Murry Sweetpants MURRY SWEETPANTS WAS BIT BY THE MUSIC BUG FROM THE GET GO. AFTER VOLUNTEERING ON THE INFAMOUS EARLY MORNING “SHORT BLACK” PRE-BREAKFAST SHOW, MURRY WAS ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES AS HE WAS ABLE TO TURN HIS DJ HOBBY INTO A FULL TIME JOB. NOW, YOU’LL FIND MURRY ON AIR WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS 4-6PM ON BASEFM DRIVE, OR DJ’ING AT PRIVATE PARTIES, BARS, CLUBS AND DINING ESTABLISHMENTS. WE SAT DOWN WITH MR SWEETPANTS TO GET THE LOW DOWN ON ALL THINGS MUSIC. How did you get into DJ’ing?
What’s your favourite place to play?
Way back in 1999 there was a tiny underground radio station called ‘GeorgeFM’. I stumbled upon it and listened all day every day and was continuously winning prizes. After heading up to the studio so often to collect my prizes, I was dubbed a prize pig and subsequently struck off from winning! So the station manager offered me a show and I began to learn how to DJ on air on George FM. I also met my wife at the station so they’re responsible for the last two decades of good living! I worked there for nearly 10 years and since then I’ve managed to roll from one good time to the next as a full time professional DJ.
There’s been some pretty epic spots – Super yachts, on the side of Mt Ruapehu, six years at BlueSky Festival in Fiji or Rock Bar in Bali to name a few. My current favourite though is pretty much every time I play in Queenstown - every night is a Saturday night.
What’s your favourite DJ moment so far? Playing alongside internationals like Norman Jay MBE, John Morales, Crazy P, Claptone and local legends Nice n’ Urlich. If I had to pin down one moment it would be the wrap party of the World Masters Games 2017 at Shed10 where thousands of people were going crazy on a Sunday night.
What band or type of music do you love the most? At heart, its house music, but the roots of these tunes are often in disco, soul and funk, so the origins of the style are pretty high on the list! What’s a band or type of music you’re embarrassed to say you love? Lately I’ve been really loving the West Coast ‘Yacht Rock’ genre – tunes from the late seventies to mid eighties, and bands like Chicago, Michael McDonald, Hall & Oates, Toto, and Steely Dan. These are definitely my guilty pleasures.