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Q&A with rising star DJ Tjung

Joseph Tjung, aka DJ Tjung, is just 17 years old but he’s already rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest DJs and musicians touring through Darwin.

This year alone he’s got the crowds pumping at two of the Top End’s biggest festivals – BASSINTHEGRASS and Summer Session.

Off The Leash caught up with DJ Tjung to have a chat about his journey. 

When did you start DJing and what was your first gig?
I started back in 2014 just as a hobby. I had my first gig at my grade nine formal. I didn’t really have a clue what to do, I was just winging it, but everyone enjoyed it and I liked playing to a crowd, so I  thought I’d actually start doing gigs as a mobile DJ.

Where did you learn?
I started because my cousin is a DJ so I asked him how he learned and he said it’s something you figure out yourself. That was great advice and I learned about DJing and how to learn things by yourself. It’s just about trial and error.

You’ve recently played BASSINTHEGRASS and Summer Session – what’s it like playing on such a big stage.
It was crazy – I’ve never played on a stage that big before and to fill that space and create the atmosphere was amazing.

What advice do you have for other young people?
Don’t be scared to put yourself out there and don’t give up on your dreams. If you’re passionate just go for it, don’t let anything stop you. Just do what you want to do and be proud of it.

What are your other passions?
I do the Chung Wah Society Lion Dance. They’re like another family to me. It’s really cool and the same feeling as DJing – performing in front of a crowd. 

What position are you in the lion?
I’m usually the head because I’m small and skinny and light (laughs).

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