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Interview with DJ Generik: plus win copies of ‘Summer Festival Anthems 2013’

There are a couple of great festival anthem compilations out at the moment but one we’re playing plenty of around the office is Summer Festival Anthems 2013, compiled by trusty Aussie DJ Generik (aka: Tyse O’Brian) and out just now on Onelove. The compilation features the disparate likes of Icona Pop, 360, Florence + The Machine, Knife Party, Avicii and stacks more. Cream chats with the disc-spinner about the variety of music on his just-released collection, his surprising love of Tame Impala, and his current intimate-venue tour.

Interview by Antonino Tati.


Hi Tyse. It sure is an eclectic mix on the Summer Festival Anthems 2013 compilation. Have you always appreciated a whole variety of music genres? And which ones do you love the most?
I was always into a variety of bands like Bloc Party, the Rolling Stones, and then I saw 2manydjs play and they mixed rock’n’roll with dance music. It really got my mind racing and opened my eyes to a different world. I love all genres, really, anything that makes you dance is a favourite of mine!


When you’re mixing music, do you work from a studio at home, a commercial studio, or a bit of both?
I just work from a studio at home, nowadays with technology the way it is, you can have a killer studio set up in your bedroom!


Do you suggest to record companies what tracks and artists you’d like to include, or do they approach you at times?
Onelove came to me and asked me to mix a double disc compilation. I select a 60-song tracklist and then they went about clearing all the tracks, then BOOM! Summer Festival Anthems 2013 was born.


You’re currently touring, from Melbourne to Fremantle and back to the east coast. What do you like most about playing to crowds in intimate venues?
I love how when you play a track you can see the faces / hands in the air of the crowd. You get a great vibe from that.


Do you get to play many festivals yourself? What do you like most about the festival scene that’s different to the club scene?
I do play a few. I recently played the Big Day Out and Stereosonic. Festivals are like a school camping trip with fireworks and tens of thousands of people. It’s an amazing experience.


You’ve been producing tracks, too, lately, namely for Drop The Lime, Russ Chimes and Club Cheval. Do you like to take a track and totally turn it on its head when you’re remixing, making it totally different to its original?
I guess that’s the whole idea of a remix. You take an existing song and add your touch to it, making it you own.


Who is your dream artist to remix and why?
Tame impala is probably my favourite band of the last 5 years, I would love to get my claws on the parts to one of their tracks!


Summer Festival Anthems 2013 is out now on double-CD through Onelove. Courtesy of Onelove, Cream has 10 copies of the compilation to give away to readers. To try winning one, email your name, address, the Subject heading ‘Generik’ and tell us the title of your current fave dance track. Email to cream@pobox.com no later than 5pm, Friday 2 March. Remember, you can enter as many times as you like but only one entry per day, thanks.



Dates and venues of the Summer Festival Anthems 2013 tour featuring Generik on the decks are:

February 21st – Seven Nightclub, Melbourne
February 23rd – Cloud Nine (Inflation), Melbourne
February 23rd – Eureka Hotel, Geelong
February 26th – Eurotrash, Melbourne
March 2nd – Orange Whip – Ringwood, Melbourne
March 7th – Scary Canary, Sydney
March 8th – The Newport Hotel, Freemantle/WA
March 9th – Electric Circus, Adelaide 
March 30th – Liv Nightclub, Gold Coast
March 31st – La La Land, Byron Bay

For tickets and further information visit www.onelove.com.au

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