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Sydney DJ Ben Kelly - The Funky Way - Dance House Music Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Australia DJ dj

 

Sydney DJ Ben Kelly - The Funky Way - Dance House Music Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Australia DJ dj

 

 

Sydney DJ Ben Kelly - The Funky Way - Dance House Music Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Australia DJ dj

 

DJ Ben Kelly Interview from 04 May 05

How did you start DJing? When did you start? I first started collecting records and deejaying many years ago. I found the whole concept of deejaying fascinating, I couldn't just watch other people do it. I had to get involved. It was always something I was content to keep just a hobby until more recently.
How did you get your first gig and where was it? My first real gig was in about 98 at a party held at the Rhino bar (now The World) along side old time Sydney legends Dave Kirkpatrick & Malcom Russel. A friend of a friend booked me because he heard me play at a private party previously & I guess he liked my stuff. I did more gigs here & there but it wasn't until I was offered a weekly spot at the Burdekin in 2003 I decided to really pursue things for real.
What makes a good DJ? Deejays that have technical ability along with the ability to read the crowd and connect with them. I think you need all of these elements together with a great track selection to be on a winner.
What makes you a good DJ? I like to think I play the right tracks at the right time and keep a constant groove in motion. Some people may say otherwise though, ha ha!
Who inspires you in the local industry and why? This is a hard one because I can be inspired different aspects from so many people I meet in the Industry in Sydney, but as for inspiring... Jackster's quick rise to success in Sydney is very inspiring along with Kid Kenobi cracking the international market. I think Illya has to get a mention here too for outstanding mixing ability, he's like a machine.

On a promoting aspect Scott Robertson takes the cake for wha he has done since being in Sydney. Any promoter that yells out for 10 more tunes at his own night at 7am gets my vote! lol

Who is the best DJ/artist in the world and why? I don't have a favourite DJ or artist, there are so many people doing brilliant things. Jaques Lu Cont has probably been one of the more interesting artists over the last few years though. Rodger Sanchez is super creative on the CDJ's too.
What makes you different from other DJs? I don't seem to be able to drink as much as most of the deejays I have worked with over the years, I'm working on it though! ha ha.
Why do you DJ? I'm so passionate about music. I can't just sit back and watch it go on around me, I have to be involved in one way or another. I never get bored of deejaying because I find that I'm constantly learning new things & challenging myself.
What is your DJing goal? To keep it real & not lose sight of why we all do it. At the moment I'm having more fun than ever.
What are your regular gigs at the moment? Currently I hold a residency at Sumo Sonic & on rotation at The World on Wednesdays. I can be heard here and there at monthly club nights around Sydney & more regularly at Peppermint Lounge, Cruise Bar, Kikkon & I have a couple of new regular spots being confirmed this month.
Do you have an Internet site / Homepage? No but I can be contacted at djbenkelly@hotmail.com
What is the best venue that you've played at and what made it a good venue? I really enjoy playing at Candy's Apartment, I love having the dancefloor right in your face and the punters that go there really know how to party! The booth at The World is great fun to work in, it's like a party in there every week and the sound is fantastic!!!
What is the worst DJing moment that you've had? one time I played a set on Bondi FM and mid show somehow I got my headphone cable tangled and it ripped the jack out of the mixer leaving half the jack snapped off inside. I managed to get it fixed eventually but the show went on. I thought it was going to be a talkback show for a few minutes there..
What is best venue you've been to as a patron and what made it great? Fabric in London blew me away but back in Sydney, Home Nightclub wins hands down. I'm off to Ibiza this season so Hopefully this will change.
How do you find new music? A mixture of online & retail stores. I'll listen to everything I can every week. I'm always looking for new music, I think it's become a problem. I like the occasional rummage through second hand record stores to find a classic record nobody wants any more.
What are your fave tracks at the moment? (top 5) I can't answer this because I'll have a new top 5 tomorrow.
What do you do when you're not Djing? I love to cook. I find it's a great creative outlet. I also riding my motorcycle to the beach & still enjoy going to a club for a boogie from time to time. I love spending time with my girl & friends.
What is the most important thing that you've ever done? Travelled. It made me the person I am today & made me respect what I have & where I have come from.
What does 'funky' mean to you? It means a lot to my music.

 


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