DJ Du Jour burst onto the Sydney music scene in 2011 after winning the illustrious annual Mardi Gras DJ Competition. Now a pillar in the Sydney scene Du Jour also regularly spins in Brisbane and Melbourne.
What was it that first inspired you to become a DJ?
Music and movement has always been integral to my life and part of my core. I was taught the piano from a young age and music was a constant in my life; my first love. I spent my teenage years rummaging through music local record stores and scouring radio stations in search for dance music and finding ear treasures. I would listen for hours, innately drawn to 90’s dance, funk and house music; immersing myself with pioneers of electronic dance music like Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers and Paul Oakenfold.
When I was of legal age, I started to go to clubs, not for the drinking and drug taking but to listen to the music that the DJ would spin. I was fascinated how an individual could create such emotion on a dance floor; mesmerized by the movement that was created as a result. I was also at the same time studying exercise physiology and science at university, where my vehemence for human movement was further developing.
I always joked with my parents that I wanted to be a Radio Disc Jockey, but I am not overly extroverted… DJing just came naturally in my mid-twenties when I bought and stood meekly behind my first set of decks. I am not sure what possessed me to make the investment, but I did and immediately developed a love and a desire to want to do this regularly… it instantly felt like home.
Was it tough to break into the industry?
Breaking into the industry was tough and at times, can still be overwhelming because I have an ambition for international success. I therefore acknowledge that this is early years into my journey.
At its worst, the industry is competitive and unregulated (smoke, mirrors and glitterballs), mostly dominated by men. But at is best, it is saturated with truly talented people and amazing punters who are prepared to follow me on my journey and embrace my sets. Nothing makes me happier than spinning tunes and watching people move to it. I’ve been told on countless occasions that my sets exude that dance with your hands in the air magic…I feel every beat, my head is invested in every melody…. It’s my natural high.
I’ve copped a little flack or maybe some resistance being a female but that hasn’t stopped me; in fact its made me hungrier, made me work harder and ensured I retain a true professional work ethic to prove that I can mix it with the best of them.
Is this a full time gig for you, if not, what takes up the rest of your days?
If only this were a full time job… But no, I still work Monday to Friday. Growing up, I wasn’t encouraged by my parents to pursue music as a career so I focused on the health industry. I went to university and completed a degree in Exercise and Sport Science and have been running a business based on my qualifications for over 15 years. It is not my true passion, but it pays the bills and allows me to focus on my true love – DJing, music production and remixing.
A lot of people think there is a conflict of interest, as there is often the notion that DJs are notorious heavy drinkers and drug takers, but I pride myself on the fact that I am straight-edge, meaning, I have never touched a drug in my life (nor do I intend to begin) and I rarely drink alcohol. My day job heavily influences my night job and I kinda like that.
What is the best thing about getting paid to travel and work as a DJ?
The best thing about getting paid to travel and work?! Whats not amazing about it? I spent a large portion of my 20s travelling overseas, I love experiencing new cultures, traditions and ways of life…
Being able to DJ interstate and overseas means I get to continue that… I am living my dream! – DJ Du Jour