Doorly: I’m nowhere near where I want to be yet
Doorly’s profession has taken him from humble beginnings back in Yorkshire through a 2011 DJing for none other than Usher, playing at every nook and cranny in Ibiza and touring the planet like a self-confessed psycho. Now half way through 2012 – and with a spot on Rinse FM to boot – he chats about Usher, weird DJ moments (including raining bottles with Prodigy) and a certain Yorkshire terrier named Timmy.
When you look back to your early career back in Yorkshire, how does it feel to be where you are now?
It’s been such a long steady rise that it feels weirdly normal but I’m also really proud to look back and see how it’s all worked out along the way. I’ve worked my ass off to get here but I’m nowhere near where I want to be yet!
What is it about DJing and performing in front of people that you enjoy?
I don’t actually know, I’m not really an attention hunter or anything, but that buzz of people who are genuinely into what you do making the effort to come down and hear what you play is amazing. When I started out I used to have to play what the crowd wanted (which in a small town was AWFUL) and nothing else and my dream was to be able to have people trust me to pick the music and enjoy it, that’s what’s great about my gigs now.
What’s the weirdest moment that you’ve witnessed when you’ve played out?
When I supported the Prodigy at Milton Keynes Bowl there were 65,000 people in the crowd and a few people started throwing plastic bottles into the centre of the crowd jovially whilst I was playing and then as I was working a build up to a breakdown thousands of people started going mental and it was literally raining bottles.
What was it like working with Usher for so long?
Awesome, he’s a talented dude. I was asked to reproduce and mix his music into a more 4×4 club set which took a few days of working together but the end result was awesome.
What’s your ultimate Usher song and why this one?
I love “Yeah” because I have such fond memories of playing it back in the day when I was a hip hop DJ, I used to double it up and it was always such a big part of my set.
On Rinse, what’s it like working there?
I love it, I never knew how much I wanted to do radio until I tried it and did a pilot for Radio 1, now its pretty much my favourite thing to do. Rinse is so spot on musically right now and its an honour to be amongst such great company at the station.
What do you get up to if you ever have any spare time?
I don’t really have any spare time these days, if I’m at home I’m making music, the only time I count as down time is long haul flights where I refuse to do any kind of work and watch movies.
Have you got any weird hobbies?
My Yorkshire terrier, Timmy, is weirdly easy to train to do tricks so I really enjoy training him to do party tricks. He’s become amazing at football and I’ve managed to get him a job as an official mascot for Huddersfield Town FC performing tricks at half time.
What upcoming artists are you currently spinning?
I’m loving Mak & Pasteman and an act called Don’t Panic from Birmingham.
What are your plans for 2012 and beyond that?
We have a hell of a lot of new music to release. I’ve got forthcoming projects with Grandmaster Flash, Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), the Jungle Brothers, Reverend & the Makers, Riton and Dave Spoon and a load of my own original bits too. In amongst that I’ll be touring the globe like a psycho so come and say hi if you see me along the way.
Catch Doorly on Rinse FM from here.Tagged in: doorly, music, Prodigy, Usher, yeah
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