FROCKUP 007 // Sindy

Photography by Matilde Velloso

Our next installment for FROCKUP's mix n chat series comes from SYN radio host and Area 3000 founder, Sindy. Given the extensive selections of Sindy’s Frisco Radio shows and the consistently top notched bookings at Area 3000, we did expect an incredibly eclectic mix from Sindy…But no amount of preparation could get us ready for the hour long mix she’s kindly graced the FROCKUP studios with. Entwining the synth focused sound of 80s new wave with the interesting percussion of Arabic disco with ease (+ a whole heaps of other genres), these carefully curated selections make for the perfect soundtrack to your Friday afternoon.

We’re all very excited to see what both Sindy and Area 3000 get up to in 2021!! But until then, Sindy had a chat with FROCKUP below.

Hi Sindy, thanks so much for being a part of the FROCKUP mix n’ chat series. First of all, how’ve you been travelling during these uncertain times?

S: Well I certainly haven’t been travelling anywhere further than 5 km!

To be completely honest, this year has been a little strange to say the least. It’s been confusing, heart breaking, tiring and mentally challenging. But at the same time, exciting new opportunities have also been presented to me and all the enforced down time has allowed me to try things I previously hadn't had the time for.

Could you please tell us a bit about the mix? Are there any special tracks in there that we should look out for?

S: As a listener, my favourite DJ sets are by artists who are capable of surprising their audience. In addition to sharing dance music from all around the world, I also try to emulate this and incorporate different genres, influences and bpms in all my mixes and radio shows.

The tracklist for this FROCKUP mix includes a bit of everything - Japanese New Wave, 80s and 90s electronica, Arabic disco, jazzy house, acid, and drum heavy beats. I've included a few favourites that I’ve been vibing lately - Mara Fanyi by Anthonius feat Syla, Da Lub Club by Inner Harmony (3AM Spares, Efficient Space), Disco Haram by Moving Still, And Life Goes On by Skygaze, Acid In Heat by Rhythm Phazer, and Ya Baba by DJ Plead.

I hope everyone who listens can find pleasure in the groovy basslines, weird bleeps and blops, various languages, and the occasional cowbell.

Although 2020 has been incredibly restricting, you haven’t let it hold you back. Recently you launched Area 3000, a public internet radio station with a focus on providing a “diverse, credible and accessible space for Australian-based DJs, producers, musicians and creatives to curate and share their unique stories.” So many amazing local artists have already featured on your station; such as Frou Frou, Feline Fine and Acid Chess Club. How’s the experience been for you so far and has there been any highlights?

S: Wow, thank you so much.

Area 3000 is a passion project I have been working on during lockdown that combines my love of sharing music and connecting with people. The project was largely inspired by my time spent living abroad in Lisbon where I also DJ’ed on occasion. I’ve seen music play an immense role in bringing all sorts of people together and I love being a part of that.

One of my goals for Area 3000 is to showcase a diverse and inclusive range of guests, whether they’re just starting out or are veterans in the scene. Melbourne is one of the world’s best cities to experience live music and nightclubbing yet there is still so much more to be heard.

Initially I was uncertain as to how Area 3000 would be received by the local music community. But after only one month of being live, I’ve been overwhelmed with support and encouragement from local and international artists and all the listeners tuning in.

From the initial creative concepts to locking in guests, launching the website and seeing the number of listeners increase each week, I can honestly say the whole experience has been a highlight.

I’m extremely grateful for everyone who has trusted me with this project and engaged with Area 3000 in some way. It has been incredibly exciting and rewarding, that’s for sure. And this is just the beginning!

Photography by Matilde Velloso

I’ve really enjoyed your Frisco shows on SYN during lockdown, as I’ve found and learnt about so many great artists through it. You really showcase your eclectic music taste, from contemporary Aussie funk to 70s Algerian Disco to a very nice, unreleased edit of ‘All Good’ by De La Soul and Chaka Khan you produced yourself. Do you have many unreleased gems you’ve been working on and are there any plans in the works to put them out?

S: Frisco has been a fantastic outlet for me this year. I really enjoyed putting together weekly selections and chatting about cool music I’d found, without really knowing who was listening. These shows were all recorded during lockdown, which made for a welcome escape from everything else that was happening. For anyone looking to get involved in community radio, I’d highly recommend SYN as a starting point.

I’m having a giggle about that edit. I’ve always wanted to play around with music production but I am far far away from releasing anything yet. The few edits that I’ve produced have all just been for a bit of fun and I am excited to keep learning.

For now, my focus is definitely on discovering and sharing music and also collaborating with other artists. I love crate-digging and I love DJing. Nothing gets me going like discovering a wicked track for the first time. The same goes for mixing beats at a party or meeting new friends on the dance floor.

Now with Area 3000, I am constantly discovering and collaborating with other artists who each have their own unique music taste and distinct style. Area 3000 has really allowed me to do what I love while also providing a platform for others to do what they love.

Being involved in all aspects of music is just so much fun. So perhaps, production will be on the cards one day.

What’s the first party you’d like to go to after all the restrictions are completely lifted? Are there any Naarm/Melbourne DJs you’re particularly looking forward to seeing?

S: My gosh, it’s hard to imagine being completely back to normal! For me, music is about dancing with your body and your soul, surrounded by people and positive energy. Missing out on that for so long has been difficult.

I actually played at an emerging festival last weekend called Rising Sun and that was definitely the most fun I’ve had all year. It was a Covid-safe party with restricted numbers, social distancing, and other health precautions in place. But even with these new regulations, people are united by music and dancing, and that will never change.

You can follow Rising Sun on Instagam and Soundcloud with more to come from them in the near future, including recorded live sets from last weekend!

In terms of DJs, I’m most excited that local artists will have more opportunities to play the main stage than ever before. I’ve been following a lot of mix series’ during lockdown like Neurocrank, HER, melt, and Manifestation so I am keen to see the artists behind these mixes perform in real life.

Thanks so much for taking the time to chat to us. But before you go, what’s next for you?

S: Tomorrow is next. 2021 is next. After the year we’ve had, the idea of tomorrow does not feel as certain as it used to.

Usually my imagination runs wild with places I’d rather be or experiences I want to have - camping out at Strawberry Fields or travelling abroad - but for now I’m focusing on being present and connecting with others right here at home.

There are certainly lots of exciting plans and big ideas in the works for Area 3000 in 2021, so if you’re reading this, keep your eyes and ears peeled.

To keep up to date with Sindy, follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Soundcloud. You can check out Area 3000 via their website, Instagram and Soundcloud.

Artwork by Ivy Rose

Photography by Matilde Velloso

Words and Interview by James Morgan