About DJ Snoopdoggydogpossum
About my DJing
I started dancing in Brisbane, Australia in about 1998, then moved to Melbourne in 2001, where I started DJing in 2005. Now I live in Sydney where I DJ mostly for lindy hoppers and occasionally balboa dancers. I’m the house DJ at Harlem here in Sydney. I do the odd large camps and exchange in other Australian cities during the year, and have recently become an International DJ.
I was a staff DJ at the Herrang Dance Camp in 2014, 2015, and 2016. So I feel I’ve pretty much won the jackpot. I was a guest DJ in Korea at the Authentic Jazz Weekend in 2015, and a volunteer DJ at the Snowball in Sweden 2015/2016. In 2015 I DJed at MLX in November in Melbourne, at SLX in Sydney in October, and… at some other places during the year that I can’t remember. Later in 2016 I will be a staff DJ at Seoul Lindyfest, at MLX, and at Sweet n Hot (Melbourne).
I like hot jazz and swing music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, but I also really like modern bands who recreate the sounds of those periods. I also have a shocking memory, so I’m always pleasantly surprised when I ask a DJ “What’s this great song?” and discover that I already own a copy of LCJO’s CJam Blues. I figure this excuses my overplaying particular songs in my collection. I also hope it explains my delight in songs which most of us have heard a million times before, rather than indicating a lack of imagination.
This drawing is a portrait my friend Scott Fraser drew of me for a birthday card, and I think it captures my DJing style. In a metaphoric sense, of course. The only vinyl I own is a collection of Stone Roses 12″ records, and the only martial arts I know involve paintings of generals on ponies. It is, however, an entirely accurate representation of my fashion sense. If vinyl is still cool, then I feel the wide-legged trouser is still ok.
DJing for the radio
I was interviewed on a Swedish swing dance radio show in January 2016, immediately after DJing, so I was full of adrenaline and lols.
In June 2011 I was a Yehoodi Radio Guest DJ (you can see the set details here).
DJing for the radio: did like, would do again.
DJ management (aka Head DJ and DJ coordinator)
- Head DJ. Melbourne Swing Festival 2013, 2011, 2010.
- Head DJ. Melbourne Lindy Exchange 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006.
- Head DJ. Sydney Swing Festival 2009.
- Head DJ. Sydney Lindy Exchange 2009.
If you’ve never DJed for dancers and would like to start, you might be interested in the post Starting DJing in Sydney: Some Basic Tips.
I like putting together programs of DJed music which suit the event organisers’ musical goals but which also let DJs show off their best action. I believe in the best possible working conditions for all volunteers and DJs at dance events, and am quite happy to speak at length on this topic. Or any other topic, really.
Listen to me DJ!
If you’d like to hire me for a gig, drop me a line [dogpossum at dogpossum dot org].