GRAND PAVILION is a production duo that makes transformative electronic music combining layered samples and rhythms into a blend of organic and electronic instruments. Taking influence from bands such as Bonobo, Odesza and SG Lewis the duo thrive on developing immersive electronic music with a storytelling element. “Our sound is strongly centered around texture, space and constructing a rich soundscape into which we put our songs. We love messing around with vocal treatments and pitching and tend to create weird synth like sounds from them.” Having put out a slew of remixes in conjunction with the ‘Bella Union’ label in the UK and Monotreme Records, Grand Pavilion have developed a thoroughly unique sound with detailed production. With their heart set on Europe Vocalist Tom Hunt and Stuart McNair relocated overseas late 2015 and have set up in a cozy home studio in East London. In March of this year the duo released their latest body of work ‘Anywhere Ft. Loretta Angus’ and an accompanying B-side, ‘Roads Like Veins’ emanating from a sample-gathering trip they took through Europe in 2014. “Both tracks speak to the intrinsic link which is formed between being born overseas, and the restless desire to travel and explore further. These songs were heavily influenced by the relationships we formed when travelling through Europe – having to say goodbye to some of the people you meet when traveling can be heartbreaking. Fittingly we recorded parts of these songs in Berlin, London and finally our home in Byron Bay to track live drums and record vocals with the three girls from local Brisbane band AVA and Perth local Loretta Angus” After having performed a string of shows and DJ sets throughout 2016 Grand Pavilion went back into the studio to put the finishing touches on their next body of work. ‘Touch’ is the first of these new tracks to surface and continues on from where the pair left off in ‘Anywhere’, exploring the theme of escapism and how it sometimes takes a friend or lover to jolt you awake from feeling caught up in your daily life.
Beloportos – Johnson St The first port of call for a hangover morning or afternoon. Belaportos have the best chicken burgers in Byron with all the essential elements – Bacon Chilli/garlic sauce and pineapple. The chips are awesome – great staff and definitely a cost effective way to work back into feeling human.
Treehouse – Belongil Best place for a chilled Saturday breakfast (Awesome veg options), great coffee with good beer and pizza for an extended graze next to the water. Nice Chilled music with some awesome live music and djs in the evening.
The Farm – Ewingsdale Road Perfect for a long lunch with friends the farm has an amazing restaurant ‘Three Blue Ducks’ with produce sourced from the Farm itself or near lying organic suppliers. Awesome atmosphere and a good excuse to fit in a brief walk around and check out the animals and surrounds. You can also order a take away hamper and search out a nice place to eat on the grounds or to take to the beach. The artisan bakery ‘The bread social’ also makes some killer sourdough to take home.
St Elmos – Fletcher St When that time rolls around and its called for to do things in a more classy way this is the place to take your friends. On point cocktails and wine list (amazing Rioja) – sangria also a great option for an early evening start. The selection of Spanish tapas and bar snacks can easily keep you occupied but the dinner menu, in particular the Baby Chorizo; Slow Cooked Pork Belly With Pickled Watermelon is reason for a visit alone.
Dalwood Falls – Dalwood RD (just outside Alstonville) It goes without saying there’s no lack of beautiful beaches in Byron with main beach, wategos, secrets and cosy’s but if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, head up into the hills in search of waterfalls. Be sure to pack quite a few beers and supplies as its a little off the beaten track. There’s calm waterfalls, lots of natural water holes, rocks for sunbathing and a rope swing for a bit more excitement. Its a beautiful area so worth taking the time out for a trip outside the regular tourist activities.
Tora – We couldn’t leave you here without mentioning some of our favourite local acts that are absolutely killing it right now. At the top of the crop to come out of Byron are ‘Tora’ who have been all around the world over the last two years with their tight, organic, electronic music. Their sophisticated sound draws on minimal grooves and an intimate vocal sound, which you will hear is an irresistible combo. facebook.com/Toramusic
Parcels – Originally from Byron, but based in Berlin, is a band called ‘Parcels’ who just signed to French Label Kitsune. Arguably one of the best live bands touring around today they have absolutely nailed the fusion of funk and disco with an electronic, danceable sound. soundcloud.com/parcels-music
Kllo – The last group we wanted to mention is an electronic duo by the name of ‘Kllo’. The two Melbourne cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul have put together what we consider to be some of the freshest sounds in electronic music with a clever use of super catchy, pop-driven melodies. They’ve had a big year, which has seen them play a host of international festivals, big supports and garner attention from tastemakers and support from platforms like BBC radio 1. We’re going to keep listening – definitely one to watch in 2017. facebook.com/kllomusic