After a long flight from NYC to Sydney (via a stopover in Dubai), I arrive to sunshine and warmth ready for an 8 date tour across Australia and New Zealand. Here’s a short re-cap of all the gigs…
First up Sin City, Surfers Paradise where I was quite amazed that so many young people had heard of me! This gave me a chance to play some of the big hits from newer artists, like Drake, Lil Wayne & Kendrick Lamar and I was also able to play Apache and some Big Beat stuff and really mix up my set, which was really enjoyable. A wonderful way to kick off the tour, it was a quite amazing.
Next up, Soda Factory in Sydney which was almost the exact opposite of Sin City. The audience was an older crowd and they wanted to hear more of the classics, but from the 70’s upwards, which meant I was able to dig deep and play the tracks that I wouldn’t normally be able to play for some audiences. They threw their hands in the air and there was lots of noise going on. I had a blast!
Onto Transit Bar, this particular audience I also found quite amazing because rarely in America do I see 20 year olds partying with 40+ in the same building, at the same time, so therefore I was able to go from Jay Z, Drake, Lil Wayne to Rappers Delight to Queens to Michael Jackson. I really had to expand my musical set to please the vast ages of the people in the room that night, but it was quite extraordinary to see that – young folk jammin’ with the older folk. Unforgettable !
A couple of days off and my next show in Hobart meant I got to check out the impressive Mona Museum, before partying it up with a great crowd that night at Republic Bar!
Onto Auckland, New Zealand where they wanted to hear the electronics. It was a high energy, electronic music loving type of crowd but they also keen for me to drop some old school rap. The party was live, it was loud, it was more like a festival feel. Wonderful.
Into the final stage of the tour and I was back in Sydney for a gig at the Ivy Pool where I have to say I was pretty fortunate. First of all, I always do a soundchecks and most take about an hour; check the turntables, check the lights, check the stage, check the mixer, check all the interfaces to make sure everything is working.. but for whatever reason this sound check went on for four hours! All the support DJs then played longer sets so that I could try to diagnose what it was that was happening. The crowd patiently waited for me and we managed to fix the problem, so by the time I went on it was quite explosive. I was very thankful for the audience for waiting for me. The pool rocked!
To finish off, The ESPY, was quite amazing. The promoter friend of mine, Gavin, always makes it really interesting for me. It was a full house and my support DJ Ms Butt impressed me. They wanted to hear whatever it was I wanted to play so I went from Rap to RnB, new to old, in and out of electronics, talking to the crowd…real fun. Everything was pretty perfect, a good way to end the tour.
Australia, it was real! I’ll see you soon.