Updated: Feb 16
Christmas in Australia falls in late July as music fans across Australia are annually drawn to Byron Bay’s Splendour in the Grass. This festival can only be deemed as Australia’s Mecca of music with its stacked lineup of artists coming from across the globe. The T-Rex Musiq team are getting into the Splendour spirit giving you the 12 acts we are most looking forward to seeing in the 12 days leading into Splendour. If this doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know what will!
To commence the series, it’s hard to look past the producing, singing and dancing machine that is Channel Tres.
Originally Sheldon Young, Channel first gained recognition writing for the likes of Kehlani and Duckwrth. It wasn’t long after that Channel burst on the scene with his unique deep hip-house sound. With the help of LA-based label Godmode Channel released his self-titled debut EP midway through last year. This EP explores all depths of the dancefloor from the smooth Controller to the deeper Topdown in what can only be described as 15 minutes of pure gold.
The Compton product has shown no signs of slowing down in 2019, with hit singles Brilliant N***a and Sexy Black Timberlake being released with his follow-up EP Black Moses set to be out on August 2.
Channel’s fusion of his cool baritone voice and Detroit House has received wide acclaim including big names like Anderson. Paak, Disclosure and the great Elton John.
“I love Channel Tres!” Claimed Elton to Zane Rowe on his Beats 1 radio show. “He’s my favourite new artist, and boy is he great!” The Rocket Man even requested to meet Channel after one of his own sold-out shows.
Outside of his own work, Channel has provided a handful of mouth-watering remixes including ones of Aussie favourites Winston Surfshirt’s Project Redo and DMA’s The End.
For those of you fortunate enough to be attending Splendour in the Grass and Channel Tres’ sideshows, it is his live set that will have you coming back for more.
With the help of his two highly talented backing dancers, Channel provides a set of emphatic hype. I was lucky enough to see Channel during his Spilt Milk set last November and it only took a few moments for everyone to realise we were seeing something special. Channel makes a powerful first impression. The insanely well-choreographed routines and Channel’s almost nonchalant fashion of keeping up with his dancers had our jaws dropping to the floor. The infectious atmosphere Channel creates is hypnotic giving crowds what they didn’t realise they needed in their lives in a truly captivating set.
Remember the name doesn’t really cut it with Channel, with the phrase losing its meaning often getting thrown around. This man is simply unmissable. So, do yourselves a favour and go to his set.
Channel Tres’ Splendour in the Grass set times:
Thursday 18th July @Mix Up Stage: 9:00-9:30
Saturday 20th July @Mix Up Stage 1:30-2:15
Channel Tres’ Australia & New Zealand Sexy Black Timberlake Tour Dates
Tuesday 16th July – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney
Friday 19th July – The Espy, (Gershwin Room)
Sunday 21st July – Neck of the Woods, Auckland