Irish born, Melbourne based DJ Searsha has gifted Arteq with the 30th podcast and woah, it's beautiful. In typical Searsha form, she takes the listener through a deep storyline. The destination? Well, that's up to you.
Enjoy 79 minutes of etheral techno, progressive house, and soul lifting electronic music.
Searsha, thank you so much. You are incredible. What a set. We look forward to hosting you at an Arteq event in the near future.
"Searsha" is derived from the Gaelic word "Saorise" meaning freedom, liberty.
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What direction did you take on the podcast?
I generally begin my sets with some Melodic house, upping the BPM as I move to more of a Progressive house vibe, then taking it back down again towards the end, I never really stick to one genre. That way I feel I can take listeners on a journey. Tribal Progressive house is definitely my favourite genre to play, but I always tend to play something a little softer to begin with. The opening track is in my opinion the most important track in a set especially if you are reaching listeners on Soundcloud. If I play a set and the opening track doesn’t grab me I tend to put something else on. As a DJ you have one opportunity to get a listener hooked! I love to play beautiful Ethereal, Melodic music, a track without melody loses me.
Why did you start DJ'ing?
One of my friends pushed me into it haha, I will be forever grateful to him! He DJ’s and I was always sending him awesome tracks I found. One day he wrote back, said I had awesome taste in music and that I should give it a go. That day I went to Store DJ with my housemate to price a controller and ended up walking out with one, as they say, the rest is history! I had contemplated making the leap a few times, I just needed someone to give me that final push :)
What has been your favourite DJ set & why?
I discovered Sean & Dee during lock down and they got me through some very challenging times, this set in particular - www.soundcloud.com/weareseananddee/podcast-030-august-2020
Their track selection is so consistent and their production is perfection!
Tell us a bit about Searsha.
Searsha made her debut at Burning Man 2017, it was such an incredible way to begin my career as a DJ. The feedback I got was overwhelming, especially when people found out it was my debut set, buying my controller just 4mths before! Playing at Dragon dreaming the following year was another highlight of my career, it was my Australian doof-debut, and an unforgettable feeling :) 3.5yrs later and I am almost at 100k plays on Soundcloud.
I never really felt that I excelled at anything until I started DJing, it has given me a newfound feeling of confidence that I never had before, so the journey has been life changing in more ways than one.
There’s 10 minutes left before the world self destructs, what song do you put on?
Jeremy Olandar - Billinghurst, there’s something about this track that really pulls at my heart strings, so much emotion, I never tire of listening to it :)
What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
Doofs!! I feel like Covid has given me a new sense of immense gratitude for things we take for granted. Being on the dancefloor at a festival surrounded my my tribe is my idea of Heaven :) I’ve been to 2 small gatherings in the last couple of months and we were all so grateful to be able to share that space again. I can’t wait to experience that in a bigger setting.
Is there anything on your mind that you would like to say?
Music of all genres is so therapeutic and EDM is no different. A girl I met recently told me that my music got her through Covid, it was such a special moment for me. DJs and producers are sound healers in their own right, something we don’t often think about or recognise ;)
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