Vet­eran vinyl DJ mak­ing first Hamil­ton ap­pear­ance

Hamilton Metro News - - Entertainment - Won­der Horse presents The Earshot, with Cian and Jeff Neems, De­cem­ber 10, from 10pm.

An­other of New Zealand’s vet­eran vinyl DJs is head­ing to Hamil­ton to de­liver a se­lec­tion of qual­ity mu­sic.

Auck­land-based and Eng­land­born Cian O’Don­nell, 47, will play at city cock­tail bar Won­der Horse on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 10— his first-ever DJ ap­pear­ance in Hamil­ton.

O’Don­nell is a reg­u­lar host on dance mu­sic sta­tion Ge­orge FM, broadcasting The Earshot— a Sun­day morn­ing show span­ning a range of genre and tak­ing in some of the new­est record­ings avail­able.

A record store pro­fes­sional since 1988 and DJ since 1989, O’Don­nell is known for his abil­ity switch ef­fort­lessly be­tween an eclec­tic mix of genre to both fill dance floors and keep heads nod­ding in club en­vi­ron­ments, fes­ti­vals and on his ra­dio show. A typ­i­cal set may in­clude hip-hop, soul, elec­tron­ica, house, reg­gae and African and Latin grooves, and his wide net­work of con­tacts has him well sup­plied with a nearcon­stant stream of new mu­sic.

He has been a per­ma­nent res­i­dent in New Zealand since the early 1990s. That com­mit­ment led to his launch­ing of based record store Conch, an es­sen­tial spot for many of New Zealand’s DJs and mu­si­cians.

Stock­ing ev­ery­thing from Ja­maican 7s to elec­tron­ica and be­yond, the shop be­came the place to go for up­front mu­sic and home grown re­leases for both lo­cal and over­seas vis­i­tors.

His­mu­si­cal con­nec­tions also make an oc­ca­sional event pro­moter, bring­ing in artists and DJs from around the world to ap­pear along­side him and sev­eral friends at Auck­land’s leg­endary and long-run­ning club night The Turn­around.

With an un­par­al­leled rep­u­ta­tion af­ter 10 years, The Turn­around event has played host to a vast ar­ray of DJs, pro­duc­ers, vis­ual artists and bands from all over New Zealand and the world. In­ter­na­tional acts and DJs Benji B, DJ Mitsu The Beats, Gilles Peter­son, Keb Darge, Groove­man Spot, Re­cloose, Doze Green, Elec­tric Wire Hus­tle and Fat Freddy’s Drop have guested at the event over the years. His own re­cent DJing ad­ven­tures have taken him to Shang­hai, Bei­jing and Mel­bourne, where he played four dif­fer­ent venues over three days.

O’Don­nell is still stick­ing with DJing vinyl de­spite the nearend­less sup­ply of mu­sic avail­able in dig­i­tal for­mat which he does ac­cess.

Won­der Horse co-owner Alex Wil­liams says hav­ing guest DJs in the bar is rare, and to bring in a mu­sic pro­fes­sional of Cian’s cal­i­bre fits well with the bar.

Cian O’Don­nell

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