My fascination with Dj's is something new these days. I find it intriguing and interesting to interview DJ's. I came across DJ Dan Slater when I noticed that he would be performing at Oz New Orleans this Halloween. As with most stories I write it starts with basic curiosity.
He started his career by performing in musical theater throughout Australia. Needing a new challenge, he attended university and studied Business in Marketing, but it was his desire to be creative that lead him to learn what he could about being a DJ. "I never expected things to take off like this." In the world of DJ'ing, he is relatively new but has managed to make a name for himself. First starting in Sydney for Mardi Gras he has quickly become one of the best and most sought out DJ's. Performing at venues around he has worked at The Week (Brazil), We Word Pride Festival (Madrid) and Winter Party Festival (Miami). With regards to production, he admits that having his remix "I Walk Alone" by Cher which peaked at number 2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs and thus inspired him to work on remixes and his own original tracks.
There is no doubt that staying true to one's sound, while remaining current is always a challenge and he freely admits that this can be hard. With those challenges comes the reward of producing your own music and used for a live performance is quite special to him.
I’ve been lucky enough to play at numerous clubs and events around the world and every experience is very different. In some countries electronic music and events are still relatively new, so the events may be smaller or more intimate. But the crowds are still so enthusiastic and the energy is great. DJ Dan Slater
It appears that DJ Slater likes getting the crowd involved which becomes a mix of their favorites, music he personally likes and enjoys hearing. He knows that he must be able to read the audience and the vibe of the crowd is just as important, he stated: "you have to be able to change the direction of your set to build a better energy. It's a balance of old and new tracks, keeping your sound and set fresh."
He truly believes that clubs have and will remain a great place of the discovery and appreciation of electronic music because you can see a live DJ performance, feel the music and is very different than to listen to a track or podcast. As the music is important so is the space it is performed at, there must be a relationship between the music and space, or it's just not going to work according to DJ Slater. He clearly knows that music is universal, and appreciates the differences and styles played around the world. For example, the United States and Asia has a more tribal house style, whereas Europe has a tech house or house music sound.
In closing, he wanted to say that "I’ve been lucky enough to play at numerous clubs and events around the world and every experience is very different. In some countries electronic music and events are still relatively new, so the events may be smaller or more intimate. But the crowds are still so enthusiastic and the energy is great. I think you just need to approach each gig with an open mind, and playing in different countries has exposed me to different sounds that can influence my set as well."
DJ Dan Slater will be performing at Oz New Orleans this Halloween Friday, October 20, 2017 starting at 12:00 AM. I've listened to some of his music and I must admit I'm quite impressed. Check out his music on SoundCloud.
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