By Scott-Patrick Mitchell
Fresh-faced. Twenty five years old. Australia’s number one house DJ. Yes, Andy Murphy is all these things, and more.
As a OneLove resident for nearly three years, Murphy has risen to the top of Australian DJs, leading the way with a sound that is crisp and fun. He’s also spearheading numerous OneLove CDs, appearing on the newly released Mobile Disco alongside John Dahlback and The Bang Gang DJs.
Murphy took some time out to chat about the new CD and the upcoming sounds for summer.
What goes into a good mix CD?
You’ve got to get a balance. You want a lot of favourites on there, but I also try and get a couple of my favourites on there. I want to put a few of the favourite tracks from OneLove over the last few months — of the club, and the people who go there — and then I put a few of my favourite up-and-coming tracks that I think will be big in the coming months.
What are the highlights for listeners?
I’d love them to listen to my first solo single, which is on there, but I also love the new Calvin Harris track and for an oldie that’s been redone, the Fedde Le Grand remix of Praise You is really good.
What can you tell us about your new single?
I guess the sound is very similar to an Afrojack sound. It’s my first solo single and it’s just a good little party track which is coming out in the next month. But it’s previewed on the CD.
Any predictions as to what the sound of this summer is going to be all about?
I’m hoping all this noise is over, all this noisy music. I’m hoping it’s big club house and disco. A lot of disco house is coming in, big house tracks with elements of disco and I’m hoping it’s bringing the fun back onto a dance floor, rather than the moshing, headbanging noise that was occurring over the past year.
Do you have any predictions for the sound in the coming decade?
I hope mixings get a bit smarter. I hope a bit more melody and a bit more music is going to come back into the tune in the future, rather than the standard headbanging stuff that was happening.
Do you have a best festival story or horror story you can share with us?
Last year’s Stereosonic in Perth. It was the last Stereosonic of the tour and I overdid it, a bit of an excess happening there. I managed to lose my digital camera, my laptop, my leather jacket… everything except my records, thank God. I got them back a month later so they turned up. I frantically woke up the next day and I’m like, “Oh my God, I don’t even have my bag, I don’t even have my laptop, where is everything?” So that’s a bit of a festival horror story. Really good times.
How does that happen exactly?
I think I was having a little bit too much fun.
info: OneLove Mobile Disco is available now through Sony Music.