14 Jul Le Bruh: Melbourne’s Underground Vibe Lord
Le Bruh has been heaving dance floors throughout the Melbourne club scene and festivals on a local and international scale. Anyone witnessing his sets says that the vibe he brings is ELECTRIC, and it’s one of the many reasons why he is at the top of his game right now.
We caught up with Melbourne’s Vibe Lord, Le Bruh to chat on his music, his career and the Pelican Villa.
How were you introduced to the electronic scene in Melbourne?
I grew up in Geelong which is one hour away from Melbourne, in the early days I was pretty into Psytrance parties so I used to attend some pretty wild doofs. Every so often these parties would run club events or I’d go see international acts I was into at the time when they did Melbourne shows. This was my first taste of what would become my future.
What was your first gig?
My first ever gig was when I brought my CDJ400’s & DJM400 mixer to my friends epic birthday gathering over 8 years ago. We set up everything in a public camping spot in the Otway’s, brought the generator, sound system (which was a home theatre system haha) and my decks. That was the first night I ever played in front of friends and definitely was a defining moment which led me on the journey I’ve been on ever since.
Did you attend festivals before you started playing at them?
Sure did! I’ve been attending festivals since I was 19 years old (I’m 27 now) , even flew over to Turkey in my early 20’s to go to a couple of psytrance doofs.
What are the major differences between a club and a festival gig?
A club gig is a service to the people in the room. They are there to have a good night & you can play an important part of helping them achieve that state of bliss. I find I tend to push less of my own musical tastes in a club and play a variety of sounds I’ve collected that suit the crowd or the moment. If I find a certain vibe works for a certain venue / time slot I will expand on that sound for that place. But every venue has its own sound. This has definitely been something that has helped me gain residencies and gigs in so many different situations and environments.
At a festival I tend to lean towards a more immediate & progressive / tribal tinged journey usually with big chunky bass lines & moments which plunge your heart and soul into the music and moment. Depending on the time slot is how heaving I will deliver that musical message.
What is Pelican Villa?
Pelican Villa is a theme camp / community created at Burning Seed. For over 6 years we have serviced the community by bringing the best people together to connect and have authentic experiences expressing themselves freely. Pelican Villa is more of an umbrella of connection than anything else but under that umbrella we are known for throwing some pretty wild parties & events.. From warehouses to rooftops to our theme camp when we decide it’s party time you can trust it’s going to be something special.
Where did the idea come from?
The idea originally came about from the fellow co-creators who are close friends. There seemed to be a mad obsession with Pelicans. One of our friends even had a Pelican tattooed on his leg. It was only fitting to include this into the name of the theme camp.
What has been the major driving force behind it’s popularity?
I think people resonate with a space that they feel accepted that is not part of any clique. We tend to attract a certain crowd of people who have respect for themselves and one another. One of the most beautiful parts of our collective is how people are
there for one another when times get tough, it’s truly one of the most outstanding values I’ve witnessed over the years and I think that’s why it has survived the test of time for so long. Also we are known for playing some pretty saucy tunes, that would definitely have something to do with people giving Pelicans the tick of approval.
Do you have specific goals to achieve this year?
This year I’m making the most of the downtime during this current situation to learn new skills & subjects which I didn’t give myself the time to previously. I’m also working on lots of music in the studio so by the time I’m out there performing every weekend for you all again I’ll be throwing lots more original sauce in the mix.
Where can we see you and the Pelican Villa crew in action?
At the moment nowhere, but when and if restrictions lift to 100 person events we will be notifying our network and organising some much needed dance therapy accordingly.
What would you like to say to the community both locally and abroad?
You are each in control and responsible for how you perceive and respond to your reality in every moment. If you meet life with positive energy and action you will be rewarded & progress on whatever path you’re on. Never forget to give yourself the love and attention you deserve, this will result in the best version of you when you give energy to other people.
“Also now more than ever take the time to learn about your body & your immune system. Over the years I’ve survived and remained healthy even though I’ve lost countless hours of sleep by keeping up mineral supplementation and learning what works to keep my brain healthy and sharp.
Other than that, just wanna say I love you all and hope you are all coping through this unique hibernation period.“
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