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Dan Slater

How did you start your DJ career?

Before I was a DJ, I used to perform in musicals including Mamma Mia!, Fiddler on the Roof, We Will Rock You, Shout! The Legend of the Wild One, Priscilla Queen of the Desert & Chicago – The Musical. I even got the opportunity to dance for Kylie & Dannii Minogue. But after I finished Chicago I decided to go to University to study a Bachelor of Business in Marketing.

When I was doing my internship at Foxtel I started learning to DJ as a creative outlet. I kicked off my DJ career as the winner of the Sydney Mardi Gras DJ Spin-Off Competition in 2012, but at first it was really hard to get booked by promoters as they said “I wasn’t a real DJ”. But I persevered and never gave up. I love my job, and I’m so thankfully for the opportunities I’ve had.

How would you describe your music style?

My music style is always upbeat and high energy regardless of genre, Big Room & House, Disco, Deep & Tropical House. When putting my sets together I’ll make sure I check through promos, and find & buy new tracks to keep things fresh.

What is your favorite part about being a DJ?

I love the energy you get from people when they come to my events. However, I still get nervous which is a good thing.

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What do you enjoy most about the circuit party scene?

You get to meet people of all ages and backgrounds, and I get to see the world and do something I love doing. I’ve mostly stopped staying at hotels. I would rather stay with close friends I’ve made over the years instead so I have familiar friendly faces to come home to. I love cooking for people and washing up; just normal things after the late night parties & events I play at.

What is your advice to anyone who wants to become a DJ?

  • Be supportive of fellow DJ/Producers and people in the industry.
  • Don’t be afraid to take risks.
  • Make sure you focus your creativity on original productions and remixes.

What is one thing you'd like people to know about you?

I want people to know that I am a big advocate for mental health awareness, and how important it is to talk about our mental health. Don’t bottle things up inside yourself. Physical and mental health are just important as each other. I try and get to the gym 4-5 times a week; I love riding my bicycle and going hiking. Mentally I have my therapist once a week, and having someone to be accountable to is refreshing. When I’m traveling I try and make sure not to skip any meals, and if you’re tired… go home or to your hotel and sleep. Self-care!

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