean?
MVS: Haha, well, the name was born in Paris on the night we met. Probably enough said for now..

MM: Yeah… I think that story can stay asleep for little while longer :)

Nancy: There are a lot of collaborations happening between artists these days, usually on one track or EP. What made you guys decide to take it to the next level and start a new project?
MVS: We just became good mates after our ordeal in Paris. We started sending each other tracks that we were working on for our own projects, and then Chipsey rejigged something that I was working on, and I was like “wow”, and he was like, “let’s start a new project”, and I was like “yeah!”.

MM: Yeah it took a while, I think it’s cool we became good friends over the years because we got to know each other better, I think that can be important when you’re making tracks together, you can be honest and respect each other. I was itching to do something with Matt though cause he has ninja fingers.

Nancy: How would you describe the Du Tonc sound to someone who’s listening to your music for the first time?
MVS: disco-world-house-pop

Nancy: When can we expect to catch you guys live and what can we expect from your shows when you inevitably go on tour?
MVS: Hopefully start hitting the road in April. Expect drums machines, costumes and guitars.

MM: The costumes bit is news to me, but I’m up for anything. I’m also now slightly scared what Matt has in mind. As long as I don’t have to wear female clothing.

Nancy: What else do you guys have cooked up for 2013?
MVS: Mixtapes, re-edits, new singles, videos and shows. Woop!

MM: Cross dressing

For a dj, vocalist, and producer who has put together sound pieces for major clothing brands, hosted her own radio show, released works on labels like Fool’s Gold and Future Classic, and headlined shows in some of the world’s largest cities, Anna Lunoe is a surprisingly down-to-earth person.

She’s a pleasure to be around with a relaxed demeanor, infectious smile and charming Australian accent.

Focussed on the personal journey toward artistic fulfillment, Lunoe approaches music production as if it were a muscle needing regular exercise; which helps explain the abundance of work she’s been releasing over the past couple years including a collaboration with Van She keyboardist and producer Touch Sensitive on “Real Talk,” which became Beatport‘s 4th highest selling indie/nu disco track of 2012.

Our interview takes place in a stairwell above Nashville’s High Watt club where she’s about to perform. There we sit, geeking out about dance music and sweating from the rising heat, occasionally pausing to enjoy one of the songs being played bellow.

Joseph: Having grown up in Sydney, why do you think Australia is such a safe haven for dance music?

Anna: That’s a great perception people have on Australian dance music. I think it’s because Australia’s largely a really positive country. We’re not talking about Berlin’s underground late night minimal techno sound, we’re talking music made for open-air bars and festivals with positive with hooks and synths. For the most part it sounds like summertime.

Joseph: There are a lot of Australians like yourself who’ve migrated to LA. Do you have a group of friends out there?

Anna: We do! We’ve got a little clique.

Joseph: You, Bag Raiders…

Anna: And then there’s Felix (Plastic Plates), Tommy Trash, Hook & Sling, Nervo, Wax Motif, Bass Kleph, Pnau and others passing through all the time like Light Year, Flume and Cassian. So many people are gravitating to LA right now, which is cool!

Joseph: The first time I saw your name was on “Love Ting” with Wax Motif and then I kept seeing you popping up on various collaborations throughout the year. What does the back-end look like when you’re working with someone?

Anna: Every time it’s different. Sometimes we’ll sit down in front of a blank Ableton session and work it out from scratch. We might intellectualize it before or we might not.

Sometimes it starts with one of us making a sketch or someone will come to me with an almost finished track and ask if I want to write a top-line for it.

Joseph: What’s a top-line?

Anna: So a top-line is a vocal line. When you see a Swedish House Mafia song with a girl singing on it, they’ll send that out to a bunch of different vocalists, get them to write lines for it and then they’ll pick the one they think is the catchiest.

Joseph: It’s good to hear though. I know it’s sexist but I’m always skeptical of whether some of these girl dj/producers are actually making their own tracks.

Anna: Well yeah, It could be any producer, not just girls. I could tell you a bunch of guy producers who have ghost writers working on their stuff. People you’d never think. It’s very common.

I’ll be the first to tell you though, a lot of people get help. I don’t think that’s always a bad thing, but I do think it’s not so great when no one talks honestly about it.

Joseph: Well I don’t think there’s anything wrong with “help,” but it’s not always transparent as to whether somebody’s name on a track means they did it, you know?

Anna: Yeah. It’s something that trickles down from pop music. Obviously Rihanna and Beyonce aren’t writing or producing their own music and their name’s all over it. They are the brand.

It’s a very grey area but If I wrote it with someone, I’ll tell you.

Joseph: So do you have some tracks you’ve made on your own from start-to-finish?

Anna: Ya! The track “Up and Down” off of the Fool’s Gold release was me start-to-finish. And plenty more coming out next year.

Joseph: What kind of sounds are inspiring you right now?

Anna: Right now I’m really going against the loudness of everything. All the songs I want to make are really stripped back, or maybe just not so heavy.

Joseph: I feel like a lot of Australian music is headed that way as artists continue to change and grow — but I feel like there’s something missing between the super pumping “EDM” and all the casual disco and deep house out there right now.

What happened to the fun, gritty, vocally-driven dance sound that surfaced around 2007 when all of this was just taking off? Is there just not as much good indie-pop to make awesome remixes? As an Australian, what do you think about all of this? [laughter]

Anna: I have so much to talk about on this!

So basically, 2007 was when I first gatewayed into this type of music as well, so I can personally vouch that it was really exciting.

And then the EDM thing started to build and we all got channeled into this huge beast and it all kinda just blew out.

I think a lot of people feel the same way, like “hold up, we’ve lost something here.”

The other problem is, since no one’s buying music anymore the labels are pretty much only going for short-term pop turnover to pay the bills and not focusing on developing artists.

In this climate, one bad album gets you dropped. Think about what that would mean if a band like Radiohead got signed today — we mightn’t have Ok Computer, Kid A or The Bends because their first album only had one crossover hit on it.

In the long term, this might be costing us albums that unite a generation. I’m not saying, ‘things were better before,’ because there were problems with the old system too. My point is, the way we consume music has changed.

Some things about that are really exciting though, like seeing underground producers getting big pop opportunities — like Diplo working with Usher and Lil Wayne or Santigold being sampled by Jay Z.

I love the access it gives artists. You can make something, upload it and if it’s good, people will spread it. That’s cool.

I guess the downside of having more listening platforms is that our attention is more divided. It’s rarer for an alternative artist to make a really big impact — like a generationally uniting impact. Not to say it doesn’t happen, but it is rare.

photo: Justin Vague & Studio Das Monk

Joseph: As an artist in this generation of music business, how do you keep from getting jaded?

Anna: At the end of the day, I’m just fortunate to get to do the thing that makes me happiest right now, which is making music in as many different situations as possible.

I had a few years before I really started working on music where I knew what I wanted to do but didn’t know how to action it and found myself getting pretty frustrated — especially because I wanted to do everything myself and not ask for help.

Joseph: I think a lot of people considering music production go through similar processes; and end up kicking themselves for not starting earlier.

All these kids…

Are there no more normal, late-20’s producers? Do they all have to be 15?

Anna: Ya, if you’re not 15 forget about it! [laughter]

Don’t let all these young producers scare you.

When you think about all of the sounds your brain has been consuming over the years — whether you’re a blogger or a DJ — that gives you a unique view to bring to the table.

I met this awesome 60-year-old parks and recreation guy once and I’ve never met anyone so empowered with dance music in my life!

He was making techno! He was making house music! He was making disco! He knew everything about every software. If you can keep learning as you move through life and continue to move forward artistically, that’s the journey right?

Good on you young producers, you’re very inspiring but you’re also scaring everybody! So the message here is, if you’re over the age of 21, you’re not dead!

Don’t worry about it, just fuckin’ work!

Joseph: This’ll be the last one because I know you have to go. Have you ever considered yourself something of a role model to aspiring girl producers?

Anna: I don’t think anyone thinks of themselves as a role model but I’ve always looked up to the strong, idealistic women of the music industry. I still love Bjork, Fiona Apple, Annie Lennox, Robyn, Sheila E, Ladybug from Digable Planet — any woman who’s doing something different. People who go with the grain and do things that are already there and do it well, that’s cool too but for me it’s all about contributing something. That’s what inspires me. I don’t know if I’m executing that just yet but that’s the goal I am working towards.

Joseph: Well good luck!

Anna: Thank you!

Listen to Anna Lunoe’s recent Scion Radio mix below, check her free downloads on soundcloud and show her some love on facebook and twitter.

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