Each week, ARIA highlights one of the DJs that contributes to the Top 50 Club Tracks Chart.
Discovering house music around the year 2000, Canberran Ashley Feraude fast became a fixture in the night clubs around his hometown, earning him the title 'the gentleman of disco'.
He’s supported the likes of Sasha, Axwell, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Kaskade, LTJ Bukem, Cut Copy, Flume, PNAU and appeared on the Hed Kandi, One Love and Ministry of Sound tours.
Feraude also records original productions under the alias Magnifik. He has three full length albums under his belt and numerous entries onto the ARIA Club Charts.
1. Tell us about your style of music...
My style of music crosses many genres, but my general rule is keep it soulful and with a solid groove.
2. What makes a set by you unique?
I make my sets rich in feel good emotions. Staying away from any filler tracks, I aim for melodic tracks that build energy and plenty of smiles over the length of the set.
3. What's your guaranteed floor-filler?
Depends where and who I’m playing for, but let’s say a classic like ‘Little L’ by Jamiroquai never goes wrong or ‘Expressing What Matters’ by Disclosure.
4. You have to step away from the booth for a break, what's your go-to long song?
The Boris Musical Mix of ‘Sing It Back’ by Moloko goes for 9min and 30 seconds. That’s enough time to take a break, catch up with friends, have a bit to eat, call my mum and still have time to get back to the decks.
5. What would be your ultimate music collaboration?
I would love to work on one of my Magnifik productions with Channel Tres. What a style legend and amazing production too.
6. What is the most rewarding part of being a DJ?
That I get paid to share my love of music with people. Corny but true.
7. Can you share any tips for people who want to become a DJ?
Think less about yourself and more about the people you’re playing for, and don’t forget about the the staff at the venue. Once you connect with them on a musical level, then add your personal style, and you can’t fail.