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DJ pro le: Lady K
DJ Lady K dishes the dirt on her musical inspirations and tells
us why she's looking forward to playing at Tropical Fruits.
Did you come from a musical family? What's your
earliest musical memory?
Not at all! My folks didn't really push a musical agenda...
unless you count ABBA as an agenda. My earliest musical
memory is probably singing along to the Bangles on Video
Hits! I do remember learning what headphones are!
What was the rst album you bought and why? How
have your tastes changed since then?
Oh God. I think it was East 17. I can say that my tastes
have changed considerably since then -- a lot more house
music and less East 17.
What was your rst gig in the biz? How did it play
My rst gig was just an after-party following one of the
Saturday Night jaunts in Perth about 10 years ago. I guess
it went OK - everybody stayed at least, but I remember
being nervous and that I couldn't stop my hands from
shaking trying to put the needles on my records.
What makes for a great dance track?
For me, anything melodic with bulky drums and vocals
is always good. The kind of track that will ll someone's
heart as well as a dance space. I really love it when a
dance oor feels excited and like everyone's owing
on the same level. I love it being uni ed, energetic,
fun and a bit sexy, that's the kind of vibe that I try
and shoot for.
What are you looking forward to about playing at
Tropical Fruits NYE?
I'm looking forward to being part of such an
incredible party! Tropical Fruits New Year's Eve has
got such a magical vibe, and to be able to play the
kind of music that means a lot to me in a crowd with
that kind of energy is what it's all about. I'm looking
forward to playing with Kitty Glitter and Murray
Hood, and de nitely to celebrating New Year's Eve
with the fruity family.
Tropical Fruits' Thomas Churchyard's
family was always throwing parties and he
"loved being at the centre of the festivities.
I was mostly in charge of playing the music and
making sure the guests were entertained and kept
amused!" he recalls.
"My earliest party memory involved helping
my dad to organise my tenth birthday party, and
ensuring that the appropriate games including
'Pin the Tail on the Donkey' were ready. But my
favourite game was 'Pass the Parcel' because there
was music involved!"
Is there any wonder that Churchyard was to
become involved in the party industry? ese
days he's a linchpin in the LGBT social group
He rst began volunteering for the community
organisation in 2005 helping with party bump
ins, setting up decorations and construction, a
role he says he "loved for many years". en when
Tropical Fruits beloved Aunty Erif passed away,
omas stepped into a more permanent role.
"Prior to the departure of our beloved Aunty
Erif, many conversations were had with her
surrounding the need for me to 'step up' and
help ll the void that would soon be created by
her passing ," says omas. " is for me set in
stone my exciting future with Tropical Fruits. In
2009 I moved my main focus with Fruits to being
involved more heavily in the administration
and event co-ordination side. I am now the
Production Assistant being trained to ll the shoes
of the current Event Co-ordinator Marie Reily," A
role he says he nds "extremely rewarding" as it
allows him to "give back to the fabulous LGBT
Churchyard describes Tropical Fruits as "a
totally delicious self-funding, independent and
voluntary organisation. We hold regular events
throughout the year, providing opportunities for
our diverse members, guests and family to get
together and celebrate in the beautiful Rainbow
Region. It is a safe, fun, inclusive and glamorous
community that welcomes all!"
One such event is the annual New Year's Eve
party. is year the theme is "gold" and omas
believes that the punters will enjoy every minute
of the festivities which includes cabaret, roving
artists, art exhibitions, reworks and of course
music and DJs to keep the whole night pumping
into the New Year.
When asked to describe his own ideal New
Year -- omas is quick to quip "Gold New Year's
Festival 2010! Head to this year's festival and you
will witness my ideal New Year's Eve!"
When asked what he hopes people will take
away from the party omas replies:
"A feeling of inclusion, a sense of belonging,
and leave with loads of Fruity LOVE in their
Tropical Fruits Gold Party
December 31 2010
The pot of gold lies at the end of the
rainbow as Tropical Fruits presents GOLD
-- the 2010 New Year's Festival at the
Lismore Showgrounds from December 31.
In a staggering display of opulence and
grandeur, faeries, lipsticks, twinks, bears and bois
will come together in a celebration of glitter and
gold. In the embrace of the Tropical Fruits spirit,
all labels are shredded at the door, as we dance
into an imagined future as one.
At the intersection of technology and romance,
steam power will deliver brilliant beats to those
seeking the precious alchemy of head and feet in
the GOLD, INDUSTRIA and VAULT dance
spaces. Watch the famous jewels of the Tropical
Fruits reworks as they tinsel the dark expanse of
the night sky.
Come experience the mysterious wonders of
the freak show while exploring the dark corners
of Side-Show Alley and view the potent richness
of the annual Art Exhibition and ueer Fruits
Film Festival. Diamond Lil's Cabaret will dazzle
and delight while showcasing the talents of the
Northern Rivers and beyond.
To recover from the smelting of the New Year's
sun, dive into the dripping luxury of the Pool
Party. Once there, sexy sounds will keep your cogs
spinning and deliver you to the Recovery BBQ
and Party: the fantastic nal irtation with your
New Year's adventure.
Don't forget that camping and volunteering are
also dynamic ways to intensify your experience
and prolong your hold of the Tropical Fruits
What: Tropical Fruits presents GOLD -- New
Year's Festival 2010
Where: Lismore Showgrounds
When: Camping December 27th-January 3rd.
New Years Party December 31st 8pm-
6am, Pool Party January 1st 10am-4pm,
Recovery Party January 1st 4pm-1:30am
With: DJ Henri, Sveta, Seymour Butz, Lady K,
Kitty Glitter, Murray Hood, Sammy G, Pete
Underwood, Lee Smith, Renee Stanton.
Live performances from Blush Foundation,
Shiny Shiny + more tba.
Go for Gold
See what the Tropical Fruits have in store for you this New Year.
Have a fruity new year
Production manager Thomas Churchyard talks, party planning and
having a Gold New Year
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