Originating from Ballarat in regional Victoria, Australia, Gareth Harrison and Guy Chappell are self-described as two “super rad DJs,” who make up the increasingly popular mashup group Yacht Club DJs. Harrison and Chappell have quickly grown into one of Australia’s foremost mashup acts. Despite having come from “humble beginnings,” according to the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour site, the Yacht Club DJs are insanely gifted in their ability to blend such diverse tracks into mixes that “create an epic party atmosphere and cause their audiences to sing at the top of their lungs.”
What could arguably be one of the best things about the mashups Gareth and Guy create is the variety of tracks they choose to use in their mixes. In “Find Me A Macchiato Pronto,” the pair somehow are able to easily transition from songs that are complete opposites, and by doing so, successfully blend a myriad of genres together that you would never imagine fitting together so seamlessly. From rap to pop, to country, even rock and classical, Yacht Club DJs hold no bias over the genres they use; they cover it all.
When asked by Aphra Magazine about their mix “They Mostly Come At Night…Mostly,” which is made up of over 500 samples, the pair stated, “I don’t think we’ve ever gone about it the same way twice. I sort of just let the music tell me what to do. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t really believe in having a strict process for Yacht Club anyway. It’d make the work boring and predictable.”
I can without a doubt say that thus far, the mashups I’ve heard from Yacht Club DJs are anything but boring and predictable. The mixes these guys make are unique, high energy, and packed full of personality. Don’t miss your chance to see them live, tonight at the Communion show at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt, alongside the multiple talented acts we have been featuring for the past week, right here at causeascenemusic.com.
– Bailey Basham