A team of students from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) have put together one hell of a party to celebrate the end of their trimester, and to top it all off they’re doing it in the name of charity by supporting the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF).
Speaking to two of the students running the event ,we got an indication of where the idea for this event came from. “Our whole group is really into the electronic music scene so we wanted to do something around [that theme] and something different from the other AIM events which have been your typical band night,” said Stacey Queffert.
With this philosophy in mind, Hugh Cruickshank explained how the group chose their lineup of artists: “Usually the events just get bands from around uni that no one really knows, so it’s just AIM kids [that currently attend], but we wanted to get people from outside of that circle so we had to get some big headliners.”
Having worked in various roles within the electronic scene, Stacey and Hugh were able to use some of their connections to help secure Triple J’s House Party host KLP to achieve their goal. KLP was more than happy to be involved: “I never went to university myself so the whole student thing is an unknown concept to me. So it’s really cool to see what everyone is doing and to be a part of it,” she said.
The event being in support of a music and children’s charity definitely helped to peak KLP’s interest. “I always try to get involved in them [charity events] when they come up, especially if I think it is a good cause… I think anything to do with music is definitely in the forefront of my mind,” she said.
Fresh off a performance at Splendour In The Grass, KLP will be returning to one of the venues where she started out: “I remember playing there until the early hours of the night doing many a DJ gig years back.”
Stacey and Hugh were very quick to thank all of the people in the industry that helped them along the way. “Everyone was great with advice on how to approach things and so open and willing to help us out,” said Stacey. Many of the DJ’s gracing the decks with KLP throughout the night – including Snillum, Deckhead, Gradz and Deeper Than House – have donated their services “because they wanted to support the event and charity” said Hugh.
Aug 19. The Standard Bowl, Level 3, 383 Bourke St, Surry Hills. $20. Info: facebook.com/events/421821381323142/