return to Cherry bar in Melbourne's AC/DC Lane > March 5 & 6, 2013
Rock DJ Paul Miles
was a leading Rock'n'Roll DJ in Melbourne, Australia.
held a Saturday night DJ residency at
Cherry bar in AC/DC Lane, Melbourne city from 2005 to 2010, following the opening
two-year DJ residency at Back
in the Day nightclub.
Paul Miles energized Melbourne rock bars, nightclubs, and
live band venues for many years, pumping the upbeat rock classics that
have been the soundtrack to so many fun times of our lives, as well
as modern rock songs for creating great new memories.
loyal following enjoyed his seven-hour sets laced with ‘sub-culture hero’ songs
covering a large variety of rock'n'roll genres including glam, punk, rockabilly,
metal, mod, and of course hard rock. This signature style saw rock
club crowds partying all night long to a celebratory journey through
the coolest rock’n'roll music ever made.
have also been rocked by his DJ sets at favourite Melbourne live music
venues like The Espy, Ding Dong, Prince of Wales, HiFi Bar & Ballroom,
the Corner Hotel, and The Tote, where he’s also fired-up crowds while
introducing bands to the stage as the night’s emcee.
it’s new cuts from the freshest home-grown talent, or tracks from the
biggest international rock icons from all over the world, Rock DJ Paul
Miles always played a powerful, ever-changing selection of the absolute greatest
rock hits and timeless album tracks
that crowds loved.
Miles certainly knows his rock and the uplifting songs that keep the
girls dancin' and the guys groovin' for a great night out.
What is a Rock DJ?
DJ is a disc jockey that plays rock and pop music regularly at nightclubs.
Most club DJs specialise in electronic dance music (known as ‘doof-doof’
by those who dislike it), using techniques such as beatmatching and
scratching to manipulate and mash sound recordings. Unlike electronic
club DJs, rock DJs rarely alter the original sound recording made by
the artist, instead preferring to place the main focus on the actual
song or artist.
of the music played by rock DJs is based on rock music, although many
other types of genres are incorporated. Usually they will play well-known
hits that are popular on the dance-floor, as well as lesser-known, more
obscure records, mainly for the purpose of promoting a new song or artist.
Rock DJs are sometimes called Indie DJs where independent music tends
to be played in the majority.
of the rock DJ lies in the creation of an innovative play-list during
the course of the club night. This is done by finding commonalities
and contrasts between the records or artists, such as genre, tempo,
beat, background, origin of the record, mood & feeling, etc.
goal of the rock club DJ is similar to that of the electronic club DJ:
to promote good music and keep the dance-floor moving.
majority of people go to rock clubs and bars to have a good time while
hearing bands and songs they know and love – so I usually played tracks
to please the majority in the venue. It wasn't unusual to hear squeals
of delight as people recognised familiar opening riffs of their favourite
rock tracks in my sets.
be a great Rock DJ you can't just stand in a booth and play self-indulgent
records. My obsession with rock music and deep musical memory enabled
me to create an emotionally-powerful mix of songs spanning the entire
history of rock. I'm a rock music aficionado who knows and understands
how the different rock music styles make people react on the dance-floor.
Each to their own, but I preferred DJing to a rock crowd consuming alcohol,
rather than a techno crowd consuming water – bar managers also loved
plenty of intuition, experience and skill required to keep a rock or
alternative dance-floor packed all night while keeping the music diverse
and interesting. It’s a challenge judging what song to play next to
keep rotating momentum. (Recognising the opening riff is all important
to those on the floor; rockers can be very conservative on a dance-floor.)
5. I have
a passion for sharing musical pleasure and love to introduce people
to new music and bands. But a song that no-one knows can empty a rock
dance-floor within a minute (as much as drinkers at the bar may enjoy
it), so it all depends what is played either side of it. I tended to play
the lesser-known tracks earlier in my sets as warm-up selections.
songs are the real stars, so I didn’t mess with them too much at all
– I happily left scratching records to others. As the night’s DJ, I
hand-picked the juiciest works from hundreds of the world’s coolest and
most talented musicians and distilled it into a uniquely concentrated
performance that always hit the spot.
many Rock DJs just play random tracks without giving any thought to how those
tracks fit together. I always tried to build the night steadily and
play tracks that connected together or worked my bridging to take things
in a particular direction musically – I found that kept the crowd partying,
instead of bailing and going home.
irks me when Dance DJs look down on Rock DJs who play songs by bands
rather than the latest mixes of white labels. The music styles might
be different, but the aims are essentially the same: to wow the
dance-floor and keep them grooving all night long. Remember that not
everyone likes house, trance, acid, drum 'n' bass, hip hop, etc.
I was a performer in a band, I approached my DJ sets in a very similar
way. I was there to entertain and create an atmosphere. It was about feeling
the audience, connecting with them, and communicating with them for
anything between four and seven hours at a time. A mastery of crowd
psychology is required to know what makes a crowd tick so they smile,
laugh, dance and go nuts!
loved to do things my way and have fun with my DJing. Fun in the booth
meant I could best create and drive the energy through the venue and onto
the dance-floor. Let the good times roll I say – Cheers!