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DJ John Course brings his Coursey’s Clas­sics show to Plat­inum Night­club Broadbeach to­mor­row night. That means for­mer Gold Coast party an­i­mals can come out of re­tire­ment for one night and re­live the glory days of dance mu­sic – and their lives – from 10 years ago.

Do you get a good re­cep­tion from the GC crowds with a throw­back night?

The Gold Coast is a great place for some­thing like this, be­cause typ­i­cally the places that go best are cities with a strong club­bing his­tory. And of course the Gold Coast has been about that for a long time now. There’s al­ways been a scene. The crowds are usu­ally a bit of a mix, there’s the older crowd who were 18-25 or so when the songs were big, but then there’s the younger crowd who just like go­ing out and see­ing what it would have been like club­bing 10 years ago.

So what kind of old school hits will be on the set list?

When we say “old school” it’s not like ’70s disco or any­thing. It’s songs like Si­lence by Delerium, Pic­tures by Sneaky Sound Sys­tem, Put Your Hands Up For Detroit by Fedde Le Grand – that’s just a few I can think of. And they were re­ally im­por­tant artists and songs for bring­ing elec­tronic mu­sic into the main­stream. But the night is ded­i­cated to the club hits – not nec­es­sar­ily com­mer­cial mu­sic. I’d say about 30 per cent of the songs would have been on the ra­dio at the time.

How im­por­tant then is nos­tal­gia in a night like to­mor­row night?

I don’t think there’s any­thing quite like mu­sic that trans­ports you back to a dif­fer­ent time and place. Th­ese dance clas­sics take peo­ple back to a time when they were young and free. When you’re 20 and go­ing out four nights a week, you hear those songs and they be­come a part of you. For the rest of your life you’ll hear a par­tic­u­lar song and it’s like step­ping into a time ma­chine. You re­mem­ber things that noth­ing else could prompt. I have some songs that I hear and I re­mem­ber ex­actly where I was stand­ing and who I was with.

Is that why some older peo­ple have a gripe with new mu­sic?

Well life gets in the way and you can’t go out ev­ery week – you might get mar­ried, have kids, get a proper job. So now if you go out once ev­ery few months you can’t build an affin­ity with the mu­sic. It’s never go­ing to be in your psy­che like the mu­sic of your ear­lier life.

Coursey’s Clas­sics, to­mor­row night at Plat­inum Night­club Broadbeach. Tick­ets avail­able from Moshtix or on the door if not sold out

Mel­bourne DJ John Course will play Plat­inum Night­club to­mor­row for Coursey’s Clas­sics.

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