My music journey initially began in primary school as a member of the school band playing clarinet, this is where I also learnt to play the piano, and saxaphone. When I started high school I played bass guitar, but wanted to pursue a solo career, as I didn't want to rely on others to make it in the industry. I always had a passion for all types of music, and on my 18th birthday my older brother introduced me to turntables, vinyl, and house music, from that day, I knew I wanted to create my own records, and play my music to any audience who wanted to listen.
Who were your early passions and influencers?
I have always idolised artists like Daft Punk, Justice, Trentemoller, Crystal Castles, Crookers, Bloody Beetroots, A-Trak & Brodinski on the international scene early in my career, but there are so many DJs I respect in this industry (too many to list). Some key national guys I have always highly regarded and looked up to though are Midium (My brother), YokoO, Danny T, Luki & Ajax.
Can you give us any insight about your new EP?
I can't give away too much [away] right now, but for my debut EP you can expect some of my signature bass heavy sounds, coupled with some special guest vocalists.
Do you get nervous before a gig? How do you control your nerves?
Over time I thought I would overcome my nerves before a set, but I still get butterflys and sweaty palms before every show. That minute I walk on stage though, I get in the zone and all the nerves disappear.
What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
I don't really prepare for sets, I just like to get to the show early and get a feel for the room, when I work out what the crowd wants, I then tailor my set accordingly.
What feelings or emotions are you trying to evoke with your music?
Just for everyone to have an epic night and a great time.
How do you think living in Brisbane helps/hinders your business growth?
As the Brisbane music scene is still emerging in comparison to Sydney/Melbourne, I feel it's a great time for artists to really stand out and create their own sound on a national scale.
What has been a highlight in your career so far?
Starting from humble beginnings DJing to mates in my bedroom, to now supporting and warming up some of the biggest artists in the world playing my own signature sound and original productions. It doesn't get much better than that!
What is one thing you would change about the current local music scene?
Everyone should just stop bitching about each other and just put that effort into their own things and support each other.
What are your music predictions?
Not sure really, I think the whole EDM thing is on a heavy decline, and the more underground styles of music (House/Trap) will slowly take over the mainstream.
What is one thing the music industry has taught you?
First and foremost you need to grow thick skin, I have found that the more successful and progressive your career becomes, the more people want to drag you down. I feel it's best to just ignore these types of people and focus on your fine tuning your own style, and doing your own thing well.
What advice do you have for people wanting to break into the industry?
Don't give up and be in it for the long run. Don't expect things to happen right away. Just keep at it and things will work out.
What's next for you?
Keeping my head down writing music and always bring my game when I get behind the decks to perform.
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