With a long and incredibly diverse history both promoting and hosting parties throughout Sydney, and DJing at clubs and festivals around the country, Branco Chacon, aka Bronx. is a local legend in his own right. His new party series Sessions is headed to similar territory, in its first 12 months already playing host to internationals like Dennis Ferrer, Fur Coat and way more. With so much experience behind him and opportunities ahead of him, Branco’s the perfect nightlife-fueled brain to pick. Starting up his own party, the state of the Sydney scene and some wild stories to boot – we managed to get it all.
So how did Sessions start? Gimme the full story.
Basically I started to feel restricted and tied down with the projects I was given and I wanted to stop working for others to create my own brand. Creating something from nothing and building the brand ultimately reflects my passion for music. Although it hasn’t been easy it’s the best decision I’ve made so far!
Before you started Sessions you’ve already had a big role in the scene as a DJ and a promoter. Has throwing parties been something you’ve always wanted to do?
Oh definitely, as soon as I turned 18 I was involved in the Sydney nightlife as a DJ/club promoter at venues such as Candys, Soho, World Bar and Ivy. A couple of well respected individuals also decided to take me under their wing and show me the ins and outs of the business whilst also giving me other opportunities outside of the weekly club thing.
After two Sold out all ages shows at the Metro + Enmore Theatre under the banner – Limitless (with acts such as Porter Robinson, Peking Duk, Will Sparks, Uberjakd) I just knew this was something I had to pursue.
What do you think differentiates Sessions from other parties?
The family vibe that we are creating with our tight crew of promoters/DJs aswell as our regular punters. Every party we throw also always has something different about it, be it the international act, the supporting local DJs or venue.
You’ve hosted a stack of international talent like Dale Howard, Dennis Ferrer and most recently Dennis Cruz. We all know that there’s a seemingly bottomless sea of techno talent overseas, but what do you think of the Australian scene as it stands?
There are so many solid local promoters, DJs, labels currently making big waves in the industry at the moment and who all share the same passion + vision for educating and pushing good music! What we are trying to do more of at Sessions is collaborate with these local talents as much as we can to do our part and support our scene.
You’re throwing shows solely dealing in house and techno – would you ever consider moving outside of those sounds?
Sessions is currently the banner used for house, techno & everything in between. But don’t get me wrong, we aren’t restricted to any single genre.. If we like it, we’ll do it!
Believe it or not as an early teen I had a soft spot for hardstyle, happy hardcore, electro and rap.. A very strange mix so I guess you can say that no genre is off the cards.
You’ve obviously grown a lot since you started, have there been any major changes to the way you do things since day one?
I’ve learnt many things since day one but this all comes from experience. Learning to be different whilst adapting to changes is challenging. I very much look forward to 2017!!
Has it been difficult starting up a party after the implementation of the lockout laws?
As we aren’t weekly or restricted to one venue it hasn’t been too difficult however we can definitely see a change. I believe the lockout laws really hit home on the weekly parties. No one wants to go out with the knowledge that their partying has a deadline. It’s sad to see fresh 18 year olds not having the pleasure of experiencing Sydney’s once thriving nightlife.
What do you think of the laws changing to a 2:00am lockout and 11pm bottleshop closing time?
Personally I think the whole lockout/last drinks system is a joke.. I’m not a toddler, I am an adult who has the right to enter a venue after 2am and buy a drink from a bottle shop after 11pm. 30 minutes extra doesn’t bring back the venues that have closed down and most importantly the culture that we have lost.
What’s your take on the Sydney scene as it is right now?
As of late Sydney has been thriving with Internationals visiting almost every weekend as well as the local weekly club nights pushing OUR best. We did lose our two biggest festivals – Future Music & Stereosonic (RIP) although smaller boutique festivals such as Fuzzy Events (Harbourlife/Listen Out/Field Day) Lost Paradise, Babylon, Subsonic, Electric Gardens and Days Like This are all giving the city it’s much needed injection of arts, culture and most importantly good music!
Where do you see it heading?
It’s got a long way to go to where it once was – I was lucky enough to experience the thriving nightlife and glory days of Kings Cross for a short year before the lockout laws were introduced. In terms of festival life I’d say its going full speed at the moment. More and more boutique festivals are popping up to satisfy pretty much everyone across Sydney.
Have you seen any big changes in your demographic since you started a little over a year ago?
Not really, it has always been quite diverse although our regular punters don’t go unnoticed!
What would you say is your biggest fear going forward?
I’d have to say my biggest fear would be losing focus and seeing the brand crash and burn.
You’ve worked with other party groups in putting events on. People like Something else, LNDRY and SPICE. While parties definitely do compete with one another for punters’ attention, why is this camaraderie so important to you?
We are one and the same city after all.. Supporting one another is very important to us and I think the affects of the lockout laws (as well as the same love for music of course) was definitely one of the reasons why so many brands/crews now collaborate more frequently, which is great to see!
Any other projects on the horizon?
We will begin to run events that are a little out of the ordinary (for us), kicking off with a classics/throwback party. Think old school Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Fedde Le Grand, Eric Prydz, Daft Punk.
What’s the wildest story you’ve got from one of your parties?
Plenty of wild stories that probably shouldn’t be repeated.. but here’s a cracker from the first ever event I put on by myself at a local venue. Things were pretty tame…..
Starting a club night or an events brand is something that most fans of dance music can say they’ve aspired to at least once, what advice would you give to people looking to do what you’re doing?
Make sure whatever you are creating represents YOU. Be yourself, think outside the box & most importantly don’t be a douche!!