Full throt­tle for star DJs

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

THEY spend their nights crank­ing-up the sound­tracks for par­ties all over the world, but Gold Coast broth­ers Chris (pic­tured, left) and Matt Stafford (right) can’t wait to head home from the US to pump up crowds at the V8 Su­per­cars AR­MOR ALL Gold Coast 600 next month. Matt says he and Chris have at­tended sev­eral Gold Coast Indy and V8 race events over the years. ‘‘They’re mad,’’ he says. Rated Aus­tralia’s top DJs af­ter claim­ing the No.1 ti­tle for the third year run­ning at this year’s inthemix Awards, the house mu­sic DJs/pro­duc­ers boosted their global pro­file star­ring in two series of their own re­al­ity TV show, The Stafford Broth­ers, on Fox­tel’s FOX8. While they were stoked with how things were evolv­ing when they re­lo­cated to the US last year, Matt says things have since gone to a whole new level. ‘‘We love it,’’ he says of LA. ‘‘It would be hard to leave. We re­ally love it. We both do. I don’t think we’re go­ing to live in Aus­tralia again. LA is a cool place to live. We love the Gold Coast but there’s a dif­fer­ent vibe here. There’s a lot more hap­pen­ing. The weather is ridicu­lous here. It never rains.’’ While he and Chris are ‘‘in dis­cus­sions to do another (dif­fer­ent) TV show’’, Matt says per­form­ing live is their pri­or­ity for now. ‘‘We want to keep grow­ing what we do. We had the TV show and now we’re re­ally fo­cused on per­form­ing. I love to per­form – that’s our bread and but­ter – and I love trav­el­ling and want to make what we do big­ger. We just played a fes­ti­val (Hello Hot Mad­ness Fest) in Puerto Rico and peo­ple were go­ing nuts – our sin­gle is a big hit there.’’ In fact, the sin­gle, Hello (fea­tur­ing their Cash Money Records la­bel­mates Lil Wayne and Christina Mil­ian) has gone off, en­joy­ing chart suc­cess in sev­eral coun­tries. Al­most ev­ery sub­urb of the Coast will play a part in the in­au­gu­ral V8 Su­per­fest next month, with 25 events spread across the city from Oc­to­ber 1 as part of the race car­ni­val. Events in­clude the Gold Coast Rock­ers GC600 Hop at Run­away Bay and the two-day Jim Beam Sand Jam con­cert on Surfers Par­adise beach. More than 8000 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend each of the Fri­day and Satur­day night con­cert events. US rap-rock out­fit Gym Class He­roes, fea­tur­ing Travie McCoy, head­line Sand Jam on Oc­to­ber 25, backed by Spi­der­bait, Ha­vana Brown and Bomb’s Away, while The Pre­sets, Grin­spoon, The Stafford Broth­ers and DJ Brooke Evers per­form on Oc­to­ber 26.

– SUZANNE SIMONOT

The V8 Su­per­cars Gold Coast 600 runs from Oc­to­ber 15-27. The V8 Su­per­fest runs from Oc­to­ber 1-27. Visit v8­su­per­cars.com.au for de­tails.

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