Wally Waldron’s passion for music has been a driving force since as early as he can remember. Switching from the iPod to the decks back in 2006 Wally fast found DJing an incredible means to share music with those around him. Nowadays Wally has been bouncing back and forth from Cambodia after acquiring a hostel and beach bar with some friends.
Debuting this summer with support from international Djs, the venue has been converted into a big fruity beach party influenced by some of the most unique nightclubs and festivals around Europe. With over decade of experience and having mixed every genre under the moonlight Wally can regularly be found in Melbourne’s elite club scene simmering up a vast variety of what is needed and deserved on any dance floor.
You own a hostel in Cambodia that you run events from. Can you tell us a little more about that please?
Earlier this year three mates and myself went on a spontaneous trip to Cambodia. Somewhere along the trip we were presented an opportunity to buy a beach bar and a quite large hostel (120 beds). So once we got back to Melbourne we decided to sit down and do some research. After about a month or so of digging we thought alright – let’s do this! Since then we have been popping back and forth preparing for high season which is beginning to get rolling as we speak. It was all very random to be honest.
Luckily, between us three there’s a high degree of experience spread across event planning, management and hospitality so it has come quite naturally. Over the past few years I have been fortunate enough to be a part of organising various legal (and not so legal) events around Melbourne which has provided me valuable insight regarding how to throw a good party.
Those experiences, mixed with years of absorbing inspiration from a unique blend of international venues and festivals has given me the idea (and hopefully the resources) to create the best outdoor playground beach venue in Cambodia – imagine the Berlin style of Sisyphos and Kater Blau but on a tropical beach.
You’ve recently purchased the Denon Primes, what helped you choose them over the industry mainstay that is Pioneer?
We did! Since I was a kid bedroom DJ I have always had and loved the Pioneers. They have been the industry standard since the beginning of digital DJ era and had never had any real competition until quite recently. Currently at home I use CDJ 2000 Nexus which are an amazing player and have come a long way since my first set of CDJ 100’s so to make the move to another brand seemed foreign at the time.
Essentially we compared them to the Pioneer CDJ 2000 Nexus 2 which are the club standard and after watching many YouTube reviews and speaking with DJs and audio gurus we thought let’s go check these out and see if there’s some substance behind the hype. To their credit, they are perhaps the most impressive player I have seen in a long time. Once you get past the kind of cheesy green illumination lighting they do everything and much more that the Pioneers can.
From there the decision was easy, especially with the price being almost halved relative to the cost of a Pioneer CDJ 2000 NEXUS 2. Remarkably, and without trying to make this sounding too much like a sales pitch, I can say one of the biggest selling points for us was the ability for each individual Denon to double as a second separate player. So essentially you can buy 2 players and have the option to mix up to four songs, which for myself and many similar DJs I’ve spoken with is a great feature that can streamline your sets in a more creative manner.
What’s the last thing that made you laugh and why?
What’s the difference between a midget and a dwarf?
Very little 😉
1. Metodi Hristov – Extra Sense
2. Sam Paganini – Komet (Original Mix)
3. Shelley Johannson – Your Body (Original Mix)
4. DJOKO, Oliver Carloni – Reflection (Original Mix)
5. 2pole – Alone feat. Ursula Rucker (Original Mix)
6. Ron Halvar – Grauwek
7. Adam Beyer, Dense & Pika – Going Down (Original Mix)
8. Gayle San & Alex Smott – Rex34
9. Martin Books – Flitzepulver (Original Mix)
10. Devid Dega – Loud Spaces
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 fourteenth round of the KONTRAST Mini-Mix Series will run from December 7th to 28th, with an exclusive podcast from each artist along with a short interview to get to know them better.
Mini-Mix Series #14: