Words & Photos by Richard Isaacs

Adelaide local Motez is doing it big on the world stage. This home grown talent has been behind some of the largest tracks to hit the Fresh 92.7 playlist recently and tunes such as his remix of Madison Avenue’s classic Don’t Call Me Baby have been receiving major international attention.

With the launch of his latest single Own Up he decided it was time to head out on tour and to set it all off he lined up something special for his hometown: The Motez “Own Up” Secret Launch Party with the venue only being announced at 8pm on the night. With that sort of build up this was sure to be THE place to be seen.

The final chosen location was Published Arthouse. For those that have never been there it’s a huge warehouse-like venue down a forgotten side street just off Waymouth. The uber-cool site is perfect for a party with funky Gundam Robot artwork and freestyle comic style drawings adorning the otherwise industrial interior.

We had to be in by 10 and when we approached at 9.30 the blacked-out windows were already rattling to the bumping basslines kicking out inside. There aren’t many parties where the headliner meets you at the door and stamps your hand but most parties aren’t run by Motez so it was a real pleasure to see him welcoming guests on arrival.

Making our way through the sofa laden hall and into the main area we were treated to the deep down sounds of Fresh resident and local hero Dancespace who was well into the swing of things. It was a funky crowd of hipsters and hotties as well as industry names and Adelaide socialites. I was right, this WAS definitely the place to be. We grabbed a ’Tez on the Beach’ and headed straight to the dancefloor.

Next up another Fresh maestro Mr Troy J Been. Yep, our main man was there and boy, does he know how to play a set. Funk fused into Soul which merged into House and then into Disco with tracks from Omar and Zed Bias, Bonobo and Jacob A. This was a super slick, funked out set and by the time he wrapped up before Motez we’d all been schooled on mixing the latest with greatest.

Just after 12.30 Motez took to the stage and from then on it was full steam ahead. Backed by a huge light stack, he led us on a badass journey into the deep and dirty side of his own style of House. Big basslines and filthy synths filled the room as we were treated to tracks including High (Terace Remix) by Peking Duck, Bontan Move on Out, Ben Pearce What I might Do (Kolombo Remix) and his own track Promise Me. The crowd loved it, the dance floor was chaos and the speakers were on the verge of blowing. What a night.

Tonight was the first time I’d heard Motez play a full set and I’ve got to say, it was wicked. He’s cool, calm and controlled. His track selection is second to none and he’s a top guy to boot. I’m positive we’ll be seeing much more of him in the very near future. If you’ve not got tickets to one of his tour gigs you’re going to miss out big stylez. So, go fix it damn it!

Big up to Motez and Ryley for their amazing organisation on the night, Adelaide salutes you.

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