DEEP HOUSE, DANCE, HOUSE
Describe your past year in one sentence...
Everything and nothing all at once!
How did you end up as a part of the music industry?
I am still in the beginning stages of being in the music industry. Sending music to labels and being asked to make a mix for a platform is super fresh for me, but still so very exciting! However, I definitely have a lot more confidence in putting myself out there. It only benefits me, as more people see my work and means others in the music industry reach out to me. I just can't wait to be able to share my music on the dance floor and make people boogie!
Tell us about your sound...
My sound varies but I feel like at the moment I have been trying to produce Housey beats. I like to use my hardware equipment such as my Korg synth and my lil TR8 drum machine. I have fun exploring different sounds and experimenting things. I love a funky bassline and sweeping pads. Making music for me is just about trying new things. It usually takes me ages, but I enjoy creating a whole little world inside a piece of music.
Making music for me is just about trying new things. It usually takes me ages, but I enjoy creating a whole little world inside a piece of music.
Do you have any new work coming out that you'd like to tell us about?
In terms of producing, I am working on an EP that I will aim to release in like 3 months (if I can stay motivated). I was lucky enough to release a tune called 'When You're Gone' through Love Above Records on their 'Locked In The House' compilation. I produced and mixed that track and had a lot of fun doing so!
The last few months I was lucky enough to be chosen to do a program called 'DJ 101' run by the queen, DJ Sarah. It was such a rewarding experience, where I met so many great individuals who are all passionate about music. Being surrounded by people who were all fresh to DJing was honestly so nice. We all learnt how to DJ in less than 2 months which is pretty sick.
I now have some upcoming gigs at The Gaso, Colour and one at Bourke Street Courtyard in April, which will be lots of fun. I am looking forward to starting this new journey of playing music live to people!
What is your most memorable performance to date?
I have only had 1 DJ performance and it was through the program, DJ101, that DJ Sarah started. It was literally so cool though. All 8 of us who did the program performed to around 50-100 people at this car park in the city. Being able to perform and watch everyone play was truly heartwarming. The feeling I experienced whilst playing songs that I loved in front of people just honestly made me feel so good. I can't wait to be able to perform more and make people dance!
How do you practice self care?
Self-care is my bitch. For me it's balance, boundaries and routine. I am quite an organised person in my personal life, so I always try and allow myself time throughout the day to do things like read, meditate, make myself a good meal, listen to music. I think setting boundaries is a big part of self-care for me. Being able to say no and put myself first is important in so many aspects.
What’s your favourite record at the moment?
I have been bumping 'Couldn't Find The Words' by Tom VR on the daily. It is a minimal house track with random bleeps and sparse mellow synths that evokes so much feeling for me. There are so many intricate parts going on all at once, but at the same time it is so ambient. I love dance music that can make me cry. This is one that does that.
Who inspires you?
Womxn and GNC people creating music! I love being able to see these people out there creating music, and getting recognition for it. Just watching a set or listening to dance music by someone who is GNC inspires the heck out of me. It motivates me to create my own art and share it to the world.
Representation for all BIPOC, womxn, GNC, and LGBTQIA+ people is a must. Inclusion is what needs to be at the top of everyone's priorities in the dance music industry (and everything else lol).
What are your predictions for the future of dance music and the industry?
The future of dance music is so exciting. For such a long period of time, it has just been white-cis men who dominated the industry, but now that is changing. Representation for all BIPOC, womxn, GNC, and LGBTQIA+ people is a must. Inclusion is what needs to be at the top of everyone's priorities in the dance music industry (and everything else lol).
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