Up close with the 64 Collective from BBR’s House Society

Up close with the 64 Collective from BBR’s House Society

Friday, 15 July 2016

The 64 Collective are a House DJ duo with a passion for silk cut house tunes and feel-good dance floor grooves. The name is based on the international dialling code for New Zealand, +64, where they grew up together. Feeding on their parents very different eclectic music tastes, their music selections combine elements of 80’s synth, hiphop, soul, jazz and funk, all infused with a huge love for deep house. This unique vibe sets the background to their radio show House Society broadcasting on BBR Saturday night 10pm to midnight

1. When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
Tony: A lot of my influences came from guys like Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyke through to like Nick Warren and John Digweed. I got myself a pair of second hand technics-1200s about 10 years ago (because I wanted to learn the old way) and then got some CDJ100s a couple of years later when I realised how much cheaper and easier mp3s were!

Kyle: I started DJ’n in my bedroom about 7 years ago on a set of cdj 200’s and an amp and speaker set for a home surround sound unit. I would literally cut two bad loops and mix from one to the other never actually getting to a breakdown, it’s hilarious now that I think about it. I cant even remember what the two tracks were… thats probably because I never got further than the first phrase! My early DJ influences were NZ based DJ’s like Angela Fisken and Greg Churchill. My real love for the music started when a friend introduced me to early Sonny Fodera and funky house, I never looked back
2. What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?
There was one time when we were playing a boat party and one of our fans lent over the decks from the dance floor and shouted to me that the last track literally gave her goosebumps.
3. What are currently your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to producing your own music that makes it interesting for you?
What challenges us is sticking to our sound yet also being able to dj different styles of music at different types of gigs. One night we will be at a funky house party and the next night we will be dropping tech-house nuggets. We always like to add a “64” feel to the music regardless on the gig.
4. What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
Drink 4-5 beers and prey to the pioneer gods. In all seriousness we usually get together and have a brief mix and talk about what we are into at that time. We never plan a set as such, we do realise key aspects of a gig such as the DJ before us, the headliner etc but again, we want to make sure we stick to our sound and bounce off each other.

5. What makes you decide to play a particular record during one of your sets? Is there a criteria other than pure subjectivity, for selecting what to play at a gig?
Because we don’t plan our sets we really feel out the crowd and listen to see where each other are going with their sound. That’s the fun and challenge in DJ’n. We know a lot of dj’s plan a set and we appreciate the work and the build but in a sense we come from the other side of the coin, its instinct. It’s about feeling it. In some cases one of us aren’t quite “feeling it” so the other will take over.
6. How are you enjoying being involved with a growing digital broadcaster like BBR?
It’s great! We get to DJ with some of the best and well respected Djs in the business. Big shout out to Julian for bringing us into the family. We have met some many great dj’s, met so many passionate people.
7. What are your favourites music festivals?
Electrical Gardens & Harbour life
8. What are your favourites venues in Sydney?
Home is always a good place but we do have lots of fond memories of the Greenwood.
9. What can people expect from SOUND by BBR?

People can expect an A-class sample of Sydney’s underground music. They will see that the Sydney nightlife is alive and kicking!

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