A LITTLE HISTORY
Kasey Taylor began his DJ career at the age of 13 on the decks at a little roller disco in Melbourne – Australia. 27 years on and he’s become one of Australia’s biggest ever dance music exports, and one of the most widely recognised DJ’s around the globe today.
To date, his career resume is an impressive read, ticking off gigs at almost every big show in Melbourne and having held residencies at every club worth noting.
In particular, Kasey played an integral role in creating the magic that was the ‘Mansion’. In fact, it was such an institution that you felt like you were at a special church for music every Saturday night. The venue has gone down in clubbing history and during Kasey’s time spent there, he played alongside everyone you could imagine. Names like Sasha, John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Satoshi Tomiie and Dave Seaman were just the tip of the iceberg. The list goes on and on and on.
In fact, he managed to impress Digweed enough that he invited Kasey to play at his monthly Bedrock night at Heaven in London two years running back in 2000 and 2001, which both fell on Easter Thursday – one of the biggest Bedrock nights of the year.
A night, and a brand recognised by the underground dance music industry as one of the greatest in the world.
On top of this, he’s also supported at all the major festivals in Australia like Renaissance, Global Underground, Two Tribes, Future Music Festival, Summadayze and many more, with the most recent one being the stunning Eclipse Festival up in the far north of Queensland, which Kasey quotes as being ‘One of the best ever festivals musically with a total Eclipse that was a life changing experience for all that witnessed it’. He also has a very loyal fan base at Rainbow Serpent Festival in his hometown of Melbourne, which now holds the reputation of being Australia’s number 1 outdoor festival, and arguably the worlds too – A festival where Kasey plays each and every year. In 2011, he was also asked to be the exclusive DJ to support the Leftfield & Infusion tour around Australia. Another tour that was simply amazing to be a part of.
RECORD LABELS (VAPOUR RECORDINGS & EVAPOUR8)
For well over a decade now, Kasey has had the luxury of releasing his music on his own well respected record label, ‘Vapour Recordings’, which he founded in 1997. In the time since Kasey Taylor launched Vapour Recordings, the label has forged itself an enviable reputation, not only as one of Australia’s leading independent dance labels, but the worlds too.
July 2011 saw the label reached it’s landmark 100th release. The clock was wound back for this one choosing artists from the past, present and future to remix the back catalogue. The package contained some fantastic names and remixes from the likes of Guy J, Hernan Cattaneo, Luis Junior, Dousk, Jamie Stevens (Infusion), Peter Horrevorts, Luke Chable, Nick Warren, Rodskeez, Fiord, Kassey Voorn, Barry Jamieson and many more. For all those who follow Vapour Recordings, this was definitely a package impossible to overlook.
In 2004 Kasey launched another label titled ‘eVapour8’. A label dedicated mainly towards Tech House and Techno. The first release, ‘Shorkel’ by Miki Litvak &Ido Ophir was featured in the Beatport main top 10 chart for over six weeks, while the second release, Avilo ‘Rubicon’ was featured on Anthony Pappa’s triple mix CD – Moments, (released in April 2008). Following these successes, Fiord’s ‘Get Up Jude’ appeared in the Techno top 10 for two months, proving that eVapour8 has also gained a fast reputation worldwide for releasing quality tunes.
2013 sees Kasey about to launch two new projects – so stay tuned for news very soon.
A FINAL FEW WORDS
So what is it about Kasey’s music that has won him the respect of the dance community? If you really want to know, plant your feet on the dance floor for the full duration of a Taylor set as Kasey effortlessly changes gears from all genres of music, sucking you into his sound scapes to a point where you look up and all of a sudden you realise you’ve been lost in music for hours – You can talk about his astounding mixing which is so precise that you probably won’t even know whether a track is coming or going -You can talk about the fact that Kasey will be playing records weeks before most, while pushing the boundaries and entertaining at the same time. You can talk about a lot of things but at the end of the day, Kasey just ‘understands’ dance music, He writes music, lives it, studies it, and embodies it, so if you ever get the chance to go and hear a Kasey Taylor set, go and enjoy it!