DJs turn it on for dancing partygoers
DAILY GRIND Tim Phin is the man behind Our:House, amusic festival that draws thousands of partygoers. He tells reporter Danielle Street how he created the brand which is gaining an international reputation.
The Our:House parties have grown exponentially over 10 years.
What started as a gig that attracted a few hundred people to a dark downtown bar now sees 8000 people gathering at Mt Smart Stadium for a night of house music provided by some of the globe’s big-name DJs.
And at the helm of the massive event is Tim Phin.
He started in the music business at age 16.
‘‘I just started vinyl,’’ he says.
‘‘When you are a teenager you want to get turntables and start playing with your friends and then it grew slowly. It wasn’t like I woke
buying up and said: become a DJ’.’’
When it came time for university he started a science degree but discovered it wasn’t a good fit so shifted to marketing and management.
There he found a way to combine his business nous with his passion for playing
to music and started putting on gigs.
‘‘I was trying to apply the principles of business to things that I actually enjoy. And it worked out as a dream job.’’
Our:House takes more than six months to organise and there are hundreds of people behind the scenes who make it all happen.
Mr Phin says one of the main challenges is getting international DJs on board.
‘‘It’s actually quite hard to find the ones that are available at the right times, usually we are scrambling to get the biggest names because they get offers from Las Vegas and all over the world.’’
But their climbing reputation means the festival has secured house heavyweight David Guetta for this year’s event.
‘‘In the last three years the whole electronic dance music scene has really exploded internationally.
‘‘America is finally coming on the bandwagon and really embracing this music sound. And that means some of these big name artists, like David Guetta, are like pop artists now.’’
Despite having his hands full with organising Our: House Mr Phin hasn’t hung up his headphones. He plays out regularly and has a show on Auckland’s George FM.
He is known for playing big room electronic dance and centres his music around the ‘‘house sound’’.
‘‘I love the feeling of getting people dancing, the whole energy and the vibe to it and how music can express all these emotions.
‘‘So that’s my creative side that comes through it. I suppose I’ve got the other side which is the business side, which sees opportunities to make these parties bigger and better.’’
Disc jockey: Tim Phin started DJing at 16 and now runs one of the country’s biggest dance parties.
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