The Yacht Club DJs, whose Facebook description simply says, ‘Super Rad DJs are playing Byron this week,’ so we had a quick chat with them on their way down the coast.
What kind of feel were you after for Oddity Number 5? The Yacht Club mixtapes we make are generally made up of all the music we have been enjoying from the past year. We both DJ separately from one another and are in different bands, and have pretty different musical tastes, so by the time it comes to making the tape every year the feel ends up being governed by what we’ve heard or been up to. I guess other than that we just try to make it sound like a party.
What do you think is unique about your DJ duo? I don’t think many people do what we do any more. Party sets seem to have given way to genres and production again. Well, I guess on the level we try to be on anyway. Most of the guys we played alongside have either moved on to EDM or gone away from stages and back to small clubs.
How different are your musical choices? It really depends on whether we’re talking about our sets or at home. At home, Guy listens quite regularly to music I can’t stand and I’m sure I do similarly. I definitely like bands he doesn’t like. But our differences are what makes what we do more interesting.
Does one of you ever start something, and the other one go no way I am going to have to do something with that? Six years ago we did, but we’re better at working with each other now and I especially grew a sense of humour about certain things. I used to get pretty jacked up about certain songs Guy would play. But now I get the funny side of it a little more.
What do you listen to in your downtime? I have two main go-to types of music – a playlist of old punk/grunge and cool mixtapes, such as The Avalanches mixes, and DJ Premier has one I play a lot. Because I am always working in the studio, rehearsing in bands or renovating a house with my old man, the only times I really get to listen to music are on the road or if I’m pumping it in the backyard while I’m building stuff. So generally, either stuff that makes me move faster or stuff I can (badly) sing to. I try to listen to as much new music as I can but I generally let my bandmates/Guy/friends suss that out for me.
I note you like a bit of Timberlake here and there. What other unlikely suspects make it into the mix? You’re in Guy’s territory there. The man is undeniable, though. I go through phases with what I like to bring to mixtapes. Usually I try to make stuff that I think is funny and then stuff I think is cool. Simple as that. It’s hard to find the balance though because too much funniness and the cheesiness sinks in and it just all becomes a joke. I went through a massive rare groove spurt a few months ago and started an act called RR Danza that only plays funky weird old disco hip-hop and a bit of quirky electronic stuff, so the cool parts were easier because I’ve amassed a huge collection of tracks from that. It really showed on Number 5 too, though the way they are delivered is entirely different. Also I don’t think I was very excited about Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band) being in there until I put a beat on it. Now I laugh my arse off every time we play it.
What should we expect for your Show in Byron? A big ol’ party set with old stuff, new old stuff, old new stuff, new new stuff, old old stuff… heaps of stuff – stuff that you can party to. Stuff stuff.
Sunday April 13 at Beach Hotel with special guests Pilots and Safari DJs. Tickets $15 + BF (pre) / $20 door.