Stockholm Syndrome are a DJ/producer duo based in Melbourne made up of Scottish born Iain Mac (aka Pyz) and Australian Brett Wilson (aka Wil-tron). The somewhat unlikely duo, recognising their similar tastes came together to form Stockholm Syndrome in late 2013 after DJing at the same party.
Hailing from Edinburgh, Pyz has been DJing and promoting for over a decade. With residencies at Split, Access and We… Electric he’s supported DJ Hell, The Hacker, Ivan Smagghe, Popof, Surgeon, Agoria, Luke Slater, Derek May and Kevin Saunderson to name a few. After moving to Melbourne he formed Stray in 2012 and has been heavily involved in Yaldi Boomtime as resident and co-promoter.
Wil-tron discovered electronic music after dropping out of a Fine Art degree and a friend introduced him to artists such as Dopplereffekt, Aux 88 and Anthony Rother. He started producing his own tracks and made his debut performing live at Melbourne institution Meccanoid. Since then he went on to perform at various clubs such as Boney (then Poney), The Mercat and the infamous Honky Tonks supporting the likes of Legowelt, Bangkok Impact, DJ TLR and Modeselektor.
Stockholm Syndrome’s style varies widely and unapologetically, it can’t be neatly wrapped up into a single genre. They’re drawn to dark, moody, sub 120bpm techno, the energetic, raw and powerful Mex-tech, the Slo-Mo and the Balearic, Drug Chug and the strange. Since their debut at Section 8 in Melbourne, they’ve gone on to clock up an impressive gig list DJing at many of the city’s iconic venues including Revolver Upstairs, New Guernica, The Liberty Social, Boney and The Mercat.
2015 saw the boys play an inspired closing set at the inaugural Piknic Electronik Melbourne, a twisted, genre-bending set at Unfold/001 and their first 2 original productions were well received by other artists such as Gemini Brothers, id!r and Death by Repetition.
2016 started off with a bang when they opened the Sunset Stage at Rainbow Serpent Festival, widely regarded as one of the best music, art and lifestyle festivals in the world. This was quickly followed-up with a return to Piknic Electronik Melbourne where they performed to a sell-out crowd warming up for The Hacker. They also rounded out a big year with an appearance at Strawberry Fields Festival along with the support for Carl Craig on New Year’s Eve.
Stockholm Syndrome continue to keep themselves very busy gigging regularly around Melbourne,running their website along with curating the “Hostage Radio” podcast/interview and hosting their own “Cognitive Dissidence” parties. Most recently the pair have been focussing more attention on producing and remixing which has started to pay off with their debut EP ‘Drowning Zombies’ being released on Nein Records in November 2016 and more releases are in the pipeline..