A few months ago we featured the Nerang Recordings as our first label space feature on Zone Focus. The mix and the article on the site was a great success and so I’m happy to present the next part of that feature, a more personal interview with Nerang boss, DJ Whipr Snipr. I first became aware of the producer’s work in early 2017 when I began publishing articles on Lo-Fi/Leftfield electronic music. I was particularly impressed by the drive and passion that Whipr Snipr had in his work and followed his productions and label releases closely. Later on this year, I started speaking with the Whipr Snipr and soon after he was featured on our first Compositions EP. I caught up with the Australian producer for 5 minutes to find out more about him…
ZF: Dj Whipr Snipr is a very curious alias, how did you come up with it?
WS: I build and maintain golf courses for a living. A main tool for the apprentices is a whipper snipper. So that’s where the name stems from, plus a friend saying its too funny not to have it as a name once I mentioned it.
ZF: Which came first for you, producing or DJing?
Do you prefer one medium more over the other?
WS: Producing came first and will always prefer it, but I do love DJing. To make something from scratch is something else though. I love the method behind it.
ZF: Where do you get your main inspiration for producing?
WS: Other Aussie battlers crunching out tunes day by day. They really get me inspired to keep going that’s for sure. There’s so much talent in Australia at the moment.
ZF: Would you classify yourself as a Lo-Fi House artist or something different?
WS: I guess so. I do love making other types of House but don’t publish much but at the moment. yes for sure I’d say my music is at least some form of Lo-Fi
ZF: What is the music scene like in Australia at the moment?
WS: Where I live its a bit plain but an hour away from where I live its getting better. We are getting artists who would never usually play gigs in Queensland only in Melbourne and Sydney for example. We’ve had Route 8 play recently and a few years back promoters wouldn’t have even bothered with Queensland. The music itself in Australia though, it’s amazing in my eyes, so many producers are doing their own thing, that’s why so many go unheard of. We all know the ones who are kicking ass and they’re doing it hard. Rudolf C is one of those people!
ZF: Which clubs do you like to play at and why?
WS: I’m on the gold coast commercial capital of music, so I don’t play gigs here, only for friends parties and gatherings. The clubs here I wouldn’t even want to play at, but I’m about to start playing fortnightly at a venue in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, on a rooftop bar. I’m pretty keen to see how that goes and also I’m going to do a tour of New Zealand when the weather warms up on this side of the world soon.
ZF: Can you tell me about your DJ setup?
Does this influence the way you play to audiences?
WS: It depends on what I’m playing. If it’s a live set I feel more focused on what I’m doing than what the audience is doing. I’m always conscious of what the audience reactions are, with a DJ set I feel I can have a bit more fun, sit back and really get into the party. I love both platforms I use to play live.
ZF: If you could offer one piece of advice to new DJ/Producers what would it be?
WS: Don’t stop. Commit all your spare time to making music. If you’re not having fun doing it, quit while you’re ahead. It’s all about fun and love.
Thank you to DJ Whipr Snipr for his contributions to the alternative dance music scene and for speaking to us today!