About

Find out more about DJ Andypanda

About Me

In a nutshell, I’m an 30-something graphic / web designer, living in sunny Queensland (Australia). By day I do graphic / web / video & audio related stuff, and by night I run my own company doing design & DJ work, or lighting & sound setup & control for small concert productions.

As a DJ…

I believe that I’m strictly what one would call a “non-professional / bedroom DJ” mixing dance and house. I’ve only done a few live gigs in my life – playing mainly to friends and companies that hire me & my services for small events (i.e. never more than 500 people in the audience).

What’s in a name?

Many people ask me where my nickname comes from. It all started when I was 17. I decided to go to a party wearing a bit of eyeliner and was so drunk at the end of it that I just kind-of passed out in bed.

The next morning, I awoke to find my eyeliner smudged all over my face in black splotches – not to dissimilar from the black spots on a panda… and hence, the nickname was born.

Inspiration

I’ve always loved music, theatre and audio / visual stuff – but mainly from a behind-the-scenes background. Having worked on concert productions as both a lighting and audio technician, I love the stress and excitement that comes with running a live show. My DJing inspiration, however, comes from a very different source. When I was 18 and first hit the clubs, I remember looking up at the DJ booth in awe… wondering what gear they used and how they practised their art.

It wasn’t until a few months later that I actually met a Gold Coast DJ on a ‘night off’ up in a Brisbane club. We clicked, and ended up dating for a few months. During that time, he was kind enough to teach my his DJing skill and from there, I was sold! So thank you Simon Fox, for being my inspiration and starting me off on my musical journey. =)

Interests

I love DJing (of course), music, clubbing, having a few drinks with mates, dancing (this usually follows drinking) and anything to do with audio & visual, sound & lighting, multimedia and staging. As I get older, I’m finding that the Brisbane clubbing scene is getting a bit stale and same-same, but I still enjoying mixing at home and publishing said mixes on here for others to enjoy.

Other DJ’s I know include Sydney’s Stephen Simpson (ARQ Sydney & The Wickham in Brisbane), Gold Coast ex-mainstream DJ Simon Fox (Resurrection), Sydney trance DJ Ruby (from Ruby Dance – the most amazing trance laser lightshow you’ve ever seen! …ARQ Sydney, The Wickham + many others internationally), DJ Sparkles in Brisbane (GPO, Family & The Columbian), and a few other up & coming DJs.