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Wednesday, 22 July 2009 09:35

The Deer Republic : Interview

TOOHEYS UNCHARTED WINNERS

Sydney four-piece The Deer Republic are enjoying a rather sharp rise to fame. Since winning the Tooheys UncharTED Competition they have been keeping busy with rock and roll-style photo shoots, preparing to record their second EP and, humbly, taking a spot on the bill for Splendour in the Grass among so many of their idols. Scene caught up with vocalist Mike Andrijic to find out how they are coping with the new lifestyle.

“We are in training for Splendour,” says Mike, “we have to work on our stamina.” As the winners of UncharTED they were chosen by a panel of industry judges and public voting and given a spot on the bill and an artist development package worth $25,000, and they don’t intend mucking around. “We start recording mid next month in a local studio down in Sydney. We will be looking for a release in October and we have lined up a few shows around Sydney. Hopefully come October we are going to head up to Brisbane and down to Melbourne.”

Mike admits it's a huge honour to take out the first prize after being pitted against the best emerging bands from around the country. “From all the bands that entered, which was about 2500, they shortlisted down to about 50. Our goal was to reach the final and we were happy enough to make that result. It was an awesome evening and we were lucky enough to take it out.”

As one of the final three bands, The Deer Republic were given access to the slickest end of the industry.  “We got treated like rock royalty for a couple of days. The first day we had a photo shoot with Tony Mott, who is a famous Aussie rock photographer, he has taken photos of everyone (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Madonna, The Divinyls, Silverchair - the list goes on…). We got some great photos from his session. On the Thursday we had a couple of workshops throughout the day and then we had the final performance on that night.”

Putting your art on the line is always a pretty scary prospect, but the boys knew what opportunities it could lead to, so they went all out. “The idea of a band competition is a little bit funny,” Mike agrees. “Music is art and it’s hard to validate, I guess it’s just your interpretation of it and how people can relate to it.” The Deer Republic is undoubtedly a band suited to the live setting. “We work on our live set a lot. We focus pretty heavily on our ability to play live. We are not going to record anything we can't play live.”

Splendour In The Grass tickets sold out in record time this year and it has become one of the most popular festivals on the East Coast. “We are just thrilled to be given the chance to share the stage with so many bands we look up to and idolise. Bands like Bloc Party, MGMT, Jane’s Addiction, Flaming Lips, really cool acts. We are thoroughly looking forward to playing up there.” The guys will relish the chance to play on the main stage, an honour that has inspired some mad brainstorming about stage antics. “We were throwing a few ideas around, being a midday gig, obviously playing to a fairly relaxed and sober crowd who will be recovering from Bloc Party the night before, we are gonna have to do something crazy. We've been told that pyrotechnics are out, apparently nudity is not good and we have to drink responsibly. We can't have the kids out there thinking it's a good thing to binge drink. We have been given these very loose guidelines, hopefully we will get out there with enough energy and play as hard and passionately as we possibly can. I think two of the players will definitely don knee pads so expect some slides.

“Playing at midday we are going to have to change our sleeping patterns and our pre-gig routine. We are thinking of doing an all nighter, as long as we can find each member of the band I think we'll be sweet. I think we need to put a tracker on our bass player though, he goes missing.”


Winners of Tooheys uncharTED The Deer Republic play Splendour In The Grass, Belongil Fields, July 25 & 26.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:51

Front End Loader

Earth Moving

Unhinging their mortal domestic selves, Australian rock veterans Front End Loader are returning to Brisbane yet again this week to play at 4ZZZ's annual shindig Brain Banana. Scene spoke to guitarist Bow Campbell about stirrings of a new album and hitting the road yet again.

“Like everything we do its going slowly,” Bow says of the new album, “We move at roughly the same pace as tectonic plates - nothing happens for a million years and then there is a slight earthquake.”  Front End Loader released their first album in 1993, peddling their wares to cult fame on the Aussie Rock Circuit. Even though the days of spastic guitar epiphanies and metre long doobies are long gone, the boys still love the music.

“The working title for this new album is 'Ritardando', which is an Italian musical term for 'gradually becoming slower'. This applies to a number of things in our lives and our memories and our states of mind.”  Fuelled by the strange gimmicks of two decades in rock oblivion, FEL are strapping in again to record their fifth studio album. “There are about 10 or 12 finished songs and some other bits flying around. It's a just question of us getting together in same room with the same case of beer and nutting them out.”

Their latest material is steering away from the frantic sweat rock of yesteryear. “Don't underestimate the difficulty of four aging men trying to play guitar parts that were written as very energetic 20 year olds. Some of the songs we wrote in the early days there is no way we could play them now, physically or mentally just because they are too hard and too retarded and we smoked too much pot back then.”

With so many years in the industry, FEL have a vast knowledge and recording and production to draw on. “A lot of musicians tend to concern themselves with the sonic qualities of recording to tape or digital. I think I speak for all of us when I say we are just too deaf now to actually tell the difference. The technology is secondary to us, the old school techniques we employ are: get four men in a room together with beers and have them play properly.”

While they are waiting to record the band is on the road, and they are heading north to play 4ZZZ's Brain Banana this weekend. Bow admitted that touring these days is a little different.

“1995 involved a lot of cannabis, a lot of time spent in a van on the Hume highway, constant touring. For most of the 90s none of us had a real job and it was very much in a van on the road playing all the time. And I think half the reason we are still able to draw a decent crowd in fairly far flung places is because of the yards we put in back then. By the fourth or fifth time you are getting invited back to peoples for cones. There is a kind of national network of band and freaks that starts to support you in those hideous months spent in a van with four other stinky deadbeats.”

Considering they rose to fame before Nirvana were cool, Front End Loader have seen the Aussie music scene bend and twist into what it is today, and the band is excited and honoured to come and play for 4ZZZ in Brisbane.

“They are the ones that you can listen to a gig guide and have them play the single of the CD of the band that is playing down the road, it keeps it in-house, it keeps it relevant to your own city, they're the station playing local bands, and there is also a network of community stations around the country that have similar ideas and will support touring bands, bands that can be bothered getting out there. We are really stoked to be asked to play for 4ZZZ, we are certainly 100% behind what they and stations of their ilk continue to do.”

Catch Front End Loader at 4ZZZ Brain Banana 7th June @ Jubilee Hotel. For more info go to www.4zzzfm.org.au

Wednesday, 08 April 2009 15:19

Slightly Stoopid

Hit The Track

Californian perennials Slightly Stoopid’s fifth studio album, ‘Chonchitis’, has just been released and guitarist/ vocalist Miles Doughty spoke to Scene about taking their punk/ reggae sounds on the road and the secrets to Slightly Stoopid's 16-year longevity.

“The thing for us was about having creative control over all of our music,” Miles explains in his lazy, matter-of-fact Californian accent. “We're not making our music for some guy in a (record label) office to say ‘we like this’; we make (music) for ourselves and our fans who support us.” Having released all five albums independently, the group have maintained their vision since they started playing together as teenagers.

“Me and Kyle (McDonald) grew up together since we were two-years old and started the band in high school. At 15-years old we started playing parties and little dive pubs and now 16 years later, still madness.”

Having shunned the more conventional MTV, radio exposure road to stardom, Slightly Stoopid have instead cut their teeth just touring the shit out of everything they release.
“We spend 200 days of the year on the road. This way we can put out long records, most of our records are 20 songs. We do what we want really, just have fun with it. Make music the way it is supposed to be made, no pressure, just let it come out, enjoy it, whatever flows.”

Working hard for their fans has grown Slightly Stoopid a loyal fanbase all over the world that call themselves 'ese locos'. “The ese locos are all the crazy Stoopid-heads all over the States and all over the world really, and they just promote the band for us. They're like our silent little street team; they'll put up flyers and pump up the vibe in the town that we're coming to. They're really like the voice behind the band.”

Unlike some, Slightly Stoopid aren't too precious about file sharing. Rather they prefer that their music gets out there rather than having a tantrum at Napster. “What (Metallica) did was ridiculous, because they were already millionaires. To me it made them look like idiots. As long as your music is getting out there people are going to buy it regardless. If one person buys it then you've got to figure that five people have it because they're going to burn it for their friends. So if 100,000 people buy it then 500,000 people have it.”

‘Chroncitis’ is available through Liberator Music.

Wednesday, 01 April 2009 10:20

CW Stoneking

SWINGIN’ FROM THE TREES

CW Stoneking was born to Californian hippie parents in Katherine, NT. The year was 1974. Brisbane was underwater and Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister. The sounds of old-time juke joints were a world away and for the most part long replaced by pop rock and psychedelia. But thanks to his Dad's record collection, CW was able to unlock a diverse musical history and help a new generation relive the sounds of yesteryear.

“Some of the first stuff I always liked was Sam Cook, those sort of vocals groups and things like that out of the 60s,” CW's husky drover/ old jazz cat accent comes down the phone long and slow, “and then I got in on Hendrix and things like that, got into some old blues as well. I used to listen to a whole different bunch of stuff. When I was about 19 or so, I got hangin' round with people who were into the 20s - 30s blues. I was pretty familiar with it from listening to it, but I had never really concentrated on playin' it exclusively, so I got into that a bit.”

His first album with the Primitive Horn Orchestra, 'King Hokum' was an exploration of dusty sounds from America's South. After receiving critical acclaim alongside cries of charlatan, he regrouped to punch out his equally controversial second release, 'Jungle Blues'.

“‘King Hokum’ is much more in the southern blues line. It goes around a different bunch of styles, there is a little bit of blend in there, but I think the 'Jungle Blues' record is more blended in the styles of music in the way I've written the songs. That's obviously more Caribbean and jazzy soundin'.”

Stoneking cites his influences from everywhere and nowhere, admitting that his musical inclinations aren't bound by history or culture. “I just like the African American music in general - I like the Gospel stuff, rock n roll - whatever. I guess with the pre-war (music), you get all that stuff that came later plus it has a primitive tribal thing to it as well. It’s simple, I like the tribal sound.”

Some critics have coined his style as 'jungle jazz', a term that the man himself has trouble tying down. “I don't know if that ever was a word. Duke Ellington and people like that, people used to call their music jungle music. It was usually the stuff that had a kinda eastern, sorta exotic sound to it, coupled with some of that crazy ol’ time drumming and things like that. People back in the 30s or so used to try and conjure that flavour, headhunting and stuff. I always liked that sound as well, that eastern jungly sound.”

'Jungle Blues' was a new adventure with some old friends, as Stoneking branched out from his bluesy roots to explore other styles close to his heart.
“(I’ve) been into the calypso music for a long time. Blues and calypso are probably my two favourite types of music. I wanted to make some tunes and writing lyrics for these calypso tunes is much easier than blues, you can get real wordy and just sorta roll shit out real long. With the blues if you do that it doesn't sound as authentic, it sorta pulls it sideways.”

For all his musical diversity, CW says he will always be a blues man at heart. “The blues, I see it more as a feeling you can put into stuff. Bessie Smith did some blues jams, but the most famous shit she has done was covers of things that were pop songs of the day, but she made it sound like blues. That’s more the thing that attracts me, I don't care about 12 bars or if it sticks to the blues guidelines but there is a type of spirit in it that is something which I like to work in. I never really branded myself hardcore blues anyway coz most of the shit that goes round called blues these days, I can’t stand it.”

CW Stoneking & his Primitive Horn Orchestra play the Tivoli April 5, The Boogie Shack, T’mba, April 7 and the Sands Tavern April 8. ‘Jungle Blues’ is out now through Shock Records.

Wednesday, 09 September 2009 15:10

Rogerthat Interview

Coming In To Land

Returning home from a string of shows across Canada and Europe, Gold Coast four piece Rogerthat is getting ready to hit the road again.

The first pressing of their debut album, The Desert’s Call, has sold out, and they figured it was about time to give the fans back in Oz a taste of their new sounds. The album has fans all over the world, but it all started in a shipping container in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

“We knew we had a time window to record it,” says vocalist Jesse Bailey, “Instead of going to a studio, we figured we’ve got a shipping container at Jimmy, our guitarists place, in Bonogin. We decked it out with some gear; it was all pretty simple. We wanted to get it to sound pretty much the same as we do live.”

Their recent international tour included playing to 800 people in a cobblestone alleyway for Fete De La Musique in France, and some inevitable road trip misbehaviour. “As you’re heading in and out of Paris there are all these toll gates. They all cost 80euros ($A135) at each gate. We got a bit sick of it, and when we got to the third toll and the gate came down, for some reason or other, Jim was at the wheel, and he just said ‘fuck this’, and we went straight through the boom gate and busted it way open. There were all these little sirens going off and we were just like ‘fuck, floor it floor it!’. We thought we were gonna end up with policei comin’ after after us. It was totally worth doing it though. “

As well as wanton destruction, the boys also gathered a small army of diehard fans. “We played in little bars we had played before and had people that came last time bring all their friends. We would play one night – and then we’d be playing another couple of nights in the next town and they’d all travel in convoy with us and end up at the gig the next night as well. They ended up coming to all the gigs.”

Now that’s rock n roll.

The Troubadour will host the Brisbane leg of their national tour, and Rogerthat promise a live show drenched in old rock stylings. “I like that thing of the crowd interaction and just going as mental as we can. We’ll just be playing some dirty rock n roll.”

Catch Rogerthat at The Sands Tavern Maroochydore on Friday Septmeber 11 and The Troubadour September 12 w/ Blackwater Fever. ‘The Deserts Call’ is out now through Cruiserweight Music.

Monday, 02 February 2009 01:42

Still Flyin'

Pizza Jamming Reggae
From its unlikely birth as an over-sized jam and joke band, Still Flyin' are now preparing for their second Australian tour. Leader of the mammoth 15-piece outfit, Sean Rawls, talks about the new album, playing in Oz and the little known practice of hammjamming.

“The guru for our band made it up,” Sean explains, not a hint of pisstake in his voice. “It means when you’re hanging out with your friends and having a good time, giving each other high fives and stuff, maybe you’re eating some pizza, jamming some brews, doing whatever you want that makes you love life, that's what hammjamming is.” A small invasion army dedicated to pizza, beer and reggae. Excellent.

Sean admits the band started as nothing more than an ambitious jam session. “I asked everybody I knew if they wanted to be in my reggae band, and to my surprise at the first practice there were 15 people there, so that's how we ended up with 15 people. We started playing and nobody thought it would go anywhere; it would just be something funny, but it turned out to be so good that we are going to Australia. That's pretty crazy.”

The San Franciscans have just cut their debut album, 'Never Gonna Touch The Ground', and with a lineup that could fill a rugby team, it's a feat not to be scoffed at.“We have members that live all over the US so it took a lot of logistical prowess to get everybody in the same place. There are so many people and they all want to have their voice heard, but I really didn't want to have a big shitstorm going on. I tried to get people saying, for example, ‘hey how bout we don't have horns on this song’ and the horn players reluctantly say, ‘I guess so’ but then the sax player would sneak in a sax track when I’d go to the bathroom!”

The band has strong ties with Australia, having borrowed almost all of the members of Architecture in Helsinki at one stage or another, and are eager to play in Oz again.“I love Australian audiences. You guys are a thousand times better (than the Yanks). I love it over there. That last tour we did there is probably our favourite tour we've ever done. We had people taking boogie boards we had with us and diving head first down the stairs.”

On their last visit to our shores they were treated to some good old fashion crowd hospitality. “We have this part of a song where we all take a knee together for the breakdown of the song, we didn't say anything about this and everyone in the room automatically took a knee right when we did, it was a weird psychic link. The Australians, they know how to party, they know how to jam.”

The Still Flyin’ live show packs the stage with bodies and instruments, a scene that is never far from descending into complete chaos.“People are already excited because they didn't think that many people could fit on the stage. That's entertainment in itself. Inevitably by the end of the show some audience members think it’s time for them to get onstage too coz there's already so many people onstage what difference will that make if there's one more person, so then there's like 50 people onstage and people are spilling off and some band members are out in the crowd. So it's a big mess but it's a joyous mess and everyone is having fun.”

Still Flyin's flavour of happy, beach reggae-pop still has a tinge of joke band to it, and Sean talks wryly about the band’s love of onstage high fives. “The high five is what we are all about y’know, positivity, wildness, congratulating each other. It's a display of celebration. We also have something called the ‘hammfive’; you turn your hand backwards and give a high five that way with the back of your hand. It kinda hurts unless you get it right. I'm an expert so it doesn't hurt me.”
Dan Cole

Still Flyin are playing The Laneway Festival January 31. For a full lineup visit lanewayfestival.com.au You can also catch Still Flyin’ at The Troubadour January 30. 'Never Gonna Touch the Ground' is out now through Lost and Lonesome Records.

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 10:20

The Stafford Brothers Interview

Same Mum

Counted among Queensland’s premier dance music acts, The Stafford Brothers have just returned from a mammoth tour across Europe and they’re back at home to play a few shows over festival season. But for these Gold Coast brothers, the road to success has been neither swift nor easy.

“It’s a pretty good feeling,” says Matt Stafford with a chuckle. “We’ve been doing it for a while, it’s not some overnight thing.” The steady rise of their profile has moved from paying shows in Brizzie and GC, to festivals nationwide, and now they are going global. “We are really focused on overseas at the moment and it’s going really well over there. We have a release coming out with Toolroom (UK) this month. We have another release with Defected (UK) in January. We’ve also got some stuff coming with Ministry (of Sound) here, so we are on some pretty strong labels, I think next year is going to be bigger and better.”

As Matt and Chris built a reputation for solid house and entertaining shows, they looked more and more to the international market as a place to peddle their wares. “The last couple of years, we have spent five months overseas. So it’s definitely got bigger and bigger. I mean, I only got home last night and I’ve got a gig again today. I think I’ve had one day off this week.” And their full plate shows no sign of emptying any time soon. “We have a tour of Canada in January, we’ve got a tour of Europe in March and April, we are back here until July and then we are off again to Europe in August, September. So I can see almost to the end of next year what we are doing, it’s all already mapped out. So on the horizon is more shows in the UK and also hopefully doing festivals over there, because we love doing the festivals.”

In the constantly changing world of dance music, The Stafford Brothers have maintained a fresh sound and a high-energy show. “For us, one of the keys is to perform as well as just play, you know, not to just play the right music but put on a bit of a show. I feel that more and more people are coming to see a bit of a show opposed to some guy with his head down, I think people want a bit of excitement when you’re up there.”

A big part of staying on top is the brothers’ ability to adapt and grow with the ever improving technology of the industry. “The plugins and the programs and stuff are evolving so much that you can make new sounds all the time. If you look at a rock band, they’ve got guitar, bass, drums and a singer, and these days they’re all bringing in synths and all sorts of electronic sounds so, you’ve just got to evolve and with that the sound evolves. I think you just have to be willing to be at the front of it and try new things, don’t just do the same old thing.”

Among the shows coming up over the Aussie summer, the Stafford Brothers have been slated to play New Year’s Eve at The Met. “It’s always a big show at The Met,” Matt says knowingly, “It’s a massive venue, and I think it’s probably got some of the best sound and lighting in the country, it’s always a good time. We played there last year and it was huge, so expect much the same.”

For a duo that are self made from the ground up, there has been no substitute for hard work and hitting the road. “I think that’s the only way to get anywhere in life really is have a go and work hard, because very rarely does it happen without any of that. You look at the biggest pop stars, and they are getting flogged. They are flying here, flying there, but it’s a fun job, there is no question about it so to me it’s not really a chore. But at the same time I’ve been home to the Gold Coast for one day in the last ten, so don’t expect to sleep in your own bed.”

Catch the Stafford Brothers New Year’s Eve at The Met, Something On NYD @ Swell Tavern, Summafieldayze Jan 9 and Future Music Festival Feb 27.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009 13:42

Disko Diva : Interview

House Kitten

Punching out her own style of funky hardhouse, Disko Diva (aka Mel), is a new addition to Brisbane's club scene. After almost five years getting the crowds moving in New Zealand's foremost nightspots, she has made the move to Oz to peddle her wares in our big brown land.

“It was a mission to get my equipment over here,” says Mel with a laugh. “In my boyfriend’s carry-on bag I had one CDJ, in my handbag I had a mixer and in my other bag I had another CDJ.”  Before smuggling her gear across the Tasman, Mel built a name for herself as a funky house DJ in Auckland, watching the house music scene there grow into the diverse beast that it is today.

“When I first started playing it was all very funky house, that's probably why I started out playing that, and when I left it was all a lot harder and it was a lot more diverse, there were heaps more followers of different ranges of house. Little groups started here and there, whereas house music as a whole was just emerging when I first started.”

Mel has quickly added her force to the sounds of Brizzie. “I just wanted a new challenge and a new environment, to listen to different things and see what the music scene was like over here and play at some different places.”

She joins an all female line-up of DJs at the end of the month for Planet's ‘Sex and the Valley’. “Planet is famous for its electro and solid music, so I think it will definitely be a night of solid music and we even have the outside open as well, so I reckon it’s gonna be a wicked night.”

In what is undoubtedly a male dominated industry, the chance to have a highly skilled and compatible all female lineup is an unusual treat. “For me, it's awesome to meet other female DJs because they are few and far between. Just to talk to them about what they are up to and what they are doing. Also, to be able to find female DJs in one area, all on the same line-up, playing the same kind of music is pretty rare. I think it will be well good.

“I generally play the music I like and I'm hoping all the other girls in the crowd are liking it too, and they're all dancing and having a good time. And if the girls are all dancing and having a good time, I reckon the guys are dancing and having a good time. That's my logic and I think it’s working.”

Catch Disko Diva at ‘Sex and the Valley’, Planet Nightclub, July 31.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009 15:04

Paul Farris : Interview

Soul Slinger

Pommy expat Paul Farris has made himself quite comfortable behind the decks in Brisbane. It’s hard not to run into one of his sets at any number of the city’s nightlife hotspots. With his own style of soulful house and a passion for sharing music with the world, Paul has endeared himself to Aussie crowds as well as punters all over the globe.

“I've been lucky to travel quite a bit, and I've done some great gigs,” admits Paul with a touch of nostalgia in his voice. “Eastern Europe was always a bit of a favourite actually, one of the last places you'd expect to find a really good party but I can remember places like Poland for instance, was amazing, not particularly for the venues or even the sound systems but just the crowd, and at the end of the day that's what makes a party. It's incredible, the energy and the enthusiasm was really refreshing.”

Paul started his love affair with music working at Uptown Records in London's Soho. It was here that he fostered his passion for searching out and collecting music. Though over his career he’s watched the unfortunate decline of the need for music spaces like Uptown Records.

“I'm a big fan of people that buy music and search out music. I guess now it's difficult - we are bringing up kids that don't know better, it’s easy for them to go into an office, turn on the computer and look up their tracks online. It's a different experience for them and they don't know any different really.”

Paul believes that younger generations are missing out on the tactile experience of collecting music.

“For me, the excitement was always going to a record store and looking through the shelves and finding something and taking it home in a plastic bag and putting it on a record player ... taking something away as a package. Still, no matter what it is, if there is a track I like, I just can’t download it and have it sitting as a file on my computer. I have to physically have something and the album artwork is just as important as the track, I've got a massive collection of vinyl.

“I get a big kick out of going through those and reading the seed notes and looking at the artwork, and watching the label go round on the deck. Old school, sure, but still fun.”

As an entertainer and performer for many years, Paul's love of sharing music has ensured he is booked again and again to play the music he is passionate about.

“For me that's what it’s always been about; I am a lover of music, number one, but from the word go, every time I hear something I want to share it, that I guess is where wanting to DJ has come from, or wanting to host radio shows has come from, or selling records over the counter. I want to shout about something when I hear it and I'm excited.”

The Melbourne Hotel has invited Paul to perform at their 1st Birthday Celebrations this weekend. “I'm really looking forward to it, it's a great venue, I like the location, they've got a good sound system in there, they have some good resident DJs. I'm pleased and proud to be asked to play really.

“I know the kind of music that I play which has a more soulful edge to it, isn't certainly as big in Brisbane as it is in other parts of the world. I don't follow the current trend of playing electro, if you want to call it that, I'm not totally into tags, so it’s nice to be asked to play the sort of stuff that I play. For me it's a sound that doesn't really date. House tracks that have a more of a soulful leaning, or have particularly vocals, I think they have a bit more longevity.”

Catch Paul Farris at The Melbourne Hotel's 1st Birthday Burlesque Ball, July 18.

Wednesday, 03 June 2009 16:41

Mitch Wood

Southern Beats

Since his move to the Gold Coast from rural Victoria, Mitch Wood has been carving a name for himself as a formidable young DJ. Now taking up residency at Shooters Lounge Bar & Club, punters have grown fond of his pounding electro and retro beats.

Mitch has had a hard road proving himself as a DJ. From humble beginnings doing pro bono gigs in Bendigo, he has now built a solid following on the Gold Coast. “My set is a full (of) electro commercial and also older kind of songs and styles, just a really kind of energetic set.”


Mitch is a regular behind the decks at many of the Gold Coast’s favourite night spots, including the newly renovated Shooters Bar. “I really like playing there, it's a good atmosphere, it's a different concept to what I'm used to playing at, playing at S&R is a different crowd. I really do like it, it's a different atmosphere it’s good, it’s good to change every now and again.”

Starting out with virtually no knowledge of the biz, Mitch learned the tricks of the trade through experience and watching other DJs. “I've always been the one on the side watching the upcoming DJs, I saw mates who are DJs who’ve gotten bigger and progress and I've always watched them. Back in Bendigo I used to stand there and watch DJs play and then I picked up some decks on eBay and then went out and started doing my own stuff. I just picked it up in my head and then started beat-mixing properly and then before I knew it I was up here. I've been up here for about three years now.”

Now well and truly settled on the coast, Mitch is keen to keep delivering fun, hi-energy sets that the punters want to hear.
“Basically when someone goes out to a nightclub they want to hear songs that they have heard a lot on the radio. And when you jump on the decks and play something different to the crowd, the crowd doesn't recognise the songs, that crowd is going to move on. So you have to keep the whole crowd happy and keep them entertained and that way you pull the numbers.”

Mitch Wood is one of the resident DJs at Shooters Lounge Bar & Club, located on Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise.

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