Last Thursday night was easily one of the greatest shows I’ve ever attended at the Yost Theater. I have been attending HAVOC Thurdays for quite some time now and that night, by far, topped them all. With the line-up tailoring to everyone’s musical desires, I knew that it was going to be absurd beyond belief. Before I was able to get down to some funky Melbourne beats and upbeat progressive house music, I first had to have a one-on-one conversation with one of Australia’s finest Melbourne Bounce producers, Joel Fletcher, to get the dish on what the music scene is like down under.
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TMN: Hey Joel! Nice to finally meet you. Welcome to the States! How was the flight from Australia?
JF: Thanks! Nice to meet you as well. It was an easy flight. I didn’t go to bed when I left Melbourne so I just crashed on the plane for 10 hours. I’m not really jet lagged so it’s great!
TMN: So, now that you’re finally in the U.S., tell me what you are most excited about regarding this tour?
JF: It’s obviously my first trip out here and the scene is really starting to blow up so I’m really looking forward to see how everyone reacts. I believe I have 15 shows on this tour, so I’m just as excited for the 8th show as I am for all of the other shows. But, I’m really looking forward to going shopping!
TMN: Shopping? What do you want to buy out here?
JF: Shoes. Definitely shoes.
TMN: What kind of shoes are we talking about?
JF: Nike’s – as you can see. I have about 20-25 pairs of them back home.
TMN: You beat me on that one because I don’t even own a pair of Nike’s…
JF: (Laughs) Really? I’ll get you a pair.
TMN: You’re the best. Any who, let’s get back on track about music. Did you play any instruments growing up?
JF: Ah, yes. I started playing the drums when I was about 8 years old and stopped when I turned 14 which was about the time I started DJing. There were actually a pair of DJs where I grew up called the Electro Rockers, and they played a lot of progressive house and I guess you can say they really inspired me to start mixing. Continue reading