Bright Young Things

We are most excited to have local musical wunderkinds Tig Huggins and Blake Byron-Smith, aka Two Bright Lakes DJs (TBL DJs), taking up residency in our ACMI Lightwell for the month of July during Late Bit.

Tig Huggins and Blake Byron-Smith, aka Two Bright Lakes DJs (TBL DJs)

Tig Huggins and Blake Byron-Smith, aka Two Bright Lakes DJs (TBL DJs)

The long-time music lovers and collectors have played together and independently at some of Melbourne’s most legendary venues and living rooms alongside a string of local and international acts including Virgo Four, Andreya Triana, Canyons, Toro Y Moi and Declan Kelly.

So just who makes up the duo, whose dance-worthy selections have been moving heads and feet for nearly a decade? Tig is the musical brain and soul behind the slo-mo disco collaboration Speed Painters with his brother Nick, and fellow musicians Jon Tjhia and Oscar O’Bryan. Blake has a background in filmmaking and animation, as well as music making and record spinning, and works creatively making posters, artwork and projections for the Two Bright Lakes label.

Both Tig and Blake form an integral part of the local music, art and mixed media collective Two Bright Lakes, who have fast become one of Australia’s most dynamic and unassuming artist run labels.

Since forming in 2007 the label has dropped an array of diverse records, produced some exciting video art and animation, and staged some of the most visually and aurally engaging live shows at venues across Australia. Existing as a way to share the information, skills and resources of a gang of like-minded individuals, their ethos is all about cultivating ideas and shaping them into new art and music in the process.

Contributing to the label are bands including The Harpoons, Otouto, Seagull, Touch Typist, Kid Sam, Psuche, Hello Satellites, Collarbones, and fellow Late Bit performers Galapagoose and Oscar + Martin. The label also hosts individual artists Adrian Simons, Hazel Brown and Nick Huggins, and of course the TBL DJs themselves.

Catch Two Bright Lakes DJs every Thursday in July from 6pm in the Lightwell where they will spin records to perfectly compliment your late night visit to the Game Masters exhibition.

– Shaun Larkin, Screen Events Coordinator, ACMI

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