Introduce yourself? Pronouns? Where do you currently reside?
Hello : – ) I’m Charley (he/him) and I’ve recently started living in Newtown, Sydney/Eora.
Describe in detail your favorite place to sit & listen to music.
In the front or back yard of my house each morning while I drink coffee, that’s when I do most of my listening.
Best Ableton trick?
Command + D
Last track you would want to hear before losing your hearing…
Either Bill Evans – Lucky To Be Me or one of the 30 minute dub techno journeys on Echospace Detroit. Depends on which mood I’m in at the time.
Favorite DJ mixing trick?
A well done highpass filter, I don’t always nail it…
What kind of liquid would you pick to represent the way you DJ?
How do you avoid burnout?
Skateboarding, buddies and keeping the volume as low as possible during long sessions in the studio. I’ll always crank it up when I get excited though.
Best gig of your life so far?
Maybe the launch party for my debut EP which was at my favourite venue here. There were tonnes of friends involved from throwing the party, being on the lineup, on the dancefloor, building the soundsystem. It was the best.
Write me a haiku about this mix…
Chill for a moment
Only to sink deep within
And emerge again
Most refreshing beverage while DJing?
Sounds tacky but I was given a spicy watermelon margarita the other day and it was probably the most refreshing DJ bev thus far.
Let’s play a pi pi pi game… I give you a situation & you give me a track
On the 1000th floor of a rooftop
Walking down an endless staircase..
Sound bath with Ibiza like foam
What is your favorite party/collective where you reside and why?
Can’t pick one as everyone offers their own flavour. Fruit Bowl, Umami, Translate, Pure Space, General Merchant, Douglas St, DUNJ, Alien, Honey Point, Unsung, Athletica, Brighter Days, Heavenly, Headroom, Eureka, Nectar, Vibe Positive, Boof and Jazz Wednesdays (lol) are just off the top of my head. The list goes on! Lots of passionate people here doing great things.
Track that makes you think of your mom?
Longest you’ve stayed up and why?
Probably about 34 hours and definitely because of a great party/kickon.
What is your most recent favorite DJ mix and why?
The mix by Gi Gi on Motion Ward is definitely my favourite and most played mix of the year. The whole thing flows so well and the selections have a really beautiful cohesion within the textures and sounds. All of the blends are incredible and the second half will bring a tear to your eye.
Any advice to upcoming DJs/producers?
Explore the things you love the most, progression will be much easier and faster this way. Showing your passion and support within your local scene will present you with opportunities and being prepared will help you utilise those opportunities to create more.
Favorite BPM and why?
130bpm is my favorite. For the styles of music that I DJ most of the time it seems to cover the widest range of styles. It has a lot of energy but enough space to focus on the accents and space. It also sounds good in non dance music. It’s a weird one because even though I can say pretty confidently that 130 is my favourite, when I was prepping for a wedding gig one day I realised that BPM has a very minor effect on the energy of a tune and it’s really all about the production.
What would you like to see in the future for the dance community?
More day events!