Nite Versions Mix: Codebreaker

Nite Versions Mix Series is the place where some of our favorite artists around the globe create podcasts exclusively for Nite Versions. It’s time for NV002, boys and girls!

Codebreaker are electronic duo of Steven Hawley and Sage Schwarm, coming from Christmas Island, Australia. In early 2011 they released their very first album, “The Space Chase“, an epic 7 song adventure breaking clearly in a futurist direction.

Band’s member Steven Hawley agreed to make a contribution to our Mix Series. Typically for the group, the DJ set sounds like some crazy house party where Cameo is drinking with Prince, Phoenix is partying with Daft Punk and Bootsy Collins is jamming on the sofa.

Also, featured on the mix is the White Girl Lust remix of “Free Your Mind” which is the first sneak peak anyone is seeing from the upcoming “The Space Chase Remix Album”, out this September.


01. Eddie C – Let Your Mind Be Free
02. INXS – Mediate
03. Ronika – Wiyoo
04. Greg Kihn Band – Jeopardy (Extended Version)
05. Ilija Rudman – Embrace (Extended Mix)
06. Nick Chacona feat. Kathy Diamond – The Fear (Sare Havlicek Remix)
07. Codebreaker – Free Your Mind (White Girl Lust Remix)
08. The Glass – Four Four Letter (Black Van Remix)
09. Sybil – Troubled Water (Codebreaker Remix)
10. Demon – Happy Therapy (Lifelike Remix)
11. Codebreaker – Sous l’ choc (feat. Marc Gauvin)


How’s life on Christmas Island?

Amazing. Except we no longer live there. We’ve since moved to Easter Island… We moved here for the pastels & local, organically grown Cadbury’s.

What’s the story behind your name?

Nothing particularly heady there. Just wanted something that sounded timeless & cool…. We actually considered a name change before “The Space Chase” was released, but so many people got familiar with the name so we kept it.

Describe yourself before you formed a band?

Hmm, well I started playing in bands when I was like 15. Mostly bass guitar for a few hardcore/punk bands. I used to be EXTREMELY shy. Most of my peers from that scene either went on to jail, tattoo artistry or to form pretty successful indie rock bands. Personally, I found none of those options appealing. So I spent a good amount of the 90s just listening diving into a large array of genre’s, trying to figure out what I loved about each of them so much. Our influences are all over the place. Both Sage & I are multi-instrumentalists who didn’t really grow up on dance/house music when we were younger, which attributes to our unique sound i think.

What are you listening to now?

Lately? Lemme think…. Tears For Fears, Toro Y Moi, Depeche Mode, Chaz Jenkel, Lonnie Liston Smith, Wuf Ticket, Crystal Waters, Bottin…

Do you get pissed when you realize that a hell lot of people download your music for free?

I dunno, it’s a double edged sword. I would hope that if people like the music a lot, they may cop a free song or two, but would purchase the album out of support… Financially, it’s never been tougher to be a musician. But then again hearing from fans from all over the globe is a wonderful thing. Pissed at the lack of sales from pirating? Naw. Sad? Yeah kinda.

What are you currently working on?

We have a few new remixes coming out. One of them for a new artist Christian Strobe, from Berlin. The other is a collaboration we were asked to do with another group that will be premiering on a televised Clinique advertisement in a few weeks, which I’m literally legally not allowed to discuss until then.

Also, there will be a full remix album of “The Space Chase” coming out this fall… So we’ve been busy getting everything together for that. We’ve enlisted a lot of great, incredible artists for it! Also, we’re working on a few new music videos as well.

Ya know, it’s tough, cause unless you’ve got big money and a machine backing you like Cut Copy or Holy Ghost! or something… You can put out a brilliant album and most people won’t have even taken the time to listen to it. It’s no one person’s fault, it’s just the way of the short attention span music world these days. So we also hope the remix album will encourage more folks to properly listen & digest the original full length as it was intended. :)

Favorite places over the internet?

Hmm, honestly it’s a tie between my old friends at Beat Electric & then Daily Kos.

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