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steve parry

Steve Parry Interview

September 26, 2022 - Dj Life
steve parry
steve parry
Hi Steve, how are you mate ?
I’m good thank you very much
We are you right now ? 
I’m at home in Liverpool
When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences? What what is about music and/or sound that drew you to it? 

i started when i was 15. i wanted to be a radio DJ before that. And started DJ-ing at mobile disco’s as my way to earn my craft.

 What were some of the main challenges and goals when starting out as a DJ and how have they changed over time? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you? 
lugging around vinyl, carrying decks, speakers, amps, lights etc – i dont miss those days!

 

How would you define the job and describe the influence of the DJ? How are the experience and the music transformed through your work? 

The Dj is there to entertain and educate. I love the buzz of hearing agreat track for a first time, and then letting clubbers hear a track for the first time.

What was your first set-up as DJ like? How and for what reasons has your set-up evolved over the years and what are currently some of the most important pieces of gear for you? 

Originally my friend had a McGreggor double deck – but in decks/amp/mixer – buig and bulky and belt driven, no varispeeds. My first decks were 1210’s and a 3 channel mixer – i loved it!

How do you make use of technology? In terms of the feedback mechanism between technology and creativity, what do humans excel at, what do machines excel at?

I think technology should always be embraced. Especially in music / dj-ing as it moves so quickly. Youve got to keep up or you’ll get eft behind.

Could you take us through a day in your life, from a possible morning routine through to your work? Do you have a fixed schedule? How do life and creativity feed back into each other – do you separate them or instead try to make them blend seamlessly?

I take the kids to school, i run my promo pool, and selador. i also prepare for radio shows / podcasts, and hopefully soon – the return of gigs!

Let’s say you have a gig coming up tonight. What does your approach look like – from selecting the material and preparing for, opening and then building a set? 
steve parry
I have a folder of new music that I’ve downloaded – i then sort it in to playlists for my set – and out them in to gears – so 1st gear is deeper stuff second gear is building the vibe etc…

 

Can you describe your state of mind during a DJ set? What supports this ideal state of mind and what are distractions? Are there strategies to enter into this state more easily?

Preparation of music is key 0- knowing what tracks you have to play – but more importantly – how and when to play them. Its always best to be relaxed – but sometimes I did get very anxious still, as i want to do a good job. i play much better when i’m relaxed.

What are some of the considerations that go into deciding which track to play next? What makes two tracks a good fit? How far do you tend to plan ahead during a set?
steve parry
Its hard to desribe – i just think this will work next.. but i wont play that one just yet, i will slowly build towards that track over a few tunes…

 

Would you say you see DJing as improvisation? As composition in the moment? Or as something entirely different from these terms? 

Its vibe creating for me. its spreading the love its making people have a good time. they are all important to me

How do playing music at home and presenting it in the club compare and relate? What can be achieved through them, respectively, and what do you personally draw from both?
Sometimes you can listen to a track at home, and not realise quite how much impact it will have in a club, sometimes club sound systems make tracks that sound like  amid set track, actually sound like a big banger!
How would you describe the relationship between your choices and goals as a DJ and the expectations, desires and feedback of the audience? How does this relationship manifest itself during a performance and how do you concretely tap into it? 
steve parry

I just do what I love.

Especially thanks to the storage facilities of digital media, DJ sets could potentially go on forever. Other than closing time, what marks the end of a DJ performance for you? What are the most satisfying conclusions to a set? 

i usually have to get told to stop playing haha.. its difficult to get me to stop!

Art can be a purpose in its own right, but it can also directly feed back into everyday life, take on a social and political role and lead to more engagement. Can you describe your approach to art and being an artist?

I’m not sure i class myself as an artist. I am a DJ.

Tell Us a bit more about Selador? 

Its basically Dave and I’s musical outlet for our own productions and for music we love from others. We have to both love aand would play a track before we would consuder signing anything. we don’t have musical limits or genres in our minds – just stuff we both love.

Upcoming Gigs ?

Hopefully! One with Sasha, one with Dave, one with Digweed, one with Zabiela booked in at the moment – working on others – trying not to get too excited as yet, as the world is all still upside down.

 

Upcoming Music Releases ? 

My new track with “Marc Depulse’ called ‘Lokalmatador is my next track – coming on Selador Showcase next week!’

Did you perform in Dubai ? When was the last time that you did? 

I’ve never been.. yet!

Guys many thx for your time, really looking forward =)

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