#LaunchTheScene: Local DJs to Collaborate at Depot Park
Sometimes, there’s nothing more satisfying than an electronic beat and a hyped-up bass drop. Luckily for the Gainesville community, DJ Stryzer and DJ Dunstan Wallace can be considered professionals when it comes to mixing music that’ll make you dance.
On Thursday, November 17th, both DJs will be performing at The Boxcar at Depot Park for GainesvilleScene’s Launch Party, which will celebrate the publication’s change in vision and ownership.
Wallace began DJing back in 2011 thanks to his brother. Together, they went to local venues and events such as Neon Liger, the Deep End and Doowutchyalike at The Atlantic. Shortly after, he developed his sounds with gigs at 2nd Street Speakeasy.
“I always felt like I was trying to keep up with what [my brother] was doing with his music. I was inspired in the beginning by artists like Amtrac, and really heavily influenced by the likes of Carl Cox, Andhim, and Miami/Berlin style house and techno,” said Wallace.
Stryzer too has a natural inclination for music, as both his dad and grandfather were drummers. What began as playing with his dad’s sound equipment quickly turned into a steady hobby. However, it wasn’t until two years ago that Stryzer made his talent a career.
Both Stryzer and Wallace enjoy incorporating a variety of genres. Wallace’s early music layers classic house-electronic grooves, but his more recent mixes start out calm and smooth, building up to the beat. Stryzer enjoys working with electronic sub-genres, such as deep, underground, and tech.
“[Sub-genres] give a ton of flexibility and room for creativity— adding, pulling, or manipulating sounds to make these long, continuous mixing patterns. When I get to pull that stuff out, I’m rarely playing just one song at a time,” said Stryzer.
Wallace agrees, saying, “Electronic music fascinates me by the speed at which it evolves. I’m always looking for new fresh sounds, and that’s led me to dive into playing funk, disco, and wavy beats.”
Playing gigs in Gainesville has allowed Wallace and Stryzer to experiment with different styles and genres, and there’s not doubt that the city has made a positive impact on their DJing careers.
“Gainesville is a melting pot of music and people. Years of dancing at the Motor Room’s Neon Liger and The Atlantic’s Doowatchyalike crafted my appreciation for music outside of the box. They say that what you construct in turn constructs you. Being able to play in unique environments like and events put on by Over Easy Creative and Lucid Nightlife really let me explore a myriad of atmospheres, sounds, and vibes,” said Wallace.
DJ Stryzer will be playing from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Dunstan Wallace will be playing from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Thursday at The Boxcar. The two will be blending their sounds as a transition and will be followed by folk band VOWLS from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“All I can say is that whenever I get the chance to play alongside Dunstan, he pushes the boundaries on the kind of music I play in a really cool way. I almost always end up playing songs from deep in my collection that I’ve never played before. I’ll also be coming with plenty of funky, soulful tracks to bridge the gap between our styles and, hopefully, showcase the differences, too,” said Stryzer.
“We’ll be blending our sets to create a unique hybrid of sounds. I’ve been excited to present some warm lush sounds for Depot; it’s hard to find open air venues with sunsets and parks for people to walk around and enjoy,” said Wallace.
For more information regarding the Launch Party, visit the Facebook event here.