Get to know our event manager & DJ: PAIGE PLAY!
How did you get into DJing?
From attending shows, club nights and watching my friends DJ. I love music a lot and in 2013 I begun making playlists of songs that went well together and wanted to blend them all together into one 1 hour mix. My eldest brother taught me how to use the equipment initially – and then over 12 months I practiced at venues, my friends bedrooms & house parties until I was ready to play my first club gig.
Where does your DJ name come from?
I used to make crazy amounts of playlists that I would post to my old music blog and title them ‘Paige plays..’ This was quickly shortened to Paige Play, which naturally went on to be the name of the music blog and then my DJ alias.
Where do you find new music?
At the moment, Spotify is my favourite source for exploring genres and finding new music. I love going through different playlists which are curated by Spotify depending on mood, genre & occasion. I also love going through playlists made by artists that I like. RINSE FM is another good one for listening to mixes and finding new artists/music. Pleasant Sounds, a Facebook group for sharing new electronic music made by my friends & I, is also one of my major go-to’s.
What music did you grow up on? Is that different from the sound that influences you now?
My parents listened to a lot of country, rock & blues while I was growing up so I really resonate with those genres however don’t listen to them very much now. I was also raised in a theatrical family and performed in musical theatre from the age of 4, so theatre production scores and compositions/soundtracks are very much in my veins. I guess being around so many different kinds of music has influenced my electric and versatile taste as a DJ.
What was the first event you ever played at?
CANT SAY at Platform One Nightclub almost 3 & half years ago. I was nervous as hell.
What else do you do on the side?
I am a booking agent & event co-ordinator. I also work as an administration officer part time. I’m currently working on founding my own brand/collective which is scheduled to launch in late June this year.
When all the partying is over how do you chill out?
Reading a book, winding down with a tea, watching dance videos, reading about astronomy or talking about my day.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not out DJing?
Going to see a show, going to the movies, going to dance classes, spending time with my family & friends, finding new music.
What’s one thing that people would be very surprised to learn about you?
Considering I spend 70% of my time in night clubs, I actually don’t party at all. I love being out on stage and DJing but I also very much love being cozy at home in my PJ’s cuddling my dog. Also before I entered the DJ world, I was a ballet dancer and worked as a manager in retail. I also randomally have a Cert III in Science.
Name one artist that you think is underrated.
Maribelle. A very hard working and talented women. She has been writing for artists behind the scenes for years now as well as releasing her own projects, founded her own record label Crush Club Records and has just been signed to Universal. I often meet a lot of lovers of RnB & Pop and am very surprised about how unheard of she is. I see really big things for her as an artist. I can’t wait to see where her music and career goes.
What do you love most about being up on stage and DJing for a large crowd?
I love when I play something new or different and the crowd gets it, accepts it & just dances to it. I also love when I play someones favourite song and they run up to the stage beaming with happiness and hug me or high five me. It’s a great feeling being in charge of the direction and hype of the party.
Where do you think the scene is headed?
In Melbourne, it’s hard to say as the DJ world is very cliquey. In hip hop however, MC’s are really coming back. Rap has been given a new life in the last 1.5 years and this year I see a lot more it being played out than ever. It’s already happening. For a while the scene was very RnB heavy.
What’s your favourite 90’s jam?
Will Smith – “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”.
What’s that one track that never ever gets old for you?
Tyler The Creator ft. Frank Ocean – “She”.