"Push some boundaries. Blur some lines. Make them dance."
Such is the motto and ethos of Melbournes newest and most invigorating musical collective, Freak Technique. Comprising musicians from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, and drawing from a deep pool of influences such as Fat Freddies Drop, Crazy Penis, Groove Armada, The Greenskeepers and Pnau, Freak Technique has catapulted onto stages across town with a sound truly origional in Melbournes Current Dance music scene.
Reaching beyond the realm of the traditional instrumental based line-up, and even further past the conventional club and dance floor vibe, the ensemble presented by Freak Technique contains a spectacularly organic cohesion – unsurprisingly, considering its talented roll call of artists.
Melbourne House Producers and Djs Fergus and Craig Pringle form the production behind the band. With both having had multiple releases on respected house labels worldwide, including Greenhouse, Prozent, Smashbang and Midwest Hustle, Fergus and Pringles stand out production skills, coupled with their innate ability to collaborate, has resulted in a firm a backbone of jackin’ beats, bad assed bass and sampled delights. Perfectly complimenting the vocal and instrumental cast they are surrounded by, this duo is unstoppably mutable in a live environment, their many years of pleasing crowds as DJs seamlessly translating to the live arena.
As a rising star as a soloist performer, guitarist and vocalist Jame Forbes bring his own brand of soulful roots to the evolving collective. Returning to Melbourne after five years as a solid fixture on the live music scene in Capetown, South Africa, He has been delighting audiences with his sessions at Veludos, World Bar and other hot spots around the Melbourne, his folk-acoustic, post-rock stringed rhythms, and down to earth, punchy lyrics perfectly compliment and punctuate the flow of the 'Techniques creations.
No stranger to the band scene, Kathy Hinch cements an inimitable equilibrium within the vocal section with her versatile, and uniquely luscious, tones. With her VCA Jazz background, lead singer kudos from afro-beat funk/pop band Keshie and with her new foray into the realms of Eryka Badu and Jill Scott influenced song writing in her newly formed Kathy Hinch Band, she is uniquely placed to add yet another eclectic facet to the overall body and tone of Freak Techniques work.
Percussionist, flutist and backup vocalist Jay Petch helps round out the ‘Techniques tightly interwoven dynamic, consistently delivering a veritable menagerie of sound across the stage. As a member of Melbourne’s kings of underground dance music Smash Bang, Jay also plays alongside some of Melbourne’s leading DJs, and is no stranger to the various manifestations of funk - adding his own special brand of groove to an already burgeoning mix.
Completing the fray, Sammy Sturgess brings a brazen wind to the band. With his styling saxophone whipping up a frenzy riffs, Sammy throws more than just a little funk into the group. Hailing from the more sunny climes of Brisbane, Sammy led the eight piece funk band Gorgonzola through four tours, and four CD releases before settling in Melbourne in 2005. From there, he founded funk band The Grand Bizarre and has been DJing under his solo moniker Vinyl Itchy on a weekly basis around the city, both in clubs and in regular slots on radio station Kiss FM. As the founding director of production, management and artist agency Make Believe Music, Sammy’s head for musical structure is matched only by his soulful tone.
Together, the dynamo that is Freak Technique has found a way to meld its member’s wide range of disparate influences and styles into a unique sound, one that is constantly challenging the often niche-strapped ideas of modern song writing. In true chameleon fashion, they are a rarity amongst the wash of bands found on today’s stages - formulating and performing musical entendre's with the ability to transcend and blur the lines between house, chill, jazz, roots and out right jacking dance floor grooves.
Somewhat definitively, Freak Technique can be summed up by their possession of those rarest of gifts - the sounds, style and sheer funkiness that only this 21st Century could have ever provided.
Freak Technique have a number of demo songs online for your perusal – check out http://soundcloud.com/the-freak-technique for an introduction -
For bookings contact Samuel Sturgess on 0427153195
The Freak Technique’s tracks