Music career is going full throttle
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.