Strict Face

Structure 012 comes courtesy of one of my favourite producers in the game. Affiliated with Gobstopper, NLV Records and Different Circles, Strict Face conjures up glorious productions featuring a host of styles and sounds. From saccharine melodies to slamming riddims and brooding, weightless soundscapes, Strict Face got your back.

I caught up with the Adelaide native (well, I sent him some mundane q’s over email) to chat about club memories, cuisine, records and a little more. He was also generous enough to record this belter of a mix featuring shit hawt trax from the likes of Ahadadream, DJ Jayhood, dJJ and more. Peep the mix and our lil chat below (“,) .

Describe the mix in three words.

“40-minute speed chase.” Does that count?

What is your earliest memory of the club?

Seeing a drunk club owner (who happens to be a mate of mine) constantly rush the decks during a Ben UFO set in 2011, turning down the volume to cheer jubilantly to an even more rapturous reaction from the crowd before drunkenly pulling his pants down, falling on the floor and being escorted out of the club by his son.

What was the last record you bought? Are there any up-and-coming artists that have really caught your eye? And, where’s your favourite spot to buy records?

The last record I bought physically was Robert Armani’s “Right to Silence” LP… pretty sure my copy’s missing one of the discs. If we’re talking digital, I copped SZA’s new one last night after work. I’ve been looking forward to that record for years – naturally, it’s really good.

Up-and-coming artists that’ve wormed their way into my ears: rAHHH, DJ JM, Mina, the Paradoxe Club guys, OMO Frenchie, Ceraadi, Mist, Anz, the Harlem Spartans…

Rerun Records in Adelaide is probably my favourite spot to buy records. It’s wall-to-wall with all these records and tapes, which is astonishing for a store that’s quite small. I owe at least 50% of my record collection to the guy who runs it…

What was the last book you read? And does literature influence your music at all?

The book I’m currently reading is “Freakonomics” by Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Speaking as someone who has no knowledge of economics whatsoever, it’s a good read. Even though my music is really descriptive, I wouldn’t say literature influences my music much, if at all. Now, if we’re talking visuals…

Send me some visuals that have caught you eye recently.

What your favourite dish to cook? And, what’s your favourite record to cook to?

I don’t get to listen to music whilst cooking because the house I live in is always noisy as fuck. I love cooking oyakodon though. Szechuan eggplant (with soy nuggets instead of minced pork) and chicken carbonara are also particular favourites of mine.

And finally, whats the rest of 2017 got in store for Strict Face? Are you looking to take your sound to new territory?

Every artist has to challenge themselves, I suppose. I’m no exception. I guess I’m just driving blind for the time being…

With that said, there’ll be a new EP called “This Heat” coming out sometime later this year on NLV Records. There may be another release in the pipeline this year as well, but I’m not 100% sure. I’ll probably put out another “Re-Stricts” package at some point since the last one got a good reception except for that one guy who thought the 64kbps streaming on the mini-site were the actual files. Aside from that: a few shows scattered throughout the year, one or two projects that I’ve been tearing my hair out over since last May and missed opportunities to finally perfect a pinakbet recipe.