Scene legend Angus Gruzman aka Gus Da Hoodrat, aka Angelo Cruzman needs no introduction to those who have met him, seen him DJ, or even glanced at his profile pictures. But to the world at large, he is under-appreciated, despite having been a key fixture in Australia's prolific dance music community for over a decade, through the magic heyday of Bang Gang to the present underground Motorik crew he mentors. We don't need to dwell on the past, but a bit of context is important here... Australia is rarely taken very seriously, and there is a rich unwritten history worth revisiting - one in which Gus figures as an epic player.
Around 2002-2004, the world of techno collided with pop, 'electroclash' as it was unfortunately referred to, sparked a massive movement in fashion and dancing with raves, underground parties and festivals paving the way for what in 2013 is referred to even more generically as EDM. At the genesis of that scene there were a few key players: the Frenchies led by Ed Banger, Kitsuné, and the fashionable compilations of Colette, the German contingent led by Hell's Gigolo records and young Hamburg producers like Boys Noize and Digitalism, an international spattering of flamboyant pop from the likes of Kittin, Tiga and Peaches... and then there were the Australians. Modular built some massively successful acts which traveled off the continent, but at the heart of the PARTY, at the very centre of the worldwide vibe, were the Bang Gang DJs. It's hard to overstate how devastatingly cool these guys were at the time, or how influential. The crew consisted of the immensely charismatic Ajax (RIP), Dangerous Dan (whose era-defining brand Tsubi put Sydney on the map in the fashion world), Beni, Jaime Doom and Gus Da Hoodrat. Never really the centre of attention, Gus's role in the group was nevertheless massive, he was in many ways the So-Me of the collective, designing some of the most memorable flyers of the era, tattooing himself silly as he went along, establishing a brand that embodied the ideals of pure off-the-rails party. As a DJ, he and Ajax arguably had the most talent, and although the mash-up style of those years is now maligned, it demonstrated a breadth of musical knowledge, and possessed a sense of drama and range that is all too often absent with DJs.
Flash forward nearly a decade... years of A&Ring and running the Bang Gang imprint, an utterly awesome amount of hours spent DJing, through the disbanding of the crew, the opening of a legendary bar (The Flinders Hotel), the formation of Motorik, now Sydney's leading underground techno label and party, touring with Jagwar Ma, forming one half of Turbo-championed The Finger Prince, and through endless journeying inwards by way of a semi-tragic love affair with the K-hole... Cruzman has spent the better part of the last couple of years translating his vast knowledge, psychedelic experience and DJ sensibilities into a new movement by the name of Multi Culti.
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