Hailing from Melbourne new Electro and house music guru Lockdown is only at the start of his music career, but already gathering a list of achievements that would make a veteran blush.
He’s played in India and all across Australia and found time recently to have a chin wag about all the new in his world.
“I grew up playing guitar and listening to heavy metal and rock really. The Ministry Of Sound in about 2007 changed my outlook and from that point onwards, I crossed over into that electro mould.
“The Melbourne scene especially is very good for house and underground music. It’s a niche. There has been a lot of support from the outside.”
After breaking through with a number one on the trance charts Lockdown, who wears a mask when performing, says that achievement has really opened up opportunities for him he may not have had.
“Having the number one is definitely a bragging right. And clubs see that and it leads to more bookings so it is a nice position to be in. It gets you a chance to open more doors.”
Lockdown has just returned from a successful jaunt to India where surprisingly trance and electro music is high in popularity.
“It’s definitely different in India. It’s a good scene. They are much into EDM music. I was surprised they support that culture so much,” he says.
“Gig wise the shows are high energy and feature lots of lights and fast-paced action. Everyone knows the vocals and it really is one of those ‘have to be there moments’.”
Lockdown’s popularity sees him booked out for gigs well into 2020 and beyond.
“I am pretty much booked out until December and then have events coming up throughout January and February.”
The mask was a way for Lockdown to stare down his own precarious demons as a performer, something that was a by-product of growing up unsure of himself and his talents.
“I use to doubt myself so much. But with the mask if this doesn’t work out I can get away with it in a way. I feel like a different person. It feels like smashing through the boundaries for me.”
In 2020 Lockdown can see things progressing nicely, and started with plans to release new music every month but his own success in a way put paid to that.
“Plans have changed with that idea. I wanted to release a record every month but with the added new interest and gigs it’s become too hard, which is a nice place to be. I just want to release more music and travel and see the world while playing.”
When and where: Mynt, Melbourne – September 13, Cloud Nine, Melbourne – September 25 and Lockdown’s Halloween House of Horrors @ True Clubbing, Melbourne – October 26.
Written by Chris Michaels