We often have students asking “how can I make my passion for music into a career?” Now as you can imagine this is a pretty broad question. There are so different paths that can lead you to this ultimate goal, but the million dollar question is what will work best for you.
‘Making It Happen’ is an interview series that focuses on locals that have managed to make music not only their passion but also their career. We hope that this allows you to see absolutely anything is possible with the right approach!
Over the past few decades, Little Fritter has managed to harness his talents as a DJ, Producer and Promoter with a career that started in the Gold Coast and took him all over the world. This is an interesting journey which includes starting a family, being asked by the W Hotel franchise to become their music director and having his tunes featured on the infamous Circoloco Ibiza Compilation.
More recently LF’s best mate Fisher from his home town in the Gold Coast has cracked the big time with his hit ‘Losing It’ and is taking him to play alongside him at some of the biggest house music events in the world.
So you recently played a 5000 capacity sold out show in LA with Fisher, and Chris Lake. How was the whole experience?
Yeah, that was wild and probably the best gig I’ve played… the energy in that room was on another level, the crowd was so locked into the music, the sound system, lighting everything was nailed so yeah it was really special and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it 🙂
You have been a staple in the Brisbane scene for as long as we can remember. What influenced you to start DJing, and how did you go about getting your first gig?
I got inspired by the DJ’s at under 18 disco party’s, I just loved how it was up to them to set the tone for the dance floor. That was something I instantly wanted to experience so I started getting DJ lessons when I was 17. I played my first proper gig a year later at an intimate rave on the sunshine coast and I got the gig through people id met in the scene. Networking, recording mixes and putting yourself in the right circles as much as possible is really the only way to get gigs when you start off.
One of the greatest things we like about following you on social media is seeing your light-hearted approach to life. How important is it to promote yourself as an artist, and what are your biggest do’s and don’ts in this area?
Haha yeah, I like to keep things fruity at my end because that’s how I like to live, I’m not a super serious person and I enjoy sharing that with people. I think that’s the number one rule about promoting yourself. Don’t try to copy what others do, just be real, be 100% yourself because that’s what people want from you, honesty and confidence in who you are deep down.
You did take a break from touring Europe a few years back to start a family. How do you manage to balance your essentials with time in the studio?
It took me a while to find my groove again after the time off, but its important not to force things especially on a creative level. Once I had that buzz to get back in the studio again I made time for it, for sure its hard if your working loads and you can’t lock into lengthy sessions but as long as the buzz is inside you then it all happens naturally from there.
Any advice for beginners in music production that dream of having their music released on big labels?
Produce from the heart, have patience and be creative, try to think about how your sound can stick out from everyone else’s. Also, be a tough critic on yourself, if you think your tracks feel good but not great then maybe they aren’t yet. You can always learn from each track, so keep your head down. Getting honest feedback from people you look up to helps a lot also.
Any advice for beginners wanting to get their first gig or residency?
Make sure you’re 100% ready to go, music wise, confidence-wise, skill wise etc
Spend a lot of time around the scene doing your homework. Record a bunch of mixes and listen back, plus a big one is to be flexible when your playing, don’t go in with a pre-prepared set and stick to it regardless, crowds change, moods change so you have to always be spontaneous and ready to mix things up.
And to wrap this up today, we would love to know…. What is your favourite kind of Fritter?
I’m frothing the most when around like-minded people who are passionate about quality music and quality parties, whether it’s downtempo, disco, house or techno I don’t mind… if it’s thinking outside the box, exciting and fresh that’s what I’m all about!
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