Boosted | The Gradient Perspective | Closed Sessions | Para Presents Opiuo The Sponges, Defunk, McWavy, Hawt Coco
Opiuo is Oscar Davey-Wraight. Born in the festival paddocks of rural New Zealand, he packed his bags and headed to Australia at the youthful age of 20 to find meaner, greener party pastures. Landing in the grimey, colourful streets of Melbourne, he built a emphatic fan base amongst club and festival goers across the great red land of Australia. Using his positivity as a catalyst for mighty musical enjoyment, he captivated audiences with his extremely unique funkadelic bass heavy creations.
His 2010 debut album Slurp & Giggle spread like wildfire across the global underground music scene, earning him nominations for best album at the Australian Independent Music Awards. His follow up albums, Meraki in 2014 and Omniversal in 2016, were winners and finalists for the New Zealand Music Awards in the “Electronic Album Of The Year” category respectively, and continued by gaining millions of plays and downloads across all the major musical platforms.
Since then Oscar has gone on to be specifically selected to support the most respected names in electronic music, including Bassnectar, Griz, Pretty Lights and more. He’s headlined the greatest venues in the world, including Colorado’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheater with his 5 piece live band juggernaut The Opiuo Band. He has also played every major North American, Australasian and European festival to rave reviews.
His highly sought after remix works span artists far and wide, from Gwen Stefani to Kimbra, Griz to Pretty Lights, Koan Sound to Infected Mushroom, earning him respect as a truly versatile artist, with no specific genre box to restrict his musical endeavours.
Canadian born Logan Anderson, better known by his stage name Defunk, has made a distinct name for himself in the electronic music scene with his live keyboard-infused bass music. Defunk’s unique fusion of funk, blues, soul and heavy bass music has proven him to be a true connoisseur of genre blending. His innovative style has created a path for fans of all genres to venture into the bass music scene…and a niche that has left him virtually untouched. He constantly pushes the boundaries of what bass music can be with a live performance element that has captivated audiences all over. The versatility Defunk delivers in both his DJ sets and live performances has caught the attention of Pretty Lights, GRiZ and Gramatik. He’s played at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, Insomniac’s Electric Forest Festival, Canada’s Shambhala Festival and many more. With a constantly changing set and rapidly expanding discography, Defunk consistently constructs a show brimming with allure and absolute magic, and has plenty of collaborations and genre bending music in the works for 2021.
From the deepest and darkest soul-snatching pits of the inescapable swampy hellscape known as Florida, arose an unlikely glimmer of light… The Sponges. Blending classic scrunchy-faced funk with next level bass house production, The Sponges have carved their own lane in electronic music. Having gained support from artists such as GRiZ, Zeds Dead, Tchami, AC Slater, The Floozies, Manic Focus and Jauz, it’s clear that their infectious sound is the perfect addition to peak party hours.
Due to their deep-rooted love for hippie fests and nightclub debauchery, the duo’s mission has always been to blend sounds, bend bodies, and deliver the most fun and energetic listening experiences to audiences everywhere. After FIVE #1 records on Beatport, The Sponges are well on their way to establishing themselves as one of the greatest acts to ever grace the sonic wasteland known as the electronic music industry. Prepare your playlists for the dukes of disco, the future of funk, the lords of the low-end, the czars of certified bangers, the emperors of ecstasy, the rulers of the rave, the bassline bastards, and the gods of groove as they gear up for an explosive year in 2022!