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8 things we learnt at day two of EMC

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#5 AUSTRALIA HAS IT REALLY GOOD FOR TRANCE

If you’re really into your trance, or trying to build a career as a trance DJ and producer, you’re actually better off starting in Australia than heading to overseas to trance Meccas like the Netherlands – that’s what Australia’s biggest trance star Marlo and his manager, vocalist and wife Janette Bishara told the crowd at Marlo’s Meet the Team panel.

We’re one of the few countries with weekly trance club nights, Marlo stressed, and it’s a much safer place to build your profile without taking huge risks. “You don’t have to move to Europe,” he said. “I sold everything I owned and moved to Holland, and I couldn’t get any gigs – I went too early.”

“Trance is like the quiet achiever scene here,” Janette added – a fact evidenced by Marlo breaking attendance records as the headliner at Sydney’s superclub Pacha four times in a row (and surprising Pacha booker, and forum moderator, Pat Ward).

“People in the industry think, oh, trance will never work with our crowd – but that’s bullshit. There’s no reason why people in the general public won’t have a good time out with their friends to the music I play,” Marlo said. Words – Nick Jarvis

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#6 ALWAYS PLAY YOUR OWN MUSIC OUT

Marlo’s second big piece of advice was that you can’t expect the industry to help you to the forefront – especially not in trance. “You can’t make a track, send it to Armin and expect him to start playing it and make you a huge star – you need to do the hard slog in trance,” Marlo said. “Make bootleg remixes and play them at all of your club gigs – nobody else will play your music in the beginning.” Words – Nick Jarvis

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#7 GET A MANAGER WHEN YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE WORKLOAD YOURSELF

Lucky Entertainment founder Luke Udorovic cautioned young artists against getting a manager too soon in the panel about How Lucky Entertainment Blew Up. The whole Lucky team stressed that their best business connections came through getting to know people socially, not through cold calling or emails; you should only get a manager, Udorovic said, when you can’t handle the workload yourself any more. He applied the same idea to expanding Lucky Entertainment – he only started hiring new people when he “just stopped sleeping”. Words – Nick Jarvis

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#8 REAL DJING COMES DOWN TO RESPECTING MUSIC

Anyone familiar with the comedic stylings of The Meeting Tree wouldn’t have gone into the Masterclass Theatre’s ‘Real DJing’ session expecting an entirely serious debate. Sure enough, r u a cop? instigators Joyride and Raph gave the at-capacity crowd plenty to laugh about, including roasting host Levins for arriving 15 minutes late to his own panel. Their words of wisdom? Raph advised anyone railroading a set that “filtering and microphones are your best friend,” while Joyride complained his “cabanossi”-esque fingers aren’t quite dexterous enough for DMC-worthy feats of mixing.

But current DMC champ DJ i-Dee argued that “real DJing comes down to how open-minded you are” and being ear-trained, while veteran local Kaz James noted that the current expectations of DJs to put on a show means they become “artists instead of real DJs”. But it was Tigerlily who made the most sense of all: “We all are here because we fuckin’ love music. As long as you respect music and the art that it is, you’re a real DJ.” Words – Katie Cunningham

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