Safari adventure starts
IT’S been almost a decade since DJ Sin – aka Rick Jensen – played his first gig at Swingin’ Safari, but he remembers the mischievous encounter clearer than ever. ‘‘I remember my first night there – I walked around all the furniture, antiques and what-not and just said to (operator) Neil Beattie: ‘Mate, how do you feel about me setting up in the lounge?’ As in sitting in an armchair whilst DJing,’’ he says. ‘‘Luckily it was well received and pretty soon I became the resident in the hottest, quirkiest house party venue in town – three to five nights a week, as I recall.’’ Fast forward 10 years and the Broadbeach venue is preparing to celebrate its anniversary as Beattie brings back all the old bands and DJs who have been a part of the Swingin’ journey. Tomorrow night, DJ Sin (pictured) returns to Swingin’ Safari’s decks for the first time in eight years. ‘‘I am mega excited to be invited back to where it all started and plan on mixing in some of the classic house tracks that were part of that first year,’’ he says. ‘‘My memories of Safari are early hours with chilled-out funk and soul progressing to the sometimes frantic dance hour – yes sometimes culminating in a frenzied, gyrating sarong-clad DJ. Gosh – they were some fun times, all 18 months of them.’’
DJ Sin plays Swingin’ Safari tomorrow night.