Ibiza Club News Radio has been bubbling around in the background for quite a few weeks now. Testing, plotting, dancing to ourselves, preparing for a long winter of great music leading into hopefully the return of summer in 2021. As we celebrate our official launch, it’s time to get to know the residents. This time around, we chat to DJ Du Jour…
Hey! Nice to meet you. What’s your name?
DJ Du Jour
What made you want to be a DJ?
I spent my childhood rummaging through records, cassette tapes and albums at local music stores, always souring for the latest in dance music. I was innately drawn to 90’S dance, funk and house music. In my teenage years, I immersed myself with pioneers of electronic dance music – Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold and The Chemical Brothers. Throughout my University years, I would spend as many nights as I could soaking up dance music and the club scene always looking to the DJ to really move me. The one day, I saw a female DJ in the booth and I realised, that was where my life was going to lead.
What are your top 5 tunes EVER? We’ll be secretly judging you, so they better be good.
1. Orbital – One Perfect Sunrise
2. N Trance – Set You Free
3. Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
4. Lamb – Gorecki
5. Camelphat – Breathe
Whats your favourite club and why?
My launching pad in the scene was back in my hometown in Sydney. Arq is the most iconic LGBTIQ club and attracts some of the best local and international DJs.
The venue manager gave my first peak time gig – I had the crowd heaving to my set which eventuated into a Saturday night residency. I miss that venue since moving to Melbourne and I still get messages from punters who remind me of the journeys I used to take them on throughout my 6 year residency.
Tell us your favourite thing about being a DJ?
My favourite thing about being a DJ is creating sets that entrance people. I love sharing music with a crowd, the feeling that music leaves in a punters soul and I love that it can change a community for the better.
There is nothing better than looking down on a crowd, their hands are in the air, their eyes are closed and it becomes this complete baptism of spirituality – we are all on the journey together. I love that I get to do that.
What advice have you been given in life that you found useful?
“You are only as good as your last gig”. I wear this as a badge of honour, no matter how big or how small the gig – I aim to make it memorable for the people on the dancefloor.
Lockdowns have been awful for dance music, if you had to make a bet – how do you see 2021 playing out?
I think it will be a slow burn in the industry. I can only speak for Australia at the moment, I can’t imagine that clubs will be opening in a hurry. And then when they do, I feel like there will be some wariness and anxiety with the public not wanting to put themselves at risk.
I think live streaming will evolve and it may look like it will be a bunch of DJs in clubs streaming to loungerooms for quite some time until punters feel like they can start coming back out.
Where is the best place for people to check out your music?
Tell us about this months mix?
It’s currently the end of winter here in Melbourne and its been freaking cold so my mix has been channeling me sipping a mojito or an aperol spritz on a European beach (preferably Ibiza), surrounded by my best mates grooving to house, funk and soul tunes like these!