That Flour Child Sound
Get to know our resident DJ at Flour Child, Deniel Briers
Deniel is our resident DJ at Flour Child. He joined us shortly after we opened bringing a fresh sound and a whole lot of character!
He has journeyed all the way from South Africa to join us here in Melbourne. From the opening act at the Ministry of Sound concert to hosting yacht parties in Cape York, he has done it all! We asked him to tell us a bit about his experiences, here’s what he had to say:
Your background: Where are you from, how long you have been in Australia for, and what made you want to come here?
I’m was born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa, and lived there up until 2 years ago. A new opportunity landed on my doorstep and I decided to move to Australia and see what the city of Melbourne had to offer. Melbourne reminds me very much of Cape Town and so far, it has been an incredible experience and I haven’t looked back since.
Where did you get your passion for music? When?
I started DJ-ing in 1999 in Cape Town with 50 records in my bag. The dance music scene in Cape Town was at its absolute peak and heavily focused on uplifting Trance. It was laser lights, strobe lights, smoke machines, and literal sweat dripping from the walls – the music was going mental and the rave had arrived. Although the majority of the time I played Trance, like some of favorites tracks and “now” classic, Push – Strange World (Listen here), Three Drives On A Vinyl – Greece 2000 (Listen here), Atlantis Vs Avatar – Fiji (Listen here) I always leaned towards the more progressive sounds. In 2000 I moved into the underground scene of Deep House, Progressive and Techno. It was the likes of Sasha, Digweed, Nick Warren, Deep Dish, and Junkie XL that drove my outlook on music forward. Through the years my taste has slightly expanded into new sub-genres like Electronica, Afro House and Downtempo, but at its core, there will always be a connection back to where it all started. I will forever love the melodic sounds and driving baselines.
What do you love about music the most?
I love the escape music provides, I can listen to a song and forget about everything in the world and embracing the journey of sound.
What’s your favourite genre of music?
I have a varied list of genres that I enjoy… of course, electronic music with all its sub-genres will always be number one, but I also enjoy listening to alternative rock, classical, and Synth-pop; which inevitably paved the way for house & techno.
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you hear it?
Without a doubt my all-time favorite would be Sasha – Xpander (Listen here). Back in 1999 it was vinyl and your collection was used to its full extent; the records were played over and over and to this day it never gets old.
What’s your current favourite track?
I think nowadays the ease of the internet and the vast number of producers we are spoilt with choice. It’s difficult to have a favorite with the multitude of tracks that get released daily. If I would have to choose it would be Zoo Brazil – Dance With Me (Listen here)… I’m sure in a few weeks from now there will be another.
What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ? As an attendee?
Opening for Jerome Isma-ae for his Ministry of Sound World Tour was by far the greatest DJ experience, there is nothing like opening for one of your heroes. There was a crowd of 2000 people in front of me feeding off of every track I played. As an attendee, it must have been Hï Ibiza in 2019. It was amazing to see a fellow countryman, Black Coffee, established himself as a true heavyweight in Ibiza over the past two years. It was a complete immersion in the tribal sophistication he has created.
What was your involvement in the music scene in Cape Town before coming to Australia?
Besides the club gigs, tours, and festivals, I hosted a radio show on Mutha FM for 7 years. In also hosted a series of Yacht Parties over the summer season in Cape Town. There is nothing better than a sunny day out on the ocean with the wind in your hair, playing music for a fun crowd whilst hitting back a few tequilas.
How did you get involved with Flour Child?
I live close by and saw the space being build. Once they opened their doors in early Jan 2020, I popped in for a quick beer to see what the fuss was about. My first impression immediately took me back to the bars of Cape Town. Without being biased the space is really impressive compared to the rest of the strip. There is an added level of sophistication that I haven’t seen in St Kilda before. Whilst having a beer I spotted the DJ booth in the back and after chatting to one of the managers one thing led to another and boom the week after I played my first set … fast forward a few months and now I have a resident slot on Friday’s – Sunday’s.
Do you play the same music here you played back in Cape Town?
Yes, my music style hasn’t changed since 2000. The only thing that has would be the tempo, it has slowed down considerably since the early days. I think the tempo dip might be the backlash against fast-moving song releases but to me, it expands the listening pleasure… I find that with the slower tempo the breadth of sounds expands and we can hear all the subtle producing technics that would be lost on a faster tempo.
What aspect of Flour Child do you love the most?
I love the atmosphere that created within the space, it reminds me of home and travels . . . sometimes I forget that I’m in Melbourne. The view of the sun setting through the palm trees is something to witness too.
What’s your favourite pizza on the menu?
I love a good Margherita and Flour Child’s is up there with the best. If I feel like something more adventurous I go with the Mortadella with added chili flakes, its delicious!
What’s your favourite cocktail on the menu?
Ohhh this is a tricky one but I have to say the White Chocolate & Watermelon, it’s nice and refreshing.
We can’t wait till we are allowed to get back into the venue for another killer night! Until then, why not enjoy Flour Child at home?