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With just two days until Detroit techno heavyweights Jeff Mills and Derrick May hit the stage at Sidney Myer Music Bowl with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) this Saturday night, Frontier Touring and Fünf are extremely excited to announce two new and very exciting pieces of information about the event.

Prior to the legendary DJs’ separate sets, both Jeff Mills and Derrick May will now commence proceedings with a 30 minute onstage interview led by Shaun Keyt.

Keyt, best known under the moniker of Viridan, has spent over 20 years immersed in music as a composer, live performer, sound designer, writer of film scores including the 2011 science fiction thriller Exit and lecturer at the School of Synthesis in South Yarra, Melbourne.  Joining them for the interview will be arranger and composer Djizan Emin and Sarah Curro, first violin with the MSO.

Following what are guaranteed to be two spectacular separate live sets from Jeff Mills and Derrick May with the MSO, the audience will be treated to a collaborative encore set from the two legends of Detroit techno – Mills and May will perform together for the very first time in history, joined by the MSO. It is absolutely not to be missed!

Full set times are as follows:

On stage interview Jeff x Derrick                     7:00pm
Jeff Mills                                                        8:00pm
Derrick May                                                    9:20pm
Jeff x Derrick Encore                                      10:30pm

Frontier Touring, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Arts Centre Melbourne and Fünf are extremely honoured to welcome Jeff Mills and Derrick May back to Australia for a world exclusive evening under the stars, joined by the phenomenal MSO. This is a once-in-a-lifetime performance, don’t miss out! Jeff Mills & Montpelier Philharmonic Orchestra Derrick May & Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra

Jeff Mills cut his teeth in the scene as ‘The Wizard’ hosting a daily mix show on local Detroit stations for eight years, before founding Underground Resistance (UR) with Mike Banks, a Detroit Techno movement with a strong political view and voice. Mills was responsible for helping build the roster and ideology for the movement before his departure in 1991 to pursue a solo DJ career and launch his own record label Axis.

Famous for his relentless pursuit of hardness and stripped down industrial sets, Mills is usually seen on stage using three decks and a Roland TR-909 drum machine. He has had various residencies throughout the world including, perhaps most famously, Tresor in Berlin and a four month-long residency as the artistic director at the world renowned Louvre Museum.

In addition to being an internationally renowned DJ and producer, Mills has written and produced film scores and soundtracks such as “Metropolis” and “Woman In The Moon” by Fritz Lang. Mills was last in Australia in 2014 when he played a sold out concert with the MSO at Hamer Hall as a part of last year’s Melbourne Festival.  Footage and details of the performance can be seen here.

Derrick May was part of Detroit’s Belleville Three with Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, a group of early producers who tested the limits of spirit within electronic music and changed the integrity of the form forever. May’s career kick-started in 1987 with the release of his first record ‘Nude Photo’ (under Rhythim is Rhythim). Using the same moniker and via his own label Transmat Records, May released the seminal track ‘Strings of Life’, his biggest track to date which hit the UK during their house explosion of 1987-88 and saw him become one of the first American techno artists to tour England.

More recently, May produced music for the film of popular video game Tekken and took the reins of popular Memorial Day event, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, which was renamed Movement for his stint as organiser in 2003 and 2004. May’s classic sound is typically energetic with a balance between percussion-heavy sounds mixed with string samples, which lends itself well to an orchestral accompaniment. May’s last time in Australia was in April 2013, performing a run of club show dates.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs live to 250,000 people each year, in concerts ranging from subscription performances at its home, Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne through to its annual free concerts at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.  The MSO has a history of collaborating with a variety of contemporary artists from Elton John, KISS, Tim Minchin, Tripod, Kurt Elling, Nick Cave, Ben Folds, Flight Facilities and Jeff Mills among many others.

Frontier Touring
Frontier Touring, part of Michael and Matt Gudinski’s Mushroom Group, is one of the most respected, long-standing and proactive concert promoters in Australasia. Formed in 1979, Frontier has played a fundamental role in entertaining Australians and New Zealanders across more than three decades and developing the live music scene in the region. Since its inception, Frontier has toured some of the world¹s most established and exciting artists, from Bruce Springsteen to Ed Sheeran, Kylie to Blur, JLO to Troye Sivan, Billy Joel to Taylor Swift, Rudimental to The Strokes and everything in between. In the past year alone, Frontier has toured Drake, Foo Fighters, Chet Faker, The Vamps, Eagles, Sam Smith, Ryan Adams, Ellie Goulding and Rod Stewart to name just a few.

Fünf is committed to showcasing the finest electronic artists to Australian audiences. Founded in 2013, the company has been responsible for presenting boundary-pushing electronic such as Seth Troxler, Matthew Dear, Moby, Tiga, Leon Vynehall, as well as curating the 2014 event that saw Jeff Mills perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in an Australian exclusive at Hamer Hall. Fünf will continue its pursuit of bringing imagination to life through unique events.

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