The 8 finalists for the 2015 Mardi Gras Spin Off competition have been announced, and there is some amazing talent here!
These bedroom mix masters will compete live on Saturday, February 14 from 7pm to score the gig of a lifetime at a Mardi Gras official event. Come and watch them battle it out on level 3 of Stonewall.
Without further adieu, here are your finalists:
DJ Mickey (Michael Stevens)
My career aspirations as a DJ are to play to people all around the world bringing them joy and happiness and an experience through music that lasts a lifetime.
My Music style is well “CAMP”! House to Progressive House Music is my genre.
I have a numerous amount of favourite DJs from International DJs such Corey Craig, DJ Grind all the way to our Sydney local DJs such as DJ Magnus, Mason Andrews, Brett Austin, Murray Hood, all the way to DJ DuJour to whom I believe caught her first break winning this very competition.
I would describe my music style as; Electro House infused with Nu Disco and Pop. I like to refer to it with my own little name: Discoponic.
Not only have massive Australian acts such as Hook-n-sling, Dirty South, Kaz James and Tommy Trash influenced me in my younger years, but to list few of my favourite more recent DJ’s I would have to again look to my grass roots.
Following the up and coming careers of Melbourne DJs; Helena and Will Sparks and Sydney’s; Alison Wonderland, Tigerlily and STARFUCKERS DJ’s have all in their own way inspired me and my style as a DJ.
DJ Pussy Shoogah (Cameron Smith)
I have always aspired to be a celebrity DJ producer and spend my life traveling the globe playing at awesome festivals and parties in wild locations.
My music ranges from almost tribal sounding to camp vocal house. I prefer a solid 4×4 beat to get people dancing in time. I play up tempo tracks that incorporate lyrics and hot sounding melodic synths and baselines.
I really love our local Dj’s in Sydney especially Kitty Glitter and Sandi Hotrod. I try to learn as much as I can from them not just about their delivery of tracks or the remixes they make, but the effort they put in to promoting them self and all the work that goes on behind the scenes.
My love of new Deep House, Future House and Topical House evokes Poolside and Day Party vibes.
For my submission I’ve amped up the campy throwbacks, because tis the season after all..
I’m constantly on the hunt for funky new bootlegs of tracks that we all know. I am all across the up and coming side of Souncloud, those users who have just less than a few thousand follows but are making banging remixes and bootlegs.
I’m an SAE drop out (same class as DJ Brendan Terry), and have made countless bootlegs and mashups that have been played and supported by many local DJs including Murray Hood, Jimmy Dee, Brett Austin – whom are my fav DJs.
DJ Sicabee (Jessica Bates)
I took DJ lessons in June 2014 and the more time I spend on the decks the more amazing I feel. By day I’m a lawyer, but after hours I just want to play music whenever and wherever I can. Oh and I’m gay.
I don’t like being restricted to genre, I’m genre neutral. I love to blend songs together that grab my attention. Catchy vocals are a favourite of mine. I try to stay as true as I can to the original versions of songs and prefer minimalistic remixes. I enjoy blending old and new songs together and going on a journey with my audience.
Favourite DJs are Kaskade, Armin Van Buuren, Calvin Harris, Above and Beyond, Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk, Roger Shah, Paul Oakenfold and so many more.
Paulie B / Plastic Breaks (Paul Blyton)
My DJ style is a little different to the norm… I like to make sure everything I do is unique each and every time I’m behind the decks. By mashing things up on the fly and creating a few surprises with my own edits and remixes, I like to keep the audience guessing and in the zone.
I really want to take my DJing to the next level because up until now I’ve only really played relatively small gigs and residencies across Brisbane and regional NSW – such as Brisbane Pride Festival, Big Gay Day, Precious, Coast Out, The Wickham Hotel and The Beat.
I’m a huge fan of the Australian electronic music scene and really love artists like Flight Facilities, Touch Sensitive, DCUP, Hayden James, Flume and Peking Duk. I’m also really inspired by some of the emerging dance music producers coming out of my home town of Brisbane, like Young Franco, cln, Tyler Touche and 95 Royale.
After being a DJ in Kuala Lumpur for 10 years I moved to Sydney in 2012. I have been lucky enough to already accomplish some of my aspirations such as playing in front of 1500 people at a major dance festival in Malaysia, supporting DJ Kate Monroe, joining the DJ set on Fantasia at ARQ and spinning in the clubs in Hong Kong.
My other aspirations include performing at Sydney Mardi Gras party, spinning at G.A.Y in London, breaking into the new clubs in Shanghai and creating my own remixes.
I take a lot of my inspiration from DJs such as Criminal Vibes, Tradelove, David Morales, Chus & Ceballos, Danny verde, Paulo, Offer Nissim, Jerome Robins and Tony Moran.
I’ve been DJing as a hobby for about 3 years and enjoy playing vocal and progressive house, Seamus Haji and Tracy Young being my favourite producer/DJs.
Lately I’ve also started getting into more laid back sounding deep house and nudisco as well, such as remixes by Sofia And Vijay Zlatko and Kygo.
I’d love to DJ at large clubs and parties that need floorfiller tracks, but also at more intimate cocktail bars and the like that would suit a deep house sound.