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MCKEOWN & BASSIRAY | Guest Mix & Interview | SAT 9PM | KISS FM Australia

FRICTION welcomes Stuart McKeown & Darius Bassiray on for a guestmix and chat. The lads have recently formed a duo aptly named MCKEOWN & BASSIRAY. Having recently just released a remix for the relaunch of Melbourne’s historic label Zero Tolerance, host James Beetham finds out all the details this Saturday at 9pm as his chats with lads before they lay down a guest mix.

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Mckeown & Bassiray are two Melbourne-based producers who met more than 15 years ago over their passion for the dark progressive sound that engulfed dancefloors worldwide.


Previously releasing on Proton Music, the pair have returned to the studio to focus their energy on Zero Tolerance Recordings which was recently relaunched in 2021 by Gab Oliver.  Originally an outlet for a few like-minded friends who wanted to make music no other labels would touch, this imprint ended up maturing into a deeply respected label with a loyal cult following that was the cornerstone of the dark progressive sound in the early 2000s. The pair have recently adapted this sound with modern textures, layers & engineering to make it not only unique but refreshingly different.


The pair will be featured as the label’s first release since 2004 with their remix of Subritual by Deep Funk Project VS Austin Leeds, which has already been supported by the likes of Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren, Brian Cid, Nicolas Rada, Chris Fortier, and Lemon8. This will be followed up by a two-track EP of original music, as well as a release as ‘Depth Institute’ which is a collaboration between Mckeown, Bassiray, and Gab Oliver.


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Checkout MCKEOWN & BASSIRAY’s SoundCloud & Facebook below

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Remember to keep tuning into Friction every week as we welcome weekly guests up to the Friction waves.

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James Beetham

For east-coast Australian born James Beetham, his profile has emulated an impressive array of progressive, deep and techno traits that have evolved from a hard trance beginning, in an evolution that has spanned 15+ years. Notable around Australia for his quality knowledge and solid dance floor contributions, the underground electronic devotee reigns an incredible reputation within the industry. Having also curated his record label business Late Night Music, James is an electric quality to the scene. Keeping his sound progressive, with a deep tech infusion. James Beetham has an array of remixes and original releases with support for his studio productions having already been gained from pioneering artists Subandrio, Bog, Lonya, Nick Varon, Cevin Fisher, Audiojack, Chris Fortier, Danny Lloyd, Tjerk Coers, Nikko Z and more. James Beetham has spent a heavy part of his career on radio and in studio production, striving to bring pioneering music to the masses with a current residency at Australia’s Kiss FM with his Friction show and 10+ years experience hosting on FM radio Delivering a catalogue of forefront tunes from clubs to the stage, James Beetham has engaged an enviable list of top bill spots and support shows for Robert Babicz, Sebastian Leger, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, Henry Saiz, Nick Curly and more. He has graced festival stages at Subsonic, Elements. Rabbits Eat Lettuce, Burning Seed and Electric Gardens while stepping behind the booth at iconic clubs across his home country.

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