DJ, DESIGNER, DOOR PERSON/HOST, PHOTOGRAPHER, PROMOTER/BOOKER
HOUSE, TECHNO, CORPORATE/PARTY, FUNK/SOUL, AFROBEAT/DANCEHALL
How did you end up as a part of the music industry?
I moved to Naarm (Melbourne) from Kaurna County (Adelaide) when I was 18 to study photography. I was already a club rat and this was probably only amplified upon living in a city with a plethora of great venues and events. I think my first femme friend that DJ'd was Nuala (Juicy Romance) and I loved nothing more than going to whatever gig of hers was on that weekend. I am and will always be first and foremost an avid dance-floor participant however the more friends that started DJing, hosting events or producing the more I wanted to give it a go too.
"I am and will always be first and foremost an avid dance-floor participant."
Do you have any new work coming out that you'd like to tell us about?
Recently I've done mixes for Waiting for Utopia, Arvo Girls on Skylab and Melt Melbourne which I'm all super proud of. I've been dabbling on Ableton lately as well and looking forward to sharing some tracks of mine in the latest mix I'm working on.
What’s the last really fun thing you did?
Last Friday night my partner and I were hosts for Zoom trivia with some friends. It was really fun putting the questions together and I discovered the world of medieval song covers on Youtube in the process.
How do you practice self care?
During isolation I'm focusing on getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, eating a plant based diet, taking vitamins, moisturising, calling my mum weekly, making time for creative ventures and going on at least 1 social distance walk every week with a local girlfriend.
What’s your favourite record at the moment and why?
Right now probably Waak Waak ga Min Min by Waak Waak Djungi. One track played on the radio while I was driving around in between lockdowns with my partner Elliot and he bought it for me a few days later. Too often I get caught up listening to high energy music and I really appreciate having a beauty like this record to put on and reflect or create to while it plays.
What's the best part about being in the music industry?
I think what I like most about it is how many demographics there are and the social aspect of course. In comparison to the photography industry I've found it much easier to navigate and find my 'people' and what I want to do within it. When it comes to photography I still don't know where I see myself in a commercial sense. In comparison I was aware early on that the dance music scene was where I felt most at home and that I wanted to learn to play and produce that style of music.
"I was aware early on that the dance music scene was where I felt most at home and that I wanted to learn to play and produce that style of music."
What or who inspires you?
All of the amazing women in my life especially my mum and friends. Whether it be music, design, sewing, photography, styling, writing or marketing I'm continually inspired by seeing friends past and present work towards and reach their goals. I try to surround myself with people who are supportive and equally ambitious or creative. Georgia Bird has always inspired me as a DJ from seeing her play at Banana : Peach to her sunrise set at Pitch it's helped me to believe in what can happen when you follow your creative passions and put in the hours.
What are your predictions for the future of dance music and the industry? Any changes you would like to see?
The future of dance music and the industry is diverse representation! I would like to see all white-cis line ups and labels be replaced with equal representation for the queer and POC artists existing in the industry. More opportunities for mentorship or workshops would be great as well to increase the accessibility for disadvantaged groups. Shoutout to you, Sarah and Floss, for already leading by example.
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