Neroli reckons she was born with music in her soul. The people who fill her dancefloor every weekend at Australia’s biggest clubs and festivals can’t quite explain her magic, but they know they’re left hypnotized after a musical dose. There’s a certain indefinable energy when the talented spinner takes to the dex and it goes much deeper than the frothing pit of anticipation from the hipshakers below. Some DJs play records, others go further and captivate their audience.
A 15year veteran of the dance music industry, Queensland’s no.1 female DJ Neroli knows the route to musical satisfaction isn’t as simple as beat mixing two tracks together; it’s about tapping into the dancefloor’s groove and gradually building the anticipation towards a screaming climax. Indeed, anyone who’s been lucky enough to witness one of her performances will agree; dancing isn’t optional, it’s a necessity.
It’s a sixth sense for entertaining that Neroli has cultivated since a young age, having cut her teeth playing guitar and learning percussion since she was 11 years old. She’d first find herself behind the dex in 1993, after a friend – aware of her mammoth record collection – asked her to DJ at a dance party they were holding. With a natural ear for programming, she came up trumps over 5 hours – throwing down an energetic mix of house, trance and Euro dance to a massive response. Neroli was hooked and so were they.
What’s followed has been a remarkable snowball effect that’s showed no signs of slowing down. A multi-faceted artist, Neroli fronted Brisbane-based band Velour between 1995-99 as their guitarist and lead vocalist, all the while building up an impressive DJ following thanks to her patented style of groove-ridden house, disco and electro.
An in demand spinner throughout Australia and her home state of Queensland, there aren’t many place where Neroli hasn’t devastated a dancefloor. She’s held down residencies at Brisbane’s iconic superclub Family and Gold Coast’s Platinum for seven and four years respectively. She’s also been a constant at The Wickham, as well as regularly playing interstate at Sydney’s Bitch, Sleaze Ball 2007, Lucious, Toybox, Adelaide’s Earth and Melbourne’s famed Onelove, Q Bar and The Market, & DTPM Sydney. Neroli Also has 6 Hed Kandi support gigs to add to her ever expanding bio.
Her regular festival appearances have seen her smash crowdsat Good Vibrations, Future Music Festival, Summafieldayze, Parklife and Mardi Gras. Her list of world-class international supports is no less impressive, with Neroli’s smooth skills on display supporting the likes of Sister Bliss, Armand van Helden, Studio B, Martin Solveig, Tom Neville, Stonebridge, among many others.
No surprise that she’s twice polled in ITM50’s prestigious DJ poll in 2007 and ’08, peaking at no.34 in Australia and no.7 in Queensland, making her the most successful female DJ in the state’s history.
Internationally, Neroli continues to garner kudos. On three occasions she’s completed a successful European and Asian tour, rocking crowds throughout London, Manchester, Ibiza, Sweden, Barcelona, Singapore and beyond. Additionally she reinforced her global presence by attending key industry events, including the 2009 Amsterdam Dance Conference and Spain’s behemoth Sonar Festival.
Her crowd moving skills were also acknowledged by hip Italian fashion label Mamuut, with the DJ set to stroke the Pioneers at a series of fashion shows shortly.
Stepping away from the dex and towards the microphone, Neroli has augmented her DJ achievements by co-hosting the Wild FM radio show on Brisbane’s 94.9 with Harry K throughout 2005 and ‘06. She’s also flexed her promoting muscle by co-organising the sellout event Neroli & Bitch present Bitch Brisbane recently. Such was the success of the event, more Neroli Presents gigs are in the works.
With an eye for the dancefloor and an ear for butt-shaking beats, Neroli plans to extend her involvement in the industry via productions, with the talented lady bunkering down in the studio to craft her own tracks over the coming months. And one thing is for certain; if the tunes are anywhere near as exciting as her inimitable DJing skills, the results are set to be devastating
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