The 2014 overall contestant winner from Melbourne, Dirty Stu, gave us some insight into his Your Shot experience and what it was like to play at Stereosonic!
Talk us through your ‘Stereo Day’ – from when you woke up, to when you went to bed.
Saturday, 6th December, 2014: Woke up after very little sleep. I was so nervous, all I was thinking about all night was my set. I went and had a drink with all the boys and we got in a cab at 11.30am to make it to stereo before my set at 1.
I was sure it would only be me and all my mates in the V Energy Tent early given it was the first set of the day, but the room was completely full by 1.08pm! I hadn’t prepared my set at all, because I didn’t know what vibe the crowd would be into. It was a great move. Played mostly deep house with some old school deep house remixes which really went off – i.e. Marco Demark feat Casey Barnes – Tiny Dancer (Deadmau5 Vocal Mix), Gnarles Barkley – Crazy (TEEMID & Joie Tan Remix) and Outkast – Roses (Philipp H. & Jonson Remix).
Mitch Bain, the DJ who played after me had lost one of his USB’s and wanted me to play for an extra 15 minutes, which was amazing! After the first 5 minutes of nerves and nailing the first mix the rest of the set was probably the most fun I’ve had behind the decks since the Yourshot 2014 grand final…It was simply unbelievable.
Later that day, I saw Alesso, Steve Aoki, Showtek, TJR and a bit of Zhu’s set. Showtek were my favourite by far. They are geniuses. I took one of my mates into the “Friends of Stereo” bar which was strictly for artists. We sat next to Alesso and chatted to him for a few minutes while the rest of my friends watched on in awe. It was completely surreal.
Why did you enter Your Shot & what was the highlight of your entire Your Shot experience?
I entered Your Shot because I knew what an incredible opportunity it was. I always loved playing on my amateur DJ software on my computer at home with auto sync capabilities, and I thought that Your Shot and the remarkable 6-week DJ course could maybe take me to the next step.
I’d be lying if I said that “meeting such incredible people and talented DJ’s” was the highlight of my Your Shot experience, because the final on the Sunday was simply the best 25 minutes of my life. Not to mention crowd surfing with over hundreds of friends and fans after I won.
If I was to describe the Your Shot experience in one sentence, it would be: ‘A 6 week flawless DJ training program that will cause anxiety, stress and tears, but deliver the greatest 25 minutes of your life after the most unbelievable journey, leaving you with the ability to mix music like your DJ heroes!’
Any suggestions for this year’s interviewees/contestants?
My advise for next years interviewee’s is to be honest and express your passion for the music world, whatever it may be. My advise for the 2015 contestants is play the music that you love, and practise practise practise. Know your 25 minute set inside-out, back-to-front.
What are your goals & plans for the next year ahead?
The year ahead brings exciting times for Dirty Stu. I am booked out at least 3 times a week until the end of June. I am playing at birthdays, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, corporate functions, after parties, restaurants and nightclubs and loving every single element. My next big exciting gig is probably the official F1 after-party, which I will be playing at on Sunday the 15th March at Miss Collins. Carl Cox is headlining, so get down and see me play. I’m also seriously pumped and nervous to be playing at Sounds Nightclub in L.A. on April 16th this year. A massive shout out to the amazing team at Your Shot for organising this as the winning prize for me.
My goal for 2015 is to further grow the Dirty Stu brand and continue to try and produce my own music, (which is proving to be very difficult). My favourite tunes at the moment are Cheerleader by OMI and Sun Goes Down – Robin Schulz. I have them on repeat at home and been blasting them in every single one of my sets this year.
What was it like meeting Tiësto?
Meeting Tiësto in Sydney on the 4th of December last year was almost to good to be true. I pinched myself throughout our meeting just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Given he is undoubtedly the greatest DJ in the world on the EDM scene, it was such an honour to even be in the same room with him.
He gave such insightful guidance on the world of mixing and producing music, I took his advice home with me and consolidated for days! Tiësto is an extremely humble man with a great taste in sneakers and women. I hope to one day cross paths with him again, where maybe he might even know my name…
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