Home' In The City : In the City - Summer 2012 Edition Contents As The Aston Shuffle patiently
pose for In the City, an
offsider delivers some
bad news: Mikah has just
received a parking ticket.
"Aw, f***. That's okay,"
Mikah shrugs. "We've got the number
one record in the world right now, that's
"You've got to ball a little bit right
now," Vance agrees.
The duo received this good news via
SMS only a minute earlier, and while
Mikah is technically incorrect -- the
Top 40 title is held by the indomitable
Gangnam Style -- this doesn't
diminish The Aston Shuffle's immense
Their single Sunrise (Won't Get Lost)
has been reworked by Queensland expat
Tommy Trash and picked up by the
personal label of Swedish House Mafia
member Axwell; within a week of its
release, Sunrise has shot to number one
on Beatport, the world's premier online
shop for electronic music.
Not only that, the Astons are midway
through a national tour on the back of
another single, Can't Stop Now, which
has received heavy radio play since its
release in August.
"It's been awesome," Vance says. "It's
had a lot of love on the old social media,
it was the most-played track on Triple J
pretty much the week that it came out...
obviously we're stoked with the response
to [our] music."
Even when they're not putting out
high rotation music, The Aston Shuffle
are a Triple J staple with their weekly
Friday Night Shuffle program, an
eclectic look at the world of electronic
music, from house to disco to EDM.
"The beauty with Triple J is, they trust
us in our musical knowledge to play the
right things," Mikah explains. "We've
been DJing in clubs for years, we've
been putting out records for a fairly long
time, there's a certain level of trust that
they give us -- it's not like we just play
100 per cent music that we're into."
It was, in a sense, picking records
that brought The Aston Shuffle together
in 2005, when Mikah was working at
"Everyone loves Landspeed," Mikah
says. "Probably not the service, but it's
such a cool place where...all the DJs
used to hang out, it was kind of like a
melting pot for music-lovers to hang
out, and I got to push records on them I
suppose. It was awesome."
"I was in there buying records," Vance
adds. "There's always a special kind of
relationship between that dude behind
the counter and the customer -- one
person's hunting for music, the other
person's in touch with what's coming in
every single week. You inevitably strike
up conversations about what you're
After it emerged that Mikah and Vance
were both into producing music, they
got together with a since-departed third
member and began writing material as
The Aston Shuffle -- a name that had
originally been intended for an online
"Being dance music, it had to be
something relevant to that," Vance
explains. "So we figured, 'Why not call it
'something-something shuffle' because it
sounds like a dance move.
"So the question was: what's the
'something' going to be? Aston was
actually a mash-up of the suburbs we
were all living in at the time; two dudes
were living in Ainslie and I was living in
The late-90s to mid-00s was an
important period for electronic music
in Canberra, Vance believes, producing
a supportive, passionate and talented
"Per capita, Canberra punched way,
way, way above its weight in that era,"
"Yeah man," Mikah agrees. "It was
pretty damn small, but everyone was
definitely kicking goals."
The Aston Shuffle were, of course,
kicking goals of their own, starting with
a remix of Killer Applikation by German
electro producer Malente in 2006.
The years following produced a string
of successful remixes, singles, and DJ
mix albums for Ministry of Sound -- all of
which culminated in an artist album in
2011, Seventeen Past Midnight.
"You can take inspiration from pretty
much anywhere," Vance says of the
songwriting process. "The important
thing at the end of the day is that songs
connect with people and a good idea is
apparent, regardless of the context it's
"That's what drives us -- good songs,
basically. Memorable hooks, all of the
elements that get stuck in people's
heads. That's not exclusively the
province of dance music, that's a music
thing in general."
The duo is currently putting the final
touches on a second album, which Vance
tentatively expects to be released at "the
start of next year -- more than that we
"It's definitely, like, the latter stages,"
Mikah adds. "Which is probably the
hardest bit, because we've been writing
music in a nice little bubble for the last
year with no real deadlines.
"There's light at the end of the tunnel,
but now we need to really fucking
knuckle down and finish it. If we haven't
finished it by the end of the year, I think
our manager will fire us or my wife will
leave me or something."
THE ASTON SHUFFLE
AYTECH -- SPACELIFT
mes' debut on Above
ments his position as
world-leading master of
The Aston Shuffle share
DJ duties with Kissy
Sell Out for this eclectic
Ministry of Sound mix
EVERYTHING IS OK
A stunning album
unsurpassed ear for
the art of melody,
harmony, and dancefloor
FOR ALL SEASONS
From breaks to drum &
bass to house, Karton's
impressive versatility is
on full display in their
THE ASTON SHUFFLE
-- SEVENTEEN PAST
The duo's long-awaited
album rounded out a
year where they also
earned the #1 spot on the
inthemix Top 50 DJ list.
FIND THE CONSTANT
Not content to rest on
their laurels, Richter
and Beohm turn out a
sophomore album that
steps into darker, dirtier
PEKING DUK --
The upstarts debut on an
imprint of time-honoured
label Vicious, marking a
bold and brash arrival on
THE ASTON SHUFFLE VS.
TOMMY TRASH -- SUNRISE
(WON'T GET LOST)
The hits just keep on
coming, as Sunrise reaches
#1 on Beatport and closes
out the party season in
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