Beats by Beat: Consulate reaches into electronic music’s murky corners for this high-energy mix
17.12.2020

Beats by Beat: Consulate reaches into electronic music’s murky corners for this high-energy mix

By Jacob Nazroo

Welcome to Beats by Beat, our mix series for electronic music lovers. Head here if you missed the previous Beats by Beat mix by good-time deliverer Papi Chulo.

Consulate’s story is, in some respects, a familiar representation of Australia’s musical ecosystem: a migrant from WA, he’s been in Melbourne for nearly two years now, making music, studying sound engineering and dabbling in a few other interests and practices. But his music is by no means familiar.

Featured on Perth’s 2011 Boiler Room bill (as Emerald Cabal) – and again on its 2013 bill – his skills as a producer of twisted techno, jungle and, more recently, bass-centric genres, have been known across Australia for the last decade by those with their ears to the underground.

He’s released music as Consulate through the likes of Good Company Records and Germany’s Bitterfeld Musik and has made equally sizeable waves as one half of Senate, contributing, for example, to the Butter Sessions/Noise In My Head Domestic Documents compilation, featuring electronic musicians from all across the country.

So we’re pretty stoked to add him to our mix series.

“I’d describe the mix as an honest representation of what I’m into at the moment,” he told us. “It flickers between being danceable and being very much not.”

Check out the interview after the mix, in which we talk about turning linguistic concepts into music, making art spontaneously vs strategically, Consulate’s musical ambitions, upcoming releases and more.

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