Get Into This International Music Launch With DJ Paula Frost
It’s that feeling when a song just gets under your skin and you find yourself playing it over and over again. ‘Oxygen Tank’ is the debut release from DJ Paula Frost based in London.Fast paced electronic music with a drum ‘n bass twist. In the past year, she’s played Camden Roundhouse, traveled to Sri Lanka to DJ New Year's Eve, and played parties at Manchester Art Gallery as well as 50 venues across the UK. DJ Paula Frost has likewise played across 14 nations overall including shows in Croatia, Russia, Japan, Cambodia, Vietnam and New Zealand. While in Vietnam she headlined the Saturday night of Reggae Beach Festival in Da Nang.
'OXYGEN TANK' has been played on radio across the USA, UK, Africa, Asia and Europe including The Beat Radio in Sweden, with 30,000-40,000 audience members.
We caught up with DJ Paula Frost for an interview ahead of her debut single release:
What drew you to the music industry?
Firstly, thank you for having me on Silicontimes.co it’s great to be interviewed by a blog I enjoy following! It wasn’t exactly the industry that drew me, that’s just a necessary evil that comes with creating and performing music. I have always been into music from the age of 3 or 4 and I played drums from age 8. I have been DJing for about 3 years now and play all over the country and the world when I can. I can’t stop writing lyrics and songs and working on recording new material so I may as well push it as hard as I can.
Who are you inspired by?
I take inspiration from art, culture, books and movies as well as music. I like to create an atmosphere surrounding a song so it stirs an emotion in the person listening. In my DJing I am inspired by General Levy, Congo Natty and Jungle Cakes, reggae and jungle music. I love it because it is dance music with a positive uplifting message and it has an instant party vibe surrounding it. I’m also inspired by punk music and my favourite punk band is Crass. Listen to ‘Big A, Little A’ it’s one of my favourite songs.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans.
I become friends with them! Haha. Seriously I have had fans send me records and make t-shirts for me. I’ve also had fans take photos with me after shows or invite me out to party with them. I’ve only had 1 scary stalker and that was terrifying so I’m glad it’s over! But mostly I’m just kind and friendly to anyone who wants to chat. It’s amazing to meet people who are excited about what you’re doing. I appreciate it massively. Every penny I’ve earned from DJing comes from people who give me a chance and come see me live. So it’s all about them! I keep in touch with everyone and never forget the people who’ve helped me.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Well that’s a massive question but I’ll keep it brief. Yes of course. You’re putting yourself out there in such a vulnerable way. You’re not acting, you are revealing your true self on stage as a composer. You’re playing music that you created and that is close to your heart and it can be crushing if someone comes up and says they don’t like it. Luckily that doesn’t often happen and I’ve got tougher over the years. I also have a clause in most of my contracts which says I don’t drink alcohol whilst performing. So that means I’m sober every show. At first it was so hard to be myself, relax and dance in front of others sober. It gave me anxiety for a while. Now I’m used to it! If I was going to give someone else advice for performance anxiety I’d say push through, use it to make you more determined and don’t worry about others, just focus on what you’re doing up there and make it the best show you can.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Everyone is different but I’d say keep writing, perfect your craft, keep playing live and make sure you’re nice to everybody. Also, take the rough with the smooth, it’s all part of the ride. Do it for the right reasons, put good music into the world to help people on their journey. Those are the most important things.
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