Pushing Trolleys is an Australian independent record label focussed on Tech House and Deep House. The label introduces a range of emerging artists across the local Sydney and offshore scenes and also hosts a radio show on BBR Friday 12pm-2pm fortnightly featuring interviews and new releases from the label alongside a complementary mix of deep and tech house releases. As part of the station’s Up Close Series, BBR catches up with show host and Sydney House DJ MidiPorn in advance of the SOUND by BBR showcase event at World Bar this Saturday 16th July.
1. When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I bought decks together with a friend when I was 14 (which is 16 years ago). We both had a summer job and decided to add two and two together. We had a small caravan in the back of our garden and equipped it with two technic turntables, a JB Systems 400 Double CD Player and a stage line mixer. I’m pretty confident that the neighbours didn’t appreciate it as much as all the kids in the neighbourhood!
In terms of influence, as my parents worked in nightclubs for over 25 years it’s only natural that they had a huge impact on my decision making. I’m from Belgium, so I have been heavily inspired the European Techno scene with the likes of Marco Bailey, Trish Van Eynde, DJ Pierre, Joris Voorn, Maceo Plex, Dave Clarke, Redhead, just to name a few…
2. What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?
That is a difficult one, I’ve played at quite a few small parties which I rated probably as high as the larger gigs I played on. The main driver for me is that crowd, music, and vibe comes together.
After I won Double Up Festival’s DJ contest back in 2005 I was fortunate to play in clubs around Europe including Pimpernel (Munich), TWSD (Amsterdam) , Rhythm Factory (London) and much more. I was resident in Club Glamour and resident at all ‘Get Juiced’ parties.
In Australia, I’m extremely proud to be part of the BBR family.
3. What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?
I believe that both DJing and Producing music go and in hand. It’s about expressing emotions and outing your identity. It’s the whole scene behind it which makes it interesting for me. First of all the music, then the people, and then technology.
I’ll avoid the whole vinyl, CD and laptop discussion as I simply appreciate all different approaches. You could have the same discussion about let’s say an acoustic guitar versus Ableton.
To put it like this, I love high technology equipped F1 cars, and I do love handcrafted Jaguars as much. In both cases, you still need to be able to drive the car.
One of my main personal challenges is to keep focussing on music whilst maintaining a demanding daytime job and being part of several new projects.
4. What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
When I was younger and had plenty of time and no worries I selected every track which I would play and made my whole playlist ready to go. These days, I try to search for new music whenever I can, make hot lists of my favourite tracks, and tag them by type of sound (eg: After Hours, Pumping, Warm Up).
5. What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criterion other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?
It really depends on the atmosphere, I try not to overthink it, create a journey for the listeners and go with the flow and just enjoy the moment. That being said. I wouldn’t play a banger straight in the beginning of my set and I always try to ease out with something softer to give the DJ behind me the opportunity to open in his own style.
6. How are you enjoying being involved with a growing digital broadcaster like BBR?
As part of the BBR management, I’m extremely proud to be part of the journey. I strongly believe it’s a success story which is on the verge of becoming huge. Every single individual I have met is awesome in his/her own way and every member of the family is as excited about the project. It’s rare to find something similar which so much potential.
7. What are your favourites music festivals?
Tomorrowland, Time Warp, Love Family Park, …. Just too many to name. The boys from T1000 did a superb job with Electric Garden
8. What are your favourite venues in Sydney?
Sydney is a funny one, I believe it’s more up to the people behind the parties. You have the Summit DJ’s crew who are throwing one huge party after the other, you have the WeLove crew who are setting Burdekin on fire time after time, you have T1000 (do I need to say more?), The Sash Crew who have been smashing it time after time. It would be wrong of me to give a lot of venues the credit.
9. What can people expect from SOUND by BBR?
SOUND is created by BBR to give back to the community. BBR as a platform focuses on uniquely bridging the resilient and quality local Sydney music scene to the global scene, so you can expect something equally unique in a private setting which will be tons and tons of fun.
You do not want to miss out.
Source: MidiPorn Article
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