One of the nicest guys in the industry, Eddie Example made a name for himself playing at Geelong’s infamous National Hotel where you could often find him behind the helm for 5+ hours jamming a vast array of tracks from his personal collection. Since the Nash closed down it hasn’t slowed him down – instead he continues to do this at Geelong’s renown Barwon Club Hotel, Captain and The Geelong Hotel.
A walking encyclopaedia of dance music, Eddie’s passion has led him more recently to new roles such as running ‘Mutant Dance’ where he has brought down to Geelong the likes of Optimo, Andee Frost & Tornado Wallace to name but a few with the vibe showcasing a classic blend Chicago House, Detroit Techno and Disco.
With residencies at Melbourne institutions such as Revolver Upstairs and Lucky Coq, including numerous guest spots at legendary Melbourne hot spots. Eddie knows his way around a DJ booth or two. With call-ups to support artists such as Phil Kieran, Funk D’void, Magda, Mike Dunn and techno mainstays Juan Atkins, Jimmy Edgar, Dave Clarke and playing after Jeff Mills in a rare Geelong show. It’s apparent that Eddie’s versatility and nice guy nature are here to stay.
One can easily tell that music has always been a big part of your life. What is your earliest musical memory?
My earliest musical memory would have to be listening to Michael Jackson’s Thriller when I was about 4 or 5 years old and waiting for my mum to flip the record over when the side finished because I wasn’t allowed to touch the record player.
You are one of those DJs who isn’t that fussed about sticking to one single genre, and we have heard that Optimo is one of your biggest inspirations. What is your approach to the dance floor and how does an open genre set work?
It’s all about where I’m playing and what time but what I generally love about not setting genre limits is having a track for any vibe. It doesn’t have to be dance music, to make you dance but my approach is like any other deejay, read the room, feel the room and make decisions based on your instinct of what is going on at the time.
Anyone that knows you, knows you’re a nerdy collector. Can you please tell us about you music library and not just your USB collection?
I have a ton of CDs and vinyl, and my CD collection is the most extensive. It contains stuff like The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Patti Smith, Prince, Yello, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Primal Scream, Massive Attack, Depth Charge, Robert Johnson, The Doors, Talking Heads, Les Georges Leningrad, Karen Finley, Bernard Herrmann, Public Enemy, New York Dolls and so much more. Whether it be a Soul Jazz Records compilation of New Orleans funk, a JD Twitch compilation of German post punk or a random Rockabilly compilation I found at a pawn shop, it’s all fair game as long as love it or find it interesting.
That brings me to my record collection which still has some of that stuff, I have some hard-to-find soundtracks on vinyl and a bunch of other random things from some of my favourite bands or hip hop acts but it’s mainly comprised of 12 inches. Music I can only get on vinyl and music that I have to have on vinyl, are mainly techno, house, disco and re-edits and the re-edits cover quite a broad scope of music.
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 fifteenth round of the KONTRAST Mini-Mix Series will run from February 6th to 27th, with an exclusive podcast from each artist along with a short interview to get to know them better.
Mini-Mix Series #15: