Femmesexual disco freakout Mints turns one this Friday, and they've invited Melbournian disco doyenne CC:DISCO! to join them for a very special high-camp birthday set in the lazer basement! Having opened for Theo Parrish in Auckland, soundtracked the romantic Adriatic Sea at Dimensions and unleashed her magic on Boiler Room and Meredith’s coveted Supernatural Amphitheatre, she is no stranger to setting dance floors alight with an irresistible blend of boogie, disco and house. We couldn't think of a better babe to help us ring in their first year of PAK's lipstick-stained nonsense! We caught up with her to chat thunder storm drama, parting in Melbourne and plans for Mints!
Hey CC! We can’t wait to have you join us this August for Mints! Can you tell us about yourself and how you got to where you are now?
I can’t wait either! Well I’m a DJ and radio host from Melbourne who plays disco, boogie and house. I’ve been djing out in clubs for about eight years and in radio for a long long time. Getting to where I am now? Probs just set after after set and working me butt off. It’s a been a great ride.
You started out as a radio DJ at the ripe age of 15, before progressing to clubs and festivals years later. How did you find that transition?
I think it was an easy one for me because I LOVE to go out, and back then I was a club rat for sure so I was super eager and always keen. They are both so different so I can’t even compare them, but it’s great to be able to see people’s faces react to music. With radio you just hope they are loving it and the only way you know is through communication to the station. Both are amazing.
Can you tell us a bit about your Melbourne club night, Club Coco?
Club Coco is my little baby, and I guess it follows the ethos of “less chin stroking, more dancing.” It's open to everyone and the main focus is disco, boogie, soul and having a good time with no bullshit. The first one this year had my faves Rahaan, Frank Book and Rich Medina. It’s a good time with a good vibe.
Your go-to track to rescue a waning dancefloor?
Shirley Lites - Heat you up (melt you down)
Dead seat classic but it never get olds to me and it always works on the dance floor
What’s the craziest things that’s happened during one of your sets?
Last year I was playing after Moodymann at Strawberry Fields at 2pm on the main stage and it was actually the most beautiful day. Smiles all round, but then in what I swear was two minutes it turned ugly/amazing really quickly. This storm came out of nowhere and wiped out the whole main stage. Basically, the last moment I remember was having a tarp put over me because water starting flooding on to the stage. It was scary as fuck, and then I look down and Move is under me cradling his record bag, as he was supposed to be on next. He was not keen on mother nature ruining his stuff - it was quite cute. The whole system shut down and that was that. But the 40 mins I got to play was heaven!
You’re taking us on a night out in Melbourne – where are we going to eat, drink and dance?
Lets say its an amazing day in Melbourne summer then.
Cheese and wine in Edinburgh Gardens. Then get me that Kingfish Sashimi from Chin Chin. And the most Melbourne thing you could do is drinks and dancing at SECTION 8 which is always amazing.
You have played at some of our dream fesitvals, from Meredith in the Australian bush to the idyllic Dimensions in Croatia – what has been your career highlight?
Meredith will always be the highlight of my life. It was the one thing I aimed to play and was number one on the bucket list. I will never forget having all the people I loved on stage with me, in the front row smiling and all in the Australian bush. There’s something special about having all of your loved ones in one place supporting you that could never compare to anything in life.
If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?
Easy, New York 1978-1983 . We are still trying to create what was born there, I wish I could have lived through it.
Do you have any exciting plans in the pipeline that you can let us in on for the rest of the year and beyond?
I do indeed! Firstly, these shows in Europe are SO SO exciting for me and I have lots of events in Australia in the pipeline, and a couple projects that I can’t talk about but are SUPER exciting .. so stay tuned.
And finally, in six words or less, what are you planning to unleash on the lazer basement at Mints?
SWEAT, BLOOD, DISCO AND HANDCLAPS BABY
Catch CC:DISCO! at Mints this Friday 11 August from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!