Make Some Noise!

by | Mar 20, 2017 | People, The Arts | 0 comments

What do a marketing strategist, an occupational therapist and a paper and pulp account manager have in common? By night, they transform into SUPERSTAR DJs.

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Chantelle Laurent

WHAT’S YOUR DJ NAME?

DeepC

WHAT’S YOUR DAY JOB?

I run Formula One Results, a strategic marketing services agency in The Mount.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE MUSIC YOU PLAY?

Mainly funky house on vinyl only, but my collection also includes dance house, progressive house and deep house.

HOW DID YOU BECOMEDJ?

I’d been travelling for a few years and developed a love for the house music scene. On my return to Cambridge in 1999, I bought a ‘DJ in a Box’ kit. Beat mixing on vinyl is really hard, so I enlisted the help of Frano Longman (DJ Elixir) to teach me. We became great friends, and ended up playing masses of bars, clubs and parties in the North Island. I became the resident DJ at Buddha Lounge in Tauranga too, when it opened in 2004.

DO YOU HAVEMUSICAL BACKGROUND?

Yes, I have played the piano since I was eight. At high school I played saxophone, and have been part of the chorus in musicals. As a late teen, I was an aerobics instructor too — the perfect job for someone who loves dance and music!

WHAT’S THE BEST GIG YOUVE EVER DONE?

Frano and I organised and ran a couple of New Year’s events back-to-back, on private farmland in Raglan and near Coroglen. Both events had around 400 people and ran for three days with everyone pitching in with supplies; we just had a small cover charge to fund things like portaloos, generators, a big marquee, and chiller trailer. As the organisers, we just played what we wanted, when we wanted, and had the most amazing time.

WHAT WAS THE MOST DISASTROUS GIG YOUVE EVER DONE?

A wedding and a business awards’ event — never again! Despite the organisers knowing what I play, I still had to deal with drunk, rude women demanding Britney Spears. This was during the days before electronic DJ gear, so what I had in my record box was all I had to play – but try explaining that to a drunken larrikin who’s set on taking over the gig!

DOES DJING TAKE UP MUCH OF YOUR TIME?

Before kids, I used to practise every night after work, and play gigs all weekend. Since I’ve had children, it’s very much a hobby. I started a Facebook group called The Vinyl Appreciation Society. It’s an opportunity for a few of us to meet up now and then, be vinyl geeks, and throw the odd party for us to share our music with friends.

WHAT’S COMING UP?

A couple of fortieths, and Sundaise in March. Plus another Vinyl Appreciation event soon too. It’s all about balance: my kids come first, then I need to make a living, then windsurfing when it’s windy, hanging out with friends, maintaining my home and, when I have time, spinning some vinyl. It’s something I will always love and continue to dabble in.

KATE FOOT

WHAT’S YOUR DJ NAME?

Shekay

WHAT’S YOUR DAY JOB?

Occupational therapist.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE MUSIC YOU PLAY?

Deep and tech house, as well as techno, electronic, nu-disco, funk, soul, dub and downbeat. I can play a variety of styles depending on the gig I’m booked for.

HOW DID YOU GOT INTO DJING?

I went to a festival in 1999 in Takaka, Nelson, and fell in love with dance music. A few weeks later, I heard live beats coming from a booth set up by Wellington’s underground alternative radio station, Radio Active I introduced myself, and that was it. I was in!

DO YOU HAVEMUSICAL BACKGROUND?

I grew up playing classical piano music, and played timpani (kettledrums) in the orchestra at college and dabbled on the drum kit and trumpet.

WHAT’S THE BEST GIG YOUVE EVER DONE?

Burning Man in the Nevada desert. I played at The 7 Deadly Gins bar, which is organised by the crew I camped with. It’s known for being one of the best bars there, with an incredible vibe and the best gin and tonics I have ever tasted. I also played at the Altitude Lounge (erected on scaffolding) with a fantastic lookout over the festival. The view was breathtaking — it was sunset, and a moment I’ll never forget. The festival was a transformative experience, and to play there was a real honour.

WHAT WAS THE MOST DISASTROUS GIG YOUVE EVER DONE?

The first show I ever did on Radio Active in 1999 was pretty challenging. It ran from 11 am to 6 am, and was used as a training ground for new DJs. I was quickly shown how to load a CD and the ads, and do a voiceover. Then I was on my own! I stumbled through the five hours and it took me a month to build up the courage to do another show.

DOES DJING TAKE UP MUCH OF YOUR TIME?

When I’m playing out regularly or holding down a residency, it doesn’t take long to prepare as I have a lot of current music on my playlists. But if I have a special event on, I spend hours searching for music and compiling playlists as it’s always more fun to play fresh tunes. It’s a labour of love though — I enjoy it, so the time flies.

WHAT’S COMING UP FOR YOU?

I’ve recently moved from Auckland, where I was largely playing in bars, clubs and restaurants. Now that I’m living in The Mount I’m keen to play more daytime sets and outdoor gigs — festivals, markets, food truck nights, that kind of thing.

SCOTT COLE

WHAT’S YOUR DJ NAME?

Big Northern Bloke

WHAT’S YOUR DAY JOB?

An account manager for a Swedish equipment manufacturer, servicing the pulp and paper Industry, travelling to Australia, Vietnam, Thailand and China.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE MUSIC YOU PLAY?

Deep house, underground, funk, soul, rare groove, UK garage.

TELL MEBIT ABOUT HOW YOU BECAMEDJ

I was a bedroom DJ back in the eighties where I grew up in Middlesbrough, England; I was a massive hip-hop fan. I set up a monthly hip-hop gig with a mate in a local nightclub on a Saturday afternoon (there was no alcohol, so we could get school mates along). It lasted a few months and was a great experience even though we were crap DJs at the time.

Then I went to university, and played in the student union bar, where I subjected everybody to Jack Your Body at least once a week!!

HAVE YOU GOT ANY OTHER MUSICAL BACKGROUND?

I played guitar for a while until I chopped off part of my left index finger. These photos of me DJing are the last I have with my index finger still intact!

WHAT’S THE BEST GIG YOUVE EVER DONE?

A weekly underground gig at Harry Limes in Portsmouth; a great crowd, 500 bouncing dancers every week. No one didn’t dance.

WHAT WAS THE MOST DISASTROUS GIG YOUVE EVER DONE?

At a private, happy hardcore, warehouse party just outside of Newcastle in the nineties, I was the warm-up DJ. The main act arrived with all his gear. After an hour sorting out who does what and when, the main DJ and his crew went to set up, and when they opened their turntable carry cases, they found that someone had swapped his turntables for bricks!

DOES DJING TAKE UP MUCH OF YOUR TIME?

I haven’t played out for a while, but when I do, I aim for once a week or twice a month.

I spin at home in my studio/man cave every day, creating and producing tracks too.

WHAT’S COMING UP FOR YOU?

I just want to be able to keep buying vinyl to feed my addiction! Having said that, I have acknowledged and started to embrace the digital DJ domain, and am now able to use the software and hardware proficiently. In doing so, I’ve made myself more flexible. I don’t put myself forward for weddings or Christmas parties; I just like playing what I know and love. I don’t use the mike, I don’t scratch mix, and I don’t do requests!

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