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.

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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

‘I want

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.’’

Photo: MAX LEMESHENKO

Disc jockey: Tim Phin started DJing at 16 and now runs one of the coun­try’s big­gest dance par­ties.

Visit auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news. co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to lis­ten to a Mid­night Youth remix by Tim Phin.

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