Mu­sic ca­reer is go­ing full throt­tle

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tyler Brown

FROM his high school grad­u­a­tion to pre­par­ing for the stage at a ma­jor Aus­tralian mu­sic fes­ti­val, 18-year-old Rob­bie Ber­gin is hav­ing a “surreal” few months.

Ber­gin, who DJs as Throt­tle, will tour the coun­try with the likes of Avicii, The Prodigy, Knife Party and Drake as part of this year’s Fu­ture Mu­sic Fes­ti­val lineup.

“It’s so weird – The Prodigy was one of the first dance acts that I re­ally had heard about,” Ber­gin said.

“And to be a part of Avicii’s company and be­ing on the same bill as him is just ridicu­lous – it’s very surreal.”

The Mel­bourne teen has been work­ing with At Night, the same company that man­ages Avicii and Cazzette, “un­of­fi­cially for the past year or so”.

“They found some of my work on­line and it’s snow­balled since then,” Ber­gin said.

Though he sup­ported Avicii in 2013 and played at Syd­ney’s Fu­ture Mu­sic Fes­ti­val last year, Ber­gin said this would “def­i­nitely be the big­gest thing I’ve done to date”.

“I’ve strayed away from lo­cal gigs. I wanted the mu­sic to cre­ate the de­mand for the shows rather than play­ing shows to get my mu­sic no­ticed, so I’ve just waited,” he said.

“Fu­ture was a big goal of my life – to play the whole tour.”

Ber­gin said he was hop­ing to get peo­ple down early to watch his set, where he will be DJing on the Launch­pad (a grid-based per­for­mance con­troller used to trig­ger sounds, loops and ef­fects) and play­ing gui­tar.

“I played gui­tar for five or six years in pri­mary school but gave it up for a while so I’m just get­ting back to it,” he said.

“It’s go­ing to be a pretty com­pli­cated set with the Launch­pad DJing and live gui­tar but it should be a lot of fun.”

Rob­bie Ber­gin, who DJs as Throt­tle, will per­form at Fu­ture Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

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