Having made his debut behind the decks in 2014, BrownBear (a.k.a. Jesse Johnston) has quickly developed into a fixture of the Melbourne techno/tech-house scene, with his unique sound combining desert-infected grooves with layered melodic baselines and big funky vibes.
BrownBear’s dedication and love for electronic music & energy behind the decks has resulted in residencies at internationally recognised audio institutions Killing Time Bar (KT) & Revolver Upstairs . KT is also home to his collective/boutique label (Hindsight Music) where they run their weekly Friday minimal & tech night “OVER”.
Aside from being regularly featured on line-ups for Melbourne labels/party-starters The Sound Project, Melbourne Dance Music Academy & Off The Rekord, you can catch him at Disco Volante at Onesixone, Circus Sunday’s and Pawn & Co.
Outside of the club, BB can often be heard on various shows on KISS FM and TRNSMT.TV.
Playing his debut techno set at one of the infamous Breakfast Club day parties resulted in a support slot for French/German techno masters The Badgers at Circus Bar & Nightclub soon after. He has since been invited to play various festivals in both Australia and New Zealand and warmed the floor for international powerhouses Super Flu & Shiba San.
BrownBear’s sets and musical stylings are heavily influenced by local artists such as Retza, Luke Vecchio and Katie Drover, with further sonic inspiration coming from underground superstars Atish & DAVI.
If you just can’t wait (like us!) then you can find his most recent mixings here: