A new DJ duo formed from two LSA graduate DJ's has been getting a lot of attention lately with regular appearances at Ministry of Sound, Pacha, Qube, Egg and a roll-call of other venues around the city. We've caught up with them to find out more and to ask them about how their experience at LSA spring-boarded their DJ careers.
6ftShort Performing for Pukka Up vs LSA Thames Boat Party 2014 © Thomashensher.com
LSA - Tell us about 6f Short and where the name came from.
6ft Short is the name of our DJ due. We're both guys in our early 20's, both graduates of London Sound Academy and also Love United Residents. We also sometimes DJ apart under our names Lewis Thatcher and Danny Rhys. The name came from a private joke between us about our heights when performing which then became catchy and eventually stuck.
LSA - When did you guys start learning how to DJ at LSA and were you total beginners or did you have some experience?
D: I started attending LSA in the summer of 2013 motivated to pursue a dream in learning to DJ. Before attending LSA I had bought a Numark Mixtrack Pro Controller in which I started to pick up some of the basics, but needed to progress and had no idea how to do it, so LSA was the answer.
L: I went to LSA with no experience at all i went to my first rave early at the end of summer 2013 which triggered my desire for becoming a DJ. I jokingly turned to the group of friends i went with half way through the night and said i was going to become a DJ, i then went out to find a Dj'ing school or tutor as i had no knowledge about it at all and after looking around i spoke to a friend of mine that recommended LSA so contacted them and started lessons with there a month or two later.
LSA - How was your experience at LSA and what did you think of the tuition?
D: LSA were great in every aspect. My Tutors Buster Bennett and Erin Davies actually cared in my progress and how I could further my skills. LSA went that extra mile outside of the studio and in, regularly checking how I was getting along with what they had taught me. LSA had boosted my confidence and opened many doors which led to bigger and better things. The whole LSA team were so easy to get along with and made me feel comfortable in the studio.
L: I couldn't fault LSA in in anyway the whole team there are in a league of their own when it comes to knowledge and helping students. My tutor Buster I owe so much credit to as not only did he get me to where I am today with the skills he taught me but they gave use the chance to DJ at some of the biggest clubs in the capital!
LSA - Tell us what you've achieved since your course and where you've DJ'ed to date…
D: Since being with LSA I have had the opportunities to play and perform in some of the UK’s biggest clubs: Ministry of Sound, Pacha London, Egg London, Pukka Up boat parties, the QUBE Project and numerous smaller venues. I currently have my own show on ExposedBeats.com Radio station every Thursday which I have full control of the music that I play.
L: Since completing the course with LSA I've managed to play some truly awesome clubs just a few to mention being Ministry of Sound, Qube Project, Pacha London, Egg London, Buddha Lounge Essex. Not only has LSA managed to get me into these awesome places but it also got me recognised in a feature for Noctis Magazine and also I've recently hooked up with Rich and Reckless clothing where i'll be featured on their website and be wearing their clothing to a lot of my future events and photo-shoots check out RichandReckless.co.uk
in the next few months to see what were about.
LSA - What type of music do you play?
We both play a mixture of music but it all depends on what club or event were playing for, I'd say for the the time we've been together as 6ft Short we've played mainly Deep/Tech House, Nu disco or Indie dance but both of us have played events where we've been asked to play Garage, Electro/Progressive House and other genres.
LSA - Have you started production yet?
D: Learning to produce is underway and making progress.
L: Yes I'm still in the early stages of producing and am roughly half way through making my first track but looking forward to getting it finished and other projects started so i can play my own material out in clubs and progress as and DJ/Producer
LSA - What have been your favourite moments so far?
D: My personal Favourite moments so far is when 6FtShort rocked the Pukka Up Ibiza Boat Party organised by LSA! The set went down really well and we filled the dance floor, I think its safe to say i’ll remember that moment forever!
L: I'd agree with Danny the Ibiza reunion party on the Thames was such an awesome night it seemed to feel relatively quiet at first i remember stepping up into the booth and mixing in our first track and looking up to see the dance floor fairly empty, Danny then mixed into my track and as i was searching for my next song looked up and in the matter of a few minutes the room had filled out front to back and continued to fill the way through our set.....was such an awesome vibe and feeling to see/be a part of.
LSA - Have you got any gigs coming up you'd like to plug?
D: 6FtShort will be performing at three Love United events coming up this month 7th-Egg London, 8th-The QUBE Project and 21st-Egg London for DJ MAG (which I’m so excited about). 6FtShort are also making a debut at Lightbox on the 20th December for the Official Afterparty of new brand ‘K3PT’ and Exposed Beats.
LSA - Where can we find out more about you guys?
These are our personal links, We are going to be launching 6FtShort Facebook, soundcloud, mixcloud, resident advisor and twitter pages very soon but just haven't had the time to recently but keep an eye out for 6ft Short as we will have them live shortly!!