The 29th Arteq podcast is brought to you by good friend Brenton Chan. Brenton is one of the rising forces in the Melbourne electronic scene, and has an incredible ear for sexy, driving, emotional dance music.
He has been making his mark on the DJ circuit, retaining residencies across some of the hottest Melbourne spots, and for good reason. His sets are tight, and it's an honour to have him share with you all for our latest edition, circa April 2021.
Thank you Brenton, this mix is AMAZING brother!
More from Arteq and Chan below.
What direction did you take on the podcast?
So I’ve had this mix in my headlights for a while now. Want to play the music that I’ve been connecting with over lockdown and this year. I also love a good journey, so I’ve gone with a set that starts with some lower tempo progressive house and moves up through techno, with some emotion and feeling intertwined.
Why did you decide to go this way?
I’ve been listening to a lot of slower music over lockdown and this year, reflective of what I’m vibing at the moment, so wanted to start with some of those tracks. Also a little mix up from what I usually play and what people listen to in clubs. I love listening to a wide range of stuff & I feel like variety is important to explore in music.
What did you use to record this mix?
Been building a good little studio set up in my room, so I used a pioneer XDJ controller, which I recommend for anyone getting into DJing and my Focal Alpha 6.5 inch Studio Monitors.
Why did you start DJ'ing?
To be honest some of the happiest & most transformational moments in my life have come as a result of music and the people I’ve met through music & to be able to contribute to that energy in anyway either on the dance floor or behind the wheels is an honour and a pleasure.
What has influenced & shaped you as an artist?
Dancefloor moments again! Certain sets helped inspire me to get into music. E.g. Solee Rainbow Serpent (2018 I think) & Solomun 8 hour afterparty set. And then in the last few years celebrating and being proud of certain achievements E.g. First time playing at Revolver (a club I’ve had a soft spot for what seems like forever), playing after Solee with my homie Adam Wicks (Cheers to the Day Spa crew who always believe in us and look after us), going overseas and exploring the music scene there is amazing for anyone who loves music. So travelling to Europe/Africa with Rhythm Abroad and the Recovery Collective crew who facilitated international gigs including ADE was definitely career shaping.
Describe the pivotal moment where you wanted to take it next level in your creative journey.
Whilst working in Management Consulting it was always a challenge for me to balance a corporate career that was quite demanding with a passion for music and events. A pivotal moment I can remember was somewhat of a life/career ultimatum. In the middle of 2019 I effectively had to choose between staying in my current job as a management consultant, or committing to a career change that would allow for more flexibility, freedom and music. Fear of failure had held me back in the past, but this time I thought that we live such a blessed life that if I didn’t take the chance to chase my dreams it would haunt me forever. Took a chance and haven’t even thought about looking back since.
There’s 10 minutes left before the world self destructs, what song do you put on?
The Real Slim Shady - Eminem. Or the KFC ad song (I don’t care, I luv it), with hopefully a bucket of friend chicken to watch the world blow up.
Is there anything on your mind that you would like to say?
Big love to the ARTEQ Crew, love your parties and what your doing, thanks for getting me involved, hope to be on the dance floor with you guys ASAP.
Sending love out to everyone, especially homies in music scene and those affected by the last year and a bit, keeping my fingers crossed the future looks bright.
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