Magda Bytnerowicz is someone who has seen it all across the Australian scene. A Sydney native, she has seen the rise and fall of the nightlife culture, as well as the thriving Melbourne scene as she has hopped back and forth for her sets at some of the most revered parties.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Magda ahead of her show at Lounge to talk about her favourite sets she has played over the past year, and why they were so special.
#1: VIVID Live X Goodgood Super Club with Steffi, Sydney Opera House
It’s pretty hard to top this one – being invited back to play in Australia’s iconic cultural venue by the Goodgod team for VIVID Live this year was the ultimate thrill, only amplified by the pleasure of opening for one of my favourite artists, Steffi. This gig was the stuff DJ dreams are made of – the production values were through the roof, with the Goodgod team spending months on creating a concept for their custom install, and it was once again a beautiful transformation for the space. The technical team know their stuff inside out and were more than happy to take the time to tweak things to get the maximum out of the massive d&b audiotechnika sound system (a mate of mine said he could “feel it in his plums”) and the crowd were willing to go on the journey with us. With conditions like that it’s difficult not to play your best. I was so stoked with my selection and sequencing that night, bringing out some records that I’ve been waiting to give an airing on such a gorgeous sound system in such a perfect setting, and I think it showed in the vibe that night. To top it off, got great feedback with Steffi about my set and I think I laid the groundwork for her to really cut loose as well. Can’t ask for more than that.
#2 Mad Racket’s 18th Birthday, Marrickville Bowling & Recreation Club
An honour and a privilege to earn a second Test cap with Sydney’s legendary party team, the Racketeers. For anyone that hasn’t been… once again it’s a dance music dream. The birthday parties sell out every year and I think the reason why is that ultimately Mad Racket is a family. You can go on your own and run into at least 5 people you know, the door girls know names and faces and always have a smile for you amongst the sign in chaos and you can feel authenticity and a dedication to creating the ultimate environment and community for dance therapy in everything the guys do. Fantastic sound system, a wooden dance floor underneath a singe disco ball, that famous copper ceiling and the vista out over the bowling green when the sun rises is unbeatable. Once again the setting was perfect for me to really feel as though I could go absolutely anywhere musically despite my Racket nerves! Big ups to local legends Annabel Gaspar and Mako for nailing their sets too.
#3 Nightime Drama Sydney Launch, Tokyo Sing Song
Always a pleasure joining a family affair, especially when it’s the launch of a brilliant Aussie label in my hood! I’ve been a fan of Nightime Drama since day one so when Trinity asked me to play the launch party I was well chuffed. I also love that a space just up the road from me has been transformed from dive bar into dive club, it shows there’s life in Sydney clubbing yet. Lots of lovely little touches that night – Dave Stuart brought in his lovely Tuala rotary, there was a gorgeous performance and there was lots of family in the room vibing hard on the selections