“After a couple hours the party ended and everyone left, I packed my stuff and out of nowhere I got attacked by the owner and his entourage who were trying to throw me off the yacht into the sea. I was on my own, nowhere to run in the middle of the ocean. It was all a blur, but at one point a guy who was working on the yacht grabbed me, threw me into a small storage room and said to me “stay here. They will kill you, I’ve seen it!” and slammed the door shut” (cont. below)
We recently had a chat with 15grams, a past Your Shot Contestant who recently returned from a summer residency DJing at Paradise Club over in Mykonos! 15G’s is also one of the trainers for Your Shot in 2016.
How would you describe your music style? Has it changed much since you competed in Your Shot?
I play progressive house with plenty of groove and hints of electro that is always moving somewhere, taking people on a journey.
My style is built around playing the music I love. I play a lot of private edits from my own favourite tunes – no matter what style that may be. This not only keeps me interested and excited but the feelings I am going through also relays to the audiences I perform to.
I had influences from artists such as Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia and Hardwell in my early days. Also getting to play with some of these DJ’s has allowed me to take bits and pieces of styles I enjoy and make it my own.
After Your Shot I secured a summer residency at Marco Polo – I love funky house and still do! Since then I’ve focused more on my progressive house style that I talked about earlier, but I still do love a good pool party session! Music is constantly changing and developing in regards to new sub genre’s and the like, so it’s hard to say my sound hasn’t changed somewhat along the way. But my music style has remained constant throughout my career as I always play what I love and truly feel.
Since competing at Your Shot in 2011, you’ve spent the last few years as a resident DJ at Paradise Club over in Mykonos. Can you give us an insight into your day-to-day life while you were over there?
My day-to-day life consisted of lying on the beach just outside my place in amazing 30-degree heat, drinking cold beers and catching up with friends. After the beach I would often have a “disco nap” and then prepare music for the night to come where I would often DJ till 8 in the morning! If no headliner like Afrojack or Martin Garrix played of a night, I would play straight 8-hour sets. I would warm myself up, headline in front of 3 – 4 thousand people and follow on to play into the sunrise! (Toilet breaks were interesting).
So with all that being said it wasn’t all “glitz and glam” as being away from home for months on end and needing to be full of energy 7 days a week 8 hours a night can really take its toll on the mind, body and spirit. But that’s a part of the music business and you do get used to it over time.
We know you are an avid producer and have been producing since you competed in Your Shot. What do you prefer more? DJing? Producing? Both?
Well I started off as a DJ first but producing came in naturally sometime after I got on top of my DJ’ing. I am a trumpet player, so making music is something I really enjoy! Production is something that I can truly pour all of the emotions I am feeling and convert it into a song. Being a DJ/producer is amazing because after you create that piece of ‘you’ in the studio you can share it with the world by playing it out or releasing it. That’s what I love and will always love about what I do. To share a bit of me with the world and with each note I play out, I hope to change the world that little bit more and more each day in a positive way!
Can you tell us one interesting fact most people wouldn’t know about you?
How my DJ name ‘15grams’ came about.
I used to make pizzas in a restaurant and in prep you need to weigh your dough balls on a scale. After I finished cutting up all the dough balls to size I took a cd out of my back pocket.
I always carried a cd with me wherever I went as I always have had the thirst to share my music with others one way or another.
I put the cd on the scale and it came up weighing 15grams. It made sense as I always carried a cd to show other people my music. That 15grams (cd) is like a representation of me, through the music I shared with others. I also liked how it sounded and was better than my previous name “DJ Brenzzz”.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve witnessed while playing at a gig?
Wow, where the hell do I start! Living over there in Mykonos, crazy stuff happened every day and night!!
Here’s one.. I got asked to DJ on a 170 foot yacht off the coast of Mykonos.
So naturally I was pretty pumped! We got a tender boat to the yacht, I went up to the top deck, where there was a bunch of people and I plugged in and started playing. Straight away I was getting bad vibes from the owner who was just being rude I guess. As the afternoon unfolded and the sun was setting I could see the owner getting a bit let’s say jealous of the attention I was getting as a DJ, rather than the attention he was getting as a “Billionaire”. After a couple hours the party ended and everyone left, I packed my stuff and out of nowhere I got attacked by the owner and his entourage who were trying to throw me off the yacht into the sea. I was on my own, nowhere to run in the middle of the ocean. It was all a blur, but at one point a guy who was working on the yacht grabbed me, threw me into a small storage room and said to me “stay here. They will kill you, I’ve seen it!” and slammed the door shut. So after sitting in this tiny room scared for my life for about 5 minutes the door opened back up and all I heard was, “RUN AND JUMP!” So I ran and jumped off the side of the boat to a moving tender boat that had come to my rescue, which took me to shore from which I then went on home and thanked my lucky stars to be alive.
What do the next few months have in store for 15 Grams?
The next few months involve plenty of new original music and a couple of cool covers in the works. Plus a few exciting shows to be announced! I am travelling to L.A. and Europe later this year, so plenty of fun times ahead.
I am also super proud to be a trainer at The Academy for this year’s Your Shot competition which I cannot wait for and am looking forward to meeting all of this years contestants!
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to somebody thinking about registering for Your Shot?
DO IT. This competition is so much fun! You will learn and perfect your skills to DJ and will meet so many different people and as cliché as it sounds, it can truly change your life. It’s a kick-start into the music business that will leave you with an experience of a lifetime that you’ll never forget. I can’t wait to meet you guys!!!
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