Inspired by his huge catalogue of music, we spoke to local musician, DJ Pazzo
> Hi Michael. What is your DJ name, and how did the name come about?
Originally, my DJ name was DJ Feral (I can’t remember how that name came about) but another DJ ended up having the same name, so it gave me an opportunity to change it.
So one day we had a family gathering and the conversation came up about changing my DJ name – and having a large Italian family, my cousin Mary suggested DJ Pazzo, which means ‘crazy’ in Italian. It’s pronounced ‘Putt Zoe’. It’s hard to explain, but if you have heard any of my mix tapes, you will hear the correct pronunciation.
> We know that you are an amazing DJ, but you are also a musician. Tell us about your band?
I’m involved in two bands. I am the drummer for Lakeside Church in Tuncurry with a bunch of great musicans and singers and have formally joined a rock cover band playing bass with two of the best mates/musos you could ask for.
Phil is the drummer, Greg is the singer slash guitarist, and they both come from playing in cover bands from around the North Coast. So I’m very lucky in being a part of both bands.
Music has always been a massive part of my life. My mother told me that when I was two, I developed rhythm. I used to take my mum and dads’ tooth brushes and pull out the vegemite and peanut butter jars and play them, then upgraded to chop sticks with pots and pans.
One day we had a plumber come to the house. He heard me playing drum patterns in my room, and he was impressed, as he was a drummer. He gave me my first pair of drum sticks, and I have been drumming ever since
Having a love for music, I play many different instruments. I play drums; when I get sick of playing them, I’ll play my bass. When I get sick of that, I’ll play my acoustic guitar, and when I get sick of that, I’ll play piano ha ha! When I get sick of that, I’ll play with my turntables. I’m very lucky.
> You are also a dad. Do you hope that your children follow in your musical footsteps?
Oh My God, my son is an ABSOLUTE CHAMPION! My boy has had rhythm since he was 10 months old.
My wife was holding him in the loungeroom; we had RAGE on, and ACDC came on and he started rocking his head back and forth to the actual tempo of the song – and it made my heart melt.
To this day, at the age of 2, he LOVES his music; he loves to dance, and he loves his drums. I mean, I’ll set him on my lap, give him the sticks, and I will play a rhythm and count out so he can hear me: 1, 2, 3, 4; 1, 2, 3, 4, and before you know it he’s doing the same thing! Sorry, honey! (I have a great wife; she puts up with a lot of noise).
> Being a DJ means late nights, lots of coffee and hanging out in the club scene. Is that something you enjoy?
See, the club scene to me is a lot different to what it is to other people. I was brought up in the nightclub scene, as my dad used to work at nightclubs in Sydney when I was young.
I got to know all the old school DJs, and it’s not about getting drunk, starting fights etc. For them, it was the appreciation for music, listening to the track and being able to beat mix or blend into another song, and when you pull if off and the crowd goes wild … you know you have done your job!
As far as the late nights go, it’s very hard. I love DJing, but nothing comes close to being at home with my family. But it’s nice to go out every now and then to do what I love.
>What is your favourite type of music?
Wow, where do I start? I am a MASSIVE Motown fan. My most favourite would have to be Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Luther Vandross, Boyz II Men. MASSIVE Boyz II Men, Bob Marley, George Benson fan etc.
But I love my R&B, Hip Hop, such as Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Jay Z, Lil Jon, Pitbull, Robin Thicke … the list goes on. But, when it comes to something different, I am a HUGE metal fan e.g. Karnivool, Cog (the BEST Aussie band ever) Tool, Meshuggah, Opeth, Job For A Cowboy, Trivium.
> Where does your band see themselves in five years?
Hmm, hard to say. We’re having so much fun just jamming in the studio at the moment – it’s great. But when we start doing gigs as a regular thing, who knows, we might do the Mid North Coast scene …
> Will music always be a part of your life?
Absolutely. Music has always been a part of my life – from installing car stereos and setting up stage equipment to DJing all over Australia and teaching my son how to play the drums.
My passion for music will never die, and I only hope that it continues through to my children.
> Thank you Michael.