If you've ever been out in Sydney, chances are you've had a hip wiggle thanks to Ariane aka dance floor miracle. With the UNDR ctrl Birthday party officially upon us, Ariane tells us some of her favourite festival moments and her hot tips on tracks to get your party started.
UC: Describe your on stage style?
AH: I am not sure if this means music style or fashion style. Obviously I am HIGHLY fashionable but in terms of DJing I am not really the 'stand there and look serious' type. If you're not making yourself dance, then how can you make everyone else dance?
UC: How did you celebrate your most recent birthday?
AH: Same way as every other year: lunch with lots of friends at a very long table, followed by a very competitive game of darts.
UC: When is the last time you volunteered/donated to charity/did a favour for a mate?
AH: There are always lots of opportunities to DJ at charity events, the last one I think was for the Nepal earthquake recovery.
UC: What is the most Undr ctrl and the most out of ctrl thing in your life right now?
AH: The most Undr ctrl thing is my Opal card situation, I am really gaming the free trips system. The most out of ctrl thing is what I am going to do about going straight from a wedding to an all-white party (the Undr Ctrl party!) this Saturday. You can't wear white to a wedding!
UC: What has been your favourite party to play so far this year?
AH: Probably the Total Giovanni after-party at Harpoon Harry's. It was quite small but every single person was on the dancefloor dancing to every single song, all of them disco. And also every Rhythm of the Night party at Goodgod, so much fun.
UC: What are your 3 favourite tracks to play to get the party started?
AH: The Genius of Time edit of 'Love Thang' by First Choice, anything by Cajmere, and Todd Terry 'Jumpin'.
UC: So far this year you’ve held it down at Field Day and Secret Garden Festival, what’s your best ever festival moment?
AH: At Playground Weekender many years I was on at the same time as the headliners, Primal Scream - or Lamb maybe, I know they're very different but it was a long time ago and they're both from the UK so I'm confused. I was worried no one would be there for my set but as it turned out the headliners were a bit boring so what seemed like the entire festival came down to my little area (near the RSL). They were dancing on picnic tables. It was an incredible moment.
UC: You’ve put out mix tapes for Oyster Mag, The Thousands and more, what’s the first thing you do when you start to put a mix together?
AH: Usually it's based on a set I've played out somewhere, one I've really enjoyed (and ideally the crowd has also enjoyed). So the first step is trying to remember the tracks, because I have a bad memory as you can see from the question prior.
UC: You’re a producer and programmer for Rage, what’s been your favourite video of 2015 so far?
AH: That's so hard. I loved Lapalux's Puzzle, Kendrick Lamar 'Alright', Alabama Shakes 'Sound & Color', everything by Clipping and Mick Jenkins, and Joywave 'Somebody New', Girl Band 'Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?' and Oneohtrixpointnever's 'Boring Angel'.
UC: Who would be your dream guest host on Rage and what would be your go-to-video clip?
AH: My dream host would be The Rock and my go-to video clip... that's too hard, but I did add this to the Rage library this week, which felt pretty good.