We sat down with Risqué, the 2015 Wild Card Winner in Sydney to discuss her first international gig at Groove Cruise in Miami, the Your Shot competition, her many gigs since and what’s in store for the future.
Talk us through your time over at Groove Cruise – from when you boarded that plane in Sydney, to when you arrived back home?
I had been to LA before but this was my first time in Miami. The first person I was introduced to on the cruise was Darude and at that point I knew it was going to be a weekend to remember. The artists (myself included) had an open bar and a 24/7 all you can eat buffet. Because I had an artist pass I was able to go backstage at any time I wanted to which was pretty cool. I had the opportunity to meet and chat with many artists that I support and follow which was inspiring. I played an hour set this night in the Atrium to a packed dancefloor and ended up staying up ’til 9am! I was woken up at 10am and told that we had landed in Jamaica! Not wanting to miss out on this amazing opportunity, I rolled out of bed, pushed on and partied on a the beach all day. I had never seen the ocean so clear and beautiful! I enjoyed my day sitting back sipping on a coconut listening to Bingo Players. Then once we got back on board, I was lucky enough to play again – this time for 2 hours! All of a sudden, it was the last day of the cruise! I ended up having a few drinks again and partied until the boat docked back in Miami. I flew back to LA the next day where I caught up with friends new and old and went to a few nightspots. Two days later, the day I was dreading arrived – I really did not want to leave.. It was by far the best weekend of my life!
Describe the feeling of walking out and standing behind the decks at the Groove Cruise?
I actually had a big panic attack before my first set as the crowd was really pumping and made me nervous but once I got up there and got going there was no better feeling!
Talk us through your set. What did you play?
My first set was in the Atrium and it was a mixture of garage, electro, bounce and trance. I wanted to get people moving and feeling the energy which I did. The second set was in The Casino I played nu disco/tech house. A little bit of a different style to mix it up
Who was your favourite act from your time over there?
I absolutely loved Dada Life’s set in the theatre, they were unbelievable. They had smoke and confetti cannons, blow up champagne bottles and bananas. Masks which they handed out as people boarded the cruise again after Jamaica. They also threw a few hundred pillows into the crowd and had a massive pillow fight. Not to mention their music was on point.
What was the highlight of the entire trip?
Being able to perform in another country and the friends I have made from the experience.
Why did you enter Your Shot?
I wanted to challenge myself and why not? You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
What was the highlight of your entire Your Shot process?
The people I have met, the friends I have made and the shows I have had the opportunity to play since.
How would you best describe your music style? Has it changed much in the past year since your set at Your Shot?
I have a very versatile music style. I love all music. I play house (garage, nu disco, tech), electro/bounce/mashups and hardstyle. I am always keen to try new stuff and different styles.
Do you have any gigs coming up that we should look out for?
I have loads of gigs coming up including Roar Music Festival which will be my second festival of the year and I am also doing a tour back in the states in October/November. You can find all my upcoming gigs on my DJ page.
What are your goals for the year ahead?
I am currently working on a new track which I hope to have finished in the next month or two. My goals are to just keep working hard and keep pushing forward. My motivation and determination are stronger than ever.
What would you be doing if you hadn’t started DJing or competed in Your Shot?
I would still be DJing but I don’t think I’d be at the current level I am. Your Shot opened up so many doors and opportunities for me.
What is one piece of advice you would give someone thinking of registering for Your Shot?
Be yourself and don’t be afraid to give it your all!
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