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Interview with DJ Dale Stephen

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The good people at Cunning Stunts know how to throw a party. And this time they’re doing it to raise money for NSW Rural Fire Service. With their upcoming event featuring the DJ prowess of Scott Pullen, James Scott, Lord Sut and Dale Stephen… The Echo had a chat with Dale about all things DJ!

I see you’ve been a professional musician and/or DJ since the ‘80s.  What led you to change musical careers – after 15 years as a Rockabilly Double Bass player, to DJing – 20 years ago?

I had always loved dancing to music in nightclubs in the ‘80s and a chance opportunity to DJ at a party in Adelaide in ‘96 inspired me to master the art of using records to ‘move a room’.

Can you elaborate on how you change the vibe on a dance floor – how do you do it?

Different tunes create different moods, and watching and observing a room gives the DJ an understanding of where they feel the atmosphere should be, or want it going towards.

What does it mean to be a DJ?

I truly love the art of DJing and being given the opportunity to shape and transform people’s dancefloor experiences, and indeed, their evening out.

What’s your ‘go to’ music and why?

I’m a confirmed sucker for a big vocal track, I love disco vocal bombs, or guaranteed floor fillers, and as a dancer there really is nothing better than a huge vocal uplifting hands-in-the-air moment on the dancefloor with a bunch of your best friends around you. That’s why we dance!

How have your sets changed over your career?

In the early days, I played a lot of US house music, but slowly gravitated towards original and re-edited disco tracks. Now I proudly fly the disco flag and continue to source and drop classic and obscure disco and soul/funk tunes.

Tell me about Cunning Stunts from a DJ perspective?

The birth of Cunning Stunts and the subsequent parties put on by us, Nudge Nudge and Curious, really are a DJs dream gig. Our charity-driven events at the Billinudgel Hotel are now regarded as world-class parties, as experienced by all the DJs that have played for us. The open-mindedness of our dancers, combined with an amazing sound system in an open-air shed is a joy to behold.

What was your favourite gig thus far, and why?

Our second birthday celebrations for Nudge, on 2 December 2017; where Lord Sut (co-founder and resident) and myself were the only DJs for the whole event, that was probably my fave. It really was a perfect storm, pre-fenced Nudge days with a thousand plus guests gathered around the shed and spilling into the surrounding Billinudgel Pub carpark.

What will people experience at the next CURIOUS you’re playing on 7 December?

The 7 December Curious will be our fourth birthday celebration party, and we are extremely proud of that achievement. It’s shaping up to be quite amazing as we are returning to our roots and giving all profits to the hardworking RFS crews that have saved our communities of late. A Nudge/Curious fave, DJ Scott Pullen, is flying in from Bali to rock the shed as only Scott Pullen can.  Another Nudge/Curious fave, DJ James Scott, will also be laying down the best in deep disco and house tracks, and Lord Sut and myself will provide support as in-house residents. Throw in a wickedly diverse bunch of party people, a killer sound and light show, some birthday surprises and giveaways from our amazing sponsors, and you really can’t miss it.

Saturday 7 December, at the Billinudgel Hotel.

Tickets on sale from www.cunningstunts.com.au/event/curious-07-12-19-4th-birthday

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