Thanks for doing the podcast for us Dave, what vibe did you go for with you podcast?
Thank you for asking!
I like to have a theme or an idea when I attack a podcast. I’ve called this one ‘The Search for Atlantis’. The first half of the set is pretty deep and gets a bit weird and wonky there for a while (Acid Pauli, Aquarius Heaven, Oki Noki) then transitions into some really nice ‘classic’ deep house sounds towards the end. Stuff from Dennis Ferrer, D’Julz, Joeski, Kerri Chandler. For me it was about capturing summer nights. Nothing too serious or dark but at the same time nothing overtly happy of cheesy. Somewhere in the middle I guess! Rather than meticulously planning and fine tuning the set on Traktor I’ve mixed this one live and sort of just play what felt right at the time. It’s a bit raw in places, but I like that in a mix sometimes.
You have been doing this for a long time, what are some of your highlights over the years?
March this year is my 10 Year Anniversary since my first ever club show. It’s been a crazy ride that’s for sure! Highlights?
There’s a couple that stick out, I’ll see if I can maybe do a top 3 (I’m sure I’ll look back on this and have completely forgotten something)
- Danny Howells – BALANCE Sunset Boat Party 2014. This was my first show back in Melbourne after spending 18 months in London. I didn’t really play while I was over there just spent lots of time going out as a punter again and totally fell back in love with music again. This party was off the back of 4 days over 40 degrees in a row, and a cool change came through just as the boat was boarding. I remember the total relief and happiness that was in the air. I got to warm up for Danny, who went on to say in an interview it was the best warm up of his tour. Sold Out boat party, playing house music to all my friends who I hadn’t seen in ages. It was pretty special.
- Rainbow Serpent 2015 – Sunset Stage. RSF has always been the pinnacle as far as DJ set go, and was bloody chuffed to get asked to play. It all worked out perfectly that morning. Perfect weather, perfect crowd and I got to play this really warm melodic progressive set that seemed to resonate really well with people. Off the back of that I started to get booked by lots of crews and opened up a lot of opportunities for me.
I’ve been given the incredible opportunity to play on the Market Stage on Saturday night for RSF 2017 so I’m hoping the experience will be even better!
- Carl Craig at Prince of Wales NYE 2016. This is a fresh one from on a week or so ago. The lovely lads down at Thick as Thieves asked Scott Freedman and I to play after my all-time favourite techno DJ. I don’t normally get that nervous before a set, at the end of the day I know what I’m doing and I really love being up on stage up in front of people playing the music I love. But I was proper shitting myself for this set. I’m not normally known as a ‘techno’ DJ so I had to dig deep. Scott and I ended up playing for 3 hours and the crowd went with us every step of the way. It was just so much fun and everything we did just worked. Got to play a couple of techno classics that I’ve never had the chance to play and closed with Armand Van Helden – You Don’t Know Me and had everyone in the club singing along as the lights came on. It was unbelievable.
Your one of half of the Mahala Parties alongside Scott Freedman, tell us how Mahala came to be?
It started out as a FB group ‘Mahala Crème De La Crème’ where a bunch of mates in Melbourne could just share the tunes that they were loving. This started back in 2013.
While I was in London, I had this set that I wanted to put together. It was kinda like this break up mix that I felt I needed to make at the time. I took it to the guys who ran the page and we started up a Mahala Podcast. When I came back I really wanted to start running Mahala parties, but I wanted to wait until I’d settled back into the scene and built some strong relationships. At the end of 2014 one of my really good mates Scott Freedman had just started DJing again after a few years off and we started talking about running shows together. It all happened really quickly and ‘Mahala Music Group’ was formed and we started running shows, our first one Jan 2015. I’ve worked with a lot of people over the last 10 years, but it’s never been as easy as it has been with Scott. We just click really well and know what needs to be done and the last 2 years have been unbelievable. Keep an eye out for our 2nd bday coming up next month, gonna be a ripper!
Have you got any interest in heading into the production realm?
Not really! I’ve dabbled here and there but never really put any significant time or effort into it. I really respect those that do, but it’s not something that has ever really interested me. I love DJ'ing, and I love running parties, that consumes enough of my time as it is. Throw in a teaching career and a baby on the way, there’s not a lot of time left to be worrying if my kick drum is loud enough in the mix haha.
What are your top 5 tracks of 2016?
I actually put together a list for Darkbeat last week, so this one is easy:
1) Guy Gerber - Secret Encounters
2) Kidnap kid – Moments
3) Lee Burridge - No wicked for the rest
4) Michael Mayer, Barnt - Und Da Stehen Fremde Menschen (Patrice Baumel Remix)
5) Jaap Ligthart - The Haunt
Any artists we should keep an eye out for in 2017?
Locally Retza is king right now and for good reason. Charles Oliver just released his amazing debut EP which has made a lot of people sit up and take notice. On a global stage Lucas Rossi is continually blowing me away with his classic progressive sound. But the Number 1 guy people should keep an eye out for is Tim Engelhardt. Mahala just hosted his first ever tour outside of Europe a few weeks back and played a 2 hour live set that easily was in my top 5 sets of the year. At age 18 he’s already done more than seasoned vets. 2017 he’s going to take it to another level based from all accounts.
Where can we catch you over the next few months?
Darkbeat pres: Wehbba @ Tramp - Jan 20th
Lost & Found Showcase w/ Guy J, Guy Mantzur & Eelke Kleijn @ Platform One – Jan 25th
Electric Gardens After Party ft Cirez D @ Brown Alley – Jan 26th
Rainbow Serpent Festival – Market Stage – Jan 28th
Doesn’t Matter 4th Bday ft Dusty Kid @ New Guernica – Feb 3rd
Doppel - Melt [Retza's Diving Mix]
Archila - Aire (Frink Remix)
Sasse - Higho
Acid Pauli - Nana
Hyenah, Aquarius Heaven - Tales From the Dirt (Rampa Remix)
Corei - Madre Selva (Oki Noki Remix)
Sean Mackey - Left Unsaid (Moosefly Remix)
Cheek - Venus (Pepe Bradock’s Saucy Precog Remix)
Javier Orduna - Erretica
Sahar Z, Guy Mantzur - Clouds in You
Oki Noki - Love
Bassfort - Moon Light
D’julz - Shy Town
Zappe - Larry’s Exotic Blend (Joeski’s Ruff Disco Mix)
Dennis Ferrer - P 2 Da J (Metodi Hristov Remix)
Black Joy - Untitled (Kerri Chandler’s Bigga Mix)
Deeligent Soul - Undefined State (Giom Remix)
Salva Marquez - Submarine
Nightmares on Wax - Aftermath (Acid Mondays Remix)
Steve Lawler - Show The Way
Lil Silva - Lines (George Fitzgerald Remix)
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