BROADBEACH CLUB RELIVES GLORY DAYS
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.