Nautilus Sound is a DJ Sound System based in the Illawarra, South of Sydney. Darian Turner and Andy O’Phee have been DJing around Wollongong and Sydney since the year 2000. They formed as a partnership to bring non mainstream music to the community and have built up a steady fan base accordingly. They have been playing Coledale Markets for the past thirteen years. This monthly gig has broadened the DJ pallet as they try to bring fresh tunes and mixes every month. Both Darian and Andy started DJing in Community Radio back in the early 80’s at Radio Skid Row and 2SER. Back then it was all punk and post punk, but also Reggae Ska and African and a big chunk of Aboriginal music as we soaked up the influences of Radio Redfern and shows like African Connections.
By the nineties their influences had moved more to the Dance music and the World Music scene. Today they play lot’s of Dub based music from around the world, whether it’s Berlin Reggae, Swiss Cumbia, Lisbon Kizomba, Kiwi Dub, Gypsy Swing, African House, Arabic Hip Hop, as long as it’s got heavy bass and heavy beat. But most of all it it’s got some attitude and soul and best of all if there is a positive message. Their eclectic tastes in music distinguish them from the usual offerings of Top 40 and club genres. As such, you won't be hearing any Abba or Phil Collins at one of their gigs although they are happy to work with you on any ideas you may have for your next event. Nautilus Sound have a strong community spirit and have consequently built up a vibrant following in the local Illawarra music scene.
As a young 13 year old i was introduced to live independent music by my best friend of the time, older sisters. I was taken to see Radio Birdman at The Oxford Tavern at Taylor Square in Darlinghurst at the end of 1976. It was a life changing experience and i use to go there regularly to see them play. They had a residency at the time and played every week.
After that I couldn't get enough going to see bands and seeing new bands play. I became involved in the Punk independent music scene in Sydney and many of my friends were in bands. I use to be a photographer so i use to take photos of bands.
I have some of my photos in Clinton Walker’s book ‘Inner City Sounds’. I didn't stop seeing live music nearly every week all through my youth and into my 20’s and 30’s. Most of the Sydney bands of the time i would have seen them play at one of the venues of the time. I still see bands but not as regular now as i use to. In the 80’s i got involved with community radio, Radio Skid Row where i got introduced to Aboriginal and African music.
I was also influenced by Reggae, Ska, Soul and other music from around the world. Though being involved in local independent music and the Punk scene i have not been influenced by the mainstream and what most people have been fed through radio and television. I like to seek out new music from around the world and try to introduce people to different music they may never have heard before.
It all began one night in the late 80’s. We were hanging around the flat in Marrickville on a Saturday night with nothing to do. A friend dropped by with some illicit substances and a car and an invitation to go out partying. Radio Skid Row was pumping out sweet electro tunes as we made our way to the warehouse in Alexandria. What was this? Acid House had arrived and the dancehall was packed. It was impossible to tell when one track finished and another ended, and the DJ seemed to ride the energy that was building through the warehouse. We danced all night and in the dawn as we made our way home, my world had somehow changed.
It took a couple of years before friends starting returning from Goa and Europe with the new sound of
trance. We were down at Jellyheads when the punks spit away from the Vibe Tribe. Whenever I saw Vibe Tribe flyer I would be ringing up the 007 number and making my way to some freaky doof in town or out in the bush. Within a year there were different crews all over town putting on raves and club nights. The 90’s was one giant mix of trance dance and good vibes.
I had been DJing at Radio Skid Row for many years playing mostly post punk and reggae, but now I was trying to capture that energy and flow that I was picking up on at the various doofs I was going to. Trance Dub and Techno.
When I moved down to the Illawarra in the late 90’s everything changed again. Police had done a great job of closing down all Raves and parties in Wollongong. The first gig I put on at the Bowlo I was visited by the Chief of police asking what I intended to do as I had put a DJ on the flyer. I quickly found out my new friends and neighbours were not responding to my version of trance and techno. But they did love the Dub and World dance music.
Pretty soon it was all Afrobeat, Gypsy and Dub. Around this time Daz and I got together and our styles of music started to gel. We started working with Tribal Jewels, a tribal dance group, and our love of Arabic music began.
As a musician I have been playing in bands for over 40 years. Punk , Folk, Country, Reggae, Ska blues and more recently dabbling in electronic music. I have been an event organiser and worked with No Fixed Address, Kev Carmody, Billy Bragg, Paul Kelly and many more. Music is music is music.