Chicago has house, Detroit techno, Berlin minimal and London a long history of rave culture. But Melbourne’s dance producers are chameleons, mashing up a multitude of Trans-Atlantic sounds with an irreverence peculiar to them. Tornado Wallace subscribes to this very individualism but, even within his hometown, he’s considered an anomaly.
The elusive and enigmatic DJ/producer is discreetly taking on the world with his hybrid of house, techno and disco with the hard-working producer responsible for stand out EPs on labels Delusions Of Grandeur, murmur Instruments Of Rapture under both his Tornado Wallace and Lewie Day guises, all supported by contemporaries such as Andrew Weatherall, Eric Duncan, Tim Sweeney, Matthew Dear and Mr Scruff.
Tornado has also lent his creative spin to other artists with remixes for Cut Copy, Matthew Dear, Recloose and Newbuild amongst others. His mix for the coveted Resident Advisor podcast in July 2011 reaffirmed his status as the leading figure in Melbourne’s resurgence on the world stage. In childhood he learnt to play piano, saxophone, guitar and the drums – and performed in a high school jazz band.