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Going Bonkas: Aussie DJ duo Bonka currently on [massive] international tour

With devilish good looks akin to, say, Justin Bieber and Drake, you’d think Aussie DJ duo Bonka would be more at home lip-synching in front of the camera rather than spinning tunes behind the decks.

Suffice to say, Connor O’Neill and Lachlan Norton – aka Bonka – are killing it locally and internationally, gaining kudos from the likes of David Guetta and Laidback Luke, and currently on their first official world tour, which takes in a massive number of dates, from India and Nepal to London and back home.

Karen Bilsby chats to one half, Lachlan Norton. He’s the one that looks less Bieber, more Drake, on the right.

 

To anyone who has been living under a rock for the past few years, how would you describe Bonka’s style?

Our style is based around fun and energy. The way we play and perform as entertainers is solely for the audience. This naturally has crept into the way we produce our music, whether it be our choice of top-lines, the structure of instrumentals, or sounds and samples we incorporate. It’s all to ensure the listener has a great experience.

 

Celebrities can decide to become DJs and automatically get booked at the biggest festivals without really ‘earning’ those opportunities. 

 

As artists, are you and Connor very self-critical of what you create?

We’re definitely self-critical. Not to a level that is detrimental, but we pride ourselves in producing quality, and progressing each time we ‘make a move’ in the industry, so to speak.

 

Since Bonka was officially formed in 2014, have you noticed changes in the EDM and dance music scene over the years?

The scene has changed tremendously in the short time we’ve been in it. Take social media, for example – a person can become famous overnight from a single viral video. Celebrities can decide to become DJs and automatically get booked at the biggest festivals without really ‘earning’ those opportunities.

 

 

You’re certainly becoming well-known and respected globally with your music gaining support from major players around the world like David Guetta, Timmy Trumpet, Morgan Page, Bingo Players and Laidback Luke himself. That must be a great feeling!

It is such a great feeling and incredibly humbling! Just to think they would listen to our songs and play them is amazing. It’s surreal, and it motivates us to keep improving.

 

So, what has been your favourite/craziest gig to date?

Our favourite gig to date would have to be the Eatons Hill NYD Festival 2019. It was the biggest crowd we’ve played to and the energy was amazing.

 

What would be your ultimate gig or who would be an artist you’d like to perform at/collaborate with?

That’s a tough one. We would love to play in Europe at a festival like Tomorrowland and to work with some of the industry heavyweights such as Afrojack or Hardwell.

 

We joke about remaking ‘Bonkers’ with Dizzee Rascal and, who knows, one day we might just get that opportunity.

 

You’re about to announce a world tour – is it your first and where are you going?

We’ve announced the Australian leg with around 22 shows over the next three months. After that we’re planning on announcing our overseas shows, but for the moment we’re keeping them secret.

 

Finally, how does Dizzee Rascal feel about the connection between his epic track ‘Bonkers’ and your choice of stage name?

Well, that’s a conversation we have always wanted to have. We joke about remaking that song with him and, who knows, one day we might just get that opportunity. However, for the moment it’s just a play on words… and a dream!

 

BONKA WORLD TOUR DATES :

OCT 16   LOD, KATHMANDU, NEPAL
OCT 18   PRIVEE, DELHI, INDIA
OCT 19   PRISM, HYDERABAD, INDIA
OCT 20   BITS, HYDERABAD, INDIA
OCT 26   ELECTRIC STORM, DARWIN, AUSTRALIA
NOV 01   TBA, IRELAND
NOV 02   TBA, IRELAND
NOV 07   TBA, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
NOV 08   TBA, IRELAND
NOV 09   TBA, IRELAND
NOV 15   EATONS HILL, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
NOV 16   HEAVEN, MILDURA, AUSTRALIA
NOV 23   HOME HOUSE, DAVENPORT, AUSTRALIA
NOV 25   SCHOOLIES FESTIVAL, GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
NOV 27   SKY GARDEN, BALI, INDONESIA
NOV 30   ORION HOTEL, SPRINGFIELD, AUSTRALIA
DEC 07   TBA, PHUKET, THAILAND
DEC 08   TBA, PATTAYA, THAILAND
DEC 14   WYNKXX, COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA
DEC 20   SANDSTONE POINT HOTEL, AUSTRALIA
DEC 21   CARGO BAR, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
DEC 26   CRITERION HOTEL, MARYBOROUGH, AUSTRALIA
DEC 31   MAGNUMS HOTEL, AIRLIE BEACH, AUSTRALIA
JAN 01   EATONS HILL NYD FEST, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
JAN 04   LUNAR ELECTRIC FEST, NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA
JAN 18   CARGO BAR, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
JAN 25   XS, CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA
JAN 26   TBA, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
FEB 01   GREENS HOTEL, BURNIE, AUSTRALIA
FEB 08   DOG AND DUCK, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA

 

For more information, go to:
https://www.bonka.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/bonkaofficial

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