This Friday sees the launch of one of Brisbane newest queer events STUD| A Tech Rave For Studs. From the creative mind behind Brisbane's iconic Fluffy, Harry K, STUD is a queer party that continues the tradition of providing physical social places that are vital to LGBTQ+ culture. Expect a night of dark and sexy beats, that will have your hearts pounding and STUDS of all shapes, sizes, and genders dancing the night away.
With STUD launching this Friday night at THE TBC, GoHakka caught up with one of its headline DJs, Dom De Sousa.
Hailing from Sydney's queer scene, there's no denying De Sousa has quite the reputation playing at some of the most critically acclaimed queer parties across the globe.
The DJ and Producer's rise to fame comes from the humble beginnings first entering a DJ competition at Sydney's ARQ night club. While coming first place in the comp overall, he secured a residency and the rest is history.
Being involved in the queer club scene for quite some time, how have you found it has changed over the years?
The scene has changed quite a bit. I’ve found the bars and clubs I work in have become more mixed as society has become more inclusive. This is actually quite good I think because it shows just how far we have come in regard to how our community is perceived and welcomed as a whole.
Do you think the change has been for the better?
I think being able to share our safe spaces with everybody from all walks of life is a good thing.
Do you have any advice for upcoming DJs?
Practice, find music that inspires you, and network.
You've traveled all over the world DJing, what has been your most memorable gig to date?
Right here in Sydney, it would have to be opening the RHI at this year's Mardi Gras party. There’s nothing quite like unleashing your absolute best to an audience of people from all over the world right in your home town.
Do you have a go-to track that is always guaranteed to get the dance floor moving?
Oooh, this is a hard one… At the moment I would say ‘Don’t Start Now’ by Due Lipa. But generally anything new and pop.
Who's your favourite artist to spin?
Really depends on the style I’m playing, for the house/tech house genre I can’t go past James Hurr. For the big room stuff, I would say my own stuff isn’t too bad.
What's the one requested song you dislike the most?
Generally, I don’t mind requests, but when people request RnB or rap while I’m playing a house set generally has me questioning if they really know what we DJs do to keep a dance floor moving.
What kind of music can people expect to hear from your set at STUD?
A mix of house & tech-house with a spattering of familiar hooks and vocals.
STUD| A Tech Rave For Studs launches this Friday at The TBC night club. Expect dirty beats by DJs Dom De Sousa, Mason Andrews, Enn and Peep Show featuring STUD dancers and local performance artist extraordinaire Kryptonite. Your Friday is sorted!
General Tickets $25 + B/F
On The Door $30
For tickets click HERE!