Air Max ’97 press pic by Elliott Lauren.
Air Max ’97 is a sneaker designed and popularised by Nike. Air Max ’97 is also a Melbourne-based DJ and producer, who looks and sounds like the internet. IRL, Air Max ’97 is Oliver – one third of creative collective Club ESC. Now, if you aren’t familiar with Club ESC, you really should be – they make music, art and videos which are profoundly cyber-influenced. Air Max ’97 makes club music, and conveniently Club ESC throw monthly parties where you can experience the whole sensory overload IRL. Progress and Memory is the latest EP from Air Max ’97 which is now available on vinyl and digital release via UK-based label, Liminal Sounds.
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Who are you?
Oliver, aka Air Max ’97.
Where are you from?
I grew up in NZ and live in Melbourne.
What is unique about your local music scene?
Describe your sound in three words. Go!
Oblique club trax.
What makes you unique as an artist?
Have you heard any new music lately? Got any recommendations?
Jikuroux, Nidia Minaj, Moslem Priest, Imaabs, Neana, Strict Face, Dexter Duckett, Lotic, M.E.S.H., Divoli S’vere, Calore, Princess Nokia, Mike G, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf, DJ Lag, everything Qween Beat, Her Records, House of Trax, Gang Fatale…
Tell us a little about this release.
The Progress and Memory EP is a collection of three tracks written at the end of 2013, plus a remix by UK producer Neana. The tracks are club-oriented experiments in rhythm, melody and texture. It is released on 12” and digital through Liminal Sounds, a London based label.
What inspired the artwork for this track?
Dynamism, gravity, mediation, light.
What else are you working on at the moment?
I’ve just submitted a remix of a Nidia Minaj track for an upcoming release of hers. I’m talking to a few people about a new Air Max ’97 release, though nothing is concrete right now. I’ve also been working on collaborative tracks with Strict Face and Sudanim.
Do you have any shows coming up?
Club ESC #3 with Total Freedom, RY4, Aspartame and Rap Simons on May 31st at Mercat Basement. Going to be very special!
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