1.Growing Up

I grew up in the live music scene. I played guitar in a local pub band. I used to sit at home after school and wait for certain songs to come on triple j so I could record them on cassette tape to learn them. I loved Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Angels and Metallica, to name a few. I still have a love for live music – that’s why I have incorporated live percussion into my sets.


One of my all-time favourite DJs/producers/inspirations is Carl Cox. I saw him for the first time at Space in Ibiza last year – it was absolutely incredible.

3.Your Crew

It was actually the manager of a local club in Newcastle that got me into DJing. I was randomly at an afterparty, tapping my legs to the music. He said to me that I had good rhythm and asked if I played percussion. At this stage I didn’t – that week he got me a set of bongos to practise on. That following weekend I was jamming next to the DJs at the club. After playing for a month or so, I decided to get myself a set of turntables, a bunch of vinyl, and I taught myself to mix. From then on I played percussion for myself. So I have him to thank for getting me into dance music.

4.The Music You Make

I play any kind of house music. From electro to tech, if it’s house, I’ll spin it. The tracks I’m loving at the moment are – ‘C O O L’ (Ben Pearce remix), ‘Got A Feeling’ (Bontan remix), ‘Gecko’ (Oliver Heldens), ‘Nobody’ (Jay Lumen) and ‘Jack’ (Breach).

5.Music, Right Here, Right Now

I think there’s about to be a change in the dance music scene – well, I hope. Every event that I have been to recently has been so commercial, which is fine, but there’s so much great music out there at the moment. I’m hoping that the underground scene is about to boom.

Catch Shalyn Gray at the Mardi Gras Party 2014withKim Ann Foxman, Yo! Mafia, Tina Arena, Derrick Carter, and more at the Hordern Pavilion on Saturday March 1.

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