When I moved from Ballarat to Sydney in 2010 I hardly knew anyone here. I didn’t have any plans to become a DJ or radio producer. I got a volunteer role in reception at FBi after trying to get into presenter-training two years in a row. It was only then that opportunities in music started opening up for me. Eventually I got the all-nighter slot, which I did fortnightly before I landed a spot on the Bridge program.
Back then, nights out in Sydney didn’t leave you feeling so disappointed. The nights that went till 6am at World Bar that were formative. Half the great part of going out to see music was being able to go outside and talk to your friends in between sets. It was about being able to go into the club space, come outside, refresh yourself, go back in. Now it’s like: “No, you must stay inside or go home.” I remember the first time I was rejected from Goodgod because it was 1:31am. I had some of my best nights at that place by far.
When digital station FBi Click launched in 2014, I was invited by Mealo (Melanie Otuhouma) to start a radio show, Body Promise. That’s when I learned to DJ and got my first gig at an Eve night. These days it’s such a shame to see promoters struggling to find suitable venues. It also makes it more difficult for young artists to play and be heard.
My ultimate dream would be to start a locally focused record label and hold parties in its name, but I’m increasingly conscious of the hurdles the lockout laws present. There are so many great musicians here but they're loosing visibility. People are packing up and leaving or giving up music altogether. It’s always in the back of my mind to move to Melbourne… As told to Gina Karlikoff