Smile on Impact
A friend of the Dat Phat crew Smile on Impact has been rocking Melbourne for a long time. A brain so full of music knowledge that he has his own tv show teaching young up and coming producers how to hone their craft. He is well known for producing some pretty damn heavy tracks including some within the genre he coined laser crunk, i could see this kicking off after everyone has finished being OG Trap Fiends. I had a quick chat to SOI about everything music including how he came to finding such a wicked name.
K: So how did it all begin?
S: I started sequencing with a shareware program called Fasttracker 2, when I was 15. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FastTracker_2 A friend gave it to me on a floppy disc. I bought a Pentium 100 second hand for $400 and that was my first computer. I used to record my tracks to tape and then listen to them on my walkman on the bus to school.
K: Where did the name come from?
S: I just wanted a name that could be the title of a movie, a novel, a piece of software, a band or anything. Trying to get away from the whole ‘DJ hardarse’, ‘Audiophonisism’ or ‘First Name-Last Initial’ kinda thing. I guess it’s also about personal power and never letting any situation interfere with ones happiness.
K: Who’s throwing the best parties at the moment?
S: I decline to answer such an incriminating question! ;)
K: What was your first record you bought?
S: The first vinyl I bought would be the ‘Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine’. A great album full of late 80s midi sequencing. Nine Inch Nails went on to be my biggest influence and probably still hold the title of my favourite album being; ‘The Fragile’.
K: Out of all the tunes you have, which one ‘never fails?’
S: I did a bootleg Moombahton edit of ‘Azealia Banks - 212’.
I’ve been playing it for over a year now, in every set. Does not matter if it’s 10pm or 3am. It just works! It’s the opening track from this mixtape from last year. https://soundcloud.com/smileonimpact/110-mitape-demo
K: How big is your vinyl collection? What do you think of CDJ’s?
S: My Vinyl collection is tiny, a few old gems, nothing to DJ with. I came into DJing just around the time vinyl stopped making sense. I love CDJs and am at home with a pioneer set-up.
K: Other DJs you rate?
S: Anyone who has seen Nick Thayer cannot deny his talents. Andy C is also amazing, I love the BIG Drum & Bass shows.
K: Do you pre plan your sets?
S: I pre-plan the big gigs and let it fly on the bar gigs. I think that’s pretty common.
K: What advice would you give to up and coming DJs/Promoters?
S: Unless you are compelled by it, unless you wake up in the morning thinking about it. unless it’s something you have to do with your life, get the fuck outta the way! The market is crowded.
K: Where do you currently play and where can the readers expect to see you perform?
S: I play regularly at First Floor on Brunswick street and House of Maximon in china town, Melbourne.You can also see me do special sets at Bass Parties in Melbourne, Interstate and the occasional Asia club.
If you wanna find out some more info about Smile on Impact Check out his FB and SC accounts!