Q&A with Australian DJ Alex Preston on his latest release with DJ G-Wizard…
What made you decide to rework “Weapon,” from its original mix?
It has always been one of my favorite tracks that I made over the past couple of years, and it has always worked in my DJ sets. G-Wiz loved the original as well so we wanted to make an updated and fresh version to play out.
What changes were made to the track and how did you and DJ G-Wizard come to a compromise on the final 2014 remix?
The main changes were to the drop and some of the breakdown sounds which were a bit dated. It is something we had never done before (freshening up an old track), so we thought it would be a fun idea. It worked so well that it really became the foundation for how some of our future collabs will sound.
How did you all get together?
I’ve know G-Wizard for a couple of years now. I use to support him when I was a young DJ, and he has always been one of my favorite Australian DJ’s, so when he was like, “let’s get in the Studio,” I was like, “SHIT YEAH!” Lol.
“Weapon” is released on your own vanity label Preston. What was the deciding factor, to start a label?
I love making music, and I love the business side of the industry too, so it really made sense to start a label. It allows me to have an outlet for my music and also help aspiring artists as well. I love it!
Give our audience a little peepshow into Alex’s world? Who are you? What are you about? What’s your taste in women (if I’m not presumptuous)?
Who Am I? I am 28-years-old, grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, I have two dogs (Scooby Doo & Baxter), I enjoy a good glass of red wine, and I have been known to talk in my sleep.
What am I about? I am all about working hard to achieve what I want to achieve and also I love spending time with my family.
My taste in Women? I have a very lovely girlfriend who has put up with my obsession with making music for nearly four years now! She is awesome and has always been very supportive of me, so I would have to say she definitely defines my taste in women!
What is one thing your fans do not already know about you?
I once got suspended from school for flashing my ass at a teacher.
What gets you up in the morning? What inspires your music?
Making music gets me up… Well, several cups of coffee get me up, then it’s onto making music. Everything inspires my music, but more often than not, my mood will define what music I make.
Who are some of your inspirations?
All time inspirations would be Jimi Hendrix, Daft Punk, Axwell, Nicky Romero, Hardwell, Eric Prydz and my dad.
If you could advise someone (artist or DJ) coming up in the biz, what would you tell them and why?
Don’t take no for an answer, just keep persisting and working hard. Hard work + Persistence = Results!
Other than the new release, what’s next for DJ Alex Preston?
I am really looking forward heading to Europe later this year for ADE and to catch up with some peeps over there.
Do you have any shout-outs?
Shout out to my mum!
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