Pioneer Profiles: In conversation with Millbrook

Pioneer Profiles is a monthly insight into the headlining acts that are game changers in the music industry. From their favourite gigs to their biggest inspirations, delve into their personalised profiles and discover all you need to know. 

 

June Profile: In conversation with Drum and Bass maven, Millbrook.

No stranger to the Drum and Bass scene, Millbrook gives us the inside scoop on his favourite equipment to use on stage, what inspires him most, how he sees the future of DJing and where you can see him live on his NZ tour. 

Tell us about the genre of music you like to play…

I love playing Drum & Bass music. It keeps me engaged and interested with all of its versatility. It simply never gets old.

What inspires you when you're playing music?

The entire idea of being booked at a show and having the responsibility of delivering something that people will remember is always something that motivates and inspires me. I try taking people on a journey of different emotions, by combining the old with the new.

What type of music equipment can be found in your studio/workstation?

I currently own 3 x CDJ 900 and one DJM 900 nexus but I’m planning to upgrade to 2000s soon so I’m closer to my actual setup in a club.

What inspired you to become a DJ?

Being at events and looking at the person up there performing has always impressed me. I’ve had friends in the early days who were DJs and they always seemed to be super outgoing and loved by others. They just had that ‘Hero status’, something I always wanted to have growing up.

What’s been your favourite gig you’ve performed at?

It has to be ‘Get In Step’ Paris. This event had it all. The perfect crowd reaction, an amazing technical setup of lights and DJ gear as well as a fun backstage.

Who is your favourite DJ?

The answer to this question often changes. Right now, I really like watching James Hype do his thing. The way he mixes is so much fun with creative transitions and an overall broad selection of genres and styles.

What is the future of DJing?

I would love to see a future in which the DJ is more involved with the visuals of his own show. As a passionate graphic designer myself, I love designing my own artworks and videos so this is definitely a vision I have for the future of DJing.

Why do you prefer Pioneer DJ gear over others?

I didn’t use Pioneer DJ gear when I first started out. However, the moment I switched to Pioneer I never really looked back at other options. There are so many tools and different setups to be explored that I will never have a need for something else. As a designer, I also just really identify with the brand!

Find all the info on my NZ tour here

 

May Profile:  In conversation with DJ Tim Phin

He’s the Founder and the Owner of New Zealand’s biggest lifestyle magazine brand by day, and a master on the DJ decks by night. Get to know Tim Phin - from his musical influences to his go-to DJ equipment. 

Tell us about the genre of music you like to play...

I play house music in most of its forms. I love to play club beats, tech and have always had a soft spot for deep house!

What inspires you when you're playing music?

It's all about the crowd for me - getting that interaction and response. It’s always rewarding to just be able to play in front of everyone.

What type of music equipment can be found in your studio/workstation?

My Pioneer set-up at home is the same as what I use in clubs. You’ll find two CDJ2000s Nexus and a Nexus Mixers. When performing, I use USBs as I get anxious taking a laptop to gigs - I’m scared I’ll lose or break it. Also, I have a cheeky Serato/Pioneer home set-up DDJ-SR for those pop-up party hot sets. Occasionally, I have been known to break out my vinyl collection of 5,000 records to some legendary house parties.

What inspired you to become a DJ?

I’ve been collecting vinyl since I was 16 so music has been a huge part of my life.

What’s been your favourite gig you’ve performed at?

It has got to be the Our:House festival where I played alongside Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Major Lazer - so epic. 

Who is your favourite DJ?

There are so many great DJ’s out there and I love and respect all of them but my absolute favourite has to be Diplo. His natural flair in creating tunes is pristine.

What is the future of DJing?

Like most industries, music evolves at a very fast pace and so too do its formats - as we have seen with the digital revolution. So, we’ll most likely experience different styles of music, ways of performing and experimentation with different technology.

Why do you prefer Pioneer DJ gear over others?

It’s definitely at an industry standard. It’s sleek and it’s just purely the best in the business. 

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