The fantastic DJ Luke Sorensen is next on our DJ Interviews, where we aim to find out some interesting facts and stories from our roster.
Disco, Funk, Soul, Pop, House…Pretty much anything that’s fun and groovey!
What got you into DJing?
I’ve always had a strong passion for playing music. As a kid I always enjoyed showing friends new music and got a kick out showing them something they loved. Funnily enough, I never initially intended to be a DJ. I always wanted to play drums in a band but unfortunately as a teenager it was tough finding guys who were interested in learning Basement Jaxx songs instead of Rage Against the Machine. Around the age of 15 I decided that I wasn’t going to let a lack of band hold me back and started offering to play music at house parties. I would set up an electronic drum pad and play along to whatever tunes I thought were cool at the time. I continued this until one day a local music agency booked me for a DJ gig. I nervously said yes and spent the following few days prior to the gig frantically learning everything I could about DJ’ing.
Is there a story behind your DJ name?
I’m still waiting to get famous enough that I can change my name to DJ Fully Siik Beatz.
Which big name DJs’ style do you most reflect?
Late Nite Tough Guy, Mark Ronson, Questlove, DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Do you remember your first ever gig?
I clearly remember thinking…”There’s heaps of girls here…I’d better just play some Destiny’s Child so they think I DJ all the time.”
Tell us about your all-time favourite artists.
Prince, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and pretty much anything Motown.
What has been your most ridiculous DJ request to date?
The one line every DJ hates, “I’ve got it up on Youtube on my phone! Where’s the AUX cord?!”
How do you think DJ technology will change into the future?
I’m hoping to start seeing more and more of a live element within DJ’ing. If things like STEMS tracks manage increase in popularity with bigger artists and producers than hopefully we’ll start seeing more truly creative and unique sets/performances that help to bridge the gap between DJ’s and live bands.
What was your worst gig and why?
It involved a drunk girl accidentally giving my laptop too many sips of her gin and tonic. Many tears were had.
What was your best ever gig and why?
I once did a gig in a rural Australian town called Coonamble. It’s so isolated from pretty much everything that they rarely have any entertainment come through the town. Everyone was so welcoming and appreciative which resulted into one of the funnest nights of my DJ career so far and only reinforced how luck I am to have one the best jobs around.
Do you think we will see DJ robots soon?
Don’t they already exist?!
Do any ‘star’ DJs get on your nerves?
DJ Jazzy Jeff for being so damn talented!
Your best ever YouTube clip
What one useful tip would you give to the layman looking to book a DJ for their event?
Music always has such a powerful role in setting the tone of an event. The best advice I can give is, if possible talk about what you’re hoping to achieve with the DJ/Agency prior to the event. Details like the number of guests, venue, time of day, age demographics and of course, personal preferences can help an experienced DJ determine what’s going to be most appropriate for the event thus hopefully ensuring that you get the most out of the experience.