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DJ Graham Cordery

Sydney DJ Graham Cordery - The Funky Way - Dance House Music Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Australia DJ dj

I met Graham upstairs at Cargo Bar on a Sunday night. I took some friends from Melbourne out expecting Cargo to have a lounge vibe on Sunday night. Thankfully Graham was at the decks because he was a complete champion.


It is always great to see a DJ that makes eye contact with the crowd, throwing a casual wave and a smile across the room as I bopped in my seat.


Graham plays at Cargo Bar Friday and Sunday nights, Bungalow 8 and you might find him guesting at Monkey Tennis (Candy's Apartment) if you're lucky. Do yourself a favour if upbeat, funky house is your flavour check this guy out because he rocks!!

 

Graham is the originator and owner of the Soulful House Experience concept which according to 3D World's 28th March 2005 edition "is giving New Yorks Studio 54 a run for its money" Right now S.H.E. is the hottest gig at the hottest venue in Sydney. Click here for more on SHE.

 

If you have 10 minutes of your life that you never want back you might want to check out Graham's Home Page. It hasn't been update since 2003 but it does have some of Graham's Mixing work including:

 

Part 1 (6MB) Part 2 (6.9MB) Part 3 (5.2MB) Part 4 (8.4MB)
Part 5 (6.6MB) Part 6 (6.4MB) Part 7 (4.6MB) Part 8 (5.1MB)
Part 9 (3.1MB) Part 10 (5MB) Part 11 (6.4MB)  

Sydney DJ Graham Cordery - The Funky Way - Dance House Music Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Australia DJ dj

Interview with Graham from 15th August 2004

How did you start DJing? When did you start? I started in the mid-90s after becoming a regular at legendary Leeds (UK) clubs Up Yer Ronson and Back to Basics ? the dj's seemed to be havin a right old lark and I thought "I'll have a bit of that"!
How did you get your first gig and where was it? First paid gig was at a nice latin venue in my home town of Coventry ? hardly a clubbing mecca and surprisingly easy to break into ? me and an old schoolmate rocked up spinning yarns of a dj-history as long as your arm.  They were great days because we blagged a Friday night residency in which we could play anything from house to hip-hop, soul rare groove and latin.
You're from the UK originally, where did you grow up and when/why did you come to Oz? I have been in Oz just over a year.  It was kind of an accident.  I spent the summer of 2002 dj'ing in Ibiza and discovered that the tunes I favour sound a lot better in the sun.  You don't get much sun in Coventry so I packed the bags headed for south America.  For the life of me I couldn't find a set of decks there so it was lucky my flight ticket also brought me to Sydney ? which felt like home straight away.
What makes a good DJ? I admire technical skill because mixing can really be an art when done well. Add to this a great selection of tunes ? preferably with a common theme ? I think its great when a dj's got a unique/trademark sound.
What makes you a good DJ? What I lack in technical skill I make up for with good records!
Who inspires you in the local industry and why? What Illya has done is incredible? From what I have seen he has done a great deal for the local house scene here and the amount of people influenced by his sound is pretty amazing ? and as they say imitation is the highest form of flattery.  He's obviously well into what he plays and that carries over in how it sounds
Who is the best DJ/artist in the world and why?



For me Masters At Work are the dons of the house world ? their appeal goes far above that of many main room club dj's? they are musicians and top-quality producers ? anyone who puts out a house album featuring Jocelyn Brown, Tito Puente, Roy Ayers etc as guests gets a big vote from me!
What makes you different from other DJs? I am proud to say that I have found my style pretty unique wherever I have gone ? The music I play tends to be pretty soulful which can make the sound quite distinctive.
Why do you DJ? If I didn't play out I'd probably be mixing at home ? so may as well get paid for it and spread the love!!
What is your DJing goal? Generally I'm pretty happy with my lot - I've been lucky enough to play in some great venues and if some more come around that'd be great? I'm also looking forward to launching our own night very soon ? which is great because it means we can get a bit more creative about how we market it and position ourselves.
Do you pre-determine the music before you play a set? No, its always nice to put the feelers out a little and see what people are
responding to ? if you predetermine a set I think it sounds a bit flat.
What is the best venue that you've played at and what made it a good venue? K-ube in Ibiza town was my favourite ? it's only a small venue but has a nice terrace at the front ? it's pretty easy on the eye as the sun goes down coz you are playing to the island's most beautiful people.
What is the worst DJing moment that you've had? My old partner in crime in the UK, Ross Brittleton once switched the power off both decks and mixer while he was fumbling under the dj box trying to switch on some lights.  Very amusing for him as everything ground to a holt while I stood there wondering what the f*&k was going on.  ha ha.  The funniest was telling a rugby-shirted Prince Harry that Sean Paul needs shooting and under no circumstances would I play "Get Busy"  I didn't recognise him and my face was a picture when my mate told me who it was after he had walked off!  I guess my knighthood got lost in the post.
What is best venue you've been to as a patron and what made it great? Definitely Pacha in Ibiza.  Unbelievable place ? It's a huge but there is
something magical about the way they've laid it out ? like if you need a drink you turn around and the nearest bar is always very close, or you need a slash then bingo there's a toilet.  It's a lazy clubbers wet dream ? I hate navigating my way packed venues, and you don't have to there coz its so well designed.
How do you find new music? I try to go record shopping once a week ? I keep my eye on the internet music sites to find out what's going on, then try to get my hands on the stuff locally.
What are your fave tracks at the moment? Purple Music are prolific at the moment and releasing some great stuff the latest being by One Touch.  For the deeper stuff Joey Youngman is getting my nod.
What do you do when you're not Djing? I work full time and just started a production course, which is exciting.  I'm looking forward to getting stuck in and I've enlisted some local muso's to collaborate with.  If my tinnitus stops playing up I've got high hopes for the project.
What is the most important thing that you've ever done? Definitely travel ? the best period in my life and I'd repeat it tomorrow, only I'd leave out the getting mugged at gunpoint next time please.
What does 'funky' mean to you? It's a way of life y'all

 


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