|How did you start DJing? When did
||1987...there were some decks in my
university's hall of of residence bar...I was the only person
with any "dance" music on vinyl...I then took a sabbatical from
1991-97 before starting again in earnest when I realised people
with very little talent were getting gigs in bars I drank at
regularly in London...given I had as little talent as the next
wannabe DJ I thought it was time to take it up again.
|How did you get your first gig and
where was it?
||Birmingham University, Manor
House....see above...there was no one else to play
|What makes a good DJ?
||Whenever the word "good" is applied
to any form of artistic expression or performance it's almost
too subjective to carry any weight. What one person considers a
good DJ to another will be crap. I do know this
though and that is that Djing is about way more than mixing.
It's reading the room, making a connection and playing the right
record (or the best you have), at the right time in the right
|What makes you a good DJ?
||The fact that enough people still
choose to dance when I play. When they choose not to...I am no
longer a good DJ...end of story.
|Who inspires you in the local
industry and why?
||Everyone...Sydney is a mall city
with big city expectations and bitchiness. Anyone playing out or
promoting regularly in Sydney will have taken their fair share
of abuse, set backs and disappointments and to keep doing it
week in week out deserves respect.
|Who is the best DJ/artist in the
world and why?
My personal favourite would be Roger Sanchez cos he still gets
that his job is to make people dance.
|What makes you different from other
||Absolutely nothing......I guess I'm
luckier as I've had the opportunities to play at most of the
best parties, venues in Sydney with what most people (including
me) will tell you is modest ability ;o)
|Why do you DJ?
||Because I can! Because it's a
challenge every single time I do it. Because I still get
nervous. Because of the effect you can see yourself have on
people's nights. Because people still want to book me.
|What is your DJing goal?
||None left...all achieved a long
time ago. I'm ready to fade away into oblivion any time soon.
|What are your regular gigs at the
||Together @ Home - for the last two
and a half years Kink @ Arthouse - for the last two years Clean
& Serene - for the last 3 and a half years Sumo Sonic @ The
World - monthly Art @ Le Panic - monthly
|Do you have an Internet site /
|What is the best venue that you've
played at and what made it a good venue?
||Main room at Home. The sound
system, the atmosphere when it's full is tangible...you can feel
the expectation of people wanting to have a good time and when
it goes off it's a great feeling
|What is the worst DJing moment that
||Having the sound cut out on me 20
mins before handing over to Armand van Helden to a full house at
Home and thinking it was me who'd blown up the sound system,
then having to wait a good 5 mins before being
able to start again (thankfully it was a tripped fire alarm at
|What is best venue you've been to
as a patron and what made it great?
||Twilo in NYC....what made it great
was not actually knowing where I'd been until the following day
so I had no expectations. The mini terracing around the
dancefloor was pretty cool too.
|How do you find new music?
||Probably 50% on the web and 50%
from Martins Records and Central Station here in Sydney.
|What are your fave tracks at the
moment? (top 5)
Bon Garcon - Freek U - Eye Industries
La Griffe - Make It Shine - Sound Division
Alexander East - Feel Me (JT Donaldson Mix) - Amenti
Sucker DJs - Le Bon - White Label
Pistakio - Indu Funk - Sound Division
|What do you do when you're not
||Work full time as a publisher,
sleep, support Aston Villa.
|What is the most important thing
that you've ever done?
||Lifted the European Cup
personally......oh..you said "important"..probably saving a
|What does 'funky' mean to you?
||Anything that results in
involuntary hip shaking, toe tapping and head nodding