In 2007 the universe aligned and Cam moved south to Melbourne from Brisbane. Armed with her Jungle, Ghettotech, Detroit House, Booty House and 313 Techno she modified her appellation to C:1 (out of respect for Melbourne’s DJ Camo) and hit the Melbourne streets with guns blazing. Ever since, C:1 has has been making waves in Burn City alongside Melbourne’s top musical legions.
In addition to her annual engagement as judge at the Twisted Audio DJ Comp, Operations Manager and resident junglist for Detrimental Audio, C:1 has also supported some of the worlds most influential artists such as Egyptian Lover, Dj Godfather, LTJ Bukem, Doc Scott, Klute, Kenny Ken, Mickey Finn, Dj Hype, Amit, Skynet, Mechwarrior, Ruffhouse, Arkaik, Dbridge, DJ Storm, Dose, Digital and her personal heroes Timeline / UR.
From September 1996 her days were spent digging in crates and raving it up in the underground scene of Brisbane. The biggest impressions and exposure to some of the best techno in the world came to her through Kazu (Kimura) and The Sentinel (Patrick HAF).
After a few years of toughing it out with the lads of techno she unleashed the snares and waves of Jungle under the names of DJCAM and CAM:01 with Kim De La Haye, Alison Gidgette and Kristen Specimen. The dynamic foursome tagged themselves as the Junglettes and carved out a rep locally and nationwide; throwing local nights and touring world class performers in Australia.
You’ve been one of the best-established DJs in the house circuit in Melbourne for nearly a decade. What would you say has defined you most as a DJ?
The common theme that rises at my gigs is that I’m still playing on vinyl. Many people have really appreciated that I’m still dedicated to hunting for and playing records over the years. The other defining aspect to my dj’ing is that I am multi-genre and I bring as much energy to playing crisp, cutting-edge 4/4 production as I do the more raw, edgy underground music.
What has been the most important decision you’ve made in life?
Without a doubt, it has always been to ‘follow my gut’. I’ve learned when my inspiration comes from within I contribute something valuable and unique. I’ve always been of the belief that DJs, musicians, and all creatives gotta play from the heart.
If you could say anything that differentiates womens’ DJ’ing from mens’, what would you say signifies the gender differences?
Very interesting question. I actually don’t think there’s a significant difference in the style of women’s DJing to men’s itself. I’ve seen both men and women play stormer and chilled sets The compelling difference I find is the deviation of people that are attracted to the different events that feature either all men, all women or a balance of 50/50. The vibe of the crowd and the outcome of the night has always been a bigger difference than the performers themselves.
This mini-mix from C1 is a showcase of the eclectic taste of house and techno she has. As usual, she impress with her track selection and slick way of mixing it all together. Please enjoy the Mini-Mix #5.2:
1. Carl Craig – ‘At Les’
2. Theo Parrish – ‘Falling up (chateau flight dub)’
3. Mark Ambrose – ‘Flying over the rockies’
4. Ramadanman & Appleblim – ‘Void 23’
5. Tom Trago – ‘Once apon a time in Amsterdam’
6. Detroit Grand Pubahs – ‘Nurse hurse jack move’
7. Theo Parrish – ‘Falling up (Carl Craig remix)’
8. Claude Young – ‘Samba’
9. Boris Wermer – ‘How far can I go’
KONTRAST is a collective of creative spirits who loves to combine raw sounds, dark, thumping beats and intense, edgy musical experiences with extraordinary visual elements in an experimental and innovative way. We want to build something new, colourful and unforgettable and to explore how sounds, shapes and visual imprints together can create something bigger than ourselves, and a different state of mind. The fifth series of the KONTRAST mini-mix series will run from September 7th to 28th, and there will be an exclusive podcast from each artist with a short interview to get to know them better.
Mini-Mix Series #5: