Comrade Dubs in DJ competition
IN THE PAST Southern Cross University students have fared well in the ACAA’s National Campus Band Competition. Two years ago Lismore’s Downstairs Mix-up won the gong. Once again SCU has proved a fruitful breeding ground for musical talent, only this time in the national Campus DJ competition.
Education student Joe Lorback aka Comrade Dubs took his skills to the national finals at the Royal Melbourne Hotel and came third. This is quite an achievement for a DJ who broke convention.
"I play dub and dancehall," Joe said.
This apparently was a change of pace compared with the electronic minimal beats and mainstream tunes played by most of his competitors. The competition, which took place last Thursday, was held at the RMIT end- of-exams party where the finalists competed by playing support to Ministry of Sound master Grant Smillie.
About 30 university and TAFE student unions got behind the competition. Joe told Pulse it wasn’t as cut- throat in NSW as it was in Melbourne. Joe was given 20 minutes to impress the judges and a crowd of about 800 and confessed he had to carefully plan his set.
"See, my angle is that I play a lot of songs in quite a small amount of time," he told Pulse. "I play about 22 or 23 songs in the 20-minute slot."
Joe has been a DJ for four or five years when he started collecting vinyl. This year he moved to the North Coast to do his Diploma of Education at SCU and will be finished by the end of the year.
"You have to be more pro-active up here when trying to get gigs," he said of the move.
But it seems the exposure from the competition has already earned him a foot in the door. On Monday night Comrade Dubs played at an SCU surf comp after-party and he also has scored a gig at the Unibar.