Natural Selections 005: Phoenix Manson’s DJ set in a field of gold is pure summer bliss

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Natural Selections 005: Phoenix Manson’s DJ set in a field of gold is pure summer bliss

Combining David Attenborough-style wildlife footage with a laid-back DJ mix, Manson’s ‘Natural Selections’ Dj sets provide the perfect mood for you to work, study or relax to.

Fresh from a month-long DJ residency at Mount Buller over winter, Melbourne-based music producer and DJ Phoenix Manson returns to the airwaves with a rich cinematic, bloom-filled installment of ‘Natural Selections’ to welcome in summer.

Launching early in 2022, ‘Natural Selections’ is a groundbreaking, imagery-rich YouTube series that explores different natural environments and wildlife through Manson’s signature style of house music. Inspired by a range of influences that were having a meaningful impact on people’s lives during the pandemic, Manson aimed to provide a meaningful musical experience in a covid-world by pairing tasteful house music with the therapeutic qualities of nature documentaries to create the perfect backdrop for work, study and relaxation.

Since the first installment of Natural Selections launched with an epic set at the Waterfall of Goonengerry National Park, the series has seen Manson continues to perform in some of Australia’s most iconic national parks, including Wilson’s Promontory, Great Otway National Park, and most recently, at the Mount Buller summit of Alpine National Park. 

Spanning deep house, funk, jazzy house and lo-fi house mixes, the series has been viewed by over a quarter million people from around the world. 

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

With the summer heat waves slowly picking up, it’s time to seek relief in the form of Manson’s new disco house ode to the warm months, with his fifth installment set within a local spot that perhaps evokes that season the best. 

Bringing the summer vibes to the Natural Selections series, Manson takes viewers on a daytrip to the vibrant and beautiful canola fields that surround Geelong. 

Consumed by the endless sea of tall yellow flowers in the You Yangs National Park, he delivers a curated Disco House mix that features tracks from the likes of Daft Punk, Michael Gray and Sophie Ellis Bextor. 

A groovy and glistening soundtrack to life’s wild ride, Phoenix Manson has arrived once again to energize us, inspire us and get us moving our feet to an insatiable yet utterly relaxing and entrancing beat. 


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Building on the success of the Natural Selections concept, Manson will be launching the first Natural Selections Sessions on Friday, December 9. The event will be taking place at the rooftop of club One Six One on Chapel St. 

“After playing open air shows at the summit of Mount Buller over winter we decided to bring that day party energy to the people of Melbourne and Geelong one last time before the year comes to an end.” 

Follow Phoenix Manson on Instagram for regular video updates and behind the scenes, or head straight to YouTube to check out the series.