J/\KEB is the overall Contestant Winner for Your Shot Sydney in 2017! Having just returned home from his first international set at Your Paradise in Fiji, we sat down with J/\KEB to discuss the highlights of his time abroad, his experience in the Your Shot competition, suggestions for this year’s hopeful applicants and goals for the year ahead.
TALK US THROUGH YOUR TIME AT YOUR PARADISE – FROM THE MOMENT YOU BOARDED THE PLANE TO WHEN YOU TOUCHED DOWN BACK IN AUSTRALIA!
The flight to Fiji was very busy for me as I finalised some last minute changes to my music, but it was still super exciting! Once I got to the resort, the vibes were insane and everyone was keen to party! Even though there wasn’t anything formally planned for the first night, it was hands down one of the wildest! The rest of the experience certainly matched this wildness – it was like nothing I have ever experienced before! I was in Fiji, playing alongside some of the worlds biggest DJ’s, with great people and plenty of Vonu, what more could you ask for?!?!
HOW WERE YOU FEELING AS YOU STEPPED ON STAGE?
As I stepped up to the DJ decks, I had a huge rush of adrenaline! I had a bunch of legends right there in front of me, the sun was shining and I was playing to people that were sipping cocktails in the ocean with the beautiful Fijian backdrop – it was truly surreal!
TALK US THROUGH YOUR SET, WHAT DID YOU PLAY?
After some confusion and indecision, I decided to play the stuff that got me to Your Paradise. My set consisted of Trap, Dubstep, Bass House, Deep House and Commercial. I took the crowd on an emotional roller coaster! It was an amazing experience for everyone.
WHY DID YOU ENTER YOUR SHOT?
I entered Your Shot because I wanted to share my passion for music with the world. I felt that becoming a DJ was the best way for me to do that. I have had the dream of becoming a DJ since I could walk – I finally saw the opportunity!
HOW HAS WINNING YOUR SHOT 2017 CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
Winning Your Shot 2017 has really changed my life for the better. Since winning, I have played in clubs all over Sydney and, of course, in Fiji. I have created entirely new friendships and met so many amazing people since then! It was by far, the most insane experience!
WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF THE YOUR SHOT COMPETITION?
The best part of doing Your Shot was definitely the people I met along the way. Everyone was there for the same reason – their love of music. Having a large group of people, all together, with the same passion – you’re going to get along with everyone.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD?
My goals for the year ahead are to become competent at producing my own tracks, play an interstate show and really just keep building on and refining my DJ skills.
ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE CONSIDERING ENTERING YOUR SHOT?
Just do it! Try not to care about what people think, it’s your passion. Have a winning mentality – this doesn’t just go for Your Shot, even post Your Shot this will help! And seize every opportunity you get!
HOW DID YOU THINK OF/COME UP WITH YOUR DJ NAME?
My DJ name is J/\KEB. My actual name is Jakeb. I wanted to somehow incorporate my name into it, all whilst standing out on a poster!
IF YOU WERE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE YOUR SHOT AGAIN, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY?
If I was to do Your Shot again, I would definitely be more out going! I wish I introduced myself to more people – if only I knew then, what I know now!
WHERE CAN WE CATCH YOU OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS?
You can catch me throwing down all sorts of tunes across Sydney at venues such as World Bar, Candys, even down in Wollongong.
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