A Sit Down With DJ Uberjak`d
UBERJAK'D is ranked #24 at the inthemix Top 50 of 2015 in Australia, has mixed Ministry of Sounds flagship compilation "The Annual 2014" and remixed for Example, Deorro, Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr, TJR & VINAI and New World Sound. He has released tracks on prestigious records labels such as Steve Aoki's Dim Mak, Spinnin' Records, Ministry of Sound and Laidback Luke's Mixmash.
"I feel blessed to be able to do what I love and have so many fans that make it possible. It's been said before but you are nothing without your fans."
Do you consider yourself a 'big room' producer?
Not only, even if my music is indeed more and more carved for big rooms since one year.
Who or what would you say is your biggest musical influence?
I sort of don't have like any one person or any particular sound. You can be inspired by like anything like you can just be walking down and street and have this feeling of like being inspired by like a tree you saw. I think it's important to be inspired by other things not just another person's music, especially in your own genre just to keep things creative. At the moment I think there's so much copycat syndrome in the industry. I guess it will always be like that and you can never get away from it but I think it's important to always get inspiration for your music.
How do you respond to people saying DJs arent really playing live music?
I guess people that dont understand it will say that, but DJing is an art. Its like showing a million dollar piece of artwork to some bogan down at Centrelink (for those non-Aussies, thats a welfare office and a redneck); they will probably not understand it and say its just a piece of card with some paint on it. But to the educated, its a masterpiece and they can appreciate the art and what the artists was trying to make them feel, I think DJing is a lot like this. In saying that, there are good and bad artists, just like DJs.
Awesome. You've been fortunate enough to work with major labels including the likes of Dim Mak, Ministry of Sound Australia, and Mixmash. What can you say about your speedy growth as an artist?
For me, it's almost like when you haven't seen someone in over a year and you think "Wow, you've really changed!" It's not like you wake up one morning and suddenly feel really different. I'm just going to keep working hard and hopefully will keep growing as well.
Since when do you envisage a DJ career?
I started mixing 4 years ago and I produced my first song 5 years ago. It was a remix of Pretty Green Eyes.
What were the best and the worst gigs you ever played and what were the funniest things ever occurred during any of your performances?
Actually most random thing just lasts week for the final show of my tour of Australia with savage and Jaysounds at the met in Brisbane, this dude from the crowd gave me a jar of mocconna coffee, def most random thing that has happened at a gig recently!
How does it feel to be one of the stars of Melbourne Bounce during its international growth and acceptance as a sub genre?
Its really humbling to be a part of something that`s so big, but i guess that`s because i love the sound so much, i remember hearing my first Melbourne track, and from that moment on i was hooked.
A lot of DJs like to collab outside of their genres, who are some artists youd like to work with?
I was working with Reid Stefan a few days ago and we just came up with some weird, boppy shit. He does real breakbeat stuff and with my sound it was just the weirdest fusion of genres I had ever done before. It was cool and I think somethings actually going to come from it so stay tuned.
What are the most notable differences between American and Australian crowds?
TBH not that much, we all like to party that`s why i think we get along so well! obviously the 21 drinking age is one difference, i remember playing this show in phoenix where ones side of the club was 18-21 then 21 and older on the other, both split by this fence, it was really weird at first but it showed one of the big differences in the 2 scenes.
How do you rate the club scene in Australia right now? Are there too many government restrictions?
Ugh, dont even get me started on the lock outs; I have been going out to clubs almost every weekend for four years and I am still in one piece. Its not the clubs that are the problem, its the streets. Apart from that, the club scene is great; Australia is getting a great reputation worldwide for its sound, so its a great time to be an Aussie.
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