We hear you’re answering these questions on a plane journey back from a gig in Dubai, joining the Jetset! Could you tell us a bit about that?
Yes! I’m on my way back from Dubai now. It’s been my 2nd time playing here and it gets better and better each time. This was probably my biggest international gig to date. I was DJing at the Global Teacher Prize in Atlantis, for the likes of Charlize Theron, Lewis Hamilton, Jennifer Hudson, Mo Farah and the cast from Suits! I played a Latin house set alongside an awesome Cuban band who were on stage with me. This was definitely one of my favourite gigs yet!
Dubai is just the latest in a string of DJ gigs in amazing places, where else has it taken you?
I literally will go wherever the music takes me! So far that’s included countless trips to Ibiza doing live broadcasts for Ibiza Global Radio playing at Nikki Beach, Miami Music Week where I was a panellist at the Winter Music Conference alongside some of my radio heroes (a proper pinch me moment) and also New York to meet with Ultra Records A&Rs and to guest mix on a Brooklyn based podcast.
How does DJing in these places compare to UK gigs?
I’ve got to be honest, I would rather DJ abroad any day! Being in a totally different environment, climate, atmosphere…it’s just electric!
Whether it’s poolside, on the beach, in a club or on a stage you just can’t beat it. Throw in an awesome sunset and I’m in my element. I’ve made friends all over the world. Some DJs who I used to idolise I can now call my mate! I remember my first week on the DJ course when asked what our goals were and I said “to DJ abroad!”
You’re also a very successful radio DJ, holding down a daily prime time show on the Bauer network, broadcasting to stations across the country including Key 103 in Manchester. How did you progress from the clubs to the nations airwaves?
I was already volunteering on local internet stations before I started mixing so in order to add another dimension to myself as a radio presenter, I knew I wanted to learn to mix and rock it on a pair of decks. Music is and always has been my number 1 passion. Having the ability to mix, coupled with my presenting experience is what got me noticed by Bauer and ultimately got my foot in the door there when I was first given a Friday night mix show on their DAB/freeview network – The Hits. Before long they gave me a Saturday night show which led to me moving to a fully networked show, broadcasting live 6 nights a week across up to 22 fm stations around the country.
“I don’t think I ever would’ve had the guts to get out there as a DJ had I not learnt the basics and so much more on the Complete DJ Course. (Or even if I had the guts I wouldn’t of had a clue what I was doing!) It’s genuinely helped shape my career, changed my life and I’ve made friends for life who I still hang out with regularly.”