DJS shuf­fling to the top

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The As­ton Shuf­fle (pic­tured) strive to stay on top of the ever-chang­ing club­bing scene, the DJ duo be­lieve it’s just as im­por­tant to stick to what they know and love – mak­ing emo­tive mu­sic that fills dance­floors. ‘‘The scene is al­ways evolv­ing. It feels like if you aren’t aware of what’s go­ing on, you will miss out,’’ says Mikah Free­man, one half of the house mu­sic duo. ‘‘You have to keep on top of dif­fer­ent gen­res break­ing through and know the shifts and trends.’’ Free­man says he and Vance Mus­grove use such trends to their ad­van­tage. ‘‘We take what we like from what’s hap­pen­ing and bring it into our mu­sic so the sig­na­ture As­ton Shuf­fle sound re­mains,’’ he says. ‘‘We do what we need to do to evolve, but once you jump on to trends you will never be a leader and stand out from the crowd.’’ The As­ton Shuf­fle re­leased their de­but al­bum, Seven­teen Past Mid­night, last year. Af­ter a year tucked away in the stu­dio, last month the pair dropped Can’t Stop Now, a hands-in-the-air dance­floor sin­gle for the sum­mer fes­ti­val sea­son. Free­man says the track is a taste of what’s to come. ‘‘ Can’t Stop Now is a big, emo­tive track that you can lis­ten to at home, in your car, or at a club or fes­ti­val,’’ he says. ‘‘The al­bum is about be­ing in the mo­ment and shar­ing it with those around you.’’ Free­man says the un­ti­tled al­bum, due out early next year, fea­tures strong, happy, emo­tive elec­tronic pop. ‘‘It’s not cheesy. There’s a lot of hands-in-the-air mo­ments – it’s very colourful and loud and big. We have been in a bub­ble for the last six months, work­ing on the al­bum. I guess we tried to take a step out and give the al­bum what it needs. This time we wanted to do it prop­erly.’’

The As­ton Shuf­fle play Else­where, in Surfers Paradise, to­mor­row night.

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