Don’t miss the boat: Interview with Yacht Club DJs

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Smashing the underground club scene with their, how do we put it, lively stage acts, Yacht Club DJs are rapidly making a name for themselves not only in regards to their innovative dance remixes but also their ability to get the most mundane of club crawlers whipping out their smooth moves. The two fellas, Guy and Gareth, are not known to be the tamest of DJs, with the occasionally spraying of vodka into the psychotically-excited crowd, climbing light rigging and general near nudity, but they still manage to consistently play sold-out shows across the nation, appearing at Harbourlife, and will rock out with their socks out at the impending Falls, Southbound and Sunset Sounds Festivals. Cream catches up with the duo to converse over club casualties, the peculiar selection process of tunes, and word-association tests.

SO YOU FELLAS HAVE PLAYED A FAIR FEW FESTIVALS LATELY. DO YOU PREFER FESTIVALS OF CLUB GIGS?
They are both amazing for different reasons. Festivals are great because we are playing to a mostly new crowd and have to work as hard as possible to get people having a great time and feeling involved. And our club gigs / venue shows are like a huge cavalcade of family hi-jinx. People have paid to have as good a time as possible and it’s humbling that they come to us to share the music.

BECAUSE OF THE WHOLE UNQUESTIONED ASSOCIATION OF DRUGS WITH FESTIVALS, DO YOU THINK YOUR TUNES SOUND BETTER WITH THE AID OF RECREATIONAL SUBSTANCES?
No, quite the opposite. I feel sorry for the people who take such things at our shows – there is so much going throughout the set it that must be terrifying.

YES WE’VE NOTICED YOUR SHOWS ARE QUITE FULL-ON IN REGARDS TO THEATRICS AND ACROBATICS. HAVE THERE BEEN ANY CASUALTIES?
Gareth seems to break things at every show, a broken rib came about after a one-man crowd surf attempt in Adelaide that ended with him doubled over a speaker.

WHEN YOU-TUBING YOU GUYS, WE FOUND A LOT OF FOOTAGE OF OVERLY EXCITED HORDES OF SWEATY FANS ON STAGE WITH YOU. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TO GETTING EVERYONE SO GEARED UP?
The great thing about DJ-ing is you can play literally anything recorded. We use all sorts of stuff that you don’t hear often and do it super quickly to keep the energy up. All we are shooting for is building fun and energy in any way possible.

AND WHAT WOULD BE YOUR TOP FIVE SONGS TO DANCE TO RIGHT NOW?
‘Death At The Chapel’ by The Horrors, ‘I Get Around’ by The Beach Boys, the theme from ‘Rawhide’, ‘Spookshow Baby’ by White Zombie, and ‘Long Tall Sally’ by Little Richard.

FINALLY, A QUICK WORD-ASSOCIATION TEST:
Vodka – Death
Sydney – Coathanger
Punk – Iggy
Lifestyle – Pies
Groupies – Dim sims
Rock’n’roll – Keith Moon
Ke$ha – Vacuous

Yacht Club DJs will be playing Falls Festival December 29th, Lorne, VIC (tickets atwww.greentix.com), Southbound Festival January 1st, Busselton, WA (tickets atwww.moshtix.com.au), and Sunset Sounds Festival January 6th, Brisbane, QLD (tickets at www.moshtix.com.au).