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Interview with DJ Halo, aka Hayley Melhuish

DJ Halo is one of the featured DJs at 2020 Vision at Billinudgel Pub on New Years Day.

2020 Vision, NYD Byron Bay

Billinudgel Hotel  |  Wednesday, 1 Jan  |  1–11pm  |  $38

Take yourself centuries into the future this New Years Day with Techno, Trance and Psychedelic Electronica at 2020 Vision… featuring International DJs such as Tsuyoshi Suzuki from Japan, and Nick Taylor from the UK.  Also featured is DJ Halo, aka Hayley Melhuish, daughter of the late Greg Magu Melhuish who was an integral part of the Byron dance scene. Hayley has developed her own sound, which is heavily driven by tech, progressive and deep house, with a strong lyrical, tribal influence.

Hayley has unmistakably inherited her father’s talent for choosing killer tracks and seamlessly taking her audience on a journey.

How did you get into DJing?

I inherited the most epic collection of digital music when my father Magu died. I couldn’t let all those years of curation go to waste, so I bought a controller and the rest is history.

What are you into at the moment?
Right into Progressive House at the moment.

If you could eternally be stuck in one year’s music scene, which year would it be?

There’s no time like the present!

What is your opinion regarding the difference between old school DJing, where everything was restricted to vinyl, and modern DJing where most tracks are MP3 files?

Let me come back to this question – in a few years when I’ve learnt vinyl!

What is one track that never gets old for you, no matter how many times you hear it?

Rafael Cerato & The White Shadow’s Distance.

What makes the local dance scene in the Byron Shire different to other places?

The diversity. I love going to parties here and seeing people of all demographics and walks of life. You don’t see it anywhere else in the world.

What’s new and coming up for you?

Well, I’m currently studying production at SAE, so I’m hoping that’s on the cards pretty soon!

DJ Halo plays 2020 Vision, 1 January at the Billinudgel Hotel. 1–11pm, Tix are $38 at eventbrite.com.au


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