BLAST THE PAST

AN OLD-SCHOOL RE­UNION FOR STAFFORD BROTH­ERS

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SALLY COATES

Leg­ends of Aus­tralian elec­tronic mu­sic John Course, Mark Dy­namix and Kid Kenobi will per­form at NightQuar­ter this Satur­day, head­lined by the Coast’s very own Stafford Broth­ers. The tour is part of the Min­istry of Sound re­union of Aussie DJs from the early 2000s, be­fore the elec­tronic boom had peaked.

“Back then we were DJing and run­ning our own par­ties,” Matt Stafford says.

“John Course was one of my favourite DJs of all time, he was one of our he­roes, and Kid Kenobi was the big­gest dude in Aus­tralia.”

The broth­ers have gone from idol­is­ing these DJs to play­ing along­side them, but Matt says there will al­ways be long­stand­ing respect for the orig­i­nals mas­ters.

“We’ve done a lot of shows with John over the years, even in places like Thai­land we’d warm up for him. We never wanted to step on his toes or play his songs, so we’d al­ways check with him. Even though we’re play­ing the last set, we still reached out be­cause he’s just a leg­end.”

In 2000, mu­sic and DJing was a to­tally dif­fer­ent world.

With ca­reers that have strad­dled both eras, the Stafford Broth­ers have an in­sight into how the in­dus­try has changed.

“It was way more dif­fi­cult as play­ing on vinyl took way more skill. It’s a lot eas­ier now with it be­ing dig­i­tal,” Matt says. “It also took a col­lec­tion of mu­sic to be a DJ – you had to phys­i­cally pur­chase records and build it up over time whereas DJs now can down­load 10,000 songs in one sit­ting. It took a lot more to be­come a DJ and to ac­tu­ally make it – now it’s more about pro­duc­tion and hit records.”

Have things changed for the bet­ter?

“It’s just dif­fer­ent, it’s evolved,” Matt says.

“If you don’t evolve you’ll never sur­vive. But I ac­tu­ally love not car­ry­ing a box of records around when we’re tour­ing – it’s just a pair of head­phones now.”

Fans head­ing along to Satur­day’s show should ex­pect a few clas­sic tunes and an amped crowd.

“We’re def­i­nitely go­ing to be drop­ping old records More Than a Feel­ing and Wher­ever,” Matt says.

“Peo­ple still ask us to play those songs and we’re like ‘Mate, that’s 10 years old’.

“We’re just happy to be play­ing a show at home; we haven’t played a home show in more than a year. We’ve got a pretty ridicu­lous amount of peo­ple so it’s go­ing to be a good night.” Min­istry of Sound Re­union Tour, Satur­day from 4pm at NightQuar­ter

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