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Justin Sane Interview

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Justin Sane is a DJ and music producer who is currently based in Auckland, New Zealand but is making a move to Sydney, Australia.

How did you choose your name?

It was something my friends came up with many years ago, just kind of stuck, helps being called "Justin" too.

What attracted you to your new job in Sydney?

I've been in NZ for 20 years, it's my home but the opportunity to be a senior video producer for such a massive media company in the middle of Sydney is a real draw card.

Will you miss gigging in New Zealand?

Of course and most of all I'll miss all my friends from over the years, such a tight kitted family.

What were your favourite places to play at?

So many to name over the years, I think my favourite was Christchurch Arena to 6,500 odd people but even small more intimate venues have some of the best people.

How many tracks have you released? Do you have any favourites?

About 15-20 original songs and another god knows how many remixes & bootlegs with various labels over the years.

What genres do you play/release?

I'm pretty open-genre these days, so long as it's electronic and has a good beat everything from house, future bass, Lofi and all in between.

How did you get into dJing and how long have you done it?

I started DJing back in the UK in clubs back in 1997 and worked my way over here, it's been a hell of a ride!

How much work is it to host a radio show?

It certainly keeps you busy, back when I hosted Party Hard Mix on The Edge it kept me flying all over the country for many years.

Do you have any international fans?

Yes it's so strange when you hear your tracks overseas, I heard one of our remixes in a shopping mall in Siberia and DJs would send me footage of our tracks being played in their sets around the world.

Did you stream during lock downs? If not, why not?

I did one DJ/VJ stream during the start of the first lockdown and then we concentrated on producing an album so that took most of our time.

Do you have any aspirations?

I'd love to do some live "Justin Sane & Huz" shows, now we're heading to Australia who knows.

Do you have a favorite new track?

I loved the recent collaboration PNAU did with Elton John and Dua Lipa, such a well produced song with the merging of songs and key changes.

Has constantly posting funny jokes on Facebook helped your career?

Hopefully it hasn't harmed it, I'd say it helps people to appreciate you on another level instead of just promotional posts all the time about music.

What advice would you give to new DJs that want to get known?

Don't be afraid to just get out there and do it, and learn to produce music if you really want to go next level, figure out what makes you stand out from the crowd and make it happen. Finally, stay grounded, it's not as hard to do as you think, be humble.

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Justin Sane's track list on Spotify

Justin Sane's track list on Beatport