DJ Interview - tyDi (Australia)
on Sun 28 Feb 2010
I started when I was 14. At first, my folks were not okay with me DJing, they wanted me to learn some musical instruments and bought me a drum set. I ended up selling the drum set to buy turntables and DJ equipments and my parents were so mad at me... At first they weren't really that happy, they didn't want me to be a DJ, but now they know that's what I want to do and they kinda accepted it somehow.
I've been very lucky to be here now. Like I said, I started DJing when I was 14, so that makes 8 years already that I'm in the domain, I started with small parties in Brisbane, then I'd play more and more around Australia, Sydney, Melbourne, all by keeping it secret from my parents.
I used to sneak out on weekends saying that I'm at my friends' place or something but I actually flew all over Australia, meeting dodgy promoters, doing gigs behind my parents' back and got back home on Monday morning right before time to go to school! It was funny, but they never found out.
But then I started to produce more and more songs, getting more and more gigs from outside Australia too, so eventually my parents' found out and they kinda said, "OK, but you gotta have a degree, too." And that's what I did - I just finished my uni, got my degree, keep them happy and do what I love to do: DJing and producing.
And now your parents don't protest that you're away so often? What about your friends? And do you have any siblings?
I'm the youngest in my family, I have three older sisters, two of them twins, they're 30, and the eldest one is 35, so I'm the little baby brother in the family. I was the last to leave home, and yeah it's a bit of a lonely life being a DJ, I live between flights, planes, hotels and gigs, but I don't complain, it's what I love - and I get to meet a lot of cool people, make new friends in every city I go to, so it's a bit of a great life globe-trotting too.
And when I'm back in Australia I'd meet some friends of mine, we hang around and have a good time together.
But I ended up winning the competition so I thought the name must be lucky or something so I keep the name from then.
Well, I got a Bachelor Degree in Music Technology, so it's something that I like too - at the uni I learnt how to do a song, make it from A to Z and wrap it as a finished product ready to sell to the record label, so now I know how to master my own productions and I do everything myself.
I'm a perfectionist so I do everything by my own - you know there are some producers who got the ideas for music but they need other people to help them putting the inspirations into real life, but I couldn't stand looking at someone working on my music cos I like to do everything the way I want it to be. So I'm glad I went to uni, afterall!
In these three last months I've finished six songs ready to market - which is a lot! But there are times like last year when I just couldn't put any song together for some time - just because I'm not in the mood.
But there are times when I'm just lying on my bed in a hotel room and a song just pops out in my mind.
When I was in highschool, I had a girlfriend I really loved, we dated for three years, and she left me to go to school in France - I was really upset and it inspired me to write some songs, and these songs did really well and they helped me to get where I am now.
And now that I'm all OK and happy again I make more chunky, energetic songs.