DJS shuffling to the top
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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