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Late Night Music officially began in 2018, but was the culmination of nearly a decade of music – and friendship.

Created by James Beetham and Peter O’Rourke (Kazuki), the label came from a music crew ‘Department of Late Nights’, where James and Pete were throwing parties in the nightclubs and warehouses of Canberra, Australia (also known as Ngunnawal Country by its indigenous people). Fittingly named for a crew in Australia’s bureaucratic capital, Department of Late Nights gained a reputation for dynamic and community-led techno events, and featured acts from all over Australia.

When James moved to a capital of a different kind – Australia’s home of electronic music in Naarm (Melbourne) – to pursue his music and audio engineer career, the duo decided to take a different direction and the idea of creating a record label began to form…

James and Pete first met back in 2010 when James was the music manager of a nightclub in Canberra, and was hosting ‘open deck’ nights on a Thursday where new DJs could come and practice their skills, and meet other like-minded people with a passion for music. Over the next decade they built a rare friendship as they made music, ran parties and supported each other in the highs and lows of life.

Today, this partnership along with fellow Canberran DJ and producer Alex Braknys (who James had known since high-school days) is the foundation of Late Night Music. United by a love of progressive house, breaks and techno, Late Night Music breaks down boundaries between local and international artist, from seasoned veterans to those just starting their artist journey.

And it’s this progressive sound and feeling that forms the centre of the label’s sound. Whether it’s deep and driving, heavy and hypnotic, or ethereal and elated, Late Night Music is progressive at heart.

The Late Night Music Crew

Peter O'Rourke (Left) James Beetham (Middle) Alex Braknys (Right)

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