BLAST THE PAST
AN OLD-SCHOOL REUNION FOR STAFFORD BROTHERS
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