From humble beginnings ("I would play at house parties for friends. I started playing at clubs and raves shortly after") have come greater successes, with Sprmint now releasing more and more records and hosting various parties and events around town. The Sprmint clan consists of DJ RSK, Steve Robbins, Natural 1, Veronica Love Doll, Charm, The Magnificent, Space 3000 and Eclipse. These artists appear on Therapy which is Sprmints first major CD release, distrbuted by MDS and being launched at the upcoming Every Picture Tells A Story party. But the inevitable question remains, can Australian electronic cut it with its overseas brothers- "Easily." replies RSK bluntly through the medium of electronic mail. "Why should it be any different- The scene here in Melbourne is strong now, but more importantly, it has been around since the start of techno and dance. Steve was the first DJ in Melbourne to start playing andpushing acid house in the clubs, and this was back in the late 80s. Quite a few artists have also been writing/releasing electronic music since the early 90s. So, it's not a question of experience, I guess its more a question of recognition. the world hasn't really acknowledged our presence strongly enough, and until then, we will always ask ourselves, "could we cut it overseas-"
Those who have heard the releases being put out by these artists strongly believe yes. With dance receiving more and more exposure around town and being placed in advert after advert, is the next sonic boom going to be pumped through a 303- "You will have to ask someone who can see into the future," ponders RSK, "I can see things changing strongly though, if the executives of the American major record labels decide its time to make money from dance music (like they did with hip hop). this would definately change thing here as Australian mainstream society seems to be strongly influenced by Amercian culture, yet this is quite a generalisation on my part." With acts like The Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers being big business in the U.S, and electronic enjoying a pleasureable time with the press and record buying public in the U.K and Europe, Australia seems likeTags