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Events: Spin-Off



Saturday 19th June 2021

6:30 pm

The Metro Theatre

624 George St

Sydney NSW 2000


Wheelchair Accessible

Making its grand return in 2021, DJ competition Spin-Off is being reignited for Mardi Gras Pride Weekender in search of Australia’s next generation of LGBTQI+ DJs. 

A community favourite throughout the noughties and ‘10s, Spin-Off provides a platform for bedroom producers and amateur DJs to get behind the decks in front of a party audience and battle it out on the ones and twos.  

This is a landmark event for 2021, being the first dance party held at The Metro since early 2020, with none other than multi-ARIA Award winner K.I.M (The Presets) closing out the event as special guest headliner.

Winners will have the chance to perform at a future Mardi Gras event with the competition judged by Australian DJ royalty, including Kate Monroe, Feisty, DJ Gemma, Seymour Butz and Charlie Villas. 

First prize: A set at a 2022 Mardi Gras event and 2x VIP tickets to Party
Second Prize: 2x tickets to Diamond Club
Third Prize: 2x tickets to Laneway

Think you’ve got what it takes? Have you wanted to have the opportunity to play in front of your community but don’t know where to start? Here is your chance! Applications for emerging DJs and producers are now open HERE and will close at 5pm on June 5. 

Event duration: 5.5 hours


 (From left to right: K.I.M (The Presets), Charlie Villas, Feisty, DJ Gemma, Kate Monroe, Seymour Butz, Faustina Agolley)

Judging Panel:

Charlie Villas
DJ Charlie Villas' obsession with music began in the mid-90s when she was handed her very first funk vinyl by a friend.

This gesture spawned a disco and soul record collecting frenzy until eventually she’d saved up enough moula for a pair of her own decks and started rocking house parties. Before long, Charlie was presenting her own radio show called ‘Soulicious’ on Bondi FM and wrote reviews and articles for Oyster and hip hop magazines. This opened the doors to dj’ing at many of Sydney’s fave pubs and late-night hot spots.Charlie has also worked with Australia’s most influential music businesses, this includes many years as Music Director at SBA Music, producing custom music playlists for corporate clients. Her music consulting and curating talent led to a role with Universal Music Publishing in the sync team, working alongside advertising agencies and music supervisors for film & TV placement.She’s a bonafide music lover, weaving in and out of genres in her sets, whether it’d be soul, disco, electronic through to dancehall vibes to make yours, one hell of a party to remember!

Head Honcho of Sydney’s infamous EXTRA DIRTY events and known for her numerous appearances at Mardi Gras Party, Inquisition and Tropical Fruits, Mel 'Feisty' Fitzpatrick is one of the queer scene’s most popular DJs.

It’s Feisty’s original approach to her sound that has made her stand out. Sexy, hypnotic, hip grinding rhythms and rolling baselines characterise the Feisty sound, culminating in a style that delivers an unmatched energy to the dance floor.

Early on she cemented her credentials with top notch residencies, most notably with Crash and Dirty at Sydney’s legendary underground venue Phoenix as well as Queer Nation at Home Nightclub and regular guest appearances including Taboo (Singapore), Rubberball, Beyond Black (Melbourne), WoofClub, Homesexual and the world famous Hellfire Club. She has also played alongside some of the biggest International names such as Carl Cox, Ben Manson, Sneaky Sound System, Javier Medina, Chicane, Jack Chang, Boy George, Calagna and Boris (DE).

In 2008, Feisty added another dimension to her career, teaming up with the late Mandy Rollins to create Extra Dirty, a party that has continued to bring an alternative sound to Sydney’s party scene and is now internationally recognised as a ‘must attend’ event.

Whether it’s at an intimate venue, a back room or a fully-fledged dance party, you can be sure that Feisty will move you.

Seymour Butz
Jonny is the cofounder of legendary Club Kooky and runs weekly performance art happening “Queerbourhood”. They also collaborate with designers Akira Isogawa, Romance Was Born & Carla Zampatti and is a friend of Carriageworks and collaborator with The Powerhouse Museum.

Together with Paul Mac they have made music for exhibits for National Gallery of Victoria, the M.C.A, short film and site specific installations. They soundtracked Performance Space’s “Day for Night” performance art gallery & party and exhibition for several years and scored productions for the Sydney Theatre Company.

As iconic duo with Stereogamous (with Paul Mac), they have played in backroom dance floors all over the planet (Berghain, Berlin. Razzmatazz, Barcelona. Horse Meat Disco, London. The End Up, San Francisco) Mega festivals (Burning Man, Glastonbury, Lovebox, Subsonic, Vivid, MONA FOMA) Sound tracked fashion weeks (NYC, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne) and also represented at Gay Pride events all around the circuit (Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco. Sydney Mardi Gras, Madrid & NYC Pride).

Kate Monroe
She’s been dubbed the First Lady of House. She is one of Australia’s preeminent house DJs, ruling dance floors here and overseas for more than a decade. She is known for her unique style and knack for drawing a crowd no matter where she is playing. Not because she’s a female DJ or another blonde chick DJ – but because she’s a hot DJ. She is Kate Monroe, and she rocks the house with her sassy, sultry, spanking, driving house beats.

DJ Gemma
DJ Gemma has been inspiring audiences and making people dance for over twenty-five years.  She is the co-founder of Club Kooky, and believes in bringing people together by creating community on the dance floor. 

DJ Gemma is best known for events including Club Kooky, Club Bent and Quick and Dirty at Performance Space, Ya Leil (Queer Arab Parties). She has played at WOMADelaide, Biennale of Sydney, Bellingen Global Music Festival, Peats Ridge Festival, Tropical Fruits, Mardi Gras, Queer Screen, Sydney Festival, Midsumma, Feast Festival Adelaide, Club Arak 2002 - 2008 (and the Club Arak CD 2006).

She has also provided sounds for the catwalk performance art events including Guillermo Gomez Pena’s Museum of Fetishized Identities and Aerialize’s Walking on Air.

Gemma’s alias is “Monobrow”, producing and reinterpreting traditional and contemporary Arabic music.

“If you can move to a song, It’s Dance music…..simple”