ORIGINAL PRINCI MATERIAL
I know less about the Canberra DJ scene than I know about what my doctor will say before he performs my first rectal exam, but I know considerably more about it (the former) after talking to Princi. Princi is a Canberra DJ who has been playing the rounds for a couple of years and has organised, with the help of three other acts – Bricksta, BC Schtang and Nick Clarke – to launch a track at Canberra’s new ‘it’ venue, The Clubhouse.
Billed as a night flowing from deep house to dubstep, the line-up features the launch of an original Princi track, Nostalgia, and signature remixes of the track from DJ prodigy Bricksta and Clubhouse resident-cum-regulars, BC Schtang. I pressed Princi for his rationale for the event. Turns out there’s much more to it than just one track.
“At the moment there’re so many awesome tunes coming out of Canberra; some really talented dudes, and a lot of it’ll be like – chuck it on SoundCloud and show their Facebook friends. It’ll have 50 plays – that’s it. This awesome track.”
It suddenly occurred to me how many good Canberran tunes are floating at 50 or so plays on SoundCloud because of my friends.
“While it is billed as my EP,” Princi went on, “ideally we wanted to use it as sort of a trial to create a platform for local producers to put stuff out.”
Before sitting down with Princi, I had never considered the prospect of a DJ community in Canberra. The more he elaborated on his experiences in the scene, the more I was convinced this event is considerably significant. When I pressed Princi further, he lamented the scene’s lack of foundations, of networks and exposure. “The trouble is you have to be DJing and getting gigs... There are awesome producers who only play once or twice a month so they don’t really know the whole community.”
“So why The Clubhouse?” I asked.
“There’s support for the whole concept of original music,” Princi replied simply.
While one launch at one venue in Canberra may not seem groundbreaking, it’s the kind of event of which Canberrans should be deeply proud. My image of Canberra DJs as providers of palatable but forgettable club noise has already been altered by what I’ve witnessed at The Clubhouse, but to know that DJs like Princi, Bricksta and BC Schtang are the force behind the change is a source of pride.
However, if you’re not on board with fundamentally reshaping the way Canberra responds to its ever-expanding dance scene, there’s still reason to go. A man who has played the stage at Foreshore is supporting and if you get in early and get lucky, Princi’s giving away 100 free download codes for the EP.
To use a line of my cousin’s: “Come home with me. It’s the right thing to do.”
Now substitute “home” for The Clubhouse.
Princi’s track drops at The Clubhouse on Friday September 30, with Nick Clarke, Bricksta and BC Schtang offering support. Tickets are $10 at the door.