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Upsydown brings a unique blend of EDM with funky bass-lines, grounding leads and a heavy metal rythm and lead influence to morning psychedelic trance. Translated, Upsydown encompasses those moments when you're feeling completely sideways..
Better known as Heathy, Heath McLean grew up in a musical family, brought up on a diet of guitar & live percussion. Later performing all over Western Australia in a Heavy Metal band named Headcrush, his musical career began.
After relocating to Brisbane in 1999, Heath stumbled across a fun & loving community, in particular a very influential couple at the time going under the alias of DJ Synapse and Peta "Pumpkineata"(Ghettafunkt) who shared the same passion he did for music. Warming to these free "doof" events at beaches (Fingal Head) and lush outdoor places like Tambourine and Guanaba, he was blown away by this Psytrance after coming over from Perth which was in an era of DnB at the time.
"I remember going to this "Rave in the Pines" in Gnangara Pine Forrest way back in the day in Perth and thinking wow this is pretty fun getting outside and running around the Forest" says Heath.
"Then I started making friends after getting over to Brisvegas and stumbling upon this new music I'd never heard the likes of. The trance scene in Perth was all clubs and Northbridge, around the Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Sister Bliss, Speed garage and Trancey trance era so to hear this completely new sound was so refreshing and I was instantly hooked"
"Nowadays there is an endless array of genres, and so much good music coming out of Australia and NZ..it makes me so proud. I mean you only have to have a browse around Soundcloud and make your own according to what you think it sounds like. One of my personal favs is Pimp Daddy Funkstep (think Psy/Glitch-hop) on a Vs track I wrote with Blatwax. Very fun!"
My biggest help came from Atma (Transylvania) and Short Circuit in the early days who showed me the ropes. I guess I don't have one definitive style or genre such as "Psytrance" but a blend of a bit of everything. I've had the maddest chats with some of the most influential artists in the scene, when they've come to Australia and stayed with us. One in particular that i'd like to mention was Karen from Bubble who made me look at things and ways to write in a new light. We both have a soft spot for the sound of the sexy saxophone.
My music? - Think of Spoonbill and Tristan Boyle crossed with Namarrkon crossed with Terrafractyl and Talpa crossed with Shpongle vs U-recken. I say that because these guys were so influential in my learning stage of what I loved to listen and get down to.
Throughout the years, Upsydown has been seen playing at the Mayhem RNA Showground Events, Arena in Fortitude Valley, Southern Oracle and Secret Sessions festivals, Objectify, Twisted Taco, supporting the likes of Infected Mushroom, Visual Paradox, Dj Bog, Namarrkon, Strange Planet, Terrafractyl,
U-recken , Flouronaut, Configsysproject, Short Circuit, Zen Mechanics, Burnt Receptors, Doc Fil (Tesseract)& Franny23 (Sundance / Demon Tea). and Ozzy (Tribeadelic).
"Id really love to see more females getting out there and start producing. The girls like Kazza, Ish, Samadhi,Betty in Brisbane / NNSW / VIC can rock it like no others and are an inspiration to any Female wanting to do so. More Goddess parties are in order!"
Heath has recently been approached by Tone2 audio software to be a part of the Expansion demo writing team and says "whilst its a real challenge writing completely different styles is also rewarding and very fun."
With his freaky deaky style, no morning stomping session should be missed with Heathy and his cheeky beats.
As Heath says "I love the funky / epic / classic morning vibe at Festivals, it always puts a smile on my dial and lets me get rid of all the pent up energy, being silly and letting it all flow out the bottom of your feet."