With the help of Oxjam, a part of Oxfam that holds live music gigs for charity and the well-respected Australian music blog, Purple Sneakers, the Mutual Friends crew took over the TBC Club in Brisbane last Friday night.
Hosted by Triple J’s Matt Okine, the night featured a line up of both local and interstate artists, majority of which make up the Mutual Friends’ roster. Out of towners including Tigerilla, Lojack and Matt Okine’s very own Boilermakers joined Brisbane based artists DJ Butcher, Feki, Sterling Silver, Polba and Gill Bates.
How The Night Progressed
DJ sets from Polba and Sterling Silver set the tone as both got the growing numbers in the crowd vibing with them and their superb selection of tracks.
Boilermakers later took the stage in the form of Triple J’s Matt and Alex, a varied mix of mellow vibes and upbeat bangers including “Full Cups” and “Take Me Home” produced by C1.
Brisbane local Gill Bates was introduced to the stage by Matt Okine, fresh from supporting tours across the country for Allday and Baro. The crowd turns it up a notch for the home town kid as he controls the energy in the room effortlessly. Transitioning from a hard-hitting introduction, to a lower tempo, mellow track, “Diamonds & Gold”. The track featured the super catchy hook which had everyone in the room reciting the lyrics along with him.
The crowd gets hyped up again as another Brisbane Hip-Hop product, Carmouflage Rose, soon joins Gill Bates on stage for the unreleased track “Dreams”. C.Rose brings unmatched energy to his stage performance and has the front section of the crowd jumping and ‘wylin’ out as he leaves the stage for a brief crowd surf.
Gill Bates then proceeds through to his latest single “Didn’t Mind” a catchy R’n’B track produced by fellow Mutual Friends artist producer Feki. The crowd was treated to “She Knows“, Gill’s first stand out track as he tells the crowd how the song started his whole journey. The vibe of the crowd after Gill’s set makes it quite clear that they wanted more and it became clear that there will be a lot more in store for the future of Gill Bates.
Feki treats the crowd to a wild set, his original productions such as his first single “Remember” go hand in hand with his remixed tracks that he truly transforms into his own. His recent remix of the “Years & Years” track “Desire” was another standout track in the midst of a musical journey through his talented mind.
Tigerilla, hailing from Melbourne followed shortly after and brought a huge energy to his set, bringing Gill Bates out for a cameo and keeping the crowd cheering.
DJ Butcher and Lojack finished the night off spinning 2 extremely versatile sets back-to-back and showing off their unique musical taste and skill sets behind the decks.