From the age of 14 years Sunshine knew she wanted to be a DJ. She remembers being on the dance floor at a rave in Perth and being blown away by the energy the DJ created by mixing two records together and knew that’s what she wanted to do with her life. Fast forward to now and she couldn’t be happier with how it has all come together.
Apart from dominating the Melbourne club scene for almost two decades – including her residency at Revolver Saturday mornings, which is currently in its 15th year – Sunshine has also been focusing on production work and in 2013 released her first original track ‘Heartbreaker’ which became a house anthem, followed by ‘The Only One’ and ‘Twisted’. But her most exciting musical venture to date is the new gospel techno project she’s working on with Disco Faith Choir where they perform live during her DJ set as well as performing on her new record ‘Here To Stay’ which will be releasing soon on Sunshine’s new imprint Disco Faith Recordings.
As a long term DJ and artist, you would have gone through many fluctuations in your popularity and personal drive to maintain your presence in the dance music industry. How do you think you have been able to maintained both your relevance and drive in the scene?
I think I’ve stayed relevant in the scene for almost 20 years because I’ve got an eclectic taste in music and I’ve played a lot of different styles of DJ sets from hip hop, funk & soul, disco, house, techno and everything in between. I also love all the styles I’ve played over the years equally so I’m able to deliver the same performance regardless of the style, which keeps promoters booking you because you can adapt to all kinds of crowds.
What keeps my drive going would ultimately be my passion for music and DJing, as well as the fact that I still get goose bumps when I walk into an awesome event and my determination. I’m also very critical of my performances and I’m always reaching for that set where I’ll nail it 100% from track selection, mixing and reading the crowd. As I mature as an artist the bar keeps getting higher and higher so I feel like its this never ending thing and that I’ll never reach a point where I’m 100% happy which keeps me growing as an artist.
Tell us what you believe to be your personal height of achievement in your career and what lasting effects that has had?
That’s a hard one to pin point but these three are up there;
My Revolver Saturday mornings residency which is in it’s 15th year, is definitely a highlight, my home base and it gave me a dance floor to develop my style and sound as a DJ. I also credit this gig for being the reason I’ve played gigs every weekend for the past 15 years as its given me a platform to get my music heard to a lot of different people over the years.
Releasing my first original production in 2013 and the two that followed over the next few years helped get my music out there to a lot more people and I noticed an increase in the amount of sets I was playing.
The Disco Faith Choir live shows at the Prince Bandroom and Revolver over the past year were incredible and the support I’ve received afterwards has made me more inspired and excited about my career than ever before.
If there is one choice you made in your music career that you got the option to change, what would that be and why?
I’m happy with all the music decisions I’ve made as its helped me grow into the artist I am today. If there was one thing I could go back and change it would be more to do with lifestyle choices and being less involved in the partying that comes hand in hand with working in clubs all the time. Here and there is fun but doing it to all the time sucks up your life and creativity.
Do you believe you will ever stop being a part of the music industry?
No, I plan to always be involved in the music industry. Music is my passion and the only thing I want to do with my life. Melbourne has been really good to me, I’ve got a lot of love and support from the punters and promoters which I’m really grateful for and at this point in time I feel more excited about my future in music than ever before. I think this will be one of the most exciting years to date as my record label is launching this year along with the original music I’ve been working on with Disco Faith Choir.
Get ready for this exclusive mix from Sunshine where she shows the darker and harder sides of her sonic arsenal. This Mini-Mix has high tension, dark beats and mesmerising melodies to keep you tantalised the whole way through!
KONTRAST COLLECTIVE is a group 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. Apart from organising events we love to shine light on Australia’s best upcoming and veteran DJ’s. The tenth round of the KONTRAST Mini-Mix series marks an historical step for KONTRAST and will run from January 4th to 25th. Because of this we have chosen to give each artist the same 4 questions together with the podcast to see how they has experienced their musical career.
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